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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.

 

Police wise to reveal new clue on 10th anniversary of London mom’s slaying: Expert

London police are marking the grim 10-year anniversary of an unsolved homicide by releasing a new detail about the 2009 slaying of London mom Lisa Johnson-Leckie and publishing an emotional appeal for tips from her son, now 18.

Johnson-Leckie, a 25-year-old mother of two, was found dead in her south London apartment shortly before 7 a.m. on March 24, 2009, by her partner.

In a video presented at a police press conference Friday, her eldest son, Sean Leckie, said he had to grow up without the love and support of his mother and live with unanswered questions every day since her death.

“I don’t want sympathy, I just want it over with. I want to know why someone would want to hurt my mother and everyone around her so badly,” he said.

“If you have any info, please, please come forward. Even the smallest thing. Reporting can do nothing but help the case along.”

The police

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Oxygen to revisit Rhoden family killings in two-part ‘Piketon Family Murders’ special

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What to Watch on Friday: The unforgettable crimes of Diane Downs on 20/20

20/20: Diane Downs (9 p.m., ABC) – This is one of the most upsetting true crime stories I can recall — seared into my brain thanks to a chilling Farrah Fawcett miniseries (“Small Sacrifices”) that repeatedly played (and ruined for me) the Duran Duran song “Hungry Like the Wolf.” In Oregon in 1983, Diane Downs, dating a married man with no interest in children, shot her three sleeping kids in her car and made up a story about an attempted car-jacking. Then, according to witnesses who passed her on the road, she drove about 10 miles an hour to an emergency room. Her 7-year-old daughter, Cheryl died; her 8-year-old daughter, Christie, lost so much blood she suffered a stroke;, and her 3-year-old son, Danny, was paralyzed. Diane had another daughter, Becky, who was born in prison and adopted. Becky gave an interview to Oprah Winfrey in 2000

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‘The Act’ offers up true crime at its most exploitative: Review

Warning: Spoilers for The Act lie ahead.

I’m a fan of true crime the same way some people are fans of Halo Top. 

After a long day, I’ll crack open nearly any true crime account and eat up the terrifying, true-to-life details with a metaphoric spoon. Whether it’s a movie, series, or podcast, I live for moment-to-moment reconstructed investigations, retrospective interviews with emotional eyewitnesses, and the big reveal of that one mistake that gets the criminal caught. Put plainly: True crime is very much my thing.

So, you can imagine my surprise when only an hour and a half into The Act, I had an overwhelming urge to turn off the TV —  and then possibly throw up. This is true crime in its most brutal and most transparently self-serving form.

The Act isn’t bad television. A

Read more at: https://mashable.com/article/the-act-gypsy-rose-blanchard-review/

New York events 03/22/2019

Looking for something fun to do? Here’s a comprehensive list of concerts and events in New York on 03/22/2019. The list is organized by city and includes events from multiple categories, including Music, Sporting, Family, and Arts Theatre.

Trying to get tickets? Click on the event and we’ll take you there.

Any regular event-goer knows there is nothing like being in the music, being at the game, being a part of that live audience experience. This is for those folks. No matter what it is you’re after, we’ve got you covered.

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Amityville

Can’t Swim, Homesafe, Save Face, Youth Fountain, the Deep End
Event Date Time : 03/22/2019 06:00 pm
Venue : Amityville Music Hall

Binghamton

Binghamton

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Disney-Fox Merger to be a game-changer for Hollywood

After maneuvering past the thorny U.S. Department of Justice’s potential anti-trust issues and Mexico’s reluctant regulatory approval, on Wednesday night, the 71.3 billion U.S dollars acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets by the Walt Disney Company was a done deal.

BIG FIVE

It is also likely to mark a new era in Hollywood as the Big Six is whittled down

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The serial killer cases which continue to haunt US police

Here’s a select list of convicted American serial killers and notable open or unsolved cases.

Serial murder is defined by the FBI as two or more killings separated by a span of time. A majority of serial killings are sexually motivated, according to the FBI.

Serial murders are relatively rare. Fewer than one percent of homicides during a given year are committed by serial killers, the FBI reports.

For information about rampage murders, single incidents in which four or more people were killed, see Rampage Killings Fast Facts.

DAVID BERKOWITZ

Nickname: Son of Sam

Number of confirmed victims: 6

Years and location: 1970s, New York City

Characteristics: Initially claimed a neighbour’s dog was possessed by an ancient spirit that commanded him to shoot people. The dog owner’s name was Sam. Berkowitz later said the dog story was a hoax.

Arrest, conviction and sentence: Arrested on August 10, 1977. Pleaded guilty to murdering six people and sentenced to 25-years-to-life

Read more at: https://www.9news.com.au/2019/03/22/11/07/news-united-states-serial-killers-crime-murder-unsolved-killings

7-Year-Old Boy, Encased in Concrete, Allegedly Died in Dog Crate That Mom Made Him Sleep In

The mother of a 7-year-old Colorado boy whose corpse was found encased in concrete allegedly revealed to a fellow inmate that her son died in a dog crate, according to newly released court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

On Dec. 23, Caden McWilliams’ body was found in a dog crate filled with concrete in his mother’s Denver storage unit. His mother, Elisha Pankey, turned herself in to authorities following this discovery. She has been charged with child abuse resulting in death as well as abuse of a corpse.

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