Monthly Archives: February 2017

Lehigh Valley murder case to be spotlighted on primetime TV

EASTON, Pa. – It was a case that sounded like a made-for-TV movie; a man kills his stepdaughter and then abuses her corpse to fulfill a fantasy.

But sadly, the Jessica Padgett case was all too real. It’s back in the spotlight on primetime TV.

Northampton County District Attorney, John Morganelli, remembers hearing about the young mother who disappeared in Allen Township, Northampton County, in 2014.

“We started off basically with a brief video of a vehicle which we thought was Mr. Graf’s vehicle,” Morganelli said. “And from that point forward other information was developed.”

The evidence led investigators to Gregory Graf.

Graf, Jessica Padgett’s stepfather, would be convicted of murdering her and then recording himself sexually abusing the corpse.

“When you have good investigation, and good investigators to get the job done, it makes our job easy, and it leads to a six minute verdict,” Morganelli said.

Morganelli believes that’s why the Investigation Discovery channel series, “See No

Read more at: http://www.wfmz.com/news/lehigh-valley/primetime-tv-to-spotlight-lehigh-valley-murder-case/366381567

Marino considers mayoral run – News – The Evening Tribune …

HORNELL — In a matter of just a few days, the City of Hornell went from having the state’s longest-serving mayor to having a potential race for the position on its hands this November.

On Wednesday, Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan announced that he would not seek a ninth term of office. 

On Thursday, Hornell native and current star of the Investigation Discovery true-crime series “Homicide Hunter,” Carl Marino, expressed interest in running for mayor of Hornell via Twitter.

In response to The Evening Tribune’s on social media announcing Deputy Mayor John Buckley’s intention to run for the position, Marino tweeted, “Considering it myself … I love my hometown and want to see it prosper. I could bring so much.”

Buckley’s announcement came at the 75th annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday evening, where 130 local Republican Party supporters gathered to hear a localized version of the party’s

Read more at: http://www.eveningtribune.com/news/20170228/marino-considers-mayoral-run

Marino considers mayoral run

HORNELL — In a matter of just a few days, the City of Hornell went from having the state’s longest-serving mayor to having a potential race for the position on its hands this November.

On Wednesday, Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan announced that he would not seek a ninth term of office. 

On Thursday, Hornell native and current star of the Investigation Discovery true-crime series “Homicide Hunter,” Carl Marino, expressed interest in running for mayor of Hornell via Twitter.

In response to The Evening Tribune’s on social media announcing Deputy Mayor John Buckley’s intention to run for the position, Marino tweeted, “Considering it myself … I love my hometown and want to see it prosper. I could bring so much.”

Buckley’s announcement came at the 75th annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday evening, where 130 local Republican Party supporters gathered to hear a localized version of the party’s

Read more at: http://www.eveningtribune.com/news/20170228/marino-considers-mayoral-run

True Crime Steals Viewers for Advertisers

CRIME PAYS when it comes to networks and advertisers looking to reach female viewers.

ID: Investigation Discovery, with true-crime focused programming including Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, Is O.J. Innocent: The Missing Evidence, Murder Calls and Evil Lives Here, was the No. 1 cable network for women 25-54 in January.

Primetime ratings were up 9% among women 25-54 and 13% among women 18-49.

ID’s growth since its launch nine years ago has made it increasingly attractive to advertisers. With the upfront market — a time when cable networks sell more than half of their commercial inventory — approaching, ID is also drawing new competition, notably from Comcast’s NBCUniversal, which said in February that its Oxygen network will become a crime destination network for women, featuring new programming from Law Order creator Dick Wolf.

“I think they’ve seen the success we’ve had from both a ratings and an [advertiser] demand perspective,” Scott Kohn, senior

Read more at: http://www.multichannel.com/true-crime-steals-viewers-advertisers/411141

Brenda Gerow: ID’s ‘Who Killed Jane Doe?’, John Kalhauser, Arizona Desert Murder

The cold case murder of Brenda Gerow will air on Investigation Discovery’s latest crime docu-series Who Killed Jane Doe? The show examines cases of missing crime victims, whose bodies eventually turn up with no way of identifying the victim. Authorities say that’s exactly what happened to Brenda Marie Gerow, who vanished without a trace in the early 1980s. For 34 years, her crime was unsolved until DNA evidence and the latest technology helped crack the case. John Kalhauser, the victim’s former friend, is the man police believe committed the murder. On Who Killed Jane Doe’s episode, “Girl Gone West,” you’ll hear from Pima County, Arizona, police detectives and KVOA news reporter Lupita Murillo.

