Prince’s Closest Friends Share Their Best Prince Stories

An oral history of Prince’s life and career, as told by his friends.

Source: GQ
Published: Dec 8, 2016
Length: 60 minutes (15,000 words)

The Uber Killer: The Real Story of One Night of Terror

Heath takes us through a careful account of the night a 45-year-old Uber driver named Jason Dalton murdered six people in Kalamazoo, Michigan while picking up fares. Dalton’s motives that night are baffling.

Source: GQ
Published: Aug 22, 2016
Length: 41 minutes (10,446 words)

The Confessions of R. Kelly

R. Kelly gave GQ reporter Chris Heath three days to interview him without any restrictions. The results are illuminating, if not occasionally baffling.

Source: GQ
Published: Jan 22, 2016
Length: 44 minutes (11,000 words)

The Serial Killer Has Second Thoughts: The Confessions of Thomas Quick

Sture Bergwall, known in Sweden as Thomas Quick, has confessed to more than 30 murders, eight of which resulted in convictions. Heath comes face-to-face with Bergwall as he prepares to make another startling confession:

“Here, five doors from the free world, it is hard not to feel a little apprehension. There is an odd moment after I first arrive when the translator has gone to the bathroom and the two people from the hospital who will sit by the door as we talk are not yet in place, and so it is just myself and Bergwall, meeting for the first time, exchanging stilted pleasantries. He takes a seat on one side of a low coffee table—a position chosen, I later discover, because he doesn’t like to see the staff who are monitoring him. I move toward the sofa on the other side of the coffee table. But then he overrules me. He gently taps on the chair right next to him. Okay.”

Source: GQ
Published: Jul 29, 2013
Length: 43 minutes (10,820 words)

Lars Attacks!

“Ayee-eeee…” Lars von Trier says, physically wincing, as it begins. (His ramblings are prompted by a question partly inquiring about the interest he had expressed to a Danish film magazine about the Nazi aesthetic and their achievements in the field of design.) “Yeah, okay. I remember that…” He asks me to stop it for a moment, then continues. “Terrible…” He sees the distressed look on Dunst’s face, helpless to stop the flow of disastrous words from the mouth of someone inches away from her. “I kind of didn’t look at her,” he remembers. “But I had a feeling that she was kind of reacting. But then I thought ‘Ah, these Americans, they’re always so scared of everything, you know…’ ” Just watching Dunst’s face, as it shifts between amusement, concern, bafflement, horror, compassion, and pain, without ever losing its dignity, tells you as much about what is happening as Trier’s words do.

Source: GQ
Published: Sep 20, 2011
Length: 19 minutes (4,913 words)

Tell

As Don’t Ask Don’t Tell comes to an end, interviews with dozens of gay servicemen about their experience. Air Force #3: “I’ve had three deployments [while] with the same person. Every time it’s been ‘All right, see you later.’ All the spouses get together, do stu. He’s just there by himself, fending for himself.” Marines #2: “The relationship lasted for about four years, but I always felt like I was disrespecting him, to have to pretend he didn’t exist when I went to work. When I got deployed, he was there with my family when I left. It kind of sucked—to shake his hand and a little pat on the back and ‘I’ll see you when I see you’ kind of thing. And when you’re getting ready to come back, the spouses were getting classes—here’s how you welcome your Marine back into the family—and my boyfriend didn’t get any of that.”

Source: GQ
Published: Aug 25, 2011
Length: 34 minutes (8,563 words)

Mad German Auteur, Now in 3-D!

The daring German filmmaker Werner Herzog once walked a thousand miles to propose to a woman. He once plotted to firebomb his leading man’s house and once ate his own shoe to square a bet. He once got shot in the stomach during a TV interview, then insisted on finishing. And despite it all, his latest adventure—a 3-D documentary about cave paintings—still sounds batshit crazy.

Source: GQ
Published: Apr 29, 2011
Length: 17 minutes (4,269 words)

An Army of One

Equipped with little more than a sword he’d bought on a home-shopping network, a pair of night-vision goggles, and the blessing of a vengeful Christian God, 50-year-old ex-con Gary Faulkner traveled to the most volatile region of Pakistan to capture Osama bin Laden.

Source: GQ
Published: Sep 1, 2010
Length: 28 minutes (7,061 words)