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Big crimes, small screen; true crime television series and TV documentaries that recreate and reexamine some of the mystifying and grisliest cases in history.

  • Sally McKinstry
    Published about 21 hours ago
    5 Interesting Facts About Peaky Blinders

    5 Interesting Facts About Peaky Blinders

    Peaky Blinders is a gritty period crime drama series set in post World War One.
  • Pam Jannes
    Published 6 days ago
    Suspects in the Spotlight

    Suspects in the Spotlight

    Any fan of Dateline can agree that one of the best parts of the show is delving into the life and details of the suspects. Learning about suspect histories, motivations and outcomes makes you feel like you are part of the investigative team. Further, if you are a Dateline die-hard, you may find yourself spotting patterns in the suspect’s stories that make you feel even better at sleuthing than the detectives themselves.
  • Judah Moore
    Published about a month ago
    Double Epstein

    Double Epstein

    So many of you have problably heard of the billionare Jeff Epstein and his horrendous crimes he has commited. If not the new Netflix docuseries "Filthy Rich" literally lays it all out for you in a very grapic way. One thing is right they nailed the title right on the head. He was filthy in every since of the word and rich as king Croesus. My intention is not glorifying his actions. I am mearly making acute obvservations and leaving you to make your own conclusions. Again not to justify his action but I do have do give credit where it is due. So in my opinion I think Netflix did a tremendous job at capturing this true life crime story but upon further scutiny I think there is still missing pieces. Not because Netflix left it out but its just this ending leaves you wondering. However there were some very sublte if you some simple but invaluble clues and conclusions you can draw afterwards.I you havent finished the series yet then the rest will be a spoiler alert. Let me be frank, not your average Joe could pull off what Netflix refers to as "a molestation pyramid scheme" to the magnitude Jeff Epstein was able to accomplish. Also the fact that he was able to swindle his way from a ivy league school teacher to the billionare financier is quite remarkable. Talk about a serious level up and the brains it took to mastermind that. In my opinion there were definitely some victims in this but I also felt that for some it was mutually benefitial. There was also alot of the blame game on the past that was always reflected back to Jeff. In no way am I saying he was not a monster however some of the so called victims constituted bad decision making for saying they had no choice. He was mostly suggestive as opposed to forceful. Then his favorite Virginia Roberts I think is a bit suspect to me. I think she was more an opportunist than a victim. I think she saw this as an advancement and she was willing to do what ever it took to get what she wanted. That conclusion was based on the fact that if she was so traumatized she would not be posing happpily in a picture with her so called accuser to only turn around a try to press charges. I think that was premeditated and she thought she could get some financial gain and sympathy. Epstein proved that money is power and can put you above the law. It can bring you some very nice powerful friends that may come in handy if ever need find yourself in a tricky situation. Once you read about his plea deal it is clear this man has some serious power money. However Epstein knew that money alone was not his true power.His secret weapon was his bargaining power. In this case blackmail and estortion.The fact that he had a lot of money, the most valuble asset in the world and he had a secret. Which in return he also then sought out many other powerful wealthy men who shared his same secret and desire. He was a man of maniupation and cunning tactics that on the surface made it seem he was empathetic. When in reality he was gaining information so that he could put in his arsenal to use later if he ever wanted something from them. His mentality was more "if I go down you better have my back or else you are coming down with me as well." Epstein was really wise in seeking out supremly rich, high profile celebirties and men of a high social caliber who also had the same pedifilia. It seemed that Jeff had created a sort of fraternity like bond with these men where they were forever connected and bound by their secret discretions. He made it known he was one of them and he could be trusted. He was the facilitor to their secret paradise and safe haven that many could flock to and enjoy the benefits. Long story short he provided the place and the sources of their desires while secretly attaining proof for blackmail or bargaining chip. What does this all mean? Well it puts Jeff straight to the top, the king of the jungle, which made him one of the most powerful and dangerous people in the world. He was smart in also having almost everyone in his pocket including the justice department. Paying for discretion and turning a blind eye like Attorney General Alex Acosta but more than that he knew his darkest secrets. So let me cut to the chase. The steady theme throughout this series is that Epstein says that "many people owe him favors, he would never get caught. I do believe he meant that because he knew he had the right amount of dirt on the right amount of people that he would not ever do any serious jail time. This was further displayed in the most rediculous plea deal ever in justice history. That explicidly said that he had immunity and his associates could get out of jail scot free. What that says to me is that it was not only covering his ass but also those many other powerful people that he was affiliated with. So in closing I have this to say. In the final hours when Jeff was indicted on charges as he returned to the USA and thrown in jail without bail. A lot of rich and powerful people got really scared because they knew that Jeff would have them by the balls and that there deepest secret could and would be revealed. If Jeff Epstein was going down, I do believe he would have implemented many really powerful friends and associates. I think the extent of his list of affiliates would have shook up the world if the true identies would have been revealed, So I think his affiliates masterminded his final escape. So one can speculate that its no coincidence that he was placed in a decrepit jail that was brushed off ass under staffed and run by illegitiment people. It Shows that a man of such a high profile case was not placed in a maximum security jail as he should have been. Why? He needed to be easily exposed. It is also reported that the cameras devoted to his jail cell were reported to be malfuntioning during the alleged "suicide"which is a very strange occurrence in itself. It was later found that the gaurds had falsified documents. So surely some foul play was going on here. So Now I leave you with some speculation and you can decide your own hypothsis. Who is not to say that his brother came to visit him, convinced him to sign over his money to him. Or yet he maybe was forced to before he was murdered. All I know is that the decison was made that Jeff Epstein was exposable and would have to be elimnated. The truth of the matter is he knew to much and became a huge liabilty. What happens when you become a problem for many very powerful people? The problem must be deal with and resolved. I do not believe it was suicide for the simple fact of the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death. So I think it is very possible that he was told one thing and was blind sided and murdered. So then the charges are dropped and he carries those secrets descretions to the grave. That way everyone involved keeps there identity and jobs in tact and are probably very happy not be exposed. So I leave you with some food for thought. It is mentioned that shortly before his alleged suicide is when he signed his estate over to his brother. Further investigation shows that Jeff's bother discovered there was foul play in the autopsy. So if there was foul play one can conclude that it was not sucide but just staged to look one. So My question to you is this how did Jeff Epstein know the exact perfect moment to sign over his assets before he was killed? Why did he do that? Was it him who did it? I think its plausible the money was bribe to his brother to not say anthing or further investigate. I do believe the truth lies in the mind of his brother. One way or another Jeff's brother knows what happend. Something to think about. What a mess. The sad part is Jeff still got away as well as his many devious associates. I definitely think Alan dershowitz has slept with a younger person. I mean he just looks like a creep. Of course this is all conspiracy and speculation but hey one can let his imagination run wild. I am curious to see how the rest if the world will respond to this docuseries. I hope you found this useful and thanks for tuning in.
  • Cheryl E Preston
    Published 2 months ago
    Binge Watching Crime Shows Can Be Motivating

