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‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’ Isn’t What You Think It Is

Donatella Versace (Penelope Cruz), in mourning for her screentime, in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

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21 books to read in 2018

January

1. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, by Denis Johnson (Jan. 16)

Denis Johnson’s death last year was a blow to the literary world, robbing readers of one of America’s greatest fiction writers as well as one of its greatest poets. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden was finished just before his passing and gave readers the parting gift of Johnson’s first short story collection in 25 years. There is something distinctly American about the characters’ desperation in Sea Maiden, the complicated war between angels and demons inside them, and their fleeting chances for redemption. Read the title piece at The New Yorker.

2. A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story About Schizophrenia, by Sandra Allen (Jan. 23)

Read more at: http://theweek.com/articles/746158/21-books-read-2018

In Our Search to Understand Violence, Casey Jordan Helps Us Find Answers


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Casey Jordan, of New Milford, is an in-demand guest on television to offer insights into crime. She has made more than 1,000 appearances on various networks.

Late on the evening of Oct. 1, Casey Jordan’s phone lit up with a news alert that there had been a shooting in Las Vegas. She didn’t wait for the phone calls that would invariably come, and instead

Read more at: http://www.connecticutmag.com/the-connecticut-story/in-our-search-to-understand-violence-casey-jordan-helps-us/article_bc0961b0-f639-11e7-be35-5f079f673be3.html

The Assassination of Gianni Versace is a disturbing and constantly shifting true-crime thriller

“It was a political murder. It absolutely was. This was a person who targeted people specifically to shame them and to out them and to have a form of payback for a life that he felt he could not live.”

That’s Ryan Murphy, executive producer of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (starts Wednesday, FX Canada, 10 p.m.). The nine-part series, which follows on Murphy’s extraordinary and award-winning The People v. O.J. Simpson, is a true-crime thriller of outstanding suppleness in storytelling.

In his remark about “political murder,” Murphy was responding to a quibble about the title. See, the series is really about Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), who killed Versace and four other men. Much of it is about Cunanan scheming and lying his way into people’s lives and then murdering them. Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) was just the famous one. It’s also about the hunt to

Read more at: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/the-assassination-of-gianni-versace-is-a-disturbing-and-constantly-shifting-true-crime-thriller/article37604886/

Investigation Discovery Launches ‘True Crime Files’ Syndicated …

Investigation Discovery is making the most of its vast library of programs about murder and mayhem with the launch of “True Crime Files” as a syndicated strip. Stations owned by Sinclair and Tribune are on board for the series, giving it clearance in more than 60% of the country.

The arrival of “True Crime Files” appears to draw a chalk line around Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution’s “Crime Watch Daily” syndicated strip, which has been on the bubble for a fourth season renewal. Tribune had been the core affiliate group for “Crime Watch” in major markets. Tribune’s new commitment to “True Crime Files” indicates that those key stations will not renew “Crime Watch,” although Warner Bros. may be able to line up new stations in Tribune markets for the 2018-19 season, given the lack of new shows for stations to chose from this year.

“True crime

Read more at: http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/investigation-discovery-true-crime-files-sinclair-tribune-1202664569/

Investigation Discovery Launches ‘True Crime Files’ Syndicated Strip With Sinclair, Tribune Stations

Investigation Discovery is making the most of its vast library of programs about murder and mayhem with the launch of “True Crime Files” as a syndicated strip. Stations owned by Sinclair and Tribune are on board for the series, giving it clearance in more than 60% of the country.

The arrival of “True Crime Files” appears to draw a chalk line around Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution’s “Crime Watch Daily” syndicated strip, which has been on the bubble for a fourth season renewal. Tribune had been the core affiliate group for “Crime Watch” in major markets. But Tribune’s new commitment to “True Crime Files” indicates that those key stations will not renew “Crime Watch.”

“True crime programming has never been more popular in the U.S. and as the top destination for the genre, we’re excited to expand Investigation Discovery’s deep library of compelling real-life stories

Read more at: http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/investigation-discovery-true-crime-files-sinclair-tribune-1202664569/

Mich. Mom Who Previously Drowned Infant Daughter Charged in Death of Second Baby Girl

A Michigan mother previously convicted of drowning her infant daughter has been charged with murder in the death of another infant daughter, according to multiple reports.

Lisa Rae Bryan, 32, has been charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and obstruction of justice, according to MLive.com. Bryan is accused of murdering her infant daughter, Isabella Powrozek, in November 2016, according to the site.

Police investigated the child’s death for a year after hospital staff reported that Isabella’s death seemed suspicious. During that time, Bryan allegedly changed her statement multiple times while being questioned by police, according to UpNorthLive.

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Bryan allegedly admitted to sleeping in the same bed as Isabella, according to MLive, who according to UpNorthLive was born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome,

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/mich-mom-who-previously-drowned-infant-daughter-charged-in-death-of-second-baby-girl/

Who Was Gianni Versace? Fashion Designer’s Life and Death Chronicled in FX’s ‘American Crime Story’

American Crime Story is back for a second season Wednesday on FX. And after tackling the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 2016, Ryan Murphy’s truw-crime anthology drama turns to the shocking murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace in 1997.

Set in Miami, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, depicts how serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) shot Versace (Edgar Ramirez) outside his Miami mansion and the repercussions that followed the death of one of fashion’s biggest names.

The life, death and legacy of Versace have been adapted in film and television before, but never to this extent. Here’s why Versace is so revered 20 years after his murder.

Who was Gianni Versace?

Versace was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy, on December 2, 1946. By the age of 26, he began working in fashion design in Milan

Read more at: http://www.newsweek.com/who-was-gianni-versace-fashion-designers-life-and-death-chronicled-fxs-781702