Monthly Archives: June 2018

Crime and Viewership

Lifetime tonight will premiere a new primetime block of true crime-based programming, which is not surprising since the genre is making a killing with female viewers.

Networks, from true crime-branded cable outlets such as Investigation Discovery and Oxygen, to general-entertainment services like Lifetime, TV One and Reelz Channel, are reeling in female viewers attracted to dramatic re-enactments of often grizzly crimes — mostly committed by and against women — that are often as thrilling and more unpredictable than fiction-based scripted series.

What to Watch: Mike Myers Returns to Helm Gonzo Antics of The Gong Show

All times Eastern.

MONDAY, June 18
America Says
Actor John Michael Higgins hosts this new survey-based game show, in which teams of friends and family face off to guess America’s fill-in-the-black responses to wide-ranging questions and possibly win up to $15,000 (5 p.m., GSN).

2018 MTV Movie TV Awards
The movies Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War and TV’s Stranger Things, Riverdale and 13 Reasons Why lead the contenders for this annual fan-voted celebration, the second in the 27-year history of the awards event to honor both movies and TV, hosted by Girls Trip actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish (9 p.m., MTV).

TUESDAY, June 19
Love Is
New dramatic series about a young couple (Michele Weaver and Will Catlett) from seemingly opposite worlds as they chase their dreams and follow their hearts against a backdrop of black culture and social issues (10 p.m., Own).

Hunting ISIS: The Battle For Mosul
Tonight’s episode of

Read more at: https://parade.com/673664/npond/what-to-watch-mike-myers-returns-to-helm-gonzo-antics-of-the-gong-show/

1 Killed, 20 Injured in Shooting at All-Night Art Festival in New Jersey

At least one person is dead and 20 have been injured after a shooting broke out at an all-night art festival in New Jersey on Sunday morning.

During a press conference on Sunday morning, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said that “20 individuals suffered gunshot wounds or other injuries,” while attending the Art All Night festival in Trenton, NJ.com reported. The youngest victim is a 13-year-old boy who is in critical condition.

At least two suspects participated in the shooting, which began around 2:45 a.m., according to USA Today.

Onofri revealed that one of those suspects, a 33-year-old man, was killed at the scene, while a second suspect had been taken into custody, according to NJ.com.

While it remains unclear what prompted the shooting, Onofri said, “All indications are that this was a dispute between individuals that occurred at Art All Night,” reported Slate.

The Mercer County

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/art-all-night-festival-shooting/

4 Things You’ll Learn About a Killer Church Cult from Monday’s Episode of PMI: Cults

In October 2015, the Word of Life Christian Church — a small, reclusive religious sect in Chadwicks, New York — was thrust into the national spotlight after police arrested nine congregants for their roles the hours-long beatings of two teenage brothers, killing one of them.

Lucas Leonard, 19, bled to death on a hospital gurney after being punched, kicked and whipped over 12 hours on Oct 11. 2015.

His younger brother, then-17-year-old Christopher, survived the ordeal but is still recovering from his injuries nearly three years later.

Among those taken into custody in the attack were the boys’ parents, Bruce and Deborah Leonard.

Lucas’ killing and the church that made it possible will be featured on Monday night’s episode of People Magazine Investigates: Cults, airing on Investigation Discovery and exclusively previewed above.

Here are four things viewers will learn from the hour.

• For more on the

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/word-of-life-christian-church-what-to-know/

‘Sex Money Murder’ true-crime book released

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An English-American journalist penned a book about how the crack epidemic had rattled a Bronx community two decades ago.

Award-winning journalist Jonathan Green chronicles an unfortunate era in the borough’s past: the crack epidemic and its impact on the Soundview community in the 1980s and 1990s in his new book ‘Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal’.

The 384-page true crime story follows four characters through a dramatic and troubling period when crack cocaine ran rampant in the Soundview Houses and the police and federal authorities sought to bring down members of the Sex Money Murder gang.

Two of the people chronicled in the book are gang members Pipe and Suge, who were ultimately taken down by federal law enforcement after a vicious killing in broad daylight

Read more at: https://www.bxtimes.com/stories/2018/24/23-sexmoneymurder-2018-06-08-bx.html

True crime writer didn’t live to see suspect arrested – Entertainment … – The Florida Times

I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK: ONE WOMAN’S OBSESSIVE SEARCH FOR THE GOLDEN STATE KILLER

Author: Michelle McNamara

HarperCollins, 352 pages, $27.99

The narrative within “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” is more epic and complex than you’ll find in the typical true crime saga, so perhaps it’s fitting that the events around the book’s completion, publication and significance in light of later developments also present extra comprehension hoops to jump through. If you’re a fan of the genre, it’s worth the effort.

When Michelle McNamara died unexpectedly in her sleep in April 2016, the Los Angeles-based true crime blogger and feature writer was deep into a major book project about the Golden State Killer. In addition to conventional research, she was an active if informal collaborator with a Contra Costa County, Calif., criminalist who was officially pursuing the long-cold case.

