‘That’s Nice’: Reporter Rudely Responds To Tamron Hall’s Revelations Of Her Sister’s Murder

January 13, 2014  |  

We almost let this story slip through our fingers, but it’s too shocking to leave unreported!

While delving into the details of her sister’s brutal murder, Tamron Hall — host of Identification Discovery’s Deadline: Crime — was rudely interrupted by a reporter’s nonchalant response: “That’s all very nice, but can you answer my question?” The Wrap reports.

The reporter’s question, asked at the Television Critics Association, inquired as to how Hall could juggle her duties as an anchor for MSNBC’s NewsNation while hosting her criminal investigation series on ID. To answer the question thoroughly, Hall revealed the gruesome details of her sister’s unsolved death: Found face down in her own pool, “Hall’s sister had bruising all over her body, hair ripped from her scalp, and most of her fingernails were gone,” The Wrap said. “Initially called an accident, a detective told Hall that that was not so.”

While investigative officials were quite certain who did the deed, no one has been prosecuted for the crime to date. “One day turned to two; two days turned to a month,” Hall continued.

But the journalist, presumably wanting a more concise answer, told Hall that her story was “nice,” but she didn’t answer his question.

Hall snapped back by saying that it wasn’t “nice.” And she asked the journalist to put himself in her shoes: How would he feel if he had gotten a call about his sister being battered and murdered?

After handling the reporter’s apathetic remarks, Hall revealed that she blamed herself for her sister’s death — she saw signs of domestic abuse and did nothing to help, according to The Wrap:

“One day[…], she returned to her own home to discover her sister had been physically assaulted, and the person who did it was still there. Hall kicked that person out. But the next day, her sister had invited that person back, so Hall kicked them both out and didn’t talk to her sister for three months — a decision she regrets to this day.”

Hall says that she should have hugged her sister and looked for assistance. And this horrific personal experience, Hall says, is what motivates her to split her time between Deadline: Crime and MSNBC — the answer to that testy reporter’s question.

“One of the reasons I wanted to do Deadline Crime is to show compassion,” Hall tells TVNewser.

As for telling her sister’s story on the show, Hall says she isn’t ready to do so. “I don’t know at this moment if I’m as brave as some of these people who’ve let me in their home,” she said. ”But I hope one day I can.”

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