Indianapolis Monthly December 2019

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dead wrong

“We are not experts.” That’s a disclaimer buried somewhere on the website of iTunes’s No. 1 true-crime podcast, Crime Junkie, whose questionable practices contributing editor Adam Wren investigated this month (p. 94). I’d say that quote is the most self-aware thing produced by the seven-figure business based in Indianapolis: The Crime Junkie hosts are in the middle of a 15-city live-event tour in which, show aft er show, for entertainment purposes, they recount the case of a 6-year-old girl who was kidnapped from her bedroom, murdered, and left by a pile of discarded tires on the outskirts of Tuscon, Arizona. The man authorities believe was responsible is a convicted sex off ender; one shudders to wonder what he might have done to the child before taking her life. Here’s the kicker:…

roll call

“High School Musical dominated my childhood, so Troy Bolton is my dream role. But the basketball skills? The voice? The girl? Those were the three things I desperately lacked when I was in high school.”—DYLAN HUGHES, INTERN“Commander Paul Eddington, played by Kirk Douglas in the epic World War II film In Harm’s Way, which is set in the South Pacific, where my father served. Eddington serves up the immortal lines: ‘Old Rock of Ages, we’ve got ourselves another war. A gut bustin’, mother-lovin’ Navy war.’ As a kid, I thought that was so funny.”—MIKE BOTKIN, PRODUCTION MANAGER“I would have died to play Kim McAfee in Bye Bye Birdie. In junior high, I even learned some of her dances by playing them over and over on the VHS tape. When I…


Natalie Atwell Calendar editor Natalie Atwell always enjoys scouting for events, but December is a particularly fun month. “There’s more to do than you could possibly find time for,” she says. Though she’s a sucker for holiday events, she does try to keep the calendar (p. 22) balanced with tinsel-free options. “Sometimes you’re in the mood for Christmas and sometimes you really aren’t,” she says. Bailey Briscoe Freelance writer Bailey Briscoe reported several of the Best of Indy write-ups (p. 70), but she’s particularly fond of the lemon shakeup at Gavel. She discovered the beverage when she took her niece to the Fountain Square destination. “What else does a teenager order at an artisan coffee shop?” Briscoe says. “She let me try a sip, and I immediately regretted my choice of loose-leaf tea.” Lili…


Our excerpt of Tom LoBianco’s new biography of Mike Pence, which focused on the Access Hollywood incident, was a winner with readers. WHAT ROLE DO YOU EXPECT MIKE PENCE TO PLAY IN THE 2020 ELECTION? “When watching it happen in real time, I also thought there might be a contingency plan. Reminds me that it takes time to really figure things out.”—SEAN HACKBARTH, via Twitter“I know Tom LoBianco from his work in Indiana as a political reporter. He always worked hard at getting the facts right.”—GERARDO GONZALEZ, via Twitter“This is beyond disgusting.”—ANNETTE GRANDE MAGJUKA, via Facebook“Somehow, we elected a guy who bankrupted a casino and a guy who couldn’t keep a gas station above water. Good grief, America.”—MICHAEL WILLIAMS, via Twitter VOTE ON OUR NEXT POLL AT INDIANAPOLISMONTHLY.COM/POLLS…


ESSENTIAL INDIANA SONGS, VOL. 2 We’ve selected a handful of tunes that every Hoosier should know. THE MONTHLY, WEEKLY Hear a recap of the week-that-was in our new joint venture with Drink Culture Podcast. THE YARD AT FISHERS DISTRICT Our guide to navigating the mix of restaurants, shops, and residential spaces. Confessions Your story on the Archbishop (October) brought back bad memories. My family left the Catholic Church for the United Church of Christ 10 years ago precisely because we wanted to express our faith in an environment where we weren’t told specific groups of people were less worthy of a place there. In fact, much of my new church is made up of similar ex-Catholics. We’ve found that once Catholics leave that faith, they tend to leave it completely. The Catholic Church is certainly free to…

singing our praises

Hamilton INDIANAPOLIS LAUNCHED LESLIE ODOM JR.’S CAREER. Well, sort of. The performer, who won a Tony for Hamilton, did his first-ever solo show at The Cabaret in 2013—two years before his role as Aaron Burr sent him into the stratosphere. He’ll be back in town next month at Hilbert Circle Theatre. YOU CAN SPOT A HOOSIER IN THE HAMILTON NATIONAL TOUR. Indiana University and Lutheran High School of Indianapolis alum Julian Ramos is a “swing” in the touring Broadway production that stops by Old National Centre December 10 to 29. That means he’s understudying a bunch of different roles—six, to be exact, from cowardly general Charles Lee to James Reynolds, the husband of Hamilton’s mistress (Ramos’s favorite part). A 25-YEAR-OLD SOUTHSIDER HAS SUNG WITH LINMANUEL MIRANDA. Roncalli High School grad Jordan Donica, who…