Inspired by the first episode of HBO’s documentary series I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK, Christopher and Eric channel their inner Michelle McNamara, the citizen detective who helped crack The Golden State Killer case, and take to the internet to discover all they can about two real life mysteries that have obsessed them for years. For Eric, it’s a mysterious Santa Barbara kidnapping with strange sexual overtones in which the wealthy and handsome young victim might have been in on the scheme. For Christopher, it’s the gruesome unsolved homicide of a popular gay porn performer William Newton (aka Billy London), whose severed body parts were found in a Hollywood dumpster. Your intrepid studio detectives work to bring fresh attention to the case with new tips and leads — maybe even from you — as the 30th anniversary of Newton’s murder approaches. Visit The Dinner Party Show’s Facebook page for more info. We don’t want this tragic and gruesome crime to be forgotten.
(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.)