Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Tina Dirmann on Montel tomorrow!

Dear readers,

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Montel Williams on his daily talk show to discuss the case featured in my most recent book, Vanished at Sea (released in January). I want to thank Montel for taking the time to highlight this most heartbreaking story, which took place in Newport Beach, California. This beautiful seaside community is where retired couple Jackie and Tom Hawks lived on their yacht, appropriately named Well Deserved -- because the couple had worked a lifetime to buy her. They weren't rich, just cautious with their money. But after a few years of life at sea, the couple decided to sell their dream boat, to be closer to a new grandbaby. A murderous young couple, Skylar DeLeon and his pregnant wife, Jennifer, posed as buyers and coldly conspired to drown this gentle couple, whom they'd never met.

With little evidence of what happened on the boat that night, investigators and the Hawks' relatives scrambled to get to the truth, to find justice for Tom and Jackie. The Hawks' son, Ryan, appears on Montel with me. As does Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

The show, titled "Shocking Motives for Murder," airs Thursday. Check for the time and channel in your area. Watch a preview of the program here.

1 comment:

Stacy Dittrich said...

Amazing show, Tina! Congratulations! The audience was clearly taken in by the horrific circumstances surrounding the case. Job well done reporting it, I can't wait to read the book.