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Roommates Film Their Harrowing Escape From Deadly California Wildfire: ‘My Eyes Are Burning’

Harrowing phone camera footage brings the life threatening California wildfires in full view. CBS13 in Sacramento aired the footage and spoke to the men who filmed it, Mike Vien and his roommate Leighton Smith. The incident occurred at the Cascade fire, which as of last week had burned over 12,000 acres of land.

Vien and Smith were at the home they shared in Loma Rica, California when the lights began to flicker and they knew something was wrong. “It went dark and then it got really, really bright,” Vien says of their nighttime escape. Gathering their pet dogs and getting into one of their Ford Expedition, the found the fire coming straight at them as they went outdoors. “It didn’t look real, honestly. It looked fake,” says Vien. “It looked like something that should be in a movie.”

“We’re going to die dude, we got to get out of here,” Vien

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Join ‘Martinis & Murder’ For Their First Ever Live Show In New York City

Are you one of the thousands of fans who listens to our very own true crime podcast Martinis Murder every week? Ever wish you were in the room sipping martinis with them as they discuss the latest murder? If so, your dreams are about to come true!

Hosts John Thrasher and Daryn Carp will be recording a live show at Carolines On Broadway in New York City on Thursday, September 28 at 7:30pm. If you are in the New York City area and a fan of the show this is going to be a must-see! The hosts will be recording a live show, sipping martinis, and interacting with the audience. Will Matt’s identity finally be revealed during the live show? You’ll have to show up to find out!

Tickets for Martinis Murder at Carolines on Broadway can be purchased directly from Carolines on Broadway’s website here.

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Bravo and Oxygen reach milestones with their podcasts

Podcasting is finally reaching maturity to the point where even IAB is holding an upfront for the industry each year. Bravo and Oxygen launched podcasts in 2016 and 2017 that recently reached a combined 1 million downloads.

The Daily Dish,” enhances Bravo’s cross-platform content, bringing all things Bravo from fans’ screens to their earbuds, breaking down the most-buzzed about moments of the network’s shows from the previous night.”

Martinis Murder, building on Oxygen’s pivot to a crime destination, features an in-depth look at a particular murder or murderer.

Found Remote interviewed Lisa Hsia, EVP of Bravo and Oxygen Digital Media about the rise in the importance of podcasts for the networks.

Found Remote: Why is Podcasting important to Bravo and Oxygen?
Lisa Hsia: We’re constantly looking for fresh ways to adapt our storytelling capabilities and connect with both existing and new audiences. Podcasting has allowed us to do just that, deepening conversations

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August 20, 1989: The Menendez Brothers Killed Their Wealthy Parents

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On August 20, 1989, the Menendez brothers brutally murdered their wealthy parents inside their Beverly Hills mansion. That evening, Jose and Kitty Menendez were tired after a long day of shark fishing on a yacht. Their sons were supposedly out for the night at the local movie theater, so they figured they’d snuggle up and watch The Spy Who Loved Me, a James Bond film. But what happened next was unimaginable.

Jose was shot point-blank in the back of the head with a 12-gauge shotgun, almost decapitating him. Kitty was first shot in the leg. Reportedly, she slipped and fell on her own blood, and was shot several more times on her face and body. In fact, Kitty, a former beauty queen, was unrecognizable after the crime. And both parents were shot in

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Man Charged With Killing Wife For Burning Their Dinner…30 Years After The Murder

Thirty years after Verna O’Neil’s shooting death was ruled a suicide, her now 83-year-old husband has been arrested for her murder.

James O’Neil of Lake Worth, Florida was taken into custody after admitting to his daughter that he shot his wife in the head after an argument over “her excessive drinking and the fact that she had burned their dinner,” as reported in the Palm Beach Post

The O’Neil’s marriage had been an up and down affair. They were divorced in 1981 but remarried three years later. On the evening of July 23, 1987, deputies were called to their home, where they found Verna with a gunshot wound to the head and James “hysterical and hyperventilating, standing in the kitchen talking on the telephone with the 911 dispatcher,” according to a police affidavit. Verna later died at the hospital.

