Here's a Top 10 List of Netflix's Original Films With the Highest Viewership

While some people believe Netflix should be shaking in its boots about the rollout of several new streaming platforms during the next few months, things might be solid for now. Although Netflix is notoriously elusive about its stats, the streamer just publicly released a glimpse at its viewership data for the past 12 months, giving the giant some bragging rights.

Here’s a look at the top 10 Netflix original films that were streamed the most by subscribers all over the world. According to Netflix, these numbers include movies released from October 2018 to September of this year.




‘Always Be My Maybe’


‘Secret Obsession’


‘The Highwaymen’


‘Tall Girl’


‘The Perfect Date’


‘Triple Frontier’


‘Murder Mystery’

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‘Bird Box’


A quick word on how Netflix measures

The New York Times notes that unlike Nielsen, Netflix doesn’t typically share viewership and ratings data with the public, and its measurements are different from Nielsen. For Netflix, one view is counted if 70% of the film was watched during the first four weeks of its debut.

All the movies on the list raked in those views within thefirst month of their premieres. Moving forward, Netflix is banking on successwith its slate of new movies which includes The Irishman (MartinScorsese), Dolemite is My Name, The Laundromat, The King,and Marriage Story.

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PICTURED: Thousands of Mexican migrants camp out to enter US

PICTURED: Thousands of Mexican migrants camp out on roads and bridges to enter United States amid surge in asylum seekers fleeing corruption and drug violence

  • Mexican adults and children by the thousands are camping out on international roads and bridges in a desperate bid to enter into the United States
  • Number of Mexican adults crossing the border spiked 25 per cent from July to September while migration from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador declined
  • The surge comes after recent violence erupted in Mexico over the botched arrest of one of the sons of former drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán
  • Many Mexicans are declaring a fear of persecution or harm, which stops their immediate deportation and allows them to stay in the US while seeking asylum
  • The new migrants are adding to the backlog of 1 million people seeking relief in US immigration courts 

Thousands of Mexicans are camping out on international roads and bridges leading into the United States, in a new surge of migrants attempting to cross the border and desperately seeking asylum.

The rise in the number of migrants comes after Mexico in August once again became the single largest source of undocumented migration into the US, surpassing Guatemala and Honduras, according to US officials who provided the update anonymously because they were not authorized to release it.

The total number of Mexican adults crossing the border spiked by 25 per cent from late July to late September, while migration from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador declined. 

Many of the Mexican migrants say they are fleeing corruption and drug-related violence – including that sparked by the recent botched arrest of one of the sons of drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán.

Thousands of Mexican families have camped out on roads and bridges at the border (pictured above) to enter the United States

The migrants waiting to cross the border are camped out in tents, and in some cases, are exposed to the elements (pictured above) while awaiting to speak with border officials

The rise in the number of migrants comes after Mexico in August once again became the single largest source of undocumented migration into the US, surpassing Guatemala and Honduras, according to US officials who provided the update anonymously 

That has sent Mexican families in droves to the border, where they have joined other migrants awaiting to apply for asylum relief and cross into the US, reports the Washington Post. 

Images from the border show migrants camped out in tents or in some cases exposed to the elements until they can meet with border officials to request asylum.

US officials worry that a new border crisis is unfolding, reports the Post. 

Among the officials’ concerns was the percentage of Mexican migrants declaring that they were fleeing persecution and/or possible harm, which stops their immediate deportation and allows them to stay in the US while awaiting a hearing in US immigration court. 

US officials are concerned by the number of Mexicans who declared a fear of persecution or harm, which typically stops immediate deportation. Many are fleeing corruption and drug-related violence, including the botched arrest of former drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán

The Department of Homeland Security, the officials say, is especially concerned since the immigration courts already are struggling to hear a backlog of million migrants requesting relief from removal proceedings. 

Neither Mexico or the US government has acknowledged the surge at the border, or the possible trouble that may be looming over an agreement between President Donald Trump and Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that previously cut down on the number of illegal crossings.

Data shows the total number of Mexican adults crossing the border spiked by 25 per cent from late July to late September. Migration from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, at the same time, declined, reports the Post. 

Officials say that the of Mexican families who were detained at the border also has surged.  

Many of those fleeing blamed violence related to last week’s botched arrest of Guzman’s son, Ovidio Guzman Lopez, 28, (pictured)

The bloody, war-like confrontation in Culiacán that resulted when authorities attempted to arrest the former El Chapo’s son, Ogivido Guzman Lopez, ended with his release after the drug lord’s cartel struck back at the Mexican army, leaving at least 8 dead

Many of those fleeing blamed violence related to last week’s botched arrest of Guzman’s son, Ovidio Guzman Lopez, 28. 

The bloody, war-like confrontation in Culiacán ended with his release after the drug lord’s cartel struck back at the Mexican army, leaving at least 8 dead.

However, there also was a bizarre rumor that the US was welcoming Asylum seekers, reports the Post.

But there also are indications some are heading to the border with their children after hearing that the United States was opening its doors to Mexican asylum seekers.

