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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 Keepers: Netflix’s true crime documentary that’s ‘better than …

The latest Netflix true-crime series to take the world by storm is The Keepers, a seven-part series focused on the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik.

Baltimore nun Cesnik was murdered at the age of 26 in 1969 and, to this day, both the identity of her killer and cause of death have been shrouded in secrecy.

Viewers have been stunned by the twists and turns of the investigation that was spearheaded by Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub, two former students of Archbishop Keough, the school where Cesnik taught at the time of her death.

Many articles have gone so far as claimed that the Ryan White-directed series is even superior to Netflix’s other true crime sensation, Making a Murderer.

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/netflix-the-keepers-making-a-murderer-sister-cathy-ceznkik-season-1-a7761346.html

Read It and Reap: A mystery scribe or two out of the mailbag

Readers suggested a variety of noted mystery books. I’ve read a smattering of the genre — Louise Penny, Ann Cleeves, Mary Higgins Clark, Sharyn McCrumb, some New England writers — and classical writers like Daphne Du Maurier, Poe and Dostoyevsky, but I asked more expert mystery fans to help. There are so many that it’s not possible to generate a list complete enough for all.

Readers suggested a lot of women, but don’t neglect the men. Just a few: Steig Larson, David Baldacci, Greg Iles, Lee Child, James Lee Burke, Tony Hillerman, John Grisham, Elmore Leonard, Arthur Conan Doyle, Walter Mosley, Raymond Chandler, Dennis Lehane.

Thanks for your suggestions. If no one in your group reads mysteries — which hardly seems possible, given that most books, even classics, employ mystery in their plots — I suggest that everyone take a different book

Read more at: http://www.telegram.com/entertainmentlife/20170528/read-it-and-reap-mystery-scribe-or-two-out-of-mailbag

Who killed Sister Cathy? That is — and isn’t — the story of Netflix’s …

Note: This story contains spoilers for the Netflix series “The Keepers.”

True crime fans cleared their schedules for a Netflix binge last weekend when the streaming service dropped the nonfiction cold case investigation “The Keepers,” a seven-part series about the 1969 disappearance and murder of a young nun in Baltimore. Comparisons to Netflix’s 2015 sensation “Making a Murderer” were unavoidable — another fascinatingly ambiguous criminal case for fans to get lost in, debate with fellow fans, and maybe even engage in some amateur sleuthing of their own.

Once upon a time — as recent as two years ago, a lifetime in Peak TV years — new seasons of fictional prestige dramas like “House of Cards” were awaited breathlessly. True crime was more the domain of documentary features and magazine shows like “Dateline” or “The First 48,” those nonfiction procedural counterparts to the “CSI” and “Law Order” franchises. But three influential shows paved the way for true

Read more at: http://www.salon.com/2017/05/27/who-killed-sister-cathy-that-is-and-isnt-the-story-of-neftlixs-latest-true-crime-show/

Who killed Sister Cathy? That is — and isn’t — the story of Netflix’s latest true crime show

Note: This story contains spoilers for the Netflix series “The Keepers.”

True crime fans cleared their schedules for a Netflix binge last weekend when the streaming service dropped the nonfiction cold case investigation “The Keepers,” a seven-part series about the 1969 disappearance and murder of a young nun in Baltimore. Comparisons to Netflix’s 2015 sensation “Making a Murderer” were unavoidable — another fascinatingly ambiguous criminal case for fans to get lost in, debate with fellow fans, and maybe even engage in some amateur sleuthing of their own.

Once upon a time — as recent as two years ago, a lifetime in Peak TV years — new seasons of fictional prestige dramas like “House of Cards” were awaited breathlessly. True crime was more the domain of documentary features and magazine shows like “Dateline” or “The First 48,” those nonfiction procedural counterparts to the “CSI” and “Law Order” franchises. But three influential shows paved the way for true

Read more at: http://www.salon.com/2017/05/27/who-killed-sister-cathy-that-is-and-isnt-the-story-of-neftlixs-latest-true-crime-show/

REVIEW: 50 years later, Capote’s work still haunts – Journal Gazette and Times

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First Look at Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace in “American Crime Story”

Actress Penelope Cruz is slated to portray iconic fashion designer Donatella Versace in the upcoming season of FX’s anthology series, American Crime Story.

