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Not a long read, but I went to high school with this guy. We were in the same lab group and hung around with the same group of kids. He was definitely self absorbed in high school, but I would never have expected this. *shudder*

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/she-had-it-coming-police-say-wife-killer-proclaimed-michael-mcdougall-charged-with-murdering-pregnant-wife/

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Not a long read, but I went to high school with this guy. We were in the same lab group and hung around with the same group of kids. He was definitely self absorbed in high school, but I would never have expected this. *shudder*

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/she-had-it-coming-police-say-wife-killer-proclaimed-michael-mcdougall-charged-with-murdering-pregnant-wife/

How awful. A guy I was acquainted with in college later committed a murder-suicide after his longtime girlfriend broke things off. He seemed normal enough when I hung out with him several times with a mutual friend.

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These stories are fascinating reads. I'm reminded of the times when I would go home to visit my parents and read through all of their Reader's Digest magazines. They often had similar stories, though not exactly like these. Keep posting links, please!

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Here's a few more. 

 

 

 

On the NFL and their attempts to appeal to children and their mothers  http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/nfl-football-moms-kids/

On witch burning in Papua New Guinea http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/they-burn-witches-here/

On the man who murdered his daughter by throwing her off a bridge http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2016/features/the-long-fall-of-phoebe-jonchuck/

On the woman who used to run the Westboro Bapstist Twitter account  http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/23/conversion-via-twitter-westboro-baptist-church-megan-phelps-roper

The story of the pizza delivery man who robbed a bank with a bomb locked around his neck https://www.wired.com/2010/12/ff_collarbomb/

On  a 20 something white nationalist and turning away from his upbringing.  Might be somewhat political as it was written in Oct 2016, but the man's life story is what I found most fascination.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/the-white-flight-of-derek-black/2016/10/15/ed5f906a-8f3b-11e6-a6a3-d50061aa9fae_story.html?utm_term=.8d3a27d5e1c5

A unsolved murder in the French Alps  http://www.gq.com/story/alps-murder-chevaline

On the underground practice of rehoming adopted children and the possible dangers  http://www.reuters.com/investigates/adoption/#article/part1

A triple murder in Waco that was solved or maybe wasn't http://www.reuters.com/investigates/adoption/#article/part1

The life of a child living in poverty in Maine https://apps.bostonglobe.com/graphics/2015/11/strider/

 

 

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Here's a few more.

 

 

 

On the NFL and their attempts to appeal to children and their mothers http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/nfl-football-moms-kids/

On witch burning in Papua New Guinea http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/they-burn-witches-here/

On the man who murdered his daughter by throwing her off a bridge http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2016/features/the-long-fall-of-phoebe-jonchuck/

On the woman who used to run the Westboro Bapstist Twitter account http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/23/conversion-via-twitter-westboro-baptist-church-megan-phelps-roper

The story of the pizza delivery man who robbed a bank with a bomb locked around his neck https://www.wired.com/2010/12/ff_collarbomb/

On a 20 something white nationalist and turning away from his upbringing. Might be somewhat political as it was written in Oct 2016, but the man's life story is what I found most fascination. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/the-white-flight-of-derek-black/2016/10/15/ed5f906a-8f3b-11e6-a6a3-d50061aa9fae_story.html?utm_term=.8d3a27d5e1c5

A unsolved murder in the French Alps http://www.gq.com/story/alps-murder-chevaline

On the underground practice of rehoming adopted children and the possible dangers http://www.reuters.com/investigates/adoption/#article/part1

A triple murder in Waco that was solved or maybe wasn't http://www.reuters.com/investigates/adoption/#article/part1

The life of a child living in poverty in Maine https://apps.bostonglobe.com/graphics/2015/11/strider/

No more, I have a school year to plan today!!!

 

<violently unplugs Internet and puts phone in the freezer>

 

(But thank you for the links!)

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This story about a dad bringing his kids into the family "business" is very memorable: http://www.texasmonthly.com/the-culture/i-would-only-rob-banks-for-my-family/

 

The author, Skip Hollandsworth, is truly gifted at writing long form pieces. If you click on his name, it will bring up a list of all his posts on Texas Monthly. Or if you actually have things to do besides read articles for days on end, Longform has linked some of his highlights: https://longform.org/posts/the-longform-guide-to-skip-hollandsworth

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I've been trying to remember the sports articles I've passed on to DH.

 

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/patrick-osullivan-nhl-abuse/

 

The above in a heartbreaking story about an NHL player whose father abused him throughout his childhood. It is intense.

