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Golden State Killer: 5 can’t-miss deep dives into the famous serial killer cold case

The dedicated sleuths and forensic enthusiasts who make up the true crime community collectively rejoiced on Wednesday with the news of an arrest in the ice-cold case of the Golden State Killer, the terrifying serial rapist turned murderer who evaded police for decades.

GSK — also known as EARONS, short for two of his many nicknames, the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker — conducted hundreds of attacks, including as many as 50 rapes and 12 murders, between 1974 and 1986, all while eluding authorities across 10 California counties.

He had a meticulous, wide-ranging, and deeply scary MO that included making incredibly detailed maps of the areas he prowled, scoping out his prey for weeks and months in advance, and taunting them with terrifying phone calls.

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., the man whose DNA was matched to that of EARONS, was confirmed in a

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Friend of Serial Murder Victim Claims Adnan Syed’s Alibi Witness Is Unreliable: ‘She’s Riding the Publicity’

A friend of the slain victim at the center of the hit podcast Serial says Adnan Syed‘s alibi witness at his upcoming murder retrial is unreliable, accusing her of “riding the publicity” she has garnered from the case.

A woman who identified herself only as Debbie, a friend of victim Hae Min Lee‘s, speaks about the case on Thursday’s episode of AE’s Grace vs. Abrams, hosted by legal analysts Nancy Grace and Dan Abrams. PEOPLE obtained an exclusive clip of the episode, which will air on AE on Thursday, April 26 at 11pm ET/PT.

Abrams asks Debbie if she thinks former high school classmate Asia McClain Chapman, who has said she was in the library with Syed when prosecutors say he murdered Lee, will be a “blockbuster witness” for the defense after not testifying at his original 2000 murder trial. In response, Debbie says, “I certainly hope not. I don’t believe her.”

Debbie adds: “I think

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Why True Crime Series Like ‘The Staircase’ & ‘Serial’ Are So Addictive

Flip through the television channels at any hour of the day, and you’re basically guaranteed to find some kind of true crime programming, whether that’s Dateline, or Law Order True Crime, or just about any of Oxygen’s programs. Streaming services have dozens of selections within the genre, from Netflix’s hit docuseries Wild Wild Country to HBO’s compelling investigation into Robert Durst, The Jinx. And Netflix just announced two more additions to the growing genre, in the form of three new episodes of one of the early true crime phenoms The Staircase, plus another new series, Evil Genius, making it even clearer that audiences are still hungry for more of these grim stories. But where does this fascination come from, and how did it start?

Though the 2014 podcast Serial was far from the first true crime entertainment, its popularity reignited the public interest in these types

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Death in Ice Valley: The new true crime podcast that’s the BBC’s answer to Serial

On 29 November 1970, in the remote Isdalen Valley outside of the Norwegian port-side town of Bergen, a woman’s body was found by two young girls, badly burned and surrounded by a set of peculiar objects (bottles of water; a rubber boot; burnt paper). Her identity, and how she died, has remained a mystery ever since. 

Known in Norway as the Isdal Woman, the countless questions that surround her mysterious life and death are the subject of a major new podcast from the BBC’s World Service and Norway’s public radio service, NRK.

Led by Norwegian investigative journalist, Marit Higraff, and British BBC radio documentary maker, Neil McCarthy, Death in Ice Valley intends to find answers that have evaded police, journalists, and crime novelists for the past 47 years.

“It’s the depths of the Cold War”, McCarthy tells me over the phone “and there’s lots of clues but because she’s such an elusive, ghost-like character, she’s

Read more at: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/features/death-in-ice-valley-podcast-bbc-serial-true-crime-a8309166.html

Who Is Ed Edwards? The Serial Killer Confessed To A Number Of Murders

It’s no secret that true crime shows have taken the country by storm, and the latest installment from Paramount Network promises to be one of the genre’s most ambitious undertakings yet. It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards premieres on April 16 on Paramount Network and theorizes that a relatively unknown serial killer is allegedly connected to several famous, still-unsolved cases — including those of the Black Dahlia, JonBenét Ramsey, and the Zodiac Killer. But who is serial killer Ed Edwards?

Edwards was born in Akron, Ohio, on June 14, 1933, per the Wisconsin State Journal. His mother reportedly committed suicide when Edwards was around two years old, after which he was placed in a Catholic orphanage and allegedly subjected to bullying and abuse, according to the Paramount documentary.

His violent upbringing turned into a crime-riddled life. According

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Oxygen Greenlights 10 New True-Crime Series, Sets US Premiere of ‘Serial Killer With Piers Morgan’

Oxygen Media is expanding its true-crime slate with 10 new series getting the greenlight at the network. The network will also air the U.S. premiere of “Serial Killer with Piers Morgan.”

“The response from the true-crime community has been overwhelming,” said Rod Aissa, executive vice president of original programming and development for Oxygen. “We’ve had some tremendous early ratings successes since our rebrand, and this new slate adds to our mission of providing best in class investigative docuseries from the top producers and talent in the genre, while continuing to offer exclusive access and compelling storytelling that have become paramount to our viewers.”

In 2017, Oxygen rebranded to a fulltime true-crime destination, producing series like “Cold Justice” “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” “Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks” and “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered,” which all set ratings records for the network.

Read the official descriptions

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Serial’s Adnan Syed Will Get a New Trial After Murder Conviction Was Overturned, Court Rules

A Maryland court on Thursday upheld a judge’s 2016 ruling overturning the murder conviction of Serial‘s Adnan Syed and granting him a new trial, PEOPLE confirms.

“We are thrilled,” Syed’s attorney, Justin Brown, said at a news conference later Thursday in his Baltimore office.

The state’s attorney general can still decide to appeal to Maryland’s highest court, which could keep Syed in prison for another year to 18 months, Brown said.

If there is no appeal, the decision puts the case back to Circuit Court in Baltimore City for a new trial there.

“If the state does not appeal,” Brown said, “things could go pretty fast.”

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s office said in an email to PEOPLE that “we are currently reviewing today’s decision to determine next steps.”

Syed, who was was sentenced in 2000 to life in prison for the 1999 murder of his 18-year-old Woodlawn High School classmate

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Serial’s Adnan Syed Will Get a New Trial After Murder Conviction Was Overturned, Court Confirms

A Maryland court on Thursday upheld a judge’s 2016 ruling overturning the murder conviction of Serial‘s Adnan Syed and granting him a new trial, PEOPLE confirms.

“We are thrilled,” Syed’s attorney, Justin Brown, said at a news conference later Thursday in his Baltimore office.

The state’s attorney general can still decide to appeal to Maryland’s highest court, which could keep Syed in prison for another year to 18 months, Brown said.

If there is no appeal, the decision puts the case back to Circuit Court in Baltimore City for a new trial there.

“If the state does not appeal,” Brown said, “things could go pretty fast.”

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s office said in an email to PEOPLE that “we are

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/adnan-syed-new-trial-court-special-appeals-ruling/