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WHY DO SERIAL KILLERS KILL? OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF SERIAL KILLERS​ by author Mary Brett is as close as you will ever come to discovering the answer ... and in the killer’s own words! In this one-of-a-kind book, author Mary Brett corresponded with some of America’s most evil convicted serial killers and asked just one question: ​WHY? Their return lett…
 
"Shutter Island" comes to the Mazan Movie Club and Gianni Alfredo Sharappa joins Host & Corporate Comedian Steve Mazan to discuss it everything about the 2010 Scorsese/DiCaprio team-up. Does the film work once you know the twist? What does the title mean? Is this some of Leo's best acting? Who was originally set to direct? What Marvel Superhero was…
 
There was a time when New York City was dying a fast death. The slums were warzones, the government bankrupt and sputtering. Mobsters disassembled one another nightly and dropped hefty bags of mixed parts off the Canarsie pier. Gangs rumbled in the city’s playgrounds and ghost towns, each battle busted up by the sound of gunfire or a police siren. …
 
On a warm night in September 1985, teenagers Kimberly Dowell and Ethan Dixon were brutally murdered in Westside Park in Muncie, Indiana. Their killer has never been charged. Early on, police focused on a family member of one of the teens as a primary suspect. The investigation even ruled out fantastic scenarios, including a theory that the perpetra…
 
Oscar Nominated Leonardo DiCaprio burst on the scene on this quirky drama from '93 with Johnny Depp onboard. It's "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" and Corporate Comic and Host Steve Mazan discusses it all with artist Sean Comitz. Who's better in this Depp OR Leo? Was John C. Reilly ever young? Is this just an updated "The Last Picture Show"? What's a…
 
Fans of Mindhunter and true crime podcasts will devour these chilling stories of serial killers from the American "Golden Age" (1950-2000). With books like Serial Killers, Female Serial Killers and Sons of Cain, Peter Vronsky has established himself as the foremost expert on the history of serial killers. In this first definitive history of the "Go…
 
Host and Corporate Comedian Steve Mazan talks to Comic Jeff Capri about the groundbreaking film AND stand up of "Richard Pryor: Live in Concert" from 1979. Is this the best stand up ever caught on film? Did Pryor deserve a Best Actor nod? What's the funniest bit? Was the production team ready to start? Is there film inn that camera? What's it got t…
 
It was the midcentury murder that fascinated a nation and kept it glued for two years to radio, television and newspapers through three trials. Did the handsome, wealthy doctor and his beautiful young paramour plan to kill his glamorous socialite wife? Or did the gun accidentally discharge as he claimed? Early in the evening on July 18, 1959, Dr. B…
 
Paul Newman at his brightest in '67's "Cool Hand Luke" with an excellent supporting cast including the Oscar Winner George Kennedy. Virgin viewer and millennial windsock Cal Murata joins Host and Corporate Comedian Steve Mazan to give his fresh view. Has anyone popped more on screen than Newman in this? What's with all the Jesus imagery? Where is t…
 
ANGILA WAS STABBED 44 TIMES. THIS WAS PERSONAL. On a November morning in 2015, Christopher Jackson waited for his fiancée, Angila Wilder, to pick him up from work as she always did. But this time, she didn’t show—and Christopher’s calls went unanswered. The police found what looked like a scene from a horror movie at their home. The backdoor kicked…
 
They were all subjects of true crime newspaper reporting in the 1800s. And now these stories and that of many others are brought together in their original form in a two-volume set: TRUE CRIME CHRONICLES: ​Serial Killers, Outlaws, and Justice ... Real Crime Stories From The 1800s. Compiled and commented on by New York Times bestselling author and f…
 
Host & Corporate Comedian Steve Mazan welcomes comic and SF Sketchfest founder Cole Stratton to the club to discuss the brilliant sleeper "Searching for Bobby Fischer" Is this one of the great directorial debuts? How great was Steve Zailian's '93? Is this a sports movie? What actor shines brightest? Did you cry? How many times? All these questions …
 
Host and Corporate Comedian Steve Mazan talks with Comic/Actor Jamie Kaler about the 80's time capsule film "Wall Street" from Oliver stone and Oscar-Winner Michael Douglas. Was this film ahead of it's time? Who was miscast? How big was that cell phone? Who is Martin Sheen's Huckleberry? Who wins in a fight a Gecko or a Fox? All these questions and…
 
If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.” As thousands of callers flooded the line, c…
 
In 2010, a brave whistleblower alerted the police to Dr. Stan Li’s corrupt pain management clinic in Queens, New York. Li spent years supplying more than seventy patients a day with oxycodone and , trading prescriptions for cash. Emergency room doctors, psychiatrists, and desperate family members warned him that his patients were at risk of death b…
 
