The Tow Truck Turf War and the Driver Left for Dead

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.

Source: Narratively
Published: Jul 11, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,967 words)

This 12-Step Group Meets in the Basement of a Fetish Shop

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.

Author: Aly Tadros
Source: Narratively
Published: Oct 24, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,058 words)

The Great Unsolved Mystery of Missing Marjorie West

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?

Source: Narratively
Published: May 8, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,500 words)

The Hidden Queer History Behind “A League of Their Own”

“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.”

Source: Narratively
Published: May 30, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,542 words)

When a Magician’s Curse Swung Boxing’s Biggest Bout

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?

Source: Narratively
Published: Nov 27, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,400 words)

I’ve Spent Thirty Years Trying to Solve One Horrific Murder Case

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.

Source: Narratively
Published: Feb 23, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,725 words)

Fidel Castro Is Dead. What Will Cuban-Americans Like Me Do Now?

After Castro’s long reign, three tales of exile and identity examine the complicated relation of American-born Cubans to their families’ homeland.

Source: Narratively
Published: Nov 28, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5,399 words)

The Hidden History of Gas Station Bathrooms, By a Man Who Cleans Them

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.

Source: Narratively
Published: Nov 9, 2006
Length: 9 minutes (2,485 words)

I Went to the Hospital to Give Birth… and Tested Positive for Meth

“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.”

Source: Narratively
Published: May 17, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2,607 words)

The Body Behind the Little White Church

A tiny Appalachian town is rocked by secrets after a 25-year-old woman goes missing.

Source: Narratively
Published: Jul 23, 2015
Length: 10 minutes (2,510 words)