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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.


Podcast roundup: Our picks for the week, from Entitled Opinions to Switchblade Sisters and Broken Record

Harsh Pareek

May 26, 2019 09:05:00 IST

Podcasts have seen a rapid upsurge in popularity in recent years. From true crime to design, popular culture and modern relationships, fiction to in-depth reportage, podcasts have proliferated to the point where no matter how esoteric the subject, there’s bound to be a show that deals with it. Amid this cornucopia of audio delights, however, how do you pick the podcast that’s most worth your while? This

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11 True Crime Docos You Probably Haven’t Binged Yet

Are you all Jinxed out?Have you gone down ‘The Staircase’ already? If you’re looking for true crime stories that you haven’t seen already, we’ve got you covered.

EXPOSED: The Case of Keli Lane

Streaming on: iView

Synopsis: This digs into the case of Keli Lane, re-investigating every part of Keli’s version of the events that led to the disappearance of her baby Tegan and Keli’s eventual murder conviction. Caro Meldrum-Hanna leave no stone unturned.

The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway

Streaming on: hayu

Synopsis: In 2005, Natalee Holloway disappeared without a trace while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba. It’s was a massive, highly publicised case at the time, and Dr Phil got sued for defamation over his coverage of the case.

The Disappearance of Maura Murray
Read more at: https://10daily.com.au/entertainment/tv/a190520hlnrv/11-true-crime-docos-you-probably-havent-binged-yet-20190525

Melanie Cheng, Chris Womersley, Rohan Wilson and more on what they’re reading in May

Melanie Cheng
Room For A Stranger

Tell us about your book. Meg Hughes is a 75-year-old unmarried pensioner who, after a lifetime of caring for others, finds herself alone in her family home with only her pet African grey parrot for company. Following a shocking home invasion, she joins a homeshare program in the hopes of finding a little companionship and security.

Andy Chan is a 21-year-old international student who is trying to make a home for himself in Australia but is struggling with his studies. When his father’s business in Hong Kong collapses and his parents can no longer afford the rent on his city apartment, he reluctantly moves in with Meg.

While on the surface Meg and

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/26/melanie-cheng-chris-womersley-rohan-wilson-and-more-on-what-theyre-reading-in-may

Making A Murderer’s Dean Strang says true crime can be either ‘destructive’ or ‘thought-provoking’

SINCE MAKING A Murderer first aired in December 2015, US attorney Dean A Strang has been busy.

Having lost his anonymity after featuring in the Netflix documentary, his office has been batting at frequent media requests, he’s been asked to make countless guest appearances at universities across the world, including a guest lecture at the University of Limerick last year. This June, he’s to speak at the Dalkey Book Festival

Strang says taking part in the series had caused him to “think more broadly” about criminal justice issues, about whether justice is being served by the current system in the US, and to engage with other legal professionals from different disciplines and countries.

Even if you haven’t seen a single episode of Making A Murderer, the story is almost inescapable: Wisconsin man Steven Avery served 18 years in prison for the wrongful conviction of an attempted murder of a woman

Read more at: https://www.thejournal.ie/dean-strang-making-a-murderer-2-4643117-May2019/

Pose’s Season 2 Trailer Dropped

Screenshot via Twitter @PoseFX

Pose just dropped the trailer for its second season, and we couldn’t be more excited.

FX’s celebrated series about the New York ballroom seen in the late 1980s has been acclaimed for celebrating queer people of color. The show, created by tv producing master Ryan Murphy (of Glee, American Horror Story, American Crime Story, and more), was nominated for two Golden Globes, a Gotham Award, a Writers Guild Awards, and a Broadcast Film Critics Award. Then, Pose won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series and the Peabody Award for Entertainment.

Now, all of that buzz around the first season has fans and industry members excited for the second one.

Last week, a teaser dropped for the second season the series and depicted leads Mj Rodriguez and Billy Porter in beautiful black and

Read more at: https://instinctmagazine.com/post/poses-season-2-trailer-dropped/

Doc Edge: The documentaries you need to see at this year’s festival

Some of the year’s best documentaries from around the globe are about to arrive in Auckland and Wellington as part of the 14th annual Documentary Edge Film Festival.

