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  1. danvillebelle

    The Act (Hulu)

    Anyone else watch this yet? Holy Shit. So creepy, so disturbing, and so unbelievably SAD. Dee Dee Blanchard was a sociopathic, narcissistic maniac who ruined her child's entire existence. NOT excusing her murder and Gypsy's role in it. But I am glad she got her plea deal to 2nd degree murder and is only serving 10 years. I kept thinking also, the only reason Dee Dee got away with it for so long was the time period (Gypsy was born in 1991). If it were now, with all the electronic records and ease of access to them by providers, she'd never have been able to pull off that huge a deception for that long. IMO the doctors and hospitals that performed unnecessary surgeries on her without due diligence should all be sued to the hilt. Joey King deserves awards thrown at her from all sides. She completely BECAME Gypsy. The voice similarity is uncanny.
  2. Has anyone seen Netflix's Ted Bundy documentary. I've always been a bit of a true crime nerd, so I thought I already knew about Bundy. But the doc made me see for the first time how charming he was, and how "normal" he sounded. I've heard it before, but this was the first time actually seeing it. It's unnerving. Like I thought I'd be above that (which is I know is kind of arrogant), but now I realize that maybe I wouldn't have been. It made me feel even more empathy and sympathy for his victims. Anyone else have a similar reaction? Anyway, now I've completely gone down the rabbit hole, and got Ann Rule's book The Stranger Beside Me. It's one of the craziest stories I've ever read. So Ann Rule is this aspiring crime writer going through a divorce, volunteering at a suicide hotline on the same shift as young Ted Bundy. They become work friends, and catch up with each other every once in a blue moon after she quits. When the murders were happening, she gets a contract to write a book about them. She gets signed to write about a series of murders, and then it turns out her old friend was the one commiting them. So she's researching the crime, while also writing letters and having phones calls with Ted in prison, hoping he's innocent but not compeletly sure. That's fucking nuts. The whole story is just so weird and compelling.
  3. HerNameIsBuffy

    Papin Sisters

    I just ran across an interesting documentary on a crime I'd never heard of. The Papin sisters who killed their employers in France in 1933 in an brutal attack. I've never heard of this crime and the documentary is really good the way it explores the psychological angles which is my favorite aspect of true crime. Some parts are in French with subtitles but mostly in English.
  4. Hey all, I didn't see a thread about this one so I took the liberty. Mods if I just missed an existing thread, I apologise. Anyone else catch this documentary yet? What did you all think of it? Truthfully I only vaguely remember the crime when it happened and didn't really know specifics about the crime. I knew supposedly Amanda was "weird" and the Italian police were criticized as being incompetent. When I looked up details after release I thought some of the things they did in the investigation were really odd and it seemed like they were just trying to make things fit because they wanted Amanda and Raffelle to be guilty. The documentary was interesting, really well made, IMO. Watching Amanda Knox and hearing her talk, seeing her expressions, I actually feel more sympathetic towards her. She's "off" but not murderer "off" IMO. She strikes me as someone like me, uncomfortable socially, awkward, easily stressed out, naive and at times easily "led" with questions. But that's just my opinion and there's always a chance I'm projecting. If you haven't checked this out yet, definitely give it a look. Just be warned, there is footage of the crime scene and considerable discussion of it, so if violence and gore upset you, you might want to skip or proceed with caution.
  5. Is anyone else following the Trace podcast? http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/trace/ Summary: "Mother of two Maria James was stabbed to death in the back of her suburban Melbourne bookshop in June 1980. Her killer has never been found." I'm finding the cold case investigation fascinating - and also the insight into some of the power structures in play at the time. Nothing is resolved, and it's an ongoing thing but the suggested leads are interesting. Also the interviewer badly needs to take Biology 101 in at least one episode.
  6. https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/12/24/us/teen-murder-racist-virginia.amp.html This case reminds me of a similar one that happened about twenty years ago when two brothers and their cousin who were into the Neo Nazi skinhead scene murdered the former’s JW parents and younger brother: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeman_family_murders
  7. I just heard about this case, and it sounds beyond bizarre: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/23/world/europe/kim-wall-dead-submarine-denmark.html?emc=edit_nn_20170823&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=57825966&te=1&referer= Kim Wall, a Swedish freelance journalist, went missing after taking a ride in an experimental submarine built by a Danish inventor. At first, he claimed that the submarine had an accident and he had to bury her at sea, but her headless torso was recently discovered in the sea, which suggests that she was murdered. Assuming that Wall was murdered (and all signs point to it at the moment), what was the point? Was she going to uncover shady activities on the part of the inventor or was he just a garden variety pervert who used his invention as a pretext to ensnare Wall? Do any of our Scandinavian FJers have some insight on this case?
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