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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.

 

N.C. Woman Sentenced to Prison After Son Freezes to Death …

A North Carolina woman whose 3-year-old son froze to death on their porch earlier this year pleaded guilty on Monday to an involuntary manslaughter charge, PEOPLE confirms.

Jamie Basinger was unconscious, with drugs in her system, as her son, Landyn, was dying outside her home in March, according to a Burke County court official.

Following her plea this week, Basinger was sentenced to 19 and 32 months in prison. That sentence was suspended and she was give three years’ probation, with credit for 245 days already served, according to Basinger’s attorney, Frank Webster, and the Morganton News Herald.

Webster tells PEOPLE she will only serve her remaining months in prison if she violates her probation, meaning her release from behind bars is immediate.

Basinger was also originally charged with felony child abuse in Landyn’s death, but prosecutors dropped that count as part of a plea deal, according to Webster and the

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/n-c-toddler-freezes-to-death-on-porch-as-mom-slept-inside-with-drugs-in-her-system/

NC Toddler Freezes to Death on Porch as Mom Slept Inside with Drugs in Her System

A North Carolina woman whose 3-year-old son froze to death on their porch earlier this year pleaded guilty on Monday to an involuntary manslaughter charge, PEOPLE confirms.

Jamie Basinger was unconscious, with drugs in her system, as her son, Landyn, was dying outside her home in March, according to a Burke County court official.

Following her plea this week, Basinger was sentenced to 19 and 32 months in prison. That sentence was suspended and she was give three years’ probation, with credit for 245 days already served, according to Basinger’s attorney, Frank Webster, and the Morganton News Herald.

Webster tells PEOPLE she will only serve her remaining months in prison if she violates her probation, meaning her release from behind bars is immediate.

Basinger was also originally charged with felony child abuse in Landyn’s death, but prosecutors dropped that count as part of a plea deal, according to Webster and the

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/n-c-toddler-freezes-to-death-on-porch-as-mom-slept-inside-with-drugs-in-her-system/

Errol Morris boldly mixes nonfiction and fiction to tackle the unsolved …

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It seems absurd now, but back in 1988, when Errol Morris’ landmark true-crime documentary The Thin Blue Line was released, purists were up in arms about the film’s use of dramatic re-creations. Nobody could possibly have mistaken those impressionistic, essentially dialogue-free sequences for a record of what actually happened; they were clearly hypothetical explorations, crucial to establishing the hypnotic tone Morris wanted. Nonetheless, The Thin Blue Line was roundly rejected by the Academy Awards’ nominating committee (despite having already won prizes from the New York Film Critics Circle and National Society Of Film Critics), which reportedly felt that it

Read more at: https://www.avclub.com/errol-morris-boldly-mixes-nonfiction-and-fiction-to-tac-1821230874

‘American Vandal’: In Praise of TV’s Sleeper Hit of the Year – Rolling …

Streaming services like Netflix often tend to work on a model which favors hype following instead of leading – for every Marvel property or proven commodity like Black Mirror that’s preceded by a blitz of hype, there are dozens of series that get released with little fanfare, banking on big leaps of faith that the right folks will find it. (Remember how little advance buzz accompanied Stranger Things before that first weekend turned it into a phenomenon?) Still, on paper, a true-crime satire that harnessed the appeal of both 13 Reasons Why and Making a Murderer sounds like the kind of sure thing that would get a major marketing rollout. Which is why you’d have thought that Netflix would have turned the premiere of American Vandal, Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault’s parody of modern investigative vérité set in a high school, into a major stop-the-presses event. 

In Praise of ‘American Vandal’: TV’s Sleeper Hit of the Year

Streaming services like Netflix often tend to work on a model which favors hype following instead of leading – for every Marvel property or proven commodity like Black Mirror that’s preceded by a blitz of hype, there are dozens of series that get released with little fanfare, banking on big leaps of faith that the right folks will find it. (Remember how little advance buzz accompanied Stranger Things before that first weekend turned it into a phenomenon?) Still, on paper, a true-crime satire that harnessed the appeal of both 13 Reasons Why and Making a Murderer sounds like the kind of sure thing that would get a major marketing rollout. Which is why you’d have thought that Netflix would have turned the premiere of American Vandal, Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault’s parody of modern investigative vérité set in a high school, into a major stop-the-presses event. 

