“Dateline NBC” is launching their first ever true-crime original podcast, which will focus on a killer with a creepy connection to the show.
The new series, “The Thing About Pam,” will drop on Sept. 18 and follow the crimes of Pamela Hupp. Hupp was sentenced to life in prison without parole back in June for killing 33-year-old Louis Gumpenberger in an attempt to frame him as a hitman in connection with another murder she was suspected of committing.
Days before Gumpenberger was murdered, a person said she was approached by someone who looked like Hupp posing as a “Dateline” producer, who offered her $1,000 to record a scripted sound bite, supposedly for the show.
Keith Morrison, longtime “Dateline” correspondent and host of the upcoming podcast, told Vulture, “Someone actually went around trying to con other people by portraying herself as a producer on our show. That’s new to me! I hadn’t encountered that one before.”
In addition to covering the murder of Gumpenberger and taking a deep dive into Hupp’s life, the podcast will also investigate the 2011 murder of Hupp’s best friend Betsy Faria and the 2013 undetermined death of her own mother, Shirley Neumann. Investigators have questioned if Hupp could have had something to do with both.
“From the beginning, it appears that this woman has been plotting and planning and blaming everyone else for the crimes that she has committed,” Morrison told Vulture. “It’s a pattern and we keep seeing that pattern, even now that we’re talking to new witnesses who have known her over the years and discovered the deceptions and frauds that she employed. But the spine of the story is, Who killed Betsy Faria? And I think we know the answer.”
Faria’s husband, Russ, was convicted of his wife’s murder in 2013 and Hupp was the state’s key witness. His conviction was overturned a few years later and his defense fingered Hupp as the possible murderer.
“Hold on to your seats,” Morrison says in the trailer for the podcast, adding that this “wild, unbelievable” story is one unlike anything he's seen before.
He explained his team has researched this story for years.
“What happens when a true crime show becomes part of the story? We could never have imagined,” he said.
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