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Episode 136: Sean Smith Reads: The Durst Trial: A Brother Remembers His Lost Sister

Like so many memories, this one is jogged by a photograph.  Deputy DA John Lewin projects an image of a preadolescent Kathie Durst onto the courtroom’s over-sized video monitors. From his seat in the witness box, James McCormack, Kathie’s 76 year old brother, turns to consider it.  LEWIN: DO YOU RECOGNIZE WHO’S IN THAT PHOTO? MCCORMACK: YES. LEWIN: AND WHO IS THAT? MCCORMACK: THAT IS MY BABY SISTER KATHIE SITTING IN THE ROWBOAT THAT MY DAD BOUGHT AND...

Episode 135: Vince DiPersio, Kim Kardashian: The Justice Project

Kary: This is The Crime Story Podcast with Kary Antholis where stories of crime and justice are told. On today’s podcast I am joined by Vince DiPersio executive producer of Kim Kardashian: The Justice Project which airs Sunday, April 5 on Oxygen. During the course of his 30+ years as a filmmaker, Vince has been nominated for multiple Academy Awards and has won multiple Emmys. I first got to know Vince back in the early 1990s when we worked together on documentaries for HBO.

Amanda Knox on Injustice and More on the Durst Trial (Week 33)

Welcome to our weekly review of the events at crimestory.com. In this time of pandemic, Crime Story will continue to examine how stories of crime and justice are told in our society and in our culture. That includes exploring narratives about the functions and dysfunctions of our criminal legal and punishment processes in a period of national crisis. It also includes covering fascinating trials that are impacted by the crisis. This past week, we presented two stories that continued our deep-dive into the trial of Robert Durst. On Monday, we published Defending...

Episode 134: Amanda Knox Reads: The Too-Steep Climb to Righting Wrongful Convictions

Chris and I got married on February 29th, 2020—just in time, it seems. Only two of our guests cancelled at the last minute for fear of travel due to the coronavirus. This was before Governor Inslee called for the cancellation of any event with over fifty participants. Now, just two weeks later, Chris and I are grateful that we’ve only had to cancel our honeymoon. We were planning on travelling to Germany to visit Jens Soering who, after 33 years wrongfully imprisoned, has reentered the world at a very strange time. We were hoping to write about meeting him in...

Episode 133: Amanda Knox Interview: The Threat to Habeas Corpus

"Without it…the Game is Over": Justin Brooks, director of the California Innocence Project, on the DOJ's move to suspend habeus corpus On March 21, 2020, Politico reported that the Trump Administration Justice Department submitted documents to Congress requesting lawmakers to grant the Attorney General power to ask the chief judge of any district court to pause court proceedings “whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation.” This broad authority to pause court...

Episode 132: Kary Antholis Reads: The Durst Trial: Victim Shaming Strategy Meets the Supermodel

“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon Anne Andersen-Doyle has traveled to Los Angeles from North Stradbroke Island, off the coast of Brisbane, Australia, where she volunteers teaching indigenous children to read. When asked by Prosecutor Habib Balian whether she was eager to come testify in the trial, Andersen-Doyle replies:  ANDERSEN-DOYLE: CONSIDERING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MATTER, I THOUGHT I OWED IT TO...