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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.

 

ID appoints Oxygen exec

Discovery Communications has rejigged the senior development team at its US cablenet Investigation Discovery (ID) by adding an exec from NBCUniversal’s Oxygen Media.

Erica Diaz-Gant

Erica Diaz-Gant joins from Oxygen to become senior director of development at ID. She was previously in charge of Snapped, the longest-running crime series on Oxygen, and also developed and produced its second longest-running crime series, Killer Couples.

Diaz-Gant, who has credits on shows including She Made Me Do It and #KillerPost, will be based in Discovery’s New York office, reporting directly to Jane Latman, exec VP of development for ID.

Meanwhile, ID’s former director of development, Brent Hatherill, has been promoted to senior director.

Brent Hatherill

Hatherill joined Discovery in 2015 to work on non-fiction programming at American Heroes Channel and moved across to ID in 2016, working on shows such as the forthcoming James Patterson’s

Read more at: http://www.c21media.net/id-discovers-oxygen-exec/

Journalist Maggie Freleng Investigates ‘The Disappearance of …

It gets cleared up in a later episode that he had sat down with the police, but those conversations were not considered ‘formal interviews.’ Fred is a really unique person, not like any of my family members. Art, who is close with Fred and was the one to introduce me, said Fred is a salty, old, crusty man. Fred will tell you that’s kind of how he is! He’s an old-school, traditional, Catholic, Boston man. People really question his motives, but the reality is that he is a private person and now his entire personal life is being dissected under a microscope. He has poured his heart, soul and energy into this. I didn’t get the impression that he is withholding at all. He could talk for hours and hours about Maura.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/journalist-maggie-freleng-investigates-the-disappearance_us_59c017b6e4b06ecee6b2a2f1

Journalist Maggie Freleng Investigates ‘The Disappearance of Maura Murray’ on Oxygen

It gets cleared up in a later episode that he had sat down with the police, but those conversations were not considered ‘formal interviews.’ Fred is a really unique person, not like any of my family members. Art, who is close with Fred and was the one to introduce me, said Fred is a salty, old, crusty man. Fred will tell you that’s kind of how he is! He’s an old-school, traditional, Catholic, Boston man. People really question his motives, but the reality is that he is a private person and now his entire personal life is being dissected under a microscope. He has poured his heart, soul and energy into this. I didn’t get the impression that he is withholding at all. He could talk for hours and hours about Maura.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/journalist-maggie-freleng-investigates-the-disappearance_us_59c017b6e4b06ecee6b2a2f1

American Vandal postmortem: Creators talk ending, ‘very detailed’ season 2 idea

Warning: This post contains spoilers from the entire season of Netflix’s American Vandal. Read at your own risk!

After eight episodes, the question of who drew the d—s on American Vandal remains somewhat up in the air, and that’s the point.

Framed as a documentary made by two aspiring teenage filmmakers, Peter (Tyler Alvarez) and Sam (Griffin Gluck), Netflix’s true-crime satire, which dropped Sept. 15, investigates who is responsible for vandalizing 27 teachers’ cars at a California high school. The school board rules that resident troublemaking senior Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro) is responsible; however, Dylan maintains his innocence even after his expulsion. Over the course of eight hilarious and engrossing episodes, Peter and Sam manage to prove Dylan’s innocence, and by the end of it, Peter arrives at a theory for the real culprit: senior class president and enthusiastic activist Christa Carlyle (G. Hannelius). However, the show doesn’t provide a definitive

Read more at: http://ew.com/tv/2017/09/19/american-vandal-creators-season-2-idea/

Dale Pierre Selby: ‘Dirty Harry’ Movie Inspired ‘CopyCat Killers’ In Ansley, Naisbitt Utah Murders

Dale Pierre Selby and Williams Andrews, two Ogden, Utah CopyCat Killers who were inspired by Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry movie, will be analyzed on the Reelz documentary CopyCat Killers. Dale Pierre Selby, who is also referred to as Dale Pierre Shelby, killed Carol Naisbitt, Michelle Ansley, and Stanley Walker over40 years ago in a case known as the “Hi-Fi Murders.”

 

CopyCat Killers episode “Dirty Harry Magnum Force”

Ripping a scene from the movie Dirty Harry, a robber decides to target a local shop, where he’ll turn fiction into a real-life horror.

 

Dale Pierre Selby and Williams Andrews, the Hi-Fi CopyCat Killers, were the most talked about killers in 1974. It’s a tragedy that people from Utah will never forget. That’s the year two Airforce airmen robbed the Hi-Fi Shop, where they held five people hostage.

 

 

Police say, Dale Pierre, 21, and William Andrews, 19, walked into the shop at closing time and held

Read more at: https://tvcrimesky.com/2017/09/19/dale-pierre-selby-dirty-harry-movie-inspired-copycat-killers-in-ansley-naisbitt-utah-murders/740

America Vandal Stretches a Dick Joke Over Five Hours And It …

After the first episode of Netflix’s new true crime satire, American Vandal, I was certain I knew who did it. The crime in question? Twenty-seven spray painted dicks, splashed onto the cars of faculty members at Hanover High School, like a senior prank gone wrong. One hour of this investigation would’ve been fine, but thanks to Netflix, we have five solid hours that stretch the limits of credibility, even for a satire. American Vandal isn’t bad but it’s not that great either—just five hours of your life dedicated to what is essentially a dick joke viewed through the lens of connoisseurs of the craft.

At the center of this story is Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro), a doofy high school senior who maintains his innocence in the crime of spray painting the dicks. His personal Sara Koenig is Peter Maldonaldo (Tyler Alvarez), played with

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Will ‘The Murder Of Laci Peterson’ Return For Season 2? The Case …

While true crime has reached critical mass (you can tell because there’s a thoughtful, satirical spoof of the genre trappings, American Vandal, making the rounds on Netflix right now), audiences’ increased appetite for murder mysteries means more reconsiderations of cases long thought dormant. These offerings range from completely fictional ones like the now Emmy-winning The Night Of, to the highly scrutinized and ripped from the headlines, like Manhunt: Unabomber, which is deeply inspired by true events. AE has made many a documentary, but can this trend guarantee their latest, The Murder of Laci Peterson, Season 2? While audiences can do a lot to help their favorite show get renewed, they can’t give this case, which began back in 2002, more unsolved details that need a docuseries to tie them up. There hasn’t been an announcement from AE about the future of the series yet,

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/will-the-murder-of-laci-peterson-return-for-season-2-the-case-seems-closed-for-aande-2368758

Will ‘The Murder Of Laci Peterson’ Return For Season 2? The Case Seems Closed For A&E

While true crime has reached critical mass (you can tell because there’s a thoughtful, satirical spoof of the genre trappings, American Vandal, making the rounds on Netflix right now), audiences’ increased appetite for murder mysteries means more reconsiderations of cases long thought dormant. These offerings range from completely fictional ones like the now Emmy-winning The Night Of, to the highly scrutinized and ripped from the headlines, like Manhunt: Unabomber, which is deeply inspired by true events. AE has made many a documentary, but can this trend guarantee their latest, The Murder of Laci Peterson, Season 2? While audiences can do a lot to help their favorite show get renewed, they can’t give this case, which began back in 2002, more unsolved details that need a docuseries to tie them up. There hasn’t been an announcement from AE about the future of the series yet,

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/will-the-murder-of-laci-peterson-return-for-season-2-the-case-seems-closed-for-aande-2368758