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In the haunting tradition of Joe McGinniss's Fatal Vision and Mikal Gil's Shot in the Heart True Story Murder Memoir Mea Culpa weaves a spellbinding tale of murder love and deceit with a deeply personal inuiry into the slippery nature of truthThe 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 Me. In 2017 I read a book called The Stranger in the Woods The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit written by journalist Michael Finkel and that compelling story stayed with me throughout the year Looking for anything else Michael Finkel may have written I found True Story Murder Memoir Mea Culpa which is a mixture of things part true crime part memoir and also a story of redemption To truly understand how this story came to beit is important to provide some background In 2001 Michael Finkel was employed by 'The New York Times' and was pursuing a story in West Africa The story he BELIEVED he would find was one of children selling themselves into slavery on cocoa plantations; but as it turned out that WASN'T the story he found After numerous interviews with boys working on the plantations and with plantation owners what he discovered was NOT child slavery but extreme poverty and deplorable living conditions Upon his return to New York he realized after meeting with his editors that he did not possess the story they wanted him to write Fearing the loss of his job and the end of his career off he could not deliver the story his editors wanted he created a composite character to use in his story and ran this story with a photo of this composite character which happened to be a photo of one of the very REAL boys he had interviewed a boy by the name of Youssouf Male Mr Finkel's deception was discovered and he was subseuently fired by 'The New York Times' for violating journalistic ethics Interestingly and coincidentally on the day that 'The New York Times' announced that Michael Finkel had been fired he received a phone call from a reporter in the state of Oregon who informed him that a man named Christian Longo had been arrested in Cancun Mexico for the murder of his wife and three young children and what's he had been using Michael Finkel's identity Mr Finkel was dumbfounded but also intrigued and the seed of an idea began to form in his mind This was an incredible story perhaps it was a story which could rehabilitate his reputation and save his career And this background sets the stage for an incredible story I could NOT put downMichael Finkel reuested an interview with Christian Longo at the Lincoln County jail in Oregon where he was incarcerated while he was awaiting trial and to his surprise Mr Longo agreed to see him The two men would continue to meet talk by telephone and exchange letters during the months leading up to Mr Longo's trial I began to develop a picture of who Christian Longo was or maybe I should say that I THOUGHT I began to form a picture of the man In retrospect perhaps all I really knew about the man were the basics he was from a middle class religious family from Michigan He married his wife Mary Jane when he was just 19 years old and started a construction clean up business and he and Mary Jane had three children Zachery Madison and Sadie His business was not successful but as he had been living far beyond his means he could not allow anyone to know of his failure This business failure led to his writing counterfeit checks and renting a car illegally which he then drove out of state with his family and ended up in OregonThis series of events seemed to culminate with the murder of his wife and children in December of 2001 But what really happened Although True Story Murder Memoir Mea Culpa has been described as a game of 'cat and mouse' it didn't take long for me to realize that it os impossible to know which man was the 'cat' and which was the 'mouse' My impression is that the dynamics between Christian Longo and Michael Finkel became uite complicated Because Michael Finkel was narrating the story all the information the reader obtained was filtered through his eyes but I believe it would be fair to say that both men were engaging in a bit of self serving manipulation Obviously Mr Finkel wanted badly to resurrect his damaged journalism career and needed Christian Longo to confide in him to tell him what really happened to his wife and children And after reading this entire story I came to the conclusion that Mr Longo was also attempting his won manipulation He needed to be able to convince the court that his arrest had been a mistake that he was really a good guy who loved his family tried hard to give them a good life and would never harm them If he was able to test his story on Michael Finkel and convince HIM of his innocence then maybe he would have a chance of convincing the court Having said all of this I also have to say that Chritian Longo and Michael Finkel DID seem to develop some sort of bond or relationship during their many months of communicating Perhaps it wasn't friendship exactly but I do think they became comfortable with each other Did Christian Longo strangle his wife and youngest child and throw his other two children off a bridge in Oregon in those early morning December hours And what did the court in Lincoln County ultimately think of his story I don't want to spoil what eventually happened in this case read the book I have to admit that Christian Longo seemed charming and likable and I think Micheal Finkel felt much the same way and that becomes a kind of dilemma for society If this charming and likable person could also be a lying manipulative murderer how do we ever feel safe Society often feels the need to separate ourselves from people who do terrible things they somehow become 'other' or less than human monsters But as Micheal Finkel points out whether we want to accept it for not they ARE human and possess the same sets of chromosomes we all have Obviously there are no good answers to this dilemma but plenty of uestions to ponder I don't feel I can wrap up my review of this book without mentioning the redemption aspect of this story I know from reading several online reviews that there are plenty of reviewers who do not believe Michael Finkel's contrition over his lying in his 'New York Times' story is sincere I have different view Of course only Michael Finkel knows what he truly feels and for some people no act of contrition on his part will ever convince them I agree that he should not have lied in his 'New York Times' article and he DID violate his journalistic ethics; and given the negative feelings toward the media it os understandable that many people do not trust or believe him But I happen to think that his story also raises uestions about the state of investigative journalism and perhaps it also says something important about societyMichael Finkel began with the intent of investigating the modern day slavery of young boys in West Africa He did not find evidence to support THAT story; however he did find a different story a story of extreme soul killing poverty It wasn't perhaps a sensational or titillating story but it WAS a story of hardships so severe that young boys worked in horrible conditions for just a few pennies per day and the owners of these plantations were no better off than the boys they employed But 'The New York Times' knows its readers and they believed their readers would not be interested in a story about extreme povertyMaybe our society is too easily entertained and distracted by that which is sensational or fantastic and we feel we must avert our eyes from that which makes us feel uncomfortable powerless or even angry So yes Michael Finkel violated his journalistic ethics but I feel this story is much nuanced and complicated and provides much to think about I hope Micheal Finkel continues to write such thought provoking stories I will be reading themApparently Hollywood was as enthralled with this book as I was They made a film about it in 2015 called 'True Story' Christian Longo was portrayed by James Franco and Micheal Finkel was portrayed by Jonah Hill If you're interested here is the official trailerhttpswwwyoutubecomwatchvYNiP

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True Story Murder Memoir Mea CulpaHours on the telephone meet in the jailhouse visiting room and exchange nearly a thousand pages of handwritten lettersWith Longo insisting he can prove his innocence Finkel strives to uncover what really happened to Longo's family and his uest 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 seem. This book is most interesting for the way one narcissist the author tells the story of his relationship with another the murderer con man Chris Longo Over and over in the book I find these insincere comments by the author about his fictional article that got him fired from the New Yorker about the lies he tells to his subject which he tries to justify while regretting the lies about his insincerity with others It's kind of fascinating in that regard As a comprehensive study of either man it fails in depth and insight I'm also fascinated with the very average uality of the writing from a man who was considered good enough that the NYT published a number of his articles