Did we close the door on the centenary episode with a bang, or a whimper? ...Whimper, I'm afraid. Toby Ball kindly made room in a packed day to join me for two Cold Case properties, the first a feature film about the Paradise Lost case, Devil's Knot, that doesn't know who it's for, what it wants to say, or how to fit a Shoah-size story into a feature-size runtime. Also, who just has a picture of Robert Johnson in his office if he's not a blues musician?
We hoped the second film, All The Queen's Horses, would show better (as it were), but though the story of Rita Crundwell's serial heisting of more than $50 million from the town coffers of Dixon, IL is fascinating, the direction is amateurish...and while we can live with not really understanding the why of this case, a film by an accounting professor should probably be a little clearer on the what. Here's to the next hundred episodes; to spelling "embezzlement" correctly; and to you, dear listeners, in The Blotter Presents, Episode 100.
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- Devil's Knot: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B00K7WTO58/ref=atv\_dl\_rdr
- The Paradise Lost docs on HBO: https://www.netflix.com/watch/80221850
- The legend of Robert Johnson: https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2008/11/johnson200811
- All The Queen's Horses: https://www.netflix.com/watch/80221850
- Blotter true-crime newsmag bingo card: http://www.the-blotter.com/the-official-blotter-true-crime-show-bingo-card/
- Toby Ball’s novels: https://www.amazon.com/Toby-Ball/e/B003OHY2AU?ref=sr\_ntt\_srch\_lnk\_1&qid=1560254694&sr=8-1