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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.

 

The Woman Who Plotted a Valentine’s Mass Murder Shares How the Internet Radicalized Her

It all started with a Columbine meme.

The meme showed the dead bodies of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold as they laid sprawled in the Columbine library. Under the gore read a caption—”I can’t live without my friends.” ‎When Lindsay Souvannarath—the meme’s proud creator—posted her artwork to Tumblr she used the hashtag #columbine.

Meanwhile, almost 2,000 kilometres away from Souvannarath’s Illinois home, James Gamble was trawling through Tumblr in his bedroom in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Using the same hashtag as Souvannarath, Gamble soon came across her post, was impressed by it, and followed her.

The two hit it off instantaneously and an online romance blossomed, with the two sexting and planning to meet up. Within seven weeks, Souvannarath would board a plane to Halifax en route to meet Gamble. Once together they planned to lose their virginity to each other and, the next day, commit what they hoped to be one of

Read more at: https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/eve54j/the-woman-who-plotted-a-valentines-mass-murder-shares-how-the-internet-radicalized-her

DIFF 2019 | When Hitchcock Met O’Casey Sheds Light On A Strange Collaboration

There has been many movies about the legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, including recent documentaries Hitchcock/Truffaut and 78/52. Though despite how constantly the auteur’s filmography is analysed, explored and discussed, very little has been said about his stagey 1930’s adaptation of Irishman Sean O’Casey’s play Juno and the Paycock. The play and the resulting film are set in the working class tenements of Dublin in the early 1920s, during the Irish Civil War.

Director Brian O’Flaherty looks to change this with his new documentary When Hitchcock Met O’Casey, which screened at Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival (Virgin Media DIFF). The film – through interviews with O’Casey’s relatives, experts in both central figures’ work and archival footage of Hitch himself – paints a picture of what attracted the future Psycho director to Juno and why his take on the material has not stood the test of time.

Given the fact that its subjects are long dead,

Read more at: https://www.headstuff.org/entertainment/film/when-hitchcock-met-ocasey-review-diff-2019/

‘The Dirt’ Author Neil Strauss Teams With ‘Atlanta Monster’ Producer To Launch Podcast About Missing Hollywood Actress

The Dirt and The Game author Neil Strauss has teamed with Tenderfoot TV, the team behind hit audio series Atlanta Monster, to launch a podcast about the disappearance of aspiring actress Adea Shabani.

Rolling Stone writer Strauss will host To Live and Die in LA, a 12-episode true crime podcast series. The series will launch on February 28 and will be produced in association with podcast company Cadence13.

To Live and Die in LA, which is Strauss’s first foray into narrative podcasting, will take a deep dive into the mysterious disappearance of 25-year-old Shabani, an aspiring actress and model who vanished without a trace from her apartment complex near Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Like thousands each year, Shabani, a native of Macedonia, moved to Hollywood with the hope of realizing her dreams of stardom. But in February of 2018, the acting student disappeared just days before

Read more at: https://deadline.com/2019/02/neil-strauss-to-live-and-die-in-la-1202562277/

Video Shows Pregnant Shanann Watts Entering Home Before Husband Murdered Her

In the early morning hours of Aug. 13, 2018, Shanann Watts was dropped off at her home in Frederick, Colorado. Wearing jeans and a black cardigan, she rolls her suitcase to the front door of the family’s house.

It is believed to be the last footage of the 34-year-old who was 15 weeks pregnant with her son, Niko. Hours later, she was strangled by her husband. Her two daughters, Bella, 4, and 3-year-old Celeste, were smothered to death.

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https://people.com/crime/shanann-watts-video-entering-home-before-husband-murdered-her/

What Happened To Jan Broberg’s Parents? ‘Abducted In Plain Sight’ Left Viewers With So Many Questions

When the 2017 documentary Abducted in Plain Sight was added to Netflix, word of mouth spread quickly. ( Many viewers have since taken to Twitter to comment on their disbelief about how Robert “B” Berchtold was able to manipulate Jan Broberg’s parents to allow him to grow so close to their young daughter. Though Berchtold did not face charges for Broberg’s abuse, he did spend a year in jail after pleading guilty to one count of child rape in 1986, according to the Idaho State Journal, and was later found guilty of possession of a firearm and aggravated assault after attempting to force his way into an event hosted by Berchtold, per Oxygen. As the documentary shows, he died by suicide before he was sentenced. But what happened to the Broberg family after the events

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/what-happened-to-jan-brobergs-parents-abducted-in-plain-sight-left-viewers-with-so-many-questions-15985754

Linda Sawyer Dead: Veteran TV Producer Was 57

She worked for MTV and HBO and most recently hosted the iHeart Radio podcast ‘Sleuth: True Crime in Real Time.’

