In 2011, Hany Farid, a photo-forensics expert, received an e-mail from a bereaved father. Three years earlier, the man’s son had found himself on the side of the road with a car that wouldn’t start. When some strangers offered him a lift, he accepted. A few minutes later, for unknown reasons, they shot him. A surveillance camera had captured him as he walked toward their car, but the video was of such low quality that key details, such as faces, were impossible to make out. The other car’s license plate was visible only as an indecipherable jumble of pixels. The father could see the evidence that pointed to his son’s killers—just not clearly enough.
This is the first New Yorker piece I’ve listened to vs read via the AUDM player embedded at the top of the page. I didn’t know much about the company and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they employ professional actors to read the pieces. AUDM is partnered with some major publications and there are some samples here.