How Scorned Women and a Casanova Cop Caught L.A.’s ‘Dine-and-Dash Dater’

Paul Gonzales scammed his online dates into buying him expensive dinners. Then they made him pay.

Author: Jeff Maysh
Source: The Daily Beast
Published: Jul 20, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,700 words)

How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions

And here you were buying super-sized cartons of french fries in the hopes of getting a Park Place, like a dope.

Author: Jeff Maysh
Source: The Daily Beast
Published: Jul 28, 2018
Length: 34 minutes (8,619 words)

The Scarface of Sex: The Millionaire Playboy Who Murdered His Way to the Top of Porn

Michael Thevis built a lucrative pornography empire in the 1960s and ’70s only to spend the end of his life in prison. His family opened his personal diaries to a journalist for the first time to get the whole, crooked, tragic story.

Author: Jeff Maysh
Source: The Daily Beast
Published: Jun 16, 2017
Length: 31 minutes (7,858 words)

Where Are The Romanovs’ Missing Fabergé Easter Eggs?

Allison Mc Nearny seeks out the history of these glorious Easter gifts.

Source: The Daily Beast
Published: Sep 2, 2016
Length: 6 minutes (1,660 words)

The Search for My Father’s Killer

An excerpt of Daily Beast editor-at-large Goldie Taylor’s forthcoming memoir, Let Me Still Be Singing When Evening Comes. Taylor learns some hard truths about her father as she searches for clues about his murder in St. Louis, in 1973.

Source: The Daily Beast
Published: Nov 20, 2016
Length: 26 minutes (6,547 words)

‘A Bunch of Native American Kids from the Rez are the Basketball Kings of Wyoming’

Meet the Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs, who are creating a basketball dynasty at a tiny school on the Wind River Reservation.

Source: The Daily Beast
Published: Sep 2, 2014
Length: 30 minutes (7,741 words)

Can America’s Favorite Ex-Con Mayor Win Again?

Buddy Cianci is the poster boy of U.S. political scandals. But that may be ancient history in Providence, where the still-beloved figure may seek one more go of it in City Hall.

As Providence blossomed into a Seattle of the East in the ‘90s, with its brick-building stock getting converted into lofts for the postgrad art-school set, Cianci again reigned as its crown prince, in a whirlwind of parades and ribbon cuttings and school graduations. “I’d attend the opening of an envelope,” he says now. He was out on the town nearly every night, pulling up in his limo, breezing past lines of waiting diners to hold court at the choicest tables, leaving without paying. “The cost of doing business,” one restauranteur told a Cianci biographer

Source: The Daily Beast
Published: Jun 22, 2014
Length: 14 minutes (3,567 words)

Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens

In exchange for his surrender, the top Colombian drug lord was allowed to build his jail—complete with a disco, jacuzzi, and waterfall. Now 23 years later, it’s a home for the elderly.

With negotiations underway in the spring of 1991, Escobar began hunting for the perfect piece of land upon which to construct his prison. He took along his brother, Roberto, who was the cartel’s accountant. Escobar had scouted much of the vacant land surrounding Medellín but found the lush mountainside of Mont Catedral particularly ideal. “This is the place, brother,” Escobar said during a site visit. “Do you realize that after six in the evening it fogs over and is foggy at dawn, too?” Escobar also appreciated the steep topography that would make it nearly impossible for the military or rival cartels to mount an air attack on the compound. And so, prior to formally surrendering, Escobar began construction on The Cathedral.

Source: The Daily Beast
Published: Jun 7, 2014
Length: 13 minutes (3,472 words)

The Beatles Succeeded Through Talent, Ambition, and a Lot of Arrogance

Andrew Romano sets out to debunk Malcolm Gladwell’s argument in Outliers that the Beatles made their success through the “10,000-hour rule”—in this case, spending thousands of hours of playing in Hamburg:

But this isn’t even the real problem with Gladwell’s theory. The real problem is that while the Beatles’ marathon stints in Hamburg did transform them as a band—they were so vibrant, so tight, and so unrecognizable when they returned from their first campaign that the crowds in Liverpool mistook them for a blistering new German combo—the “complex task” they had now “mastered” was not the same task that would eventually earn them world domination.

Being able to mach schau in a small club was a pivotal part of the Beatles development: it won them a fanatical following in Liverpool, which in turn drove their debut single “Love Me Do” up the charts even when the suits in London refused to promote it, and it was also the reason the Fabs were able record an LP as a thrilling as Please Please Me in a single ten-hour workday. But beyond that, Gladwell is wrong. The Beatles’ “excellence at performing” is not “what it took” for them to become the greatest rock band of all time. In fact, the Beatles were stuck in a rut even after they returned from Hamburg in 1961—and their live expertise was not enough to get them out of it.

Source: The Daily Beast
Published: Nov 11, 2013
Length: 14 minutes (3,502 words)

War Tourists Flock to Syria’s Front Lines

A group of misguided adventure seekers travel to a war-ravaged village in rebel territory north of Aleppo:

“Most people on their holiday go out partying, but we decided to do something a little different for once,” says Smith. They had “no contacts or anything like that” in southern Turkey or the northern part of Syria controlled by opposition forces. Nonetheless, they flew to Istanbul, hopped on a bus, and made their way to Kilis, a small, dusty town barely on the Turkish side of the Syrian border, the last safe stop on the road to Aleppo.

Author: Ben Taub
Source: The Daily Beast
Published: Nov 9, 2013
Length: 10 minutes (2,643 words)