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The Stranger in the Shelter
Told here in full for the first time, this is the horrifying story of the first murder on the Appalachian Trail, the kidnapping that followed, and how one woman learned to survive.
Ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter Takes On The World's Most Sadistic Endurance Race
Gary Cantrell clanged a bell at 6:40 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, signaling 70 runners to jog off into the woods on his farm in Tennessee. They had an hour to complete a 4.1667-mile loop trail. Easy. Most of the group finished with 15 minutes to spare. The bell clanged again at 7:40 a.m., and they ran it again. And at 8:40 a.m., and 9:40 a.m., and every hour after that until, one by one, they quit. There was no known finish line. The race went on, day and night, until the bell clanged and only one runner answered.
It Started as an Online Gaming Prank. Then It Turned Deadly
A $1.50 wager on a "Call of Duty" match led to a fake 911 call reporting a violent hostage situation in Wichita. Here’s how it all went horribly awry.
The Missing Parents and the Melting Glacier
What happens when climate changes quickly in a previously frozen place? The ice gives up the bodies—and the secrets—of the past.
Devin Nunes’s Family Farm Is Hiding a Politically Explosive Secret
Why did Devin Nunes's parents and brother cover their tracks after quietly moving their family farm to Iowa? Ryan Lizza went to Iowa in search of the truth—and strange things started happening.
The Prostitution Empire and the Former N.Y.P.D. Detective, Always One Step Ahead of the Law
A former vice detective is at the center of one of the New York Police Department’s worst scandals in recent years. Here is his story, as uncovered by a team of Times reporters.
The First Floridians
In St. Augustine lie the ruins of Fort Mose, built in 1738 as the first free black settlement in what would become the United States. Might America have different racial attitudes today if the Spanish had conquered the British 250 years ago?
The Literal Cost of Margherita Pizza in America
How labor, shipping expenses, and other factors affect the overall price of the Neapolitan pie, state by state
98.6 Degrees Is A Normal Body Temperature, Right? Not Quite
Fever is a more flexible concept than people assume, as new crowdsourced data helps show.
The New Old Age
Longevity is now our reality. Are we ready for it?
The Story of the American Inventor Denied a Patent Because He Was a Slave
The world of invention is famous for its patent disputes. But what happens when your dispute wasn’t with another inventor but whether the Patent Office saw you as a person at all? In 1864, a black man named Benjamin T. Montgomery tried to patent his new propeller for steamboats. The Patent Office said that he wasn’t allowed to patent his invention. All because he was enslaved.
The Secret Garden
A near-unexplored wilderness was found on top of a mountain in Mozambique, and a dream team of scientists scaled the rock face to study it.
American Daredevil – Great Escape – Medium
Kirk Jones jumped off Niagara Falls twice. The first time, he made it. The second time, he died.
The 30-Year Manhunt for China’s Most Elusive Serial Killer
Why did Gao Chengyong rape and mutiliate 11 women—and why did he stop?
Inside a Sleazy FBI Sting Involving Diet Clinics, Fitness Models, Money Laundering, and a Supposed Plot to Hire a Hitman
Emile Bouari was an unprincipled businessman who’d been accused of ripping people off. But it would take Operation Bo-Tox to get him to launder money.
The Doctor Doesn’t Listen to Her. But the Media Is Starting To.
Physicians have long dismissed or downplayed women's sexual- and reproductive-health concerns—but in 2018, stories about "health-care gaslighting" are consistently breaking through to the mainstream.
The Killer Who Spared My Mother
In an attempt to understand her own chronic pain, Diana Whitney uncovers a violent trauma from her mother’s past.
Inside the Twisted Minds of Deliberately Bad Tippers
These diners know better, but they don’t care
When a Stranger Decides to Destroy Your Life
Monika Glennon has lived in Huntsville, Alabama, for the last 12 years. Other than a strong Polish accent, she fits a certain stereotype of the All-American life. She’s blonde. Her husband is a veteran Marine. Her two children, a boy and a girl, joined the military as adults. She sells houses—she’s a real estate agent at Re/Max—helping others realize their own American dream.
The Samurai Killer of South St. Louis
Seth Herter's life was full of delusions. But the murder was all too real
Inside Incels' Looksmaxing Obsession: Penis Stretching, Skull Implants And Rage
Thousands of "involuntarily celibate" men in online forums are consumed by misogynist entitlement and a skin-deep quest for self-improvement.
Japan’s Vegetable-Eating Men
A nation of suit-wearing salarymen educates its first generation of stay-at-home dads.