James told investigators he and Verna had fought that night about

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Parents Caught Abusing Their Disabled Kids After Daughter …

A Facebook video caught a pair of parents allegedly abusing some of the disabled children they adopted. John, 55, and Joyce Bell, 57 share nine adopted children together. One of them, Krystal Bell, shot a video which showed screaming and a child being hit. On the video, John can be seen hitting his 16-year-old autistic son while screaming, “I will hit you in the f***ing mouth.”

It wasn’t the first time alleged violence took place in the home. According to WHO-TV, police have responded to the address over 50 times since 2008. In one call, one of the children was “threatening to kill everyone and was hitting a sibling and the father.” In another, the parents were “smacking the brothers around and threatening to put them in the hospital.”

After Krystal gave the video to Watchdog, in addition to others she taped secretly to document abuse, the parents were charged with

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Parents Caught Abusing Their Disabled Kids After Daughter Secretly Films Facebook Video Of The Assault

A Facebook video caught a pair of parents allegedly abusing some of the disabled children they adopted. John, 55, and Joyce Bell, 57 share nine adopted children together. One of them, Krystal Bell, shot a video which showed screaming and a child being hit. On the video, John can be seen hitting his 16-year-old autistic son while screaming, “I will hit you in the f***ing mouth.”

It wasn’t the first time alleged violence took place in the home. According to WHO-TV, police have responded to the address over 50 times since 2008. In one call, one of the children was “threatening to kill everyone and was hitting a sibling and the father.” In another, the parents were “smacking the brothers around and threatening to put them in the hospital.”

After Krystal gave the video to Watchdog, in addition to others she taped secretly to document abuse, the parents were charged with

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Brothers Caught Murdering Their Roommate After Suspicious Dirt Pile Seen In Backyard

Two New Jersey brothers were indicted on charges that they killed their roommate and buried his body in their backyard, The Newark Star-Ledger reported.

Christopher Costello, 28, and his brother, Bryan Costello, 25, were investigated after a relative of their roommate, Justin Dubois, 23, reported not hearing from him.

Police obtained a search warrant and found Dubois’s body buried in a dirt pile in the Costellos’s backyard. The home is owned by the two Costello brothers’s father.

Both Costello brothers are apparently unemployed, and the Star-Ledger reported that neighbors suspected that the house was used for drug deals. 

It is unclear, however, what the motivation was for the killing.

The Costello brothers were charged with first degree murder, second degree desecration of human remains, and third degree hindering apprehension. They have not yet entered a plea.

[Image: Burlington County Prosecutor]

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Pennsylvania Man Confesses To Killing 4 Men, Burning Their Bodies: "I’m Sorry"

Cosmo DiNardo has confessed to his role in four murders. In a stunning confession, the 20-year-old admitted to killing four men and says that he knows where the bodies are. “I’m sorry,” the jailed inmate said as he left court today, per ABC News. DeNardo was a drug dealer who felt cheated after selling young men marijuana. 

DiNardo’s confession pertains to the disappearance of four men in the Philadelphia area over the past week. At least three of the men knew each other. The body of only one, 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, was identified through remains found in a gravesite on a farm in Solebury Township. The farm belongs to the DiNardo family.

DiNardo has told investigators where the rest of the bodies are. Per CBS News, law enforcement officials say that DiNardo suffers from schizophrenia. They did not release a motive for the crime.

The names of the four missing men are: Jimi Tar Patrick,

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Ex-Prison Guard Accused Of Bullying Neighbors And Their Autistic Son

A retired prison guard is accused of making life difficult for the family of a 23-year-old autistic man who lives on his Staten Island block. New York’s Daily News reports the NYC Commission on Human Rights filed complaints against Patrick Kilbane, a former state Corrections Department sergeant. The complaint claims Kilbane and his daughter Erin harassed neighbors George and Nicole Palesano and their 23-year-old son, who is autistic.

The Palesanos and Kilbanes live across the street from each other on a dead end road on Staten Island. According to the complaint, in 2008 Kilbane placed a log with a pole and flag on it along the curb in front of his house, making it difficult for their son’s school bus to turn around. He also allegedly would scream at bus drivers, yelling offensive remarks. Following complaints by the Palesanos, the city Parks Department removed the log in 2015, however,

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