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My Crazy Family | A Podcast of Crazy Family Stories

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My Crazy Family is the podcast all about sharing crazy family stories, in a safe, anonymous space! Listen to the crazy family stories from real people, all over the world. Share your crazy family stories, and let it ALL OUT! Share your stories at http://www.crazyfampod.com or by calling 1-833-CRAY-FAM (1-833-272-9326) Join Tony Brueski & Stacy Cole for New Episodes Every Monday and Wednesday!
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The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Uncovers Forensic Scientist Misconduct: Hundreds of Cases Under Review, $7.5 Million Retesting Effort Initiated

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has released its internal affairs report on Yvonne “Missy” Woods, a former forensic scientist whose work has been pivotal in thousands of criminal cases over nearly three decades. The report reveals significant misconduct, raising concerns about the reliability of her testing and prompting a comprehensive review of her casework. Key Findings Anomalies in Woods’ work were first detected in September 2023 during a management-initiated research project. This led to an extensive investigation, including third-party scrutiny by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The findings revealed that Woods deviated from standard testing protocols, omitted material facts in official records, and altered or omitted some test results from case files. However, the investigation found no evidence of Woods falsifying DNA matches. “Yvonne ‘Missy’ Woods was able to manipulate the DNA testing system. Ultimately, CBI detected Woods' manipulation and removed her from her position,” the CBI stated in a news release on Wednesday. Woods was placed on administrative leave on October 3, 2023, and retired on November 6, 2023, before the investigation concluded. Impact and Costs So far, 654 cases Woods worked on have been questioned, with additional cases from 1994 to 2008 under review. Retesting these DNA samples will cost the state nearly $7.5 million. “Following the discovery of Woods' actions in manipulating DNA analysis data in 2023, CBI is meticulously reviewing all of its testing protocols,” said CBI Director Chris Schaefer. “Not only is Woods' caseload being reviewed, but we are auditing the results of all current and previous DNA scientists to ensure the integrity of the Lab.” Historical Concerns and Oversight Failures The report highlights that concerns about Woods’ work date back to at least 2014, when a coworker questioned her testing of evidence and reported it to a technical leader. In 2018, Woods was accused of data manipulation and temporarily reassigned. Despite these concerns, the issues were not escalated to higher authorities, and Woods was reinstated. During her 29-year tenure with the CBI, Woods was involved in several high-profile cases in Colorado, including the investigation of basketball player Kobe Bryant on rape accusations and the murder of University of Colorado student Susannah Chase. “We deeply regret that one of our analysts violated CBI's code of conduct and failed to maintain our high standards,”  Director Chris Schaefer said in the news release. “While the focus of the [Internal Affairs report] addressed Woods’ misconduct, we acknowledge that it took too long to detect ongoing intentional manipulation of our Lab system.” In response to Woods’ misconduct, the CBI has implemented policy changes to address the vulnerabilities exploited by Woods. An internal review of the results from current and former DNA scientists at CBI-accredited labs statewide is underway to ensure the accuracy and completeness of records. The CBI is also identifying an external vendor to conduct an organizational review to ensure adherence to high standards. The agency maintains that the internal affairs review did not find evidence of Woods falsifying DNA matches or fabricating DNA profiles, but her actions have significantly impacted the integrity of the lab’s work. “While the internal affairs review addressed Woods' misconduct, we are in the process of identifying an external vendor to conduct an organizational review to ensure that our forensic services procedures and systems adhere to CBI’s high standards,” said Schaefer. Ongoing Criminal Investigation A separate criminal investigation into Woods’ actions is being conducted by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. The CBI has stated that to protect the integrity of this ongoing investigation, no further information can be released at this time. As the investigation and reviews continue, the CBI remains committed to restoring trust in its forensic services and ensuring that all testing protocols meet rigorous standards to prevent future misconduct. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
6/17/202412 minutes, 32 seconds
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Trial of Karen Read: DNA Evidence and Cell Phone Data Scrutinized in Boston Police Officer's Death

The trial of Karen Read, a Mansfield woman accused of murdering her Boston police officer boyfriend, John O’Keefe, continued with intense scrutiny of DNA evidence and cell phone data. Read, 44, faces second-degree murder charges for allegedly striking O’Keefe with her SUV while intoxicated. DNA Evidence Analysis The courtroom heard from multiple forensic experts regarding DNA analysis. Andre Porto, a forensic scientist at the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab, performed DNA testing on several pieces of evidence. Porto testified that DNA from the passenger side taillight of Read’s SUV contained a mixture from three individuals, including O’Keefe. “When I compared it to O’Keefe’s DNA profile, it was 510 nonillion times more likely to be from O’Keefe than not,” Porto stated. However, hair found on the SUV’s rear panel did not have sufficient human DNA for conclusive testing. Similarly, a piece of glass from Read’s car bumper and samples from a broken drinking glass at the scene did not yield definitive DNA profiles. Tess Chart, a forensic DNA analyst specializing in mitochondrial DNA at BODE Technology, provided additional insights. She tested hair found on the SUV, comparing it to O’Keefe’s mitochondrial DNA. “The mitochondrial DNA profile from the sample was consistent with the mitochondrial DNA profile obtained from John O’Keefe,” Chart said. This testing method, inherited maternally, excluded 99.895% of the U.S. population as possible contributors. Cell Phone Data Examination State Police Detective Lt. Brian Tully testified on cell phone location data, illustrating Karen Read’s movements on the night of O’Keefe’s death. Tully explained that while exact locations couldn’t be determined, general areas were identified based on cell phone antenna connections. “Between 12:33 a.m. and 6:03 a.m., Read’s cell phone records showed 53 calls to O’Keefe’s cell phone,” Tully revealed. Surveillance footage and cell phone data suggested Read traveled near critical locations but did not directly proceed to her destination when searching for O’Keefe. Defense Challenges Evidence Defense attorney Alan Jackson cross-examined Tully, questioning discrepancies in reports and the failure to search inside the house at 34 Fairview Road. Jackson pointed out inconsistencies in the number of tail light plastic pieces found at the scene. “Where did the extra two pieces of plastic come from?” Jackson asked, highlighting potential errors in evidence handling. Tully admitted to possible mistakes but defended the investigation’s integrity. Jackson also challenged the cell phone location data’s accuracy, suggesting it was “physically impossible” for Read’s phone to move at the implied speed based on antenna connections. Prosecution’s Stand Norfolk County prosecutors allege Read struck O’Keefe with her SUV while intoxicated, leaving him unresponsive in frigid temperatures. State Police Detective Lt. Tully testified about a piece of clear tail light plastic with abrasions consistent with injuries on O’Keefe’s body. “I’d be comfortable in saying the marks on Mr. O’Keefe are consistent with—” Tully began before being interrupted by a defense objection. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
6/17/202420 minutes, 42 seconds
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New Evidence Revealed in Madeline Soto's Murder Case: Stephan Sterns Faces Mountain of Evidence

Hundreds of pages of investigative documents and reports into the disappearance and murder of 13-year-old Madeline Soto have unveiled the extensive evidence police have gathered against her accused killer, Stephan Sterns. Madeline Soto was reported missing on February 26, just a day after celebrating her birthday. According to her mother, Jennifer Soto, Sterns, who was her boyfriend at the time, had taken Madeline to school that morning. However, Madeline never made it to school, and her body was discovered in a wooded area on March 1. Sterns has been charged with her murder and faces additional charges for possessing over 1500 disturbing images and videos of Madeline found on his phone. Court TV reviewed over 800 pages of documents released by the Osceola and Orange County Sheriffs’ Offices, shedding light on Sterns' shifting stories and the physical evidence police found near Madeline’s body. **Finding Madeline’s Body** Madeline's body was discovered near a line of bamboo trees, less than 100 feet from the road where Sterns was seen with a flat tire on the day she disappeared. Officers noted she was wearing a green hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, her body partially covered by "pieces of hay or dry grass." The medical examiner reported her body was in a "state of decomposition with visible insect activity around her mouth, left eye, ears, and right hand." The documents do not specify Madeline's cause of death, but WFTV Investigative Reporter Shannon Butler revealed that her sources indicate Madeline was strangled. **The Tale of the Tapes** Investigators presented video evidence that contradicted Sterns' claims about his actions on the day Madeline was last seen. Sterns told police he dropped Madeline off near her school at approximately 8:30 a.m. However, surveillance footage shows Sterns driving with Madeline's lifeless body in the car nearly an hour before. In one video, Sterns is seen discarding trash bags into the compactor at Jennifer’s apartment complex. Detectives found Madeline’s school laptop, backpack, and a trash bag containing one of her shoes in the compactor. Further surveillance footage from traffic cameras showed Sterns taking a different route than he reported, and at one point, he pulled into a garage near Holiday Inn Club Vacations. The footage shows Sterns carrying a limp body to the trunk of his vehicle. **Inside the Soto House** Sterns had lived with Jennifer and Madeline until December 2023. Besides Jennifer and Madeline, at least two other roommates resided in the home. During a search, investigators found that the rooms in the house matched the backgrounds of many images of child sex abuse on Sterns' phone. Additionally, they discovered "masturbation cream," a Sig Sauer weapon, ammunition, and a wallet with multiple credit cards in Sterns' room. Jennifer admitted she allowed Madeline to share a bed with Sterns, and on the night before Madeline disappeared, she sent them to sleep together. Sterns claimed he arrived home while Jennifer was at work and ensured Madeline followed her nightly routines. A woman identifying herself as Sterns' ex-girlfriend told deputies she stopped speaking to Sterns after he mentioned sharing a bed with Madeline. She recalled Sterns justifying his behavior by saying he needed to cuddle with Madeline to help her sleep. She further revealed a conversation where Sterns admitted waking up with an erection while in bed with Madeline. **Interviews with Friends and Family** Friends, teachers, and others who knew Madeline described her as a kind and sweet girl who suffered from anxiety. They found it hard to believe she would run away and stated she had no known issues with anyone. One friend mentioned Madeline’s menstrual cycle was late, suggesting potential sexual abuse. The release of these documents comes shortly after prosecutors announced their intention to seek the death penalty in Sterns’ murder case. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
6/14/202413 minutes, 55 seconds
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Intense Cross-Examination and New Testimonies in Karen Read Murder Trial

The trial of Karen Read, accused of the second-degree murder of Boston Police Officer John O’Keefe, continued today with pivotal testimonies from key figures in the investigation. The courtroom saw dramatic moments as defense attorney Alan Jackson scrutinized the integrity of the investigative process led by Massachusetts State Police Trooper Michael Proctor and State Police Detective Lt. Brian Tully. Testimony resumed with Massachusetts State Police Trooper Michael Proctor taking the stand. Proctor faced questioning about a group chat with eight high school friends, where he shared details of the investigation, including the victim's name. Proctor admitted that 16 hours into the investigation, he had concluded that Read was responsible for O’Keefe’s death, despite not having visited the crime scene or interviewed key witnesses. Defense attorney Alan Jackson highlighted this as evidence of Proctor's bias and lack of thoroughness. **Defense Digs into ‘Unprofessional’ Texts** Proctor was questioned about derogatory texts he sent about Karen Read, referring to her in dehumanizing terms. Jackson pointed out that these messages showed a preconceived notion of Read’s guilt, which Proctor denied, insisting that the investigation was guided by evidence. **Gaps in State Police Investigation** Jackson delved into investigative lapses, such as not reviewing all phone data or canvassing relevant areas for surveillance footage. Proctor acknowledged some gaps but defended his methods, stating they did not affect the investigation’s integrity. The defense pointed out Proctor’s early focus on Read, questioning whether other suspects were properly considered. **Pressure on Medical Examiner** Defense attorney Alan Jackson turned his questions to a report by the Chief Medical Examiner’s office in April 2022 that O’Keefe’s manner of death could not be determined. Proctor texted another state trooper about the medical examiner’s determination: “Of course it’s undetermined. She’s a whack job.” Jackson pressed Proctor about attempting to get the medical examiner to rule O’Keefe’s death as a homicide, which Proctor denied. **Questions About Trooper Proctor’s Relationship with the Albert Family** The defense focused on potential conflicts of interest, questioning Proctor about his sister’s friendship with witness Julie Albert and their communication during the investigation. Jackson presented text messages indicating a close relationship and alleged that Proctor used his sister as an intermediary. Proctor denied any conflict of interest, asserting that his professional conduct remained intact. Jackson highlighted gaps in the investigation and questioned Proctor’s impartiality and thoroughness. The defense attorney suggested that Proctor had a preconceived narrative and did not thoroughly investigate other potential suspects. Proctor reiterated that the investigation was conducted with the utmost integrity and that evidence pointed solely to Read. **Detective Lt. Brian Tully Takes the Stand** State Police Detective Lt. Brian Tully, the unit commander for the Norfolk County state police detective unit, provided crucial testimony. Tully recounted receiving a call at 7 a.m. on Jan. 29, 2022, from Sgt. Yuri Bukhenik regarding Officer John O’Keefe's critical condition. Recognizing the gravity due to O’Keefe’s status as an active Boston police officer, Tully coordinated with then-Canton Police Chief Kenneth Berkowitz and Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey. They collectively decided that state police would lead the investigation to avoid any conflicts of interest, with Canton police offering support and resources. Prosecutor Adam Lally questioned Tully about inappropriate text messages sent by Trooper Proctor, expressing displeasure and admonishing Proctor for his conduct. The jury was shown photos of evidence collected, including O’Keefe’s shoe and pieces of plastic found at the scene. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
6/14/202429 minutes, 16 seconds
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British Nurse Lucy Letby Faces New Trial for Alleged Attempted Murder of Infant

Lucy Letby, the British neonatal nurse previously found guilty of murdering seven infants and attempting to murder six others, is back in court facing charges of attempted murder involving a baby girl known as Child K. Lucy Letby, 34, who was convicted last year of multiple counts of infant murder and attempted murder at the Countess of Chester Hospital, is on trial again for the alleged attempted murder of another infant, identified only as Child K. The incident reportedly took place in February 2016 while Letby was on shift in the hospital’s neonatal unit. During the court session on Tuesday, Judge Mr. Justice Goss addressed the jury, emphasizing the importance of basing their verdict solely on the evidence presented in court. He stated, “Your task is to determine on all the evidence placed before you, and on nothing else, whether [Letby] attempted to murder another baby called (Child K) during the period when she was found to have murdered or attempted to murder other babies.” Goss added, “You will try this case, I repeat, on the evidence that is placed before you. You are the sole judges of fact. You will decide what is and what is not truthful from the evidence and the conclusions and assessment you draw from the evidence.” He also reminded the jury of the fundamental legal principle that anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty, stating, “It is for the prosecution to prove guilt by making you sure of the accused’s guilt.” Letby was removed from her position at the Countess of Chester Hospital in 2016 after senior staff grew suspicious due to a series of unexplained infant deaths and near-deaths over the previous year. Following an extensive investigation, she was arrested in July 2018. During her 10-month trial at Manchester Crown Court, prosecutors accused Letby of heinous acts including force-feeding milk to infants, poisoning them with insulin, and injecting air into their tiny bodies. The court found her guilty in August 2023 on 14 of the 22 counts she faced, resulting in a life sentence. At her sentencing, the judge condemned Letby’s actions, describing her behavior as a “cruel, calculated and cynical campaign of child murder involving the smallest and most vulnerable of children.” Despite the overwhelming evidence and her conviction, Letby has consistently denied any involvement in the infants' deaths. The new trial has reignited distress among the families affected by Letby’s previous actions. The community remains deeply affected by the tragic loss of life and the breach of trust by a caregiver in such a crucial and sensitive role. The outcome of this new trial will depend on the jury’s assessment of the evidence presented in court regarding the alleged attempted murder of Child K. As the trial proceeds, the focus remains on ensuring justice is served based on the facts. Lucy Letby’s new trial is a pivotal moment in a case that has already shocked the nation. The court's determination in this matter will be closely watched by the public and the families of the victims, as they seek closure and justice for the alleged crimes committed against their loved ones. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
6/13/202414 minutes, 55 seconds
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Oregon Man Sentenced to Two Years for Drugging Daughter and Friends at Sleepover

Michael Meyden, a 57-year-old resident of Lake Oswego, was sentenced to two years in prison for drugging his daughter and her friends with fruit smoothies laced with sleeping medication. Meyden's actions during a sleepover last summer have shocked the community and led to widespread condemnation. The incident occurred last summer when Meyden organized a sleepover for his 12-year-old daughter and her three friends. According to Meyden, the children did not go to bed by 11 p.m. as he had hoped, prompting him to take drastic measures to ensure they got some rest. "I wanted them to be well-rested for the next day, but I also wanted to get some sleep myself," Meyden explained during his sentencing. Meyden decided to lace fruit smoothies with a sleeping medication, which he then offered to the girls. Two of the friends drank the smoothies and soon fell unconscious. The third girl, suspicious of the situation, declined the drink and texted a family friend for help after witnessing Meyden's unusual behavior. The quick-thinking girl alerted a family friend by text message after seeing Meyden return to check if the girls were asleep. Meyden's actions included moving the arm of one girl, repositioning another, and putting his finger under one’s nose to check for breathing. The family friend promptly picked up the girl and alerted her parents, who then contacted the families of the other girls. Upon testing at a local hospital, all three girls, including Meyden's daughter, were found to have benzodiazepine in their systems. Benzodiazepine is a medication commonly used to treat insomnia and anxiety. During the sentencing, the courtroom heard emotional statements from the families of the affected children. One mother passionately addressed Meyden, saying, "No decent parent feels the need to drug their own child and her friends. No decent parent feels the need to go down and confirm children are unconscious. No decent parent puts their hands on drugged and unconscious young girls without nefarious intent." Meyden, expressing remorse, told the court, "My whole life is destroyed. Everything that was important to me up until that point is gone." Meyden pleaded guilty to three felony counts of causing another person to ingest a controlled substance, leading to his two-year prison sentence. The incident has left the Lake Oswego community reeling, with many parents expressing disbelief and concern over the safety of their children. Local authorities have emphasized the importance of vigilance and communication among families to prevent similar incidents in the future. This case serves as a stark reminder of the importance of trust and safety in parenting. The community continues to grapple with the implications of Meyden's actions and the impact on the young girls involved. Michael Meyden's sentencing marks a critical step in addressing the gravity of his actions. As the families affected begin the healing process, the broader community remains united in ensuring the safety and well-being of its children. For more updates on this story and other local news, stay tuned to our website and social media channels. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
6/13/202413 minutes, 41 seconds
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State Attorney to Seek Death Penalty in Madeline Soto Murder Case

The Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office announced plans to seek the death penalty in the first-degree murder case against Stephan Sterns, accused of killing 13-year-old Madeline Soto. The decision comes after a thorough investigation and consideration of several aggravating factors. In April, Sterns was charged with first-degree murder following the disappearance and death of Madeline Soto in late February. Sterns, 37, is the boyfriend of Madeline's mother and has been the prime suspect since the teen's body was discovered in rural Osceola County on March 3. According to investigators, Sterns allegedly dropped Madeline off near her middle school on February 26. However, she never made it to the school. In a disturbing twist, Sterns was initially arrested for tampering with evidence found on his phone during the investigation. "Even before Madeline was found dead, Sterns' actions raised significant red flags," stated the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Evidence allegedly tampered with on his phone contributed to his arrest and subsequent charges. On Monday, the State Attorney's Office cited "several aggravating factors the State intends to prove" in their decision to seek the death penalty. These factors include: - The capital felony being committed while the defendant was engaged in aggravated child abuse. - The victim's particular vulnerability due to Sterns' position of familial or custodial authority over her. - The capital felony's heinous, atrocious, or cruel nature. - Sterns' prior convictions involving violence, with current sex charges potentially serving as priors if he is convicted. The State Attorney's Office emphasized the severity and brutality of the crime. "The heinous nature of this crime, combined with the abuse of trust and authority, warrants the pursuit of the highest penalty available under the law," the office stated. In March, Sterns faced an indictment on 60 charges related to sexual battery on a child and possessing materials depicting sexual performance by a child. These charges came before the first-degree murder charge was added in April. Documents released by the office of Circuit Nine State Attorney Andrew Bain detailed the vile acts of sexual abuse allegedly found on Sterns' cellphone. Sterns claimed to have accidentally reset his phone the day Madeline went missing. "I don't know what the heck I did. But somehow during the massive OS update, I managed to factory reset my phone and lose all of my contacts. All my information," Sterns told investigators during an interview. The investigation revealed that Sterns had been sexually abusing Madeline for years. Madeline's mother, Jennifer Soto, provided troubling testimony, indicating it was normal for Madeline and Sterns to sleep together, even in her absence. Body camera footage from the Orange County Sheriff's Office shows Jennifer and Sterns recounting the morning Madeline went missing. Jennifer stated, "She didn't want to be dropped off at school. She wanted to be dropped a half block away so she could walk," with Sterns adding, "She didn't explain, she's in a phase." Despite these explanations, deputies reviewing security footage concluded that Madeline never made it to the school campus that day. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
6/12/202412 minutes, 10 seconds
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Karen Read Trial: Michael Proctor Takes the Stand-Controversial Testimony and Contentious Hearings Highlight Day's Proceedings

Testimony in the Karen Read trial, a Mansfield woman charged with the death of her boyfriend, Boston police officer John O'Keefe, continued with revealing cross-examination of Massachusetts State Police Trooper Michael Proctor and a contentious hearing about defense witnesses. At 9:10 a.m., the day began with a contentious hearing where Norfolk County prosecutor Laura McLaughlin accused the defense team of delaying witness information. McLaughlin stated the defense's late synopsis was intended to "ambush the Commonwealth," calling for the exclusion of testimony from Dr. Marie Russell, who is expected to discuss O'Keefe’s injuries. Defense attorney David Yannetti rebutted, labeling the prosecution's claims as “outrageous and false.” Judge Beverly Cannone, seeking to maintain order, requested Yannetti to summarize his points without hyperbole. Yannetti clarified that the defense would pursue the theory that O’Keefe was attacked by a dog, contrary to earlier indications.    Proctor's cross-examination continued with scrutiny of his unprofessional comments, including calling Read a “whack job” and making disparaging remarks about her medical condition. Despite admitting the comments were inappropriate, Proctor maintained they did not affect the case's factual evidence. Prosecutor Adam Lally later had Proctor read more text messages aloud, including a conversation where Proctor shared his belief that Read hit O’Keefe with her car. The texts highlighted a casual, and at times offensive, tone regarding the investigation.  Proctor's unprofessionalism was further underscored by a June 9, 2022, text to his wife about Read’s arrest: “We’re going to lock this wack job up.”  The court also reviewed text messages between Proctor and his sister, Courtney, about the case. Despite his close ties to key individuals involved in the investigation, Proctor claimed these relationships did not influence his work. Throughout the testimony, Proctor reiterated that his comments and personal feelings did not compromise the investigation's integrity or the evidence gathered. However, the defense argued that such unprofessional behavior cast doubt on Proctor's objectivity. The trial, which hinges on whether Read intentionally struck O’Keefe with her vehicle, will continue with further testimony and cross-examinations. As the courtroom drama unfolds, the defense remains focused on undermining the credibility of the prosecution’s witnesses to strengthen Read’s case. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
6/12/202424 minutes, 41 seconds
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Jake Porter Slams Sean "Diddy" Combs Over Violent Video with Cassie Ventura

Jake Porter, the father of the late Kim Porter, has publicly condemned Sean "Diddy" Combs after footage surfaced showing the music mogul attacking Casandra "Cassie" Ventura. The video, which captures a 2016 altercation where Combs is seen grabbing, shoving, and kicking Cassie, has sparked outrage and led to serious repercussions for the 54-year-old star. “You can say I was disgusted with the video, and I wouldn’t treat my enemy like that,” Jake Porter, 78, told Rolling Stone on Friday, June 7. "It was despicable. I couldn’t believe it. I was in Vietnam, and I wouldn’t do that to my enemy.” Jake Porter, whose daughter Kim dated Combs on and off from 1994 until 2007, said he never witnessed Combs physically abusing Kim but admitted the video made him question their relationship. “It made me wonder,” he remarked. Kim Porter, a former model who passed away from lobar pneumonia in 2018, shared three children with Combs: son Christian Combs, born in 1998, and twin daughters D'Lila Star Combs and Jessie James Combs, born in 2006. Despite their tumultuous relationship, Jake noted that Kim had genuine love for Combs, though she could not live with him. “I think he was a very jealous person,” Jake said. “They both loved each other. Kim’s love was legitimate. Puffy’s love, I don’t know what he calls love, you know what I mean? I really don’t think he has any idea what love is.” The recently released hotel surveillance footage of the attack has not only shocked Jake Porter but also led to public outcry. In response to the video's circulation, Combs issued an apology on Instagram, expressing his own disgust at his actions. However, the damage to his reputation has been significant. Earlier this month, Howard University rescinded the honorary degree it had awarded to Combs in 2014. In a statement on its website, the university announced that its Board of Trustees "voted unanimously today to accept the return by Mr. Sean Combs of the honorary degree conferred upon him in 2014." The decision, the statement continued, "revokes all honors and privileges associated with the degree." "Mr. Combs’ behavior as captured in a recently released video is so fundamentally incompatible with Howard University’s core values and beliefs that he is deemed no longer worthy to hold the institution’s highest honor," the statement added. "The University is unwavering in its opposition to all acts of interpersonal violence." Jake Porter shared that the video has changed his perspective on Combs entirely. “I didn’t know he could stoop that low,” he said. “I imagine it surprised a lot of people. I wouldn’t even do a dog like that. My heart goes out to Cassie.” As a father and grandfather, Jake Porter’s primary concern now lies with the well-being of his grandchildren. “My concern is the children,” he told Rolling Stone. The impact of such violent behavior, especially in the context of Combs' public persona and their shared history, weighs heavily on him. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
6/11/202413 minutes, 3 seconds
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Burlington Vermont Police Face Backlash for Mock Shooting Demonstration at Police Station with High School Students

The Burlington Police Department is facing severe criticism for staging a controversial mock shooting demonstration that left students at Burlington High School terrified and scrambling for cover. The event, held on Wednesday as part of the school's Year End Studies (YES) program, was intended to illustrate the "unreliability of witness statements," but the lack of advance warning caused panic among the students. The demonstration involved three police personnel simulating a robbery scenario using fake firearms at the police station. Despite assurances that the scenario was not directed at students or faculty, the absence of prior notification led students to believe they were in real danger, with some diving to the floor and texting their loved ones "goodbye" and "I love you." About 20 students from a forensics class attended the field trip, which school officials knew would include a crime reenactment. However, as school district spokesperson Russ Elek explained to VTDigger, “school officials didn’t realize the presentation would happen without warning.” During the visit, students were listening to a presentation when suddenly three people entered the room screaming. “There’s like three people fighting. The fake gun, that we didn’t know was fake at the time, got pulled out and shot what I think were blanks. They left shells. And it was still like loud,” said one 15-year-old student, who wished to remain anonymous. “Me and almost the whole class dove to the floor to hide under the tables because we didn’t know what was going on.” The email from school officials to families confirmed, “While the gun was fake, the reenactment involved screaming and fake gun shot sounds.” The police department stated they had communicated with school staff about the demonstration's details, including the use of fake firearms, but it remains unclear whether the lack of warning was part of those details. “It is about as real life as you can get, and is certainly exactly the sort of thing we deal with most frequently,” the police noted in their release. Following the incident, school officials sent an email to parents acknowledging that the simulation “was startling for many students and may have left some feeling confused and frightened.” Burlington School District Superintendent Tom Flanagan and Burlington Police Chief Jon Murad issued a joint statement on Friday, apologizing to the students. “It is clear to us that this week’s events resulted from a breakdown in communication between two groups trying to work together to create a meaningful experience for students,” the statement read. “Both BSD and the BPD are committed to doing a better job of clearly laying out descriptions, expectations, and agendas and seeking clarification when working together in the future. Neither of us want any repeat of anything like this moving forward.” A sophomore student who experienced the incident described the fear among students, stating, “If these are the people quote-unquote ‘protecting’ us, why did they make such a stupid decision without really thinking… Especially with school shootings and stuff, we’re all already on edge.” A grandparent of one of the students expressed their distress to CNN, explaining that their grandchild “froze up” during the demonstration. “Other kids were diving on the floor, trying to get under furniture, whatever they could do to get out of the situation,” the grandparent said. The Burlington Police Department has since apologized, acknowledging the upset caused by the scenario. Mayor Emma Mulvaney-Stanak also issued an apology, stating, “I apologize for the harm and distress this incident caused Burlington High School students – students who have tragically grown up in a society where gun violence, including in school settings, has become commonplace.” On Friday, school officials hosted a “restorative circle” for students and teachers to discuss the incident. However, the 15-year-old student felt the police “weren’t directly holding themselves accountable” during the meeting. This incident underscores the ongoing debate about the appropriateness of realistic drills in schools and their impact on student mental health. While intended to educate, such exercises can have unintended and distressing consequences, as seen in Burlington.. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
6/11/202414 minutes, 29 seconds
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Sherri Papini Claims to be Writing Books and Building a Foundation During Supervised Visits with Her Children

Sherri Papini, who gained notoriety for faking her own kidnapping in 2016, has recently told her daughter that she is an author currently writing two books. This revelation was made during a supervised visitation with her children, as documented by a monitor. The supervised visitation report from January 17, 2024, was reviewed by PEOPLE and included in the ongoing divorce proceedings between Sherri and her estranged husband, Keith Papini. During the visitation, Sherri was asked about her current occupation. She responded, "Well, like this place [a supervised visitation center] is very helpful for families, well mommy is building a foundation to help places like this more. Mommy is making a business that will be a foundation to help people." She continued to explain her new role as an author, stating, "Do you know what an author is? Mommy’s also an author now. She’s writing two books. I work lots of hours to write chapter books. So, when I tell you I’m working remotely, that means I’m at home writing chapters on my laptop.” Sherri Papini's name became widely known in 2016 when she disappeared for 22 days, only to be found on a Sacramento highway with multiple injuries and weighing less than 90 lbs. She claimed she had been kidnapped by two Hispanic women while jogging, a story that garnered significant media attention and sympathy. However, years of investigation into her disappearance led to a shocking revelation. Authorities discovered that Sherri had willingly stayed at an ex-boyfriend's home during the time she was missing. To make her kidnapping story believable, Sherri and her ex-boyfriend inflicted numerous injuries on her. In 2022, she was charged with lying to a federal officer and mail fraud. In April 2022, Sherri pleaded guilty to the charges. Shortly after her guilty plea, Keith Papini filed for divorce and requested sole custody of their children. The couple's marriage was officially dissolved in May 2023. Sherri was sentenced to 18 months in prison but served less than a year. The divorce proceedings revealed the impact of Sherri's deception on her family. In the 2023 filing, attorneys for Keith Papini stated, "For over five years, she abused her children and her husband by conning them into believing her lie and then forcing them to live with the fear resulting from their belief in her lie and played on their sympathies. Sherri Papini did not have the moral character to come to her family and confess her wrongdoing, rather she callously allowed them to learn the truth from the media when she admitted her lie in a federal court.” Currently, Sherri has one-hour supervised visits with the two children she shares with Keith. During these monitored interactions, she has claimed to be focusing on her writing and building a foundation to support families in need. The accuracy of these claims remains uncertain, but they add another layer to the complex and controversial narrative of Sherri Papini's life. #SherriPapini #KeithPapini #SherriPapiniBooks #FakeKidnapping #SupervisedVisits #ChildCustody #FamilySupportFoundation Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
6/10/202410 minutes, 37 seconds
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Trial Continues for Karen Read, Accused of Murdering Boyfriend During Snowstorm

The murder trial of Karen Read, a 44-year-old woman from Mansfield, Massachusetts, entered its latest phase Thursday as Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Yuri Bukhenick returned to the stand to testify about key evidence and surveillance footage. Read stands accused of second-degree murder and other charges after allegedly hitting her boyfriend, John O'Keefe, with her black SUV during a snowstorm on January 29, 2022. The incident occurred outside a home at 34 Fairview Road in Canton following a night of drinking.   Defense attorney Alan Jackson raised questions about the validity of evidence presented by the prosecution, particularly focusing on a surveillance video showing Read's SUV inside the garage of the Canton Police Department. Jackson pointed out discrepancies in the video, including writing on another vehicle in the garage, which Sgt. Bukhenick explained as a mirrored image.   Throughout the trial, Bukhenick testified about the evidence recovered from the scene in the weeks following O'Keefe's death, including a Boston Police Department hat, a drinking straw, and various shards of glass and plastic. These items were discovered after the snow melted, offering potential clues to the events of that fateful night. In an audio recording played for the jury, Read mentioned a previous physical altercation involving O'Keefe and other individuals, suggesting that his injuries may not have been solely inflicted by her. This statement aligns with the defense's argument that someone else is responsible for O'Keefe's death. The defense also questioned Bukhenick about his initial suspicions regarding the cause of O'Keefe's death, highlighting the uncertainty surrounding the case. Additionally, Jackson raised concerns about the handling of evidence, including O'Keefe's clothing, which was bagged six days after being recovered from the scene. Surveillance footage showing Read backing her SUV out of O'Keefe's home on the night of the incident was also scrutinized during Bukhenick's testimony. The defense pointed out apparent movement of the rear wheel of O'Keefe's vehicle as Read's SUV backed out, suggesting potential inconsistencies in the prosecution's narrative. As the trial progresses, both the prosecution and defense are presenting their arguments, aiming to persuade the jury of their respective positions. The case continues to unfold, with implications that extend beyond the courtroom, highlighting the complexities of criminal investigations and legal proceedings in cases of alleged murder. #KarenReadTrial #MurderCase #LegalProceedings #CrimeSceneEvidence #SurveillanceFootage #DefenseStrategy #CriminalInvestigation #MassachusettsCourt Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
6/10/202422 minutes, 18 seconds
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Disturbing New Details Emerge in Gilgo Beach Serial Killings: Rex Heuermann Charged with Two Additional Murders

In a significant development in the Gilgo Beach serial killings case, suspect Rex Heuermann was charged Thursday with the murders of two additional women, Jessica Taylor and Sandra Costilla. This brings the total number of his alleged killings to six. The charges, announced by Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney, extend the timeline of Heuermann’s alleged criminal activities, with the first murder now dated back to 1993. According to court documents, Heuermann was charged with the 2003 murder of Jessica Taylor, whose remains were discovered in Gilgo Beach and Manorville, and accused of the 1993 murder of Sandra Costilla, whose remains were found in North Sea, Long Island. "The architect and father meticulously planned and executed six separate murders," said Tierney during a news conference on Thursday. A significant breakthrough in the case came from a digital "planning document" found on one of 350 electronic devices seized from Heuermann's home in Massapequa Park, New York. This document contained a checklist detailing how to package a body for transport, avoid leaving DNA traces, and other steps to ensure the success of his gruesome acts. There were notes indicating steps to take "next time," such as considering a hit to the face or neck and using heavier rope for the neck. "Heuermann wrote about the importance of sleep to avoid 'PROBLEMS' and to increase what he referred to as 'PLAY TIME,' believed to reference sexual and mutilation acts on victims," court documents reveal. The planning document also included a "post-event" checklist with tasks to avoid apprehension, such as "BURN GLOVES," "DISPOSE OF PICS," and "HAVE STORY SET." Jessica Taylor, a sex worker in midtown Manhattan, was last seen in the same area where Heuermann worked. Taylor was decapitated and dismembered, with her remains discovered in stages over several years. DNA from hair found on a surgical drape underneath her body helped link Heuermann to her death. Sandra Costilla, 28, was found in a wooded area in North Sea, Long Island, in 1993. DNA evidence also connected Heuermann to her murder. "Pornographic images accessed by Heuermann notably and largely coincide with how the remains of Taylor and Costilla were found," prosecutors noted. Heuermann was initially arrested in July and charged with the murders of Megan Waterman, Amber Costello, and Melissa Barthelemy, all escorts whose remains were found in desolate spots near Gilgo Beach in 2010. He was later charged with the murder of a fourth escort, Maureen Brainard-Barnes. Six additional sets of remains were also found in the area. In court on Thursday, Heuermann pleaded not guilty to the new charges. His defense attorney reiterated his innocence. Heuermann remains in custody without bail and is scheduled to return to court on July 30. District Attorney Tierney stated that Heuermann is now the leading suspect in the death of Valerie Mack, whose remains were found in Manorville near Jessica Taylor’s. Investigators will continue to review over 30 years of crimes in Suffolk County and beyond to see what else might be connected to Heuermann. This case continues to unfold as authorities piece together the extent of Heuermann's alleged crimes, bringing some measure of closure to the families of the victims. The investigation remains ongoing, with the hope that further evidence will emerge to solidify the case against Heuermann. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
6/7/202412 minutes, 57 seconds
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Massachusetts State Police Detective Details Key Evidence in Karen Read Murder Trial

In the latest development in the Karen Read murder trial, Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Yuriy Bukhenik took the stand to present crucial evidence to the jury. Read, 44, from Mansfield, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her boyfriend, John O’Keefe. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges.  Sergeant Bukhenik, who supervised the investigation, brought O’Keefe’s shirt, belt, and other clothing items to show the jury. Bukhenik, who worked alongside Trooper Michael Proctor, testified about their initial interview with Read at her parents’ home in Dighton. The jury viewed video footage showing Read and her father arriving at the Dighton home and inspecting the rear of Read’s Lexus, which had damage to the right rear taillight. Bukhenik explained that this damage occurred when Read backed out of O’Keefe’s driveway, inadvertently bumping into his vehicle. This video provided the jury with the defense's explanation of how the taillight was damaged. The prosecution highlighted Read’s activities before the incident, showing video from a Canton bar where Read had six drinks before heading to another bar.   This footage aimed to establish her level of intoxication. ADA Lally further detailed Read’s actions through the night, showing her backing out of O’Keefe’s driveway at around 5 a.m. on January 29th. In a more somber part of the proceedings, the jury saw autopsy photos of O’Keefe, which caused his mother to leave the courtroom briefly. Sergeant Bukhenik described O’Keefe’s injuries, noting the linear abrasions on his right arm and other trauma.  Despite objections from the defense, the descriptions were admitted into evidence.  Forensic scientists Ashley Vallier and Christina Hanley provided insights into the evidence handling and analysis.  Hanley testified about the broken cocktail glass found on Read’s bumper, confirming it matched the glass collected at the scene. Vallier explained the structural match of the taillight pieces, showing a partial reconstruction of the broken taillight from different pieces.In cross-examination, the defense questioned the chain of custody and integrity of the evidence, with Attorney Yannetti probing the timeline and handling of O’Keefe’s clothing and other critical pieces of evidence.   Sergeant Bukhenik’s testimony also covered his discussions with other key figures in the investigation. He recounted interviewing witnesses at the McCabe residence and finding O’Keefe’s clothing at the hospital emergency room, noting traces of vomit on the items. Throughout the day, the court saw a detailed recounting of the investigation process. From the snow-covered morning when the investigation began to the forensic analysis conducted weeks later, every step was scrutinized. Bukhenik confirmed the meticulous steps taken to preserve and analyze evidence, although he admitted certain limitations in his access to the evidence room. As the trial progresses, more details will emerge from further testimonies and evidence presentations. Sergeant Bukhenik is expected to return to the stand, providing additional insights into the case. This complex and emotionally charged trial continues to unfold, with the prosecution and defense meticulously presenting their arguments to uncover the truth behind John O’Keefe’s tragic death. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
6/7/202423 minutes, 12 seconds
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Cell Phone Data Challenges Emerge in Kohberger Murder Case

A pretrial hearing in the case against Bryan Kohberger, the graduate student accused of fatally stabbing four University of Idaho students, has brought to light significant challenges related to cell phone data collection and recordkeeping. Cellphone analyst Sy Ray, expected to testify as an expert witness at trial, expressed concerns about the accuracy and organization of evidence provided by law enforcement. A pretrial hearing in the case against Bryan Kohberger, the graduate student accused of fatally stabbing four University of Idaho students, revealed significant challenges related to cellphone data collection and recordkeeping. Cellphone analyst Sy Ray, who is expected to testify as an expert witness at trial, raised concerns about the accuracy and organization of the evidence provided by law enforcement. Ray, a former police detective from Arizona, typically serves as an expert witness for prosecutors in criminal cases. However, his testimony in this case has raised eyebrows due to its potential impact on the prosecution’s narrative. The key issues highlighted during the hearing include: Disorganized Data Collection: Law enforcement’s approach to data collection, particularly regarding cell phone records, has been disorganized. Not all of the data extracted from Kohberger’s phone around the time of the 2022 murders was accurately mapped. Crucial Evidence Under Scrutiny: Prosecutors are heavily relying on Kohberger’s cell phone use and cell tower records to link him to the location of the killings. Ray emphasized the critical need for accurate data to establish probable cause. Benefit to the Defense: Ray’s testimony revealed that missing or inaccurate data favors the defense. Every gap in the evidence potentially strengthens Kohberger’s case. Unclear Circumstances: Ray questioned whether the missing data resulted from human error, accidental oversight, or intentional actions. Ongoing Legal Battles and Trial Delays: The defense is pressing the judge to compel prosecutors to turn over specific evidence during the discovery phase. DNA experts are expected to testify in a later closed hearing. Trial delays have frustrated families of the victims, hindering their healing process. Latah County Trial Location: A hearing on whether to move the trial out of Latah County has been further delayed to Aug. 29. The families of the victims, including Kaylee Goncalves, have expressed their frustration with the slow pace of legal proceedings. They seek justice and closure, but the ongoing delays continue to impede their healing process. As the trial date approaches, the courtroom drama intensifies, leaving everyone anxiously awaiting the resolution of this high-profile case. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
6/6/202416 minutes, 47 seconds
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Sean “Diddy” Combs Sells Majority Stake in Revolt Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Revolt, the media company co-founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs, has undergone a seismic shift in ownership. Combs, facing multiple sexual assault allegations, recently sold his majority stake in the company. The reins now pass to Revolt’s own employees, marking a rare and transformative structure in the media landscape. In a statement released yesterday, Revolt CEO Detavio Samuels confirmed the transition: “One hundred percent of Sean Combs’ shares have been redeemed and retired. He is no longer chairman. He is no longer on the board. He has no shares, no equity in Revolt. We have completely separated and dissociated from each other.” This move positions Revolt’s employees as the new stewards of the company, a groundbreaking shift that reflects their commitment to amplifying Black culture globally. Samuels expressed pride in the transformation: “Our teams will experience a shift from being employees to owners of the business they are helping to build. Revolt’s superpower lies in being the home for creators who move culture globally.” Combs’ departure from the board occurred last November when the allegations surfaced. The chart-topping artist faced claims of sexual harassment directed at colleagues and other women in the music industry. Additionally, he settled a claim related to physical abuse against his ex-partner and fellow musician, Cassie. The recent release of surveillance video from 2016, showing Combs violently assaulting Cassie in a hotel, further intensified scrutiny. Employees at Revolt expressed deep concern upon viewing the footage, emphasizing their commitment to a safe and respectful workplace. Speculation now swirls around Combs potentially facing a criminal indictment. Earlier this year, federal investigators raided his homes, probing allegations of money laundering and illegal drug activities. CNN reported that the investigation remains ongoing. Revolt’s transition to employee ownership represents a bold step toward reshaping media dynamics, even as Combs’ legal battles continue.  Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
6/6/202410 minutes, 37 seconds
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Gilgo Beach Serial Killer Suspect Facing Fifth Murder Charge, Investigation Continues

In a recent development in the Long Island Gilgo Beach serial killer case, 59-year-old suspect Rex Heuermann is expected to be indicted on a fifth murder charge this Thursday, according to multiple news reports. Heuermann was previously charged with the murders of Melissa Barthelemy, Amber Costello, Megan Waterman, and Maureen Brainard-Barnes, whose remains were found at Gilgo Beach in December 2010. Although the identity of the fifth alleged victim has not been released, the case highlights the ongoing investigation into the other six sets of remains discovered near Gilgo Beach in 2011. Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney previously stated that authorities are still looking into these cases. As part of their investigation, law enforcement personnel searched the house shared by Heuermann and his wife, Asa Ellerup. During the six-day search, authorities focused primarily on the basement, and various items were reportedly taken from the property. Ellerup's attorney, Bob Macedonio, mentioned that while items were removed from the house, he couldn't discuss the specifics at this time. Heuermann's family claims that investigators ``ransacked" their home, causing considerable damage to their property. The Gilgo Beach serial killer case has left Ellerup's family in turmoil, with the ongoing investigation and the shocking allegations against her husband. District Attorney Tierney's dedication to the case demonstrates the commitment to bringing closure to the families of the victims and addressing the complex questions surrounding the unidentified remains. As more evidence is uncovered and additional charges are brought against Heuermann, the community continues to grapple with the terrifying events that occurred more than a decade ago. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
6/5/20249 minutes, 31 seconds
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Key Testimony in Karen Read Trial Analysts Examine Evidence from Alleged Hit-and-Run

Prosecutors in the Karen Read trial presented key testimony from crime scene analysts on Monday, focusing on the SUV allegedly driven by Read when she backed into her boyfriend, Boston police officer John O'Keefe, and left him to die in a snowbank. The analysts described in detail the damage to Read's vehicle and the scene where O'Keefe's body was found. Maureen Hartnett, a crime lab analyst, examined Read's SUV a few days after O'Keefe's death. She observed a dent in the trunk door, scratches on the rear bumper, a broken taillight, a hair next to the taillight, and pieces of glass on the bumper. Hartnett also analyzed O'Keefe's clothing and found red-brown stains and 13 rips and tears, particularly on the right sleeve. Defense attorney Alan Jackson questioned Hartnett about the glass and hair found on the SUV, suggesting that they may have been planted. He asked Hartnett if the items were "just sitting" or "perched" on the SUV, despite the fact that it had been driven or towed roughly 50 miles in a snowstorm. Hartnett agreed with his characterization of the items' placement but declined to speculate about the travel involved. Lt. Kevin O'Hara of the Massachusetts State Police helped search the area where O'Keefe was found and described finding six or seven pieces of a broken taillight and O'Keefe's sneaker in the snow. However, he acknowledged that the scene was left unsecured for hours before the search. The prosecution argues that the broken taillight fragments came from Read's SUV, which they say she used to back into and kill O'Keefe. The defense suggests that the evidence was planted by corrupt investigators, taking advantage of the unsecured crime scene. Martha Coakley, former Massachusetts Attorney General, commented on the closing arguments, stating that "there are so many theories, pieces of evidence, ways in which the prosecution had to get evidence in, and the defense counsel has been aggressive in cross-examining, which is their job, in trying to defend their client." As the trial continues, both sides will likely present more evidence and arguments to support their respective cases. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
6/5/202416 minutes, 22 seconds
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Chad Daybell Sentenced to Death for Murders of Wife and Two Stepchildren

