Monthly Archives: February 2017

Mom Gets 50 Years in Prison for Poisoning Son with Cold Medicine: ‘I Will Make You Cry,’ She Tells Dad

A Maryland mother has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for fatally poisoning her 5-year-old son with cold medicine and setting a car on fire with his body inside to cover up the murder, PEOPLE confirms.

Enraged by an acrimonious divorce and custody battle with the father of her only child, Narges Shafeirad, 35, murdered the boy out of jealousy and revenge, prosecutors said in court papers obtained by PEOPLE.

Shafeirad was angry at her soon-to-be ex-husband, Hamid Dana, 53, and jealous of his relationship with his nanny, prosecutors said. Before killing their son, Daniel Dana, she allegedly told him, “I will make you cry. You will be sorry,” according to court records.

Shafeirad pleaded guilty in 2016 in exchange for the 50-year sentence, NBC reports.

According to the court records, she admitted she had grown depressed because of the divorce and custody fight — and because she lost her job and then

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/mom-poisons-son-cold-medicine-50-years/

Edgar Ramirez Can’t Wait to Step Into Gianni Versace’s Clothes for American Crime Story

Edgar Ramírez has some designer shoes to fill. He’s been tapped to play the late fashion designer Gianni Versace in Ryan Murphy’s highly anticipated FX mini-series Versace: American Crime Story—the planned third installment of his acclaimed anthology.

The Venezuelan actor—he played Jennifer Lawrence’s husband in the drama Joy and most recently appeared with Matthew McConaughey in Gold—will star as the openly gay designer, who was tragically gunned down on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion in 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. The limited series chronicles the bizarre murder and the manhunt for Cunanan, who targeted gay men and was responsible for five murders.

“Versace’s life is an amazing story,” Ramírez told Vanity Fair at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. “It happened 20 years ago, but it’s still very relevant with the discrimination that is happening in the world today. Ryan is very keen and very sensitive at identifying

Read more at: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/02/edgar-ramirez-american-crime-story-versace-interview

FSU Student Who Allegedly Tried to Eat Man’s Face Says ‘I’m So Sorry’ in Recently-Released Dr. Phil Tape

In an unaired bedside interview taped nearly five months ago for the Dr. Phil show, the Florida State University student accused of stabbing a couple to death and biting off parts of a man’s face said he remembers little about the incident.

Still, Austin Harouff, now 20 and a sophomore at the time of his arrest, tearfully expressed regret over his behavior, telling the talk show host, “I never wanted this to happen.”

The interview between host Phil McGraw and the suspect, Austin Harouff, was scheduled to air back on Oct. 28, 2016. But producers pulled the episode at the last minute without explanation.

On Tuesday morning, a Florida judge decided the interview footage should be released to media outlets. The decision comes after months of court motions which sought to suppress the footage from public view. Now, the footage will air during Thursday’s episode of Dr. Phil. (The full

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/florida-court-releases-footage-from-dr-phils-interview-with-face-eating-suspect-austin-harrouff/

‘Feud’ Season 2 on FX to Tackle Charles and Diana Saga

Ryan Murphy has set his sights on the unhappy union of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana as the next installment of “Feud,” which has grabbed a 10-episode order from FX.

The deal comes as a big vote of confidence in Murphy and his team from FX. The first eight-episode season of “Feud” is set to premiere on Sunday, focusing on the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis during the making of 1963’s “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”

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Murphy is teaming with Jon Robin Baitz to write the Charles and Diana story. Dede Gardner, Plan B Entertainment, and Alexis Martin Woodall will exec produce “Feud: Charles and Diana” with Murphy

Read more at: http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/fued-charles-diana-season-two-renewa-1201998875/

‘Feud’ Gets Season 2 Order Ahead Of FX Series Premiere; Charles & Diana In Spotlight

FX’s latest series from Ryan Murphy doesn’t premiere until Sunday, but Round 2 of Feud already is set. The cable net said today that it has ordered a 10-episode second season of the anthology project, this time focusing on England’s sweethearts Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Set to air next year, Feud: Charles and Diana will be written by Ryan and Jon Robin Baitz (The Slap), who executive produce the series with Dede Gardner, Plan B Entertainment and Alexis Martin Woodall. Fox 21 TV Studios is the producer. Baitz is a consulting producer on Ryan and FX’s Katrina: American Crime Story and created the 2006-11 ABC drama Brothers Sisters.

