John P. Lafranchise

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He Snapped the Picture That’s Baffled Historians for Years – and Now He’s Making One Major Admission

Here was the story John Potter told 30 years ago:<p>The Savannah native was at a yard sale when he found the photograph in an antique frame. Inscribed on the back of the frame was “CSS Georgia.” He didn’t have the $175 the owner wanted, so he took a photo of it and mailed it to historical groups in …

The Untold Story of the Doodler Murders

1.<p>At 1:57 a.m. on January 27, 1974, a corpse was found at the water’s edge on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Gerald Earl Cavanaugh, 49, had been …

In Pahokee, football serves as a way out

PAHOKEE — On the day he thought would change everything, Fred left home early while his siblings, nieces and nephews slept. He skipped breakfast, not …

Their Town

<b>It’s easy to stand</b> in the northwest corner of Arizona, cut off from most everything by the 277-mile-long Grand Canyon, and feel like the rest of the …

THE BOY WHO HAD TWO LIVES

IN THE course of researching the story that follows I talked to Steven Spielberg, who made the film Schindler's List. Like Schindler's Ark, the novel …

A 'Survivor' Producer, a Dead Wife, Four Years in a Mexican Prison: New Evidence Amid a Nightmare

There were obvious reasons to point fingers at Bruce Beresford-Redman after the body of his spouse, Monica, was found naked and beaten in a sewer …

Who killed Eddie Snowshoe: The fatal sentence of solitary confinement

Confined‎: The death<br>of Eddie Snowshoe<p>Fort McPherson, NWT<p><b>Photo:</b> Eddie Snowshoe, top right, is shown with his mother and three brothers. At 24, Eddie hanged himself in his cell after spending 162 days in solitary. (Courtesy Showshoe family)<p>It’s a routine night at Edmonton’s maximum-security prison …

Sociology

This Old Man

Life in the nineties.<p>Check me out. The top two knuckles of my left hand look as if I’d been worked over by the K.G.B. No, it’s more as if I’d been a catcher for the Hall of Fame pitcher Candy Cummings, the inventor of the curveball, who retired from the game in 1877. To put this another way, if I …

Man on Fire

The strip-center parking lot where the Reverend Charles Moore chose to end his life is as large as a football field and as lonely as prairie, the …

The Plane That Fell From the Sky

LONGFORM REPRINTS<p><i>This article</i> <i>is reprinted on Longform by permission of the author. Hear Buzz Bissinger discuss this article and more on the Longform</i> …

Finding a Video Poker Bug Made These Guys Rich—Then Vegas Made Them Pay

Michael Friberg<p><b>John Kane was on a hell of a winning streak.</b> On July 3, 2009, he walked alone into the high-limit room at the Silverton Casino in Las …

The Man Who Fought the Synanon Cult and Won

Paul Morantz knew Synanon would try to kill him. He just didn’t know how or when.<p>You probably don’t know the name Paul Morantz. That’s a shame. And …

Holy Land Gangland, Part IV - Tablet Magazine – Jewish News and Politics, Jewish Arts and Culture, Jewish Life and Religion

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE AND GRAPHIC DEPICTIONS OF VIOLENCE. READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.<p><i>This is the fourth installment in a five-part</i> …

Holy Land Gangland, Part II - Tablet Magazine – Jewish News and Politics, Jewish Arts and Culture, Jewish Life and Religion

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE AND GRAPHIC DEPICTIONS OF VIOLENCE. READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.<p><b>This is the second installment in a five-part</b> …

Holy Land Gangland, Part V - Tablet Magazine – Jewish News and Politics, Jewish Arts and Culture, Jewish Life and Religion

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE AND GRAPHIC DEPICTIONS OF VIOLENCE. READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.<p><i>This is the fifth and final installment in a</i> …

Holy Land Gangland - Tablet Magazine – Jewish News and Politics, Jewish Arts and Culture, Jewish Life and Religion

<i>THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE AND GRAPHIC DEPICTIONS OF VIOLENCE. READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.</i><p>“See how it is now?” Ilan Benshoshan said. …

My Husband’s Great-Uncle Was Sammy ‘The Mustache’ Norber, a Jewish Mobster in Detroit

In <i>Gangster Squad</i>, a movie opening Friday, Sean Penn plays Meyer “Mickey” Cohen, a ruthless Jewish mobster who operated in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los …

The Jewish Gangsters Who Went to Yom Kippur Services

On Yom Kippur in 1929, Louis Fleisher, Harry Fleisher, and Henry Shorr attended services at Orthodox Congregation B’nai David in Northwest Detroit. …

"Nightfall" by Isaac Asimov

Jewish Mobsters and Their Mothers

Perhaps the greatest influence on the “Jewishness” of these men were their mothers. Many of the major Jewish mobsters, including Meyer Lansky, Dutch …