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Netflix’s latest true crime documentary series examines the most brutal murders in Spanish history

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Netflix is heading to Spain for its latest original documentary series, which will investigate The Alcàsser Murders.

The four-part true crime documentary will analyse one of the most gruesome and controversial crimes in Spanish history – a triple murder in 1992 that shook the foundations of Spanish society and crossed borders, not only due to its brutality but also because of how the media portrayed and reported on the incident.

In 1992 three teenagers, Miriam García Iborra, Antonia “Toñi” Gómez Rodríguez and Desirée Hernández Folch, were brutally murdered in Alcàsser, Valencia – a crime that, even after 25 years, is still unresolved.

The three girls went missing whilst hitchhiking on the way to a club in the Valencia region of Spain. They were dropped off at a gas station by a couple and then picked up by another car.

The girls’ bodies were found in January

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This Week in True-Crime Podcasts: The Golden State Killer Victims Speak Out

The true-crime podcast universe is ever expanding. We’re here to make it a bit smaller and a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows, and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the noteworthy and the exceptional. Each week, our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists will pick their favorites.

Man in the Window: “Victim Number One”

The Golden State Killer’s victims get their turn in this podcast from Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Paige St. John, the Los Angeles Times, and Wondery. We’re all familiar with Joe DeAngelo’s actions over the decades he was an active cat burglar, serial rapist, and murderer terrorizing California,

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Amanda Knox Returns to Italy for First Time Since Her Acquittal

In November 2007, Ms. Kercher was found dead on her bedroom floor in the apartment in Perugia that she shared with Ms. Knox. Both were exchange students.

Ms. Knox and Mr. Sollecito were arrested a few days later. Rudy Guede, a Perugia resident, was also arrested. The three were all convicted of the murder, with prosecutors contending that they had killed Ms. Kercher after a drug-fueled sex game went awry.

Mr. Guede’s DNA was found both on Ms. Kercher’s body and in the bedroom, but there was no biological trace of Ms. Knox or Mr. Sollecito, according to court documents.

In October 2011, when the original conviction was overturned, Ms. Knox and Mr. Sollecito were acquitted and released from prison.

When released, Ms. Knox “fled the country in a high-speed chase, paparazzi literally ramming the back of my stepdad’s rental car,” she wrote in

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Lisa Gallagher highlights the 2019 Toronto True Crime Film Festival

When the second annual edition of the Toronto True Crime Film Festival kicks off in Ontario’s capital this summer, the bustling city will once again burst to life with myriad premieres and speaking events.

Running June 14 to 15 at The Revue Cinema in Toronto, the festival serves as the first and only festival completely devoted to the true crime genre of film, and returns this week following a highly successful inaugural year that saw 700-plus attendees join the revelries of the two-day event.

The 2019 lineup will see films covering everything from unjust incarcerations to Internet scams to murder and more, with the live events schedule including a forensics lecture, a live podcast about cults and a sneak peek at the first Ted Bundy project directed by a female filmmaker. Fifteen percent of all pass and ticket sales will be donated to a variety of charities, including the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural

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Netflix’s new true crime series ‘Killer Ratings’ has been called "horrifying and insane"

10 June 2019, 14:08 | Updated: 10 June 2019, 17:12

By Jazmin Duribe

This. Is. Terrifying.

Netflix’s chilling new true-crime documentary Killer Ratings is creating a stir online. The seven-part series hones in on the story of Brazilian presenter turned politician Wallace Souza, who reportedly started having local people murdered to feature on his TV show and boost the show’s ratings.

Where are the Central Park Five now? The real story behind When They See Us on Netflix

Wallace Souza was the host of Canal Livre from 1989 to 2008. The show was kind of like Crimewatch in the UK and focused on highlighting and investigating crime in Manaus, Brazil. The programme became the most popular show in Manaus and people

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New Documentary Killer Ratings Has Been Dubbed Netflix’s ‘Best Yet’


Netflix fans have called new documentary Killer Ratings ‘completely fascinating, horrifying and insane’ after it was claimed that a TV host was ordering the murders that were later featuring on his show.

