Selected archives

The Rape Against Petty Officer Blumer

The Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass: He was a friendless high school loner struggling with autism. So why did an undercover cop target him as a drug dealer?
Rolling Stone, March 13, 2014

The Poorest Rich Kids in the World

About a Girl: By the time Coy Mathis was four years old, he knew one thing was for sure: that he wasn’t a boy.
Rolling Stone, November 7, 2013

The Poorest Rich Kids in the World

The Poorest Rich Kids in the World: Why did the heirs to one of the largest fortunes in America grow up horribly neglected and abused?
Rolling Stone, August 15, 2013

The Rape Against Petty Officer Blumer

The Rape of Petty Officer Blumer: Inside the military’s culture of sexual abuse, denial and cover-up.
Rolling Stone, February 14, 2013

School of Hate

The Plot Against Occupy: How the government turned five stoner misfits into the world’s most hapless terrorist cell.
Rolling Stone, September 13, 2012

School of Hate

The Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills: Heiress, actress, singer, model — Lisette Lee wanted everyone to think she had it all, but beneath the bling were secrets, lies and private jets filled with weed.
Rolling Stone, August 30, 2012

School of Hate

School of Hate: In Michele Bachmann’s home district, evangelicals have been waging war against gay teens. After a rash of suicides, the kids are fighting back.
Rolling Stone, February 16, 2012

The Catholic Church's Secret Sex-Crime Files

The Catholic Church’s Secret Sex-Crime Files: How a scandal in Philadelphia exposed the church’s most-guarded archive — documents that reveal a high-level conspiracy to cover up decades of sexual abuse by Catholic priests.
Rolling Stone, September 15, 2011

The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Played With Fire: It started online and quickly grew into the most intimate of betrayals. The rise, fall and stubborn survival of Kiki Kannibal, a teenage Internet celebrity who discovered that the real world can be a very scary place. Rolling Stone, April 28, 2011

“Why I Finally Left”

“Why I Finally Left”: Like many victims of domestic abuse, Mary Clemons escaped. And then returned — many, many times. A report on just why it can take so long to break free, and what every woman can learn from Mary’s experience.
Good Housekeeping, March 2011

Wide Awake and Under the Knife

Wide Awake and Under the Knife: Cosmetic surgery that’s cheaper, uses only local anesthesia and lets you control the results: A great deal, right? In reality, the new Awake procedures are a way for barely trained surgeons to profit from dangerous operations no hospital would let them do. SELF, January 2011

Hackers Gone Wild

Hackers Gone Wild: The fast times & hard fall of the green hat gang; how three teenage friends, fueled by sex, drugs and illegal code, pulled off the biggest cybercrime of all time.
Rolling Stone, June 10, 2010

The Yoga Cult

The Yoga Cult: How a Korean guru created a fanatical following on college campuses that is part Moonies, part New Age boot camp and pure profit. Rolling Stone, February 18, 2010

The Stranger Who Saved Me

The Stranger Who Saved Me: Anna Robinson beat back cancer with the help of an anonymous bone marrow donation. Then she began to wonder: Who was the woman who gifted her with a second chance? SELF, December 2009.

The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League

The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League: How a high school dropout created the ultimate fake ID, scammed her way into Harvard and Columbia, and became the target of a nationwide manhunt. Rolling Stone, June 11, 2009.

Sex Lies & Phys Ed

Sex Lies & Phys Ed: He was a star athlete at Hammonton High. She was the hottest teacher in school. What happens when every boy’s fantasy becomes reality?
Rolling Stone, January 22, 2009.

The Crime Against Women No One Understands

The Crime Against Women No One Understands: This man has been charged with rape 10 times but never convicted of that crime. This story is a warning to all women.
SELF, November 2008.

The Fabulous Fraudulent Life of Jocelyn & Ed

The Fabulous Fraudulent Life of Jocelyn & Ed: They took the ultimate criminal joy ride - two college-aged kids on a nonstop jet-set scam to flaunt their outlaw romance all over the world. Rolling Stone, March 20, 2008.

The Weight Loss Miracle That Isn’t

The Weight Loss Miracle That Isn’t: New evidence of the health benefits of gastric-bypass surgery has doctors eager to recommend it. But some people say the risks are being greatly underplayed. Read the scary truth about a growing trend.
SELF, August 2008.

Is Your Doctor Playing Judge?

Is Your Doctor Playing Judge?: New laws give physicians and hospitals the right to deny women the best care, even in emergencies. Why your health could be at risk.
SELF, June 2007.

Breast Cancer in the Family

Breast Cancer in the Family: These cousins share a scary history, but they made opposite choices. How far would you go to lower your risk? SELF, March 2007.

Shooting Up in Suburbia

Shooting Up in Suburbia: Over the past decade, an influx of pure heroin into Philadelphia has turned on some users: suburban middle-class moms. Philadelphia, March 2006

They Said the Baby Was Fine. He Wasn’t.

They Said the Baby Was Fine. He Wasn’t.: Cutting-edge prenatal gene tests now give parents a chance to detect birth defects in time to end a troubled pregnancy. But what can families do when a child’s clean bill of health turns out to be tragically wrong? The heartbreaking and hugely controversial step one mother decided to take. SELF, October 2005.

