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‘On the precipice of being a real business’: NBCU’s Oxygen wants to make money from podcasts

NBCUniversal’s Oxygen Media has been in the podcasting business for two years, but this is the year that the cable network hopes that business becomes a real source of revenue.

Since its debut in January 2017, episodes of Oxygen’s flagship podcast, “Martinis Murder” — a weekly talk show focused on true crime stories — have been downloaded more than 8 million times, according to Lisa Hsia, evp of digital for Bravo, Oxygen and Universal Kids Media. However, with the exception of one-off series tied to its TV programming, “Martinis Murder” remains Oxygen’s sole regular podcast show because the company is still waiting to see whether podcasting can generate meaningful revenue before it looks to add more shows and enter the podcast network business, Hsia said.

Read more at: https://digiday.com/media/nbcus-oxygen-boosts-podcast-promotion-hopes-turning-real-business/

Full Lineup Announced for the New York City Edition of ‘Death Becomes Us’

BYT Media today announces full programming for the New York City edition of Death Becomes Us – A True Crime Festival. The multi day event is the second edition of the festival, which saw its premiere edition in Washington D.C. in 2018. It is also the first of its kind in New York City, expecting to attract upwards of 6,000 attendees across its venues, which include Gramercy Theatre, Town Hall, Nitehawk Cinema, Strand Bookstore and more between March 20-24th, with warm up events and content leading up to it.

Festival all access passes sold out the first week, with individual shows on sale now and more announcements coming soon.

In recent years, true crime has gone from (mostly) sensationalist fare to prestige entertainment. Shows and podcasts like “Serial,” “My Favorite Murder,” “Making a Murderer,” “Evil Genius,” “Last Podcast on The

Read more at: https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Full-Lineup-Announced-for-the-New-York-City-Edition-of-Death-Becomes-Us-20190220

Our addiction to true crime has a human cost


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Belle Wuthrich

It was as if someone stopped the music in the middle of a party.

In the fall of 2014, millions of people suddenly found themselves gripped by a new addiction: Serial, a podcast from the creators of the popular public-radio program This American Life, was investigating the 1999 murder of a Maryland high-school senior named Hae Min Lee. Every Thursday morning, another episode would drop online, raising more questions about the guilt of Lee’s ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, who had been sentenced to life plus 30 years for the crime. Listeners would gobble up the instalment and then hit discussion boards to parse the tantalizing new clues, a cacophonous flock of amateur Philip Marlowes chasing a real-life mystery.

But in early November, someone purporting to be Lee’s brother

Read more at: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/article-true-crime-is-booming-as-entertainment-how-do-victims-and-families/

Johnsonville Sausage Factory Worker Allegedly Put Wire Connector And Cigarette Papers Into Food

You really don’t want to know how these sausages were made.

A Johnsonville Sausage factory work in Wisconsin allegedly stuffed a wire connector and cigarette papers into food on the job, authorities said.

Jonathan Lane allegedly put cigarette paper into one piece of meat on March 25 at the Sheboygan Falls factory, and the wire connector into another sausage link three days later, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

In both cases, Lane alerted his bosses that he discovered contaminated pieces of meat, and the plant had to be closed to remove any affected products.

But surveillance footage allegedly revealed it was Lane who sullied the sausages. The sausages in question never left the facility.

Lane told investigators that if he lost track of the soiled sausages he would have “prayed to God” that a machine or someone else would have noticed it, according to WBAY in Green Bay.

Lane has been charged with two counts of tampering with a consumer

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/jonathan-lane-johnsonville-sausage-factory-worker-wire-connector-cigarette-papers

DNA Helped Catch Golden State Killer Suspect. Now, A Lab Is Trying To Crack 100 Other Cold Cases With ‘Genetic …

After DNA helped crack the decades-old cold case of the Golden State Killer, could it also lead to arrests in other unsolved cases? 

For one case, it already has. And there could be more major breaks on the way.  

The methods used to arrest Golden State Killer suspect Joseph DeAngelo — who was caught after decades on the run thanks to DNA from his trash, paired with genealogy — are already in play for other crimes that once made headlines, including the hunt for another California phantom, the Zodiac Killer.

Parabon NanoLabs, a Virginia DNA engineering company, is working with multiple police agencies to break cold cases. It has uploaded DNA data from about 100 crime scenes to the free genealogy site GEDmatch, Parabon president and CEO Steve Armentrout said. Parabon calls this process “genetic-genealogy.” 

