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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.

 

A wrenching episode of American Crime Story exposes the cost of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Every week, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad. It will always be interesting. You can read the archives here. The episode of the week for February 11 through 17 is “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the fifth episode of FX’s American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Perhaps the best way to describe this season of American Crime Story isn’t in words, but in one of its most frequent music cues: a long, eerie violin note stretching between major and minor keys, scratching at the screen like branches on a windowpane.

Sometimes the plaintive string slices through scenes to punctuate banal terrors, springing from the insecurity and paranoia engulfing its central characters. Most often, it creeps out of the silence as the camera fixes its gaze on Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), the serial killer whose unnerving magnetism

Read more at: https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/2/18/17017214/american-crime-story-versace-dont-ask-dont-tell-recap-review

The Most Anticipated TV Series of 2018

Last year was a great year for TV. Thanks to returning series — new original shows and spin-offs that are coming to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and cable TV — 2018 will be even better. So much, in fact, to the point that it might be hard to keep up with every binge-worthy new show.

“Westworld,” “Jessica Jones,” “Legion,” “Atlanta” and “Handmaid’s Tale” are all getting new episodes. The classic “Star Trek” is coming out with a new series, “Star Trek: Discovery.”

New shows such as the “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” will have people talking all year. To help you relieve the pain of keeping track of them all, here is a list of the most anticipated TV shows of 2018.

“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.”

Set to premiere on Feb. 27 in the U.S., “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” is a

Read more at: https://studybreaks.com/tvfilm/tv-series-2018/

Life and Death Row: the Mass Execution – a valiant, important attempt to tell an astonishing story

The Life and Death Row strand is hard to pin down – part true crime, part thought-provoking, almost campaigning documentary, previous series have focused on particular crimes, and the individuals (both victims and perpetrators) involved.

The latest instalment, Arkansas – a run of four films – takes a look at the legal mechanics of capital punishment in the USA, focusing on the unprecedented move by the state of Arkansas in 2017 to schedule eight executions in ten days in order to beat an expiry date on Midazolam, one of the drugs used in lethal injections.

It’s as compelling as ever – there’s real power in its intimate, on-the-ground approach, as the programme-makers gain access to various interested parties: the Arkansas governor, the prisoners, their lawyers and families, relatives of the victims. They also intercut views from ordinary Arkansas residents, who each have their own idea of justice, and whether it

Read more at: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/on-demand/2018-02-18/life-and-death-row-the-mass-execution-a-valiant-important-attempt-to-tell-an-astonishing-story/

Weekend picks for book lovers: ‘Feel Free’ by Zadie Smith

What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY’s picks for book lovers include the latest collection of essays by novelist Zadie Smith, and two compelling new mysteries.

Feel Free by Zadie Smith; Penguin Press, 435 pp.; non-fiction

Zadie Smith’s second collection of essays brims with a wide-ranging enthusiasm — she’s stoked by everything from highbrow art to TV sketch comedy. But her excitement is tempered by a concern over what politics has done to the cultural landscape.

In the opening pages, she laments public libraries at risk of closing in her native England and the ugly tribalism fueled by Brexit. Smith likes to keep musical and artistic metaphors handy — her 2016 novel, Swing Time, was a study of race framed around dance and pop music — and she

Read more at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2018/02/17/weekend-picks-book-lovers-including-zadie-smiths-feel-free/331526002/

Weekend picks for book lovers, including Zadie Smith’s ‘Feel Free’

What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY’s picks for book lovers include the latest collection of essays by novelist Zadie Smith, and two compelling new mysteries.

Feel Free by Zadie Smith; Penguin Press, 435 pp.; non-fiction

Zadie Smith’s second collection of essays brims with a wide-ranging enthusiasm — she’s stoked by everything from highbrow art to TV sketch comedy. But her excitement is tempered by a concern over what politics has done to the cultural landscape.

