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Popcorn Talk: ‘Perfume: The Story of a Murderer’ (2006)

Logan Raschke, Podcast Editor

July 2, 2020   • This podcast is also available on Anchor, Apple Podcasts and five other platforms! Click here to find out more. More people should know about the 2006 film "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer." Dire...

Journalists talk covering Yingying Zhang murder trial

Ben Zigterman, reporter for the News-Gazette, and Joe Astrouski, journalism professor and former reporter for WAND-TV, refer to the projector of slides during their discussion detailing their personal experiences covering the kidnapping and murder trial of Yingying Zhang, a crop scientist from the University of Illinois, Wednesday at the Doudna Fine Arts Center’s Lecture Hall. During the discussion, Zigterman and Astrouski played a wired recording in which Brendt Christensen, the graduate student from the U of I who was convicted for Zhang’s abduction and murder, confesses to his ex-girlfriend (the person wearing the wire) the crime. In the recording, Christensen is heard saying that he choked Zhang for 10 minutes while she struggled. Zigterman said that recording helped expose how truly “debased” Christensen was.

Ryan Meyer, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

Two reporters who covered the kidnapping and murder trial of University of Illinois student Yingying Zhang in 2017, Ben Zigterman of the News-Gazette and Eastern’s own journalism instructor Joe Astrouski, formerly of WAND-TV, held a discussion concerning their coverage of the kidnapping in the Dou...

Charleston woman charged with 1st-degree murder of 2-year-old son

Mike Santoria, Contributing Writer

December 7, 2017

A Charleston woman was arrested and charged with first-degree murder Wednesday afternoon after police found her 2-year-old son dead in a portable playpen. In a press conference on Thursday, State’s Attorney Brian Bower said Savannah Weiss, 22, of Charleston and the mother of the child, told police...

Student dies in shooting on Seventh Street

Staff Report

April 23, 2017

Staff Report | @DEN_News One man died and another was injured in a shooting incident at 2:28 a.m. Saturday on the 1000 block of Seventh Street. The man who died was identified in a press release sent out by the Charleston Police Department as Byron Edingburg, 23, an Eastern student from Chicago. According...

Steeples’ status pretrial, jury trial dates set

Amanda Wilkinson, Online Editor

June 30, 2014

A status pretrial and a jury trial were set Monday during a status trial for Larry Steeples, a man facing first-degree murder charges. Steeples, 52, will have a status pretrial on July 28 and a jury trial at 9 a.m. on Oct. 6. Steeples’ attorney, Lupita Thompson, said at the status trial she was...

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