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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.

 

Documentary recounts murder spree that brought Charlotte to standstill

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Retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Detective Garry McFadden was the lead investigator on the Henry Louis Wallace serial murder case. Wallace was convicted on nine counts of first-degree murder and is on death row at Central Prison.

For two years in the early 1990s, Charlotte’s African American community was under siege from a serial killer.

Investigation Discovery is returning to the scene of the crimes with a documentary, “Bad Henry” July 24 at 9 p.m. The film chronicles Henry Louis Wallace’s 1992-94 murder spree which left 10 black women murdered and laid bare tensions between African Americans and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, who struggled to solve the case during a period of record murder rates fueled in part by the crack epidemic.

“We knew we had a problem,” said Mecklenburg Sheriff-elect Garry McFadden, who was CMPD’s lead detective on the Wallace case. “We didn’t know how big a problem it was.”
Investigation Discovery,

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Trial and Error: Kristin Chenoweth on Season 2, Her True Crime …

Kristin Chenoweth, when you meet her in person, is as friendly and bubbly as you might imagine — in the middle of a busy NBC press day, she required several pauses in our conversation to say hi to familiar faces. Thus, her newest role of accused husband killer Lavinia Peck-Foster might feel like an odd fit, except for this fact: The “Trial and Error” Season 2 star is a true crime junkie, and in fact nearly studied criminal justice instead of pursuing musical theater at one point in her career.

“During ‘Wicked,’ I went to the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which is basically across the street from where the theater is,” she said. “I looked up some classes and was going to take a basic criminal justice course and then our day and night off moved from Monday night to Wednesday night, so I got

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‘Trial and Error’ Star Kristin Chenoweth on How Her True Crime Obsession Nearly Kept Her From Broadway

Kristin Chenoweth, when you meet her in person, is as friendly and bubbly as you might imagine — in the middle of a busy NBC press day, she required several pauses in our conversation to say hi to familiar faces. Thus, her newest role of accused husband killer Lavinia Peck-Foster might feel like an odd fit, except for this fact: The “Trial and Error” Season 2 star is a true crime junkie, and in fact nearly studied criminal justice instead of pursuing musical theater at one point in her career.

“During ‘Wicked,’ I went to the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which is basically across the street from where the theater is,” she said. “I looked up some classes and was going to take a basic criminal justice course and then our day and night off moved from Monday night to Wednesday night, so I got

Read more at: https://www.indiewire.com/2018/07/trial-and-error-kristin-chenoweth-season-2-true-crime-interview-1201985082/

‘Trial & Error’ review: Kristin Chenoweth makes the true-crime spoof …

THE SERIES “Trial Error: Lady, Killer”

WHEN | WHERE Season 2 premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. on NBC/4

WHAT IT’S ABOUT Lavinia Peck-Foster (Kristin Chenoweth) is the so-called “first lady” of East Peck — a fabulously wealthy, and all-around fabulous leading citizen. And then — cue the dramatic downbeat — her murdered husband is discovered in the trunk of her Rolls-Royce. He’s stuffed in a suitcase. Suspicion immediately falls upon Lavinia, who retains the services of attorney Josh Segal (Nicholas D’Agosto). Segal, a former New Yorker, has for some reason settled in East Peck, where he’s built a considerable reputation after securing the release of Larry Henderson (John Lithgow) last season. He and his team — Dwayne Reed (Steven Boyer) and Anne Flatch (Sherri Shepherd) — get to work sorting out the evidence, and begin with the timelines of the crime. That’s complicated by the fact that East Peck (where the

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Texas House Guest Allegedly Bit Off Woman’s Nose and Swallowed It After Being Asked to Leave

A Texas woman was arrested early Friday morning after she allegedly bit off and swallowed another woman’s nose.

Jessica Collins, 41, had spent the night out at a bar with a friend and her friend’s neighbor, identified only as Tatiana, when they headed back to the neighbor’s home, according to WRAL.

Tatiana, 28, claims, according to ABC 13, that Collins grew disruptive after she demanded more alcohol and cigarettes.

When Tatiana asked Collins to leave, the suspect allegedly jumped on her and threw her to the ground by her hair, the outlet reported.

“I didn’t have time to react, to push her away,” she told ABC 13. “I think I was trying to fight back, but I couldn’t. All I could remember was the taste of blood in my mouth.”

