An Addison woman convicted of murder in the 2012 death of a Dix man is the subject of an episode of the Oxygen Network series "Snapped," airing at 9 p.m. Sunday, and a former Leader reporter was interviewed for the show.
The series, now in its seventh season, profiles women accused or convicted of murder.
Sunday's episode will profile Alice Trappler, 41, sentenced in July 2013 to 25 years to life for orchestrating the murder of Daniel Bennett.
John Zick, a former Leader reporter, said the case was a perfect fit for the show.
"They did some background research, studied the story and decided it would make for some interesting TV," Zick said. "I agreed with them."
He said around the time of Trappler's sentencing, he was approached by producers from the Oxygen network about an interview for the show. Zick said he believed they also talked to the attorneys in the case, state police investigators, and family members.
"This was a fascinating story," he said. "It had all the elements of intrigue that a viewer would like."
Prosecutors said Trappler enlisted her ex-husband to kill Bennett to ensure he would never be involved in her daughter's life.
Bennett, 30, was shot in the head April 19, 2012, at the Dix home he shared with his father. He and Trappler were scheduled to appear in family court the next morning.
The actual killer was never brought to trial. Thomas Borden, 32, of Corning, committed suicide days after Bennett's killing by jumping in front of a train in suburban Philadelphia while being pursued by police.
Another man, Nathan Hand of Corning, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and is serving a 19-year sentence for assisting Borden in killing Bennett. Hand testified against Trappler at her Schuyler County trial.
Zick said the interview for Oxygen was extensive and wide-ranging.
"They asked about 75 questions over approximately two hours – from details of the case to more complex issues like motives, relationships, mindsets," he said. "This wasn't my first rodeo for a big case like this."
Zick said the show's producers never followed up with him to let him know if material from his interview would be used in the broadcast.
He said it was hard to say why some cases get national attention and others don't.
"That's a good question," Zick said.
He noted that the show's particular focus on women who kill made Trappler more likely to draw their attention.
According to the show's website, only about 7 percent of those charged with homicide in the United States are women.
But Zick said the details of this particular case made it hard to resist.
"It was a whodunit at one point, and there was a custody battle (and) a suicide," he said. "It really had all the aspects of what you would look for in 'CSI,' 'Law and Order' or any of those shows – and it was real life."