Criminal Career Moves

Kevin Smokler examines five variations on a theme of playing the (real-life) villain

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The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

“We were dismantling someone’s museum”

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Shenandoah (2012)

A small town tries to close ranks around its football stars, and fortunately fails

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Serial: No end in sight

The blockbuster true-crime podcast ends by…not ending

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Threeway Two Ways: Heartbreakers and the murder of Billy Mac Fleming

Just your garden-variety “boy meets girl, girl ditches him for football coach” story starring Peter Brady

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Mortal Error: The most exciting slide rule in true crime
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Like a Magic Eye puzzle, once you see Howard Donahue’s explanation of JFK’s death, you can’t unsee it

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Deadly Sins Tries “Sex Kitten” Arias on For Size
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The ID series tries an evenhanded approach, with mixed success

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Lust For Fame: The Stage Career of John Wilkes Booth
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Assassin; “great tragedian”; excitable pain in the ass

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Blood On The Moon: The Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln
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This deep cut is workmanlike, but not definitive

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Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery
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Robert Kolker can’t end this story, but he reports the hell out of it

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