Linda Sawyer, a veteran TV producer at MTV and HBO and most recently host of the popular iHeart Radio podcast Sleuth: True Crime in Real Time, has died. She was 57.

Sawyer died Feb. 10 in Santa Monica, due to surgical complications, her family announced.

She was born on Aug. 11, 1961, in Bronxville, New York, to William and Elaine Mooney. Sawyer attended Clarkstown North High School in New City, New York, and Hobart William Smith College, where she graduated in 1983. She got her start in TV at Viacom’s MTV during the music video channel’s earliest days as an executive assistant to founder Bob Pittman.

Sawyer was eventually promoted to a producer role, where she worked on programming such as the MTV Awards Show, then overseen by Don Ohlmeyer.

In 1992, Sawyer

Read more at: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/linda-sawyer-dead-veteran-tv-producer-was-57-1188688

Fred and Rose West documentary: What time is it on tonight?

Fred West, meanwhile, committed suicide in January 1995 while on remand in prison.

The documentary will offer new interviews with those involved in the case.

According to the Radio Times, this will include: “A former Cromwell Street lodger, a West family member and sisters of one of the victims.”

According to Digital Spy, these sisters are the siblings of Juanita Mott, a former lodger at Cromwell Street killed in April 1975 when she was just 18.

Fred and Rose West: the Real Story with Trevor McDonald airs tonight at 9pm on ITV

Read more at: https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1090157/Fred-and-rose-west-documentary-what-time-is-on-tonight-fred-rose-west-trevor-mcdonald-itv

This Weekend: Your Next True Crime Obsession Is Set on a California Pot Farm

What to Watch

Shtisel — Family Drama, in Hebrew. Israeli TV like Fauda has made real inroads with American audiences, but Shtisel, which is now streaming on Netflix, is something different. Rather than action-packed thrills, it goes for gentle family drama, depicting the ordinary lives of ultra-religious (as in they don’t use the internet) Jews in Jerusalem. (Recommended by Tracy Moran, Drama Critic)

Versailles — Decadence on Screen. You may think you loved the manor houses of Downton Abbey, but the real opulence is all in this French-Canadian series set in the 1660s, when King Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles. Don’t expect Marie Antoinette — this is set before her time — but do expect plenty of intrigue and amazing fashion. (Recommended by Mark Fiorentino, OZY Fan)

Murder Mountain — True Crime on a Pot Farm. Humboldt County was known as a haven for

Read more at: https://www.ozy.com/good-sht/this-weekend-your-next-true-crime-obsession-is-set-on-a-california-pot-farm/92810

7 of the best true crime documentaries and where to watch them

With the announcement that HBO are set to run a new series on The Case Against Adnan Syed, who was accused of killing his high school girlfriend, we take a look at the seven best true crime documentary series to quench your thirst for more conspiracy and intrigue.

1. Making a Murderer

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

First released in 2015, Making a Murderer tells the story of Steven Avery, a man who was imprisoned twice for crimes he claims not to have committed. Avery has spent most of his life behind bars but to this day protests his innocence. 

The show returned for a second season in 2018 and is available to watch on Netflix.

2. Abducted in Plain Sight

Rotten Tomatoes score: 69%

In 1974, 12-year-old Jan Broberg is abducted from a small church-going community in Idaho by a trusted neighbour and close family friend. Abducted

Read more at: https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2019/02/21/seven-best-true-crime-documentaries-available-online/

Darren Criss and Mia Swier’s Wedding Was a Musical Extravaganza Under the Spanish Moss in New Orleans

Darren Criss, the Emmy-winning actor, songwriter, and musician who got his start playing Blaine on the high school dramedy Glee and has most recently starred in Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story on FX, married his longtime love—director, producer, and musician Mia Swier—over the weekend in New Orleans, and the celebration was, as one might expect, one massive concert. Rather than hiring a band, the couple enlisted the help and talent of their wedding guests, including Lea Michele and John Stamos. “You could say we married ourselves, with a little help from our friends,” Darren jokes.

It was a nonstop four-day celebration that started on Valentine’s Day with an ’80s prom night at the burlesque and comedy show hotspot One Eyed Jacks. On Friday, everyone took a swamp tour excursion to the bayou where baby alligators were held and Mia drove an

Read more at: https://www.vogue.com/article/mia-swier-darren-criss-vera-wang-wedding-new-orleans