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True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa CD: True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa CD

Michael Finkel

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In the haunting tradition of Joe McGinnisss Fatal Vision and Mikal Gilmores Shot in the Heart, True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, and deceit with a deeply personal inquiry into the slippery nature ofMoreIn the haunting tradition of Joe McGinnisss Fatal Vision and Mikal Gilmores Shot in the Heart, True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, and deceit with a deeply personal inquiry into the slippery nature of truth.The story begins in February of 2002, when a reporter in Oregon contacts New York Times Magazine writer Michael Finkel with a startling piece of news. A young, highly intelligent man named Christian Longo, on the FBIs Ten Most Wanted list for killing his entire family, has recently been captured in Mexico, where hed taken on a new identity -- Michael Finkel of the New York Times.The next day, on page A-3 of the Times, comes another bit of troubling news: a note, written by the papers editors, explaining that Finkel has falsified parts of an investigative article and has been fired. This unlikely confluence sets the stage for a bizarre and intense relationship. After Longos arrest, the only journalist the accused murderer will speak with is the real Michael Finkel. And as the months until Longos trial tick away, the two men talk for dozens of hours on the telephone, meet in the jailhouse visiting room, and exchange nearly a thousand pages of handwritten letters.With Longo insisting he can prove his innocence, Finkel strives to uncover what really happened to Longos family, and his quest becomes less a reporting job than a psychological cat-and-mouse game -- sometimes redemptively honest, other times slyly manipulative. Finkels pursuit pays off only at the end, when Longo, after a lifetime of deception, finally says what he wouldnt even admit in court -- the whole, true story. Or so it seems.