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The True Story of the British Grandpas Who Knocked Off One of London’s Biggest Vaults (And Then Screwed Everything Up)

“We done the best bit of work of the whole century. The whole fucking century.” That’s what Terry Perkins, a career criminal, had to say…

Con-Culture Experts On the History and Future of Scamming

The year 2018 was an exceptional one for scammers. Consider the wide-eyed coverage of grifters like New York City socialite Anna Delvey, who fooled her…

The Boy That Fire Couldn’t Destroy: The Life and Death of Dave Dave

On a cold February day on the New York subway, a 6-year-old boy looks forward to enjoying a memorable summer. The boy nestles next to…

All the Weird Things We Learned about Each Other in 2017

Throughout the past year, we’ve asked the MEL staff to share many intimate details about their personal lives. We are, as it turns out, a…