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Meanwhile, the first installment, Feud: Bette and Joan, stars Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange and as respective fellow Oscar winners Bette Davis

Read more at: http://deadline.com/2017/02/feud-season-2-charles-and-diana-fx-ryan-murphy-jon-robin-baitz-1202026567/

6 Blogs & Podcasts For Book-Loving Feminists

I’m hugely addicted to blogs and podcasts about books. There’s nothing like putting on a great podcast that keeps you company while you multitask, and I love switching between audiobooks and podcasts.

Luckily for book-lovers, there are plenty of amazing podcasts and great literary-themed blogs that will satisfy your need to talk about books 24/7. They come in handy if you, like me, have a penchant for reading books that were popular a while ago but that you want to talk about now. If your friends don’t feel like talking about that particular book now,or if you sadly don’t have a lot of friends who are fellow bookworms, podcasts and blogs have your back.

You can pretty much find blogs and podcasts for any interest, from humorous lit-themed blogs to true crime podcasts. And if you’re a feminist who loves reading, there are blogs and podcasts out there that are

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/6-blogs-podcasts-for-book-loving-feminists-38577

Harris County DA to Wait Another 60 Days to Decide Whether to Re-Try David Temple

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Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said she will postpone making a decision on retrying David Temple for murder for at least 60 days.

A hearing on the Temple matter is scheduled for Friday, a day after Ogg will attend a fundraiser co-hosted by two of Temple’s original defense attorneys.

Ogg announced the decision to the Houston Chronicle Monday, after declining to discuss the matter with the Houston Press, which had sought comment about the fundraiser and the hearing last week.

“Elected officials from the White House to the courthouse accept political contributions and the law requires us to disclose them and that keeps the process transparent,” Ogg told the Chronicle. “But my decision’s not for sale. Never has been. Never will be…I want to assure the public that I am

Read more at: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/harris-county-da-to-wait-another-60-days-to-decide-whether-to-re-try-david-temple-9237101

True Crime Steals Viewers for Advertisers

CRIME PAYS when it comes to networks and advertisers looking to reach female viewers.

ID: Investigation Discovery, with true-crime focused programming including Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, Is O.J. Innocent: The Missing Evidence, Murder Calls and Evil Lives Here, was the No. 1 cable network for women 25-54 in January.

Primetime ratings were up 9% among women 25-54 and 13% among women 18-49.

ID’s growth since its launch nine years ago has made it increasingly attractive to advertisers. With the upfront market — a time when cable networks sell more than half of their commercial inventory — approaching, ID is also drawing new competition, notably from Comcast’s NBCUniversal, which said in February that its Oxygen network will become a crime destination network for women, featuring new programming from Law Order creator Dick Wolf.

“I think they’ve seen the success we’ve had from both a ratings and an [advertiser] demand perspective,” Scott Kohn, senior

Read more at: http://www.multichannel.com/true-crime-steals-viewers-advertisers/411141

5 Things to Know About the Cold-Case Murder of a Georgia Teacher and Former Beauty Queen

An 11-year mystery in Georgia may finally have an answer.

A popular high school history teacher, Tara Grinstead left a dinner party on Oct. 22, 2005, and was never seen again. Grinstead, 30, was a former Miss Tifton who had competed in the Miss Georgia pageant three times.

For more than 11 years, her mysterious disappearance baffled people in the small town of Ocilla, Georgia, where she lived.

But everything changed Thursday when the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced that authorities had a suspect in custody.

Ryan Alexander Duke, 33, has been charged with murder, burglary, aggravated assault, murder and concealment of a body. He is in jail until a grand jury convenes on April 12. He has not yet entered a plea, and it is unclear if he has retained an attorney.

Below are five things to know about the case and its newest developments.

1. Police Found Strange Clues in Case, Which Later Became

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/tara-grinstead-ryan-duke-murder-arrest-things-to-know/