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.
You’ve gotta love a good true crime documentary, with all its real-life drama and grainy courtroom footage.
James Corden took it upon himself to give Michael Myers, the famously silent killer of the Halloween movie franchise, the true crime treatment. In a sketch on The Late Late Show, Corden donned the signature Halloween mask and sat down for interrogation with a pretty thin claim to innocence.
“I don’t know where this ‘he doesn’t talk’ thing comes from, I thought I had the right to remain silent, but whatever,” Corden says.
You’ve got 11 movies worth of evidence stacked against you, mate.
A few years ago two true-crime sensations took over our culture like a fever.
First it was Making a Murderer, whose popularity that not only led Netflix to become the go-to home for true-crime docs, but also launched a thousand Reddit threads of amateur sleuths debating the innocence of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. Only a year later, our obsession was exacerbated by Serial Season 1, which launched even more voracious internet sleuthing.
In the early morning hours on Sept. 1, 2017, Matthew Phelps called 911 and told dispatchers he thought he killed his 29-year-old wife Lauren while in a haze after taking cold medicine. Phelps, now 30, eventually pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and, on Oct. 5, he was sentenced to life in prison.
On Wednesday, Lauren’s parents Dale and Laurie Hugelmaier spoke with ABC’s Good Morning America about domestic violence and the warning signs they wish they had discussed with their daughter in the days before her death.
“I think about it every day. What I did wrong. What I missed. ‘Til this day I just regret not knowing or keeping my eyes open
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Wisconsin authorities said Wednesday that missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs was present at home when her parents were killed, and they confirmed the couple was fatally shot.
The bodies of parents Denise Closs, 46, and 56-year-old James Closs, were found in the early morning hours Monday after police received a 911 call before 1 a.m. during which nobody spoke but a disturbance could be heard. When police subsequently arrived at the family home, they found the parents’ bodies but no sign of Jayme, who is now the subject of an AMBER Alert and was declared “missing and endangered” by Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.
Next-door neighbor Joan Smrekar told HLN’s Crime and Justice with Ashleigh Banfield she heard two shots ring out seconds apart after 12:30 a.m. Monday. “It was just, ‘bang’ and ‘bang,’” Smrekar said.
Jayme’s relatives told CBS News that the front door to the family home was shot in.
Nearly five years have passed since Heather Elvis was last seen alive.
The 20-year-old South Carolina waitress vanished days before Christmas in 2013, and her abandoned car was discovered near a boat landing in Myrtle Beach. Phone records subsequently led police to suspect Sidney Moorer, a 38-year-old married father with whom Elvis was having an affair.
For nearly five years, suspicions have swirled around Moorer and his wife, Tammy. The couple was initially charged with murder and kidnapping in 2014, but the murder charges were dropped two years later. In 2017, Sidney was convicted of obstructing the police investigation into the case and sentenced to 10 years in prison, Myrtle Beach Online reports.
Both were indicted on kidnapping charges in 2017: Sidney’s trial that year ended with a mistrial after the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict and his retrial is now scheduled for later in 2018. Tammy is currently on trial and plans
The ex-boyfriend of Alina Sheykhet, the 20-year-old University of Pittsburgh student found dead in her bedroom last October by her father, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Wednesday after pleading guilty to first-degree murder, an Allegheny County court official tells PEOPLE.
The sentencing brings Alina’s family closure one year after her father found her dead in a pool of her own blood at her home in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh on Oct. 8, 2017.
At a Wednesday press conference, Alina’s family said her memory lives on.
“[Alina’s] love for people has become even stronger. She is more alive than she has ever been,” said Alina’s mother Elly Sheykhet, noting that she still refers to her daughter in the present tense. “She is even more beautiful and