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Spellbinding Tale of Murder, Love, Deceit, and Redemption

When New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo, who has taken on Finkel’s identity, his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat and mouse. True Story weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, deceit, and redemption, following Finkel’s relentless pursuit of the shocking truth.

In February 2002, New York Times Magazine writer Michael Finkel received a startling piece of news: a young man named Christian Longo, wanted for killing his entire family, had been captured in Mexico, where he’d taken on a new identity: Michael Finkel of the New York Times.

The next day, on page A-3 of the Times, came another troubling item: a note from the editors explaining that Finkel, having falsified parts of an investigative article, had been fired. Nonetheless, the only journalist Longo would speak with was the real Michael Finkel, and so Finkel placed a call to Oregon’s Lincoln County jail, intent on getting the true story. So began a bizarre and intense relationship, ending up as a reporting job that eventually morphed into a shrewd game of cat-and-mouse. Part mystery, part memoir, part mea culpa, True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, and deceit with a deeply personal inquiry into the slippery nature of truth.

True Story was made into a movie starring Jonah Hill & James Franco.

 

Breaking News – "Better Things" Renewed for Fourth Season on FX

“Better Things” Renewed For Fourth Season on FX

Award-Winning Series From Writer, Director, Executive Producer and Star Pamela Adlon

Eight Episodes Remain in Season Three Airing Thursdays at 10 PM on FX Through May 16th

LOS ANGELES, March 26, 2019 – Better Things, the acclaimed and award-winning comedy series directed by, produced by and starring Pamela Adlon, has been renewed for a fourth season on FX, it was announced today by John Landgraf, Chairman of FX Networks and FX Productions. The fourth season will air on FX in 2020.

“With every season, Better Things becomes more vital, engaging and revelatory, cementing Pamela Adlon’s status as one of the most accomplished creative forces in television today,” said Landgraf. “Rarely has there been a show that is so personal and, at the same time, so thoroughly universal in the way

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Charges Dropped Against Jussie Smollett After He’s Accused of Staging Hate Crime

All charges have been dropped against Empire actor Jussie Smollett stemming from accusations he staged an alleged early morning hate crime attack against himself on a Chicago sidewalk in January, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office confirms to PEOPLE.

“After reviewing all the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case,” reads a statement from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office obtained by PEOPLE.

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Oxygen preps “Piketon Family Murders”, “Disappearance Of Susan Cox Powell”

Oxygen Media, NBCUniversal’s true crime multi-platform network for women, will take viewers into the largest criminal investigation in Ohio’s history in The Piketon Family Murders.

Produced by MadWest Content and KT Studios, the two-hour special will delve into the 2016 massacre in Piketon, Ohio, where seven members of the Rhoden family, as well as Hannah Giley, fiancée to one of the victims, were found murdered.

In this tight and private community, rumors swirled about who was responsible for the killings, until this past November when a series of arrests placed four members of the Wagner family, a prominent Piketon family, were charged with first-degree murder. The special features interviews and insight from local community members, family, friends, local law enforcement and journalists, all of whom help tell the story of this massacre in its entirety.

Executive producers on the special are Josh Murphy, Stephanie Lydecker and Anne Garofalo Paterno. Beth Karas serves as

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Amanda Knox On Her True Crime Podcast And Her Plans To Return To Italy

Amanda Knox has announced that she would like to return to Italy to “face her fears”, more than 10 years after her former flatmate, British student Meredith Kercher, was brutally killed.

Speaking at the Death Becomes Us True Crime festival in New York, Amanda told a crowd that she would like to return to Perugia as part of a “healing process”.

According to The Sun, the 31-year-old said: “It’s very scary and every day you need to face up to something new that is terrifying but I’ve been lucky and I am healing.

“But you have got to face up to your fears alone if you want to heal and I know the main thing that still terrifies me most is returning to Italy.”

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“It’s something I know I have to do and I will do it but it really does scare me… it’s

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15 of Cole Escola’s Best Impressions

Comedy doyen Cole Escola is prone to jumping in and out of one of his many saucy characters before you can even register the changes in shape to his face. One moment he is Joyce Conner, a mouthy matron with blushing cheeks and a red, red dress; in the next, he is Maven Crawford, the hunchbacked cabaret legend (and Joe’s Pub food fan) with Carol Channing’s hair and Liza Minnelli’s distractibility. You may already be familiar with his most recent incarnation, Chassie Tucker, the inept pseudo-sidekick to homemaker Amy Sedaris on At Home with Amy Sedaris, currently in its second season on truTV.

