On a litigious but star-studded episode of After Hours AM/The Criminal Code — True Crime radio with hosts Joel Sturgis, Eric Olsen, and secret weapon, forensic psychologist Dr. Clarissa Cole — entertainment attorney Richard Roth joins us to examine the wrongful death suit brought against film producer Joel Silver for the drowning of his assistant at Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s Bora Bora 2015 wedding. We talk with Richard Top 2 Hours; at 1 haunted Clarissa leads us through the week’s most bizarre True Crime news.
Is being a celebrity an advantage in dealing with the law (OJ, Robert Blake) or a disadvantage? Nearly two years after Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s honeymoon, famed film producer Joel Silver is being sued for the wrongful death of his assistant Carmel Musgrove in Bora Bora. NYC attorney and entertainment law expert Richard Roth will discuss the case, where Musgrove’s parents are suing Silver and his personal chef for wrongful death in their 28 year-old daughter’s drowning. Musgrove drowned in a Bora Bora lagoon while traveling with her employer for the honeymoon of Aniston and Theroux. Reports claim the deceased had consumed a number of drugs and alcohol while also being fatigued from overwork. Those, along with other factors that led to Carmel Musgrove’s death are traceable to the defendants’ involvement.
Richard A. Roth is highly regarded by his colleagues, adversaries, judges and peers for his strong litigation experience, aggressive nature and innovative “out of the box” thinking. Earning a long string of successes on both a national and international level, Mr. Roth has represented publicly held corporations and privately held businesses, CEOs, and industry magnates as well as celebrities, athletes, and professional sports organizations. Mr. Roth and his firm have the distinguished honor of being ranked first in the nation in bestattorneysonline.com for ‘Entertainment Litigation” and “Securities Litigation.
He is regularly on television commenting on cases of national significance including the trials of John Edwards, Mike Tyson, Martha Stewart, Conrad Murray (Michael Jackson’s doctor), and Casey Anthony. He also follows and comments on all celebrities who experience legal troubles, from Lindsay Lohan to Prince Harry. He is featured on CNBC, FOX News, MSNBC, TruTV, CNN, Al Jazeera, Huff Live, The Blaze. Mr. Roth is also regularly quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Daily News among many others.
Mr. Roth is a member of the Litigation and Entertainment Committees of the American Bar Association, a member of the Litigation and Legislation Committees of the New York State Bar Association and the New York County and a member of the Small Firm Committee of the New York City Bar Associations. He formed The Roth Law Firm in March 2003.
On this eerie but glitzy edition of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we explore old haunted Hollywood with RED WITCH and GRAVES’ END novelist Sean Patrick Traver. Sean joins Top of Hour 2; Hour 1 Joel and ERic review the week’s hottest paranormal news from the America’s Most Haunted Twitter feed.
Sean Patrick Traver was born and raised in Los Angeles, the city he chronicles, where he continues to live with enough books to bury him in the event of an earthquake. He is a member of the LA chapter of the Horror Writers’ Association, and also works as a bookseller at the world famous Iliad Bookshop in North Hollywood. His interest in all things odd and occult predates the Bush administration. As soon as he learned to read, he had a voracious appetite for ghosts, witches, monsters, and their pop-culture appearances as well.Sean Patrick Traver
Today his writing explores haunted Hollywood, the hidden worlds that lurk behind the sleek facade LA presents to a casual observer. In addition to the traffic, the film studios, and the cookie-cutter suburbs, there are opulent courtyards and private gardens high up in the Hills, as well as blank, black-market warehouses crouched down in the Valley below. There are ritual shrines hidden near the hiking trails and secret practitioners who summon spirits left over from a thousand years of history. Some people even say there’s a Hole in the Sky above the city, and that it opens onto the ancient Aztec Realm of the Dead… although exactly where it is and how one reaches it is a matter of much debate among the local magical operators.
Sean’s novels of haunted Hollywood include RED WITCH: THE TALES OF INGRID REDSTONE and GRAVES’ END: A MAGICAL THRILLER.
