Tuesday, November 13

Saturday, November 10


When Thugs and Hustlers Ruled Dark Alleys

The gamblers and teenage cons who haunted New York City’s 60s-era all night bowling alleys.

Wednesday, November 7


Rio: The Fight for the Favelas

On the experimental favela police force UPP (aka “The Big Skull”) and their efforts to clean Rio’s largest slum in advance of the World Cup and Olympics.


What Happened to Michelle in Forest Hills?

Behind the tabloid story of the “murder orphan” in Queens.

Sunday, November 4



At various points, Thomas Mitchell was a novelist, an attorney, a scientist, a Hollywood dealmaker and a CIA higher-up. He was also a con man.

Friday, October 26


Thomas Quick: the Swedish serial killer who never was

He confessed to more than 30 murders. But Thomas Quick (also known as Sture Bergwall) may not have committed any of them.

Thursday, October 25


'Perplexed ... Perplexed': On Mob Justice in Nigeria

“When I’m in Nigeria, I find myself looking at the passive, placid faces of the people standing at the bus stops. They are tired after a day’s work, and thinking perhaps of the long commute back home, or of what to make for dinner. I wonder to myself how these people, who surely love life, who surely love their own families, their own children, could be ready in an instant to exact a fatal violence on strangers.”

Wednesday, October 24


The Truck Stop Killer

As a 15-year runaway hitchhiker, a trucker nearly killed the writer. Twenty seven years later, she investigates whether her attacker was truck stop serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades, who often kept his victims chained in the back of his truck for weeks before killing and dumping them.

Thursday, October 18


Solitary in Iran Nearly Broke Me. Then I Went Inside America's Prisons.

“For hours, days, I fixated on the patch of sunlight cast against my wall through those barred and grated windows. When, after five weeks, my knees buckled and I fell to the ground utterly broken, sobbing and rocking to the beat of my heart, it was the patch of sunlight that brought me back.”

Friday, October 12


The Greatest Fake-Art Scam in History?

How a couple made millions on uncanny forgeries.

Wednesday, October 10


Behind Enemy Lines With a Suburban Counterterrorist

How one woman is monitoring the jihadi network from a home office in Montana.

Tuesday, October 9


The Rise and Fall of the Cincinnati Boner King

A jailhouse interview with Steve Washak, who made millions selling “natural male enhancement” pills.