Author: Samantha Sanders

TV Takes a Sweeping Look Back at the LA Riots This Week

This week marks the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots and—fitting for an event where so much of it was captured on camera in real time—television is taking a closer look. Yesterday, NPR’s Eric Deggans of Code Switch (if you’re not listening to that podcast, by the way, you should be) offered up a solid overview of this week’s commemorative programs. Five documentaries about a subject that has been revisited so often, and often so well, might seem excessive. I haven’t yet seen any of these films and am anxiously waiting for them, as maybe you are, so...

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BLOTTER | April 25

BLOTTER | April 25 Hi again. A few weeks back, I shared a link to an older story about the search for the Golden State Killer, written by the late Michelle McNamara. This week’s 48 Hours interviewed comedian Patton Oswalt, McNamara’s husband, about her personal search for the rapist and murderer who stalked Californians at both ends of the state for more than a decade. At the time of her death, McNamara was working on a book about the still-unsolved crime and drawing closer to a suspect.  If you missed the episode, you can watch it online. It’s worth...

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New on Netflix Instant Streaming: Want to Understand 2017 America? Watch ‘Oklahoma City’ This Weekend

Originally published March 3, 2017. Oklahoma City is now available on Netflix Instant streaming. Overview: Two violent events mobilized the American far-right in the early 90s and inspired a former solider named Timothy McVeigh to carry out one of the deadliest acts of homegrown terrorism in the nation’s history. PBS; 2017; Not Rated ; 113 minutes. How We Got There: This documentary-length episode of PBS’s long-running series American Experience painstakingly recounts the events that led to the explosive growth of the white separatist movement in the early- to mid-1990s and connects them directly to the deadly bombing of the Murrah...

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BLOTTER | April 18 – A Murder Obsession From Every State

This week’s Blotter is switching things up. Instead of the usual rundown of true-crime-related movie, podcast, and TV news, we’re going to take a closer look at a single story of a singular murder in every state. Well you’re going to take a closer look. Basically, the idea is: I give you a loving push down what could be an internet k-hole of crime. The story of each murder definitely won’t be the state’s most famous or likely its most terrifying, just a snippet of a story I’ve come across and found interesting that you might, too. One story....

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Discovery Process: ‘Tales of the Grim Sleeper’

Discovery Process is an ongoing series taking a second look at true-crime-related films currently available on streaming services.  Overview: Filmmaker Nick Broomfield travels to South Central Los Angeles to talk to the family, friends, and survivors of the serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper. HBO; 2014; TV-MA; 110 minutes. Hidden in Plain Sight: In one of the many wrenching moments in Nick Broomfield’s 2014 documentary about the crimes of Lonnie Franklin Jr., Enietra Washington recounts the afternoon she accepted a ride from a friendly-seeming man in her neighborhood. Their car had barely turned the corner when, without provocation,...

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