Hey Serial fans, I just released the first episode of a podcast about a man incarcerated for 39 years for a quadruple homicide he may have not committed. I'm Blake Higgins, AMA!
Hey Reddit, my name is Blake Higgins. I'm an independent journalist/storyteller/podcaster/who knows and I just released the first episode of my new podcast, Junction.
It's about a man named Ken Botham Jr. who's been in prison for over 39 years for the murder of his wife, Patricia, his neighbor, Linda Miracle, and his neighbor's two young sons, Troy and Chad. Several people have been researching the case over the years and have been collecting documents that bring his conviction into question. Some of these documents even indicate that there may be some viable DNA candidates to test in the case. Ken has maintained his innocence to this day and welcomes the DNA testing.
I first heard the story seven years ago from my teacher in a college philosophy class. It turns out this teacher, Thad, was Ken's son and had been working on the case for years. I kept the case in the back of my mind until 16 months ago, when I began to work with Thad on a documentary about this whole case.
It morphed into a podcast and I am happy to announce the release of the first episode that you can find on iTunes, Soundcloud or the website junctionpodcast.com. I also have posted hundreds of old newspaper articles and a behind-the-scenes blog at the website. That's also where people can donate or buy a Junction t-shirt (American Apparel brand) to help raise funds for the story. You can also text junction to 71777 to donate and receive updates on the story!
I'm trying to raise funds because I quit my job two months to focus on the story full time and have already sold everything I could to keep this going. The idea is to raise enough money to head to Grand Junction to keep on reporting on the story as it unfolds ala Serial. Now AMA!
Edit: Alright everyone, I'm calling it a night. Thanks for your questions! I'm going to keep this going at a slower pace over at /r/junctionpodcast Hope to see you there!
Edit #2: And I'll keep up with this thread as well if people want to keep asking questions!
Edit #3: Forgot the RSS feed, here it is http://junction.libsyn.com/rss