Schlitterbahn’s Tragic Slide
Jeff Henry often said that his goal in life was to make customers of his family’s legendary water parks happy—“to put a smile on their faces, to give them a thrill or two.” It was a beautiful vision. Until it went horribly wrong.
Terms of Service Violation
The Absurdity of Trump Officials Eating at Mexican Restaurants During an Immigration Crisis
It seemed almost unbelievable, in the midst of Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, that Administration officials could be enjoying a cuisine from the very region their policy targets.
The science of hangry
Surprisingly little research investigates how feeling hungry transforms into feeling hangry.
The Difference Between Being Broke and Being Poor
It’s a recognition that comes in the aisle of a grocery store.
Tim Miller can find almost anyone. Can he find his daughter’s killer?
A man in Texas helps police find missing people. He’s spent three decades working on the hardest, coldest case of all: his daughter’s murder. Has he finally solved it?
Avenging Emily Doe
One Stanford professor's relentless pursuit of justice in the Brock Turner case.
Sentenced to Death: Who's Responsible for the Murder of Neil Early?
How the killing of a 23-year-old inmate exposed the corruption of Arizona's for-profit prison system
Did Science Miss Its Best Shot at an AIDS Vaccine?
For 35 years, researchers have been trying to beat the virus that causes AIDS. For just as long, Burt Dorman has been saying he has a faster way.
How an Aspiring ‘It’ Girl Tricked New York’s Party People — and Its Banks
Somebody had to foot the bill for Anna Delvey’s fabulous new life. The city was full of marks.
Blood Will Tell
The murder of Mickey Bryan, a quiet fourth-grade teacher, stunned her small Texas town. Then her husband, a beloved high school principal, was charged with killing her.Did he do it, or had there been a terrible mistake?
Breaking Down Seinfeld: 5 things we learned from analyzing every script
It’s been 20 years since the Seinfeld finales. In honor, we analyzed every one of the show’s scripts to see what we could learn.
The Water War That Polarized 1920s California
At 1:30 on the morning of May 21, 1924, a thunderous explosion rocked the Owens Valley near the town of Lone Pine, echoing against the stark rampart of snowcapped Sierra to the west. Centered on a …
The Man With the Stolen Name
They know what he did. They just don’t know who he is.
A notorious mansion. An alleged assault by a Hollywood producer. A suicide. What happened to Brian Claflin?
Four years after his death in Germany, Brian Claflin’s family is still trying to understand what happened to him. The Utah artist alleged he was sexually assaulted by filmmaker Gary Goddard as a teenager.
Murder at the Alcatraz of the Rockies
In 2006, a rookie FBI agent was tasked with unraveling a murder conspiracy in America's most secure prison—home to the Unabomber, international terrorists, and drug kingpins. A story of brutality, isolation, and loyalty, by Chris Outcalt for The Atavist
Why I Haven’t Given Up on the ”No-Tipping” Restaurant Model
Hey, it’s me, Andrea. That 26-year-old, first-time, downtown Los Angeles-based restaurateur who decided to eliminate tipping. Not trying to toot my own horn here, it’s just that I’m 29 now, and the…
The Mystery of the Most Famous Missing Person on YouTube
He ran out of an airport terminal, terrified. CCTV recorded him. But he’s never been seen again—even though thousands of YouTubers and…
The Teens Who Hacked Microsoft's Videogame Empire—And Went Too Far
Among those involved in David Pokora's so-called Xbox Underground, one would become an informant, one would become a fugitive, and one would end up dead.
The Real Story of the Hawaiian Missile Crisis
On January 13, 2018, the residents of Hawaii picked up their phones to find a warning: A missile would be hitting the islands imminently. Sean Flynn found out what people do when they think they only have moments left to live.
The Useful Village
Instagram is killing the way we experience art
The fact is that looking at art on our backlit screens is not the same as encountering it in person.
Yes, bacon really is killing us
The long read: Decades’ worth of research proves that chemicals used to make bacon do cause cancer. So how did the meat industry convince us it was safe?
Under the Hollywood Gaslight
Rose McGowan suffered from the worst of the Hollywood machine and reclaimed her body and her narrative. But her all-for-one methods have alienated fellow activists.
That time Secret Service asked government psychics to predict the future to prevent an undefined disaster (that never happened)
In late 1981, the U.S. Secret Service needed help locating someone. Unable to find the A-Team, they turned to the government psychics at Army Intelligence.
How Sanrio Turned Hello Kitty Into a Food Superstar
From food trucks to wine, the brand’s most famous character is everywhere
What Our Obsession With Mixed Race Babies Really Says About Us
Nothing cute about that.
Multiracial Families Can't Save The World From Racism
Love may trump hate, but it can’t cure white supremacy.