OC Weekly Found at Costa Mesa Murder Scene, Broadcast on TV in Worst Possible Cameo Ever

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How did a Weekly become part of a murder scene?
This past Thursday, I was investigating...something...when KCAL-TV Channel 9 began broadcasting a report on the grisly murder of John Gerard Kubat, a handyman bludgeoned to death in Costa Mesa by a homeless transient. The story gave the details of the case before switching to a ghastly shot of the murder scene, blood all over a fence. Also in the shot? An issue of our Summer Food Guide published a couple of weeks ago.

WTF?!

Not only did KCAL show one shot, it showed THREE in total, each lingering slightly longer than the last:

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And:

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Man, newspapers are always looking for cameos on television--but not this kind. I have no idea how the newspaper got there--whether the victim or attacker was reading it before the murder occurred, whether the Weekly just randomly tumbled into the scene, whether someone placed it there as a sick joke--or why the Costa Mesa Police Department left the paper there...is it part of the active murder scene? But let's just say we ain't exactly hoping we get this sort of publicity again.

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mophisto.waltz
mophisto.waltz

Yeah.... as if this publicity is going to taint the Weekly's reputation.... cause the hookers and weed advertisements give you guys such a spotless resume... not too mention your constant need to perpetuate racism in Orange County... 


Varjo Kriegshammer
Varjo Kriegshammer

Seriously guys? A man lost his life and this is the article that you post? Sometimes you truly sound like you are trying to be TRUE journalists, and then something this pops up.. Lynnea Weidenbach, sorry for the loss of your friend.

Michael Lee Elmendorf
Michael Lee Elmendorf

ok, what did, oc weekly do wrong? did it take one my anti-zionoist/fascist fax/email seriously?

Chris Gerdes
Chris Gerdes

...like they really give a shit!!! cmon... its the NEWS!

lonhall
lonhall

Oh yummy!  It was a food guide so when will they be barbecuing the remains of the victim for our enjoyment? (Sorry, folks. Not only am I left-handed, my humor is left---)


Lynnea Weidenbach
Lynnea Weidenbach

THIS IS BULLSHIT. I FOUND HIS BODY. NOW I GET TO SEE MORE PICS IN MY FACEBOOK FEED. THE SCENE SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN RECORDED IN THE FIRST PLACE!! It's horrific. It's private. Ugh. Grrrrrrrrrrrr

imlynnea
imlynnea

Oops. I'm the one that found his body . And it WASN'T THERE WHEN HE DIED. it came from the trash. LATER. at a different time. Who cares if it was seen on TV. It won't make people think any different

GRRRRRR

imlynnea
imlynnea

Oops. I'm the one that found his body. Who cares if it was there. It doesn't make us think different of oc weekly.

lorimeis
lorimeis

who cares about the damn newspaper... what about the man who was murdered! 

Kanani Fong
Kanani Fong

"There's no such thing as bad publicity." -PT Barnum All in all, a crafty and callous posting of 3 images of the paper, with the blood lightened via photoshop to reduce the emphasis on the tragedy of the murder. Obviously, you liked it, though someone else would have pointed it out if you hadn't. Next up: you'll be working at the Daily Mail.

Meredith Walako
Meredith Walako

someone lost a life, but look next to the blood... its us.

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

Quit pretending like you're not part of the dark, seedy, underbelly of OC.

Marcos Huerta
Marcos Huerta

So your weekly "info"-paper being found at the scene of a murder is more important than let's say, oh the MURDER itself. What great breaking news. remind me to litter more.

69Daddeo
69Daddeo

I knew John (the victim).  Sweet person, and he was sober and HAPPY after having struggled with addiction.  He overcame it.  He was being of service and trying to give back to the community because he was so grateful to the people that helped him.  AND Y'ALL ARE TALKING ABOUT A F***ING NEWSPAPER at the scene?  Sorry, I just don't care.  Who cares.

Chris J Caroselli
Chris J Caroselli

Always the same story: It starts with the OCRegister on the weekends, before you know it you're working on a twice a week LAExpress habit, by the end you're clutching a soiled OCWeekly behind the gas station.

Ryan Chowansky
Ryan Chowansky

"Man gets murdered, but hey let's laugh about this!!!" Corny

Thomas Obungen
Thomas Obungen

Probably went to Decadence and was sorely disappointed..

chubsterrubster
chubsterrubster

Everywhere you turn, it's hard not to see an OC Weekly laying in the sidewalk or street somewhere in OC.. Good toilet paper and kitty litter.

Steve York
Steve York

Don't worry...pretty soon Jimmy Righeimer will be blaming you for driving the transient crazy to push his Motel Ordinance.

Benjamin Salazar
Benjamin Salazar

You guys are such a great publication, I mean, this is definitely not fitting for such a regional publication authority such as yourselves.

Stephen Netherlain
Stephen Netherlain

So now, under the guise of a blog, journalist are using terms like WTF?

Staci Williams
Staci Williams

You are everywhere bad lately. First the HB riots, now a murder scene..

Jon Mendoza
Jon Mendoza

LOL, at least it wasn't "Suspect DNA found on tattered issue of OC Weekly at rape scene! News at 11!"

Gina DiNolfi McMillen
Gina DiNolfi McMillen

ya, that's pretty bad. It doesn't look like it was part of the scene, you know what I mean?

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Been a rough year for the Ol' Gray Hippie Lady 

(US Open of Surfing riots, etc.) 


Beezling
Beezling

@mophisto.waltz Hey now. Orange County perpetuates racism in Orange County. All OC Weekly does is provide it an online forum.

69Daddeo
69Daddeo

NOTHING to laugh about... I was praying and crying for John when looking at the murder scene, didn't even come close to noticing the damn newspaper.

imlynnea
imlynnea

It wasn't. I discovered the scene

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