In 1859, a Murderous Congressman Pioneered the Insanity Defense

After gunning down his wife's lover in broad daylight, Daniel Sickles tried to escape the gallows by claiming he was out of his mind.

Why I Didn’t Call the Cops When I Saw a Teen With a Gun

How did we, as a nation, get to the point where calling 911 on a black kid brandishing a weapon can feel more dangerous than doing nothing?

How a Turkish Teacher Put a Pedophile Principal Behind Bars for 200 Years

Saadet Özkan was furious that neither the school system nor the courts was adequately inclined to seek justice for her students. So she did it herself.

“Those Prisoners Had to Feel Who Was Boss. And We Made Them Feel.”

I broke the story on a private prison in South Africa where guards inflicted horrendous abuse. But to really understand what happened, I needed to talk to the torturers...

The Guy Who Played the Red Power Ranger Killed His Roommate With a 30-Inch Sword

Children’s TV star Ricardo Medina claims the horrific stabbing was in self-defense; the victim’s family says it was murder. Here’s the inside story.

This Former Inmate Is Fighting for Every Prisoner’s Right to a College Degree

After budget cuts gutted prison higher-ed programs, Cheryl Wilkins demanded the chance to learn behind bars. Now she’s making sure others get the same life-changing opportunity.

Decades After Northern Ireland’s “Troubles,” Families of the Dead are Still Seeking Answers—and Taking the Investigations Into Their Own Hands

Janet Donnelly’s unarmed father was shot point-blank by a British solider, but the Army’s official story was much different....

The True Story of the Hitchhiker Who Was Shot in Pursuit of Kindness

Ray Dolin was hiking across the U.S. when he was attacked and nearly died. At least that's what he said. His story quickly unraveled, but his real truth has never been told -...

Yeon Woo Asked His Best Friend to Kill Him. He Said Yes.

A Korean tourist is found dead near Disneyland, lying in a puddle of his own blood. The story only gets more twisted from here.