Spies, Dossiers, and the Insane Lengths Restaurants Go to Track and Influence Food Critics

When a glowing review can catapult a restaurant into stardom and a bad one can spell its doom, owners increasingly resort to a mainstay of political campaigns: opposition research.

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Dec 6, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,413 words)

The Strange, Spectacular Con of Bobby Charles Thompson

Who was this ripoff artist who rubbed shoulders with Karl Rove and used a veterans nonprofit to steal millions of dollars from donors?

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Mar 19, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,595 words)

The Gruesome November Night in One of Washington’s Wealthiest Suburbs

A husband and wife are tortured and nearly stabbed to death by a former employee’s husband. Was it revenge, or an addict’s “medication-induced delirium”?

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Oct 2, 2016
Length: 25 minutes (6,332 words)

The Strange, Crazy Afterlife of a Reality TV Star

In 2009, Tareq Salahi and his then-wife Michaele crashed a White House dinner. Then his life crashed.

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Feb 1, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2,903 words)

The Devastating Story of Washington’s Peeping-Tom Rabbi

A chilling and painstakingly reported account of the fall of a prominent D.C. rabbi. Barry Freundel secretly filmed 52 women while they undressed for a mikvah, or sacred ritual bath.

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Jan 3, 2016
Length: 23 minutes (5,950 words)

If You’re Lying About Being a Navy SEAL, This Man Will Catch You

Retired Navy SEAL Don Shipley became a YouTube sensation for busting people who falsely claimed to be Navy Seals. But Shipley does more than just bust phonies; he also runs a bootcamp for civilians who want a taste of SEAL training.

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Aug 30, 2015
Length: 24 minutes (6,230 words)

The Troubled, Tormented, Surprisingly Lucky Life of Michael Graham

A former Georgetown basketball star’s life took a troubled turn. Then he stopped at a gas station to buy a lottery ticket.

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Mar 30, 2015
Length: 16 minutes (4,043 words)

The Town Without Wi-Fi

People afflicted with “electromagnetic hypersensitivity”—ailments related to being around devices like cell phones that emit electromagnetic frequencies—have flocked to the town of Green Bank, West Virginia, where modern technology has been banned due to their possible interference with a government telescope. The locals aren’t happy about the stream of newcomers.

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Jan 5, 2015
Length: 16 minutes (4,247 words)

The World’s Top Breast-Reconstruction Artist Runs a Tattoo Parlor in Maryland

Meet Vinnie Myers, known as the “Michelangelo of Nipple Tattoos.”

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Sep 8, 2014
Length: 14 minutes (3,700 words)

Have You Seen Havoc?

One owner’s $35,000 search for her lost dog.

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Nov 12, 2014
Length: 15 minutes (3,850 words)