1910. Actress, occultist, and bohemian adventurer Ingrid Redstone travels to the fledgling city of Los Angeles in search of a legendary Hole in the Sky, said to be a portal to the Aztec afterlife. On the far side of it Ingrid meets Mictlantecuhtli, an ancient and bloodthirsty deity who soon becomes dangerously fascinated with the first living woman he’s ever met. Ingrid is no less entranced by ‘Mickey’ and his realm, where the totality of human remembrance is theirs to explore. But their dangerous relationship may have unforeseen consequences for both this world and the next when Ingrid is faced with the choice of becoming the privileged yet powerless queen of the dead, or attempting to thwart her supernatural lover’s unnatural ambitions
Los Angeles PI Dexter Graves was pretty sure his life ended back in 1950, after femme fatale Ingrid Redstone shot him through the head. When Graves involuntarily rises from his grave sixty years later, he finds himself drawn to freelance sorceress Lia Flores, who introduces him to an underworld he never could’ve imagined–a place where magic and crime intersect. Suburban shamans, rogue necromancers, criminal cabals and computer-savvy mages all co-exist (often uneasily) within the secret cityscape Lia has learned to call her home.
On this episode After Hours AM. We talk with author Shannon Bradley Byers. Shannon is the author of "Paranormal Fakelore, Nevermore: Real Histories of Haunted Locations" We dive deep into the truth behind many famous locations. "There is a fine line between folklore and fakelore. The real history of haunted locations and the people involved is interesting and I find it extremely disrespectful to change the history of the dead. They deserve better than that. Do you want to know the truth?"
On tonight’s scintillating episode of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — neuroscience meets techno-thriller and super-humans run amok as we delve into THE GOD PEAK with novelist Patrick Hemstreet. Patrick will join us at Hour 2; at Hour 1 Joel and Eric review the week’s hottest paranormal news and peer into the abyss.
Patrick Hemstreet‘s electrifying speculative techno-science trilogy began with The God Wave and continues in the explosive sequel The God Peak (Harper Voyager, August 22), in which a team of neuroscientists must face the consequences of playing God when the super-humans they’ve created threaten to annihilate humanity.
When will they ever learn?
In The God Wave, Chuck Brenton had a simple idea: if brain waves make the needles on an EEG machine move, why can’t people be trained to use brain waves to move other things as well? Brenton and mathematician Matt Streegman develop a system that can do just that, training a handful of individuals to use their minds to manipulate physical — and digital — objects. Their goal is to increase humankind’s potential and make the world safer.
But then the military steps in and unwittingly begins a battle that could spell the end of humankind.
In book two, THE GOD PEAK, three of Chuck’s students — the “Alphas” — have taken the world hostage with their seemingly super-human powers. And while their goal is world peace, they seem willing to sacrifice countless innocent lives to achieve their new world order. Horrified, Chuck is determined to stop the monsters he’s created no matter what. Chuck and his team will have to come out of hiding and wield their own burgeoning abilities in an attempt to stop these increasingly unstable terrorists.
But not everyone is convinced that the Alphas should be stopped: a fanatical group of followers views them as the next step in evolution and will stop at nothing to ensure their deadly triumph.
On a topical and monumental edition of After Hours AM/The Criminal Code — with hosts Joel Sturgis, Eric Olsen, and secret weapon, forensic psychologist Dr. Clarissa Cole — we examine the tumultuous, tragic, and tectonic events of Charlottesville, VA this past weekend and the ongoing aftermath with well-known author and journalist Jackson Landers, a resident of Charlottesville and observer of events on the ground. Jackson joins Top of Hour 2; Hour 1 Clarissa leads us through the week’s other True Crime highlights.
White nationalists gathered on Saturday for a “Unite the Right” march in the relatively progressive town of Charlottesville, VA, home of the University of Virginia. The rally was organized in opposition to a plan by local officials to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederacy’s top general, from Emancipation Park in Charlottesville. That plan prompted a similar protest in May, led by the white nationalist Richard B. Spencer, as well as a Ku Klux Klan rally in July. The tectonic forces behind the rally run much deeper than the removal of statues. Right-wing extremism, including white nationalism and white supremacy, is on the rise, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Many feel this extremism and attendant violence have been exacerbated by attitudes and policies of President Trump.
