Joshua Davis

12 articles
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High Tech Cowboys of the Deep Seas

An oddball team of ship salvage mercenaries is tasked with uprighting a tipped two-football-field-long cargo ship before it sinks into the darkness of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.

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The Mercenary

Roy Petersen was blind in one eye, had two replaced hips, and was twice divorced. His job was to solve a gold mine robbery case in the Peruvian Andes. He would need some help.

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John McAfee's Last Stand

On November 12, 2012, after Belizean police announced that they were seeking him for questioning in connection with the murder of his neighbor, John McAfee began a well-publicized stint on the lam. Six months earlier, the writer had begun an in-depth investigation into McAfee's life. This is the chronicle of that investigation.

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Arab Spring Break

A 21-year-old UCLA math major leaves his $9,000-a-month internship to fight with the rebels in Libya.

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The Stalking of Korean Hip Hop Superstar Daniel Lee

The story of a bizarre—and bizarrely effective—smear campaign.

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Dave Sanders: Fiber-Optics Exec by Day, Defender of Justice by Night

It had seemed simple in the beginning. Now everything was so complicated, he wasn’t sure what the truth was. He had to admit that he might have gotten involved with the wrong people—that he might have become part of a scam within a scam.
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Supersize Me

A 134-pound magazine writer takes his chances at the U.S. Open sumo championships.

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Instant Detox

How to kick heroin in 24 hours.

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Why My Friend Bill Died

A jogging buddy collapses during a marathon, his heart suddenly finished beating. The writer goes looking for answers.

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The Secret World of Lonelygirl

Requiem for a viral hit.

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The Fall of Randolph Hobson Guthrie III

An American, born into privilege, became a bootleg DVD kingpin in Shanghai and then, in an unprecedented development, landed in Chinese prison.

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Linux Visionary Accused of Murder

After his wife disappears, Hans Reiser’s defense contacts a Wired writer who they believe can help explain the world of groundbreaking code, video games, and sci-fi that defines Reiser’s existence.

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The World’s Biggest Diamond Heist

How $100 million in diamonds, gold and jewelry disappeared from Antwerp Diamond Center’s supersecure vault.