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2.8.16

This Pimp's Lawyer Says He's a 'Scumbag' But Not a Sex Trafficker

Brooklyn Defense Attorney Howard Greenberg concedes Karmik Grant-Byas has done "despicable" things to women, but says his client did not compel them to perform commercial sex acts against their will.

1.29.16

How Mafia Pizzeria Drug Fronts Inspired One of the Most Complex Criminal Trials Ever

A billion-dollar international heroin scheme got dozens of mobsters arrested in the mid 80s. But did the 17-month trial actually do anything?

1.28.16

The Real 'Better Call Saul'?

We went looking for a real-life Saul Goodman and found Howard Greenberg—a fast-talking, boundary-pushing, notoriously eccentric criminal defense attorney in Brooklyn.

12.12.15

Latest on VICE: Syrian Refugees in New Jersey, the Real 'X-Files,' and Skating with Riley Hawk

Here are some videos we released this week that you should watch, including our recent full-length doc The Real 'X-Files'?

12.4.15

The Real 'X-Files'?

We meet up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who's been called the real-life Agent Scully, to see if the truth is really out there.

11.16.15

November 16 - Eagles of Death Metal Concert Tragedy in Paris, The Real ‘X-Files,’ ‘Sailor Moon’

We pay respects to one of the victims killed at the Eagles of Death Metal concert in Paris, take a bizarre trip to Roswell in search of aliens, then revisit the anime show that influenced a generation of LGBT teens.

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2.19.15

The Real 'Mad Men'?

George Lois, who helped create legendary ad campaigns during the Creative Revolution, is sometimes referred to as the inspiration for Don Draper.

2.6.15

The Real 'True Blood'?

Father Sebastiaan works in the vampire community of Louisiana, fitting fangs and throwing modern-day vampire balls where would-be Draculas party and sip blood.

12.16.14

The Real Kenny Powers?

John Rocker was once one of the best pitchers in baseball and one of the most disliked people in the game—he's the sort of crass, confrontational character you usually only find on TV.

11.19.14

The Real 'Wolf of Wall Street'?

In the mid 1990s, Leonardo DiCaprio was the king of the world. He was also friends with Dana Giacchetto, a former investment banker who went to jail for misappropriating $9 million and claims he's the real inspiration for The Wolf of Wall Street.

11.5.14

The Real 'Weeds'?

With the new legalization of marijuana in Oregon, Alaska, Colorado, and Washington, the show Weeds no longer seems like outlandish fiction. We tracked down a real-life Nancy Botwin—Dr. Dina, medical weed consultant to stars like Snoop Dogg and...

10.1.14

The Real 'True Detective'?

Ten years ago, the town of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, was traumatized when a local church's secret Satan worship, ritualized child molestation, and animal sacrifices came to light. Sound familiar?

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