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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.

 

Al Cowlings, OJ Simpson’s pal and Bronco driver, gets new USC dorm named after him

USC is one of the nation’s top-ranked universities, with its roster of world-famous alumni as well as its powerhouse Trojans football team.

So, it seems reasonable that an academically gifted young person who loves football — especially Trojans football — would want to attend USC. If that young person is lucky enough to get into this highly selective institution

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Venus Williams to play with Washington Kastles; Watch live on CSN – CSN Mid

LOVELOCK, Nev. — O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his case for freedom in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America’s enduring fascination with the former football star.

Simpson, 70, could be released as early as Oct. 1. By then, he will have served the minimum of his nine-to-33-year armed-robbery sentence for a bungled attempt to snatch sports memorabilia and other mementos he claimed had been stolen from him.

All four parole commissioners who conducted the hearing voted for his release after about a half-hour of deliberations. They cited, among other things, the low risk he might commit another crime, his community support and his release plans, which include moving to Florida.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Simpson said quietly as he buried his head on his chest with relief. As he rose from his seat to

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Bravo’s ‘Sweet Home Oklahoma’ Pals on Oxygen’s True Crime Lineup

Authenticity is not necessarily synonymous with “Real” Housewives, but Bravo surprised us this year with a series that was refreshingly down-home country, Sweet Home Oklahoma. Each 22 minute episode has been light and breezy for a network that is all about intense drama among frenemies, the antithesis of what these Oklahoman genuine pals – full of good-natured pranks, ribbing and quips – represent. So do the ladies of Sweet Home Oklahoma watch any Real Housewives shows? ״Nah, I watch True Crime,” Jen Welch tells me and TOASTED podcast host Dmitri Preston Lazarev (Jen and her costar Pumps on TOASTED: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sweet-home-oklahomas-pumps-jen/id1246828737?i=1000389856514mt=2).

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bravos-sweet-home-oklahoma-pals-on-oxygens-true_us_59721e03e4b0f1feb89b42f2

Angelika Graswald Pleads Guilty to Negligent Homicide in Fiancé’s ‘Kayak Killing’ on the Hudson

 

Angelika Graswald, charged with murdering her fiancé Vincent Viafore in 2015 by sabotaging his kayak before his fatal trip on the Hudson River, pleaded guilty Monday to criminally negligent homicide, PEOPLE confirms.

Graswald, 37, will be sentenced on November 1, and is facing anywhere from 16 months to four years behind bars, with credit for time served, according to a press release from Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler. Since her April 30, 2015 arrest, Graswald has been awaiting trial in Orange County Jail.

According to her attorney, Richard Portale, Graswald “will be home in December.”

Graswald had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Viafore, 46, whose body was recovered from the Hudson River in mid-May of 2015 after his kayak capsized on April 19. Prosecutors said Graswald removed a

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/angelika-graswald-kayak-killing-pleads-guilty/

Justine Damond’s Fiancé Reveals They Spoke Just Before Police Fatally Shot Her After 911 Call

Justine Damond called her fiancé, Don Damond, the night of July 15, when she suspected there may have been a sexual assault near the couple’s Minneapolis home.

Don urged the Australian yoga instructor to call the police and then he hung up when she said they had arrived — a decision he says has stuck with him.

“I have played this over in my head, over and over,” Don told the New York Times in a story published on Saturday. “Why didn’t I stay on the phone with her?”

Authorities said Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, 31, shot and killed Justine, a 40-year-old bride-to-be after she called 911 that night to report the possible assault. (Police later said there was no evidence found of a sexual assault in the area.)

Noor and

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/justine-damond-fiance-phone-death-minneapolis/

Split 2 Gets American Horror Story Star Sarah Paulson

With Bruce Willis (David Dunn), Samuel L. Jackson (Elijah Price/Mr. Glass), James McAvoy (Kevin Wendell Crumb) and Anya Taylor-Joy (Casey Cooke) all set to reprise their roles for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, the director has found his first new cast member. The director took to social media today to announce that Sarah Paulson has joined the cast, although it still isn’t ultimately clear what role the actress will play. Here’s what the director had to say in a brief statement on social media this morning.

