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Figuring that as long as I was revealing my location to the world, I might as well pad my reserves, I withdrew another $300 at 12:01. Then I treated myself to a credit card purchase: a $13 vodka martini at the nearby Viceroy hotel. — August 21, 2009. Evan Ratliff reveals his location by withdrawing money from an ATM, setting off a flurry of activity both on Twitter and on the ground.
Ever dreamed of leaving your life and starting a new one?
That’s exactly what Evan Ratliff did in August of 2009 in a story for Wired magazine.
Going on the lam takes a lot of preparation. Here’s Evan’s list of essentials for life on the run. Read more about his adventure and check out previously unreleased media in a version he recently built with Creatavist.
• MacBook A lifeline to your old life. Evan used his to keep tabs on his pursuers, to make travel arrangements, and check email. Be sure to cover your tracks with a software program that masks IP addresses, like Tor.
• Internet On The Go Evan used a mobile broadband device from Virgin Mobile—the only company not requiring a background check to sign up.
• Prepaid Phones Only for emergencies. Before leaving California, Evan disabled the battery on his personal cell phone to render it untraceable.
• Anonymous Money Evan used prepaid gifts cards he paid for in cash: MasterCard, Visa, American Express. One that looked like a credit card and had his new name: JD Gatz.
Other Helpful Gadgets:
• 2 iPods
• 7 flash drives
• Camera to document new looks
• Power cords
• Electric hair clipper and mustache dye
• Inverter to charge electronics in a car
• USB cord
• Hands-free cell phone device
• Skype microphone and headset
Sure, it might have been easier for Evan to hunker down Walden Pond-style, but he’ll be the first to tell you that wasn’t the point.
This week’s Longreads Member Pick is by David Kushner, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone whose work has been featured on Longreads often in the past. He has just published The Bones of Marianna, a new story from The Atavist, and we’re thrilled to give the ebook to Longreads Members.
Almost everyone who hears the shocking story of the Dozier School for Boys, one of the country’s oldest and largest reform schools, and a model for the nation, asks the same question: how could this happen? How could the Florida government allow generations of young wards to be whipped, shackled, forced into hard labor, and possibly worse for over 100 years? Allegations of abuse dogged the school through its closing two years ago, and continue today, with troubling questions and answers still remaining.
In The Bones of Marianna, which I spent the past year reporting, I tell the story of two determined crusaders who pushed this dark past into light. Jerry Cooper, a star of Dozier’s football team, haunted by the memory of a teammate he accused the school of killing, spends years quarterbacking the fight to expose the truth, while a leading forensic anthropologist, Dr. Erin Kimmerle, digs up grim secrets in the school’s unmarked graveyard. The Prologue, excerpted here in Longreads, draws from Cooper’s recollection of a little white building that he, and hundreds of boys who passed through Dozier, will never forget.
Thanks to Kushner and The Atavist for sharing this story with Longreads Members. Below is the opening chapter.
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