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12 Gripping True-Crime Reads

For some of us, dark times call for dark reads. Image by Douglas Sacha/Getty Images

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Immerse yourself in this collection of riveting true-crime writing, including tales of audacious heists, mysterious deaths, and the reflections of a serial killer’s daughter.

A Splash of Red

Gabriel Cohen
Narratively

When a mystery writer moves into a new apartment that seems too good to be true, he slowly unravels its grisly history.

Unholy Act

Pamela Colloff
Texas Monthly

Revisiting a decades-old cold case with only one suspect: the priest who heard the deceased’s final confession.

The Great Buenos Aires Bank Heist

Josh Dean
GQ

When an all-star crew with the perfect plan pulled off the caper of the century, it made them more than a fortune—it made them folk heroes.

When Cops Become Robbers

Jessica Lussenhop
BBC

Inside one of America’s most corrupt police squads, facing multiple counts of extortion, racketeering and fraud for their part in a “perfect storm” of officers gone rogue.

The Bicycle Thief

Steven Leckart
Chicago Magazine

Tom Justice was once a cyclist chasing Olympic gold. Then he began using his bike for a much different purpose: robbing banks.

The Disappeared

Hannah Dreier
ProPublica

Police on Long Island wrote off missing immigrant teens as runaways. One mother knew better and searched MS-13’s killing fields for answers.