    Binge Watching Crime Shows Can Be Motivating

    If you find you are bored while sheltering in place please consider binge watching crime shows. There are so many on television now that they may have lost their initial appeal, and now are underrated. These programs can be very beneficial during a time such as this. There are three that my husband and I currently watch and they have worked wonders regarding boredom, and also sharpened our sleuthing skills. We are also getting an education in forensics, detective work and also insite into mindset of criminals. It is always tragic when someone is hurt or dies, but setting that aside for a moment these programs can give you advice and life lessons you might not otherwise learn.
  • Sophie -
    Published 2 months ago
    Tiger King: The new Netflix craze

    Tiger King: The new Netflix craze

    Tigers, murder for hire, throuple wedding, suspected murder, amputation, dodgy tattoos, interview in a bath, an ongoing internet fued and drugs... These are just a few of the crazy things you'll experience after divulging into the world of the Tiger king on Netflix. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past few months. Tiger King is one of the newest Netflix crazes consuming twitter feeds, tiktoks and the uncontrolable, unsanctioned world of memes. Although, from its description, it might seem as though this is some manic plot of an Mnight Shyamalan upcoming film, it is in fact just a short variety of things that crop up in the obscure documentary. A spoiler alert is important at this point, although I will only be mentioning a few of the insane sights that occur during this documentary, it may seem as though I have already spoiled this documentaries story for you: but just wait -
  • Matthew Trundle
    Published 2 months ago
    In equal parts quietly powerful and emotionally devastating, ‘Unbelievable’ is a timely must-see.

