Ep. 172 – The Murder of William Arnold Newton Pt. X – Case Closed: Interview with LA Times Journalist Kevin Rector

March 25, 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. But when they went looking for local newspaper articles about Billy’s gruesome and disturbing murder, the pickings were slim. Worse, there wasn’t a word about the case to be found in LA’s local paper of record, the Los Angeles Times. All that changed when out journalist Kevin Rector brought Billy Newton’s face and story to the paper’s front page. In this conclusion to #JusticeforBilly month, Rector joins Christopher and Eric for a discussion of the evolving nature of covering dark stories that involve the LGBT community — as well as sex workers and other marginalized communities — and the team of devoted amateur sleuths who brought Billy’s story into his inbox and onto the Times’ front page.

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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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