Public Radio's Joe Bevilacqua Stars as Murdered Terry King in "Redrum" on Investigation Discovery

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Joe Bevilacqua as Head of NBC Radio for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire"
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NAPANOCH, N.Y. - May 11, 2015 - PRLog -- Ever wondered what your favorite public radio personality looked like? On May 12 at 9:00 pm (ET), veteran award-winning public radio producer/host Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) stars as real-life murder victim Terry King, slain by his two sons Alex and Derek in Cantonment, Florida in 2001.

This latest on camera role comes after a busy three years of TV and film work in which Bevilacqua has been hired to portray a number of historical figures, including Nikola Tesla on Monumental Mysteries, Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery on the History Channel's The World Wars mini-series, and Head of NBC Radio circa 1931 on HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

Bevilacqua can also be seen acting in such feature films as  "The Green Blade Rises" directed A.J. Edwards, "The Fly Room" directed by Alexis Gambis, "Cold in July" directed by Jim Mickle, and "Hits" directed by David Cross.

In the May 12 episode of Redrum, entitled Families and Foes, Bevilacqua spent three days filming, the last of which he spent sitting in an easy chair with his eyes closed covered in fake blood playing dead.

Reunited with his two sons, Terry King's life seems to be back on track until a fire breaks out at his new Florida home, leaving one person dead and two missing.

The episode will be available for online viewing on May 13 at

On November 26, 2001, firefighters from Escambia County, Florida, raced through the quiet streets of Cantonment, a small community located about 10 miles north of Pensacola.

They were anxious to get to the address. A call had come in that there was a house fire and the firefighters knew that many of the homes on Muscogee Road were old and wood framed. They also learned that the occupant of the home, Terry King, was inside.

When they got to the house, they broke through the dead-bolted doors and went about the task of putting out the fire and looking for survivors.

In one of the rooms, they discovered a man sitting on a couch, dead. The firefighters figured that he had been a victim of smoke or fire, but after a brief examination it was clear that he had likely died from injuries he suffered from being bludgeoned to death. His skull was cracked open and half of his face had been smashed in.

It was later determined that the victim was 40-year-old Terry King.

Terry's sons: Derek, 14 at the time, was sentenced to eight years, and Alex, 13 at the time, was sentenced to seven years. Circuit Judge Frank Bell sentenced the boys after they pleaded guilty to beating their father to death with a baseball bat to his head, recanting their earlier trial testimony that friend and convicted child molester Ricky Chavis committed the murder. Their new confessions offered chilling details of the 41-year-old Chavis' entreaties that the boys move in with him and of Chavis' yearlong sexual obsession with Alex. But the confessions gave no indication that Chavis committed the murder, was present when it occurred, knew of it in advance or suggested it.

"Derek got a bat and hit dad in the head," Alex said in his handwritten confession on a legal pad. "After a while dad didn't move. We set the bedroom on fire. Then we went to store and called Rick. Rick picked us up."


Joe Bevilacqua trained as an actor and graduated Summa Cum Laude with degrees in English, Speech-Theater-Media, Television and Communications from Kean University in 1982. After developing an interest in radio drama, he gravitated to public radio where he has had a long and successful career. Bevilacqua vows that his new "on camera" career will not stop him from continuing to produce his 16 different popular radio shows.

Incredibly, "Joe Bev" currently also reports for NPR (All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Latino USA), and still finds time to produce 36 unique hours of radio every month, 12 of which are underwritten by book publisher BearManor Media. They are The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, The Jazz-O-Rama Hour, The Joe Bev Experience, Cartoon Carnival, The Joe Bev Audio Theater, The Voice Actor Show, The J-OTR Show, The Lost OTR Show, and The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention Celebrity Interviews (all of which are also hosted by Joe Bev), plus shows hosted by others: Lorie's Book Nook with Lorie Kellogg, Fred Frees Favorites with Fred Frees, What's Cookin'? with Chef Steve Mendoza, Aroma Thyme Radio with Chef Marcus Guiliano, and Movies on the Air with Bryan Hendrickson.

Under the umbrella title of "The Joe Bev Hour", these also programs air on WGTD, Wisconsin Public Radio, Spokane Public Radio, Sound Stages Radio, BearManor Radio, WHRO-Norfolk, VA, The 1920s Radio Network, Toon Radio, Pawling Public Radio, Radio New Zealand, Prairie Public, Moab Public Radio, KAZU, WNMU-FM, KREV, WMMT, KAWC, Red River Radio Network, Marfa Public Radio, KCUR, WEZU, WSNC, Troy Public Radio, WCMU Public Radio, WRPI, KUAT, KUHF, KVMR, WRFA, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, WHRV, KVMR, WUCF, WFIU, KRPS, KUT, WLRN, WTIP, WNCU, KEOS, KRUA, New Hampshire Public Radio, KGOU, Delta College Public Radio, WPSU, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, KMXT, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WEFT, Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, WRVO, WYSO, WMPG, WGUC, KRPS, WEKU, Oregon Public Broadcasting, WXXI, Yellowstone Public Radio, Robin Hood Radio/ WHDD AM 1020/FM 91.9-WLHV FM 88.1 /WGHQ AM 920, WHRV, WVAS, WDCB, WMUK, KCCK, WAMC, Here and Now, WGBH, KWIT, KDUR, WGUC, WJFF, WILL, WNPR, WCAI/WNAN, KTNA, WKSU, WKMS, AMU, KSTX (KPAC), KERA, WFCR, WUAL, KZYX, KCPW, Stan, Delmarva Public  Radio,  KRCB, WKNO, KSJD, KFSR, KUHF, KQED, Spokane Public Radio, WUIS, WEKU, WEPS, WNCU, WPSU, KUOW, KUHB, KTXK, Raven Radio, WQUB, WCOM, WMUB, KGLT, KDNK, KMXT, KSFR, WVPE, South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio, KSUT, KUVO, KDLG, KVNF, KUHB, Yellowstone Public Radio, WERU, KSRQ, WKSU, KRCB, GAUF, WUSM, WDNA, KUGS, WGCU, KFAI, WUTS, East Village Radio, KAOS, KBBI (check local listings).

Bevilacqua also has over 120 audio book titles out, distributed through Blackstone Audio. He was the 2013 winner of the Kean University Distinguished Alumni Award. He has also performed in many stage productions including A Tribute to Bud and Lou (as Bud Abbott) and Vaudeville in the Catskills, for which he received a 2012 Theatre Association of New York (TANYS) Award for Excellence in Acting.

Bevilacqua began his acceptance speech in character as “Sergeant Lefty,” one of his radio alter egos, who exclaimed, “You’re givin’ a guy an award for arrested development! You know he stole all his ideas from Kean.” Reverting to his true self, Bevilacqua stated, “Without Kean, I wouldn’t have accomplished anything. This was a place where I felt at home right away—a safe environment where I could be myself.”

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