Crime: The Scene of the Crime: Four Mysteries in Ominous Locales

Marilyn Stasio’s column takes readers to backwater towns in Minnesota and Oklahoma and the murky Victorian-era Thames. Also a not-very-sunny California.
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15 ways you could become a cyber crime victim

Europol has warned of 15 ways in which people can fall prey to cyber criminals as it launched a report on the dangers of the web.
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Trial and Error: Lady Killer Star Kristin Chenoweth on Singing, True Crime and Hairless Cat Problems

Trial and Error, Kristin ChenowethWhere Kristin Chenoweth goes there will be singing, even if she’s playing a woman on trial for murder.
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EastEnders: Knife crime episode of soap praised by viewers

The families of young victims of knife crime spoke as part of the special episode.
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Kevin Durant: If winning is a crime, I’m guilty

After leading Golden State to another title, the NBA Finals MVP rejects claims that he wrecked the league's competitive balance by joining the already loaded team.

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Greer says ‘most rape is bad sex’ not ‘violent crime’

Feminist author Germaine Greer has called for a rethink on how rape is prosecuted, saying some cases should be thought of as “non-consensual… bad sex” rather than a “violent crime”.
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Fiction: Jo Nesbo Sculpts ‘Macbeth’ Into Shadowy Crime Noir

The Norwegian crime writer turns Shakespeare’s tragedy into a fast-paced thriller about murder and corruption in 1970s Glasgow.
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‘Dark web’ targeted in crime crackdown

Criminals are emboldened by the anonymity of the dark web, which has become a platform for horrific abuse, the Home Secretary will say today.
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Crime: Child Sleuths and Child Victims

One girl goes missing and another tails a murderer all the way to Kenya. Meanwhile a British tourist and a teenage apprentice wind up in the morgue.
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Brooke Kinsella helps EastEnders with knife crime story

Actress Brooke Kinsella, whose brother was stabbed to death 10 years ago, is working with the soap.
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Getty Family Goes After FX’s Trust: Could This Be the Beginning of the End for TV’s True Crime Wave?

Donald Sutherland, TrustBringing a true story to life on the small screen is hard work.
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Crime: Hustles, Hoaxes and Heinous Crimes

Marilyn Stasio’s mystery column visits the canals of Venice and the cliffs of southern Britain, with American pit stops at a mortuary and a motel.
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Crime: Fans of Easy Rawlins and Leonid McGill, Meet Joe King Oliver

Walter Mosley leads off the Crime column, followed by a first novel set in rural Cornwall and series prequels from Charles Finch and Trudy Nan Boyce.
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Crime: Keep Watch Over Your Children: Danger Lurks Everywhere

In Marilyn Stasio’s latest Crime column, we meet a murderous nanny, an abducted teenager, a little boy stranded in the high desert and a mad bomber.
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How Ricky Martin Found New Strength Within The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime StoryWith The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, his first significant TV role since his stint on General Hospital in the 1990s, singer Ricky Martin is playing a role in the story…

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The Assassination of Gianni Versace Will Explore “A Crime America Is Guilty Of”

The Assassination of Gianni VersaceIt’s time to go behind the scenes of one of the most anticipated new shows of 2018: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
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Crime: The Best Crime Novels of 2017

From Attica Locke to Jo Nesbo, Marilyn Stasio looks back at some of her favorite mysteries and thrillers from a year’s worth of crime columns.
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The 7 Biggest Lies in ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’

Dick Wolf has broken my heart with his first venture into true crime, “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,” which ended on Tuesday night. The “L&O” franchise has always been my favorite ever procedural series, but this mini-series takes the “true” out of true crime. Yes, we are warned that characters and events […]

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Crime: The Latest in Crime Novels: Bad Mothers, Bad Memories and Bad Sex Toys

Marilyn Stasio’s Crime column shows what happens when a daughter turns in her murderer mother, a town confronts a killing and cold cases unfreeze.
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New police hub to crack down on hate crime trolls

A new national police hub will be set up to crack down on trolls posting hate crime online, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced.
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Fiction: In ‘Manhattan Beach,’ Jennifer Egan Sets a Crime Story on the Waterfront

A missing father, an underworld boss and a female diver at the Brooklyn Naval Yards anchor the Pulitzer winner’s first novel since “A Visit From the Goon Squad.”
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The Comparison Between the Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders Stars and the Real-Life Players Will Give You Chills

