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The “Gay for Pay” Porn Star Who Hatched a Million-Dollar Blackmail Scheme

Teo Brank found a lucrative side hustle arranging escorts for sex parties. But when his business soured, he turned to extortion.

I Was a Chinese Helpline’s Number One Caller. I Had a Problem.

The “magic number” helped foreigners like me get by without learning the language. But I didn’t feel at home in China until I finally hung up the phone.

How the Great California Dispensary Heist Went Horrifically Wrong

One of the most outrageous crime sagas of the 21st century starts with a severed penis...and only gets stranger from there.

The Strange Life and Mysterious Death of a Panther-Trapping, Gator-Wrestling Wild Man

Trapper Nelson was a Florida legend from the day he hopped off a boxcar to the day he died. But did he really kill himself, or was he murdered?

This Quadriplegic Daredevil Invented His Own Tech to Race at 130mph

After a devastating injury as a teenager, Mario Bonfante Jr. now races using equipment he built in his bedroom, and he’s ready to help others do the same.

The Ex-Jehovah’s Witness Who Found Her Voice When She Lost Her Clothes

Born in an ultra-strict community, Shelbie Dimond found freedom in nude self-portraiture—and cost herself everyone she loved.

Life Inside a Digital World for Chronically Ill Teens

As a bedridden kid, Starbright World became my lifeline. And it's where I met the best friend who would change my life IRL.

The Fight Over One of the World’s Deadliest Sports

In this thousand-year-old pastime, 50 men battle to mount a charging bull. The riders say it’s an essential part of their heritage. Animal rights activists want it outlawed.

For My Entire Childhood, My Mom Convinced Me I Was Dying

She said I had cancer, and an eating disorder, and pneumonia. I didn’t realize it was abuse until years later.