IAMA former cops reporter at a newspaper, and I’ve covered everything from wrecks to murders to an execution. AMA!
Hi, Reddit! My name is Mike Gibbons. I was a cops reporter at a newspaper in South Carolina and later an editor at the paper. I've witnessed an execution, gone on a raid with Dateline, and been on plenty of ride-alongs. Covered car wrecks, plane wrecks, boat wrecks, train wrecks. Once had to throw out a pair of shoes because I realized I had been standing in blood at a motorcycle accident. I've had plenty of people threaten me over the phone for running stories about them. I left the news business for nonprofits a few years ago, but I always love talking about my time in the trenches. Ask me anything!
Proof: This is a print-out of a column I wrote in 2004 about said execution. https://imgur.com/a/MJHXp More proof: Here’s a link to that actual column: http://mikeslife.us/2013/03/23/the-execution-of-jerry-mcwee/ More proof (gosh I hope this is enough): Here’s an article from the paper when I moved to Charleston for a job. http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20140809/AIK0101/140809485