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Cold case troubles former Whitehall resident

“Out here, the only one to see what you’ve done is God.”

That’s how Randy Patrick, a retired detective, describes the isolation of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, a sparsely populated expanse of farmland and swamps west of Norfolk.

Patrick, 60, whose mother lives in Whitehall and whose former stepfather was a Whitehall police chief in the 1960s, investigated myriad cases during his 21-year career, but none has lodged in the recesses of his mind as deeply as an unsolved murder 13 years ago.

That 2004 murder is the subject of an episode of “The Killing Fields,” a Discovery Channel original series in its third season.

“Killing Fields: Murder Isle” will premiere at 9 p.m. Jan. 4 on Discovery.

The episode centers on the slaying of 28-year-old Carrie Singer, whose body was found beaten and partially clothed in a field in April 2004.

Patrick, who

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BIZBYTES: Former MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall to keynote IWLC conference

Iowa Women Lead Change is bringing its signature leadership conference to the Quad-Cities next spring with a lineup of speakers that includes Tamron Hall, the host of Investigation Discovery’s “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall” and the former anchor for MSNBC and NBC’s Today Show.

Iowa Women Lead Change, or IWLC, announced that Hall will close the inaugural Quad-Cities Leadership Conference on March 29 at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf. 

“Tamron Hall brings with her a strong message of women’s empowerment,” said Tiffany O’Donnell, IWLC’s chief executive officer. “Her personal and professional journey will inspire many women and men looking to get to the next level of leadership.” 

Talk about a case of good timing. Just as IWLC was sharing news of signing the award-winning journalist, Today Show fans and others were discussing Hall as a possible replacement for the recently dismissed Matt Lauer, who has been accused of sexual improprieties aimed at

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Columbia County NAACP Freedom Fund banquet features former detective Rob Demery

Author, television star and former police detective Rodney “Rod” Demery will speak to the 2018 Columbia County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet.

The banquet will be 6 p.m. Saturday, January 13 at the Southview Church of Christ Activity Building, 234 Fairview in Magnolia.

Tickets are $30 and may be purchased by calling Terry Williams, 299-0084; Carol Garland, 234-3700 Ext. 11; or any member of the Columbia County Branch of the NAACP.

Demery is a former member of the Violent Crimes Unit of the Shreveport, LA, Police Department. Demery worked on more than 250 homicide cases in his 31-year career. He had an impressive 100 percent confession and solve rate as a lead investigator. His perpetual success and leadership increased his credibility as an expert in violent crime and homicide cases.

Demery was born in Shreveport but he moved to Alamogordo, NM to live with his grandparents as a toddler. His first encounter with murder was

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Former Optomen managing director Patricia Llewellyn passes away

Patricia Llewellyn, former managing director of UK-based Optomen Productions and executive producer of several of the top food programs on television —including Kitchen Nightmares, The Naked Chef and Two Fat Ladies —has passed away at the age of 55.

Llewellyn, who helped propel the television careers of numerous current celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright, had been battling a long illness and died over the weekend.

Born in West Wales, Llewellyn had stints with Channel 4 and Wall to Wall prior to joining Optomen in 1994. Bringing Paterson and Dickson Wright, stars of Two Fat Ladies, to British television in the mid-90s, she introduced viewers to Jamie Oliver via The Naked Chef in 1999. She was upped to managing director of Optomen in 2005.

In 2008, Llewellyn co-founded One Potato Two Potato with Ramsay, after bringing him to television prominence following the debut

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‘Murder Chose Me’ features former Alamogordo officer





Investigation Discovery’s “Murder Chose Me” airs Wednesdays at 10/9C.
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ALAMOGORDO — Investigation Discovery’s latest television series “Murder Chose Me” revolves around Alamogordo native Rodney Demery who now works as a homicide investigator for the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office in Shreveport, Louisiana.

For Demery, being a detective was something that came natural to him and was destined to become.

At just 3-years-old, Demery’s mother was murdered. Then, when Demery was in his 20s, his brother was convicted of murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

His mother’s murder and his

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Series featuring former Shreveport homicide detective set to premiere on ID


A TV series featuring the life of a former Shreveport homicide detective and the cases that he was driven to solve will debut on Investigation Discovery next week.

