Sunday, February 07, 2021

Best of The Real-Crime Series: Strongly Recommending HBO’s “The Investigation”

Posted by Peter Quennell

Similarity To The Perugia Case

How long did Meredith’s case take to be investigated?

The Knox-Sollecito conspiracy theorists would have everyone outside Italy believe the cops and prosecutors downed tools in days if not hours.

In fact it continued flat-out for EIGHT MONTHS and years later evidence was still being added, for example the DNA analysis during the Nencini appeal, in large part by crack national-level experts.

“The Investigation” is about the death of a very smart 30-year-old woman reporter, Kim Wall, by Peter Madsen, an industrialist, in a small submarine off Copenhagen. It is a series in six parts and has just begun airing on HBO and several streaming services.

This investigation was equally exhaustive, taking over two years, and it led to a life sentence for the sex-deviant Madsen (there is a lot about his obsessive history on-line) and even finally a confession.

With scant evidence of an intentional killing, it was far less open-and-shut than Meredith’s case. And yet the investigators remorselessly kept crushing the murderer’s changing alibis and explanations.

Neither the murderer nor his victim ever appear on-screen. An interesting idea for a movie update on Meredith’s case.


Posted by Peter Quennell on 02/07/21 at 03:27 PM in


I remember this case in the news. It was so unusual about the woman going into the submarine. What a trap.

Posted by Hopeful on 02/07/21 at 06:31 PM | #

Kim Wall was in some ways similar to Meredith: eye-catching, driven, determined to make a big contribution. She had a masters degree from Columbia University here in New York. Her parents were solidly behind this recreation, good for them.

My impression of the Danes has always been good and work took me to Copenhagen several times. It was a bit of a shocker when reading up on Peter Madsen to see that a change years ago to a law there, first in the world, allowed a deviant sex industry to grow, and so Madsen was on his way.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 02/08/21 at 09:04 AM | #

Interesting development for us in contending with a pretty pervasive conspiracy theory, incessantly fanned by Knox…

Of those several hundred arrested after the 6 Jan riot and now under the microscope, a high proportion (over double the ratio of the US population as a whole) have had some financial crisis in their past.

They may be well educated and gainfully employed now, but they have not found a better way of erasing that scar and have remained victims in their minds ever since.

Bruce Fischer comes to mind.

Today most Americans are in a vice. Far from the best in the world at evolving systems and working in groups, they are also hit by the triple whammy of job insecurity, health insurance non-mobility, and a justice system way too dumb and harsh.

I’d maybe not lock up the worst of the worst of these rioters - I’d maybe instead turn them around, by teaching them some systems skills (one can learn a lot in a week) and sending them straight back out to calm down and “upgrade” all the rest.

Don’t be misled by the blurb, this is THE best book for a fuller explanation of the above…

Posted by Peter Quennell on 02/12/21 at 10:20 AM | #

Happy Valentine’s Day to TJMK !!

His story is worth a google. Patron saint of Terni; healed a blind girl, was martyred for his faith and buried north of Rome.

Time to eat tiny cinnamon red hot heart shaped candies, and conversation hearts every February 14th. He is symbol of courtly love.

Posted by Hopeful on 02/14/21 at 01:02 PM | #

The rover Perseverance landed on Mars a couple of hours ago. The streaming media of the final few minutes was as gripping and tense a live drama as any I’ve witnessed.

The lead scientist/engineer for that segment you can see and hear there reporting progress to the NASA teams and to millions of watchers?

She is an Indian-born woman, Swati Mohan, not unlike Meredith in looks and manner, and quite a hit today on social media.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 02/18/21 at 07:21 PM | #

USA First on Mars! Others have orbited but we land. Amazing know-how. Can you believe the big brains have landed a rover many million miles away, and the spacecraft got thousands of degrees hot flying so fast to get there but it didn’t burn up. I can’t believe the heat shields or whatever they used?

Perseverance is going to gather up samples of the Mars surface for awhile. Then U.S.A. is going back up there in 2023 to retrieve the samples to bring back to earth.

Mind-blowing genius to get a functioning machine to that distant planet…sheer genius. Go NASA!!! Gotta love Cape Canaveral.

NASA: Engineering, math, physics at its finest to put even a toaster, even a crumpled Coke can on such a distant planet. Just unbelievable skill and teamwork.

Posted by Hopeful on 02/19/21 at 08:26 AM | #

Hi Hopeful, so now, if you need to, you know how to stop a car going 12,500 mph in 8 minutes, right?!

Yeah, really well done NASA. Do click on the video button at bottom right for full screen mode, where you can see the simulation of what took place 11 minutes ago with the instruments counting down.  From that we can count down how many systems Swati Mohan and her team had to design, especially the ground tracking radar (a kind of sim city of Mars).

If humans are to follow and return to Earth, as Elon Musk suggests could happen in 4 years, the problem above all is how to get enough fuel to Mars to power their escape from Mars gravity.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 02/19/21 at 02:13 PM | #
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