Aaron Skirboll

Aaron Skirboll is a journalist and author of “The Last Night of the Guitar Virtuoso,” “The Thief-Taker Hangings,” and “The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven.” Recently his work has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, Huffington Post, and Belt Magazine.

Stories By Aaron Skirboll

When a Magician’s Curse Swung Boxing’s Biggest Bout

In 1939, Tiger Jack Fox got his first and only shot at the title, and lost it thanks to black magic, a woman with a razor blade, and a manager with a knack for hypnosis.

The Cocaine Kings of the Pittsburgh Pirates

In the ’80s, an A/C repairman, an unemployed photographer and a Major League mascot became dealers for the city’s sports stars – and changed baseball history along the way.