Happy New Year!

Welcome to an abbreviated version of our weekly review of the events at crimestory.com. We will resume with a full newsletter review of Crime Story events on January 11. But I wanted to offer a quick review of what we presented over the Holiday break.

On New Years Eve, we called attention to a New York Times Story reporting that lawyers for Robert Durst (whose story was told in the HBO documentary series The Jinx) acknowledged in court documents that Mr. Durst was the author of a note directing the Beverly Hills Police Department to the “cadaver” of Susan Berman, the woman whom Durst is accused of killing in her Beverly Hills home.

Two hours after our first report, Crime Story then secured copies of those public documents and became the first news organization to publish them, while also reporting on additional new information in those documents. Over the previous several months, Durst’s lawyers had filed a number of motions in an effort to block testimony from forensic document examiners who were ready to testify that the handwriting on the note matches Durst’s. We will have much more on the Durst story in the coming weeks.

Over the twelve days beginning on Monday, December 23 and concluding on Friday, January 3, we presented special Re-Podcasts of my Crime Story Podcast interviews with storytellers in the world of crime and justice. Each interview was presented in its entirety, and so interviews that were previously offered in multiple parts could be accessed in one download or streaming session.

Here is the list of those presentations with links embedded in the listing:

Monday, December 23: Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, Serial 

Tuesday, December 24: Vince Gilligan and Michelle MacLaren, Breaking Bad

Wednesday, December 25: Ed Bernero, Criminal Minds

Thursday, December 26: Steve Zaillian, The Night Of

Friday, December 27: Jonathan Tropper, Banshee

Saturday, December 28: David Simon, Homicide, The Corner, The Wire

Monday, December 30: Tom Fontana, Homicide and Oz

Tuesday, December 31: Hank Steinberg, Without a Trace

Wednesday, January 1: Pam Veasey, CSI: NY and CSI: Cyber

Thursday, January 2: Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, Making a Murderer

Friday, January 3: David Chase, The Sopranos

On Monday, we will begin a full week of new stories and podcast presentations. And we will recap the week’s events in next weekend’s newsletter.

For those of you wondering how you can catch up on previous Crime Story newsletters, just click here and your question shall be answered.

We close this week, as is our habit, with Hannah Teich’s curated selection of some of the more interesting stories from Crime Story Daily which continued publication over the past two weeks.

Hannah, who edits this Daily section, groups the aggregation into four general topic areas: criminal justice policy reporting; muckraking/watchdog reporting; complex crime storytelling; and stories that examine the impact of criminal justice and true-crime in the culture.

Click here to go to Hannah’s weekly essay.

Thanks for reading and listening.

Kary Antholis
Publisher/Editor, Crime Story

editor@crimestory.com