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Spellbinding Tale of Murder, Love, Deceit, and Redemption

When New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo, who has taken on Finkel’s identity, his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat and mouse. True Story weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, deceit, and redemption, following Finkel’s relentless pursuit of the shocking truth.

In February 2002, New York Times Magazine writer Michael Finkel received a startling piece of news: a young man named Christian Longo, wanted for killing his entire family, had been captured in Mexico, where he’d taken on a new identity: Michael Finkel of the New York Times.

The next day, on page A-3 of the Times, came another troubling item: a note from the editors explaining that Finkel, having falsified parts of an investigative article, had been fired. Nonetheless, the only journalist Longo would speak with was the real Michael Finkel, and so Finkel placed a call to Oregon’s Lincoln County jail, intent on getting the true story. So began a bizarre and intense relationship, ending up as a reporting job that eventually morphed into a shrewd game of cat-and-mouse. Part mystery, part memoir, part mea culpa, True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, and deceit with a deeply personal inquiry into the slippery nature of truth.

True Story was made into a movie starring Jonah Hill & James Franco.


The 22 Best Documentaries on Hulu

Editor’s Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to find your next documentary obsession on Hulu.

Updated for January 2018

Here’s a fun fact for you: The Handmaid’s Tale isn’t the only documentary on Hulu.

Reality is always ready to take some weird twists and turns. Hulu is here to help you keep up with it. The documentary options on Hulu range from sports to true crime to sports and true crime to…chickens. Yes, chickens. Here is our list of the best documentaries on Hulu. Because sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. 


Cropsey is primarily concerned with monsters. There are the imaginary monsters like “Cropsey,” which is a boogeyman-like figure native to New York City. Then there are the real monsters. Like a man who would harm children. Cropsey is a documentary that begins

Read more at: http://www.denofgeek.com/us/culture/hulu/266314/the-22-best-documentaries-on-hulu

Looking for a good gift book?

By Michael Goldman

It’s time to once again help you purchase the right new book for the readers in your life.

I perform this task each year by presenting a list of my “best reads” from amongst the many books I have read this year.

First on my list this year is the historian Ron Chernow’s simply titled “Grant”, an opus on Ulysses S Grant, our nation’s 18th president.

To be honest, this book sat on my night table in unread smugness for weeks as I debated whether to tackle its massive size.

Be assured, once I began, I had trouble putting it down each evening.

If the point of a great historical book is to have a reader totally rethink their predisposed biases about an event or a subject, Grant clearly falls into the category of a great book.

“Ali: A Life” by Johnathan Eig is also is a terrific biography, and puts in context

Read more at: http://www.lowellsun.com/latestnews/ci_31532116/gifts-that-keeps-giving

Dozens of books for every reader on your list

Still looking for Christmas presents? There’s plenty of time left to check out your nearest local bookseller.


Here’s a book that’ll be passed around this holiday season: “Hazard” by Margaret Combs. It’s the story of family growing up in the 1950s through the 1970s, trying to make a better life for an autistic child. Perfect for Baby Boomers. Even more perfect if your giftee is a sibling. Or wrap it up with “The Glass Eye” by Jeannie Vanasco, a memoir of grief, unsettled questions, mental health and memories that can haunt.

If there’s someone on your list who loves true-life tales, look for “Granite Mountain” by Brendan McDonough (with Stephan Talty). It’s the story of one man’s inner battle to leave his addiction behind, his new life and his “brothers,” the brave men who died in an Arizona firestorm.

For the wandering soul on your list this year, “The Drive”

Read more at: http://newsok.com/dozens-of-books-for-every-reader-on-your-list/article/5576023

Bestselling Author James Patterson Teaming With Investigation Discovery on New True-Crime Series

Investigation Discovery recently announced that bestselling author James Patterson, perhaps most famed for his thrillers like the Alex Cross series of novels, is teaming with the network to produce the new true-crime series Murder Is Forever, coming to ID in January.

This is Patterson’s first foray into true-crime television, and the stories featured in the series are based upon the authentic stories featured in Patterson’s upcoming paperback books that will be available starting Jan. 2.

“My goal for both the books and television show was to create a groundbreaking series that shatters the true crime mold and attracts the widest possible audience,” Patterson said in an ID relase. “These stories won’t disappoint readers or viewers – and they’ll be shocked that they actually happened.”

8 Memorable True-Crime TV Movies

8 Memorable True-Crime TV Movies

Discovery’s ‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ isn’t the first TV movie

Read more at: https://www.tvinsider.com/654385/james-patterson-investigation-discovery-id-series-murder-is-forever/

FX, network of ‘Atlanta’ and ‘The Americans,’ could be a victim of Disney-Fox consolidation

To its fans, FX has offered some of the most compelling television of recent years, with “The Americans,” “Atlanta,” “Justified” and that O.J. dramatization everyone couldn’t stop talking about.