Juicers in Blue

Juicers in Blue: Forget ballplayers. A worse steroid scandal is brewing: Cops who want an edge against the perps, but who become criminals in the process. Men’s Health, October 2005.

The Paperless Chase

The Paperless Chase: Raging against the electronic voting machine. Mother Jones, May/June 2004.

Yes, You Can Save Women’s Lives

Yes, You Can Save Women’s Lives: Around the world, women are dying because they can’t get basic health care— a Pap smear, a condom, a safe place to give birth. Hopeless? Actually, you can help. Glamour, April 2004.

Who is the Boy in the Box?

Who is the Boy in the Box? In 1957, a young boy was discovered dead in the woods in Fox Chase, his head poking from a cardboard box. It would become Philly’s most famous and baffling unsolved murder. Forty-six years later, long- retired investigator Bill Kelly is still on a quest for answers. Philadelphia, November 2003.

The Creep with the Golden Tongue

The Creep with the Golden Tongue: Mastermind criminal and con man Steve Comisar has cheated chumps out of an estimated $10 million, earning the title “the Jeffrey Dahmer of fraud.” Clearly, this man knows a few things about human nature and how to exploit it. So listen up. You could learn a lot from a snake like this. GQ, August 2003.

Real Girls Who Get Stalked

Real Girls Who Get Stalked: Celebrities aren’t the only ones who are terrorized by unwelcome—and often unrelenting—admirers. Cosmo talks to several women whose tales of being pursued are so hair-raising, they rival any Hollywood thriller. Cosmopolitan, April 2003.

Get your Gas Masks Here

Get your Gas Masks Here: Department of Preparation. The New Yorker, October 15, 2001.

Murder in Paradise?

Murder in Paradise? Last May, 29-year old Claudia Kirschoch vanished from a Jamaican resort. All she left behind were questions: What happened to her and why can’t anyone-the local police, her parents, the FBI— find out?
Cosmopolitan, February 2001.

Anthrax on Broad Street?

Anthrax on Broad Street? A team of government agents is preparing for the unthinkable: What if bioterrorists attack the Republican National Convention? Philadelphia, July 2000.

The Crash

The Crash: For years, Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky’s friends wondered how she could balance a national political career and 11 kids while husband Ed trotted around the globe making deals. Since they've declared bankruptcy, those same friends are wondering how they could have ignored the obvious... and whether they’ll get their money back. Philadelphia, May 2000.

Fit to Be Tied

Fit to Be Tied: Sometimes, muscling out of a Bally’s gym membership is the toughest workout of all.
Philadelphia, January 2000.

America’s Most Wanted?

America’s Most Wanted? After 12 years running an underground network for battered women and children, avenging angel Faye Yager was seemingly unstoppable. Then she suddenly closed up shop. Find out what happened when one of the country’s most fearless women finally met her match. Harper’s Bazaar, November 1999.

Rebecca Rimel Doesn’t Give Anything Away

Rebecca Rimel Doesn’t Give Anything Away: The smiling sphinx at the helm of Pew Charitable Trusts seems to become less knowable as her philanthropic power grows.
Philadelphia, November 1999.

I’ll be Damned

I’ll be Damned: Vacuum cleaner salesman-turned-cult leader Stewart Traill-whose followers recruit your kids on South Street-says I’m in big trouble. But those fleeing his “church” have bet his souls they’re wrong. Philadelphia, June 1999.

Wife, Mother, Madam

Wife, Mother, Madam: She’s a 34-year old Main Line mom with a Ford Explorer, a lovely home and perfect nails—and for $350 an hour, she’ll give your husband what he wants.
Philadelphia, November 1998.

Generation Rx

Generation Rx: We tell our kids drugs are bad, then start prescribing Prozac for nine-year olds. The trend creates huge opportunities for Children’s Hospital and local pharmaceutical giants. Is it a cop-out? Or a lifesaver?
Philadelphia, December 1997.

Murder, He Sculpted

Murder, He Sculpted: When cases go “cold,” the call goes to Frank Bender and the ace crime solvers of the Vidocq Society. Philadelphia, October 1997.

How Do I Know You’re Not a Cop?

How Do I Know You’re Not a Cop? The drug dealer wannabe out of Friends Select, the FBI superhero, the snaky snitch. It was a routine setup. Then something went terribly, terribly wrong. Philadelphia, October 1996.

Intimate Intimidation

Intimate Intimidation: When the gynecologist touched her like that, she knew it was wrong, but she didn’t know what to do. And she didn’t know the same thing had happened many times before. Philadelphia, April 1996.

'The Creep with the Golden Tongue,' GQ, August 2003. 'Hackers Gone Wild,' Rolling Stone - June 10, 2010. 'The Crime Against Women That No One Understands,' SELF, November 2008. 'The Fabulous Fraudulent Life of Jocelyn and Ed,' Rolling Stone, Issue 1048 - March 20, 2008. Reprinted in Best American Crime Reporting 2009. 'Is Your Doctor Playing Judge?' SELF, June 2007. 'Get Your Gas Masks Here,' The New Yorker - Talk of the Town, Dept. of Preparation, Issue of 2001-10-15. 'Who is the Boy in the Box?' Philadelphia Magazine, November 2003. Reprinted in Best American Crime Reporting 2004. 'School of Hate
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