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.
Christmas in Graceland (8 p.m., Hallmark) – North Carolina’s own Kellie Pickler stars as a working Chicago mom who brings her kids with her on a business trip to Memphis so they can all visit Graceland during the week before Christmas. But she is thrown for a loop when she bumps into Clay (Wes Brown), an old flame from her days as a singer in college. The movie was shot on location at Graceland, the Memphis home of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll.
Return to Christmas Creek (9 p.m., Hallmark Movies Mysteries) – After being told her new holiday app lacked Christmas spirit, a young CEO returns to her hometown to rediscover the meaning of the holidays. Stephen Huszar, Tori Anderson and Steven Weber star.
One Crazy Christmas (9 p.m., BET HER) – An original Christmas movie about a successful, divorced attorney who
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We’ve seen plenty of prison breaks on TV and in movies over the years. (Heck, we even had a whole show called Prison Break… and it ran for five seasons!) So as yet another entry in a well-worn genre, Showtime’s true-crime limited series Escape at Dannemora — premiering this Sunday at 10/9c; I’ve seen six of the seven episodes — is brutally effective, but not especially groundbreaking. When it delves into the thickly tangled psyches of its characters, though, it rises to a higher level, thanks to excellent performances from its three lead actors — especially Patricia Arquette, who delivers fascinating, Emmy-caliber work here.
You may recall the real-life story that Dannemora is based on: the 2015 manhunt that ensued when two convicted murderers made a
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John Travolta as Robert Shapiro
The Hollywood heavyweight, who started off in TV, went back to his roots when he played the famed defense attorney, who was part of O.J. Simpson’s legal “Dream Team,” in American Crime Story in 2016.
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The weather outside might be frightful, but the gigs in today’s roundup are delightful! HBO’s upcoming series “Watchmen,” based on the comic book series of the same name, is casting Atlanta background actors for an end-of-the-month shoot. Plus, more great gigs throughout the country.
The upcoming HBO series “Watchmen,” based on the comic book series of the same name, continues background casting. Talent, aged 18–65, is wanted to portray police officers in the series. Filming will take place from Nov. 28–30 in Atlanta, Georgia. Pay is $75 for eight hours. Apply here!
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Casting is underway for the next episode of the Investigation Discovery true-crime series “Evil Lives Here.” Talent, aged 13–75, is wanted for several lead and supporting
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If you’re a big fan of true crime, then you’ve probably already listened to Up and Vanished, one of our favorite investigative podcasts. In the show, documentarian Payne Lindsey looked into the disappearance and likely murder of Georgia teacher Tara Grinstead — and he uncovered some seriously scary stuff. Now that an arrest has finally been made in the case and there seems to be some serious progress happening, the podcaster is taking his show to the small screen with a TV special. Also called Up and Vanished, the special will give fans an all-new look at the case, and it’s premiering this Sunday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. on Oxygen.
As for what sets the show apart from the podcast, well, Payne exclusively tells In Touch that the investigation will continue. “Up and Vanished listeners heard Tara’s story week by week in real time as we were investigating [in the podcast],” he shared.
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The mistress of admitted triple-murderer Chris Watts said she told police about the affair after he behaved suspiciously when his wife and two daughters went missing and his lies to her were exposed.
Nichol Kessinger, 30, spoke out for the first time in an interview with The Denver Post published Thursday. Kessinger, who met Watts through work, was the woman whose name was redacted from an affidavit for Watts’ arrest which said he was having an affair, a law enforcement source confirms to PEOPLE.
Watts, 33, pleaded guilty last week to the August murders of his wife of nearly six years, 34-year-old Shan’ann Watts, and their daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. He will be formally sentenced to life in prison on Monday.
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Content warning: This article includes themes of sexual abuse and gender-based violence.
On April 21, 2016, true crime writer Michelle McNamara, age 46, was found dead by husband of 11 years Patton Oswalt. Although it would take another year for a coroner to reveal her killer to be an undiagnosed heart condition combined with the effects of several drugs, Oswalt, a famous comedian, immediately suspected that it was an accidental drug overdose: she had taken a Xanax the night before to try and get some rest, as her obsessive investigation into a nightmarish cold case often kept her up at night.
Reading the posthumously published “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” now, it is impossible to forget two pieces of context that author McNamara could
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