Chad Daybell was sentenced to death on Saturday after a jury recommended the penalty for his convictions of first-degree murder and conspiracy in the deaths of his first wife, Tammy Daybell, and two of his second wife’s children, 16-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow. The case, driven by elements of power, sex, money, and apocalyptic spiritual beliefs, has captivated national attention. Judge Steven Boyce formally imposed the death sentence after the jury's lengthy deliberations concluded that the death penalty was appropriate. Daybell, who appeared with a blank expression as the judge read the sentence, also received a 15-year prison term for insurance fraud charges.The sequestered jury began their deliberations on Friday afternoon, taking six hours before pausing for the night. They resumed deliberations at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, reaching a verdict by 10:45 a.m. "This defendant exhibited utter disregard for human life," Prosecutor Rob Wood told the jury on Friday, asking them to consider several aggravating factors that warranted the death penalty. Wood emphasized that the murders were committed for financial gain, citing Daybell's conviction for insurance fraud related to life insurance policies that paid out after Tammy Daybell's death. Additionally, both Chad and Lori Vallow Daybell were convicted of grand theft for continuing to collect Social Security benefits for the children after their deaths. Wood further argued that the murders were “especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel, manifesting exceptional depravity.” He described Daybell's actions as a clear threat to society, suggesting that his propensity for murder could continue. "It is your decision whether one or more of these aggravators has been proven. And if it has been, you must decide if, under these circumstances, imposition of the death penalty would be just or unjust," Wood concluded. The jury's decision was influenced by the contrasting portrayals of Daybell. Prosecutors painted him as a manipulative figure whose actions were driven by greed and apocalyptic beliefs. In contrast, the defense sought to humanize Daybell, emphasizing that he still had family who cared about him. The sensational nature of the case, which included claims of apocalyptic prophecies, "zombie" children, and illicit affairs, was highlighted in a 2022 Netflix true-crime documentary, further amplifying public interest. Chad Daybell's second wife, Lori Vallow Daybell, was also convicted last year for the murder of her children and conspiring to kill Tammy Daybell. She is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole and has appealed her convictions, raising questions about her mental competency to stand trial. Authorities believe Tylee and JJ were killed in September 2019, the same month they were last seen. Tammy Daybell was found dead in her Idaho home on October 19, 2019, just weeks before Chad Daybell married Lori Vallow Daybell. During the trial, emotional testimonies from the victims' families illustrated the profound loss and grief caused by the murders.  Colby Ryan, Tylee's brother, expressed his sorrow, saying, "I will never get to see my sister grow up or achieve her dreams. She was robbed of her life, and we were robbed of her presence." Larry Woodcock, JJ's grandfather, described JJ as "a light in our lives, cruelly extinguished." As the sentencing was handed down, the courtroom remained solemn. The decision to impose the death penalty on Chad Daybell underscores the severity of his crimes and the enduring impact on the victims' families. The case serves as a stark reminder of the devastating consequences of manipulative and violent behavior masked by extreme beliefs. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
6/4/202418 minutes, 33 seconds
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Canadian Serial Killer Robert Pickton Dies After Prison Assault

Robert Pickton, one of Canada's most notorious serial killers, has died following an assault in prison, authorities announced on Friday. Pickton, 74, was attacked on May 19 at the Port-Cartier Institution in Quebec and succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. The Correctional Service of Canada confirmed Pickton's death in a statement, noting, “We are mindful that this offender’s case has had a devastating impact on communities in British Columbia and across the country, including Indigenous peoples, victims, and their families. Our thoughts are with them.” Pickton, also known as "Willie," was convicted in 2007 of six counts of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with the maximum parole ineligibility period of 25 years. His crimes involved luring female victims to his pig farm during a crime spree in the late 1990s and early 2000s near Vancouver. The case gained international attention due to the gruesome nature of his actions and the high number of victims. The remains or DNA of 33 women were discovered on Pickton’s farm, and he once boasted to an undercover officer about killing a total of 49 women. During his trial, a witness testified that Pickton described how he strangled his victims and fed their remains to his pigs. Health officials even issued a tainted meat advisory, warning neighbors who might have bought pork from Pickton’s farm that it could contain human remains. Cynthia Cardinal, whose sister Georgina Papin was among Pickton's victims, expressed relief at the news of his death. “This is gonna bring healing for, I won’t say all families, I’ll just say most of the families,” she said. “I’m like — wow, finally. I can actually move on and heal and I can put this behind me.” The police investigation into the Pickton farm began more than 22 years ago in the Vancouver suburb of Port Coquitlam. It turned into a years-long probe into the disappearances of dozens of women, many of whom were sex workers or drug addicts marginalized by society. Vancouver police faced criticism for not taking the missing persons cases seriously due to the victims' backgrounds. A 51-year-old inmate is currently in custody for the assault on Pickton, according to police spokesman Hugues Beaulieu. The Correctional Service of Canada has launched an investigation into the attack. “The investigation will examine all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the assault, including whether policies and protocols were followed,” the service stated. Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc also commented on the incident, stating, “Earlier today, I was made aware of the death of an inmate at Port-Cartier Institution. At this time, my thoughts are with the families of the victims of this individual’s heinous crimes.” Pickton's confirmed victims included Sereena Abotsway, Mona Wilson, Andrea Joesbury, Brenda Ann Wolfe, Georgina Papin, and Marnie Frey. The tragic legacy of his crimes continues to impact the families and communities affected. British Columbia Supreme Court Justice James Williams, during Pickton’s sentencing, described the case as one that “properly warrants the maximum period of parole ineligibility available to the court.” The conclusion of Pickton’s life in prison marks the end of a dark chapter in Canadian criminal history, but the pain and memories of his actions remain with those who lost loved ones. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
6/4/20247 minutes, 42 seconds
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Judge Approves Limited DNA Retesting in Scott Peterson Murder Case, Denies New Evidence Review

Nearly two decades after Scott Peterson’s conviction for the murders of his wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner, a California judge has ruled to permit limited DNA retesting in the high-profile case. On Wednesday, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Hill allowed the retesting of DNA on duct tape found on Laci Peterson’s pants but denied the testing of other new and prior evidence. Peterson, who was convicted in 2004 and originally sentenced to death, has been fighting for a new trial with support from the Los Angeles Innocence Project, which took up his case in January. The hearing on Wednesday marked a significant moment in Peterson’s ongoing bid to prove his innocence, although it fell short of granting all the requests made by his defense team. Judge Hill's decision to allow retesting of the duct tape, approximately 15 inches long, is a partial victory for Peterson's defense. The duct tape “was found adhering to Laci’s pants on her right thigh,” and a section of it had previously undergone DNA testing, revealing the presence of human DNA, though no profile could be obtained. This new testing could potentially provide crucial information regarding the actual perpetrator. However, the judge made it clear that her ruling was strictly about the evidence and not about granting Peterson a new trial. "This determination is solely about the evidence in question," Hill stated, underscoring the limited scope of her decision. The defense team's broader requests included DNA testing on stains found on a mattress discovered in a burned-out van and examining evidence from a burglary that occurred near the Peterson home around the time Laci disappeared. The defense suggested that Laci might have encountered the burglars and was murdered because she witnessed the crime. These requests were denied, leaving the duct tape as the sole piece of evidence permitted for retesting. “We were right then and we are right now,” stated Dave Harris from the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s office. “It is inappropriate for the defense to continue to try and find things to drag this case out. The state of California has a powerful interest in the finality of its judgments.”                                        Scott Peterson reported his pregnant wife missing from their Modesto, California, home in December 2002. Less than four months later, the bodies of Laci and Conner were found washed up in the San Francisco Bay. Prosecutors alleged that Peterson's motive was to escape married life and impending fatherhood. After a nearly six-month trial in 2004, Peterson was found guilty of first-degree murder for Laci's death and second-degree murder for Conner's death. The jury recommended the death penalty, which was initially upheld by Judge Alfred Delucchi. However, following Governor Newsom’s 2019 moratorium on executions, Peterson's death sentence was overturned by the California Supreme Court in 2020. He was resentenced to life without parole in 2021 after the court found that a juror failed to disclose her involvement in other legal proceedings. In 2023, Peterson's attorneys filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, alleging violations of his constitutional rights and claiming actual innocence supported by new evidence. The Los Angeles Innocence Project, which works to exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals, announced it was investigating Peterson’s claims. “Scott Peterson deserves a thorough review of all the evidence, including those pieces that were previously ignored or overlooked,” said a representative from the Innocence Project. While the judge's ruling on Wednesday limits the scope of new evidence testing, it keeps Peterson's case in the public eye and continues to stir debate about his guilt or innocence. As the duct tape undergoes retesting, both the defense and prosecution prepare for the next steps in this ongoing legal battle. The outcome of this DNA retesting could provide new insights or reaffirm the original conviction, but for now, Scott Peterson remains behind bars, serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
6/3/20249 minutes, 55 seconds
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Illinois Man, A Former Assistant State Attorney, Faces Federal Charges for Threatening Social Media Posts

Samuel J. Cundari, a 30-year-old former assistant state’s attorney from DuPage County, Illinois, has been charged with transmitting threats of violence over social media, according to a May 24 press release from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Central District of Illinois. Cundari is accused of posting threats on X, formerly known as Twitter, in March and May. These threats included graphic and violent language directed at state representatives involved in gun-control legislation and an implied bomb threat in response to an advertisement for Springfield’s PrideFest. One of Cundari's posts, dated March, tagged two Illinois state representatives, the Illinois attorney general, three gun-control groups, and a volunteer with one of the groups. The post read, “Our patience grows short with you. The day we put your kids feet first into a woodchipper so we can enjoy their last few screams is coming.” Democratic Illinois State Rep. Bob Morgan, a sponsor of the assault weapons ban, confirmed to the Chicago Sun-Times that he was among the targeted lawmakers. The threats were serious enough to prompt a federal investigation. In May, Cundari made another alarming post, which appeared to be a response to an advertisement for Springfield’s PrideFest. It read, “I sure hope NOBODY leaves a pressure cooker filled with ball bearings, glass and nails, filled with diesel fuel and fertilizer, with the over pressure safety valve disabled, near a natural gas line. That would be VERY sad and VERY unfortunate.” According to an affidavit by an FBI agent, Cundari admitted to making these posts, claiming they were jokes intended to “get the goat” of another user. Despite his intent, the nature of the threats led to significant legal consequences. A spokesperson for the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office told Law360 that Cundari was fired upon the discovery of the allegations. He had been working in the office’s misdemeanor division for 16 months. “These types of threats are taken very seriously, and we will not tolerate this kind of behavior from anyone, especially those in positions of public trust,” said a spokesperson from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office. The case has garnered significant attention from local media, including the Chicago Sun-Times and Law360, highlighting the gravity of the charges and the broader implications for public safety and trust in public officials. Cundari now faces a federal charge of transmitting a threat to injure another person in interstate commerce. If convicted, he could face severe penalties under federal law. #SamuelJCundari #DuPageCounty #GunControl #SocialMediaThreats #FederalCharges #BobMorgan #SpringfieldPrideFest Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
6/3/20246 minutes, 59 seconds
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GUILTY- Jury Deliberates Fate of Chad Daybell in High-Profile Murder Trial

The jury in the Chad Daybell murder trial has begun deliberations after hearing closing arguments and receiving detailed instructions on the charges. Daybell faces accusations of conspiracy to commit murder and grand theft by deception in connection with the deaths of Tylee Ryan, JJ Vallow, and Tammy Daybell. Prosecutors Lindsey Blake and Rob Wood presented a comprehensive rebuttal closing argument, emphasizing Daybell's pivotal role in a conspiracy that led to the tragic deaths. Blake highlighted text messages between Daybell and Lori Vallow, revealing their belief in "zombies" and "death percentages," concepts they allegedly used to justify the killings.  "Chad says who’s dark, Chad says death percentages, and three bodies are located on his property. Three obstacles that were in their way," Blake stated, referencing a clip of Daybell in the back seat of a police car saying, "I’m not coming back." The prosecution played several recordings, including a patriarchal blessing Daybell gave to Alex Cox, Lori Vallow's brother. Blake emphasized the message, "Alex had already helped him in ways they could never repay." The prosecution also showed a text message exchange where Chad referred to relatives as "obstacles."  Defense attorney John Prior countered, arguing that Chad Daybell's actions and beliefs were taken out of context. Prior insisted that Daybell's religious beliefs did not equate to a criminal conspiracy. "It can’t be an agreement that we have consistent religious beliefs," Prior said, stressing that there was no direct evidence linking Daybell to the physical act of murder. Prior also focused on the lack of DNA evidence on the tools used to bury Tylee and JJ and questioned the credibility of key witnesses, including Melanie Gibb and Zulema Pastenes. He argued that the investigation was flawed and relied too heavily on speculative and circumstantial evidence.  Judge Steven Boyce provided the jury with 41 instructions, including definitions of conspiracy, aiding and abetting, and reasonable doubt. He reminded jurors that the state must prove every element of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt. "The state has to prove that Chad Daybell, with Lori Vallow, Alex Cox, or other co-conspirators, entered into some sort of an agreement to kill the children and to kill Tammy Daybell," Boyce instructed. The jury was sequestered for deliberations, ensuring they remain isolated from outside influences. Five alternates were also randomly selected and sworn in, ready to step in if needed. "If there is reasonable doubt, and there is reasonable doubt, you must return a verdict of not guilty," Prior concluded in his closing argument. As the jury deliberates, the community awaits the outcome of this high-profile case that has captivated national attention. The fate of Chad Daybell now rests in the hands of the jurors, who must sift through weeks of testimony and evidence to reach their verdict. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/31/202417 minutes, 42 seconds
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Prosecution Concludes Rebuttal Witnesses in Chad Daybell Trial as Jury Instructions Near

The trial of Chad Daybell continued with significant developments as the prosecution presented its final rebuttal witnesses, bringing the high-profile case closer to conclusion. Key testimonies from medical experts and investigators provided crucial insights into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Tammy Daybell, JJ Vallow, and Tylee Ryan. Judge Boyce opened the courtroom to the jury and addressed a pending issue about a proposed witness, Janice Olsen, who claimed to have heard Tammy Daybell discussing increasing her life insurance. After deliberation, Boyce decided to exclude Olsen’s testimony, citing concerns about its relevance and her potential bias after watching parts of the trial. Dr. Erik Christensen, a retired medical examiner, resumed his testimony, reiterating that Tammy Daybell’s death was not accidental, natural, or a suicide. "There were bruises on her arms and chest, but her heart and other organs were normal," Christensen testified, dismissing the possibility of death due to toxicological issues, seizures, or cardiac arrhythmia. He concluded that Tammy's death was caused by asphyxia, labeling it a homicide.   Defense attorney John Prior cross-examined Christensen, questioning why certain details, such as minor lung inflammation, were not highlighted in his report. Christensen responded that the inflammation was insignificant and did not contribute to the cause of death.   Retired detective David Stubbs took the stand next, presenting evidence from Chad Daybell’s Google search history. Stubbs revealed that on January 3, 2019, someone using Chad Daybell's account searched for information on how to turn off location services on an iPhone. "A request was made on August 24, 2019, to delete all GPS history from the chad.daybell account," Stubbs testified, noting that such actions could be indicative of attempts to conceal illicit activities. During cross-examination, Prior suggested that the searches could have been made by Tammy Daybell, who was more tech-savvy and used Apple devices. Stubbs acknowledged the possibility but reiterated that the searches were conducted through Chad’s account. Lt. Ray Hermosillo from the Rexburg Police Department provided testimony about the investigation into the disappearance of JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan. He detailed how the children were eventually found buried on Chad Daybell’s property. Hermosillo also mentioned that he drove by the Daybell residence frequently, partly because his dry cleaning business was nearby and partly due to the ongoing investigation. Hermosillo recounted seeing Emma Murray, Daybell's daughter, at a gym but noted he did not interact with her. His testimony reinforced the prosecution’s narrative of Chad Daybell’s involvement in the children’s deaths. The prosecution wrapped up its rebuttal witnesses, and Judge Boyce announced the next phase: jury instructions. "Closing arguments will be conducted tomorrow," Boyce stated, signaling the trial’s imminent conclusion. The jury was excused for the day, and the courtroom was cleared for administrative actions and further discussions on jury instructions. With the rebuttal witnesses concluded, the Chad Daybell trial is poised for its closing arguments. The testimonies of Dr. Christensen, Detective Stubbs, and Lt. Hermosillo have bolstered the prosecution's case, setting the stage for the jury's deliberations. As the trial progresses, the legal community and public alike are keenly observing the proceedings, awaiting the final verdict in this complex and highly publicized case. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
5/30/202415 minutes, 5 seconds
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Brian Higgins Testifies About Phone Disposal Amid John O’Keefe Death Investigation

Brian Higgins, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), testified on Tuesday regarding the disposal of his cellphone during the investigation into John O’Keefe’s death. This testimony provided crucial insights into the defense’s case, which argues that Karen Read is not responsible for O’Keefe’s death. Higgins admitted he disposed of his phone and possibly the SIM card in a dumpster at a military base without consulting anyone or receiving a written cancellation of the preservation order for his phone. "I didn’t know whether I removed the SIM card when I got rid of my phone, but if I did do so, I either cut the SIM card or broke it," Higgins stated.  Defense attorney David Yannetti questioned Higgins about the disposal process. "Then you drove to a military base and you threw both the destroyed SIM card and the phone into a dumpster, didn’t you?" Yannetti asked. Higgins confirmed he was driving through a military base on Cape Cod and believed he put the destroyed SIM card and phone into a dumpster there.  Higgins further testified that he didn’t transfer anything from his old phone to his new one, including photos, videos, and possible text messages with members of the Albert family, who owned 34 Fairview Road at the time.  On redirect, Higgins told Assistant District Attorney Adam Lally that he didn’t have much saved on his personal phone. “In the sense that I’m divorced, I don’t have kids, I didn’t have the typical memories that somebody would’ve had on their phone that they wanted to preserve,” Higgins explained.     Higgins revealed that a call from the target of an investigation in July 2022 made him reconsider keeping his old phone number. “I had a lot of concerns, so July of ’22 is when I probably started thinking about, ‘You know what, I’ve got to get rid of the telephone number itself,’” he said. Higgins confirmed he changed his personal phone number on Sept. 29, 2022 — one day before receiving a court order to preserve the phone, which Karen Read’s lawyers were seeking as evidence. He testified he got rid of his old phone "about two months after that," because it was "beaten" and he had already obtained a new one. O’Keefe’s niece provided testimony, revealing that Read was frantic and screaming when she awoke around 4:30 a.m. on January 29, 2022. Prosecutors indicated Read directed the niece to call Jennifer McCabe, a friend, during which Read changed her story multiple times about what happened to O’Keefe. McCabe testified that Read was screaming during the call, saying, “John didn’t come home, they got into a fight, and that she left him at the Waterfall,” a bar where they’d been drinking the previous night. Testimony from Minors The testimonies of O’Keefe’s niece and nephew were not live streamed or recorded due to their minor status. In 2022, the children, then aged 14 and 10, told investigators that Read and O’Keefe argued frequently toward the end of their two-year relationship. O’Keefe’s niece recalled her uncle telling Read “that their relationship had run its course and that it isn’t healthy,” according to prosecutors. Defense’s Position Read’s defense team has suggested a conspiracy among witnesses and law enforcement, arguing that others, including Higgins, are responsible for O’Keefe’s death. Despite Higgins’s testimony, Read's lawyers remain focused on proving their theory that someone else is responsible for the crime. Higgins’s testimony adds a complex layer to the ongoing trial, highlighting the defense’s strategy of implicating other individuals in O’Keefe’s death. As the trial continues, further witness testimonies and cross-examinations are expected to shed more light on the case. KAREN READ TRIAL IS NOW OFF UNTIL TUESDAY JUNE 4TH 2024 Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
5/30/202416 minutes, 41 seconds
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Sixth Accuser Brings Forward Assault Allegations Against Sean 'Diddy' Combs

In a new lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court of New York, April Lampos has come forward with accusations against Sean 'Diddy' Combs, alleging he drugged and sexually assaulted her in the 1990s. This marks the sixth woman to file assault claims against the hip-hop mogul. Lampos, a former student at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), detailed in the lawsuit four “terrifying sexual encounters” with Combs. She claimed these incidents occurred after they met in 1994 while she was pursuing her studies in New York City. Lampos accused Combs of forcing her to take ecstasy and engage in sexual acts with him and his then-girlfriend, Kim Porter. She also alleged retaliation from Porter, which led to Lampos losing her job. According to the lawsuit, their first “horrific” encounter happened in 1995 when Combs “pressured” Lampos to drink at a bar in New York City before taking her to his hotel, where he allegedly raped her despite her attempts to resist. Following this incident, Lampos claimed Combs sent her “gifts, cards, and flowers” and leveraged his power in the music industry to lure her back. She recounted another assault where Combs “yanked her down to her knees” and forced her to perform oral sex on him in front of a parking garage attendant. Lampos described a relationship characterized by Combs’s manipulation and threats. She said he used his connections and influence in the music industry to ensure her compliance with his demands. A particularly distressing encounter occurred in 1996 when Combs allegedly forced Lampos and Porter to take ecstasy at his Manhattan apartment. Despite her vocal opposition, Combs “demanded” that Porter engage in sexual acts with Lampos, eventually leading to another alleged rape by Combs. The lawsuit also detailed Lampos’s final encounter with Combs around the end of 2000 or early 2001. After ending things with him in 1998, she ran into him at Rockefeller Center, where he expressed a desire to reconnect. Lampos eventually allowed him to visit her apartment, where he allegedly assaulted her again. Lampos claimed that Combs’s behavior had not changed, and she asked him to leave her apartment, knowing he was in a relationship with Jennifer Lopez at the time. Lampos is seeking unspecified damages for battery, sexual assault, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and violation of the Victims of Gender-Motivated Violence Protection Law. Representatives for Combs and Lampos’s attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment from PEOPLE. These allegations come on the heels of similar claims by Combs’s ex, Casandra 'Cassie' Ventura, who released a statement following the publication of a video showing her being physically abused by Combs in 2016. “Domestic Violence is THE issue. It broke me down to someone I never thought I would become. With a lot of hard work, I am better today, but I will always be recovering from the past,” she wrote. Combs is currently facing multiple sexual assault and harassment lawsuits from four other women and one man, adding to the growing legal challenges confronting the music and business mogul. As the legal proceedings unfold, these allegations bring to light a troubling pattern of behavior alleged against Sean 'Diddy' Combs. The claims made by April Lampos contribute to the broader narrative of abuse and misconduct surrounding the high-profile figure, emphasizing the ongoing impact of these serious accusations on the victims involved. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
5/29/20249 minutes, 27 seconds
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Explosive Testimony from Brian Higgins in John O’Keefe Death Investigation

Brian Higgins’s testimony reached a dramatic climax on Friday when defense attorney Alan Jackson accused him of discarding his phone and SIM card during the investigation into John O’Keefe’s death. “That is not correct,” Higgins firmly responded to Jackson’s allegation. Judge Beverly Cannone promptly ended the session without allowing further questions. Higgins is one of three individuals Karen Read's lawyers have named in their theory that someone other than Read is responsible for O’Keefe's death. Earlier in the session, Higgins admitted to exchanging flirtatious texts and sharing a kiss with Read while she was dating O’Keefe. During cross-examination, Jackson scrutinized Higgins’s actions and phone records in the critical hours following O’Keefe’s death. Higgins confirmed seeking advice about phone data extraction from a friend in the FBI’s regional computer forensics lab. “I asked him how I could pull text strings off my cellular telephone for the purpose of providing them to law enforcement,” Higgins testified, acknowledging that he could have handed over the entire device to the police.  Jackson pressed Higgins on whether he knew that federal regulations prohibit using one’s public office for personal gain. Higgins said he was unaware of this regulation. He also revealed that he no longer possessed the phone he had in 2022. “You’ve destroyed that phone, haven’t you?” Jackson asked. “No, I threw the phone away,” Higgins replied. “Well, that’s destroying the phone, isn’t it?” Jackson countered, to which Higgins responded, “I had every right to do that.” Higgins stated that he likely cut or broke the SIM card before disposing of the phone but did not wipe any data from it. He confirmed receiving a notice on Sept. 30, 2022, preventing him from altering or destroying anything on his cellphone, although he switched phone carriers and numbers a day earlier.  In a pivotal moment, Jackson grilled Higgins about late-night phone calls with Brian Albert and then-Canton Police Chief Kenneth Berkowitz. Phone records indicated that Higgins and Albert exchanged calls at 2:22 a.m. on Jan. 29, 2022, when Higgins claimed he was asleep. Both men have testified that these calls were accidental “butt dials.” Jackson noted the suspicious timing, occurring just hours before O’Keefe’s body was discovered. Higgins insisted, “I have no recollection of any phone calls.”    Jackson also highlighted Higgins’s phone activity around the time Read’s SUV was brought to the Canton Police Department’s sally port. Video surveillance from this area at 5:36 a.m. was missing, and Higgins denied seeing any evidence in the garage. As testimony concluded, Higgins remained firm in his denials, with more witness testimonies expected in the coming days. Read’s lawyers continue to assert that a conspiracy among witnesses and law enforcement is responsible for O’Keefe’s death, challenging the prosecution’s case against Read. Higgins’s attorney, William Connolly, emphasized, “Brian Higgins has not participated in any kind of a cover up or conspiracy to cover up the criminal activity of others. Participating in a coverup is contrary to who he is as a human being and a professional.” The trial will resume next Tuesday with a full day of witness testimonies. Jurors are set to hear from other key figures as the defense seeks to prove their case that Read is not responsible for O’Keefe’s death. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com  
5/29/202417 minutes, 49 seconds
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Kouri Richins Breaks Silence from Jail, Criticizes Prosecutors and Proclaims Innocence

Kouri Richins, the Utah mother accused of spiking her husband’s cocktail with a fatal dose of fentanyl, has made her first public comments since her arrest last year. In a series of jailhouse statements provided exclusively to "Dateline" this week, Richins criticized prosecutors, asserted her innocence, and described recent upheaval in the case as “forced.” Richins, 34, who has been held in the Summit County Jail since a judge denied her bail last year, expressed frustration over being separated from her family. “I’ve been silent for a year, locked away from my kids, my family, my life, living with the media telling the world who they think I am, what they think I’ve done or how they think I’ve lived,” she said. “And it’s time to start speaking up. You took an innocent mom away from her babies. And this means war.” The comments come after a judge granted her lawyers' request to withdraw from her defense against charges of aggravated murder and other crimes in the death of her husband, Eric Richins, 39, on March 4, 2022. Richins’ lead attorney, Skye Lazaro, cited an “irreconcilable and nonwaivable situation” as the reason for the withdrawal. In one statement, Richins said she was filled with “great devastation” over her defense team's withdrawal. “My defense team has been forced to withdraw from my case. Represented or not, we all know and should understand there’s only so much I can say. But what I will say is this withdrawal was not my choice. And it was not a personal choice of any counsel on my defense team.” The withdrawal request was filed the same day Richins’ lawyers asked a judge to disqualify prosecutors due to “severe violations” that compromised their defense and violated Richins’ constitutional right to effective counsel. The filing alleges that from May to December last year, authorities recorded jail calls between Richins and her lawyers without their consent, some of which were listened to by prosecutors. When defense lawyers discovered the practice and questioned prosecutors, Summit County's top elected prosecutor, Margaret Olson, initially denied awareness. However, lead prosecutor Brad Bloodworth later claimed that one of the defense lawyers had refused to use a phone app that shields attorney-client calls, resulting in the recordings. Bloodworth asserted that prosecutors had not listened to the calls and suggested that by not using the app, the lawyer had seemingly consented to the practice. Richins accused prosecutors of doing "anything they can to prolong this process and hide their corruption. I will not play into the prosecution’s unconstitutional behavior anymore." She expressed a strong desire to clear her name, stating, “Although I am extremely disappointed where we’re at right now with this case, I’m anxious. I’m anxious to prove my innocence. I’m anxious to get to trial.” Olson's office responded to the allegations, labeling the defense lawyer's motion to disqualify prosecutors as "materially inaccurate" and "filed in bad faith." The county attorney's office plans to address the motion formally by May 31. Prosecutors allege that Richins, deeply in debt, fraudulently obtained a nearly $2 million life insurance policy on her husband before giving him a Moscow mule spiked with a lethal dose of fentanyl. They also charged Richins with attempted murder, forgery, and mortgage and insurance fraud. One year after Eric Richins died, Kouri Richins published “Are You With Me?” a children’s book about grief, dedicated to her “amazing” husband. Despite the charges, Richins and her family have maintained her innocence. #KouriRichins #EricRichins #FentanylPoisoning #TrueCrime #ProsecutorialMisconduct #JusticeSystem #Dateline Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
5/28/20249 minutes, 57 seconds
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Chad Daybell Trial: Court Dismissed Early as Key Witnesses Testify

In the ongoing trial of Chad Daybell, the courtroom was filled with dramatic testimonies from key witnesses as the defense continued its efforts to exonerate Daybell. The court proceedings were intense, with multiple witnesses called to the stand, including Chad Daybell's children and forensic experts. The court session began with Fremont County Detective Sgt. Bruce Mattingly testifying about his involvement in Tammy Daybell’s death investigation, as well as the deaths of JJ and Tylee Ryan. Mattingly detailed his attempts to inform Emma Murray, one of Chad Daybell’s daughters, about the autopsy results of her mother. Despite numerous efforts, Emma expressed a desire to wait for the official release of the autopsy results and was reluctant to engage in discussions with law enforcement. "We’re just not interested in interviewing, answering any questions, we just want to see it," Emma stated.  The defense, led by attorney John Prior, cross-examined Mattingly, suggesting that his approach was more of a police tactic to elicit information rather than simply sharing results. Prior also questioned the timing and manner of informing the Daybell children about their mother's autopsy, emphasizing that the family had not been adequately contacted during the investigative process.  VIDEO: Mattingly's approach was more of a police tactic to elicit information rather than simply sharing results Later, the court heard from Jason MacKay Abegglen, who worked with Garth Daybell at a haunted house attraction. MacKay recounted a conversation where Garth mentioned finding his mother dead and his father not being home. MacKay's testimony aimed to support the defense’s narrative of Chad Daybell's innocence in Tammy Daybell's death. "He said he found her when he got home from work and he didn’t know where his father was," MacKay testified.      Dr. Eric Bartelink, a forensic anthropologist, provided insights into the condition of Tylee Ryan’s remains. Bartelink's testimony highlighted the extensive blunt force trauma and sharp force defects found on Tylee's bones, which he suggested could be consistent with perimortem injuries. He also noted the possibility of Tylee's body being burned as a whole, although he could not determine the exact location or time of the burning.    Throughout the proceedings, the defense continued to build its case by questioning the thoroughness and intentions of the investigation. Prior pointedly asked Mattingly about his interactions with the Daybell children and whether his motive was to gather incriminating reactions rather than provide information. The session concluded with an unexpected announcement: the state had no further witnesses for the day, and the court would dismiss early, reconvening on Tuesday. The abrupt end to the day's testimony left many questions unanswered, particularly regarding the defense's strategy and the impact of the testimonies on the jury. As the trial progresses, the defense's challenge remains to dismantle the prosecution’s narrative while addressing the rehearsed nature of the testimonies from Chad Daybell's children. The potential Freudian slip by defense attorney John Prior, where he referred to Tammy Daybell's death as a "murder," also added a layer of complexity to the case. Whether this slip will affect the jury's perception remains to be seen. The trial is set to resume with more testimonies and cross-examinations, as both sides continue to present their arguments in this high-profile case. #ChadDaybell #TammyDaybell #LoriVallow #JohnPryor #BruceMattingly #GarthDaybell #TyleeRyan Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
5/28/202422 minutes, 42 seconds
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Daybell "Romance" Novel: A Dramatic Reading-WEEK IN REVIEW

Welcome to the "Week in Review," where we delve into the true stories behind this week's headlines. Your host, Tony Brueski, joins hands with a rotating roster of guests, sharing their insights and analysis on a collection of intriguing, perplexing, and often chilling stories that made the news.       This is not your average news recap. With the sharp investigative lens of Tony and his guests, the show uncovers layers beneath the headlines, offering a comprehensive perspective that traditional news can often miss. From high-profile criminal trials to in-depth examinations of ongoing investigations, this podcast takes listeners on a fascinating journey through the world of true crime and current events.       Each episode navigates through multiple stories, illuminating their details with factual reporting, expert commentary, and engaging conversation. Tony and his guests discuss each case's nuances, complexities, and human elements, delivering a multi-dimensional understanding to their audience.  Whether you are a dedicated follower of true crime, or an everyday listener interested in the stories shaping our world, the "Week in Review" brings you the perfect balance of intrigue, information, and intelligent conversation. Expect thoughtful analysis, informed opinions, and thought-provoking discussions beyond the 24-hour news cycle. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
5/27/202412 minutes, 25 seconds
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Diddy's Apology Criticized as Insincere Amid Ongoing Legal Troubles and Disturbing Video Evidence-WEEK IN REVIEW

Welcome to the "Week in Review," where we delve into the true stories behind this week's headlines. Your host, Tony Brueski, joins hands with a rotating roster of guests, sharing their insights and analysis on a collection of intriguing, perplexing, and often chilling stories that made the news.       This is not your average news recap. With the sharp investigative lens of Tony and his guests, the show uncovers layers beneath the headlines, offering a comprehensive perspective that traditional news can often miss. From high-profile criminal trials to in-depth examinations of ongoing investigations, this podcast takes listeners on a fascinating journey through the world of true crime and current events.       Each episode navigates through multiple stories, illuminating their details with factual reporting, expert commentary, and engaging conversation. Tony and his guests discuss each case's nuances, complexities, and human elements, delivering a multi-dimensional understanding to their audience.  Whether you are a dedicated follower of true crime, or an everyday listener interested in the stories shaping our world, the "Week in Review" brings you the perfect balance of intrigue, information, and intelligent conversation. Expect thoughtful analysis, informed opinions, and thought-provoking discussions beyond the 24-hour news cycle. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
5/27/20249 minutes, 27 seconds
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DAYBELL READING 1 CHAPTER 1-WEEK IN REVIEW

Welcome to the "Week in Review," where we delve into the true stories behind this week's headlines. Your host, Tony Brueski, joins hands with a rotating roster of guests, sharing their insights and analysis on a collection of intriguing, perplexing, and often chilling stories that made the news.       This is not your average news recap. With the sharp investigative lens of Tony and his guests, the show uncovers layers beneath the headlines, offering a comprehensive perspective that traditional news can often miss. From high-profile criminal trials to in-depth examinations of ongoing investigations, this podcast takes listeners on a fascinating journey through the world of true crime and current events.       Each episode navigates through multiple stories, illuminating their details with factual reporting, expert commentary, and engaging conversation. Tony and his guests discuss each case's nuances, complexities, and human elements, delivering a multi-dimensional understanding to their audience.  Whether you are a dedicated follower of true crime, or an everyday listener interested in the stories shaping our world, the "Week in Review" brings you the perfect balance of intrigue, information, and intelligent conversation. Expect thoughtful analysis, informed opinions, and thought-provoking discussions beyond the 24-hour news cycle. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
5/27/202414 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Crazy Jailhouse Calls Between Chad Daybell & Lori Vallow-WEEK IN REVIEW

Welcome to the "Week in Review," where we delve into the true stories behind this week's headlines. Your host, Tony Brueski, joins hands with a rotating roster of guests, sharing their insights and analysis on a collection of intriguing, perplexing, and often chilling stories that made the news.       This is not your average news recap. With the sharp investigative lens of Tony and his guests, the show uncovers layers beneath the headlines, offering a comprehensive perspective that traditional news can often miss. From high-profile criminal trials to in-depth examinations of ongoing investigations, this podcast takes listeners on a fascinating journey through the world of true crime and current events.       Each episode navigates through multiple stories, illuminating their details with factual reporting, expert commentary, and engaging conversation. Tony and his guests discuss each case's nuances, complexities, and human elements, delivering a multi-dimensional understanding to their audience.  Whether you are a dedicated follower of true crime, or an everyday listener interested in the stories shaping our world, the "Week in Review" brings you the perfect balance of intrigue, information, and intelligent conversation. Expect thoughtful analysis, informed opinions, and thought-provoking discussions beyond the 24-hour news cycle. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/26/202415 minutes, 17 seconds
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Experts Testify on Phone Data and DNA in Chad Daybell Trial

The Chad Daybell trial resumed today with critical testimonies from forensic experts, shedding light on the digital and DNA evidence crucial to the case. Patrick Eller, CEO of Metadata Forensics, continued his testimony, offering detailed insights into the phone data analysis that forms a pivotal part of the investigation.   Eller, a digital forensic examiner with extensive experience, testified about the search and analysis of phone data related to Chad Daybell and Alex Cox. Eller revealed that despite efforts, no location data for Chad Daybell's phones were found at the Daybell property during the crucial dates under investigation. "Chad had multiple phones," Eller noted, emphasizing the complexity of tracking his movements accurately.  Eller discussed the process of geofencing and metadata analysis, explaining how Google’s data helped identify devices near the Daybell property. "The best source of data about phones is the phone itself. Even with settings toggled, the data can still be found on the device," Eller stated. He clarified the difference between visible data and the metadata attached to it, using a digital image analogy to illustrate his point. During cross-examination, prosecutor Rob Wood focused on the phone records and geofence data. Wood presented a map with data points showing phone activities near the Daybell property. Eller confirmed seeing Chad Daybell’s phone number calling Alex Cox on September 9, 2019, around 8 a.m. However, Eller admitted he couldn't recall if he examined Tammy Daybell's phone, adding a layer of ambiguity to the investigation. Defense attorney John Prior's redirect examination sought to clarify whether there were any data points indicating that Chad Daybell and Alex Cox's devices were together at the property. Eller confirmed there were no such data points, reinforcing the defense's narrative. The afternoon session featured Dr. Greg Hampikian, a professor from Boise State University and an expert in biology and criminal justice, who continued his testimony regarding DNA evidence. Hampikian’s review of DNA data found no evidence that Chad Daybell’s hair was on the tape used to bind JJ Vallow’s body. "The four hairs tested did not belong to JJ Vallow, Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell, or Alex Cox," Hampikian testified.    Hampikian also discussed his involvement in other high-profile cases, including the Amanda Knox case, to underscore his expertise. His lab, while not accredited like a criminal investigatory lab, provides crucial analysis using advanced tools and technology. The testimonies of Patrick Eller and Dr. Greg Hampikian provided significant insights into the forensic analysis central to the Chad Daybell trial. Eller's expertise in digital forensics and Hampikian’s DNA analysis are critical as the court continues to dissect the evidence. The trial remains a focal point of public interest, with each session revealing more about the intricate details of this high-profile case. This case continues to evolve as the court delves deeper into the digital and biological evidence, seeking justice for JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/24/202424 minutes, 21 seconds
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Key Witness Faces Intense Cross-Examination in Karen Read Murder Trial

Friends of the late Boston police officer John O'Keefe took the stand in Norfolk Superior Court Wednesday, offering emotional testimonies in the ongoing Karen Read murder trial. This came after key witness Jennifer McCabe endured a third day of grueling cross-examination. The trial, centering on the death of O'Keefe, who was found unresponsive outside a Canton home on January 29, 2022, has seen dramatic developments, particularly surrounding McCabe’s involvement and testimony. Defense attorney Alan Jackson's cross-examination of McCabe focused on alleged inconsistencies in her accounts and controversial Google searches made on her phone. Jackson presented data showing McCabe searched "how long to die in cold" hours before O'Keefe’s body was found. J McCabe, visibly emotional, defended her actions, stating, "I did not make that search at that time. I never would have left John O'Keefe out in the cold to die because he was my friend that I loved." She claimed she was researching a basketball team for her daughter around that time and that the search for how long it takes someone to die in the cold was conducted later at Read’s request.   Read, charged with second-degree murder, among other charges, has pleaded not guilty, with her defense team arguing that she is being framed. During cross-examination, McCabe was questioned about her relationship with state police investigators and conversations she had about the case in group chats.  Following McCabe’s testimony, Kerry Roberts, Laura Sullivan, and Marietta Sullivan took the stand, each sharing emotional recounts of their interactions with O'Keefe and the events surrounding his death. Roberts, one of O'Keefe's closest friends, described the frantic search for him, ending with Read discovering his snow-covered body. She recounted the panic and efforts to revive him, stating, "Read panicked and ran around the scene, asking if she hit him and whether he was dead." The Sullivan sisters provided context to the relationships and tensions leading up to O'Keefe’s death, particularly an incident during a New Year’s trip to Aruba. Laura Sullivan recalled Read accusing O'Keefe of kissing her sister, causing apparent tension.  As the trial progresses, the defense continues to challenge the credibility of the prosecution's witnesses, while the prosecution aims to solidify the timeline and motivations behind the tragic events. The case remains a focal point of public and media attention, with the court sessions revealing intricate details about the night of O'Keefe’s death and the complex relationships between those involved. This case remains critical in understanding the complex interplay of relationships, alleged actions, and the tragic outcome that led to O'Keefe's untimely death. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/24/202424 minutes, 21 seconds
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Forensic Pathologist Testifies Tammy Daybell's Cause of Death Should Be Undetermined

The trial of Chad Daybell took an intriguing turn as forensic pathologist Dr. Kathy Raven testified, asserting that Tammy Daybell’s cause of death should be classified as undetermined. This challenges the Utah Medical Examiner's previous ruling of asphyxia. The court session began with prosecutor Wixom addressing a minor inaccuracy in Heather Daybell’s testimony regarding her communication with Detective Hope. Both Wixom and defense attorney John Prior agreed it was inconsequential, allowing the court to move forward without further concern. Judge Boyce noted that the defense had two more witnesses scheduled to testify, but they were not present. Until their arrival, the court addressed matters outside the jury’s presence, ensuring the trial continued smoothly despite the temporary absence of witnesses. Dr. Kathy Raven, a board-certified forensic pathologist with over 25 years of experience, provided critical testimony. She reviewed Tammy Daybell’s autopsy report, photos, toxicology results, and various investigative documents. Raven concluded that the cause of Tammy’s death should be classified as undetermined due to the lack of anatomical evidence. “There was no anatomical cause of death found for Tammy Daybell,” Raven testified. “All her organs appeared normal, and the toxicology report was extensive with no positive findings, making poisoning unlikely.” Raven also addressed the bruises found on Tammy’s body, describing them as nonspecific and inconclusive in determining the cause of death. “The bruises on her arms were nonspecific and could not definitively point to asphyxia,” Raven explained. Reegen Price, a neighbor of Chad Daybell, testified about hearing a gunshot before September 9 and discussing unusual events with law enforcement. Price mentioned creating a timeline with her husband to make sense of the strange occurrences involving the Daybells. “I contacted law enforcement about a few unusual things I noticed,” Price said. “Hearing the gunshot was just one of many strange events.” In a recent development in the ongoing Chad Daybell trial, a minor inaccuracy in the testimony of Heather Daybell was brought to the court's attention by prosecutor Wixom. Heather Daybell had testified earlier that she did not provide any information to Detective Hope. However, prosecutor Wixom discovered her name in a police report, indicating that she might have had some interaction with the detective. Wixom described the inaccuracy as inconsequential and promptly informed the court. Dr. Kathy Raven’s testimony provided a crucial perspective, challenging the previously determined cause of death and emphasizing the lack of concrete anatomical evidence. As the trial progresses, the defense aims to cast doubt on the prosecution’s narrative, potentially influencing the jury’s perception of the events leading to Tammy Daybell’s death. The trial continues with further testimonies and evidence reviews, keeping the courtroom and public engrossed in the unfolding legal drama. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/23/202414 minutes, 34 seconds
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Defense Challenges Key Witness Testimony in Karen Read Murder Trial

The trial of Karen Read, accused of second-degree murder in the death of her boyfriend, Boston Police Officer John O’Keefe, took a dramatic turn as the defense challenged the testimony of key witness Jennifer McCabe. The defense contends that McCabe's current testimony contradicts her earlier statements, raising questions about the reliability of her account. Jennifer McCabe testified that on the morning of January 29, 2022, she heard Karen Read say, “I hit him, I hit him, I hit him,” at the scene where O’Keefe’s body was found. However, defense attorney Alan Jackson pointed out that in her April 2022 grand jury testimony, McCabe did not mention this statement. Instead, she testified that Read asked, “Could I have hit him?” or “Did I hit him?”    “I don’t know if I said it in the grand jury but I can say today, with 100% certainty, that she said ‘I hit him, I hit him, I hit him,’” McCabe insisted during a tense cross-examination on the 15th day of the trial.  Karen Read, 44, faces charges of second-degree murder, motor vehicle manslaughter, and leaving the scene of a collision that resulted in the death of John O’Keefe, a 16-year veteran of the Boston Police Department. Prosecutors allege that after a night of drinking, Read and O’Keefe argued, leading to Read backing her Lexus SUV into him and leaving him to die in the cold during a snowstorm. Jackson highlighted that McCabe reiterated 12 times in her grand jury testimony that Read’s statements were more questioning than affirmative. He questioned why McCabe did not initially report the alleged confession if it was her most “impactful” memory of the incident. The defense has developed a theory that others present at the home of Brian and Nicole Albert on the night of O'Keefe's death had both the motive and opportunity to kill him. Jackson suggested that there was a conspiracy among McCabe, her husband, and members of the Albert family to frame Read. This theory includes inconsistencies in phone call records and alleged opportunities for collusion. Brian Albert, one of the individuals the defense claims had a motive, is accused along with ATF Agent Brian Higgins and Colin Albert of being involved in O’Keefe’s death. The defense pointed to wounds on O’Keefe’s arms they say are consistent with dog bites, suggesting a possible attack by the Alberts’ German shepherd, Chloe. McCabe testified about the events leading up to the discovery of O'Keefe's body. She described texting O’Keefe while he was en route to the Albert home for an afterparty with Read. “There is no story. There’re facts and truth on this side of the case,” McCabe said firmly, accusing the defense of “spinning” a narrative. As the trial continues, the discrepancies in witness testimonies and the defense’s third-party killer theory have added complexity to the case. The defense’s challenge to McCabe’s testimony underscores the contentious nature of the trial, with both sides presenting conflicting narratives about the events leading to John O’Keefe’s tragic death. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/23/202416 minutes, 50 seconds
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Stephan Sterns Charged with Murder and Child Abuse in Madeline Soto Case

In a significant development in the case of Madeline Soto's disappearance and death, Stephan Sterns has been charged with first-degree murder. This indictment comes amid revelations of over 1,700 explicit images found on Sterns' Google Drive and inconsistencies in his account of the events surrounding Madeline's disappearance. Sterns was initially arrested after detectives searching for Madeline discovered child sex abuse material on his cell phone. Sterns had voluntarily handed over his phone to law enforcement but claimed to have inadvertently performed a factory reset, erasing its contents. Despite this, investigators recovered over 1,700 images from a Google Drive account linked to Sterns. These images included explicit photos of Madeline, suggesting ongoing sexual abuse. Shortly after his arrest, Sterns was charged with 60 counts of sexual battery, lewd and lascivious molestation, and possession of materials depicting the sexual performance of a child. "I don't know what the heck I did, but somehow, during the massive OS update, I managed to factory reset my phone and lose all of my contacts, all my information," Sterns told police in a recorded interview obtained by FOX 35. In a grim turn of events, Sterns has now been indicted for first-degree murder in the death of Madeline Soto. Officials allege that Madeline was killed between February 25 and 27, although the exact motive remains unknown. A friend of the Soto family described the indictment as "a big win" for those seeking justice for Madeline. The explicit images found on Sterns' Google Drive were not only graphic but also dated back to June 2019, implicating him in a long-term pattern of abuse. "The gut-wrenching discovery of these images further confirms the disturbing nature of Sterns' actions," stated a law enforcement official. Sterns admitted to police that he had saved photos to a Google Drive account, including photos of him and Madeline. When questioned about the images, Sterns asked if he should consult a lawyer and subsequently requested an attorney, halting further questioning. During a 43-minute police interview, Sterns provided a muddled timeline of the morning of Madeline's disappearance. He mentioned discussing breakfast plans with Madeline and forgetting their phones at home. Sterns also omitted details such as returning home to retrieve a gate clicker and getting a flat tire after dropping Madeline off at school. Surveillance footage from Sterns' gated community showed his vehicle leaving with a "female wearing a green sweater" slumped over in the front seat. Although the footage did not explicitly identify Madeline, investigators believe she was deceased at the time. Documents revealed details about the household dynamics, including Sterns occasionally sleeping in the same bed as Madeline. Jenn Soto, Madeline's mother, told detectives that Sterns had lived with them on and off for seven years and that it was not unusual for them to share a bed. Sterns explained that Madeline "always needed human contact when going to sleep," referring to it as "snuggling." In a heartbreaking moment, Jenn Soto was shown a photo allegedly depicting abuse, but she did not recognize anything in it and later became visibly upset. While Jenn has not been named a suspect, officials have stated that everyone close to Madeline is considered a suspect until ruled out. As the case against Stephan Sterns progresses, the community remains shocked and saddened by the revelations. The pre-trial hearing for Sterns' murder case is scheduled for July 10, with the trial set for July 16. The hearing for the sexual battery charges is also scheduled for July 10, with a trial date of August 19. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
5/22/202419 minutes, 17 seconds
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Garth Daybell Testifies About Mother's Death and Legal Pressure in Ongoing Trial

