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Review: 'Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel'

Written by 03 January, 2021

When it comes to reviewing a special like Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel, a lot of the groundwork has already been done. Odds are that if you are thinking of watching the special, you are already familiar with the Ghost Adventures crew. And you likely already have a strong opinion about whether or not you believe that have been regularly finding evidence of paranormal behavior.

And if you are already a regular viewer of the various paranormal shows, then you are likely also already familiar with the Cecil Hotel, an infamous downtown Los Angeles hotel that has been the site of several memorable murders and suicides. And in the 80s, it was also briefly the residence of serial killer Richard Ramirez, nicknamed the "Night Stalker." So as rundown downtown hotels go, this one has a history to it.

Which is why there have already been a number of television specials and episodes about the hotel, which changed its name over a decade ago. It's not that there aren't some odd stories to be told - most notably the 2013 death of Canadian student, Elisa Lam, who was spotted in some bizarre elevator surveillance footage before she disappeared. Only to be found weeks later in the water tower of the hotel. 

But all of these stories have been told before and apparently the reason why the Ghost Adventures crew are going over everything on camera yet again is that for whatever reason, they were given permission to film and roam the hotel at will over several days and nights. I'm guessing that the hotel was empty as part of a pending renovation. But it's not clear why the hotel is empty, only that the cast and crew have unfettered access.

The first half of the special focuses on the Lam case and much of what they show are recaps of the stories you've likely already heard before. The second half focuses on other events and it takes the cast roaming through the rooms once inhabited by various killers and victims. Some psychics and other paranormal investigators make an appearance as the hotel is searched, but the "investigation" is surprisingly lifeless. Voices are heard by different people, but it never seems to be loud enough to be heard on-camera.

Even stranger, the editing of the special is really awkward. Topics are brought up and then forgotten. A couple of scenes feel as if they are missing an opening explanation. I know it's a challenge to produce anything in the middle of a pandemic. But the final results here aren't especially compelling.

If you're already a fan of Ghost Adventures, you'll probably be entertained enough to make watching the special a worthwhile use of your time. But I suspect that anyone who isn't a hardcore fan will find the special to be mundane and forgettable. 

There are some really fascinating new specials on Discovery+. But sadly, Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel is not one of them.

Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel premieres Monday, January 4th. 2021 on Discovery+.

Last modified on Sunday, 03 January 2021 20:33

This Week In True Crime TV: 12/20/2020-12/26/2020

Written by 20 December, 2020

Here is a rundown of all the new true crime television premiering this week:

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20TH, 2020:
Doomsday: The Missing Children (Investigation Discovery)
In the fall of 2019, a boy and his stepsister go missing. Grandparents Larry and Kay Woodcock desperately try to find out what happened to them and why.

Snapped (Oxygen)
In the episode entitled "The Episode You Never Saw," to celebrate its 500th episode, Snapped reveals its never-before-aired pilot, a story swirling with infidelity, a doctor's millions and two twin sisters who are anything but identical.

In the episode entitled "Dana Flynn," the twisted story of a heinous murder plot in Kansas, rife with betrayal and deceit. In an exclusive interview with someone personally involved in the crime, hear a riveting account of the deadly scheme.

American Monster (Investigation Discovery)
In an episode entitled "Out Of His Shell," profiles of killers and kidnappers who committed astonishing crimes while leading ordinary lives.

The Real Murders Of Orange County (Oxygen)
In the episode entitled "A Deadly Double Life, A Tale Of Two Brothers," horrific and salacious cases rock Southern California's wealthy coastal community. From a murder-for-hire gone wrong to families turning on their own, viewers hear the harrowing tales of when privilege leads to problems and greed leads to murder.

Real Life Nightmare (HLN)
In the episode entitled "Missing Skelton Brothers," three young brothers are reported missing the day after Thanksgiving. In a shocking twist, their daddy claims he gave them to an underground group - but investigators say his stories doesn't line up.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21ST, 2020:
Twisted Sisters (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Patio Door," a sibling rivalry takes a deadly turn when a local gang is asked to complete a mission of revenge.

