In telling the true story about James Keene, the story is told through the eyes of the former star football player at the high school who led him down the dark road and the way he came to redemption.
It’s quite a journey So what happened? And , more importantly where is he currently?
Here’s everything you should learn about the man who created the show, and his personal life outside of the prison which is the subject of the show.
What did happen to James Keene?
James “Jimmy” Keene lived the first few years of his life living the suburban dream living in Southern Chicago, Illinois.
He was blessed with a father who was a good man who was an police chief. He was destined to have his career in the field as an American footballer. He was dubbed “The The Assassin” in the game. He was one of the most prominent players of the team of his high school in Kankakee Eastridge High.
He decided, however, not to pursue the scholarships that would have brought him out of the state and stayed in Chicago. He was a part of an unpopular group of teenagers and was soon an addict.
In 1996, the house was searched and Keene was detained as part of a major drug sting dubbed Operation Snowplow. He was sentenced to a maximum of 120 months in prison (10 years) with no chance of parole.
Prison life did not go over well with Keene and that’s why Keene was astonished when Larry Beaumont, the same federal prosecutor who had Keene indicted and asked him to listen to the things they were able to discuss.
The offer was simple but risky one: meet the suspected serial killer Larry Hall and get him to confess to at minimum two murders more than the 19 they believed he’d been accountable for, and then you could let him go.
In the moment, Hall appealed his sentence for kidnapping as well as murdering of a teenage There was the possibility that he would be released, and the authorities determined to make sure that didn’t occur.
On the other hand, If Keene did not agree and he did not, he’d be forced to serve his prison sentence in the minimum security prison which was not perfect, but it was largely secure.
Or, Keene could agree, be moved into the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners located in Springfield, Missouri – a state-of-the-art mental health facility with maximum security which housed criminally insane, and who run the risk of dying for the sake of being released many years before.
He’ll need confessions as well as bodies to be located in order to make his plea fully completed.
Keene accepted the offer, and was then transferred into the highest security prison. As time passed, he was successful in his quest to become friends with Hall and bonded with Hall inside the workshop of the prison.
In the meantime, Hall would carve wooden falcons, and then place them on a map that was marked with locations across Illinois and Indiana as well as Wisconsin. If asked about it, Hall said it was to “watch over the dead”.
Keene believed that the map might represent the exact locations of all Hall’s victims and passed this information to the FBI as per instructions. Then, he severed relations with Hall. However, this wasn’t enough and following a heated argument, Hall was in isolation. Hall was able to remove his map as well as anything that was related to it. Then he was back at the beginning.
But, Keene proved popular among the prisoners because of his charisma and charm and became the go-to person for pornography, and also becoming a target of the mobster. He also remained friends with Hall and stayed on his side by standing up to Hall during a TV show, when the prisoner was able to switch the channel Hall was watching.
At the end of the day, Hall confessed to the 1993 murder of Jessie Roach to Keene. Roach was just 19 years old at that time. death. But he was unwilling to reveal to him where to find the body.
What is the status of Jimmy Keene now?
Jimmy Keene is still alive and well. He even managed to get an executive producer’s note and a appearance in the final season of Black Bird.
In 2010 Keene published a book on his experience with Hall named In with the Devil The Fallen Hero A Serial Killer and a Risky Bargain to Redemption (credited to himself as well as journalist and investigative reporter Hillel Levin).
The book was a huge success across the US as Brad Pitt at the time initially being cast as Keene in an adaptation of the movie back in the year 2010. In the twelve years since the book was first re-imagined, it was made into an ongoing series, and is now Black Bird.
In a conversation about the character’s real-life counterpart Taron Egerton revealed to Radio Times :”He was a guest on the series, and was fantastic entertainment, especially during an dramatic, emotional, and intense portion that the show. He’s also a very nice person, and he was happy to see me in the form I was in to portray the character.”
The actor said: “He just seemed really satisfied and happy, and he was also grateful for us taking put in the effort to convey his story in the best possible way.”
Keene has also been featured on numerous TV interviews and specials about his role in Larry Hall’s case. Larry Hall case.