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The Hunt For El Chapo

On the life and times of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, “obsessively secretive” boss of Mexico’s Sinaloa drugs cartel, arrested in February by US and Mexican forces. His gang controlled half the drug trade across the US border; he had killed three thousand people; his informers were everywhere. Why did he let himself get caught? Had marriage to a teenage beauty queen made him careless? Or did the police arrest a double? (9,825 words)

Guinea’s Buried Secrets

“When you disembark from a plane in Conakry, the corruption hits you almost as quickly as the heat. At the airport, a uniformed officer will stop you, raising no specific objections but making it clear, with his body, that your exit from the situation will be transactional”. Epic tale of Israeli diamond billionaire who was given Guinea’s iron-ore reserves for next to nothing. Now a new government wants them back (11,900 words)

Spitballing Indy

How to make a Hollywood blockbuster — in this case, Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Notes from conversations in which George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan hashed out ideas for plot and hero, “the doctor with the bullwhip”, whom Lucas first wanted to call Indiana Smith, and who borrowed much of his style from Bogart (1,386 words)

Spitballing Indy

How to make a Hollywood blockbuster — in this case, Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Notes from conversations in which George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan hashed out ideas for plot and hero, “the doctor with the bullwhip”, whom Lucas first wanted to call Indiana Smith, and who borrowed much of his style from Bogart

A Loaded Gun

Painstaking investigation into past life of neurobiologist Amy Bishop, who shot six colleagues after being denied tenure at the university of Alabama in 2010. Plenty of warning signs. She shot her brother too, in childhood, though the police agreed to call it an accident. And may have sent a pipe bomb to her PhD supervisor. And was “hearing voices”

Cocaine, Inc

If you find Mexican drug lords fascinating, this is the piece for you. Full story of Joaquín Guzmán, and the Sinaloa cartel: “In its longevity, profitability and scope, it might be the most successful criminal enterprise in history”

Reversal Of Fortune

Story of epic battle between big oil and American lawyer acting for residents of Ecuadoran Amazon. Fascinating on tactics of corporate giant faced with class-action suit, and shades of grey that emerge in plaintiffs’ case

Welcome To Newburgh, Murder Capital Of New York

The town 90 minutes north of NYC gripped by gang violence, and the sweary FBI agent, “Jimmy Gags”, whose tough action and persistence put gang leaders behind bars. Interesting story; comments hint at more context

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