HBO releases trailer for Golden State Killer documentary series “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark”

HBO releases trailer for Golden State Killer documentary series “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark”

Source:  HBO

A six-part documentary series based on the book of the same name, “I’ll Be Gone In The Dark” explores the late writer Michelle McNamara’s investigation into the dark world of the violent predator she dubbed “The Golden State Killer.”

McNamara lived a quiet life as a writer, mother, and wife, preferring to stay on the periphery of the Hollywood world of her comedian husband Patton Oswalt.

But every night, as her family slept, she indulged her obsession with unsolved cases, beginning her investigation into Joseph DeAngelo, the man who terrorized California from 1974 to 1986 and is responsible for 50 home-invasion rapes and 12 murders.

Directed by Academy Award nominee and Emmy-winning director Liz Garbus, the series is a detective story told in McNamara’s own words through exclusive original recordings and excerpts from her book read by actor Amy Ryan.

Drawing on extensive archival footage and police files as well as exclusive new interviews with detectives, survivors, and family members of DeAngelo, the series weaves together a picture of a complex and flawed investigation that befuddled the police for decades.

“I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” premieres June 28 on HBO.


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Federal judge gives control of the Tiger King’s zoo to Carole Baskin

Federal judge gives control of the Tiger King’s zoo to Carole Baskin

Source:  The New York Times

For years, animal rights activist Carole Baskin railed against the roadside zoo that was run by Joe Exotic, describing it as cruel and exploitative of the big cats that were kept there.

That part of the story is well known to the millions of viewers of “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” the Netflix docuseries about the conflict between Ms. Baskin and Joe Exotic, the flamboyant owner of a lion and tiger zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

Tensions grew so taut between them that, in 2019, Joe Exotic was convicted of trying to have Ms. Baskin killed.

Last Monday, U.S. District Judge Scott Palk added another chapter to the tale when he ruled that Ms. Baskin’s organization, Big Cat Rescue Corporation, could take control of the 16.4-acre property in Wynnewood, once known as G.W. Exotic.

Read the story at The New York Times.


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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.

Read the story at AP.


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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.

Read the story at Deadline.


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