Most viewed stories on in 2010

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SALT LAKE CITY - All year, when major news events took place, we saw a spike in activity on

The recent verdict in the Brian David Mitchell case generated huge web traffic.

Now we'll take a look at the other stories in 2010 that generated the most mouse clicks, and you might be surprised by which story got the most.

The Camp Williams fire in September, that caused evacuations and wide spread panic in parts of Herriman drew 324,500 web readers. It was the number-2 most-read story on

When Stephanie and Nathan Sloop were charged with the murder of their 4-year old son Ethan on May 11th, 112,240 web hits were recorded. The number spiked to more than 200,000 the next day, when charging documents were released, describing the details of the murder.

The shooting death of an LDS Bishop in California was the 5th most-read story of the year, with more than 155,000.

The firing squad execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner had significant web interest as well, with more than 117,000.

In the spring nearly 200 vehicles owned by a Utah man charged with running a ponzi scheme, were sold in an auction. More than 100,000 clicked to see the vehicles, and buyers from around the world attended.

The LDS Church's unveiling of a replica model of the Salt Lake Temple had large web viewer and readership last May.

In terms of subject matter, the Elizabeth Smart and Brian David Mitchell saga generated the most web interest in 2010, because so many stories were generated.

But, the one single event that attracted the most web hits on on just one day involved a woman who stole two cars, including a West Valley Police car-- while naked!


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