5/4 Interview with Crimescape author Tori Richards

Tori Richards is a journalist who has lived and breathed the crime beat in Southern California during the past 20 years. She spent the first 12 years of her career at newspapers such as Los Angeles Daily News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune, where she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for an investigation into prisoners who mysteriously died in jail. She also won numerous journalism awards, including the coveted Associated Press Best of the West and two from the California Newspapers Publishers Association.

Tori is an old-school reporter who likes to dig for information at crime scenes, track down witnesses and attend criminal trials. During her career, she has written thousands of crime stories and covered more than 100 trials at various stages including those involving OJ Simpson, Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, the Aryan Brotherhood, Rodney Alcala, and the Night Stalker.

  • Meet Tori Richards! (2:00)
  • Tori shares her background with us and her passion for her career. (5:45)
  • Tori discusses what sparked her interest in serial killers, and her involvement in the case of Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker. (9:30)
  • Joey discusses the original night stalker. (11:40)
  • Tori shares her courtroom experience with Rodney Alcala. (14:25)
  • Tori explains her contact with criminals and how to go about getting an interview. (19:40)
  • Tori talks about her work at Crimescape for the talented Marilyn Bardsley. (22:30)
  • Two things that Tori likes to know about a case before writing a story are discussed. (27:45)
  • Tori discusses the O.J Simpson case. (28:00)
  • Tori Richards discusses her book, “Killers For Hire”. (30:00)
  • A very talented homicide detective with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is
  • discussed and credited for catching the perpetrator in Richards’ book. (40:00)
  • Joey talks about media regarding cases and how it may affect an outcome, such as the Scott Dyleski case. (44:40)
  • Tori discusses her ethics when it comes to her sources. (55:00)
  • Tori gives out advice for new and inexperienced reporters. (60:20)
  • Go to our Facebook page to find out how you can WIN 1 of 3 copies of Tori’s book, “Killers
  • For Hire”! (65:55)

About behindtheyellowtape

Joey Ortega started his investigative career early at the age of 18 working as an apprentice investigator for local detectives. He started out doing insurance fraud investigations and background investigations. Proving adept in the areas surveillance and information gathering, Joey continued to seek further investigative challenges. From there he went on to do internal investigations for a number of companies that include; Sears, Roebuck Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, and K-mart. He was largely responsible for investigating issues of internal theft, embezzlement, workers comp fraud, and crime ring investigations. His success eventually earned him a position as a national investigator for a cellular chain, investigating crime rings on a national level. Trained in the Reid technique (interviewing/interrogation), Joey was able to gain confessions consistently without a single prosecution ever being challenged in court. Throughout his career as an internal investigator Joey continued to work for various private investigative agencies. Moving away from insurance fraud, Joey began developing his skills in the areas of criminal defense investigation, fidelity investigation, missing person’s investigations, and stalker investigations. It was the area of stalker investigations that Joey began to discover his passion for computer crime investigations. Having to learn quickly how to trace harassing and threatening emails, Joey began see that this is where the future of crime and justice was heading and decided to throw himself deeply into the subject. As a result, Joey’s clientele began to include those who were victims of internet fraud and cyber attacks. Joey is also the co-founder of The Ullemeyer Group, Inc. an investigative and training firm based in Santa Barbara, California that specializes in forensic training and consulting.
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