The seven-part true crime documentary series focuses on the Brazilian television presenter turned politician, Wallace Souza, who was accused of having local people killed in a bid to boost his show’s ratings.

The programme, called Canal Livre, was Brazil’s equivalent to Crimewatch and it’s alleged that Souza was setting up the crimes so that his show could then pretend to ‘solve’ them.

Canal Livre’s camera crew were often on murder scenes before the police were, giving ex-cop Souza the opportunity to condemn corruption within the force.

His ability to be one of the first people to turn up to a crime scene was also what brought about suspicions and 10 years ago, Souza was charged

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Join Isis Romero at advanced screening of "Conviction"

SAN ANTONIO – Do you love true crime stories? This KSAT event is for you.

KSAT 12 NightBeat anchor Isis Romero is hosting a screening of a new documentary called “Conviction: The Bingo King Murder.”

The six-part series, which was produced by Romero, begins with the true crime story of the 1998 murder of Eddie Garcia, known as “The Bingo King” because he owned several of the San Antonio’s gaming parlors. After Garcia was shot dead in his office, San Antonio police immediately arrested

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Investigation Discovery show surrounds ‘Diabolical’ double murder in Middletown

  • Now retired Middletown police Detective Robert Barone reviews his case files pertaining to the November 1993 double murder of Patricia Lynn Steller and her nephew Ronald King. Photo: From The Middletown Press Archives

    Now retired Middletown police Detective Robert Barone reviews his case files pertaining to the November 1993 double murder of Patricia Lynn Steller and her nephew Ronald King.

    Now retired Middletown police Detective Robert Barone reviews his case files pertaining to the November 1993 double murder of Patricia Lynn Steller and her nephew Ronald King.

    Photo: From The Middletown Press Archives

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Now retired Middletown police Detective Robert Barone reviews his case files pertaining to the November 1993 double murder of Patricia Lynn Steller and her nephew Ronald King.

Now retired Middletown police Detective Robert Barone reviews his case files pertaining to the November 1993 double murder of Patricia Lynn Steller and her nephew Ronald King.

Photo: From The Middletown Press Archives

MIDDLETOWN — A double murder in an idyllic planned community on the outskirts of the city nearly 26 years ago will catapult Middletown onto the national stage this week.

Investigation Discovery channel’s “Diabolical” true crime documentary series, airing Tuesday night, will feature the events surrounding the 1993 criminal homicides of a convicted killer’s ex-lover’s new flame and her nephew in an episode called “Recording Evil.”

Middletown police detectives got a big break in the case of the killings of Patricia Lynn Steller and her nephew Ronald King, as their slayings were recorded on Steller’s answering machine.

Spurned lover Janet Griffin was convicted in 1999 of killing Stellar, the lover of her former girlfriend who lived in the Wesleyan Hills community, and King.

Griffin, 72, is serving a life sentence in Niantic prison. Her accomplice, Gordon “Butch” Fruean, served 30 years in jail for his role in the crime. The two, who lived and commuted to work together at Wesleyan University, waited for Steller to return from work, shot her three times and King once, court documents said.

Griffin made a mistake thinking a small-caliber pistol would kill them, according to retired police detective and former state’s attorney investigator Robert Barone, who worked with now retired officers Rick Sienna, Wayne Linares, Dave Visconti and Noel Perez to solve the case.

Barone was interviewed for the Investigative Discovery show. An actor portrays him in re-enactment scenes.

Sgt. George Dingwall, who died in 2000 during pursuit of a robbery suspect, and Officer William Hertler, who is still on the job, also worked the case.

When detectives arrived at the scene of the 1999 crime, they were shocked at what they saw.

“It was a mess. There was blood all over the place. Lynn was lying on the ground next to the wall, King was lying on the ground next to the kitchen counter. I get a chill up my back saying it now,” Barone said.

The crime sent “shock waves” through the community near the Durham line,” Siena said.

“Suddenly, there was a home amongst their neighborhood that has a gruesome double homicide. Everybody was understandably concerned for their family’s welfare and safety,” Siena said. They were under great pressure from the public and higher ups to find the killer.

