In Pittsburgh’s cutthroat towing business, “crash chasers” sabotage competitors, employ “enforcers” to intimidate each other, and fight on the scene with disturbing regularity. For new driver and new father, Jason Stotlemyer, one job nearly turned deadly.
Alcoholics Anonymous has numbers special-interest recovery groups. When people in the BDSM community needed to speak as openly about kink as their addiction, they started their own group: Recovery in the Lifestyle, or RitL.
Eighty years ago, four-year-old Marjorie West went missing from a park in Pennsylvania. As one of our country’s oldest unsolved cases, theories still abound – did a she-bear take her? A wildman? Is she still alive?
“The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League did everything it could to keep lesbians off the diamond. Seventy-five years later, its gay stars are finally opening up.”
In the late-1930s, boxer Tiger Jack Fox was a force to be reckoned with, but did supernatural hocus pocus lose him an important fight?
When Julian Pierce, a member of the Lumbee tribe, ran for North Carolina Superior Court judge in 1988, he ended up dead on his kitchen floor, but his murder helped unite African-Americans and Native Americans in a segregated county known for corruption and wrongful sentencing. One TV producer has been piecing together Pierce’s murder ever since.
After Castro’s long reign, three tales of exile and identity examine the complicated relation of American-born Cubans to their families’ homeland.
Part of Narratively’s Invisible People series, which shares the stories of lives “behind the scenes and on the margins,” hopefully this essay can create a greater appreciation for those unseen workers who make our lives run more smoothly.
“When the nurse first told me, mid-labor, that there were methamphetamines in my system, I cracked up laughing at the absurdity. When child services showed up, it stopped being funny.”