Chris Tarricone

Chris Tarricone is a writer from New York. Not the stylish, bustling and flashy big city New York, but the backwoods, gun-blazing, Confederate flag-waving New York that has been pummelled by an outbreak of opioids. Ever since laying witness to the effects of this epidemic throughout his adolescence, Chris has written crime stories of all forms, from plays and screenplays to short stories, novels, and articles. He has since gotten his BFA in Cinema Studies, Playwriting and Screenwriting from SUNY Purchase and recently has switched coasts to graduate with his MFA in Writing for Screen & TV from the University of Southern California, where he won the Jack Nicholson Scholarship, the program's top screenplay award. Chris currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Family, Friends, and Pets: Emotional Storytelling in the Trial of Robert Durst

The Prosecution in the murder trial of Robert Durst is trying to convince the jury beyond a reasonable doubt that Durst killed his longtime friend, Susan Berman — as well as his Galveston neighbor, Morris Black — in order to cover up his alleged murder of his ex-wife, Kathie.  Lead Prosecutor John Lewin and his team are not only preparing the members of that panel to accept this as the most compelling and logical narrative but also want the jurors to feel the pain and cruelty they say Durst inflicted...

Kathie Durst Speaks from the Past: “Don’t Let the Bastard Get Away With It!”

It is rare for a jury to hear from a victim in a murder trial. But… Kathie Durst finally has her opportunity to offer her contribution to the effort to hold Robert Durst accountable for his actions. Nearly 40 years after her disappearance, Kathie’s plea is being relayed to a Los Angeles jury through her friend Marion Watlington.  WATLINGTON:   SHE SAID, SHOULD ANYTHING HAPPEN TO ME, YOU MAKE SURE YOU DON'T LET THE BASTARD GET AWAY WITH IT. Watlington, a blonde-haired woman in her early to...

The Pack of Canines in the Trial of Robert Durst

Dogs. They are a recurring theme in the trial of Robert Durst for the murder of Susan Berman. Attorneys on both sides identified themselves as dog lovers during voir dire. Deputy District Attorney John Lewin incorporated his own Great Dane, Boomer, into his lesson on reasonable doubt and indirect evidence. Lewin also has indicated that Durst’s relationship with his family’s Alaskan Malamutes, all named Igor, will be presented as evidence at trial. And of course, Berman’s wire-haired terrier, Lulu, prompted witness Kathryn Shaw-Cutter’s phone call to the police after a...

A Little Dog Named Lulu (and the Trial of Robert Durst)

Dogs. They are a recurring theme in the trial of Robert Durst for the murder of Susan Berman. Attorneys on both sides identified themselves as dog lovers during voir dire. Deputy District Attorney John Lewin incorporated his own Great Dane, Boomer, into his lesson on reasonable doubt and indirect evidence. Lewin also has indicated that Durst’s relationship with his family’s Alaskan Malamutes, all named Igor, will be presented as evidence at trial. And of course, Berman’s wire-haired terrier, Lulu, prompted witness Kathryn Shaw-Cutter’s phone call to the police after a...

A Sweet Little Lamb and a Cold-Blooded Murder (The Durst Trial)

Picture a neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills surrounded by trees and plenty of wildlife. Not the glamorous, celeb-packed part of the hills but a place where the likes of coyotes, tarantulas, and other wild animals roam freely alongside a stream of cars that speed back and forth around the community’s tight and winding streets. BALIAN:   WHAT'S THE WILDLIFE LIKE IN THE AREA? SHAW-CUTTER:   IT IS ROBUST. WELL, WE PULLED SOME SHRUGS OUT OF OUR YARD AND FOUND A RATTLESNAKE THAT WAS ENORMOUS. WE HAD A...

The People vs. Robert Durst Has a Jury

Several Crime Story Reporters contributed to this story. It is 11:30 AM on the 27th of February. Twelve people rise together and, in unison, commit themselves to a five-month-long excursion. It will be no vacation. They are being taken away from their jobs, their families, and their lives to spend this spring and part of this summer inside the life and mind of Robert Durst. Together in Department 81 of the Airport Courthouse, they are sworn in by Judge Mark E. Windham. They have been chosen after...