Ep. 171 – The Murder of William Arnold Newton Pt. IX, Case Closed: Interview with Documentarian Rachel Mason

March 18, 2023

Two years ago, Christopher and Eric used this podcast to bring much needed attention to the brutal homicide of a young gay man named William Arnold Newton, whose severed head and feet were found in a Hollywood dumpster in 1990. Meanwhile, documentarian Rachel Mason’s groundbreaking, Ryan Murphy-produced film, CIRCUS OF BOOKS, had helped humanize sex workers by offering a wry peek inside the ordinary lives of a family devoted to gay adult entertainment — her own. In the course of her research into the world of the industry’s early 90’s performers, she came across the disturbing story of Billy Newton’s gruesome murder, and an obsession was born. #JusticeForBilly month continues as Rachel visits the studio to give us a peek inside the extensive documentary series she’s planning about Billy’s case. Christopher, Eric and Rachel reflect about the cosmic timing of their shared obsessions, which took hold of them right before the 30th anniversary of Billy’s murder, obsessions that ultimately helped identify a killer after three decades of darkness and grief. Was Billy somehow guiding us all?

Christopher & Eric
Christopher & Eric
Christopher Rice & Eric Shaw Quinn

New York Times bestselling novelists Christopher Rice (The Burning Girl Series) and Eric Shaw Quinn (The Write Murder Mysteries) return to their studio on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip for an all new podcast that’s all talk. Join them for their trademark blend of humor, irreverence and passionate opinion as they dish on some of the most popular true crime TV shows of the moment in their recurring, special feature “Christopher & Eric’s True Crime TV Club”. (A production of TDPS, the same network that brought you the comedy/variety and celebrity interview filled fun of The Dinner Party Show.)

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