“Jeffrey Levitt stole and misappropriated a grand total of fourteen million, six hundred ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred forty-seven dollars and fifty-eight cents. He stole all that. It was the largest single white-collar crime in Maryland history, almost bringing down the state’s entire savings and loan industry.” And it still wasn’t enough.
Tuesday, July 30
What remains of the past’s cutting edge.
Our sponsor this week is a fantastic new book from Longform regular Michael Paterniti, The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese. Paterniti spent years visiting a picturesque Spanish village, unearthing a remarkable story of secrets, murder plots, blood fueds and, yes, a very tasty piece of cheese.
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A once-great golfer’s private second act.
Monday, July 29
After a botched bank robbery in 1990, Sture Bergwall, aka Thomas Quick, confessed to a string of brutal crimes. He admitted to stabbings, stranglings, incest and cannibalism. He was convicted of eight murders in all, and after the final trial he went silent for nearly a decade. But a few years ago, Bergwall came forward again—there was one more secret he had to tell.
Sunday, July 28
On the death of NBA star Reggie Lewis.
Cycles of boom and bust in the drilling town of Williston, N.D., as seen from the perspective of an itinerant dancer filling one of three slots at the only strip club in town, Whispers.
Saturday, July 27
Inside the women’s ward at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center.