Hi, out there. I have a roundup busting at the seams to see you through the weekend. All links have been quality-tested by me under the harshest conditions to ensure their quality. Let’s do things list-style today, huh?
First up: A man serving a life sentence for murder decided to pass some time by listening to a podcast. He heard a voice he thought he recognized. He was right.
Need something a bit different to try? Archive 81 is a “found footage” podcast that describes itself as being “about horror, cities, and the subconscious.” Oh, and if you have any news about the disappearance of Dan Powell, they ask that you get in touch.
We’ve looked at the case of alleged serial killer “Bob Evans” before (no, it’s not a joke), but this week the story—here’s a refresher—got a little creepier with the release of a police interview with the now-deceased suspect. New Hampshire authorities are hoping Evans’ distinctive mannerisms might be familiar to someone there, in the hopes the murders of a woman and several children might finally be solved.
Following its rebrand earlier this year, Oxygen now focuses solely on true crime. With so many hours in the day to fill, much of their programming so far has seemed a little uninspired, though they might get me to watch next month (at least for a few nights). On the 22nd, they’ll air a four-part special called The Jury Speaks, in which jurors from some of the most high profile trials of recent memory—and who all voted to acquit—will share how they arrived at their decisions. That all seems fine, but the addition of a segment featuring an opportunity for jurors to deliberate and then render a “new verdict” seems a bit gratuitous. That said, if you’ve ever wondered what the people who sent home O.J. Simpson, Robert Durst, George Zimmerman (and more) were thinking, here’s your chance.
The Venn Diagram of true crime lovers and British crime drama fans seems to often overlap, so if you’re a serious Anglophile, you’ll want to watch this trailer for The Loch, an atmospheric, horror-tinged, police procedural that takes place near Loch Ness. It’s available for streaming on a service called Acorn (yeah, I’d never heard of it either), but the monthly price is reasonable and this show might be worth it.
Finally, maybe you also need to process the disturbing Bill Cosby-Cliff Huxtable dichotomy a bit? This piece will walk you through it.
Not a lot going on in the world of true crime on the big screen, except for the drama surrounding All Eyez on Me, the Tupac Shakur biopic. If anyone disliked it more than AE’s Dave Shreve, it might be Jada Pinkett Smith. We don’t revel in disparaging movies on this site, but sometimes we have to—and it’s not fun.
Bustle has a roundup of non-fiction books “Too Creepy to be True Except they Totally Are” and that first one looks…hoooo. You’ll want to check it out.
In some soul-affirming news, the late crime writer Michelle McNamara’s account of her search for The Golden State Killer, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, finally has a pub date. I’m sorry she’s not here to enjoy it, but hopefully her work will live on and bear fruit.
I’d argue there’s no city in the States that’s creepier than Los Angeles. I lived there for a bit and still miss its rich broth of transplant weirdos, idle rich, decades of Hollywood depravity, imminent natural disasters, and what people refer to as its “quality of light” which I suspect is a polite way of saying “Shit feels weird here, but I don’t know why?” So since I’m feeling nostalgic, here are a few LA crime classics:
- A B-movie actress, a mummified corpse
- A woman romanced by a psychopath
- When Hollywood goes wrong for the people who write the stories about Hollywood going wrong
That’s it! I’ll see on Tuesday when we take a deep dive into an unsolved murder.
Featured Image: The Jury Speaks, Oxygen Network