Tenderfoot TV and Sonoro to launch podcast on 1973 Virgilio murder case

Host Alex Estrada to investigate father’s involvement in Stockton case

Tenderfoot TV and Sonoro Media are launching a new true-crime documentary podcast on the 1973 murder case of Anthony Virgilio in Stockton, California, the two podcast networks have announced. 

The seven-episode series, titled The Estate, is hosted by Alex Estrada, the son of Rosalio Estrada, one of the men that was accused of being behind the murder during Virgilio’s dying moments. Throughout the series, Estrada investigates his father’s supposed involvement in the case and uncovers never-before-told details alongside podcast producer and investigative reporter Angelina Mosher Salaza.

“Every family has a story like this: a dark chapter that goes unspoken or unsaid,” said Estrada. “Though I created this show to learn more about my father, my journey led me to unsettling discoveries about the justice system in San Joaquin County and its consequences on Black and brown families.”

“My dream is for The Estate to push others, particularly the federal government, to scrutinise police and prosecutorial practices from the 1970s and 1980s and revisit convictions from that era. At the very least, I hope it encourages listeners to explore their own complicated family histories before they are forgotten or lost.”

The Estate is launching 13 September, with the first two episodes available on all podcast platforms with new episodes weekly on Wednesdays after that. The podcast is co-produced by global entertainment company Sonoro and content creation company Tenderfoot TV, in partnership with radio and podcast network Audacy. Sonoro is behind a number of hit titles including fiction podcast Princess of South Beach and audio memoir Crumbs.

“Sonoro's mission is to empower global Latinx creators around the world,” said Sonoro co-founder Camila Victoriano. “We are proud to have worked with Alex to tell his family's story, and the story of 1970’s Stockton, in The Estate, a poignant narrative series that furthers that mission.”

Tenderfoot TV announced a new slate of podcasts in August this year as part of the company’s content expansion which included a limited series titled Dear Alana that launched mid-August, on the story of Alana Chen who ended her life in 2019 at the age of 24 after undergoing conversion therapy. 

The Estate is part of an ongoing content partnership between Sonoro and Tenderfoot TV which was announced in August 2022 to release a slate of multilingual podcasts. The partnership was made so both companies can grow their audiences, with Tenderfoot TV reaching Latinx listeners through Ciudad Mágicam - the first non-English podcast that Sonoro produced for Tenderfoot TV - and now with the launch of The Estate.