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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.


It’s time to remember this dark part of our history

IT’S hard to pinpoint when my interest in true crime began.

In high school I would watch documentaries unravelling the forensic clues, fascinated by how a drop of blood could catch a killer.

It was years later I started listening to true crime podcasts like Serial and Dirty John.

This renewed my interest in crime, and reminded me of the case that’s followed me since childhood.

I’m a Rocky girl, born and bred. I was four when Keyra Steinhardt was abducted in 1999.

Her murder was probably the first major news event I remember. My parents sat me down to talk about ‘stranger danger’.

No doubt they were relieved, the way people always are, that they could still hug their child goodnight.

When I started working at The Morning Bulletin, editor Frazer Pearce shared stories of sitting just metres away from Fraser throughout Keyra’s Supreme Court trial.

The more I listened to podcasts, the more I became convinced

Read more at: https://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/its-time-remember-dark-part-our-history/3706182/

The top 7 shows on Netflix and other streaming services this week

Average demand expressions: 30,111,573

Description: “DOOM PATROL reimagines one of DC’s most beloved groups of Super Heroes: Robotman aka Cliff Steele (BRENDAN FRASER), Negative Man aka Larry Trainor (MATT BOMER), Elasti-Woman aka Rita Farr (APRIL BOWLBY) and Crazy Jane (DIANE GUERRERO), led by modern-day mad scientist Niles Caulder aka The Chief (TIMOTHY DALTON). Each member of the Doom Patrol suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities, but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found their purpose through The Chief, coming together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence. Following the mysterious disappearance of The Chief these reluctant heroes will find themselves in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg (JOIVAN WADE), who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the

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Favorites: True Crime Documentaries

Here at 25YLSite, we handle a lot of heavy lifting. Analysis, interpretation, deep discussion, introspective interviews…you name it, we’ve got it. “Favorites” takes a lighter approach to the material we normally cover. Each week, we will take you through a list of favorites—whether it’s moments, scenes, episodes, characters, lines of dialogue, whatever!—in bite-sized articles perfect for your lunch break, a dull commute, or anywhere you need to take a Moment of Zen. So, sit back and enjoy this week’s offering: Ali Sciarabba’s top ten true crime documentaries.

I have always been slightly obsessed with true crime and I attribute this to my lifelong obsession with Twin Peaks. While Laura Palmer’s story was a fictional one, it sparked in me a fascination with the macabre. I’ve always been drawn to dark, disturbing stories about the worst aspects of human nature. Luckily for me,

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Family of Rhonda Smith still seeking answers – Newnan Times

Winston Skinner / The Newnan Times-Herald

Members of Rhonda Smith’s family have been back in Newnan, where Smith – then 21 – was last seen in February of 1984. From left are cousins Gary and Nancy Cunningham, stepmother Susan Smith, father Jack Smith and mother Ilean Cornell.

On Feb. 26, 1984, Rhonda Ilean Smith’s life was poised for an exciting and happy future.

She was in love and engaged to be married. She was living with her fiance, and they were working on an addition to their Coweta home that would enable her to leave

Read more at: http://times-herald.com/news/2019/04/family-of-rhonda-smith-still-seeking-answers

Podcast Of The Week: Drag Queen’s Den with Glyn Fussell

We get it – it’s hard wading through every chart and recommendation on social media for the podcast you should be listening to on your morning commute.

From true crime to fiction to celebrity interviews to comedy, there’s almost too much choice – but before you get caught up in your scrolling-through-Netflix-for-hours-without-watching-anything habit, we have your back.

Every Sunday, Metro.co.uk will be handpicking the podcast of the week for you to feast your ears on while avoiding eye contact with everyone on the bus or the tube.

So for this week, we’re diving head first into the magical world of the UK drag scene, with Glyn Fussell’s BBC podcast, Drag Queen’s Den.

Heading into its second season this April, Drag Queen’s Den has brought on board a team of guests shedding their light and fabulosity as Glyn dissects what makes the UK drag scene so distinctive from anywhere else in the world.

Read more at: https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/21/podcast-of-the-week-drag-queens-den-with-glyn-fussell-8640828/

TV best bets with Uma Thurman, return of ‘Cobra Kai, series finales…

Originally posted Sunday, April 21, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio TV Talk blog

Two series say goodbye this week forever: BET’s “Being Mary Jane” via a two-hour wrap-up movie and on Thursday, Fox’s “Gotham” after five seasons.

Also, the surprise YouTube hit “Cobra Kai,” shot in Atlanta, returns Wednesday for a second season. 

Two Netflix shows worth checking out are the comedic “Bonding” on Wednesday and the horror series “Chambers” starring Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”) on Friday.

Noah Wyle of “ER” fame stars in a CBS eight-episode short series “The Red Line” about an innocent black doctor shot by a white cop in Chicago.

And rock fans will enjoy this year’s “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” on HBO this Saturday night featuring Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, the Cure, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, the Zombies and Roxy

Read more at: https://www.ajc.com/blog/radiotvtalk/best-bets/MV7OMdxLT5HbT8syKAXTbM/

What’s next for Baton Rouge man who believes the Zodiac Killer is his biological dad? A documentary

It’s been nearly five years since Gary Stewart’s book was published laying out the evidence that led him to conclude his biological father was the notorious Zodiac Killer of the 1960s.

Since that time, Stewart told a meeting of the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society on Saturday, he’s continued his research into the man he’s convinced was his biological father — a serial killer known as The Zodiac.

Stewart has spent the last 17 years of his life researching his biological father, Earl Van Best Jr., who he says abandoned him in the stairwell of a downtown Baton Rouge apartment building in 1962 when Stewart was just a month old.

In his book,”The Most Dangerous Animal of All,” written with true crime writer Susan Mustafa, Stewart claims his father would go on to murder at least five people in northern California between 1968 and 1969. All the while, he would taunt the police

Read more at: https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_c7dbed0e-5b0b-11e9-b647-fb3ab2105dd1.html

Becker County agencies form new team to address sexual assault,…

In fact, statistics from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center indicate that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old.

In Becker County, a group of social services and law enforcement agencies have banded together to form a Sexual Assault Response Team (BCSART), dedicated to serving the victims of sexual assault and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Since last November, representatives from the Becker County Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Department; Detroit Lakes Police Department; the Lakes Crisis Resource Center (LCRC); White Earth DOVE (Down On Violence Everyday) program and Essentia Health St. Mary’s, along with other social service and law enforcement agencies, have been meeting each month to develop a common set of protocols for handling sexual assault and abuse cases, with the intent “to ensure the integrity and quality of the criminal justice process while meeting the needs of

Read more at: https://www.dl-online.com/news/education/4601581-becker-county-agencies-form-new-team-address-sexual-assault-abuse