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.
Among the debs helping in these various projects were AllisonBudde, Emmie Lew, Maddie Norton, Gabi Connell, Audrey Raulli, Tatum Heiberg, Jessica Jewell, Lana Kayali, Melody Bagheri, Sarina Mata, Josie Hull, Rachel Hwang, PaigeCooper and MJ Miller.
You’ve heard about Jim Jones and Charles Manson. But what about Tony Alamo? While the People’s Temple and the Manson Family are two of the most infamous cults in recent memory, Tony Alamo Christian Ministries was less well known. But that’s about to change. Sundance TV’s four-part docuseries about the evangelical cult leader premieres February 27, and it’s sure to draw more attention to Alamo and his crimes.
A cult with roots in California
Like Manson and Jones, Alamo’s cult had its roots in California in the late 1960s. He and his wife Susan founded the Alamo Christian Foundation in Los Angeles in 1969. They began as street preachers, and their “wrathful version of Pentecostalism” attracted hippies and other disaffected youth, who took to calling themselves “Jesus Freaks,”
After a year in Oakland filmmaking that felt like the cinematic equivalent of a Warriors victory parade, the Academy Awards are easy to frame as a sputtering finish.
Boots Riley’s “Sorry to Bother You” and “Blindspotting,” from Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs, were shut out entirely from the festivities that culminate at the 91st Academy Awards this Sunday, Feb. 24, despite a strong argument for both to garner at least a screenwriting nomination. “Black Panther” is nominated for best picture, but the wagering odds of an upset win over “Roma,” “Green Book” and “BlacKkKlansman” (yes, people can bet on this) are about 33-to-1.
Since it dropped on Netflix, Abducted In Plain Sighthas proven to be just as popular with viewers as Netflix’s other true crime documentaries like Making A Murderer and Evil Genius. Many even took to Twitter to comment that it’s the creepiest and darkest one yet.
Abducted in plain sight … 17 mins in …. what the actual fuck?
TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 19, 2019–Collins Avenue Productions (“Collins Avenue”), part of KEW MEDIA GROUP INC. (“KEW” or the “Company”) (TSX:KEW and KEW.WT), is pleased to announce the return of one of its most popular reality television series, Dance Moms, for Lifetime Network in the U.S. Dance Moms is one of KEW’s largest single production contracts and longest running shows.
Dance Moms follows the lives of young dancers and their mothers as they compete to become the best in the Abby Lee Miller’s Ultimate Dance Competition. After completing a prison sentence last year, studio owner and Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Season 8 begins with a one-hour special, Dance Moms: Resurrection, which follows Abby as she rebuilds her dance company for a new generation of dancers while she battles a cancer
LOS ANGELES – At its annual awards show – one of the final bellwethers of what has been an unusually unpredictable awards season – the Writers Guild of America threw a couple of final curveballs, honoring a pair of indies that have generally gotten less attention in the Oscar horse race than their bigger, flashier competitors: the coming-of-age film “Eighth Grade” and the dramedy “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
“Eighth Grade” – which was entirely overlooked by academy voters but is up for four prizes at the upcoming Spirit Awards, including best feature – picked up the award for original screenplay, beating out best picture Oscar nominees “Green Book,” “Roma” and “Vice” as well as the horror hit “A Quiet Place.” The last film to win the guild’s prize for original screenplay without being up for the Oscar was Michael Moore’s 2002 documentary “Bowling for Columbine.”
Details of the Tallahassee Police Department probable cause affidavit released the morning of June 2, 2016 reveal the route taken by murder suspect, Sigfredo Garcia. Alvin McBean/Democrat
The story of Dan Markel’s life, both professionally and personally, and his untimely murder in his Tallahassee garage is coming to the ears of true crime buffs across the world through a popular, new podcast.
“Over My Dead Body” is the latest in a line of successful audio stories by Wondry. It details the Markel case and looks at the possible motives for the Florida State law professor’s July 2014 shooting which Tallahassee Police say was a murder-for-hire plot orchestrated by the family of his ex-wife Wendi Adelson.