Interview: Oscar Winner Errol Morris on Making ‘Wormwood’ for …

Peter Sarsgaard in Wormwood. Netflix

A government cover-up involving LSD, a 13-story fall out a hotel window, secret germ warfare laboratories, a CIA allergist, Rogers and Hammerstein’s biggest Broadway flop and an autopsy on a hematoma-marred corpse buried for 41 years: for six decades, these puzzle pieces have nagged at a tortured son endlessly chasing the elusive truth of his father’s suspicious death. And Errol Morris wants answers.

Spanning 258 minutes over a half-dozen episodes, and debuting on Netflix on December 15, Morris’s epic true crime investigation Wormwood is many things—just don’t call it a documentary. As far as director Morris is concerned, it’s the cinematic equivalent of an Everything Bagel. “I don’t know quite how to describe it either,” he said, when I admit to finding it hard to define.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who received his Academy Award for 2003’s riveting single-subject study The Fog of

Read more at: http://observer.com/2017/12/interview-oscar-winner-errol-morris-on-what-wormwood-uncovers-on-netflix/

What Errol Morris Uncovers in Netflix’s New True Crime Series ‘Wormwood’

Peter Sarsgaard in Wormwood. Netflix

A government cover-up involving LSD, a 13-story fall out a hotel window, secret germ warfare laboratories, a CIA allergist, Rogers and Hammerstein’s biggest Broadway flop and an autopsy on a hematoma-marred corpse buried for 41 years: for six decades, these puzzle pieces have nagged at a tortured son endlessly chasing the elusive truth of his father’s suspicious death. And Errol Morris wants answers.

Spanning 258 minutes over a half-dozen episodes, and debuting on Netflix on December 15, Morris’s epic true crime investigation Wormwood is many things—just don’t call it a documentary. As far as director Morris is concerned, it’s the cinematic equivalent of an Everything Bagel. “I don’t know quite how to describe it either,” he said, when I admit to finding it hard to define.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who received his Academy Award for 2003’s riveting single-subject study The Fog of

Read more at: http://observer.com/2017/12/interview-oscar-winner-errol-morris-on-what-wormwood-uncovers-on-netflix/

Pregnant Ohio Teen Missing With Adult Cousin | PEOPLE.com

A missing and pregnant 14-year-old Ohio girl may be traveling with a fugitive 33-year-old man wanted for a parole violation and previously convicted of manslaughter, PEOPLE confirms.

Annalys Clay, of Barberton, was reported missing Dec. 4 to Akron Police by her mother, Helenea, who said that she believed Annalys is traveling with the man who is also her cousin, Louis Jakab, 33.

Jakab currently is charged in eight jurisdictions with felony warrants that include robbery, theft, fraud, passing bad checks, receiving stolen property, and interference with custody, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Helenea Clay also said her daughter is pregnant, and that Jakab may be the unborn child’s father, reports the TV station Fox8 Cleveland.

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Read more at: http://people.com/crime/pregnant-ohio-teen-missing-adult-cousin-fugitive/

Pregnant Ohio Teen Reportedly Missing with Adult Cousin — Who Is a Wanted Fugitive

A missing and pregnant 14-year-old Ohio girl may be traveling with a fugitive 33-year-old man wanted for a parole violation and previously convicted of manslaughter, PEOPLE confirms.

Annalys Clay, of Barberton, was reported missing Dec. 4 to Akron Police by her mother, Helenea, who said that she believed Annalys is traveling with the man who is also her cousin, Louis Jakab, 33.

Jakab currently is charged in eight jurisdictions with felony warrants that include robbery, theft, fraud, passing bad checks, receiving stolen property, and interference with custody, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Helenea Clay also said her daughter is pregnant, and that Jakab may be the unborn child’s father, reports the TV station Fox8 Cleveland.

• Want to

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/pregnant-ohio-teen-missing-adult-cousin-fugitive/

Wormwood Does Less With Errol Morris at the Helm of Hybrid …

Wormwood premieres on Netflix on Dec. 15

Errol Morris’ murky, evening-long epic Wormwood is the kind of true-crime documentary where you just know someone will pronounce, in the final hour or so, “For me, part of the story is that you can’t tell the story.” From the opening minutes, which imagine with a dreamer’s intensity the purported 1953 suicide of Frank Olson, a CIA operative, it’s clear that Morris and his interviewees will not come to any clear resolution. This is a story about cover-ups and conspiracy, one in which all the principals are long dead, one whose mysteries can’t be illuminated without some fictionalization — but that fictionalization here too often takes over. In this, Wormwood sometimes brings to mind the fervid speculation of a Seth Abramson Twitter thread, vaulting from the established facts of the case to imagining what’s likely to have gone down behind

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