The Assassination of Drakeo the Ruler

“Drakeo was 28 with an incandescent future ahead: He was supporting his son, mother, and paying his sister’s college tuition. Whoever bears responsibility for his murder did more than kill one man. They’ve deprived hip-hop and pop culture of a rare creative vanguard pushing sound and style forward in a landscape glutted with pastiche and revival. They snatched away a living symbol, who triumphed over incommensurable abuses dealt by the system. But perhaps that was part of the point.”

Author: Jeff Weiss
Published: Jan 13, 2022
Length: 27 minutes (6,842 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 Hollywood Exec and the Hand Transplant That Changed His Life

In her final feature for Los Angeles Magazine, Amy Wallace tells the incredible story of Jonathan Koch, “one of Hollywood’s great closers,” who lost several limbs and nearly his life to septic shock before receiving a revolutionary hand transplant.

Published: Mar 20, 2017
Length: 36 minutes (9,000 words)

The End: What Really Happens After You Die?

Explore all your post-death options in a macabre but fascinating (and strangely jaunty) essay that reveals all the post-death details you wanted to know — and some that you probably didn’t.

Published: Sep 16, 2016
Length: 32 minutes (8,196 words)

How Spanish Immersion School Made All the Difference for One Family

A family spends 10 weeks in Mexico and Argentina trying to learn Spanish.

Published: Nov 4, 2016
Length: 9 minutes (2,354 words)

Who’s Looking Out for L.A.’s Endangered Children?

Inside the Department of Children and Family Services’s emergency response team.

Published: Feb 22, 2016
Length: 19 minutes (4,900 words)


From the archives: Celeste Fremon’s 2014 feature detailing former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca’s fall from grace.

Published: Feb 27, 2014
Length: 46 minutes (11,665 words)

The Zankou Chicken Murders

In the April 2008 issue of Los Angeles magazine reporter Mark Arax wrote about Los Angeles’ beloved Zankou Chicken chain, and how one owner tore the founding family apart by murdering two of its members and killing himself. The story is a compelling mix of family dynamics, fast food and the complex American dream.

Author: Mark Arax
Published: Apr 1, 2008
Length: 39 minutes (9,766 words)

Freddie Roach Is the Best Damned Trainer Alive

A profile of Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s longtime trainer.

Published: Mar 1, 2010
Length: 8 minutes (2,180 words)

How a Long-Lost L.A. Home Was Found 1,770 Miles Away

Revered Californias architects Greene & Greene built the house in Hollywood just four years into the twentieth century. So how did it end up being rediscovered in Canada in the early 1970’s, derelict and abandoned?

Published: Apr 21, 2015
Length: 15 minutes (3,800 words)