Leaving Long Beach the True Crime story of the Schockner murder is published by Pileated Press
St. Simons Island author Mark Jicha is interviewed
by Dateline NBC Correspondent Keith Morrison in San Diego.

View the entire Dateline NBC episode here "In Broad Daylight"

When Dateline NBC Producer Jessica de Vera contacted me in early November 2014, I was surprised to hear from a national network executive ten years after my sister's murder, but also somewhat skeptical NBC's interest would end up with a national broadcast special.

Over the years I had been contacted by a few true-crime television producers, but for one reason or another, none had gone further than their initial interest. One stand out. About a year after the murder, someone from “Haunted Houses: Tortured Souls & Restless Spirits” asked if we would like to participate in a séance to discover if my sister had any messages from the great beyond, but we weren't interested. I later learned the new owners of Lynn's home in Bixby Knolls allowed an episode to be filmed at the house, but I never saw the show (nor did I hear anything from my sister).

But we soon learned Dateline NBC was very serious about the production as Jessica conducted preliminary interviews with me, my son Charlie, police officers involved in the investigation and journalist who covered the story. She arranged a photo shoot at our St. Simons Island home to coincide with Charlie's visit just before Christmas, and then flew me out to San Diego for a studio session with NBC Correspondent Keith Morrison on January 2, 2015. Charlie and I spent the better part of the day being interviewed by the talented journalist, and then finished the day with a beach shoot as the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.

We were told the broadcast of a one-hour Dateline NBC episode would be aired on February 6th, but as that date approached Jessica informed us they had decided to expand the show to a two-hour special airing on March 6th, 2015.

That experience has been both exciting and a little nerve-racking. It has dredged up old memories and opened a few sores, but also helped us develop a new prospective on the entire experience. Jessica and everyone connected with NBC has been extremely professional, but also sympathetic to our situation while angling for emotional answers to the 10-year-old trauma. We are also anxious to see the broadcast, hoping we don't look silly or inarticulate on the small screen.