Till Death Do Us Part (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Some Kind Of Monster," when Manjit Basra and Mukhtiar Panghali settle down and start a family, it seemed like a dream come true. However, this dream, turned into a nightmare that has a heartbreaking ending and leaves everyone with unanswered questions.

Her Last Christmas (Investigation Discovery)
Ashley Benson's body is found in the stairwell of a posh hotel, eventually exposing hidden secrets and leaving a family in shambles.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22ND, 2020:
Murder In The Heartland (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode "Beautiful Mess," bride-to-be Patricia Richmond is found bound and murdered at her future in-laws' home in the resort town of Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Dead Silent (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Three Miles On Castle Rock Road," a young Native American woman is found near the side of a road in rural Montana; she is badly beaten and barely hanging onto life. Her fasmily's search for justice leads them down an unexpected road.

Murder Under The Christmas Trees (Investigation Discovery)
A bloody crime scene is discovered at a Christmas Tree farm, and police rush to find the killer.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23RD, 2020:
People Magazine Investigates (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "What Happened To Baby Lisa," in 2011, a 10-month baby girl goes missing from her home in Kansas City, Mo. and her family fears she has been kidnapped by a drifter, only to be accused by the police of being responsible for her disappearance. 

Patty Hearst: The Crimes That Changed Us (Investigation Discovery)
Publishing heiress Patty Hearst is taken hostage by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). In 1975 a bank robbery planned by the SLA turns deadly and the FBI places its attention on bank robbery charges, while the murder of Myrna Opsahl goes unsolved.

Silent Nightmare (Investigation Discovery)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26TH, 2020:
Killer Siblings (Oxygen)

In the episode entitled "Rogers," in this bizarre mid-western saga, a grudge between a shady district attorney and an eccentric local student turns deadly. Dodged investigators work for decades to bring a quartet of brothers to justice.

Kentucky Murder Mystery: The Trials Of Anthony Gray (Investigation Discovery)
A son goes on trial for murder.

An Unlikely Mastermind (Investigation Discovery)



 




HBO Max Releases Trailer For 'Heaven's Gate: Cult Of Cults'

Written by 24 November, 2020

HBO Max has released the official trailer for its upcoming documentary Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults. All four episodes of the limited-run series will premiere on Thursday, December 3rd on HBO Max.

Here is the official logline of the documentary:

The docuseries is a thorough examination of the infamous UFO cult through the eyes of its former members and loved ones. What started in 1975 with the disappearance of 20 people from a small town in Oregon, ended in 1997 with the largest suicide on US soil and changed the face of modern New Age religion forever. This four-part docuseries uses never-before-seen footage and first-person accounts to explore the infamous UFO cult that shocked the nation with their out-of-this-world beliefs. 


 

Last modified on Tuesday, 24 November 2020 22:23

This Week In True Crime TV: 11/22/2020-11/28/2020

Written by 21 November, 2020

Here is a rundown of all the new true crime television premiering this week:

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2020:
Killer In Question (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Bingo Queen," viewers get a chance to examine evidence and decide if justice was served in a case where lingering questions remain.

Snapped (Oxygen)
In the episode entitled "The Episode You Never Saw," to celebrate its 500th episode, Snapped reveals its never-before-aired pilot, a story swirling with infidelity, a doctor's millions and two twin sisters who are anything but identical.

In the episode entitled "Dana Flynn," the twisted story of a heinous murder plot in Kansas, rife with betrayal and deceit. In an exclusive interview with someone personally involved in the crime, hear a riveting account of the deadly scheme.

The Real Murders Of Orange County (Oxygen)
In the episode entitled "A Deadly Double Life, A Tale Of Two Brothers," horrific and salacious cases rock Southern California's wealthy coastal community. From a murder-for-hire gone wrong to families turning on their own, viewers hear the harrowing tales of when privilege leads to problems and greed leads to murder.

Real Life Nightmare (HLN)
In the episode entitled "Missing Skelton Brothers," three young brothers are reported missing the day after Thanksgiving. In a shocking twist, their daddy claims he gave them to an underground group - but investigators say his stories doesn't line up.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2020:
Twisted Sisters (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Old River Road," a custody battle turns deadly as twin sisters craft a complicated, cross-country conspiracy to do-in the one person standing in their way as the children bear witness to the plan.

