Category Archives: True Crime Interviews

How Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions Is Increasing Representation in Film + TV

How Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions Is Increasing Representation in Film + TV

When husband and wife team Viola Davis and Julius Tennon started JuVee Productions in 2011, they wanted to create a platform for underrepresented voices to share their stories. “The Last Defense,” JuVee’s new seven-part true crime docuseries airing now on ABC, takes this mission seriously. The series examines flaws in the American justice system through the stories of two prisoners currently on death row—prisoners whose cases, “The Last Defense” argues, deserve another look. Tennon and Andrew Wang, JuVee’s Head of TV, talked to Backstage about how they brought this series to life, why inclusion in the entertainment industry matters, and what they’ve learned from their collaborations. 

Describe your roles at

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7 Essential Amazon Prime Day Items For True Crime Obsessives

Isn’t it amazing to watch sleuthy storytellers conduct hours and hours of interviews, pore over countless tiny pieces of evidence and make viewers rethink everything they thought they knew in true-crime classics like Making a Murderer, The Jinx and Evil Genius? These stories punch with maximum impact because creators get obsessed with their stories, and the advanced research and critical thinking skills they bring to the table impress.

But pros of the genre need more than just smarts, they need stuff: equipment, tools and doohickeys to make their stories come to life. If you’re a true-crime fanatic, or maybe making your own must-binge crime story, you’ll definitely need some of these essentials as you build your case. Check them out below!

Amazon Prime Day, the Black Friday for digitally savvy shoppers, kicks off July 16 at July 16 at 3 p.m. ET

1. A Stealth Cam,

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Friday the 13th Netflix Movies: 7 Ways to Get Your True Crime Fix

On a day famous for bad luck and mysterious coincidences, here are seven ways to get your true crime fix this Friday the 13th that aren’t Making a Murderer.

The Staircase

The Staircase began as a miniseries by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, which first aired as a two-hour documentary special on Primetime Thursday in 2004. The now 13-episode docuseries premiered on Netflix June 8 and follows the trial, conviction, and appeals of a novelist, Michael Peterson, for the murder of his wife, Kathleen. In 2001, Kathleen was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in the Peterson’s Forest Hills mansion. The Staircase begins with the fateful 911 call in 2001 and ends with Peterson’s final hearing in 2017. Camera crews were given exclusive access to the accused’s family, defense attorneys, and courtroom proceedings. The Staircase offers an intense account of the American justice system and will leave you with one daunting, unanswered

Read more at: http://www.newsweek.com/netflix-true-crime-friday-13th-1023018

Friday the 13th Netflix Movies: 7 Ways to Get Your True Crime Fix

On a day famous for bad luck and mysterious coincidences, here are seven ways to get your true crime fix this Friday the 13th that aren’t Making a Murderer.

The Staircase

The Staircase began as a miniseries by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, which first aired as a two-hour documentary special on Primetime Thursday in 2004. The now 13-episode docuseries premiered on Netflix June 8 and follows the trial, conviction, and appeals of a novelist, Michael Peterson, for the murder of his wife, Kathleen. In 2001, Kathleen was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in the Peterson’s Forest Hills mansion. The Staircase begins with the fateful 911 call in 2001 and ends with Peterson’s final hearing in 2017. Camera crews were given exclusive access to the accused’s family, defense attorneys, and courtroom proceedings. The Staircase offers an intense account of the American justice system and will leave you with one daunting, unanswered

Read more at: http://www.newsweek.com/netflix-true-crime-friday-13th-1023018

New true crime series ‘ATL Homicide’ appears Monday nights on TV One

Veteran homicide detectives David Quinn and Vince Velazquez of Atlanta PD have stories — and they’re sharing some of the grittiest of them all on TV One’s new addition to “True Crime Mondays,” ‘ATL Homicide’. Premiering on July 9 at 10PM ET/9C, the compelling true crime series will drop viewers smack dab in the middle of real-life murder investigations with heavy recreation and narration from the detectives themselves.

