Welcome to the first edition of Blotter, your twice-weekly clickable rundown on all things true crime happening in the world of movies, TV, podcasts, and beyond.
Blotter is where I’ll aim to collect all the things you told yourself you were going to get around to checking out later, but all in one handy place. Some are timely news items, and some are recommendations for later viewing, reading or listening. As any true crime fan can attest, you might find the old buried next to the new:
- Louis Theroux’s 2015 documentary, My Scientology Movie finally saw a simultaneous streaming and limited theater release this week. You can read our review here, but if you’re still craving a fix, Jezebel’s podcast, DirtCast, offers up a new episode with two fascinating interviews—the first with longtime Scientology watchdog-journalist Tony Ortega about the organization’s true membership numbers, and the second with a former SeaOrg member. Ortega even has a new theory about where Shelly, wife of church leader David Miscavige, may have been since her disappearance from the public eye.
- NBCUniversal and BuzzFeed have announced plans to create an original series based on the case of Jessica Chambers. If you’ve never read BuzzFeed reporter Katie Baker’s searing 2015 account of the case and its aftermath, now is your chance to catch up.
- Everyone’s favorite crime podcast, My Favorite Murder, is receiving some critical—and favorable—attention for the way it’s shaping women’s relationship to trauma.
- The 2011 Casey Anthony investigation gets the miniseries treatment next month in a three-part event on the Investigation Discovery network.
- You can’t possibly have seen all of these already, right?
- Come for the title of this 2015 long read from crime writer Sara Morrison, but stay for the surprisingly touching and personal story.
- OK, while nothing illegal seems to be going on with Richard Simmons, if you haven’t been listening to the addictive new podcast chronicling his disappearance from public life, Missing Richard Simmons, you’re missing out on some of the best investigative podcasting out there.
- Finally, for the past few months, Audiences Everywhere has slowly been launching a new feature called Onlooker, dedicated to both true crime film criticism and original pieces. We’ve gathered them all here, but you can expect much more soon.
That’s all for today. I’ll be back Thursday with more links to true crime goodness.
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