Promoted
Big Stories

9 Longform Stories We’re Reading This Week: A Serial Killer’s Change Of Heart And A Prank Gone Wrong

What responsibility do pranksters have to their victims? This week for BuzzReads, Andrew McMillen analyzes the now-infamous “Royal Prank.” Read it and these other great longform stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

1. The Royal Prank: How a Crank Call Became a Tragedy — BuzzFeed

Image by RS/Southern Cross Austereo / Reuters

When a pair of Australian DJs went viral by prank calling the London hospital treating Kate Middleton last December, they were lionized at home and vilified in the U.K. Then the nurse who answered the phone committed suicide amid the outrage, raising questions about mental health, privacy, and the very definition of a joke. Read it at BuzzFeed.

2. The Serial Killer Has Second ThoughtsGQ

Yvonne Asell, File / AP

Do not miss read Chris Heath’s horrific, riveting profile of Sture Bergwall, a.k.a. Thomas Quick, whose unspeakable crimes — stabbings, stranglings, rape, incest, cannibalism — he confessed to nearly anyone who would listen for years. He now has something new to confess. Read it at GQ.

3. When the NSA Comes to Town — BuzzFeed

Image by Composite by John Gara / AP

For the people in Bluffdale, Utah, home of the NSA’s massive data center, the agency’s scandals carry special meaning. Justine Sharrock reports on the NSA’s tense, worrying relationship with its small-town hosts. Read it at BuzzFeed.

4. Has Carl June Found a Key to Fighting Cancer?Philadelphia Magazine

Wesley Mann / Via phillymag.com

Walter Keller had nearly lost his battle with leukemia. But a group of Penn researchers led by Carl June weren’t about to give up on Keller. Jason Fagone discusses the discovery that might be a huge breakthrough for medicine. Read it at Philadelphia Magazine.

5. Confessions of a Google Glass ExplorerThe New Yorker

Emiliano Granado / Via newyorker.com

Gary Shteyngart tests out Google Glass and becomes a “Glasshole.” What’s it like when the future is sitting an inch in front of your face? Read it at The New Yorker.

6. The Trouble with JohnnyESPN The Magazine

Wright Thompson asks whether Heisman winner Johnny Manziel’s fame — and the scandal that comes with it — will derail his burgeoning career: “Will he grow to understand and manage it? Or will he crumble, becoming a trivia answer or a cautionary tale?” Read it at ESPN The Magazine.

7. The Cost of Becoming a Superhero — BuzzFeed

Image by Ben Rothstein / 20th Century Fox

Adam B. Vary explains why the 5,000-calorie diets and punishing workout routines actors go through to transform into comic book heros could be more harmful than Kryptonite. “The process of getting that body is fraught with real risks to both that actor’s short- and long-term health.” Read it at BuzzFeed.

8. John Wilkes Booth Killed Lincoln … But Who Killed John Wilkes Booth? — The Verge

The story of the man who killed Abraham Lincoln. “A vaunted stage actor, John Wilkes Booth, killed him believing the death would revitalize the Southern cause. It didn’t, and Booth was hunted and himself killed. He died paralyzed and helpless, unable even to lift his hands. Or did he?” Read it at The Verge.

9. ‘Beyond the Tree Line’The New York Times

Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Pulitzer-prize winner John Branch returns to his “Lady Jaguars” series, a portrait of rural life in Tennessee vis-à-vis players for a court-mandated girl’s basketball team with a terrible losing streak. A year later, he looks at their challenging lives after the school. Read it at The New York Times.

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

Sandra Allen is the deputy features editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Sandra Allen at sandra.allen@buzzfeed.com.
Dan Oshinsky is a newsletter editor at BuzzFeed and is based in New York.
Contact Dan Oshinsky at dan.oshinsky@buzzfeed.com.
 
 

More News

More News

Now Buzzing