from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Based on or recounting an actual crime.


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  • Most of the surviving newsmagazines, such as NBC's own Dateline, depend on true-crime stories, hidden-camera investigations and tabloid-worthy interviews to remain competitive.

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  • But they could nix the true-crime stuff — the murders in "Open House," Eric Stonestreet's turn in "Piggy Piggy" — and not miss a beat.

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  • Cloo's first original true-crime series, Killer Instinct premieres 9/8c, stars retired FBI profiler Mark Safarik as he recreates notorious cases, giving his insights into the criminal mind.

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  • "I'm untouchable, bitch." — Words that may haunt Rob Lowe to his grave, a campy high/low point of Lifetime's true-crime trash wallow hit Drew Peterson: Untouchable.

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  • Even OWN is getting into the true-crime thing, though naturally with a more emotional twist, launching Confronting 10/9c, a docu-series about prison mediation in which victims and offenders come face to face.

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  • That pattern is often the main theme of the book or comic or true-crime story, and it becomes the spine on which our screenplay will hang.

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  • In the gripping title story, Oates boldly reimagines the true-crime story of Andrea Yates, the Texas mother who drowned her children in 2001.

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  • Yet despite the true-crime gossip and influx of cash-and-flash, names like Phipps, Boardman, Fanjul and Hanley still carry substantial weight.

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  • Whether it's a novel or a short story, a true-crime tale or 70 years' worth of comic books, the first job is distillation.

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  • The biggest TV news of the night comes from a network's news division, as NBC News launches Rock Center With Brian Williams 10/9c, the first high-profile network newsmagazine with serious intent to premiere in a long while, closer in tone to 60 Minutes than Dateline's lurid true-crime fixation.

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