Category Archives: HLN True Crime

A Book By Michelle McNamara Helped Crack A Case | Star2.com

American author Michelle McNamara researched the Golden State Killer for years.

She even wrote a New York Times bestselling book about the man who raped and murdered dozens from 1976 to 1986 in Southern California: I’ll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer.

(The book was released in February this year and is reviewed here.)

Earlier this year, a suspect was arrested in the case, but McNamara wasn’t there to see it. The true-crime writer died unexpectedly in her sleep in 2016 aged 46, leaving it to friends and family to celebrate her determination to see what she saw as a “solvable case” solved.

“When everyone woke up to that news, we were like, ‘Holy s***,” says Kera Bolonik, a resident of Brook-lyn, Illinois, where McNamara grew up, and the writer’s friend for 32 years.

“There’s a lot of pride and some sadness that she’s

Read more at: https://www.star2.com/culture/2018/07/17/michelle-mcnamara-caught-killer/

Small companies, big ideas: Joke Productions

There’s no question that the television industry is competitive, and it can be hard for a small prodco to break through the noise and find its niche. In ‘Small Companies, Big Ideas’, realscreen chats with some indie prodcos who’ve innovated and thrived, showing the unscripted world that sometimes the best things come in small packages.

This edition features Los Angeles-based Joke Productions. Founded by wife and husband team Joke Fincioen (pictured, right) and Biagio Messina (left), the indie has produced a wealth of unscripted content, ranging from CNN/HLN’s recent Unmasking a Killer (focused on the Golden State Killer) and Oxygen’s Three Days to Live, to lighter fare such as VH1′s Scream Queens. They served as co-EPs and show runners on Beauty and the Geek for The CW, and also worked on

Read more at: http://realscreen.com/2018/07/13/small-companies-big-ideas-joke-productions/

Small companies, big ideas: Joke Productions

There’s no question that the television industry is competitive, and it can be hard for a small prodco to break through the noise and find its niche. In ‘Small Companies, Big Ideas’, realscreen chats with some indie prodcos who’ve innovated and thrived, showing the unscripted world that sometimes the best things come in small packages.

This edition features Los Angeles-based Joke Productions. Founded by wife and husband team Joke Fincioen (pictured, right) and Biagio Messina (left), the indie has produced a wealth of unscripted content, ranging from CNN/HLN’s recent Unmasking a Killer (focused on the Golden State Killer) and Oxygen’s Three Days to Live, to lighter fare such as VH1′s Scream Queens. They served as co-EPs and show runners on Beauty and the Geek for The CW, and also worked on

Read more at: http://realscreen.com/2018/07/13/small-companies-big-ideas-joke-productions/

The Current State of True Crime TV

RCL Exclusive

Some of these shows are just awful, but the best ones stand out.

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I first published a true crime blog post in 2004. I was one of maybe five crime bloggers online at the time, and I felt sheepish and strange about it. Even 14-15 years ago, an interest in true crime netted side eye from friends, family, and acquaintances who weren’t into it at all. In other words, they might immediately peg you for a weirdo.

That has changed in a huge way. From a conversation with a true crime author in 2009 in which he

Read more at: http://www.realclearlife.com/television/the-state-of-true-crime-tv/

Summer TV 2018: When new and returning shows premiere

Ready to dive into Summer TV? As always, there are waves of choices, including returning favorites (“America’s Got Talent,” “Glow,”Insecure”), new shows (“Pose,” “Yellowstone,” “Castle Rock”) and miniseries (“Sharp Objects”).

Here’s a look at when summer 2018 shows premiere.

MAY 28

“The Bachelorette”: Becca Kufrin may have been dumped by Arie Luyendyk Jr. on the last season of “The Bachelor,” but now she’s the one choosing from among suitors. (8 p.m.

“Six”: The drama about Navy SEALs returns for Season 2 for a special, Memorial Day season premiere, then moves to its regular timeslot on Wednesdays on May 30. Olivia Munn joins the cast this year (10 p.m. History)

MAY 29

“America’s Got Talent”: It’s time for another batch of hopeful singers, comedians, jugglers, acrobats and so forth to try to win over the judges and viewers. (8 p.m. NBC)

“Beat Shazam”: Jamie Foxx returns for a

Read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/tv/2018/05/summer_tv_2018_tv_when_new_and.html

Summer TV 2018: When new and returning shows premiere …

Ready to dive into Summer TV? As always, there are waves of choices, including returning favorites (“America’s Got Talent,” “Glow,”Insecure”), new shows (“Pose,” “Yellowstone,” “Castle Rock”) and miniseries (“Sharp Objects”).

