Monthly Archives: December 2015

An Unbelievable Story of Rape — ProPublica

In Sgt. Mason’s experience, when someone asked if they were in trouble, almost always, they were.

When Mason, accompanied by Detective Rittgarn, went to pick up Marie at about 3:30 p.m., they found her outside her apartment, sitting on the grass. The three went to the Lynnwood police station, where the detectives escorted Marie to a conference room.

From what Mason wrote up later, he wasted little time confronting Marie, telling her there were inconsistencies between her statements and accounts from other witnesses. Marie said she didn’t know of any discrepancies. But she went through the story again — only this time, saying she believed the rape had happened instead of saying it for certain. Tearfully, she described her past — all the foster parents, being raped when she was 7, getting her own place and feeling alone. Rittgarn told Marie that her story and

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Bad girls and gone girls: Why the media tired of ‘missing white women’

Elizabeth Smart, seen in an undated family photo, was abducted at gunpoint from her Salt Lake City home on June 5, 2002. (Handout via AP)

Natalee Holloway went missing in May 2005. (Family photo via AP)

You remember their names, because the media wouldn’t let you forget them: Laci Peterson, Natalee Holloway, Elizabeth Smart, Chandra Levy, Lori Hacking — young women who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Gone girls.

Then there were the bad girls. Young women accused of murder — Amanda Knox, Casey Anthony,Jodi Arias. The long-running investigations into their alleged crimes were the stuff of equally obsessive coverage.

But as 2015 creeps toward a close, the gone girls and bad girls have all but disappeared from the

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Phoenix true-crime author Shanna Hogan keeps her cases local

Shanna Hogan, a true-crime writer, laughs because she knows she doesn’t fit the image.

“They expect me to be gothic and wear all black,” said Hogan, a 34-year-old Phoenix resident. “But I have a super positive and a kind of bubbly personality. It’s a juxtaposition to what I write about.”

Her first book, “Dancing with Death,” was published in 2011 and documented the 2004 murder of a Phoenix man by his former showgirl wife.

But it was her second book, “Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story,” that really launched her career. The tale of the notorious murder of a Mesa man was a New York Times best seller in 2013.

Hogan now teaches writing classes part-time and devotes her full-time efforts to writing books. “I decided I owed

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‘American Crime Story’ Official Trailer First Look

With exactly two months to go before its debut, FX has unveiled the first official trailer for American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.

The new full-length promo is chock-full of juicy previously unseen footage, including Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran yelling to “choose a side,” John Travolta as Robert Shapiro questioning Simpson’s suicide note and even David Schwimmer and Selma Blair as Robert and Kris Kardashian (now, Kris Jenner), as the former couple argue over whose side to choose: Simpson or his murdered ex-wife, Nicole.

The trailer also runs deeper, hitting on the theme of race that played a major role in Simpson’s murder trial. In one scene, Simpson (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) declares his trial can’t be about his race because, “I’m not black, I’m O.J.”

American Crime Story premieres Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. on FX.


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American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson Trailer Is Full of Wigs, Kardashians, and Camp

Before even viewing the above trailer of American Crime Story, Ryan Murphy’s FX interpretation of the O.J. Simpson murder case, do yourself a favor and mark down February 2 on your calendar. Because there is no way you are going to want to miss David Schwimmer and Selma Blair duking it out as 90s Robert and Kris Kardashian, divided over the involvement of friend Simpson in the grisly murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson; Sarah Paulson (and a hideous wig) deftly offering Marcia Clark the sympathetic humanity not seen during the much-publicized trial; and Cuba Gooding Jr. delivering such ham-handed lines as, “I’m not black. I’m O.J.!”

If the original trial was required viewing for much of the nation, we’re guessing that the FX crime series will be the same.

Related: Dominick Dunne on the O.J. Simpson Trial

Watch: First Full-Length Trailer of FX’s OJ Simpson ‘American Crime Story’

Ahead of its Feb. 2 premiere, FX released the first full-length trailer for “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” on Wednesday.

The one-minute glimpse into the hotly anticipated Ryan Murphy series, which chronicles the events surrounding the O.J. Simpson trial, showcases the all-star cast including John Travolta, Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr., who plays the famed, titular character.

The video begins with Paulson’s Marcia Clark getting a phone call, learning about the Nicole Brown Simpson murder in Brentwood. The “AHS” vet breaks down in character, as the trailer flashes through dramatic scenes, including Selma Blair’s Kris Jenner fighting with David Schwimmer’s Robert Kardashian, who defended O.J. during the 1995 trial.

“The trial wasn’t the whole story,” the trailer says. “This is.”

The cast is rounded out by Travolta who stars as attorney Robert Shapiro; Courtney B. Vance who plays Johnnie Cochran; Billy Magnussen

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