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Marcia Clark examines other murder cases, but O.J. still hovers

PASADENA, Calif. — Marcia Clark will examine infamous murder cases on AE’s Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48, but she always will be connected to perhaps the best-known one, involving O.J. Simpson.

At a Television Critics Association panel Sunday, the Simpson prosecutor talked about her seven-episode series (March 29), which looks at events in the first 48 hours of a crime investigation. The First 48 has been a long-running AE series.

Cases to be examined include the murder of Bonny Lee Bakley, actor Robert Blake’s wife; the disappearance of Drew Peterson’s wife, Stacy; the killing of Chandra Levy; the shooting of Run D.M.C. member Jam Master Jay; and the death of Rebecca Zahau at the Spreckels

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The Unsolved Series on ID Will Put Cold Cases To Rest

Cold cases plague investigators long after retirement, according to the Richard Price novel The Whites. Cops go over the evidence of some haunting cases as if the victims were part of their family. Investigation Discovery will try to put some of them to bed on their new true-crime series The Unsolved, which got the green light for an April premiere, according to Deadline.

The Unsolved comes from the same producers who brought Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence to broadcast.

“After the success of our OJ special event, we knew that our viewers would embrace the tenacity of Derrick and Kris to give fresh perspective on these tragic crimes where the victims’ families have had no closure and the killers remain at-large,” Henry Schleiff, the Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America, said.

Police Sergeant Derrick Levasseur, out of Rhode Island, and Forensic Psychologist Kris Mohandie will

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TV reheats cold cases to feed true-crime wave

For true-crime TV, lurid details and high-profile stories are often no longer enough. In the wake of “The Jinx” and “Making a Murderer,” networks are not just reheating old cases — the colder, the better — but also attempting to solve them.

The main problem with the “Let’s try solving this” strain of TV’s true-crime wave is that it tends to breed hyperbole and bad habits, ratcheting up pressure to deliver some kind of conclusion, while teasing out and hyperventilating over relatively small details.

This month brings a dizzying deluge of true-crime series and specials, including “Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks” (Oxygen’s two-part special about the notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, which dredges up an old Nancy Glass prison interview) and “Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders,” a SundanceTV two-parter about the case that Truman Capote chronicled in the book-turned-movie “In Cold Blood.”

Yet a separate sub-genre focuses on solving —

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Chris Hansen Examines Murder Cases on Investigation Discovery

Investigative journalist Chris Hansen has earned a reputation for digging into the most unsavory corners of true crime.

On Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. ET, the former Dateline host returns to the Investigation Discovery network with the third season of Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen, which revisits 10 killings. Hansen, a nine-time Emmy winner who also hosts Crime Watch Daily, secures interviews with key players and inspects each crime scene, offering his own perspective on the crimes.

“These stories are all so compelling, but maybe didn’t get a lot of coverage when they were going down because of other national events,” Hansen tells PEOPLE. “We’re immersing ourselves in these cases and in some instances, getting interviews with the families of the victims — and this is their first time speaking about the murders.”

The show features interview footage interspersed with dramatic recreations of the killings.

• Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Read more at: http://people.com/crime/chris-hansen-killer-instinct-murder-cases/

Heidi Allen, Garrett Phillips mysteries: Pair of Upstate NY cases featured on TV series

Two prominent murder mysteries from Upstate New York will be featured this fall on the true-crime TV series “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall.”

Host Hall will explore the 1994 kidnapping of Heidi Allen in Oswego County, and the unsolved murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips in Potsdam on the Investigation Discovery Channel.

Phillips’ case will premiere Sept. 17 at 10 p.m. in the episode “Home Alone.” The Heidi Allen case will be featured in an episode called “The Vanishing Clerk,” slated to run on Oct. 22 in the same time slot.

Garrett Phillips 

Allen disappeared from her job at DW Convenience Store in New Haven on Easter Day, 1994.

The man convicted in her kidnapping, Gary Thibodeau, has maintained his innocence for 23 years. His attorney, public defender Lisa Peebles, presented evidence of three other possible suspects in Allen’s disappearance, but has so far not been able

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These true crime books detail 7 of Alabama’s most sensational cases

“Salvation on Sand Mountain”

By Dennis Covington

Fifteenth anniversary edition published by Da Capo Press, 2009 (Originally published in 1995 by Penguin Books)

“Salvation on Sand Mountain” chronicles the strange case of Glenn Summerford, who was convicted of attempted murder-by-snake. Pastor of the snake-handling sect Church of Jesus with Signs Following near Scottsboro, Summerford forced his wife, Darlene, to put her hand into a rattlesnake cage. She was bitten twice before she finally was able to get medical attention.

Summerford was sentenced to 99 years in prison. The book was a finalist for National Book Award.

Read more at: http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/08/these_true_crime_books_detail.html

Law & Order’s Crime Cases Featured in PEOPLE Issue

Since its 1990 debut, Law Order has relied on true crime to fire up its writers’ imaginations.

“When I first pitched [the show],” executive producer Dick Wolf tells PEOPLE in a new interview, “[then-NBC president] Brandon Tartikoff asked, ‘What’s the bible for the series?’ I said, ‘The front page.’ ”

Now, more 1,000 episodes later, the wildly popular cops-and-courts drama, which ended in 2010, and its many ongoing spin-offs have spun countless tales from true events.

PEOPLE has gathered the most compelling in a new special issue, True Crime Stories: 35 Real Cases that Inspired the Show Law Order.

The 96-page issue contains the latest news on high profile trials, from O.J. Simpson to Robert Durst, sex scandals from the Mayflower Madam to Anthony Weiner, and unsolved mysteries, like the deaths of JonBenét Ramsey and of Chandra Levy.

Plus: a look at how the creative team at Law Order

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/people-law-and-order-crime-cases-special-issue/

Book Nook: Fort Smith writer turns local true crime cases into intriguing reads

Fort Smith author Anita Paddock has taught a number of Arkansas’ and Oklahoma’s regional authors. She shared the art of writing through classes at then-WestArk Community College’s continuing education program and more recently at the public library. Perseverance is the word she lives by and teaches her students. She proudly told me her daughter, Jennifer Paddock, is an author and works with the publishing house of Simon and Schuster.

Paddock started her career by entering a magazine contest in her 30s. The story she submitted won a prize, and she received a check for $25.00, which she promptly framed. Paddock’s family was astounded when someone called trying to trace the lost check, only to be told that she had not cashed the check and did not intend to cash it. It would remain a memento of her first sale.

The author categorizes her books

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Book Nook: Fort Smith writer turns local true crime cases into …

Fort Smith author Anita Paddock has taught a number of Arkansas’ and Oklahoma’s regional authors. She shared the art of writing through classes at then-WestArk Community College’s continuing education program and more recently at the public library. Perseverance is the word she lives by and teaches her students. She proudly told me her daughter, Jennifer Paddock, is an author and works with the publishing house of Simon and Schuster.

Paddock started her career by entering a magazine contest in her 30s. The story she submitted won a prize, and she received a check for $25.00, which she promptly framed. Paddock’s family was astounded when someone called trying to trace the lost check, only to be told that she had not cashed the check and did not intend to cash it. It would remain a memento of her first sale.

The author categorizes her books

Read more at: http://www.swtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20170801/book-nook-fort-smith-writer-turns-local-true-crime-cases-into-intriguing-reads