First they found his server, then they found his name. But if they couldn’t catch him with his laptop open, the whole thing would fall apart.
How Ross Ulbricht went from idealistic used-book seller to murderous drug kingpin.
Tracking a rumored gerbil infestation through China’s bureaucracy.
How a group of hippie surfers and a former Spanish teacher built the largest weed-smuggling empire on the West Coast.
Previously: Bearman discusses this story on the Longform Podcast.
How the CIA used a fake science fiction film to sneak six Americans out of revolutionary Iran. The declassified story that became Ben Affleck’s Argo.
How Bert Schneider, a well-heeled Hollywood producer with a coke problem and a soft spot for radical politics, smuggled Huey Newton, the leader of the Black Panthers who was awaiting trial on a murder charge, into Cuba in 1974.