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The Keepers: A murdered nun, amateur detectives, and our fascination with true crime

In November of 1969, a young nun who taught at a prestigious Baltimore school went missing. Sister Cathy Cesnik, 29, was a great favourite of all the students at the Keough school; they were devastated when they got the news. The police launched an investigation, but no leads were forthcoming. Sister Cathy had driven down to a nearby mall to buy an engagement present for a family member at around 8.30 pm. When she didn’t return home even after several hours, her worried roommate — a Sister Russell Phillips — called a priest Cathy was friends with, and after still more time, the police.

Sister Cathy’s car was found, illegally parked about a block from her apartment building. Of Sister Cathy, there was no sign.

A still from The Keepers

A still from The Keepers

Then, two month later, her body was found in a spot that

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Your Next Favorite True-Crime Show is a Comedy

When we tune in to true crime programming—whether it’s a TV series like Making a Murderer or The Jinx or a podcast like Serial or My Favorite Murder—it’s not usually for a laugh. That’s where the new NBC series Trial Error (premiering March 14) comes in. Shot in the style of criminal documentaries like The Staircase, the series follows a New York lawyer (Masters of Sex alum Nicholas D’Agosto) as he takes in a job in an unnamed Southern town defending an oddball (John Lithgow) accused of murdering his wife. And while the stakes for Lithgow’s character are, ahem, deadly serious, the series (which boasts a fine supporting cast including an excellent Sherri Shepherd) approaches the story with awkward, offbeat humor that makes it way more funny than it is fatal.

Here, D’Agosto talks to TC about the series.

This show is funny in a way that feels

Read more at: http://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/news/a9910/trial-and-error-nicholas-dagosto-interview/

The problem with true crime stories – by a true crime writer

I finished my newspaper piece, but just couldn’t get ‘Wild Bill’ and his Caribbean house of horrors out of my mind. At the same time, everything that I was discovering about Bocas del Toro pointed to it being a place with a sinister vibe. Some of the expats had gone there to disappear – from the taxman, unpaid debts, the police, or problems with spouses and family. Many lived under assumed names, and Bocas del Toro was also a transit point for drugs heading north from Colombia.

I had been looking for the perfect true story to tell and I knew that this was it.

The first thing you realise – whether your medium is film or the written word – is that there is no rulebook in true crime. In murder cases, courts may be afflicted by the occasional lazy or incompetent defence lawyer, and juries can sometimes have

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/problem-true-crime-stories-true-crime-writer/

‘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,

Read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/tv/2017/01/beware_the_slenderman_review_a.html

True Crime: ‘Familiar Evil’ event tracks the hunt for a child predator


Rannah Gray, author of the true crime book “Familiar Evil,” speaks about the investigation that resulted in the murder-suicide of former Baton Rouge-based television personality Scott Rogers.

Skirting of immigration laws. Perjury and illegal reception of federal funds. Careful crafting of a ‘Good Samaritan’ facade and the master manipulation of law enforcement, media and nonprofit agencies.

The sexual abuse of foster children.

All are addressed in “Familiar Evil”—the true crime account of the infamous investigation of Baton Rouge television personality and “model foster parent” Scott Rogers.

Recently, “Familiar Evil” author Rannah Gray and investigator Mary Jane Marcantel traveled to Shreveport to share a behind-the-scenes look into the investigation that ended in a murder-suicide in 2014.

With a recent, similar arrest case of Haughton resident and foster parent Terral Anthony Parfait, Gray said the messages and warning behind “Familiar Evil” are

Read more at: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/2016/12/15/familiar-evil-event/94566394/

Nidal Malik Hasan’s Crime Memorabilia Now Up For Grabs!

A crime memorabilia seller is selling a 51-page handwritten book. It was written by Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan for more than $1,300. It can be bought at an online murderabilia site.

Dorothy Carskadon, one of the more than 30 wounded individual by Hasan’s doing last 2009 thinks that this act is a very shameful one, as per ChronThe 46-year-old murderer who was a former Army psychiatrist is recently on the death row at Fort Leavenworth’s disciplinary barracks after slaughtering 13 people and wounding lots of citizens during the Fort Hood massacre.

Any Kahan, the City of Houston’s victim advocate said that Hasan never testified and haven’t said anything on the massacre. So the murderbilia could be a great clue on what is going on Hasan’s mind.

However, it is not the only piece in having a look on Hasan’s mind because there is

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Murderabilia and True Crime Collecting

Murderabilia and True Crime Collecting looks in depth at the collectible world of Murderabilia and delves closely into the cultural impact of murderer and serial killer culture in contemporary society. Through interviews with some of the world’s most prolific and notorious murderers and serial killers this book discusses their point of view on serial killer artwork and crafts being freely available in the public domain and the issues that exist between killer, collector and victim. Featuring exclusive interviews with: Dennis Nilsen, Wayne Lo, Ian Brady, Joel Rifkin, Nico Claux and many more. Also including artwork from: John Wayne, Danny Rolling, Ottis Toole, Issei Sagawa, plus lots of images of some of the most unusual crafts and memorabilia affiliated with some of the most infamous killers of our time. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in, Murderabilia, true crime and serial killer culture. “Murderabilia and True Crime Collecting is the definitive book on the subject of Murderabilia and related serial killer culture”.

‘Southwest of Salem’ Is ‘Queering True Crime’

Deborah Esquenazi was working as a radio reporter in Texas when she first heard of the San Antonio Four. A journalism mentor from New York, Debbie Nathan, sent her the court transcripts of the case, which centered around four Latina lesbians convicted of the gang rape of two children.

The case had haunted Nathan, who authored the 2001 book Satan’s Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt. She urged Esquenazi to look into it. “This could be you,” she said. “This could happen again.”

At the time, Esquenazi was closeted, so the idea of an investigation involving four queer women seemed beyond what she was ready to face. But then she saw the VHS tapes — home videos of the women and their families before the nightmare that awaited them in the criminal justice system. Esquenazi was struck and saddened by the joy on display.

“It was really

Read more at: http://www.advocate.com/film/2016/9/30/southwest-salem-queering-true-crime

Wave of dark new shows mark true crime genre’s revival

And the shows now emerging may be the most troubling and important yet.

Long dismissed as lowbrow, exploitational and, in some cases, pornographic pulp, the genre that fed our guilty fascination with Charles Manson, the Black Dahlia and the alarming number of “nice, normal” men who kill their wives/girlfriends/fiancees is suddenly being taken seriously.

The success of the podcast “Serial,” the FX drama “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and multiple docuseries, including “The Jinx” (HBO) and “Making a Murderer” (Netflix), have raised true crime from the lowbrow populism of “Forensic Files,” “Homicide Hunter” and “Dateline.”

Not content with the increasing darkness and moral ambivalence of scripted crime drama, television writers and audiences began going straight to the source.

Not since Truman Capote wrote “In Cold Blood” has nonfictional brutality been the center of so much artistic treatment, used as a fulcrum for our need for authenticity and social awareness — and our desire to

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