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Abortion should not be a crime, says doctors’ body

The pregnancy association votes to regulate terminations in line with other medical procedures.
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Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders Should Change Your Attitude About the Menendez Trials, Says Dick Wolf

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Books of The Times: ‘Ranger Games’ Investigates a Crime and a Soldier’s Mind

Ben Blum tries to get to the bottom of his cousin’s participation in an armed bank robbery.
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Q. and A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Patricia Williams Goes From Crime to Comedy

In her new memoir, “Rabbit,” the standup comedian tells how she overcame a young life of poverty and drug dealing to become a performer.
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YouTube ‘deleted Syrian war crime evidence’

YouTube has been criticised for deleting video evidence relating to potential war crimes in Syria as part of its work to remove terrorist content and propaganda from the platform.
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Crime: Grifters, Swindlers and Chumps Headline the Latest in Crime

From contemporary Los Angeles to medieval Venice, bad guys romp in new mysteries from Richard Lange, Ace Atkins, S.D. Sykes and Michael Connelly.
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Abortion should not be crime, says doctors’ union

The British Medical Association has supported removing abortion from criminal law.
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Crime: In a New Crime Lineup, a Supine Swede and Private Eyes With Bad Habits

Swedish sausages and Montana wildfires figure in two new crime novels. Also a 19th-century female sleuth and a P.I. who’s addicted to cocaine.
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Netflix’s New True Crime Series ‘The Keepers’ Searches For Answers In 47-Year-Old Cold Case

There were a lot of things for true crime junkies to get excited about when Netflix released the teaser for its new series “The Keepers”: an unsolved murder, a missing nun, corruption, a possible Catholic school cover-up.

For all its promises, the series — from documentary veteran Ryan White, who also directed “The Case Against 8” and “Good Ol’ Freda” — delivers. The seven episodes center around the 1969 disappearance and death of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a young nun who taught English at a Baltimore-area Catholic high school and was beloved by students. Two months after Cesnik failed to return home from a routine shopping trip, her body was found by hunters in a remote wooded area five miles from her apartment. Investigations revealed she had suffered a mortal wound to her head. Her killer was never found.

“The Keepers” is as addictive and compelling as “Making a Murderer,” the documentary series that ran on the streaming network in late 2015, spurring theories, sprawling message board discussions and an acute hunger for more true crime stories. (The docuseries are entirely different, of course, but comparisons will be inevitable.)

Any good documentary needs narration, especially for one as layered, and with as many individuals involved, as this. While some of the key players in the story that unfolds surrounding Cesnik’s death have also since died, many are still around to keep the story alive — namely, a group of students at Archbishop Keough High School where the nun taught. It’s been more than 40 years, but the women are able to recount their memories of their former teacher as though they had just graduated.

Perhaps their sharpness is a result of running through those formative years over and over in their heads, trying to search their memories for anything that could explain Cesnik’s abrupt disappearance. Years after graduating, her former students have created a circle of amateur detectives, knocking on doors, looking up records and sharing information. They want to find out something, anything, about who killed their teacher.

Leading the crew are Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub, a retired teacher and nurse, respectively. In the series, we meet Hoskins sitting down at a restaurant and inquiring about their chardonnay. When she discovers that they serve Yellow Tail, she answers with a laugh, “Oh, that’s fine, that’s what I drink at home. Only.”

Meanwhile, we are introduced to Schaub as she waits in line at a local library, stack of papers in hand. “We’ve been using your excellent services for about two years,” she tells the librarian in a high, warm voice when it’s her turn. “We’ve been looking into an unsolved murder case.”

It’s not the kind of thing you’d immediately expect to hear from Schaub, who comes off as a studious, cheerful grandmotherly type. She and Hoskins make an unlikely team, but one that easily becomes central to the series. In the first episode, Hoskins recalls her excitement upon walking into Cesnik’s class at 13 to learn they’d be reading The Scarlet Letter, describing her wonder that “a cool nun” would be teaching the somewhat scandalous classic. Cesnik, we learn, was supportive and eager to listen to her students, a rare source of comfort in a strict religious and academic environment.

