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Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: A Hermit, The Science Guy, And A Murder On The Mosquito Coast

This week for BuzzReads, Tim Stelloh and Freda Moon investigate a real estate deal gone very wrong on the isolated coast of Nicaragua. Read that and these other great stories.

1. Murder and Manifest Destiny on the Mosquito Coast — BuzzFeed

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Fifteen years ago, a mysterious Greek entrepreneur bought and resold a series of tiny islands off the coast of Nicaragua, setting off a bizarre and tragic chain of events that included a reality-TV sensation and allegations of an insidious murder plot. The ensuing chaos brought to light a centuries-old question: Who does land really belong to? Read it at BuzzFeed.

2. The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True HermitGQ

Photo: Andy Molloy/ Kennebec Journal / AP Photo

Michael Frinkel brings the almost unbelievable story of a man who for nearly thirty years lived in the Maine woods until he was captured robbing a cabin last spring. Why did it he do it? And how did he survive? Read it at GQ.

3. The WitnessTexas Monthly

Photograph by Matthew Mahon for Texas Monthly

As the public face of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for over a decade, Michelle Lyons witnessed 278 executions. Pam Colloff reports on the toll this took on her. Read it at Texas Monthly.

4. You Can’t Quit Cold TurkeyESPN The Magazine

Photograph by Jonathan Robert Willis for ESPN

The story of Jared Lorenzen, a former NFL quarterback, still struggling as his weight rises well past 300 lbs.: “When you’re fat, every day is a prompt to start your life over. Lorenzen has a new office, a new apartment, a new life after football. He’s a Super Bowl champion, a cult hero, a father of two. Now he has to try to be a man.” Read it at ESPN the Magazine.

5. ‘If They Had Only Treated Him Before’ — CNN

Photographs by John Nowak, CNN

In 2006, Will Bruce — a Maine man diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia — killed his mother just weeks after being released from a mental health facility. Now he’s getting another chance: “Will feels the weight of past and future. If he screws up, he messes up everything. For everyone.” Read it at CNN.

6. Out Of PowerSports Illustrated

Photo Illustration by Alicia Hallett for Sports Illustrated

Curtis Malone was one of the most powerful men in the world of high school basketball — until he was busted by the Feds. Writes Pete Thamel: “He left friends, family and the basketball world to figure out whether he was an AAU coach moonlighting as a drug dealer or a drug dealer masquerading as an AAU coach.” Read it at Sports Illustrated.

7. Bill Nye Fights BackPopular Science

Photographs by F. Scott Schafer for Popular Science

The beloved children’s television host is now taking on creationists and climate change deniers. Ryan Bradley asks: will he come out victorious? Read it at Popular Science.

8. DIY DiagnosisMosaic Science

Illustration by Ana Frois for Mosaic Science

Ed Yong brings the story of an extreme athlete who learned she had not one but two rare genetic flaws — and then sought to prove her hunch that they were related. Read it at Mosaic Science.

9. The Spy Who Loved MeThe New Yorker

Illustration by Alex Williamson for the New Yorker

In the late eighties, a British woman had a child with a man she understood to be a passionate animal rights advocate — who then disappeared forever. That was until two years ago when she saw his photo in the paper and learned that he’d been a spy. Lauren Collins brings this riveting story of an elaborate undercover police operation and its abuses. Read it at The New Yorker.

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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.
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