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Citizen Jane – Book and Movie Review

August 30, 2009

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Citizen Jane by James Dalessandro with contribution by David Mehnert is a true crime drama written from the victim’s perspective in this Onyx True Crime story about Jane Alexander.

Tom O’Donnell is a con man extraordinaire who would do anything to get what he wants (money) including murdering Jane Alexander’s 88 year old aunt! A true black widower? Who could ask for more even in a fiction, but this was a true story.

Jane Alexander is also the co-founder of Citizens Against Homicide.

In addition to the book mentioned above, The Hallmark Channel is releasing their their very own premier movie based on Jane Alexander’s story, Citizen Jane. I wrote a review of the movie at Blogcritics about the movie:

Citizen Jane is a Hallmark Channel original movie based on a true story of brutal murder, unbelievably bold theft, and one courageous little lady’s search for justice at all odds. Ally Sheedy (of Brat Pack films, as well as War Games and Short Circuit, two of my all-time favorite ’80s movies) beautifully plays Jane Alexander.

Jane has it all. She has a wonderful family, she’s been successful in her personal and financial life. As if that weren’t enough, she also appears to have landed a wonderfully deep and lasting romance with her boyfriend, Tom O’Donnell played by Sean Patrick Flanery (The Dead Zone TV show, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, The Boondock Saints).

But this is not all fun and games. Tom O’Donnell plays for keeps and Jane and her aunt are current subject of his ‘affections!’

Jane Alexander when she realizes that Tom is responsible for her beloved aunt’s death is relentless. Throw in an equally determined Detective Jack Morris played by Meat Loaf Aday and you have quite a mix. Read more here: Movie Review: Citizen Jane on the Hallmark Channel


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