Around 1:45 p.m., a car plowed into a group of counterprotesters and another car. One person was killed: Heather Heyer, 32, a paralegal from Charlottesville who was “a passionate advocate for the disenfranchised and was often moved to tears by the world’s injustices.” The driver of the car was James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, a city near Toledo, officials said. He faces an array of charges, including second-degree murder.
Two state troopers also died on Saturday. Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M. M. Bates were in a helicopter monitoring the demonstrations, when the helicopter fell and burst into flames. In total, at least 34 people were wounded in the clashes.
On Saturday afternoon, President Trump met criticism for condemning the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” without singling out white nationalists or neo-Nazis as instigators. On Monday, Trump declared, “Racism is evil,” adding that “those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the K.K.K., neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” But on Tuesday, he reversed himself again, declaring at a news conference, “You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now.”
Jackson Landers is an author, journalist and adventurer specializing in science and history, in particular invasive species and de-extinction. His work has been published in Smithsonian, Slate, The Washington Post, Mental Floss, Thrillist and The New York Times. He is a resident of Charlottesville, is a host on local progressive talk radio station WPVC, and has been covering the events on the ground there as they have been unfolding. His most recent book, Eating Aliens, chronicles a year and a half spent hunting and fishing for invasive species and finding out whether we can eat our way out of some ecological disasters.
Greg Petitt has been reporting local news for WCHV radio in Charlottesville, Virginia since 2014. He was involved and uninjured when James Fields, Jr. ran his car into a crowd of protestors and two other cars at a Charlottesville protest. Mr. Petitt feels no allegiance to any political party, but says he tries to be kind to others, without regard to their own beliefs.
Adam Selzer was born in Des Moines and now lives in Chicago, where he writes humorous books by day and researches history, ghost stories and naughty playground rhymes by night. After sixteen published books, including the acclaimed Smart Aleck's Guide to American History and I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It, he is just famous enough to have a page on wikipedia.
His most recent novel is Play Me Backwards. In 2015 he will have two new nonfiction books; one on silent film production in Chicago (Flickering Empire, co-written with Michael Glover Smith, Columbia University Press) and one on Abraham Lincoln ghostlore (Ghosts of Lincoln, Llewelyn).
He is pretty sure he's the subject of the song "You're So Vain."
In a stimulating, perplexing, but revealing edition of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen & Greg Bakun — we learn about real life “vampyres” with the author of the Silently novel series, Douglas Robinson. We talk with Douglas Top of hour 2. At Hour 1, Joel & Greg Bakun joins us for a special remote live broadcast from the Things That Go Bump event at the haunted Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre, Minnesota! Featuring owner of the Palmer Kelley Freese. Speakers Ryan Headley, John Marson, Natalie Tritz Fowler, Suzanne Worthley.
Douglas Robinson and Real Vampyres
Douglas Robinson is a Christian writer who has spent a lifetime pondering the existence of real “vampyres.” Robinson has had vampyric people “on his heart” since he was eight years old. Oddly, he doesn’t remember seeing vampire shows or movies until he moved from Chicago to Alabama and saw the gothic daytime serial Dark Shadows for the first time at the age of thirteen. He started disassembling the occultic elements early; such as, no reflection in a mirror. He said, “You are in a physical body, you have mass, and you are not the Invisible Woman. Therefore, you have a reflection.” Between praying, thinking, and reading – their condition finally made sense to him over time: these are people who must drink blood to live.
