by Steve Rhodes
Question by Motherofpearl: What is the proper way to approach/research close family/friends of murder victims for a documentary?
I am attempting to research a very tragic murder case involving 4 victims for a documentary writing. I want to gather info on each of the victims (i.e.type of person they were,interests,dreams). In order to get this information accurate I need to interview those that were closest to them. How do I approach the victim’s family/friends in a tasteful manner (via phone,e-mail, or in person)?
Answer by orangemike
If you have an institutional affiliation (university, newspaper, etc.), then have a senior person from that institution approach them by mail. If not, then you will have to do it yourself. The key is respect and professionalism.
Either e-mail or in person would be a definite mistake.
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