“Shooting the Mafia” profiles Sicilian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia

“Shooting the Mafia” profiles Sicilian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia

Source:  FirstShowing

Cohen Media Group has released the official trailer for “Shooting the Mafia,” which screened at the Sundance Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year.

Directed by Kim Longinotto, the documentary profiles famed Italian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia, the first woman to be employed as a photographer at a major newspaper in Italy in the 1960s.

Battaglia went on to take iconic photos of the Mafia during one of their most violent eras, receiving death threats and getting entangled in their world.

“Shooting the Mafia” arrives in select theaters on November 22.

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Samuel Little is the most prolific serial killer in American history. The FBI needs your help identifying his victims

Samuel Little is the most prolific serial killer in American history. The FBI needs your help identifying his victims

Source:  CBS News

The FBI has named 79 year-old Samuel Little the most prolific serial killer in American history—and he would have gotten away with the vast majority of his murders, if not for a Texas Ranger.

As Sharyn Alfonsi reported Sunday on “60 Minutes,” Texas Ranger James Holland had a hunch about Little.  Holland suspected that Little might be guilty of far more murders than a recent conviction accused him of, and though Little had never confessed to anyone before, he slowly began opening up to Holland.

Over the course of 700 hours of interviews, the tally finally ballooned to its gruesome total: Little confessed to killing 93 people from 1970 to 2005.

Law enforcement officials have corroborated dozens of Little’s confessions with Jane Doe cases.  In just over a year, law enforcement has solved 50 cold cases, all due to the details sifted from the elderly serial killer’s memory.

The FBI has released several videos of Little talking in detail about murders that police have not been able to corroborate.  They hope that, through tips from the public, they will eventually be able to identify the victims.

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Brendan Dassey of “Making a Murderer” seeks clemency from Wisconsin governor

Brendan Dassey of “Making a Murderer” seeks clemency from Wisconsin governor

Source:  The New York Times

Brendan Dassey was 17 years old when he was convicted of helping his uncle sexually assault and murder photographer Teresa Halbach in a Wisconsin salvage yard.

He was 26 when the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” made the case — and the concerns about how it was handled — a global sensation.

Now, weeks from his 30th birthday, Mr. Dassey, who has pursued several failed legal appeals, is seeking mercy once again: On Wednesday, his legal team launched a campaign to persuade the state’s governor, Tony Evers, a Democrat, to grant him clemency.

While viewers continue to argue over the guilt or innocence of the docuseries’ main character, Mr. Dassey’s uncle Steven Avery, many viewers were moved by the plight of Mr. Dassey, who has intellectual disabilities and is serving a life sentence without the possibility of early release until 2048.

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Starz releases trailer for Steven Soderbergh-produced true crime docuseries “Leavenworth”

Starz releases trailer for Steven Soderbergh-produced true crime docuseries “Leavenworth”

Source:  IndieWire

After receiving critical success with docuseries like “America to Me” and “Warriors of Liberty City,” Starz is continuing its prestige documentary push with “Leavenworth.”

Produced by Steven Soderbergh, along with Paul Pawlowski and David Check, the upcoming five-hour docuseries tells a controversial true-crime story that plays out in the military justice system.

The series is centered on Clint Lorance, who’s serving a 19-year sentence for murder at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas.  While deployed in Afghanistan in July 2012, the former Army lieutenant ordered fire on three local men riding a motorcycle, killing two of them.

Lorance’s case made national headlines after a February 2015 story ran in The New York Times, and it recently came back into discussion when Don Brown, Lorance’s co-counsel and consultant during his appeal, published a book, “Travesty of Justice,” on the case this year.

Brown argues in the book that the Army restricted critical evidence from being revealed in Lorance’s trial.

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Karl Fontenot, subject of Netflix’s “The Innocent Man,” might soon be free

Karl Fontenot, subject of Netflix’s “The Innocent Man,” might soon be free

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

A federal judge has placed the man at the center of documentary series “The Innocent Man” on the path to potential freedom.

U.S. District Judge James Payne has ruled there was reasonable doubt that Karl Fontenot should have been convicted in 1988 in the kidnapping and killing of Ada, Oklahoma convenience store clerk Denice Haraway in 1984.

Payne has given the state of Oklahoma 120 days to grant Fontenot a new trial or release him permanently.

Fontenot’s case was the focus of the 2006 John Grisham book “The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town” and a later the 2018 Netflix documentary series “The Innocent Man.”

Watch “The Innocent Man” on Netflix.

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Steven Soderbergh to executive produce true-crime military justice docuseries “Leavenworth” for Starz

Steven Soderbergh to executive produce true-crime military justice docuseries “Leavenworth” for Starz

Source:  Deadline

Steven Soderbergh is executive producing a true-crime documentary series about the military justice system for Starz.

The Lionsgate-backed broadcaster has ordered “Leavenworth” from the “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Magic Mike” director as well as Paul Pawlowski and David Check.

Leavenworth tells the story of Lieutenant Clint Lorance, who is serving a 19-year sentence for murder at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas.

While deployed in Afghanistan in July 2012, Lorance ordered fire on three local men riding a motorcycle, killing two of them and outraging some of his platoon.

In a first-hand account of a soldier navigating the U.S. Army’s legal system, Lorance seeks to overturn his conviction, provoking emotional debate between his supporters and detractors that rises to the national stage.

“Leavenworth” will premiere October 20 on Starz.

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