Murder Chose Me is a 10-part series featuring the top murder cases worked by former Shreveport homicide detective Rod Demery intertwined with the story of how he has dealt with the murder of his own mother when he was just 3 years old. 

During his 17 years with the Shreveport Police Department, Demery was involved in more than 250 homicide investigations and was the primary detective in more than 60 homicide arrests.

Besides helping to put a lot of killers behind bars, his work has given closure and justice to families left behind. 

After a special screening of the series first episode in downtown Shreveport Wednesday night at the Robinson Film

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Kristina Cromwell, Paul Perveler: Former California Cop Killed Newlywed Bride For Lover In Insurance Murder Plot On …

The next episode of A Crime to Remember is pure TV crime noir. Investigation Discovery viewers will hear details of a shocking murder case that comes out of California.

Titled “The Newlydeads,” the new episode of A Crime to Remember will focus on the case of Cheryl Perveler, a pretty, statuesque newlywed bride who was found slumped in the front seat of her car almost 50 years ago. Her husband, ex-cop-turned-insurance adjuster Paul Perveler, and his blonde lover, Christina “Kristina” Cromwell, orchestrated the killings. However, there was also another victim in the case: Christina Cromwell’s husband, Marlin Cromwell, who was found dead in a fiery blaze years earlier. The story will be recounted by Los Angeles investigators and other crime experts who are familiar with the case.

A Crime to Remember will reveal that investigators were called out to a scene in Burbank, California, where the body of a woman

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Former Colorado Springs homicide detective finds good hunting on TV

As a lieutenant, Kenda’s specialty was catching killers.

Over his career, he solved 356 of 387 murders, boasting a 92 percent solve rate. His unscripted narration tells viewers how.

“Reality is actually more interesting than fiction, and it’s often more bizarre,” Kenda said.

Unlike popular cop shows like “CSI”and “NCIS,” which can distort facts to create drama, the details in “Homicide Hunter” are genuine, pulled directly from public police reports. The reports are used to re-enact the events and are sometimes supplemented with archived interviews from Kenda’s cop days.

Viewers may even recognize parts of the city in photos, aerial and street scenes, and interviews. The only part of the show not filmed in Colorado Springs is the re-enactments, which are done in Tennessee, Kenda said.

Nothing is Hollywooded.

“What they present is actually what happened,” Kenda said. “They take out the profanity, but other than that it’s whatever I say.”

The show is in its sixth

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Investigators charge former boyfriend in connection with woman’s 2005 disappearance


Investigators have charged a woman’s former boyfriend in connection with her disappearance in 2005. 

North Charleston police officials say Garland Eugene Lankford has been charged with obstruction of justice in connection with Brandy Hanna’s disappearance. A judge set his bond for that charge at $10,000. Bond has not been set for a child support charge. 

Lankford was Hanna’s boyfriend at the time of Hanna’s disappearance. 

Hanna was last seen in 2005 after leaving work at Alex’s Restaurant on Dorchester Road.

An affidavit states Lankford provided false and misleading statements regarding Hanna who was reported missing on May 23, 2005 and officially declared deceased on Aug. 26, 2013.  

Police say Hanna is believed to to be the victim of a homicide. 

This past summer, Investigation Discovery aired Hanna’s story as an episode of the series “Disappeared.” 

The network sent a crew

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Former Teen Killer Speaks from Prison About the Jealousy That Drove a Murder Plot to Kill Her Rival

More than 20 years after she  was convicted of murdering Adrianne Jones, Diane Zamora tears up thinking about her teenage victim.

“It wasn’t her fault, but she wouldn’t have been in that position had I not lost my temper,” Zamora tells People Magazine Investigates from behind bars. Monday night’s episode of the Investigation Discovery series will focus on the case.

Zamora still maintains her innocence in Adrianne’s December 1995 slaying, which stunned their Texas community and made national news. But Zamora doesn’t deny her complicity: She admits that she witnessed her fiancé, David Graham, kill the 16-year-old, and then helped hide it. But she insists she never killed anyone or set out to do so.

(Graham has struck a similarly remorseful tone in past interviews, telling the Dallas Morning News in 2008 that Zamora was the “motivator.”)


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