Category Archives: True Crime with Aphrodite Jones

Suspect Convictions Episode 4: True-Crime Experts Give Case Fresh Look

GLT is partnering with the true crime podcast Suspect Convictions to explore the 1998 murder of 3-year-old Bloomington girl Christina McNeil.

Her father was convicted of the crime but has long maintained his innocence, claiming an ex-girlfriend was the real killer—the same woman later convicted in a separate murder. New episodes air Fridays on GLT’s Sound Ideas. You can also subscribe to the podcast.

On this week’s episode of Suspect Convictions, our reporters expand their storytelling to include new perspective from two expert true-crime investigators who have their own questions about the case.

Suspect Convictions reporters Scott Reeder and Willis Kern pause their own reporting to discuss the first three episodes with Aphrodite Jones and Bob Ruff. Those first three episodes covered the discovery of Christina McNeil’s body in 1998, the prosecution’s case against her father Barton and an explanation from Barton’s attorneys at the Illinois Innocence Project about why they

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SHS grad has featured role in new indie horror flick

Actress Tiffany Browne-Tavarez, a 2000 graduate of Salem High School, has a role in the soon-to-be-released feature film “Messenger of Wrath,” a horror/thriller about a neglected 12-year-old girl, Charlotte, who faces masked invaders breaking into her home late one night. While trying to escape, she learns of a far more dangerous threat lurking outside.

The independent film will be released Friday, Oct. 27, on Amazon Prime. It premiered Sept. 7 at Bow Tie Cinemas in Red Bank, N.J. Browne-Tavarez, 35, plays Det. Kana Miyoshi, a tough, wise, diligent law enforcement agent who has had her share of heartache.

“The character works extremely hard, and perhaps still cares for people more than she would like,” Browne-Tavarez said. “She was fun for me to play because her demeanor is so different from roles I normally play. Normally I’m cast as characters who show more warmth, but Kana is more sarcastic and less animated.”

Ryan Callaway,

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Lawyer Scott Rothstein Was ‘Guilty Rich’ But Greed Got Him, ID’s TV …

Former lawyer Scott Rothstein’s Ponzi scheme case airs on Guilty Rich. The Investigation Discovery crime TV show airs tonight. Scott Rothstein’s story was profiled years ago on True Crime with Aphrodite Jones, and it recently aired on Dateline NBC. Scott Rothstein was a rich and prominent attorney at Rothstein, Rosenfeldt, and Adler law firm. The firm is no more. However, the emotional and financial damage the Ponzi scheme heaped upon its victims and investors is still alive and well. Scott Rothstein was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the elaborate $1.2 billion fraud, according to the Sun-Sentinel. ID’s TV show Guilty Rich focuses on the greed that led to the high-rolling attorney’s undoing.



Guilty Rich TV show episode “A Deadly Ambition”

A high-powered lawyer’s secret to success is finally exposed.



Guilty Rich gives viewers a look into the lavish lifestyle former lawyer Scott Rothstein built for himself. The arrogant Bronx-born attorney worked hard,

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Shattered: ID Series Reveals the Effects of Murder on Survivors

“When a stone strikes glass, it cracks in all directions before shattering. Crime is the same. Exploring the ripple effects of a single murder on multiple lives, America’s leading true-crime network Investigation Discovery (ID) presents the all-new series, SHATTERED. Each episode unravels a homicide case through three distinct but connected points of view in intimate first-person interviews with those most affected in the minutes, days, and years that follow. Hear from loved ones, witnesses, and law enforcement – many telling their stories for the first time ever – reflecting on how the past continues to haunt the present. SHATTERED airs Wednesdays at 10/9c beginning August 23, exclusively on ID.

SHATTERED’s unfiltered documentary-style interviews create an intimate connection for the viewer that sometimes break the fourth wall in a way that doesn’t usually happen on ID,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “In a

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Reasonable Doubt: New ID Series Questions Big Courtroom Convictions

(Silver Spring, Md.) – With news stories of overturned convictions and mistrials, and relentless pleas of innocence from inside prisons, a single question haunts every convict’s family: did they really do it? The search for answers is the central focus of ID’s newest series, REASONABLE DOUBT, profiling the gut-wrenching process of reopening a closed case to evaluate findings and either offer the convicted’s family hope for an appeal, or confirm the dark truth that their loved one really is guilty of the most unforgivable crime. To uncover the potentially life-changing truth, two determined investigators approach these controversial cases from two distinctly different perspectives. Chris Anderson, a retired homicide detective, uses his years of hard-hitting investigative experience to track down witnesses, examine crime scenes and confront the convicted one-on-one, while Melissa Lewkowicz, a no-nonsense defense attorney, scours every detail of the trial and questions anyone who testified – or should have.

