New HBO documentary sheds new light on the Atlanta child murders

New HBO documentary sheds new light on the Atlanta child murders

Source:  AP

Anthony Terrell believes an imprisoned man currently serving two life sentences may not have been the person who murdered his brother as part of a killing spree that rocked the city of Atlanta four decades ago.

With the HBO documentary “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children,” Terrell hopes new light can be shed on the murders that terrorized the African American community in the city within a two-year time span between 1979 and 1981.

The five-part series explores how the victims’ family members and others remain skeptical about Wayne Williams being the sole killer, despite evidence linking him to those murders and 10 others.

“I really want them to find out who did it,” said Terrell, whose 12-year-old brother, Earl, was one of the 29 abducted and killed between 1979 and 1981.  “It’s more than just blaming Wayne Williams.  His name was embedded in everybody’s heads.  Let us be focused on something else.  He was convicted of two adults, but the rest were children. What about them?”

Part one of “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children” is available now on HBO.

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“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” is your next true crime obsession

“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” is your next true crime obsession

Source:  Rolling Stone

At the beginning of new docuseries “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” a strip club proprietor tells the camera, “The big cat people are backstabbing pieces of s**t.”

The statement sounds both like nonsense and hyperbole.  By the end of the seven-part series, it turns out to have been a vast understatement.

“Tiger King” unfolds like a wild-eyed hybrid of the popular S-Town podcast and HBO’s “The Jinx,” and follows a protracted feud between Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin, two eccentric big-cat owners that nearly ended in murder.

Riveting, twisted, and occasionally disturbing, the series has become a terribly strange distraction from these strangely terrible times.

Each episode is an invitation: come for the majestic animals, but stay for the meth addicts, cult leaders, and the mystery of the missing millionaire.

“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” is available now on Netflix.

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Trial of “The Jinx’s” Robert Durst delayed for three weeks amid coronavirus fears

Trial of “The Jinx’s” Robert Durst delayed for three weeks amid coronavirus fears

Source:  AP

A Los Angeles judge on Sunday postponed the murder trial of multimillionaire New York real estate heir Robert Durst for three weeks over fears of the transmission of the new coronavirus.

Superior Court Judge Mark E. Windham announced that the trial, which had been underway for six days and is expected to take five months, will stand adjourned until April 6.

Durst is on trial for the killing of his friend Susan Berman in her home in December 2000.  Prosecutors argued in opening statements that Durst shot Berman because she knew Durst had killed his wife, who disappeared in 1982.

The long-awaited trial had been in the works for five years, since Durst’s arrest in the case on the eve of the airing of the final episode of “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”  The HBO documentary included interviews with Durst that helped lead to him being charged.

Watch “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” on HBO.

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True crime doc “Abducted In Plain Sight” is getting a podcast spin-off

True crime doc “Abducted In Plain Sight” is getting a podcast spin-off

Source:  Deadline

True crime documentary “Abducted in Plain Sight,” which recounts the two kidnappings of actress Jan Broberg when she was a kid, is getting a podcast spin-off.

“Obsessed With: Abducted In Plain Sight,” will be hosted by the film’s director Skye Borgman.  It’s the first podcast from the Obsessed Network, which was established by Patrick Hinds.

“Abducted In Plain Sight” tells the true story of Broberg, an Idaho teenager who was abducted by her neighbor Robert Berchtold in the 1970s on two separate occasions.

Broberg went on to become an actress and starred in TV series including CBS’s “Touched By An Angel” and The WB’s “Everwood.”

“Abducted In Plain Sight” is available now on Netflix.

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Netflix’s new true crime series “The Pharmacist” is a real-life superhero story

Netflix’s new true crime series “The Pharmacist” is a real-life superhero story

Source:  Den of Geek

It sounds like something out of a pulp comic book:  A grieving father seeks to avenge his son’s murder by circumventing the police to identify the killer.

But it was reality for Dan Schneider, a New Orleans-area pharmacist who channeled his grief over the drug-related shooting death of his son, Danny Jr., into a tireless DIY investigation.

In “The Pharmacist,” Netflix’s new documentary series and one of its most gripping to date, Schneider finds that justice for his son is only the beginning.

Soon the well-meaning pharmacist embarks on a crusade to combat the unfolding opioid crisis that’s ravaging his city and soon the entire country.

Watch “The Pharmacist” now on Netflix.

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“Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” explores the secret life of the ex-NFL star and convicted killer

“Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” explores the secret life of the ex-NFL star and convicted killer

Source:  TIME

Aaron Hernandez’s downfall from football star to convicted murderer is one of the most notorious cases to emerge from not just the NFL, but the sports world at large.

In 2015, the former New England Patriots tight end was convicted of murdering Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was the boyfriend of Hernandez’s fiancée’s sister.

Two years later, the 27-year-old Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell, days after he was acquitted of a separate double homicide.

Netflix’s “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” explores the tumultuous life of the football player, investigating the forces in his life that might have driven him to violence.

Weaving together news footage, trial footage, interviews with friends and former teammates, and recordings of phone calls that Hernandez made from prison, the three-part series argues that several factors contributed to Hernandez’s behavior.

Chief among them were a troubled home life, the unexpected death of his domineering father, and, according to some who knew him, pressure to conceal that he was allegedly gay.

Following Hernandez’s death, a study of his brain found that he suffered from the worst case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) doctors had found in a person his age.

“Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” is available now on Netflix.

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