Hi, all. I have links, lists, and longreads to see you through the weekend, starting with The New York Times and their true crime summer reading picks. If you’re looking for crime of the fictional kind, they have that, too.
Movies more your thing? Lately they are for me. Oxygen has a list of 10 true crime classics from the 80s, including I Know My First Name is Steven, which was responsible for a fair share of my middle school nightmares. As you may or may not remember, Steven’s brother later went on to become a serial killer. The podcast Generation Why covered this case well a few years back.
I imagine that lists of Netflix recommendations are among the easiest and likely most boring things for the folks who make the internet content churn to write, but thanks to the site’s horrible UI—which is essentially the online equivalent of an escape room but without the fun or logic or ability to solve the puzzle—these lists are often necessary. Here is a list of 16 great true crime docs on the service, as well as Bustle’s recommendation for the ONE THING to watch this month. You only get one thing I guess, choose wisely.
Speaking of content churn, someone at Oxygen is really into the 80s lately. Here are [insert blinking white guy gif] “6 ’80s Songs Inspired By True Crimes (Murder, Mostly).”
Here’s the Times on the “glut of true crime TV,” which, ok, but I’d argue a worse glut is the CBS comedy lineup.
And podcasts are getting good again? There was a definite dry spell there, but some exciting things I’ve heard recently include this episode of Criminal about Texas State University’s “body farm” which is respectful and fascinating and the opposite of anything lurid. There’s also a teaser at the end for a brand new Raditotopia chows called Ear Hustle produced by inmates inside San Quentin about prison life. Not only does it sound potentially great, the men create every show within the limitations of prison (i.e. minimal time, access or ability to connect with co-producers on the outside).
Finally, Esquire and the fantastic The Marshall Project—bookmark them, they’re so good—dove into the murky waters of false memory and discuss the story of Ray Spencer, who spent nearly two decades behind bars for the molestation of his two children, who later came to believe their memories were flawed and ultimately worked toward his release.
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