Welcome back from the long weekend! I hope yours was restful and that your highlights are starting to come in nicely and that the AC in the movie theater was ice cold. Me, I’m writing this before Memorial Day but I’ll be reading Po Bronson’s What Should I Do With My Life?—A.K.A. the book on every June bookstore endcap—on my break, so I’m sure I will have everything figured out by the time you’re reading this.
But on to crime that isn’t my professional life.
This week, The Intercept told the bizarre story of a documentary made about the Bundy Family (you may remember them from their standoff on their cattle ranching land in 2014). That the Bundys would be the subject of a documentary isn’t unusual. That the FBI made it, and it was completely fake? That’s where the story takes a turn.
I missed my chance to see a screening of the new film, Abacus—at least until it gets wider release—but the rest of the country still has a shot. Abacus tells the story of the only bank to face criminal charges for the 2008 financial crisis, Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. You haven’t heard of them. As the film’s website explains, Abacus was the nation’s 2,531st largest bank. If their prosecution sets off alarm bells for you, there’s good reason why. You can watch the trailer here, or just get ready for when PBS: Frontline airs the film sometime later this year.
And maybe I’m jaded, but I haven’t been particularly excited about the description for a true crime podcast in a while, but this one? Hmmmmmm.
Finally, I was absolutely riveted by The Boston Globe story published last week called, Finding Lisa. It’s a mystery, investigation, and shudder-inducing look at how close we come to danger sometimes without even knowing it. If you click on nothing else above, check this one out.
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