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Your True Crime Obsession May Be Affecting Your Brain More Than You Realize

Ed Kemper got to me. Well, technically, Cameron Britton’s creepy portrayal of Ed Kemper in Mindhunter got to me, but when I fell into my go-to true crime rabbit hole and looked up the real-life serial killer featured in the Netflix series, it might as well have been the same guy. After bingeing Mindhunter over two days, I couldn’t stop thinking about the man who viciously murdered and mutilated 10 people, including his own mother, in the 1960s and ’70s. I had trouble sleeping.

Of course, when I step back and think about it, I wonder how any of us are sleeping soundly considering the treasure trove of true crime entertainment we all seem to be devouring. There’s Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, My Friend Dahmer, American Crime Story, and the upcoming The Devil in

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Is America’s Obsession with True Crime Re-Writing History?

True crime series are having a moment right now. It’s a perfect storm that first started brewing in Fall 2014 with Serial, a podcast that meticulously questioned the legitimacy of the conviction of Adnan Syed, for the murder of his then girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. Serial didn’t just capture the nation’s attention (the way no other podcast has managed before or since), it also recently resulted in the granting of a new trial for Syed.

A few months after Serial‘s enormous success, HBO unleashed The Jinx, a chilling documentary series that cataloged the life of real estate heir Robert Durst and the suspicious deaths peppered throughout his life. Durst participated in the making of the series, but a jaw-dropping finale resulted in his arrest on charges of first-degree murder. Durst is currently serving time for weapons offenses, and pre-trial hearings for the murder of Durst’s friend, Susan Berman, began earlier this

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American Vandal and our growing obsession with the mockumentary

Its Stonehenge may only have been 18in tall but This is Spinal Tap is monumental, casting a long, none-more-black shadow over the mockumentary form. More than three decades on, it remains a masterful study of self-deluded blowhards convinced of their inherent majesty. But by also skewering the pit-stop road rhythms of the rockumentary, the movie’s meta was as heavy as its metal. It acknowledged the parasitical nature of its chosen genre because for your mockumentary to really sing, it helps to spoof something that has already accrued plenty of recognisable signifiers, familiar elements to play up to or against.

The unexpected but apparently unstoppable explosion in long-form true crime investigations – from the rough-justice podcast Serial to HBO’s killer nailbiter The Jinx – has pulled the genre up from its lurid roots and popularised a loftier, more austere tone. Where once true crime

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Dirty John, your chilling new true crime obsession – podcasts of the week

Pick of the week: Dirty John

Startling new true crime podcast Dirty John (LA Times/Wondery/iTunes) looks at love, deceit and how warning signs can quickly lead to danger.

Christopher Goffard tells the story of Debra Newell, an interior designer who met the man of her dreams online. (No spoilers, but he turned out to be the Dirty John in question.) Pieced ­together with interviews from Newell and her family, this story about how a seemingly happy-ever-after tale can unravel will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Dirty John (real name John Meehan) came across as the ideal man when Newell met him on a dating site and the couple quickly moved in together, marrying in Las Vegas after just two months. Of course, her grownup children were protective, but a series of “red flags” presented themselves and soon the whole family were questioning Meehan’s honesty.

John, a “freelance anaesthesiologist”, put

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/oct/13/dirty-john-your-chilling-new-true-obsession-podcasts-of-the-week

Dirty John, your chilling new true crime obsession – podcasts of the …

Pick of the week: Dirty John

Startling new true crime podcast Dirty John (LA Times/Wondery/iTunes) looks at love, deceit and how warning signs can quickly lead to danger.

Christopher Goffard tells the story of Debra Newell, an interior designer who met the man of her dreams online. (No spoilers, but he turned out to be the Dirty John in question.) Pieced ­together with interviews from Newell and her family, this story about how a seemingly happy-ever-after tale can unravel will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Dirty John (real name John Meehan) came across as the ideal man when Newell met him on a dating site and the couple quickly moved in together, marrying in Las Vegas after just two months. Of course, her grownup children were protective, but a series of “red flags” presented themselves and soon the whole family were questioning Meehan’s honesty.

