Category Archives: Internet Detectives

‘Final Vision’ stars debate Jeffrey MacDonald’s guilt or innocence

It’s the longest-running criminal case in U.S. history, which is why, more than 30 years after the classic miniseries Fatal Vision aired on NBC, Investigation Discovery is taking another look at the Jeffrey MacDonald murder saga with the new film Final Vision.

Starring Scandal’s Scott Foley as MacDonald, the Green Beret and Ivy league-educated doctor who was convicted of the 1970 murder of his pregnant wife and their two daughters, and Brothers Sisters alum Dave Annable as Joe McGinniss, the bestselling author MacDonald sought out to help prove his innocence, Final Vision takes another look at MacDonald’s murder trial and the relationship between the men.

What began with MacDonald giving McGinniss extended interviews and full access to his defense team and the trial

Read more at: http://en.brinkwire.com/15933/final-vision-stars-debate-jeffrey-macdonalds-guilt-or-innocence/

A crooked hat is vital to Detroit-set homicide thriller in newest from writer Harry Dolan

Author Harry Dolan(Photo: to Linda Randolph.)

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When writing mystery novels, author Harry Dolan keeps track of two different things: what the reader thinks is happening and what is really happening. 

“You want to play fair with the readers as much as you can, so there needs to be clues about what’s really going on. But the clues can’t look like clues or they’ll give everything away. It comes down to control: You have to reveal things at the right time, not too soon or too late,” explained Dolan, 51.

A native of Rome, NY, currently living in Ann Arbor, Dolan is the author of the David Loogan mystery novels: “Bad Things Happen,” “Very Bad Things” and “The Last Dead Girl.” The first two books occur in Ann Arbor. 

His latest, “Crooked Hat,” is set in Detroit and introduces private eye Jack Pellum.

Read more at: https://kaplanherald.com/2017/12/02/a-crooked-hat-is-key-to-detroit-set-murder-mystery-in-latest-from-author-harry-dolan/

A crooked hat is vital to Detroit-set homicide thriller in newest from …

Author Harry Dolan(Photo: to Linda Randolph.)

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When writing mystery novels, author Harry Dolan keeps track of two different things: what the reader thinks is happening and what is really happening. 

“You want to play fair with the readers as much as you can, so there needs to be clues about what’s really going on. But the clues can’t look like clues or they’ll give everything away. It comes down to control: You have to reveal things at the right time, not too soon or too late,” explained Dolan, 51.

A native of Rome, NY, currently living in Ann Arbor, Dolan is the author of the David Loogan mystery novels: “Bad Things Happen,” “Very Bad Things” and “The Last Dead Girl.” The first two books occur in Ann Arbor. 

His latest, “Crooked Hat,” is set in Detroit and introduces private eye Jack Pellum.

Read more at: https://kaplanherald.com/2017/12/02/a-crooked-hat-is-key-to-detroit-set-murder-mystery-in-latest-from-author-harry-dolan/

A crooked hat is key to Detroit-set murder mystery in latest from author Harry Dolan

When writing mystery novels, author Harry Dolan keeps track of two different things: what the reader thinks is happening and what is really happening. 

“You want to play fair with the readers as much as you can, so there needs to be clues about what’s really going on. But the clues can’t look like clues or they’ll give everything away. It comes down to control: You have to reveal things at the right time, not too soon or too late,” explained Dolan, 51.

A native of Rome, NY, currently living in Ann Arbor, Dolan is the author of the David Loogan mystery novels: “Bad Things Happen,” “Very Bad Things” and “The Last Dead Girl.” The first two books occur in Ann Arbor. 

His latest, “Crooked Hat,” is set in Detroit

Read more at: http://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/arts/2017/11/28/harry-dolan-crooked-hat-mystery-detroit/898661001/

In Praise of the Millennial TV Show

In the second episode of the first season of the TBS show Search Party, someone a little bit older than our protagonist, Dory, asks her a terrifying question: “What do you do?” Knowing how much weight the answer to that question is supposed to carry — how succinctly it is supposed to sum up her entire identity — she looks down at the lid of her deli coffee cup and grasps for a few words that do not sound totally pathetic. “I, uh, work as an assistant … to a lady who’s … married,” Dory (Alia Shawkat) stammers, then lets it go with a sigh. “It’s pretty meaningless. I’m just tired of things that don’t matter.”

