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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.


‘American Crime Story’ explores Versace slaying

PASADENA, Calif. — Do the intersecting lives of a fashion designer and the serial killer who murdered him add up to a political saga?

Absolutely, says Ryan Murphy, the powerhouse executive producer of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” season two of the FX showcase that debuted with 2016’s Emmy-winning “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace.

Darren Criss


“It was a political murder,” Murphy said, defending the striking use of “assassination” in the title of the 10-episode series that premiered Jan. 17. The 1997 shooting by Andrew Cunanan of the groundbreaking Italian designer is enveloped in social issues that resonate today, Murphy and series stars Edgar Ramirez and Ricky Martin said.

Cunanan (“Glee” star Darren Criss) was a “person who targeted people specifically to shame them and to out them, and to have a form of

Read more at: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/american-crime-story-explores-versace-slaying/

The problem with our TV true crime obsession

Traditionally, TV listings are found towards the back of a newspaper. These days, however, anyone wondering what the next hit series will be is better off looking for the most violent item on the front page. 

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, which premiered in the US this week, is the latest in a seemingly endless new wave of true-crime dramas. Like a recent series of British primetime hits, it taps in to an apparent appetite to relive headline-making cases of the recent past. But unlike our dour docudramas, it does so with unapologetic panache.

It’s a very stylish – and very stylised – account of the serial killer Andrew Cunanan’s life, told in reverse, from his apparently motiveless 1997 murder of the Italian fashion designer Versace back to his troubled early years. The Versace family have branded it “a work of fiction”. It’s a compliment, though

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2018/01/21/problem-tv-true-crime-obsession/

Co-written by WHS grad: ‘Shawcross Letters’ details relationship of author and serial killer

WILMINGTON — John Fay, a graduate of Wil­mington High School, has recently written a book, entitled The Shawcross Letters. The book chronicles the relationship be­tween famed serial killer, Arthur Shawcross, and Fay himself, partially told through letters between the two, and it was co-written by Brian Whitney.

Convicted in 1990, Shaw­cross was a serial killer from Rochester, New York, officially taking the lives of 14 people. He be­gan a business relationship with Fay, a murderabilia dealer. Fay shopped Shaw­cross’s drawings, while simultaneously wor­king with him on his biography. Eventually, a comfortable friendship was formed, in which Shaw­cross would sometimes reveal dark se­crets to Fay.

When asked to aid in writing the book, Whitney was skeptical at first.

“I had no idea what I was getting into,” he stated in an author’s note.

Despite any questions he may have had prior to joining the project, Whit­ney realized the book would offer insight into a topic

Read more at: http://homenewshere.com/wilmington_town_crier/news/article_9ca20336-fc6f-11e7-b2aa-1bd6bde15fed.html

‘Oliver Loving’ is a vividly rendered exploration of school shootings

Ten years later, a school shooting in West Texas is revisited from the perspective of a family it changed forever in Stefan Merrill Block’s “Oliver Loving.”

What we know, what Eve Loving, her husband, Jed, and their son, Charlie, know, is this: a recent graduate named Hector Espina Jr. returned to the Bliss Township School campus the night of the homecoming dance, shot the drama teacher and three of the students who were rehearsing with him, ran into Oliver Loving in the hall and put a bullet in his head and then committed suicide. What Oliver knows or doesn’t know is unclear, as he remains in a coma a decade later in a dismal facility devoted to hopeless cases. Is he locked into his paralyzed body, fully aware, or has he been gone ever since that November night? The narration of his memories leading up to the dance — which revolve

Read more at: http://www.mystatesman.com/entertainment/books--literature/oliver-loving-vividly-rendered-exploration-school-shootings/0laNNkNedmtlIA7ceMnAkJ/

Scranton pension fund rebound continues – Scranton Times

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Aided by another strong year of investment returns, Scranton’s composite pension fund had assets of $75.2 million as of last week, an increase of roughly $1 million over the prior month’s value,

Read more at: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-pension-fund-rebound-continues-1.2292425