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Southern Nightmare: When a Serial Killer Stalked Richmond Podcast Preview

Thirty years ago a man stalked the women of Southside. A podcast starting May 30th will explore the methods used to catch a killer that ultimately changed the face of modern American law enforcement.

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Southern Nightmare: The Hunt for the South Side Strangler is a new true-crime podcast, launching on May 30th.  Richmond journalist Richard Foster working with Style Weekly magazine and WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio will be diving into a serial killer that terrorized Richmond.

The killer was active 30 years ago and was the first murderer in U.S. history caught using DNA evidence. Not knowing how the Podcast is going to present the information I’ll just give the link to the Wikipedia article and this YouTube Documentary which will give you more details.

Tonight will be your chance to get a preview of the podcast. Richard Foster will be at Grace E. Harris Hall at VCU interviewing a retired Richmond Homicide Detective that worked the case. The discussion begins at 7 PM. The event is free and open to the public, doors open at 6:45 PM.

More information on the Facebook Event:

FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC. DOORS OPEN AT 6:45 P.M. You’re invited to a live sneak preview event for Southern Nightmare: The Hunt for the South Side Strangler, a new true-crime podcast hosted by Richmond journalist Richard Foster in cooperation with Style Weekly magazine and WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio. Launching May 30, the in-depth, 10-episode weekly podcast will feature exclusive interviews with homicide detectives, FBI profilers, prosecutors and friends and family of the victims. This event, held at VCU’s Harris Hall auditorium and hosted by the VCU Student Media Center, will feature live interviews with a retired Richmond homicide detective and others connected to the case. For more information, visit www.southernnightmare.com.

PEN America Support for this event comes from PEN America’s Press Freedom Incentive Fund, a resource for mobilizing communities around information access, media truth, news literacy, and other issues related to press freedom advocacy.

You can subscribe to the podcast here.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Richmond BizSense.com Reporting on Continental Coming to Manchester

A new restaurant for the Manchester area.

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The Continental Westhampton is a staple for diners on Grove. Eventually, those of us South of the river will have our very own Continental to call our own at 609 Hull Street. Continental brings to the table a diverse menu that you can check out here. I highly recommend the meatloaf.

From the full-article on Richmond BizSense.com:

Giavos said Continental Manchester will be a similar concept to his Continental Westhampton that’s been open for eight years along the Libbie-Grove corridor.

“We decided to take the ‘W’ in Continental Westhampton and flip it upside down for Manchester,” he said.

“It’ll be neighborhood-friendly, accessible, not too expensive. Hopefully it’ll be good for that neighborhood. There are so many young professionals over there, hopefully I can bring something that’s a needed commodity.”

According to the article no date is set for projected opening.

 

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Critter of the Week

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A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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Where Spotted: Belle Isle
Common Name:  Double-crested Cormorant aka Mr. Submariner
Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax auritus
Average Length: 28–35 in
Average Wingspan: 45–48 in
Average Weight: 2.6–5.5 lb

Quick Facts

  • When swimming, the bird sits low in the water with its neck and head showing; from there it plunges into the deep to catch fish at depths of up to 25 feet.
  • It can stay submerged for over a minute.
  • After diving, it spends long periods standing with its wings outstretched to allow them to dry, since they are not fully waterproofed.
  • When their eggs hatch after about a month, the adult cormorants will shade the chicks from the sun using their wings.

Rose at Richmond SPCA

Rose is an adorable girl that is looking for just the right home and environment for her. If you’re interested in learning more about Rose please contact the Richmond SPCA adoption center at 804-521-1307 or visit our humane center to meet with an adoption counselor and Rose.

Age: 4 years, 8 months
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Grey / White
Declawed: No
ID: 31457867

Adopt Rose at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about our adoption process.

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Our City’s Roads or Any City for that Matter

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There is no local connection to this story just a neat website that lets you get an image of the streets of any city. Similar to the popular design by Studio Two Three but you can pick your Mom’s town. You can play with the colors and download an image as I did above or just grab screenshots after zooming in as I did below. there are some minor errors like a mystery road going to Belle Isle but overall it’s an interesting way to look at the city. I also checked out some fairly small cities I’m familiar with in other states and it did an excellent job on those as well.

I found out about this on this RVAreddit thread originally posted by u/57duck.

Andrei Kashcha @anvaka created the website. For the technology-minded of you out there it downloads roads from OpenStreetMap and renders them with WebGL. You can find the entire source code here. If you love his website you can buy him a coffee, but it’s not mandatory.

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