“Who would have ever thought a cassette tape would have recorded the entire murder? People were alive, pleading for their lives.”

Somehow, during the attack, the memo function on the answering machine was activated and the entire murders caught on audiotape, Barone said. Police never determined how that happened.

“It was the most incredible thing to hear: ‘No, Janet, no! No, Janet, no!’”

“The defendant shot Steller once and King three times. When the gun had been emptied, the defendant, realizing that the victims were still alive, asked Fruean for assistance. Fruean took a butcher’s knife from a knife block located on the kitchen counter and handed it to the defendant, who proceeded to stab Steller and King several times,” according to court documents.

Police had no idea who committed the crimes. “There wasn’t a lot to work with,” he admitted.

“He’s (Perez) listening to the cassette tape. He looked at me, turned around with kind of weird look on his face,” Siena said.

“‘Listen to this and tell me what you hear. What do you think that is?’” Perez asked him. Siena put the headphones on.

“I looked at him. I took them off and I said ‘Noel, I think that’s the homicide taking place.’”

They heard Griffin yell to Fruean, “get me something,” Siena said. That something turned out to be the knives.

“She wasn’t satisfied. We could hear ‘Butch get me a knife,’ and then rummaging through knife door.

“‘That’s not good enough. Get another one,’” Griffin could be heard ordering Fruean .

“We looked at each other and said, ‘This is the case. We just broke it open.’ The victim was pleading,” Siena recalled. “She did some things to [Steller] that were really gruesome.”

Griffin’s daughter, who was never prosecuted, had driven her mother and Fruean to the scene, but denied knowing what was about to happen, Barone said.

Later, Siena returned to the scene, found Steller’s address book and rifled through the names. He found a card that read “Janet G.” and a number from the Rutland, Vt., telephone exchange.

Police there confirmed Janet G. was Griffin, and found multiple domestic reports involving both her and Fruean.

When police went to Rutland, where both Griffin and Fruean lived, to question him, they were surprised when he opened the door.

“He was a wimpy guy. Very thin, very small … she used him because she probably felt the only way to get into the house was through a dog door,” Barone said.

When they found Griffin in Vermont, she cooperated with officers, including allowing them to take her blood to match against the DNA found at the scene; she had a deep cut in her palm.

Under interrogation, Fruean “broke” and gave up where the gun had been dumped: in the water behind the old Cypress Grill, now Sliders, on South Main Street. The police scuba team recovered the weapon.

Griffin, meanwhile, would not admit her involvement. She claimed her hand was cut while she was unscrewing a light bulb.

Soon after, a blood test proved she had lied.

Neither Griffin nor Fruean had criminal records. Griffin was a Girl Scout leader and mother.

“This love triangle just pushed her over the edge,” said Barone, who admitted this was the “most satisfying arrest.”

Griffin, under stress from the questioning, put her head down on the table in the interrogation room. The only thing she said about her involvement was “I couldn’t kill anybody,” Barone said.

“It’s a cliche — but a textbook case when it comes to investigating a homicide,” Siena said. “Not one person in the detective bureau failed to carry their weight in this case. We all worked collectively and with some difficult challenges.”

“We got a little bit of information and we kept building after that: the name ‘Janet’ on a tape to a ‘Janet G.’ in a book to the physical evidence at the scene we collected, it perfectly tied those two individuals to the crime,” Siena said. “It’s sad this is what people do in the world. If a relationship doesn’t work out, you don’t kill somebody. I just don’t get it.”

What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Chasing Happiness’ and ‘Miranda Sings Live’

MIRANDA SINGS LIVE … YOUR WELCOME (2019) Stream on Netflix. This new Netflix special doesn’t only feature Colleen Ballinger, the comedian, singer, actress and YouTube star. It also presents a hefty dose of her internet persona Miranda Sings, a talentless teenager with a grating, nasal voice and overdrawn lipstick. Ballinger introduced Miranda to the world in 2008 and has since amassed millions of subscribers. Her peculiar sense of humor is the kind that simultaneously draws laughs and cringes — and it works. (Miranda has appeared on Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and was also the center of a short-lived Netflix comedy series, “Haters Back Off!”) In

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