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'Yours, Jean' Is a Perfect Mixture of Tragedy, Repressed Desire, and Poor Impulse Control

Lee Martin's Yours, Jean is a perfectly balanced and heartbreaking mix of true crime narrative and literary fiction.

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Boston Underground Film Festival 2017: 'Hounds of Love'

The captivity narrative in Hounds of Love explores the depths of a grisly co-dependence.

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The Most Hated Woman in America: An Interview With Filmmakers Irene Turner and Tommy O'Haver

PopMatters spoke with writer Irene Turner and director Tommy O'Haver during SXSW 2017 about the remarkable life and death of Madalyn Murray O'Hair.

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Contemplations on the Nature of Truth: True Crime, 'True Detective', and 'Serial' Obsessions

True Detective and Serial mark our society’s preoccupation with all things illegal, especially when they end in murder.

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Paying Too Often for Sex in Video Games

In film, the salacious is something to see. In video games, however, the salacious needs to be something to do.

Culture

The Seven-Layered Arsenic Cake of Madame LaFarge and Other Crime Classics

Crime Classics, a 1953 CBS ‘true crime’ radio series, seems to be something of a slap in the face to audiences’ sense of identification and notions of self-importance, presenting a vision of a callous and petty world where the individual matters little, and their thoughts and feelings matter less.

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Natural Born Killers: The Director's Cut

Stone's pedigree secure, the Hollywood maverick turned on the system itself; tarring sensationalism, public bloodlust, and judicial entropy, seemingly with the same brush.

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The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson

The "red parts" in question are those of Maggie Nelson's Aunt Jane.

Mikita Brottman
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Seduced by Madness: The True Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case by Carol Pogash

What makes Pogash's book so powerful is that it evokes the universal bafflement we feel over the tortured relationships some other people endure.

Bruce Gerstman
Games

True Crime: Streets of LA

Restraint in a lawless world is hard. Cops have to tangle with folks that have total freedom of action every day, and they need to do it the hard way, the frustrating way. They have to follow the rules even though they get to carry a gun.

G. Christopher Williams
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True Crime: Streets of LA

You can only listen to Kang shout 'It's Dim Sum time!' as he shoots up a Chinese gang so many times before you start to get uncomfortable.

Sean Trundle
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