In a pivotal moment of the ongoing trial, Garth Daybell, son of Chad Daybell, took the stand to testify about the night his mother Tammy died and the subsequent legal pressures he faced. His attorney, Forrest Fischer, also testified, providing crucial insights into the grand jury proceedings that Garth had to navigate. Garth Daybell recounted the night of October 18, 2019. Garth, an 8th-grade science teacher, described his involvement in a local haunted house and his routine on the evening before his mother's death. "I got home from the haunted attraction around 1 a.m. and saw their shapes in the bed as I passed by their room," Garth testified. He watched YouTube videos until around 3 a.m. and was later awakened by his father’s call for help. "I heard a thump and then my dad said, 'Garth, come help,'" Garth recounted. He found his mother, Tammy, partially off the bed, and immediately tried to help her. "I realized she’s not been breathing," Garth said, describing his shock and helplessness. The following morning, Garth was met with law enforcement vehicles outside his home. "Several officers got out and surrounded me and insisted I go with them," he testified. His phone was confiscated, and both he and his wife were detained separately for hours.  Garth felt immense pressure from prosecutors to change his testimony, stating, "They were telling me my story was untrue and I needed to change it."    Forrest Fischer, Garth’s attorney, took the stand to provide his account. Fischer, based in Driggs, was called to provide legal services for Garth during the grand jury proceedings. "The focus of the grand jury was on Garth," Fischer explained, noting that Garth had previously testified and now faced follow-up questions, potentially about perjury. Fischer recounted his instructions to Garth during the proceedings. "I told him to answer only the questions being asked and if he wasn’t sure, Garth could consult with me," Fischer testified. He emphasized that Garth should not talk to the media. Fischer also addressed whether he warned Garth about potential traps in the grand jury. "I don’t recall exactly but wouldn’t have been surprised if I did because Garth had already testified," Fischer said. Garth’s testimony revealed the emotional toll of the events. He learned about his mother's exhumation unexpectedly from his sister Emma. "It was a complete surprise," Garth said. He described his normal school day interrupted by law enforcement’s presence at his home, leading to a deeply distressing experience. Garth also spoke about his father Chad Daybell’s religious beliefs, contrasting them with his own. Garth described his father's beliefs as more traditional, closer to how the LDS faith was practiced a hundred years ago. "I teach and believe in evolution. I teach that to my students. I teach the earth is 4.5 billion years old as opposed to 6,000," Garth said, highlighting his more scientific perspective. He also discussed his father's views on spiritual concepts like the 144,000 and the practice of casting out evil spirits. Garth acknowledged partially sharing some of his father's views on light and dark as opposing forces but did not fully align with Chad's more extreme beliefs. Throughout the testimony, attorneys from both sides engaged in detailed questioning. Prosecutor Lindsey Blake asked Garth about his awareness of the grand jury’s intent and his interactions with law enforcement. Defense attorney John Prior focused on Garth’s perceptions of his father’s beliefs and the pressure he felt from prosecutors. As the session concluded, Garth reaffirmed his belief that the prosecutors were pressuring him to alter his testimony. "It was made pretty plain that I needed to change my story to fit theirs," Garth said, highlighting the intense scrutiny and legal challenges he faced. Forrest Fischer's testimony wrapped up with his confirmation of providing legal counsel to Garth, emphasizing that there were no charges against him. The court adjourned shortly after Fischer's cross-examination by prosecutor Blake. The testimonies of Garth Daybell and Forrest Fischer provided crucial insights into the personal and legal challenges faced by the Daybell family. As the trial progresses, these testimonies underscore the complexities and emotional weight of the case, shedding light on the intense scrutiny surrounding the events leading to Tammy Daybell’s death and the subsequent legal proceedings. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
5/22/202417 minutes, 57 seconds
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Jennifer McCabe Testifies in John O'Keefe Death Case, Reveals Key Details and Karen Read's Statements

The trial concerning the tragic death of John O'Keefe on January 29, 2022, continues as Jennifer McCabe, a key witness, took the stand to provide her testimony. McCabe's account sheds light on the events leading up to the discovery of O'Keefe's body and the subsequent investigation. Jennifer McCabe, wife of Matthew McCabe, began her testimony. She is one of three women, alongside Kerry Roberts and Karen Read, who discovered O'Keefe's body on the lawn of 34 Fairview Road on that fateful morning. McCabe recounted how she and her husband met her sister at the Waterfall bar around 9 p.m. on January 28, 2022. "He was my friend. I loved John. He was an amazing guy," McCabe said when asked about her thoughts on O'Keefe. She recalled that O'Keefe mentioned he was dating someone new and wanted her to meet his girlfriend, Karen Read. She first met Read in July 2020 when O'Keefe introduced them. They occasionally socialized at sporting events, birthday parties, and other gatherings. "I enjoyed Ms. Read. I really liked her. I thought we connected from the beginning," McCabe shared, adding that both she and Read had multiple sclerosis (MS), which created a bond between them. On the night before O'Keefe's death, McCabe left the Waterfall around midnight. She described the bar's atmosphere that night as positive, consistent with previous witnesses' testimonies. The Night and Morning of January 29, 2022 McCabe detailed her communication with O'Keefe that night. She gave him directions back to the Albert home after leaving the bar. However, O'Keefe never entered the house. She saw a dark SUV outside the Albert home and texted O'Keefe, "Here?" at 12:27 a.m., followed by "Pull behind me" four minutes later. Despite her attempts to reach him, McCabe never received a response. At 4:59 a.m., McCabe sent another text to O'Keefe, "Please answer. Karen is worried we need to find u." This message was prompted by a call from O'Keefe's niece, who was with Karen Read. Read had reportedly gotten into a fight with O'Keefe and was distraught, repeatedly asking, "Could I have hit him?" and mentioning a damaged tail light. Jennifer McCabe described how she, her husband, and Read began searching for O'Keefe. Read arrived at McCabe's home, hysterically screaming. They were joined by Kerry Roberts, and the three women drove to O'Keefe's home and then to Fairview Road. As they approached the Albert home, Read spotted O'Keefe's body and shouted, "There he is," banging on the car door to be let out.  "I saw Kerry wiping the snow off of John’s face, and I could not believe that that was John laying there," McCabe testified. She called 911, and Roberts and Read attempted CPR while waiting for first responders. McCabe stated that Read, in a state of panic, told the paramedics, "I hit him." McCabe also testified about a Google search requested by Read. Read asked her to search for information about hypothermia and how long it takes to die in the cold. "My hands were shaking," McCabe recalled, emphasizing her shock and disbelief. Additionally, McCabe informed the court about her conversation with police officer Lank, whom she contacted after the incident. She shared the details of Read's statements and behavior with him and the Massachusetts State Police.  Throughout the testimony, McCabe highlighted the chaotic and emotional state of the early morning hours following O'Keefe's death. Her detailed account provides critical insights into the moments leading up to and following the discovery of O'Keefe's body, contributing to the ongoing investigation and trial proceedings. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
5/21/202423 minutes, 21 seconds
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Diddy's Apology Criticized as Insincere Amid Ongoing Legal Troubles and Disturbing Video Evidence

In the wake of serious allegations and a gut-wrenching video, hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs issued a public apology on Sunday. However, the apology has been met with criticism from one of Cassie Ventura's attorneys, Meredith Firetog, who dismissed it as self-serving and insincere. "Combs’ most recent statement is more about himself than the many people he has hurt," Firetog said in a statement. "When Cassie and multiple other women came forward, he denied everything and suggested that his victims were looking for a payday. That he was only compelled to ‘apologize’ once his repeated denials were proven false shows his pathetic desperation, and no one will be swayed by his disingenuous words." Adding to the controversy, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office announced they would not prosecute Diddy over the actions depicted in a 2016 video, citing the statute of limitations. "We find the images extremely disturbing and difficult to watch," read a statement from the office of L.A. District Attorney George Gascón on Instagram. "If the conduct depicted occurred in 2016, unfortunately we would be unable to charge as the conduct would have occurred beyond the timeline where a crime of assault can be prosecuted." The DA's office also mentioned that law enforcement had not presented a case related to the attack depicted in the video against Mr. Combs, but they encouraged any victims or witnesses to report crimes to law enforcement or reach out for support from their Bureau of Victims Services. The contents of the video closely match an assault allegation Ventura made in a lawsuit filed against Diddy in November. Ventura's lawsuit, now settled, also included allegations of rape and claims that Combs forced her to have sex with male sex workers while he masturbated. “The gut-wrenching video has only further confirmed the disturbing and predatory behavior of Mr. Combs,” said Ventura’s attorney, Douglas Wigdor, in a statement to Billboard. “Words cannot express the courage and fortitude that Ms. Ventura has shown in coming forward to bring this to light.” Ventura and Combs had an on-again, off-again relationship for 11 years, ending in 2018. In her lawsuit, Ventura stated she met Combs in 2005 when she was 19 and he was 37. After signing to his Bad Boy Records label, she claimed that Combs “lured” her into a romantic relationship where he "asserted complete control" over her life. Since Ventura's lawsuit late last year, Combs has faced four more sexual misconduct lawsuits. In November, he stepped down as chairman of his digital media company, Revolt, and reportedly sold his stake in the company in March. Additionally, federal agents conducted raids on Combs’ homes in Los Angeles and Miami as part of a federal sex trafficking investigation, according to CNN. Throughout these allegations, Combs has maintained his innocence. “Let me be absolutely clear: I did not do any of the awful things being alleged,” he said in a statement posted to social media on December 6. “I will fight for my name, my family, and for the truth.” Diddy's apology and the subsequent statements from Ventura's attorneys have intensified public scrutiny. The video evidence and ongoing legal battles have further complicated his public image, raising questions about accountability and justice in high-profile cases involving powerful figures in the entertainment industry. As the investigations continue, the responses from both the legal teams and the public will shape the unfolding narrative surrounding these serious allegations. The courage of Ventura and other victims coming forward highlights the ongoing need for transparency and justice in cases of sexual misconduct and abuse. The saga involving Sean "Diddy" Combs, marked by disturbing allegations and a controversial apology, underscores the complex dynamics of power, accountability, and justice in the entertainment world. The public and legal community will undoubtedly continue to watch closely as more details emerge and the pursuit of justice continues. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/21/20249 minutes, 22 seconds
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CHAPTER TWO: James and Elena/The Chad and Lori Daybell Novel

In a detailed narrative that reads more like a novel than a police report, the Chandler Police Department has unveiled an intimate glimpse into the lives of James and Elena, whose real-life counterparts are embroiled in a 1st degree murder case. The report, part of an extensive investigation, sheds light on a relationship that transcends typical boundaries, blending intense physical attraction with profound spiritual experiences. The document, disclosed as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder, details how James and Elena met at a conference in Mesa, Arizona. From the moment they touched hands, there was an undeniable connection that both described as a recollection of past lives. This immediate bond was marked by intense feelings and spiritual revelations, suggesting they were not only lovers in this life but had been joined across millennia. As the report narrates, their interaction quickly escalated from a public meeting to intimate encounters, where both physical and spiritual dimensions were deeply entwined. James and Elena discussed their past lives together, believing they were eternal companions destined to reunite. The narrative describes scenes where they engaged in spiritual practices believed to purify and connect them on a higher plane, all while grappling with an overwhelming physical attraction. Their conversations post-conference continued to deepen, focusing on elaborate spiritual beliefs involving their roles in a cosmic struggle between good and evil. Texts between the pair reveal a shared conviction that they were key players in a spiritual mission to save souls and combat dark forces, a belief that permeated their relationship and justified their actions, as per their discussions. The unfolding story from the police files provides a unique insight into the psychological and spiritual dynamics that defined James and Elena's relationship, offering a new perspective on the motives and mindsets leading up to the criminal charges. As the investigation continues, these revelations are expected to play a crucial role in the trial, potentially influencing how the narrative is interpreted by the legal system. As the community and the nation watch closely, this case promises to explore not just the facts of the murder but the complex interplay of belief, passion, and destiny that drove these two individuals to their tragic fate. The trial, likely to be as filled with drama as the story itself, will delve into how deeply held beliefs can shape actions in ways that defy ordinary understanding. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/20/202412 minutes, 20 seconds
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New Evidence and Testimonies Shed Light on Key Events in Karen Read Case

In a riveting session of the Karen Read trial, testimonies from Colin Albert and Matthew McCabe provided new insights into the events surrounding John O'Keefe's death. The day’s proceedings began with intense questioning and ended with a dramatic recount of the morning of January 29, 2022. Relationship with the Proctor Family At 9:20 a.m., Colin Albert was called back to the stand. Alan Jackson (AJ) questioned Albert about his preparations for testimony. Albert stated he only discussed the case with his lawyer and not with his parents. Jackson continued probing into Albert’s relationship with the Proctor family, revealing close ties, including being a ring bearer at Courtney Proctor’s wedding. Albert confirmed his familiarity with Trooper Michael Proctor and their family's connections. Text Message Scrutiny By 9:45 a.m., the discussion shifted to text messages between Albert and Alli McCabe, highlighting their switch to Snapchat to make messages disappear. AJ questioned why Albert and McCabe would switch platforms to communicate. Albert remained unsure about the reason for this change. AJ and Albert discussed the missing texts on Snapchat. AJ highlighted the disappearance of their communications in the hours, days, and weeks following John O'Keefe's death. AJ also showed a picture to the jury, taken on February 26, 2022, pointing out the injury to Albert’s right knuckles. Albert explained he fell on ice at a party during his senior year, using his right hand to catch himself. AJ asked if Albert had ever been in a fight before, and Albert replied only with his brothers. #KarenRead #JohnOKeefe #ColinAlbert #TrialTestimony #TextMessageEvidence #HiddenKillersWithTonyBrueski Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/20/202423 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Crazy Jailhouse Calls Between Chad Daybell & Lori Vallow

In a major development in the Chad Daybell murder trial, new evidence was presented in court featuring a bizarre phone conversation between Daybell and his wife, Lori Vallow. This evidence, revealed for the first time, adds to the disturbing narrative surrounding the deaths of Vallow's two children and Daybell's first wife.* The phone call, recorded on June 8, 2020, from a jailhouse phone, was presented in court as a crucial piece of evidence. The call occurred a day before authorities discovered the remains of seven-year-old JJ Vallow and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan. At the time, Lori Vallow was accused of child abandonment. The Phone Conversation During the call, Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow spoke in a mixture of religious fervor and coded language. Vallow could be heard saying, "Before the second coming, the Lord had ordained for us to begin the millennial day within Zion while war and chaos reigned everywhere else." Daybell responded, mentioning that the new Jerusalem would grow "exponentially." He added, "They're doing all they can to destroy one of the key families, but they're not going to." Mention of Alex Cox The conversation took a more chilling turn when Daybell mentioned Vallow's deceased brother, Alex Cox. Despite Cox having been dead for six months, Daybell claimed to have been in contact with him, saying, "He did want me to say he misses you." "Through our investigation, we learned that Alex Cox often went by Ray Lamar," Ray Hermosillo of the Rexburg Police testified. Cryptic Project Discussions The couple's discussion then veered towards a "project" or "blueprint," with Vallow questioning how to manage issues within it. "But there's other things in the project when I'm going back over it that I could have easily done or been inspired to do to avoid a lot of the issues that were gonna come up with that," she said. Daybell responded with reassurance, "It's a marvelous plan." "How do you know so?" Vallow asked. "How do I know? It's been shown to me honey. You just are spectacular, and the Lord is going to use those talents. You're on earth on this time for that purpose," Daybell replied.  Defense Response Daybell's defense attorney attempted to downplay the significance of the call, questioning the detective who listened to it. He pointed out that JJ, Tylee, and Tammy Daybell had all died before the call took place. "So there wasn't - from your knowledge in this - some nefarious plan to kill or murder anyone, was it?" the attorney asked. "It was in furtherance of the plan from our investigation," Hermosillo replied. As the prosecution's case moves forward, they have called a total of 67 witnesses to the stand. Judge Steven Boyce suggested that the state could rest its case after calling another witness on May 16. Following this, the defense will have the opportunity to present their witnesses. This latest evidence further complicates the defense's narrative and underscores the bizarre and disturbing elements of the case involving Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow. #ChadDaybell #LoriVallow #AlexCox #JJVallow #TyleeRyan #DaybellTrial #JailhouseCall Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/17/202415 minutes, 12 seconds
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Key Testimonies and Evidence Examined in the John O’Keefe Death Investigation

Colin Albert took the stand in the ongoing investigation into John O’Keefe's death, recounting his presence at his cousin Brian Albert Jr.'s birthday party at 34 Fairview. Despite assertions from other witnesses, Albert stated he was not overly intoxicated. "No," he responded when asked if he was drunk, and added, "I didn’t see anyone from another group or older coming into the house before I left." ADA Lally displayed a picture of Albert taken a few weeks after O’Keefe's death, providing the jury with a visual reference. **Emotional Testimony from Alli McCabe** Alli McCabe, daughter of Jen and Matt McCabe and Brian Albert’s niece, gave an emotional testimony. She was excused after describing the harassment her family endured. McCabe revealed that the state police never requested to image her phone, affirming she didn’t alter the timestamps on her texts with Colin Albert. "I don’t remember," she said when asked if state police asked to look at her phone.  The prosecution presented a photo of Colin Albert to the jury for the first time. McCabe’s testimony continued with questions about text exchanges with Albert regarding picking him up at 34 Fairview, leading to objections from the defense. Ryan Nagel, who arrived at 34 Fairview to pick up his sister, testified that he did not see the SUV reverse and hit a pedestrian. "No," he answered when asked by ADA Lally. Nagel described the scene, "I observed there was a person inside the car, there was an interior light on and a woman in the driver’s seat." **Forensic Testimony Highlights DNA Findings** Teri Kun, a veterinary scientist at UC Davis, provided crucial forensic evidence. She confirmed the absence of K9 DNA on the swabs tested, only detecting pig DNA, which she noted could have come from food. "We did not see any K9 DNA," Kun stated, adding that the pig DNA could have been from food sources.   These testimonies and pieces of evidence are pivotal as the investigation continues to unravel the circumstances surrounding John O’Keefe's death. The court proceedings shed light on various aspects, from witness observations to forensic findings, aiming to piece together the events of that fateful night at 34 Fairview. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/17/202415 minutes, 30 seconds
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DAYBELL TEXT READING 1 CHAPTER 1-James and Elena: Murder Investigation Reveals Intertwined Lives of Spiritual Mission and Eternal Love

In a detailed narrative that reads more like a novel than a police report, the Chandler Police Department has unveiled an intimate glimpse into the lives of James and Elena, whose real-life counterparts are embroiled in a 1st degree murder case. The report, part of an extensive investigation, sheds light on a relationship that transcends typical boundaries, blending intense physical attraction with profound spiritual experiences. The document, disclosed as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder, details how James and Elena met at a conference in Mesa, Arizona. From the moment they touched hands, there was an undeniable connection that both described as a recollection of past lives. This immediate bond was marked by intense feelings and spiritual revelations, suggesting they were not only lovers in this life but had been joined across millennia. As the report narrates, their interaction quickly escalated from a public meeting to intimate encounters, where both physical and spiritual dimensions were deeply entwined. James and Elena discussed their past lives together, believing they were eternal companions destined to reunite. The narrative describes scenes where they engaged in spiritual practices believed to purify and connect them on a higher plane, all while grappling with an overwhelming physical attraction. Their conversations post-conference continued to deepen, focusing on elaborate spiritual beliefs involving their roles in a cosmic struggle between good and evil. Texts between the pair reveal a shared conviction that they were key players in a spiritual mission to save souls and combat dark forces, a belief that permeated their relationship and justified their actions, as per their discussions. The unfolding story from the police files provides a unique insight into the psychological and spiritual dynamics that defined James and Elena's relationship, offering a new perspective on the motives and mindsets leading up to the criminal charges. As the investigation continues, these revelations are expected to play a crucial role in the trial, potentially influencing how the narrative is interpreted by the legal system. As the community and the nation watch closely, this case promises to explore not just the facts of the murder but the complex interplay of belief, passion, and destiny that drove these two individuals to their tragic fate. The trial, likely to be as filled with drama as the story itself, will delve into how deeply held beliefs can shape actions in ways that defy ordinary understanding. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/16/202414 minutes, 41 seconds
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Read Trial Witness Describes Unusual Sighting on Night of O’Keefe’s Death

The ongoing trial concerning the mysterious death of John O’Keefe saw another day of intense testimonies and legal exchanges as witnesses recounted the events of a snowy night at 34 Fairview Rd, where a birthday celebration took an unforeseen turn. Julianna Nagel, one of the witnesses at Brian Albert Jr.’s birthday party, testified that she noticed an out-of-the-ordinary "black blob" near the flagpole on the lawn, a statement she initially shared with others in the car that night. When asked about this observation, ADA Lally probed further, only to be met with objections from the defense, highlighting the contentious nature of the evidence presented. Further complicating the narrative, Nagel noted the presence of a black SUV outside the residence, which departed before she left with the McCabe family. This vehicle's presence and subsequent disappearance add another layer to the mysterious circumstances surrounding the night before O’Keefe was found dead. Defense attorney Yanetti actively questioned other witnesses, like Sarah Levinson, who attended the same party. Levinson confirmed that she was unaware of any significant incidents during the party and did not observe anyone in distress or unusual behavior at the Albert's residence. Her testimony was corroborated by the fact that she, too, was driven home by the McCabes, without any alarming observations. Throughout the day, the defense strategy seemed to pivot towards isolating these observations from any direct implications of foul play, suggesting that the witness testimonies did not necessarily correlate with the prosecution’s narrative of a planned or malicious act leading to O’Keefe’s death. The trial was punctuated by legal objections and requests for sidebars, underscoring the complexities and sensitivities involved in piecing together the events of that night. One poignant moment came when Yanetti questioned Nagel about her potential reaction to seeing someone lying in the snow, a hypothetical that was swiftly met with an objection from Lally, sustained by the judge. As the jury was excused for the day and the court adjourned, the air was thick with anticipation and unanswered questions. The coming days promise further witness testimonies and expert analyses, as both sides continue to delve deeper into the intricate details of the case, each striving to paint a clearer picture of the events leading up to the tragic discovery on Albert’s lawn. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/16/202415 minutes, 50 seconds
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Daybell Trial Week Six: Intimate Texts and Malachite Searches Take Center Stage

The sixth week of Chad Daybell’s murder trial commenced with continued testimony from FBI Tactical Specialist Nicole Heideman, who presented a series of deeply personal text messages between Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow. These messages, laden with intimate and romantic content, are at the heart of the prosecution's case, highlighting the intense relationship between the two amidst ongoing legal proceedings. In the courtroom, under the oversight of Judge Steven Boyce, Chad Daybell, donning a light checkered shirt and tie, listened as his interactions with Lori Vallow were scrutinized. The prosecution, led by Fremont County prosecutor Lindsey Blake, delved into messages that not only expressed affection but also contained explicit romantic plans. One particular text that caught the courtroom's attention involved a metaphorical and suggestive reference made by Chad, which Heideman explained during her testimony. Discussing the intensity of their connection, Chad wrote of his arousal.    The day’s proceedings also explored the couple's interest in malachite, with the prosecution suggesting that their searches for the mineral were tied to their broader plans and activities. The defense, led by John Prior, countered by highlighting the timing of these searches, noting that Chad's interest in malachite began before his acquaintance with Lori, challenging the implications of their shared motive. Further discussions included Chad's regular attendance at the temple and a series of emails that might indicate another book project was underway, though Heideman admitted uncertainty about whether Chad intended these writings for publication. As the trial progresses, the intertwining of personal passion and alleged premeditated actions continues to paint a complex picture of the relationship between Daybell and Vallow. The defense consistently challenges the prosecution's narrative, trying to sever the link between their intimate exchanges and the criminal charges they face. With the trial expected to continue for several more weeks, public and media interest remains high, as each session promises further insights into the intriguing and tragic events surrounding Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/15/202410 minutes, 27 seconds
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Daybell Trial Unveils Novel Echoing Real-Life Events and Intense Personal Relationships

In the ongoing trial of Chad Daybell, revelations about a novel written by Daybell which parallels his life with Lori Vallow has captivated the courtroom, underscoring the enigmatic and intense bond the couple shared. The novel, titled "The Renewed Earth," not only mirrors their relationship but also their shared delusional beliefs, as detailed in the courtroom proceedings led by FBI Tactical Specialist Nicole Heideman. Chad and Lori believed they were eternal companions, a theme deeply ingrained in Daybell's novel where characters James and Elena, portrayed as previous incarnations of Chad and Lori, engage in a divine mission underscored by intense emotional and spiritual connections. This narrative was critically examined in court, with prosecutors drawing direct lines between the fictional accounts and the couple's real-life actions. "The bond between them was intense... Two best friends had reunited, and their prior love was reunited in a loving, wonderful, heavenly way," described the novel, reflecting the profound and often mystical union Chad and Lori perceived in their relationship. This aspect of their bond was further evidenced by their frequent temple visits together before officially marrying, suggesting a ritualistic cementing of their fated reunion. Legal discussions also touched on the contents found in various iCloud accounts belonging to the couple, where the story of James and Elena was notably prevalent, indicating the deep psychological and emotional investment both Chad and Lori placed in these narratives. "James and Elena were being sealed to each other in the temple," paralleled Chad and Lori's actual visits to the temple, as confirmed by temple attendance records. During the trial, the narrative of their supposed past lives and predestined missions brought to light their unique and shared belief system, which prosecutors argue may have motivated their alleged criminal actions. This belief system was intricately linked to the couple's real-life planning and execution of their future together, including their marriage on a Kauai beach on November 5, 2019, with rings symbolizing their union and mutual spiritual path. The courtroom was shown evidence of their communication, which often included expressions of deep affection and discussions about their mission and the symbolic nature of their relationship. For instance, a text exchange on July 22, 2019, revealed their anticipation of living together in a setting reminiscent of Hawaii, a place they equated with paradise and possibly a new beginning away from their past lives. The trial continues to unravel the complex layer of personal beliefs, literary creations, and the stark reality of Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow's actions. As the proceedings progress, the intertwined worlds of fiction and reality in this case offer a rare glimpse into the psychological underpinnings of a relationship that has captivated and horrified the public. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
5/14/202418 minutes, 46 seconds
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Nicole Albert Testifies on Nephew's Involvement, Dog's Behavior, and Decision to Sell Home in John O'Keefe Death Trial

Nicole Albert, in her testimony, addressed several key points regarding the night John O'Keefe died and subsequent events. Defense attorney Elizabeth Little scrutinized Albert's omission of mentioning her nephew, Colin Albert, in initial interviews with state police, suggesting a possible intent to protect him. Nicole Albert clarified that Colin was not considered part of the group that night as he left immediately when they arrived home from the Waterfall Bar & Grille, hence his exclusion from her statements to the police. Additionally, Little highlighted brief phone calls between Nicole and her sister, Jennifer McCabe, on the morning after O'Keefe’s death, which Nicole claimed she did not answer, stating she was awoken by McCabe physically coming into her room instead.   The Assistant District Attorney Adam Lally also inquired about the Alberts’ family dog, Chloe, addressing a defense theory that Chloe might have attacked O'Keefe.  Nicole Albert confirmed that Chloe had previously been involved in aggressive incidents with other dogs, leading to her decision to rehome Chloe in Vermont, emphasizing that it was not a matter of getting rid of the dog but ensuring a better environment for her.    Lastly, Nicole discussed her family’s decision to sell their home, asserting it was unrelated to O'Keefe’s death, and attributed to practical reasons such as downsizing due to her children getting older. Key Points from the Conversation: - Nicole Albert defended her decision not to mention her nephew Colin in initial police interviews, stating he had left immediately when they arrived home and was not part of the group that night. - She addressed brief phone calls reported by the defense, clarifying that she did not speak to her sister that morning but was awoken by her entering the room. - Nicole testified about her decision to rehome their family dog, Chloe, due to previous aggressive behavior, which had caused injuries in another incident. - She explained the reasons behind selling their home, emphasizing that it was planned before O'Keefe’s death and related to family needs for a different living space. #NicoleAlbert #ColinAlbert #JohnOKeefe #ElizabethLittle #AdamLally #WaterfallBarGrille #ChloeTheDog Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
5/14/202413 minutes, 56 seconds
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Testimonies Intensify on Day 8 of Karen Read Murder Trial with Key Witnesses Taking the Stand

As the Karen Read murder trial progresses into its eighth day at Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham, new testimonies are shedding light on the intricate details of the night Boston police officer John O’Keefe was found dead. On Thursday, close acquaintances of both Read and O’Keefe, including Chris and Julie Albert, provided crucial insights into the events surrounding O’Keefe’s untimely death during a blizzard in January 2022. Karen Read, 44, of Mansfield, faces second-degree murder charges in a case that has captivated public attention due to its dramatic developments and complex witness dynamics. The Alberts, residents of Canton and neighbors to O’Keefe, were among the last to see the couple before O’Keefe’s body was discovered near the Albert family home. During her testimony, Julie Albert addressed the defense’s allegations of her frequent communications with Trooper Michael Proctor’s sister, Courtney, who is also a friend of Julie. Despite admitting to the numerous calls, Julie Albert insisted these interactions were unrelated to the ongoing investigation of Read. “I don’t deny it but I don’t remember the exact amount,” Julie responded when pressed about the 67 calls documented between her and Courtney Proctor. AUDIO: Julie Albert and Courtney Proctor PHONE CALLS mp3 Chris Albert, brother to Brian Albert whose house became the scene of O’Keefe’s discovery, described his long-standing acquaintance with Trooper Proctor. He clarified that their interactions were casual and not influenced by the investigation. Chris’s testimony revealed that he and his wife did not visit Brian’s home the night O’Keefe died but confirmed their presence earlier in the evening at the Waterfall bar in Canton with the deceased and Read. Interestingly, Albert shared a lighter note, mentioning they humorously referred to O'Keefe as “Mr. Nebbercracker,” likening him to the curmudgeonly character from the animated film "Monster House," due to his aversion to people on his lawn.  AUDIO: READ-CHRIS ALBERT GET OFF MY LAWN The defense aimed to underline potential conflicts of interest and biases in the testimonies provided by the Alberts. They highlighted the frequent contacts between Julie Albert and Courtney Proctor as possibly undermining the integrity of the investigation. Defense attorney David Yannetti focused on exposing these links to challenge the credibility of the testimonies, which are critical to establishing a timeline of events leading to O’Keefe’s death. As the trial continues, the defense is expected to delve deeper into the connections between the witnesses and law enforcement, potentially influencing the jury’s perception of the testimonies’ reliability. The court adjourned with expectations to resume scrutinizing the intricate details of the case, including the handling of evidence and further witness testimonies. The trial is set to continue, with the community and media closely watching as more details unfold about the night John O’Keefe died and whether Karen Read’s actions led to his demise. The complexities of the case promise more twists as both sides present further evidence and testimonies. #KarenRead #JohnOKeefe #ChrisAlbert #JulieAlbert #MichaelProctor #MurderTrial #NorfolkSuperiorCourt Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/13/202422 minutes, 40 seconds
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Forensic Evidence Links Tylee Ryan to Crime Scene Tools in Daybell Murder Case

In a significant development in the Daybell murder trial, forensic biologist Katherine Dace provided crucial testimony regarding DNA evidence found on tools allegedly used in the crimes. The courtroom listened intently as Dace detailed her findings, which could play a pivotal role in the case against Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell. The testimony, given in Idaho State Court, focused on various items recovered from the crime scene, including a pickaxe and several shovels. Dace, an experienced forensic biologist with the Idaho State Police, described how she was able to extract partial DNA profiles from these tools. Most notably, she identified Tylee Ryan, one of the alleged victims, as a possible contributor to the DNA found. "Testing the largest piece of material from the pickaxe, we obtained a partial DNA profile," Dace stated in court. "Comparative analysis suggests Tylee Ryan as a possible contributor to this profile, with the probability of it being her DNA versus a random individual being 159 trillion to one."    The court was shown photos of the pickaxe and the specific areas where Dace collected material for DNA testing. She noted the presence of burn marks and degraded material, which she attributed to exposure to heat and fire. Despite these conditions, Dace was still able to conduct a successful comparative analysis. Additionally, Dace testified about finding a green substance on part of a shovel, which also matched Tylee Ryan's DNA with a staggering certainty of 604 octillion (27 zeros). "These findings are crucial as they directly link the material found on these tools to one of the victims," Dace explained. The impact of this testimony could be substantial, as it provides concrete forensic evidence linking the tools found at Chad Daybell's property to the victims. The defense and prosecution listened closely, understanding the weight this evidence could carry in the ongoing trial. Further unraveling the complex web of this case, FBI Intelligence Analyst Benjamin Dean provided insights into his review of hundreds of tips and digital evidence. Dean's work began in late March 2020, focusing on data extracted from devices seized from Daybell’s property, which included troubling finds like videos and photos relevant to the case.  The search of Chad and Lori's vehicle revealed more damning evidence. Items recovered included Tylee Ryan's debit card, social security cards belonging to both missing children, and an envelope stuffed with $10,500 in cash. The presence of these items in Lori’s possession raised alarming questions about the couple’s intentions and actions following the children's disappearance. As the trial continues, further testimonies are expected to delve deeper into the forensic details and the implications of these findings. The community and families affected look on, hoping for justice to be served in this complex and heart-wrenching case. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/13/202420 minutes, 17 seconds
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Emotional Testimony Marks Day 17 of Chad Daybell’s Trial-WEEK IN REVIEW

Welcome to the "Week in Review," where we delve into the true stories behind this week's headlines. Your host, Tony Brueski, joins hands with a rotating roster of guests, sharing their insights and analysis on a collection of intriguing, perplexing, and often chilling stories that made the news.       This is not your average news recap. With the sharp investigative lens of Tony and his guests, the show uncovers layers beneath the headlines, offering a comprehensive perspective that traditional news can often miss. From high-profile criminal trials to in-depth examinations of ongoing investigations, this podcast takes listeners on a fascinating journey through the world of true crime and current events.       Each episode navigates through multiple stories, illuminating their details with factual reporting, expert commentary, and engaging conversation. Tony and his guests discuss each case's nuances, complexities, and human elements, delivering a multi-dimensional understanding to their audience.  Whether you are a dedicated follower of true crime, or an everyday listener interested in the stories shaping our world, the "Week in Review" brings you the perfect balance of intrigue, information, and intelligent conversation. Expect thoughtful analysis, informed opinions, and thought-provoking discussions beyond the 24-hour news cycle. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/12/20248 minutes, 52 seconds
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Heart-Wrenching Autopsy Details Revealed in Day 19 of Chad Daybell Murder Trial

In an emotionally charged day 19 of the Chad Daybell murder trial, the courtroom was presented with harrowing details of JJ Vallow's autopsy, which painted a grim picture of the young boy's last moments. Dr. Garth Warren, the medical examiner, provided testimony that left many in the courtroom, including members of the jury, visibly distressed. Dr. Warren's testimony focused on the cause of JJ's death, which he confirmed as asphyxia caused by a plastic bag secured over the head and duct tape covering the mouth. "The abrasions could have been from someone putting the bag over JJ’s head or JJ trying to get the bag off his head," Dr. Warren explained, suggesting a desperate struggle. Throughout the morning, jurors were shown a series of unsettling photos detailing the condition of JJ's body when found. These included images of his bound wrists and ankles with duct tape, bruises and scratch-like abrasions on his arms, neck, and ears, and his face after the removal of the duct tape. The photos showed significant signs of physical struggle and restraint, contributing to a somber atmosphere in the courtroom.   The impact of these graphic depictions was palpable among the jury. Several jurors were seen crying, and others looked away from the disturbing images, reflecting the heavy emotional toll of the case. The meticulous detail with which Dr. Warren described the injuries underscored the brutal nature of JJ's death. Chad Daybell, the accused, remained stoned-faced, occasionally shaking his head as the photographs were displayed on the monitor at his table. The courtroom setting was tense, with the prosecution methodically presenting evidence linking Daybell to the alleged crimes against JJ and his sister, Tylee Ryan, whose remains were also discussed. In a revealing session on day 19 of the Lori Vallow trial, Chandler Police Detective Ariel Werther took the stand to dissect the intricate web of cell phone data and movements on the day Charles Vallow was fatally shot. The courtroom, filled with key family members including Lori's uncle and Charles's relatives, was presented with a minute-by-minute breakdown of the events leading to the tragedy. Later in the day, using advanced data analysis tools, Detective Werther laid out a timeline that meticulously tracked the locations and communications between Lori Vallow, her brother Alex Cox, and Chad Daybell. At the heart of the testimony was a series of early morning phone calls and texts that painted a detailed picture of the hours before and after Charles Vallow's death. At 7:33 a.m., just hours before the fatal incident, Charles’s device, which was later found with Lori, sent a text message to her phone. By 7:52 a.m., Lori was actively communicating with Alex Cox. These communications continued right up until the 911 call was made at 8:36 a.m., highlighting a crucial window that raised questions about the sequence of events that morning.  The jury was shown animations based on GPS data that tracked Lori's movements, including stops at a Burger King and Walgreens, where she was seen purchasing flip-flops — mundane details that took on sinister overtones given the context of the day’s events. “The data does not lie,” Werther stated, as he presented slides that showed the geographical positions of the involved parties' cell phones. These positions corroborated the prosecution's timeline, which suggests that Lori had possession of Charles’s phone during key moments of the morning. This forensic presentation was not just a technical showcase but also a narrative device, linking digital traces to human actions. The detailed mapping of phone calls and locations helped illustrate a premeditated sequence of events, according to the prosecution. As family members looked on, the weight of the digital evidence was palpable. The detailed cell phone records not only traced Lori's steps but also seemed to isolate her actions in relation to the timing of her husband's death. As the trial progresses, the prosecution continues to build a case that suggests a calculated and cruel act, with Daybell at the center of what has become one of the most disturbing and closely watched trials in recent memory. The community and the nation continue to follow the developments closely, seeking justice for the young lives tragically cut short. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
5/10/202419 minutes, 52 seconds
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New Evidence and Testimonies Unfold in the Karen Read Murder Trial

Day 7 of the Karen Read murder trial brought pivotal new evidence and witness testimonies, casting light on the hours leading up to the tragic death of Boston Police Officer John O'Keefe, whose body was found in a snowbank in Canton, Massachusetts. In a courtroom crowded with media and local residents, surveillance footage from CF McCarthy’s bar was presented, showing Read and O'Keefe in a seemingly affectionate embrace, mere hours before the fatal incident. This footage contradicts the portrayal of their relationship as troubled in the lead-up to O'Keefe's death. Witness testimonies painted a picture of the couple's last known hours. Canton Police Lt. Charles Rae and residents like Nicholas Kolokithas, along with his wife Karina, provided accounts of the couple's behavior. “They were very loving toward each other,” Karina Kolokithas testified, noting an incident where her husband was playfully chastised for not being as affectionate as O'Keefe. The narrative continued with descriptions of the group's movement from the bar to a gathering at 34 Fairview Avenue, the home of Brian Albert. Surveillance footage from the bar and subsequent events at Albert’s home were scrutinized, highlighting the interactions within the group and the couple's last public moments together. Drama escalated with the testimony of Katherine Camerano, who recounted a frantic early morning call from Read. “She just kept saying, ‘Where’s Mike?’” Camerano recalled, before revealing that she later received a chilling text from Read stating, “He’s dead. He’s in the snow.” The court also viewed a dashcam video showing Read's Lexus SUV in O'Keefe’s driveway shortly after his body was discovered, further complicating the timeline of events. Additional footage from a Ring video camera captured the moment police conducted a well-being check at O'Keefe's home, responding to concerns about his whereabouts. As the trial progresses, the collection of digital evidence and firsthand accounts continue to build a complex picture of the night O'Keefe died. The jury, tasked with piecing together these snippets of their last hours, faces the challenging task of determining the truth behind the tragic event that led to O'Keefe's untimely death. The community and observers nationwide remain gripped by the unfolding narrative, awaiting further revelations as more witnesses are set to take the stand in the coming days. The question at the heart of this trial—what exactly happened on that snowy night in Canton—hangs heavily in the courtroom air, with Karen Read's fate hanging in the balance. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
5/10/202413 minutes, 15 seconds
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Judge Calls for Speed in Karen Read Murder Trial as New Evidence Surfaces

In a significant development in the high-profile murder trial of Massachusetts woman Karen Read, Judge Beverly Cannone urged attorneys on Tuesday to accelerate the pace of proceedings. Read, 43, from Mansfield, is charged with the second-degree murder of her boyfriend, Boston police officer John O'Keefe, in a case that has gripped the community. "We're taking an awful lot of these jurors' time. We're taking days and weeks. Let's not squander it by repetitive evidence or taking time like this that we shouldn't need to take. Let's move this case along," said Judge Cannone in a statement that highlighted her frustration with the current pace of the trial.  AUDIO SEGMENT HERE:  JUDGE NOT HAPPY   The trial, unfolding in the backdrop of a snow-laden January night in 2022, centers around the tragic death of Officer O'Keefe, who was found deceased in a snowbank outside a home in Canton. Prosecutors allege that after a night of drinking, Read struck O'Keefe with her SUV, leading to his fatal injuries. In contrast, Read's defense team asserts that another party is responsible for O'Keefe's death, setting the stage for a contentious battle in court. Tuesday's session was marked by testimony from a series of law enforcement witnesses, including Sgt. Michael Lank. Much of the focus was on the physical evidence collected at the scene—particularly a broken cocktail glass and a red piece of plastic found in the snow, which prosecutors believe O'Keefe was holding at the time he was hit. This evidence could be pivotal in linking Read to the scene and establishing the circumstances of O'Keefe's death. "No one has suggested when or how Read's tail light was broken, but a video shown on Tuesday may begin to address that question for the jury," noted one court observer, hinting at the complex narrative being unraveled in the courtroom. Sgt. Lank's testimony also touched upon his personal connections to the case, revealing his past intervention in a dispute involving the brother of Brian Albert, the owner of the property where O'Keefe was found. This revelation adds a layer of personal entanglements to the already complex legal proceedings. As the trial progresses, the community and legal observers alike remain fixated on the unfolding drama, awaiting clarity on the night that ended tragically for Officer O'Keefe. With the judge's recent call to hasten the trial, all parties are expected to sharpen their arguments as they navigate through the intricate details of this harrowing case. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/9/202417 minutes, 56 seconds
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Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow's Complex Spiritual Beliefs Lead to Tragic Outcomes in High-Profile Legal Drama

In a courtroom filled with tense anticipation, witness Zulema Pastenes provided a deep dive into the convoluted and mystical world shared by Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow, a couple at the center of a high-profile legal battle that has captivated the nation. According to Pastenes, Daybell and Vallow believed they had been married in multiple past lives and were destined to reunite in this one to complete a spiritual mission. This mission, according to their beliefs, involved gathering the 144,000 souls mentioned in the Doctrine and Covenants 77:11 and casting out dark spirits, including one named "Ned" who they believed had possessed Lori's then-husband, Charles Vallow.  "Chad told Lori that they were the angels who were supposed to gather the 144,000," Zulema recounted, shedding light on the depth of their shared delusions.  Their actions based on these beliefs culminated tragically. Charles Vallow was shot by Lori's brother, Alex Cox, who was under the impression, fueled by Lori and Chad, that Charles was a "zombie" possessed by a dark spirit.   The narrative shared by Zulema in court highlighted several gatherings, including a notable event where the group attempted to cast out dark spirits from Charles Vallow, who was not physically present. "Lori was in constant communication with Chad, who was directing the casting," Zulema added, indicating the level of control and influence Chad maintained over the group's activities. The relationship between Chad and Lori was not only spiritual but also physically intimate, with Zulema describing scenes of them being affectionate in ways typical of a couple, despite both being married to others at the time. "They held hands, hugged, and Chad even had a portal in his home where he claimed to receive instructions from the spirit world," she explained. This portal supposedly communicated not only spiritual messages but also a foretelling of death, specifically regarding Chad's then-wife, Tammy Daybell, whom Chad claimed would die prematurely—a prophecy that disturbingly came true.  The courtroom also heard about the so-called "Seven Gathers," a group that included Zulema and other women close to Lori, who performed these castings under Lori's guidance. The influence Chad and Lori wielded, wrapped in a veneer of spiritual urgency, often left the group turning to Lori for answers which she claimed were provided by Chad. As the trial progresses, the bizarre and tragic details continue to unfold, painting a picture of two people deeply entwined in a dangerous narrative of spiritual missions and predestined roles that have led to real-world consequences, including murder and deceit. This case not only challenges the boundaries of criminal law but also delves into the psychological impacts of spiritual delusions on behavior and the fatal outcomes they can precipitate. As more details emerge from the trial, the public and legal community alike are left grappling with the complexities of belief, manipulation, and the law. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/9/202426 minutes, 17 seconds
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Emotional Testimony Marks Day 17 of Chad Daybell’s Trial

The courtroom was charged with emotion on day 17 of Chad Daybell’s trial as FBI Special Agent Steve Daniels provided detailed testimony about the discovery of JJ Vallow’s remains on Daybell’s property. The testimony included descriptions of the efforts made to conceal the body, which visibly moved spectators, including JJ’s grandfather, Larry Woodcock. As the trial unfolded in a packed courtroom, Agent Daniels faced a rigorous cross-examination from defense attorney John Prior, who pressed on the specifics of the search operations and the use of forensic tools like Luminol. Daniels admitted he needed to review his notes to recall specific details about the searches, acknowledging the vast number of investigations he has been involved in. The most heart-wrenching part of the testimony came when Daniels described uncovering JJ’s remains, which were meticulously wrapped in plastic and duct tape.  “That’s the point we knew these were human remains and those remains were JJ Vallow’s," Daniels testified, noting how someone had taken the time to carefully cut through tree roots to bury the body. In an effort to shield the public from the more disturbing details, Judge Steven Boyce decided not to display certain graphic images in the courtroom or via livestream. Instead, these images were shown directly to the jurors on their monitors, ensuring the sensitive nature of the evidence was handled with care. Spectators in the courtroom rearranged their seating in anticipation of the graphic testimony, underscoring the gravity of the evidence being presented. The emotional toll was palpable as Larry Woodcock, JJ’s grandfather, was seen wiping tears from his eyes during the testimony. As the trial progresses, the community remains gripped by the proceedings, which continue to unveil the tragic details surrounding the deaths associated with Chad Daybell. The trial is expected to continue with more key testimonies in the coming days, as both the defense and prosecution delve deeper into the complex and heartrending case. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/8/20248 minutes, 47 seconds
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Emotional 911 Calls Played in Court as Defense Challenges Evidence Handling in O’Keefe Murder Trial

The courtroom was enveloped in sorrow as recordings of the frantic 911 calls made during the disappearance and discovery of Boston Police Officer John O'Keefe were played during Monday's session of Karen Read’s murder trial. Family members were seen in tears as the reality of the tragic event was audibly revisited. Canton Police Sgt. Sean Goode took the stand, detailing the events following the early morning calls on January 29, 2022, that led to the grim discovery of O'Keefe's body on Fairview Road. The atmosphere grew tense as Prosecutor Adam Lally replayed the emergency calls, with one call revealing the moment Read and her companions found O'Keefe unresponsive. Subsequent events unfolded tragically, as Karen Read herself became suicidal, according to Sgt. Goode's testimony regarding police intervention due to her threats of self-harm. Adding to the trial’s complexity, Canton Police Lt. Paul Gallagher described the scene where O'Keefe was found as "unique" due to the snowy conditions that preserved key evidence like footprints and a broken cocktail glass. However, Gallagher's methods, particularly the use of a leaf blower to clear the scene and the collection of blood evidence in red Solo cups, were heavily scrutinized by defense attorney Alan Jackson. Jackson questioned the sterility and integrity of the evidence collection process, suggesting potential cross-contamination.  PLAY AUDIO CUT HERE:  Lt. Paul Gallagher-LEAF BLOWER Further controversy emerged over the credibility of firefighter-paramedic Katie McLaughlin, who testified about Read’s alleged admission at the scene. Defense attorney David Yannetti accused McLaughlin of perjury, presenting new photographs that purportedly show a closer relationship between McLaughlin and Caitlin Albert—daughter of the homeowners where O'Keefe was found—than previously admitted. This accusation aims to challenge the forthcoming testimony of Caitlin Albert, setting the stage for more intense legal scrutiny. The day concluded with procedural debates out of the jury’s presence, focusing on the admissibility of evidence about McLaughlin’s relationship and potential biases. Judge Beverly Cannone stated that a decision on this matter would be made in the coming days, which could significantly impact the testimonies ahead. As the trial progresses, the community remains gripped by the unfolding narrative, awaiting further revelations that promise to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Officer John O'Keefe and the alleged involvement of Karen Read. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/8/202412 minutes, 53 seconds
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Defense Accuses Paramedic of Perjury in Karen Read Murder Trial