“About 20 percent of those [100 crimes] look like they are going to be directly solvable using genetic-genealogy alone. Another 30 percent of those

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/dna-golden-state-killer-cold-case-zodiac

Announcing PR Daily’s 2018 Digital PR & Social Media Awards finalists

The digital communications and social media industries are always changing.
Those who innovate stand out. We searched for the most talented and
creative campaigns across a variety of industries. More than 100
organizations shared their success with us. We’re excited to announce PR
Daily’s 2018 Digital PR Social Media Awards finalists. Stay tuned for
our winners announcement in late June.

DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVITY

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  • Premier Health Now, Premier Health
  • Cision Blog, Cision
  • Build Awareness with Ghostwritten Physician Blogs, Aha Media Group with
    Inova
  • Ferrovial Content Strategy on Blog, Ferrovial
  • Transform, Microsoft
  • Davey Tree Blog, Davey Tree

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Parkland Survivor David Hogg’s Home Swatted With Prank Hostage Call, Cops Say

Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg was the victim of a swatting attempt after someone made a prank hostage call, police said.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT team rushed to Hogg’s home Tuesday after someone called police claiming that a person broke in with an AR-15 rifle and was holding the family hostage, according to WSVN in Miami. Nobody was home. Instead, Hogg and his family were in Washington D.C., where Hogg was to accept a Robert F. Kenney Human Rights award.

Police determined that Hogg was likely the victim of “swatting,” which is the act of making a prank call to police in an attempt to bring a SWAT team to an intended address. Police are investigating the call to determine who was behind the swatting.

Hogg, 18,  told VICE in March that he had searched for his full name on VoterRecords.com, and found his home address available for

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/parkland-survivor-david-hogg-home-swatted-with-prank-call

Golden State Killer Suspect Joseph DeAngelo May Have Hidden Trove Of ‘Trophies’ From Suspected Crimes

Investigators believe the Golden State Killer suspect may be hiding a huge collection of grim “trophies” in a secret storage locker, recently released documents in the case show.

A gold wedding band, inscribed, “For My Angel 1/11/70.”  Multiple sets of keys. A set of flatware. Drivers licenses. A red women’s bathrobe, size eight. A wooden hairbrush.

The list of items investigators believe suspect Joseph DeAngelo — who has been charged with murdering 12 people in California during the 1970s and 1980s — took from the scenes of his alleged crimes fills page after page of the search warrant filed before his April arrest

“Through the course of the investigation and the review of the original cases, it was determined that numerous personal items had been taken during the burglaries and sexual assaults,” the search warrant reads, before listing hundreds of items — lots of jewelry, a doctors bag, a

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/golden-state-killer-suspect-joseph-deangelo-hidden-trove-trophies

Disney World Project Manager, Legoland Worker Among Men Arrested In Florida Child Porn Sting

Employees of Disney World and Legoland are among eleven Florida men arrested during a child porn sting dubbed “Guardians of Innocence II,” conducted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office computer crime unit.

The Florida sheriff’s office announced the arrests, which were made throughout the month of May, on Tuesday. The men have been charged with crimes ranging from possession to promotion to distribution of child pornography, according to police.

Police filed a whopping 660 felony charges against the suspects in total and they say more charges are pending. One of the men arrested, Roger Catey, 53, works as a project manager in the costumes department at Walt Disney World. After executing a search warrant at Catey’s Davenport home, police allegedly found images of child pornography on his computer, according to a sheriff’s office press release. The victims were as young as three. He’s been charged with 24 counts of child pornography and

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/disney-world-legoland-workers-among-men-arrested-in-child-porn-sting

Fired Employee Suspected In Killing Of Gym Owner With Axe

A fired trainer at a Nashville, Tennessee gym returned to his former place of employment and allegedly murdered a supervisor with a hatchet, according to police.

In the wake of the brutal slaying, a manhunt for the killer is underway.

Domenic Micheli entered the Balance Training facility at the Belle Meade Galleria shopping center in South Nashville at around 7 a.m. on June 4. Security footage showed him pacing around the parking area of the complex. Police say he was holding a hatchet and an unspecified “cutting instrument,” according to the Washington Post.

Micheli then allegedly attacked his former boss Joel Paavola.

“There was a struggle,” Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron, told News Channel 5. “Mr. Paavola obviously tried to defend himself against this attack. But Mr. Micheli was very brutal.”

Following the violent skirmish, Paavola died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital.

Micheli fled from the scene in a

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/Domenic-Micheli-suspected-in-killing-of-gym-owner-with-axe