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How the Brutal Murder of a Playboy Centerfold Sent Shock Waves Through Hollywood

Dorothy Stratten had the world at her fingertips in 1980.

She had rocketed to fame as the Playboy Playmate of the Year. Now, Hollywood was calling. She landed guest roles on TV shows such as Buck Rodgers and Fantasy Island. 

Things got even better for her when she earned a substantial role in the movie They All Laughed, a comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara  and John Ritter.

She maintained warm relationships with several Hollywood heavy hitters, including Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.

Hugh Hefner and Dorothy Stratten
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But Stratton’s personal life was messy. Her marriage to her controlling small-time manager, Paul Snider, was on the rocks. Estranged from her husband, she started seeing director Peter Bogdanovich, who had recently split from Cybill Shepherd.

On

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Inside the Murder of Playmate Dorothy Stratten – People

Dorothy Stratten had the world at her fingertips in 1980.

She had rocketed to fame as the Playboy Playmate of the Year. Now, Hollywood was calling. She landed guest roles on TV shows such as Buck Rodgers and Fantasy Island. 

Things got even better for her when she earned a substantial role in the movie They All Laughed, a comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara  and John Ritter.

She maintained warm relationships with several Hollywood heavy hitters, including Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.

Hugh Hefner and Dorothy Stratten
Julian Wasser/Online USA Inc./Getty

But Stratton’s personal life was messy. Her marriage to her controlling small-time manager, Paul Snider, was on the rocks. Estranged from her husband, she started seeing director Peter Bogdanovich, who had recently split from Cybill Shepherd.

On

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/how-the-brutal-murder-of-a-playboy-centerfold-sent-shock-waves-through-hollywood/

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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‘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

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Murder Made Me Famous: ‘Craigslist Killer’ Prosecutor Says ‘Evidence Was Overwhelming’

Before 2009, Philip Markoff was a preppy Boston University medical student. At the time, his doting fiancée Megan McAllister told PEOPLE that he was “a beautiful man inside and out.”

But the perception changed in April 2009, when Markoff, then 23, was charged with the armed robbery and murder of Julissa Brisman in a Boston hotel room. He was also charged with additional armed robberies, each involving a female victim that he met through ads placed on Craigslist.

Markoff maintained his innocence of all charges, and pleaded not guilty. While awaiting trial in 2010, he committed suicide.

The story gained international attention, even landing on the cover of PEOPLE. Trial watchers couldn’t get enough of the clean-cut med student who attacked escorts to pay his gambling debts.

More than eight years later, the

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Charles Manson’s Chilling Introduction to Sharon Tate Reenacted in ‘Murder Made Me Famous’ Sneak Peek

Reflecting on a dark series of events. Charles Manson and the Manson Family murders are revisited through expert analysis and reenactments on Reelz’ Murder Made Me Famous — Charles Manson, as seen in Us Weekly’s exclusive sneak peek.

The special, airing Saturday, January 14, takes a closer look at the convicted cult leader and his followers, who murdered multiple people in 1969, including 26-year-old pregnant actress Sharon Tate, the wife of film director Roman Polanski. The preview clip reenacts Manson’s first introduction to Tate when he was trying to track down Terry Melcher, a producer who was unable to successfully promote Manson’s hoped-for music career.

“The house at 10050 Cielo Drive has just been vacated by Beach Boys producer Terry Melcher, the source of Manson’s frustrations,” the clip’s narrator says. “And in early 1969, Sharon and Roman move in.”

“After the Polanskis move in, photographer Shahrokh Hatami is taking promotional photos of

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Snoop Dogg’s 1993 Shooting And Murder Trial To Be Reenacted On TV Show Rich And Acquitted – Hip

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Snoop Dogg is far from the person he was 23 years ago, but a new TV show is out to remind of the rapper’s darker days.

New television show Rich And Acquitted will revisit infamous court cases where celebrities were tried for crimes but ultimately found not guilty.

