Plus the doting boyfriend who robbed armored cars.
A long-lost cargo ship, an armored car, a (not so) killer vacation, and more.
A weekly dispatch of astonishing true stories.
FRIDAY — May 4, 2018
P I C K O F T H E W E E K
The Clock is Ticking Williams Langewieschie • Vanity Fair • Apr 2018 It was the worst U.S. maritime disaster in three decades. In 2015, the cargo ship El Faro hit the wall of Category 3 Hurricane Joaquin. The ship sank; 33 crew members drowned, their remains were never recovered. Now, after a search across 180,000 square miles of ocean, a recording found three miles deep tells the story.
M O R E P I C K S
The Doting Boyfriend Who Robbed Armored Cars Skip Hollandsworth • Texas Monthly • May 2018 (We're back with more Skip.) In 2015, FBI agents in Houston couldn't figure out the mystery of a series of armored car robberies that occurred over a two year period. Finally, an elaborate trap caught the mastermind in the act.
The Mystery of the Killer Vacation James Vlahos • GQ • Apr 2018 He sold the company, chartered a yacht, and traveled the world with his model girlfriend. But things didn't add up when Chris Smith started sending curious messages. He was living large. But was he, really?
PLUS: Hear the inside story of the first homicide in America's most secure prison. Also, a suspect has been arrested in the Golden State Killer case. Revisit Michelle McNamara's original pursuit of the killer.