The third installment of the series is titled The Assassination of Gianni Versace will tell the story of Gianni Versace’s 1997 murder.

Cruz will play Donatella… and Entertainment Weekly has given us a first look at her in full wardrobe. In the image, we see the actress wearing a hot pink, satin gown, along with Versace’s signature platinum blonde hair.

Our first official look at #PenelopeCruz as #DonatellaVersace has arrived! 😯🔥 The Oscar winner stars in ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace,’ the new installment of #RyanMurphy’s award-winning #AmericanCrimeStory franchise. Click the link in our bio for more details. 📷: Alexei Hay for EW

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Darren Criss is slated to play

Read more at: http://www.ballerstatus.com/2017/05/26/first-look-penelope-cruz-donatella-versace-american-crime-story/

First Look at Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace in "American …

Actress Penelope Cruz is slated to portray iconic fashion designer Donatella Versace in the upcoming season of FX’s anthology series, American Crime Story.

The third installment of the series is titled The Assassination of Gianni Versace will tell the story of Gianni Versace’s 1997 murder.

Cruz will play Donatella… and Entertainment Weekly has given us a first look at her in full wardrobe. In the image, we see the actress wearing a hot pink, satin gown, along with Versace’s signature platinum blonde hair.

Our first official look at #PenelopeCruz as #DonatellaVersace has arrived! 😯🔥 The Oscar winner stars in ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace,’ the new installment of #RyanMurphy’s award-winning #AmericanCrimeStory franchise. Click the link in our bio for more details. 📷: Alexei Hay for EW

A post shared by Entertainment Weekly (@entertainmentweekly) on May 23, 2017 at 8:11am PDT

Darren Criss is slated to play

Read more at: http://www.ballerstatus.com/2017/05/26/first-look-penelope-cruz-donatella-versace-american-crime-story/

With new show ‘Snowfall,’ John Singleton tells the story of how cocaine radically changed LA

For John Singleton, relief is not being part of the YouTube generation — or rather, not having to forge a career in the thick of it.

“I don’t think I could ever have accomplished what I have if I started now,” says Singleton, 49. “How do you break through the clutter, man? What everyone wants is to get their voice heard and by as many people as possible. But how do you quantify that in this world? I don’t know, I don’t know. It’s not for me.”

That’s not to say Singleton is inflexible to the shifts hitting Hollywood. The prolific producer-director, whose work often examines social issues, is having a late evening lunch at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown L.A. during a break from production on his latest project: a television series called “Snowfall.” It’s his second show this year.

See our complete summer TV preview »

After more than two

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-ca-st-summer-preview-john-singleton-snowfall-fx-20170526-story.html

Best Podcast Episodes of 2017 So Far

In an episode that aired on both Death, Sex Money and Alec Baldwin’s own podcast, Here’s the Thing, host Anna Sale grills Baldwin some deeply personal moments in his life, many of which are recorded in his memoir, Nevertheless. She asks why he didn’t stop using cocaine after an overdose, his advice to friends going through nasty divorces and why money continues to motivate him when he has so much of it? And he’s surprisingly honest in his answers.

Listen now

Read more at: http://time.com/4790406/best-podcasts-2017-so-far/

‘Angel of Death’ guilty of McCulkin deaths

Brisbane’s most notorious cold case has been solved with Vincent O’Dempsey, dubbed the “Angel of Death”, found guilty of the 1974 murders of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters.

O’Dempsey is the second man to be convicted over the deaths which have puzzled detectives for most of the 43 years since Mrs McCulkin and her children Vicky, 13, and Leanne, 11, vanished from their Highgate Hill home.

The 78-year-old was convicted on Friday of all three killings after a four-week trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court, a little over a day after the jury retired to consider its verdict.

His accomplice, Garry “Shorty” Dubois, now 70, was last year found guilty of raping and murdering the sisters as well as Mrs McCulkin’s manslaughter.

The trio was tied up and driven to

Read more at: https://thewest.com.au/news/crime/angel-of-death-guilty-of-mcculkin-deaths-ng-s-1729365