In a dramatic turn of events in the ongoing murder trial of Karen Read, defense attorney David Yannetti accused Canton firefighter/paramedic Katie McLaughlin of perjuring herself during her testimony, deepening the complexities of a case already rife with intrigue and community interest. The accusation stemmed from McLaughlin's relationship with Caitlin Albert, a key figure connected to the tragic events leading to the death of Boston Police Officer John O'Keefe. McLaughlin, who testified last Thursday, initially described her relationship with Albert as distant, stating they were merely high school acquaintances who had not discussed the case. However, Yannetti presented new evidence suggesting a closer connection, including photographs from a baby shower in June 2021, which he claimed contradicted McLaughlin's earlier statements. "It’s very clear to us that Katie McLaughlin perjured herself," Yannetti declared in a session before Judge Beverly Cannone at the Dedham Superior Court. The defense's motion to introduce these new photographs into evidence aims to challenge the credibility of McLaughlin’s testimony. The photographs, which were not previously allowed to be shown to the jury, depict McLaughlin and Albert at various social gatherings, suggesting a familiarity beyond mere acquaintance. Caitlin Albert is the daughter of Brian and Nicole Albert, whose home was the venue for a late-night party in January 2022, where Read and her boyfriend, O'Keefe, were last seen before O'Keefe was found deceased under mysterious circumstances. The Albert family, particularly Brian Albert, a fellow Boston police officer, has been thrust into the spotlight as the defense seeks to link them to the events of that fateful night. Judge Cannone has stated she will make a decision on the admissibility of the new photographic evidence by Tuesday, a ruling that could significantly impact the direction of the trial. As the community watches closely, the trial continues to unravel a web of relationships and events that have captured the attention of the public. With the integrity of witness testimonies now under scrutiny, the case promises further developments as more details are expected to emerge in the courtroom this week. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/7/202412 minutes, 23 seconds
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Chilling Testimony and Evidence Unveiled in the Chad Daybell/Tylee Ryan Murder Case

In a harrowing day of testimony, jurors in the trial of Chad Daybell were presented with unsettling details and evidence linking the disappearance of Tylee Ryan to the property of the accused. FBI Special Agent Steve Daniels, who supervises the Evidence Response Team, provided a gripping account of the day investigators unearthed the remains of the teenager in a fire pit behind Daybell's home. "The moment we started sifting through the ashes of the fire pit, the air was filled with the unmistakable odor of decomposing remains," Daniels recounted. As the excavation progressed, investigators found "portions of the vertebrae followed by what appeared to be charred pink flesh," a grim discovery that silenced the courtroom. Adding to the grim findings, jurors were shown a Pura Vida silver chain and charm recovered near the fire pit, later identified as belonging to Tylee due to a photograph shown in court depicting her wearing the items before her untimely death. The search methodology contrasted starkly with the discovery of Tylee’s younger brother, JJ Vallow. "While JJ was buried under stones and cement, we assumed Tylee would be buried similarly. However, nothing of that sort was found for her," explained Daniels, highlighting the different methods used to conceal the siblings' bodies. The trial also shed light on the frantic law enforcement activities that followed the disappearance of JJ Vallow. Body camera footage from a "no-knock entry" warrant executed at the apartments of Lori Vallow and her niece, Melanie Boudreaux, in Rexburg, Idaho, was shown to jurors. The footage captured the tense moments as officers searched the residences, finding Lori's apartment eerily empty and hastily abandoned. Detective David Stubbs of the Rexburg Police noted the odd absence of personal belongings. "It was odd, the primary bedroom closet was completely devoid of clothing. It appeared Lori Vallow Daybell had left in a haste," he commented, suggesting a rushed departure from the scene. While the focus was initially on finding JJ, the absence of results expanded the search to include Tylee, uncovering a sinister trail that led to the disturbing findings on Chad Daybell’s property. Notably, no search warrants were issued for the cell phones or records of Melanie Gibb or David Warwick, both of whom were at Lori’s apartment around the time of JJ’s disappearance, raising questions about potential oversights in the investigation. As the trial progresses, the community and the nation remain gripped by the details emerging from the courtroom, painting a picture of a deeply troubling case that has captured the attention of the public due to the tragic and horrific nature of the crimes involved. #TyleeRyan #ChadDaybell #LoriVallow #MurderTrial #SalemIdaho #FBIInvestigation #NoKnockWarrant Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/7/202415 minutes, 21 seconds
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Texts Reveal Panic of Girl, 12, Allegedly Drugged at Sleepover; Father Faces Felony Charges

A disturbing incident unfolded in Lake Oswego last August when three 12-year-old girls were hospitalized after allegedly being exposed to an unknown prescription drug during a sleepover at a friend's house. Now, harrowing text messages from one of the girls shed light on the terrifying ordeal, while the host of the sleepover, Michael Meyden, faces multiple felony charges. According to authorities, Meyden, 57, of Lake Oswego, is accused of drugging the girls by lacing mango smoothies with benzodiazepine and encouraging them to drink. Meyden turned himself in at the Clackamas County Jail on February 28, 2024, after a Clackamas County Grand Jury indicted him on nine felony and misdemeanor charges, including causing ingestion of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance to a minor. The text messages exchanged by one of the frightened girls and her mother paint a chilling picture of the events that transpired that night. In a frantic plea for help, the girl texted her mother at 1:43 a.m., saying, "Mom please pick me up and say I had a family emergency. I don't feel safe... Please pick up. Please. PLEASE!!" Despite her desperate messages, the girl's mother did not respond, prompting the girl to reach out to her friends' parents for assistance. Eventually, one friend's mother came to pick her up from Meyden's house, where she allegedly experienced disturbing encounters with Meyden while pretending to be asleep. "So I'm 'sleeping' and her dad comes down and (I'm) hugging [the friend] because she was scared, and he kept moving us away from each other but kept doing tests to make sure we weren't awake," the frightened girl recounted in a text to her friend. The concerned parents of the girls ultimately intervened, refusing to leave Meyden's house until they retrieved their daughters. Subsequent hospital tests confirmed that all three girls had ingested benzodiazepine. Meyden, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, was released on a $50,000 bond following his indictment. Notably, less than two months after the incident, Meyden finalized his divorce from his wife of 16 years and relocated to Vancouver, Wash. The case has sparked outrage and concern among the community, highlighting the importance of vigilance and communication in safeguarding children from potential dangers. As legal proceedings unfold, authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the alleged drugging incident, while families grapple with the trauma inflicted upon their children. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/6/202411 minutes, 15 seconds
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CBI Scientist's Misconduct Raises Concerns Over DNA Testing Integrity

The integrity of DNA testing in Colorado has been called into question following revelations of misconduct by a longtime Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) scientist. Yvonne "Missy" Woods, a 29-year CBI employee, retired under duress late last year amid allegations of cutting corners and tampering with DNA testing procedures. According to the agency's internal investigation, Woods omitted critical information from criminal justice records and manipulated DNA test results by altering, deleting, and omitting data. This misconduct has raised significant concerns about the reliability of her work, prompting the CBI to take decisive action to address the issue. "The discovery of Missy Woods' misconduct has put all of her work in question," stated CBI officials in a news release. While the review did not uncover evidence of falsified DNA matches, it revealed significant deviations from standard testing protocols and a failure to adhere to quality control measures. To rectify the situation, the CBI has requested $7.5 million from state legislators. This funding will be allocated towards retesting approximately 3,000 DNA samples through a third-party laboratory and compensating individuals who may have been wrongly convicted due to Woods' compromised work. So far, the agency has identified problems in 652 of Woods' cases spanning from 2008 to 2023. Additionally, a review of her work from 1994 to 2008 is underway. The CBI emphasized that Woods violated both the agency's code of conduct and laboratory policies regarding data retention and quality control. CBI Director Chris Schaefer condemned Woods' actions as an "unprecedented breach of trust" and pledged transparency as the agency addresses the fallout from her misconduct. In addition to ongoing criminal investigations into Woods' conduct, the CBI is conducting a comprehensive audit of all DNA analysts within the agency. The ramifications of Woods' misconduct extend beyond the CBI, as abnormalities were also discovered in the work of another Colorado analyst, Chiara Wuensch, who was terminated from the Weld County Sheriff's Office following the revelations. Weld County spokesperson Melissa Chesmore confirmed that Wuensch is under criminal investigation for her conduct. While the labs where Woods and Wuensch worked are separate, they are interconnected through case work and partnerships, highlighting broader concerns about the oversight and quality control measures within forensic laboratories. As authorities work to address the fallout from these revelations, the public is left grappling with uncertainties surrounding the reliability of DNA testing in criminal investigations, underscoring the importance of maintaining integrity and transparency within forensic science practices. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/6/202410 minutes, 48 seconds
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Colorado Mom Suzanne Morphew's Autopsy Reveals Homicide by Wildlife Drug Intoxication, No Arrests Made-WEEK IN REVIEW

Welcome to the "Week in Review," where we delve into the true stories behind this week's headlines. Your host, Tony Brueski, joins hands with a rotating roster of guests, sharing their insights and analysis on a collection of intriguing, perplexing, and often chilling stories that made the news.       This is not your average news recap. With the sharp investigative lens of Tony and his guests, the show uncovers layers beneath the headlines, offering a comprehensive perspective that traditional news can often miss. From high-profile criminal trials to in-depth examinations of ongoing investigations, this podcast takes listeners on a fascinating journey through the world of true crime and current events.       Each episode navigates through multiple stories, illuminating their details with factual reporting, expert commentary, and engaging conversation. Tony and his guests discuss each case's nuances, complexities, and human elements, delivering a multi-dimensional understanding to their audience.  Whether you are a dedicated follower of true crime, or an everyday listener interested in the stories shaping our world, the "Week in Review" brings you the perfect balance of intrigue, information, and intelligent conversation. Expect thoughtful analysis, informed opinions, and thought-provoking discussions beyond the 24-hour news cycle. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/5/202412 minutes, 12 seconds
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Nearly 200 Decomposed Bodies Unearthed at Colorado Funeral Home

Two Colorado funeral home owners are facing trial after allegedly abandoning nearly 200 bodies they were responsible for cremation or burying, storing the remains in a neglected building for extended periods. Judge William Moller ruled that Carie Hallford, co-owner of Return to Nature Funeral Home, can face trial on 260 counts, including corpse abuse, money laundering, forgery, and theft. The investigation into the funeral home's practices began in early October following reports of a foul odor emanating from the building. The Hallfords were subsequently arrested in Oklahoma around a month later. Jon Hallford, also a co-owner, was initially scheduled for a preliminary hearing on January 4. However, his defense counsel requested a continuance, citing the need to review over 7,000 pages of documents. His preliminary hearing has been rescheduled to February 8. Additionally, his bond was reduced from a $2 million cash-only bond to a $100,000 cash property or surety bond. Judge Moller, at the request of Carie Hallford's attorney, significantly reduced her bond from $2 million to $100,000, potentially allowing her release from jail while the trial is pending. He noted that the crimes attributed to the Hallfords were not violent in nature, and Carie Hallford had no prior criminal record. The judge remarked, "The behavior of the Hallfords was designed to prevent the discovery of the bodies." Leading up to the discovery in October, the Hallfords faced financial difficulties, missed tax payments, eviction from one of their properties, and legal action for unpaid bills from a crematory that had ceased doing business with them. While prosecutors have not detailed a motive for the Hallfords' actions, FBI agent Andrew Cohen testified about the horrific conditions at the Penrose, Colorado building where decomposing bodies were found. The bodies were stored at room temperature, stacked on top of each other, and infested with flies and maggots. Text messages between the Hallfords revealed growing financial pressures and fears of being caught for mishandling the bodies. Jon Hallford even suggested disposing of the bodies by burying them with other deceased individuals or treating them with lye or fire, according to the presented texts. Judge Moller observed that the evidence pointed to a "pattern of ongoing behavior" aimed at evading detection. The Hallfords also allegedly provided concrete mix to families instead of ashes. Carie Hallford's lawyer, Michael Stuzynski, argued that, apart from surveillance video from September 9 showing Jon Hallford moving some bodies, there was no evidence of intentional mistreatment of the remains, suggesting "passive neglect." As the case proceeds to trial, the shocking allegations surrounding the mishandling of these bodies have left many questions unanswered and have cast a spotlight on the need for stricter oversight and regulations within the funeral home industry. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/3/202414 minutes, 26 seconds
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Wisconsin Woman Receives 22-Year Sentence for Fatal Stabbing of Fiancé- He Fell On the Knife Defense Didn't Work

A woman from New Richmond, Wisconsin, has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of her fiancé, Shaun Lewis, in their home. Marian Smith, 55, received her sentence on Tuesday in St. Croix Circuit Court after pleading guilty to charges of first-degree intentional homicide and resisting or obstructing police. The incident, which occurred 1½ years ago on August 27, 2022, shook the small community. According to court documents, Smith had called 911 from their residence in the 600 block of N. 2nd Street, prompting police and emergency medical personnel to respond. Upon arrival, officers found Lewis on the floor with multiple wounds. Despite efforts to save him, Lewis succumbed to his injuries at the scene. An autopsy conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office determined that Lewis died from a stab wound to his abdomen, with an additional less serious wound to his chest. During the investigation, Smith provided law enforcement with various accounts of what transpired that fateful morning. Among her statements was the claim that Lewis had fallen on a knife during an argument between them, leading to his fatal injuries. Despite her explanations, the evidence presented in court, including the autopsy report, supported the conclusion that Smith was responsible for Lewis's death. As a result, she ultimately pleaded guilty to the charges brought against her. Smith's sentencing includes credit for the time she has already served in jail since her arrest. This means she is expected to spend approximately the first 1½ years of her term behind bars, with the remainder on extended release. The tragic outcome of this case serves as a reminder of the consequences of domestic disputes escalating to violence. Law enforcement officials urge individuals facing conflicts within their relationships to seek assistance and support to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future.  Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/3/202410 minutes, 17 seconds
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Arkansas Mortuary Worker Pleads Guilty to Selling Stolen Body Parts

In a disturbing breach of trust and legal boundaries, Candace Chapman Scott, a 37-year-old former mortuary worker from Arkansas, has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the theft and sale of human body parts. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas made the announcement on Thursday, marking a significant development in a case that has shocked the medical and legal communities. Scott was implicated in a scheme involving the transportation of body parts across state lines and conspiring to commit mail fraud. According to federal authorities, she was employed by a service provider contracted to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). This institution receives cadavers donated for medical research through its Anatomical Gift Program, which Scott exploited for her illicit activities. The case unfolded when Scott, using a Facebook group for enthusiasts of "oddities," contacted a man from Pennsylvania on October 28, 2021. She introduced herself as a mortician associated with UAMS, revealing that her responsibilities included the cremation of medical cadavers. During their correspondence, Scott inquired if the man knew anyone interested in purchasing an embalmed human brain, setting the stage for a series of illegal transactions. From October 31, 2021, to July 15, 2022, Scott sent 24 boxes filled with stolen body parts, including a human brain, heart, skullcap, kidneys, livers, hands, and a female pelvis with femurs, all of which she pilfered from UAMS. These parcels were transported via the U.S. Postal Service to her contact in Pennsylvania. In exchange, Scott received $10,625, transferred to her through PayPal. The FBI intervened on July 13, 2022, with a search warrant executed at Scott's residence in Little Rock. Agents discovered numerous stolen body parts stored inappropriately in boxes and trash bags. Upon being questioned, Scott admitted her role in the transactions and her method of receiving payments. As Scott awaits sentencing, the legal ramifications and the breach of ethical standards she perpetrated have ignited a discourse on the oversight of mortuary services and the protection of donated cadavers intended for scientific research. The trust placed in medical institutions by donors and their families has been severely undermined by this case, prompting calls for stricter regulations and oversight in the handling of anatomical gifts. The implications of this case extend beyond the immediate legal consequences for Scott. It highlights critical vulnerabilities in the systems intended to honor and utilize the altruistic donations of bodies for medical science. As the community and the families affected by this breach seek justice, the case serves as a somber reminder of the need for vigilance and integrity in medical and mortuary practices. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/2/20249 minutes, 12 seconds
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Karen Read's Murder Trial Unfolds with Dramatic Testimonies and Emotional Revelations

In Norfolk Superior Court, the murder trial of Karen Read, a 44-year-old resident of Mansfield, entered its second day with gripping testimonies that shed light on the tragic death of Boston police officer John O'Keefe. Read faces charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter while operating under the influence, and leaving the scene of personal injury and death. During Tuesday’s proceedings, the court heard from Canton Fire Lieutenant Anthony Flematti and paramedic Timothy Nuttall, who were among the first responders at the scene. Flematti described arriving to find "four to six inches of snow on the ground" and a "female party," later identified as Read, administering chest compressions to O'Keefe. Nuttall provided a detailed account of the emergency measures taken to save O'Keefe, including efforts to clear his airway of blood, mucus, and bile. He noted that O'Keefe was unresponsive with no pulse and had a hematoma above his right eye, alongside scratches on his right arm. Despite these efforts, O'Keefe's condition upon the responders' arrival painted a grim picture of his last moments. The courtroom was tense as Alan Jackson, Read’s attorney, cross-examined witnesses, highlighting discrepancies in the police report and questioning the accuracy of witness descriptions of O'Keefe’s clothing and injuries. Jackson focused on challenging the initial observations at the scene, suggesting that the injuries might not solely relate to a vehicular incident, pointing out that “a lot” of different scenarios could lead to similar physical outcomes, not just physical altercations. Jackson's defense strategy also pointed to possible mismanagement or errors in the police investigation, noting incorrect addresses and timing discrepancies in the official records. He questioned whether these inconsistencies were oversights or indicative of a deeper issue within the investigation. The emotional charge of the trial was palpable, with Read’s supporters and O’Keefe’s family present in the courtroom. Witnesses described Read as visibly shaken and in shock, actively trying to revive O'Keefe, which contrasts with the prosecution's portrayal of her as responsible for his death. This high-profile case continues to attract attention due to its tragic nature and the questions it raises about responsibility, the accuracy of police investigations, and the impact of personal relationships on legal outcomes. The trial will resume Thursday, promising further developments and potentially more revelations about the night O'Keefe died. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/2/20248 minutes, 32 seconds
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Former Teacher Released on Parole After 17 Years for Attempted Murder of Teen Student

Samson Shelton, the former teacher and professional wrestler who admitted to attempting to murder 17-year-old Ashley Reeves in 2006, has been released on parole after serving about 17 years of his 20-year sentence. The Illinois Department of Corrections confirmed his release this Monday, April 22, marking the end of a case that captured national attention and was later depicted in a Lifetime movie. In 2006, Shelton, then a 26-year-old driver’s education teacher and known in wrestling circles as "The Teacher," became infamously linked to the brutal attack on Reeves, who had once been a student at the middle school where he taught. The incident occurred after Shelton and Reeves, who had been involved romantically, got into an altercation while he was driving. According to reports, Shelton choked Reeves and broke her neck before discarding her body in a wooded area of Citizens Park in Belleville. Reeves was found barely alive around 2 a.m. on April 29, 2006, after a 30-hour search initiated when she was reported missing. Miraculously surviving the attack, she endured significant brain trauma and underwent a painstaking recovery process to relearn fundamental skills such as swallowing, walking, and talking. During his incarceration, Shelton was housed at Illinois River Correctional Center, beginning in June 2007. His early release on parole, scheduled to last until April 2027, has reignited discussions about justice and rehabilitation. The case garnered extensive media coverage due to the shocking nature of the crime and Shelton's dual life as an educator and wrestler. His confession and the subsequent discovery of Reeves alive were pivotal moments in the investigation, which revealed the extent of his betrayal. In a recent interview, Reeves, now in her 30s, shared her ongoing recovery journey and her determination to move forward. "It’s been a long and challenging road, but I’m focused on my future and continuing to heal," she told KSDK. As the community reflects on Shelton's release, many continue to be haunted by the severity of the crime and its impact on a young student. The case remains a profound example of survival and the complex questions surrounding sentencing and parole in the criminal justice system. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/1/202412 minutes, 31 seconds
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Trial Begins in High-Profile Case of Massachusetts Woman Accused of Killing Boston Police Officer Boyfriend

The trial of Karen Read, the 43-year-old Mansfield woman charged with the second-degree murder of her boyfriend, Boston Police Officer John O'Keefe, began with riveting opening statements and emotional testimonies on Monday. Accused of hitting O'Keefe with her vehicle during a blizzard on January 29, 2022, Read has maintained her innocence, pleading not guilty to all charges. The tragic incident unfolded outside a Canton home, culminating a night marred by heavy drinking. Prosecutor Adam Lally delivered a stark opening statement, detailing the events leading to O'Keefe's untimely death. "Karen Read is guilty of murder in the second degree. She struck Mr. O'Keefe with a car, knocking him back onto the ground, causing critical head injuries from which he did not recover," Lally said. He painted a picture of a fatal altercation that left O'Keefe bleeding and swelling in the brain, ultimately leading to his death. In a dramatic counter, defense attorney David Yannetti contested the prosecution's narrative, claiming his client was a scapegoat in a broader conspiracy. "Karen Read was framed. Her car never struck John O'Keefe. She did not cause his death. And that means that somebody else did it," Yannetti argued. The defense has been vocal about their theory of a cover-up, suggesting that O'Keefe was actually assaulted inside the home and attributing his injuries to a beating and a dog attack, rather than a vehicular assault. The jury selection process, which lasted five days, resulted in a panel of 17 jurors—seven women and ten men. There were initial concerns about the courtroom layout affecting Read's right to a fair trial, leading to a last-minute switch to a smaller courtroom to address these issues. The first witness, Paul O'Keefe, the victim's brother, took the stand. His testimony provided a heart-wrenching account of the aftermath, describing a distraught Read at the hospital screaming, "Is he alive?" as she was restrained by staff. Prosecutors have announced plans to call up to 87 witnesses, while the defense may call up to 77, indicating the extensive evidence and testimonies expected to be presented. Some individuals are listed as potential witnesses for both sides, suggesting key overlaps in the narratives to be examined. The trial, expected to last between six to eight weeks, promises more twists as both sides delve deeper into the events of that fateful night. With the judge ruling that the defense may argue a third-party culprit theory, the courtroom is set for a series of contentious debates over what really happened to Officer O'Keefe. As the community watches closely, the case not only explores the tragic death of a police officer but also probes themes of justice, accountability, and the intricate dynamics within law enforcement relationships. Security measures including a "buffer zone" have been established around the courthouse, reflecting the trial's high-profile nature and contentious backdrop. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
5/1/202412 minutes, 56 seconds
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Stephan Sterns Skips Court Appearance; Prosecutors Consider Death Penalty in Murder of 13-Year-Old Madeline Soto

Stephan Sterns, the man accused of the brutal murder of 13-year-old Madeline Soto, waived his right to appear at his arraignment on Monday, adding another layer of complexity to a case that has shocked the community of Kissimmee, Florida. Sterns was scheduled to enter a plea but chose not to attend the court session. Madeline Soto, the daughter of Sterns' girlfriend, was reported missing after Sterns failed to drop her off at Hunters Creek Middle School on February 26. Investigators allege that instead of taking her to school, Sterns killed her and subsequently dumped her body. Further investigation revealed a disturbing pattern of abuse, with evidence suggesting Sterns had been molesting Soto for years and capturing these acts on his mobile phone. The court has proceeded with setting a timeline for the case, regardless of Sterns' absence. An Osceola County court administrator indicated that a pre-trial hearing is slated for July 10, and the trial is scheduled to start on July 16, though it may face delays. Prosecutors are now faced with a critical decision within the next 45 days: whether to pursue the death penalty against Sterns. To justify such a sentence, they must present aggravating factors, which in Sterns' case could include his role as a parental figure to Madeline, the premeditated nature of the murder, and its connection to prolonged sexual abuse. "The case against Mr. Sterns is built on a foundation of egregious betrayals and criminal actions that culminated in a tragic loss of young life," stated the prosecution team. "We are committed to seeking justice for Madeline, ensuring that all facts and circumstances are thoroughly considered in our pursuit of an appropriate sentence." The community and the family of Madeline Soto await justice in a case that has deeply affected many, drawing attention to the horrors of domestic abuse hidden behind closed doors. As the legal process unfolds, the memory of Madeline and the fight for her justice remain at the forefront of this tragic narrative. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/30/20248 minutes, 37 seconds
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Colorado Mom Suzanne Morphew's Autopsy Reveals Homicide by Wildlife Drug Intoxication, No Arrests Made

An autopsy report released Monday by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has finally shed light on the mysterious death of Suzanne Morphew, a Colorado mom who vanished in May 2020. According to the autopsy conducted by the El Paso County coroner, Suzanne Morphew's death was classified as homicide caused by intoxication from drugs commonly used to sedate wildlife, with no physical trauma observed on her body. Suzanne Morphew, 49, disappeared while on a bike ride near her home in Chaffee County. Her case remained cold until her remains were unexpectedly discovered last September in Moffat, Colorado, approximately 90 minutes south of her last known location. The remains were found during an unrelated investigation. The autopsy identified the substances leading to her death as butorphanol, azaperone, and medetomidine—drugs typically marketed as a compounded injectable chemical immobilizer for wildlife. "These findings suggest a deeply troubling scenario behind Suzanne's disappearance and death," stated the autopsy report. Her husband, Barry Morphew, who was previously charged with her murder in 2021, had those charges dropped just before his trial in April 2022 due to insufficient evidence. Since then, no new arrests have been made in connection with Suzanne's death. "The investigative team assembled to work this case continues to follow the evidence and only the evidence as we seek justice for Suzanne's death," said CBI Director Chris Schaefer. In a statement issued through their attorney, the Morphew family described the profound impact of the case on their lives, emphasizing the distress caused by the false accusations against Barry Morphew and the lack of closure. "The Morphews are left with more questions than answers and a lack of justice for Suzanne, the family, and the community," the statement read. Adding to the complexity of the case, Suzanne Morphew's clothes and a weathered bullet were found alongside her remains. Barry Morphew and his daughters Macy and Mallory have publicly criticized the investigation's narrow focus and claimed that authorities have not provided information about whether the bullet or the clothing was tested for DNA evidence. In May 2023, Barry Morphew and his daughters spoke out in an ABC News interview after filing a lawsuit against the prosecutors, accusing them of wrongful charges. "They've got tunnel vision and they looked at one person and they've got too much pride to say they're wrong and look somewhere else," Barry Morphew said. "I don't have anything to worry about. I've done nothing wrong." The case continues to attract significant public interest, with many hoping that the new autopsy findings will lead to a breakthrough in the investigation. Meanwhile, the community and the Morphew family await justice for Suzanne, whose life was tragically cut short under mysterious and alarming circumstances. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/30/202412 minutes, 6 seconds
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Suspected Serial Killer Arrested in Mexico City Amid Shocking Discovery

A man suspected of multiple murders has been arrested in Mexico City, triggering a full-scale investigation after alarming evidence suggested he could be a serial killer. The suspect, known only as Miguel due to local privacy laws, is facing charges of murder and attempted murder following a gruesome attack earlier this week. In a shocking revelation late Friday, Mexico City police detailed the sequence of events leading to Miguel's capture. The suspect allegedly attacked a 17-year-old girl in her apartment, sexually abusing and strangling her after her mother stepped out briefly. Upon her return, the mother encountered Miguel, who slashed her neck before fleeing the scene. Tragically, the teenager did not survive, though her mother remains in recovery. Prompt action by the police, fueled by Miguel's proximity to the crime scene, led to his swift identification and arrest. A subsequent search of an apartment rented by Miguel uncovered a horrifying scene: investigators found bones, blood stains, a saw, cell phones, and the ID cards of multiple missing women. Most disturbingly, notebooks were retrieved, potentially containing detailed accounts of the acts Miguel perpetrated against his victims, city prosecutor Ulises Lara disclosed. While the exact number of victims remains uncertain, local media suggest the evidence could link Miguel to anywhere from seven to 20 cases of missing women, pointing to a much larger and grimmer pattern of behavior. The discovery has reignited intense scrutiny of Mexico City's handling of cases involving missing women, with critics arguing that systemic failures often delay investigations until overwhelming evidence surfaces. This is not the first time the city has dealt with serial killers targeting women. In 2021, another serial killer in a Mexico City suburb was captured only after the remains of 19 victims were found at his residence. The case was notably cracked following the disappearance of a police commander’s wife. Similarly, in 2018, a serial killer was apprehended while transporting a dismembered body in a baby carriage, having dumped most of his victims in vacant lots. These chilling precedents highlight ongoing challenges in the region's criminal justice system, marked by a lack of funding, inadequate training, and insufficient professionalism among prosecutors. As the city grapples with the grim reality of another potential serial killer, questions mount over the need for systemic reforms to prevent such delayed responses to violent crimes, particularly against women. The community and authorities hope that the arrest of Miguel will not only bring justice to the victims and their families but also serve as a catalyst for much-needed improvements in how missing persons cases are handled in Mexico City. The investigation continues as police work to identify all potential victims linked to this disturbing case. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/29/20247 minutes, 24 seconds
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Manorville Woods Searched in Continued Investigation of Gilgo Beach Murders

 A significant search operation is underway in a wooded area off the Long Island Expressway in Manorville as part of the ongoing investigation into the notorious Gilgo Beach murders, according to law enforcement sources. The search began early last week and continued for several days, involving multiple police agencies. The Suffolk County Police, New York Police Department, and New York State Police are collaborating in this extensive search, with assistance from two NYPD Emergency Services Unit K-9s. These efforts focus on an area near exit 70, a region previously linked to parts of this complex case. "The Suffolk County Police Department, the New York Police Department, and the New York State Police are working with the District Attorney's Office on an ongoing investigation," stated the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. "We do not comment on investigative steps while they are underway. We will make further statements when appropriate." This renewed search comes after Rex Heuermann was charged with the murders of four women, whose bodies were discovered near Gilgo Beach more than a decade ago. These women, known as the "Gilgo Four," include Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, and Amber Costello. Despite Heuermann's not guilty plea, the investigation seeks to determine if he can be connected to additional victims found in the area. Manorville has surfaced in discussions about the Gilgo Beach murders before. Notably, it was the site where the remains of Jessica Taylor, a 20-year-old sex worker, were discovered in March 2011, several miles from where the "Gilgo Four" were found. Taylor's other remains had been found in the same area in July 2003. Similarly, the remains of Valerie Mack, a 24-year-old escort, were located about a mile and a half east of Taylor's remains in April 2011, with partial remains also discovered in Manorville back in September 2000. Authorities have hinted at a possible connection between the remains of Taylor and Mack, though no charges have been filed in relation to their deaths. The current search may be an effort to find further evidence that could link these cases or uncover new clues in the chilling series of unsolved crimes. As the community watches closely, law enforcement continues to piece together the fragments of a puzzle that has haunted Long Island for years. The outcome of this search could provide crucial evidence needed to bring further closure to the victims' families and clarity to a case that has gripped the public's imagination with its mysteries and horrors. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/29/20247 minutes, 44 seconds
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Bryan Kohberger Claims Alibi, Says He Was Out Driving Night of Idaho Student Murders-WEEK IN REVIEW

Welcome to the "Week in Review," where we delve into the true stories behind this week's headlines. Your host, Tony Brueski, joins hands with a rotating roster of guests, sharing their insights and analysis on a collection of intriguing, perplexing, and often chilling stories that made the news.       This is not your average news recap. With the sharp investigative lens of Tony and his guests, the show uncovers layers beneath the headlines, offering a comprehensive perspective that traditional news can often miss. From high-profile criminal trials to in-depth examinations of ongoing investigations, this podcast takes listeners on a fascinating journey through the world of true crime and current events.       Each episode navigates through multiple stories, illuminating their details with factual reporting, expert commentary, and engaging conversation. Tony and his guests discuss each case's nuances, complexities, and human elements, delivering a multi-dimensional understanding to their audience.  Whether you are a dedicated follower of true crime, or an everyday listener interested in the stories shaping our world, the "Week in Review" brings you the perfect balance of intrigue, information, and intelligent conversation. Expect thoughtful analysis, informed opinions, and thought-provoking discussions beyond the 24-hour news cycle. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/28/202414 minutes, 46 seconds
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Colorado Springs Funeral Home Owners Indicted on Federal Fraud Charges Over Misuse of COVID Relief Funds-WEEK IN REVIEW

Welcome to the "Week in Review," where we delve into the true stories behind this week's headlines. Your host, Tony Brueski, joins hands with a rotating roster of guests, sharing their insights and analysis on a collection of intriguing, perplexing, and often chilling stories that made the news.       This is not your average news recap. With the sharp investigative lens of Tony and his guests, the show uncovers layers beneath the headlines, offering a comprehensive perspective that traditional news can often miss. From high-profile criminal trials to in-depth examinations of ongoing investigations, this podcast takes listeners on a fascinating journey through the world of true crime and current events.       Each episode navigates through multiple stories, illuminating their details with factual reporting, expert commentary, and engaging conversation. Tony and his guests discuss each case's nuances, complexities, and human elements, delivering a multi-dimensional understanding to their audience.  Whether you are a dedicated follower of true crime, or an everyday listener interested in the stories shaping our world, the "Week in Review" brings you the perfect balance of intrigue, information, and intelligent conversation. Expect thoughtful analysis, informed opinions, and thought-provoking discussions beyond the 24-hour news cycle. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/28/202411 minutes, 2 seconds
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Witness to Testify Medical Examiner Initially Ruled Ellen Greenberg’s Death a Homicide-WEEK IN REVIEW

Welcome to the "Week in Review," where we delve into the true stories behind this week's headlines. Your host, Tony Brueski, joins hands with a rotating roster of guests, sharing their insights and analysis on a collection of intriguing, perplexing, and often chilling stories that made the news.       This is not your average news recap. With the sharp investigative lens of Tony and his guests, the show uncovers layers beneath the headlines, offering a comprehensive perspective that traditional news can often miss. From high-profile criminal trials to in-depth examinations of ongoing investigations, this podcast takes listeners on a fascinating journey through the world of true crime and current events.       Each episode navigates through multiple stories, illuminating their details with factual reporting, expert commentary, and engaging conversation. Tony and his guests discuss each case's nuances, complexities, and human elements, delivering a multi-dimensional understanding to their audience.  Whether you are a dedicated follower of true crime, or an everyday listener interested in the stories shaping our world, the "Week in Review" brings you the perfect balance of intrigue, information, and intelligent conversation. Expect thoughtful analysis, informed opinions, and thought-provoking discussions beyond the 24-hour news cycle. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/28/20249 minutes, 47 seconds
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Texas Man Faces Dual Capital Murder Charges in Death of 11-Year-Old Audrii Cunningham

In a significant development in the tragic case of 11-year-old Audrii Cunningham, a Polk County grand jury has indicted Don Steven McDougal on two counts of capital murder. Audrii was reported missing on February 15, and her body was discovered five days later in the Trinity River near Houston. McDougal, a long-time acquaintance of Audrii’s father and a resident on their property, faces severe allegations linked to the young girl's death. The dual indictments reflect the serious nature of the accusations against McDougal. The first charge stems from Audrii being a minor, while the second relates to her death occurring during a supposed act of felony kidnapping. This layered approach underscores the gravity of the crime and the potential legal repercussions McDougal could face if convicted. McDougal's history with the law is troubling, highlighted by a past incident where he was accused of indecency with another child in Texas, a case that was ultimately pleaded down to enticing a minor. This allowed him to evade inclusion on the state sex offender registry. Additionally, last year McDougal faced accusations of stabbing a man, although he was never arrested due to a lack of evidence. On the morning of February 15, Audrii vanished on her way to school in Livingston. Authorities quickly focused on McDougal, who was arrested the following day on an unrelated charge but was already considered a person of interest in Audrii’s disappearance. Despite joining the initial search and knocking on neighbors' doors, McDougal's involvement became more suspect, especially after being identified as the last person seen with Audrii. The discovery of Audrii’s body in the Trinity River was a grim conclusion to the search. The medical examiner confirmed that she died from homicidal violence, including blunt head trauma. McDougal’s presence in the child’s life, coupled with the circumstances of her disappearance and death, painted a dire picture that led to his arrest and the subsequent murder charges. As the community reels from this tragedy, questions about the handling of McDougal’s previous legal issues and his relationship with Audrii’s family have surfaced, adding layers of complexity to an already convoluted case. With no court date currently set, the legal proceedings are expected to draw significant public and media attention, as people from Livingston and beyond seek justice for the young girl whose life was tragically cut short. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/26/20249 minutes, 23 seconds
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Forensic Evidence Takes Center Stage in Karen Read's Murder Trial Over Death of Boston Cop

The murder trial of Karen Read, accused of the death of her boyfriend, Boston Police Officer John O'Keefe, is set to captivate public attention as forensic evidence becomes a pivotal point of contention. Read faces charges of second-degree murder among others, with the trial unfolding nearly two years after the controversial incident in a Boston suburb. John O'Keefe was found dead under mysterious circumstances, with an autopsy listing his cause of death as "undetermined." This ambiguity thrusts the medical examiner into a critical role, with forensics expert John Scott Morgan emphasizing the significance of their testimony. "I urge everybody that's following this case to really pay close attention to what the medical examiner says," Morgan told Fox News Digital, suggesting that the trial's outcome could hinge on how convincingly the medical examiner can address the cause of death. The case has garnered intense scrutiny due to the perplexing details surrounding O'Keefe's injuries and Read's subsequent actions. Prosecutors argue that Read fatally struck O'Keefe with her car after a night of drinking and left him to die in the snow. In contrast, Read has vehemently denied these claims, suggesting a potential cover-up was orchestrated to frame her. "I did not kill John O’Keefe. I have never harmed a hair on John O’Keefe’s head," Read stated in an interview with ABC News. Complicating the matter are the conditions under which O'Keefe’s clothing was handled post-mortem. Morgan, a seasoned forensic investigator, pointed out potential breaches in the chain of custody and evidence preservation, noting that such missteps could severely undermine the integrity of the evidence presented. Drawing parallels to the O.J. Simpson case, Morgan highlighted how mishandling of evidence could sway jury perceptions and affect the trial's outcome. As the trial progresses, with jury selection completed and opening statements anticipated next Monday, the courtroom is braced for a series of contentious debates over forensic interpretations and legal strategies. Both sides of the aisle have expressed staunchly divergent narratives about the events leading to O'Keefe's untimely death, setting the stage for what promises to be a deeply contested and closely watched legal battle. Meanwhile, outside the courthouse, the atmosphere remains charged with supporters and detractors of Read voicing their opinions loudly, reflecting the divided public sentiment that this case has sparked. The trial not only explores the intricate details of forensic science but also delves into the broader implications of justice and accountability in law enforcement-related incidents. As both legal teams prepare to present their cases, the eyes of the nation remain fixed on this high-stakes judicial proceeding, awaiting clarity on a case wrapped in mystery and controversy. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/26/202414 minutes, 12 seconds
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DNA Twist in Wisconsin Murder Case: Blood at Crime Scene Not Victim's, Court Documents Reveal

In a surprising development in the gruesome murder case of 19-year-old Sade Robinson, court documents reveal that blood found in the home of the accused, Maxwell Anderson, does not match the DNA of the victim. This revelation comes from an updated criminal complaint obtained by Court TV, which highlights preliminary DNA analysis results from the Wisconsin State Crime Lab. Maxwell Anderson, 33, has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse, and arson. The case has gripped the local community since Robinson, who was last seen alive on April 1, failed to show up for work the following day. Her car was discovered torched shortly after her disappearance, and authorities subsequently found severed human remains across the area, believed to be hers. Court records indicate that Robinson and Anderson had dinner together on the day she vanished, with eyewitnesses reporting they left the restaurant together. Initially, the discovery of blood on bedding and a wall leading to Anderson's basement seemed to corroborate suspicions against him. However, the updated complaint states, "The preliminary DNA analysis supports the conclusion that there is no support for inclusion of Robinson’s DNA in any of the blood or swabs tested, and of some of those swabs, Robinson’s DNA is excluded." During a recent court appearance, Anderson waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Scripps News Milwaukee quoted prosecutor Ian Vance-Curzan, who reflected on the DNA findings at the hearing, saying, “It indicates that the preliminary DNA supports the conclusion that there is no support for inclusion of Robinson’s DNA in the blood or swabs that have been tested.” The ambiguity over whose blood was found at the scene remains unresolved. Anderson's plea of not guilty to the charges sets the stage for further legal proceedings, with his case due back in court on May 16 for a scheduling conference. The unexpected twist in DNA evidence could play a critical role in the ongoing investigation and subsequent trial. As the community and Robinson's family seek answers, the question of whose blood was found in Anderson's home adds a layer of complexity to a case already marked by tragic and violent details. The authorities continue their investigation, hoping to uncover more evidence that could shed light on the circumstances surrounding Robinson’s death. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, The Murder Of Maddie Soto, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/25/20246 minutes, 52 seconds
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Stephan Sterns Charged with First-Degree Murder in the Death of 13-Year-Old Madeline Soto

In a significant development in the tragic case of 13-year-old Madeline Soto, Stephan Sterns has been formally charged with first-degree murder. The Osceola County court records confirmed the indictment, nearly two months after the young girl's body was discovered in a secluded area of rural Osceola County. The indictment details allege Sterns killed Madeline between February 25 and February 27, just days before her body was found on March 1. Madeline was reported missing after she did not return home from school. Sterns, the boyfriend of Madeline's mother, Jennifer Soto, initially told investigators he had dropped her off at school on the day she vanished. However, authorities later clarified that this was not the case, intensifying suspicions around Sterns' involvement. The case took a darker turn when disturbing evidence was found on Sterns’ phone shortly after Madeline's disappearance. On February 28, he was arrested on 60 counts related to sexual battery on a child and possession of child sexual abuse material. These charges included eight counts of sexual battery of a child under 12, five counts of sexual battery with a child aged 12 to 18, seven counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, and 40 counts of unlawful possession of materials depicting sexual performance by a child. State Attorney Andrew Bain and Kissimmee Police Chief Betty Holland are scheduled to address the public and media at a news conference on Wednesday at 4 p.m., which will be streamed live by local news outlets. This press conference is expected to provide further details on the progression of the case and the upcoming legal proceedings. In a recent court appearance, a pretrial hearing resulted in the postponement of Sterns’ trial after his defense team successfully argued for more preparation time, with the judge setting a new trial date for August 19. Sterns waived his right to appear at the hearing. As the community reels from the impact of this heinous crime, the focus now turns to the upcoming trial and the justice sought for young Madeline. The Osceola County community continues to mourn the loss of a young life cut tragically short, as they await further developments in this disturbing case. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Trial of Karen Read, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/25/20247 minutes, 36 seconds
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10-Year-Old Boy Admits to Fatal 2022 Shooting in Texas, Sparks Legal Debate on Child Accountability

In a shocking revelation, a 10-year-old boy from Nixon, Texas, has confessed to the murder of 32-year-old food worker Brandon O’Quinn Rasberry, who was found dead in his mobile home on January 18, 2022. The Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office reported that Rasberry died from a gunshot wound to the head, with the boy admitting to the crime nearly two years later. Brandon O’Quinn Rasberry, a worker at Holmes Foods, had not been seen for two days before his landlord discovered his body following a welfare check initiated by his employer. Initial investigations provided no leads, as detectives found nothing suspicious in the vicinity or in forensic data from Rasberry's cellphone. It wasn’t until a school bus incident involving the young boy that the breakthrough came. According to the sheriff’s office, the confession emerged after the boy, then a student at Nixon-Smiley Consolidated Independent School District, threatened another student, leading to his referral to a child forensic interviewer. "During the interview, the ten-year-old child described in detail that two years ago he shot and killed a man in a trailer in Nixon, Texas,” the sheriff's office explained. The boy had accessed a pistol from his grandfather’s truck, entered Rasberry's mobile home, and shot him while he slept. The child, whose name has not been disclosed due to his age, told authorities that he had never met Rasberry before and acted without any known motive. After the incident, the firearm was returned to the glove compartment and later pawned by the grandfather. Authorities have since recovered the gun from a pawn shop in Seguin, Texas, and confirmed its involvement in the crime through forensic tests. Despite the confession, legal proceedings have taken an unusual turn. Under Texas law, children under ten cannot be held criminally responsible. The sheriff's office stated, “At the time of the murder the juvenile suspect was seven years old, one week shy of his 8th birthday. Therefore, charges for murder will not be filed.” However, the boy is facing charges related to the school bus threat. The incident raises profound questions about the adequacy of juvenile justice laws and the role of adults in securing firearms. Jeff Van Auken, Nixon-Smiley Independent School District Superintendent, remarked on the gravity of the situation and the district's cooperation with the ongoing investigation. He confirmed that the child would not return to the elementary school campus. Local authorities and child welfare advocates stress the importance of gun safety and responsible adult supervision to prevent such tragedies. As the community grapples with this devastating event, the focus has shifted to how such incidents can be prevented in the future and what measures need to be enforced to ensure the safety of children and the community at large. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/24/20248 minutes, 33 seconds
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West Virginia Teen Found Dead at Home, Mother Charged with Child Neglect

In a heartbreaking incident in Morrisvale, West Virginia, a 14-year-old girl named Kyneddi Miller was found deceased and in a severely emaciated state on her bathroom floor, leading to her mother’s arrest on charges of felony child neglect resulting in death. The Boone County Sheriff's Office responded to a distress call at the family home on Wednesday morning, April 17, where they discovered the tragic scene. Kyneddi, identified only by her initials "K.M." in official documents, had been largely isolated from the outside world, having stepped outside her home only a couple of times in the past four years and not attended school since early 2020. Sheriff Chad Barker told PEOPLE that the details of the case were "very disturbing and hard to fathom," indicating an ongoing and active investigation. The complaint against Julie Anne Stone Miller, 49, Kyneddi's mother, alleges severe neglect over several years, directly contributing to the teenager's death. "It’s believed this neglect caused the death of KM," the sheriff’s office stated, noting her "overwhelming visible condition" and untreated physical problems. At a press conference, Sheriff Barker highlighted the complexity of the case, mentioning that Kyneddi had suffered from an eating disorder for years, which had not been diagnosed or treated medically. The teen reportedly had not been eating for months, leading to her death. The medical examiner’s report is still pending, which will provide more insights into the exact cause of death. No plea has been entered by Miller yet, who was arraigned on Thursday, April 18. She faces a sentence of three to fifteen years if convicted, alongside a potential fine. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, April 29, where more details are expected to emerge. The investigation also involves checking for any prior Child Protective Services records and examining state laws related to truancy and homeschooling, as Kyneddi was reportedly being homeschooled. This aspect of the case underscores the challenges in monitoring the wellbeing of children who are not in the public school system. Sheriff Barker, visibly moved by the circumstances, remarked on the emotional toll on the first responders, calling the teenager's case "pretty rough." The community and the sheriff's office are now grappling with the implications of this case, as they await further developments and the official indictment of Julie Anne Stone Miller. This case serves as a grim reminder of the vulnerabilities children face and underscores the importance of community awareness and intervention in protecting at-risk youth. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/24/202410 minutes, 37 seconds
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Wisconsin College Student's Remains Discovered Along Lake Michigan After Date; Suspect Draws Comparisons to Dahmer

