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155: Most Wanted and While The City Sleeps
Nope, that's not a typo: Best Evidence publisher Eve Batey joins me to talk about a movie that's still in "theaters," Most Wanted. Featuring Josh Hartnett's foxy 'stache and a breakout ugly performance from Jim Gaffigan, Most Wanted interrogates the role of budgetary concerns in law-enforcement corruption and/or incompetence...and we interrogate the crusading-reporter subgenre and whether it's true to life.
We do it twice, as a matter of fact, as our Cold Case topic is While The City Sleeps, a movie that references the William Heirens case but is actually about whether media's attempts to "make" a story is itself the story...or criminal. The 1956 thriller stars Vincent Price, Drew Barrymore's dad, and a realistically sodden Dana Stevens in a tale about a callow press scion using a string of murders to pit his top men (...uch) against each other for a plum job. We recommend it, and not just because it kiiiind of makes John Douglas look like an ass for claiming nobody knew how to profile properly before 1974, so hike your pants up to your pits and have a listen to The Blotter Presents, Episode 155.
Where to watch Most Wanted (https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/most-wanted-2020)
The Most Wanted/Target Number One (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Target_Number_One) Wikipedia page
Reply All's Compstat episode (https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/n8hwl7)
Stephen McHattie's Zodiac credit (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6294892/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_19)
Kill The Messenger (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1216491/)
While The City Sleeps on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B007QJ9SLA/ref=atv_dl_rdr?tag=justwatch09-20)
My Ripped From The Headlines review (https://blotterpresents.substack.com/p/michelle-carter-surviving-jeffrey)
Eater NY on Marchi' (https://ny.eater.com/2011/12/23/6627511/dont-ask-whats-for-dinner-at-82-year-old-marchis) s (and the Eater's Digest (https://www.eater.com/eatersdigest) podcast)
Wikipedia's William Heirens page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Heirens#Murders)
154: Surviving Jeffrey Epstein and The Con
[CW: The episode reviews series that discuss sexual assault, harm to children, and suicide. Please listen with care.]
Omar Gallaga returns to discuss two very grim and infuriating properties, starting with Lifetime's Surviving Jeffrey Epstein, which centers the survivors of Epstein's monstrousness while also indicting a society that let him manipulate it with shocking impunity. It's a good docuseries that's also a difficult sit, and the rare discussion of the case of late that had the capacity to tell us something new.
The Con also told us something new, about a different kind of predatory behavior -- the outright frauds that led to the financial crisis of 2008. It's a straightforward narrative without a lot of production bells and whistles, but it's also a very careful accounting (so to speak) of all the different bad actors in the world of mortgage fraud, from inexperienced brokers to rapacious CEOs to the Wall Street traders who created the demand. The podcast may not be fast, but you'll be furious by the end of The Blotter Presents, Episode 154.
Surviving Jeffrey Epstein (https://www.mylifetime.com/shows/surviving-jeffrey-epstein)
My Primetimer review of Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (https://www.primetimer.com/features/jeffrey-epstein-filthy-rich-is-more-filthy-than-rich)
Where to watch The Con (http://thecon.tv)
Guardian review of The Con (https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/aug/05/the-con-series-documentary-great-recession)
Omar at LEVEL (https://level.medium.com/@omarg) and Terribly Happy (http://terribly-happy.com/)
Check out Native deodorant (http://nativedeo.com/blotter) and Hello Fresh (http://hellofresh.com/blotter80) !
Best Evidence (http://bestevidence.fyi/)
Wondery Presents Even The Rich: The House of Versace
Wondery’s Even the Rich gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the stories of some of the greatest family dynasties in history. This season, three siblings — Gianni, Donatella, and Santo Versace — built one of the greatest fashion labels the world has ever seen. But when Gianni is murdered on the front steps of his Miami Beach mansion, the label loses its visionary. Can the House of Versace survive? On this four-episode series, we’ll dive into the origins of the Versace label and we’ll meet a few celebrities along the way, like Elton John, Princess Diana, and Madonna.
Listen to the full episode: http://wondery.fm/ETR_BlotterPresents
153: Ann Rule's Sleeping With Danger and The Last Narc
Two guests, no waiting this week, as ...These Are Their Stories co-host Kevin Flynn joins me to talk about Ann Rule's Sleeping With Danger, starring Elisabeth "Serena Southerlyn" Röhm and Leslie "ME Rodgers" Hendrix. It's a thumbs-sideways from both of us on the movie, which is not quite good, but not all that bad, and has some anachronism issues and PSA pacing that undercut surprisingly decent acting. Grab a Smoothie Of Doom to fortify yourself for...