The object of her inquiry, whose identity was then unknown, was a prolific serial rapist and murderer who had been active in several parts of a California during the late 1970s and early ’80s. He had been known at various times as the East Area Rapist, the Original Night Stalker (distinct from Night Stalker Richard Ramirez, who had a similar modus operandi) and eventually by a name coined by McNamara, the Golden State Killer.

His DNA profile had definitively pulled many crimes together since 2001, enabling authorities to confirm that the same person was responsible for upwards of 50 reported sexual assaults and at least eight murders. However, his apparent lack of a serious criminal record meant that there was no identifiable person to match to the profile.

McNamara’s draft chapters, notes, audio interviews, previously published features and blog posts were cobbled together after her death, primarily by her research assistant and a fellow true crime writer, into a book that went on sale Feb. 27, 2018. “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer,” includes an afterward by McNamara’s husband, comedian/actor Patton Oswalt. According to information provided in the book, those working on the book in her footsteps elected to do very little additional writing, based on a wish to preserve McNamara’s voice.

In April of this year, a 72-year-old Sacramento area resident with, as many investigators had suspected, a background in police work, was arrested. He stands charged with eight counts of first-degree murder; the statute of limitations has expired on many sexual assaults that did not end in death.

The suspect was identified based on familial DNA, something that McNamara had projected would become his eventual trap. Several of his cousins, presumably unacquainted with him, had joined many of us in uploading ancestral genomic information to a public DNA database. Using those clues in conjunction with traditional genealogy, police consultants were able to zero in on one person, and he otherwise fit the killer’s profile. The man in custody is maintaining silence, and we can assume that, absent surprises, his trial looms far in the future.

Given the timing of the unfolding events, is this book a worth the time of a fan of true crime, much less of a general reader who dabbles in the genre? Without my being fully on board with the way the material is organized (the jumpy timeline seems to add to the burden of following a complex and frustrating investigation without bringing particular benefits) my answer is yes. McNamara’s memorial combines a very strong mix of analysis, empathy and engaging prose. With the serial criminal in question necessarily being a sort of malign silhouette, she focused her powers of characterization sharply on victims, including loved ones of the murdered, investigators, and on the physical and social settings where the crimes took place.

The autobiographical material she includes is centered on the origins of her interest in violent crime, her identity as a writer and the actual process of delving into a notoriously frustrating case whose investigative blind alleys are legendary.

While she didn’t get to write the end of the story, McNamara is a writer to embrace and miss.

Anne Payne organizes the Jax Freestyle Book Club for Real Readers at meetup.com.

True crime writer didn’t live to see suspect arrested – The Florida Times

I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK: ONE WOMAN’S OBSESSIVE SEARCH FOR THE GOLDEN STATE KILLER

Author: Michelle McNamara

HarperCollins, 352 pages, $27.99

The narrative within “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” is more epic and complex than you’ll find in the typical true crime saga, so perhaps it’s fitting that the events around the book’s completion, publication and significance in light of later developments also present extra comprehension hoops to jump through. If you’re a fan of the genre, it’s worth the effort.

When Michelle McNamara died unexpectedly in her sleep in April 2016, the Los Angeles-based true crime blogger and feature writer was deep into a major book project about the Golden State Killer. In addition to conventional research, she was an active if informal collaborator with a Contra Costa County, Calif., criminalist who was officially pursuing the long-cold case.

The object of her inquiry, whose identity was then unknown,

Read more at: http://www.jacksonville.com/entertainmentlife/20180617/true-crime-writer-didnt-live-to-see-suspect-arrested

Leaving a Cult: Former Members Reveal Inner Workings of Church Whose Members Attacked 2 Teens

Nathan Ames was just a teenager when his parents decided it was time to leave the Word of Life Christian Church in Chadwicks, New York. The insular sect’s leadership had recently changed hands and his parents could no longer watch the organization gradually decline into a reclusive faction of frightened malcontents.

“There were a lot of good things that had been going on at the church, but it slowly and increasingly got controlling,” Ames previously told PEOPLE about his experience.

“People were being mentally abused over time and they’d become sheltered from the outside world as a result,” he said. “It got to the point where, if you watched television, you shut the commercials off because you didn’t want any external influences.”

Ames was glad his family left the church when they did. He only wished that Lucas Leonard’s family had done the same.

Instead, Bruce and Deborah

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/former-members-on-word-of-life-christian-church-new-york/

Books: True crime, Terrance Hayes and more book news

Bestselling novelist Megan Abbott, known for her psychological thrillers like “Dare Me,” explores the allure of true crime, books like Michelle McNamara’s “I”ll Be Gone in the Dark” about the Golden State Killer. Women, who are often these crimes’ victims, are also the books’ most avid readers. “Perhaps because it’s long been a ‘suspect’ genre — at best a ‘guilty pleasure,’ at worst a genre for ghouls, for rubberneckers — these exchanges often have a furtive, heated quality. A slightly dirty secret we keep,” Abbott writes.

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/books/la-et-jc-books-newsletter-20180616-story.html