For all of you wondering what a murderous, ex-NFL buffoon sounds like should tune into CBS's “48 Hours Mystery” for “Murder in the OC” on Saturday night.
The hour long show will focus on Eric Naposki–a former Indianapolis Colt and New England Patriot turned dirt poor Orange County bar bouncer, who was convicted earlier this year for being half of a money-hungry duo that murdered ultra-wealthy Newport Beach businessman William McLaughlin in Dec. 1994.
Newsflash: Naposki, a current 44-year-old Orange County Jail resident who faces life in a California prison when sentenced, is claiming that he knows the identity of the real killer.
Are you seated? Can you breathe? It's not him, he's telling anyone who'll listen.
(No word yet on why the former NFL linebacker waited until he'd been convicted of murder before he volunteered that he can finger the real villain.)
Nanette Packard Johnston, Naposki's accused accomplice and the victim's fiancee, faces veteran homicide prosecutor Matt Murphy and her own murder trial in coming weeks. She is represented by public defender Mick Hill.
“My alibi was true,” he told Globe reporter Stan Grossfeld in a jailhouse interview.
New York author Stella Sands is preparing a book on the case and also extensively interviewed Naposki this week.
The CBS show airs at 10 p.m.
NBC's “Dateline” is also preparing its own related show.
–R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly
R. Scott Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.