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Criminal Adaptations is a True Crime/Movie Review Podcast discussing some of your favorite films, and the true crime stories that inspired them. With hosts Remi, who spent over a decade working in the film and television industry, and Ashley, a clinical psychologist and forensic evaluator. They discuss a new movie each week and compare the film to the real life events that the film is based on.
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Walter Keane was one of the most in-demand artists in the 1960s. His portraits of children with saucer-sized eyes could be found in galleries across the world, on advertisements nailed to telephone poles, and on lithographs in department store bargain bins. While Walter was partying with the rich and famous, Margaret Keane, his wife and true creato…
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New Episodes of Criminal Adaptations season 3 are coming June 17th ! Join our hosts Remi, who spent over a decade working in the film and television industry in Los Angeles, California, and Ashley, a clinical psychologist and forensic evaluator in Oregon as they continue discussing some of your favorite movies, and the true crimes stories that insp…
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In the conclusion of our two-part season finale, Al Capone is sent to prison after being convicted of tax evasion. After he’s released from Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, his brain and body fail him due to neurosyphilis. Listen now to find out how accurately Josh Trank, with the help of Tom Hardy, depicted the final year before the gangster’s death…
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Notorious gangland kingpin Al Capone was at the height of his career supplying illegal liquor and beer during Prohibition. Thanks to his ruthless tactics and deep pockets, he essentially controlled Chicago through payoffs given to the city’s highest rank politicians and police force. Fed up with widespread crime, federal agent Eliot Ness put togeth…
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This week we conclude our bonus episodes on Ryan Murphy’s Feud: Capote vs. The Swans (2024). Similar to last week, we casually talk about the remainder of the season, episodes 4-8, and how accurately the show stuck to the real-life events that laid the stage for Capote’s addiction and eventual death. You can stream the full season of Feud: Capote v…
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One month after our season 1 finale on Truman Capote, TV mastermind Ryan Murphy premiered season two of his anthology series Feud, centering on famous celebrity conflicts. The next two weeks we take a break from our usual content to discuss each episode of Feud: Capote vs. The Swans (2024) and how accurately the show stuck to the real-life events t…
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Aaron Sorkin made his directorial debut with Molly’s Game (2017), the true story of world-class mogul skier turned poker princess, Molly Bloom. In just a few short years, Molly went from having $2,000 to her name to being worth multi-million dollars, all by running underground poker games filled with some of the most famous and influential people i…
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Bernhardt “Bernie” Tiede II was a beloved mortician in Carthage, Texas who always went out of his way to lend a helping hand. Marjorie Nugent was a wealthy widow with few confidants, until she befriended Tiede, a man 40 years her senior, who oversaw her husband’s funeral. Through this friendship, Bernie went from living a modest lifestyle to jet se…
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The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a 2005 film directed by Scott Derrickson, in which a lawyerb(Laura Linney) takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest (Tom Wilkinson) who performed an exorcism on a young girl (Jennifer Carpenter). Based on the true story of Anneliese Michel, a young German woman who suffered a similar fate, but just how clo…
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Primary Source: Glatzer, Jenna & Markowitz, Susan. My Stolen Son: The Nick Markowitz Story. Berkley, 2010. Instagram: @CriminalAdaptations Email us: criminaladaptations@gmail.com TikTok: @criminaladaptations Music: He_s Changing The Game by Darren-Curtis _ https___soundcloud.com_desperate-measurez_Music promoted by https___www.free-stock-music.com_…
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“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be held against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you can’t afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.” Most people in the United States are familiar with the Miranda Warning, but few can tell you how it came to be. This remarkable story is portray…
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Just a few days after ringing in the 2008 year, 22-year-old Oscar Grant III was shot and killed by a transit officer. The viral footage, captured by bystanders’ cell phones, sparked protests across the nation. Before he rose to fame with blockbusters like Creed and Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan portrayed Grant in Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station…
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To many, Larry Flynt was nothing but a controversial pornographer responsible for the publication of Hustler magazine. However, he was also a defender of our constitutional right to freedom of speech, the attempted murder victim of a convicted serial killer, and involved in setting legal precedent protecting parody under the First Amendment. His fa…
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From 1972 to 1983 serial killer and bakery owner Robert Hansen abducted, raped, and murdered at least 17 women, many of whom he hunted after releasing them into the wilderness. 13 years after Hansen was apprehended, Scott Walker, with the help of Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, brought this story to the big screen in The Frozen Ground (2013). Primary…
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In 1992, Mark Whitacre, vice president of a Fortune 500 company, agreed to be an undercover FBI informant to help an investigation into price fixing. In 1998, he was convicted of 46 felonies involving fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and price fixing; sentenced to nine years in federal prison; and ordered to pay $11 mil…
