Thursday, July 21, 2011

Homeless Blogger Scoops Madison Media on Brittingham Park Body Story

July 21, 2011 - Madison, WI - A homeless blogger beat the local media outlets in reporting the discovery of a man's body in a local park yesterday. The "Homeless Patriot" reported at 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday that "Reports are circulating that a body was found a Brittingham Park this afternoon. Brittingham Park is on the northwestern shore of Monona Bay." The Homeless Patriot's posting of the report beat out all of the local media and bloggers. The Homeless Patriot scooped the local media again today by reporting that the body was badly decomposed (see HP's update here). WKOW TV reported the story online at 7:43 p.m., three minutes after the Homeless Blogger posted his report. WISC TV did not report the story online until 8:04 p.m. It was not until today at 10:45 a.m. that the Cap Times newspaper reported the story. They are reporting that the body is that of an unidentified man, age 36. Police have not yet said what the cause of death is, but the Homeless Patriot reports today in an update that the body was badly decomposed, making initial determination of sex difficult. If you have information that could help the investigation, call Madison police at 608-266-4924. Full disclosure: I am the Homeless Patriot.