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TV on a true-crime spree – Lansing State Journal

Joe Berlinger has spent decades in a distant corner of the TV landscape.

He makes documentaries, in a world that prefers adventure and comedy. He’s drawn praise, prizes (two Emmys, an Oscar nomination) and little attention … until recently.

“I’ve never been busier,” he said.

That’s because of the surge in true-crime stories. It peaks this weekend with:

“Cold Blooded,” his two-part documentary on Sundance; the first half is 9-11 p.m. Saturday, both halves are 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday. This is based on the case

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People Magazine Investigates Tracks the Hunt for the Golden State Serial Killer, Who Killed 12 and Raped 45

He progressed from rape to murder, wearing a ski mask and shining a flashlight into his victims’ eyes.

Over a 10-year-period — from 1976 to 1986 — he was linked by DNA and M.O. to 12 murders, 45 sexual assaults and more than 120 burglaries from Sacramento to southern California’s Orange County. He is still at large.

The case of the Golden State Serial Killer — also known as the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker — is the subject of the first episode of season 2 of People Magazine Investigates, which airs Monday (10 p.m. ET) on Investigation Discovery

The breakout hit show draws from the original reporting of PEOPLE’s award-winning true crime team.

Ahead of the show, PEOPLE editor Greg Hanlon discussed the chilling case on Monday’s People Now.

“This was the ‘70s, so a lot of things we take for granted now – DNA, surveillance cameras – just weren’t a thing,”

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Inside the Hunt for the Golden State Serial Killer Who Killed 12 and Raped 45 in California

It was around 6:30 a.m., on October 5, 1976, when Jane Sandler heard footsteps running toward her bedroom in her ranch style house in Citrus Heights, California, a middle class suburb of Sacramento.

Thinking it was her husband, who had just left for work for the day, Sandler, a 30-year-old Air Force reserve captain, said, “What did you forget?”

That’s when she looked up and saw an intruder wearing a black ski mask shining a flashlight in her face. As she clutched her 3-year-old son next to her, he put a large knife to her chest and muttered, “Shut up, I will kill you.”

The intruder quickly tied their hands, blindfolded them, and tied her feet using sheets from her bed.

“He had this ritual of ripping and tearing these sheets,” Sandler, now 71 and the author of Frozen in Fear: A True Story

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/golden-state-serial-killer-east-area-rapist-original-night-stalker/

Who Is the ‘Golden State Killer’ and Will They Be Caught? People Magazine Investigates Will Explore the Case in …

A suspected serial killer still at-large, a toddler who disappeared in the woods and a Connecticut family held hostage in their home: These will be three of the 12 cases spotlighted when People Magazine Investigates returns next month for its second season, on Investigation Discovery.

The breakout hit show, which draws from the original reporting of PEOPLE’s award-winning true crime team, will premiere season 2 on Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. ET.

Among the cases that will be featured in the 12-episode season is an in-depth look at the hunt for the “Golden State Killer” — also known as the “The East Area Rapist” and “The Original Nightstalker” — who is suspected of killing 12 people and sexually assaulting dozens of others in California in the ’70s and ’80s.

Other episodes will focus on 2-year-old DeOrr Kunz, who

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/people-magazine-investigates-season-2-announcement/

1999 Springfield murder case featured on new TV program – The State Journal

An 18-year-old Springfield murder case is being retold in a television program that premiered on Investigation Discovery, a true-crime network, this week.

The season premiere of “Unusual Suspects: Deadly Intent” explores the 1999 killing of Lori Hayes, 25, of Auburn. The show first aired on Wednesday, but it will be rerun at 6 p.m. Saturday on the station, which is available on channel 471 on Comcast cable. The show also can be streamed by subscribers to the channel at www.investigationdiscovery.com.

Hayes’ vehicle was carjacked in the Parkway Pointe shopping area on Aug. 1, 1999. The vehicle was found later that day in the parking lot of a nearby movie theater; Hayes’ 9 1/2-month-old daughter was alone in the backseat. Hayes’ body was found in a cornfield west of Chatham the following day. She had been shot to death.