In 1993, Snoop Dogg‘s career was almost derailed just as it was getting started when he and his bodyguard McKinley Lee were charged with the murder of rival gang member Phillip Woldermariam. The incident in where Snoop was driving the car in which Lee shot Woldermariam made Snoop Dogg Public Enemy #1 as America was growing in fear of the “Gangsta Rap” phenomenon at the time. Lee was found not guilty

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The Unsolved Murder of JonBenét Ramsey Twenty Years Later

In We Have Your Daughter: The Unsolved Murder of JonBenét Ramsey Twenty Years Later, Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist Paula Woodward offers an unprecedented insider perspective on the twentieth anniversary of one of the most heinous, sensationalized, unsolved crimes in American history.

Here for the first time, Woodward examines conversations and information from all sides of those involved in the case. She shares information compiled during the twenty years she reported on the murder, including private conversations with law enforcement individuals directly involved in the case, their thoughts and dissections of what went wrong and right, and who they now believe is the killer.

Woodward has included drawings by JonBenét, letters from her teachers, and photographs that show a normal, happy six-year-old whose life was cut short in such a horrible manner. She shares portions of John Ramsey’s private journal,where he wrote of his torment and grief in the aftermath of the murder. And she recounts personal conversations with JonBenét’s mother prior to her death from cancer in 2006. JonBenét’s brother Burke talks publicly for the first and only time about his sister’s death and how it affected the family and his life.

We have Your Daughter is an extraordinary work of journalism, twenty years in the making. It depicts a family under siege with their guilt or innocence still openly questioned. This book allows readers to decide in this heartbreaking story – was it Ramsey or an unknown intruder?

Reelz to Air Documentary Special OVERKILL: THE UNSOLVED MURDER OF JONBENET, Today

Reelz to Air Documentary Special OVERKILL: THE UNSOLVED MURDER OF JONBENET, Today

REELZ today announced the original documentary special OVERKILL: THE UNSOLVED MURDER OF JONBENÉT from award-winning author and director, Lawrence Schiller. The murder of JonBenét Ramsey in Colorado on Christmas in 1996 remains unsolved. Now, 20 years later Schiller, who wrote the New York Times best-selling book on the case, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, digs deep into his extensive archive of hundreds of recorded interviews with eyewitnesses, law enforcement officers, investigators, scientific and forensic experts and criminologists. Schiller’s exhaustive examination of the case uncovers fresh information from those involved to tell the story of JonBenét’s murder like never before. Overkill: The Unsolved Murder of JonBenét is produced by WS Productions, Inc. and Peabody Award-winning producer Tom Jennings and will premiere Saturday, December 17 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT.

“JonBenét’s story is a

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Reelz to Air Documentary Special OVERKILL: THE UNSOLVED MURDER OF JONBENET, 12/17


Reelz to Air Documentary Special OVERKILL: THE UNSOLVED MURDER OF JONBENET, 12/17

REELZ today announced the original documentary special OVERKILL: THE UNSOLVED MURDER OF JONBENÉT from award-winning author and director, Lawrence Schiller. The murder of JonBenét Ramsey in Colorado on Christmas in 1996 remains unsolved. Now, 20 years later Schiller, who wrote the New York Times best-selling book on the case, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, digs deep into his extensive archive of hundreds of recorded interviews with eyewitnesses, law enforcement officers, investigators, scientific and forensic experts and criminologists. Schiller’s exhaustive examination of the case uncovers fresh information from those involved to tell the story of JonBenét’s murder like never before. Overkill: The Unsolved Murder of JonBenét is produced by WS Productions, Inc. and Peabody Award-winning producer Tom Jennings and will premiere Saturday, December 17 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT.

“JonBenét’s story is a perplexing

Read more at: http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Reelz-to-Air-Documentary-Special-OVERKILL-THE-UNSOLVED-MURDER-OF-JONBENET-1217-20161201