Billy’s Murderer Found!
March 4, 2023: #JusticeForBilly month begins with a stunning visit from LAPD homicide detective John Lamberti on Christopher & Eric Episode 169. After declaring the investigation at a dead end on Ep. 151 late last year, he takes us on a breathless journey inside the Oklahoma prison where the 30-year old cold case was cracked by a stunning confession, and on behalf of the LAPD, his special message for your dedicated hosts brings tears to their eyes.
On February 7, 2023, the Los Angeles Times broke the story that the gruesome, long-unsolved homicide of a young gay man named Billy Newton had finally been solved after several decades. In 2020, your hosts Christopher Rice and Eric Shaw Quinn inspired official and unofficial interest in Billy’s case when they began using their podcast to bring much needed attention to a deeply disturbing crime in danger of being relegated to the dustbin of history. “Let’s get other people as obsessed with the case as we are so it’s never forgotten,” they told their listeners. In the episodes below, you’ll join them on their emotional journey through stunning tips and twists that brought them into concert with the LAPD detective who inherited the case. You’ll hear moments in which all hope for justice seemed lost before a stunning revelation blew the case wide open. #JusticeForBilly, a rallying cry they put out to their listeners years ago, has finally been found.
Episode Guide to Christopher & Eric podcasts episodes covering the murder of William Arnold “Billy” Newton. Click the episode title to listen:
Ep. 37 – Are They Gone In The Dark?
August 8, 2020
Ep. 48 – The Murder of William Newton: 30 Years Later
October 24, 2020
Ep. 60 – The Murder of William Arnold Newton Part II: Billy’s Last Weekend
January 16, 2021
Ep. 63 – The Murder of William Arnold Newton Part III: The LAPD Speaks
February 6, 2021
Ep. 74 – The Murder of William Arnold Newton Part IV: Meet Rachel Mason
April 24, 2021
Ep. 98 – The Murder of William Arnold Newton Part V: A Dark Anniversary
October 23, 2021
Ep. 132 – Christopher & Eric’s True Crime TV Club Serves Up “World’s Most Evil Killers: Patrick Kearney”
(In which Billy’s case and its parallels with other true crime stories are discussed extensively)
June 18, 2022
Ep. 151 – The Murder of William Arnold Newton Part VI: Detective Lamberti Returns
October 29, 2022
Ep. 169 – The Murder of William Arnold Newton Part VII: Case Closed: Interview with LAPD Det. John Lamberti
March 4, 2023
Ep. 170 – The Murder of William Arnold Newton Pt. VIII – Case Closed: Interview with Citizen Detective Clark Williams
March 11, 2023
Ep. 171 – The Murder of William Arnold Newton Pt. IX, Case Closed: Interview with Documentarian Rachel Mason
March 11, 2023
Ep. 172 – The Murder of William Arnold Newton Pt. X – Case Closed: Interview with LA Times Journalist Kevin Rector
March 11, 2023
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