Monthly Archives: April 2018

New book by Detroit News reporter details grisly murder

Tragically, the 2012 killing of Grosse Pointe resident Jane Bashara had everything a great true-crime book needs — and more.

The murder-for-hire engineered by husband Bob Bashara was lurid enough. But add in details of Bob’s secret life, replete with tales of SM bondage and discipline, and the case summons up a tableau of moral corruption in one of America’s fabled suburbs.

Detroit News crime reporter George Hunter and wife Lynn Rosenthal explore this local tragedy in depth in their new book, “The Sadist, The Hitman and the Murder of Jane Bashara”

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Why The Ending Of ‘The Staircase’ Will Make True Crime Fans Feel Conflicted Once It Hits Netflix

In 2004, true crime fans were gripped by a documentary series about the high-profile trial of Michael Peterson, a wealthy novelist convicted of murdering his wife, Kathleen Peterson. Now, 14 years later, The Staircase is finally coming to Netflix with two new episodes. When Peterson was granted the right to a new trial after nine years in prison, the series’ director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade went back to work documenting the latest twists in this exceptional case, first with a 2013 sequel documenting his release from prison and then this year with what is believed to be the final sequel, which will debut on Netflix this summer. Regardless of whether a viewer believes Peterson to be guilty or innocent, the grand finale is likely to leave them frustrated and with conflicted feelings about Peterson and America’s criminal justice system.

Unlike popular serialized

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Netflix’s Failsafe Reunites Michael B. Jordan & Black Panther Writer

In an exclusive deal with Netflix, Michael B. Jordan will soon reunite with Black Panther’s screenwriter for Failsafe, an adaptation of the Vault Comics series. If everything goes as planned, Jordan will not only produce the potential blockbuster, but also land the lead role as an insurgent hunter out for vengeance.

In contrast to popular franchises like Marvel Comics and DC Comics, Vault Comics is relatively new. Founded in 2016, the privately owned company released Failsafe’s first issue on April 19, 2017, in which protagonist John Ravane comes to the realization that he didn’t actually eliminate the world’s last nanotech-enhanced super soldier. After his daughter’s kidnapping, Ravane navigates New York to battle sleeper agents, corruption and the inevitable surprises that emerge along the way. The six-episode series was written F.J. DeSanto and Todd Farmer with art by Federico Dallocchio.

Related: Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger Costume Honors His Anime Love


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Feinberg Forecast: Emmy Standings As the Race Heads Into May

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The charts below reflect how THR’s awards columnist Scott Feinberg believes the Emmy standings would look if voting for the 2018 race ended today. (Eligible for consideration is work released between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.) These projections are formulated using a combination of personal impressions (from sampling many programs), historical considerations (how other shows with similar pedigrees have resonated), precursor awards (some groups have historically correlated with the TV Academy more than others) and consultations with industry insiders (including voters, content creators, awards strategists and fellow members of the press).

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Pregnant Gunshot Victim Stays on Life Support for Weeks to Deliver Baby Before Dying

A pregnant Ohio woman placed on life support after being shot in March stayed alive long enough to have her baby in late April before dying from her injuries, PEOPLE confirms.

Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf said at a press conference that Lindzie Wilson was shot on March 1 but stayed on life support until April 21, when doctors delivered her baby.

Wilson was subsequently taken off life support and died on April 24, Graf said.

According to the Springfield News-Sun, Wilson was 25.

A GoFundMe page created two days after Wilson was shot states she was 16 weeks pregnant at the time, which would have made her about 23 weeks pregnant when the baby was born.

Lindzie Wilson

Wilson’s friend Jana Yates told the

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Ga. Doctor’s License Suspended After She Allegedly Threatened to ‘Slit [Employees’] Throats’

A Georgia doctor turned herself in to authorities last week after her employees accused her of making violent threats toward them, according to documents issued by the state’s medical board.

Marian Patterson, whose license to practice family medicine has been suspended, was charged with three counts of terroristic threats and one count of false imprisonment, according to local TV station WBTV.

PEOPLE’s call to the district attorney’s office was not immediately returned. According to TV station WCTV, she turned herself in to deputies at the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department and was released on bail.

On Feb. 21, employees of Patterson told officials they worked in fear of being physically harmed, according to an Order of Summary Suspension issued by the Georgia Composite Medical Board.

Patterson allegedly yelled at employees and told them she was going to “slit their throats,” and allegedly told

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Pregnant Kansas Woman Is Fatally Shot on Day She Was to Learn Baby’s Sex — and Boyfriend Is Charged

A 26-year-old Kansas man has been accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend three months ago — on the very day she planned to learn the sex of her baby at an ultrasound appointment.

PEOPLE confirms that Devonte Dominique Wash is being held on $5 million bail after being charged with capital murder for allegedly killing Ashley Harlan on Jan. 30, according to a statement from the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office.

Harlan, 23, was found fatally shot in her Olathe home. She was 20 weeks pregnant when she was killed — and authorities believe Wash was the baby’s father, the statement says.

Harlan died hours before she was to learn the sex of her unborn baby.

Ashley Harlan

Wash has not entered a plea

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Football Player Shoots Through Locked Door to Kill Ex After She Ended ‘Toxic’ Relationship

Police say an 18-year-old high school senior in San Antonio, Texas, was shot and killed by her 19-year-old football player ex-boyfriend last week, days after she ended their “toxic” relationship.

Her killer was found in a wooded area nearby, dead from suicide — with a gun still in his hand.

Clarissa Riojas was fatally shot by Louis Nickerson on Wednesday morning after he barged into the apartment Riojas shared with her sister, PEOPLE confirms.

Both Riojas and Nickerson were seniors at Highlands High School in San Antonio. Riojas was reportedly a member of the dance team.

“What happened is tragic, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of these students,” a school district spokeswoman said in a statement, in part, according to local TV station KSAT. “A crisis team of counselors was sent to the school to support students who are trying to cope with the news of these

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Netflix’s latest crime documentary series is so crazy that it’s true

“Nothing raises as many questions as this case.”

A few days ago, we brought you the news about Netflix’s latest true crime documentary, Evil Genius, and the gripping trailer has just been released.

Written and directed by Barbara Schroeder, Evil Genius tells the story behind an extraordinary criminal case, known as the “pizza bomber heist”. The 4-episode series arrives on May 11th and we’re certain that it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Here’s the official synopsis: “In 2003 in Erie, Pennsylvania, a robbery gone wrong and a terrifying public murder capture the nation’s attention, and a bizarre collection of Midwestern hoarders, outcasts, and lawbreakers play cat-and-mouse with the FBI. Eventually, a middle-aged mastermind named Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong — once a town beauty, now a woman grappling with mental illness — is arrested. But 15 years later, Evil Genius proves there’s more to the conspiracy and murders than was ever thought.”

Hostages, explosives, money, coercion, theft, conspiracy,

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Bill Cosby Juror Says He Voted to Convict Because of Entertainer’s Admission He Gave Quaaludes to Women

A juror who convicted Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges last Thursday said Cosby’s previous admission that he gave Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with was a decisive factor in his vote.

“I think it was his deposition, really,” Harrison Snyder, 22, the youngest juror in Cosby’s trial for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, told correspondent Linsey Davis of ABC’s Good Morning America in a segment that aired Monday morning.

“Cosby admitted to giving these Quaaludes to women — young women — in order to have sex with them.”

Cosby made the admission in a deposition for a 2005 civil suit filed by Constand, who was an employee of Temple University in 2004 when Cosby sexually assaulted her at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania mansion.

In his deposition, Cosby admitted he gave Quaaludes to a 19-year-old woman he met in Las Vegas he later

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