Can I ask you something? How often does your interest in crime result in some moral handwringing? It’s a question I’ve been wondering about in launching this project and one I suspect some of you might wonder about, too. Do you have boundaries you’ve drawn for yourself that you won’t—or can’t—cross when it comes to true crime as entertainment? If you do, I’d be interested in hearing from you (anonymously or otherwise) for a future piece in Onlooker, Audiences Everywhere’s true crime grotto (ew). They can be silly or serious, personal or objective. Just get in touch: email@example.com.
Let’s get to some links:
- A lot of people have been troubled by the podcast Missing Richard Simmons. Their thoughts are worth considering. But, if like me, you’ve followed this whole story with a fluttery heart and queasy stomach, the final episode came out yesterday.
- If you prefer a crime podcast on firmer moral-investigative ground, check out Crimetown, the sprawling story of the reign of Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci. It’s got everything: wiseguys, vault heists, a set of brothers named Harold and Gerald, etc. Reportedly David O. Russell was once set to direct a biopic of Cianci, but that seems to have stalled. Maybe he got his corrupt politician fill after American Hustle.
- Did you know that there may be as many as 1,600 unsolved disappearances on public lands?
- Of more immediate concern, Essence has the ongoing story of 10 Black and Latinx teens who’ve recently gone missing in the D.C. area. We’re talking very recently—and the story seems to be getting precious little coverage. Consider how you can help.
- Are you up for watching one of the stranger trailers I’ve seen in some time? Treat yourself to a preview before reading the description. AE’s Editor-in-Chief, David Shreve, will be bringing you a review of the film very soon.
- Finally, I’d never read the story Jimmy Breslin wrote the night John Lennon was murdered until it began circulating after Breslin’s death this week. If you haven’t either, it’s as good as people say.
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