Category Archives: True Crime Interviews

Judith Light Has Really, Really Good Life Advice

Judith Light deserves to sit on a throne, but when I walk in to the room where she’s doing press for her new Lifetime movie, Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story, she is sitting on the equivalent of a foot rest. (With perfect posture, no less.) It’s the middle of January and Light has come down with a winter bug, and the foot rest is perfectly aligned with a nearby space heater. I tell her I’m happy to move somewhere more comfortable for her, but she swears she’s fine. She just wants me to be good. Down to earth, gracious, no frills—yep, Judith Light is an icon.

Light first came to mainstream attention in the late ’70s,

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Netflix Is Rebooting Unsolved Mysteries, the OG True Crime Show

The mystery of whether or not there will be an Unsolved Mysteries reboot has been solved: Netflix is bringing back the cult classic investigation show. Deadline first reported the news.

The 12-episode reboot will keep the original series’ format of interviews and reenactments to investigate true crime and paranormal cases, updated for the streaming era.

Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy will produce Unsolved Mysteries for his company 21 Laps, alongside the show’s creators John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer.

Over 500 episodes of Unsolved Mysteries have been produced for various networks. The show’s original and longest run was from 1987 to 1997 on NBC with host Robert Stack. CBS and Lifetime then briefly had it after its NBC cancellation, and Dennis Farina hosted a revival on Spike from 2008 to 2010. Stack and Farina are both deceased, so the reboot

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Police officer behind the Making a Murderer lawsuit discusses threats against his family in first ever interview

Manitowoc County police sergeant Andrew Colborn, one of the central figures in Netflix’s Making a Murderer, has spoken out about the impact of the docu-series for the first time.

Colborn, who retired from the police force last year, told The Hollywood Reporter how the ‘true-crime’ phenomenon has affected his life, weeks after it was revealed that he has filed a lawsuit against Netflix for defamation.

The former sergeant, who has strongly denied any wrongdoing, said that he and his wife had always “strived to lead a quiet and private life” but are no longer able to since Making a Murderer aired to runaway success.

“It destroyed that for both of us and for our family,” he explained. “I live in a state of constant vigilance very similar to combat or constantly being on duty as a law enforcement officer.”

Fyre Fest documentary debate: Is Netflix or Hulu’s movie better?

Fyre Fest: Call it the ultimate scam; call it the most ill-fated music festival of all time; call it social media schadenfreude at the expense of rich millennial influencers. However you regard the fiasco, the imploded event has entered pop nomenclature as a synonym for disaster. Which is why the Fyre Festival, created by tech-bro entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, is the subject of not one, but two documentaries out this week.

The third week of January was apparently the prime time for Hulu and Netflix to release dueling documentaries on the same notorious festival. But which one truly captures the quintessence of Fyre Fest? And which ones should you watch?

To get to the bottom of the symbiotic streaming releases, three Polygon staffers convened to debate the merits and cross-check the facts: Karen Han watched Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Party That

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Netflix’s ‘Ted Bundy Tapes’ Director Talks True Crime Fascination and Endless Allure of Bundy

Director Joe Berlinger has long been fascinated with one of America’s most notorious serial killers: Ted Bundy. That doesn’t mean he thought a film or series on the nearly idolized figure was necessary. But in 2017, that all changed when a set of interview tapes landed on his desk.

Berlinger spearheaded Netflix’s latest true crime series, Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. The docuseries, released globally on January 24, takes viewers inside Bundy’s home life, slayings and trial, and thoroughly delves into the unique interview tactics used by detectives to unearth what Bundy really did, all in his own, recorded, words.

Why explore Bundy’s odd allure now? The series release date is also the 30th anniversary of his execution, but his story also holds more cultural relevance now than ever. “We’re in this explosion right now of true crime media. People can’t seem to get enough of it. From Serial to Making a Murderer, American

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What to Make of Netflix’s Controversial ‘Murder Mountain?’

Garrett Rodriguez, a young San Diego man, moved to Humboldt County in December 2012 to work on a marijuana grow-operation, in the Emerald Triangle — a region in northern California where, interspersed with the old redwood forest that blankets the area, an estimated 80 percent of America’s black-market marijuana is grown.

Shortly after, Rodriguez disappeared. By April 2013, he was reported missing, and would never be heard from again. Rodriguez’s disappearance and the immense amount of illegal marijuana grown and trafficked out of Humboldt County due to prohibition form the backbone of “Murder Mountain,” a new documentary series released on Netflix that previously aired on Fusion TV.

The series braids together the story of Rodriguez’s disappearance and a portrait of Humboldt County into something that is attempting to be a true-crime series, a scathing indictment of local law enforcement,

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‘Dirty John’ story has links to Saginaw area

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‘Valley of the Boom’ captures the ’90s tech revolution in weird, wonderful ways

National Geographic’s six-part series “Valley of the Boom” chronicles the rise of the internet, and 1990s Silicon Valley, from boom to bust in a docudrama that’s as sober and informative as it is snarky and entertaining.

Somewhere between the satirical “Silicon Valley,” the historical drama “Halt and Catch Fire” and the Frontline doc “The Facebook Dilemma,” the series, which premiered Sunday, explores the era’s innovation, and the greed, with a sharp sense of history and humor.

It’s one of many recent TV shows, films and books that look back at the celebrated technological revolution of the late 20th century, but through the lens of what we know now: i.e., identity theft, online predators, Russian trolls, fake news and, worst of all, pop-up ads based on keywords from your “private” email.

The series, created, written and partially directed by Matthew Carnahan (“House of Lies”), is a dramatized narrative based on “mostly true” events and

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6 smart, entertaining podcasts to keep you company from coffee to bedtime – ABS

Podcasts are the talk radio for the digital age. They’re free, and anybody with a decent digital recorder and wherewithal can broadcast their own. There is one about anything and for everyone. Name a subject and there will be a podcast for that. Try it.

Podcasts have been known to save people’s sanity while they’re stuck in legendary traffic jams, keep them company while working on something with their hands, and even be a comfort and diversion while suffering a migraine in a dark room. One can hoard programs and episodes in a smartphone like most bibliophiles hoard books. This way a podcast would always be ready to fill that brief unoccupied pocket in one’s schedule with stories, opinions, and information that one didn’t know they wanted until a podcast gave it to them.

So, here are some of those moments in your day where a particular podcast could fit in.


On mornings

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Uncertain Terms podcast | Episode 2: Brooks Bellay’s sentencing do-over for 1979 Vero Beach murder of a young girl

Legal affairs reporter Melissa E. Holsman has spent more than a year digging into the cases of kids who committed murder — sometimes decades ago — as they return to court for resentencing and could go free. What originally was an investigation into the 23 Treasure and Space Coast cases has become a podcast where Holsman and producer Dacia Johnson explore the murders, the effect on victims’ families, new brain science and the law changes that led to the resentencing of more than 600 Florida offenders.

You can listen to the free podcast on most major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, Google Play Music and Soundcloud.

The transcripts for each episode will be presented here. Below is Episode 2: Brooks Bellay and the worst of the worst.

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