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Selena was an up-and-coming Tejano star about to break into the mainstream music scene when her life was cut short by the manager of her boutiques and president of her fan club in 1995. Gregory Nava’s Selena (1997), starring Jennifer Lopez, was released just two years later. Get ready to learn why Selena captivated the hearts of many with her stage…
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New Episodes of Criminal Adaptations season 2 are coming February 13th ! Join our hosts Remi, who spent over a decade working in the film and television industry in Los Angeles, California, and Ashley, a clinical psychologist and forensic evaluator in Oregon as they continue discussing some of your favorite movies, and the true crimes stories that …
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For our first season finale, we dive deep into the fascinating life of Truman Capote, the man often accredited for popularizing true crime creating the nonfiction fiction genre. The late great Philip Seymour Hoffman earned an Academy Award for his portrayal of the author in Bennett Miller’s Capote (2005). Toby Jones also attempted to capture the au…
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Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood captivated the world when it was published in 1966. Richard Brooks adapted the book into a movie under the same name the following year. This week we explore Brooks’s film and discuss how truly it portrayed the 1959 murders of four members of the Clutter family, perpetrated by Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith. Pr…
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Everybody polka! This week we discuss Jan Lewan, Grammy nominated polka artist turned Ponzi schemer, and Jack Black’s depiction of him in Maya Forbes’s The Polka King (2017). Was Lewan a contriving money hungry criminal or a man who found himself in too deep? We will let you be the judge. Primary Sources: American Greed Podcast: The Polka King Con …
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This week Ashley and Remi discuss Noah Hawley’s Lucy in the Sky (2019), a film loosely inspired by former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak. Join us as we uncover the details behind the riveting story which dominated headlines. Spoiler: It involves much more than soiled diapers. Primary Source: Moore, K. Star Crossed: The Story of Astronaut Lisa Nowak.Univ…
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Mark and Dave Shultz were viewed by many as the greatest wrestlers in the world, but their lives and careers would be uprooted less than a decade after they meet an eccentric multi-millionaire, John du Pont. Their story is portrayed in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher (2014), featuring an all-star cast including Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ru…
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“The Windshield Murder” is regarded as one of the most bizarre and sensational crimes in Tarrant County. The details of the case, which inspired Stuart Gordon’s Stuck (2007), illustrate the fine line between murder and deliberate inaction. Primary Sources: Court TV My Plainview Tampa Bay Times CNN CBS Instagram: @CriminalAdaptations Email us: crimi…
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How far would you go to support the person you love? Would you rob a bank and hold eight employees hostage for 14 hours to pay for your partner’s gender reassignment surgery? This week we talk about the infamous bank robbery depicted in Sidney Lumet’s Oscar winning film Dog Day Afternoon (1975), starring Al Pacino. Primary Sources: The Dog (2013) L…
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Corey Finley’s and HBO’s Bad Education (2019), staring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, gained praise from critics and viewers. How did Frank Tassone and Pam Gluckin pull off the largest public school embezzlement scheme in US history? Primary Sources: New York Daily News Vanity Fair Town & Country History vs. Hollywood Esquire Instagram: @Criminal…
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Wes Craven’s Scream (1996) is a cult classic and regarded by many as one of the greatest horror movies of all time, but did you know it was inspired by the real life robbery, rape, and murder spree of Danny Rolling aka The Gainesville Ripper? Strap in because it’s going to get gory. Primary Source: Hunter, J. T. A Monster of All Time: The True Stor…
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Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures (1994) helped launch the careers of two of the biggest names in Hollywood, Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey. How accurate is the movie adaption of New Zealand’s infamous 1954 murder? Primary Source: Graham, Peter. Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century. Skyhorse, 2011. Instagram: @CriminalAdaptations Email us: c…
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What do you get when you mix Michael Bay, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Anthony Mackie? 2013’s blockbuster film Pain & Gain. This story has it all: body builders, kidnapping, torture, fraud, and murder. This case was so complex, we had to split it into two episodes. In Part I, Remi will tell you all about the film. Part II will tack…
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What do you get when you mix Michael Bay, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Anthony Mackie? 2013’s blockbuster film Pain & Gain. This story has it all: body builders, kidnapping, torture, fraud, and murder. This case was so complex, we had to split it into two episodes. In Part I, Remi will tell you all about the film. Part II will tack…
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Welcome to Criminal Adaptations, the show where we take a look at some of your favorite movies and the true crime stories that inspired them. Join our hosts Remi, who has over a decade of experience working in the film and television industry, and Ashley, a clinical psychologist and forensic evaluator in the state of Oregon, as they compare some of…
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