The FBI of the National Park Service

“There’s a pervasive idea that crime doesn’t happen in our national parks, that these bucolic monuments to nature inspire visitors to be more noble, law-abiding versions of themselves. But parks are filled with people, and people commit crimes.” Enter the little-known Investigative Services Branch (ISB).

Source: Outside
Published: Oct 16, 2018
Length: 22 minutes (5,548 words)

The Delay

After two siblings got kidnapped on the Navajo reservation, jurisdictional issues and a structural breakdown of the Amber Alert system slowed the search. Trying to protect Indigenous children on tribal lands requires increased police training and federal funding, but funding often means compromising some tribal sovereignity.

Source: Esquire
Published: Apr 18, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,373 words)

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)