This week for BuzzFeed News, Tim Stelloh introduces the contentious world of Bigfoot hoaxers and Bigfoot believers. Read that and these other great features from BuzzFeed and around the web.
1. The Hunter, The Hoaxer, And The Battle Over Bigfoot — BuzzFeed News
Jeffrey Meldrum is a respected anthropologist risking his reputation to prove Sasquatch is real; Rick Dyer is a self-described “entertainer” unapologetically capitalizing off it. Their rivalry represents two sides of the fractious but booming subculture. Read it at BuzzFeed News.
2. The Outcast — New Yorker
Rachel Aviv brings the disturbing story of what happened to a father in a tight-knit Brooklyn Hasidic community when he attempted to go after the man who allegedly molested his son. Read it at the New Yorker.
3. The $9 Billion Witness — Rolling Stone
JPMorgan Chase paid billions in a settlement to keep one woman, Alayne Fleischmann, from testifying against them. But the former Chase employee still wants a chance to speak out. Read it at Rolling Stone.
4. Fourteen Shots in April — BuzzFeed News
A new Wisconsin law was supposed to get justice for those slain by police, like Dontre Hamilton, who was shot by the Milwaukee Police Department this spring. Mike Hayes reports on what’s happened instead. Read it at BuzzFeed News.
5. The Sea of Crises — Grantland
Brian Phillips went to Japan to tell the story of Hakuho, the country’s greatest sumo wrestler. He ended up in search an entirely different tale. Read it at Grantland.
6. Lisa Kudrow’s “Comeback” Is A Rare Second Chance — BuzzFeed Entertainment
In 2005, Kudrow and Michael Patrick King created The Comeback for HBO, but, ahead of its time in its critique of celebrity, reality TV, and narcissism, it lasted only one season. Nine years later, they tell Kate Aurthur the story behind the now-beloved cult comedy’s unlikely return. Read it at BuzzFeed Entertainment.
7. Isaiah Austin Daring to Dream Again after NBA Hopes Dashed — Sports Illustrated
Just weeks before the NBA Draft, Isaiah Austin — a 7-footer from Baylor who was projected as a first-round NBA pick — learned that he had Marfan syndrome, and could never play again. David Gardner asks: “After your dream dies, how do you find new life?” Read it at Sports Illustrated.
8. The Man Who Got America High — Narratively
Jeff Maysh catches up with Alfred Dellentash Jr., who once chartered private jets to the stars, smuggled drugs for Escobar, and at 66 now sells cars. “The expensive Italian shoes are the only glimpse of his past, when he infuriated the fusty airline industry by staffing his jet planes with Playboy models. According to feverish reports online, back then he was the equivalent of Richard Branson and Tony ‘Scarface’ Montana.” Read it at Narratively.
9. On Kindness — Matter
A stunning essay by Cord Jefferson about his mother, who is sick, and what she’s given him. “When I think of my mother’s life up to this point, what I find most revealing is how much of the abuse hurled at her throughout the years came about solely because she showed care and love to the wrong kinds of people.” Read it at Matter.