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Blood on the Page by Thomas Harding review – the first British murder trial held in secret

Writing a true-crime book while the legal process is still unfolding is a high-stakes business. There’s no assurance of a neat outcome, or really any outcome at all. The goodies might turn out to be baddies, and all that righteous anger about a possible miscarriage of justice could leave you looking foolish. Trial dates slip, which means you’re deprived of a cracking finale in which grateful relatives embrace you on the courtroom steps while the police stand by looking sheepish. You could end up, in other words, with a sort of fretful trailing off …

All of which happens in Blood on the Page. Despite the title, which promises a “body in the library” plot from the golden age of detective fiction, Thomas Harding has written a real-life procedural about an uncharismatic crime involving unattractive people, which might, nonetheless, have important implications for us all. Or there again, it

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/13/blood-on-page-murder-secret-trial-thomas-harding-review

Is this 2018’s first great true crime documentary?

Unsolved murders are like catnip for true-crime junkies. Limited information drip-fed over a number of hours has proved the perfect formula for hit series like Making A Murderer and Casting JonBenet. But often, the most frustrating mysteries are best absorbed all at once. Enter Britain’s Forgotten Serial Killer: Trevor Hardy – a fascinating one-hour documentary set to air on Crime + Investigation this Sunday (January 14). It’s the gripping untold story of a brutal serial killer on the loose in 1970s Manchester. If you’re a sucker for a good investigative thriller, then you won’t want to miss it. Here’s everything you need to know to get your detective on this weekend.

What’s it about?

Trevor Joseph Hardy, aka The Beast of Manchester, was a convicted serial killer who murdered three innocent schoolgirls back in the mid-’70s. He escaped capture for nearly two years before his arrest in August 1976.

Read more at: http://www.nme.com/blogs/tv-blogs/britains-forgotten-serial-killer-trevor-hardy-2218709

This first look at "American Crime Story: Versace" will have you thinking of the famous murder for weeks

All true crime junkies and Ryan Murphy fans have been looking forward to American Crime Story Season 2 since it was announced — and now, we have a new look at the season.

The first season of American Crime Story covered the infamous O.J. Simpson case, and the second will follow in its footsteps with the similarly fascinating, controversial, and political case of Gianni Versace’s murder. Versace was murdered by Andrew Cunanan, a spree killer who took the lives of at least nine people, and whose streak was only ended when he committed suicide — not because he was caught by the FBI. So there’s a whole lot going on with this guy, and we’re excited to see what the show does with the material.

Bonus — this first look doesn’t just give us a glimpse at what the season will look like — it also gives us some

Read more at: https://hellogiggles.com/reviews-coverage/tv-shows/american-crime-story-versace-first-look/

‘American Crime Story’ Season 2 First Look Explores a Sensational Murder

It’s time to bone up on “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

The second season of the true crime anthology series is diving into a new murder and public frenzy. As the title indicates, the focus this time around is on the 1997 murder of the famed Italian fashion designer. If you don’t remember the impact it had on the country, FX Networks released a first look on Thursday that explores just that.

In the video, interviews with cast members Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, and Ricky Martin, as well as executive producers Brad Simpson and Nina Jacobson, are interwoven with scenes from the series. Together, they show how the death of Versace (Ramirez) came about and how it captured national attention.

“For every season of ‘American Crime Story,’ what we’re interested in is what makes this an American crime, a crime America is guilty

Read more at: https://www.moviefone.com/2017/12/28/the-assassination-of-gianni-versace-american-crime-story-season-2-first-look/

First the jury convicted this 19-year-old maid for stealing. Then they took up a collection to pay her fine.

Sandra Mendez Ortega, convicted of grand larceny, was fined $60, and her fine was paid by the jurors who set the penalty. (Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office)

The trial seemed utterly ordinary. A 19-year-old maid swiped a woman’s three rings worth at least $5,000 from a house she was cleaning in Fairfax City, Va., but later returned them after the police questioned her. She was charged with felony grand larceny.

What the jury did was extraordinary. They felt bad for the young woman, pregnant with her second child, and agreed that she had made a dumb, youthful mistake. Reluctantly, they convicted her of the felony. But the fine they imposed was her daily pay as a maid, $60. And then they took up a collection and gave her the money to pay the fine.