Till Death Do Us Part (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Blood Is Thicker Than Water," the bond between brothers proves to be stronger than the one between a husband and wife. True love takes a tragic, deadly turn.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2020:
Homicide City (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode "Buried Secrets," when a hard-working, pregnant mother vanishes, detectives stumble on a love triangle that may explain the secrets behind her death.

Dead Silent (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Torture Chamber," when Lisa Holden gets married and moves to an isolated home in rural Texas, it triggers a long, inexplicable estrangement from her family. But at the root of this painful divide lies something far more evil than her family could imagine. 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2020:
The Murder Tapes (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Back Of the Shed," a backyard shed in a Michigan trailer park holds the answers to a dark secret regarding a missing teenage couple. Police interview their families, but one member is evasive, deepening the mystery and setting off a covert manhunt across the Midwest. 

McMartin Preschool Trial: The Crimes That Changed Us (Investigation Discovery)
When the parents of children in a California preschool are informed that their kids may have been victims of sexual abuse, it sets off a chain of panic and catastrophic events that will put an innocent man on trial for the heinous crimes.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2020
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Missing At Thanksgiving (Investigation Discovery)
When a man fails to show up to Thanksgiving dinner, the facade of a perfect marriage is shattered, culminating in a devastating discovery on the side of the road.

From In-Law To Outlaw (Investigation Discovery)
When a woman is forced to move in with her adult daughter and son-in-law for health reasons, tensions spiral out of control, and the family's darkest secrets are revealed.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2020:
My Husband The Serial Killer: Evil Lives Here (Investigation Discovery)

Jessica Chamber: An ID Murder Mystery (Investigation Discovery)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2020:
Killer Siblings (Oxygen)

In the episode entitled "Rogers," in this bizarre mid-western saga, a grudge between a shady district attorney and an eccentric local student turns deadly. Dodged investigators work for decades to bring a quartet of brothers to justice.

Murder Close To Home (Investigation Discovery)

Who Killed The Lyon Sisters? (Investigation Discovery)



 




Investigation Discovery Plans A Dark Thanksgiving

Written by 01 November, 2020

In years other than this one, Thanksgiving is typically a holiday where you spend a lot of time with family. Which - depending on your family - either gets you thinking a lot about warm family traditions...or people you'd like to murder.

Investigation Discovery is leaning into the darker impulses of the holidays with a series of five all-new true crime specials, spread across Thanksgiving week:

Here's what you can expect, so you might want to set those DVR's now:

JESSICA CHAMBERS: AN ID MURDER MYSTERY
Two-Hour Special Premieres Friday, November 27 at 9/8c
When firefighters are called to the scene of a vehicle blazing on a rural road in Courtland, Mississippi on December 6th, 2014, they discover severely burned 19-year-old Jessica Chambers. Despite being badly injured, the young woman manages to whisper a potential suspect's name. After Jessica's gruesome death, the investigation into her brutal murder begins to tear at the seams of the small town when a clear racial divide appears in and out of the courtroom. One shocking mistrial leads to another and it seems Jessica's accused killer might walk free, until a fateful crime one state over brings hope that this tragic case might be closed.

WHO KILLED THE LYON SISTERS?
Two-Hour Special Premieres Saturday, November 28 at 9/8c
On March 25, 1975, 12-year-old Sheila Lyon and her little sister, 10-year old Katherine, walked half a mile from their home to a shopping mall in Wheaton, Maryland…and were never seen again. When news of their disappearance broke, residents wondered if someone within their community was responsible, and parents who once felt safe letting their children walk alone now never let them out of their sight. Local law enforcement exhausted all resources in the extensive search for the missing girls, but the investigation into Sheila and Katherine’s disappearance was plagued by false leads and questionable suspects. Despite all of law enforcement’s efforts, the case eventually went cold. Almost four decades later, a new team of determined cold-case investigators uncovered a promising lead, and from there, the twisted story of a witness turned prime suspect begins to unravel. With reporting from bestselling author Mark Bowden and insight from the cold-case squad who worked relentlessly to solve the mystery, Who Killed The Lyons Sisters? follows the fascinating and ultimately fruitful reinvestigation of this decades-old disappearance.

ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN
The Series 300th Episode Premieres Sunday, November 29th at 9/8ct
In February 1976 19-year-old Michelle Mitchell vanished from a well-lit parking lot in Reno, NV. Michelle had called her mother for a ride after her car had broken down. But when Barbara Mitchell arrived on the scene ten minutes later, Michelle was nowhere to be found. The young woman’s disappearance would quickly be at the center of one of the most complex and disturbing cases in the state’s history. Multiple other slayings and a survivor of a similar brutal attack would ultimately become central to the investigation. And even after it appeared the case had been solved, the relentless detectives on the case continued to dig deeper.  Then, decades after the original attacks, a stunning new piece of evidence sheds light on what actually happened to Michelle Mitchell and reveals a mind-boggling injustice.

MURDER IN YPSILANTI: KEITH MORRISON INVESTIGATES
Two Hour Special Premieres Monday, November 30th at 9/8ct
In the quiet city of Ypsilanti, MI in 1993, 24-year-old Tammy Niver goes missing. Investigators find the car she was driving, but Tammy is nowhere to be found. As more details are uncovered, detectives are led to Tammy’s love interest of the time, Greg Agnew, but the case goes cold, and stays cold for decades.  Then another woman, Martha, is found murdered and a local reporter receives a tip that links both cases.  Suspicion once again swirls around Greg Agnew.  In this exclusive ID special, Dateline NBC correspondent Keith Morrison interviews those closest to both cases, attempting to answer the ultimate question: What really happened to the two women in Ypsilanti? 

THE WITMANS
Two-Hour ID Films Premiere Airs Tuesday, December 1 from 9-11pm ET/PT
In 1998, 13-year-old Greg Witman stepped off the school bus and 11 minutes later, Greg’s older brother Zach frantically called 911 to report that he had found Greg lying in a pool of blood. 15-year-old Zach went into shock – and then was taken into custody as the police’s only lead. What followed Greg’s murder is a harrowing decades-long journey of one family trapped in a double tragedy - a cruel intersection of small-town panic, media frenzy, and a fractured criminal justice system. Now, ID exposes the harsh realities of the United States sentencing its children to life in prison without parole in The Witmans, a two-hour documentary exploring the intricacies and evolution of juvenile incarceration. More than five years in the making, The Witmans is a haunting story told intimately through the eyes of two parents on a 20-year odyssey to free their last surviving child.



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This Week In True Crime TV: 11/08/2020-11/14/2020

Written by 27 October, 2020

Here is a rundown of all the new true crime television premiering this week:

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2020:
Killer In Question (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Girl In The Lake," viewers get a chance to examine evidence and decide if justice was served in a case where lingering questions remain.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2020:
Twisted Sisters (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Smokey Mountain Murder," a custody battle turns deadly as twin sisters craft a complicated, cross-country conspiracy to do-in the one personn standing iun their way as the children bear witness to the plan.

Till Death Do Us Part (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Behind Closed Doors," To most people, teenage sweethearts Steven and Michelle Gibson seem to be happily married. They have four children and live a fun and adventurous life together. But the couple is harboring a dark secret-one that will tear the family apart.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2020:
Homicide City (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode "The Last Party," a wild party ends in terror as a bright, young mom's cries for help fall on deaf ears. When detectives retrace her steps they find a trap with no way out.

Dead Silent (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Girl On The Billboard," After 15-year-old Jasmine Block mysteriously vanishes into thin air, her mother Sarah launches a crusade to find her before it's too late. But when the sickening truth behind Jasmine's disappearance surfaces, it leaves Sarah in shock.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2020:
Chaos In Court (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Hate Kills," it's clips of dramatic, unexpected and cathartic courtroom moments.

Crime Gone Viral (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Drunk Driver Terror," a drunken driver speeds the wrong way down a highway, a car is swerving, and a family intervenes to prevent tragedy.

