Monthly Archives: February 2018

Crime loving librarians start true crime book club

Every month on the top floor of the Austin Central Library, you will find a group of nearly 20 people passing around buttons, toting around books and, of course, discussing their all time favorite murder stories.

Maggie Bond and Julie Brown are the two crime-loving librarians in charge of the Austin Central Library’s new true crime book club. The club meets once a month to eat snacks, share stories and discuss a crime-centered book of the pair’s choosing.

According to Bond, she and Brown decided to create the book club after discovering a shared love of the hit comedy podcast, “My Favorite Murder,” and as a way to dispel some of the negative connotations surrounding true crime fanatics. 

“I think that true crime is having a moment right now so part of it is to take
advantage of something that we love and that is growing increasingly popular,” Bond said. “I do still think

Read more at: http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2018/03/01/crime-loving-librarians-start-true-crime-book-club

‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Episode 6: A Nothing Man

Norman also throws Andrew a birthday party, to which Andrew invites the object of his infatuation, David. To impress him, Andrew asks his friend Jeff to impersonate the naval officer he used to be and to present Andrew with a gift of Ferragamo shoes — as a sign, Andrew says, that he is loved. (Jeff agrees, grudgingly, to present the gift but not to dress up.) The stunt backfires: Jeff and David take an immediate interest in each other, but not so much in Andrew. And we know from a previous episode that they will end up getting together, which Andrew discovers before killing them both.

Andrew’s pathologies are apparent to anyone who bothers to look. Norman’s protective friend Gallo spots Andrew snorting drugs and confronts him. “You think Norman’s the lucky one, don’t you?” he says. “But you’re wrong: You’re the lucky one.” Andrew is

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/28/arts/television/the-assassination-of-gianni-versace-american-crime-story-recap-descent.html

Versace: Andrew Cunanan’s Relationship with Norman Blachford

There was a brief time between 1994 and 1996 when Andrew Cunanan was living the gilded life of luxury he had long envisioned for himself. As a man of minimal work ethic, though, the route he took to riches was a shortcut: serving as the paid companion of Norman Blachford, a socialite who made his money in sound-abatement equipment. According to reports, Blachford was not Cunanan’s first sugar daddy. But he had a darker distinction: being the last benefactor before Cunanan began the downward trajectory that would conclude with his multi-state murder spree.

As Vanity Fair contributor Maureen Orth reported in Vulgar Favors: the Assassination of Gianni Versace, on which the current season of American Crime Story is based, Cunanan met Blachford in 1994—shortly after Blachford, then 58, lost his partner of over 25 years to AIDS. “Norman was alone and very eligible,” wrote Orth. And Cunanan? Well, “Andrew

Read more at: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/02/versace-american-crime-story-andrew-cunanan-boyfriend

Tx. Cheerleader’s Boyfriend of 4 Weeks Charged With Her Rape …

The man once described as a “person of interest” in the death of Cayley Mandadi, a 19-year-old Trinity University cheerleader found dead on Halloween 2017, has turned himself in.

On Wednesday, Mark Howerton, 22, was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sexual assault in the death of Mandadi, who he had known for eight years and was dating for four weeks. His bond is set at $225,000.

Three months before, on Oct. 29, Mandadi was brought unresponsive to a Luling hospital nude from the waist down with bruises on her neck and thigh area. She was taken off life support and pronounced brain dead on Oct. 30.

Very little detail regarding the Texas teenager’s death was made known to the public until Wednesday when an arrest warrant affidavit for Howerton was released with his statements about his girlfriend’s death.

During the Halloween weekend, the couple partied at the Mala Luna music festival in

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/19-year-old-texas-cheerleaders-boyfriend-of-4-weeks-charged-with-her-rape-and-murder/

19-Year-Old Texas Cheerleader’s Boyfriend of 4 Weeks Charged With Her Rape and Murder

The man once described as a “person of interest” in the death of Cayley Mandadi, a 19-year-old Trinity University cheerleader found dead on Halloween 2017, has turned himself in.

On Wednesday, Mark Howerton, 22, was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sexual assault in the death of Mandadi, who he had known for eight years and was dating for four weeks. His bond is set at $225,000.