“Gemma’s been the Nancy Drew, I think,” Schaub tells the camera while she and Hoskins are sitting side-by-side at a kitchen table, discussing their efforts to find more information about those fateful months in 1969. “She’s good at getting people to talk to her.”

“Abby does amazing research, like no one I’ve ever met,” Hoskins adds. Hoskins likes to pick up the phone and talk to people, which Schaub says is perfect — she does not. It’s hard not to fall in love with the idea of two old high school acquaintances teaming up to solve a long-cold case, proving that the yearning to solve a grisly crime is not confined to whatever notions of detectives we typically see on screen. Other former classmates, journalists and retired law enforcement join the two women in their search for answers.

Hoskins and Schaub’s passion for justice is inspiring, a torch through the darkness that will emerge most pointedly in the series’ second episode. It’d be inaccurate to paint the series solely as a thrilling caper — real traumas occurred within the halls of Archbishop Keough, the effects of which carry through to the present day. The pair of women leading the amateur search for answers provides a framework for the rest of the shocking narrative to reveal itself, a positive and endearing aspect of a tale with much abuse of power and darkness, where the possibility for true justice feels as long buried as its subject.

“The Keepers” begins streaming on Netflix Friday, May 19.

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NCA: Hacking ensnaring teenagers into crime

Hacking is ensnaring teenagers who would otherwise be unlikely to be involved in traditional crime, says a National Crime Agency report.
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Nonfiction: Power and Punishment: Two New Books About Race and Crime

James Forman Jr.’s “Locking Up Our Own” and Chris Hayes’s “A Colony in a Nation” compel readers to wrestle with very tough questions about racism, inequality and punishment.
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‘Green’ police car fights crime and saves planet

US police will soon be saving the environment as well as fighting crime thanks to a new hybrid car powered by both petrol and batteries. 
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Has the Art Market Become an Unwitting Partner in Crime?

The debate about anonymity in art sales has intensified as some people wonder whether a lack of ownership transparency has invited criminal activity.
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Jessica Biel Returns To TV In Creepy New Crime Thriller ‘The Sinner’

She played the beloved Mary Camden on “7th Heaven” until 2003, but since then, Jessica Biel hasn’t been on our TV screens, aside from a brief cameo on “New Girl” in 2014. 

Well, good news: she’s back in a scary new crime thriller on USA Network. Biel is starring in “The Sinner,” an anthology series based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the first season of the show follows a young mother named Cora (Biel) who randomly commits a startling act of violence. The thing is, Cora doesn’t know why she did it, and that’s the question that drives the plot. Bill Pullman plays the detective who works to uncover Cora’s motives, while Christopher Abbott plays Biel’s on-screen husband, Mason. 

“The Sinner” is produced by Biel, show writer Derek Simonds, Michelle Purple, Charlie Gogolak, and pilot director Antonio Campos.

Watch the creepy trailer above. “The Sinner” debuts on USA this summer. 

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Crime Through Time #2: Nabbed!

Crime Through Time #2: Nabbed!


Each book in the Crime Through Time series is hosted by a different child member of the famous Fitzmorgan detective family. While the young sleuth unravels a fictional mystery, readers learn about the real historical setting and actual crime-solving methods from the different eras. In sidebar activities, readers take on the role of assistant, helping to crack the case. Breathtakingly suspenseful but never violent and always age-appropriate, the books read like private investigative journals, with photos, maps, news clippings and crime scene sketches. In book 2, set in 1925, G. Codd Fitzmorgan arrives at a storm-battered mansion for a party. But more than an engagement celebration seems to be afoot, as our detective unravels a mystery involving a seance, a reckless aviator, and sale of liquor banned under Prohibition.

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Crime: The Best and Latest in Crime Fiction

There’s a perverse symmetry to the way things work in Federico Axat’s mind-bending psychological thriller “Kill the Next One.”
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Oprah And Steven Spielberg Gave John Travolta The Go-Ahead For ‘American Crime Story’

Before John Travolta transformed into Robert Shapiro for “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” he had to get the go-ahead from his trusted group of Hollywood heavyweights. 

In a new interview with GQ, the actor revealed that he contemplated taking the role in the FX series for months. It wasn’t until “four of the top people” gave their blessings that he decided he should go for it. 

But who, exactly, were those four people?