“The general sentiment was she was a victim, too,”

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/12/15/a-maid-stole-some-rings-then-returned-them-a-jury-convicted-her-then-paid-her-fine-was-that-right/

‘Gianni Versace’: 6 Things We Learned From FX’s First Screening …

Darren Criss has taken on a “Shakespearean” role in bringing the tortured life story of serial killer Andrew Cunanan to life in FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”

So said “Versace” director and executive producer Ryan Murphy on Monday night as he “played Barbara Walters” during a QA with stars and producers following the series’ first public screening, held at New York City’s Metrograph theater.

“Versace” stars Criss, Edgar Ramirez, Ricky Martin, writer Tom Rob Smith, author Maureen Orth, and executive producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson offered insights into the limited series, which has the hard task of following “The People V. O.J. Simpson” as the second installment of FX’s “American Crime Story” franchise.

Here are 6 things we learned from the first look at “Versace”:

‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’: 6 Things We Learned From FX’s First Screening

Darren Criss has taken on a “Shakespearean” role in bringing the tortured life story of serial killer Andrew Cunanan to life in FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”

So said “Versace” director and executive producer Ryan Murphy on Monday night as he “played Barbara Walters” during a QA with stars and producers following the series’ first public screening, held at New York City’s Metrograph theater.

“Versace” stars Criss, Edgar Ramirez, Ricky Martin, writer Tom Rob Smith, author Maureen Orth, and executive producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson offered insights into the limited series, which has the hard task of following “The People V. O.J. Simpson” as the second installment of FX’s “American Crime Story” franchise.

Here are 6 things we learned from the first look at “Versace”:

Wormwood: first trailer for new Netflix thriller

In the ‘reality is stranger than fiction’ files, no story may be more surreal and unbelievable than the CIA’s MK-ULTRA experiments. 

The American government’s effort into LSD, mind control and many other nefarious, arguably supernatural endeavors has made a good backdrop for many a science fiction story. Now, with the help of Netflix’s massive true crime industrial complex, the real story of MK-ULTRA will be in the spotlight. 

Wormwood is a six-part true crime series about the death of a CIA employee Dr. Frank Olson. The series will explore the causes of Olson’s mysterious death by blending fact and fiction and combining documentary elements with a scripted narrative, starring Peter Sarsgaard.

The first official trailer for the show gives us an idea of just what that will look like…

Well, it looks cool! Combining documentary footage with re-enactments is always a dicey proposition, but something about the bleak Fincher-esque drama at play there, combined

Read more at: http://www.denofgeek.com/uk/tv/53943/wormwood-first-trailer-for-new-netflix-thriller

Wormwood: first trailer for new Netflix thriller | Den of Geek

In the ‘reality is stranger than fiction’ files, no story may be more surreal and unbelievable than the CIA’s MK-ULTRA experiments. 

The American government’s effort into LSD, mind control and many other nefarious, arguably supernatural endeavors has made a good backdrop for many a science fiction story. Now, with the help of Netflix’s massive true crime industrial complex, the real story of MK-ULTRA will be in the spotlight. 

Wormwood is a six-part true crime series about the death of a CIA employee Dr. Frank Olson. The series will explore the causes of Olson’s mysterious death by blending fact and fiction and combining documentary elements with a scripted narrative, starring Peter Sarsgaard.

The first official trailer for the show gives us an idea of just what that will look like…

Well, it looks cool! Combining documentary footage with re-enactments is always a dicey proposition, but something about the bleak Fincher-esque drama at play there, combined

Read more at: http://www.denofgeek.com/uk/tv/53943/wormwood-first-trailer-for-new-netflix-thriller

Netflix Releases First Trailer for CIA Thriller Wormwood

In the “reality in stranger than fiction” files no story may be more surreal and unbelievable than the CIA’s MK-ULTRA mind control experiments. 

The American government’s effort into LSD, mind control and many other nefarious, arguably supernatural endeavors has made for a good backdrop for many a science fiction story. 

Now with the help of Netflix’s massive true crime industrial complex, the real story of MK-ULTRA will receive a spotlight. 

Wormwood is a six-part true crime series about the death of a CIA employee Dr. Frank Olson. The series will explore the casues of Olson’s mysterious death by blending fact and fiction and combining documentary elements with a scripted narratvie starring Peter Sarsgaard.

The first official trailer for the show gives us an idea of just what that will look like.

Well that looks cool. Combining documentary footage with re-enactments is always a dicey proposition but something about the bleak Fincher-ian drama at play

Read more at: http://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/wormwood/269568/netflix-releases-first-trailer-for-cia-thriller-wormwood