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Dakota Spotlight 'House on Sweet and Seventh' documentary available on streaming service

The Emmy award-winning documentary is ready for binge-watching

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Forum Communication’s Emmy award-winning documentary, “The House on Sweet and Seventh,” is now available to stream from your big screen through Tubi, with plans for availability on additional platforms in the near future.

The true crime documentary, which tells the twisted tale of a 1996 Bismarck double homicide, takes viewers through a chilling journey of how the crime was committed — and how the case was pieced together and solved by investigators.

Barbara and Gordon Erickstad were gruesomely killed in their Bismarck home by their 18-year-old son, Brian Erickstand, along with at least one accomplice, 27-year-old Robert Lawrence. Central to the case — and documentary — are the questions: Who was present at the time of the murder, and who knew the crime had been committed by Brian Erickstand and Robert Lawrence?

The answer will likely stun viewers.

Interviews with those who were present at the time of the gruesome crime, along with insight from investigators, paints the picture of a tight knit group of friends who placed loyalty above morality.

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The creator, Dakota Spotlight podcast host James Wolner, first told the story through a six-part series on the Dakota Spotlight podcast. Based on the series, the documentary was created with WDAY photographer Derek Fletcher. While the video started out as bonus content for podcast listeners, Wolner and Fletcher quickly realized they were capturing something special.

“Derek and I, from the very beginning, worked really well together,” Wolner said. “We had the same vision, ideas and passion. He’s an excellent photographer.”

The teamwork and storytelling led to the 2021 regional Emmy award, following its airing on WDAY.

Now, with it available on Tubi, podcast listeners – and all those interested in true crime content – can stream it for free on the Tubi app.

The documentary’s debut on Tubi comes after behind-the-scenes work by those within Forum Communications to create and deliver content on an array of platforms. Jim Manney, director of video content at Forum Communications, has been working with interested parties to make the documentary available through streaming services.

He says the documentary’s availability on Tubi is just the start. It’s slated to become available on additional streaming platforms.

“The availability of ‘The House on Sweet and Seventh’ on prominent streaming services is in line with Forum Communication’s goal of delivering great content on platforms that serve our audience,” Manney said.

Tubi is a free streaming service available for download on smart TVs and Roku.

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To listen to the podcast series on which the documentary was based, visit this site .

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