Local officials in the Cuidad Hidalgo said hundreds of local residents in the town of 55,000 have suddenly left on a rumor that the US had recently opened a new opportunity for them to come to the border and request asylum.

There’s even a weekly bus that takes residents directly to Tijuana and other border towns, offering asylum seekers a ‘door-to-door package,’ said Eduardo Cortés, the city manager, reports the Post.

‘It’s a phenomenon that took us all by surprise here,’ Cortés said. ‘It’s like the rumor hit the streets and now people think there’s a chance for them to improve their lives by moving to the United States.’


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First pictures of Gillian Anderson portraying Margaret Thatcher

Revealed: First pictures of X-Files star Gillian Anderson portraying Margaret Thatcher in Netflix drama The Crown

With her immaculately coiffed hair, Tory-blue dress and determined poise, she cuts the unmistakably assured figure of Britain’s first female Prime Minister.

But this is Gillian Anderson, seen for the first time in her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown. 

Our exclusive pictures from the set of the fourth series of the acclaimed Netflix drama shows the X-Files star disembarking from a replica of the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Gillian Anderson in her role as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Crown series 4. This scene, which was filmed in Spain, recreates the moment Mrs Thatcher arrived in the Bahamas for a meeting of Commonwealth leaders in 1985.

The actress appears to have perfectly captured Mrs Thatcher’s gestures, even down to the way she lightly touches her hair and with her head slightly cocked. Pictured with Charles Edwards as the Queen’s aide Martin Charteris 

Gillian Anderson has been seen for the first time in her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown

The actress appears to have perfectly captured Mrs Thatcher’s gestures, even down to the way she lightly touches her hair and with her head slightly cocked.

This scene, which was filmed in Spain, recreates the moment Mrs Thatcher arrived in the Bahamas for a meeting of Commonwealth leaders in 1985.

During the tumultuous summit, the Prime Minister found herself isolated as she alone opposed sanctions against the apartheid regime in South Africa – a stance that reportedly angered the Queen, played by Oscar winner Olivia Colman.

One picture also shows Charles Edwards, who plays Martin Charteris, the Queen’s Permanent Lord in Waiting at the time and former Private Secretary. 

Edwards is known to Downton Abbey fans as Michael Gregson, a wealthy publisher who fathered the illegitimate child of Lady Edith Crawley.

Anderson first sprang to fame in the 1990s supernatural drama The X-Files, with its tag line ‘the truth is out there’. She played sceptical FBI agent Dana Scully, alongside David Duchovny as Fox Mulder.

Her status as a sex symbol was cemented by her role as police chief Stella Gibson in the erotically charged BBC thriller The Fall.

While some eyebrows were raised at Ms Anderson’s casting as Mrs Thatcher, The Crown’s writer, Peter Morgan – with whom she has been in a relationship since 2016 – had no doubt that she would be able to capture the Tory leader’s ‘sexual aura’.

French President Francois Mitterand famously described the Prime Minister as possessing ‘the eyes of Caligula and the mouth of Marilyn Monroe’. 

Ms Anderson herself has said: ‘Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable but I am relishing exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despised, defined an era.’

While filming for the fourth series continues, the third season of The Crown is set to be released on November 17.

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Mom of children found hanging told 911 dispatcher son was bullied, 'didn't want to go alone'

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The mother of an 8-year-old boy who was found hanging in a Pennsylvania basement last month alongside his 4-year-old sister told a 911 dispatcher he had been bullied and "had made threats of doing this but didn't want to go alone."

The dispatcher further quoted the mother as saying that sadly the boy, Connor Snyder, “may be the aggressor,” Fox 10 Philadelphia reported Thursday.

Lisa Snyder, 36, called 911 after reporting finding Connor and her daughter Brinley hanging from the basement rafters of their home in Albany Township with a dog leash on Sept. 23.


Connor Snyder, 8, and his 4-yer-old sister Brinley were found hanged in the basement of their home in Albany Township, Pa., last month.
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Connor and his sister died after being kept alive on life support for three days, according to reports.

The case detectives seized an X-box, the dog leash and two cell phones that belonged to Snyder, the station reported, adding that the investigation was ongoing.

The coroner hasn’t ruled on the cause of death, according to the Allentown Morning Call.


The paper reported that after her children died, Snyder changed her Facebook profile with a photo and the saying, “Words scar, rumors destroy, bullies kill.”

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Duchess of Cornwall attends tea party in London as she meets poets

Camilla’s well versed! Duchess of Cornwall recites a favourite childhood rhyme by Hilarie Belloc as she attends a poetry recital for children and elderly people

  • Duchess of Cornwall, 72, visited  Eaton Square Upper School in London today
  • Attended a tea party with young pupils alongside care home residents  
  • Posed for pictures alongside one excited pupil who was seen waving a Union flag
  • The ‘Poetry Initiative’ saw the pupils paired with older people and reciting poetry
  • Camilla was seen sharing a joke with a local care home resident at the event 

The Duchess of Cornwall was encouraged by a friend to recite a children’s poem from heart at an event in London today. 

Camilla, 72, reeled off from memory the humorous Matilda Who Told Lies, And Was Burned To Death by Hilaire Belloc at the Poetry Together event with her friend, the writer Gyles Brandreth.

