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Rebecca Everett is an enterprise crime reporter, investigating the issues and figures driving policing and crime in New Jersey. Since joining The Star-Ledger and NJ.com in 2016 as a local news reporter, she has won seven New Jersey Press Association awards, including two for the print version of “Father Wants Us Dead.”
Rebecca previously worked at MassLive.com and got her start in journalism 12 years ago at the Daily Hampshire Gazette, her hometown newspaper in Massachusetts. Her reporting shed light on issues of sexual harassment and assault years before the #MeToo era, including a series revealing harassment allegations against a city councilor that resulted in a recall election and a Publick Occurrences Award from the New England Newspaper & Press Association.
Jessica Remo spent seven years as an award-winning reporter and columnist at The Star-Ledger and NJ.com. In 2017, her story on “Passing the trash” — the epidemic of problem teachers moving from school to school after allegations of misconduct — won an award for Responsible Journalism from the New Jersey Press Association and propelled the state Legislature to pass a bill against the practice.
After leading news coverage in Union County, she became a columnist, writing dispatches from Wrestlemania 35, chasing presidential candidate Cory Booker around the Iowa State Fair and detailing how her DNA test revealed a wild family secret. She previously worked at Patch.com, New Jersey Monthly magazine and Philadelphia magazine.
Check out the award-winning investigation of the John List murders on NJ.com
(Warning: contains spoilers)
About the reporting
Reporters Rebecca Everett, left, and Jessica Remo read letters by John List, provided by a relative of the recipient during a June 2021 meeting at a Home Depot in Richmond, Virginia.
Father Wants Us Dead, NJ Advance Media’s examination of the 1971 John List murders and their legacy, was the culmination of a year-long effort.
Reporters Rebecca Everett and Jessica Remo reached out to more than 100 people associated with the case and interviewed nearly 50 of them. They also pored over hundreds of pages of documents obtained from the FBI, police and prosecutors.
The result is this nine-episode serial podcast, as well as a 15,000-word investigative retrospective into the depraved crime published in The Star-Ledger newspaper and on NJ.com in December 2021.
The reporting in this project is primarily based on interviews with the following sources:
Family, friends and neighbors: Tim Syfert, Dr. Bill Cunnick, Rhonda Conway, Susan Jankowitz, Ed Saridaki, Chris Day, Charles Jones, Rick Baeder, David Baeder, Ellen Brda, Brion Devlin, Dave Devlin, Dana DeVoe, Juliet DeVoe and Craig Stock.
Those involved in the investigation, capture and trial: Bernard Tracy, Robert Kenny, Jeffrey Paul Hummel, Kevin August, Randy Neidecker, John Walsh, David Baugh, Brian Gillet, Michael Mitzner, Steven Simring, Alan Goldstein and William L’E. Wertheimer.
Those who knew List, including in his second life: Kathleen “Kay” Ciarfello, Randy Mitchell, Les Wingfield, the Rev. Joseph Vought, Ludwig “Lou” Silbermann, Jerome Kendall, George Corbett, Harry Camisa, Pamela Brause, Burton Goldstein and Wendy Collins. And additional sources: Gabe Gluck, Robin Kampf, Edward “Chip” Saresky Jr., Gail Wittke Houston, Michael Stone, Paul Doros, Martin Eidelberg, and Frank Chupko, as well as several sources who asked that their names not be used.
Secondary sources include investigative files from the FBI, Westfield police and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office; Simring’s report from his psychiatric evaluation of List; letters provided by Wendy Collins and the family of Wally Parsons; archived news articles from The Star-Ledger, The Courier-News, The Daily Journal, The New York Times and The Richmond Times-Dispatch; and the book “Collateral Damage: The John List Story” by John List and Austin Goodrich. Family photos from the book were also used with permission from the Goodrich family.
Reporters conducted additional background research, including from the following books: “Death Sentence” by Joe Sharkey, “Thou Shalt Not Kill” by Mary S. Ryzuk, and “Righteous Carnage” by Timothy B. Benford and James P. Johnson.
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