It’s a busy week here at Onlooker. We’ll have two more reviews headed your way this week: The first is a look at the already controversial film Fraud, and then later, a look at one of Los Angeles’s most notorious cases—but more on that later. No, it’s not this one. Or this one. Not even that one. To quote James Ellroy (which only seems appropriate), “Dead people belong to the live people who claim them most obsessively.” Here, he was referring to his mother, though I’d bet you wouldn’t be wrong to think instead of Elizabeth Short.

We all seem to claim her (at least a little bit) because she keeps inspiring new interest. The new-ish podcast Hollywood & Crime covers the Black Dahlia in the episode Man Crazy. Caveat: Their style isn’t my taste exactly, but a lot of people seem to like this and in the interest of passing along things people might like, I hand it off to you.

In other documentary news, Disgraced (which made waves at SXSW this year), is premiering this week on Showtime. What, you’d never heard of the only instance of an NCAA player killing another? I hadn’t either. Strange, right?

Onto some crime reads:

  • Rope, Compulsion, Swoon, and Murder by Numbers were all inspired by one story—Chicago’s so-called Crime of the Century. The A.V. Club takes a closer look.
  • The Falcon and the Snowman, the 1985 release starring Sean Penn and Timothy Hutton, told the story of another criminal pair, though these two were notorious for other reasons. The New York Daily News did a where-are-they-now story this week, with accompanying extra-literal photograph.
  • Maybe you listened to the second season of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s podcast, Breakdown, the story of the Justin Ross Harris. Maybe you liked it. I didn’t (and I apologize that this is a theme this week—I promise, only unreserved podcast recs next time), but something I did find incredibly affecting was this piece from a mother arrested for leaving her young son in the car while she ran an errand. I know, but it might not be as simple as we sometimes think.
  • Finally, what happened to the Dionne quintuplets wasn’t considered criminal at the time, but it sure as hell should have been.

See you Thursday.

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