Collins allegedly bit off a large piece of her nose and swallowed it.

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Woman Allegedly Uses Secret Camera to Catch Doctor Molesting Her During a Consultation

A Louisiana doctor was allegedly caught fondling a patient’s breasts and genitals during a consultation after the patient, who suspected the physician had previously been sexually inappropriate, secretly set up a camera to record him, multiple news outlets report.

On Thursday, Dr. James Dyess was arrested on two felony counts of sexual battery and one misdemeanor count of simple battery, according to the New Orleans Advocate and New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Dyess, 57, was booked into Jefferson Parish Correctional Center and released later that day on $20,500 bond, local TV station WGNO reports.

Police in Gretna, where Dyess has an office, were made aware of the alleged sexual abuse when a 35-year-old woman showed them a video she had secretly recorded of her consultation with the doctor, the Advocate and Times-Picayune report.

The patient told police she filmed her consultation because she felt Dyess had allegedly made sexual advances during a previous visit, according

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Troxall to discuss ‘One Town’s Son’

GLASGOW – True crime author Kevin Troxall will discuss his book, “One Town’s Son: A journey home to find the truth,” on Thursday at the Bob Kirby Branch of the Warren County Public Library.

Troxall’s talk is part of a Kentucky true crime series the library is offering this summer. His book is about the death of his close friend, Jeremy Scott Martin, who died 14 years ago from severe head injuries he received while attending his 10-year Glasgow High School reunion.

Martin, 28, of Bowling Green, was found unconscious, lying in the loading dock area of the Louie B. Nunn Lodge at Barren River Lake State Resort Park by a state park employee the morning after the reunion.

He remained in a coma and died 10 days later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

It was never determined whether Martin sustained his injuries in an accidental fall from a retaining wall near

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Mich. Infant Falls Through Hole, Drowns in Flooded Basement …

A Michigan mother has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after her baby daughter drowned by falling through a hole in the floor of her home and landing in standing water in her flooded basement, according to multiple reports.

Ca’mya Davis, who was supposed to turn 1 on July 25, was declared dead from an accidental drowning, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office.

On July 6, the girl’s mother, Dasiah Jordan, 26, allegedly told police she had called friends to come to the house and babysit her daughter, but left before the 28-year-old and 31-year-old women arrived, according to a report in the Detroit News.

The baby was allegedly unsupervised at the time of the fall, authorities said, according to the Detroit News

While Jordan was out, she received a message to go to the hospital where she learned her daughter was pronounced dead, according to local

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Mich. Infant Falls Through Hole in Floor and Drowns in Flooded Basement; Mom Charged

A Michigan mother has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after her baby daughter drowned by falling through a hole in the floor of her home and landing in standing water in her flooded basement, according to multiple reports.

Ca’mya Davis, who was supposed to turn 1 on July 25, was declared dead from an accidental drowning, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office.

On July 6, the girl’s mother, Dasiah Jordan, 26, allegedly told police she had called friends to come to the house and babysit her daughter, but left before the 28-year-old and 31-year-old women arrived, according to a report in the Detroit News.

The baby was allegedly unsupervised at the time of the fall, authorities said, according to the Detroit News

While Jordan was out, she received a message to go to the hospital where she learned her daughter was pronounced dead, according to local

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Suspected Serial Killer Allegedly Killed 3 in Texas ‘Rampage’ Before Tipster Led to His Arrest

Authorities in Texas believe a registered sex offender cut off his ankle monitor before embarking on an apparently random “rampage” across the Houston area in recent days — leaving three people dead before his capture on Tuesday morning.

Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, was arrested after a tipster reported seeing a suspicious vehicle that turned out to belong to one of Rodriguez’s alleged victims.

He is expected to face three capital murder charges, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Police say the first of Rodriguez’s fatal victims was 62-year-old Pamela Johnson, killed in her northwest Harris County home on Friday night.

Authorities found Johnson’s body after relatives reported being unable to reach her. Her television, computer and jewelry were all missing. The following day, her PT Cruiser was located in the parking lot of Willowbrook Mall, about 12 miles away.

A review of mall surveillance video allegedly showed Rodriguez leaving the vehicle behind.

On Saturday night, a manager at a

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