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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 Valley Line: Writers collect Scripter Awards; Thursday Club deb provisionals keep busy

Among the debs helping in these various projects were Allison Budde, Emmie Lew, Maddie Norton, Gabi Connell, Audrey Raulli, Tatum Heiberg, Jessica Jewell, Lana Kayali, Melody Bagheri, Sarina Mata, Josie Hull, Rachel Hwang, Paige Cooper and MJ Miller.

Read more at: https://www.latimes.com/socal/la-canada-valley-sun/entertainment/tn-vsl-me-valleyline-20190219-story.html

Who Was Tony Alamo? New True Crime Series Explores the Life and Crimes of the Cult Leader

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

Alamo Christian Foundation
Followers of The Alamo Christian Foundation in 1973 | Gilbert B. Weingourt/ZUMA Press/SundanceTV

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,”

Read more at: https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/who-was-tony-alamo-new-true-crime-series-explores-the-life-and-crimes-of-the-cult-leader.html/

Man Whose DNA Was Found on Napkin Discarded at Hockey Game Is Charged in 1993 High-Rise Murder

A dirty napkin cast aside at a hockey game last month led to the arrest of a Minnesota man as the suspect in a woman’s 26-year-old cold-case murder.

The suspect, Jerry Westrom, 52, of Isanti, hadn’t been on the radar of investigators until 2018. Now, he faces one count of second-degree murder in the 1993 death of 35-year-old Jeanie Ann Childs.

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Killer Couples to feature episode on Craigslist killers who murdered Abilene police officer

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Let’s take one more victory lap for that epic year in Oakland film

Rafael Casal (left) and Daveed Diggs  at the Oakland Museum in June 2018. Casal and Diggs co-wrote and star in the movie “Blindspotting.” Photo: Santiago Mejia, The Chronicle

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.

That’s a little like saying your marriage is a

Read more at: https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/movies-tv/lets-take-one-more-victory-lap-for-that-epic-year-in-oakland-film

Abducted In Plain Sight’s director is working on a sequel

Since it dropped on Netflix, Abducted In Plain Sight has 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.

So imagine our joy when the documentary’s director confirmed that she’s working on an

Read more at: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/entertainment/a26411616/abducted-in-plain-sight-sequel-netflix-jan-broberg-robert-berchtold/

The Jinx has officially been voted the best true crime documentary to watch

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Is anyone else addicted to true crime at the moment?

From The Ted Bundy Tapes to Abducted In Plain Sight, we just can’t get enough at the moment.

And if you find yourself looking for something to watch – we may have something for you.

According to RankerThe Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst has been highlighted as the best true crime documentary.

The HBO miniseries follows the life of New York real estate heir Robert Durst.

Durst was accused of the murder of his wife Kathie in 1982, the execution of writer Susan Berman in 2000 and the dismemberment of his neighbour Morris Black in 2001.

Yikes.

Friends fan have noticed a huge error when Phoebe was on hold for two days

Robert Durst was suspected of the first two crimes, and admitted

Read more at: https://www.her.ie/entertainment/the-jinx-has-officially-been-voted-the-best-true-crime-documentary-to-watch-450895

Smash Hit Series, Dance Moms, Returns for an 8th Season on Lifetime

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

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Indies capture 2019 WGAs | Movies

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.”

Taking the stage at the Beverly

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‘Over My Dead Body’: The No. 1 Apple iTunes podcast focuses on Dan Markel murder case

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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.
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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.

The podcast started Feb. 14. After three of six episodes have aired, it remains the number one Apple iTunes podcast.