Category Archives: True Crime Interviews

Dirty John: the hit podcast changing our queasy relationship with true crime

It’s a love story that begins with an autopsy report, a description of a corpse mangled by 13 stab-wounds. Before we learn whose body it is, or how their death came about, we are guided through a harrowing tale of manipulation, deceit and abuse.

Dirty John, a new collaboration between the Los Angeles Times and audio producer Wondery, has become one of the most talked-about true crime stories of the year.

Across six instalments, Pulitzer-nominated journalist Christopher Goffard tells the story of Debra Newell, a successful Californian interior designer seduced by John Meehan, a violent con-artist described by one lawyer as “evil incarnate”.

Newell, a four-time divorcee, met Meehan through an online dating site. He claimed to be a devout Christian, attending the same church as her. Just days after they met, he told her he loved her; they married in secret two months later. But Newell’s children knew something was wrong

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/radio/podcasts/dirty-john-true-story-behind-hit-podcast-changing-queasy-relationship/

Dirty John: the hit podcast changing our queasy relationship with …

It’s a love story that begins with an autopsy report, a description of a corpse mangled by 13 stab-wounds. Before we learn whose body it is, or how their death came about, we are guided through a harrowing tale of manipulation, deceit and abuse.

Dirty John, a new collaboration between the Los Angeles Times and audio producer Wondery, has become one of the most talked-about true crime stories of the year.

Across six instalments, Pulitzer-nominated journalist Christopher Goffard tells the story of Debra Newell, a successful Californian interior designer seduced by John Meehan, a violent con-artist described by one lawyer as “evil incarnate”.

Newell, a four-time divorcee, met Meehan through an online dating site. He claimed to be a devout Christian, attending the same church as her. Just days after they met, he told her he loved her; they married in secret two months later. But Newell’s children knew something was wrong

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/radio/podcasts/dirty-john-true-story-behind-hit-podcast-changing-queasy-relationship/

True-crime show to profile Prague murder, kidnapping case

Back in 2010, a homicide and kidnapping case in Prague made local headlines, as did formal charges and the sentencing of the suspect in 2013.

Back in 2010, a homicide and kidnapping case in Prague made local headlines, as did formal charges and the sentencing of the suspect in 2013.

Now, seven years later, that case will be profiled at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 on a national television show, “Dead Silent,” which airs on true-crime network Investigation Discovery.

The case involves the murder of Ethan Walton and the kidnapping of his girlfriend.

The show will profile the story and the woman’s escape, and will include interviews with her, as well as Ethan’s mother and local law enforcement, including Pottawatomie County Undersheriff Travis Palmer and District Attorney Richard Smothermon.

For the crimes in this case, suspect Glendon Gouker , now 46, was sentenced in 2013 to serve life in

Read more at: http://www.news-star.com/news/20171022/true-crime-show-to-profile-prague-murder-kidnapping-case

How the ‘Killer Clown’ Suspect Was Caught 27 Years Later

Police were able to catch an alleged killer who police say dressed as a clown and killed a woman in Florida nearly 30 years ago by setting a trap for her, ABC’s 20/20 reports in an episode airing Friday night.

In May 1990, when Marlene Warren, 40, opened the door of her luxurious Palm Beach County home, she was fatally shot in the face by someone dressed as a clown who then slid into a white convertible and calmly drove away.

The case went cold for years until Palm Beach County authorities reopened it — and discovered new DNA evidence allegedly linking a woman named Sheila Keen Warren, 54, to the crime, say police.

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Sheila,

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/killer-clown-suspect-sheila-keen-warren-trap-arrest/

All the real serial killers featured on Netflix’s new drama ‘Mindhunter’

Ed Kemper was a real serial killer in Santa Cruz known as the “Co-Ed Killer.”

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Warning: Spoilers ahead for the first season of “Mindhunter.”

