The Killing of a Colorado Rancher

When Jake Millison went missing, his family said he’d skipped town. But his friends knew him better than that, and they refused to let him simply disappear.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Mar 12, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,716 words)

The Stars at Night

Texas has some of the country’s highest nighttime light emission, and concenred Texans are working hard to save their night skies from the effects of light pollution.

Source: Texas Highways
Published: Dec 1, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,687 words)

The Cult of Columbine: How an Obsession With School Shooters Led to a Murder Plot

“Put simply, the world of violent crime is masculine, at least statistically. But the consumers of crime stories are decidedly female. Women make up the majority of the readers of true-crime books and the listeners of true-crime podcasts. Women are not just passively consuming these stories; they are also finding ways to participate in them.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Aug 20, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,797 words)

Murder in the Moroccan Mountains

What happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence?

Source: Outside
Published: Jul 29, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

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)