Nolte: Toxic Celebrity Worship Kills Two of HBO Most 'Acclaimed' True Crime Documentaries

Nolte: Toxic Celebrity Worship Kills Two of HBO Most 'Acclaimed' True Crime Documentaries


Over my Christmas vacation I ate pie, watched Charles Bronson movies, and caught up with two of HBO’s most celebrated true crime documentaries from last year: The Vow and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.

The Vow is a nine-episode series looking at the NXIVM (pronounced Nekseeum) sex cult — a self-help cult launched in 1998 by a man named Keith Raniere who was just sentenced to 120 years in prison.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is a six-episode documentary about one woman’s hunt for the Golden State Killer — a murderer and rapist who went on a 13 year spree that ended in 1986. He wasn’t caught until 2018.

If you’re a true crime fan, those sound pretty interesting. They aren’t. Both are a waste of time, starting with the fact they’re twice as long as necessary.

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My guess is that all the “acclaim” (The Vow sits at

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