Fox’s “America’s Most Wanted” is going to present two Georgia-related cases on Saturday’s episode, to air at 9 p.m.
The show will explore the murder of Atlanta boxer Vernon Forrest (left, credit: AP) last weekend. It will also return to a case it first aired in March about a female escort service owner from Milton, GA who is still at large after having a customer murdered.
Angeline Hartmann, who was known for a time on Fox 5 as Angeline Correa before she got married, produced both pieces. She will often do stories in Georgia because of her past ties here.
“The Vernon Forrest case has national interest,” she said.
As of Friday, she admits AMW doesn’t have any major revelations on the Forrest story, but they will be able to give it more exposure. “AMW” frequently draws 5 to 6 million viewers.
“I’m surprised it has not been a bigger story,” she said. “He’s not only a national champion but he did so many great things for the community.”
Keith Brown, a customer, apparently bragged about going around Rutledge and paying the prostitutes directly. Rutledge, who Hartmann said “scared everybody because she rules by intimidation,” was not pleased when she heard the news. She hired three guys to help kill him and steal his money. On June 12, 2007, she did just that.
The other three have been caught and prosecuted. Two years later, she’s still wanted. “This was interesting to me because she wasn’t just this very bad female but ruthless.”
Since the first case aired in March, Hartmann said the cops have gotten a few leads and she has been seen in different places but they have yet to catch her. They hope another airing (which features a re-enactment of the murder) will vet out more leads.
Disclosure: I worked with Angeline when she was president of the Atlanta chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. She started “Georgia’s Most Wanted” on WAGA. She has been a producer at “America’s Most Wanted” for the past four years.