Friday, September 9, 2011

"Cracking Crime in Prime Time"

48 Hours: Season Premiere

The criminal mind is similar to a safe that, in my opinion, can never be cracked. They come from all walks of life; poor, privileged and everything in between; all shapes, sizes and ethnic backgrounds.

On today's "Time's Up" show we learned what takes place behind one of the most respected broadcasts on television, CBS's 48 Hours, with the man of our hour, producer and author, Paul LaRosa.

The nightly "news" broadcasts on the cable stations have turned reporting serious crimes into a McDonald's drive-thru menu of fast food ratings. The public, in my opinion, is being served a raw hamburger. These types of shows often misinform because all they have time for is 60 second sound bites that often are carried over to various social networking sites.

At a time when investigative journalism is dying because of the Internet, we need to embrace those shows who consistently strive to be a voice, holding accountable a justice system that has, over time, eroded.

LaRosa authored Tacoma Confidential a case 48 Hours featured on a broadcast. The book covers the case of Crystal Brame, a true story of murder-suicide and a police chief''s secret life. Crystal was murdered on April 26, 2003, a victim of officer related intimate partner homicide. On the show we discussed the Brame case and I found myself not agreeing with LaRosa's theory regarding her murder.

We also discussed the case of missing person Christie Wilson, a 27 year old from Northern California who was featured on a past 48 Hours show. She was last seen at about 1:15 am on October 5, 2005 walking into the parking lot of the Thunder valley casino in Lincoln, CA.

In the case of Christie Wilson, there was an arrest. Mario Garcia was tried by a jury and found guilty of her murder. But, the remains of Christie Wilson have yet to be recovered. LaRosa talked about how Garcia did not receive a fair trial. But what is fair when you have been convicted of murder?  Garcia has refused to tell law enforcement or her family where he buried Christie Wilson. There is a $35,000 reward being offered in this case. If the family contacts me at I can offer to do a show or two and discuss the details and information in hopes someone will step forward with information. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sacramento Police Department at (916) 433-0650.

As often happens the hour with Paul LaRosa was not enough. Join us as we continue the conversation with LaRosa on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 with Dr. Laurie Roth at 7:00 PM Eastern Time


Susan Murphy Milano is a staff member of the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education. She is a specialist with intimate partner violence cases and prevention strategies and high risk cases and available for personal consultations through the Institute. She is also part of the team at Management Resources Limited of New York.

Susan is the author of "Time's Up: A Guide on How to Leave and Survive Abusive and Stalking Relationships,"Moving out, Moving on, and Defending Out Lives. Susan is the host of The Susan Murphy Milano Show, "Time'sUp!" . She is a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated "The Roth Show" with Dr Laurie Roth and a co-host on Crime Wire.

If you would like to schedule Susan Murphy Milano for interviews, please contact: ImaginePublicity PO BOX 14946 Surfside Beach, SC 29587 Phone: 843.808.0859 email-

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