The middle school teacher who was filmed repeatedly punching a neo-Nazi demonstrator at a 2016 protest claims standing up to fascists shouldn’t be against the law. “Standing up against fascism and the rise of Nazism and fascism in this country is not a crime,” Yvette Felarca told San Francisco’s KPIX outside court last week. “We have the right to defend ourselves.”
Felarca teached humanities at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California. She is also a member of the activist group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), which describes itself on its website as “a mass, democratic, integrated, national organization dedicated to building a new mass civil rights movement to defend affirmative action, integration, and the other gains of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and to advance the struggle for equality in American society by any means necessary.”
In June of 2016, Felarca travelled with BAMN to Sacramento to
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Police are investigating whether a fire that erupted at a Michigan home was the result of a hate crime, according to Towleroad.
The house was owned by Nikki Joly and Chris Moore, the former of whom is the director of the Jackson Pride Center. The pair lost their pets in the blaze.
Pride Source says that firefighters are “suspicious” of how quickly the fire grew. There is “still a lot of work left to do,” says Elmer Hitt, the director of police and fire service in the city of Jackson. FBI Public Relations Officer Timothy Wiley added that the Ann Arbor Resident Agency of the Detroit Field Office of the FBI is providing assistance to the Jackson Police Department in attempting to confirm whether this was, in fact, a hate-violence incident.
Hitt added that an “accelerant” had been used to grow the fire and that detection dogs were employed following reports about the
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Longtime viewers of NBCUniversal’s Oxygen have been treated to a new direction in programming in recent months as a steady stream of true crime content begins to pour from the cable network’s tap.
The influx of darker content – programming surrounding kidnappings, assaults, rapes and murders – comes as the former female-focused lifestyle channel marked its intention to rebrand in February to a crime destination network for women, with four programs rolling out shortly thereafter to kick off the slate: Three Days to Live, which premiered March 5; Cold Justice, which moved to Oxygen from TNT on July 22; The Jury Speaks, which also aired July 22; and The Disappearance of: Natalee Holloway (pictured, above), launching Saturday (Aug. 19) at at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Gone from Oxygen’s airwaves is its previous docusoap fare, with the likes of Battle of the Ex Besties, Preachers of LA, Bad Girls Club, Read more at: http://realscreen.com/2017/08/17/digging-deep-into-oxygens-true-crime-transformation/
An already disturbing premise is made much more disturbing when you find out it’s based on true events. These seven popular books weren’t just made up; they have roots in some very real crimes.
1. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson’s 2005 novel, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” was inspired by the real-life case of Catrine da Costa. She was a 28-year-old prostitute and heroin addict who was murdered in Stockholm. Her body parts were found scattered in the Swedish city during in the summer of 1984.
Many believe that she was killed by two doctors, one of which was a forensic pathologist.
2. A Clockwork Orange
The 1962 book and the 1971 movie based on it are unquestionably unsettling. Author Anthony Burgess’s dystopian England and the violent teens that run it
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Fictionalized versions of real-life crime stories often exaggerate or stylize true stories for the sake of drama, but sometimes, the true facts of a case get so distorted by moviemakers that it becomes difficult to tell truth from fiction.
We’re here to sort out some of the biggest things the movies got wrong about very real crimes.
1. Ed Gein never used a chainsaw.
The iconic horror film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” purports to be a depiction of real-life events, but the story of the movie greatly embellishes the actual crimes of serial killer Ed Gein.
While it is true Gein cannibalized his victims and preserved their body parts as keepsakes, pretty much everything else in the film is totally made up: even the eponymous detail of the chainsaw.
2. Zodiac’s infamous phone call went much differently in real life.
In Fincher’s “Zodiac” film, a person who claims to be the mysterious serial killer calls into
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Netflix has been at the forefront of what is being called a true crime revival with compelling docu-series ranging from avant-garde to straight-forward and investigatve. Now, the series is taking the genre in a totally different direction with an upcoming satirical program, titled American Vandal. The new show just released its first full trailer. Check it out, below:
The two-minute trailer is an almost perfect beat-by-beat parody of shows like Making A Murderer and The Keepers, this time depiciting the fallout of a local vandalism incident (involving crudely drawn penises) rather than a police coverup.
“This is just not the way I thought things were going to go. I was going to graduate high school, get my degree in engineering,” says high school senior Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro) in the trailer’s voiceover. “I know I didn’t do it.”
According to The Verge, the series is a collaboration between Dan Perrault, the brains behind ScreenJunkies’ Honest Trailers series, and Tony
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Ryan Murphy’s anthology crime series “American Crime Story” is set to tackle the tale of Gianni Versace’s murder in an upcoming season. Audiences are eagerly anticipating the new show, but at least one person who was close to the actual killing isn’t happy with the way Murphy is depicting the events: Versace’s former lover, Antonio D’Amico.
D’Amico, who will be played by Ricky Martin in the show, is not pleased with what he’s seeing so far.
“The picture of Ricky Martin holding the body in his arms is ridiculous,” D’Amico told The Observer on Sunday. “Maybe it’s the director’s poetic license, but that is not how I reacted.”
D’Amico recalls the events differently: he says he had been drinking coffee on the porch of Versace’s mansion when he heard gunshots. “I felt as if my blood had turned to ice,” he said. Later, he and a butler found Versace’s body in a pool of blood
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The carnival ride at the Ohio State Fair that malfunctioned on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring 7 was inspected just hours before the horrific incident.
According to TIME, inspectors repeatedly looked over the “Fire Ball” and signed off on it just hours before an entire row of the gondola wheel broke apart, ejecting at least two people into the air.
Tyler Jarrell, 18 was thrown about 50 feet and was pronounced dead not far from the ride. He had just graduated high school and was enlisted in the Marine Corps. His girlfriend was among the seriously injured. At least two are listed in critical condition, according to TIME.
Kaylie Bellomy was in the next group waiting to board the Fire Ball, and she described the chaos to WCMH-TV.
“It was going for a minute and it was at its highest point and I saw somebody fall on the ride, and then
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This Day in Crime History is a flash briefing available on Amazon Alexa. Just search OXYGEN to enable.
On July 21, 1972, explosions rocked Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland.
At around 1 p.m., the bomb disposal team got their first of many calls that day. Explosives were found under the Albert Bridge. More calls started coming in, and multiple bomb scares began.
9-year-old Philip Gault and his mother had to leave their shopping excursion because of a bomb scares. On their detour, Philip leaned against a vehicle, a car that contained a 50 pound bomb. At 2.40 p.m., it exploded, marking the first blast of the day. Philip was blown 10 feet into the air, but survived.
23 bombs were planted in and around Belfast city center and as they started going off, everything descended into chaos. People began running from one blast site only
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