Prize-winning investigative reporter Edward Jay Epstein spoke 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 book, The Annals of Unsolved Crime.
The series was powered by Shindig, an interactive platform for large scale video events, allowing attendees to share the stage with the speaker or mingle with other participants online.
In each talk, Epstein explained the evidence, the status of the case, and reviewed his own conclusions. Those who RSVPed in advance received an excerpt from the book and a “briefing” on the crime to review before the live chat.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
History remembers John Wilkes Booth as Lincoln’s 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 discussed the Military Commission’s conspiracy charges and why history has preferred a simple narrative of the case.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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 was discussed alongside other Vatican mysteries, including the 1981 attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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 discussed the true state of the evidence in the Knox case.
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.