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1982: Oregon businessman Phil Champagne, age 52, dies in a tragic boating accident off Lopez Island. He is survived by one ex-wife, four adult children, an octogenarian mother, and two despondent brothers. Phil didn't know he was dead until he read it in the paper. All things considered, he took it rather well. So did Phil's brother, Mitch, the beneficiary of a 1.5 million dollar policy on Phil's life. 1992: Washington restauranteur Harold Stegeman, famous for his thick, juicy steaks, is arrested by the Secret Service for printing counterfeit United States currency in an Idaho shed. In addition to the bogus bills, Stegeman also has a fraudulently obtained passport, a fabricated Cayman Island drivers license, and Phil Champagne's fingerprints. When the uproarious reality of Harold Stegeman's secret identity hit the headlines, the counterfeit resurrection of Phil Champagne became one of the most celebrated and hysterically funny true-crime stories of the twentieth century. And while every supermarket tabloid and television talk show hounded after the untold story, only Edgar Award winner Burl Barer captured Champagne's confidence and received permission to detail Phil's post-mortem career of fraud, deception, trickery, lies, and fine prime rib, bringing to life the exploits of a man his family thought dead over a decade ago. MAN OVERBOARD-The Counterfeit Resurrection of Phil Champagne-Burl Barer
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Join me on Monday, October 20th as I sit down with Burl Barer. Mr. Barer will be on hand to discuss his to discuss his True-Crime novel, Man Overboard: The Counterfeit Resurrection of Phl Champagne and so more. Not only an accomplished author, he has credits in television and has worked in radio as well. Phone lines will be open, please call in with all your questions and comments.
Regarded as one of America’s premier investigative journalists, Burl Barer‘s true crime books such as BODY COUNT, HEAD SHOT, MOM SAID KILL, BROKEN DOLL, FATAL BEAUTY, MURDER ON 9/11, MANLING WILLIAMS’ DEADLY SINS, and MURDER IN THE FAMILY are required reading in many criminology classes and among true crime fans. Barer has appeared on numerous Investigation Discovery television shows, including Deadly Women (2011), Snapped (2011), Scorned: Love Kills (2012), Deadly Sings (2013), and Behind Mansion Walls (2013). Also in 2013, Barer served as a consultant to the television pilot series, “The Saint,” starring Adam Rayner as Simon Templar.
WildBlue Press recently released the 20th anniversary edition of Burl Barer’s MAN OVERBOARD the story of the death, and resurrection, of Phil Champagne.
When Jerry Heimann's son arrived at his father's home in Everett, Washington, he found his grandmother, an Alzheimer's patient, alone in the house, starving and dehydrated. His father was missing. The furniture was gone. Within hours, police realised that Jerry's live-in housekeeper, Barbara Opel, had robbed him and fled. But where was Jerry?The next morning, Opel's 11-year-old son led police to Jerry's body. Soon, stunned detectives were getting confessions from a rage tag group of teens and pre-teens. At Barbara Opel's command, they had set upon Jerry Heimann with knives, fists, and baseball bats - and battered him to death.From 13-year-old Heather, who frantically stabbed Jerry after having sex with her boyfriend, to 7-year-old Tiffany, who helped clean up the blood, this is the horrifying true story of how a mother turned her children and their friends into stone cold killers - and then rewarded them for their crime...MOM SAID KILL-Burl Barer
Ann White and Ginger Dawn Harman of The Creating Calm Network had the opportunity to chat with the charming Burl Barer about his life and work.
Barer is the author of several true crime books including Body Count and Head Shot. He wrote the novel Headlock. He is an Edgar award winning author and two time Anthony award nominee.
He also hosts TRUE CRIME UNCENSORED on outlawradiousa.com with show business legend Howard Lapides, and TRUE CRIME CLASSICS with Don Woldman on HereWomenTalk.com
His many talents in print, audio and television plus the fact that he is a menche, made for a delightful interview.
In the mid-to-late 1980's, a quiet neighborhood near Tacoma, Washington was terrorized by the violence of three men: Paul St. Pierre, an alcoholic psychopath; his younger brother, Chris, who had committed unspeakable acts to be one of the boys; and Paul's childhood friend, druggie Andrew Webb.
The three beat up one man before cutting his throat on a deserted beach. They decapitated another victim, whom Paul St. Pierre had killed, and buried his head in a bucket of concrete. Soon, the twisted triad turned on each other. St. Pierre shot Andrew Webb in the stomach during an argument. Chris St. Pierre called the cops. He and Webb, who survived his attack, were sentenced to life in prison. Paul St. Pierre choked to death alone in his jail cell. HEAD SHOT-Burl Barer
NYU graduate and publishing wunderkind Daniel Genis had a bright future before him which took a sharp turn to prison for serial mugging and consistent stupidity. Emulating the Beats whom he couldn’t stop reading, Genis became addicted to Heroin, that famed wonder drug originally promoted as a non-habit forming treatment for coughs and diarrhea. Smack’s long been revealed as exceptionally addictive, but there’s no finer anti-tussive and you can't poop no matter how hard you try.