Search Party — which returns to TBS this Sunday for a triumphantly ante-upped second season — was one of the best new shows of last year, and, perhaps more than any television show since Girls, you could hardly read a headline

Read more at: https://www.theringer.com/tv/2017/11/17/16669714/millennial-shows-search-party-american-vandal

How ‘Search Party’ and ‘American Vandal’ Nail Millennials – The …

In the second episode of the first season of the TBS show Search Party, someone a little bit older than our protagonist, Dory, asks her a terrifying question: “What do you do?” Knowing how much weight the answer to that question is supposed to carry — how succinctly it is supposed to sum up her entire identity — she looks down at the lid of her deli coffee cup and grasps for a few words that do not sound totally pathetic. “I, uh, work as an assistant … to a lady who’s … married,” Dory (Alia Shawkat) stammers, then lets it go with a sigh. “It’s pretty meaningless. I’m just tired of things that don’t matter.”

Search Party — which returns to TBS this Sunday for a triumphantly ante-upped second season — was one of the best new shows of last year, and, perhaps more than any television show since Girls, you could hardly read a headline

Read more at: https://www.theringer.com/tv/2017/11/17/16669714/millennial-shows-search-party-american-vandal

Graeme Macrae Burnet’s multilayered, clever crime story

The epigraph to Graeme Macrae Burnet’s third novel, The Accident on the A35 (Saraband, £12.99) – “What I have written is false. True. Neither true nor false” – could serve equally well for any work of fiction, but Sartre’s words are especially germane to what might be called Burnet’s metafictional method. His Bloody Project, shortlisted for the 2016 Booker Prize, was presented, Defoe-like, as a set of found documents, including a memoir written by an accused murderer in 1869 and an account of his trial, with an introduction by Burnet.

The Accident on the A35 brings us the recently discovered second novel by Raymond Brunet, the French author and suicide whose first work, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau, was similarly translated and introduced by Graeme Macrae Burnet. An afterword commends the astute marketing of the original French edition, speculates on the autobiographical nature of the tale and even samples

Read more at: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/graeme-macrae-burnet-s-multilayered-clever-crime-story-1.3270236

KEELY TURNER: Columnist loves TV, but is getting into audio entertainment

By Keely Turner

Special to The Guardian

Television is the most important thing in my life (sorry fiancé, family and dog). I love TV. But lately I’ve been into entertainment in audio form.

Here are my favourite podcasts, not to be confused with “My Favourite Murder”, which is one of my favourite podcasts.

“Serial”

Host, Sarah Koenig, dives into a 1999 case where Adnan Syed went to jail for the murder of his ex-girlfriend. The podcast takes you on a journey of the case and straddles the line of is he or isn’t he innocent in a way that makes you interested, curious and ready to jump into your amateur detective uniform.

“My Favourite Murder”

What? You thought someone who still keeps their Neopets alive couldn’t be into true crime? Hosted by two female comedians, this podcast is equal parts funny and terrifying. Each week the women talk about a different murder. Their tagline?

Read more at: http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/living/keely-turner-columnist-loves-tv-but-is-getting-into-audio-entertainment-158764/

Inside a murder investigation: ‘You leave no stone unturned’

Detective Inspector Greg Murton has worked on about 30 homicide inquiries in his 33-year career.

Detective Inspector Greg Murton has worked on about 30 homicide inquiries in his 33-year career.

Detective Inspector Greg Murton has worked on about 30 homicide inquiries in his 33-year career. He speaks with SAM SHERWOOD about the art of investigating a murder.

The call can come at any time of the day: A body has been discovered, someone has been killed. Then the clock starts ticking.

“You’re starting from scratch and you’re well behind the eight ball,” says Detective Inspector Greg Murton, who has spent much of his 33-year career investigating homicides.

Murton is rarely in the public eye, but has led cases that capture national attention – investigations like the “Black Widow” Helen Milner inquiry and the unsolved Kirsty Bentley killing, a case Murton took over in 2014.

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Read more at: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/97474219/inside-a-murder-investigation-you-leave-no-stone-unturned

Amateur detective catches alleged package thief

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
September 20, 2017 6:07 pm

A Bangor man says he decided to play detective after his home security camera recorded someone stealing packages from his Essex Street front porch on Sunday.

“They sat right down on my porch and put the packages into their backpack,” Tom Pasternack said.

“Me and a bunch of friends went looking for the person but with no luck,” he said.

Pasternack then decided to set up alerts with his surveillance camera so that he would be notified on his cellphone if anyone stepped onto the porch.

“Monday morning

Read more at: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/09/20/news/bangor/amateur-detective-catches-alleged-package-thief/