History Detectives Special Investigations

July 7, 2014 ·

PBS History Detectives

Last year I had the pleasure of working with the staff from PBS’s History Detectives for the upcoming History Detectives Special Investigations: Texas Servant Girl Murders.  The cast and crew came to Austin last summer; they did a number of interviews and on location videos and I got to chat with the esteemed Tukufu Zuberi, who was very enthusiastic and a lot of fun to work with.  I’m looking forward to seeing what they discovered!  Tuesday, July 15, 9pm / 8pm central on PBS.

 

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