Unless you flat out hate a documentary, there’s something for everyone in this year’s line-up. So what one(s) should you go and see?

We’ve narrowed it down to a top nine, but if none of these apply to you, check out the rest of the programme here.

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Top 10 documentaries from the past 10 years

If you only go to one film this year, go and see… Honeyland

Filmed over the course of three years, Honeyland is a beautifully-shot and surprisingly funny film. Read more at: https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/112854900/doc-edge-the-documentaries-you-need-to-see-at-this-years-festival

Florida Executes Serial Killer Who Murdered 10 Women as Surviving Victims Watch from Front Row

A Florida serial killer who murdered 10 women in 1984 and sexually assaulted countless others was executed this week, while two of his surviving victims watched from the front row.

On Thursday night, Bobby Joe Long, 65, was given a lethal injection and pronounced dead at 6:55 p.m. inside of a Florida State Prison after 34 years on death row, The Tampa Bay Times reports.

As he was slowly being killed, two of Long’s surviving rape victims, Lisa McVey Noland and Linda Nuttall, watched on from the front row of the viewing room, according to WFLA.

Noland’s position was

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/florida-executes-serial-killer-murdered-women-victims-watch/

New True Crime Documentary Investigates Britain’s Youngest Serial Kill

It feels like almost every week a new show hits our screens documenting the tale of a series of grisly murders.

But the latest in a long line of true crime series, Britain’s Deadliest Kids, investigates some of the nation’s youngest murder convicts.

And episode three of the series tells the story of Britain’s youngest serial killer, James Fairweather, who committed two murders in 2014 when he was just 15 years old.

His first known victim was 33-year-old James Attfield, who had a brain injury after a car accident, and was brutally stabbed to death by Fairweather in Colchester, Essex.

Just three months later, Fairweather killed Nahid Almanea, a 31-year-old Saudi student, who he targeted for wearing an Islamic veil.

The new series tells the story of Britain's youngest serial killer, James Fairweather. Credit: Essex Police
The new series tells the story of Britain’s youngest serial

Read more at: http://www.ladbible.com/news/news-new-true-crime-documentary-investigates-britains-youngest-serial-kill-20190525

10 podcasts you should be listening to right now

The British Podcast Awards this week announced its winners. Featuring everything from gripping true crime to hilarious comedy, this year’s entries covered all bases.

We’ve hand-picked our top ten to keep your commutes ticking by and to give you the upper hand in topical debates.

Image Credit: Barthy Bonhomme

1. Ways to Change the World with Krishnan Guru-Murthy
Channel Four News anchor, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, hosts this engaging and insightful podcast. Each week Guru-Murthy interviews a different celebrity, philanthropist or activist, delving into the ways in which they have ‘changed the world’. So far guests have included, activist and actress Jameela Jamil, author Salman Rushdie and singer-songwriter Imogen Heap.
2. Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
Another interview podcast but this time with a culinary twist, Off Menu features comedians James Acaster and Ed Gamble. Each episode the pair ask

Read more at: https://www.thenationalstudent.com/Culture/2019-05-25/10_podcasts_you_should_be_listening_to_right_now.html

Annie Lennox Traveled the World and the Seven Seas and Made an Exhibit of Her Life

Even when Annie Lennox is trying to blend in, she can’t help but command the attention of the room. I’m standing in the lobby of the Bowery Hotel for mere seconds before I spot the Scottish rock star, lounging in the back patio amongst other patrons working from their laptops and sipping midday cocktails. She’s sporting the signature bleach-blonde pixie crop she’s been rocking since the ‘80s, an era she helped define as a member of the synth-pop duo Eurythmics alongside David A. Stewart. Buoyed by the runaway success of their 1983 single “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” Eurythmics continued to record hit albums and songs like “Would I Lie to You?” and, in a duet with Aretha Franklin, “Sisters Are Doin It (For Themselves).” When the duo parted ways in 1990, Lennox made the transition to a critically acclaimed solo career.

But Lennox has always been more than just

Read more at: https://www.vogue.com/article/annie-lennox-mass-moca-exhibit