During Mary Kay Letourneau‘s seven-and-a-half year prison sentence for raping her then-12-year-old student Vili Fualauu, she was required to have no contact with him.
But she did anyway, using at least one highly unusual method, according to the Mary Kay Letourneau episode of Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals (available online now).
In an exclusive clip, author Gregg Olsen, who has covered the case, details Letourneau’s clandestine communications to Fualaau.
“Mary stayed in touch with Vili in a lot of different ways,” Olsen tells Walters. “One way was to send out messages in the milk bottles that she was — [producing] milk in prison for her babies, so she put little notes in the caps and they went out.”
“She sent audiotapes out,” Olsen explains. “She had prisoners make phone calls
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PEOPLE magazine has locked down its next television venture!
EW’s sister publication is partnering with Freeform to develop scripted, original television movies featuring empowering human interest stories, the network announced Wednesday. Co-produced by Everywhere Studios, these movies will draw upon PEOPLE’s franchises like Heroes Among Us that tell stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
“It was a big pastime in Hollywood to go through the pages of PEOPLE magazine and tear out the stories and then go get the life rights to these people. So now we’re doing that ourselves,” says PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle.
PEOPLE Deputy Editor Dan Wakeford adds, “Instead of sitting in meetings saying, ‘That would make a great movie,’ and letting somebody else make it, we’re going to start being involved in that process.”
The Time Inc. publication’s three big pillars are celebrity, crime, and human interest, and the first two have already found their place on the small screen. In
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ABC is working with People magazine on a four-hour primetime special on the life of Britain’s Princess Diana that will air over two nights in August.
The special will mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death.
“Even 20 years after her untimely death, Princess Diana’s legacy continues to impact our world,” said Robert Mills, senior VP, alternative series, specials and late night for ABC. “Our special will honor her memory and all the good that she did in her tragically brief life. Our partners at People are perfect to tell this story, as they’ve extensively covered her life throughout the years.”
The special is being produced by Time Inc. Productions. Time Inc. Productions produces People Magazine Investigates for Investigation Discovery and The Mars Generation for Netflix.
Maura Mandt will be executive producer.
The show will feature interviews with people who knew Princess Diana, reporting from People and archival footage.
“With an exceptional
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NEW YORK–()–ABC and People announce a four-hour primetime television event on the extraordinary life of Princess Diana. The documentary event, which will air on ABC over two nights in August 2017, marking the 20th anniversary of her tragic passing at age 36, will capture the most comprehensive interviews ever conducted on the woman known as the People’s Princess: in-depth conversations with those who knew her best, as well as the world’s leading Diana experts. These interviews will be woven together with People’s unparalleled reporting, as well as captivating archival footage of the Princess of Wales. The documentary will not only explore the remarkable chapters of Diana’s life, but will also delve deeply into the ways in which her story remains relevant today. This television event will remind the world why they fell in love with Diana in the first place — and will introduce her
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In the series premiere of Investigation Discovery’s Murder Chose Me, detective Rod Demery steels himself to interview a young boy who has just witnessed his mother’s homicide.
The Shreveport, Louisiana, officer sympathizes instantly: When Demery was 3 years old, two somber officers showed up at his grandmother’s door and told him his mother had been killed.
“As I looked at this little boy, I recognize him,” Demery narrates in an exclusive clip from the premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 15. “And I realize that the little boy is me.”
Indeed, beginning with his mother’s death, murder has defined Demery.
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When he was in his 20s, his brother was convicted of murdering someone and sentenced to life
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Investigation Discovery executive Christina Douglas has exited the Discovery Communications-owned true crime network to launch her own firm, with New York-based prodco Blackfin backing the new shop.
Momentum Content will specialize creating, developing and producing crime formats and unscripted programming with Blackfin in the U.S., UK and Canada. Momentum currently has a slate of crime and investigation-driven formats in the pipeline for 2017.
Douglas will work out of Blackfin’s New York offices, working closely alongside CEO Geno McDermott. The pair will serve as exec producers on all series.
“Geno’s innate storytelling sensibility, exceptional visual style and dedication to producing premium quality content matches my vision for Momentum,” said Douglas in a statement.
The former network exec has previously served as the development exec for Blackfin’s Investigation Discovery series I Am Homicide, one of ID’s highest-rated series for 2016. A second 10-episode season order is currently in production.
Prior to founding Momentum, Douglas
Read more at: http://realscreen.com/2017/01/12/douglas-leaves-id-launches-momentum/
Former Green Beret Jeffrey MacDonald claims he and his family were attacked by intruders
This week People Magazine Investigates the case of Jeffrey MacDonald, who was accused of killing his wife and children back in 1970.
Green Beret surgeon MacDonald and his wife Colette moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 1969 and soon settled in.
They formed a quick friendship with the Thoesens, who also lived at the sprawling military base.
However, this seemingly idyllic new start was shattered in the February of 1970 when 26-year-old Colette, her 5-year-old daughter Kimberly and 2-year-old Kristen were all found murdered in their house.
Husband Jefferey was the only survivor and he claimed that intruders had attacked and robbed the family. The murders were particularly brutal with all the victims being stabbed multiple times with a knife
Read more at: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/people-magazine-investigates-green-beret-jeffrey-macdonald-family-murder-conviction/
“We at ID are absolutely thrilled with both the performance of PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES and the unique partnership we’ve enjoyed with the terrific team of reporters and editors at People,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “The series quickly became one of our top performers this fall – with more than 13 million unique viewers sampling the series throughout its run to date – and we’re looking forward to exploring more cases of true life mysteries with the incredible editorial team at People.”
“The success of the show is a testament to the power of the People brand across all mediums; including long-form programming,” says Jess Cagle, Editor in Chief of People and Editorial Director of the Time Inc. Style and Entertainment Group. “ID’s smart, collaborative and strategic team is truly remarkable, and so is the impressive People staff, which brings People’s
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PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES, a partnership between America’s leading mystery and suspense network, Investigation Discovery (ID), and Time Inc.’s People, America’s leading multimedia brand mixing entertainment news, lifestyle coverage and human interest reporting, has received an early greenlight from ID for a sophomore season. Drawing from the reporting of People’s award-winning and accomplished true crime editorial team, the series delves into extraordinary tales of ordinary people thrust into the national spotlight, reported by the leading crime journalists in the nation today. The series received a full 10-episode second season, expected to premiere in late 2017.
PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES has been a strong performer for ID, averaging more than 1.3 million viewers P2+ and BECOMING a cornerstone of the fall/winter schedule. The series hit a high point (L+3 to date) of 1.6 million for the December 26 episode, The Grim
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INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY RENEWS HIT SERIES “PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES” FOR SECOND SEASON
Season One Finale Airs Tonight, Featuring the Controversial Trial of Jeffery MacDonald
(New York, N.Y. and Silver Spring, Md.) – PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES, a partnership between America’s leading mystery and suspense network, Investigation Discovery (ID), and Time Inc.’s People, America’s leading multimedia brand mixing entertainment news, lifestyle coverage and human interest reporting, has received an early greenlight from ID for a sophomore season. Drawing from the reporting of People’s award-winning and accomplished true crime editorial team, the series delves into extraordinary tales of ordinary people thrust into the national spotlight, reported by the leading crime journalists in the nation today. The series received a full 10-episode second season, expected to premiere in late 2017.
PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES has been a strong performer for ID, averaging more than 1.3 million
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