April 24, 2014 |
"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them," wrote James Baldwin in "Notes of a Native Son. " Much of novelist Emma Donoghue's literary career has involved the liberation of historical figures, often women, from the constraints of the recorded past to the relative freedom of fiction, as in her novels "Slammerkin," "The Sealed Letter" and "Life Mask," all set in the 18th or 19th century. Her most recent work, the multiple-award-winning international bestseller "Room," took a more contemporary approach, loosely inspired by the experiences of women recently held captive by abusive men. In her new novel, "Frog Music," Donoghue returns to the more distant past to take on an unsolved San Francisco murder: that of young Jenny Bonnet, shot by an unknown killer lurking outside her railway hotel room.
April 16, 2010 |
There's something about a haunting mystery being solved by a haunted mind that's particularly seductive. That's just one of the many pleasures of "The Secret in Their Eyes," whose string of knots challenges and charms in a way that make its win of the foreign-language Oscar this year perfectly understandable. Argentine writer-director Juan José Campanella has given audiences a beautifully calibrated movie in the most traditional sense of the word — the ideal marriage of topic, talent and tone.
July 29, 1998 |
Here in this bastion of wealth and privilege, the combination is as intriguing as it is unlikely: a 23-year-old unsolved murder, the Kennedy family--and Mark Fuhrman. Some in this leafy enclave beside Long Island Sound credit the disgraced ex-Los Angeles police detective with jump-starting the investigation into the Halloween Eve death in 1975 of Martha Moxley, a 15-year-old Greenwich High School student who loved swimming, tennis, her cats and collage artwork.
December 12, 2004 |
One day not long ago, I drove into a valley deep in the mountains of Oregon, a swath of green pastures edged by wild blackberries and split by a creek that filled up a nearby lake. It seemed a pleasant enough place in the world, this hidden valley, but I hadn't driven the 500 miles from Fresno simply to take in the fresh scenery. No, what I had come looking for were answers that had eluded me for 31 years. What I had come looking for were the secrets to my father's murder.
May 16, 1993 |
It was a first-person account by a serial killer of his thoughts and emotions while he kidnaped, tortured, sexually assaulted and, finally, murdered his young, female victims. The writer-killer describes himself as getting depressed, or making "the fall." He kidnaps and tortures victims as part of his remedy, or "restoration." Victims who go into shock, like an 11-year-old girl who failed to scream--even after cigarette burns and knife cuts were inflicted--are useless to him.
October 21, 1991 |
Back to Reality: KNBC Channel 4 premieres a new reality series, "Murder One," Saturday at 7 p.m. The weekly series, hosted by KNBC reporter Mike Hegedus and produced by Pete Noyes, formerly the managing editor of Channel 4 News, will investigate famous unsolved murder cases from around the country. The first show will feature the murder of "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane.