The Gangster in the Huddle by Paul Solotaroff with Ron Borges
Aaron Hernandez might have been one of the NFL’s all-time greats, but he could never escape drugs, guns and a life of violence
Chi Raq is a film by Will Robson-Scott documented from inside Chicago’s war zone. Watch it.
On the requirements for being a good basketball or baseball player: “you got to be a good liar, a good lowlife, and an imbecile… You gotta take steroids. You must take steroids.”
High Noon in the Garden of Good and Evil by Jonathan Green
Forty years after America declared a war on drugs, an increasing number of states are now legalising the cultivation of cannabis. With this liberalisation has come a clash between violent Mexican cartels happy to propagate their crop north of the border and the law enforcement agencies charged with its control. GQ joins a Swat team on the front line of the conflict in California.
Jefferson Parish, Louisiana authorities: His actual name is Nike Jordan Abila.
The Serial Killer Has Second Thoughts: The Confessions of Thomas Quick by Chris Heath
In a remote psychiatric hospital in Sweden, there is a man known as Thomas Quick who has been convicted of unspeakable crimes. Over the course of multiple trials, he would tell his brutal stories—of stabbings, stranglings, rape, incest, cannibalism—to almost anyone who would listen. Then, after his eighth and final murder conviction, he went silent for nearly a decade. In the last few years, though, he has been thinking about all he has said and done, and now he has something new to confess: He left out the worst part of all
Officials from a Romanian museum are analyzing ashes found in a stove at the home of a suspected theif’s mother to see if they are the remains of seven paintings that were stolen last year from the Kunsthal Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Picasso’s 1971 Harlequin Head; Monet’s 1901 Waterloo Bridge, London and Charing Cross Bridge, London; Matisse’s 1919 Reading Girl in White and Yellow; Paul Gauguin’s 1898 Girl in Front of Open Window; Meyer de Haan’s Self-Portrait, around 1890; and Lucian Freud’s 2002 work Woman With Eyes Closed.
Operation Easter by Julian Rubinstein
The hunt for illegal egg collectors.