Speaking at the tea party at Eaton Square Upper School, Brandreth explained: ‘She said “for goodness sake please no”.

“I saw her at another event last night, and she said “do I have to do this?”, and I said “yes”.

‘If the seven-year-olds can do it, the 70-year-olds can do it.’

Camilla, 73, was seen sharing a joke with a local care home resident during a tea party at Eaton Square Upper School in London today 

The Duchess of Cornwall went on to pose alongside care home residents and school pupils who attended the tea party having both learnt the same poem, before they went on to recite them off-by-heart

Camilla beamed as she greeted guests to the tea party at the school today, which came shortly ahead of the poetry recital 

The royal appeared elegant in a royal blue ensemble as she attended the poetry event earlier today 

The tea party, which was organised by the Poetry Initiative, was followed by a recital which saw pupils and local care home residents perform the same poem off-by-heart. 

The Duchess of Cornwall appeared in good spirits as she arrived at the event, and was seen warmly greeting guests at the tea party with a smile, and was seen sharing a joke with a local care home resident.

Extract from Matilda Who Told Lies, And Was Burned To Death 

Matilda told such Dreadful Lies,

It made one Gasp and Stretch one’s Eyes;

Her Aunt, who, from her Earliest Youth,

Had kept a Strict Regard for Truth,

Attempted to Believe Matilda:

The effort very nearly killed her

Camilla, 72, appeared charmed as she shared the touching moment with a woman while attending the tea party at Eaton Square Upper School in London today.

Camilla shook hands with a handful of pupils from five different local schools, before heading into a main hall for the tea party event.

She met with local care home residents who’d been partnered with the pupils and would be reciting poems together.

The royal donned a smart navy jacket and matching skirt for the occasion, pinning a butterfly brooch to her chest. 

She opted for simple minimal jewellery for the occasion, adding just a simple silver chain necklace.  

The Duchess appeared animated as she enjoyed a slice of cake alongside pupils from local schools and their poetry partners 

The royal spoke with local school pupils about their experience with the Poetry Together” initiative, which sees them paired with care home residents to learn a poem 

Sugar ma’am? Camilla was seen reaching for a pot of sugar as she enjoyed a cup of tea with the school pupils 

Camilla presented the pupils, who came from five local schools in the area, with certificates after their participation in the event 

Wearing her hair down, she completed her outfit with a pair of monochrome heels and sported a grin as she engaged in conversation with well-wishers. 

Once inside, the royal was seen taking a seat next to performers, young and old,  ahead of their recital.  

Poetry Together is an initiative to bring together young and old and share the joy of reciting poetry by heart.

The royal beamed as she presented certificates to the old and young participants of the Poetry Initiative

Camilla appeared particularly charmed by one pairing, with one little boy carrying a Union flag at the occasion 

In another charming moment, the Duchess took a moment to share a word with a local care home resident 

The initiative sees schools connect with a local care home, with pupils and residents learning the same poem off by heart.  

Each group rehearsed the poem ahead of the event today, where they performed in front of a crowded room.

The event today saw five schools coming together with local care homes ahead of performances in front of the Duchess. 

Camilla appeared to be listening intently as care home residents and school pupils recited their poems 

Camilla appeared to be listening intently from the front row as the participants gave their best readings of their poems.   

The Duchess of Cornwall’s attendance at the reception came during a busy week for the royal.

Yesterday she attended a tea reception for the Booker Prize Foundation, as well as making an appearance alongside the Queen to mark 750th anniversary of Westminster Abbey.  

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My baby girl nearly died of meningitis but never developed tell-tale rash – The Sun

THEY say a mother's instinct is always right – and it's something Sophie Whieldon is telling others.

Her six-month-old daughter Niamh Redfern nearly died from meningitis which she says was twice missed by doctors.

The infant had been unwell with a cold for a couple of weeks when she first took her to see the GP.

She was sent home but her condition continued to worsen and Sophie, from Leek, Staffordshire, called 111 for advice.

Sophie told the Stoke Sentinel: “Niamh was very pale, hard to rouse, couldn’t keep her eyes open or her head up, had a bulging soft spot and was not taking in any fluids.

“A paramedic team came to our house and after taking her temperature decided the best course of action was to take her hospital, where she was diagnosed with a throat infection.

“They advised us to return within 24 hours if she was not improving with the antibiotics they prescribed her.”

Mum's instincts

Niamh still hadn't improved by the next night, so Sophie took her back to hospital.

Despite expressing concerns that the tot really wasn't herself, she was sent away again with doctors still sure it was a throat infection.

Sophie said: “Two days later our daughter’s leg began to jitter so we called the hospital and they advised us to return for a third time.

“There it was confirmed to us that she was having a seizure, which by this point had lasted for over two hours.

“It was then all hands on deck by medical staff and what followed was a couple of days in CHDU (Children’s High Dependency Unit) waiting for a diagnosis. It finally arrived: Niamh had meningitis”.

Tough times

The following weeks were a blur for Sophie and Niamh’s dad Scott Redfern as their daughter was given a lumbar puncture, suffered further seizures, had a continual soaring temperature and an MRI scan.