 

"So let me be really clear about what happened to me. From the moment I got my first pair of hockey skates at five years old, I got the living sh*t kicked out of me every single day. Every day after hockey, no matter how many goals I scored, he would hit me. The man was 6-foot-2, 250 lbs. It would start as soon as we got in the car, and sometimes right out in the parking lot."

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Here's a few more.

 

 

 

On the NFL and their attempts to appeal to children and their mothers http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/nfl-football-moms-kids/

On witch burning in Papua New Guinea http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/they-burn-witches-here/

On the man who murdered his daughter by throwing her off a bridge http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2016/features/the-long-fall-of-phoebe-jonchuck/

On the woman who used to run the Westboro Bapstist Twitter account http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/23/conversion-via-twitter-westboro-baptist-church-megan-phelps-roper

The story of the pizza delivery man who robbed a bank with a bomb locked around his neck https://www.wired.com/2010/12/ff_collarbomb/

On a 20 something white nationalist and turning away from his upbringing. Might be somewhat political as it was written in Oct 2016, but the man's life story is what I found most fascination. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/the-white-flight-of-derek-black/2016/10/15/ed5f906a-8f3b-11e6-a6a3-d50061aa9fae_story.html?utm_term=.8d3a27d5e1c5

A unsolved murder in the French Alps http://www.gq.com/story/alps-murder-chevaline

On the underground practice of rehoming adopted children and the possible dangers http://www.reuters.com/investigates/adoption/#article/part1

A triple murder in Waco that was solved or maybe wasn't http://www.reuters.com/investigates/adoption/#article/part1

The life of a child living in poverty in Maine https://apps.bostonglobe.com/graphics/2015/11/strider/

Hi Mrs Basil...

 

I've been reading different articles and I just tried to read the triple murder in Waco one and your link for the Waco one is the same as the adoption link.

 

Can you tell me where I can find the Waco article?

 

TIA!

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I am just in shock over the story in the OP.  Not just over how awful the Easter parents were.  Horrible narcissistic sociopaths!  But over the fact that this came down in Kelli Peters favor.  This could have gone badly in so many ways for her and they knew how to twist the law at every turn.  I truly hope she is able to get some kind of pay out on the civil suit.  And I hope neither of them can practice law again.  I feel horribly for their children.  Kelli Peter's daughter too for that matter.

 

If you like podcasts, this is excellent (at least season 1 was) - about a murder case involving high school students.  I have no idea whether the accused was guilty but his case was handled horribly and I definitely think he could have gotten off.  It's not even clear to me why he is the one picked to be prosecuted.   The evidence was dicey at best.

https://serialpodcast.org/

 

This is another excellent local podcast about the Jacob Wetterling case and how poorly it was mismanaged

http://www.apmreports.org/in-the-dark

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I've been trying to remember the sports articles I've passed on to DH.

 

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/patrick-osullivan-nhl-abuse/

 

The above in a heartbreaking story about an NHL player whose father abused him throughout his childhood. It is intense.

 

"So let me be really clear about what happened to me. From the moment I got my first pair of hockey skates at five years old, I got the living sh*t kicked out of me every single day. Every day after hockey, no matter how many goals I scored, he would hit me. The man was 6-foot-2, 250 lbs. It would start as soon as we got in the car, and sometimes right out in the parking lot."

That was awful and depressing. All of these are, it seems!

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I am just in shock over the story in the OP.  Not just over how awful the Easter parents were.  Horrible narcissistic sociopaths!  But over the fact that this came down in Kelli Peters favor.  This could have gone badly in so many ways for her and they knew how to twist the law at every turn.  I truly hope she is able to get some kind of pay out on the civil suit.  And I hope neither of them can practice law again.  I feel horribly for their children.  Kelli Peter's daughter too for that matter.

 

If you like podcasts, this is excellent (at least season 1 was) - about a murder case involving high school students.  I have no idea whether the accused was guilty but his case was handled horribly and I definitely think he could have gotten off.  It's not even clear to me why he is the one picked to be prosecuted.   The evidence was dicey at best.

https://serialpodcast.org/

 

This is another excellent local podcast about the Jacob Wetterling case and how poorly it was mismanaged

http://www.apmreports.org/in-the-dark

 

This American Life from NPR is another great source of narrative journalism in audio/podcast form. I was just discussing this episode with my husband last night when he was asking me to explain what long form is: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/360/switched-at-birth

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Hi Mrs Basil...

 

I've been reading different articles and I just tried to read the triple murder in Waco one and your link for the Waco one is the same as the adoption link.

 

Can you tell me where I can find the Waco article?

 

TIA!

