The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, January 25, 2014

From beheaded journalist Daniel Pearl’s last story to a murder case that implicated a gay evangelical cult leader, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

01.25.14 10:45 AM ET

This is Danny Pearl’s Final Story
Asra Q. Nomani, Washingtonian

Asra Nomani spent a decade chasing her friend’s killer, Khalid Sheik Mohammed. Then she went to Guantanamo Bay to see him.

Love and Death in the House of Prayer
Jeff Tietz, Rolling Stone

Tyler Deaton, a self-appointed apostle in one of the fastest-growing evangelical movements, loved Jesus, Harry Potter and, much to his dismay, other men. When his wife turned up dead, the secrets began to spill out.

Planet Hillary
Amy Chozick, The New York Times Magazine

The gravitational pull of a possible 2016 campaign is bringing all the old Clinton characters into her orbit. Can she make the stars align, or will chaos prevail?

Recipe for Scandal
Kevin Goldman, Vanity Fair

The inside story of how one of London’s most glittering marriages—that of foodie goddess Nigella Lawson to advertising mogul Charles Saatchi—combusted after a paparazzo snapped Saatchi apparently throttling his wife over lunch.

Not Here to Make Friends
Katie J.M. Baker, The New Inquiry

Kids are ideal contestants, making little league reality shows better than the adult versions. But what if they don’t want to play by the rules?