Netflix’s new true-crime centric thriller series “Mindhunter” was inspired by the true story of how the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit began studying psychopaths and serial killers in the late 1970s. While the names of the special agents involved were changed, several of the convicted murderers they interview

Read more at: http://www.thisisinsider.com/mindhunter-real-serial-killers-compared-show-characters-2017-10

Manson Family’s Youngest Member Shares How She Was Seduced by a Madman at Age 14 — Then Helped Send …

Though it’s been more than 50 years since Dianne Lake was a teenager in the Los Angeles area, deep into the counterculture of the 1960s, there’s one memory that stands out to her more than the others: the first time she met Charles Manson.

“He was extremely intelligent,” Lake, now 64 and living outside of L.A., tells PEOPLE. “He had the incredible ability to pick up on other people’s weaknesses and their needs and their desires, and he could fulfill those.”

It’s a skill Manson turned to deadly ends, as Lake would learn.

For the first time in 47 years, she is breaking her silence about living with him and being the youngest member of his cult, the so-called “Manson family.”

In Member of the Family, a new book out Oct. 24 and exclusively excerpted in PEOPLE, Lake details her experiences falling under Manson’s spell — and, eventually, how she was free of him.

In 1967,

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/manson-family-youngest-member-dianne-lake-interview-now/

Manson Family Cult Member Dianne Lake Speaks Out – People

Though it’s been more than 50 years since Dianne Lake was a teenager in the Los Angeles area, deep into the counterculture of the 1960s, there’s one memory that stands out to her more than the others: the first time she met Charles Manson.

“He was extremely intelligent,” Lake, now 64 and living outside of L.A., tells PEOPLE. “He had the incredible ability to pick up on other people’s weaknesses and their needs and their desires, and he could fulfill those.”

It’s a skill Manson turned to deadly ends, as Lake would learn.

For the first time in 47 years, she is breaking her silence about living with him and being the youngest member of his cult, the so-called “Manson family.”

In Member of the Family, a new book out Oct. 24 and exclusively excerpted in PEOPLE, Lake details her experiences falling under Manson’s spell — and, eventually, how she was free of him.

In 1967,

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/manson-family-youngest-member-dianne-lake-interview-now/

INTERVIEW: Joe Kenda on his top-rated crime show, new autobiography

Detective Lt. Joe Kenda stars in Homicide Hunter on Investigation Discovery. Photo courtesy of Investigation Discovery / Kim Cook.

Investigation Discovery’s Homicide Hunter with Detective Lt. Joe Kenda, formerly of the Colorado Springs Police Department, is the top-rated show on the network, pulling in an average of nearly 2 million viewers per week. Audience members for the series, which premieres new episodes Wednesdays at 10 p.m., are also enjoying Kenda’s new autobiography, I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases From My Life Fighting Crime.

The retired detective has a matter-of-fact line delivery that has caught the attention of true-crime enthusiasts, and in a crowded reality TV marketplace where surviving to see a second season is nearly impossible, Kenda has a hit on his hands. Homicide Hunter will celebrate 100 episodes this January.

That’s longevity.

“I’m busy, as they

Read more at: https://www.hollywoodsoapbox.com/?p=18521

Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ Finally Gets One Thing Right About Serial Killers

Edmund Kemper stands at an imposing 6’9” and studies FBI Agent Holden Ford calmly from across the room in the second episode of Mindhunter.

Ford shifts on his feet and tries his damndest to show no fear in the presence of the man accused of murdering ten people, the man who became known as the “Co-Ed Killer.” Kemper had lopped off his own mother’s head and forced post-mortem irrumatio (in other words, a blow-job) with her head.

Kemper, portrayed by Cameron Britton, is the first subject of the Netflix series in which FBI Agent Ford, played by Jonathan Groff, interviews serial killers to understand how they think.

It seems fair to say that this face-off is the moment viewers had been waiting for.

True crime geeks likely flocked to Mindhunter seeking methodical conversations with fascinating serial killers and that’s kind of

Read more at: https://www.inverse.com/article/37466-mindhunter-netflix-serial-killers-true-story