During the depths of the Great Depression in Ypsilanti, Michigan, a seven-year-old boy is found frozen to death under the Frog Island footbridge in Depot Town after being reported missing the night before by his parents. Upon examination, the Washtenaw County coroner discovers the child is the victim of foul play. After three years of investigation…
 
Over 13 months in 1976-1977, four children were abducted in the Detroit suburbs, each of them held for days before their still-warm bodies were dumped in the snow near public roadsides. The Oakland County Child Murders spawned panic across southeast Michigan, triggering the most extensive manhunt in U.S. history. Yet after less than two years, the …
 
A successful young mother, Kelsey Berreth, vanishes on Thanksgiving Day 2018. The FBI is afraid they’ll have to do a deal with the devil to find her. Kelsey, a pilot so good she taught the military how to fly, goes shopping at a Safeway store, and simply disappears. Her fiance, Patrick Frazee, says he doesn't have a clue. In fact, he says they brok…
 
On the evening of October 6, 2019, Rosemary Rodriguez went to dinner with her boyfriend and her mother. On the way home, they dropped Rosemary's mother off and headed to her boyfriend's home. According to her boyfriend, Rosemary left his residence in Longview, Texas, after a brief argument. Two days later, a colleague called Rosemary's family to te…
 
The extraordinary life and crimes of heiress-turned-revolutionary Rose Dugdale, who in 1974 became the only woman to pull off a major art heist. In the world of crime, there exists an unusual commonality between those who steal art and those who repeatedly kill: they are almost exclusively male. But, as with all things, there is always an outlier—s…
 
Host and Corporate Comedian Steve Mazan welcomes back Comic John DiCrosta to get his (spit) take on this 1982 Spielberg and Tobe Hooper Horror Classic. Who DIrected this? Was the daughter pregnant? Was the film cursed? Who is Dr. Fantasy? Are we all trapped on our screens now? All these questions and more get answered on this week's Mazan Movie Clu…
 
What do Wyatt Earp, Belle Gunness, Big Foot the Renegade, Billy the Kid, and Dr. H.H. Holmes, and The Black Hand have in common? They were all subjects of true crime newspaper reporting in the 1800s, and now these stories and that of many others are brought together in their original form in a two-volume set: TRUE CRIME CHRONICLES: Serial Killers, …
 
Host & Corporate Comedian Steve Mazan's favorite screenwriter has another film on the club...this time he directs too. It's "Love Actually" from 2003. Comedian Lawrence Thomas watches for the first time and discusses it with his daughter who is a big fan. Why all the hate for this movie? Who is the best actor in an all-star cast? What other movies …
 
*This interview was recorded in 2019. The late, great Fred Rosen passed away Dec. 2020. Fred Rosen is a former columnist for the Arts and Leisure Section of The New York Times. He is also one of the most important and successful figures in true crime writing, and the author of several true crime classics. He got off to an incredible start with Lobs…
 
Braque Hildreth has seen "Die Hard" 40+ times. He joins Host & Corporate Comedian Steve Mazan to discuss everything about this action Christmas(?) classic. Was it always a Xmas movie? Is it the best action movie ever? Who steals the show in a a film of great performances? Did John ever tell his wife he's sorry? Is Tagaki a Scrooge to make his emplo…
 
All it took for a hundred people to die during a show by the hair metal band Great White was a sudden burst from four giant sparklers that ignited the acoustical foam lining the Station nightclub. But who was at fault? And who would pay? This being Rhode Island, the two questions wouldn't necessarily have the same answer. Within 24 hours the govern…
 
Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous" comes to the movie club and Host and Corporate Comedian Steve Mazan discusses it all with a former concert tour dancer Heidi Llovett. Is this Cameron Crowe's best film? Did Kate Hudson peak too early? Who were these characters in real life? Who was robbed at the Oscars? What's the best line? All these question and mo…
 
Between the summers of 1967 through 1969, before the term serial killer was coined, a predatory killer stalked the campuses of Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan seeking prey until he made the arrogant mistake of killing his last victim in the basement of his uncle's home. All-American boy John Norman Collins was arrested, t…
 
Host and Corporate Comedian Steve Mazan discusses 2011's under the radar inspirer "Warrior" with first time viewer (there's a lot of those) Comic Max Martin. Is this one of the best sports films? How has this not been seen by more? Who's acting is best? Did the right "hero" win? Was Nick Nolte born to play this role? What's the most American qualit…
 
Nineteen eighty was going to be Dorothy Stratten’s year. Playboy’s Hugh Hefner thought it might even be her decade. She was just 20 years old, the girl next door with the shy smile and whispery voice who didn’t know her own beauty. But who was Dorothy really? And how did her rise to fame ultimately lead to her death? This is a six-part series about…
 
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