Robert Kolker

12 articles
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On the life and death of Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy who disappeared in October after walking out of his New York City school.

Previously: Robert Kolker on the Longform Podcast.

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The case of Gilberto Valle, “The Cannibal Cop,” and the line between criminal thoughts and action.

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The story of Melissa Barthelemy, a prostitute killed in a string of murders on Long Island in December 2010.

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How a high-stakes poker game that started at Tobey Maguire’s house became part of a $100 million gambling and money-laundering operation orchestrated by the Russian mob.

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How an informant helped authorities nab a notorious anti-abortion activist.

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Aaron Greene and Morgan Gliedman were young and in love and pregnant and partial to heroin and living in a Village apartment with a lot of heavy weaponry lying about. Then they were arrested, and their stories started to change.

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Why so many smart kids are cheating on tests.

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The case of the murdered real-estate legend and her enraged assistant.

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The complicated case of Brigitte Harris, who, after years of abuse, accidentally killed her father by cutting off his penis.

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One day Nejdra Nance realized the woman she had called Mom for 23 years may have been at the center of one of the most harrowing kidnappings in decades—hers.
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What happened to Wesley Autrey after he jumped in front of a New York City subway train to save a man’s life.

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Five prostitutes disappear. Bodies turn up on a Long Island beach. On the women lost, and the families left behind.

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In 1991, Frank Sterling confessed to a crime he didn’t commit. His story highlights a common – and controversial – method of police interrogation.