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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.


PodcastOne Debuts ‘The First Degree’ True Crime Podcast

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    New, True

    PODCASTONE has debuted a new entry in the true crime podcast genre, “THE FIRST DEGREE,” hosted and produced by true crime TV show producer ALEXIS LINKLETTER, writer BILLY JENSEN, and “LADYGANG” podcast co-host JAC VANEK.  The new series, posting its first episode TODAY (8/15) with a look at the murder of a model by a reality show participant, tells crime stories through the eyes of someone with one degree of separation from the crime.

    “I’ve always been a true crime buff and armchair detective, so teaming up with ALEXIS LINKLETTER and her mentor BILLY JENSEN for this podcast is an absolute dream come true,” said

    Read more at: https://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/179125/podcastone-debuts-the-first-degree-true-crime-podc

  • Emmys: Limited Series Lean Into Period Piece Worldbuilding

    Sweeping international shoots, comprehensive historical research,
    meticulous costume and music selections, a complex dance between writers and producers — the sheer amount of thought, research and money that went into building the complex and intricate worlds for this year’s limited-series Emmy nominees was infinitely large in scope despite the shorter screen time.

    Creating such rich landscapes for the characters was no small feat. From the 1960s to 2000s decades-jumping saga of Showtime’s “Patrick Melrose,” to the gritty streets of New York at the turn of the 19th century in TNT’s “The Alienist,” to Pablo Picasso in National Geographic’s “Genius,” and Andrew Cunanan’s killing spree in the mid-1990s for FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” these series’ showrunners all agree on one thing: research was fundamental when it came time to bringing these worlds to life.

    “Versace” showrunner Tom Rob Smith read all

    Read more at: https://variety.com/2018/tv/awards/emmys-2018-limited-series-worldbuilding-alienist-versace-genius-picasso-patrick-melrose-1202902109/

    Pregnant Woman and Her 2 Little Girls Vanish and Could Be in Danger, Authorities Say

    A pregnant Colorado woman and her two young daughters have vanished, leading to a search that is now in its third day as authorities worry the family could be in danger, PEOPLE confirms.

    Shannan Watts, 34, and her daughters, ages 3 and 4, have been missing since Monday, the town of Frederick wrote in a Twitter post on Tuesday.

    Law enforcement has since upgraded the status of the case to “endangered missing” given how long Watts and her girls have been gone, according to the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

    Watts is 15 weeks pregnant, according to authorities. Her children may have medical issues, police said, though further information about their health history was not available.

    The three were last seen in the Frederick area, according to investigators. There is no vehicle associated with their disappearance.

    Chris Watts, Shannan’s husband, told local TV station KUSA that he is “hoping right

    Read more at: https://people.com/crime/colorado-pregnant-mom-daughters-vanish-medication-left/

    Man Calls 911 After Shooting Pregnant Girlfriend: ‘By the Time They Get Out Here It Will Be Too Late’

    A 38-year-old man called 911 from an Arkansas lake on Sunday morning with a horrific confession.

    “This is Cornell Henry and I just killed somebody,” he told dispatchers, “and I am about to kill myself.”

    By the time officers responded to the scene, Henry was gone.

    They later learned he had driven his car into the Mississippi River. After extracting the vehicle from the water, investigators recovered his dead body and that of his pregnant 20-year-old girlfriend Cherrkisha Jones inside the car.

    It was not immediately clear how Henry died.

    At a press conference Sunday, Phillips County Sheriff Neal Byrd told reporters that his detectives believe the violence followed an argument between Henry and Jones.

    Byrd said the argument likely involved allegations of infidelity, saying that investigators suspect Henry accused Jones of seeing someone else. Byrd didn’t specify why investigators believe this.

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    Read more at: https://people.com/crime/arkansas-man-calls-911-fatally-shot-pregnant-girlfriend/

    300 Pennsylvania Priests Accused of Child Sex Abuse — and One Got Reference for Disney World Job

    Over 300 Roman Catholic priests across six dioceses in Pennsylvania have been accused of sexually abusing at least 1,000 children while senior church officials allegedly covered up complaints for decades, a grand jury report released Tuesday says.

    After an 18-month investigation into 500,000 pages of internal church documents and the testimony of dozens of witnesses, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released the landmark 1,356-page document naming the alleged “predator priests.” Their alleged abuses date back to 1947 in the dioceses of Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg and Scranton.

