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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.
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 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 30-Year Manhunt for China’s Most Elusive Serial Killer
Why did Gao Chengyong rape and mutiliate 11 women—and why did he stop?
The Samurai Killer of South St. Louis
Seth Herter's life was full of delusions. But the murder was all too real
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?
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
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?
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
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…
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood: What You Need to Know About Star's Death
More than 35 years after Wood was found dead, police are looking at what role – if any – her husband played
Randall Woodfield, the I-5 killer, former Green Bay Packer
With the 428th pick in the 1974 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected. . . one of the most violent killers in U.S. history.
One illegal gun. 12 weeks. A dozen criminal acts. The rapid cycle of gun violence.
The span between illegal gun purchase to criminal investigation has shortened every year since 2010. In just twelve weeks, one Glock 17 changed hands multiple times and was used to wreak havoc in Washington, D.C.
She Broke Japan’s Silence on Rape
She was a news intern. He was a TV journalist. She says he raped her, and she decided to do something Japanese women rarely do: Speak out.
Living with Slenderman
Three little girls, an Internet boogeyman, and a stabbing in the woods on a sunny afternoon. Inside the trials of Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier.
The Man in the Woods
The epic manhunt for a murderer in the forests of Fort Bragg, California
Robert Ben Rhoades: The Truck Stop Killer
He was methodical, he rode the highways, and he preyed on teenage girls. Girls who'd run away. Girls no one would miss. In the summer of 1985, the author was such a girl. One night on I-95, she hitched a ride from a stranger and endured the most terrifying moments of her life. Now, years later, she returns to the scenes of her fugitive youth looking for clues to that terror—and the girls who lost their lives to it
'I Am a Girl Now,' Sage Smith Wrote. Then She Went Missing.
On the late afternoon of November 20, 2012, just a few weeks shy of her 20th birthday, Sage Smith stepped out of the neon pink-walled apartment in Charlottesville, Virginia, she shared with two friends. After a tough and tumbling childhood, things finally seemed to be falling into place: She had moved out of her grandmother’s house, was taking classes, had just reconciled with her dad. And she had just started openly identifying as a transgender woman.