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 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.
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.
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.
Links and more info to be posted in June.
Mared & Karen: The WVU Coed Murders
In 2017, Kromatic Media released its latest project. Produced in coordination with a Morgantown researcher and New York Times bestselling coauthor, Mared & Karen: The WVU Coed Murders tells the true story of West Virginia University coeds who were beheaded in 1970. The show relies on extensive documentation and interviews with those directly involved in the saga of Mared and Karen, including reporters, lawyers and people in direct proximity to the crime. The show maintains a perfect 5-star rating on iTunes. Incorporated into regional university curriculum in forensics (WVU), true crime (Marshall University), and podcasting (University of Tennessee), and was awarded the “Mark of Excellence” in radio in-depth reporting by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Updates and related information about the case can be found at the Mared & Karen Facebook page.
The podcast can be heard by anyone on our Soundcloud page, and on an extensive list of podcasting services including:
Some area workers have been charged Morgantown's user fee in error, but the city is providing a way to get that money back.
Jonny Z was an activist and musician who was important to the city's thriving arts and social justice scene. He was found dead along the railroad tracks under the Nickle Bridge.
WRIR 97.3 FM, Richmond, VA
Weekly Sedition, Writer/Editor/Host, 2005 – 2013
30-minute, weekly independent news/talk radio program; Conceived of stories, conducted research and field reporting, recorded phone and in-person interviews, wrote narrative and edited audio
In this episode, we hear the story of the Ashley Williams case through the eyes of an investigator who has assembled hundreds of pages of official documents proving unconstitutional and illegal actions on the part of prosecutors. We also hear from
Ashley’s original attorney, who was disposed of after she mounted a world-class defense.
The United Mine Workers of America converge on Richmond after the worst mine disaster in decades kills almost 30 people.
(Don Blankenship was arrested after this aired.)
This story explores the protest of students and
parents at Richmond's Huguenot High School as
they speak out about charges of racial and