In Victorian London, a gang of U.S. hustlers attempts a ten-million-dollar heist on the safest bank in the world. Can the detective who inspired Sherlock Holmes catch them? Read this true-crime story on Longreads.
“I could see the nuclear power plant and the smoke rising above the ruins.” In April 1986, FC Stroitel Pripyat and captain Valentin Litvin were preparing for a cup semi-final when Chernobyl’s No.4 nuclear reactor exploded. Read the story in issue 303 of FourFourTwo and on the FourFourTwo website, and listen on the FourFourTwo podcast
How George Wilson became an unlikely champion in the bizarre 19th-century sport of pedestrianism – from the confines of a prison yard. Read on Deadspin.
The true story of the investigative journalist and mermaid hunter who helped create the rules of soccer. Arthur Pember titillated Victorian New York with his muckraking journalism, but before that he was the first president of the Football Association who set out the Laws of the Game. Read at Howler.
Russ Routledge is an amateur boxer from Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1984, he spent a week living with Muhammad Ali, the greatest fighter of all time. Russ was down on his luck and far from home, and Ali was attempting to deal with retirement and the onset of Parkinson’s. Read the story of their unlikely friendship in Sports Illustrated’s The Cauldron on Medium.