Monthly Archives: April 2017

Haunting Details: How Mass-Murderer Jim Jones ‘Trapped’ His Cult Followers

When a thousand people vowed to follow cult leader Reverend James Warren “Jim” Jones down to Guyana to form what they believed would be the perfect society, they quickly discovered they had walked into hell on earth.

“A lot of people went down there believing, ‘Let’s check it out, if we don’t like it, we’ll go home’” author of A Thousand Lives, Julia Scheers, said in National Enquirer Investigates newest series called Murder Made Me Famous: Jim Jones.

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“But what happened? As soon as they got to Jonestown, Jim Jones confiscated their passports and their money and told them if they wanted to go home they could swim because he wasn’t paying their fare home.”

“You have to realize that back in 1978, there wasn’t any

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Haunting Details: How Mass-Murderer Jim Jones ‘Trapped’ His Cult Followers

When a thousand people vowed to follow cult leader Reverend James Warren “Jim” Jones down to Guyana to form what they believed would be the perfect society, they quickly discovered they had walked into hell on earth.

“A lot of people went down there believing, ‘Let’s check it out, if we don’t like it, we’ll go home’” author of A Thousand Lives, Julia Scheers, said in National Enquirer Investigates newest series called Murder Made Me Famous: Jim Jones.

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“But what happened? As soon as they got to Jonestown, Jim Jones confiscated their passports and their money and told them if they wanted to go home they could swim because he wasn’t paying their fare home.”

“You have to realize that back in 1978,

Read more at: http://okmagazine.com/videos/jim-jones-temple-town-murder-reelz-video/

Anna Nicole Smith’s controversial life and tragic death on Scandal Made Me Famous

Anna Nicole Smith in a still from REELZChannel's Scandal Made Me Famous

Anna Nicole Smith in a still from REELZChannel’s Scandal Made Me Famous

Scandal Made Me Famous on REELZChannel tonight looks at the controversies that surrounded former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith during her life — and her subsequent tragic death.

Smith — whose real name was Vickie Lynn Hogan — died in February 2007 at the age of 39 after overdosing on prescription drugs.

She had spent little time out of the headlines ever since she first hit the spotlight appearing on the cover of Playboy in March 1992.

The later years of her life were dominated by her controversial marriage to octogenarian billionaire J. Howard Marshall, which led to her being branded a “gold-digger” — a claim she always denied.

When Marshall died in 1995 the controversy continued when she was involved in a long-running legal

Read more at: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/anna-nicole-smiths-controversial-life-and-tragic-death-on-scandal-made-me-famous/

Grim story behind LA’s ‘Hillside Strangler’ killings on Murder Made Me Famous

Cousins Kenneth Bianchi, left, and Angelo Buono, who were behind the Hillside Strangler killings

Cousins Kenneth Bianchi, left, and Angelo Buono, who were behind the Hillside Strangler killings

The chilling story behind Los Angeles’ “Hillside Strangler” killings is told tonight on REELZChannel’s Murder Made Me Famous.

The Hillside Strangler later became known as the Hillside Stranglers after it emerged TWO cousins were behind the murder of ten women during the winter of 1977-1978.

Many of the women’s bodies were found dumped on the Hollywood Hills, hence the name given to the case.

The killers emerged as Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, who worked together kidnapping then raping, torturing and murdering the women.

Los Angeles was gripped with fear while the Hillside Strangler was on the loose. Get the whole story on Murder Made Me Famous Saturday at 8ET/PT.

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Read more at: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/grim-story-behind-las-hillside-strangler-killings-on-murder-made-me-famous/

The Cop Who Caught the Hillside Stranglers Speaks Out: ’40 Years Later, I Still Get Emotional’

The case of the Hillside Strangler confounded California police in the in the late 1970s. At least 10 women and girls were raped and murdered in the Hollywood Hills — and the entire city was on edge.

But the case had a Hollywood-style twist when the killers turned out to be two cousins working in tandem. 

Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono were apprehended in 1979 and later convicted of kidnapping, raping, torturing and murdering ten females ranging from 12 to 28 years old.  They were sentenced to life in prison.  Buono died in jail in 2002 at age 67. Bianchi, 65, is serving his sentence in Walla Walla, Washington.

The case drew international headlines and sparked several films, including a 2004 movie starring Nicholas Turturro and C. Thomas Howell.

Nearly four decades later, the Reelz channel revisits the grisly case of the Hillside Stranglers in its

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/the-cop-who-caught-the-hillside-stranglers-speaks-out-40-years-later-i-still-get-emotional/

Anna Nicole Smith’s Doctor Speaks Out

When Anna Nicole Smith was found dead in a Florida hotel room in 2007, authorities recovered nearly a dozen different prescription and illicit drugs from her bedside, many of them prescribed by the hundreds. The drugs included sedatives, muscle relaxers, painkillers and sleep aids.