Robinson’s Silently series of novels — currently Silently Comes the Night and Rites of Passage — deals with blood drinking people and includes scenes where the characters drink blood, hunt for blood, kill for blood, or shed blood, but these are living people with a vampyric medical condition. They are neither undead nor occultic. These people survive as best they can under difficult and bitter conditions. Any that survive any length of time become efficient predators. When most people hear the word “vampire” they think of an undead creature who sleeps in a coffin by day and drinks the blood of the living by night. Robinson uses the alternate spelling “vampyr” to denote a physically-changed person who is living, not undead, and who must drink blood to survive.
The Silently series is about a vampyric girl named Majken who was born in the winter of 1698. The modern-day part of the storyline began in 1993 and ends about 1999. The historical part of the storyline delves into her past and other characters from the mid-1600’s onward. When we meet Majken she has come to the city of Trenton seeking a new life. She meets Thomas, a young college student, but Thomas does not know who or what his girlfriend really is. Thomas is exposed to her blood during her fight to save his life and he becomes vampyric also. The storyline is about their relationship in the modern-day and historically about Majken’s life from the early eighteenth century.
On this addition of after Hours AM, we come to you live from the wold famous Palmer House! Join us as we tak with both the owner of this historical marvel and several of the speakers from Things That Go Bump MN latest event!!
On this addition of After Hours AM / Deeper Cuts Hour 1. We talk about our big event coming up at the world famous Palmer House in sauk center mn. We also cover creepy imaginary friends and your kids!! Hour 2. We talk with author Michael J. Worden. Mike, is "The Murder of Richard Jennings: The True Story of New York's First Murder for Hire." More about Mike "Michael Worden is a police sergeant and author who has redefined the genre of true
crime with his new book, The Murder of Richard Jennings, by delving into the case
with a unique, fresh approach. He began researching several true historical crimes in the
fall of 2009, and has demonstrated an almost obsessive need to obtain information.
"These historical crimes are fascinating slices of our history," Worden recently said
about his research. "I want to tell the story of the crime in a way that no one else has.
The whole picture needs to be presented - the back story, the crime, the aftermath, and
even follow the players in the years after they faded from the headlines."
Worden wants to ensure that his books are historically accurate and relevant while also
being entertaining and fun to read. "The books, including the first one (The Murder of
Richard Jennings - now in print) will be thoroughly documented and noted," he said.
He continued, "but I am doing that in a way which is not dry and boring. I don't want
readers falling asleep the first five pages into the book. I don't want them to be able to
put it down!"
Michael also has said that his books are unique because he is seeking out the locations
of crime scenes, execution sites, burial sites, and other locations relevant to the various
crimes, and reexamining the cases from a unique point of view as a police detective. He
is also stubbornly seeking out images and portraits of the people involved."
On a cutting edge edition of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — scintillating paranormal talk radio every Thursday 9-11pE with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we dive down the virtual reality rabbit hole with NextVR CEO David Cole, whose brand new program Paranormal Evidence immerses viewers in an investigation of wildly haunted locations, beginning with the Pennhurst Asylum. We talk with David at 10pE; at 9pE Joel and Eric review the week’s top paranormal news and peer intently through the veil.
The line between paranormal reality and virtual reality just got very blurry. Paranormal Evidence is a brand new virtual reality investigation TV series exploring unexplained phenomena reported at wildly haunted locations, beginning with the notorious Pennhurst. The original program developed by NextVR immerses fans in the investigation as events unfold around them. The engineering team at NextVR designed and built a proprietary VR camera system to capture full spectrum footage in the pitch-dark environment, enabling the audience to see things imperceptible by even the investigators.
A team of investigators, led by Jack Kassewitz who has years of investigative journalism and linguistics experience, selected Pennhurst Asylum for the premiere of Paranormal Evidence with one goal: to capture evidence of what is lurking in the dark. Known as one of the most haunted locations in North America, Pennhurst opened in 1908 to care for children with severe mental and physical disabilities. In the decades to follow, the isolated facility also housed society’s outcasts and criminals, became dangerously overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed. After nearly a century of controversy and accusations of abuse and neglect, the institution was finally closed. Unexplained occurrences have been reported for years, including strange voices, slamming doors, shadowy figures, and visitors grabbed by unseen hands.