Monthly Archives: December 2018

Why crime writer Stephen Wade thinks executed Leeds killer Louie Calvert was not murderer

Writer and historian Stephen Wade has recounted some of Yorkshire’s most notorious murders in his true crime books.

Among those to have graced their pages is Louie Calvert, a Leeds woman hanged in 1926 for the murder of the widow who took her in as a lodger.

Murder in Mind author Stephen Wade.

Read more: How the YEP reported on the execution of Louie Calvert in 1926

But several years on from first writing about her, Stephen has begun to have doubts that Louie was the cold-hearted killer portrayed in the press at the time.

Details emerged of how she had lied about being pregnant and left her husband and young son on the basis that she was going to stay with family in Dewsbury until the birth.

Instead, she arranged to adopt the baby due to a teenager in Pontefract and moved in with widow Lily Waterhouse in New Wortley

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Ricky Martin and husband welcome baby girl

Ricky Martin is starting the new year with a new bundle of joy.

The Grammy-nominated singer announced the arrival of his daughter with an Instagram post showing off the infant’s tiny hands. Martin says the girl is named Lucia.

Martin’s post didn’t include any additional details, other than that the baby girl is healthy.

Martin’s post says his family, which includes husband Jwan Yosef and 10-year-old twin sons, have “fallen in love with Lucia”.

The Living La Vida Loca singer garnered an Emmy nomination earlier this year for his supporting role in the FX series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

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Here’s What’s New on Netflix in January 2019 — And What’s Leaving

Netflix is heading into the new year with lots of new TV, movies and original shows set to join the streaming service in January.

For those looking to start 2019 on a mission of decluttering, organizational expert Marie Kondo is bringing her talents to a new original series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Classic favorites, including the Indiana Jones series, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pulp Fiction, Swingers and The Addams Family will all be on Netflix starting January 1. And fans of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt can say goodbye to Kimmy, Titus, Lillian and Jacqueline a final time when the show returns for the second half of its last season.

A collection of titles are also leaving Netflix in the new year, leaving about a month to catch up on movies like The Godfather, The Shining and The Princess Diaries.

See what else will be streaming on—and leaving—Netflix in January.

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Reading List: Favorite Audiobooks of 2018, Part 2

2018 was an unusually good year for audiobooks, so I had to split my normal wrap-up into two parts.

You can find part 1 in Reading List: Favorite Audiobooks of 2018, So Far, which I posted back in July. Here’s the second part.


Runnin’ with the Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen
By: Noel Monk, Joe Layden
Narrated by: Fred Berman
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min

Easily my favorite audiobook of 2018, Runnin’ with the Devil tells the inside story of the greatest hard rock band in history as told by the band’s ultimate insider, Noel Monk. Astonishing stuff.

Cell: A Novel
Stephen King
Narrated by: Campbell Scott
Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins

Disappointed by Stephen King’s weak late-2018 entry, Elevation, I sought out

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Netflix horror additions to stream in January for a happy new year

The further away from Halloween we get, the slimmer the  pickings get where streaming horror is concerned. Still, Netflix does have a few intriguing offerings for the new year.


Godzilla – I am not sure which version of the Japanese prehistoric monster we are looking at here, but you can certainly check it out.

I Know What You Did Last Summer – Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze, Jr., this 1997 slasher was written by Kevin Williamson (of Scream fame). Four teenagers find themselves being hunted down by a killer wielding a hook a year after they are part of a fatal hit and run accident.

Pan’s Labyrinth – A dark, beautiful fantasy, this Guillermo del Toro film received a 22-minute standing ovation when it premiered at Cannes. It won three of its six Academy Award nominations, and is considered to be

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Brit + Co’s Weekly Entertainment Planner: 2019 Golden Globes, ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,’ and More!

Welcome to Brit + Co’s Weekly Entertainment Planner! Each Monday, we highlight one thing we’re excited about in six categories — movies, TV, music, streaming services, podcasts, and a bonus pick from all of the above — to help you navigate your week in watching and listening. Check out our picks for the week of December 31 to January 6 below. Your eyes and your ears will thank us!


Why true crime podcasts are better than true crime documentaries

Fans of true crime documentaries have a new obsession: true crime podcasts — a new, evolved take on telling real-life thrillers.

Podcasts are only getting better and better, and with them the true crime genre has found a new form. By regressing to the way these stories used to be told in the radio era, true crime podcasts have brought new depth to the way we explore police investigations.

Famous shows like Serial and Teacher’s Pet have proven that, beyond engaging a wide audience with police cases long gone cold, they are able to bring attention to social issues in the region the podcast is investigating, and even affect the case itself, giving those involved a new chance at justice.

True crime has taken the form of docu-series in recent years, something TV has milked for all it’s worth. They’ve

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Winter TV Premiere Dates 2019: Guide For New And Returning Shows

Are you wondering when all your favorite shows return to TV this winter? Then look no further, we’ve got you covered through spring. From the main broadcast networks like ABC, NBC and FOX to popular streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, you’ll want to get your calendars out. We even included schedules for premium channels like HBO and Showtime, just to make life a little easier.

With A-listers now vying for top TV roles to streaming services at war with one another for content, the upcoming slate of original programming has proven to be more diverse than ever before. New reality shows like FOX’s “The Masked Singer” competition and the Cooking Channel’s highly buzzed about “Food Truck Nation,” will be hitting the digital airwaves as well in 2019.

New programming also means more reboots and spinoffs. “Roswell, New Mexico,” a reimagining of the 1999 fan-favorite “Roswell,” will debut on

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Best True-Crime Podcasts of 2018

It would be an understatement to say that 2018 was a good year for true-crime podcasting — in fact, there’s a bit of a glut in the crime market these days. The soaring popularity of shows like My Favorite Murder, Casefile and Up and Vanished has fired up the imaginations of thousands of podcasting newbies around the world who are, apparently, eager to dissect cold cases. Do we really need another podcast from a group of girlfriends discussing crime scenes while chugging Merlot? Sure, sure we do.

To help ease the overwhelm and simplify your end-of-year listening, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite true-crime podcasts of 2018, in no particular order.

Happy Face
This 12-part podcast from How Stuff Works follows Melissa Moore, a writer from Washington State who also happens to be the daughter of

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True crime all the time

If you happened to have listened to ‘My Two Favorite Librarians’, Denise and I took a very un-holiday turn recently and talked about true crime. True crime is one of the few genres Denise tries to avoid, but she recently finished I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara and I wanted to talk all about it.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is one of the best true crime books of 2018. It was published in February 2018, two years after the death of author Michelle McNamara, two months before the arrest of the Golden State killer and 30 years after his last known murder. So is Denise a true crime convert? NO!! Absolutely not! She was however, compelled enough by Michelle’s writing to finish the whole book despite the terrifying subject.

One of the great classic true crime books is Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. I read this quite

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