After the scan they were told it was pneumococcal meningitis and to expect a long period of intravenous antibiotics.

The couple were also warned to expect after-effects of the disease.

Eventually Niamh was transferred to Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital for another couple of weeks.

Symptoms of meningitis

Meningitis can affect anyone but it's most common in babies, teens and young adults.

It's often mistaken for being flu and in some cases, people can seem hungover.

But the longer you leave it, the more at risk you become of things like blood poisoning – which can be fatal.

Symptoms of meningitis develop suddenly and can include:

  • a high temperature (fever) of 38C  or above
  • being sick
  • a headache
  • a rash that does not fade when a glass is rolled over it (but this will not always develop)
  • a stiff neck
  • a dislike of bright lights
  • drowsiness or unresponsiveness
  • fits (seizures)

You need to seek medical help ASAP.

Even when people do survive meningitis, it can leave them with life-long issues such as hearing or vision loss, epilepsy, amputations and memory problems.

Sophie finally started seeing an improvement in her baby, who was alert, drinking and her cheerful old self, but they noticed some other issues she hadn't had before.

She said: "We noticed she was not responding to loud noises like she would have before – most memorably a fire engine drove past her with its sirens on and she didn’t turn her head to the noise.

“We knew deafness was a very common after-effect and asked her consultant for a referral to audiology where we were given the devastating news she had lost her hearing completely in her left ear and was severely deaf in her right ear.

“Although we knew it was likely, to actually have it said to us was so heart-breaking. Niamh was fitted with hearing aids two weeks later and we are now going through the candidacy process for cochlear implants.

“As far as we know, Niamh has made a full recovery in all other areas, but she does take anti-epileptic medication. We will find out if she had any other lasting after-effects as she develops.

“She is responding well to the hearing aid in her right ear and is back to her old cheerful, playful, loving self which is so wonderful to see.

“If there is one thing I would say to parents and guardians, it would be to know symptoms of such illnesses, trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to express your concerns. Don’t wait for a rash to appear.

"You know your child better than any medical professional and you are their voice.”

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Donald Trump tells parents of biker killed by diplomat she won't return to UK

The family of British teenager Harry Dunn has described Donald Trump as ‘very graceful’ after meeting with the US president at the White House.

But the teenager’s parents said they are no ‘further along’ after being told that the US woman allegedly responsible for their son’s death would not return to the UK.

Anne Sacoolas left the UK after the crash in Northamptonshire which killed the 19-year-old in August.

Tim Dunn, Harry’s father, said: ‘I think the president was very graceful and spoke very well to us.’

‘Obviously we’ve just met the president and we never thought we’d get this far but I don’t know whether we’re any further along.’

Harry’s mother, Charlotte Charles, said: ‘When he (President Trump) held my hand, I gripped it a lot tighter and I was honest with him and just said, as I said a while ago, “if it was your son you would be doing the same as us?”.

‘He actually gripped my hand a little bit tighter and said “Yes, I would be”. And that’s when he said he would try and look at this from a different angle.

‘He seemed to understand that our grief has been locked in for seven weeks now on a case that should have been very, very clear-cut.’

Mr Dunn said: ‘He listened to Charlotte very well – she spoke excellently to him and he was very understanding.

‘I genuinely do think he will look to resolve this in a way that will help us.’

Harry’s father Tim Dunn said of turning down the chance to meet Anne Sacoolas at the White House: ‘We weren’t ready to meet her, it would have been too rushed.

But he added that the meeting ‘didn’t feel like a stunt – they didn’t try and force it onto us’.

Mrs Charles added: ‘But I don’t think it would be appropriate to meet her without therapists or mediators in the room.’

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I’m haunted by sick riddle of cannibal who strangled my sister with her own tights before cooking her thigh with garlic, cheese and pasta – The Sun

WHEN mum-of-four Julie Paterson disappeared from her home in Darlington, County Durham, her partner assumed it was the latest in a long line of vanishing acts, brought on by depression and drinking.

But when she failed to return after a few days, a police search led to the gruesome discovery of her torso, which had been wrapped in a bin liner and hurled into the back garden of a nearby house.

As news spread through the quiet market town, in April 1998, pub-goers remembered local drinker David Harker boasting about murdering a woman called Julie.

Listeners had dismissed his ramblings as drunken fantasy, but alerted police.

When police searched his flat they found blood-stained floors and weird messages scrawled on the wall in what one forensic officer described as “a scene from Silence of the Lambs” – the 1991 movie starring Anthony Hopkins as cannibal Hannibal Lecter.

Harker later admitted strangling Julie, 31, with her own tights, before having sex with her corpse and dismembering her.

He also claimed he cut chunks of flesh from her thighs, which he cooked with garlic, cheese and pasta before eating it.

Julie’s brutal killing – which features in tonight’s episode of Murdertown on Crime+Investigation UK – left her family devastated and horrified the nation.

Twenty years on, Julie’s head and limbs have still not been found and Harker – who left a sick riddle as a clue – has refused to reveal where he hid them despite desperate pleas.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun Online, Julie's brother says: “David Harker is never going to tell us where she is because that's the only thing he holds on to, he craves notoriety,” he says.

