Jasmyn Belcher Morris, lead producer of the StoryCorps podcast and the NPR “Morning Edition” feature by the same name, is branching out into the true crime genre. Morris is hosting the new Hit Man podcast from the iHeartPodcast Network. Hit Man takes a deep dive into the triple murder story of Lawrence Horn, a famous Motown Records producer and the hitman he hired to kill his family.
“The name Lawrence Horn may not be familiar to you but his work definitely is. He was the chief engineer at Motown in the early days,” said Morris. Indeed, Horn worked with many beloved major acts including The Supremes, The Temptations and The Jackson 5. But in 1990, everything changed. He was laid off from Motown Records and started spiraling into debt. He saw only one way out: the $1.7 million in his son’s trust fund. Three years later, Horn hired a hitman and killed his wife, son and a family friend.
“But at the time of the murders in the morning of March 3, 1993, Lawrence Horn was clear across the country watching TV in his Los Angeles home and he could prove it beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Morris in the show’s teaser. Investigators eventually determined that Horn used the 1983 book “Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors” as a how-to, with the hiring of a former street preacher to act as the triggerman. “I’ve spent the last four years looking into how one missed recommendation in that book brought down an incredibly well-engineered conspiracy,” said Morris.
Prior to joining StoryCorp in 2010 Morris spent several years as a reporter at NPR station news/talk WRVO Syracuse, NY (89.9)