This week for BuzzFeed Features, Katie J.M. Baker tells the strange story of a Texas woman who for 20 years tricked families, employers and high schools into thinking she was a helpless teenager. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
1. Forever Young — BuzzFeed
Charity Johnson, a 34-year-old woman from Texas, didn’t want to steal money or hurt anyone. So why did she trick people all over the country into believing she was still in high school? Read it at BuzzFeed.
2. Whoever Saves a Life — Matter
Matthieu Aikins spends a brutal seven days with Syria’s intrepid first responders. “There wasn’t even water to wash the blood from their hands. The bathroom had been destroyed in the blast the night before.” Read it at Matter.
3. A Radical New Look at Mass Shooters — Esquire
Can the FBI find a shooter before “the next one” happens? Finding a dangerous man (or woman) is even harder than it seems, reports Tom Junod. Read it at Esquire.
4. The Prodigal Prince — Longreads
Kiera Feldman trace the rise and fall of the Oral Roberts dynasty in this story originally published by This Land Press. Read it at Longreads.
5. The Secret World of the Dunkin Donuts Franchise Kings — The Boston Globe Magazine
The New England chain has slowly spread down the East Coast and across North America. And as it spreads, Neil Swidey has the story of one family quickly getting rich off coffee and donuts. Read it at The Boston Globe Magazine.
6. Anthony Kim, Golf’s Breakout Star Of 2008, Is Nowhere To Be Found — Sports Illustrated
He was one the most promising young golfers of the ’00s, with more than $12 million in career earnings. Then he disappeared. Alan Shipnuck asks: What happened to Anthony Kim? Read it at Sports Illustrated.
The Heaven’s Gate website is up and running fine — which is extraordinary, Ashley Feinberg explains. “Because as far as the public is aware, every last member of the suicide cult died 17 years ago from a cocktail of arsenic and apple sauce.” Read it at Gizmodo.
8. Baby’s First Photo — BuzzFeed
Ruth Graham unpacks the booming ultrasound photo industry: “Some expectant parents visit spa-like ‘keepsake ultrasound studios’ several times over the course of their pregnancy, to capture images at various stages.” Read it at BuzzFeed.