To watchers of the Disney-Fox merger, the cable network offers something else: a giant enigma. 

With FX among the 21st Century Fox assets sold to Disney, a question has percolated through Hollywood: Can the network and its beloved programs survive? 

“FX has been responsible for some really great television, but these are shows that, relatively speaking, don’t get a lot of viewers,” said Cory Barker, a pop-
culture writer and expert who closely follows the cable space. “And it seems everything Disney continues to do is move toward its big-property, profit-maximization strategy,” he added. “It’s hard to see where FX fits in.”

Disney on Thursday announced it was spending $52.4 billion to buy nearly all of

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/fx-network-of-atlanta-and-the-americans-could-be-a-victim-of-disney-fox-consolidation/2017/12/15/635fe834-e05b-11e7-9eb6-e3c7ecfb4638_story.html

Errol Morris talks about teaming up with Netflix to delve into the LSD-laced mystery of a CIA scientist’s death

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Eric Olson in “Wormwood.”

Errol Morris: the master documentary maker on true crime mysteries, CIA conspiracies, and Oscar snubs

In 1953, an American scientist working with the CIA fell through the thirteenth-floor window of a New York hotel room, and plummeted to his death. Was it an accident? Suicide? Or something more sinister?

That’s the question posed by Wormwood, a new Netflix documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris. The mysterious fate of that scientist, Frank Olson, who shortly before his death had tried to quit his job on a secret germ warfare programme, became an obsession for his young son Eric, who has spent more than six decades searching for the truth.

Built around a series of interviews with Eric, Wormwood follows him down a rabbit-hole of lies, cover-ups and conspiracy theories. “It’s a story with hundreds of hydra heads,” says Morris. “I first became interested in it as a result of talking with Eric Olson, but I had no way of knowing how rich the story would become.” By

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/on-demand/0/errol-morris-true-crime-explosion-cia-conspiracy-behind-wormwood/

First the jury convicted this 19-year-old maid for stealing. Then they took up a collection to pay her fine.

Sandra Mendez Ortega, convicted of grand larceny, was fined $60, and her fine was paid by the jurors who set the penalty. (Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office)

The trial seemed utterly ordinary. A 19-year-old maid swiped a woman’s three rings worth at least $5,000 from a house she was cleaning in Fairfax City, Va., but later returned them after the police questioned her. She was charged with felony grand larceny.

What the jury did was extraordinary. They felt bad for the young woman, pregnant with her second child, and agreed that she had made a dumb, youthful mistake. Reluctantly, they convicted her of the felony. But the fine they imposed was her daily pay as a maid, $60. And then they took up a collection and gave her the money to pay the fine.

“The general sentiment was she was a victim, too,”

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/12/15/a-maid-stole-some-rings-then-returned-them-a-jury-convicted-her-then-paid-her-fine-was-that-right/

Man Who Allegedly Abducted Former Stepdaughter and Fathered Her 9 Kids Now Facing Kidnap Charge

A man who allegedly held his former stepdaughter captive for nearly 20 years after abducting her from school — a nightmarish time during she gave birth to nine of his children — was indicted this month on federal charges in the case, in addition to the state sex abuse accusations already brought against him, PEOPLE confirms.

Court papers filed Wednesday show a federal grand jury has indicted Henri Michelle Piette on charges of kidnapping and traveling across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity with a juvenile.

Piette, 63, faces four additional state charges in Wagoner County, Oklahoma, court officials there tell PEOPLE: two counts of lewd molestation and one count each of first-degree rape of a juvenile under than 14 and child abuse by injury.

He has pleaded not guilty to those four charges — all felonies

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/rosalynn-mcginnis-abductor-henri-piette-indicted-kidnapping/

21 Best True Crime Documentaries on Netflix in 2017 – Insider Monkey

If true crime documentaries are your thing, then you will definitely like this list of 21 best true crime documentaries on Netflix in 2017.

However, if your plan is to Netflix and chill during the holidays, then this better not be your only playlist. If you end up binge watching everything on this list, the only chills you will get is the cold sweat rolling down your spine. The fact that these documentaries depict actual, despicable crimes makes them extremely disturbing. Crime does not pay, but some people just do not seem to get that message. Horrible things sometimes happen to ordinary undeserving people, and this is the fact of life. The sooner we accept this fact the better, so that we can be prepared and learn to see red flags and avoid them as much as we can. Anyway, since you are looking for the definitive list of 2017 true crime documentary films, then this

Read more at: https://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/21-best-true-crime-documentaries-on-netflix-in-2017-614304/