Bernie Kerik, Jack Abramoff and Dennis Kozlowski—three of the most high-profile men to be on the inside—smash the perception that prison life is anything like "Club Fed"
If there were ever a person who might be able to clue you in on what life in a white-collar—or minimum-security or "country club"—prison was actually like, it was this guy. You know this guy. How many former New York City police commissioners, former overseers of Rikers Island, former consultants ... More
Four years after Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison bought 98 percent of Lanai for a reported $300 million, the island is open for business—but what, exactly, is it selling?
The veranda of the Four Seasons Resort Lanai overlooks the obscenely picturesque Hulopoe Bay, a crescent-shaped, palm tree and bougainvillea-lined white sand marine preserve on the south side of the island of Lanai. Spinner dolphins and humpback whales splash around in the distance, and if your sunglasses are too dirty ... More
A nightmarish home invasion last spring in the heart of the capital's most secure enclave left four people gruesomely killed. As investigators scramble to solve the mystery, questions about a possible motive multiply
The calls began at 1:24 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Reports of smoke and flames coming from the upstairs windows of a mansion near Embassy Row. This in itself is not a typical call for the Washington, D.C., Fire Department. There are some things that just don’t ... More
It's a place where dreams can come true, but it's also home to a culture of rampant drugs and excess—and it has a body count
Forrest Hayes didn’t die an ordinary death. In the fall of 2013, the executive at Google’s mysterious development facility, Google X, suffered a fatal heroin overdose on his yacht in Santa Cruz while in the company of a prostitute named Alix Tichelman. Not surprisingly, the story sent shock waves through ... More
Decades after the shocking killing of an elderly couple, questions remain about what Hutton family secrets led to such a crime
When Sophia Friendly opened the door to her killer, she was dressed for dinner. It was October 12, 1978. In Palm Springs, California, a resort-home destination for presidents and entertainers—where Elvis and Priscilla honeymooned, where everyone from Frank Sinatra to Liberace held court—dressing for dinner was the protocol ... More
Lanny Davis, crisis manager for the rich and powerful, on what you should—and shouldn't—say
You're on the front page of the New York Times—but it's not good news. Your company is under investigation. Shareholders are clamoring for your removal. Employees are threatening a lawsuit. What to do? For the best connected, the answer is, "Call Lanny Davis." A lawyer and ... More
Does practicing it cost physicians' income—or put them on the path to fame and fortune?
Few Americans, let alone doctors, have the Q factor of Dr. Mehmet Oz. It begins with his impeccable medical credentials: A graduate of both Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, he is vice-chair of the department of surgery at Columbia University School of Medicine. With an eponymous TV ... More
Could the bloody scene a few months back at Dahl Vineyards speak to a new future of American winemaking?
Emad Tawfilis entered the gate of Dahl Vineyards and parked in the shade. It was a warm spring morning in March, and the air had a rich, earthy smell. He could see why people fell for the place. The vineyard sat back a few hundred yards from Highway 29, ... More
Amid California’s drought woes, some of the state’s wealthiest residents have uncovered ways to have their water and drink it, too
The California drought has affected more than just the Golden State’s landscape. These days in Beverly Hills, watering your grass, washing your car and filling your pool are all restricted activities, and at restaurants from Spago to Sqirl Kitchen, water for the table is available only upon request. Since ... More
Here, the story of the suspect who got away, the policeman son who proved his guilt and the hidden legacy of his daughter, the girl who knew too much
Tamar Nais Hodel, the girl on the witness stand at Hollywood’s criminal court, was 14 years old in December 1949, but she seemed older. Involuntarily worldly. A photo taken soon after reveals a kind of Beat Generation Marilyn Monroe: unsmiling, lush-featured, with a platinum blond beehive, big, red lips and ... More