...the second Most Wanted topic, Amazon's The Last Narc, a series Jessica Liese and I meant to talk about months ago, before Amazon yanked it unceremoniously. The case of what really happened to murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena premiered last week, with nearly as little fanfare, and while we're still not clear on why it got disappeared, it's a compelling and confidently shot four-parter featuring clear explainers and flavorful anecdotes. But that doesn't mean we wouldn't have changed anything...or that we weren't happy to hear Robert Stack in a voice-over. Brace yourself for more government malfeasance: it's The Blotter Presents, Episode 153.
Ann Rule's Sleeping With Danger (https://www.mylifetime.com/movies/sleeping-with-danger)
The Mets' starting catcher (https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stearjo01.shtml) in 1978
The These Are Their Stories (http://www.lawandorderpodcast.com/) podcast
WATCH Crime Writers On… (https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3207451605941778)
The Last Narc (https://www.amazon.com/The-Last-Narc-Season-1/dp/B08D11X73N) on Amazon Prime
"Midnight In The Garden Of East Texas," (https://www.texasmonthly.com/the-culture/midnight-in-the-garden-of-east-texas/) by Skip Hollandsworth
Hector Berrellez alleges the CIA got the series taken off (https://meaww.com/the-last-narc-amazon-prime-docuseries-kiki-camarena-murder-torture-hector-berrellez-interview)
Collider's interview with director (https://collider.com/the-last-narc-director-tiller-russell-interview/) Tiller Russell
Jessica at Rob Has A Website (https://robhasawebsite.com/author/jessicaliese/)
Check out Feals (http://feals.com/blotter)
Best Evidence (http://bestevidence.fyi)
152: Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia and The Perfect Murder S05E09
Is this the widest gulf in quality between the two shows under discussion in Blotter history? Maybe! But Netflix's new three-part series on the "Commission Case" that brought down the New York Mob is disciplined, compelling, and reminds me and guest Jeb Lund that Rudy Giuliani didn't always completely suck at everything...and that barbers really have a challenging job sometimes.
The Perfect Murder, meanwhile, is also compelling, but risibly acted, weirdly production-designed, and hilarious in a way that brings to mind a certain [ploop!]. It's so memorably bizarre that at least it "honors" Gavin Smith by stamping his case indelibly into our memories, but we really shouldn't be giggling at a true-crime story. Wear a crop top to the cop shop for The Blotter Presents, Episode 152.
Fear City (https://www.netflix.com/watch/81053936) : New York vs. The Mafia
Brian Tallerico's review (https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/fear-city-2020) at RogerEbert.com
The NatGeo series (https://www.natgeotv.com/za/shows/natgeo/inside-the-american-mob) whose junket found SDB sitting next to Michael Franzese
The Perfect Murder S05.E09, "Jump Shot" (https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/tv-shows/the-perfect-murder/full-episodes/jump-shot)
"The Ploop Incident" (https://audioboom.com/posts/7620351-149-i-ll-be-gone-in-the-dark-and-murder-made-me-famous)
The Quaid In Full (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/quaid-in-full/id1476993962) podcast
Jeb Lund on Twitter
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Yes, that’s correct, The Blotter Presents is my go-to can’t miss podcast. What I mean by that is: 1) Upon listening to my first episode in early 2019 I went back and listened to all the previous episodes (over a year’s worth). 2) When a new episode drops I listen to it ASAP knowing It will present “the true crime that’s worth my time”. So you may be asking “why”? There are several reasons: 1) The subject matter: True Crime, my favorite genre of podcast. 2) The presentation: The Blotter Presents has it’s own unique format and pace which is smart, humorous (in a decidedly dry way without a need to emphasize the subtle) and informative. By informative I mean that a.) my podcast listening, b.) book and magazine article reading, and c.) tv streaming choices are greatly expanded by the info presented here. 3) The Host and Creator Sarah D. Bunting: It goes without saying that her presence is the heart and soul of The Blotter Presents and her choices of properties to discuss and the guests who join her in the discussions are what makes this my favorite. I really hope you subscribe after reading this review, I recommend it to everyone who loves listening to podcasts.
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