Rachel Monroe is a freelance writer, volunteer firefighter, and occasional radio host based in Marfa, Texas. She was a finalist for a Livingston Award for Young Journalists and named as one of 56 women journalists everyone should read by New York Magazine. Her essay about murder fandom and adolescence, "Outside the Manson Pinkberry," originally published in The Believer, is anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing 2018.
Last winter, Moroccan officials found two hikers dead on the trail to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. The international investigation that followed revealed the fragility of the adventure travel economy, as well as what happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence.