Good morning! I’ve got your scary links here behind my back—true crime in one hand, fictional crime in the other. Go ahead and pick.
Good choice. Netflix’s latest true crime doc, The Keepers starts streaming next Friday, May 19. If you’re the type who likes to do some research before the film, POPSUGAR has the backstory.
Next comes one of the most challenging features to read I’ve come across in a while, but it’s an important one: “What Bullets Do to Bodies.”
If you’re not scared enough, I’ve got two other links that should do it. The podcast True Crime Japan delves into the story of the Otaku Killer. There are disclaimers on this Soundcloud link about the story. Read them. Proceed with care.
Also, in terms of my own personal scare triggers, I’m not sure things get more elemental than a story called “Murder House” about the events that took place in a mansion in Los Angeles in 1959. Put those things in a Venn Diagram and I’m right there in the middle, gawking. If you’d be with me, check this story out.
This week Esquire published Anne T. Donahue’s piece, How True Crime Went from Trashy TV to Prestige Entertainment. In it, Donahue argues that “true crime in 2017 uses tragedy to paint a bigger and more realistic portrait of the way the world works.” It’s good. Check it out.
Finally, there are some weeks where there just isn’t enough true crime news on screen, page, or pod, to offer up to you and it’s time to turn to the fictional kind. I’ve got two recommendations for you:
Bosch is one of the best TV shows that, despite faith from Amazon in the form of season renewals—it’s now on its third—I always have the sneaking suspicion no one is watching but me. And that’s a shame. The show, centered around the Detective Harry Bosch character featured in more than 20 Michael Connelly books (and counting) is high-quality police procedural that deftly tiptoes between noir and suspense and LA gloss without taking itself too too seriously—an achievement in of itself for any cop show. Oh, also, if you’ve never read Connelly and you need a new mystery series, you can’t go wrong in terms of quality, but I’d start at the beginning.
Finally, a Twitter friend recommended Beast in View, a classic psychological suspense novel that won an Edgar Award in 1956 and was named by the Mystery Writers of America as one of the Top 100 Mysteries of All Time. Despite all that, I’d never heard of it. But here’s the deal: After one night, I’m halfway through it and reading it is pretty much all I want to do (GAH, day job!). If you’re a classic noir film fan or a Hitchcock aficionado, get this book. The ebook is less than five bucks.
See you next week!
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