The Milwaukee community is reeling after the horrific death of 19-year-old college student Sade Robinson, whose dismembered remains have been discovered along the shores of Lake Michigan. Maxwell Anderson, 33, faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse, and arson in connection with Robinson's death. Robinson, who was studying criminal justice at Milwaukee Area Technical College and had aspirations of joining the U.S. Air Force, went missing shortly after a dinner date with Anderson on April 2. A passerby found a severed leg in Warnimont Park along Lake Michigan in Cudahy, Wisconsin, initiating a grim search that led to the discovery of further remains on April 5, 6, and 7. While formal identification is pending, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office expressed confidence that the remains are Robinson's. The case has drawn chilling comparisons to infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, particularly from Robinson’s mother, Sheena Scrabrough, who labeled Anderson as a "2024 Jeffrey Dahmer" on "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace." However, retired Milwaukee police Lt. Steve Spingola, who investigated Dahmer, noted that unlike Dahmer, Anderson left substantial forensic evidence and was quickly apprehended due to modern investigative technologies. "There’s a treasure trove of forensic evidence that’s left at his house. And on video cameras, and with witnesses, it’s a little bit different than with Dahmer," Spingola told NewsNation. "Remember back in 1991, we didn’t have any of that." Anderson was arrested on April 4, and is currently held on $5 million bail in Milwaukee County Jail. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, led by Sheriff Denita Ball, has indicated that they do not believe there are additional victims, but the investigation remains ongoing. Anderson’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday. This tragedy has not only shocked and saddened the community but also highlighted the potential dangers of dating and meeting new people. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office has urged anyone with information about the case to contact them through the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management or anonymously through Crime Stoppers. As the legal proceedings advance, the community and Robinson’s family await justice for a young woman whose life was tragically cut short under brutal circumstances. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/23/20249 minutes, 43 seconds
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Central Wisconsin Couple Faces Trial for Severe Child Neglect After Starving Teen

Brittany and Tristan Hull, have been formally charged and are set to stand trial after allegedly starving and severely neglecting their 15-year-old stepdaughter. The child, who weighed a mere 58 pounds upon hospital admission, has sparked a community outcry and a serious legal battle against the couple. Brittany Hull entered a not guilty plea last week to charges of chronic child neglect and causing great bodily harm. The allegations surfaced when Tristan Hull called emergency services, reporting his daughter had a severe reaction after consuming a protein shake. According to court documents, the girl was found to be severely malnourished, suffering from dehydration and bone marrow failure, conditions that hospital staff attributed to prolonged starvation and restricted water intake. During her recovery at Marshfield Medical Center, the teenager described a harrowing home life where she was isolated from eating with her siblings and subjected to a restrictive diet, including water intake of only 16 ounces a day that Brittany Hull claimed was based on internet research due to an "undiagnosed" medical condition. Medical professionals, however, found no evidence of such a condition. Further investigation into the couple’s home revealed more disturbing details. Security footage showed the girl being forced to endure harsh physical positions for extended periods and sleeping conditions that involved books taped to her mattress, forcing her to sleep uncomfortably without proper bedding. "The evidence presented in this case is profoundly unsettling," stated the prosecutor during Brittany Hull's court appearance. "This was a deliberate act of cruelty that went beyond mere neglect." Both Brittany and Tristan Hull have been held on a $1 million cash bond each since their arrests. With Tristan Hull also facing similar charges, the community and legal system are closely watching what could be a precedent-setting case of child abuse and neglect. The case has also highlighted concerns regarding the oversight of homeschool environments, as the victim was homeschooled, which allegedly allowed her mistreatment to go unnoticed for an extended period. As the legal proceedings continue, the Hulls are scheduled for pretrial conferences in June, where further details of the case will be scrutinized. The girl, now in protective care, has reportedly begun to recover and gain weight, showing improvements after being removed from her stepmother and father's care. This case serves as a grim reminder of the vulnerabilities children face and the critical importance of community and professional vigilance in protecting at-risk youth. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/23/20247 minutes, 44 seconds
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Colorado Springs Funeral Home Owners Indicted on Federal Fraud Charges Over Misuse of COVID Relief Funds

The owners of Return to Nature Funeral Home, Jon and Carie Hallford, face new federal charges after a grand jury indictment revealed extensive misuse of COVID-19 relief funds and severe mishandling of bodies dating back to at least 2019. According to U.S. Attorney's Office press release, the Hallfords are accused of engaging in fraudulent activities by lying about their financial and legal status to obtain over $880,000 in federal aid. The indictment unsealed Monday in Colorado District Court brings to light shocking allegations against the Hallfords, including giving bereaved families dry concrete instead of their loved ones' ashes and burying the wrong bodies on multiple occasions. They reportedly collected over $130,000 from families for services they never provided, such as cremations and burials. "These new federal charges underscore the severity of the Hallfords' alleged crimes and their blatant disregard for both legal standards and basic human decency," stated the press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Colorado. The charges come atop hundreds of state felony charges they already face, including corpse abuse, theft, money laundering, and forgery. The investigation into the Hallfords' operations began in October 2023 after neighbors reported a foul odor emanating from the funeral home, which Jon Hallford initially claimed was related to his taxidermy activities. However, the smell was later linked to improperly stored decaying bodies. "The situation at the funeral home was appalling and a grievous affront to the community and the families who trusted the Hallfords with their loved ones' final rites," said an investigator associated with the case. Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that the funeral home building, contaminated with various biohazards due to the decaying bodies, cannot be repurposed. A scheduled demolition is set to begin this Wednesday and is expected to last for approximately ten days. If convicted of the federal charges, the Hallfords could face up to $250,000 in fines and 20 years in prison. This case has deeply affected the Colorado Springs community, particularly the families involved, many of whom have initiated lawsuits against Return to Nature Funeral Home. "This has been an ongoing nightmare for all of us," said one family member who preferred to remain anonymous. "Knowing that there might be justice brings some solace, but it doesn't undo the pain." As the legal proceedings continue, the community seeks closure and justice for the mishandling and betrayal they have endured. The Hallfords' case is a stark reminder of the need for stringent oversight in sensitive businesses, especially those dealing with funeral services. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/22/202410 minutes, 57 seconds
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Witness to Testify Medical Examiner Initially Ruled Ellen Greenberg’s Death a Homicide

In a recent court hearing, shocking new details emerged in the long-contested death of Ellen Greenberg, whose demise in 2011 has haunted her family and baffled authorities. According to Joseph Podraza, attorney for Greenberg's parents, a key witness is prepared to testify that Ellen’s death was initially ruled a homicide by the then-Philadelphia medical examiner, Dr. Samuel Gulino. During the motion hearing before Judge Linda Carpenter in the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, Podraza disclosed that former assistant district attorney Guy D’Andrea is set to give critical testimony regarding the original investigation. D’Andrea reportedly had firsthand access to the investigation file which was largely neglected in a District Attorney’s office closet after Ellen's death was controversially deemed a suicide. “Dr. (Samuel) Gulino told D’Andrea, ‘this is a homicide,’” Podraza asserted, adding that Gulino also believed Ellen's body had been moved post-mortem. This information shocked Ellen’s mother, Sandee Greenberg, who was watching the proceedings via Zoom. "That’s the first I’ve heard of it," she remarked to PennLive. "Her death is obviously a murder." The case of Ellen Greenberg has puzzled many since that snowy January evening when the 27-year-old school teacher was found lifeless in her locked apartment in Manayunk, with 20 stab wounds. Her fiancé, Samuel Goldberg, discovered her body slumped against a kitchen cabinet—a scene initially misinterpreted by Philadelphia detectives as a suicide. The legal battle to reclassify Ellen’s death as a homicide has been strenuous and costly for her parents, Joshua and Sandee Greenberg, who have spent over half a million dollars in their 13-year fight. The ongoing civil lawsuit accuses Philadelphia detectives, medical examiner officials, and assistant district attorneys of conspiring to cover up the true nature of Ellen’s death. Judge Carpenter has allowed the Greenbergs' motion to depose D’Andrea under oath, albeit with a four-hour limit on the session and confined to his knowledge of the death investigation file and his discussions about the case. The deposition could be pivotal in the Greenbergs’ efforts to challenge a potential summary judgment motion seeking to dismiss their suit. Ellen’s case has drawn significant public and media attention, partly due to inconsistencies and questions surrounding the initial handling of her death scene and subsequent investigation. The apartment was never sealed as a crime scene and was cleaned before a thorough investigation could occur, severely hampering the collection of evidence. As the Greenbergs await further court proceedings, they also hope for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to entertain their appeal to officially change the manner of Ellen’s death from suicide to homicide. Such a ruling could potentially reopen the police investigation into the mysterious circumstances surrounding Ellen Greenberg’s tragic death. The forthcoming depositions and continued legal proceedings aim to uncover the truth and provide closure for a grieving family that has long sought justice for Ellen. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, The Karen Read Trial, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/22/20249 minutes, 42 seconds
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Bryan Kohberger Claims Alibi, Says He Was Out Driving Night of Idaho Student Murders

In a significant development in the trial of Bryan Kohberger, accused of the brutal murders of four University of Idaho students in November 2022, his defense team has filed a court document stating he was driving in areas far from the crime scene during the night of the incident. Kohberger, a former PhD student in criminology, has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin, who were fatally stabbed in an off-campus apartment. His attorney claims Kohberger was south of Pullman, Washington, and west of Moscow, Idaho, engaging in activities he frequently enjoyed, such as hiking and stargazing. "As he often did to hike and run and/or see the moon and stars," Kohberger's attorney explained in the document, emphasizing his client's routine of taking solitary late-night drives. This alibi is part of the defense's strategy to prove his whereabouts, with further substantiation expected through an expert on cell phone tower and radio frequency data. This assertion comes amidst a strict gag order that limits what can be disclosed publicly by prosecutors, defense lawyers, and attorneys representing the victims’ families and witnesses, confining statements to information already on public record. The recent filing was a required step under Idaho law, where a defendant must specify in writing their location at the time of the alleged crime and list the witnesses and evidence they will present in their defense. The judge had extended the submission deadline several times, most recently at a hearing in late February. Kohberger's not guilty plea was entered in May last year, and his public defenders have consistently highlighted his tendency to take nocturnal drives alone, which they suggest he was doing on the night of the murders. The legal proceedings have drawn national attention, with further details on Kohberger’s alibi expected to emerge following the release of discovery evidence previously requested by his defense team. The next steps in the trial will focus on examining the credibility of Kohberger’s alibi and the forthcoming expert testimony as the case continues to unfold. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/19/202414 minutes, 40 seconds
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G. Dep Defends Diddy Amid Sexual Assault Allegations, Seeks Musical Reunion

In a candid interview with Fox 5 New York on Monday, former Bad Boy Records rapper G. Dep discussed his recent release from prison, his redemption story, and his views on the mounting sexual assault allegations against music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs. G. Dep, who was released from New York State prison earlier this month after being granted clemency by Governor Kathy Hochul (pronounced-Ho-cool), expressed skepticism about the validity of the allegations against Combs. "I’m like, ‘When? When did that happen?’ You know what I mean?" the Harlem native questioned, reflecting on his time working closely with Combs in the studio. "We were in the studio for months on end with each other. So I don’t know where this is coming from." The rapper, whose real name is Trevell Coleman, urged the public to hold off on passing judgment until more information is available. “People should give people the benefit of the doubt,” he said. “If somebody just saying that you did something, you know, people can say anything.” Despite the controversies surrounding Combs, G. Dep remains hopeful about reconnecting with his former label head for future music projects. Looking directly into the camera during the interview, he made a public plea: “I got a lot of songs, bro,” he said. “I’m looking for you so we can get some type of musical situation going.” While G. Dep acknowledged that Combs did not visit him during his incarceration, he appreciated the indirect support he received. “He reached out to me inadvertently,” the rapper explained, referring to Combs' mentions of him in videos and interviews. “Like videos, a couple of interviews, I heard him shout me out. … I couldn’t expect too much from anybody—that wasn’t what type of time that was. I went in there with my own volition.” G. Dep gained fame with his 2001 single “Special Delivery,” which soared to No. 3 on the Hot Rap Songs chart and featured a star-studded remix, underscoring his significant impact on early 2000s hip-hop. As he reintegrates into society and the music industry, G. Dep's story of redemption continues to unfold, marked by his willingness to forgive and his eagerness to create new music, potentially with old partners. His comments add a complex layer to the ongoing public discourse surrounding Combs, balancing the serious nature of the allegations with a call for measured response and due process. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/19/20247 minutes, 24 seconds
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Gilgo Beach Murder Suspect's Lawyer Points Finger at Disgraced Former Police Chief During Court Proceedings

In a dramatic twist to the Gilgo Beach murder case, Rex Heuermann's defense attorney, Michael Brown, suggested outside the Suffolk County Supreme Court on Wednesday that the former police chief, James Burke, could be linked to the infamous serial killings. During the media address, Brown highlighted the alleged dubious past of Burke, who previously led the investigation into the murders. “There were numerous leads that came into the Suffolk County Police Department, suggesting that Chief Burke was involved in this," Brown claimed. Burke's criminal record includes convictions for assault, public lewdness, and unlawful solicitation. “This very checkered past and criminal activity of the chief of police who was running the investigation is problematic for us," Brown stated, pointing out that Burke had prevented FBI involvement in the case, which could have brought additional expertise to the investigation. The hearing on Wednesday was a continuation of the judicial process to sift through potential evidence in the case against Heuermann, who is accused of murdering four women over a decade ago. Their bodies were found wrapped in burlap on the desolate stretches of Gilgo Beach. Heuermann, dressed in a black suit and navy tie, was reported to be attentive during the proceedings, which involved discussions on the extensive amount of evidence, including a 12-terabyte hard drive related to nuclear DNA and digital extractions from devices seized from his residence. Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney disclosed significant progress in evidence processing: "Just today alone, we provided the Barnes missing persons investigation from the NYPD which is approximately 2,500 pages," he said, indicating the scale of the investigation. Heuermann's next court appearance is scheduled for June 18, with a strict deadline set by Judge Timothy Mazzie for all discovery materials to be submitted by the end of July. The case continues to unfold with high stakes and intense public interest, as the community seeks closure for the tragic deaths that have haunted Gilgo Beach for years. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/18/20249 minutes, 37 seconds
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Families Sue Nursing Home in Butler County Following Tragic Deaths Linked to Former Nurse in Pennsylvania

The Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is facing multiple lawsuits after two of its former patients died under suspicious circumstances, which have led to criminal charges against a former nurse, Heather Pressdee. Heather Pressdee is accused of causing the deaths of Irene Simons, 78, and Sandra Lincoln, 82, by intentionally administering lethal doses of insulin and other harmful substances during her tenure at Sunnyview and other facilities between 2020 and 2023. Pressdee's alleged misconduct has resulted in her facing criminal charges for the deaths and injuries of 22 patients, 17 of whom died. The families of Simons and Lincoln have initiated separate legal actions against Sunnyview Operating LLC, the parent company of the nursing home, and in Lincoln's case, Premier Healthcare Management, LLC is also named as a defendant. The wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Simons cites negligence and reckless behavior by Sunnyview for not only employing Pressdee despite her "alarming history of resident abuse," but also for failing to protect residents from her. After Simons’ death, Pressdee's purportedly personal gestures like sending flowers and a sympathy card were detailed in the lawsuit, contrasted starkly by her later confession to overdosing Simons with insulin. "The lawsuit includes disturbing details, such as a handwritten note by Pressdee that reads, ‘Words can’t say how sorry I am for the loss of Irene. She was one of a kind. She was an amazing women. (heart) Heather,’ shortly after her death," states the complaint. In a similar vein, the lawsuit for Lincoln alleges that Pressdee was overheard saying Lincoln "needed to die" shortly before her death. Details from the complaint highlight a chilling sequence of events where Pressdee reportedly called Lincoln’s daughter to inform her of her mother's impending death, only to later admit to intentionally attempting to hasten it via an injection of air intended to induce an air embolism. "These lawsuits aim to hold Sunnyview and its management accountable for the tragic outcomes that stemmed from systemic failures to oversee and control staff actions," stated an attorney representing the Lincoln family. Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been implicated in three lawsuits to date following a series of suspicious patient deaths linked to Pressdee's tenure at the facility. Other facilities where Pressdee worked have also faced legal actions, pointing to a broader pattern of alleged negligence and misconduct. The families of the deceased are seeking justice through damages and jury trials, hoping to spotlight the need for stringent oversight and accountability in patient care within nursing facilities. As the community reels from these revelations, the legal proceedings are keenly watched by healthcare advocates and families alike, underscoring the critical importance of trustworthy care environments for the vulnerable elderly population. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/18/202411 minutes, 16 seconds
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Wife of Former Harvard Morgue Manager Pleads Guilty to Interstate Transport of Stolen Human Remains

In a case that has sparked shock and outrage, Denise Lodge, the wife of a former Harvard Medical School morgue manager, has pleaded guilty to charges related to the theft and transportation of human remains. Lodge's guilty plea, entered on Friday, April 12, comes as part of a plea deal aimed at resolving the complex legal proceedings surrounding the case. Lodge's attorney, Hope Lefeber, revealed that her client's decision to plead guilty was influenced by her health concerns and a desire to move past the legal ordeal. Lefeber remarked, "She is very ill and wanted to put this chapter of life behind her and not have the stress of ongoing legal proceedings." The charges against Lodge stem from the actions of her husband, Cedric Lodge, who managed the morgue for the Anatomical Gifts Program at Harvard Medical School. Cedric Lodge stands accused of pilfering organs and body parts from cadavers donated for medical research and education over a four-year period, from 2018 to 2022. The stolen remains, which included heads, brains, skin, and bones, were allegedly taken without the knowledge or permission of Harvard Medical School. The shocking revelations have reverberated through the community, with families of the deceased expressing profound dismay and betrayal. Darlene Lynch, the daughter of Nick Pichowicz, a donor whose remains were among those stolen, recalled her parents' wish to donate to science to help others. Lynch expressed her family's feelings of betrayal, stating, "We feel extremely betrayed by these individuals and the school." Harvard Medical School officials condemned Cedric Lodge's actions as an "abhorrent betrayal" in a joint statement issued by George Q. Daley, dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and Edward M. Hundert, dean for Medical Education. The statement emphasized the institution's commitment to upholding the trust placed in it by donors and announced plans for an external review of the Anatomical Gift Program and morgue policies. The case has drawn attention not only to the ethical considerations surrounding the handling of human remains but also to the need for enhanced security measures and oversight within medical institutions. As the legal proceedings continue to unfold, stakeholders are grappling with the implications of this disturbing breach of trust within the medical community. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/17/202412 minutes
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Karen Read Trial: Boston Police Officer's Killing Trial Begins Amidst Divisions and Accusations

Tuesday marked the commencement of the trial in the contentious case surrounding the killing of Boston Police Officer John O’Keefe, as his girlfriend Karen Read stands accused of second-degree murder, vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and leaving the scene of a collision. The courtroom showdown, preceded by months of controversy, conspiracy theories, and allegations of a cover-up, has gripped not only the community of Canton, Massachusetts but also attracted national attention. The case, which centers on the events leading to O’Keefe’s death on January 29, 2022, has deeply divided opinions. Was O’Keefe fatally struck by Read’s black Lexus SUV, or was he beaten inside a fellow officer’s house and left outside to die in the snow? These questions have fueled heated debates among residents, leading to protests, storming of city council meetings, and intense discussions on social media platforms. As jury selection commences in Norfolk County, south of Boston, the process is complicated by the extensive publicity surrounding the case. Criminal law expert Daniel Medwed highlights the challenge, stating, “It’s fair to say a large number of people in Massachusetts know about this case.” Finding impartial jurors amidst this backdrop of public scrutiny remains a critical task. The defense, represented by attorneys Alan Jackson and David Yannetti, contends that O’Keefe was murdered inside the house and his body later placed outside, framing Read for the crime. Conversely, the prosecution alleges that an argument between the couple led to O’Keefe being struck by Read’s vehicle, after which she fled the scene. Amidst the legal proceedings, accusations of a cover-up have further complicated matters. Claims of a conspiracy involving law enforcement agencies to frame Read have been vehemently denied by Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey, who deems such allegations implausible. The case has seen its share of legal wrangling, with both sides filing motions over evidence. Prosecutors seek to introduce details from a December 2021 trip taken by the couple to Aruba, arguing it reflects strains in their relationship. Additionally, a federal probe into Read’s arrest and prosecution has been launched by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, while the Massachusetts State Police investigate a state trooper involved in the case. The community’s response has been mixed, with protests advocating for Read’s innocence and calls for police department investigations. Pretrial hearings have drawn demonstrators, prompting a courthouse buffer zone to maintain order and protect the integrity of the trial. In an intriguing twist, evidence has emerged regarding Karen Read’s search history on the night of O’Keefe’s death. Court documents reveal a Google search for the phrase, “Ho(w) long to die in cold” hours before O’Keefe was found. While this adds a layer of complexity to the case, Read’s attorney, Alan Jackson, maintains that his client is being framed. As the trial unfolds, it remains to be seen how the evidence will be weighed, and whether justice will bring closure to a case that has deeply divided a community and captured national attention. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/17/202411 minutes, 16 seconds
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Madeline Soto's Biological Father Speaks Out on Eyewitness News

In an exclusive interview with WFTV Channel 9, Madeline Soto's biological father opens up about her tragic death and disappearance, shedding light on the ongoing investigation and its impact on their family. Expressing his profound grief, Madeline's father, whose identity remains undisclosed, voices his struggle to come to terms with the loss, stating, "I miss her so much. I’m just trying to do her justice." The interview, scheduled to air on Channel 9, delves into Madeline's life and the events surrounding her disappearance, providing insight into the family's ordeal. Here's a breakdown of the key developments in Madeline Soto's case: - **Initial Disappearance:** Madeline was reported missing by her mother, Jennifer Soto, on February 26. She was last seen near Hunters Creek Middle School.   - **Prime Suspect Emerges:** Stephan Sterns, Jennifer's boyfriend, was identified as the prime suspect in Madeline's disappearance. However, no charges related to her death have been filed against him yet.   - **School Policy Changes:** Following Madeline's case, Orange County Public Schools revises its student absence notification policy to address parental concerns and enhance student safety.   - **Ongoing Investigations:** Despite extensive investigations and multiple charges against Sterns related to other offenses, including sexual battery, no one has been charged specifically in connection with Madeline Soto's death. As the community grapples with the tragic loss of Madeline Soto, questions linger, and investigations continue to unfold. Eyewitness News remains committed to providing updates on this evolving story. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/16/202413 minutes, 23 seconds
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O.J. Simpson to be Cremated, Brain Not Donated for Research, Longtime Lawyer Reveals

As some of the world mourns the passing of O.J. Simpson, new details emerge regarding the handling of his remains and his family's decisions regarding scientific research. Malcolm LaVergne, Simpson's longtime lawyer and executor of his estate, disclosed to PEOPLE that Simpson will be cremated, and contrary to speculation, his brain will not be available for study. LaVergne clarified, "His entire body, his brain, everything, his fake hips, his fake knees, everything, that all goes into the crematorium." Despite inquiries from medical centers conducting research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), LaVergne emphasized that Simpson's family firmly declined such requests. CTE is a neurodegenerative brain disease linked to repeated head injuries, prevalent among professional athletes. Symptoms of CTE encompass cognitive difficulties, depression, impulsive behavior, memory impairment, and emotional instability, among others, as outlined by the Mayo Clinic. Simpson's passing reignites attention on the infamous 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, for which he was controversially acquitted. A recent revelation highlights Simpson's substantial debt to the Goldman family, estimated at over $100 million, as reported by attorney David Cook. Cook expressed the family's long-standing frustration, asserting that Simpson evaded financial restitution despite court rulings mandating payment. LaVergne's stance regarding the estate's allocation has stirred controversy, initially advocating for the Goldman family to receive "zero, nothing." However, LaVergne expressed a softened stance in a subsequent interview with PEOPLE, suggesting a reconsideration of his earlier remarks. Simpson's family announced his passing on social media, requesting privacy and grace during their time of mourning. The post shared the news of Simpson's demise due to cancer, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. As the legal battles over Simpson's estate loom, the details surrounding his cremation and the family's refusal for brain donation reflect a poignant chapter in the controversial legacy of O.J. Simpson. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/16/202410 minutes, 54 seconds
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Former Assistant of Accused Long Island Serial Killer Speaks Out: "It's Traumatizing"

In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News, Donna Sturman, the former executive assistant of accused Long Island serial killer Rex Heuermann, has broken her silence, expressing her shock and disbelief at the accusations made against her former boss. Sturman, who worked for Heuermann from 2017 to 2018 at his architectural office in Midtown, revealed her deep-seated trauma over the revelations, stating, "It's traumatizing. It's so unbelievable." Recalling her tenure with Heuermann, Sturman highlighted the irony of DNA evidence linking him to the Gilgo Beach murders, citing a discarded piece of pizza crust she used to buy him. "It always kind of bothered me that he didn't eat the crust," she remarked. Despite her years of working closely with Heuermann, Sturman admitted she never imagined him being accused of such heinous crimes. "To me, he was always so respectful," she stated, reflecting on her perception of her former employer. Sturman vividly recounted the moment she learned of Heuermann's arrest last summer, describing the shock and surreal experience of seeing his name associated with the allegations. "Honestly, it was like moving in slow motion," she recalled. Even witnessing the surveillance footage of Heuermann's arrest, his subsequent mugshot, and court appearances left Sturman overwhelmed. "It's seriously traumatizing," she emphasized. Reflecting on her decision to work for Heuermann despite initial misgivings, Sturman revealed financial difficulties led her to accept the position. However, she never imagined the magnitude of the situation she would find herself in years later. Sturman also shed light on her labor dispute with Heuermann, stating he never paid her overtime or vacation time. Despite filing a complaint with the New York State Department of Labor and winning a judgment of $20,000 in lost wages, Heuermann has failed to pay her to this day. While Eyewitness News reached out to Heuermann's attorney regarding the unpaid wages, they declined to comment on the matter, leaving Sturman still grappling with the aftermath of her association with the accused serial killer. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/15/20248 minutes, 36 seconds
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University Student Confesses to Brutal Stabbing of Mother, Authorities Say

In a shocking and tragic turn of events, Emmanuel Espinoza, a 21-year-old pre-med student at the University of Florida, has been charged with first-degree murder in the brutal stabbing death of his mother, Elvia Espinoza, in Frostproof, Florida. The incident, described by authorities as an inexplicable act of violence, has left the community reeling in disbelief. According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, the harrowing attack occurred on Saturday afternoon when Emmanuel visited his mother's home for a family event. Despite appearing calm and composed, Emmanuel's actions were chillingly premeditated, as he arrived at the house with a small knife hidden behind his back and playing music through his AirPods. "His beautiful mother, who was so excited to see her son, opened the door. The second she opened the door, he charged in and started stabbing her," Sheriff Judd recounted. Emmanuel allegedly stabbed his mother over 70 times, relentlessly attacking her until she succumbed to her injuries. In a perplexing confession to detectives, Emmanuel revealed that his motive for the murder stemmed from years of pent-up frustration with his mother. Despite professing love for her, he admitted to harboring a deep-seated resentment, claiming that she had consistently irritated him over the years. "We talked to him and he confessed. He said, 'You know, I have wanted to kill my mother for many, many years because she got on my nerves,'" Sheriff Judd stated. "He really loved her, but she irritated him and he made up his mind today on his way from Gainesville that he would murder her, and that’s exactly what he did."  Emmanuel told detectives that he had cut his hand in the stabbing. When he went to the kitchen sink to wash his hands and the knife, "he wanted to ask his mother for the Neosporin for the cut on his hand, but he noticed she was dead," Judd said. Emmanuel's confession sent shockwaves through the community, as Elvia Espinoza was widely regarded as a devoted mother and beloved second-grade teacher at Ben Hill Griffin Elementary. Her sudden and tragic death has left her colleagues and students devastated. "Her students and colleagues greatly loved her, and her sudden, unexpected death is a devastating loss," Polk County Public Schools expressed in a statement. The senseless act of violence has left authorities grappling for answers, as Emmanuel had no history of drug or alcohol abuse, mental health issues, or prior criminal record. Described as introverted and quiet, Emmanuel was a valedictorian at his high school and was regarded as a genius by those who knew him. As the investigation unfolds, the community mourns the loss of Elvia Espinoza, a dedicated educator and cherished mother, whose life was tragically cut short in a senseless act of violence perpetrated by her own son. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/15/20248 minutes, 56 seconds
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O.J. Simpson, Acquitted in Sensational Murder Trial, Dies at 76

The enigmatic and controversial figure of O.J. Simpson, whose life journey spanned from athletic glory to legal infamy, has come to an end with his passing at the age of 76 due to prostate cancer, confirmed by his family on Wednesday. Simpson's death marks the closure of a tumultuous chapter in American history that was dominated by his high-profile murder trial and subsequent legal battles. Renowned as a football star and Hollywood actor, Simpson's legacy was forever altered by the tragic events of June 1994, when his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, were brutally slain in Los Angeles. The ensuing trial, famously dubbed the "trial of the century," captivated the nation's attention, sparking debates on race, celebrity justice, and police conduct. Despite overwhelming evidence against him, including blood drops and a glove found at the crime scene, Simpson was acquitted of murder in a dramatic courtroom verdict in 1995. However, a subsequent civil trial held him liable for the deaths and ordered him to pay $33.5 million to the victims' families, casting a shadow over his acquittal and perpetuating public fascination with his case. Simpson's life continued to be marred by legal troubles, culminating in a 2008 conviction for armed robbery and other felonies related to a confrontation in a Las Vegas hotel room. Despite serving nine years in prison, Simpson remained defiant upon his release in 2017, maintaining his innocence and asserting that he was merely attempting to retrieve stolen sports memorabilia. Throughout his life, Simpson's persona transcended racial and societal barriers, earning him adulation as a football legend and cultural icon. Yet, his achievements were overshadowed by the specter of controversy and legal battles, leaving a complex and divisive legacy that continues to intrigue the public. In the aftermath of Simpson's death, reactions have been mixed, reflecting the enduring impact of his life and legal saga. While some mourn his passing, others remain critical of his actions and the unresolved questions surrounding the tragic deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. As the nation reflects on the life and legacy of O.J. Simpson, his story serves as a cautionary tale of fame, fortune, and the complexities of justice in modern America. While his trials may have ended, the debates and discussions sparked by his tumultuous life are likely to endure for years to come, ensuring that his legacy remains a subject of fascination and controversy in the annals of American history. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/12/202412 minutes, 2 seconds
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Nicolae Miu Convicted of Reckless Homicide in Apple River Stabbing Case

Following a tense and emotional trial, Nicolae Miu, 54, has been convicted of first-degree reckless homicide for the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Isaac Schuman at the Apple River in western Wisconsin in 2022. The verdict, delivered by a St. Croix County jury, marks a significant development in a case that has gripped the community since the tragic confrontation unfolded. The jury, consisting of six men and six women, also found Miu guilty on four counts of recklessly endangering safety for his actions against four other individuals involved in the altercation, as well as one count of battery. Miu had argued that he acted in self-defense, but prosecutors pursued higher charges, including first-degree intentional homicide. Defense attorney Aaron Nelson expressed surprise and "respectful disappointment" at the verdict, highlighting the subjective nature of self-defense claims. Nelson remarked, "In many ways, self-defense is a community standard. And it's very dependent upon which group of 12 people within the community you ask." The trial featured emotional testimony and evidence, with key moments punctuated by prosecutor Karl Anderson's assertions that Miu "snapped" and stabbed Schuman out of anger. Conversely, defense attorney Corey Chirafisi argued that Miu felt frightened, trapped, and vulnerable following significant health challenges, including a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery in 2020. Critical to the trial was video evidence capturing the confrontation, which jurors reviewed extensively. The footage, beginning with Miu's interaction with Madison Coen, depicted the escalation of tensions leading to the violent altercation. Miu appeared visibly distressed as the video showcased the moments of the confrontation, which resulted in tragic consequences. Schuman, a resident of Stillwater, was fatally stabbed during the altercation, which also left Alexander Martin, Dante Carlson, Anthony Carlson, Rhyley Mattison, and Madison Coen injured. The jury's deliberations, which began Wednesday afternoon, concluded Thursday morning with the delivery of the verdict. The conviction of Nicolae Miu brings a measure of closure to a community still reeling from the senseless violence that unfolded at the Apple River. As legal proceedings progress, the impact of this tragic incident continues to resonate, serving as a reminder of the importance of accountability and justice in the face of such profound loss. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/12/202419 minutes, 13 seconds
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Chad Daybell Murder Trial Opens With Claims of Obsession and Premonitions

The highly anticipated trial of Chad Daybell commenced on April 10, shedding light on the grim events surrounding the deaths of his former wife Tammy Daybell and Lori Vallow's two children, Joshua "J.J." Vallow and Tylee Ryan. The proceedings, streamed live from Boise, Idaho, painted a chilling picture of alleged obsession and premonitions that prosecutors argue drove Chad's actions. During the opening statements, Madison County Prosecuting Attorney Rob Wood set the tone by accusing Chad of an "obsession" with Lori Vallow and making repeated predictions about Tammy's untimely demise. Wood underscored the sequence of events, emphasizing the suspicious circumstances surrounding Tammy's death in their marital bed just days before Chad married Lori. Wood emphasized, "More than anything else, Chad's obsession with Lori was rooted in her adoration for him." Prosecutors contended that Chad's motivations revolved around sex, money, and power, alleging that he sought to remove "obstacles" in his pursuit of a life with Lori, including Tammy and Lori's children. Wood asserted, "Tammy Daybell, a vivacious, happy mother, was another individual labeled as a dark spirit to be removed." The trial revisited the grim discoveries made in June 2020 when the remains of J.J. and Tylee were found on Chad's property, buried in disturbing circumstances. J.J. was wrapped in plastic and bound by duct tape, while Tylee was dismembered and burned. The children had last been seen in September 2019, but their disappearance was not reported until months later. Wood reiterated the prosecution's stance, stating, "Two dead children buried in this defendant's backyard." Chad's trial marks a continuation of legal proceedings that began with Lori Vallow's conviction in July 2023 for the murders of her children and Tammy. Despite the life sentence handed to Lori, Chad now faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted on all charges, including first-degree murder, insurance fraud, and grand theft. The case has drawn widespread attention due to its connection to a small doomsday cult, allegedly centered around Chad and Lori's beliefs. Prosecutors previously suggested that the couple's involvement in this cult led to the elimination of individuals deemed to have "dark spirits." As the trial unfolds, the community awaits further revelations regarding the disturbing chain of events that culminated in the tragic deaths of J.J., Tylee, and Tammy, shedding light on the alleged motivations and actions of Chad Daybell. In conclusion, the trial's opening statements set a somber tone, revealing a narrative of obsession, premonitions, and alleged pursuit of a life rooted in darkness, leaving the courtroom and observers alike gripped by the unfolding saga of the Daybell case. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/11/202410 minutes, 59 seconds
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Prosecutors Allege Alec Baldwin's Behavior Contributed to Safety Issues Leading to Fatal 'Rust' Shooting

In a recent legal development, special prosecutors in New Mexico have asserted that actor Alec Baldwin's actions on the set of the movie "Rust" played a significant role in creating safety compromises that ultimately led to the tragic shooting incident claiming the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in 2021. Responding to a motion filed by Baldwin's legal team in March seeking to dismiss the indictment against him, prosecutors detailed their case, alleging Baldwin's changing narrative and lack of emotional control during filming contributed to unsafe conditions on set. According to a copy of the response obtained by CNN, prosecutors stated that Baldwin's behavior, including demands for a faster pace of work and frequent outbursts directed at crew members, compromised safety standards on the "Rust" set. Witnesses purportedly testified that Baldwin's conduct created an environment conducive to safety lapses. Furthermore, the filing pointed out Baldwin's role as a producer on the film and accused him of overlooking the inexperience and overwhelmed nature of the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in March. Prosecutors argued that Baldwin's disregard for safety concerns, coupled with Gutierrez Reed's negligence, proved fatal for Hutchins. In addition to criticizing Baldwin's on-set behavior, prosecutors took issue with his public statements following the incident, accusing him of attempting to manipulate public opinion. Baldwin's legal team, however, has vehemently contested the charges against him, denouncing the indictment as an abuse of the legal system. In their March filing, they argued that Baldwin had been unfairly subjected to public scrutiny for over two years and called for the dismissal of the charges against him. The shooting incident on the set of "Rust" occurred during a scene rehearsal when a gun held by Baldwin discharged a live round, resulting in Hutchins' death and injuring director Joel Souza. Baldwin pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in January, and the legal proceedings continue to unfold amid intense scrutiny and debate surrounding the case. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/11/20247 minutes, 9 seconds
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Parents of Oxford High School Shooter Sentenced to 10-15 Years for Involuntary Manslaughter

In a landmark ruling, James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of the Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, were each sentenced to 10-15 years in prison for their role in failing to prevent the tragic shooting that claimed the lives of four students in 2021. Appearing at the Oakland County Court, the Crumbleys sat close together but barely exchanged glances as their attorneys argued for lesser sentences. Impact statements from relatives of the victims, Madisyn Baldwin, Hana St. Juliana, Tate Myre, and Justin Shilling, were delivered before sentencing. "The ripple effects of both James and Jennifer's failures to act have devastated us all," expressed Justin's mother, Jill Soave, highlighting the anguish felt by the victims' families. This case marks the first instance in U.S. history where parents have been convicted for their alleged role in a mass school shooting. During the sentencing, Jennifer Crumbley spoke of her anguish since the tragic event, while James Crumbley became emotional, expressing empathy for the victims' families. However, defense attorneys argued for lesser sentences, citing time served and the absence of intent. Judge Cheryl Matthews emphasized the Crumbleys' failure to address concerns about their son's behavior, stating, "Opportunity knocked over and over again, louder and louder, and was ignored." Her decision reflects the gravity of their negligence in preventing the tragedy. Relatives of the victims recounted their pain and loss, expressing deep-seated resentment towards the Crumbleys. "The lack of compassion you've shown is outright disgusting," remarked Nicole Beausoleil, mother of Madisyn Baldwin, addressing Jennifer Crumbley directly. Others reflected on the irreplaceable void left by the loss of their loved ones. Steve St. Juliana, father of Hana St. Juliana, expressed his conviction that the Crumbleys deserved long sentences, emphasizing the enduring anguish caused by their actions. The sentencing marks a pivotal moment in the aftermath of the devastating school shooting, underscoring the importance of accountability and justice for the victims and their families. The Crumbleys were also ordered not to contact the victims' families, with considerations for a no-contact order between them and their son, Ethan Crumbley. The judge indicated that Ethan and James Crumbley would likely be housed separately within the Michigan Department of Corrections. As the community grapples with the aftermath of the tragedy, the sentencing of the Crumbleys serves as a stark reminder of the profound impact of their actions and the ongoing quest for healing and closure. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/10/20247 minutes, 21 seconds
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Gypsy Rose Blanchard, Nose Job, Divorce and Ex-Ex Boyfriend Returns

In the midst of personal upheaval, Gypsy Rose Blanchard, the infamous figure of true crime notoriety, recently underwent rhinoplasty and septoplasty surgery, marking another chapter in her journey post-prison. TMZ exclusively obtained the initial glimpse into her recovery, capturing Blanchard adorned with bandages veiling her transformed nose, following the $5,000 procedure. Blanchard's decision to undergo cosmetic surgery was not without its motivations. Expressing a desire for a more feminine appearance, the surgery aimed to rectify her nasal structure. In an interview with People, Blanchard disclosed her post-surgery challenges, citing difficulty breathing through her bandaged nose, with anticipation for their removal scheduled on Wednesday 4/10 (today). This surgical endeavor unfolds against a backdrop of personal turmoil for Blanchard, as news of her separation from husband Ryan Scott Anderson reverberated across social media. Taking to her private Facebook account, Blanchard candidly disclosed the development, underscoring her shift towards self-discovery. "Unfortunately, my husband and I are going through a separation," she wrote, seeking solace in the embrace of family and friends as she embarks on this new chapter. In a twist of fate, Blanchard's separation reignited connections from her past, notably with ex-fiancé Ken Urker, further complicating the narrative of her post-prison life. Despite her marital strife, Blanchard's public appearance alongside Urker reflects a journey fraught with complexities, echoing the tumultuous dynamics explored in her prior docuseries. Indeed, Blanchard's upcoming project, "Gypsy Rose: Life After Lock Up," set to premiere on June 3, promises a candid exploration of her post-prison existence. As she navigates the intricacies of relationships and identity in the public eye, Blanchard's story continues to captivate audiences, offering a nuanced portrayal of life beyond the confines of incarceration. In the wake of surgical transformation and personal upheaval, Gypsy Rose Blanchard emerges as a figure emblematic of resilience and reinvention, poised to confront the challenges that lie ahead with unwavering determination. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/10/202412 minutes, 11 seconds
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Flashback Story-50 Cent Accuses Diddy Of Orchestrating 2Pac's Murder

Rapper 50 Cent, a figure known for courting controversy, has delivered perhaps his most explosive revelation yet. In a recent social media post, the influential G-Unit founder pointed an accusatory finger at Sean "Diddy" Combs, insinuating the mogul's role in the assassination of hip-hop legend Tupac "2Pac" Shakur.    Taking to Instagram on October 9, 50 Cent's post was not one to be ignored. He shared an evocative photo of Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight from the night of the fatal drive-by shooting in 1996, captioned with words hinting at Diddy's alleged involvement. "Damn so pac got lined by brother love,” he wrote, making a reference to Diddy's R&B alias. Further adding fuel to the fire, 50 Cent also advised Combs to “lawyer up” stating, "LOL Time to Lawyer up, shit might get sticky.”    The 2Pac mystery, dating back to September 7, 1996, has been a haunting chapter in hip-hop's storied history. On that fateful night, Shakur was brutally attacked with multiple bullets, leading to his tragic death less than a week later. Suge Knight, who was with Shakur at the time, miraculously survived with a non-fatal wound to the head.    Amidst the swirling rumors and theories about 2Pac's death, the involvement of Diddy, the head of Bad Boy Records, has long been a topic of debate, especially given the well-documented tension between Death Row and Bad Boy Records. Although Diddy has been a repeated subject of these speculations, it's important to note that he has never been arrested or formally charged in relation to the crime. Furthermore, Diddy has consistently and forcefully denied any association with Shakur's murder.    Fueling this ongoing firestorm are statements made by Duane “Keefe D” Davis during a 2008 police confession. Davis, who was charged with Shakur's long-standing unsolved murder last month, has made some significant admissions. The 60-year-old former South Side Compton Crip purported that he and Diddy once deliberated over a $1 million bounty to eliminate both Shakur and Knight. This alleged discussion supposedly occurred in Greenblatt’s Deli, Los Angeles, where Diddy supposedly expressed his desire to “get rid of them dudes.”    However, in an unexpected twist, Keefe D later claimed that the proposed $500,000 payment, supposedly from Diddy for carrying out the act, was never delivered to the South Side Compton Crips. Authorities have long believed Shakur's killing was a result of retaliation against Keefe D's nephew, Orlando Anderson, who had a prior altercation with Shakur. Anderson, implicated by Keefe D as the man behind the trigger, lost his life in an unrelated gang altercation in 1998.    Lending more credibility to the cloud of speculations around Diddy's rumored involvement, Ma$e, an ex-Bad Boy artist, made cryptic remarks on his sports talk show, "It Is What It Is." While discussing Keefe D's recent arrest, Ma$e made sly references, hinting at Diddy's potential involvement.    However, one voice of reason amidst the maelstrom of accusations and speculations is that of Greg Kading, a retired LAPD detective. Having spent significant time investigating Shakur's death, Kading opined that the probability of Diddy facing any charges is marginal. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Kading elucidated the need for irrefutable witnesses who can pinpoint Diddy's alleged solicitation or payment, a challenge that seems far-fetched. The retired detective also emphasized his belief that Diddy isn't a killer, stating, "Puffy’s not built like Suge Knight, and I don’t think Puffy was truly intentionally trying to get either 2Pac or Suge killed.”    With 50 Cent's bold accusations, the tragic saga of Tupac Shakur's untimely death has once again been thrust into the limelight. Only time will tell if these renewed conversations and speculations will finally lead to the unmasking of the truth behind one of hip-hop's most enduring mysteries. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/9/202412 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Infamous Kouri Richins TV Interview Before Her Arrest For Murder

Kouri Richins, a Utah-based author and mother of three, has been charged with aggravated murder and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute in connection to her husband, Eric Richins' death in 2022. Family members voiced suspicions about Kouri's involvement in Eric's death, noting that he had feared she might harm him. According to court documents, Eric became ill on multiple occasions after consuming food or drinks provided by Kouri, culminating in his death due to a fentanyl overdose in March 2022. Investigators discovered messages on Kouri's phone with an individual from whom she obtained prescription pain medication, including fentanyl. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/9/202421 minutes, 4 seconds
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New Lawsuit Accuses Sean "Diddy" Combs' Son of Sexual Assault on Yacht In 2022

Another lawsuit has been filed against Sean "Diddy" Combs, this time accusing his son, Christian Combs, of sexual assault on a chartered yacht trip. The lawsuit, filed by Grace O'Marcaigh, alleges disturbing events that unfolded during what was marketed as a family excursion but allegedly turned into a harrowing experience. According to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, O'Marcaigh claims she was sexually assaulted by Christian Combs, son of the music mogul, while working on a chartered yacht trip towards the end of 2022. The suit paints a grim picture of an environment that devolved into one of excess and debauchery, far removed from the wholesome outing it was purported to be. O'Marcaigh, who worked as a steward on the yacht, alleges that she witnessed a continuous cycle of partying and drug use involving a rotation of celebrities and suspected sex workers. She alleges that the atmosphere became increasingly concerning, with women exhibiting signs of distress after consuming what she believed to be spiked drinks. The lawsuit details the events leading up to the alleged assault, claiming that Christian Combs, heavily intoxicated, made unwelcome advances towards O'Marcaigh, pressuring her to consume alcohol. O'Marcaigh asserts that she felt the effects of the drink rapidly and suspected it had been tampered with. As the situation escalated, O'Marcaigh alleges that Christian Combs groped her and attempted to coerce her into performing sexual acts. The lawsuit includes audio recordings purportedly capturing the distressing encounter, with O'Marcaigh audibly declining Christian's advances. Following the alleged assault, O'Marcaigh asserts that she suffered severe mental and physical repercussions, including anxiety, panic attacks, and seizures. Despite her complaints to the yacht's captain, she claims her allegations were not taken seriously, leading to further mistreatment and eventual termination from her job. Attorneys representing O'Marcaigh emphasized her courage in coming forward and hoped that her story would encourage others to speak out against similar injustices. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for the harm inflicted upon O'Marcaigh. Sean Combs, who has faced a barrage of similar allegations in recent times, denies all accusations against him and his son. Representatives for Christian and Sean Combs did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the latest lawsuit. The filing of this lawsuit adds to the growing legal troubles surrounding Sean "Diddy" Combs and his family, further underscoring the urgent need for accountability and justice in cases of alleged sexual assault and misconduct. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/8/202412 minutes, 24 seconds
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Courtroom Clash Over Survey Delays Decision on Kohberger Trial Venue

A contentious debate unfolded in Latah County's courtroom on Thursday, as legal representatives clashed over a survey conducted by Bryan Kohberger's defense team. The survey, intended to assess potential juror bias, has prompted accusations of breaching a nondissemination order and influencing public opinion. Bryan Kohberger, the 29-year-old suspect charged with the first-degree murders of four University of Idaho students in 2022, and his legal counsel faced off against state prosecutors in a heated courtroom session. The crux of the argument revolved around the legality and implications of the survey conducted by Kohberger's defense team. The defense team, represented by Anne Taylor, revealed that they commissioned a survey firm to contact approximately 400 local residents. Their aim was to gauge the potential for securing an impartial jury, a task they deemed impossible in the town where the tragic murders occurred. Taylor highlighted the necessity of expanding the jury pool and exploring alternative trial venues. However, Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson voiced concerns over the survey's content, claiming it included highly specific questions that could prejudice potential jurors. Thompson cited instances where residents were asked detailed questions about the case, potentially introducing false information that could portray Kohberger negatively. In response, Taylor defended the survey as a common practice in high-profile cases, emphasizing that the questions were crafted based on media coverage and were not intended to inject biased information. She outlined the advantages of conducting surveys in Ada County and other Southeast Idaho counties, citing larger jury pools and better logistical arrangements. The presiding judge, Judge John Judge, opted to delay a ruling on the matter until a second hearing scheduled for April 10th, allowing both parties to further discuss the survey's implications. Until then, the survey remains paused, pending the judge's decision. Bryan Kohberger stands accused of the murders of Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Madison Mogen, who were found stabbed in a home near the University of Idaho campus in November 2022. Kohberger, who was arrested in Pennsylvania one month later, awaits trial in the Latah County Jail. The state of Idaho has previously filed intent to seek the death penalty against Kohberger, whose trial date is yet to be set. The courtroom clash underscores the complexities surrounding Kohberger's trial, with legal battles extending beyond the confines of the courtroom as both sides maneuver to secure a fair and impartial trial venue amidst heightened public scrutiny. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on The Downfall of Diddy, Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/8/202412 minutes, 24 seconds
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Colorado Finally Moves to Tighten Regulations on Funeral Homes After Scandals

