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In the haunting tradition of Joe McGinniss's Fatal Vision and Mikal Gilmore's 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 FBI's Ten Most Wanted list for killing his entire family, has recently been captured in Mexico, where he'd 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 paper's 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 Longo's arrest, the only journalist the accused murderer will speak with is the real Michael Finkel. And as the months until Longo's 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 Longo's family, and his quest becomes less a reporting job than a psychological cat-and-mouse game, sometimes redemptively honest, other times slyly manipulative. Finkel's pursuit pays off only at the end, when Longo, after a lifetime of deception, finally says what he wouldn't even admit in court, the whole, true story. Or so it seems. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mark Penzkover | 2/16/2014

    " A very disturbing story of Christian Longo, who murders his wife and children, and the story of the man who wrote about the case (and also had a 14-month correspondance with the murderer). Throughout the story, I was waiting for an explanation that would make the murders seem less monstrous, but the killer's testimony made it even more disturbing (claiming his wife actually killed the two older children). Longo's crimes started with him stealing $100 as an 18 year old and eventually grew into forged checks, falsified credit cards, vehicle theft, and on and on. He always found a way to justify his crimes but in the end his wife and kids paid the price for his lust for a lifestyle beyond his means and his subsequently wounded pride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ronica | 1/22/2014

    " really good. This book did not take the typical true crime novel format that I thought it would, which made it even better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Morgan Morillo | 1/16/2014

    " Can't wait to see this movie produced by Brad Pitt and starting James Franco as the wierdo killer/Jonah Hill as the down and out journalist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anbe | 1/10/2014

    " Two narcissistic liars are the main characters but the book is great, unputdownable "

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