• Books,  Lifestyle,  Reading Challenge,  True Crime

    Murderino Reading Challenge: 2019

    I’m not just a fan of movies and TV, I’m also a total podcast addict. I especially love true crime podcasts, as I was a complete “murderino” before that term even existed (went pretty hard on those Baby-sitters Club super mysteries and Sweet Valley High thrillers and chillers). As an avid reader, a Murderino Reading Challenge seems like the perfect thing to help me build my 2019 TBR list. Want to play (and slay) along? (Savable/printable graphic at the end of the post.) Look and listen, and read on for the categories and recommendations:  1. A book written by the host(s) of a true crime podcast. This is easy peasy for fans of…

  • Filming Location,  Movies,  True Crime,  TV

    Eastern State Penitentiary from MTV’s “Fear”

    LOCATION Eastern State Penitentiary, a crumbly old prison that was the site of an episode of MTV’s spooky reality show “Fear”. ADDRESS Eastern State Penitentiary 2027 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia, PA easternstate.org STORY & PHOTOS Despite being a scaredy cat, I am a true crime fanatic and I regularly watch and read murdery things. So it was only somewhat surprising that I was into MTV’s reality show “Fear”, which ran for two seasons between 2000 and 2002. In the show, six regular people would be plunked into a spooky haunted location and would have to complete freaky missions and spend the whole night there; if they succeeded, they’d win a cash…

  • Filming Location,  True Crime,  TV

    Susan Berman’s home (and the site of her murder) as seen on “The Jinx”

      LOCATION The home where Susan Berman (author, daughter of Vegas mobster Davie Berman, and friend of accused murderer Robert Durst), lived and died in Beverly Hills. ADDRESS 1527 Benedict Canyon Drive Beverly Hills, CA Note: this is a private home. It’s okay to take photos from the street but be sure not to trespass or disturb the residents! STORY & PHOTOS HBO’s series “The Jinx” chronicles the strange and fascinating life of Robert Durst, a real estate heir and suspected (but acquitted) murderer. In its third episode, “The Gangster’s Daughter”, the series delves into the death of Susan Berman, one of Durst’s friends and the daughter of a Vegas…

  • Filming Location,  Movies,  True Crime

    The Mercer Williams House Museum from “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”

      LOCATION: The Mercer Williams House Museum, as seen in the films “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and “Glory”. ADDRESS: Mercer Williams House Museum 429 Bull Street Savannah, GA mercerhouse.com STORY & PHOTOS: I recently took a trip with my mom to Savannah, GA, and became mildly obsessed with the book/movie/lore of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”. It’s a nonfiction book written by John Berendt, former editor of New York Magazine, based on his experiences in Savannah. The book portrays some of Savannah’s most colorful characters, such as party boy Joe Odom, club performer Lady Chablis, and antique-seller and restorer Jim Williams.