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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.


Bravo Reality Star and His Girlfriend Accused of Drugging and Sexually Assaulting 2 Women

An Orthopedic surgeon who appeared on one episode of the Bravo series Online Dating Rituals of the American Male has been accused of raping at least two women.

Dr. Grant William Robicheaux from Orange County, California, and his girlfriend Cerissa Laura Riley, from nearby Brea, have both been charged over the two alleged attacks.

But authorities say there could be more victims out there after allegedly finding recordings of the couple allegedly engaged in sex acts with unconscious and semi-conscious women.

The Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced Robicheaux, 38, and his dance teacher girlfriend’s arrests, Tuesday in a press conference.

“We believe the defendants used their good looks and charms to lower the inhibitions of their potential prey,” Rackauckas said.

“We have all heard of a wolf dressing up in sheep’s clothing. But a wolf can wear scrubs or be a doctor’s clothing. That wolf can be a beautiful woman,” the D.A.

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/bravo-reality-star-surgeon-accused-of-rape/

BWW Interview: Darien Shulman Talks Composing for Netflix’s AMERICAN VANDAL

BWW Interview: Darien Shulman Talks Composing for Netflix's AMERICAN VANDALDarien Shulman, who scored both season 1 and 2 of Netflix’s AMERICAN VANDAL took the time to speak about his work on the mockumentary series. Check out what he had to say below and when you’re finished, go binge the newly released second season on Netflix.

Tell me a bit about yourself, how did you know you wanted to be a composer?

From a very young age, I’ve been drawn to music, and particularly music for films. As a child, I would sit at the piano and teach myself, by ear, the melodies and themes from my favorite movies. Soon, I was recreating the harmonies as well, and by my mid-teens I was composing my own short melodies using 1990s era midi technology. It

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Alleged Cult Member Pleads Guilty in Starvation Death of Daughter …

A Georgia man authorities say was connected to a black supremacist cult pleaded guilty Tuesday in the starvation death of his 15-month-old daughter, PEOPLE confirms.

Calvin McIntosh, 48, also pleaded guilty to three counts of cruelty to children, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Per his plea agreement, McIntosh was sentenced to life in prison followed by 30 years on probation, according to the Gwinnett County prosecutor’s office. However, McIntosh will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

McIntosh entered Alford pleas to the charges against him, allowing him to accept punishment while still maintaining his innocence.

McIntosh had been charged with cruelty against Iasia Sweeting, the mother of the slain baby, Alcenti. Sweeting was found starving inside an Extended Stay Hotel in Peachtree Corners, but that charge was dropped as part of the plea.

Sweeting has alleged that McIntosh kidnapped, raped
 and held her in captivity for four years before she was discovered by officers

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/calvin-mcintosh-black-supremacist-cult-starved-death-toddler-girl/

To Reduce Criminal Sentences, Lawyers Are Filming Tear-Jerkers

Narrative is one of mankind’s sharpest tools. Many scholars argue that storytelling—our ability to invent fictions, and to collectively believe in them—is what ultimately distinguishes Homo sapiens from chimpanzees. You don’t have to look far to see the evidence; from politics to religion to capitalism to our own personal identity, the foundation of humanity is built upon stories.

Doug Passon, a defense attorney-turned-filmmaker, knows this better than most. In the courtroom, he harnesses the power of storytelling to create sentencing mitigation videos. These are emotionally rousing documentaries designed to appeal to a judge’s sense of empathy and humanize Passon’s clients. These biographical short films have one express purpose: to motivate the judge to deliver a reduced prison sentence.

Lance Oppenheim’s short documentary, No Jail Time: The Movie, profiles Passon and his controversial practice in all its variegated shades of gray. In the process, the film offers a meta-analysis

Read more at: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/570601/no-jail-time/

The Twists & Turns After 19-Year-Old Was Burned to Death: What to Know About Murder of Jessica Chambers

Working-class Courtland, Mississippi, population 500, is not a town with deep divisions that typically hoards its secrets.

“We don’t have a lot of haves and have-nots here,” Rupert Howell, then the managing editor of rural Panola County’s family-owned newspaper, The Panolian, told PEOPLE in 2016. “Everyone’s in the same boat.”

But 14 months after a petite blonde former high school cheerleader was intentionally set on fire on the night of Dec. 6, 2014, and died within hours from her horrific injuries, the stubborn mystery that had everyone talking still had no answers.