Three months before, on Oct. 29, Mandadi was brought unresponsive to a Luling hospital nude from the waist down with bruises on her neck and thigh area. She was taken off life support and pronounced brain dead on Oct. 30.

Very little detail regarding the Texas teenager’s death was made known to the public until Wednesday when an arrest warrant affidavit for Howerton was released with his statements about his girlfriend’s death.

During the Halloween weekend, the couple partied at the Mala Luna music festival in

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/19-year-old-texas-cheerleaders-boyfriend-of-4-weeks-charged-with-her-rape-and-murder/

Michelle McNamara Used True Crime for Good – Spring Arts 2018 …

Michelle McNamara was writing a book about the Northern California serial rapist and murderer she’d named the Golden State Killer when she died suddenly at the age of 46. She left behind her family—her husband, the comedian Patton Oswalt, and their daughter—and her book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, which was completed by her lead researcher, with a foreword by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn and an afterword by Oswalt. In the wake of McNamara’s death, Oswalt has been a champion of her work—he’s appearing at the Portland tour stop for the book at Powell’s in March, and has

Read more at: https://www.portlandmercury.com/spring-arts-2018/2018/02/28/19707629/michelle-mcnamara-used-true-crime-for-good

Michelle McNamara Used True Crime for Good

Michelle McNamara was writing a book about the Northern California serial rapist and murderer she’d named the Golden State Killer when she died suddenly at the age of 46. She left behind her family—her husband, the comedian Patton Oswalt, and their daughter—and her book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, which was completed by her lead researcher, with a foreword by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn and an afterword by Oswalt. In the wake of McNamara’s death, Oswalt has been a champion of her work—he’s appearing at the Portland tour stop for the book at Powell’s in March, and has

Read more at: https://www.portlandmercury.com/spring-arts-2018/2018/02/28/19707629/michelle-mcnamara-used-true-crime-for-good

American Crime Story: Assassination of Gianni Versace fans baffled for VERY bizarre reason

Taking to Twitter, one person said: “I honestly can’t understand what Donatella is saying, is it just me? #ACSVersace.”

Another wrote: “Why has Donatella got a Spanish accent, I mean I know why, but why? #ACSVersace.”

“Is it me or does Penelope’s accent sound a bit off #ACSVersace,” a third agreed.

While a fourth queried: “Were there no Italian actresses available? #ACSVersace #AmericanCrimeStory #Versace.”

Read more at: https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/925528/American-Crime-Story-Assassination-Gianni-Versace-fans-baffled-VERY-bizarre-reason

‘Murder’: Leonard Roberts & Andrea Demetriades Cast In CBS Drama Pilot

Leonard Roberts (Major Crimes) and Australian actress Andrea Demetriades (Pulse) have been cast as series regulars opposite Michael Chiklis and Teyonah Parris in CBS drama pilot Murder, from Lin Pictures and Warner Bros. TV.

Written by Amanda Green based on the British miniseries and directed by Anthony Hemingway, this new take on the investigative drama explores crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true-crime documentary, the series, which centers on Detectives Mason Garrity (Chiklis) and Ayana Lake (Parris), invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing them to discern the truth and judge the suspects’ guilt or innocence for themselves. Cast also includes Luna Lauren Velez and Pallavi Sharda.

Roberts will play Assistant District Attorney Malachi Sandel, a talented, charismatic homicide prosecutor whose persuasive skills and charm extend from

Read more at: http://deadline.com/2018/02/murder-leonard-roberts-andrea-demetriades-cast-cbs-drama-pilot-1202306227/

Crime book swap for free day out

Don’t know what to do with your old crime books? This weekend you can swap them for a free visit to Hastings’ True Crime Museum.

From Friday March 2 to Sunday March 4, The True Crime Museum is celebrating World Book Day by hosting its own ingenious book swap. Any bookworm who arrives at the Museum with a crime-related book can visit for free.

All the books collected will be sold through the year and all proceeds go directly to the Museum’s supported charity, Victim Support. Last year the venue raised £500 from customer donations for the charity; www.truecrimemuseum.co.uk

Read more at: http://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-and-comedy/crime-book-swap-for-free-day-out-1-8397655