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
Some devout groups are all fire and brimstone when it comes to protecting their image, but Intimidation, poisoned pets and multimillion-dollar lawsuits are just the beginning
Lawrence Wright walked to the bottom of his driveway in Austin, Texas, on the morning of January 16, 2015, and picked up the New York Times. In 2013, the Pulitzer winner had made his second appearance on the Times’ best-seller list with Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of ... More
Louise T. Blouin built a formidable media company focused on fine art, but her detractors say the benevolent publisher isn’t what she seems
In late September, a cabal of luminaries gathered at the Museum of Modern Art Education Center in Manhattan for a two-day gabfest. It was the Louise Blouin Foundation’s annual Creative Leadership Summit, a sort of mini-Davos that encapsulates the raison d’être of the foundation’s namesake, Louise T. Blouin. The ... More
From stolen works fenced out of airport hangars to gallerists going undercover to nab the thieves, the Miami scene is a portrait of audacious art crimes
Ramón Cernuda works out of a glass-fronted gallery on Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables where, this season, his white walls display paintings in shades of emerald and ruby by a young artist he just discovered. As a respected Miami dealer in contemporary work, he’s seen a lot of ... More
More men are starting families on their own now than ever before. Why the rise in single fathers?
Six years ago, Steven Harris took inventory of his life, as single Manhattan men generally do around certain watershed birthdays, and realized that something was missing.
"A kid," the 56-year-old lawyer says with a laugh.
What Harris did next was, he says, "unheard of." With no serious girlfriend or potential partner on ... More
In small towns across America, a new wave of investors is betting hard on drilling—and winning. But as this investigation of an Ohio community proves, every boomtown has its shadows
The Core club in Manhattan is quiet on this summer morning, with just a handful of members filling tables in the wood-paneled restaurant. Hedge fund managers and real estate billionaires and high-powered sports executives pay a $50,000 initiation fee and $15,000 in annual dues for access to the club’s amenities—the ... More
Fresh from his latest stint in rehab, hotel magnate and international gadabout Vikram Chatwal swears that this time he's left his party past behind
This past June, an invitation was sent by e-mail, beckoning a select group of desirable New Yorkers to frolic by the glass-bottomed swimming pool—a basin flanked by 4,800 square feet of imported sand and private cabanas—at Dream Downtown, a sceney hotel that’s perhaps better known as a nightlife destination than ... More
What’s wrong with the water in East Hampton? More than you might have imagined
Bucolic summertime images of East Hampton stand in stark contrast to those of manatees dying of toxic algae blooms in Florida, hypoxic dead zones and out-of-work watermen in the Chesapeake Bay and Toledo Ohio residents waiting in long lines for bottled water. However, symptoms of what’s often called “nutrient pollution” have now become ... More
When a member of one of Aspen's oldest and most influential families, Nancy Pfister, was found beaten to death and stuffed in a closet—the town's first murder in 30 years—residents were stunned. As the tenant of Pfister's house is sentenced ...
[Editor's Note: On June 20, William “Trey" Styler, 66, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Nancy Pfister. Charges against his wife, Nancy Styler, have been dropped. The couple had been renting Pfister’s Aspen château. Katherine Carpenter, Pfister’s former assistant, ... More
Right when Tiffany & Co. unveils its Atlas collection, here's a by-the-numbers breakdown of recent Hollywood-esque heists
Have we entered a new golden age for jewel thieves? In May, $1.4 million worth of Chopard gems were stolen from a hotel just off the Croisette during the Cannes Film Festival. Within a week, a necklace valued at $2.6 million vanished from a party at the Hotel ... More