Who killed Jessica Chambers?

A criminal indictment announced on Feb. 23, 2016, appeared to crack the case, according to law enforcement, and offered a theory that would not be fully aired until a trial last fall.

RELATED: PEOPLE Explains — Jessica Chambers’ Alleged Murderer Goes on Trial Again

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/jessica-chambers-murder-timeline-what-to-know/

Golf Star Found Slain on Course — and Suspect Allegedly Had ‘Urge to Rape and Kill a Woman’

The man accused of killing an Iowa State University golf star allegedly had “an urge to rape and kill women,” police said.

Collin Daniel Richards, 22, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a civil engineering student from Spain who was the university’s Female Athlete of the Year.

Barquin Arozamena was found dead Monday at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames.

At a press conference Tuesday morning, Ames Police Department Commander Geoff Huff said the 22-year-old golf star had suffered “stab wounds to the upper torso, head and neck.”

“It is really troubling that something like that would happen in broad daylight out in the middle of an area that is easily seen from a lot of locations,” Huff said. “It is extremely troubling.”

Huff said a motive for the slaying is unclear and there was no indication that Richards, who he described as homeless, knew Barquin Arozamena.

Huff also said

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/iowa-golf-star-slain-course-suspect-allegedly-urge-rape-kill-woman/

Emmys: Mrs. Maisel, Versace, Barry and Game of Thrones Among Big Winners

As the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out on Monday night, Amazon’s Mrs. Maisel proved to be quite marvelous by grabbing gold five times, including for best comedy series.

FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story followed with four major wins, including for limited series lead actor Darren Criss.

Game of Thrones, The Crown, Barry, The Americans and Godless each scored two Monday-night wins.

And in the slugfest of outlets, Netflix and HBO each wound up amassing 23 Emmy wins this year, after the streamer edged out the pay cabler in total nominations.

TVLine has denoted Monday’s big winners below.

OUTSTANDING DRAMAGame of Thrones Sansa Stark
The Americans
The Crown
Game of Thrones —
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

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FX’s ‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’ Picks Up 3 Emmy Awards

The FX series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” won three Emmys on Monday night, including Best Limited Series. The show is about the late fashion designer Gianni Versace, who was gunned down in front of his Miami Beach home in 1997.

Here Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talked with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, the show’s executive producers, in January.

Read more at: http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2018/09/18/emmys-assassination-gianni-versace

Streaming Giants Rule The 2018 Emmys As Netflix, Amazon Grab The Gold

Amazon’s Emmy-winning “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

Yes, HBO had a very good night at the Emmys, again, grabbing Outstanding Drama for Game of Thrones, again, among six awards. But the real winners were the streaming giants Netflix and Amazon, which combined to take home 12 of the night’s 26 awards.

Across the three Primetime Emmy ceremonies over two weekends (the TV Academy hands out a lot of Emmys), Netflix and HBO tied for most statues overall, with 23 each.

It’s not quite a sea change in the business, yet, but you could sure see the tide rolling in. With easily the best showing ever by a streaming service at TV’s biggest awards, Netflix was gracious in victory.

“We are honored to share this night with our friends at HBO, who have paved the way for years by setting the highest possible standard,” Netflix’s VP Original Series Cindy Holland said.

Netflix actually beat HBO in the

Read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/dbloom/2018/09/18/netflix-amazon-emmy-wins-2018/

Emmy Snubs: ‘Atlanta,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Shut Out in Major Categories

The critically acclaimed series both won awards at last weekend’s Creative Arts ceremonies, but didn’t take home any trophies on Monday night.

While Game of Thrones, Saturday Night Live, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Ryan Murphy’s Versace-centered second season of American Crime Story cleaned up Monday night at the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards, a number of other multiple nominees went home empty-handed.

Hulu’s critically acclaimed series The Looming Tower and The Handmaid’s Tale, last year’s best drama series winner in the absence of Thrones, failed to collect any awards. Handmaid’s Tale did win three honors at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys ceremonies but failed to take home any prizes Monday night, including in the categories of best drama series and lead actress in a drama, both of which it won last year. Looming Tower, which was up for four Emmys, including for star Jeff Daniels, was completely shut out. Daniels

Read more at: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/emmys-2018-snubs-atlanta-handmaids-tale-shut-major-categories-1144827