Here’s a look at when summer 2018 shows premiere.

MAY 28

“The Bachelorette”: Becca Kufrin may have been dumped by Arie Luyendyk Jr. on the last season of “The Bachelor,” but now she’s the one choosing from among suitors. (8 p.m.

“Six”: The drama about Navy SEALs returns for Season 2 for a special, Memorial Day season premiere, then moves to its regular timeslot on Wednesdays on May 30. Olivia Munn joins the cast this year (10 p.m. History)

MAY 29

“America’s Got Talent”: It’s time for another batch of hopeful singers, comedians, jugglers, acrobats and so forth to try to win over the judges and viewers. (8 p.m. NBC)

“Beat Shazam”: Jamie Foxx returns for a

Read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/tv/2018/05/summer_tv_2018_tv_when_new_and.html

“Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo” on HLN Delves into the Psychology of Murder and Mayhem

“Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo” on HLN Delves into the Psychology of Murder and Mayhem

New Five-Part Investigative Series Premieres June 17

Episodes Take Viewers Inside the Country’s Most Dangerous Minds

Series Trailer: https://bit.ly/2IZNyij

“The Mind of a Serial Killer” Trailer: https://bit.ly/2KJXXvV

NEW YORK (May 22, 2018) – Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo takes viewers inside the country’s most dangerous minds in a new series premiering Sunday, June 17 at 8pm ET/PT, only on HLN. The five-part investigative series led by CNN anchor Chris Cuomo explores the psyche of these criminal offenders and the impact of nature vs nurture on their violent behavior.

Cuomo dives deep through on-the-ground interviews with serial killers who committed heinous acts, and behavioral scientists and criminal psychologists who studied these monsters. He sits down with New York City mass murderer Joel ‘The Ripper’ Rifkin and the manipulative and podcast-famed John Meehan, nicknamed ‘Dirty John,’ to get their outlier perspectives, and meets with survivors of domestic violence and rape to

Read more at: http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2018/05/22/inside-evil-with-chris-cuomo-on-hln-delves-into-the-psychology-of-murder-and-mayhem/

The convention where fans go to relish tales of rape and murder

Earlier this month in Nashville, a few thousand people gathered at a four-star resort to revel in murder, mayhem, serial killers and cold cases — plus some Chardonnay at a little “Wine Crime” happening.

The second annual CrimeCon provided what no amount of binge-watching or reading could not: the opportunity for true crime addicts — and they are legion — to meet and mingle with stars of the genre.

Here’s Ryan Ferguson, the hot young Missouri man who spent almost 10 years in prison for murder! Here’s Erin Moriarty, the “48 Hours” correspondent who helped get Ferguson’s wrongful conviction overturned! Also milling about: Kelly Siegler, the terrifying former Texas prosecutor-turned-“Cold Justice” star; Juan Martinez, who successfully convicted Jodi Arias in the brutal murder of her ex-boyfriend; and Callahan Walsh, a child advocate for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

It was the vanishing of Callahan’s brother, Adam, in 1981 —

Read more at: https://nypost.com/2018/05/21/the-convention-where-fans-go-to-relish-tales-of-rape-and-murder/

Decades Old Cold Case Profiled In KEW MEDIA GROUP’S “Unmasking a Killer” Solved

TORONTO–()–The infamous “Golden State Killer” profiled in KEW
DISTRIBUTION’s (“KEW MEDIA”, “KEW” or the “Company”) (TSX:KEW and
KEW.WT) true crime show Unmasking A Killer (5 x
60) was identified, arrested and charged last week after a decades-long
investigation that had mystified detectives, journalists, and the
community. 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo, a former police officer,
has been identified as responsible for a string of 12 murders and 51
attacks in Southern California in the 1970s and 80s.

Unmasking A Killer takes an in-depth look at the manhunt,

Read more at: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180504005514/en/Decades-Cold-Case-Profiled-KEW-MEDIA-GROUP%E2%80%99S