“It hasn't just destroyed my family, it's destroyed a lot of families.”

Killer was 'bored' with sex session

Durham-born Julie had a history of depression and alcohol addiction. In 1998, Michael says she was on anti-depressants and would often start drinking early in the morning.

Although she was in a relationship with Alan Taylor, and had a child with him, she would often disappear on benders around local pubs for days.

It was there she met David Harker, a 24-year-old who – despite  having tattoos on his head reading “disorder” and “subhuman” – was described by journalist Andrew Smith as “a young man who could turn on the charm.”.

That charm worked on Julie and after a few drinks, she went back to his flat, where they had sex.

But the one night stand turned to horror after “bored” Harker took Julie’s tights and strangled her as on the bed.

After having sex with her dead body, he sliced off the flesh of her thighs with a meat cleaver before cooking it on his hob.

He then dragged her body down to the basement where he hacked off her arms, legs and head.

Rotting torso found in a hedge

When Julie missed an appointment with her oldest daughter – who lived with her dad – boyfriend Alan finally called the police.

A few days later, a police sniffer dog began barking at an object in a hedge in a quiet lane and officer David Davies pulled out a bin bag containing a pillowcase with the “rotting remains of some flesh, with some bone” and crawling with insects.

From that point her brother Michael says life became a nightmare.

“The police said they found a body and the next day I read in the paper it had no arms and legs. It was so unreal.

“You only read about these things in books and horror films but it was actually happening.

“My grandma was in her seventies and we kept all the details from her, turning off the TV when the news came on. Our life was never the same."

Killer brags  'I killed a girl called Julie'

Harker’s drinking pals, who had heard him boast “I’ve killed a girl called Julie,” also saw the newspaper report and, realising the horrific brag could be true, rang the police.

Harker was arrested and forensic officers found blood in his bedroom and, in his flat’s dingy basement, they found a blood-stained knife and stains on the walls and floor.

Scrawled on the wall were chilling messages, including, “I have lost the will to live … Nothing more for me to say.”

In February 1999, Harker was found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and given an indefinite jail term, with no parole for 14 years.

“I wanted so much to get over there and kill him but I had my family to think about," says Michael. "But we got the right result in the end.”

Michael was just three when he lost his mum to a brain tumour at the age of 31 – the same age as Julie when she died – and he always looked after his little sister.

“I always watched out for her and stuck up for her. But I wasn’t there on the last time. That’s haunted me ever since.”

Revenge murder plot leads to ex's suicide

While Michael refrained from killing, Julie’s devastated ex Alan hatched a bizarre plan to seek revenge – by committing murder so he could get to Harker inside.

In 2006 Alan, an alcoholic living in a homeless hostel, strangled his friend John Morrison with his own belt.

At the trial, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and said the horrific murder of Julie had affected his mind. He was jailed for life but sent to a different prison from Harker.

Three months into the sentence, he killed himself in the cell at Holme House Prison in Stockton.

Another ex, Freddie Newman – the father of Julie’s oldest children Sophie, 28, and Freddie, 26 – committed suicide in the wake of her murder, leaving his mum to raise the children.

Sick riddle that torments Michael

Harker has refused to reveal the whereabouts of the rest of Julie’s body – including her head, arms and legs – and, in an evil twist, taunted the family with a riddle which read:

I have a bank but have no money.

I have falls and keep on going

I have a bed but do not sleep

I have a mouth but do not feed.

What am I? Do you know where it is?

The riddle torments Michael – who doesn't believe it's a river where remains would be washed away.

Last year he believed he had solved it and spent weeks digging at an area called the Cat’s Well in Durham.

“I looked at that riddle in my scrapbook for the first time in 20 years and I had a mental breakdown,” he says. “I was in hospital for a month.

“While I was in the hospital, I picked the newspaper and read, 'skull found in garden could be remains of Julie Paterson.’

“It wasn't but it creeps up all the time. It's as raw now as it was in 1998.

“I'm just hoping  in my lifetime her remains might be found.”

Michael says that 21 years after her death, he can’t work and rarely leaves the house.

“We don't go out in public and I can't socialise.

“I'm just watching everyone else get on with their lives, partying, smiling, being happy. It’s really hard.

“I don't believe in hanging but I hope Harker stays in jail for the rest of his life and that somebody puts him through the pain that he put my sister through.”

Murdertown airs on Crime+Investigation at 9pm tonight

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The untold truth of Edie Falco

Edie Falco is a veteran actress best known for her role as Carmela Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos. The role earned her critical praise, while four Emmy wins for outstanding lead actress helped validate her appeal — three wins from her drama work on The Sopranos and the other for her comedic chops on Nurse Jackie.

Still, things didn’t come easily for Falco, who went through many personal struggles as a young adult up to motherhood. She also thought that she may never even get a job as an actress. Luckily, this TV star came out stronger through the darkness and gave the world her gifted acting. And though this private actress’ relationship status is unknown, did you know she used to be involved with a former classmate who also became a famous actor?