The shocking revelation in February regarding Miles Harford, a former funeral home owner accused of keeping a woman's corpse in a hearse for nearly two years and mishandling the cremated remains of over 30 individuals, sent shockwaves across Colorado. As the state grapples with the aftermath of this disturbing case, a new bill aims to overhaul regulations in the funeral industry. Colorado, the only state in the nation lacking licensing requirements for funeral home operators, has been under scrutiny following several high-profile incidents. From the discovery of nearly 200 human remains in an abandoned Penrose funeral home to the sale of hundreds of body parts by an unchecked Montrose funeral home, the state's lax regulations have come under intense scrutiny. The proposed legislation, Senate Bill 24-137, unanimously passed the Colorado Senate Committee on Business, Labor and Technology on March 26, signaling a pivotal moment in the state's efforts to address funeral home mismanagement. The bipartisan bill is now headed to the Senate Finance Committee for further review. If enacted, the bill would establish stringent mandates for operating a funeral home in Colorado. Funeral directors would be required to graduate from an accredited mortuary science school, pass the industry's standard National Board Exam (NBE), and complete a one-year apprenticeship. Similar educational and certification requirements would apply to other positions within funeral homes, including mortuary science practitioners, embalmers, cremationists, and natural reductionists. While the bill has garnered broad support, concerns have been raised, particularly by funeral home operators who lack formal licensing but have operated in the industry for years without incident. However, the bill includes provisions for grandfathering in existing practitioners, subject to specific requirements and oversight. Under the proposed legislation, licenses for funeral industry professionals would be subject to renewal and would require ongoing education to ensure compliance with evolving standards. The bill also outlines disciplinary measures, including license suspension or revocation, for non-compliance or misconduct. As Colorado takes steps to tighten regulations in the funeral industry, the bill reflects a commitment to protecting the dignity of the deceased and restoring public trust in funeral home operations. With bipartisan support and a clear mandate for reform, the state aims to prevent future tragedies and ensure accountability within the mortuary science profession. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/5/202414 minutes, 6 seconds
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Investigation into Death of Madeline Soto Stirs Controversy Over Limited Information

More than a month has passed since the tragic discovery of Madeline Soto's lifeless body in rural Osceola County, just days after the 13-year-old girl was reported missing from Kissimmee. As questions linger and concerns grow, authorities have kept a tight lid on details surrounding the case, leaving many puzzled and frustrated. In a recent conversation with FOX 35 News, State Attorney Andrew Bain shed light on the reasoning behind the limited disclosure of information. Bain expressed concerns that an overflow of details could potentially jeopardize the trial by swaying public opinion and necessitating a relocation of proceedings. "The integrity of our cases depends on that information not being readily available," Bain explained. "We want to have a fair trial, determined by the people of our circuit, without the influence of outside factors." Despite intense scrutiny, the prime suspect in Madeline's case, Stephan Sterns, remains uncharged in her homicide. Sterns, who is the boyfriend of Madeline's mother, faces a barrage of charges related to alleged sex crimes, including multiple counts of sexual battery on a child under 12 and possession of child pornography. Since his relocation from the Orange County jail to the Osceola County jail, Sterns has opted out of his first appearance and arraignment. Additionally, he has chosen to exercise his right to counsel and has refrained from cooperation with the ongoing investigation, according to Kissimmee Police Chief Betty Holland. As the community awaits justice for Madeline, a pretrial hearing has been scheduled for April 24, preceding the trial commencement on May 13. Despite the veil of secrecy surrounding the case, Madeline's memory remains a poignant reminder of the need for diligence and transparency in the pursuit of justice. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/5/20248 minutes, 22 seconds
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Florida Teacher Fatally Shot by Estranged Husband in Front of Children in Apparent Murder-Suicide

In a tragic turn of events, a Florida teacher, Jamie Felix, met her untimely demise when her estranged husband, Ray Felix, carried out a horrifying act of violence before taking his own life in front of their children. The devastating incident unfolded when Ray, 60, approached Jamie and their two kids at a local business, donned in a disguise, and forcibly ushered them into a rental car. Port St. Lucie police revealed that inside the vehicle, Ray confronted Jamie, 45, regarding their impending divorce, subjecting her to immense fear and coercion. As the distressing situation escalated, Jamie was compelled to send a suspicious email to her coworkers at Manatee K-8 School, triggering immediate concern among her colleagues. The swift response from Jamie's coworkers prompted them to alert law enforcement authorities, setting off a series of events that would end in tragedy. Port St. Lucie police swiftly tracked Jamie Felix's car to West Palm Beach, only to receive a harrowing update from local authorities indicating that the couple had succumbed to an apparent murder-suicide. The heart-wrenching turn of events has left the community reeling in shock and sorrow. Port St. Lucie Police Chief Richard Del Toro conveyed the collective grief felt by the community, emphasizing the profound impact of the inexplicable tragedy on Jamie's family, friends, colleagues, and students. He issued a poignant reminder of the grave perils posed by domestic violence, urging anyone experiencing such circumstances to seek immediate assistance from law enforcement. According to reports cited by WPBF, Ray Felix fatally shot Jamie at a motel parking lot in West Palm Beach in front of their children, before proceeding to a rental car facility. Confronted by officers, Ray chose to end his own life, leaving behind a trail of devastation and despair. The grim turn of events underscores the urgent need for heightened awareness and intervention in cases of domestic violence. Jamie Felix's tragic fate serves as a stark reminder of the profound consequences of unchecked aggression and abuse within intimate relationships, leaving behind shattered lives and grieving hearts. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/4/202410 minutes, 14 seconds
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Drew Peterson Speaks Out from Prison: 'My Conscience is Clear'

After more than ten years behind bars, Drew Peterson, the former Bolingbrook cop convicted of murdering his third wife Kathleen Savio, has opened up about life in prison and his ongoing legal battles in an exclusive interview with NewsNation's Ashleigh Banfield. Despite once exuding an infamous swagger, Peterson now shows visible signs of age and strain, navigating the prison grounds with a cane and acknowledging the toll incarceration has taken on him. "Being incarcerated weighs on you – it beats you up," Peterson confessed during the interview, revealing a more subdued demeanor than his previous self. In a candid discussion, Peterson attributed his conviction to his personality rather than concrete evidence. "People don’t like me. I’m obnoxious," he admitted. Referring to the media frenzy surrounding his case and the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy, Peterson acknowledged his unconventional behavior, stating, "People want to believe that I killed someone. Think about it: A policeman killing his wives? That’s juicy." Despite the gravity of his situation, Peterson maintains his innocence in both Kathleen Savio's death and Stacy's disappearance. He insists that Stacy left after discovering his infidelity, a claim that has been widely scrutinized by law enforcement and the public. In a surprising revelation, Peterson disclosed that his children, including those from his marriages to Kathleen and Stacy, have never broached the subject of their mothers' deaths or disappearances. "We’ve never discussed it one way or the other," he stated, emphasizing the family's avoidance of the topic. When questioned about his motivations for speaking out, particularly regarding his children, Peterson remained steadfast in his conviction. "My conscience is clear so how I can clear it any more?" he declared. Despite the media attention and speculation surrounding his case, Peterson expressed a desire to fade into obscurity, fearing further accusations and charges. "I’d rather be forgotten," he asserted. "Forget me." As Peterson fights for a new trial, claiming ineffective counsel, his legal battles continue to unfold. Amidst a war of words with his former attorney, who hinted at breaking attorney-client privilege, Peterson remains resolute in his pursuit of justice, determined to clear his name and reclaim his freedom. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/4/20249 minutes, 9 seconds
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Young Girls Charged with Murder After Vicious Assault on Disabled Man in D.C.

In a startling development, three girls, aged 12 and 13, have been charged with second-degree murder following the death of a 64-year-old disabled man in Washington, D.C. The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced the arrests, shedding light on the harrowing events of October 17, 2023. During court proceedings, judges dismissed a first-degree murder charge against the girls, citing a lack of conclusive evidence. Despite this setback, the gravity of the charges underscores the severity of the incident and its impact on the community. "Horrific" video footage presented during the hearings provided a glimpse into the brutal assault on Reggie Brown. According to reports, the one-minute clip captured the girls chasing Brown into an alley, where they subjected him to a vicious attack. "He's leaking," one of the girls cheered in the video, referring to Brown's head bleeding, as reported by The Washington Post. The disturbing nature of the assault left investigators and court officials deeply troubled by its senseless violence. During his testimony, homicide detective Harry Singleton painted a grim picture of Brown's vulnerabilities, highlighting his disabilities and mental health struggles. Singleton's account underscored the tragic circumstances surrounding Brown's death and the need for accountability. In a poignant statement to NBC Washington, Brown's niece expressed profound grief over her uncle's untimely demise. "My uncle really didn’t deserve this," she lamented. "He was known in this community for years, so for this to happen where he lived for 64 [years] is insane." Despite the gravity of the charges, the three girls, whose identities remain undisclosed due to their juvenile status, have pleaded not guilty. They are currently held in custody at the D.C. Youth Services Center as legal proceedings continue. As the case unfolds, the community grapples with shock and sorrow over the tragic loss of Brown's life, renewing calls for measures to address youth violence and ensure justice for the victim and his family. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/3/202412 minutes, 3 seconds
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Chad Daybell's Trial Begins with Intensive Jury Selection Process

As the trial of Chad Guy Daybell began on Monday, the courtroom brimmed with anticipation, marking a significant chapter in the ongoing saga of the 2019 murders of Lori Vallow Daybell's children, Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan, along with the death of Chad's late wife, Tammy Daybell. Following Lori Vallow Daybell's conviction and life sentence last year, Chad Daybell now faces the weight of justice, with charges of conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder looming over him. The trial carries added gravity due to the potential imposition of the death penalty, setting a somber tone for the legal proceedings ahead. The pivotal phase of jury selection, anticipated to span two weeks, underscores the paramount importance of securing impartial jurors capable of discerning both guilt and potential punishment. Legal analyst Greg Skordas emphasizes the necessity of jurors willing to abide by the principles of the law, particularly regarding the death penalty, amidst the intense public scrutiny surrounding the case. Skordas explains the challenges of maintaining impartiality amidst the case's notoriety, stressing the imperative of jurors untainted by previous trial proceedings. Amidst public opinion and lingering questions, the court hopes to uphold the sanctity of due process, ensuring a fair trial for Chad Daybell. Prosecutors are poised to present a comprehensive case, carefully detailing the charges against Daybell and substantiating their pursuit of the death penalty. Skordas anticipates an exhaustive presentation, akin to leaving "no stone unturned," underscoring the gravity of the allegations and the pursuit of justice for the victims. In contrast to Lori Vallow Daybell's trial, where no witnesses were called, Chad Daybell's defense plans to present witnesses and experts, signaling a departure from previous legal strategies. This marked difference underscores the unique complexities of Chad Daybell's case and the nuanced defense strategies employed. With an estimated trial duration of eight to twelve weeks, Chad Daybell's trial promises to be a lengthy legal ordeal, delving into the intricate details of the case and scrutinizing every facet of the evidence presented. In the event of a guilty verdict, the trial will enter a second penalty phase, wherein the jury will deliberate on the appropriate punishment, further prolonging the legal proceedings. As Chad Daybell's trial unfolds, the eyes of the nation remain fixed on the courtroom, awaiting the culmination of a gripping legal saga fraught with tragedy and intrigue. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/3/202411 minutes, 9 seconds
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Alex Murdaugh Sentenced to 40 Years in Federal Prison for Financial Crimes

Former attorney Alex Murdaugh faced another chapter of justice as he received a 40-year federal prison sentence for his involvement in financial crimes. This verdict, handed down amidst his existing life sentence for the murders of his wife and son, marks a significant legal conclusion to his tumultuous saga. In a courtroom presided over by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel, Murdaugh was condemned for exploiting his legal position to defraud clients and his law firm over nearly two decades. Judge Gergel, in delivering the sentence, emphasized the egregious nature of Murdaugh's offenses, highlighting how he preyed upon society's most vulnerable. The federal sentence, which runs concurrently with a 27-year state prison term, solidifies a total of 40 years behind bars for Murdaugh, contingent upon any successful appeals in his murder cases. Prosecutors, seeking a harsher penalty, raised concerns about Murdaugh's incomplete disclosure of stolen funds and implicated another attorney in his illicit activities. Throughout the proceedings, Murdaugh expressed remorse for his actions, attributing his behavior to a decades-long battle with opioid addiction. However, both the judge and prosecutors remained skeptical of his claims, citing the intricate nature of his financial manipulations. Attorney Justin Bamberg, representing several of Murdaugh's victims, underscored the profound impact of his crimes, emphasizing the emotional and financial toll exacted upon innocent individuals. As Murdaugh embarks on his federal prison term, the community continues to grapple with the aftermath of his deceit and betrayal. Despite Murdaugh's apologies, the complexity of his crimes and the ongoing legal battles surrounding his murder convictions cast a shadow of uncertainty over his future. As the saga unfolds, those affected by his actions seek closure and justice in the wake of profound loss and betrayal. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/2/202412 minutes, 47 seconds
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Family Sues Facility Over Nurse's Alleged Abuse and Wrongful Death of Patient, Facing Multiple Charges From Wrongdoing at Other Facilities Across Pennsylvania

The family of a severely diabetic man, who authorities claim died due to mistreatment by a nurse overseeing his care, has filed a wrongful death suit against the facility where he resided. The suit alleges negligence and failure to prevent abuse that ultimately led to his death. Nicholas Cymbol, 43, was a resident at Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Butler County, Pennsylvania, where he required around-the-clock care due to his medical conditions. He was a "brittle diabetic," experiencing large swings in blood glucose levels, and also suffered from an anoxic brain injury, blindness, and neuropathy. The lawsuit, filed by the family's attorney Rob Peirce, accuses the facility and its operator of negligence, claiming they failed to train employees to recognize and report abuse. It also alleges that they neglected to remove the nurse responsible for the mistreatment, despite multiple red flags. The nurse in question, Heather Pressdee, faces charges for administering excessive doses of insulin to patients, resulting in the deaths of 17 individuals across five different care facilities. Cymbol's family contends that Pressdee bullied and abused him, contributing to his demise. According to the complaint, Pressdee routinely insulted and berated Cymbol, preventing him from receiving proper care and nourishment. She allegedly called him derogatory terms related to his brain injury in front of other staff members and singled him out during meal times. Pressdee's behavior, as described in the lawsuit, extended beyond verbal abuse. On one occasion, she reportedly told colleagues that Cymbol "was going to be the next one to die anyway." Despite these alarming statements and actions, the facility failed to take decisive action to protect Cymbol and other residents under her care. The suit alleges that Pressdee's mistreatment of residents was not isolated to Cymbol but was pervasive throughout the facility. It claims that multiple staff members noticed suspicious circumstances surrounding the deaths of residents she had access to, raising concerns about her involvement. On April 30, 2023, Cymbol's condition took a severe turn when Pressdee administered an excessive dose of insulin, causing his blood sugar levels to plummet. Despite attempts to reverse the effects, she delayed calling for emergency assistance until confronted by other staff members. Cymbol was hospitalized for hypoglycemia but was discharged and returned to Sunnyview the same day. Tragically, Cymbol's condition continued to deteriorate, and he was found in a hypoglycemic crisis early on May 1. Despite efforts to save him, he passed away shortly after, with the cause of death initially attributed to a myocardial infarction. It wasn't until later that the true cause of Cymbol's death came to light. An investigation by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General revealed that Pressdee had administered the lethal dose of insulin, leading to criminal charges against her. Pressdee's arrest and subsequent charges shed light on a pattern of alleged neglect and abuse that extended beyond Cymbol's case. She faced multiple charges of attempted homicide and neglect of care-dependent persons in connection with deaths at various facilities across Pennsylvania. The family's lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, demanding accountability for the facility's alleged role in Cymbol's death. Peirce, representing the family, emphasized the need for answers regarding Pressdee's continued employment despite her troubling behavior. Heather Pressdee's attorneys, Phil DiLucente and Jim DePasquale, emphasized that they are not involved in the civil lawsuits but acknowledged the possibility of their client pleading guilty to the criminal charges. A status hearing is scheduled for May, where further developments in the case may emerge. As the legal proceedings unfold, the family of Nicholas Cymbol hopes to uncover the truth behind his tragic death and hold accountable those responsible for the alleged mistreatment and negligence that contributed to his untimely passing. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
4/2/202415 minutes, 1 second
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Inside Ruby Franke's Home: Husband's Interview Reveals Shocking Details

 Recent disclosures from an interview with Kevin Franke, the estranged husband of influencer Ruby Franke, have unveiled distressing insights into the atmosphere within their household. These revelations come in the wake of Ruby's arrest on child abuse charges, shedding light on the restrictive dynamics and concerning behavior that characterized their domestic life. During the interview with authorities following Ruby's arrest, Kevin Franke provided a candid account of the stringent rules imposed upon him while he and Ruby were living together. He detailed how Ruby's business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, moved into their home, prompting a series of restrictions that significantly impacted Kevin's autonomy. "I couldn't come into the kitchen to eat until Ruby gave me permission," Kevin revealed, emphasizing the extent to which Ruby controlled their interactions. Moreover, Kevin recounted Ruby's involvement with a group named ConneXions, which he characterized as a "religious cult." He described how Ruby's behavior underwent a drastic transformation, alleging that she claimed to communicate with divine entities and experienced trances. "The upstairs where Jodi was was completely offline. I couldn't go upstairs anymore in my own house," Kevin lamented, underscoring the unsettling nature of the environment. The dire situation escalated when both Ruby and Jodi were arrested for child abuse after Ruby's son sought assistance from a neighbor. Subsequent investigations revealed two emaciated children in Ruby's home, leading to legal action against Ruby and Jodi. Both individuals pleaded guilty to four counts of child abuse, resulting in the imposition of the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison each. Throughout the legal proceedings, Ruby expressed remorse for her actions, extending apologies to her husband and children for the turmoil they endured. "For the past four years, I've chosen to follow counsel and guidance that has led me into a dark delusion," Ruby lamented during her sentencing hearing. "To my babies, you are a part of me. I believed dark was light and right was wrong. I would do anything in this world for you. I took from you all that was soft, and safe, and good." The release of this interview footage, coupled with chilling journal entries detailing Ruby's mistreatment of her children, has ignited public interest and prompted discussions about accountability and the impact of toxic environments on familial relationships. As the legal process unfolds, further revelations may emerge, shedding additional light on the complexities of this troubling case. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/1/202419 minutes, 17 seconds
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Allegations of Secret "Freak-Off" Parties and Hidden Cameras Heighten Scrutiny on Diddy Amid Federal Raids

The controversy surrounding music mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs has reached new heights following revelations of alleged clandestine "freak-off" parties and the installation of hidden cameras at his properties, sparking widespread concern and scrutiny. According to court documents filed by Diddy's former employee, Rodney 'Lil Rod' Jones, the rapper is accused of covertly recording guests at his residences, including celebrities, athletes, politicians, and music executives, engaging in illicit activities. These allegations have raised significant questions about privacy violations and potential blackmail tactics. Jones's lawsuit paints a disturbing picture of these gatherings, describing them as events sponsored by major players in the recording industry, where attendees reportedly indulged in drugs, sex, and encounters with underage individuals. The civil complaint alleges that Diddy possessed compromising footage of every person who attended these parties, which he allegedly used as leverage. Social media reactions to these allegations have been swift and vocal, with many expressing concern over the potential destruction of evidence and the involvement of powerful figures. Comments on platforms like TikTok reflect a mixture of outrage and skepticism, with users speculating about the fate of incriminating videos and the identities of those implicated. Meanwhile, the spotlight on Diddy intensified after federal officials executed search warrants at his Los Angeles and Miami properties earlier this week. Aerial footage from the raid appeared to show Diddy's sons, Justin and King, being led out of the Los Angeles residence in handcuffs, although his legal team emphasized that they were not formally detained. In response to the raids, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) issued a statement acknowledging its involvement in an ongoing investigation but provided limited details regarding the nature of the operation. The move has further fueled speculation about the scope and implications of the probe into Diddy's activities. As the legal proceedings unfold and public scrutiny intensifies, the allegations against Diddy have cast a shadow over his reputation and raised broader questions about accountability and transparency in the entertainment industry. With federal authorities actively investigating the matter, the outcome of this high-profile case remains uncertain, leaving many awaiting further developments with bated breath. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
4/1/202416 minutes, 55 seconds
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Cuba Gooding Jr. Named in Explosive Lawsuit Alleging Sean 'Diddy' Combs Led Business Involving Drugs, Sex Trafficking, and Sexual Assault

In a bombshell lawsuit filed in New York this week, Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones has accused music mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and actor Cuba Gooding Jr. of perpetrating sexual assault, drug-related crimes, and other illicit activities. The lawsuit, filed on Monday in federal court, contains shocking allegations that have sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry. Jones alleges that his life took a devastating turn after he was introduced to Combs in August 2022 to produce songs for an upcoming R&B album titled “The Love Album: Off the Grid.” However, what began as a professional opportunity soon turned into a nightmare, according to Jones. While working with Combs, Jones claims he was subjected to months of abuse, including sexual assault and coercion into engaging in homosexual acts. The lawsuit alleges that Combs promised Jones professional success in exchange for compliance with his demands, including engaging in sexual activity. Furthermore, Jones accuses actor Cuba Gooding Jr. of molesting him while on Combs’ yacht in the U.S. Virgin Islands in January 2023. According to Jones, Combs introduced him to Gooding Jr. and then left them alone, during which Gooding Jr. allegedly assaulted him. The lawsuit paints a disturbing picture of Combs' business practices, alleging a culture of drugs, sexual assault, and violence. It accuses Combs of soliciting underage girls, with claims that drugs were laced into drinks at parties hosted by him. Photos included in the lawsuit depict Combs' associates carrying black pouches filled with drugs, including cocaine, GHB, ecstasy, and marijuana gummies. Responding to the allegations, Combs vehemently denied the claims, labeling Jones as a "con man" seeking undeserved compensation. He stated, "We have indisputable, incontrovertible proof that his claims are complete fabrications," and expressed readiness to address the accusations in court. As the legal battle unfolds, the allegations in Jones' lawsuit have reignited discussions about accountability and ethics within the entertainment industry, prompting calls for a thorough investigation into the claims against Combs and Gooding Jr. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/29/20249 minutes, 37 seconds
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Utah Grief Author, Kouri Richins, Faces Additional Charge of Attempted Murder in Husband's Alleged Poisoning

Kouri Richins, the Utah author charged with the aggravated murder of her husband Eric Richins, is now facing an additional charge of attempted murder following new allegations of poisoning. Prosecutors claim that Kouri attempted to poison Eric on Valentine's Day 2022 by serving him a sandwich laced with drugs, leading to a severe allergic reaction. According to charging documents released by the Washington County Attorney’s Office, Eric Richins became gravely ill after consuming the sandwich, experiencing hives and other adverse symptoms. In distress, he contacted friends and expressed suspicion that his wife, Kouri, had attempted to poison him. "He almost lost me," Eric reportedly told one friend, describing the frightening ordeal after consuming the tainted sandwich. "You could hear the fear in his voice," the charging documents state. The documents reveal that Kouri Richins had allegedly procured illicit fentanyl prior to the Valentine's Day incident and sought stronger doses following Eric's initial illness. Prosecutors suggest financial motives, pointing to life insurance policies valued at nearly $2 million taken out by Kouri on Eric without his knowledge. Kouri Richins, who has yet to enter a plea but has denied all allegations, faces a litany of charges, including aggravated murder, mortgage fraud, insurance fraud, and forgery. Her attorney maintains her innocence, stating, "there is nothing in the documents that affects Kouri's approach to defending whatever charges the State levies against her." A preliminary hearing date has been set for May 15 at the Third District Court. Kouri Richins remains in custody awaiting trial, while the case continues to unfold, shedding light on the tragic and complex circumstances surrounding Eric Richins' death and the subsequent legal proceedings. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/29/202411 minutes, 28 seconds
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Documents and Videos Reveal Disturbing Details in Ruby Franke Child Abuse Case

 The Washington County Attorney’s Office has unveiled a trove of videos and documents shedding light on the harrowing child abuse case involving popular parent blogger Ruby Franke. From diaries to disturbing videos, the evidence paints a grim picture of the abuse inflicted upon Franke's children and the religious fervor that allegedly fueled it. Franke, alongside her business partner Jodi Hildebrandt, faced charges related to the aggravated abuse of Franke's children, a case that unfolded with shocking revelations and subsequent legal action. In the newly released documents, prosecutors underscore the role of "religious extremism" as a driving force behind the abuse perpetrated by Franke and Hildebrandt. Franke's handwritten diary entries chronicle months of torment inflicted upon her children, detailing tactics such as withholding food and oxygen, forcing outdoor confinement, and inflicting physical harm. One particularly distressing video, released by the attorney’s office, captures Franke's 12-year-old son, malnourished and wounded, seeking help from a neighbor after escaping confinement. The footage offers a stark glimpse into the dire circumstances endured by the children. Additionally, jailhouse calls between Franke and her estranged husband, Kevin Franke, reveal the emotional turmoil and denial that characterized the aftermath of her arrest. In a poignant exchange, Ruby attributes her predicament to the influence of evil forces, lamenting the loss of everything she holds dear. "Satan has taken everything away from me that I love," Ruby expressed in one call, reflecting on her plight from behind bars. Her husband, Kevin, responded with reassurance, vowing to uphold truth within their family amidst the turmoil. The case culminated in sentencing for Franke and Hildebrandt, with each facing prison terms for their roles in the abuse. Despite Franke's pleas and denials, evidence presented by prosecutors painted a grim portrait of the suffering endured by her children, underscoring the gravity of the charges. As the details of the case continue to emerge, the community grapples with the implications of such egregious abuse and the pursuit of justice for the victims. The Washington County Attorney’s Office remains steadfast in its commitment to transparency and accountability, providing a sobering glimpse into the dark realities of child abuse and the quest for closure in its aftermath. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/28/202416 minutes, 26 seconds
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Homeland Security Raids Diddy's Properties Amid Sex Trafficking Probe; 50 Cent Teases Documentary

Federal authorities intensified their scrutiny of music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs as Homeland Security Investigations agents executed raids on his properties in Los Angeles and Miami in connection with an ongoing sex trafficking investigation. The raids unfolded amidst a flurry of allegations and legal entanglements enveloping Combs, casting a shadow over his reputation and sparking a wave of public intrigue. As law enforcement agencies descended on Combs' residences, rapper 50 Cent seized the moment to tease a documentary purportedly delving into the allegations against the music icon. Promising record-breaking impact, 50 Cent's production company hinted at the impending release, igniting anticipation among fans and observers alike. "This is gonna break records when this drop," 50 Cent declared in a social media post, underscoring the gravity of the forthcoming documentary. The project, reportedly in development under the auspices of G-Unit Film and Television, aims to shed light on the allegations against Combs while channeling proceeds toward victims of sexual assault and rape. The raids and documentary teases come amidst a backdrop of escalating legal turmoil for Combs, who has faced a barrage of lawsuits alleging sexual assault and misconduct. Interviews conducted by law enforcement officials have brought multiple individuals into the fold, with investigations centering on sex trafficking allegations and potential RICO violations. Reacting to the raids, Combs' attorney, Aaron Dyer, vehemently denied the allegations against the artist, decrying law enforcement's tactics as excessive and unwarranted. "There is no excuse for the excessive show of force and hostility exhibited by authorities," Dyer asserted, emphasizing Combs' innocence and cooperation with authorities. Meanwhile, the spotlight on Combs intensified following a string of lawsuits levied against him, notably by his ex-girlfriend Cassie, who alleged instances of sexual assault and coercion during their relationship. Despite settling amicably, Combs faced subsequent legal challenges, with new lawsuits alleging sexual assault, revenge porn, and involvement in a purported "gang rape" emerging. In response to the Homeland Security raids, attorney Douglas Wigdor, representing Cassie and one of the Jane Does in later lawsuits, expressed hope that the investigation would hold Combs accountable for his alleged misconduct. "We will always support law enforcement when it seeks to prosecute those that have violated the law," Wigdor affirmed, signaling a steadfast commitment to seeking justice for the alleged victims. As the investigation unfolds and legal battles intensify, the cloud of uncertainty surrounding Combs' future looms large, with the outcome poised to reverberate across both the entertainment industry and broader society. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/28/202413 minutes, 6 seconds
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Sean "Diddy" Combs Under Federal Investigation Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Federal authorities have intensified their probe into music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs as properties linked to him in Los Angeles and Miami were raided by Homeland Security Investigations agents as part of an ongoing sex trafficking investigation, according to sources familiar with the matter. The searches, which unfolded on Monday, cast a spotlight on Combs amid a flurry of lawsuits accusing him of sexual assault and misconduct. While the specific nature of the investigation remains undisclosed, it marks a significant development in the legal saga surrounding the renowned rap icon. Details regarding the investigation, including whether Combs himself is the primary target, remain shrouded in secrecy, with officials declining to comment publicly. However, the synchronized raids on his properties underscore the gravity of the allegations facing the music magnate. The federal inquiry is intrinsically linked to a string of lawsuits leveled against Combs, alleging a spectrum of offenses including sexual assault, harassment, and the solicitation and distribution of illegal narcotics and firearms. Notably, Combs' former romantic partner, Cassie, emerged as a pivotal figure in the legal turmoil, leveling accusations of physical and sexual abuse against him in a lawsuit filed last year under the New York Adult Survivors Act. Subsequent to Cassie's suit, three other women have come forward with similar allegations, casting a shadow over Combs' reputation. Douglas Wigdor, who represents Cassie and another accuser, expressed hope that the federal investigation would hold Combs accountable for his alleged misconduct. "We will always support law enforcement when it seeks to prosecute those that have violated the law," Wigdor asserted, signaling a resolute stance against impunity. Despite mounting legal pressure, Combs vehemently denies all accusations of sexual assault, branding them as "sickening" falsehoods. His legal team, led by attorney Shawn Holley, has vigorously contested the allegations, citing an absence of substantiating evidence. Combs' legal woes extend beyond allegations of sexual misconduct, with the music mogul having grappled with legal entanglements in the past. A notable incident dates back to 1999 when Combs faced charges related to a nightclub shooting, further punctuating his tumultuous legal history. In light of the intensifying scrutiny, Combs has faced repercussions in both his personal and professional spheres. He relinquished his role as chairman of media network Revolt, while plans for a reality series centered on his family were shelved by Hulu. As the federal investigation unfolds and the legal battle escalates, the music industry luminary finds himself ensnared in a web of legal challenges, with the outcome poised to reverberate across both his personal legacy and the broader entertainment landscape. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/27/202414 minutes, 41 seconds
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Kouri Richins Faces Fraud Charges Amid Husband's Death Investigation

Utah resident Kouri Richins, already embroiled in a legal battle over the death of her husband in 2022, faces a new array of charges related to alleged fraud, Court TV reports. In a startling turn of events, Richins finds herself confronted with two counts of mortgage fraud, two counts of insurance fraud, and three counts of forgery, as revealed in recently obtained court documents. The saga began last year when Richins faced charges of aggravated murder and other offenses in connection with the untimely demise of her husband, Eric Richins. However, the legal landscape has since expanded, unveiling a web of deceit and financial misrepresentation. Prosecutors allege that Richins, in a bid to secure financial gain, misrepresented her financial standing in mortgage applications. According to court filings, she purportedly claimed inflated account balances, painting a false picture of financial stability. In one instance detailed in court documents, Richins allegedly stated a balance of $210,898 in her credit union account when the actual figure stood at a mere $15,609. Another mortgage application reportedly claimed an account balance of $702,831, underlining the extent of the alleged deception. Further exacerbating the situation, Richins is accused of fraudulently applying for life insurance for her husband and forging his signature. This accusation suggests a calculated attempt to exploit her husband's demise for financial gain. Authorities assert that Eric Richins met his tragic end due to Kouri Richins' actions, alleging that she administered a lethal dose of illicit Fentanyl, surpassing five times the lethal dosage, effectively ending his life. The aftermath of her husband's death took a peculiar turn as Richins authored and self-published a children's book on grief. This endeavor, seemingly aimed at providing solace to her three sons, contrasts sharply with the allegations surrounding her husband's untimely demise. The unfolding legal drama casts a stark light on the complexities surrounding the case, with Richins' actions under scrutiny from both legal and public perspectives. As the legal proceedings progress, the community remains captivated by the intricacies of the case, eagerly awaiting further developments in the pursuit of justice for Eric Richins and closure for his loved ones. Richins' journey through the judicial system continues, with the newly levied fraud charges adding layers of complexity to an already convoluted narrative. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/27/20246 minutes, 31 seconds
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Jenn Soto's Boyfriend Refuses to Cooperate in Police Investigation

Stephan Sterns, the central figure in the investigation surrounding the tragic demise of 13-year-old Madeline Soto from Kissimmee, Florida, is declining to aid authorities in their inquiry, Kissimmee Police Chief Betty Holland revealed Thursday. Despite nearly two weeks passing without significant updates, Chief Holland provided a status update on the ongoing investigation, highlighting Sterns' lack of cooperation as a notable setback. "He has invoked his right to a lawyer, so we have not spoken with him," Chief Holland stated, addressing the media. Sterns, aged 37 and the boyfriend of Madeline's mother, remains the solitary individual charged in connection with the case. His arrest on March 12 came after investigators uncovered distressing images and videos of child sexual abuse on his phone shortly after Madeline's disappearance, indicating a deeper layer of complexity to the tragedy. The timeline of events leading to Madeline's demise paints a somber picture. Initially reported missing on February 26 after failing to attend school, the situation escalated when investigators declared her deceased on March 1, following the discovery of her lifeless body in a nearby wooded area. Surveillance footage captured Sterns as the last person seen with Madeline, exacerbating suspicions surrounding his involvement. His actions, including disposing of Madeline's belongings and allegedly driving her body away under the guise of taking her to school, further compounded the gravity of the situation. Despite Sterns' refusal to cooperate, Chief Holland assured that the investigation's progress remains undeterred. However, the delay caused by his lack of communication underscores the complexity of unraveling the truth behind Madeline's tragic fate. While Madeline's cause of death remains undisclosed pending the medical examiner's report, Chief Holland emphasized the exhaustive nature of the ongoing investigation. "We want to make sure that we uncover every single fact and all the evidence," she reiterated, reflecting the department's unwavering commitment to justice. When asked if anyone else was being investigated as a suspect, including Madeline’s mother, the chief said they had not ruled anything out. "Everyone that was close to Madeline is considered suspect until we have proven otherwise," Holland said. "We don’t want to put a timeline on it.” The chief said officers were still trying to determine where Madeline died and added that she would not release further details until officers were sure of the facts. In light of the unfolding tragedy, Chief Holland urged parents to engage in conversations with their children about abuse and remain vigilant, emphasizing community support resources. As the investigation progresses, Sterns faces a looming legal process, with a pre-trial hearing scheduled for April 24, followed by a full jury trial commencing on May 13. The community awaits further developments as authorities continue their quest for closure in Madeline's untimely demise. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/26/20249 minutes, 20 seconds
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Alabama Woman Pleads Guilty to False Reporting in Hoax Abduction Case

In a courtroom spectacle that marked the culmination of a high-profile saga, Carlee Russell of Alabama pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of false reporting to law enforcement and falsely reporting an incident. The resolution of her case, coupled with emotional apologies and legal deliberations, shed light on the intricacies of false reporting and the toll it exacts on communities. Russell's admission of guilt came after a tumultuous sequence of events that thrust her into the national spotlight. Initially reported missing on July 13 after purportedly encountering a toddler beside Interstate 459 in Hoover, her disappearance sparked widespread concern and a frenzied search effort. However, as details emerged, authorities swiftly dispelled Russell's claims of abduction, unraveling her story as a carefully crafted fabrication. Appearing in court alongside her family and legal counsel, Russell expressed contrition for her actions, acknowledging the distress and confusion her deception had sown. In a heartfelt apology, she lamented the repercussions of her falsehoods, stating, "I want to genuinely apologize for my actions. I made a grave mistake while trying to fight through various emotional issues and stress. I’m extremely remorseful for the panic, fear, and various range of negative emotions that were experienced across the nation." Despite the gravity of her offenses, Russell received a suspended six-month sentence, sparing her from incarceration, and was ordered to pay restitution exceeding $17,000. Jefferson County Circuit Judge David Carpenter, while acknowledging the disruption caused by Russell's hoax, deemed imprisonment an inefficient recourse, deeming it a "waste of resources" for misdemeanor charges. The Alabama attorney general's office, however, contended that Russell's actions warranted more severe consequences, citing the substantial law enforcement response triggered by her false claims. Katherine Robertson, Chief Counsel in the attorney general's office, expressed disappointment at the court's leniency, emphasizing the need for stricter penalties to deter similar instances of false reporting. In response to the case's outcome, Robertson underscored ongoing legislative efforts aimed at enhancing penalties for false reporting. Alabama legislators are currently deliberating a bill designed to address such situations comprehensively, with the attorney general's office actively advocating for its passage. According to Robertson, the proposed legislation would ensure that future offenders face more severe repercussions, effectively deterring frivolous reports and safeguarding law enforcement resources. As Carlee Russell's case draws to a close, it serves as a poignant reminder of the profound impact of false reporting on communities and the imperative of accountability in upholding the integrity of the justice system. Amidst renewed calls for legislative reform, Alabama grapples with the enduring challenge of balancing justice and compassion in addressing instances of deception that reverberate far beyond their initial confines. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/26/20246 minutes, 44 seconds
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Funeral Home Owners Remain Silent Amidst Courtroom Drama Over Decomposing Bodies Case

In a dramatic courtroom scene, funeral home proprietors Jon and Carie Hallford faced the scrutiny of the public eye, yet remained steadfastly silent regarding the grisly discovery of 189 decomposing bodies at their Penrose funeral home. As they made their first appearance at the El Paso County Courthouse, questions lingered unanswered, underscoring the gravity of the allegations leveled against them. Despite fervent inquiries from journalists, Carie Hallford chose not to address the haunting questions posed to her by KRDO13 Investigates. Her silence spoke volumes as she offered only an "excuse me" in response, further fueling speculation surrounding the ghastly conditions inside their funeral home. Equally reticent was her husband, Jon Hallford, who, shielded by his attorney, evaded questions while reporters faced physical resistance from the legal team. Amidst the courtroom chaos, families of the victims found themselves denied the opportunity to confront the Hallfords, as Judge William Moller intervened to safeguard the defendants' safety. In a rare move, he ordered everyone to remain in the courtroom for ten minutes post-hearing, citing previous verbal altercations involving Jon Hallford. This directive underscored the heightened tensions surrounding the case and the emotions running high among those affected by the tragedy. However, the legal battle extends beyond the confines of the courtroom, with the defense raising concerns about the case's publicity affecting due process. Allegations surfaced that press releases from the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office breached court orders, jeopardizing the prospects of an impartial jury. Despite the defense's objections, Judge Moller dismissed these claims, asserting no violation of legal protocols. As the arraignment loomed, the Hallfords' defense attorneys sought a postponement, citing the overwhelming evidence in the case. With a potentially protracted four-week trial on the horizon, preparations were deemed necessary to navigate the complex legal terrain ahead. Consequently, Judge Moller deferred the arraignment until June 6, setting a tentative jury trial for October 8. Meanwhile, Carie Hallford's defense attorney refuted allegations of a missed sobriety test, attributing the incident to miscommunication by testing facility staff. In a separate development, the prosecution challenged Jon Hallford's bond reduction request, alleging false claims regarding his son's residency. The prosecution revealed that Jon's son had graduated and relocated to Oklahoma, casting doubt on the veracity of the bond plea. As the legal saga unfolds, the fate of Jon and Carie Hallford remains uncertain, with the prosecution seeking to consolidate their cases into one. Amidst a flurry of legal maneuvers and mounting tensions, the search for justice continues, echoing the anguish and pain endured by the families of the victims caught in the wake of this harrowing ordeal. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/25/202411 minutes, 54 seconds
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California Pastor Arrested for Allegedly Plotting Murder of Daughter's Boyfriend

A shocking revelation has rocked Riverside, California, as a local pastor stands accused of orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot against his daughter's boyfriend. Samuel Pasillas, 47, from Victorville, was arrested last week on a slew of charges, including solicitation for murder and attempted murder, after reportedly paying $40,000 to have the boyfriend killed, according to a press release from the Riverside city government. Pasillas' arrest follows a meticulous investigation launched by authorities in October, triggered by a chilling incident where the boyfriend arrived at a local hospital with gunshot wounds. Recounting the harrowing ordeal, the victim claimed he had been ambushed while driving, with a vehicle pulling up alongside and opening fire. However, as detectives delved deeper into the case, they unraveled a disturbing truth—a sinister "murder-for-hire" scheme masterminded by Pasillas. According to the city's press release, Pasillas had enlisted multiple individuals in the plot, providing them with detailed information about the victim's whereabouts and activities, including the night of the shooting. Surveillance conducted on the boyfriend in the weeks preceding the attack further corroborated the chilling plan's existence. Despite Pasillas' alleged involvement, Riverside police revealed to the media states that the victim, fortunately, survived the assault and has since been discharged from the hospital, although he continues to recover from his injuries. Shedding light on the possible motive behind the heinous act, authorities hinted at Pasillas' religious ideology as a potential factor, speculating that it may have spurred the pastor to seek harm against his daughter's partner. Alongside Pasillas, another individual implicated in the scheme, Juan Manuel Cebreros, 55, from Long Beach, was also arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Both Pasillas and Cebreros pleaded not guilty during a joint arraignment held on Monday and are slated to appear at a felony settlement conference in the coming week. The case has sent shockwaves throughout the community, prompting reflection on the complexities of human nature and the lengths to which individuals may go in pursuit of their objectives. As legal proceedings unfold, Riverside residents grapple with the unsettling reality of a trusted religious figure allegedly entangled in a web of violence and deceit, underscoring the importance of vigilance and accountability in safeguarding against such atrocities. As the investigation progresses, authorities remain committed to uncovering the truth and ensuring that justice is served for the victim and all those affected by this disturbing episode. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/25/20248 minutes, 57 seconds
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FBI Arrests "Little Rascals" Trio in Connection with Houston Bank Robbery

The FBI has apprehended three minors in connection with a bank robbery that sent shockwaves through Houston, Texas. The suspects, aged 11, 12, and 16, have been dubbed "little rascals" by the agency, reminiscent of the mischievous characters from the 1955 TV series. According to the FBI's announcement on social media, "all three bank robbery suspects known as the 'little rascals' are in custody." The arrest follows allegations that the trio committed a daring robbery at a Wells Fargo bank in Houston on March 14. Details surrounding the identities of the juvenile suspects remain undisclosed, in line with legal protocols governing minors involved in criminal investigations. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office, tasked with probing the incident, revealed that the boys entered the bank and presented a threatening note to a teller, as reported by ABC 13. Despite suspicions of carrying a weapon, authorities noted that none was displayed during the robbery. The boys purportedly fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash, making their escape on foot. In a bid to aid the investigation, the FBI released photos of the juvenile suspects on social media, appealing to the public for assistance. Remarkably, two of the suspects were identified and turned in by their own parents after the images circulated, underscoring the community's shock and disbelief at the involvement of such young individuals in a serious crime. Reacting to the unprecedented nature of the case, retired juvenile district court judge Mike Schneider expressed astonishment, stating, "The age of the younger two, that's unusual for a bank robbery." Schneider speculated about potential adult influence behind the alleged crime, highlighting a concerning trend where adults exploit minors for criminal activities. The minors have been charged with robbery by threat, according to FBI Houston. However, details regarding their legal proceedings remain unclear, including whether they are being held in a juvenile facility or have obtained legal representation. A criminal defense attorney consulted by ABC 13 outlined potential consequences if the suspects are convicted, indicating possible probation until they reach 18 or detention in a juvenile facility until they turn 19. As investigations continue, authorities are grappling with the complexities of addressing juvenile involvement in serious criminal offenses, raising broader questions about societal influences and the vulnerabilities of impressionable youth. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/22/20247 minutes, 22 seconds
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Iowa Family Charged with Abusing 18-Year-Old Relative Found Weighing Only 70 Pounds

Four members of a rural Iowa family face serious charges after allegations of abducting and abusing an 18-year-old relative emerged. Gary Graham Jr., 44, Danielle Graham, 42, Aaron Williams, 20, and a 16-year-old girl from Zearing, Iowa, are accused of first-degree kidnapping and willful injury. The shocking case unfolded earlier this year when the victim was discovered in a horrific state at a Des Moines area hospital, weighing just 70 pounds, with multiple traumatic injuries including brain bleeding and broken ribs. According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, the teenager had suffered from various injuries, indicating prolonged abuse, and severe malnourishment. The probable cause affidavit revealed disturbing details, including video evidence showing the victim restrained with athletic tape on his wrists and shackles attached to a bunk bed frame. Messages and search history on family members' devices suggested their awareness and participation in the abuse and malnourishment. Danielle Graham reportedly told investigators that the teen, who had moved out of their residence in late November after turning 18, returned in a dire condition on January 26. The affidavit quoted her saying, "I thought he was dying" upon seeing him. The victim informed authorities that he had been frequently handcuffed to the bed, both day and night. "These messages ranged from ‘Don’t hit him in the nuts anymore at [least] wait [until] swollen goes down’ and ‘hit him again and tell him to stop giving you dirty looks’ followed up by an additional message of ‘1 more time,'" the affidavit stated. The accused family members, Gary Graham Jr., Danielle Graham, and Aaron Williams, are being held on a $1 million bond, while Kaitlynn Williams, the 16-year-old, faces a $500,000 bond, according to WHO13. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 29. Story County Sheriff's Capt. Nicholas Lennie expressed shock over the case, stating, "It's tragic. It has our whole area in shock, and rightly so. It's not a common thing for one human being to treat another this way, let alone a family member." The community of Zearing, with its 500 residents located about 50 miles north of Des Moines, has been stunned by the allegations. The house where the abuse allegedly took place sits at the end of a residential street, its doors adorned with stickers, and remnants of Christmas lights still visible. Despite attempts to reach out, no one responded to inquiries made by reporters. As investigations continue, the defense attorneys for the accused are yet to be assigned, according to a supervisor for the public defender's office for Story County. The court has issued an order preventing the defendants from having any contact with the victim. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/22/202413 minutes, 32 seconds
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Jury Foreman Highlights Gun Storage as Crucial Factor in Crumbley Verdict

