Kromatic Media

The compulsive documentation of J. Kendall Perkinson
Morgantown / Pittsburgh


Kromatic Media

The compulsive documentation of J. Kendall Perkinson
Morgantown / Pittsburgh

Kromatic Media is a creative powerhouse offering a wide range of media services to the Morgantown / Pittsburgh region.  Artistic integrity meets a rigorous work ethic.  Click any heading below to check out samples.


Artful documentation. Weddings, photojournalism, portrait, travel & music photography.


Award-winning Appalachian true crime and more.



Without words there are no ideas. Investigative reporting, photo essays, profiles, policy.



Guerrilla storytelling.

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Big Savage: The Death of Alexander Stevens

Big Savage: The Death of Alexander Stevens

 January 3rd, 2017: Two friends perform a ritual on a clifftop in Savage River Forest. By morning, only one is still alive. Big Savage: The Death of Alexander Stevens is an 8-part podcast investigation into the baffling trial of a young woman charged with murder and assisted suicide for the same death. It is the second installment of Kromatic Media’s Appalachia true crime podcast series.


The podcast will not be officially released until June of 2019, but interest is so strong that a private link to working versions of the show have garnered more than 10,000 streams by word–of–mouth.

With the help of the Society of Professional Journalists, Kromatic Media set legal precedent in Maryland during production by successfully suing for key 911 audio. The ruling ensures that emergency audio will continue to be provided to journalists and others under public information laws.

Links and more info to be posted in June.


Mared & Karen: The WVU Coed Murders

Mared & Karen: The WVU Coed Murders

    In 2017, Kromatic Media began an award-winning documentary podcast project titled Mared & Karen: The WVU Coed Murders. When the first story about the show appeared in WV Explorer, the web traffic crashed the server. The reaction since then has been equally overwhelming. The show is now approaching 350,000 streams with an ever-growing audience.

    The project centers around the disappearance and beheading of two WVU freshmen girls in 1970. The bizarre case is tailor-made for a true crime retelling, with dozens of baffling twists and turns. Over the course of 8-episodes, Kromatic Media recounts the search for their killer, which is ongoing.

    In less than 6 months from the first episode release, the podcast was added to the curriculum of classes in forensics (WVU), true crime (Marshall University), and podcasting (University of Tennessee).

    Over the course of this project, we have interviewed lawyers, reporters, photojournalists, forensics specialists, and many others. Our dedication to crafting the story with music from Morgantown artists has shown the depth of talent residing here in the city.

    We hope you enjoy the story, which we've aimed to make as complex, interesting and culturally relevant as anything put out by national outlets.

Episode 1

The epic story of West Virginia's most notorious murders begins here.

Organized gambling, a rash of unsolved murders, and an assassination attempt are making the residents of Morgantown uneasy.  When two freshmen girls disappear on a snowy January evening, a bizarre and brutal story begins to unfold.  The city will never be the same.

Episode 2

In Episode 2, the headless bodies of Mared & Karen are finally discovered, a crusading newspaper man is forced into retirement, and the murders take on a decidedly mystical tone.


In Episode 3, the unidentified man at Mared & Karen's makeshift grave is investigated, Triangle is finally revealed, and panic hits WVU.


In Episode 4, we take a look at just a few of the many, horrible people suspected of the murders of Mared & Karen.  Contains graphic descriptions of violence.

Episode 5

In this episode, a hard-working state trooper is fired, the governor lashes out at the press, a lost form of media is revisited, and we finally meet the man convicted of killing Mared & Karen.  Contains graphic descriptions of violence.

Episode 6

The final chapter of Clawson's story. We take a close look at his trials, his multiple confessions, and his potential innocence. We also see how Mared and Karen live on, even almost 50 years later.

Episode 7

In Episode 7, we flash forward to 2006 when a new investigation begins. We discover that the case affected those involved so strongly, they could not let it go. And we update listeners on where the case stands now.


     In this, the final episode, we talk to a forensic pathologist about the state of the bodies, several characters from Parade of Horribles come back into play, Geoff reveals the identity of his top suspect, and Sarah offers an alternative theory. And finally, we hear how the case may soon be solved.

The music of Mared and Karen

All of the music for Mared & Karen is written and recorded by Morgantown musicians. 

Here's a video of our theme song being recorded by John Smithers, Nicholas Larson and Annie Stroud! 
Audio produced by Nathan Snyder.