“It was Spielberg. It was Oprah. It was Rita Hanks and Tom Hanks. And it was [former Disney CEO] Michael Eisner,” Travolta said. (Note: This obviously amounts to five people, but perhaps the actor sees the Hankses as one entity.)

Talk about a power squad.

The actor added: “They all thought it was completely the right move.” And they were right ― the role garnered Travolta an Emmy nomination and the series became a critical success

Maybe Travolta should consult with those “top people” for every life decision from now on. 

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The Bloody Bokhara: And Other Crime Fiction from the Legendary Magazine

The Bloody Bokhara: And Other Crime Fiction from the Legendary Magazine


From its launch in 1920 until its demise in 1951, the magazine “Black Mask” published pulp crime fiction. The first hard-boiled detective stories appeared on its pages. Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner and John D. MacDonald got their start in “Black Mask.” The urban crime stories that appeared in “Black Mask” helped to shape American culture. Modern computer games, films, and television are rooted in the fiction popularized by “the seminal and venerated mystery pulp magazine” (“Booklist”).Otto Penzler selected and wrote introductions to the best of the best, the darkest of these dark, vintage stories for the collection “The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories.” Now that collection is available for the first time on audio. Includes: “Body Snatcher” by Theodore A. Tinsley; read by Richard Ferrone”Murder on the Gayway” by Dwight V. Babcock; read by David LeDoux”The Key” by Cleve F. Adams; read by Jeff Gurner”The Bloody Bokhara” by William Campbell Gault; read by Peter Ganim

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Physical Bases Of Crime

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Physical Bases Of Crime, A Symposium: Papers And Discussion Contributed To The Xxxviii Annual Meeting Of The American Academy Of M

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Batman The Dark Knight Gotham City Thug Crime Scene Evidence Action Figure Based On Christopher Nolan’s Batman Film. 5.5 Inch Posable Figure. Comes With Crime Scene Evidence Mask. Recommended Age: 4 Years & Up. Model: P4717
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Luggage By Kroger: A True Crime Memoir

Luggage By Kroger: A True Crime Memoir


Remember the movie ‘Fatal Attraction’? And the movie ‘Basic Instinct’? And the movie ‘Play Misty for Me’? Toss all three of those in a blender, hit frappe and stand back. What comes out would be Gary Taylor’s new book-‘Luggage By Kroger'”-author Randall Radic.”A true crime memoir reminiscent of ‘Basic Instinct.'”-Reader Views online.”A riveting true story that reads like a high-octane crime thriller.”-Midwest Book Review.”This award-winning true crime gem is highly recommended for your reading list.”-True Crime Book Reviews. Since its publication in December of 2008, Luggage By Kroger has been recognized as a top true crime thriller with honors from five different national book competitions. Here’s the scorecard: True Crime Silver Medal from the 2009 IPPYs True Crime Bronze Medal and Finalist for Book-of-the-Year from the 2008 ForeWord Magazine Book-of-the-Year Awards True Crime Runner-Up in the 2009 National Indie Excellence Awards True Crime Finalist in the 2009 USA Book News Awards General Nonfiction Runner-Up at the 2009 New York Book FestivalIn this true crime memoir, former Houston Post reporter Gary Taylor recounts his true-life fatal attraction involvement in the trail of violence that has dogged Texas attorney Catherine Mehaffey Shelton for nearly three decades, prompting coverage by newspapers, TV, movies and even Oprah Winfrey. Now Taylor invites readers to grab a seat on the wild ride of an obsessive relationship: erotic beginning to violent end and the trials required to clean up the mess. The result is an adventure odyssey of self-discovery through an encounter that nearly cost him his life.

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Steel Heart: 10 Tales of Crime and Suspense

