Cesar Sayoc, who sent pipe bombs to Trump critics, gets 20 years in prison

Sixteen crude explosives sent to 13 intended victims, including Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama bombs to prominent critics of 2018 midterm elections, was sentenced in New York to 20 years in prison on Monday. A fanatical Trump supporter, Sayoc was also a former bodybuilder and male exotic dancer. He sent 16 crude explosives to 13 intended victims across the US, prosecutors said. None of the bombs, which prosecutors called improvised explosive devices, exploded. Sayocs targets included the former vice-president 2020 presidential candidate John Brennan, former national intelligence director Hillary Clinton, the New York offices of cable news network Robert De Niro, Democratic senator and 2020 candidate Eric Holder, former US president George Soros, Democrat presidential candidate …

Frank Lucas, the drug lord who inspired American Gangster, dies aged 88

Mobster who climbed ranks of New York crime in 1970s was played by Denzel Washington in acclaimed 2007 movie Frank Lucas, the former New York drug kingpin whose life was the subject of the 2007 movie American Gangster, has died. Lucas, who was 88, died on Thursday in New Jersey, his nephew Aldwan Lassiter said. Lucas had been in declining health, according to his former lawyer. Raised in North Carolina, Lucas climbed the ranks of crime in Harlem in the 1960s and 70s, becoming a major drug dealer known for supplying huge amounts of particularly potent heroin. Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in a scene from American Gangster. Photograph: David Lee/AP He said it netted him millions, and authorities seized …

Anna Sorokin proves were all soft touches for glamour scammers | Rebecca Nicholson

Theres a reason why the story of the sham heiress is fascinating in our phoney world any one of us could be conned On Thursday, in a New York courtroom, Anna Sorokin was report from 2018 was optioned for Netflix; a Fyre festival to Thanos), tales of people promising something they could never, or never intended to, deliver are everywhere. It is surely just a matter of time before Netflix creates a glamour scammers category, on a par with understated TV dramas featuring a strong female lead or, as I found when scrolling last week, sparking joy, which perhaps reveals more about my algorithms than I should be comfortable with. I used to think that the appeal of such stories …

From Serial to Bryan Singer: why Amy Berg is the documentarian to fear

She has tackled injustice and abuse in the film industry and the Catholic church. The Oscar-nominated director reveals why she is telling the shocking story hit podcast Serial failed to cover The Maryland court of appeals this month decision to grant Adnan Syed a new trial for the murder of his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. The story of Syeds conviction in 2000 was brought to the worlds attention by the podcast was a phenomenon and an unprecedented hit. In 2017, the producers revealed that its episodes had been downloaded over 175m times. Its release coincided with the beginning of the appeals process for Syed, and the decision to deny him a new trial appears to have blindsided everyone involved. …