In Harpersville, Alabama, a traffic violation can lead to months in jail and a never-ending stint in a work-release program – what some refer to as a modern-day debtors’ prison.
Wednesday, March 19
Our sponsor this week is Texas Monthly, which has just published a truly incredible piece of journalism. Michael Hall, whose work has appeared on Longform many times, spent a year investigating one of the most confounding criminal cases in Texas history. In the summer of 1982, three Waco teenagers were savagely murdered for no apparent reason. Four men were ultimately charged with the crime. One was executed, two others were given life sentences, and a fourth was sent to death row only to be released after six years. They all may have been innocent.
Over the next two weeks, Texas Monthly will serialize Hall's 25,000-word piece, "The Murder at the Lake," which looks at the case from five distinct perspectives. Part One is available now; you should read it.
Sabrina Rubin Erdely, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, has also written for GQ, Philadelphia and SELF.
"I think that people are, by their nature, good and want to act rightly. So I'm very interested in why people do these things that result in really bad actions. My lack of outrage actually is one of the things that probably helps me in my reporting because I really am propelled by this pure curiosity. ... I just want to know, 'Where did that come from?'"
On the discovery of a billion dollars worth of artwork looted by Nazis in the cramped apartment of a Munich recluse.
A filmmaker goes to court to fight the television commercial break.
Tuesday, March 18
Why did Anthony Gatto, the greatest juggler alive—and perhaps of all time—back away from his art to open a construction business?
Previously: Jason Fagone on the Longform Podcast.
On the coach’s battle with retirement.
How Korean immigrants in L.A. revolutionized fashion’s production cycle.
“With the rise of factory farming, milk is now a most unnatural operation.”
Monday, March 17
The Giants' miraculous 1951 comeback wasn't all that it seemed.
Previously: The Longform Guide to Cheaters.