ABC-owned TV stations expand list of real crimes
ABC Owned Television Stations is expanding its list of true and “unsolved” crimes for release on Hulu on December 21 to meet growing audience interest. True crime followers from across the country can broadcast some of the popular local stories on Hulu that have been investigated and covered by ABC-owned news stations, but have garnered national appeal. .
The list of ABC-owned TV channels, due out Tuesday, December 21 on Hulu, includes the following productions:
6ABC / WPVI-TV Philadelphia presents the documentary “No Good Deed: A Crowdfunding Holiday Heist”, about what started as a heartwarming holiday story in 2017 that turned into the biggest scandal in GoFundMe history, which WPVI investigated and reported on.
WPVI investigative reporter Chad Pradelli and Special Projects Producer Cheryl Mettendorf are co-executive producers. âNo Good Deedâ updates viewers about homeless Johnny Bobbitt Jr. who donated his last 20 dollars to help a woman, Katelyn McClure, who ran out of gas. At the time, WPVI and other local stations covered the touching story that went viral and became a national story as McClure created a GoFundMe page to help him get out of homelessness.
As the story went viral, McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, raised nearly half a million dollars for Bobbitt and appeared on local and national news shows. But lavish social media posts about luxury spending, parties, gambling and other bizarre behaviors led Pradelli and Mettendorf to launch an investigation. As the pressure mounted around the trio, fallout ensued, ultimately exposing the “good deed” as a lie that defrauded GoFundMe and thousands of benevolent supporters.
As Danny Gordan, former vice president of trust and policy at GoFundMe, said in the documentary, âThis was the biggest GoFundMe guarantee payment the company has made and I think it was. day is always the most important. And that tells you something. “
Pradelli and Mettendorf speak with family and friends of defendants, prosecutors and GoFundMe executives. The hour-long documentary shares an explosive audio recording of McClure and D’Amico and recently released clips from WPVI’s 2018 exclusive interview with Bobbitt. âNo Good Deedâ explores how social media contributed to the significant increase in donations and ultimately brought down the trio.
âActs of kindness bring out the best in people, but it’s a story that brought out the worst,â Pradelli said.
WPVI has created a detailed, immersive âNo Good Deedâ experience site that guides viewers through a timeline of events. The immersive page shares actual social media posts, audio recordings, text messages, court documents and other factors of this scandal.
ABC13 / KTRK-TV Houston is posting “Texas True Crime: The Candyman Murders” on Hulu about an affair that haunted a Texas community nearly 50 years ago. ABC13 reporter Jessica Willey looks back on the gruesome mass murders of killer Dean Corll who dubbed him a “serial killer” before the term was widely used. Earlier this year, ABC13, the news leader in Houston, released a new series “Texas True Crime” on Hulu and the second season of its hit series “Unsolved”. All of ABC13’s “Unsolved” and “Texas True Crime” documentaries are available on Hulu.
âDeciding to share these locally produced real crime stories on Hulu is indicative of the demand we are seeing from content obsessed viewers,â said Wendy Granato, President and CEO of KTRK. “It is also a testament to the experience of our reporters, whose work gives voice to victims.” Since producing real crimes and unsolved cases, ABC13 has received numerous phone calls from community members and has worked with over a dozen law enforcement agencies and investigators to help solve crimes.
ABC7 / KABC-TV Los Angeles, Southern California’s most-watched station, broadcasts “Unsolved LA: The Disappearance of Mitrice Richardson” on Hulu about an unsolved 2009 mystery of a young woman who disappeared near from Malibu Creek State Park. On the hour-long special, ABC7 Veronica Miracle examines the case of Richardson who, before disappearing, appeared to have a mental health crisis at an upscale Malibu restaurant that led to her being taken to a prison from LA County.
Controversy ensued regarding how she was released in the middle of the night without a phone or car and disappeared. His remains were found 11 months later in a nearby isolated canyon. Miracle examines the events that led to her disappearance, retraces Richardson’s footsteps, speaks to those who loved her, and reflects on how law enforcement treated her before and after her disappearance.