The Surreal Saga of Bobby Shmurda

In Brooklyn’s Brownsville, being in a gang can mean as little as being born on a specific block. Ackquille Pollard spent his final free days as a viral rap sensation, before being jailed as the leader of a sect of Crips.

Thursday, May 26


How John Hinckley Lives Now

He drives a Toyota. He eats fro-yo. He takes care of two dozen feral cats.

Tuesday, May 24


A Severed Head, Two Cops, and the Radical Future of Interrogation

A novel interrogation technique is transforming the art of detective work: Shut up and let the suspect do the talking.

Monday, May 23


The Great Swiss Bank Heist

Hervé Falciani, a computer engineer working at HSBC, stole the bank’s list of secret accounts. But was he out to expose tax cheats or get rich himself? Perhaps both.

Previously: Patrick Radden Keefe on the Longform Podcast

Machine Bias

There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. It’s racist.


The Crazy Crash of NYC’s Hottest Vegan

Sarma Melngailis owned a booming vegan restaurant beloved by celebrities. But after systematically draining the company bank account, she and her husband skipped town. Last week, after nearly a year on the lam, they were arrested in a Fairfield Inn & Suites in Tennessee. The cops found them after they ordered Domino’s.

Sunday, May 22


The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob

Peggy Jo Tallas spent most of her adult life doing two things: taking care of her ailing mother and robbing bank after bank dressed as a pudgy, bearded cowboy.

More: The Longform Guide to Bank Heists

Friday, May 20


The Short Life of Deonte Hoard

Shot and killed just shy of his 18th birthday, Deonte Hoard was one of 489 homicide victims in Chicago last year. How this happened—and how it keeps happening—is both one person’s story and the story of how a community has been forced to adjust to murder as an everyday fact of life.


Covering the Cops

A profile of Edna Buchanan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning crime reporter for the Miami Herald during its heyday.

Tuesday, May 17


The False Promise of DNA Testing

Once viewed as a forensic “silver bullet,” DNA evidence is coming under fire.

Saturday, May 14


The Ukrainian Hacker Who Became the FBI’s Best Weapon—And Worst Nightmare

In 2001, Maksym Igor Popov defected to work as an informant in the U.S. But a decade later, he was back to scamming the FBI.

Friday, May 13


Thousands of Police Calls. You Paid the Bills.

The number one place Tampa Bay cops visit: Walmart. And it’s not even close — they average two trips an hour.