Sun-Scorched Body In The Desert Near Fairgrounds: Who Killed Jane Doe?

On ID’s Who Killed Jane Doe?, detectives will describe the day in 1981 when they found the body of a woman in the Arizona desert. The

Read more at: http://www.inquisitr.com/4020140/brenda-gerow-ids-who-killed-jane-doe-john-kalhauser-arizona-desert-murder/

2 Lehigh Valley murder cases explored this week on TV

Two shows premiering in the next week on the Investigation Discovery channel offer a look at Lehigh Valley murder cases.

The father and sister of victim Jessica Padgett said they were not made aware of the episode of “See No Evil” premiering Wednesday night about their loved one’s murder.

“If I would have turned on the TV that night and saw that I would have gone through the roof,” said Thomas Kaczmar, Padgett’s father.

He learned of the show from his daughter, Kristi Davis, whom lehighvalleylive.com had reached out to for comment. She didn’t know it was airing, either.

“At this point, I wish they would do a show that focused on her life and how awesome of a person she was and how she affected everyone she came into contact with … instead of what he did to her,” Davis said.

Padgett, a 33-year-old mother of three from Whitehall Township, was fatally shot Nov.

Read more at: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/02/2_lehigh_valley_murder_cases_e.html

Missing toddler’s father says he would never hurt his son after …

IDAHO FALLS — The father of missing Idaho Falls toddler DeOrr Kunz Jr. says he would never hurt or do anything to his child, despite what his ex-girlfriend says in a newly released video.

Vernal DeOrr Kunz spoke with EastIdahoNews.com on Monday after learning Jessica Mitchell, his ex-girlfriend, made claims about him in a nearly eight-minute long Investigation Discovery video.

“I believe DeOrr’s father could have hurt him,” Mitchell says in the video. “He’s living his life like it’s nothing and I’m falling apart every day.”

Mitchell and Kunz were camping with Mitchell’s grandfather, Robert Walton, and Isaac Reinwand, a friend of Walton’s, at Timber Creek Campground in Lemhi County in July 2015 when DeOrr vanished.

After numerous searches of the campground and surrounding areas, no clues of DeOrr’s whereabouts have ever been found.

In January 2016, former Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman named Kunz and

Read more at: https://www.ksl.com/?sid=43326464&nid=148

DeOrr’s father disputes claims in new video that he could hurt his child

IDAHO FALLS — The father of missing Idaho Falls toddler DeOrr Kunz Jr. says he would never hurt or do anything to his child, despite what his ex-girlfriend says in a newly released video.

Vernal DeOrr Kunz spoke with EastIdahoNews.com on Monday after learning Jessica Mitchell, his ex-girlfriend, made claims about him in a nearly eight-minute long Investigation Discovery video.

“I believe Deorr’s father could have hurt him,” Mitchell says in the video. “He’s living his life like it’s nothing and I’m falling apart every day.”

Mitchell and Kunz were camping with Mitchell’s grandfather, Robert Walton, and Isaac Reinwand, a friend of Walton’s, at Timber Creek Campground in Lemhi County in July 2015 when DeOrr vanished.

After numerous searches of the campground and surrounding areas, no clues of DeOrr’s whereabouts have ever been found.

In January 2016, former Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman named Kunz and Mitchell as suspects in DeOrr’s disappearance, but the

Read more at: http://www.eastidahonews.com/2017/02/deorrs-father-disputes-claims-in-new-video-that-he-could-hurt-his-child/

The Parade Preview: What to Watch, Rent or Buy Feb. 27 – March 5

All times Eastern.

MONDAY, Feb. 27
The Obama Years: The Power of Words
Over eight years as Chief of State, Barack Obama delivered more than 3,500 speeches and statements. This one-hour special takes viewers through the defining moments of his presidency through his most memorable moments at the speaker’s podium, with commentary from historians and key members of his inner circle, including former advisors, strategists and speechwriters (8 p.m., Smithsonian Channel).

When We Rise
Guy Pierce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths and Michael K. Williams headline the cast of this miniseries based on the real-life personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse group of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the most recent legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement (9 p.m., ABC).

TUESDAY, Feb. 28
Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern
The renowned foodie explores the cuisine of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, sampling pork shoulder cooked underground, hearty pastries

Read more at: https://parade.com/546366/npond/the-parade-preview-what-to-watch-rent-or-buy-feb-27-march-5/

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