Jordan Lauf
Current Tufts Jumbo. Reality TV enthusiast. Book addict. Mediocre guitar player. TV Writer.

Floyd Degraw Is Still In Prison, But Not For The Cases Examined In 'The Innocent Man'

Spoilers ahead for The Innocent Man Season 1. Much like Making a Murderer before it, Netflix's new true crime series, The Innocent Man, re-examines a small town murder — or, in this case, two. That includes the 1984 murder of Denice Haroway, for…
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Here's What 'Innocent Man' Subject Jim Bob Howard Is Doing Now

Spoilers ahead for The Innocent Man Season 1. Over 30 years ago, Tommy Ward and Karl Fontenot were convicted for the 1984 murder of Denice Haraway, and they have remained in prison ever since. Their convictions rest in part on the confessions they…
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Here's What We Know About 'Innocent Man' Subject Billy Charley

Spoilers ahead for The Innocent Man Season 1. Netflix's The Innocent Man takes a close look at two murder cases in Ada, Oklahoma, including that of Denice Haraway, who was killed in 1984. Two men, Tommy Ward and Karl Fontenot, were convicted for her…
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Here's What Happened To 'Innocent Man' Subject Odell Titsworth

Spoilers ahead for The Innocent Man Season 1. Much of Netflix's The Innocent Man centers around Tommy Ward and Karl Fontenot, two men convicted for the 1984 murder of Denice Haraway. According to the confessions they gave police, a third man, Odell…
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How The Alleged Mafia Boss From The 'Bad Blood' Family Got Out Of A Prison Sentence

Like many cities, Montreal is full of beautiful sites, compelling history, a deeply rooted culture... and the Mafia. The newest crime drama to hit Netflix, the Canadian series Bad Blood follows the infamous Montreal crime family the Rizzutos, who…
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Netflix's New Mob Show Is Based On An Actual Canadian Crime Family

As the newest drama to land on Netflix proves, not everyone in Canada is super nice, eh? The organized-crime drama, Bad Blood, which originally aired on City TV, follows the true story of the Rizzuto family, who ran organized crime in Montreal for…
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Midge's Love Interest In 'Mrs. Maisel' Season 2 Is Different From Joel In One Crucial Way

Spoilers ahead for the first five episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2. Things between the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and her husband Joel have been, well, less than marvelous. By the end of Season 1, it seemed like Midge and Joel were close to…
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This 'Mrs. Maisel' Joke Nails The Frustration Of Being Underestimated As A Woman

Midge Maisel may be honing her comedy act in the late '50s, but her sets, even 60 years later, feel just as relevant. In fact, there's a joke in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2 that seems to speak directly to the current climate — one in which,…
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'Dirty John' Proves Predatory Partners Don't Discriminate

In the first episode of Bravo's new series Dirty John, Debra Newell is swept off her feet. John Meehan seems like everything she ever wanted in a husband: He's handsome, charming, a caring doctor, and, most importantly, he seems head over heels in…
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David Sweat's Life After His Infamous Prison Escape Is Still Pretty Unbelievable

In 2015, the country was captivated by a story that seemed too wild to be true. After two inmates, David Sweat and Richard Matt, escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, police embarked on a costly, three-week manhunt…
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'Homecoming' Will Make You Question Every Detail — Even Where The Story Is Happening

Have you ever questioned your reality, or felt that you were somehow living in an intricately planned set-up? Hopefully not! But for some of the soldiers participating in Homecoming, the fictional rehabilitation program at the center of Amazon's new…
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This New Netflix Thriller Sounds Like 'AHS: Cult,' But Polish

Imagine an alternate universe in which the Iron Curtain didn't come tumbling down in the late '80s. Instead, the Cold War-era Soviet Union maintained control in Poland, leaving the nation trapped in a police state while the rest of the world moved…
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If You Like Prestige Political Thrillers, Make This Netflix Show Your Next Marathon ASAP

From Mexican reality series Made In Mexico to Danish sci-fi The Rain, Netflix has been continuously expanding their international programming. And now, on Nov. 30, the service is set to debut its first original Polish series. Titled 1983, the show…
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Why Hennessy Carolina Is Likely Done With 'Love & Hip Hop'

We all know that Cardi B is hip hop's current darling, but before she was Bartier Cardi, Cardi B was a reality TV star on VH1's hit show Love & Hip Hop. Participation in the show runs in the family, because Cardi's sister, Hennessy Carolina, also…
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Debra Newell Hopes 'Dirty John' Will Help Other Women In Their Relationships

When Debra Newell met John Meehan online in 2014, she was immediately swept off her feet. He had a good job, made her laugh, and seemed to genuinely care about her. But her daughters never warmed up to their mother's new husband, and something about…
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The IRL Nephew Who Inspired Toby On 'Dirty John' Helped His Aunt's Life

When Debra Newell met the man of her dreams online, more than a few people in her life cautioned her that her new husband, John Meehan, might not be as perfect as he seemed. In the new scripted Bravo show, Dirty John, based on the true story of…
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How 'Up & Vanished' Helped Solve Tara Grinstead's Disappearance

The disappearance of Tara Grinstead was a difficult case. The Georgia history teacher had been missing since she failed to appear at work in October of 2005, and the case had gone so cold that a judge ruled Grinstead legally dead in 2010, according…
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Ross & Demelza Have One More Shot To Get It Right On 'Poldark'

As much as fans of Poldark might be dreaming of a happy ending, Ross Poldark and his wife Demelza just can't seem to live in peace. Whether it's problems with the mines, schemes drawn up by their mortal enemy George Warleggan, or their own…
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Updates On Ryan Duke Since The 'Up & Vanished' Podcast Show There Might Be More To His Story

When history school teacher Tara Grinstead failed to show up for class one morning in October of 2005, her colleagues, friends, and family immediately knew that something wasn't right. Over ten years later, when Grinstead's disappearance still…
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The 'Up & Vanished' Special Will Pick Up Where The Podcast Left Off

The mysterious disappearance of schoolteacher Tara Grinstead has been the subject of fascination for true crime aficionados every since the Up & Vanished podcast aired in 2016. The 30-year old Georgia resident seemed to vanish into thin air after…
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