Maybe you came here as a die-hard fan of The Sopranos and want to know what really happened in that famously controversial finale, or perhaps you just want to know more about this actress, who appears to still have a big career ahead of her. Either way, Falco has an incredible story that is sure to surprise you. We bring you the untold truth of Edie Falco.

Edie Falco had some pretty cool classmates

In 1984, Edie Falco graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase. As told by the Independent, Falco originally attended the school better known as Purchase College mainly for scholarship purposes and had no way of knowing what she would become. The later-famous alumni included the likes of Wesley Snipes, Parker Posey, and Stanley Tucci — but more on him later. This collective bunch of actors went on to be known as the “Purchase Mafia.”

Falco’s classmate, Hal Hartley, is a director and filmmaker. The actress explained to the Emmy Foundation that she was in several of Hartley’s movies after the two graduated, which created other showbiz connections and eventually landed her a role on the HBO series Oz. From there, Falco auditioned for a project she thought was about singers — a little show called The Sopranos. “I read it and thought, ‘I know exactly who this woman is, and I know I’ll never get this part, because I know who gets cast in these Italian-American women roles and it’s not me,'” she said. Of course, we all know what happened there, and years later, another friend from college gave Falco their neighbor’s script, which turned out to be the Showtime series Nurse Jackie

Can we at Nicki Swift get in on some of this Purchase College magic?

All about that Stanley Tucci connection

In the 1980s, Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci both attended Purchase College. Looking back on her time at school, Falco told Vulture that Tucci was wildly popular on campus, but had just left the college when she began her studies. She explained that there were still posters of him all over the school “like the captain of the football team that they all still talk about.” (Not unlike the 2018 Saturday Night Live skit about fans of the actor, appropriately called “Tucci Gang.”)

Years later, the pair appeared together in the 2002 Broadway production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. In the show, Falco and Tucci both had to get undressed while on stage, according to The New York Times. Not long after the show’s run, reports surfaced claiming that Falco and Tucci were in a relationship. Further still, Tucci was apparently already married to someone else during his romance with Falco. As Falco explained to The New York Times two years later, she and Tucci were indeed once together but had since separated. She said the actor was “back with his wife and kids,” and when referring to her affair with Tucci, Falco admitted that there was “no way for that to be a good thing.”

Edie Falco is a survivor

Edie Falco was diagnosed with breast cancer during her run on The Sopranos. As she explained to the Emmy Foundation, Falco was diagnosed one morning and had to be on set in the early afternoon to shoot a scene. She decided to keep her terrible news to only a few members of the cast and crew. “I didn’t want anyone else to know,” the actress said. “I’m not good with a lot of people going, ‘How are you doing?’ I just went about my day.”

Falco continued working on The Sopranos during her treatments. The show’s hair stylists made wigs and the producers gave her private trailer space to aid Falco through her difficulties. In an interview for NPR, Falco insisted that going right back to work was the best thing for her: “It helped me to just keep moving.” While previously speaking with Parade, Falco credited her sobriety in assisting her with surviving her intense chemotherapy treatments during her battle with the disease. 

The actress' life after cancer

After going into remission, Edie Falco adopted her first child. In an interview with Arianna Huffington for a Fortune magazine event, the actress explained that prior to her cancer diagnosis, she never thought she would have kids, in part due to past failed relationships. Upon realizing she was going to survive this health scare, Falco said it was like a “light going on” and she seriously started to consider having children, before pal Rosie O’Donnell offered some adoption advice. 

Another inspiration for adopting children actually came from Falco’s dog. As she told Parade, Falco and her dog, Marley, had a “kind of love [she] had never known.” She went on to explain how strong she felt this owner and pet connection was, despite not actually being, of course, the biological mother of the dog, and said, “She made me realize I wanted to adopt children.” Falco further clarified to Vulture that at 40 years old, she was single and “was clearer about wanting kids than about wanting a partner at the time.”

Where you won't find Edie Falco

For a 2013 ad campaign by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), Edie Falco appeared as a spokeswoman and urged families to stay away from the circus, citing alleged abuse to elephants by the Ringling Bros. Circus and Barnum & Bailey Circus companies. She has since continued to speak out against animal abuse in support of the non-profit by appearing in other campaigns. In an interview with Brief Take, Falco said her “heart is drawn to” working with PETA and other animal protection organizations.

A 2019 report by Page Six highlighted how Falco had continued her crusade against reported animal cruelty, this time in her birthplace of Brooklyn, N.Y. The publication cited a letter from Falco — which she wrote on behalf of PETA — that requested the end of fishing clinics. In these clinics, attendees would catch and release fish into the East River at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Falco claimed that the practice was ultimately damaging to the wildlife.

As Falco told Parade in 2017, she had been a vegetarian for 16 years and a vegan for eight months at the time of the interview.

The Sopranos was unwatchable for Falco

Despite The Sopranos being one of the most famous and influential TV series ever, its main actress has never seen all the episodes. After the show cemented itself in history, Edie Falco decided to rewatch it with co-star Aida Turturro — who played Janice Soprano. As Falco explained on the Bullseye with Jesse Thorn show, 20 years after the pilot episode aired, Falco and Turturro started watching from the very beginning … but only made it four episodes in before deciding to stop: “We couldn’t do it. It was just too much; it was too emotionally fraught, you know? We were all so young and we remember how nervous we were in the beginning.” She concluded by admitting she didn’t quite have a true perspective on the show compared to fans who’d watched the series.