    Though some accused priests retired or were put on leave, the majority continued in their jobs after being accused and many were even promoted, the report states. The priests named in the report included monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, and cardinals.

    “Most of the victims were boys; but there were girls too,” the report alleges. “Some were teens; many were prepubescent. Some were manipulated with alcohol

    Read more at: https://people.com/crime/pennsylvania-sex-abuse-report-catholic-church/

    10 shows every true crime buff should watch in their lifetime

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    “The Keepers” is a series following the death of Sister Cathy Cesnik.

    If you are a true crime buff, you’ve probably already watched popular true crime series like “Making a Murderer,” “The Jinx,” and “Amanda Knox” and are on the hunt for a new, captivating show to keep your interest.

    Read more at: https://www.thisisinsider.com/shows-to-watch-if-you-like-true-crime-2018-8

    ID set to premiere Kardashian-produced Twisted Sisters – TBI Vision

    Investigation Discovery (ID), Discovery’s destination for true-crime programming, is set to premiere Twisted Sisters, executive produced by Khloe Kardashian.

    Twisted Sisters will premiere on the channel on September 3 and every Monday onwards for six episodes.

    The series will follow the most shocking crimes ever committed by unlikely siblings. Sometimes these sisters work together to commit a crime, but often the duo can turn against one another with the deadliest of outcomes.

    Twisted Sisters is produced for Investigation Discovery and IDGO by 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, and Khlomoney Entertainment.

    It is exec produced by Kardashian, and Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch and David Hale for 44 Blue. The title is showrun by Tammy Wood.

    For ID, Pamela Deutsch is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is group president of ID, Travel

    Read more at: https://tbivision.com/2018/08/15/id-set-to-premiere-kardashian-produced-twisted-sisters/

    TV’s True Crime Voyeurism Reaches Its Crude End

    All the episodes follow this narrative course. The producers then play for the killer various tapes and interviews they have gathered in the interim. In the case of Martinez, the producers have discovered that James Smiley, with whom Martinez lived as a child, was known to have been a pedophile. This information was deliberately withheld from the early section of the episode, so that the story would have a twist. They play Martinez a tape of Flores’s father explaining that the kids went after a man who seemed like a “good man” but was actually a “bad man.” Martinez loses his composure and seems near tears, but does not explain further. At the end of the episode a title card tells us that Martinez’s death sentence has since been commuted to life in prison—the courts found that a jury has to have been unanimous in passing such a sentence, and

    Read more at: https://newrepublic.com/article/150616/tvs-true-crime-voyeurism-reaches-crude-end

    Calif. Dad Kills 3 Kids and Himself in Murder-Suicide | PEOPLE.com

    Police say a California father of four shot each of his children — killing three of them — before turning the gun on himself in a suspected triple murder-suicide following months of domestic violence, PEOPLE confirms.

    Ricardo Lopez was found dead by responding officers in the driveway of his Clearlake home on Sunday while the bodies of three of his children, ages 4, 2 and 9 months, were found inside his SUV, according to a Clearlake Police Department news release obtained by PEOPLE.

    Authorities had been looking for the 39-year-old Lopez since July 25, when he fled the family’s home after police responded to a domestic battery complaint, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    On Sunday morning, Lopez’s wife ran from the home to a neighbor to call police. Her husband had begun firing a gun, she said.

    Upon arrival, Clearlake officers discovered Lopez’s body with the murder weapon nearby, the release states. He had

    Read more at: https://people.com/crime/california-dad-kills-kids-murder-suicide/

    Investigators Zero in on 5 Locations in Search for Missing College Student Mollie Tibbetts

    In their continuing efforts to locate college student Mollie Tibbetts — who vanished from rural Iowa nearly a month ago — investigators have identified five locations near where Tibbetts was last seen that are possibly connected to her case.

    According to a state website, “law enforcement is currently seeking additional witnesses and wants to speak to anyone who was in [the five areas] … on July 18, 2018 between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.,” which is within a few hours of when Tibbetts was spotted on her regular evening run.

    The University of Iowa sophomore has not been heard from since.

    The site features a map with the five locales in the Brooklyn area, including a highway truck stop and a car wash. There are also two tracts of farmland that are highlighted on the map, as well as the area surrounding

    Read more at: https://people.com/crime/missing-mollie-tibbetts-investigators-search-five-brooklyn-iowa-locations/