Next Tuesday, "Frontline" will broadcast "A Death in St. Augustine,"
an investigative collaboration with The New York Times. The Times plans to run a multimedia story on the investigation this weekend.
The collaboration tells the story of Michelle O'Connell, a Florida woman whose death was ruled both a suicide and a homicide
. Her boyfriend, Jeremy Banks, a sheriff's deputy in Florida's St. Johns County, has sued the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
over its investigation of O'Connell's death.
Producer Glenn Silber first brought the story to New York Times reporter Walt Bogdanich. "I decided it was worthy of looking into more deeply than anyone had to date because it touched on some issues I was interested in," Bogdanich said in a phone call with Poynter. "Among them, how rigorously do police investigate one of their own?"
- Michelle O'Connell (courtesy Patty O'Connell)