 

Sure!  Sorry about that.  Here's the correct link.  http://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/the-murders-at-the-lake/

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I really hate it when I have an overwhelming amount of stuff to do and people keep posting interesting things. Everyone needs to take a few days off, and we'll all reconvene here on Friday, OK?!

 

LOL!  Truth.  I ignored life for a good hour yesterday just getting through the story in the OP. 

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Here's a few more. 

 

 

 

On the underground practice of rehoming adopted children and the possible dangers  http://www.reuters.com/investigates/adoption/#article/part1

 

The life of a child living in poverty in Maine https://apps.bostonglobe.com/graphics/2015/11/strider/

 

I read these two and, maybe it's wrong of me, but I can't help judging these people.   Those poor children.

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I read these two and, maybe it's wrong of me, but I can't help judging these people.   Those poor children.

 

 

  I had a hard time with these as well.  I was definitely judging in places too.

 

Regarding the Strider Wolf story, you might be happy to know that a a lawyer solicited donations and created a irrevocable trust in the name of both brothers.  The trust has covered things like a working vehichle and rent payments.  Hopefully having a little bit of stability will help the grandparents feel less stressed.  The grandfather also had a job again as of Dec 2016.

 

http://www.eagletribune.com/news/andover-residents-embrace-abused-maine-brothers/article_66998730-198a-5e92-9965-5205544301da.html

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/23/after-attack-on-youth-donors-set-maine-family-on-new-course/

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This American Life from NPR is another great source of narrative journalism in audio/podcast form. I was just discussing this episode with my husband last night when he was asking me to explain what long form is: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/360/switched-at-birth

I really like TAL. The episode I found most fascinating was about two famous South Koreans, one a director and the other an actress, being kidnapped by the North to make movies. Apparently the former dictator was a huge film buff.
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Lost in the Waves: http://www.mensjournal.com/magazine/lost-in-the-waves-19691231

One evening, Walt Marino and his 12-year old autistic son, Christopher, were swept out to sea by a riptide. As the sky over the ocean darkened and night began to fall, father and boy hovered close to each other in the dark water. And then Walt came to the sobering realization that if they stayed together, they would both drown. A bracing story of fathers and sons and the aftermath of survival.

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Lost in the Waves: http://www.mensjournal.com/magazine/lost-in-the-waves-19691231

One evening, Walt Marino and his 12-year old autistic son, Christopher, were swept out to sea by a riptide. As the sky over the ocean darkened and night began to fall, father and boy hovered close to each other in the dark water. And then Walt came to the sobering realization that if they stayed together, they would both drown. A bracing story of fathers and sons and the aftermath of survival.

 

That was sad and enraging at the same time. I don't like to kick a parent when they're down, but that's a series of really not-so-ideal choices. I'm imagining myself in his ex-wife's shoes, and not waving when he leaves would not be on my list of probable reactions  :( There might be some other gestures though!

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I had a hard time with these as well. I was definitely judging in places too.

 

Regarding the Strider Wolf story, you might be happy to know that a a lawyer solicited donations and created a irrevocable trust in the name of both brothers. The trust has covered things like a working vehichle and rent payments. Hopefully having a little bit of stability will help the grandparents feel less stressed. The grandfather also had a job again as of Dec 2016.

 

http://www.eagletribune.com/news/andover-residents-embrace-abused-maine-brothers/article_66998730-198a-5e92-9965-5205544301da.html

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/23/after-attack-on-youth-donors-set-maine-family-on-new-course/

That makes me so happy for them! The grandparents sounded so slammed on all sides and the poor boys were sandwiched in the middle.

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That was sad and enraging at the same time. I don't like to kick a parent when they're down, but that's a series of really not-so-ideal choices. I'm imagining myself in his ex-wife's shoes, and not waving when he leaves would not be on my list of probable reactions  :( There might be some other gestures though!

 

Yeah, I don't know how you would ever get over that. 

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Lost in the Waves: http://www.mensjournal.com/magazine/lost-in-the-waves-19691231

One evening, Walt Marino and his 12-year old autistic son, Christopher, were swept out to sea by a riptide. As the sky over the ocean darkened and night began to fall, father and boy hovered close to each other in the dark water. And then Walt came to the sobering realization that if they stayed together, they would both drown. A bracing story of fathers and sons and the aftermath of survival.

 

What an irresponsible AH.

And he continued after this.  Ugh ugh ugh.

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Not an article but a podcast. I think the popularity of Serial inspired this one. I don't think it's as well done as some national ones (local reporter trying for the big time) but it still has a lot of jaw-dropping stuff. I remember the state attorney who was involved (he gained national attention during Trayvon Martin murder). He seemed universally hated and could never understand why he kept getting re-elected. 

 

Murder on the Space Coast

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