Sunday, April 2, 2023

A True Crime TV Appearance


By Claire Booth 

Almost exactly a year ago, I taped an episode of City Confidential, the A&E show that spends an entire episode on one crime and the ripple effects it has on a community.

They asked me for an interview because I wrote a book about the case they decided to feature. The False Prophet: Conspiracy, Extortion and Murder in the Name of God covers the five murders committed by a Bay Area man who claimed to be a prophet of God. I covered the story as a newspaper reporter, and it was so convoluted and complicated, I always knew it would take a book to explain it all properly.

Because it’s such a bizarre case, multiple TV shows have featured it, and me, over the years. City Confidential was definitely one of the most professional productions I’ve participated in. It was a pleasure to work with their producers and crew.

I’ve had to keep my involvement under wraps until the air date was announced. I just found out this week that the episode, “Marin County Murders,” airs at 10 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Pacific, this Thursday, April 6. I haven’t seen any footage, so I’ll be seeing it for the first time, too. And if that sparks your interest in the case, you can buy The False Prophet here for a special sale price this whole next week.



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