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Are you True Crime Obsessed?

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If you’ve listened to the popular podcast and are now looking to watch some of the documentaries, look no further than Hoopla – available through the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. All titles on Hoopla are free with your PLYMC library card – no streaming service required!


Crazy Love
Filmmaker Dan Klores recounts the true story of one of the most bizarre romances of the 20th century in this documentary.

Dear Zachary
Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne’s poignant tribute to his murdered childhood friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle between the baby’s grieving grandparents and Shirley Turner, Bagby’s pregnant ex-girlfriend and suspected killer.

Dream/Killer
In 2005, 20-year-old Ryan Ferguson was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Dream/Killer is the story of how his father Bill embarked on 10-year campaign to prove Ryan’s innocence.

Finders Keepers
Amputee John Wood finds himself in a stranger-than-fiction battle to reclaim his mummified leg from Southern entrepreneur Shannon Whisnant, who found it in a grill he bought at an auction.

Grizzly Man
In this mesmerizing film, acclaimed director Werner Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell, who lived unarmed among grizzlies for 13 summers.

Jesus Camp
JESUS CAMP follows Levi, Rachael, and Tory to Pastor Becky Fischer’s ‘Kids on Fire’ summer camp in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, where kids as young as 6-years-old are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers in ‘God’s army.’

The Woman Who Wasn’t There
The Woman Who Wasn’t There is a psychological thriller that goes inside the mind of history’s most infamous 9/11 survivor. But Tania Head was never in the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001, and her entire story was an invention of her prodigious imagination.


Find these titles and a lot more at www.hoopladigital.com

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Annette Ahrens is a youth librarian at the Poland/Struthers/Brownlee Woods libraries. When not reading books to kids (or herself), you can find her binge watching true crime documentaries, listening to podcasts, and knitting. Sometimes all at the same time, with varied results!