Author Archives: Chris Andoe

The Night Dustin Mitchell Tried to Perform a Exorcism With a Snake In Dallas

The Night Dustin Mitchell Tried to Perform a Exorcism With a Snake In Dallas

This piece is an addendum to our longform feature, “Dustin Does Dallas,” which appeared in our Spring 2018 issue. On June 28, 2017, police near Dallas, Texas arrested Dustin Mitchell, a former St. Louis-area con man, for falsely presenting himself as an attorney. He spent six hours in jail, then his wife bailed him out.

Sex, Secrets & Shame: Salam Alhamdy Tells All

Salam Alhamdy hadn’t been in the office more than an hour when he became fixated with setting up a sexual encounter. On that May morning in 2016, the 33-year-old was still living in Kansas City. Business travelers were always on his radar, and one was ready and waiting at an airport hotel. He fired off

Navigating the Weirdness of Alton, Illinois

I consider Alton, Illinois, the undiscovered Sausalito of the Mississippi River. It’s a picturesque town about 22 miles north of the Arch, a place with dramatic topography and grand vistas. It also happens to have mysteries below the surface. And a Historic Museum of Torture Devices. The museum’s proprietor is Janet Kolar, Alton’s hearse-driving (and hearse-racing)

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