In the wake of the historic guilty verdict in the James Crumbley involuntary manslaughter trial, the jury foreman has provided insight into the deliberation process, underscoring the critical role of gun storage in determining the fate of the Oxford school shooter's father. Speaking to the Free Press, the 65-year-old grandfather of three shed light on the meticulous deliberations that led to James Crumbley's conviction, emphasizing how the manner in which the firearm was secured weighed heavily on the jury's decision. "For me, securing the gun is the whole thing," the foreman stated, expressing disappointment at Crumbley's failure to employ basic safety measures such as a safe or cable lock. He stressed that proper gun storage could have averted the tragedy that unfolded on November 30, 2021, when 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley used the weapon to perpetrate a deadly school shooting. The foreman highlighted the prosecution's ability to connect the dots as instrumental in securing the conviction, noting that while jurors held varying views on gun storage, the evidence presented by the prosecution effectively underscored James Crumbley's culpability. "It all kind of pieced together," he remarked, reflecting on the deliberations that spanned ten hours over two days. Beyond gun storage, mental health concerns and parental negligence emerged as significant factors during deliberations. The foreman cited the shooter's journal entries and the parents' failure to address his pleas for help as contributing to the verdict. The emotional toll of the trial was palpable, particularly during the viewing of the school shooting video, which depicted the horrifying events that unfolded on that fateful day. Multiple jurors were visibly affected, highlighting the gravity of the tragedy and the imperative of holding parents accountable for ensuring firearm safety. Looking ahead to sentencing, James Crumbley faces up to 15 years in prison, alongside his wife, Jennifer Crumbley, both of whom are the first parents in America to be criminally charged in connection with a mass school shooting committed by their child. As the community grapples with the aftermath of the tragedy, the foreman expressed hope that the verdict would serve as a clarion call for enhanced parental responsibility and firearm safety measures, albeit acknowledging that it could never fully alleviate the pain endured by the victims' families. "While it's not gonna fix anything, it's a start," he remarked, echoing the sentiments of justice tempered with the sobering reality of irreparable loss. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/21/202412 minutes, 47 seconds
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Kouri Richins Story: Search Warrant Affidavit Suggests Mother's Possible Involvement in Husband's Death

Shockwaves reverberate through the legal sphere as new revelations surface in the high-profile case of Kouri Richins, charged with the murder of her husband, Eric Richins. A recently unsealed search warrant affidavit has shed light on potential involvement by Kouri's mother, Lisa Darden, in what investigators believe could be the planning and orchestration of Eric's untimely demise. According to court documents obtained by Court TV, Detective Jeff O'Driscoll detailed suspicions surrounding Darden's proximity to a past suspicious overdose death. In 2006, Darden's adult female partner, with whom she shared a romantic relationship, tragically passed away from an oxycodone overdose. Despite having a history of medication abuse, the partner's demise raised suspicions of foul play, especially considering Darden's recent naming as the beneficiary of her estate. Detectives probing into Kouri and Eric's personal dynamics unearthed a pattern of frequent communication between Kouri and her mother, spanning both personal matters and business dealings. This communication thread forms a critical aspect of the investigation, suggesting a potential nexus between Kouri's actions and her mother's past. Responding to the State's assertions, Kouri's attorney, Skye Lazaro, staunchly defended Darden, emphasizing the tragic nature of her partner's addiction-related death. Lazaro dismissed allegations against Darden as baseless, asserting that her role as a beneficiary was commonplace and far from indicative of foul play. "The fact that Ms. Darden's significant other was one of the millions that suffered from, and ultimately succumbed to, opioid addiction is hardly 'suspicious,'" Lazaro stated, challenging the narrative of conspiracy surrounding Darden's involvement. Despite the defense's rebuttal, the search warrant affidavit underscores the gravity of the investigation, targeting the examination of Lisa Darden's electronic communication devices. Executed on May 4, 2023, the search aimed to unravel potential links between Darden's past and the unfolding tragedy surrounding Eric Richins' death. As legal proceedings advance and new revelations emerge, the case casts a stark spotlight on the intricate web of familial ties and personal histories entwined within the fabric of a criminal investigation. With each twist and turn, the quest for justice for Eric Richins takes on deeper dimensions, underscoring the complexities inherent in unraveling the truth behind a tangled web of suspicion and accusation. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/21/20248 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ohio Mother Sentenced to Life in Prison for Toddler's Death

In a harrowing case that has gripped the nation, Kristel Candelario, 32, of Ohio, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the tragic death of her toddler. The sentencing, handed down by Judge Brendan Sheehan, marks the culmination of a disturbing saga that unfolded in June 2023. Candelario's descent into infamy began when she abandoned her daughter for a staggering ten days while indulging in vacationing escapades across Michigan and Puerto Rico. The child's fate was sealed when authorities discovered her lifeless body in a Pack-N-Play, marred by extreme dehydration and surrounded by filth, a grim testament to the depth of neglect endured. Facing charges of aggravated murder and endangering children, Candelario pleaded guilty, accepting accountability for her heinous actions. However, her attempts to mitigate culpability were met with skepticism by prosecutors, who challenged claims of diminished capacity with compelling evidence. Prosecutors presented a damning narrative, punctuated by images of Candelario frolicking on beaches and exuding joy in Puerto Rico, seemingly oblivious to the grave consequences of her actions. Anna Faraglia, the Prosecuting Attorney, underscored the calculated nature of Candelario's deeds, citing incriminating phone calls wherein she nonchalantly discussed plans for life beyond bars and downplayed the severity of her daughter's demise. The gravity of the case weighed heavily on all involved, with lead detective Sgt. Teresa Gomez described it as the most "horrific" of her career. Details of the child's suffering left an indelible mark on those tasked with unraveling the tragedy, etching traumatic memories that lingered long after the investigation concluded. In a courtroom fraught with emotion, Judge Sheehan delivered a scathing rebuke, denouncing Candelario's betrayal of maternal duty in the strongest terms. He lamented the heinous act of abandonment, emphasizing the sacred bond between mother and child, irreparably severed by Candelario's callous indifference to her daughter's welfare. "The bond between a mother and child is one of the purest and most sacred bonds between human beings," remarked Judge Sheehan. "Yet, in a shocking betrayal of fundamental trust, you committed the ultimate act of betrayal." As Candelario begins her life sentence behind bars, the community grapples with the sobering reality of maternal neglect and the enduring legacy of a life cut short by unfathomable neglect. In the pursuit of justice, amidst the echoes of a child's cries and the solemnity of a courtroom, one truth remains unassailable: the innocence lost can never be restored, but justice must be served. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/20/202410 minutes, 52 seconds
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Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to Probation for Human Remains Found in Home

Jeremy Pauley, a Pennsylvania resident, has been sentenced to two years of probation after authorities discovered buckets containing human remains inside his Enola residence. The sentencing, reported by CBS 21, follows Pauley's guilty plea to the charge of abuse of a corpse, stemming from his arrest in the summer of 2022. The disturbing case took a federal turn as Pauley faces additional charges on the federal level, including conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen property. Despite Tuesday's sentencing related to his state charge, the specter of up to 15 years in federal prison looms over Pauley, pending a sentencing date yet to be set, as detailed by CBS 21. In a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, it was disclosed that Pauley confessed to the illicit trade of human remains stolen from prestigious institutions such as Harvard Medical School and a mortuary in Arkansas. Furthermore, Pauley acknowledged his awareness of the stolen nature of the human remains, implicating himself in a dark web of criminal activity. This grim saga implicates multiple individuals, with Pauley being just one among several indicted in the case since last June. Notably, another Pennsylvania resident, Joshua Taylor, faces charges in connection with the federal case, amplifying the scale and complexity of the investigation. In a parallel development, Candace Chapman Scott, linked to the network trafficking in human remains, faces legal scrutiny. Scott, employed by the Arkansas mortuary implicated in the ring, has been mandated by a judge to undergo a mental evaluation before her case proceeds, as reported by The Sentinel-Record in May 2023. The implications of this macabre enterprise extend beyond mere criminality. Officials have emphasized that the body parts were obtained without the knowledge or consent of Harvard Medical School, underlining the egregious nature of the operation and its ramifications for institutions entrusted with the sanctity of human remains. As authorities continue to unravel the intricate web of illegal activity, questions linger regarding the ethical and legal dimensions of handling human remains. With multiple lives intertwined in this unsettling narrative, the pursuit of justice remains paramount, as communities grapple with the profound implications of such heinous crimes against human dignity and respect. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/20/20249 minutes, 39 seconds
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Former Tennessee Titans Staff Member Arrested for Poisoning Deaths of Mother and Unborn Child

Shockwaves reverberate through Nashville as Blaise A. Taylor, a former member of the Tennessee Titans staff, faces two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the tragic poisoning deaths of Jade Benning and her unborn child. Taylor's arrest, orchestrated by Deputy United States Marshals in Utah, follows a grand jury indictment issued in Nashville. Jade Benning's untimely demise occurred under harrowing circumstances, marking a grim milestone on her 25th birthday. Rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center on the night of February 25, 2023, Benning's condition deteriorated rapidly, culminating in her tragic passing. Tragically, her unborn fetus also succumbed to the poisoning on February 27, 2023, amplifying the magnitude of the tragedy. According to reports, Blaise A. Taylor, alleged to be the father of Benning's unborn child, telephoned emergency services on the night of February 25, expressing concern over what appeared to be an allergic reaction suffered by Benning. However, investigations spearheaded by homicide unit detective Adam Reese unveiled a chilling narrative of alleged poisoning. Months of meticulous investigation, involving collaboration between homicide detectives, forensic scientists, and medical professionals, culminated in Wednesday's indictment against Taylor. The former defensive analyst with the Utah State University football team in 2023 swiftly relocated to Utah following the deaths, but the long arm of justice has finally caught up with him. "We have been tirelessly working to bring closure to the tragic loss of Jade Benning and her unborn child," remarked Detective Adam Reese, highlighting the relentless pursuit of justice in this case. Authorities indicate that Taylor is alleged to have administered the fatal poison to Benning without her knowledge during a visit to her Lebanon Pike apartment on the fateful night of February 25, 2023. The indictment, charging him with two counts of first-degree murder, underscores the severity of the allegations levied against him. Efforts are now underway to facilitate Taylor's extradition from Utah to Nashville, where he will face legal proceedings for his alleged involvement in the deaths of Benning and her unborn child. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department affirms its commitment to working in tandem with Utah authorities to ensure swift and just resolution in this tragic case. As the legal process unfolds, the community grapples with the profound implications of this disturbing tragedy, prompting reflection on the fragility of life and the imperative of holding perpetrators of heinous crimes accountable. With the spotlight now on Taylor, Nashville awaits the dispelling of shadows cast by this heart-wrenching episode, yearning for closure and justice for the lives lost. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/19/202411 minutes, 36 seconds
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Tooele (Salt Lake City) Man's Death: New Details Emerge, 9-Year-Old Son Arrested

Startling revelations have surfaced regarding the death of a Tooele man, shedding light on a tragic incident that led to the arrest of his own 9-year-old son. A search warrant obtained by Scripps News Salt Lake City has disclosed critical information regarding the circumstances surrounding the demise of the victim, whose identity remains undisclosed due to the suspect's age. According to the warrant, the investigation into the death, which occurred last month on February 16, indicates a deeply distressing sequence of events. Authorities were initially summoned to the Tooele residence under the suspicion of a suicide attempt. However, upon arrival, they discovered a 32-year-old man, unconscious and bleeding from head injuries. Despite efforts to save him, the victim succumbed to his wounds later at the hospital. The search warrant exposes that eight individuals, including the victim, his 9-year-old son, two adult roommates, and their four young children, were present in the household at the time of the incident. Shockingly, it is revealed that the victim and his son shared a room, purportedly due to the child's behavioral issues. Further investigation has unveiled grim details surrounding the victim's injuries. The Tooele man suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the back of his head, along with multiple lacerations to his head, face, hands, and arms, indicative of defensive wounds. Among the chilling discoveries at the scene was a handgun with a missing bullet and a blood-covered "tomahawk-style hatchet." Remarkably, the warrant suggests a potential link between the child's exposure to violent content and the gruesome nature of the assault. The 9-year-old is reported to have spent extensive time on a smartphone and tablet, engaging in activities deemed unsuitable for his age, including playing video games such as Modern Warfare: Warzone. The game reportedly features weapons akin to those found at the scene. Detectives are grappling with the incongruity of such heinous acts being perpetrated by a child. The search warrant describes the tomahawk strikes inflicted after the fatal gunshot as "particularly gruesome" and "violent," a stark contrast to the suspect's tender age. Authorities underscore the sensitivity of the situation, refraining from disclosing the identities of both the victim and the 9-year-old suspect. The case has raised profound questions about the influence of media content on young minds and the complexities of juvenile involvement in violent crimes. As the investigation unfolds, the community grapples with the tragic loss of life and the unsettling circumstances surrounding it. With a child at the center of the inquiry, authorities are navigating delicate legal and psychological terrain, seeking to comprehend the unfathomable and deliver justice in a case that defies conventional understanding. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/19/202411 minutes, 44 seconds
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Stepmother of Harmony Montgomery Granted Parole, Husband Convicted of Murder Awaits Sentencing

Kayla Montgomery, the stepmother at the center of the Harmony Montgomery murder case, has been granted parole from her prison sentence, shedding light on a tragic tale of betrayal and loss. Kayla, who played a pivotal role in her estranged husband Adam Montgomery's recent murder trial, appeared before a parole board on Thursday, paving the way for her impending release from New Hampshire State Prison. Kayla Montgomery's journey through the legal system began in 2022 when she struck a plea deal with prosecutors to testify against Adam Montgomery regarding the disappearance and death of five-year-old Harmony. She had been serving an 18-month sentence for lying to a grand jury about the case, a lie she later admitted to in court. According to the N.H. adult parole board, Kayla's release is contingent upon her completion of rehabilitative programs mandated by the court. Her housing plan will also be scrutinized and approved by officers from the NHDOC Division of Field Services before her scheduled release in May. During her testimony, Kayla painted a harrowing picture of Harmony's final moments, recounting how Adam repeatedly assaulted the young girl over bathroom accidents in the car. Adam Montgomery was subsequently convicted of second-degree murder last month, with authorities believing he killed Harmony nearly two years before her disappearance was reported in 2021. Notably, Harmony's body has yet to be found, intensifying the ongoing search efforts. Adam's sentencing is set for May, marking another chapter in this tragic saga that has gripped the community. Meanwhile, Kayla Montgomery's parole offers a glimmer of closure for those affected by Harmony's untimely death, even as questions linger about the whereabouts of her remains. The search for Harmony's body persists, with authorities urging anyone with information to contact the designated tip line at 603-932-8997. As the legal proceedings continue, the memory of Harmony Montgomery lives on, reminding all of the importance of seeking justice for the innocent. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/18/20247 minutes, 4 seconds
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Alec Baldwin's Legal Team Seeks Dismissal of Manslaughter Case, Accusing Prosecutors of Misconduct

Defense alleges violations of procedural rules and unfair practices in handling "Rust" shooting case. Alec Baldwin's legal team has launched a fervent bid to dismiss the manslaughter case against him, asserting that prosecutors engaged in severe misconduct during the grand jury proceedings. In a motion filed Thursday, Baldwin's attorneys accused prosecutors of a litany of transgressions, including leaking information to the media, withholding crucial evidence, and providing a flawed jury instruction, all of which they argue have unfairly prejudiced the case against the actor. According to Baldwin's lawyers, the prosecution's actions constitute an egregious abuse of the legal system and a gross violation of Baldwin's rights. In a statement, they asserted, “Enough is enough. This is an abuse of the system, and an abuse of an innocent person whose rights have been trampled to the extreme.” The case stems from the tragic incident on the set of the film "Rust" in which cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot and director Joel Souza was seriously injured. Baldwin, who was holding the firearm, insists he did not pull the trigger, and was unaware that the gun contained live ammunition. Baldwin's defense team argues that the prosecution failed to present witnesses to the grand jury who could testify that it was not the actor's responsibility to inspect the gun before the scene. They also allege that the prosecution heavily relied on biased expert testimony, ignoring evidence that could exonerate Baldwin. Furthermore, Baldwin's attorneys accuse the prosecution of engaging in malicious conduct, with the apparent aim of securing an indictment against the actor regardless of the truth. They cited instances of a prosecutor being quoted anonymously in the media, indicating a desire to "humble" Baldwin and turn the case into a "teachable moment." The defense intends to focus its arguments on the condition of the gun at the time of the shooting, alleging that it had been tampered with to make it easier to discharge accidentally. They assert that evidence showing signs of tampering was not presented to the grand jury. Additionally, Baldwin's legal team has contested the jury instruction on involuntary manslaughter, arguing that the standard set by the court is too vague and insufficiently protective of Baldwin's rights. They sought a higher burden of proof, requiring prosecutors to demonstrate Baldwin's subjective knowledge of the risk posed by the firearm. In contrast, the prosecution maintains that the gun was in working order and that Baldwin's actions constitute criminal negligence. However, the defense contends that the armorer on set, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for loading the live round into Baldwin's gun, received a lenient verdict due to flawed jury instructions. As the legal battle intensifies, with Baldwin's trial scheduled for July 9, the actor's defense team remains steadfast in its determination to prove his innocence and hold accountable those responsible for the tragedy on the set of "Rust." Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/18/202411 minutes, 13 seconds
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Scott Peterson Case Los Angeles Innocence Project Pursues New Evidence, Status Hearing Granted -WEEK IN REVIEW

Welcome to the "Week in Review," where we delve into the true stories behind this week's headlines. Your host, Tony Brueski, joins hands with a rotating roster of guests, sharing their insights and analysis on a collection of intriguing, perplexing, and often chilling stories that made the news.       This is not your average news recap. With the sharp investigative lens of Tony and his guests, the show uncovers layers beneath the headlines, offering a comprehensive perspective that traditional news can often miss. From high-profile criminal trials to in-depth examinations of ongoing investigations, this podcast takes listeners on a fascinating journey through the world of true crime and current events.       Each episode navigates through multiple stories, illuminating their details with factual reporting, expert commentary, and engaging conversation. Tony and his guests discuss each case's nuances, complexities, and human elements, delivering a multi-dimensional understanding to their audience.  Whether you are a dedicated follower of true crime, or an everyday listener interested in the stories shaping our world, the "Week In Review" brings you the perfect balance of intrigue, information, and intelligent conversation. Expect thoughtful analysis, informed opinions, and thought-provoking discussions beyond the 24-hour news cycle. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/17/20247 minutes, 37 seconds
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Wife of Alleged Gilgo Beach Serial Killer Asserts Husband's Innocence, Attorney Says

Asa Ellerup, the estranged wife of alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann, has reaffirmed her belief in her husband's innocence, according to a statement released by her attorney on Wednesday. Heuermann, a former New York architect, faces charges in connection with the murders of four women whose remains were discovered near Gilgo Beach in December 2010. Despite the severity of the accusations, Ellerup maintains her husband's innocence, regularly visiting him in custody. "I will listen to all of the evidence and withhold judgment until the end of trial," Ellerup stated through her attorney, Bob Macedonio. "I have given him the benefit of the doubt, as we all deserve." Expressing sympathy for the victims and their families, Ellerup emphasized her belief in Heuermann's innocence, stating, "Nobody deserves to die in that manner." Heuermann, aged 60, has been charged with the murders of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Megan Waterman, Amber Costello, and Melissa Barthelemy, all of whom were escorts on Long Island. He pleaded not guilty to these charges. Macedonio explained Ellerup's decision to release a statement, stating that she visited Heuermann several times since the last indictment and wished to reiterate her belief in his innocence. Prosecutors allege that Heuermann's wife and children were out of town when Brainard-Barnes disappeared and was killed, fitting a pattern where Heuermann was allegedly alone when the other three victims were killed. Substantial DNA evidence has been collected in the case since Heuermann's arraignment, including hair found on the belt buckle securing Brainard-Barnes' body, which matched Ellerup's genetic profile. Similar DNA links were found at other crime scenes, involving Heuermann's wife and daughter, who are not considered suspects. Despite these developments, a trial date has not been scheduled for Heuermann, who continues to maintain his innocence. The case has garnered significant attention due to the gruesome nature of the crimes and the subsequent legal proceedings against Heuermann, a father of two who has denied all charges against him. As the investigation continues and legal proceedings unfold, the community awaits further updates on the case, hoping for justice for the victims and closure for their families. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/15/202412 minutes, 8 seconds
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Lead Investigator in Karen Read Murder Case Under Investigation by Massachusetts State Police

Massachusetts State Police have initiated an internal investigation into Trooper Michael Proctor, the lead investigator in the Karen Read murder case, as confirmed by a spokesperson on Wednesday night. The investigation comes amidst the ongoing legal proceedings against Karen Read, who stands accused of second-degree murder in connection with the death of her boyfriend, Boston police Officer John O'Keefe. O'Keefe was discovered dead outside a Canton home belonging to the Albert family in January 2022. During a recent pretrial hearing, Read's defense team raised concerns about potential misconduct within the investigation. Defense attorney Alan Jackson alleged that Proctor had undisclosed relationships with key witnesses, including members of the Albert family. Jackson presented evidence, including text messages, suggesting a personal connection between Proctor and the Alberts. In response, Assistant District Attorney Adam Lally stated that while there was contact, the alleged babysitting arrangement never materialized. However, these allegations were refuted by Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey in an August 2023 public statement. Morrissey denied claims that Proctor had any motive or opportunity to tamper with evidence, emphasizing that Proctor had no personal relationship with parties involved in the case. Despite the ongoing investigation, Proctor will remain on full duty. The nature of the alleged violation remains undisclosed, and it is unclear whether it is directly related to Read's case. In light of recent developments, Read's defense team filed a motion requesting information from the State Police Internal Affairs Unit, although the specifics of their request have not been made public. Furthermore, supporters of Karen Read are planning a protest outside the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office in Canton on Thursday afternoon. The State Police's internal investigation raises questions about the integrity of the Karen Read case, casting further doubt on the prosecution's claims and emphasizing the need for transparency in legal proceedings. As developments unfold, the Massachusetts State Police and Norfolk County District Attorney's Office face increasing scrutiny over their handling of this high-profile murder case. This news comes amidst a backdrop of heightened tensions and public interest surrounding the case, with stakeholders eagerly awaiting further updates on its progress. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/15/20249 minutes, 7 seconds
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Idaho Supreme Court Denies Appeal to Dismiss Quadruple Murder Indictment, Grants Motion to Seal Documents

The Idaho Supreme Court has made a significant ruling regarding the case of Bryan Kohberger, accused in the quadruple murder case near the University of Idaho campus. On Tuesday, the court denied Kohberger's appeal request to toss out his grand jury indictment, marking a pivotal moment in the ongoing legal proceedings. In response to the appeal, the court granted Kohberger's request to seal the contents of his motion, adding a layer of confidentiality to the proceedings. "Kohberger's appeal to dismiss the grand jury indictment has been denied by the Idaho Supreme Court," stated the court's ruling, revealing the decision on the pivotal legal maneuver. However, the court further added, "We have granted the request to seal documents pertaining to the appeal." Amid the legal saga surrounding Bryan Kohberger's case, the defense raised a critical point, alleging that jurors received improper instructions during the indictment process. They argued that the standard of "probable cause" had been mistakenly applied instead of the more stringent "beyond a reasonable doubt," a criterion typically reserved for convicting suspects, not indicting them. However, despite acknowledging the defense's "creative" arguments, Latah County Judge John Judge dismissed the appeal in January. He cited legal precedent, emphasizing that the standard of "beyond reasonable doubt" was not mandatory for indictment purposes. Undeterred by the ruling, Kohberger's public defender took the case to the state's supreme court.Despite their efforts, the court stood by its decision, maintaining the indictment's validity. "This ruling upholds the integrity of the grand jury process," remarked a spokesperson for the prosecution, emphasizing the importance of adhering to legal standards in such high-profile cases. The defense has requested to relocate the trial from Latah County, where the murder case and its aftermath captivated its population of 40,000 in late 2022. A hearing for this motion, opposed by prosecutors, is scheduled for May 14. Kohberger faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary in connection with the deaths of Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Madison Mogen, who were found stabbed to death in a house near the University of Idaho campus. The legal saga surrounding Kohberger's case has been marked by numerous motions and hearings, with the trial date yet to be determined. A hearing is scheduled for April 17 to address Kohberger's request to move the trial out of Latah County, a motion based on concerns over pretrial publicity and jury impartiality. The denial of Kohberger's appeal represents a significant development in the case, as both the prosecution and defense continue to navigate the complexities of the legal system in pursuit of justice for the victims and their families. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/14/202413 minutes, 36 seconds
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Uvalde Police Chief Resigns Amidst Criticism Over Handling of Elementary School Shooting

In a move that has intensified divisions within the Uvalde community, Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez of Uvalde, Texas, has announced his resignation, effective April 6. The decision follows mounting criticism surrounding the department's response to the tragic mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022. Rodriguez, who was on vacation in Arizona during the fateful incident, cited a desire for a new career chapter in his resignation statement, thanking his colleagues for their dedication to serving and protecting the community. However, the announcement comes amidst ongoing scrutiny and outrage over the department's handling of the shooting and the subsequent release of a report defending its actions. "The City of Uvalde is grateful to Chief Rodriguez for his 26 years of service to our community," remarked Mayor Cody Smith in response to Rodriguez's resignation. The move places Assistant Chief of Police Homer Delgado in the role of interim chief while the city embarks on the search for a full-time replacement. The resignation announcement coincides with the release of an independent report commissioned by the Uvalde City Council, which defended the actions of the Uvalde police officers who responded to the elementary school shooting. However, the report's findings have sparked outrage among the families of the 19 children and two teachers who lost their lives in the tragedy. Veronica Mata, whose daughter Tess was among the victims, expressed frustration over Rodriguez's resignation, condemning it as an "easy way out." Mata's sentiments reflect a broader sentiment of discontent within the community, as residents grapple with questions of accountability and justice in the wake of the devastating incident. Tensions have escalated further as city officials clash with Uvalde District Attorney Christina Mitchell's office over access to information related to the police response. A criminal investigation into the handling of the shooting remains ongoing, with concerns raised about communication breakdowns and insufficient officer training highlighted in both the city's report and a Department of Justice review. Amidst the turmoil, the Uvalde community remains divided, with some city council members rejecting the findings of the report and demanding greater accountability. Parents, family members, and survivors continue to demand answers, questioning why officers who delayed their response to the shooting have not faced consequences. As Uvalde grapples with the aftermath of the tragic shooting, the resignation of Chief Daniel Rodriguez serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges facing law enforcement and the community at large. Moving forward, the search for justice and healing remains paramount, as Uvalde strives to reconcile its past while forging a path towards a safer and more resilient future. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/14/20247 minutes, 8 seconds
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Connecticut Woman Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter Six Years After Husband's Death

Linda Kosuda-Bigazzi, a 76-year-old woman from Connecticut, has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, marking a significant development in the case surrounding the death of her husband, Dr. Pierluigi Bigazzi. The plea, announced by Hartford Judicial District State’s Attorney Sharmese L. Walcott, follows a six-year legal saga that began with Dr. Bigazzi's mysterious demise. Dr. Pierluigi Bigazzi, an 84-year-old professor at the University of Connecticut, was discovered deceased in the couple's Burlington home in February 2018. The grim revelation came to light during a welfare check initiated by his employer, who had not heard from Dr. Bigazzi for several months. Authorities believe Dr. Bigazzi passed away in July 2017, as confirmed by a medical examiner who cited blunt force trauma to the head as the cause of death. The circumstances surrounding his demise raised suspicions, particularly as police found evidence suggesting his body had been stored in the basement for months. Investigation into the case uncovered a disturbing detail: despite Dr. Bigazzi's death, his paychecks continued to be deposited into the couple's joint checking account until the authorities discovered his body in early 2018. This revelation further fueled suspicions surrounding Kosuda-Bigazzi's involvement in her husband's death. In the wake of the guilty plea, Kosuda-Bigazzi faces charges of first-degree manslaughter and larceny. Her sentencing is slated for June 28 in Hartford Superior Court, bringing a semblance of closure to a case that has gripped the community for years. “This case has been pending for six years, so we are thankful we were able to reach a resolution today,” remarked State’s Attorney Sharmese L. Walcott following Kosuda-Bigazzi's plea. Kosuda-Bigazzi's legal journey began in February 2018 when she was initially charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence. Despite posting a $1.5 million bail, she was placed under house arrest, with the details of the case sealed by the court. The University of Connecticut community mourned the loss of Dr. Bigazzi, acknowledging his longtime tenure as a faculty member in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UConn School of Medicine. UConn Health expressed its condolences in a statement, highlighting the collaborative efforts between university and local law enforcement in investigating Dr. Bigazzi's death. As the legal proceedings unfold, the plea from Kosuda-Bigazzi marks a significant milestone in unraveling the mysteries surrounding Dr. Bigazzi's death, offering some closure to his family and the community at large. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/13/202411 minutes, 32 seconds
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Stephan Sterns Faces 60 Additional New Charges Madeline Soto case

The investigation into the disappearance and death of Madeline Soto has taken a distressing turn as her stepfather, Stephan Sterns, faces a fresh wave of charges related to disturbing images and videos discovered on his phone. Sterns, previously charged with sexual battery of a minor, now confronts an additional 60 charges, including sexual battery on a child under 12 and possession of materials depicting sexual performance by a child, according to the Kissimmee Police Department. "We appreciate the efforts of our partners in the State Attorney’s Office in assisting with seeking justice for Madeline," stated Kissimmee Police Chief Betty Holland. "With this being a complex case with many facets, our work is not done, and we are continuing our investigation into the timeline leading up to Madeline’s death." Madeline Soto's disappearance sent shockwaves through the Kissimmee community when she was last seen alive on February 26. Tragically, her lifeless body was found just days later on March 1 in a wooded area. The circumstances surrounding her death remain shrouded in mystery, with no charges yet filed, and police withholding information about the cause of her demise. The revelation of disturbing content on Sterns' phone adds a disturbing layer to the investigation. Despite initially consenting to a search of his device, Sterns claimed to have accidentally performed a factory reset. However, investigators uncovered a trove of images and videos dating back years, depicting Soto being sexually abused. These findings underscore the complexity of the case and the urgency in seeking justice for Madeline. The charges against Sterns cast a shadow of suspicion over his involvement in Madeline's disappearance and subsequent death. As authorities delve deeper into the case, they remain committed to uncovering the truth and holding those responsible accountable. The community continues to mourn the loss of Madeline Soto, a young life cut short under tragic circumstances. As the investigation progresses, the hope for closure and justice for Madeline and her loved ones remains paramount. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/13/202410 minutes, 51 seconds
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Scott Peterson Case: Los Angeles Innocence Project Pursues New Evidence, Status Hearing Granted

Scott Peterson, convicted of first-degree murder in 2004 for the deaths of his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son, has been granted a status hearing by a California judge, following the involvement of the Los Angeles Innocence Project (LAIP) in his case. Peterson's case, which garnered national attention, is set for a hearing on Mar. 12, where he is expected to appear via Zoom, while LAIP representatives will be present in person before Judge Elizabeth Hill. Now 51 years old, Peterson has served over two decades in prison after initially being sentenced to death, later commuted to life without parole. The involvement of the LA Innocence Project signals a significant development. The organization, known for taking on cases with potential DNA evidence to prove innocence, believes that Peterson's state and federal constitutional rights were violated. During a recent appearance on Court TV’s “Opening Statements with Julie Grant,” criminal defense attorney Kaysia Earley highlighted the importance of the LAIP's involvement, stating, “Ultimately, his constitutional rights were violated so if there was any exculpatory evidence that can exonerate him that they see, then it’s worth going after; and in this case, that exculpatory evidence is DNA evidence.” The LAIP seeks to conduct DNA testing on specific items related to the case, including a hammer believed to have been present at a burglary scene across the street from the Petersons' home around the time of Laci's disappearance. Additionally, they aim to test a blood-stained mattress found in a burned-out van in the Petersons' neighborhood on Christmas Day 2002. According to court filings from the LAIP, new evidence supports Peterson’s claim of innocence and raises questions about who abducted and killed Laci and Conner Peterson. The documents assert violations of Peterson's constitutional rights and claim of actual innocence backed by newly discovered evidence. While a new trial may be ordered if Peterson's due process is found to be violated, it remains an uphill battle. Despite public scrutiny over Peterson's behavior, including infidelity, the focus lies on the potential new evidence and constitutional violations. Cameras will be permitted in the courtroom for what could be a pivotal moment in the ongoing legal saga surrounding Scott Peterson’s conviction. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/12/20247 minutes, 31 seconds
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Georgia Men Indicted on Federal Charges for Alleged Home Explosion Plot Involving a Python and Scalping

Two Georgia men, Stephen Glosser, 37, and Caleb Kinsey, 34, face federal charges following an indictment connected to an alleged home explosion targeting a woman and her child in Richmond Hill, Ga., in January 2023. Authorities revealed that the explosion, occurring on January 13, 2023, resulted from an improvised explosive device detonated at a residential structure around 5 a.m. Fortunately, the occupants, the woman, and her child, escaped unharmed. The victim had recently moved into the home, and Bryan County Sheriff Mark Crowe disclosed that the woman had a prior relationship with one of the suspects, though not specifying which one. The indictment, issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Georgia, details disturbing plans allegedly orchestrated by Glosser and Kinsey over a month-long period between December 2022 and January 2023. The indictment accuses the men of plotting various attacks, including releasing a large python into the victim’s home to harm her daughter and scalping the woman. Additionally, they allegedly planned to shoot arrows into her front door and mail dog feces or dead rats to her. Moreover, Glosser allegedly searched online to locate the woman’s address and mapped out a path to her home. The duo is accused of crafting an explosive device and then using it to blow up the victim’s home. Charges against Glosser and Kinsey include stalking, using an explosive to commit a felony, and conspiracy, among others. Kinsey faces additional charges of providing false statements while purchasing a firearm and possession of firearms by a felon. Authorities have not disclosed a possible motive for the attack. Both suspects were apprehended shortly after the explosion, with Glosser arrested locally and Kinsey arrested in Louisiana in February 2023. However, it wasn't until more than a year later that they were formally indicted on the federal charges. As of now, it is unclear whether Glosser and Kinsey have retained legal representation or entered pleas. Online court records do not provide this information. This case highlights the gravity of the charges and the alleged premeditated nature of the attempted attack, prompting concern among authorities and the community about the safety of the victim and her family. The trial proceedings are expected to reveal further insights into the motives and specifics surrounding this disturbing incident. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/12/202412 minutes, 38 seconds
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CBI Scientist's Misconduct Raises Concerns Over DNA Testing Integrity

The integrity of DNA testing in Colorado has been called into question following revelations of misconduct by a longtime Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) scientist. Yvonne "Missy" Woods, a 29-year CBI employee, retired under duress late last year amid allegations of cutting corners and tampering with DNA testing procedures. According to the agency's internal investigation, Woods omitted critical information from criminal justice records and manipulated DNA test results by altering, deleting, and omitting data. This misconduct has raised significant concerns about the reliability of her work, prompting the CBI to take decisive action to address the issue. "The discovery of Missy Woods' misconduct has put all of her work in question," stated CBI officials in a news release. While the review did not uncover evidence of falsified DNA matches, it revealed significant deviations from standard testing protocols and a failure to adhere to quality control measures. To rectify the situation, the CBI has requested $7.5 million from state legislators. This funding will be allocated towards retesting approximately 3,000 DNA samples through a third-party laboratory and compensating individuals who may have been wrongly convicted due to Woods' compromised work. So far, the agency has identified problems in 652 of Woods' cases spanning from 2008 to 2023. Additionally, a review of her work from 1994 to 2008 is underway. The CBI emphasized that Woods violated both the agency's code of conduct and laboratory policies regarding data retention and quality control. CBI Director Chris Schaefer condemned Woods' actions as an "unprecedented breach of trust" and pledged transparency as the agency addresses the fallout from her misconduct. In addition to ongoing criminal investigations into Woods' conduct, the CBI is conducting a comprehensive audit of all DNA analysts within the agency. The ramifications of Woods' misconduct extend beyond the CBI, as abnormalities were also discovered in the work of another Colorado analyst, Chiara Wuensch, who was terminated from the Weld County Sheriff's Office following the revelations. Weld County spokesperson Melissa Chesmore confirmed that Wuensch is under criminal investigation for her conduct. While the labs where Woods and Wuensch worked are separate, they are interconnected through case work and partnerships, highlighting broader concerns about the oversight and quality control measures within forensic laboratories. As authorities work to address the fallout from these revelations, the public is left grappling with uncertainties surrounding the reliability of DNA testing in criminal investigations, underscoring the importance of maintaining integrity and transparency within forensic science practices. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/11/202410 minutes, 48 seconds
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Owners of Missouri Christian Boarding School Charged with Kidnapping Amid Runaway Reports

Larry Musgrave and his wife Carmen Musgrave, owners of ABM Ministries in Piedmont, Missouri, find themselves entangled in legal trouble as they face charges of first-degree kidnapping following reports of several boys running away from the school. The Wayne County Sheriff's Department Southeast Missouri arrested Larry, 57, on March 1 from ABM Ministries, while Carmen, 64, was detained the next day when attempting to visit him in jail, according to authorities. Sheriff Dean Finch revealed that his office initiated an investigation into ABM Ministries months ago, spurred by a complaint from a former student who alleged she was "held against her will" at the facility. The investigation gained momentum as reports surfaced about five boys running away from the school since January, with one incident involving two boys seeking help from a neighbor who then called 911. Describing ABM Ministries as a Christian school for boys aged 10-13 with learning impairments or disorders, Finch noted that the investigation involved interviews with former and current students of the institution.  The educational institution, overseen by ABM Ministries, typically enrolls an average of 40 students. Following the model of many religious boarding schools, it adopts the Accelerated Christian Learning curriculum, allowing students to progress at their own pace. Described in its parents manual as being "dedicated to the training of children in a program of study, activity, and living that is Bible-centered," the school emphasizes a curriculum deeply rooted in Christian teachings. The manual further outlines the school's approach to discipline as "firm, consistent, fair, and tempered with love." The troubled history of ABM Ministries has come to light, with reports indicating that the school, initially co-ed, faced legal scrutiny in 2009 when a federal lawsuit accused a former principal of engaging in sexual misconduct with a female student. The lawsuit alleged the Musgraves failed to protect the victim, resulting in a settlement.  Responding to the developments, Sheriff Finch expressed determination to uncover the truth and ensure justice for all victims involved. "When it comes to children, Sheriff Finch will leave no stone unturned until all victims are interviewed," the statement asserted. ABM Ministries' website, which previously highlighted its mission to assist boys with learning impairments or disorders, was found to be non-functional. The school had approximately 40 enrolled students at any given time, according to previous reports. The legal proceedings surrounding the Musgraves' charges remain ongoing, with uncertainty regarding their plea to the charges. Despite requests for comments, the couple's attorney has not responded to inquiries. As investigations continue, authorities anticipate additional victims to come forward, raising the possibility of further charges against the Musgraves. The case underscores the importance of safeguarding vulnerable individuals and ensuring accountability within educational institutions. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/11/20249 minutes, 26 seconds
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What Does Jen Soto Know About The Murder Of Her Daughter Maddie Soto? -WEEK IN REVIEW

Welcome to the "Week in Review," where we delve into the true stories behind this week's headlines. Your host, Tony Brueski, joins hands with a rotating roster of guests, sharing their insights and analysis on a collection of intriguing, perplexing, and often chilling stories that made the news.       This is not your average news recap. With the sharp investigative lens of Tony and his guests, the show uncovers layers beneath the headlines, offering a comprehensive perspective that traditional news can often miss. From high-profile criminal trials to in-depth examinations of ongoing investigations, this podcast takes listeners on a fascinating journey through the world of true crime and current events.       Each episode navigates through multiple stories, illuminating their details with factual reporting, expert commentary, and engaging conversation. Tony and his guests discuss each case's nuances, complexities, and human elements, delivering a multi-dimensional understanding to their audience.  Whether you are a dedicated follower of true crime or an everyday listener interested in the stories shaping our world, the "Week In Review" brings you the perfect balance of intrigue, information, and intelligent conversation. Expect thoughtful analysis, informed opinions, and thought-provoking discussions beyond the 24-hour news cycle. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/10/202435 minutes, 11 seconds
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Breaking Down The Jenn Soto & Stephan Sterns Interviews While Maddie Soto Went Missing-WEEK IN REVIEW

Welcome to the "Week in Review," where we delve into the true stories behind this week's headlines. Your host, Tony Brueski, joins hands with a rotating roster of guests, sharing their insights and analysis on a collection of intriguing, perplexing, and often chilling stories that made the news.       This is not your average news recap. With the sharp investigative lens of Tony and his guests, the show uncovers layers beneath the headlines, offering a comprehensive perspective that traditional news can often miss. From high-profile criminal trials to in-depth examinations of ongoing investigations, this podcast takes listeners on a fascinating journey through the world of true crime and current events.       Each episode navigates through multiple stories, illuminating their details with factual reporting, expert commentary, and engaging conversation. Tony and his guests discuss each case's nuances, complexities, and human elements, delivering a multi-dimensional understanding to their audience.  Whether you are a dedicated follower of true crime or an everyday listener interested in the stories shaping our world, the "Week In Review" brings you the perfect balance of intrigue, information, and intelligent conversation. Expect thoughtful analysis, informed opinions, and thought-provoking discussions beyond the 24-hour news cycle. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/10/202427 minutes, 55 seconds
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Autopsy Reveals Cause of Death for Woman Found Dead in Firefighter's Home

The mystery surrounding the death of Sarah Kathleen Sweeney, 39, found deceased in a firefighter's home in the Village of Westwood near Frontenac on Jan. 13, has taken a significant step forward as the St. Louis County Medical Examiner completed her autopsy. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Gershom Norfleet determined that Sweeney's cause of death was "Oxycodone, Gabapentin, and Diphenhydramine Intoxication," though the manner of death remains "Undetermined." According to the official report released by Frontenac PD, Sweeney was discovered with no apparent signs of trauma, and the investigation suggests she was alone at the time of her death. In response to the findings, the Sweeney family issued a statement expressing gratitude for the investigative efforts. "Our family has complete confidence in the thorough investigation made by the St Louis County Medical Examiner's office and the Frontenac Police Department," they said. "We'd like to thank them for their hard work on this case, and for their kindness and compassion when communicating with us." Acknowledging the ongoing police investigation, the family urged privacy, stating, "Our hope is to close this chapter of our lives soon so that we can grieve, move on, and continue to honor the memory of our Sarah." Days after Sweeney's tragic demise, her attorney revealed that she battled severe health conditions, including a life-threatening bone disorder and mast cell activation disorder. These conditions shed light on potential factors contributing to her death, raising questions about the circumstances surrounding her passing. Complicating matters further, the home where Sweeney was found deceased had a troubling history. It belonged to a man whose fiancée, Grace Holland, died of a single gunshot wound to the head two years prior. While police initially classified Holland's death as a suicide, her family harbored concerns about the investigation's integrity. Through their attorney, Holland's family had called for a meticulous examination into Sweeney's death, citing lingering doubts stemming from Holland's case. However, no charges or arrests have been made in connection with Sweeney's death, and the firefighter's identity and department remain undisclosed. Despite inquiries, Frontenac police have yet to provide additional information regarding the ongoing investigation. As the community awaits further developments, questions linger surrounding the circumstances of Sarah Kathleen Sweeney's untimely demise, leaving loved ones seeking closure and justice. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/8/202411 minutes, 12 seconds
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Texts Reveal Panic of Girl, 12, Allegedly Drugged at Sleepover; Father Faces Felony Charges

A disturbing incident unfolded in Lake Oswego last August when three 12-year-old girls were hospitalized after allegedly being exposed to an unknown prescription drug during a sleepover at a friend's house. Now, harrowing text messages from one of the girls shed light on the terrifying ordeal, while the host of the sleepover, Michael Meyden, faces multiple felony charges. According to authorities, Meyden, 57, of Lake Oswego, is accused of drugging the girls by lacing mango smoothies with benzodiazepine and encouraging them to drink. Meyden turned himself in at the Clackamas County Jail on February 28, 2024, after a Clackamas County Grand Jury indicted him on nine felony and misdemeanor charges, including causing ingestion of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance to a minor. The text messages exchanged by one of the frightened girls and her mother paint a chilling picture of the events that transpired that night. In a frantic plea for help, the girl texted her mother at 1:43 a.m., saying, "Mom please pick me up and say I had a family emergency. I don't feel safe... Please pick up. Please. PLEASE!!" Despite her desperate messages, the girl's mother did not respond, prompting the girl to reach out to her friends' parents for assistance. Eventually, one friend's mother came to pick her up from Meyden's house, where she allegedly experienced disturbing encounters with Meyden while pretending to be asleep. "So I'm 'sleeping' and her dad comes down and (I'm) hugging [the friend] because she was scared, and he kept moving us away from each other but kept doing tests to make sure we weren't awake," the frightened girl recounted in a text to her friend. The concerned parents of the girls ultimately intervened, refusing to leave Meyden's house until they retrieved their daughters. Subsequent hospital tests confirmed that all three girls had ingested benzodiazepine. Meyden, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, was released on a $50,000 bond following his indictment. Notably, less than two months after the incident, Meyden finalized his divorce from his wife of 16 years and relocated to Vancouver, Wash. The case has sparked outrage and concern among the community, highlighting the importance of vigilance and communication in safeguarding children from potential dangers. As legal proceedings unfold, authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the alleged drugging incident, while families grapple with the trauma inflicted upon their children. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/8/202411 minutes, 15 seconds
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Defense Attorney's Jury Questions Raise Concerns in James Crumbley Trial

 The ongoing jury selection process in the involuntary manslaughter trial of James Crumbley took a dramatic turn as defense attorney Mariell Lehman's probing inquiries stirred controversy and prompted objections from the prosecution. During the proceedings, Lehman's line of questioning delved into critical aspects of the case, aiming to challenge the prosecution's narrative and establish nuanced distinctions between Crumbley's actions and his son's. Key points of focus included: - **Parental Responsibility:** Lehman prompted potential jurors to consider hypothetical scenarios regarding parental gifts and responsibilities. One question posed was whether gifting a car to a teenager implies ownership and control.   - **Mental Health Awareness:** Addressing the complexities of identifying mental health issues, particularly among teenagers, Lehman sought to gauge jurors' understanding of depression and the challenges associated with recognizing its signs. - **Firearm Access:** Amid allegations that Crumbley provided his son with easy access to the weapon used in the school shooting, Lehman probed jurors' perspectives on firearm storage and access. Questions revolved around distinguishing between intentional and passive access to firearms. While Lehman defended her questions as pertinent to the case's core issues, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald raised objections, asserting that some queries delved too deeply into case specifics. Tensions escalated as McDonald accused Lehman of overstepping boundaries, prompting intervention from the presiding judge to ensure a fair and impartial jury selection process. The diverse pool of 15 potential jurors included individuals with varying backgrounds and experiences. Notably, six jurors disclosed firearm ownership, prompting strategic considerations from both the defense and prosecution teams. As the trial unfolds, public scrutiny intensifies, underscoring the need for transparency and accountability in navigating the complexities surrounding one of the nation's most devastating school shootings. James Crumbley's trial marks the final chapter in a tragic saga that shook the Oxford High School community on November 30, 2021, resulting in multiple fatalities and leaving scars that continue to reverberate. With the legal proceedings underway, the pursuit of justice for the victims and their families remains at the forefront, highlighting the profound impact of gun violence on communities nationwide. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/7/20249 minutes, 42 seconds
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Outrage Over Sheriff Sharing Photo of Deceased Teen on Social Media Sparks Investigations

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office is under fire following the controversial sharing of a photo believed to depict the lifeless body of 13-year-old Madeline Soto on social media. The incident has sparked outrage and raised serious questions about accountability and transparency within the law enforcement agency. Sheriff Marcos Lopez ignited the controversy when he allegedly posted the disturbing image on his personal Instagram page, just hours after Soto's body was discovered in a rural area outside St. Cloud. While Lopez claimed the post was accidental, the public condemnation was swift, with many questioning the appropriateness and ethics of sharing such a graphic image. In a separate incident, the Sheriff's executive director, Nirva Rodriguez, added fuel to the fire by posting a selfie with suspect Stephan Sterns during a perp walk, accompanied by a caption that drew further criticism. These actions directly violate the Sheriff's own social media policy, which explicitly prohibits the dissemination of information from ongoing criminal investigations, including photographs, as well as making statements about the guilt or innocence of any suspect. Law enforcement expert Randy Nelson expressed dismay at the violations, emphasizing the importance of adhering to established policies and procedures. "It makes you look at the leadership. I mean, that’s, that’s all one can do. And once again, it goes back to transparency and accountability," Nelson remarked, reflecting the broader concerns regarding the conduct of the Sheriff's Office. Compounding the controversy is the revelation that Osceola County Sheriff's Office was not the lead agency investigating Soto's death, raising questions about why the graphic photo was in Sheriff Lopez's possession and who took it. Despite inquiries, the Sheriff's Office has remained tight-lipped on these matters, fueling further speculation and frustration. While State Attorney Andrew Bain expressed deep concern over the careless public release of the photos, he indicated that their evidentiary impact on the case may be limited for now. However, defense attorney Roger Weeden highlighted the potential ramifications of such unprofessional conduct, particularly in the context of a trial where juror perceptions could be influenced by the actions of law enforcement. As investigations into the matter unfold, the community demands answers and accountability from the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, underscoring the need for greater transparency and adherence to established protocols in handling sensitive information and evidence. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
3/7/202412 minutes, 19 seconds
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Breaking Down The Jenn Soto & Stephan Sterns Interviews While Maddie Soto Went Missing

 Investigators in Kissimmee have unearthed evidence that Stephan Sterns, the key suspect in the case of 13-year-old Madeline Soto's death, had been engaging in sexual abuse against her for almost two years. This revelation comes from video and photo evidence found during the investigation into her disappearance, as outlined in court affidavits filed in Osceola County and made available to the public on Tuesday. Initially released in heavily redacted form, the affidavits were later updated to include more details following the discovery of Madeline's body, albeit with some redactions remaining. Sterns, 37, who was in a relationship with Madeline's mother, is charged with two instances of sexual battery against a minor, one of which dates back to when Madeline was 11, a crime that could lead to a death sentence upon conviction. Although Kissimmee Police Chief Betty Holland has not confirmed Madeline as the victim in these charges, the court documents reference the young girl's birth date and describe her as "the missing juvenile," indirectly linking her to the crimes. The affidavits detail the abuse occurring from February 2022 to February 2024, covering the period from when Madeline was 11 until her disappearance. They specify two incidents captured on Sterns' phone, one in August 2022 when Madeline was 11, and another when she was 12, without specifying the date of the latter. Further details emerged from a press conference led by Orange County Sheriff John Mina, revealing that Madeline had left messages to friends about her plans to "live in the woods" upon turning 13, coinciding with her birthday on February 22. While Sterns is currently detained on charges related to the sexual abuse, he has not been charged in connection with Madeline's death. His arrest followed the discovery of the incriminating photos and videos on his phone. He is being held in the Osceola County Jail without bond. Investigations pinpointed the location of many of the incidents to the apartment shared by Madeline, Sterns, and her mother in Venetian Bay Villages, Kissimmee. Madeline's mother, Jenn Soto, has not been implicated as a suspect in her daughter's disappearance or death. The case came to public attention when Madeline was reported missing after Sterns claimed to have dropped her off at a church near her school. Evidence presented by Holland and Mina at a press conference indicated Sterns discarding Madeline's belongings in a dumpster on the morning of her disappearance. Later evidence suggested Madeline was already deceased when Sterns returned to the scene. Madeline's body was eventually found by search teams in a wooded area in St. Cloud, bringing a tragic turn to the investigation. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/6/202427 minutes, 50 seconds
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What Does Jen Soto Know About The Murder Of Her Daughter Maddie Soto?

