Briana’s Journal: Finding Robert Fisher
A behind-the-scenes account of our investigation
ENTRY 1: JUNE 6, 2022
This is easily the biggest project and case we’ve ever worked on. I feel like we’re at a point with interest in true crime where people are eager for answers and to see cases solved – and technology has come so far from where we were back when this case happened in 2001. So many people around the world know about the Robert Fisher case; people have seen the same pictures of him and his family for years, and yet we still don’t know where he is. It’s infuriating, and what he did to his family is nothing short of disgusting and upsetting. There are no other suspects – detectives say without a doubt Robert Fisher murdered his family and rigged that house to explode. Our team wanted to take this investigation to the next level, and bring our viewers and podcast listeners along the journey with us, in real time, as we discover and uncover so many new parts of this case.
This is what you can expect from us as we unravel this investigation:
- Exclusive access to the case file and evidence
- The biggest tips in the case explored with shocking pictures
- A deep dive (literally) into caves near where Fisher’s car was found
- Brand new interviews with people involved in the case, some who have never spoken out before
- New leads in the case
The first podcast episode of Finding Robert Fisher comes out on the True Crime Arizona podcast June 13th.
The Finding Robert Fisher documentary will premiere on August 20.
We’ve never done journal entries like this about a big investigation, but I wanted a place where I could put my raw thoughts and behind-the-scenes feelings onto paper and take all of you with me on this journey.
Will be back soon,
ENTRY 2: June 13th, 2022:
After months of working on this investigation we finally get to share the very beginning of all of it with you in episode one of the podcast series. If you’ve kept up with the Robert Fisher case over the years, you may have read that days after the explosion, his car was found in the same wooded area he was camping in with a friend just two weeks prior. It’s been a question ever since: was Robert Fisher scouting out his escape on that trip knowing he was about to kill his family?
For the first time ever, that friend is speaking out and agreed to sit down for an interview to talk to me about what happened on the trip and odd things Robert said and did while they were in the woods.
This episode sets up the entire season with those weeks leading up to the murders and explosion, and the day of.
There’s really so much more to this case than everyone has heard – until now.
ENTRY 3: June 27, 2022
This was a hard episode to write, because I had to re-live the crime scene photos over again. How do I properly covey the emotion I felt seeing Mary, Brittney, and Bobby’s charred bodies in debris to our listeners? While so much mystery surrounds this case and keeps people intrigued by trying to figure out where Robert Fisher went and where he is now, this episode is the crux of what this project all about: what happened to the victims – his innocent family. Seeing that first hand, for the first time, changed the scope of this investigation for me as a journalist. I feel a greater passion than ever before to find answers, and tell this story in a way that could generate more tips. As I sit here and write this, lead detective John Heinzelman and I text frequently about new tips we’re both getting since this podcast season started, and he and his officers are actively following up on the leads to rule them in or out and letting me know once they’ve reviewed them.
This is also where we start to reveal some of the major tips that have come in with pictures of people who could be Robert Fisher from around the world. For me, those were wild to see as we journeyed through this investigation, and I’m eager to share them with you as these episodes continue. Let’s just say this episode is only just the start of that.
I hope you guys are enjoying this season so far. I’m thankful for all the messages (and tips) I’ve received about it so far, and hope if any of you have information or details you think are important, you reach out too.
Until next time,
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