On the premiere episode of  ‘ATL Homicide,’ when single mother Tereon Grant is stabbed to death in the middle of the night in August 2013, all signs point to her ex-boyfriend being the killer.

As the evidence stacks up, it looks like the case is closed, but when a gut feeling

Read more at: http://www.philasun.com/entertainment/new-true-crime-series-atl-homicide-appears-monday-nights-on-tv-one/

True crime: The ‘dresser drawer murder’ at the Claypool Hotel

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The Claypool Hotel at Washington and Illinois streets was the scene of two gruesome murders involving women.
Dawn Mitchell, dawn.mitchell@indystar.com

Skilled at typing and shorthand, Dorothy Poore had made two previous visits to Indianapolis for job interviews and was scheduled to take a Civil Service examination on Friday, July 18, 1954.

The 18-year-old thought Indianapolis might hold more career opportunities than her Vermillion County hometown of Clinton. She was hoping for a better life, but her dreams were cut short.

Poore’s death was referred to as “the dresser drawer murder” and was one of

Read more at: https://www.indystar.com/story/news/history/retroindy/2018/07/13/true-crime-dresser-drawer-murder-claypool-hotel/769276002/

True crime: The ‘dresser drawer murder’ at the Claypool Hotel

CLOSE

The Claypool Hotel at Washington and Illinois streets was the scene of two gruesome murders involving women.
Dawn Mitchell, dawn.mitchell@indystar.com

Skilled at typing and shorthand, Dorothy Poore had made two previous visits to Indianapolis for job interviews and was scheduled to take a Civil Service examination on Friday, July 18, 1954.

The 18-year-old thought Indianapolis might hold more career opportunities than her Vermillion County hometown of Clinton. She was hoping for a better life, but her dreams were cut short.

Poore’s death was referred to as “the dresser drawer murder” and was one of

Read more at: https://www.indystar.com/story/news/history/retroindy/2018/07/13/true-crime-dresser-drawer-murder-claypool-hotel/769276002/

Florida’s dubious history told in true crime series

South Florida From Crime To Crime –  A look into South Florida’s unqiue true crime history. 

A WLRN Original Production  COMING IN JULY  

Since the latter part of the 19th century, people have flocked to Florida looking for adventure and opportunity. Out of this vast untamed swamp land came a tropical oasis so seductive it’s nickname became The Magic City casting a spell on all things good and evil.  From pioneers with shady business deals to the iron fists of mob bosses and from corrupt politicians to rogue drug dealers, South Florida has had its share of dubious deadbeats. These are stories of the darker side of the Sunshine State as we delve into the complicated, yet fascinating past of South Florida from Crime to Crime.    

MUSEUM OF MURDER AND MAYHEM 

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Catering to those who are seeking a different kind of history lesson, we feature the Read more at: http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-dubious-history-told-true-crime-series

‘Killing For Love’ Is The Best True-Crime Doc You Haven’t Seen

Love is a potent, often-maddening elixir. Countless misguided individuals have acted irrationally under the guise of romance, but could love’s hypnotic trance really drive someone to commit an unthinkably heinous double murder? That’s one of the many questions at the center of the 2016 true-crime documentary Killing For Love.

Now streaming on Hulu, the film follows the peculiar 1985 double murder of Derek and Nancy Haysom and the ensuing media frenzy surrounding this gruesome act of violence. Before Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan became household names or the country was riveted by the O.J. Simpson trial, the world was introduced to Elizabeth Haysom and Jens Söring. At first glance, their relationship seemed ordinary. Elizabeth was a highly-intelligent woman from a wealthy Virginia family, and Jens was the son of a German diplomat.

Eventually, their passionate romance would be at the center of the first criminal trial to be broadcast nationwide on

Read more at: https://decider.com/2018/07/10/killing-for-love-true-crime-doc-hulu/