As Falco emphasized to Uproxx, rewatching the show was just too much to handle. It was especially difficult to see herself alongside the deceased actor and star of the show, James Gandolfini.

Can you guess Edie Falco's religion?

Edie Falco is open about her religious beliefs in interviews. During an onstage chat with Arianna Huffington at Fortune magazine’s Brainstorm Health Conference, Falco talked about being Buddhist. As the actress explained, she had been studying Buddhism for 25 years at the time of the 2019 interview, and said that because of her beliefs, her “life has changed for the better.” She also talked about how meditation, rituals, and prayers had become a big part of her life.

How did The Sopranos star get into Buddhism? As Falco told Vulture, she saw a flyer on a telephone pole in New York City that was an advertisement for meditation classes. She remembered “it felt a little cult-y,” adding that people at her first class were “smiling a little too much, and that scared [her].” This didn’t matter, however, as she connected with the meditation teachings and transitioned into studying Buddhism.

Falco also talked to The Guardian about her Buddhist beliefs, especially the afterlife. She hoped that in accord with her religion, she will be reborn as another human, but clarified, “I hope it’s not an actor next time.”

College ignited Falco's destructive behavior

During a discussion at the Fortune Brainstorm Health Conference, Arianna Huffington talked with Edie Falco about the actress’ previous struggle with addiction. Revealing that she was a recovered alcoholic, Falco explained that she went to college with other actors who would party and heavily drink — but she couldn’t stop drinking once she left school. That, coupled with the fact that she came from family tree with a long line of addicts, Falco said, “It became clear pretty quickly that this already … had a hold on me.” She added that many of her friends got sober and showed her what a nonalcoholic lifestyle could be like. Falco confirmed that she always goes to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on her sobriety anniversary. At the time of this interview in 2019, Falco was 27 years sober.

Falco had quit drinking before filming The Sopranos, which made her feel like an outsider, she told New York Magazine. As the actress explained, much of the cast would go to wild parties. “What it really does,” she said, “it makes me feel lonely.” While the parties looked fun, Falco knew her tendencies and believed that attending would be “too dangerous.”

Edie Falco's life as a struggling actress

While speaking with the Bullseye with Jesse Thorn show, Edie Falco said she actually got into Purchase College as a liberal arts student. However, after she was forced to go home to recover from mononucleosis and hepatitis during her freshman year, the future actress — who’d been observing a high school friend in the school’s theater department — decided to audition.

At the end of her college career, Falco auditioned for casting producers, which landed her an agent and an acting job right after graduation. Her career choice seemed to be working out — or rather not, as Falco said, “I did this movie, and I didn’t work for five years after that.” According to Vulture, Falco would rollerblade to auditions. She revealed on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn that she struggled to pay rent and worked in restaurants to make ends meet. When she called her agent up one day, the receptionist informed Falco that he had left the industry to go into real estate — never bothering to tell the actress. 

Of course, Falco ended up landing movie and TV roles, which all led her towards the part of Carmela Soprano on The Sopranos. When she received the good news, she was mostly relieved that she could pay off her student loans, which was “beyond [her] wildest dreams.”

Her Sopranos costume was a little much for Falco

For her role as Carmela Soprano on The Sopranos, Edie Falco loved how different the character was from her personality. Part of the role was the New Jersey mob wife look — that is, the stereotypical nails, makeup, and hair. “I’d be in [hair and makeup] for two hours between the hair curling and straightening and pinning and tons of make-up and the nails to put on and the jewelry, and the costume itself,” she told NPR. “There was a whole order in which I had to do these things.” 

We definitely have a sense of the amazing detail put into this fictional character — but there’s one thing we left out. Falco said on the Bullseye with Jesse Thorn show that she auditioned for the role with a tan since it was summertime. The producers told her to keep the tan, so Falco kept putting on orange creams and going to tanning salons. “It got to be too much,” she admitted, “so I slowly just started making her less tan, and nobody ever said anything.” 

As for getting those “phenomenally long” fingernails glued on, Falco said it was “fun” to keep them on permanently in the beginning. However, in a scenario we sadly missed, the TV star found herself chopping wood at a cabin with the long nails on and decided to switch to temporary nails for the show.

Remembering Edie Falco's on-screen husband

James Gandolfini and Edie Falco played husband and wife for eight years on one of the most iconic TV shows ever, The Sopranos. When talking about Gandolfini — the actor, not his mob boss character — Falco told Vulture that the two had busy lives and never really talked outside of filming. However, once the cameras started rolling, Falco would immediately see her husband and not a fictional character. She explained that this separation from real-life small talk helped “keep the experience very real.” As Falco summed up in an interview for the Emmy Foundation, this on-screen bond was “as real of a relationship as I’ve had.” 

