Blotter is your twice-weekly rundown on all things true crime happening in the world of movies, TV, podcasts, and beyond.
I’m sending you into the end of your week with a long list of things to research, watch, read, and listen to and the faster we do this, the sooner we get to the weekend, right? Let’s go:
2017 Tribeca Film Festival preview: This year’s lineup of U.S./International Narrative and Documentary programs features several films likely to be of interest to true crime fans:
- The Family I Had | “A mother recalls how her seemingly brilliant teenage son came to shatter their idyllic family through one horribly violent and shocking act.”
- Hounds of Love | While not based on a specific story, this narrative feature set in ‘80s Melbourne “follows 17-year-old Vicki on the night she’s abducted by a disturbed couple […] Vicki must find a way to drive a wedge between her unhinged captors and escape by any means necessary. “
- Frank Serpico | This will be the world premiere of Antonino D’Ambrosio’s documentary on the life of NYPD whistleblower Frank Serpico, immortalized in Sidney Lumet’s 1973 film, Serpico.
- Or browse a complete list of criminal justice-related films with upcoming screenings
The annual showcase kicks off Thursday, April 20 and tickets are on sale now.
- This week’s Longform podcast featured an interview with Al Baker, longtime crime reporter at The New York Times. If you’re at all interested in the way crimes become news and news becomes meaningful stories, this is a terrific interview.
- And while we’re on the subject of crime reporting, here’s a second fantastic Michelle Dean piece—The Serendipiter’s Journey—about the ethical gray area writer Gay Talese camped out in in when he granted ongoing, long-term anonymity to a motel owner guilty of voyeurism.
- Netflix recommendation: The 1982 disappearance of Johnny Gosch has spawned countless articles, online forum discussions, and podcast episodes—not to mention a mind-boggling assortment of conspiracy theories. If you’d like a calm, assured introduction to the story, Who Took Johnny is still available on Netlfix. Be sure to check out AE’s 2016 review of the documentary while you’re at it.
In the news:
- What happened to these adult twins found at the bottom of England’s cliffs of Dover?
- How does a deaf-mute defendant who can’t communicate with his attorney stand trial for murder? For more than 12 years, he hasn’t.
- Finally, what a 100-year old unsolved murder may have to say about America’s 2016 election
I can’t send you away with a good longread. Here’s one of my favorites.
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