Here’s a Must-Read Tale of Quiet Suburbia

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My quiet little hometown of Irvine has been the site of a truly bizarre little scandal for the past few years. I’ve followed it off and on the entire time, and it’s an object lesson in how a seemingly ordinary couple can go completely off the rails and try to frame a neighbor over a slight so small most people would have forgotten it by the next day.

Anyway, now that it’s basically over, Christopher Goffard of the LA Times has written the definitive series about it. I was going to wait until it was done to recommend it to you, but the damn thing is six parts long. We’re up to part 4 today, so you might as well go ahead and start reading it now. There’s no political lesson here, but it’s one of those riveting tales that’s so creepy and outlandish you don’t want to miss it. It turns out that fictional suburbia is nowhere near as interesting as the real thing.

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