Steel Heart: 10 Tales of Crime and Suspense


Thomas Pluck writes unflinching fiction with heart. Here are ten tales of fierce emotion from the streets, the underbelly, and the house next door. Gumbo Weather – A mob enforcer confronts his own past as he spars with a ruthless crime boss to rescue a child from a hellish home. A Glutton for Punishment – Terry is an MMA fighter who’s never backed down from a fight, but this one might be his last. Legacy of Brutality – Denny the Dent ain’t smart, but he listens good. When a woman at his gym tangles with her abusive boyfriend, it’s 300 musclebound pounds of street justice to the rescue. The Forest for the Trees – A street racer finds the love of his life as he escapes from the cops. But how long will he live to love her? Six Feet Under God – A wise-cracking existential P.I. takes on the ultimate murder case: Who killed the Almighty? Tiger Mother – in 1950s Harlem, Caldonia Peele hunts down her missing son. It’s the toughs who better be afraid when tiger mother’s on the prowl. Freedom Bird – Vietnam Vet Harve Chundak battles to teach his unruly son to walk the straight and narrow, but will he lose the war? Black-Eyed Susan – A bad joke comes to all-too-real life for the denizens of a mill town gin mill. The Last Sacrament – The dangerous life of an unlikely altar boy. Kamikaze Death Burgers at the Ghost Town Cafe – Jay Desmarteaux is just trying to get by, running contraband in his voodoo Cadillac. When he tangles with a psycho trucker and the red hot lawyer for a violent biker gang, he fights a battle worthy of the Road Warrior in the Utah desert for his very soul. About the Author. Thomas Pluck is the editor of Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT, and his essays and fiction have appeared in The Utne Reader, PANK, Beat to a Pulp, Crimespree, McSweeney’s, The Morning News, Needle, Burnt Bridge, Criminal Element, and The Good Men Project. He also lifts heavy things and trains in mixed-martial arts. He ‘s a computer geek now, but has worked on the docks, in constru

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The Beautiful Discomfort of John Ridley’s American Crime

When many of us reach for our television remotes, we also grab our cell phones, computers or iPads to connect to Twitter, Facebook or some other social media site to engage with millions around the world as we tune in to our favorite shows. Watching television while interacting on social media is the new normal. For many, this new form of engagement is wonderful. Yet I’m curious as to whether this constant stimulation, connection and interaction ever really allows us to “feel” what we are witnessing.

Enter Academy Award winner (12 Years a Slave) John Ridley’s American Crime, a new ABC drama, which asks us to not just engage with others on social media, but to pause and engage with our hearts. Much of what we watch on television is a form of art, which has historically introduced us to many individuals, narratives, ideas and questions that challenge what we know (or think) to be true. As we engage with art, many of us experience moments of feeling uncomfortable. American Crime, set in Modesto, Calif., is a work of art that embodies this characteristic to captivate its audience in an unnerving way. As Executive Producer and creator John Ridley explains, “(the show is) edited so the audience will not disengage.”

American Crime begins with the murder of a young military veteran and the brutal assault of his wife, who is subsequently hospitalized and fighting for her life. As their parents are informed of this tragic news, the audience begins to become familiar with the world of other characters connected to the murder. “Unlike most television,” as Executive Producer Michael McDonald describes, “which focuses on the extremes, the poor or the privileged.”

American Crime centers itself on the lives of “everyday” Americans, and shows how complex and contradictory we all can be. As John Ridley states, “We like to think that we are consistent. And yet we are not. And that’s ok. After watching, I hope we all walk away knowing we are all a little of this and a little of that. Every person is complex. And complexity makes us beautiful and that’s ok and that uniqueness is beautiful.”

As viewers watch American Crime, seeing this “beauty” may not be immediately evident due to the uncomfortable subject matter that this drama so intentionally confronts. Salient issues including race, class, immigration, drug use, and faith are weaved throughout each episode, forcing the viewer to feel uneasy and without escape. Ridley wants this certain level of discomfort as he explains, “Discomfort is usually a sign of growth and change. I would like a level of discomfort. This is not business as usual or story telling as usual. This show will help us move out of our ruts. “

As our country celebrates 50 years since Selma and continues to brace for legislation on voting rights, immigration and marriage equality, moving out of our individual ruts and static thinking about how we engage with others is exactly what we need to achieve. As Michael McDonald explains, “I want people to examine and reflect on our own biases and get to a place where we can accept each other.”

