In This Seems Soon news, James Patterson is writing a true crime book about Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL player convicted of murder who was found in his cell after committing suicide last week.
You’ve probably seen the Netflix documentary Casting JonBenét in your Netflix queue, but if the ick factor has kept you from watching, this article—which describes the film as “a hybrid between a piece of community theater and magical realist documentaries”—just might change your mind.
My love for all-things-Zodiac has been chronicled here before, but even I’d never heard the story of a film made about the Zodiac killings—and released—less than a month after the first two Zodiac letters were received. It gets weirder.
In the world of crime podcasts, many try—and fail—at tackling missing persons cases. It’s tough kind of story to hang a narrative on, because there’s no true resolution to build toward. If a case is unsolved at the beginning of the series, it most likely will be at the end, too. But I’ve heard good things about Thin Air, which is made by two teachers (and true crime buffs) out of Idaho. I’m giving it a try this week.
Finally, it feels like it’s been too long since I sent some creepy longreads your way. Here you go:
“A Life, Interrupted,” from 2009 begins with a description of a woman’s body found floating face down in the waters off the tip of Manhattan. Only she wasn’t dead. And had no idea how she got there.
I’ve gushed over Texas Monthly before, but here’s an oldie of theirs, that combines both true crime and ghost story.
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