A devout atheist who doesn't keep Kosher, Daniel’s been called ‘Prisoner Laureate of the Internet’ for his ubiquity. in the ten months of 2014 that he was not a prisoner, Genis published 60 articles. Ten years is a lot to make up. Recently he’s moved beyond the written word.
Daniel is now ruling the universe of expert commentary. When ever the media wants 60 seconds of authoratative, concise insights from a devout athiest who doesn't keep kosher, who do you think they call? Guess again. They call Daniel Genis
When a German magazine wants to kiss and make up for all that stuff on the History Channel, who do they have write their cover story? No, wrong again -- it's Daniel Genis
When legendary broadcaster and Edgar Award winning author Burl Barer wants to share time and space with a vastly amusing literary co-hort with a marked affinity for ITC television productions from the 1960's, who does he call? No, wrong again -- it's Daniel Genis.
Listen now as Burl politely grills Daniel like a swordfish. (Ed note: while this statement is grammatically incorrect, and should be written as "grills Daniel as if Daniel were a swordfish," the idiomatic humor is lost in the oppression of gramatical correctness)
Tyson Wrensch went on a pleasure cruise, and stopped in a port and checked his bank balance -- there wasn't one -- he'd been cleaned out, robbed....not only had his money been stolen, but so had his identity and his life -- the perpetrator was even living in his house!!! The authorities said there wasn't much that could be done "until someone gets hurt" -- eventually this same scam artist not only hurt someone, he killed them....this story is shocking, true and you just better sit back and listen..
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Merry and Burl Hall have a mission. It is connecting listeners to visionaries of a more resilient, equitable, and Earth-friendly future. Merry and Burt say, “Together, we can move toward the abundant future we envision for our posterity unto the seventh generation.” Our purpose is to support and promote YOUR vision, mission, and passion. They are both authors and radio show hosts on Blog Talk Radio. Their show is “Envision This!” –@ 7:00 – 8:00 pm EDT wwwblogtlkradio.com/envision-this
Jesse Interviews Burl Benson Hall and Merry Stetson Hall - the authors of Sophia’s Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature. Burl Hall is an author, online radio co-host of Envision This, philosopher (lover-of-Sophia), mystic, and retired counselor. He writes with the editorial assistance of his muse and wife, Merry Hall, a retired teacher, author of Bringing Food Home: The Maine Example, and co-host of Envision This which connects listeners to visionaries of a more resilient, equitable, and Earth-friendly future. Together they enjoy grandparenting; permaculture gardening at their home in Sabattus, Maine; playing with their dogs, Sophie and Kali; and meeting and profiling the amazing visionaries they interview on their radio show. We look at their work with Sophia's Web. Visit them on the web where they blog, post about their radio guests, and converse with folks: www.envisionthismedia.com.
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"WE MADE IT! IT IS CHRISTMAS EVE! 'tis the season of JOY! Yet despite the giving, love, cheer, Tchaikovsky, Andy Williams, Ella Fitzgerald and Burl Ives... without fail, I become unjustifiably sad... every season. Really sad. I manage to hold fast to motherhood and the wonder in my daughter's eyes to make it through, but in quiet moments, I fall. Does this sound painfully familiar? I KNOW I am not alone, so I have channeled the wisdom of one of my favorite people to help us through: Albert Einstein. Please join me for th FINAL DAY of Einstein wisdom. His beauty, simplicity and eccentricity will undoubtedly help us stop... breathe... and get over ourselves! His words are truly empowering and invaluable."
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Burl Barer is a Edgar Award winning author and two-time Anthony Award nominee with extensive media, advertising, marketing, and public relations experience. Garnering accolades for his creative contributions to radio, television, and print media, Barer’s career has been highlighted in The Hollywood Reporter, London Sunday Telegraph, New York Times, USA Today, Variety, Broadcasting, Electronic Media, and on ABC’s Good Morning America.
Barer wrote, produced, and often voiced, national radio and television spots for such performing artists as Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Eric Clapton, Moody Blues, Fleetwood Mac, Liza Minelli, Temptations, Four Tops, and many more. Barer also created and produced national radio and/or television campaigns for Warner/Electra/Atlantic, Media One, Management III, and Seattle Pacific Industries. Other national/regional clients have included Penzoil, Safeway, Superlube, Black Angus Restaurants, the Aladdin Theater for the Performing Arts, and the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. Barer wrote and produced the national electronic media campaigns for such cult classic films as King of Hearts, Harold and Maude, Ken Russell’s Mahler, Orson Welles’ F for Fake, The Four Musketeers, Academy Award winner The Man who Skied Down Everest, and the animated Allegro Non Tropo. His credits also include audio production for the award winning PBS series Images of Indians, 20th Century Art, Stained Glass Masters, and numerous television appearances. Most recently, Barer is featured with fellow author Tom Robbins in august 2006 release on DVD of the acclaimed documentary, Surrealism http://caribbeanradioshow.com ,http://crsradio.com 661-467-2407
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