SubscribeAboutArchive Archive 2022 Select year 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 True Grit When a storm surge swept dozens of cattle and wild horses from the coast of North Carolina, no one expected survivors. Then hoofprints appeared in the sand. by J.B. MacKinnon Alone at the Edge of the World Susie Goodall wanted to circumnavigate the globe in her sailboat without stopping. She didn’t bargain for what everyone else wanted. by Cassidy Randall Fault Lines A pioneering humanities magnet program shaped a generation of students and brought acclaim to a public high school in Los Angeles. But beneath the excellence lurked a culture of abuse. by Seyward Darby King of the Hill Andres Beckett dreamed of competing in a punishing rodeo event known as the Suicide Race. But more difficult than charging down the race’s dangerously steep track was earning a spot on the starting line. by Jana Meisenholder Follow the Leader In the waning days of the Cold War, Rainer Sonntag helped fuel a neo-Nazi movement that still plagues Germany today. He was also a Communist spy—and worked for Vladimir Putin. by Leigh Baldwin and Sean Williams The Fugitive Next Door Tim Brown seemed like a typical Florida retiree—he loved doting on his wife, fishing with friends, and flying his plane. But his life was built on a secret. by Greg Donahue A Crime Beyond Belief A Harvard-trained lawyer was convicted of committing bizarre home invasions. Psychosis may have compelled him to do it. But in a case that became a public sensation, he wasn’t the only one who seemed to lose touch with reality. by Katia Savchuk The Caregivers An imprisoned artist, the couple who saved his life, and the extraordinary gift he gave in return. by Kelly Loudenberg The Voyagers In 1945, a father and his young son set out across the frigid Bering Strait, fleeing Soviet Russia in search of a better life in America. Neither knew how perilous their journey would become. by Bill Donahue The Shadow and The Ghost A woman who called herself Reverend Mother claimed that she could perform miracles. The price was her followers’ adoration and obedience—and in some cases their lives. by Christine Grimaldi © 2022 The Atavist Magazine. Proudly powered by Newspack by Automattic.