Plattsburgh There’s an old journalism adage that goes “If it bleeds it leads.” That same philosophy has led Bloated Toe Publishing to the verge of prime time.
Local author and publisher Larry Gooley has written and self-published numerous books, from histories of local North Country places like Lyon Mountain and Altona, to the Adirondack Literary Award winning Oliver’s War. But it’s Gooley’s numerous stories featuring North Country murders that are currently garnering the most attention.
Gooley, along with Jill Jones, his partner at Bloated Toe, were recently contacted by a representative from NBC, who wanted to use one of the stories from Gooley’s 2012 book “25 Diabolical Adirondack Murders: The Twisted, Fiendish Deeds of Adirondack Killers,” for an upcoming segment on their Discovery ID channel.
“We got a call...it actually said ‘National Broadcasting Company’ on the caller ID,” said Jones about the July phone call they received at their office. “We figured it was just a telemarketer, so we didn’t want to answer the phone. I answered it, and it was someone from 30 Rock.”
Not only did they want to use the story, they wanted Gooley to narrate part of the story.
Gooley and Jones were flown to New York City, and traveled to the studio at the National Arts Club across from 30 Rockefeller Center by limousine. They spent the better part of a day filming Gooley for the segment, and the rest of the day exploring Manhattan.
“It was pretty interesting to watch. They’re so fussy about everything,” said Gooley. “You give the perfect answer, and you think ‘there, I nailed that one,’ and then they’d say ‘no, do it again, there was a truck backing up.’”
They are not at liberty to say the name of the upcoming show because the name hasn’t been finalized, but it is “in the can” for airing in the very near future.