It’s a real-life story that reads like one of Christopher and Eric’s novels, a tale of double lives, secret sexuality, crimes of passion and betrayal. In this installment of Christopher & Eric’s True Crime TV Club, Christopher and Eric return to one of their favorite true-crime TV series. DATELINE “Before Daylight”, Season 28, Ep. 27, goes all in on the vicious murder of twenty-three-year-old Missouri college student Jesse Valencia. The crime was swift and brutal, and in the end, a popular young gay man was left to bleed to death on a grassy lawn outside his apartment. Eric and Christopher get passionate as they serve up their competing theories of what really happened to Jesse Valencia during his last terrifying minutes. More importantly, they tackle the case’s enduring question – did justice ensnare the one who was actually guilty, or just the one who had the most to hide?
(If this episode sounds different from our others, that’s because it was recorded remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to be back in our usual studio space as soon as public health advisories allow.)