Less well-known is that Escola is as gifted with impressions as he is with original characters. The same reverential phrases about transformation and channeling usually applied to the Great

Read more at: https://www.vulture.com/2019/03/cole-escola-best-impressions.html

Inside the Case of Family of 8 Whose Car Was Found at Bottom of Cliff 1 Year Ago

On March 26, 2018, an SUV belonging to Jennifer and Sarah Hart, a married couple from Woodland, Washington, was found at the bottom of a 100-foot cliff off the Pacific Coast Highway in Northern California.

The bodies of Jennifer and Sarah, as well as three of their six adopted children, Abigail, Jeremiah and Markis, were found nearby.

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True crime author to speak at library

Housing the state’s most extensive collection of Michigan true crimes titles is the goal of Sturgis District Library staff members Jackie Milliman and Beatrice Yarbrough.

Housing the state’s most extensive collection of Michigan true crimes titles is the goal of Sturgis District Library staff members Jackie Milliman and Beatrice Yarbrough.

To showcase the collection, the library is hosting historic true crimes author, Tobin Buhk. He will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the library.

Author of about eight true crimes titles, Buhk’s topic in Sturgis will be “Michigan’s Most Dangerous Women.”

Pulled from past headlines, Buhk writes about Michigan’s bad girls as if they were today’s news. Some were especially mean and some just couldn’t stay out of trouble. Either way, they make for an interesting read with a glimpse into yesteryear — the court system, the incarceration facility and the press.

The Journal caught up with Buhk by phone as he traveled

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‘The Disappearance Of Madeleine McCann’ Viewers Should Watch This Film

If, like the rest of the nation, you’ve found yourself sucked in by The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann on Netflix, then you might want to watch Captive For 18 Years: The Jaycee Lee Story.

The one-off documentary follows the story of school girl Jaycee, who was snatched by a convicted sex offender at the tender age of 11. While most people would assume the worst, Jaycee’s story is particularly interesting as she was found alive… 18 years later.

In her own words, Jaycee describes the heinous abuse she suffered during the 18 year period following her abduction, until she was eventually freed.

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The story is up there with the most shocking, grizzly and harrowing there is, and is sure to evoke a mixed bag of emotions from anyone brave enough to watch.

In fact, the hour-long documentary featured on a list released by Netflix, advising viewers on the most interesting true crime documentaries and films available to stream on the site.

The extensive list was recommended for people who also enjoyed watching Abducted in Plain Sight, which I think we can all agree is the most bizarre and twisted pieces of television we’ve ever experienced.

The list of recommendations included Shadow of Truth, Casting Jonbenet, Evil Genius, The Confession Tapes, The Keepers, Wild Wild Country and Captive for 18 Years: The Jaycee Lee Story. However, since the list was tweeted, a host of new documentaries have been released on the streaming service, including The Ted Bundy Tapes, Dirty John The Dirty Truth and of course, The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The Disappearance Of Madeleine McCann has been steeped in controversy since it aired, with the Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, refusing to appear in the eight-part documentary over fears it could hinder the Metropolitan Police’s ongoing investigation into her disappearance 12 years ago.

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The Yorkshire Ripper Files: can true crime TV really be ethical?

True crime TV finds itself on a sterling run of form at the moment. Shows such as The Jinx, Making A Murderer and The Keepers introduced a generation of TV audiences to a life of crime and the attendant vicarious thrills. Tonight, BBC Four makes its contribution with The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story, its three-part exploration of Peter Sutcliffe’s murders of women and girls between 1975 and 1980. The Ripper was the most memorable of a string of garishly named bogeymen that haunted the landscape of the 1970s. The Devil’s Disciple, Black Panther and the Beast of Manchester all had their moments in the limelight, but it was the Ripper who truly captured the public imagination. A faceless hammer killer from the pages of a penny dreadful, he struck without warning or mercy – a truly enduring monster.

Maybe

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/mar/26/the-yorkshire-ripper-files-can-true-tv-be-ethical

BBC To Release True Crime Documentary On Jack The Ripper

While the demand for true-crime documentaries is higher than ever, the BBC will revisit one of the most notorious unsolved crimes in British history in the hopes of revealing the true identity of Jack the Ripper.

Jack The Ripper: The Case Reopened will air as part of a new true crime series on BBC One on Thursday 4th April at 9pm.

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