Category: Blotter

Blotter | The Unsolved Disappearance of Sarah Fox

On May 24, 2004, a rented school bus made its way from the Pennsauken, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia, to Inwood, a neighborhood at the very northern tip of the island of Manhattan. The bus was filled with family, friends, and strangers who just wanted to help, to do something for Sarah. Five days earlier, Sarah put on her sneakers, loaded a CD into her Discman and told her roommate she was going for a run—something she did often. This time she never returned. * At the time of her disappearance, Sarah Fox was a 21-year old student...

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BLOTTER | June 22

Hi, out there. I have a roundup busting at the seams to see you through the weekend. All links have been quality-tested by me under the harshest conditions to ensure their quality. Let’s do things list-style today, huh? Podcasts First up: A man serving a life sentence for murder decided to pass some time by listening to a podcast. He heard a voice he thought he recognized. He was right. Need something a bit different to try? Archive 81 is a “found footage” podcast that describes itself as being “about horror, cities, and the subconscious.” Oh, and if you...

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BLOTTER | JUNE 20, 2017

Welcome back to your twice-weekly rundown of all things true crime (at least as they relate to page, pod, and screen). We’re going to do something a bit different today. We’ll be taking a closer look at links of interest related to England’s infamous Moors Murders. One of the perpetrators, Ian Brady, died in prison last month at 79. His accomplice, Myra Hindley, has been dead since 2002. With that tangible link to those horrific crimes now gone, it’s worth another look at how the murders affected England then and now. Here are some links of note: • Al-Jazeera...

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BLOTTER | JUNE 14, 2017

Hi, all. I have links, lists, and longreads to see you through the weekend, starting with The New York Times and their true crime summer reading picks. If you’re looking for crime of the fictional kind, they have that, too. Movies more your thing? Lately they are for me. Oxygen has a list of 10 true crime classics from the 80s, including I Know My First Name is Steven, which was responsible for a fair share of my middle school nightmares. As you may or may not remember, Steven’s brother later went on to become a serial killer. The...

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BLOTTER | JUNE 12, 2017

Hi, guys! [said sheepishly] Last week’s summer Friday turned into a week-long break from the crime scene on Audiences Everywhere, but I never stopped collecting links 4 U. In the meantime, I also had jury duty, and likely sensing my deep expertise in all things crime, I never got called to a case, but did enjoy a full day of reading and relaxing in the surprisingly well-appointed courthouse for Brooklyn (they have charging stations). But back to those links. In further proof that interest in true crime just keeps getting more meta, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office recently...

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BLOTTER | JUNE 1, 2017

Happy June! This is our twentieth installment of Blotter—thanks for reading—so we’re going to try and pack a lot in. Deep breath, here goes: In podcasts, Forbes talked with Maria Konnikova, host of the excellent show The Grift, about the screwy mental distortion of interviewing the most convincing liars in the game. I just began listening to They Walk Among Us, a UK podcast about some of Britain’s most intriguing cases and I’m hooked, if you need a new show. Also, be sure to look for AE’s Becky Belzile on Pop Culture Case Study this week, talking Patty Jenkins’ Monster,...

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BLOTTER | MAY 30

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...

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BLOTTER | MAY 25

How’s your day going? Slowly? The long weekend (at least in the States) is almost here. Patience. I’ve got some true crime links to pass the time. A VICE roundup of the fall TV shows they’re excited about is entitled “All the Dumb TV Shows I’m Going to Watch This Fall” and includes Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, which, same. We’ve seen film as a form of advocacy before, but few filmmakers have had as much success garnering attention for the wrongly convicted as Shawn Rech. Here’s a fascinating profile from XY about his work, his...

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BLOTTER | THURSDAY, MAY 18

Hi again, I’ve got a little (pre) summer fever right now, and I’m on the lookout for a classic true crime read or re-read to indulge in. Personal favorites? Tweet me recs, please. In actual true crime entertainment news, the first trailer for Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders has been released. The show is premiering this fall on NBC, and I’m inclined to already be a little skeptical of this one. I don’t know that many people, ’90s babies included, were exactly clamoring for this story to be revisited. On the other hand, Edie Falco. Last...

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BLOTTER | TUESDAY, MAY 16

Hello! Welcome back to a new week in true crime entertainment—and a busy one. Erin Lee Carr’s Mommy Dead and Dearest premiered last night on HBO. Look for a review here this week. In the meantime,  I suppose one from the New York Times will be…fine. Nest week you’ve got your Twin Peaks reboot coming back. If you’re a Lynch fan, visit the site often this week, we have a lot waiting for you. To complement your Lynchian pregaming, take a look at the case that may have inspired the whole Laura Palmer story. The Oxygen network is going...

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BLOTTER | MAY 11

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...

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BLOTTER | MAY 9

Hi there. I have a podcast-heavy Blotter for you today. Fair warning to the podcast-averse. But we’ll get to those. First, sound The Jinx siren. There’s Durst news. People.com is reporting that the $100 million lawsuit first brought against Durst in 2015 by his first wife’s sisters, has now been amended to include Debrah Charatan, the second (and current) Mrs. Robt. Durst. The suit describes Charatan as “a cold blooded opportunist, [who] conspired and agreed to help Durst conceal his murders of Kathie and Berman in exchange for a substantial financial return of tens of millions of dollars.” So...

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BLOTTER | MAY 4

Welcome back! It’s true that true crime stories are everywhere (guilty), but have you ever wondered why the podcast has become the premier delivery system of these crimes? Rolling Stone tried to figure out why. Speaking of, if you need a new podcast recommendation, check out Embedded. While not crime-focused, several episodes touch on the subject, including this fascinating one called “The House” about a group of recovering addicts living in  group home in one of the areas of Indiana hit hardest by an unlikely HIV epidemic. If you’re interested in the criminal justice aspect of true crime stories,...

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BLOTTER | MAY 2

Hello, hello. 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...

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BLOTTER | A Murder Obsession From Every State in the US

This week’s Blotter is switching things up. Instead of the usual rundown of true-crime-related movie, podcast, and TV news, we’re going to take a closer look at a single story of a singular murder in every state. Well you’re going to take a closer look. Basically, the idea is: I give you a loving push down what could be an internet k-hole of crime. The story of each murder definitely won’t be the state’s most famous or likely its most terrifying, just a snippet of a story I’ve come across and found interesting that you might, too. One story....

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