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Nebraska Community Foundation Hometown Interns

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - This summer’s group of Nebraska Community Foundation Hometown Interns is the largest yet, with 23 students serving in paid internships in 16 communities. University of Nebraska-Lincoln student Paige Kniep didn’t know she wanted to return home until completing her Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF) Hometown Internship...
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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Mind Over Murder’ On HBO, A Docuseries About Notorious ‘Beatrice Six’ Murder Case

Mind Over Murder, directed by Nanfu Wang, is a six-part docuseries about the “Beatrice Six” case. In 1985, 68-year-old Helen Wilson was sexually assaulted and murdered in her apartment in the small Nebraska town of Beatrice (pronounced “bee-A-trice”). Six people — Joseph White, Thomas Winslow, Ada JoAnn Taylor, Debra Shelden, James Dean and Kathy Gonzalez — were found guilty of the murder, but in 2008 were all exonerated via DNA evidence. MIND OVER MURDER: STREAM IT OR SKIP IT? Opening Shot: Scenes from rural Nebraska, with ominous music playing over them. The Gist: Many of the Beatrice Six still claim to have memories of being...
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Leading Off: HBO documentary on Beatrice Six reopens a wound that just won't heal

From acclaimed filmmaker Nanfu Wang, the HBO Original six-part documentary series #MindOverMurder chronicles the bizarre and psychologically complex story of six individuals who were convicted for the 1985 murder of a beloved 68- year-old grandmother, Helen Wilson, in Beatrice, Nebraska. Despite five of the individuals originally confessing to the crime, the “Beatrice Six” as they became known, were exonerated by DNA evidence in 2009, a turn of events that divided the rural town and incensed the family of Helen Wilson. As the filmmakers track the case from the murder, through investigation, trial, exoneration and two civil suits, shifting perspectives cloud the truth; a stranger-than-fiction tale emerges that raises salient questions about the reliability of confessions and memory in criminal cases.

“I Never Saw This as a ‘True Crime’ Series”: Nanfu Wang on HBO Docuseries Mind Over Murder

One of the more surprising revelations in the provocatively titled six-part docuseries Mind Over Murder has nothing to do with the sad tale presented onscreen of the “Beatrice Six,” as the three men and three women convicted (and ultimately absolved) of killing a beloved grandma in Beatrice, Nebraska back in 1985 came to be known. Instead, the surprise comes when the end credits disclose the story is being revisited by none other than critically-acclaimed director Nanfu Wang (In the Same Breath, One Child Nation), not exactly a usual suspect for the sensationalist true crime genre.

Is Helen Wilson’s Apartment From Mind Over Murder Still Standing?

If you’ve seen HBO’s new true-crime docuseries Mind Over Murder about the 1985 murder of 68-year-old Beatrice, Nebraska grandmother Helen Wilson, you may be wondering what became of the apartment where she was murdered. Yes, it is still standing. Director Nanfu Wang visited Apartment 4 at 212 N....

A nice afternoon, followed by renewed rain chances Thursday

We’re watching some isolated rain moving across portions of southern Nebraska as of early Wednesday. These showers are few and far between, and we cannot rule out a few of these mainly south of I-80 near communities like Beatrice, Hebron, and Fairbury on Wednesday morning. As the day progresses,...

Western Heights audit shows employees

The Western Heights Public Schools Fiscal Year 2020-2021 financial audit came to light Tuesday and contains 19 significant deficiencies, including employees being under and overpaid, a lack of internal controls for federal program revenue and expenditure reporting, and an unauthorized $25,000 bonus paid to suspended district Superintendent Mannix Barnes. “It is hardly surprising that auditors…


Larry G. Bohling of Beatrice, NE passed away the morning of June 9th at the age of 74. He was born on April 2, 1948 in Auburn, NE to Wilbert and Lois (Gess) Bohling and graduated from Johnson High School in 1966. For several years after high school, he worked as a farmer until eventually moving to Beatrice, NE to raise his family and start a career as an engineer for Agrium. Larry enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and even people he had just met. His kind nature meant that he could often be found chatting with anyone who would take the time to listen to his heartwarming stories and witty sense of humor.

Southeast CC offers ‘Prep 4 Success’ courses for new students

A number of Southeast Community College students are spending their summer getting an edge in the “Prep 4 Success” program put on by the Tutoring and Transitions Center at the College. “The purpose of Prep 4 Success is to help new students get questions answered, meet new people...
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Lawrence, Ohiowa among fire departments awarded life-saving equipment

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Farmers and grain handlers know all too well how quickly entering a grain bin can turn deadly. So to help, dozens of fire departments across the country are receiving some life-saving equipment. Nationwide announced 58 fire departments will receive grain rescue tubes and hands-on training. Two...

Padgett named state champ in forensics event

Hanover High School students completed at state forensics in Salina on May 7. At State Champs, Lyndee Padgett was named State Champion in original oration, and Elaina White placed third in serious solo. At State Festival, Cora Coufal earned a I Rating in informative, and Ceegan Atkins earned a I Rating in prose. Others who performed at State Champs were: Ayden Olguin in poetry, and Michelle…