Harvey Dent's Press Conference Interrupted by Hostage Situation
by Alex Billington
April 13, 2008
Earlier today e-mails were sent to Harvey Dent followers alerting everyone of a 3:00PM EST live press conference on ibelieveinharveydent.com. However, instead of hearing a press conference, the audio was of an ongoing hostage situation involving Frank Notaro and Harvey Dent. Notaro is a decorated Gotham Police Officer (photo) who went crazy and started yelling about keeping his kids and wife safe and going under witness protection. You can listen to the audio below and we'll update this as hear anything new. The latest we heard - Dent bargained to replace himself with the girl who has being held hostage.
If you haven't been following the viral, Notaro initially publicly acknowledged that Dent offered him money to testify against an innocent cop although that was later disproved by The Gotham Times reporter James Levine. After his partner was killed in a car bombing, the already paranoid Notaro snapped and took hostages at Rossi's Deli (rossisdelicatessen.com) which is where the audio today picked up. Dent's official site says currently that: "In a selfless move, Mr. Dent entered the premises, exchanged himself for a woman who was being held at gunpoint, and negotiated the successful release of the remaining patrons in the restaurant." It sounds like Harvey Dent is still Notaro's hostage as of this moment but the audio has cut off.
Listen to the press conference audio or download the MP3:
Other reports I've heard say that Harvey Dent has been declared the "hero of the day" which means this now solidifies his win (for District Attorney) in the upcoming election. However, I can't figure out whether this means the hostage situation is over or whether the audio just cut off. We'll try and find out an answer and get back to you on that as soon as possible. Update: So apparently Harvey Dent walks out with Notaro at the end and saves the day. Go Harvey Dent - our hero!
Frank Notaro has actually been the focus of the viral this last week. After discovering email messages exchanged between him and internal affairs officer Glenn Barhyte, a meeting was set to take place at the Gotham Ferry System (gcferries.com) at 8PM. Calls were made to the ferry hotline and a message played that said the 8PM ferry had been disrupted. Apparently the ferry had been bombed but no further information on that has since been discovered. You can follow these elements of the viral on the SuperHeroHype forums.
We'll update this with anything we hear regarding The Dark Knight's viral campaign. A trailer is expected to show in front of Speed Racer, but until then, it's anyones guess as to if it'll show up online in any form or in relation to this viral campaign.
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
check out two voice messages related to this incident. 1-866-580-3840 - PIN 9482 1-866-626-8049 - PIN 1149 i believe the numbers only work in the US, unfortunately.
craziemutant on Apr 13, 2008
Hey Alex, If you listen carefully at the end of the audio treat, you'll hear they say something like "Dent's coming out with Notaro" and then "suspect is secured, Dent is safe" Notaro better clear things up about his allegations against Harvey Dent! By the way, now all of gotham websites are connecting, this is great!
bltzie on Apr 13, 2008
You guys are doing a great job covering The Dark Knight coverage
Bridget on Apr 14, 2008
THANKS FOR POSTING THOSE NUMBERS CRAZIEMUTANT!
Ryan on Apr 14, 2008
sure thing, Ryan. glad to help.
craziemutant on Apr 14, 2008
This viral marketing program that Warner Bros is doing has been a lot of fun! But, ya know, it's stressful keeping up with it. Ha Ha! Thanks for the report. Thanks, Tommy
Tommy on Apr 15, 2008
Viral Marketing....hmmmmmm...............not exactly sure how I feel about it yet. It seems like a lot of hassle for one person to go thru just to keep up. The idea is pretty genius, I'll admit, but I don't think Warner Bros. took into account just how much off a pain it would be to follow all this. If they streamlined it better, I might say YEAH!!!! I just don't like hopping all over the web traking down all the easter eggs.
R-Two D-Twizzle on Apr 15, 2008
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