Investigative Classics: A Weekly Sampler From the Archives

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Investigative Classics
A weekly feature on noteworthy past examples of in-depth reporting.

This Week:

The Art of the Curl Was Not Smooth as Ice, Saturday Night, 1999

Previous Weeks:

Ominous Prelude to H.W. Bush's Kuwait Glory, Washington Post, 1990

Murder Most Guatemalan, New Yorker, 2011

Abortion Mills Didn't Start With Gosnell, Chicago Sun-Times, 1978

Jack Ruby, Seizing History's Freeze-Frame 1975, Texas Monthly, 1975

The Legacy of 'Landslide Lyndon,' 1948, New Yorker, 1948

It's Déjà Vu All Over Again for Immigration. Consider 1907, San Francisco Call, 1907

Medicaid Fraud Is Always With Us (C. 1973), New York Daily News, 1973

Road Trip! To a Real 'Animal House', Texas Monthly, 1991

Dave Anderson on the Sporting Life ... and Death, New York Times, 1980

Malcolm Gladwell on Enron, New Yorker, 2007

America's 'Dirtiest' Election, 1884, American Heritage, 1962

On Her Way Up, Slain 9 Blocks From Home, 2006, New York

Into the Vortex of Post-Disaster Human Greed, 2005, New Orleans Times-Picayune

Boom and Bust in the 1980s, or There We Went Again, 1989, Washington Post

David Foster Wallace, Looking for the Real McCain, 2000, Rolling Stone

Carl Bernstein on Journalists Working for the CIA, 1977, Rolling Stone

'CSI, Edna Buchanan,' 1986, Calvin Trillin, New Yorker

Shining a Light on Jailhouse Rape, 1982, Loretta Tofani, Washington Post

The Electric Kool-Aid Deadhead Test, 1968, Tom Wolfe

Baseball's Amazin' Sidd Fictitious, 1985, George Plimpton, Sports Illustrated

Covering Japanese Internment, 1942, San Francisco News

How the NY Times Helped Outlaw Abortion in 1872, Augustus St. Clair, NYT

Migrant Like Me, 1961, Dale Wright, New York World-Telegram and Sun

The Informant, Narcs and Their Wicked Ways, Barbara Laker, Wendy Ruderman, Philadelphia Daily News, 2009

Death in Cold Blood. Truly Cold Blood, Peter Stark, Outside, 1999

The Nihilistic Romance of the French Foreign LegionWilliam Langewiesche, Vanity Fair, 2012

Beauty and the Feminist Cheek, Susan Faludi, Mother Jones, 1988

The Con Man in the Rockefeller Suit, Mark Seal, Vanity Fair, 2009

Relics and Ruin in the Tribal Desert, Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times, 2014

Tom Wolfe Skewers 'Radical Chic,' New York Magazine, 1970

The Dogs of Juárez, Michelle Garcia, Al Jazeera America, 2012

Drug Cops Falling to the Morality of Criminals, Gary Cartwright, Texas Monthly, 1972

Secrets of the Monte Con, J. Peder Zane, New York Magazine, 1989

War's Mournful Refrain in Europe, John Burns, New York Times, 1992

The Assassination of Lincoln, Various Newspapers, 1865

The Color of Money - Red Lines Separate Blacks and Whites, Bill Dedman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1989

The Case of the Vanishing Blonde, Mark Bowden, Vanity Fair, 2010

Les Payne, Following the Heroin Trail, Newsday, 1973

Before 'Red Badge,' Stephen Crane Covered the Bowery, New York Press, 1894

Amazon Brings Darwin to the Workplace, Kantor & Streitfeld, New York Times, 2015

Texas Breast Implants Go Boom and Bust, Mimi Swartz, Texas Monthly, 1995

The Anti-Walter Duranty Who Exposed Stalin's Famine, Gareth Jones, 1933

Slavery for Chocolate Lovers, Henry Woodd Nevinson, Harper's, 1906

When Reporters Put Bribery on Tap, Pamela Zekman & Zay N. Smith, Chicago Sun-Times, 1978

Better Warfare Through Chemicals, Raffi Khatchadourian, New Yorker, 2011

Before 'Black Like Me,' There Was Negro Like Him, Ray Sprigle, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1948

From a Zulu Chant to 'The Lion Sleeps,' Rian Malan, Rolling Stone, 2000

Do Women Get Away With Murder? Patrick Radden Keefe, New Yorker, 2013

A Charity Hospital Struggles to Heal Itself, Lucette Lagnado, Wall Street Journal, 2003

Prohibition's Deadly, Government-Induced Hangovers, Deborah Blum, Slate, 2010

Amazon's March of the Fulfillment Soldiers, Carole Cadwalladr, The Guardian, 2013

The Murder of Emmett Till, Simeon Booker, Jet magazine, 1955

The Life and Death of Jack Anderson's 'Senior Ferret,' United Features Syndicate, 1971

Playmate's Life and Death Reveals Power of Sex, Teresa Carpenter, Village Voice, 1980

Charles Manson's Charismatic Hate, Steven V. Roberts, New York Times, 1970

Why Are Feminists Defending Bill Clinton?, Marjorie Williams, Vanity Fair, 1998

Shining Light on Scientology's Dark Sides, Charles Stafford, St. Petersburg Times, 1979

The Deadly World of Young Police Informants, Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker, 2012

Bob Packwood Accused of Serial Sex Abuse, Florence Graves & Charles E. Shepard, Washington Post, 1992

David Halberstam, Prophetic on Vietnam, 1963

MGM Destroys a Rape Accuser, 1937

Dawn of the Thermonuclear Age, Edward R. Murrow, 1952

Hugh Hefner, the Words Behind the Pictures, RealClearInvestigations

The Klansman’s Secret, McCandlish Phillips, New York Times, 1965

Inside the Madhouse, Nellie Bly, New York World, 1887

Evolution of 'America's Toughest Sheriff': Gabrielson, Giblin, East Valley Tribune, 2008

The Rise of the Ku Klux Klan, 1868

The Galveston Hurricane of 1900: Mitchell Capital

Lincoln Steffens Exposes Corruption in Ohio: McClure’s, 1905 

Frank Serpico Exposes Corruption in NYPD: Burnham, New York Times, 1970

Frisco's Opium 'Fiends': San Francisco Call, 1895

How Diamonds Became a Girl's Best Friend: The Atlantic, 1982

Joseph Rago's Reported Editorials: Wall Street Journal, 2010

Hemingway's Reporting on Bootleggers: Toronto Star, 1920

Neglect of Mentally Impaired: Katherine Boo, Washington Post, 1999

Absorbing JFK's Assassination: Merriman Smith, UPI, 1963

Campus Rape Hits the Front Burner: Center for Public Integrity and NPR, 2009

Merchants of Misery Prey on the Sick in Chicago: William Jones, Chicago Tribune, 1970

The Making of a Homegrown Terrorist: Lucinda Franks and Thomas Powers, UPI. 1970

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