Acceptance and forgiveness cannot happen without being self-reflective. American Crime, in many ways, holds up a mirror to us all, causing internal and hopefully external awareness to occur around the ways we care for each other. John Ridley explains, “We all carry biases. Can we see them and evolve?” That evolution is only made possible through feelings of discomfort. As we all tune in to watch American Crime while squirming in our seats and interrogating our prejudices, we should embrace the words of African American author Pearl Cleage, “Discomfort is always a necessary part of enlightenment,” and never turn away.
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Aftermath Official Trailer 1 (2014) – Tony Danza Crime Thriller HD

Aftermath is a black comedy thriller about one man’s enormous overreaction. Thomas Fiorini (Anthony Michael Hall) is a successful developer and an upstanding member of the community. He has it all: money, a stunning wife (Elisabeth Rohm), and their first child on the way. But the good times come to a screeching halt when Tom’s lead foreman Matt (Jamie Harrold) and subcontractor Tony (Chris Penn), start to compete for top position in the company. After a physical fight with Tony, Matt mysteriously disappears and Tom, fearing the worst, fires Tony. What follows is a slippery spiral of confrontations and suspicions as Tom becomes increasingly paranoid. Step by step he moves in a direction of fear leading to meetings with a top hit man (Tony Danza) and a cast of unsavory characters. Also starring Lily Rabe and Frank Whaley. Written & directed by the award-winning Thomas Farone.

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The Death of Meriwether Lewis: A Historic Crime Scene Investigation

The Death of Meriwether Lewis: A Historic Crime Scene Investigation


Even after more than two centuries, mystery continues to surround Meriwether Lewis’s death—did the famous explorer commit suicide or was he murdered? Recently revealed truths and deconstructed myths are woven together in this fascinating account to form an unforgettable tale of political corruption, assassins, forged documents, and skeletal remains. New research implicating General James Wilkinson—commanding general of the U.S. Army and coconspirator of Aaron Burr—as the assassin is thoroughly discussed, while riveting testimony from 13 leading experts in wound ballistics, forensic anthropology, suicide psychology, grave-site exhumation, and handwriting analysis offers new insight into what Lewis’s exhumed remains might reveal. The new evidence not only destroys the foundation of suicide arguments by proving the primary evidence is a forgery, it also proves the Indian Agent escorting Lewis lied about his activities on the day of Lewis’s death. The book also contains evidence of a previously unknown plot by Aaron Burr to seize New Orleans and invade Mexico in 1809, a repeat of his 1806 plot. It explains why Lewis suddenly changed his plans to travel to Washington, DC, by boat, and instead chose to go overland on the Natchez Trace, where he met his untimely death on October 11, 1809, at age 35.

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Here’s Why We’re Actually Still Watching Crime Shows

Since I write television, allow me to begin by stating the obvious: America has become more polarized than at any time since the 1960s. People on opposite sides of the partisan divide have not only ceased listening to each other, they are also looking to buy homes and rent apartments in politically homogenous neighborhoods (and cities!); so that the newspaper resting at the bottom of their cages won’t ruffle their ideological feathers; so they can tell birds singing different songs to flock off.

In another chapter from the hard to believe, crossing party lines has become a criminal offense, so that it’s impossible to get anything done without offering insult to one side or the other. And every action by moderately opposing forces is greeted with hysteria. Democrats adopt a Republican health care proposal from the 1990s, which was actually implemented by a Republican governor (and eventual Republican presidential nominee), and the rage on the right cannot be contained. Democrats furiously condemn a policy of fighting a war in Iraq and keeping prisoners in Guantanamo and the ethics of drone strikes and then, when they gain power…oh, the list is too long.

For better or worse, the justice system has become the last refuge for those of us looking for common ties with our fellow Americans. The need to arrest criminals and put them on trial transcends our petty differences, and allows varied communities to unite in common cause. Murder is terribly hard to politicize. As one of Henry the II’s sons says in The Lion in Winter, “I’ve never heard a corpse ask how it got so cold.”

And homicide investigations are largely successful. In most big cities, perhaps especially in Los Angeles and New York, every effort is made to comply with the law while hunting down those who have not. The LAPD polls regularly as the most respected municipal institution in Los Angeles. Our law enforcement agencies exist as working proof that government can move competently – even with bravery and selflessness – to do the right thing.

The unconscious fantasy element of procedural drama has evolved, from marveling at the intelligence of a particular detective, into a wistful desire that our entire body politic could put aside our mostly imaginary arguments long enough to focus on the crisis at hand: to drop our opinions in favor of the pattern of facts.

We love a good whodunit; bringing a murderer to heel satisfies our heroic impulses, and unites the audience with shared, public approval. If only we could figure out how to respect each other as well as we do the abstract principles of the justice system! That, ladies and gentlemen, is a mystery we ought to solve together.

In the meantime, procedural drama will have to do.
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