The Perfect Man Who Wasn’t

Con man Derek Alldred met women on a dating site and swindled them out of more than a million dollars. The women found that there was little law enforcement could do to help them, so they banded together to take him down.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Mar 5, 2018
Length: 27 minutes (6,786 words)

Outside the Manson Pinkberry

Manson bloggers, the world of murder fandom, and the philosophy of being — can you ever escape who you are, or were?

Source: The Believer
Published: Nov 6, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,150 words)

Gone Baby Gone

A new breed of online real estate speculator is capitalizing on abandoned properties and people who can’t pay their mortgages, and it’s bad for you and the country.

Published: Sep 19, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,741 words)

How Rich Hippies and Developers Went to War over Instagram’s Favorite Beach

Tulum was once a sleepy Mexican town where Mayan ruins overlooked white-sand beaches. But in the last decade, developers, hippies, and the social media set took advantaged of affordable real estate to transform Tulum into a destination for lifestyle tourists. But last summer, the price for that affordable real estate became clear as the government began to evict longtime residents and business owners..

Source: The Guardian
Published: Apr 26, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

#Vanlife, the Bohemian Social-Media Movement

How a movement toward simple, nomadic life in Volkswagen vans has become commercialized sponsor-fodder in which “vanlifers” trade social media currency for subsidized van repairs and discounts. Is this a new partially barter-style economy or just an outdoors, office-free variation of work pressure to tend ravenous social media accounts? Is it really freedom or just another way to sell your soul, one social media post at a time?

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 24, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,160 words)

Crossed Stitches

Rachel Monroe investigates a T-shirt quilt empire that went under and the laypeople-turned-detectives who dedicated themselves to recovering their mementos lost in the chaos.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Nov 27, 2016
Length: 25 minutes (6,426 words)

Cancer Cons, Phony Accidents and Fake Deaths

After Taryn Wright exposed an elaborate fake tragedy on Facebook, she became an unlikely leader of an online hoax-busting squad.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Feb 18, 2016
Length: 20 minutes (5,239 words)