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Richard Sloan
new LKC show on TV next week!
Fri May 25, 2018 11:42

On May 31 at 9 pm, The Travel Channel's long-running program, "The Mysteries of the Museum," will present a one-hour episode on the Lindbergh kidnapping case. Harry Kazman, Mark Falzini, and I will appear with Don Wildman, the program's narrator. I don't know who else will appear. Harry will talk to Don in the courtroom; Mark will show him artifacts in the NJ police museum, and I will appear with him in front of Dr. Condon's house; on a drive to the Greenhouse nursery; and on a walk (at night!) from the nursery to the spot in old St. Raymond's cemetery where Condon handed over the ransom money. Taping was also done on another day inside Highfields. I don't know who accompanied Don there. The show also shot some footage somewhere of a replica of Lindbergh's plane. I would assume that the episode will be re-run a number of times, as other episodes are, but to date the only re-run I can come up with is at noon on June 2.
The producer also served as the writer and director. He was an amazing and very creative guy. He told me at lunch prior to taping that he took a "crash course," so to speak, on the case, and he seemed to know it well and all of its controversies. (During taping I came up with a couple of mistakes that were corrected. I also made a suggestion or two that were inserted.) I don't know if the episode comes to any conclusion or if it just tells the story with all of the questions that still haunt the case. I think the question about Violet Sharp may have been cut at the last minute because the show turned out to be too long.
I had to pretty much follow a script, which was handed to me at the last minute at each location. So even though I am well versed in the Bronx part of the story, I wasn't free to just answer questions posed to me in my own way. This was somewhat frustrating. Sometimes Don and I got it right on the first take; sometimes it took one or both of us a few more takes. (Don must have had the advantage of seeing his script days earlier.) It was very challenging (the cold weather did not help), but my adrenalin was up for it. I may have made a small mistake or two, but I think I did a decent job, considering the pressures of the moment. (Please don't throw anything at your TV!) It was a wonderful experience. The entire crew was very professional and supportive. Having spent years working behind the scenes on TV shows as an audio engineer, it was fun to be on the other side of the camera! I just hope it all turned out well and that it will be worth watching. We'll know know next week!

  • questions about the faulkner letterbob mills for michael and forum, Thu May 24 10:52
    Thanks, Michael. I assumed it was a fake, because I don't believe that any person named "J.J. Faulkner" existed, at least not in connection with the LKC. Do you have an opinion as to what would have... more
    • new LKC show on TV next week! — Richard Sloan, Fri May 25 11:42
      • TV exposurebob mills for richard sloan, Fri May 25 18:53
        I'm sure you'll be a star, Richard. I remember doing a show on C-SPAN after appearing at Ford's Theater for a Lincoln assassination symposium back in 1998. Gives one a chance to reach out to the... more
    • Re: questions about the faulkner letterMichael 5260 for Bob, Thu May 24 14:21
      This Faulkner letter is one of the many letters sent to Governor Hoffman in order to persuade him to do something. The only inside dope the letter provided was that the writer was a dope. I first... more
      • was j.j. faulkner a real person?bob mills for michael and forum, Thu May 24 18:52
        Michael, excuse me. I never talked about an "assortment of cranks and psychotic people." I did say I thought the Faulkner letter to Hoffman was phony, because no such known existed (in connection... more
        • Re: was j.j. faulkner a real person?Michael 5260 for Bob, Thu May 24 20:03
          This is true. They never did find a J J Faulkner. We will never know who the person was that signed the bank deposit slip.
      • Re: questions about the faulkner letterMichael, Thu May 24 16:56
        Written like someone who hasn't read through most of the collection. So paint everything as originating from "Nut Cases" in order to justify not doing so, and to dissuade others as if they would be... more
        • Re: questions about the faulkner letterMichael 5260 for Michael, Thu May 24 19:57
          There were many investigative agencies that were involved in the LKC case. Should a person spend their time reviewing every single report that was written at the time? Looking for what? This doesn't... more
          • Re: questions about the faulkner letterMichael, Fri May 25 05:37
            Of course doing research is productive. Not doing it is evidence of what exactly? I mean, here you are saying you didn't know that Hartkorn made that conclusion. Why not? It's in the very collection... more
            • Re: questions about the faulkner letterMichael 5260 for Michael, Fri May 25 10:42
              Is this some kind of a contest? The more times a person goes to the archives, the more times they stare at the various collections, the more valid their conclusions become? I know I've burned my fair ... more
              • Re: questions about the faulkner letterMichael, Fri May 25 17:43
                Certainly not a contest but if it were one you'd lose badly. And yet you dissuade research by throwing out labels like "garbage" and "nonsense" concerning Hoffman's Collection? It's unconscionable.... more
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