    In equal parts quietly powerful and emotionally devastating, ‘Unbelievable’ is a timely must-see.

    A problem that I have with true-crime series, books, films etc is that they often prioritise the perpetrator as an object of study when the stories and experiences of the victims are more important. The Assassination of Gianni Versace shone brightest when it focused on the traumas experienced by the gay men who had already been through so much before they met serial killer Andrew Cunanan. These stories were important because they uncover facts about the lives of gay men that are under-discussed even now. However, the series still suffered from repetitiveness when it narrowed its focus on Cunanan and began overstating details about his character that it had already established. When I read the Pulitzer-prize winning on which Unbelievable is based I believe it ran into the same problem albeit to lesser extent. The article includes passages from the subjectivity of the serial rapist who attacked multiple women in Colorado in 2011. After reading how much pain and trauma he had caused these I was not interested in his motives or mindset when he committed these abhorrent crimes and could not understand why the writers had included these sections. These sections do not provide much unexpected insight into the mind of a predatory criminal and only emphasises what us as readers had already assumed and what the detectives who worked the case had already stated. I just found these sections repulsive and sickening and was struck by how unnecessary they are, they do not illuminate anything in the narrative- only recap what we had already been told- and the most powerful aspect of the events, the victims’ accounts, had already profiled the perpetrator for us.
  • malin evita
    Published 3 months ago
    Why "The Innocence Files" is the Most Important Thing You Could Be Watching Right Now

    Why "The Innocence Files" is the Most Important Thing You Could Be Watching Right Now

    According to the Innocence Project, a nonprofit legal organization that has fought to exonerate innocent men and women incarcerated in the U.S. since 1992, between 2.4% and 5% of all U.S. prisoners are estimated to be innocent. Considering that as of 2019, roughly 2.12 million people in the states are behind bars, this could potentially mean that just over 100.000 people are currently serving time for crimes they did not commit. Additionally, that is 100.000 people guilty of those crimes running free.
  • Lisa Ikin
    Published 3 months ago
    Nordic  Noir For Dummies

    Nordic Noir For Dummies

    So what is this Nordic Noir, this Scandinavian mystery? We all get sucked into watching them (don’t we?). The ubiquitous Nordic Noir television series that have flooded our streaming providers, Netflix, Stan, Foxtel and of course, SBS on demand over the past few years. When you have watched a few you realise that these frosty treats have a similar theme.
  • A. N. Merchant
    Published 3 months ago
    True Terror: The Curious Disappearance of Jack 'Don' Lewis

    True Terror: The Curious Disappearance of Jack 'Don' Lewis

    The cold case of missing millionaire Jack Donald Lewis who disappeared over 20 years ago has been brought back into the spotlight by popular Netflix documentary Tiger King.
  • Margaret Minnicks
    Published 4 months ago
    Unsolved Crimes on 'The Haves and the Have Nots'

    Unsolved Crimes on 'The Haves and the Have Nots'

    There have been many unsolved crimes on Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots that airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Those cases include ten deaths and other crimes that have not been solved. The crimes date back to the very first season, and Perry keeps adding new crimes without bringing closure to the old ones.
  • Trevor Wells
    Published 4 months ago
    Lifetime Review: 'Into the Arms of Danger'

    Lifetime Review: 'Into the Arms of Danger'

    With her father's death still weighing on her mother's mind, college bound teen Jenny Monroe (AlexAnn Hopkins) finds herself contending with Laura's (Laurie Fortier) desperate attempts to keep her daughter safe. So with Laura out of town, Jenny takes the opportunity to go to a concert. But on the way there, a tense phone call with her mother gets Jenny into an accident, with an ambulance quickly arriving.
  • Samantha Parrish
    Published 4 months ago
    Why you should watch Broadchurch

    Why you should watch Broadchurch

    This is a series that has a lot to offer then the regular crime shows. It's more then the avaunt guard procedural drama like The Killing or Blue Bloods with small town secrets like Justified. Crime shows are a dime a dozen on different television networks or sequel series to continue one long idea like Criminal Minds Or CSI.