Murder By the Book, Season 1Closed Captioning
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Murder by the Book features the masters of the American crime novel presenting their takes on incredible real-life mysteries. In each hour-long episode, truTV teams with one of the nation's best crime novelists to delve into a case that has fascinated, inspired, or touched them personally. Season 1 includes authors James Ellroy, Faye Kellerman, Jonathan Kellerman, Michael Connelly, and Lisa Scottoline.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoFaye Kellerman||Bestselling mystery and crime author Faye Kellerman, (best known for creating the characters Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus) presents a special one-hour "Murder by the Book" about Tonica Jenkins, the 'evil genius' from East Cleveland. Although she is now well known as practically the dictionary definition of the word 'sociopath', when she began her life of crime, she operated far under the radar of law enforcement. In 1997, the 22-year-old Jenkins used forged documents to scam her way into an exclusive Yale University neurobiology degree course, but she was just getting started. Her life of crime rapidly escalated into much more sinister activities when, as a way to avoid imprisonment for a cocaine charge, she came up with a radical plan to trade identities with, and then murder, her victims.||42:22||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoJames Ellroy||The legendary author James Ellroy revisits the case that has haunted him for years and made him the writer he is today: The unsolved murder of his mother, which happened when he was a 10-year-old boy.||43:05||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoMichael Connelly||Back in 1984, when award-winning crime novelist Michael Connelly was still a police beat journalist in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he covered the story of Christopher Wilder, a ghoulish tale of real life crime that has stayed with him throughout all his years as a creator of fiction. If any case ever seemed to bear the description "stranger than fiction," this was the one. Despite starting as a routine investigation into the disappearance of two models, this mindboggling case quickly escalated into one of the greatest manhunts of the century. Join Connelly during this edition of "Murder by the Book" as he revisits Wilder's case, from the sunny Florida morning when Wilder, the successful businessman, sportsman and convicted sex offender skipped town to avoid questioning by the police, to the shocking six-week cross-country murder spree that followed.||42:57||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoJonathan Kellerman||When noted neurologist Dr. Richard Boggs called 911 to report that a patient had died of a heart attack in his office, no one suspected the good doctor of foul play. But when the routine investigation required by the dead man's life insurance company found that the fingerprints didn't match up, the multimillion-dollar settlement was not paid. What followed was a bizarre story of murder, identity theft, and sexual perversion that led police on an international chase culminating with the arrests of the doctor and the dead man's business partner. This episode of "Murder by the Book" is hosted by bestselling crime author Jonathan Kellerman, whose connection to this case is a very personal one: he once worked a mere three blocks from the office of Dr. Boggs.||43:06||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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Intensely Personal; James Ellroy
If you’re an Ellroy devotee, you'll be familiar with the themes covered in this episode and the manner in which he approaches any of his stories. In this instance, he once again visits the death of his mother as well as his reactions to it. In a sense, this episode capsulizes Ellroy's search into his mother's death and the search within the young James and adult James Ellroy that was covered very personally and dramatically in "My Dark Places". The result is deeply personal, revelatory and at times I felt voyeuristic listening and watching him move through the tale. But like a train wreck, you almost can't turn away. Ellroy speaks like he writes; confrontational, staccato and provocative. Ellroy may be a troubled man or someone who speaks openly about all of our dark places; I don’t know or don’t want to know. Regardless, he is an intensely talented writer who is never boring and his episode is worth watching.
Ellroy is spooky
The Ellroy episode is the most disturbing, bringing his loss and chance for redemption and truth to life. His dialoge and speech tones really make you want to help him in finding his mothers killer.
Great show folks! Now, is the time to show us more. I'm not going to wait 3 months for Itunes to finally show the next episode. This is getting tiresome!