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La Plaza
All America Murders
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Series Description

Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

In the woods adjacent to a private school, students discover a body. Before long two more victims are found nearby. The remains are identified as belonging to “Betsy” Montalvo, Carmen Rudy, and Dinelia Torres, three troubled women from the “All-America” city of Worcester, Massachusetts. Behind the lurid newstories—all of the women had criminal records—were three mothers, sisters, and daughters whose tragic lives were linked by poverty, heroin addiction, and murder.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; All America Murders,” 07/20/2004, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 21, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EA681D49F4BC4794AEEBD6D4DAC58C84.
MLA: “La Plaza; All America Murders.” 07/20/2004. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 21, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EA681D49F4BC4794AEEBD6D4DAC58C84>.
APA: La Plaza; All America Murders. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EA681D49F4BC4794AEEBD6D4DAC58C84
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