Edward Jay Epstein announces "Annals of Unsolved Crime: The Ultimate Online
Q&A," an online interactive series to be powered by Shindig
NEW YORK, April 8, 2013
NEW YORK, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Prize-winning investigative reporter
Edward Jay Epstein will speak to true crime fans and conspiracy enthusiasts
around the globe through a series of interactive online video chats discussing
some of history's most intriguing unsolved crimes, which are the topic of his
recent book, The Annals of Unsolved Crime.
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The series will comprise an initial six online chats on Tuesdays at 5pm EDT
and will be powered by Shindig.com, an interactive platform for large scale
video chat events, allowing attendees to enjoy a live talk by a notable
personality, share the stage to ask them questions face-to-face or to
privately video chat with other participants in the event. "Shindig provides
an extraordinary interactive means of directly answering questions provoked by
the cases in my book," Epstein said. The discussions will be free, but are
limited to the first 800 RSVPs who sign up at: www.mhpbooks.com/unsolvedcrime
"The renowned Epstein now adds to his innumerable credits 'internet pioneer'
as he leads the way in a whole new manner for authors to engage with their
most passionate fans online," notes Steve Gottlieb, founder and CEO of
Those who RSVP for a talk will receive a free downloadable "briefing" on the
case being discussed, excerpted from Epstein's book. In each talk, Epstein
will explain the evidence, the status of the case, and review his own
Schedule for the series:
Tuesday, April 16 - The Lincoln Assassination
History remembers John Wilkes Booth as a lone assassin, but an 1865 military
commission indicted 8 people in a conspiracy plot to kill Lincoln and leave
the U.S. government "entirely without a head." On the 148th anniversary of the
Lincoln assassination, Epstein will discuss the Military Commission's
conspiracy charges and why history has preferred a simple narrative of the
Tuesday, April 23 – The Mysteries of the Vatican
For 30 years, on assignment for The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, Epstein
investigated the mysterious death of Roberto Calvi, often called "God's
Banker" because of his close association with the Vatican's finances. Calvi's
death will be discussed alongside other Vatican mysteries, including the 1981
assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II.
Tuesday, April 30 - The Amanda Knox Ordeal
DNA is considered the gold standard for forensic investigators, but the Amanda
Knox case shows how prosecutorial misconduct can subvert even the best of
evidence. Coming on the heels of Knox's re-indictment by Italy's Court of
Cassation and the publication of Knox's memoir, Epstein will discuss the true
state of the evidence in the Knox case.
Tuesday, May 7 - The Case of the Radioactive Corpse
When Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned by a rare radioactive
isotope in London in 2006, his death puzzled police investigators. Epstein
travelled to Moscow to track down a key suspect and gained access to sensitive
files related to the case. Epstein will discuss ongoing questions about the
case…. And why it may never be solved.
Tuesday, May 14 - Bringing Down DSK
Two years to the day after Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York for
allegedly assaulting a hotel maid, Epstein will discuss his controversial
two-year investigation of the case, which he covered for the Guardian and the
New York Review of Books.
Tuesday, May 21 - The Lindbergh Kidnapping
One of America's most enduring crimes, the Lindbergh kidnapping changed the
way kidnapping cases are prosecuted. Epstein will discuss his take on the
case, which focuses on the role of the tabloid press and a seriously
compromised crime scene.
NYC startup Shindig is a breakthrough platform for large scale video chat
events. On Shindig, anyone with a webcam enabled computer can log in to attend
a live presentation or talk. They can share the stage with the speaker and
enjoy a personal face-to-face experience before the entire gathering, or
mingle freely with other participants in private video chats. In short,
Shindig offers the dynamics of physical events at internet scale.
Still in beta, the Shindig platform has been embraced by hundreds of prominent
individuals and entities for "Video Chat Book Tours," recording artist "Meet
and Greets," online classes and conferences, "Video Chat Nightclubs,"
Kickstarter pitches and other events, both free and paid.
Recent Shindig powered events include the TEDx Fourth Anniversary Celebration,
The New Music Seminar Upfronts and video chat book tours from Guy Kawasaki,
Michael Pollan, Hugh Howey, Dan Ariely, Carla Hall, AJ Jacobs, and Scott
Sigler among others. Highlights of past Shindig video chat book events can be
found here. To find out more about Shindig or to RSVP for upcoming events,
visit www.shindig.com. To inquire about how to how to host your own Shindig
event, contact Tom@Shindig.com
About The Annals of Unsolved Crime
Edward Jay Epstein's The Annals of Unsolved Crimes is product of more than 40
years of investigative work and an insightful guide to some of the most
controversial and mysterious crimes of the last 200 years from one of
America's most prolific and dogged investigative journalists. In a feature
story on the book, USA Today calls Epstein "A grand figure of modern
journalism" and noted "Show Epstein a juicy crime and he will show you how it
has been subverted by unseen powers for their own agenda, by the inevitable
incompetence of investigative authorities and by the media because it likes a
simple story line."
About the author
Edward Jay Epstein is the author of fourteen books. He studied government at
Cornell and Harvard and received a Ph.D from Harvard in 1973. His thesis on
the search for political truth became a best-selling book, Inquest: The Warren
Commission and the Establishment of Truth. His doctoral dissertation on
television news was published as News From Nowhere. He is the recipient of
numerous foundation grants and awards, including the prestigious Financial
Times / Booz Allen & Hamilton Global Business Book Award for both best
biography and best business book for Dossier: The Secret History of Armand
Hammer. He has written for Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New
York Times Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in New York City.
For more information, contact:
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At Shindig: Jeri Rosenblum, 212 699 3655 or Jeri@shindig.com
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