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November 7, 2005

Murder mystery

UPDATED: It’s always great to see old-media types cross over into the blogosphere, writing about their spouse and pet, posting photos of murder-mystery fun, and generally throwing themselves into the whole online thing. [UPDATE 11/15/05: All links now dead.]

Although I don’t see anything about this [new link] on James Keown’s new blog:

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A Missouri radio talk show host was arrested on murder charges Monday for allegedly poisoning his wife by spiking her Gatorade with a chemical found in antifreeze.
Prosecutors said James Keown, 31, began poisoning his wife when the couple moved to Massachusetts in January 2004, after he lied to her about being accepted to Harvard Business School.
Keown was arrested at the radio station where he worked in Jefferson City, Mo. He later made a court appearance via video and said he would not fight efforts to return him to Massachusetts.
Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley said the motive for the killing may have been financial: The couple was broke, and Julie Keown, 31, had a $250,000 life insurance policy. Her husband was never able to collect because the death came under investigation.
… In the meantime, he had moved back to Missouri, where he covered the Capitol for Jefferson City radio station KLIK and hosted the “Party Line” talk show.

The subtitle of Keown’s blog is “the views of one humble radio guy,” so maybe that’s why he didn’t mention it.

UPDATE 11/15/05: Keown's blog has now vanished, but his sister Shawna now has a site where you can leave comments.

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Shawna (James Keown's sister) mistyped her blog's URL: it should be http://shawnaek.blogspot.com/.


Posted by: Stephen Ayer at November 15, 2005 2:07 AM

Actually James did want an investigation as soon as Julie died if you haven't been reading all of the articles. But, everyone has their own opinions. If anyone has opinions they can put them on my blog at www.shawnaek@blogsite.com. Thanks!

Posted by: Shawna at November 14, 2005 10:48 AM

If you lost a spouse to an unknown illness, someone that you "loved deeply" - and they died as a total mystery, it would seem very normal to want to talk about it and likely be obsessed with finding out how the tragedy happened.... this guy apparently never wanted to talk about his wife to anyone, from all accounts and all friends' statements. It's like he just wanted it to go away. Plus, authorities questioned from the beginning that she had been poisoned -- wouldn't the husband want to know why and how it happened, instead of ignoring it and never talking about it? Grieving takes a long time and especially when it happened as a mystery. He seemed to get over it with unusual ease.

Posted by: No Name at November 9, 2005 5:06 PM