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What does a German true-crime crew have to say about a 1980s-era slaying of a South African couple in Virginia? That’s a question we can answer this weekend, as Till Murder Do Us Part: Soering Vs. Haysom (or Der Fall Jens Söring - Tödliche Leidenschaft) just dropped on Netflix. This appears to be its co-directors’ first U.S.-based story, and I’m curious about why this was the yarn they chose — other than podcast Small Town, Big Crime, the case hasn’t generated as much interest in recent years as others. Decider characterizes it as “solid” so it seems like we could do worse.
The 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination means a slew of new coverage. One of the first ones out of the gate is Nat Geo’s JFK: One Day In America, which “features new interviews with the surviving eyewitnesses,” the show promises. According to this report, the filmmakers also got “permission to colorize some of the archival footage, getting those colors as accurate as possible as a way, they said, to bring the story to life.” According to director Ella Wright, "Seeing Oswald in color, I think it's going to be something new for people. I'm not sure people will have seen that before.”
Colorized footage isn’t enough to get my butt in the seat for that one, but for JFK completionists, I’m sure this show is already on their list. The three-parter airs on NatGeo on Sunday, and will stream on Disney+ and Hulu on Monday.
Those are the most notable premieres for me, what about you? What true crime are you into this lovely fall weekend? — EB
Last call for the November bonus review! Sarah will close the poll to choose this month’s subscriber-only report this evening, so you still have some time to pick which book to film adaptation she will tackle. Will Closing Time: The True Story of the Goodbar Murder be unseated in the 11th hour? You have the power to cement its success or bury it with just a click!
‘The Jinx – Part Two’ Set for 2024 at HBO and Max [The Hollywood Reporter]
Andrew Jarecki is back to wrap up the Robert Durst case, with a six-episode run set for some time next year. To fill those six (! seems like a lot) eps, expect “interviews with people who had not previously come forward, as well as Durst’s prison phone calls, and other new information that connects Durst to the murders of Susan Berman and Morris Black, as well as the disappearance of his wife, Kathleen McCormack.” I don’t know, y’all, I feel like the world has moved on — and even those who haven’t know all they need to know about this story. Am I wrong? — EB
Sam Bankman-Fried Is Found Guilty of 7 Counts of Fraud and Conspiracy [NY Times gift link]
I feel a little dumb about using a gift link on this story, which is widely reported in many non-paywalled outlets! But David Yaffe-Bellany, Matthew Goldstein and J. Edward Moreno’s piece on the end of the trial is really the best I could find, so that’s what I’m going with. I mean, they call SBF a “tousle-haired mogul” in the first line! I do wonder if this court decision will have an impact on future printings of Michael Lewis’s widely derided book on the FTX founder — or if Lewis (who in my experience is a decent and reasonable man) will back down and admit he misjudged where the story was. — EB
When plastic surgeon “Dr. Roxy” rose to TikTok fame, her OR seemed busier than ever. Until a record of botched surgeries caught up to her. [The Cut]
What a wild longread! Social media star Katharine Roxanne Grawe lost her medical license over the summer after alleged “failure to meet standards of care.” This lengthy story explains who was allegedly botched and how the whole empire crumbled. — EB