True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa, Michael Finkel
Christian Longo, hiding in Mexico from murder charges following the death of his wife and three small children in a seaside town in Oregon, pretends to be Michael Finkel, a young New York Times reporter he's never met. Just about the time Longo is caught and returned for trial, the real Finkel is fired for falsifying parts of an investigative article. After his arrest, the only reporter Longo will speak to is Finkel. The two not only speak, they can hardly stop speaking, conversing for dozens of hours on the telephone, in a jailhouse visiting room, and by way of more than 1000 pages of handwritten letter. Finkel, disgraces in the eyes of journalism, now puts is all together in a memoir that's also a true-crime chronicle and an inquiry into the nature of truth itself.