John, a “freelance anaesthesiologist”, put

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/oct/13/dirty-john-your-chilling-new-true-obsession-podcasts-of-the-week

How Angelita Mendoza’s True Crime Obsession Inspired Her Baja-Set Short Film

Horror stories have trained us to think evil lurks in darkness. But after you catch Angelita Mendoza‘s short film, The Last Lightyou’ll be convinced that it can just as easily walk around in broad daylight. The eerie project follows a young girl in Baja as she wanders into an abandoned shack where… well, we wouldn’t want to spoil what it is (or who) she finds there as the sun begins to fall and her mother cries out for her, unaware of where she went.

Mendoza’s film is an exploration of childhood evil (think The Omen) but tackled with the visual precision of a Malick film. Its long, lingering, still shots show off the green countryside in Baja capturing its natural light at dusk while its score amps up the foreboding that makes you attuned to every distant noise in this desolate landscape. It’s no surprise it looks so crisp and cinematic. As Mendoza shared

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Who Drew The Dicks? Why Netflix’s ‘American Vandal’ Will Be Your Next True Crime Obsession

We’re well into 2017 and Netflix is continuing its winning streak by illuminating the truth in their astonishing true crime docuseries’. From Making A Murderer, Amanda Knox, The Imposter and the journey to uncovering the secrets behind Sister Cathy’s death in #TheKeepers, fewer sub-genres of non-fiction have been as popular as the streaming service’s offerings in recent years. And come September 15, #Netflix looks to be cranking it up a notch.

A new show is currently creeping up on the horizon and it’s called #AmericanVandal. Yet, while it is classed as another true crime docuseries, it promises to be so much more than that, zoning in on all the aspects that make the sub-genre so powerful in the first place and then slowly twisting them for our entertainment. And all of this is done through a compelling story about a silly student prank that vandalizes 27 faculty cars with phallic

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True Crime’s Latest Obsession Is Solving Biggie and Tupac’s Murders

Biggie and Tupac.

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The recent 20th anniversary of Notorious B.I.G.’s death this past March seems to have piqued Hollywood’s interest in the unsolved murders of both Biggie and Tupac. Fox announced today that the network will air a two-hour investigative special called Who Shot Biggie Tupac led by Ice-T and Soledad O’Brien that “digs deep into the entangled murders of hip-hop’s most legendary adversaries.” The special promises new interviews with

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Netflix Drops Trailer For Your Next True-Crime Obsession ‘Strong Island’

Set for a direct release on Netflix, new true-crime documentary Strong Island is already making big waves. Highlighting the major problems that exist in the American justice system, the film is directed by filmmaker Yance Ford, who lost his brother William Ford Jr. at the age of 24. 

The story dates back to April 1992 in Long Island, New York, when William, a black man, was murdered by a 19-year-old white mechanic named Mark Reilly.

But, as a press release about the documentary reveals, the victim who was a teacher, soon became a prime suspect in his own murder. In a shocking tale of injustice, Reilly was initially never even brought to trial after pleading self-defense – despite Ford being unarmed at the time.

Highly praised at various festivals, including Berlin and Sundance, the deeply personal film is the result of ten years of work by Yance Ford, who even hired private detectives to

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‘Gone: The Forgotten Women Of Ohio’: MP Interviews The Director Of Your Next Harrowing Documentary Obsession

You’ve probably never heard of Chillicothe, Ohio, the small suburban town that is the focus of Academy Award-nominated documentarian Joe Berlinger’s latest project, Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio, but after feasting on this harrowing series via Spike TV, its name will be cemented in your mind.

The eight-part docuseries illuminates the disappearance of six Chillicothe women who vanished over a 16-month period, and aims to uncover truths that the victims’ families believe to have been brushed under the carpet by law enforcement. While four bodies have been found, two are still missing and the investigation is still open. There is no one suspect; there is no finite trial.

As the series weaves through conversations with the family, friends, potential suspects, law enforcers, social commentators and the like, viewers are gifted insight into a case stamped with question marks. It doesn’t take long before, as an audience, you discover

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