A true crime podcast that recalls the brutal slaying of BETTY ANN SULLIVAN on a snowy night in January of 1988, a night that, more than 30 years later, the small town of Jefferson Township, New Jersey has yet to fully recover from. The violence of that evening shocked the nation for the perpetrator... was her own son, a boy of fourteen who would take his own life only hours later. What the investigation revealed left a community in tatters, unwilling to believe the evil that had befallen them.
A Prayer in Spring
Th writer/director returns to the scene of the crime.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Now we revisit the night in question, minute-by-minute, just like in episode one... only now we see things in a completely new light, and from a new perspective. Not from the point of view of law enforcement or his mother or his friend... but from Tommy’s point of view. We’ll understand what really happened, why it happened, and, most importantly, how it happened.
Acquainted with the Night
Tommy returns to Clinton Road and witnesses a BLACK MASS and other rituals that he had only read about... read about in a book that was once owned by the late Richard Cross. Tommy decides to re-enact an ancient ritual from the book on the grounds of the long abandoned Cross estate. Innocent to what he had wrought but, the evil had been summoned just the same.
The Road Not Taken
Tommy and his new friend decide to see for themselves what lurks in the darkness on the edge of town... they’ve heard rumors about a coven of Satanists that worship in the deep woods of Clinton Road. And once that rumor is proven true, Tommy becomes obsessed. He wants more and his curiosity leads him to the shadow figure of Richard Cross, the original Occultist in the area from the turn of 20th. century, and Tommy’s obsession grows.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
We begin to recreate the timeline that lead up to Tommy’s horrific acts and search for the catalyst that set him on his path to oblivion. He meets a new friend and is influenced by a new teacher. Suddenly a new and devious world is opened up and Tommy is powerless to resist.
Spring and Fall to a Young Child
In an attempt to find the truth, a truth that doesn’t involve the supernatural, we investigate other possible reasons Tommy may have snapped. In this episode we learn that Tommy was dedicated and successful athlete in a sport almost as mysterious as the occult: wrestling. Was the pressure of school, athletics and his religious demands enough to drive him over the edge?
Interesting but not enough
If it wasn’t for the onslaught of ads that appeared, even in the first episode, I probably would have continued. I’m 24 minutes in and my second ‘round’ of ads has begun.
I understand that creators deserve to get paid for their work but the quality of the podcast isn’t enough for me to overlook so many ads.
There are a lot of other podcasts within this genre that have far less ads (only play two at the beginning of an episode and have far better quality).
List of potential improvements:
- Less ads, certainly less intrusive ads. Also, does Best Fiends really hit the target audience here??
- Sound quality of the hosts voice is horrible, sounds like it was recorded with a pair of Apple wired headphones.
- Music to voice ratio was not good at times, hosts voice got noticing louder to overcome the music
- Episodes are really rather short, especially because of the amount of ads