When it comes to watching videos, Sun Herald readers reacted much the same as those around social media and on other websites.
The bizarre, the unusual, the famous, the touching and, of course, those in trouble with the law were most popular.
Here is a list of the most-watched videos on our website for 2016 based on the number of times they were viewed.
Devil in the driveway
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Photographer John Fitzhugh’s story and video of a Gulfport man who says there was an image of the devil in his driveway captured the attention of Sun Herald readers, as well as a national audience. Jimmy McNeely said an image of a devil could clearly be seen in the concrete and the video allowed readers to decide for themselves.
Pass parade shooting
The St. Paul Carnival Association’s annual Carnival parade on the Sunday before Mardi Gras took a deadly turn when shots rang out and two people were killed. Reporters and photographers who were covering the parade, as well as Sun Herald staffers on their day off enjoying the festivities, were there to capture the aftermath of the shooting on video.
Donald Trump in Biloxi
The president-elect was on a campaign stop in Biloxi in January when he berated a CNN photographer for not turning his camera toward the crowd assembled at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Trump drew a crowd of 15,000 with an estimated 10,000 more outside on the grounds.
Art McClung’s traffic stop
When the Moss Point police chief was stopped in Pascagoula for speeding, the incident was caught on officers’ body cameras. Reporter Margaret Baker requested the video be released by filing a Freedom of Information Act records request. The publication of that video led to McClung’s resignation.
Cliff Allyn’s death
When a young man staying with his grandmother disappeared, a search was initiated that led to the discovery of his body in the woods near her home. A cousin was charged in Cliff Allyn’s death and the video the family’s reaction touched readers.
Former coach sentenced in sex case
Former Hancock County coach Leslie DeWitt was convicted on two counts of unlawful touching of a child for lustful purposes and sentenced to 30 years in prison. She is appealing the case. The video is of the woman being led from the courtroom in handcuffs.
Emergency plane landing on I-10
A young pilot landed a single-engine Cessna 150 amid traffic on Interstate 10 on Memorial Day, a surprise to drivers who slowed down to give him room to maneuver. Reporter Karen Nelson was able to get an interview with Rodney McKnight Jr., who landed without incident.
Brother’s tribute to Jessie Bardwell
When a Jackson County woman went missing in Texas on Mother’s Day, it caught the attention of South Mississippi. Jessie Bardwell was found dead about 10 days later. Her boyfriend, Jason Lowe, has been charged in her death. A video interview with Bardwell’s brother about Jessie, taken at a prayer service for her in Pascagoula, touched the hearts of South Mississippi.
Animal abuse video
A pair of animal abuse videos surfaced in December, leading South Mississippians to use social media to help law enforcement find out who was responsible for the abuse — and one of the videos. One video of a cat being scalded was given to the Sun Herald and while it is disturbing to watch, it led to an arrest. It also has led to a petition to call the Legislature to strengthen animal cruelty laws.
B.J. Brown’s family finds closure
A Hancock County man was found in a lake at a campground after he went missing during a concert on the property. His family’s expression of grief and thanks to the community touched our readers, along with a blog from reporter Anita Lee about the difficulty of reporting on such incidents.