“Incredibly fortunate to round out our iconic cast of actors on #Glass… @MsSarahPaulson will be joining us. #powerhouse”

Sarah Paulson herself responded to the director’s announcement on Twitter by stating that she is, “Humbled and SO damn excited!!!!” This comes exactly after the writer-director revealed on Twitter that he has finished the fifth pass of the Split 2 script, adding

Read more at: http://movieweb.com/glass-movie-cast-sarah-paulson/

Learn about ‘Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio’ with Jane Ann Turzillo at Akron-Summit County Public Library

AKRON, Ohio – The Akron-Summit County Public Library will host a book signing with Jane Ann Turzillo, author of “Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio,” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

Turzillo will discuss her book, which was inspired by her experience covering a police and fire beat and her passion for history.

“Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio” tells the stories of 10 “wicked” women, their weapons of choice and the heinous details surrounding the crimes they committed.

Turzillo, one of the original owners of the West Side Leader, has won several awards for her works, including “Unsolved Murders Disappearances in Northeast Ohio,” which was nominated for an Agatha Award and won the Ohio Professional Writers award for adult non-fiction/history. Her book, “Ohio Train Disasters,” received the Ohio Professional Writers award and won top honors from the National Federation of Press Women.

The book-signing event, which is free and open to the public, will take

Read more at: http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/07/akron-summit_county_public_lib_1.html

North Georgia’s "devil worship" murders featured on "Sword and Scale" true crime podcast


An episode of the “Sword and Scale” podcast features an overview of the Corpsewood Manor murders in North Georgia.

The true crime podcast debuted in 2013 and “covers the underworld of criminal activity and the demented minds that perform the most despicable and unthinkable actions.”

Click here to listen to episode 95, or listen to the stream below. More information on “Sword and Scale” is available here.

The hourlong podcast features a long-form interview with local author Amy Petulla. Her book “The Corpsewood Manor Murders in North Georgia” follows the story of Dr. Charles Scudder and his “housekeeper,” Joey Odom.

A Loyola professor, Scudder relocated to Trion, Georgia, from Chicago. The couple was openly gay and spent much of their time building their own castle in the woods by hand and, according to the book, “filled it with Satanist symbols and named it

Read more at: http://nooga.com/176644/north-georgias-devil-worship-murders-featured-on-sword-and-scale-true-crime-podcast/

George Zimmerman Juror Still Haunted by Verdict: ‘Was I Manipulated? I Don’t Know’

George Zimmerman juror Maddy in Oxygen's The Jury Speaks

George Zimmerman juror “Maddy” in Oxygen’s “The Jury Speaks”

*A juror in George Zimmerman’s trial says she is still haunted four years later by her part in the verdict and feels “forcefully included” in the death of Trayvon Martin.

In Oxygen’s four-part true crime series “The Jury Speaks,” several of the most infamous court cases in American history are explored – including trials involving Michael Jackson, Robert Durst and O.J. Simpson.

Part 3, airing tonight (July 24), reexamines the Zimmerman trial through the eyes of the jurors who deliberated on the case; many of whom had not closely followed the extensive media coverage of Trayvon Martin’s death. At the time of the “not guilty” verdict, juror Maddy explained in an interview: “It’s hard for me to sleep, it’s hard for me to eat because I

Read more at: https://www.eurweb.com/2017/07/george-zimmerman-juror-still-haunted-verdict-manipulated-dont-know/

Shattered: ID Series Reveals the Effects of Murder on Survivors

“When a stone strikes glass, it cracks in all directions before shattering. Crime is the same. Exploring the ripple effects of a single murder on multiple lives, America’s leading true-crime network Investigation Discovery (ID) presents the all-new series, SHATTERED. Each episode unravels a homicide case through three distinct but connected points of view in intimate first-person interviews with those most affected in the minutes, days, and years that follow. Hear from loved ones, witnesses, and law enforcement – many telling their stories for the first time ever – reflecting on how the past continues to haunt the present. SHATTERED airs Wednesdays at 10/9c beginning August 23, exclusively on ID.

SHATTERED’s unfiltered documentary-style interviews create an intimate connection for the viewer that sometimes break the fourth wall in a way that doesn’t usually happen on ID,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “In a

Read more at: http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/shattered-id-series-reveals-effects-murder-survivors/