Andrea Yates: The Crimes That Changed Us (Investigation Discovery)
Andrea Yates' postpartum mental illness leads her to believe that the only way to save her children from damnation is to methodically drown all five of them, one by one.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2020
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Suspicious Minds (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Whispers From The Woods," A Pennsylvania town is filled with suspicion after 19-year-old Erica Miller disappears without warning. Her mother posts flyers around town, prompting one resident to question the behavior of a family friend.

Evil Lives Here: Shadows Of Death (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Ride Along," a police officer in Manhattan Beach, California is shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in 1993, and the only witness is a boy too terrified to tell police what he saw.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2020:
48 Hours On ID (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Reuschel Vs. Reuschel," a look in to what happened that night in February 2018 in Gainesville, Florida reveals unusual family dynamics amongst the Reuschels. It ultimately hinges on millions in marital assets a likely divorce and a high-end New York wedding.

 




This Week In True Crime TV: 10/18/2020-10/24/2020

Written by 09 October, 2020

Here is a rundown of all the new true crime television premiering this week:

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, 2020:
Evil Lives Here (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "My Son Broke My Heart," Vickie Webb's son is accused of absolute evil and she isn't surprised.

Seduced-Inside The Nxivm Cult (Starz)
This documentary chronicles the extraordinary and harrowing journey of India Oxenberg — the daughter of Hollywood actress Catherine Oxenberg and a descendant of European royalty — who was seduced into the modern-day sex-slave cult NXIVM. More than 17,000 people, including India, enrolled in NXIVM’s “Executive Success Programs,” a front for the cult and a hunting ground for its leader, master predator Keith Raniere. Women in DOS, a secret master-slave society within NXIVM, were sex-trafficked and branded with a cauterizing iron. Both about a mother trying to save her daughter and recovery from trauma, the series follows India’s seduction, indoctrination, enslavement, escape — and her role as “co-conspirator” in assisting the U.S. government with bringing down Raniere and his criminal enterprise. In addition to being a rigorous and unsparing examination of India’s abuse and her own culpability, it explores how India and a chorus of other women are still grappling to make sense of their experience. The series also showcases extensive insider footage and exposes the inner circle of enablers around Keith Raniere.

Signs Of A Psychopath (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Now They Lay me Down To Sleep," a death row inmate grants an interview just weeks prior to his execution. Bodies of a man's family are discovered in the ashes of a house fire, and he is the main suspect in the murders.

The Vow Part One Finale (HBO)
With remarkable access to insiders and former members, The Vow follows a range of people who joined NXIVM, a self-improvement group that disintegrated with criminal charges brought against its highest members. The show takes a deep, nuanced look at the experiences of many of the group’s participants, spotlighting their universal desire for personal growth and their internal conflicts over events as they unfold.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 19TH, 2020:
Unsolved Mysteries: Chapter Two (Netflix)


Killing Carnies Series Premiere (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Sideshow Murders," the brutal murder of Lobster Boy rocks a carnival community, and every performer is a suspect. Truths will be revealed and a reign of terror will finally end.

The Missing (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Missing Mothers," Prisma Reyes vanishes from a parking garage after footage shows her getting on an elevator but is never seen again. Andrea Knabel disappears during the middle of the night. And in the episode entitled "Missing Teens," teenagers Tara Calico and Desirea Ferris go out but never come back.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20TH, 2020:
Homicide City (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode "Deadly Circle Of Friends," the murder of a family provides detectives with a chilling link to another case. They must work quickly to make an arrest before the killer strikes again.

Dead Silent (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Quiet The Dogs," Connie and George Hilton move to rural east Texas, but early one morning, their peaceful country life is abruptly and brutally shattered.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21ST, 2020:
Chaos In Court (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Enough Is Enough," it's clips of dramatic, unexpected and cathartic courtroom moments.

Crime Gone Viral (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "No, You Don't," in Florida, a woman shopping for bathing suits bravely chases after a man who harasses her and learns that he is a predator who has been preying on women for years. And then, two good samaritans intervene when an elderly couple is robbed. Then in the episode "Out Of Control," a drunk passenger grabs the wheel from an Uber driver's hands, creating a potentially deadly scene on a highway. And then, a group of friends find themselves in terrifying peril when a speeding boat plows right into them.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15TH, 2020:
Suspicious Minds (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Who Killed The Councilman?," Mark Garcia, a city councilman in California, is shot dead. Drug dealers, political rivals and even Matt's own father are suspects.

