How a Stroke Turned a 63-Year-Old Into a Rap Legend

For stroke survivor Sherman Hershfield, rapping and rhyming kept his seizures under control.

Author: Jeff Maysh
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jan 16, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,683 words)

How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions

And here you were buying super-sized cartons of french fries in the hopes of getting a Park Place, like a dope.

Author: Jeff Maysh
Source: The Daily Beast
Published: Jul 28, 2018
Length: 34 minutes (8,619 words)

The Counterfeit Queen of Soul

In the 1960s, Mary Jane Jones modeled herself after Aretha Franklin, but she had the emotion and range of an original soul singer. After a crooked James Brown impersonator forced her to perform as Franklin, she got famous from her own talent, until she gave up show bizness to raise her sons.

Author: Jeff Maysh
Source: Smithsonian
Published: Jul 1, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,499 words)

The Cop Who Became a Robber

A 70-year old retired detective started robbing banks in his free time. Now his time’s no longer free. They call him the Snowbird Bandit. Why did he turn to crime?

Author: Jeff Maysh
Published: Aug 22, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,245 words)

The Scarface of Sex: The Millionaire Playboy Who Murdered His Way to the Top of Porn

Michael Thevis built a lucrative pornography empire in the 1960s and ’70s only to spend the end of his life in prison. His family opened his personal diaries to a journalist for the first time to get the whole, crooked, tragic story.

Author: Jeff Maysh
Source: The Daily Beast
Published: Jun 16, 2017
Length: 31 minutes (7,858 words)

The Pez Outlaw

How a Michigan farmer made and lost millions smuggling rare Pez containers into the US.

Author: Jeff Maysh
Source: Playboy
Published: Mar 20, 2015
Length: 18 minutes (4,660 words)