After Gandolfini’s death in 2013, Falco remembered her time working with the actor. During her interview on the Bullseye with Jesse Thorn show, the titular host played a clip from The Sopranos featuring Falco and Gandolfini, which ended with the actor punching a hole in a wall. Falco said it was “surprisingly difficult to hear Jim’s voice.” She went on to explain how he ad-libbed the punching, noting that this spontaneity was one of the many reasons she enjoyed working alongside “Jimmy.”

According to Rolling Stone, Falco gave a touching tribute to the late, great Gandolfini at the 2013 Emmy Awards ceremony.

How much does Edie Falco earn?

In addition to her critical acclaim, accolades, and steady work as a TV vet actress, Edie Falco is also making bank. 

For her role on The Sopranos, the New York Post reports that Falco was allegedly making roughly $500,000 per episode by the final season. Meanwhile, her next major role as the title character in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie reportedly earned Falco $175,000 per episode (via TV Guide). On top of her on-screen paychecks, Falco also appears to have made some cash from real estate, as reported by Variety, after selling her New York City property in 2012.

Her monetary success hasn’t been lost on others. As Falco explained to The Wall Street Journal, certain people she was no longer in touch with “emailed her asking for money.” Understandably, she noted that it’s difficult to stay close with those who see her as an ATM.

So, what did Falco do with all this money? She once told Racked that she regretted once buying a trampoline for exercising because she had no space to store the not-so-mini thing in a New York apartment. Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Falco bought her own dress for the 2014 Golden Globes. With a reported net worth of $40 million to her name, she clearly had enough money to buy the red silk Lanvin dress, which likely cost several thousand dollars.

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Mother's photos of her son reveal toll of heroin and meth addiction

The ‘face of heroin and meth’: Mother shares heartbreaking photos of her drug-addicted son taken just seven months apart revealing his horrific descent from healthy and athletic to gaunt and emaciated

  • Mom Jennifer Salfen-Tracy posted harrowing before and after image of her son
  • Images show Cody Bishop looking healthy, then thin and gaunt just months later
  • Salfen-Tracy describes her son as the ‘face of heroin and meth’ in her viral post
  • Pair have not spoken in weeks and she believes he is living homeless in Las Vegas

A mother has shared heartbreaking pictures of her son showing how he became emaciated and gaunt after spiraling into drug addiction.

Jennifer Salfen-Tracy posted before and after images of Cody Bishop taken just seven months apart.

In the first he is pictured looking athletic and fresh-faced, but in the second image Bishop’s face appears more gaunt and his emaciated body looks much thinner, with track marks from intravenous injecting clearly visible along his lower arms.

The 26-year-old, who previously played high school sports, is almost unrecognizable as his mother describes him as the ‘face of heroin and meth’ in her viral post on Wednesday.

Cody Bishop pictured (above) in an image posted on social media by his mother shows him gaunt and emaciated with track marks along his forearms from heroin addiction 

Salfen-Tracy revealed she had not seen her son in weeks and believes he is deep in a spiral of addiction, probably living on the streets somewhere in Las Vegas. 

The distraught mother, from Wentzville, Missouri, said she decided to share her story because many people in her community has been asking about her eldest son.  

In her social media post that has been shared more than 40,000 times, Salfen-Tracy wrote: ‘These pictures were taken 7 months apart.

‘The face of heroin and meth……is reality for so many people and families in this world today.’

Bishop was an athlete who graduated from Wentzville Holt High School, Missouri, in 2011, according to KSDK. 

His Facebook page states he started a job at All Inclusive Concrete Systems in March.

But Salfen-Tracy revealed that he is now homeless in Las Vegas and she has not heard from him in weeks.

A missing persons page said Bishop had previously been reported missing to Las Vegas Police in May after his family reported concerns for his wellbeing. 

Just seven months earlier 26-year-old Bishop looked healthy and fresh-faced in a ‘before’ picture his mother posted on Facebook 

She added that Bishop is also a father and finds it difficult to understand how someone who has children ‘who love and need them live the life they do’.

Salfen-Tracy wrote: ‘Cody is still homeless in Las Vegas and I have not heard from him in weeks now.

‘Hearing how bad he is doing is hard but not hearing at all is worse. The unknown is what makes a person not sleep at night.

‘It is hard to understand how someone who has families and children who love and need them live the life they do.

‘I have turned it over to God and pray that he decides he is tired of living like this and wants to come home to get help.

‘Through social media I have came along so many great people that have crossed his path over time through his past rehab.’

Salfen-Tracy added many families suffer in silence with relatives who are addicted and are too afraid to share their experiences.   

Jennifer Salfen-Tracy described her son as the ‘face of heroin and meth’ in her heartbreaking Facebook post

She wrote: ‘I am hesitant on sharing but many people ask how things are going so I feel I should share. 

‘I have learned along this path that so many people and families deal with the same heartache but just do not talk about it.

‘This is a true issue in our world today that we need to pull together and focus on to fix instead of the government worrying about and spending all their money on throwing each other under the bus.’

Since her post went viral, Salfen-Tracy said she has received messages from people in the middle looking for help and advice about their own addition. 

She finished her post with a plea for her son to call her, adding: ‘Cody if you see this please call us…we love you!’

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