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Scene of the Crime, The Real Story: Newsmagazines to Premiere in April on ID

In two original newsmagazines coming to Investigation Discovery (ID) this April, Tony Harris and Maria Elena Salinas rely on their instincts and expertise as two of America’s leading journalists to reveal the deeper stories behind crimes that shook communities. In SCENE OF THE CRIME, investigative filmmaker Tony Harris ventures deep into small-town America to pull back the curtain on the often-nefarious players and foreboding places at the center of crimes that happened there. SCENE OF THE CRIME WITH TONY HARRIS sneak peeks Sunday, April 9 at 11/10c on ID, immediately following CASEY ANTHONY: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY, then continues in its regular timeslot of Sundays at 10/9c beginning Sunday, April 16. Then, in THE REAL STORY, join Univision News anchor Maria Elena Salinas as she digs for the true stories behind national headline-making crimes in search of new evidence, unheard perspectives, and updates to the cases. THE REAL STORY WITH

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Discovery Puts Numbers on Direct-to-Consumer Business

Discovery Communications, preparing for an over-the-top world, has signed up thousands of subscribers to its true crime channel offered via Amazon.

During Discovery’s earnings call Tuesday, CEO David Zaslav said that Investigation Discovery’s subscription VOD channel on Amazon—True Crime Files—launched in November is attracting 10,000 new net subscribers per month at $4 per month.

Discovery also launched Destination Unknown, based on its Destination American channel, on Amazon

“In niche categories where we have a dominant consumer and brand advantage, such as ID and Turbo Velocity, we see huge potential to expand these genres on and off the traditional TV screen” using content verticals, SVOD channels and through partnerships, like the one with Amazon, Zaslav said.

He said Discovery plans to launch several niche verticals “as we continue to monetize our library content on a direct-to-consumer basis.”

Kids and science were two other areas where Discovery has intellectual property that could be popular

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Discovering TV’s New Terrain

Never mind the bundle. For Discovery Communications, it’s the platform, baby.

Turning a decade-old cable mantra on its ear — Cox Communications’s “It’s the Bundle, Baby” — Discovery is the latest programmer to test the digital content waters. By going all-in with the August nationwide launch of TV everywhere app Discovery Go and, more recently, striking deals to weave together short-form and long-form content from millennial- targeted websites and subscription video-on-demand, the programmer is looking to attract a younger, hipper and more lucrative audience.

Overseas, Discovery, which generates more than 50% of its revenue outside the U.S., is aggressively leveraging sports rights obtained via its Eurosport networks for a direct-to-consumer offering aimed at attracting and keeping younger viewers.

Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav said Discovery’s digital strategy was actually hatched four years ago as viewership trends were changing toward multiple screens, devices and digital services like Netflix, Amazon and YouTube.

“We looked at the

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Deadly Sins: Season Six Renewal for Investigation Discovery Series

Deadly Sins TV show on Investigation Discovery

There’ll be more Deadly Sins for Investigation Discovery. Recently, the network announced they’ve renewed the series for a sixth season.

Hosted by Darren Kavinoky, the docuseries “recreates two ripped-from-the-headlines crimes that highlight the twisted tangled web woven from gluttony, greed, lust, envy, sloth, wrath and pride.”

Season six of Deadly Sins will debut in 2017.

From Investigation Discovery:

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwired – October 26, 2016) – Deadly Sins, the tantalizing true crime show that breaks down crime to its deadly core, has had five sinfully successful seasons and announces today Investigation Discovery’s hit show will return for a 6th season. Season 6 promises to be bigger than ever as the show continues to draw audiences and engage viewers around the world. Darren Kavinoky, who made a surprise appearance at the network’s 2016 IDCon this summer, will also return

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ID TV special on slain York worker, with Herald columnist, airs tonight

The Investigation Discovery channel show “True Crime with Aphrodite Jones” will air “A Deadly Dream” at 9 p.m. Monday about the death of York garbageman Ernest Tolbert. Andrew Dys, columnist for The Herald who covered Tolbert’s death and the eventual arrest and conviction of a drug dealer for the killing, was interviewed for the special.

Tolbert, 63, was shot and killed in 2008 while working a second job where he was cleaning a coin laundry at night. The case went unsolved for two years before York police officers arrested Jomar Robinson for the killing.

Robinson, a convicted felon already in prison in 2010 for other convictions, was charged with murder and later pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He is serving 18 years for the killing.

Detective Billy Mumaw spent two years working the case and finally was able to crack it. Mumaw and several others from the York Police Department

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