Monthly Archives: January 2017

‘Beware the Slenderman’ review: Portland filmmaker examines true crime, Internet myth

There’s no mystery as to why TV is ramping up the production of true-crime documentaries. After the success of Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” and HBO’s “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” cable, streaming and broadcast networks have dug into years-old cases, involving everyone from mysterious skyjacker D.B. Cooper to youthful murder victim JonBenet Ramsey.

Portland-based documentary filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky’s new film, “Beware the Slenderman,” which debuts Monday, Jan. 23 on HBO, could sound like another attempt to jump on the crime-story bandwagon.

But Brodsky’s film is more timely and, because of that, more disturbing. In “Beware the Slenderman,” we see the awful collision between mental illness, adolescence and a social media meme that helped inspire a horrifying attack.

The facts of the case that Brodsky explores are sensational, to say the least. In a 2014 crime that made headlines around the world, two 12-year-old girls from Waukesha,

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Prosecutors charge man with 5 murder counts in Washington

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2016 file photo, Arcan Cetin is escorted into Skagit County District Court by Skagit County's Sheriff's Deputies, in Mt. Vernon, Wash. The young man accused of fatally shooting five people at the Cascade Mall had a history of violence against animals and his girlfriend, who told police he had links with bad people in Turkey, according to documents. (Brandy Shreve /Skagit Valley Herald via AP, File) Photo: Brandy ShreveThe True Crime Online Auction House, specializing in the sale of crime scene memorabilia and letters from serial killers, claims it’s now selling a letter they say was written by alleged Cascade Mall gunman, Arcan Cetin.

SEATTLE (AP) — Prosecutors have charged the man they say shot and killed five people at a Washington state shopping mall in September.

The Skagit County Prosecutor’s Office filed five aggravated murder charges against Arcan Cetin on Wednesday.


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