Dateline Episode Airing Tonight Is Based on Award-Winning New Times Story



NBC's Dateline at 10 EDT tonight will feature the disappearance of David Jackson and the investigation two decades later that threatened to tear a family apart. Our cover story, "My Father's Bones," won last year's Sigma Delta Chi award for feature reporting. (Yeah, I'm bragging; shut up.)

As you'll see in the preview clip, the segment, "Buried Secrets," will feature a teary interview with Barbara Britton, Jackson's ex-wife, whom prosecutors were dead-set on pinning to the wall as the mastermind behind Jackson's murder. Britton had previously declined New Times' request for an interview.

In April, nearly 27 years after the disappearance, Britton pleaded guilty in circuit court to being an "accessory after the fact," admitting that she had known about Jackson's murder after it happened but still maintaining that she had no role in luring Jackson to the motel room where he would die, as prosecutors alleged.

Britton's husband after Jackson, Michael Wolfe, is serving a life sentence in northern Florida for firing the shots that killed Jackson. Finally, the case has come to an end for all parties involved -- though Jackson's mother still wears a bracelet containing his ashes and tells the story of the day he disappeared as if it had happened last week.

Keith Morrison reports the Dateline episode, which airs tonight (Friday, July 6) at 10 p.m. Eastern.



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Dubs620
Dubs620

Like i said wrong facts and story again. The boy is a man first of all and i am a friend of the family's  that has  seen all the evidence, not like you.

guest
guest

Well, I can only say this must be Barbara herself responing here.  How can you question whether a mom has the right at any time to get her dead son's ashes returned to her, a cop her pocket, please!  This poor woman and the nightmare she's been through. I'll doubt the accessory to the crime Barbara was in Arizona, that appeared to be a feeble attempt at an alibi.  All you have to do is look at the woman's face to see a sociopath behind those tears((which appeared to be for herself).  What a freaky family, and then he picks a second husband as scary as the dad.  I think Stefan and Dateline had the story pretty correct.

Dubs620
Dubs620

 Stefan Kamph is a liar, not only did he get the story wrong, he only wrote one side of the story. If this was a award winning story I feel sorry for all Americans. You should have also  focus on the police misconduct. How did Judy get David's ashes in the her bracelet before the case was close.It is easy when you have a cop in your pocket. John was never in the court room with judy he was awaiting his moms return from court at her residents He loves his mom and knows that she was not involved and is not capable of doing so       To top it off Dateline's broadcast made many false statement as well. Barbara never stated that she knew about the murder of David (like Mr. Kamph also has printed in his article) just that it was possible because she informed David that her Dad wanted to meet with him regarding the visit, She was in Arizona the day he went missing, phone records prove it. Get your story straight before you report.

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guest

I got to the point where I couldn't watch Britton's lying face any longer.  She came across as a psychopath, which apparently she is.  Should be in prison, she's a liar and a killer.

Crystal_emanuel
Crystal_emanuel

What happened to David Jackson's son? I'm surprised he was never mentioned.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Judy...your friends will always admire the grit and determination that you exhibited to assure that David's disappearance and death would not be ignored.  You did a great job for your son.

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