To Love and to Perish show

To Love and to Perish

Summary: The team behind the awarding-winning Season 1 of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette True Crime program returns for a second season. Host Michael A. Fuoco and producer Ashley Murray are following the success of “Three Rivers, Two Mysteries” with another true crime tale. The new season, “To Love and to Perish,” explores the true story of how love, betrayal, greed and hatred in a small town erupted into a gruesome murder. The first chapter is scheduled for release in September. To take a listener’s survey, go to post-gazette.com/podcastsurvey

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 Season 2 Preview 2: To Love and to Perish | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 03:13

The team behind the awarding-winning Season 1 of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette True Crime series returns for Season 2. Host Michael A. Fuoco and producer Ashley Murray are following the success of “Three Rivers, Two Mysteries” with another true crime tale. The new season, “To Love and to Perish,” explores the story of how love, betrayal, greed and hatred in a small town erupted into a gruesome murder. The first chapter will be released in September. Take a listener’s survey at post-gazette.com/podca

 Season 2 Preview 1: To Love and to Perish | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:24

The team behind the awarding-winning Season 1 of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette True Crime series returns for Season 2. Host Michael A. Fuoco and producer Ashley Murray are following the success of “Three Rivers, Two Mysteries” with another true crime tale. The new season, “To Love and to Perish,” explores the story of how love, betrayal, greed and hatred in a small town erupted into a gruesome murder. The first chapter will be released in September. Take a listener’s survey at post-gazette.com/podca

 Season 1 Bonus Chapter 8 (Live Event): The Families | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:55

The families of Paul Kochi and Dakota James discuss the lives of their sons, the painful mysteries of their deaths and their contentions about how the died. The families’ comments about the cases, the podcast and their grief were recorded during a live public event on Dec. 7, 2017 at Point Park University in Downtown Pittsburgh.

 Season 1 Bonus Chapter 7 (Live Event): The Experts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:22

Forensic pathologist Cyril H. Wecht, psychologist Paul Friday and attorney, college professor and former FBI supervisory special agent Lawrence Likar talk about their involvement in the Post-Gazette podcast and offer opinions about the cases of Paul Kochu and Dakota James. Their discussion was recorded during a live public event on Dec. 7, 2017, at Point Park University in Downtown Pittsburgh. The moderator is Andrew Conte, director of Point Park’s Center For Media Innovation.

 Season 1 Bonus Chapter 6 (Live Event): The Journalists | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:09

Host Michael A. Fuoco, producer Ashley Murray and editor Virginia Linn detail how the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette came to produce its first serialized podcast. During a live event on Dec. 7, 2017, they discuss the interviews and explain their production process, bumps in the road and other details. The recording was made during a public event at Point Park University in Downtown Pittsburgh. The moderator is Andrew Conte, director of Point Park’s Center For Media Innovation, where the podcast was produced.

 Season 1 Chapter 5: Looking Back, Looking Forward | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:44

Grief, frustration and even anger remain as the third anniversary of Paul Kochu’s disappearance and the one-year mark for Dakota James approach. Both families have hired private consultants to help them with their goal of determining what happened to their sons. Additionally, the Kochu family has set up a scholarship and the James family has established a foundation to keep the memory of Paul and Dakota alive--even as questions about their deaths still loom large.

 Season 1 Chapter 4: The Investigations and the Smiley Face Killer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:51

The Kochu and James families felt detectives did not prioritize their cases and treated them with insensitivity. Police deny the claims but say they understand why the families might feel that way. Because of all of that, the district attorney has started a new program to assist families of missing people.  Meanwhile, whether Paul and Dakota’s cases can possibly be linked to the theory of the Smiley Face Killer serial killer is a matter of conjecture, much of it on the Internet.

 Season 1 Chapter 3: An Old Soul | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:44

Dakota James had a focused mind, a sharp wit and a soft spot for older generations. Dakota was gay and because of that, his parents worried for his safety. After a night of barhopping with a co-worker in January 2017, he disappeared as he appeared to be walking to a bridge on his way home. In March 2017, his body was found in the Ohio River not far from Pittsburgh. Was this a hate crime? Or could it have been an accident, as the medical examiner ruled?

 Season 1 Chapter 2: The Best Laugh | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:28

Paul Kochu, a native of eastern Pennsylvania, was a compassionate, caring and pleasant ICU nurse in a Pittsburgh hospital. But in December 2014, after being injured in an altercation with a roommate, he disappeared into the night. The following March, his body was found floating in the Ohio River, 85 miles downriver from Pittsburgh. Was this a murder, an accident or a suicide?

 Season 1 Chapter 1: Gone Missing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:28

The unexpected death of any young person is a tragedy. But when the circumstances of a young person’s unexplained disappearance and subsequent death are unsolved mysteries, grief grows exponentially. That is the experience of the families of Paul Kochu and Dakota James, two promising young men who mysteriously disappeared from Pittsburgh on winter nights separated by 25 months. The vexing questions of their cases continue to bedevil those who loved them and even strangers moved by the tragedies.

 Season 1 Preview: Three Rivers, Two Mysteries | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 03:29

In this upcoming serial podcast from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, we'll look at the eerily similar and mysterious deaths of Paul Kochu and Dakota James. How and why did they go missing? What might have happened to them? How did Pittsburgh police approach these cases? And how have their families and friends coped with their mysterious deaths?

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