Dale W. Lash, 55, of rural Loami was

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True crime book about The Golden State Killer written by Patton Oswalt’s late wife will be published nearly two …

  • Michelle McNamara died suddenly in her sleep last year from a combination of prescription drugs and an undiagnosed medical condition
  • Patton Oswalt, who had been married to her for 11 years, vowed to help finish book about the Golden State Killer which she left unfinished
  • The comedian has announced that the tome will be released February next year
  • Entitled I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, it includes and afterword written by him

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Expert Reveals Updates In Hunt For Golden State Killer, Who Murdered 12 And Raped At Least 45

His attacks dot up and down California — as far north as Sacramento and down through Santa Barbara and Orange County — but in the 40 years since the attacks began, the Golden State Killer has never been caught. In fact, the public hardly knew he existed until recently. One crime expert, Mike Morford — who calls himself “True Crime Guy” — hopes to change that.

For more than a year, Morford has been tracking the mysterious killer, whom the Los Angeles Times reports raped at least 45 women and murdered 12 individuals, and he’s met with the Golden State Killer’s victims.

Morford says only recently have police and the public begun to connect the crimes to one man, and he’s been doing everything he can to get the word out himself.

“When I first learned about this case, I noticed he had a much higher victim count than other serial

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Culpeper true crime authors tackle state’s oldest cold case

Father, daughter, team up to write about true crime

Most fathers and daughters don’t discuss crime scenes and autopsy reports over dinner.

Blaine Pardoe, 54, and Victoria Hester, 26, are an exception.

They’ve written three books together, and “A Special Kind of Evil: The Colonial Parkway Serial Killings,” is their second true crime endeavor.

“We really like to focus on cold cases,” said Pardoe.

The father and daughter duo, who both live in Culpeper County, wrote “The Murder of Maggie Hume: Cold Case in Battle Creek” in 2014. They got interested in the so-called Colonial Parkway murders after “Real Crime,” a British magazine, asked if Pardoe would send it some articles.

He did a search for the most infamous cold cases in Virginia, and what topped the list were the unsolved murders of four couples that have been linked in the public’s mind to the 23-mile scenic highway linking Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown and during

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An interim report on the state of New Zealand literature in 2017

A special investigation asks: Has much happened this year in New Zealand writing? Steve Braunias assesses the books of 2017 to date.

Nothing much has happened this year in New Zealand writing. It’s been pretty quiet. No new sensation, like Hera Lindsay Bird in 2016; a lot of stuff from Victoria University Press, some of it readable; trash from the mainstream publishers; an exciting anthology; and quite a bit of really good, really interesting work published on the outskirts of town.


A good book

Is Iceland, the debut novel by Dominic Hoey, the outstanding New Zealand novel of 2017? The nimble independent publisher Steele Roberts brought it out with very little fanfare but the book has caught on, especially in Auckland. Hoey’s book is set in Grey Lynn, and follows the goings-on of characters on the dole, characters on the game, characters on the needle. It’s kind of renegade literature – Hoey is outside

Read more at: https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/31-07-2017/an-interim-report-on-the-state-of-new-zealand-literature-in-2017/

The Golden State Killer

Produced by Susan Mallie, Lourdes Aguiar, Gayane Keshishyan Mendez and Lauren Clark

“She blogged about unsolved murders and missing persons. She was a beautiful writer,” true-crime journalist Billy Jensen says of Michelle McNamara.

But there was one case that consumed her. McNamara was obsessed with a prolific criminal who, for a decade, forged a path of destruction across the state of California — committing 50 rapes and 12 murders before he vanished. She dubbed the suspect “The Golden State Killer.”

“He was the boogeyman,” says Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert. “He was the man in the bushes that we didn’t know who he was and we didn’t know when he was going to strike again.”

McNamara was hot on his trail and was writing a book about him.

“She was really tired.  She had been pretty much awake for about three days.  I think she’d gotten, like, two hours sleep because there was a

Read more at: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/michelle-mcnamara-patton-oswalt-true-crime-writers-relentless-search-for-the-golden-state-killer/