The Killer Beside Me (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Schooled In Murder," two school secretaries who are on lunch break disappear in broad daylight. One of the school secretaries is found dead and the other is still missing. Police suspect that the perpetrator of the crime has ties to the school.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 2020:
48 Hours On ID (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Bruce Beresford-Redman: The Verdict," former reality TV producer Bruce Beresford-Redman is charged with murdering his wife while on a family vacation in Cancun, Mexico. While awaiting trial, he keeps a riveting video diary of life inside the Mexican prison. Troy Robert reports.

 




Review: 'A Love Song For Latasha'

Written by 22 September, 2020

One of the underappreciated art forms is the short film, specifically the short documentary film. In an era where every TV show and special seems to feel the need to be as a long as it can possibly be, it's refreshing to see short films that are tightly constructed and just the length they need to be. Sometimes you can tell an entire story in less than 15 minutes and have as much emotional impact on the audience as you would have with a two-hour special. 

That's certainly the case with the new Netflix short film A Love For Natasha, which tells the story of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins.

The film spends most of it's time talking about Latasha and while you know she was killed, it's not until the very last moments of the film that the details of her death are revealed. Which seems like an odd creative choice at first glance. But what that does is that it allows the film to focus on her young life. There are interviews with family members and her best friends. You get a sense of Latasha's life in South Central Los Angeles. Her mom had been killed in a shooting at a nightclub when she was nine. Raised by her grandmother, she was driven to succeed. She planned on being a lawyer and was getting straight A's in high school. She dreamed of coming back and improving her grandmother's life, of owning businesses that could help her community. She appears to have been an extraordinary young woman.

But she was also a 15-year-old who was shot in the back of the head and killed by a store owner who thought she was planning to steal a container of orange juice worth $1.79. She died holding the two dollars she had planned on using to pay for the juice and according to one of the people interviewed in the film, the store owner frequently pointed the gun at teens she thought might be trying to shoplift. 

The clerk, Soon Ja Du, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter. Judge Joyce Karlin sentenced her to probation, 400 hours of community service and a $500 fine. 

Latasha's death became one of the primary causes of the 1992 L.A. riots. And while that fact is an important for historical purposes, one of the best things about A Love Song For Latasha is that it mentions the political impact of her death only in passing. The film focuses on her life and the impact she had on the people she left behind. Which makes this film a fitting tribute to a young woman who deserves to be remembered.

A Love Song For Latasha premiered September 21st, 2020 on Netflix.

Last modified on Tuesday, 22 September 2020 10:45

This Week In True Crime TV: 09/20/2020-09/26/2020

Written by 20 September, 2020

Here is a rundown of all the new true crime television premiering this week:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2020:
Evil Lives Here (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "My Love For My Boy Is Unchanged," a more intimate interview with the Keller family surfaces new information. They never suspected the man terrorizing their city could be one of their own.

How It Really Happened (HLN)

Signs Of A Psychopath (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Dug A Hole And Said A Prayer," police question a man in the disappearance of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her young son. They discover he has a terrifying capacity for violence.

The Curious Life And Death Of...Series Premiere (Smithsonian)
Dr. Fitzharris investigates the fascinating and often strange world of the deceased.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2020:
20/20 On ID (Investigation Discovery)
In the two-part episode entitled "Undercover Girlfriend," University Of Illinois graduate Yingying Zhang disappears after climbing into a stranger's car. Police enlist the suspect's girlfriend to wear a wire and record their conversations.

Your Worst Nightmare (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Do You Love Me?," Jenny Smith and her two daughters, Marie and Anna, make for a tight-knit family trio. When Jeanine and Anna go looking for love in all the wrong places, it ends in heartbreak, lies and murder.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2020:
Homicide City (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Thin Blue Line," a skeleton is discovered on the edge of a high school football field during a game of catch. It takes a forensic sculptor, tireless detective work and some luck to finally bring the mysterious killer to justice.

