Is Black Bird a true story? Real events of Jimmy Keene

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The crime drama stars two award-winning actors; Taron Egerton and the late Ray Liotta



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Taron Egerton as Jimmy Keene in the TV series Black Bird.

Some crime Dramas are so shocking that you wouldn’t believe the events could happen in real life, but they did.

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Such a TV Show inspired by true life events is Black bird.

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The show shows how in the United States In the 1990s, convicted drug dealer Jimmy Keene was able to secure his parole from prison.

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He made a deal with authorities that led him to befriend suspected serial killer Larry Hall and get him to confess to his crimes.

So what is the full true story behind Black Bird, how to watch it, who is starring in it and where are Keene and Hall now?

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Here’s everything you need to know.

Taron Egerton as Jimmy Keene in the TV series Black Bird.

What is Black Bird about?

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Black Bird is a crime drama that tells the true story of convicted American drug dealer Jimmy Keene.

In the 1990s, the FBI offered him his freedom in exchange for extracting a confession from suspected serial killer Larry Hall and finding out where his victims were buried.

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Keene decides to accept the offer, but some wonder if the killer is telling the truth or just making up stories.

This dramatic and compelling story subverts the crime genre by enlisting the help of those behind bars to solve their mysteries.

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It is based on the 2010 autobiographical novel In With The Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer, and A Dangerous Bargain for Redemption by James Keene

Who is playing in Black Bird?

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Jimmy Keene is played by Golden Globe winner Taron Egerton, best known for his roles in the British television series The Smoke (2014), the action comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and the film Rocketman (2019).

Larry Hall is portrayed by Paul Walter Hauser. He is an actor and producer, known for I, Tonya (2017), BlacKkKlansman (2018) and Richard Jewell (2019).

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Keene’s father, Big Jim Keene, is played by the late Ray Liotta, who passed away in May 2022. Emmy Award winner Liotta was known for his roles in Goodfellas (1990), Narc (2002) and Revolver (2005).

What is the true life story behind Black Bird?

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Jimmy Keene was a high school football hero and decorated cop’s son when he was sentenced to 10 years of minimum security prison for drug trafficking.

He was presented with a sensational choice; Enter a maximum security prison for the insane criminal and befriend suspected serial killer Larry Hall in exchange for his release, or stay where he is and serve out his full sentence with no possibility of parole.

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Keene decides he wants to try to get a confession out of Hall and find out where the bodies of up to 18 young girls and women are buried before the killer’s appeal goes through.

After a thorough investigation, the authorities had previously managed to extract a confession from Hall.

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However, he later went back on his confession, claiming that he was not guilty of any crimes and that his earlier admission of guilt was related to disturbing dreams he was having.

Hall was arrested for the murder of a young girl in 1995 when enough evidence was gathered to convict him. He received a life sentence without parole.

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Still, investigators wanted to extract a confession from him on other murders they suspected of him. That’s where Keene came in.

At first, Keene didn’t want to go undercover, but he changed his mind after his father, Big Jim, suffered a life-threatening stroke.

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After five months, Keene managed to gain Hall’s trust and began asking him about his crimes.

He even suggested that he would remain friends with him regardless of whether he confessed to multiple alleged murders.

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Hall went on to confess to Keene that he had killed another girl, and Keene then came across Hall with a map showing the alleged whereabouts of several of his alleged victims.

Keene left a message for his contact at the FBI and, believing he would soon be out of prison, then blew his cover and told Hall exactly what he thought of him.

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However, the FBI did not get Keene’s message and he was placed in solitary confinement.

When he was released from custody, Hall’s map showing the locations of his alleged victims was gone.

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Despite this fact, Keene was released from prison in early 1999 and his criminal record was expunged.

Where is Jimmy Keene now?

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Keene published his memoir In With The Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer, and A Dangerous Bargain for Redemption about his experiences in 2010.

He continues to do his best to be an active part of any book, film or series that explores what happened to ensure truthfulness and he is in fact the executive producer of Black Bird.

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Where is Larry Hall now?

Hall remains in a maximum security prison, where he is expected to remain for the rest of his life.

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He has since confessed to several more murders, only to have his confessions retracted.

When will Black Bird be released?

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Black Bird will be released on Friday July 8th, 2022.

The first two episodes will be released on Friday, July 8th, and the other four episodes will be released weekly thereafter.

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Is there a trailer for Black Bird?

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