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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

10 Great ‘Forensic Files’ Episodes and How to Find Them on Netflix

Where to Stream:

Forensic Files


  • Netflix

  • Hulu
  • More Options

Why watch a true-crime series that stopped production in 2011?

Well, first of all, because everyone else does. Forensic Files is shown in syndication on TV in 142 countries and on YouTube. HLN has six-hour marathons.

The series stays fresh because it never uses pre-commercial teasers or the other repetition that shows like Dateline and 48 Hours employ to pad themselves into an hour or more. And there’s no Keith Morrison or Erin Moriarty prodding murder victims’ moms and dads to melt down on camera. Instead, the docuseries uses a half-hour unsensationalized whodunit format with off-camera narration by the late Peter Thomas. (He and Don “In a World” LaFontaine are considered the greatest male voice artists of their generation.)

Now, thanks

Read more at: https://decider.com/2017/11/28/10-great-forensic-files-episodes-and-how-to-find-them-on-netflix/

‘American Vandal’ Is a Good True-Crime Parody, and a Great Teen Drama

To successfully parody a genre, you have to be a fan of it—and it’s clear that the team behind American Vandal has obsessed over its fair share of true crime. A new Netflix show from creators Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault, and showrunner Dan Lagana (Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous, an underrated one-season wonder), American Vandal quickly proves to be an effective and often laugh-out-loud funny sendup of the true-crime boom—and, as an added bonus, it’s also a pretty engaging high school drama.

Perhaps the biggest key to American Vandal‘s success is how it takes the most juvenile of crimes and treats it with the utmost gravity. “Who drew the dicks?” is the central question, asked over and over (the phrase “drew the dicks” only gets funnier when occasionally replaced with “did the dicks”) throughout the eight mockumentary-style episodes.

The crime is as follows: Twenty-seven faculty cars

Read more at: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/j5gxk4/american-vandal-is-a-good-true-crime-parody-and-a-great-teen-drama

‘American Vandal’ Is a Good True Crime Parody, and a Great Teen Drama

To successfully parody a genre, you have to be a fan of it—and it’s clear that the team behind American Vandal have obsessed over their fair share of true crime. A new Netflix show from creators Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault, and showrunner Dan Lagana (Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous, an underrated one-season wonder), American Vandal quickly proves to be an effective and often laugh-out-loud funny sendup of the true crime boom—and, as an added bonus, it’s also a pretty engaging high school drama.

Perhaps the biggest key to American Vandal‘s success is how it takes the most juvenile of crimes and treats it with the utmost gravity. “Who drew the dicks?” is the central question, asked over and over (the phrase “drew the dicks” only gets funnier when occasionally replaced with “did the dicks”) throughout the eight mockumentary-style episodes.

The crime is as follows: 27 faculty

Read more at: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/j5gxk4/american-vandal-is-a-good-true-crime-parody-and-a-great-teen-drama

True crime makes great TV. But must it linger on women’s corpses?

I am almost certainly going to watch Mindhunter, the latest flashy TV show from Netflix. Set in 1979, it’s an adaptation of the bestselling true crime book of the same name, subtitled Inside the FBI Elite Serial Crime Unit, in which former FBI agent John Douglas explains how he built a career in criminal profiling by interviewing serial killers. It’s guaranteed to be event TV. It will be available on Halloween, and Netflix is so sure of its success that it has already renewed it for a second season.

A full-length trailer has just been released. You can’t judge a TV show by a trailer – if you could, I wouldn’t have given Gypsy two and a half episodes before realising life was too short – but it screams quality, and reeks of the kind of misanthropic noir with which

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/07/true-crime-tv-linger-womens-corpses-disturbing

5 great documentaries you can stream right now

Some of the best streaming shows and movies are very real. 

There’s a wealth of great documentaries and documentary series available for streaming. And in the dead of summer, what better time is there to catch up on the ones you missed? We picked out five excellent recent nonfiction films and series that you should add to your queue on a particularly warm day. 

If you miss “behind the music”: The Defiant Ones

Music giants Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine have made an indelible mark on music, culture and everyone you’ve ever seen wearing Beats headphones. The four-part documentary, which began filming just around the time

Read more at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2017/07/28/5-great-documentaries-you-can-stream-right-now/479618001/

What’s On: Einstein a Randy ‘Genius,’ Finale of ‘Face Off,’ ‘Great News’ and ’48 Hours’ Goes ‘NCIS’

Genius (9/8c, National Geographic Channel): It’s a good thing Albert Einstein stuck with relativity. Because according to this overheated yet enjoyable biographical portrait, his theory of relationships left much to be desired. As if to assure us this won’t be a dry treatise on physics, the first episode of this 10-part anthology series (directed by Ron Howard in A Beautiful Mind mode) introduced Geoffrey Rush’s irreverent genius pants-down with his mistress, defying orthodoxy by suggesting she move in with him, his wife notwithstanding. Genius doesn’t so much dumb down Einstein’s story as humanize him as a charismatic visionary who, even in his rebellious youth (appealing played by Johnny Flynn), chafed against authority and bourgeois convention. He confounded his family’s expectations and challenged professors’ patience, breaking hearts and rules with arrogant aplomb. Visually sumptuous in its Czech locations, using animation to illuminate Einstein’s theories of time and light, Genius may not

Read more at: https://www.tvinsider.com/173266/whats-on-einstein-a-randy-genius-finale-of-face-off-great-news-and-48-hours-goes-ncis/

50-Year-Old Ex-Teacher Accused of Kidnapping Teen Student Thought He’d Make a Great Educator

Tad Cummins, the former Tennessee teacher at the center a multi-state AMBER Alert after he allegedly “groomed” and kidnapped one of his teenage students, frequently thought he’d be a great educator.

“I have often thought that I would love to be a teacher, and just might excel at it, but it never seemed to be my destiny,” the 50-year-old wrote in his 2011 employment application to the Culleoka Unit School in Maury County, Tennessee.

The application, which was obtained by PEOPLE, details Cummins’ long work history — starting in 1985 as a technician at a medical equipment center. According to Cummins’ letter, teaching was his ideal “second career,” at which he thought he would do well.

Cummins was apparently a capable employee, according to school documents obtained by PEOPLE. In the years following his acceptance to Culleoka in 2011, for the position of the high school’s health sciences

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/elizabeth-thomas-accused-abductor-tad-cummins-work-history/

‘The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery’ author holding book talk at CVPL

CARRABASSETT VALLEY – The Carrabassett Valley Public Library will be hosting a book talk with Maine author, Ron Chase, on Friday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m. in the Begin Family Community Room. Chase will be discussing his book The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery.

This true-crime biography chronicles the life of Bernard Patterson, a much decorated Vietnam War hero turned real-life version of Don Quixote, Butch Cassidy, and Robin Hood all rolled into one. On Nov. 12, 1971, Patterson robbed the Northern National Bank in Mars Hill, Maine, escaping with $110,000, which was the largest bank robbery in the history of Maine at the time. Chase’s well researched book explores the life, motives, and mystery surrounding both the historic robbery and the man behind it.

Patterson led an adventure filled and controversial life that brought him across the United States, then to Europe

Read more at: http://www.dailybulldog.com/db/arts/the-great-mars-hill-bank-robbery-author-holding-book-talk-at-cvpl/