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Author to shed new light on X+Y=Z Preacher

Those who like a good mystery ought to set aside time Tuesday to attend the Limestone County Historical Society’s quarterly meeting.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., local history and true crime author Jacque Reeves will offer fresh details on a local legend of sorts — the Rev. Constantine Blackmon Saunders, otherwise known as the X+Y=Z Preacher, and the Rev. George W. Mitchell, who first penned an account of the preacher’s peculiar gifts in 1877.

Often referred to as the Sleeping Preacher, Saunders was known to fall into a trance-like state in which he would describe events that happened far away and write word for word the content of letters yet to be delivered. During his spells, he would tell of the location of lost valuables, diagnose ailments and even prescribe treatments.

He served as the pastor of the Mooresville Brick Church during the mid-1850s and asked Mitchell, a fellow minister who intermittently headed the

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‘The Unsolved’: True-Crime Cold Case Series Gets Green Light By Investigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery has given the green light to The Unsolved, a true-crime cold case original series from Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence producers, for premiere in April.

The six-part series follows former Rhode Island Police Sergeant Derrick Levasseur and Forensic Psychologist Kris Mohandie as they answer the pleas of desperate families to investigate murder cases that have exhausted all possible leads and have officially gone cold.

The Unsolved takes Levasseur and Mohandie across the U.S. as they investigate six cold cases, chasing down new clues and reviewing old ones in hopes of finding a break in the case. From a serial killer haunting Honolulu that has never been caught, to the tragic assault and murder of a girl from Levasseur’s hometown, each case explored is still open without any convictions for the crimes. In each two-hour

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‘Black Dahlia, Red Rose’ Author Piu Eatwell Sheds New Light On A 70-Year-Old Murder Mystery

“I’m particularly interested in cases where it’s not just a murder or a crime, but there’s a whole kind of mythological significance — you know, the murder or the crime suddenly became much bigger in a way than the actual event, and came to represent something,” Piu Eatwell, author of Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America’s Greatest Unsovled Murder, a new book that claims to have solved the famed 1947 case, tells me over the phone on the October morning of the book’s United States release.

Like any true crime obsessive, I know about The Black Dahlia — or at least I thought I did. The unsolved murder of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles has been a subject of fascination for 70 years. Black Dahlia, Red Rose looks at the story with fresh eyes, going back to

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‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’ Attempts to Shine a New Light on an Old Case

When Rene Balcer first wrote about the Menendez murders for a 1991 episode of Law Order, the story had a very different outcome.

“Everybody said ‘Oh, they killed their parents for greed.’ I said, ‘Do kids really kill their parents for money? They already had money.’ So we wrote that the Russian mob did it because it was New York and the Russian mob was ascendant,” Balcer tells The Hollywood Reporter.

“Now we know the Russian mob doesn’t kill dysfunctional parents. They put them in the White House.”

All joking aside, Balcer is reopening the case as the showrunner of NBC’s forthcoming anthology drama Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. The eight-episode first season, premiering Tuesday, takes a closer look at the crime, the players involved and the media frenzy that eventually surrounded brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez when they were tried and convicted of murdering their parents

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Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders Sheds Light on the Abuse

It’s not about what they did, but why they did it.

That’s essentially the tagline of Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders — and the show will aim to show just that. The cornerstone of the argument for why Erik and Lyle Menendez brutally murdered their parents is abuse — and a lot more information about what exactly went on in their childhood home has come to light since the trial in the ’90s.

“I learned a tremendous amount about these young men that I didn’t know and the abuse from their parents,” Edie Falco, who will play the Menendez’s attorney Leslie Abramson in the Dick Wolf series, told TV Guide. “Abuse is just a word but a lot of information is available now about what that specifically

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Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders Sheds Light on the Abuse

It’s not about what they did, but why they did it.

That’s essentially the tagline of Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders — and the show will aim to show just that. The cornerstone of the argument for why Erik and Lyle Menendez brutally murdered their parents is abuse — and a lot more information about what exactly went on in their childhood home has come to light since the trial in the ’90s.

“I learned a tremendous amount about these young men that I didn’t know and the abuse from their parents,” Edie Falco, who will play the Menendez’s attorney Leslie Abramson in the Dick Wolf series, told TV Guide. “Abuse is just a word but a lot of information is available now about what that specifically meant in their case, the kind of family they grew up in. The kind of illness that must of been

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City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic and the First Police Chief of Paris, by Holly Tucker

Never mind Nordic noir…French drama’s where it’s at these days. So if you adore the scheming in dark corners in Versailles, or being creeped out watching le petit Victor by the light of a 40-watt bulb in The Returned, hold on to your hat and hope that some bright spark dramatises City of Light, City of Poison. And let’s face it – it’s not often that you can say that about an academic book.

Well, it’s a cop drama of sorts, intermingled with a historian’s tenacious pursuit of the evidence. It’s the late 1600s and Paris is a hotbed of crime. The murder of two magistrates spurs Louis XIV to appoint Nicolas de la Reynie as Lieutenant-General of Paris – the city’s first police chief – in 1667. And there’s a sight more than cutpurses, feuding tradesmen and people emptying their chamberpots out of windows for him to deal with –

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Oxygen Gives Green Light To BuzzFeed’s First Series For Linear TV

Oxygen will provide a home for BuzzFeed’s contribution to the trendy true crime genre. The cable channel, co-founded by Oprah Winfrey and predominantly aimed at female viewers, has greenlit What Happened to…Jessica Chambers, a show based of a series of BuzzFeed reports.

The show will discuss the mysterious death of its titular subject, a Mississippi teenager who passed away at age 19 in 2014 after she was set on fire. In articles published by BuzzFeed, journalist Katie J.M. Baker discussed the search for Chambers’ killer and chronicled the case against Quinton Tellis, who is set to go on trial for the crime in October 2017. The upcoming TV show will offer further details on the Chambers story and will appeal to fans of true crime, a genre that has been revitalized by TV shows like The Jinx and podcasts like Serial and S-Town.

“Some reporters see this as

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David Grann’s ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’ Shines Light On One Of America’s Darker, Bloodier Conspiracies

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David Grann, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of The Lost City of Z (now in theaters), is one of the great architects of narrative non-fiction. He etches the framework of his stories painstakingly, so as to properly draw their dimensions before furnishing the interiors with the sharpest of details. His newest book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, not only extricates a long-forgotten volume of U.S. history but unearths a horrific new chapter.

This true-crime saga, five years in the making by Grann, picks up in the early 20th century after members of the Osage Nation were pushed out of Kansas into presumably worthless land in Oklahoma. But that land turned out to be far from worthless — these Native Americans’ land sat atop vast oil

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In Cold Blood: A Lost Memoir Sheds Light on an Infamous Case

KANSAS CITY, Kan.—In the half-century since Truman Capote published “In Cold Blood,” investigative journalists and scholars have documented countless instances of inaccuracy and fabrication in the so-called true-crime book.

But only now is it emerging that Mr. Capote committed an arguably significant act of omission: He neglected to mention in his book or anywhere else that one of his primary sources—the killer Richard Hickock—tried…

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