Living A Nightmare (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Karma Comes Late," a young mother is murdered and dumped into an alley. Police have plenty of suspects, including her former beau, but the trail soon runs cold. A ghost from the past suddenly reappears, giving the family renewed hope for justice.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2020:
Chaos In Court (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "If I Can't Have You," a grieving father goes on the attack, jealous obsession ends in murderous rage, a victim faces her stalker, a prosecutor throws a temper tantrum in court and a hero judge chases prisoners who bolt.

Crime Gone Viral (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Snatched," a young woman walks home after a family gathering; a young woman goes out to get cold medicine; with no warning, danger strikes and both women are kidnapped.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2020:
Impact Of Murder (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Betrayal," in Newfoundland, 19-year-old Greg Parsons ushers in 1991 by wishing his estranged mother, Catherine, a Happy New Year. Two days later, Greg is charged with her murder.

The Killer Beside Me (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Hostage To Greed," the brutal murder of a legal secretary in her Georgia home leaves police with few clues as to who would want her dead. A co-worker's alibi falls apart, revealing a callous conspiracy of greed that shocks this genteel Southern town.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2020:
The Lost Boys Of Bucks County (Investigation Discovery)
Four young men disappear from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and the entire country is left wondering what became of them.

 




This Week In True Crime TV: 09/13/2020-09/19/2020

Written by 13 September, 2020

Here is a rundown of all the new true crime television premiering this week:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2020:
Evil Lives Here (Investigation Discovery)

How It Really Happened (HLN)

Signs Of A Psychopath (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Where Evil Grows," a charming 20-year-old wants to help authorities with a murder investigation. He claims to have met one of the victims and says he has no knowledge of the crime, but detectives suspect otherwise.

The Curious Life And Death Of...Series Premiere (Smithsonian)
Dr. Fitzharris investigates the fascinating and often strange world of the deceased.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2020:
20/20 On ID (Investigation Discovery)
In the two-part episode entitled "Last Seen Walking," before Leah Freeman's body was found outside of her hometown of Coquille, Oregon in 2000, her gym shoes, one of them bloody, were virtually the only physical clues police had to figure out what happened to the missing 15-year-old.

Your Worst Nightmare (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Grudge," with her good looks and sunny demeanor, doctor's assistant and part-time model Christine Kent attracts her fair share of admirers. After one encounter ignites jealosuy and obsession, Christine is blindsided by the devastating consequences.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2020:
Cold Case Files Classic Series Premiere (Netflix)
Through forensic science and criminal psychology, an elite breed of detectives reexamine long-unsolved crimes to deliver justice and the truth.

Homicide City (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Point Blank," the city of Philadelphia is in shock after hard-working mother Trish McDermott is gunned down on a Center City sidewalk. Detectives work around the clock to catch the killer, who turns out to be far more dangerous than they could ever imagined.

Living A Nightmare (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Deadly Message," a young man who overcome a devastating brain injury enter a taxi and never resurfaces. Police are at a loss until they receive a mysterious text that pivots the case in a new direction and intensifies the race to bring home Julian Williams home alive.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2020:
Chaos In Court (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Predators Among Us," infamous sex abuse sports doctor attacked by angry parent; a gang member, snitch and the FBI collide; defiant defendant curses out judge and murderer taunts mother of two teenage sons.

Crime Gone Viral (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Snatched," a young woman walks home after a family gathering; a young woman goes out to get cold medicine; with no warning, danger strikes and both women are kidnapped.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2020:
Impact Of Murder (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Stolen Dreams," a 911 dispatcher in Colorado receives a call from a woman in distress; seven-months pregnant, another woman has slashed her throat and as a dispatcher uncovers the horrific event linking these women, she forges a fast friendship with the victim.

The Killer Beside Me (Investigation Discovery)
In the season three premiere episode "Danger Travels," a retail stor employee's crush on manager Antoinette Vendetti Bruce escalates into an obsession after he's fired for inappropriate behavior. She's transferred out of state for work and the stalker tracks her down to carry out his twisted plan.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2020:
In the episode entitled "Marriage On The Rocks," when Susan, a wife and mother of two, dies from ingesting antifreeze and oxycodone, it's ruled a suicide. But her parent suspect that Susan's husband, Brent, is behind it.