In the opening pages, she laments public libraries at risk of closing in her native England and the ugly tribalism fueled by Brexit. Smith likes to keep musical and artistic metaphors handy — her 2016 novel, Swing Time, was a study of race framed around dance and pop music — and she

Read more at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2018/02/17/weekend-picks-book-lovers-including-zadie-smiths-feel-free/331526002/

‘Sundown at Sunrise’ runner-up at Florida Book Festival

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The Florida Book Festival has announced that the book, “Sundown at Sunrise,” by Marty Seifert of Marshall has won runner-up in the History Category at the Florida Book Festival Competition. Thirteen categories of books from around the world received reviews. “Sundown at Sunrise” is Seifert’s first book.

Seifert’s book was released in December 2016 and has sold 10,000 copies. The genre of historical fiction based on a true story tells the tale of farmer William Kleeman from Redwood County who murders his family with an ax and then commits suicide in 1917. The murder site is located between Morgan and Wabasso.

The book reached No. 2 on Amazon’s true crime category within weeks of its release and has been featured in numerous television, radio and newspaper stories in the region.

Seifert has conducted over 75 presentations on the story to libraries, schools, colleges and

Read more at: http://www.marshallindependent.com/news/local-news/2018/02/sundown-at-sunrise-runner-up-at-florida-book-festival/

A False Report review: a powerful story about a serial rapist that falls flat

Sat, Feb 17, 2018, 06:00

First published: Sat, Feb 17, 2018, 06:00

 

Book Title:
A False Report

ISBN-13:
978-1786330802

Author:
T Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong

Publisher:
Hutchinson

Guideline Price:
£16.99

Rape. It’s a word nobody ever wants to claim for their own experience. Everyone knows what the horror of that word means. But there is something even worse than that, which this book explores, which is being raped and not being believed by the authorities when report the crime.

A False Report, by journalists T Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, is a true crime book about a serial rapist. Marc O’Leary, a former member of the military, was stalking women in Washington State and Colorado from at least 2008 to 2011, when he was finally caught. His modus operandi is the stuff of urban nightmares: he drove around neighbourhoods, searching for women who lived alone, in poorly-lit ground

Read more at: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/a-false-report-review-a-powerful-story-about-a-serial-rapist-that-falls-flat-1.3388458

What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Medicine for Melancholy’ and ‘Tragedy Girls’

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Tracey Heggins and Wyatt Cenac in “Medicine for Melancholy.”

Credit
David Bornfriend/IFC Films

A brief love affair turns into a day of wonder in “Medicine for Melancholy.” And the comic horror film “Tragedy Girls” arrives on Hulu.

What’s Streaming

MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY (2008) on iTunes, Amazon, and

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/17/arts/television/whats-on-tv-streaming-medicine-for-melancholy-tragedy-girls.html

Film review: ‘Casting JonBenet,’ dir. Kitty Green

The unsolved murder of the 6-year-old pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey continues to haunt. Not just because a helpless tot was the victim of a heinous crime, but also because the investigation that ensued eventually turned into one of those leadless, perfunctorily probed cold cases that always seems to be on the cusp of being solved. Even though it has been more than 20 years since the crime was committed, we’re always waiting on the edge of our seats for some kind of answer, a twist that will likely never come.

Culturally, the story has become so murky and dangerously speculated upon that at this point it seems impossible to objectively — or accurately — portray the events of the case in the confines of a television show or a film. So at first glance, the existence of a documentary called “Casting JonBenet” seems rather fishy. We’re almost certain that

Read more at: http://www.dailyuw.com/arts_and_leisure/article_33045f7c-1359-11e8-9590-db562cd69b19.html

Lawrencia Bembenek case is the focus of new Investigation Discovery episode

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Investigation Discovery’s true-crime show “Vanity Fair Confidential” looks into the case of Milwaukee’s Lawrencia Bembenek, who was convicted in the death of her husband’s ex-wife but forever professed her innocence.
Investigation Discovery

Laurie Bembenek is back in prime time. 

Milwaukee’s most famous runaway convict is the subject of Investigation Discovery’s series “Vanity Fair Confidential” Monday night. The installment, titled “Was Bambi Framed?”, airs at 8 p.m. Central Time on the cable channel. 

(Investigation Discovery is available on Channel 139 on Spectrum cable in the Milwaukee area.) 

As one of the investigators

Read more at: https://www.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/television-radio/2018/02/16/lawrencia-bembenek-case-focus-new-investigative-discovery-episode/345870002/