Despite what “Law & Order: CSI” tells us, blood spatter patterns don’t necessarily hold all the keys to a crime scene.
“Rebirth therapy” was meant to help a troubled girl start over, but it ended her life instead.
How Baltimore Police Abused Their Power
Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force were celebrated for getting firearms off the street, until detectives discovered they were also robbing criminals of guns, drugs and money.
After nearly a decade, Gitmo detainee Haroon Gul believed he had a chance at freedom. Then came President Trump.
What Happened Onboard the ‘Nautilus’?
May Jeong searches for answers after the death of her friend, journalist Kim Wall.
What If Forensic Science Isn’t Really Science?
When bad forensics enter the courtroom, it can become impossible to get rid of them.
Stewards of the Blood
One California woman tries to understand the code of honor that young men live by in blood feuds.
The Encyclopedia of the Missing
She keeps watch over one of the largest databases of missing persons in the country. For Meaghan Good, the disappeared are still out here, you just have to know where to look.
Longreads Best of 2017: Crime Reporting
We asked writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here is the best in crime reporting.
Watching a Fall
The allure and shame of watching America’s last public hanging.