Hi, guys! [said sheepishly] Last week’s summer Friday turned into a week-long break from the crime scene on Audiences Everywhere, but I never stopped collecting links 4 U. In the meantime, I also had jury duty, and likely sensing my deep expertise in all things crime, I never got called to a case, but did enjoy a full day of reading and relaxing in the surprisingly well-appointed courthouse for Brooklyn (they have charging stations). But back to those links.
In further proof that interest in true crime just keeps getting more meta, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office recently used its Twitter feed as a platform for Christy Luna, missing since 1984. The office sent out a series of tweets “as” the missing girl and include messages like this one: “My mommy still lives in the same house I went missing in 1984 hoping I will return one day.” That’s a gut punch. A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office shared that the Memorial Day event has generated several new leads.
There is a “Con” for everything so why not CrimeCon? The inaugural event took place in Indianapolis this past weekend and opened with “two-hour and forty-five minute presentation by lawyer and former district attorney Ken Kratz and investigator Tom Fassbender, who both worked the Steven Avery case.” That is a lot of Ken Kratz, but props to him (I guess?) for facing a likely dubious crowd given how he was portrayed in Netflix’s Making a Murderer. If you’re wondering what’s been going on with Brendan Dassey’s case since the recent rulings in his favor, People has an update.
Local paper, The Indy Star has a feature on the 6 “types” who attend such things (tag yourself, I’m the picture of Nancy Grace at the bottom) and Indy Monthly weighs in with some of the can’t-miss picks for the weekend. If you like what you see, I’m nearly certain this one will be returning.
The Los Angeles Times has a fairly positive, even-handed review of the new film Awakening the Zodiac, which film I only just now heard of but sounds like if you’re in the mood and dial down your expectations if a bit, you might enjoy it. It looks like it’s available across several streaming services.
Finally, The New York Times has a stunning series on the life and death of a drug dealer murdered nearly 50 years ago. It’s an anti-mystery in the sense that we begin knowing there’s been a murder, while the Times pieces together the intriguing victim we can only know in retrospect. If you enjoy this one, follow the links at the bottom of the piece for more great reporting.
See you Thursday!
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