Best Evidence

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The true crime that's worth your time.
Created 04 May 2019
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  • Fifteen true crime stories we've been meaning to mention
    14 Oct 2021 • 8 min read
    Every time we think the true-crime wave has crested, it grows by a foot or two. It’s funny, when we started this publication over two years ago (which makes Best Evidence voting age in Substack years)...
  • What once-ubiquitous case needs a current re-examination?
    13 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    A History Channel mailer informed me that the Achille Lauro hijacking came to an end 36 years ago last Sunday. Two TV-movie projects got made in 1989-90 about the hijacking, one with Burt Lancaster an...
  • Fat Suit · Dog License · Caliphate
    12 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    Did we learn nothing from the Linda Tripp controversy? As previously discussed here and elsewhere, Sarah Paulson was the focus of loads of ire after she donned a fat suit to play Linda Tripp in Americ...
  • Buried: "Memory is an issue in every trial"
    11 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    Dear true-crime content creators: please stop starting your titles with the word “American.” I am NOT a crackpot. …Okay, I kind of am, but why does upcoming Mob doc American Rackets “need” the word “A...
  • What other true crime adaptations might benefit from a recast?
    08 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    The news that Jessica Biel would replace Elisabeth Moss as the titular character in Candy (that’s the Candy Montgomery series that doesn’t star Elizabeth Olsen) raised eyebrows at Best Evidence HQ, no...
  • Zodiac · Suspect
    07 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    October’s bonus-review topic is Tread. I dimly recall people thinking pretty well of this one when it originally came out; I look forward to seeing for myself! Thanks for voting — and for subscribing....
  • Bad Art Friend · Fat Leonard · Boston Strangler
    06 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    Bob Kolker @bobkolker Plenty of plot twists in my new story in this weekend’s @NYTmag — a writing-world potboiler about inspiration and appropriation (and litigation). Who Is the Bad Art Friend?Audio ...
  • Rigged Justice · Anna Sorokin · LaShae Kimbrough
    05 Oct 2021 • 7 min read
    One of the least repugnant figures in the college admissions scandal is making the rounds. John Vandemoer was the head sailing coach at Stanford University, where he admitted that he accepted hundreds...
  • Discovery-verse Docs · The First Forensic Files
    04 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    The Criterion Channel has a ton of true-crime-based films in its October lineup. I might spring at least for a free two-week trial based on the wide range of docudramae on offer; here’s the complete l...
  • September Bonus Reviews: Buzzfeed Unsolved True Crime and Dominick Dunne: After The Party
    02 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    The crime In the True Crime half of BuzzFeed’s Unsolved series (the other half is Supernatural), Ryan Bergara and his co-host look at “unsolved crimes, particularly well-known cold cases from many yea...
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