Investigators soon charged several people in Smith’s inner circle with felonies related to her death.

Dr. Sandeep Kapoor was a Los Angeles physician who was alleged to have prescribed Smith with methadone and Vicodin, among other drugs. In 2009, he was charged with eight felonies, including conspiring to furnish controlled substances, unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance and obtaining fraudulent prescriptions. He was eventually cleared on all charges after the court found no significant evidence of wrongdoing.

Ten years after Smith’s death, Kapoor gives a rare interview on Scandal Made Me Famous, a docuseries on the Reelz Channel.

In the interview, Kapoor makes some startling claims, including an assertion that Smith

Read more at: http://people.com/tv/ten-years-after-her-death-anna-nicole-smiths-doctor-speaks-out-she-was-not-an-addict/

Ten Years After Her Death, Anna Nicole Smith’s Doctor Speaks Out: ‘She Was Not An Addict’

When Anna Nicole Smith was found dead in a Florida hotel room in 2007, authorities recovered nearly a dozen different prescription and illicit drugs from her bedside, many of them prescribed by the hundreds. The drugs included sedatives, muscle relaxers, painkillers and sleep aids.

Investigators soon charged several people in Smith’s inner circle with felonies related to her death.

Dr. Sandeep Kapoor was a Los Angeles physician who was alleged to have prescribed Smith with methadone and Vicodin, among other drugs. In 2009, he was charged with eight felonies, including conspiring to furnish controlled substances, unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance and obtaining fraudulent prescriptions. He was eventually cleared on all charges after the court found no significant evidence of wrongdoing.

Ten years after Smith’s death, Kapoor gives a rare interview on Scandal Made Me Famous, a docuseries on the Reelz Channel.

In the interview, Kapoor makes some startling claims, including an assertion that Smith

Read more at: http://people.com/tv/ten-years-after-her-death-anna-nicole-smiths-doctor-speaks-out-she-was-not-an-addict/

‘Angry Betty’ Broderick’s double murder spotlighted on Murder Made Me Famous

Betty Broderick when she was younger, in a still from Murder Made Me Famous on REELZChannel

Betty Broderick when she was younger, in a still from Murder Made Me Famous on REELZChannel

Housewife-turned-killer Elizabeth ‘Angry Betty’ Broderick’s double murder is spotlighted tonight on REELZChannel’s Murder Made Me Famous.

The episode looks at what caused Broderick to go from soccer mom to murderer when she killed her former husband Daniel T. Broderick III and his second wife Linda (Kolkena) Broderick in November 1989.

She is currently serving a 32-years-to-life sentence at the California Institute for Women after being convicted of two counts of second-degree murder in December 1991.

A first trial had resulted in a hung jury after two of the jurors believed she should be convicted of manslaughter saying there had been a lack of intent.

Broderick shot 44-year-old Daniel and 28-year-old Linda in an execution-style killing while

Read more at: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/angry-betty-brodericks-double-murder-spotlighted-on-murder-made-me-famous/

Celebrity A Brief Guide to the Amanda Knox Legal Saga

 

It was an international murder case that captivated the world.

American college student Amanda Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were charged with the 2007 death of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher, who was sexually assaulted and found fatally stabbed in the Italian apartment she shared with Knox. Both Knox and Sollecito were convicted after police said DNA evidence linked them to the crime – but then were acquitted in 2015 by Italy’s highest court because of “stunning flaws” in the investigation and a lack of evidence.

The Amanda Knox story became international news and landed on the cover of PEOPLE.

As the tenth anniversary of the murder approaches, the Reelz Channel revisits the saga in its docuseries, Scandal Made Me Famous, and reveals that Knox had the opportunity to leave Italy before she was ever incarcerated, but chose to stay.

“Amanda called her mother at

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/amanda-knox-could-have-left-italy-before-her-arrest-but-chose-to-stay-to-help-the-investigation/

Amanda Knox on Scandal Made Me Famous – People

 

It was an international murder case that captivated the world.

American college student Amanda Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were charged with the 2007 death of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher, who was sexually assaulted and found fatally stabbed in the Italian apartment she shared with Knox. Both Knox and Sollecito were convicted after police said DNA evidence linked them to the crime – but then were acquitted in 2015 by Italy’s highest court because of “stunning flaws” in the investigation and a lack of evidence.

The Amanda Knox story became international news and landed on the cover of PEOPLE.

As the tenth anniversary of the murder approaches, the Reelz Channel revisits the saga in its docuseries, Scandal Made Me Famous, and reveals that Knox had the opportunity to leave Italy before she was ever incarcerated, but chose to stay.

“Amanda called her mother at

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/amanda-knox-could-have-left-italy-before-her-arrest-but-chose-to-stay-to-help-the-investigation/