Investigators in Kissimmee have unearthed evidence that Stephan Sterns, the key suspect in the case of 13-year-old Madeline Soto's death, had been engaging in sexual abuse against her for almost two years. This revelation comes from video and photo evidence found during the investigation into her disappearance, as outlined in court affidavits filed in Osceola County and made available to the public on Tuesday. Initially released in heavily redacted form, the affidavits were later updated to include more details following the discovery of Madeline's body, albeit with some redactions remaining. Sterns, 37, who was in a relationship with Madeline's mother, is charged with two instances of sexual battery against a minor, one of which dates back to when Madeline was 11, a crime that could lead to a death sentence upon conviction. Although Kissimmee Police Chief Betty Holland has not confirmed Madeline as the victim in these charges, the court documents reference the young girl's birth date and describe her as "the missing juvenile," indirectly linking her to the crimes. The affidavits detail the abuse occurring from February 2022 to February 2024, covering the period from when Madeline was 11 until her disappearance. They specify two incidents captured on Sterns' phone, one in August 2022 when Madeline was 11, and another when she was 12, without specifying the date of the latter. Further details emerged from a press conference led by Orange County Sheriff John Mina, revealing that Madeline had left messages to friends about her plans to "live in the woods" upon turning 13, coinciding with her birthday on February 22. While Sterns is currently detained on charges related to the sexual abuse, he has not been charged in connection with Madeline's death. His arrest followed the discovery of the incriminating photos and videos on his phone. He is being held in the Osceola County Jail without bond. Investigations pinpointed the location of many of the incidents to the apartment shared by Madeline, Sterns, and her mother in Venetian Bay Villages, Kissimmee. Madeline's mother, Jenn Soto, has not been implicated as a suspect in her daughter's disappearance or death. The case came to public attention when Madeline was reported missing after Sterns claimed to have dropped her off at a church near her school. Evidence presented by Holland and Mina at a press conference indicated Sterns discarding Madeline's belongings in a dumpster on the morning of her disappearance. Later evidence suggested Madeline was already deceased when Sterns returned to the scene. Madeline's body was eventually found by search teams in a wooded area in St. Cloud, bringing a tragic turn to the investigation. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/6/202435 minutes, 6 seconds
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Gruesome Discovery in Long Island Park Leads to Search for Victims' Identities

A routine morning walk turned into a scene of horror for a group of teenagers in Long Island's Southards Pond Park as they stumbled upon a severed arm on Thursday morning. The ensuing investigation uncovered even more disturbing findings, prompting authorities to launch a search for the identities of the victims. The initial discovery, made by a student on her way to school around 8:40 a.m., led to a swift response from law enforcement after the student's father contacted 911. Suffolk County police descended upon the scene, initiating a thorough search of the area that revealed additional remains, including a severed head and leg belonging to a man, and the head, arm, and leg of a woman. Authorities believe the bodies were recently dumped, possibly mere hours or a day before their discovery, and likely by someone in a vehicle. The scattered locations of the remains within the park suggest that the victims were killed elsewhere before being discarded at the scene. According to Suffolk County Homicide Squad detectives, a right arm found on the eastern side of the park, approximately 20 feet from the original discovery of the left arm, bore tattoos and belonged to a man, providing crucial evidence in the ongoing investigation. However, no tattoos were found on the arms of the female victim. As authorities work tirelessly to piece together the events leading up to this gruesome discovery, the search for additional body parts continues. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner's Office is conducting autopsies to determine the cause of death and assist in identifying the victims. Amidst the unfolding investigation, the Suffolk County Homicide Squad is treating the case as a homicide, emphasizing the urgency of identifying the victims and bringing justice to those responsible for this heinous act. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/5/20247 minutes, 32 seconds
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Lori Vallow's Extradition Raises Questions Over Black Box Contents

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) deputies, on a mission to extradite Lori Vallow from a prison facility in Idaho, encountered a curious addition to her possessions - a locked black box. This revelation has sparked intrigue surrounding its contents and their relevance to ongoing legal proceedings. Newly obtained records shed light on Vallow's extradition journey, costing MCSO over $15,000, during which deputies were instructed to secure the black box and later book it into evidence. The contents, revealed through video footage, included electronic case files and notebooks, shedding further light on the legal complexities surrounding Vallow's case. According to deputies, Vallow, despite her incarceration, remained "extremely talkative" and "cooperative" throughout the journey, even posing inquiries about potential indictments against her husband, Chad Daybell, in Arizona. This inquiry comes in the wake of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office's decision not to prosecute Daybell in related cases. The black box, emblazoned with a label reading "Property of Means Law Office, PLLC," has raised questions about its connection to Vallow's legal representation in Idaho. The contents, including hard drives and a laptop, hint at the depth of legal complexities surrounding Vallow's extradition and subsequent legal battles. Vallow's case has garnered national attention, stemming from the tragic deaths of her children, Tylee and JJ, and her connection to the death of her former husband, Charles Vallow, and Chad Daybell's first wife, Tammy Daybell. While Vallow faces two conspiracy to commit murder charges in Maricopa County, her inquiries about Daybell's potential indictment underscore the ongoing legal saga surrounding this high-profile case. As Vallow awaits trial in the Estrella Jail, the revelation of the black box's contents adds yet another layer of intrigue to a case that has captivated public interest and legal scrutiny alike. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/5/20246 minutes, 28 seconds
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Michelle Troconis Found Guilty in Jennifer Dulos Murder Conspiracy Case

Michelle Troconis, 49, was convicted on Friday of conspiring to murder Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five who vanished from her Connecticut home in 2019. Troconis, visibly distraught, sat with her head down and wept as the verdict was delivered, marking a significant development in the high-profile case that has captivated the nation. Troconis, found guilty on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, hindering prosecution, and evidence tampering, faces up to 20 years in prison for her involvement in the plot. Her emotional response in court, with audible sobs and tears, underscored the gravity of the verdict as she was escorted from the courtroom by marshals. Prosecutors alleged that Troconis played a pivotal role in assisting her then-boyfriend, Fotis Dulos, in his scheme to kill his estranged wife and conceal the crime. Jennifer Dulos, 50, vanished on May 24, 2019, triggering an extensive investigation and media frenzy. Fotis Dulos, who maintained his innocence, took his own life in January 2020, shortly after being charged with murder. The case unfolded against the backdrop of a contentious divorce and custody battle between Jennifer and Fotis Dulos. Troconis, who was living with Fotis Dulos at the time of Jennifer's disappearance, was implicated in aiding his efforts to carry out the crime. The jury's verdict signifies a measure of closure for Jennifer's family and friends who have long sought justice in her disappearance. Jennifer Dulos, hailing from a prominent New York City family with ties to the fashion industry, vanished after dropping off her children at school. Her disappearance sparked widespread attention and was the subject of a made-for-TV movie, reflecting the public interest in the case. Troconis, described as a dual American and Venezuelan citizen with a diverse background in horse riding therapy programs and television production, now faces the prospect of a lengthy prison sentence. Her bond has been set at $6 million, and she is scheduled to be sentenced on May 31. The conviction of Troconis marks a significant milestone in the ongoing legal saga surrounding Jennifer Dulos's disappearance. Another defendant in the case, Kent Mawhinney, a friend and one-time lawyer of Fotis Dulos, awaits trial on a murder conspiracy charge, maintaining his innocence. As the legal proceedings continue, the verdict serves as a sobering reminder of the tragic consequences of domestic disputes turned deadly, leaving behind shattered lives and unanswered questions in their wake. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/4/20247 minutes, 36 seconds
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Execution of Convicted Serial Killer Delayed as Officials Fail to Find Vein for Lethal Injection

The scheduled execution of Thomas Creech, Idaho's longest-serving death row prisoner, faced a startling delay on Wednesday morning as prison officials struggled to find a suitable vein to administer the lethal injection. Creech, 73, convicted of five murders spanning three states, was set to face his sentence at 10 am PST, but the execution was abruptly called off due to complications with the procedure. Josh Twalt, Director of the Idaho Department of Corrections, announced the delay, stating, "The medical team could not establish an IV line, rendering the execution unable to proceed." Despite attempts by a team of three medical personnel to locate a vein in Creech's arms and legs, including ten separate tries, the procedure proved unsuccessful. Creech's arms and legs were strapped to the table as the attempts were made. In a statement, the department confirmed, "The State will consider next steps," as Creech's death warrant expired due to the failed execution attempt. Witnesses reported seeing Creech interacting with family members and even waving at various points during the process. However, upon the halt of the execution, a warden approached Creech and engaged in a private conversation with him. Creech's attorneys swiftly filed a motion for a stay in the US District Court, condemning the execution attempt's botched nature. They had previously filed multiple appeals on grounds including an unfair clemency hearing and ineffective counsel, all of which were denied by the US Supreme Court just hours before the scheduled execution. The convicted serial killer's story is one of infamy, with convictions for murders in Idaho, Oregon, and California, dating back to 1974. Creech confessed to additional murders, although his attorneys dispute the number, claiming it to be "grossly exaggerated." Despite attempts by supporters to argue for a sentence reduction to life without parole, Creech's history of violence has left a legacy of fear and mourning in the communities affected by his crimes. As the delay unfolded, protesters gathered outside the Idaho Maximum Security Institution, where Creech is incarcerated, adding to the tension surrounding the case. Creech, who had been joined by his wife for a last meal the night before, faces an uncertain future as legal proceedings continue. The failed execution attempt raises questions about the efficacy and humanity of the death penalty, reigniting debates surrounding its implementation and the potential for cruel and unusual punishment in its application. For now, Thomas Creech remains on death row, awaiting further legal proceedings to determine his fate. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/4/202416 minutes, 53 seconds
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Hearing in Bryan Kohberger Murder Trial Centers on Access to Investigative Genetic Genealogy Evidence

A pivotal hearing on Wednesday in the murder trial of Bryan Kohberger, the man accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November 2022, delved into the realm of investigative genetic genealogy (IGG) evidence, an aspect the defense deems crucial in its strategy. In a motion filed earlier in February, defense attorney Anne C. Taylor emphasized Bryan Kohberger's constitutional right to effective assistance of counsel, seeking access for three defense experts and unspecified "criminal investigators" to review the sealed IGG evidence. Taylor asserted that understanding this evidence was essential to scrutinize how and when Kohberger emerged as a suspect. Responding to the defense's motion, prosecutors did not oppose revealing the material to the defense experts but raised concerns regarding the inclusion of "criminal investigators" without specific identification. They argued that the defense hadn't adequately justified the necessity for their involvement. During the court session, Taylor reiterated the defense's stance, emphasizing the need to grasp the full timeline of events leading to Kohberger's identification as a suspect. However, Latah County District Court Judge John Judge refrained from granting extended access to the IGG material for the unnamed investigators at this stage. Instead, he suggested a separate hearing to evaluate specific justifications for their involvement. "What I'd like to get is some justification for digging in deeper if necessary. I'm not sure it's necessary but I'm going to keep an open mind about that," remarked Judge John. While seemingly minor, Wednesday's hearing underscored the defense's keen interest in meticulously examining the IGG evidence and its implications for the case. Investigative genetic genealogy, a potent forensic tool, has gained widespread adoption among law enforcement agencies in recent years. Notably, it has played a pivotal role in solving some of the nation's most notorious cold cases, including the apprehension of the Golden State Killer in 2018. As the legal proceedings continue, the focus remains on the intricate details of the investigative process and the admissibility of evidence crucial to determining Kohberger's culpability in the tragic deaths of the University of Idaho students.    Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/1/202411 minutes, 11 seconds
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EPA Postpones Demolition of Funeral Home with Improperly Stored Bodies, Second Owner Released from Jail

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a further delay in the demolition of the Return to Nature Funeral Home located in Penrose, Colorado, where nearly 200 bodies were found to be improperly stored. Initially scheduled for this week, the demolition has been postponed due to logistical issues surrounding landfill access, as confirmed by EPA officials. According to the EPA's statement released on February 27, 2024, the delay stems from pending logistical issues regarding landfill access. The EPA, in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Fremont County, awaits a minor modification to the preferred landfill’s ‘Certificate of Designation’ to proceed with the demolition. "We regret this unfortunate delay and stand ready to initiate the demolition as soon as possible," stated EPA officials. "We will continue to work diligently together to move forward and are committed to initiating demolition and removal of the building once landfill access is secured." This delay marks another setback in the ongoing saga surrounding the Return to Nature Funeral Home, which came under scrutiny after Fremont County deputies responded to numerous community complaints about a foul odor emanating from the premises. Upon investigation, authorities discovered nearly 200 bodies stacked inside, some of which had been deceased for several years. Families, who had entrusted the funeral home with their loved ones, were misled into believing that proper burial arrangements had been made. In a related development, Carie Hallford, the second owner of the funeral home, has been released from the El Paso County Jail. Hallford, who had been incarcerated since November following her arrest alongside Jon Hallford in Oklahoma and subsequent extradition to El Paso County, bonded out of jail on Tuesday night at 8:41, as confirmed by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Jon Hallford, the other owner, had been released on bond in January. The Hallfords face hundreds of charges in connection with the improper storage of bodies. They are expected to appear in court on March 21 for further proceedings. The community awaits further updates as authorities work to address the logistical hurdles delaying the demolition and continue to pursue justice in this disturbing case.   Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
3/1/20246 minutes, 30 seconds
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Judge Rules on Disclosure of Evidence in Kouri Richins Murder Case

In the ongoing legal saga surrounding the murder trial of Kouri Richins, a pivotal ruling was made by Third District Court Judge Richard Mrazik regarding the disclosure of certain evidence. The decision emerged following a hearing where arguments were presented regarding the release of materials believed to be pertinent to the case. The Summit County Attorney's Office had sought access to an envelope held by Kouri Richins, a Kamas mother of three, who stands accused of the murder of her husband, Eric Richins. The envelope, labeled as attorney-client privileged, contained a 33-page manuscript and a four-page letter, referred to as "letter number 2." During the hearing, independent lawyer Jami Brackin, representing the state, and Kouri's defense attorney, Skye Lazaro, presented their arguments before Judge Mrazik. The court granted permission for Brackin to review the contents of the envelope, leading to a ruling on the fate of the manuscript and the letter. Judge Mrazik determined that while the manuscript need not be disclosed, "letter number 2" was not protected under attorney-client privilege and must be surrendered to prosecutors. However, it remains unclear whether the information contained in the letter is directly related to the case or if its contents will be made public. This ruling follows previous filings by prosecutors, alleging that Kouri Richins violated jail rules by reading a portion of a letter from another inmate, dubbed the "Walk the Dog" letter, to her mother during a phone call. Subsequent searches of Kouri's cell led to the discovery of this six-page letter, which prosecutors argued contained a request for false testimony from Kouri's brother. Regarding the disputed manuscript, Kouri's defense asserted that it was an excerpt from a fictional mystery book she was writing, centered around themes of drugs and a Mexican prison. Judge Mrazik's decision to withhold disclosure of the manuscript leaves its contents a mystery, with Brackin prohibited from revealing any details to the County Attorney's Office. Amidst these legal proceedings, a preliminary hearing date has been set for May 15, offering a glimpse into the timeline of the case against Kouri Richins. She faces serious charges including aggravated murder and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, stemming from the fatal poisoning of her husband, Eric Richins, who ingested five times the lethal dose of fentanyl. Kouri remains incarcerated without bail as the legal process unfolds. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
2/29/202414 minutes
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Wisconsin Woman Receives 22-Year Sentence for Fatal Stabbing of Fiancé-"He Fell On the Knife"

A woman from New Richmond, Wisconsin, has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of her fiancé, Shaun Lewis, in their home. Marian Smith, 55, received her sentence on Tuesday in St. Croix Circuit Court after pleading guilty to charges of first-degree intentional homicide and resisting or obstructing police. The incident, which occurred 1½ years ago on August 27, 2022, shook the small community. According to court documents, Smith had called 911 from their residence in the 600 block of N. 2nd Street, prompting police and emergency medical personnel to respond. Upon arrival, officers found Lewis on the floor with multiple wounds. Despite efforts to save him, Lewis succumbed to his injuries at the scene. An autopsy conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office determined that Lewis died from a stab wound to his abdomen, with an additional less serious wound to his chest. During the investigation, Smith provided law enforcement with various accounts of what transpired that fateful morning. Among her statements was the claim that Lewis had fallen on a knife during an argument between them, leading to his fatal injuries. Despite her explanations, the evidence presented in court, including the autopsy report, supported the conclusion that Smith was responsible for Lewis's death. As a result, she ultimately pleaded guilty to the charges brought against her. Smith's sentencing includes credit for the time she has already served in jail since her arrest. This means she is expected to spend approximately the first 1½ years of her term behind bars, with the remainder on extended release. The tragic outcome of this case serves as a reminder of the consequences of domestic disputes escalating to violence. Law enforcement officials urge individuals facing conflicts within their relationships to seek assistance and support to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future.   Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
2/29/202410 minutes, 17 seconds
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Uncle of Uvalde School Shooting Victim Arrested During Heated Speech at Commissioners' Meeting

In a poignant display of anguish and frustration, Brett Cross, the uncle and legal guardian of Uziyah Garcia, one of the victims of the tragic Uvalde school shooting, was arrested during a charged confrontation at a Uvalde County Commissioners Court meeting. Uziyah Garcia was one of the 19 children and 2 teachers who lost their lives in the devastating mass shooting that unfolded at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022. The incident, which ranks among the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, shook the nation and left communities grappling with grief and questions about law enforcement's response. Video footage from the recent commissioners' meeting captured the raw emotions as Cross directed his anger towards former Uvalde Police Chief Mariano Pargas Jr., who was in office during the shooting. Cross's impassioned speech underscored the lingering pain and frustration over the slow police response that potentially cost lives on that fateful day. "How is it that there is a motion to approve minutes when he hasn’t been here in the past two months?" Cross demanded, questioning Pargas's commitment and presence during critical moments. "We are paying a man’s salary who refuses to do anything. You couldn’t show up and see the children who survived." As Cross's speech escalated, commissioners urged him to refrain from using foul language, but his anguish spilled over into profanity. "Language, language, language. My child is (expletive) dead!" he exclaimed, his voice cracking with grief and anger. Cross's outburst resulted in his arrest by the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Department on charges of disrupting a meeting or procession. However, he contends that his emotions were justified, expressing that his anguish over his son's death far outweighed any concerns about language. "Profane is burying your child, profane is picking out which cartoon character is going to be on their casket," Cross expressed in an interview following his release. "The F word is not." In response to the incident, the Uvalde Police Department clarified that they assisted in detaining Cross but were not directly responsible for his arrest. They reiterated their commitment to upholding the law and ensuring public safety, emphasizing their dedication to serving the community. As Cross grapples with the aftermath of his arrest, his impassioned plea for accountability serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing trauma and unanswered questions that linger in the wake of the Uvalde school shooting. In his quest for justice and transparency, Cross echoes the sentiments of grieving families across the nation, demanding accountability and action to prevent future tragedies. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
2/28/202411 minutes, 23 seconds
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Paul Ferguson Sentenced to 30-100 Years for Torturing Brother at Mother's Behest

In a courtroom filled with palpable tension and sorrow, Paul Ferguson, 20, faced sentencing on Monday for his role in the horrific torture inflicted upon his younger brother, Timothy Ferguson, under the direction of their mother, Shanda Vander Ark. The sentencing, delivered by Judge Matthew Kacel, marked the culmination of a harrowing legal saga that exposed the depths of human depravity and familial betrayal. Paul's involvement in Timothy's torture came to light in December when he pleaded guilty to first-degree child abuse, a charge stemming from the events that unfolded in their Norton Shores home back in July 2022. Responding to a distress call, authorities arrived at the family residence to discover Timothy's lifeless body, shockingly emaciated and weighing a mere 69 pounds, bearing the harrowing scars of prolonged abuse and neglect. During the trial, Paul recounted the grim details of Timothy's torment, revealing a chilling narrative of confinement, restraint, and relentless cruelty. Timothy, just 15 years old at the time of his death, was relegated to a squalid closet in the basement, where he endured unspeakable horrors at the hands of his own family. Prosecutors painted a damning portrait of Paul, portraying him as both a victim and a perpetrator, a pawn in his mother's twisted machinations, yet complicit in the torture inflicted upon his vulnerable sibling. They argued that Paul's upbringing, marred by abuse and neglect, rendered him susceptible to his mother's manipulation, creating a toxic environment where cruelty thrived unchecked. In a poignant plea for leniency, Paul's defense sought to cast him as a pawn in his mother's sinister game, a victim of circumstance ensnared in a cycle of violence and coercion. Yet, Judge Kacel remained unmoved, delivering a scathing rebuke of Paul's actions, condemning his lack of remorse and empathy as he handed down a sentence of 30 to 100 years behind bars. Addressing Paul directly, Judge Kacel admonished him for his callous disregard for his brother's suffering, denouncing his actions as tantamount to complicity in Timothy's tragic demise. He expressed grave concerns about Paul's potential danger to society and the apparent absence of genuine remorse, highlighting the profound betrayal of trust and familial bonds that defined Paul's actions. As Paul Ferguson begins his long incarceration, the scars of Timothy's ordeal serve as a haunting reminder of the enduring legacy of abuse and the devastating toll it exacts on its victims and their loved ones. In the pursuit of justice for Timothy, his memory serves as a beacon of hope for a future free from the shadows of cruelty and neglect. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
2/27/202410 minutes, 44 seconds
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Family Fears for Missing American Couple Allegedly Killed While Sailing in Grenada

The anguish of uncertainty weighs heavily on the family of Kathy Brandel and Ralph Hendry, an American couple who vanished while sailing the waters of Grenada. Amidst chilling revelations and mounting fears, loved ones are left grappling with the haunting question of their fate. The couple's peaceful voyage turned into a nightmare on Feb. 18 when they mysteriously disappeared, leaving behind a vessel that bore signs of a violent struggle. The Royal Grenada Police Force swiftly connected their disappearance to the escape of three prisoners from a nearby holding cell, casting a sinister shadow over the tranquil island. Brandel's son, Nick Buro, painted a grim picture of the scene aboard their boat, revealing that it was "ransacked" with belongings scattered, indicating a tumultuous altercation. He emphasized his parents' meticulous attention to safety, making the circumstances surrounding their disappearance all the more perplexing and distressing. "We are doing our best to try and get answers to find out what is next in terms of hopefully finding them safely recovered somewhere on the islands," Buro stated, echoing the family's relentless pursuit of truth amidst the uncertainty that shrouds their loved ones' whereabouts. The couple's journey was emblematic of their adventurous spirit, having sold their home years ago to embark on a globe-trotting odyssey aboard their beloved boat. However, their maiden voyage to the Caribbean, a long-anticipated dream, has turned into a nightmare that defies comprehension. In a dramatic turn of events, authorities in St. Vincent have apprehended three suspects—Trevon Robertson, Abita Stanislaus, and sailor Ron Mitchell—suspected of involvement in the couple's disappearance. Police suspect the trio may have utilized a yacht to flee to St. Vincent, raising grim conjectures about the fate of Brandel and Hendry. Recent developments have deepened the family's anguish, as a source close to the investigation disclosed to PEOPLE that two suspects have confessed to the heinous act of killing the missing couple. Meanwhile, the third suspect lies in a hospital bed, nursing a gunshot wound sustained during their apprehension. As the investigation unfolds, the family's anguish is palpable, their hearts torn between clinging to hope and facing the agonizing possibility of irrevocable loss. Their quest for answers serves as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the shadows that lurk in even the most picturesque corners of the world. Amidst the uncertainty and grief, the fate of Kathy Brandel and Ralph Hendry serves as a somber cautionary tale, underscoring the dangers that lurk beneath the veneer of paradise and the enduring pain borne by those left behind in the wake of tragedy. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
2/27/20248 minutes, 19 seconds
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Son of Jailed YouTuber Ruby Franke Celebrates Her Imprisonment for Child Abuse

In a chilling revelation of the fractured dynamics within the Franke family, Chad Franke, the eldest son of disgraced YouTube personality Ruby Franke, expressed his delight at her imprisonment for child abuse. The 19-year-old's unbridled joy was captured in a now-deleted TikTok video, shared by his girlfriend, just days before Ruby and her former business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, were sentenced for the harrowing torture endured by Ruby's six children. The sentencing, meted out by a judge, mandated the terms of their plea agreement – four counts of one to 15 years, served consecutively, leading to a maximum sentence of 30 years due to Utah law. Despite the severity of her sentence, Ruby, aged 42, has chosen not to appeal her imprisonment, signaling a somber acceptance of her fate. Chad's apparent elation was palpable as he exited the courthouse following his estranged mother's sentencing. Ruby, in a poignant moment during the hearing, emotionally addressed her children, apologizing for the anguish she caused them. "I will never stop crying for hurting your tender souls. You’re so precious to me. I’m sorry," she expressed tearfully, acknowledging the deep pain inflicted upon her offspring. Prior to her arrest in August 2023, Ruby had been estranged from Chad and her eldest daughter, Shari, as a result of the abuse they endured. Concerns about the Franke children first arose after unsettling content surfaced in the family's YouTube videos, prompting a visit from Child Protective Services. Despite the visit, authorities closed the case, much to the dismay of concerned onlookers. Shari, Ruby's 20-year-old daughter, expressed relief at her mother's incarceration, underscoring the family's long-standing struggle for justice. Ruby's four minor children remain under state care, while her estranged husband seeks guardianship over their 16-year-old daughter, Abby. In a startling admission, Ruby, who had vehemently denied allegations of abuse, confessed to torturing her children in her plea agreement. Details of the plea painted a grim picture of the abuse endured by her offspring, including suffocation, physical restraints, and other forms of torment. As the Franke family grapples with the aftermath of Ruby's conviction and imprisonment, the harrowing saga sheds light on the enduring trauma inflicted by domestic abuse and the quest for justice in its wake. Amidst the somber proceedings, Chad's celebratory response serves as a stark reminder of the profound wounds left by familial betrayal and the long road to healing ahead. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
2/27/20245 minutes, 11 seconds
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Mother of Missing 3-Year-Old Wisconsin Boy Taken into Custody as Search Intensifies

The disappearance of 3-year-old Elijah Vue from Two Rivers, Wisconsin, has sparked a frantic search effort, with authorities intensifying their efforts to locate the missing boy. Elijah was last seen around 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning, igniting concerns among family members and the community about his whereabouts and safety. In a significant development, inmate records reviewed by PEOPLE revealed that Elijah's mother, Katrina Baur, had been taken into custody, along with Jesse Vang, a resident at the address where Elijah was last seen. Both individuals were listed as inmates at the Manitowoc County Jail, raising questions about their potential involvement in Elijah's disappearance. However, it remains unclear whether they are facing charges related to the case. The uncertainty surrounding Elijah's disappearance has left family members deeply distressed, with his uncle, Orson Vue, expressing profound concern and hope for Elijah's safe return. Despite the anguish, the community has rallied together in a unified effort to find the missing boy, with Two Rivers city manager Greg Buckley acknowledging the overwhelming support from hundreds of community members participating in the search efforts since Tuesday. Two Rivers Police Chief Ben Meinnert, leading the investigation, emphasized the urgency of the situation, urging residents to remain vigilant and assist in the search. Describing Elijah's appearance and attire at the time of his disappearance, Meinnert appealed to the public to check their properties thoroughly, including outbuildings and concealed areas, in the hopes of locating Elijah. The search efforts have extended beyond physical canvassing, with authorities requesting residents to review surveillance footage from cameras and doorbell systems for any potential sightings of Elijah. Meinnert stressed the importance of even the smallest piece of information, underscoring its potential significance in aiding the investigation and bringing Elijah home safely. As the search for Elijah Vue continues, the community remains united in its determination to find the missing boy and ensure his well-being. The heartfelt plea from Elijah's family and the unwavering dedication of law enforcement and volunteers reflect a collective commitment to finding answers and providing solace to a community grappling with uncertainty and concern. In the face of adversity, the spirit of solidarity and resilience shines through, offering hope and support to Elijah's family and all those involved in the search efforts, as they persevere in their quest to bring Elijah home. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
2/26/20248 minutes, 33 seconds
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22-Year-Old Nursing Student Found Dead on University of Georgia Campus

Tragedy struck the University of Georgia (UGA) campus as the body of 22-year-old nursing student Laken Hope Riley was discovered on Thursday, sending shockwaves through the community and prompting investigations into the circumstances surrounding her death. Riley, a student at Augusta University and a resident of Athens, was reported missing by a friend after she failed to return from a routine jog at the UGA Intramural Fields on Thursday morning. A subsequent search led by UGA Police Chief Jeff Clark ended in a harrowing discovery when Riley's lifeless body was found in a wooded area behind a lake on campus. The grim revelation was shared with the public during a press conference streamed by Fox 5 Atlanta, where Chief Clark revealed that Riley was found unconscious, without vital signs, and with visible injuries. Despite efforts by medical personnel, she was pronounced dead at the scene. Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel confirmed Riley's identity in a statement obtained by NBC News. UGA officials expressed profound sorrow over Riley's untimely death, assuring the campus community of their commitment to ensuring safety and conducting a thorough investigation. Suspicions of foul play have arisen, prompting collaborative efforts between UGA, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Athens-Clarke County Police Department to probe the circumstances surrounding Riley's demise. The tragic incident adds to the somber atmosphere on campus, coming just one day after the University mourned the loss of another student to suicide. Despite the proximity of the two deaths, Chief Clark affirmed that they are unrelated, offering condolences to those affected by the recent tragedies. In response to the devastating losses, UGA announced the cancellation of classes on Thursday and Friday, with plans to resume regular schedules on Monday, February 26. Similarly, Augusta University's College of Nursing campus in Athens suspended classes on Friday, CNN reported, as students and faculty grappled with grief and shock. "The past 24 hours have been a traumatic time for our University," UGA expressed in a statement. "Our student body is grieving the sudden death of one of our students... And as we continue to mourn that tragic loss of life, today’s devastating news will uniquely test the resolve of our campus community, particularly our students." As investigations continue into Riley's death, the UGA community remains united in mourning the loss of a promising young student, reflecting on the profound impact of her life and the tragic circumstances that led to her untimely demise.   Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
2/26/20249 minutes, 33 seconds
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Father Found Guilty in Murder of 5-Year-Old Harmony Montgomery, Remains Still Missing

In a case that has gripped New Hampshire with horror and heartbreak, Adam Montgomery has been convicted of the brutal murder of his 5-year-old daughter, Harmony Montgomery, after a harrowing two-week trial. The jury deliberated for approximately six hours over two days before delivering the verdict, marking the culmination of a deeply disturbing saga that has left a community in mourning and a family shattered. Prosecutors painted a chilling picture of Montgomery's actions, alleging that he callously beat his helpless daughter before callously indulging in drugs and fast food as she succumbed to her injuries in the back seat of his car. In a cruel twist of fate, Harmony's body was then subjected to further indignity as Montgomery concealed it in a duffel bag and a cooler, coating it with lime to mask the odor of decomposition, before eventually discarding it "like trash" somewhere outside Boston. The revelation of Harmony's disappearance came as a shock to her mother, Crystal Sorey, who became aware of her absence when she discovered that Harmony had never been enrolled in school. Manchester police launched a missing person investigation in December 2022, igniting a desperate search for the young girl that ultimately ended in tragedy. In a pivotal turn of events, Kayla Montgomery, Adam's estranged wife, emerged as a crucial witness for the prosecution, providing damning testimony that implicated her husband in Harmony's death. As part of a plea deal, Kayla recounted chilling details of Adam's alleged actions, including his repeated efforts to conceal Harmony's body before ultimately disposing of it near Boston. While Harmony's remains have yet to be recovered, investigators uncovered her DNA at multiple locations allegedly linked to her father's attempts to hide the evidence of his heinous crime. Despite the guilty verdict, the pain and anguish surrounding Harmony's senseless death continue to haunt her family, with her brother, Jamison, holding onto hope for her return. Blair and Johnathon Miller, Jamison's adoptive parents, expressed their devastation in a statement following the verdict, emphasizing that there are no winners in this tragic ordeal. As the community grapples with the aftermath of Harmony's murder, questions linger about the failures of the state's child welfare system to protect vulnerable children like her. The case serves as a sobering reminder of the urgent need for reforms to prevent such tragedies from recurring and to ensure that justice is served for innocent victims like Harmony Montgomery. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
2/23/202411 minutes, 2 seconds
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48 Hours Investigation: Kouri Richins' Murder Case Unfolds Amid Lawsuit Over Prenuptial Agreement

The tragic tale of Kouri Richins and the untimely demise of her husband, Eric Richins, unfolds in a narrative fraught with legal battles and unanswered questions. As the specter of murder looms over the case, a parallel drama unfolds in the courtroom, where Richins seeks financial compensation from her late spouse's estate through a contentious lawsuit. In a chilling sequence of events, Eric Richins was discovered dead from an apparent overdose, casting a shadow of suspicion over his grieving widow. Amid the swirling rumors and conjectures, Kouri Richins took an unexpected turn, channeling her emotions into a children's book on grief, a poignant narrative that belies the darkness of the circumstances surrounding her husband's demise. The saga of Kouri Richins and the murder allegations against her are set to be explored in an upcoming episode of "48 Hours," featuring investigative reporting by Natalie Morales. Scheduled to air on CBS and streaming on Paramount+, the program promises an in-depth examination of the case, shedding light on the complexities and mysteries that shroud the tragedy. Meanwhile, the legal saga takes a twist as Richins initiates legal action seeking a substantial sum from her husband's masonry business, as stipulated in a prenuptial agreement. This bold move triggered a swift response from Rep. Brett Garner, whose personal connection to Eric Richins spurs him into legislative action. Garner introduces HB569, a bill aimed at preventing convicted spouses from accessing inheritance or prenuptial agreements in cases of murder or incapacitation. The proposed legislation seeks to empower judges to intervene, ensuring that perpetrators do not profit from their heinous deeds. Speaking on the motivation behind the bill, Rep. Brett Garner reflects on his shock upon learning of the murder, lamenting the possibility of financial gain for the accused. With uncertainty surrounding the bill's fate in the legislative session, Garner remains steadfast in his resolve to enact measures that uphold justice and prevent further victimization. While Kouri Richins awaits trial, facing charges including aggravated murder and drug possession, the legal battles both in civil and criminal courts continue to unfold. The outcome of these proceedings holds significant implications, not only for the individuals involved but also for the broader legal landscape surrounding inheritance rights and criminal justice reform. As the "48 Hours" investigation delves into the depths of the Richins case, viewers are poised to witness a gripping narrative of tragedy, intrigue, and the relentless pursuit of truth in the face of adversity. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
2/23/20249 minutes, 25 seconds
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Texas Mother Mourns as Daughter's Body Found; Murder Charges Loom for Family Friend with Criminal Past

The community of Livingston, Texas, is reeling from tragedy following the discovery of 11-year-old Audrii Cunningham's body in a nearby river, culminating a week-long search fraught with anguish and uncertainty. Cassie Matthews, Audrii's grieving mother, poured out her sorrow in a heartfelt Facebook post, grappling with feelings of failure in the wake of her daughter's untimely death. Audrii's disappearance last Thursday sent shockwaves through the town, prompting a frantic search effort that spanned days. As hope dwindled and anxiety mounted, residents banded together to support Audrii's family, sharing appeals for her safe return across social media platforms. Amid the search, Matthews found herself besieged by rumors and accusations, particularly concerning her custody rights and alleged drug use. In a series of emotional Facebook posts, she vehemently rebuffed claims made by Audrii's father, steadfastly asserting her dedication to her daughter and her rights as a parent. As investigators pieced together the puzzle of Audrii's disappearance, attention turned to a person of interest – Don Steven McDougal, a family friend known to have assisted with Audrii's transportation to and from school on occasion. McDougal's involvement raised eyebrows given his troubled past, marked by prior felony convictions related to enticing a child. McDougal's criminal background cast a shadow over the investigation, heightening concerns about Audrii's safety and the circumstances surrounding her disappearance. Polk County District Attorney Shelly Sitton confirmed that charges of capital murder were being readied against McDougal, signaling a critical development in the case. The breakthrough came thanks to meticulous police work, bolstered by key pieces of evidence including cell phone data and surveillance footage. The decision by the Trinity River Authority to lower water levels in the river proved pivotal in locating Audrii's body, providing a measure of closure to her devastated family and the wider community. As Livingston grapples with the profound loss of a cherished young life, the impending legal proceedings against McDougal serve as a sobering reminder of the importance of vigilance and accountability in safeguarding vulnerable individuals. Amid the sorrow and uncertainty, the memory of Audrii will endure as a beacon of light in the midst of darkness, cherished by all who knew and loved her. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
2/22/20248 minutes, 36 seconds
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Man Sentenced to 37 Months for Fake Andy Warhol Paintings as Murder Case Looms

Brian Walshe, a 49-year-old Massachusetts man, has been sentenced to 37 months in prison for his involvement in a fraudulent art scheme selling counterfeit Andy Warhol paintings, announced the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston. The sentencing comes amidst pending state charges against Walshe, including first-degree murder, related to the disappearance of his wife, Ana Walshe. In a federal case, Walshe pleaded guilty in 2021 to charges of wire fraud, interstate transportation for a scheme to defraud, and unlawful monetary transaction. These charges stem from what prosecutors described as "a years-long, multi-faceted art fraud scheme," wherein Walshe advertised and sold fake Andy Warhol "Shadows" paintings. Ana Walshe was last seen on New Year's Day 2023 at her home in Cohasset, according to police reports. While her body has never been found, Brian Walshe faces allegations of her murder, with a criminal complaint suggesting he killed her that day and disposed of her remains. The fraudulent art scheme centered around two abstract paintings that Walshe claimed to be authentic Warhol "Shadows," which he sold for $80,000 outside of eBay in 2016. Court documents reveal that the genuine Warhol paintings belonged to the family of a former classmate of Walshe's from Carnegie Mellon University in the 1990s. Prosecutors allege that Walshe never intended to return the authentic Warhol pieces to their rightful owners, as evidenced by excerpts from his diary at the time. Entries suggest a premeditated intent to defraud, with statements indicating a callous disregard for the victims. Despite the federal sentencing, Walshe's legal troubles are far from over. He awaits trial on state charges related to his wife's disappearance and alleged murder. Prosecutors have pointed to disturbing internet search history, including inquiries about disposing of a body and stopping decomposition, as evidence against him. Walshe's attorneys sought a more lenient sentence of time served and three years of supervised release, but prosecutors pushed for the 37-month term, which the judge ultimately imposed. Meanwhile, Walshe maintains his innocence in the state murder case and remains in custody without bail. As the legal proceedings unfold, the fate of Ana Walshe and the true extent of Brian Walshe's alleged crimes continue to hang in the balance, leaving both law enforcement and the community eagerly awaiting justice and closure. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
2/22/20245 minutes, 30 seconds
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Former '8 Passengers' Host Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt Receive Up to 60-Year Prison Sentence for Aggravated Child Abuse

Ruby Franke, the former host of the popular YouTube channel "8 Passengers," was sentenced to up to 60 years in prison for aggravated child abuse on Tuesday. The sentencing came as a result of Franke's plea deal, in which she admitted to four counts of child abuse, each carrying a sentence of one to 15 years, to be served consecutively. During the sentencing, Franke broke down in tears, expressing her willingness to serve the prison term. "I am humbled and willing to serve a prison sentence for as long as I need," Franke, 42, told the judge. She also apologized for distorting religious doctrine, stating, "I am committed to unlearning my toxic behavior." Franke's former business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, received the same sentence. Both women had pleaded guilty in December 2023 to charges of aggravated child abuse, with Franke admitting to torturing her children by methods such as holding their heads underwater and starving them. "I sincerely loved these children," Hildebrandt said in response to the judge's decision. "One of the reasons I didn’t go to trial is I didn’t want them to relive this." The pair's arrest in late August stemmed from allegations of aggravated child abuse against Franke's children. Among the disturbing acts described in legal documents was Franke's binding of one of her sons with handcuffs and rope, suspending his arms and lower legs off the ground. Franke's family members, including her sister-in-law Cynthia Franke, had expressed their desire for justice. Cynthia Franke had stated, "I don’t think she should get out on bail. I do believe the allegations against her." Behind the scenes of their public persona on "8 Passengers," Ruby and her husband Kevin's marriage began to crumble. They turned to Hildebrandt's therapy group, ConneXions, for assistance, ultimately leading to their separation. Kevin, who was not charged with any crimes related to the child abuse, demanded Hildebrandt be financially responsible for his children's healthcare costs. The sentencing marks a tragic turn for the former YouTube personality, whose rise to fame was marked by family vlogs documenting the lives of her and Kevin with their six children. Now, as Franke faces the consequences of her actions, the future remains uncertain for her family and the victims of her abuse. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
2/21/20247 minutes, 56 seconds
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Chad Daybell Trial May Face Further Delay Over Evidence Dispute

The upcoming trial of Chad Daybell in Ada County could encounter delays as his lawyer, John Prior, seeks additional time to address recently revealed scientific evidence, potentially impacting the trial scheduled to begin on April 1. The defense's request for a trial delay, made on January 31, cited the emergence of new scientific evidence. However, the prosecution, in response, objected to the motion, expressing uncertainty over the specific evidence referenced by Prior, as it was not listed in detail. Prosecutors indicated a potential connection to items found in an FBI report related to the case against Chad's wife, Lori Vallow-Daybell, as well as pictures of fingerprints belonging to Alex Cox, and another FBI report intended for Chad's trial. Despite this, they affirmed that they do not intend to utilize information from the Arizona case during Chad's trial, and much of the other evidence is already part of the Idaho case. Chad Daybell faces serious charges, including conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the deaths of Lori Vallow-Daybell’s two children, J.J. Vallow and Tylee Ryan, as well as murder in the death of his former wife, Tammy Daybell. In light of the ongoing dispute over evidence, the trial's start date of April 1 may be subject to further delays, pending resolution of the defense's request and subsequent proceedings. The case has drawn significant public attention due to its complex and tragic circumstances, with many eager to see justice served for the victims and their families. As legal proceedings unfold, the courtroom drama surrounding Chad Daybell's trial continues to capture the interest of observers both locally and nationwide. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
2/21/20246 minutes, 7 seconds
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Florida Judge Faces Calls for Resignation After Denying Protective Order, Leading to Woman's Murder

Outrage and calls for accountability have surged following the tragic murder of 61-year-old Audrey Peterson by her ex-boyfriend, 71-year-old Francis Scoza, on February 9. The incident, which resulted in Peterson's untimely death, has ignited a heated debate surrounding the actions of Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Doneene Loar. Peterson's fatal encounter came merely two days after she sought legal protection against Scoza, filing a domestic injunction citing his alarming behavior, including stalking. Despite Peterson's pleas for safety, Judge Loar denied her petition for temporary protection, a decision that critics argue contributed to Peterson's murder. According to court records, Peterson's petition detailed a series of distressing incidents involving Scoza, including unsettling text messages, verbal abuse, and menacing behavior. Peterson's case highlighted her legitimate fear for her safety, prompting her to change her routine and maintain constant communication with law enforcement officials. In a heart-wrenching statement, Peterson's daughter lamented the failure of law enforcement to safeguard her mother, expressing profound disappointment in their inability to intervene effectively. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) joined the chorus of voices condemning Judge Loar's decision, asserting that the denial of Peterson's protective order directly contributed to her tragic demise. Luna, herself a victim of the judge's rulings in a previous stalking case, emphasized the urgent need for accountability and reform within the judicial system. Reflecting on Peterson's life and contributions to the community, her former supervisor, Laura Highman, described her as "legitimately scared" of Scoza and recounted Peterson's proactive efforts to ensure her safety. As the community mourns the loss of Audrey Peterson, questions linger over the efficacy of legal mechanisms designed to protect victims of domestic violence. The case has reignited conversations about the responsibilities of judicial officials in prioritizing the safety and well-being of vulnerable individuals, prompting calls for swift action and systemic change. In response to mounting pressure, Judge Loar's office has yet to issue a formal statement regarding the calls for resignation, leaving the community grappling with profound grief and a pressing demand for justice. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
2/20/20249 minutes, 36 seconds
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Former Funeral Home Owner Wanted After Woman's Body AND 30 Cremated Remains Found at His Former Denver Residence

An arrest warrant has been issued by the Denver Police Department for Miles Harford, the former owner of Apollo Funeral and Cremation Services, following the discovery of human remains at his previous residence in Denver. Authorities allege that Harford, 33, is wanted for investigation on charges of abuse of a corpse, forgery, and theft. The investigation was initiated after a call to the police on February 6, reporting suspicious findings at a property on South Quitman Street, where Harford was recently evicted. Upon arrival, law enforcement officials, alongside personnel from the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner, uncovered disturbing evidence. During a press briefing, Cmdr. Matt Clark revealed that the discovery included the remains of a woman and more than 30 individuals who had been cremated, all found within the premises from which Harford was removed. The remains were found stored in various containers, including boxes hidden in a crawlspace of the house. Further inspection led to the discovery of a hearse parked at the property, containing the body of a deceased 63-year-old woman, identified as Christina Rosales, who passed away from natural causes in August 2022. Shockingly, it was revealed that the remains previously provided to Rosales' family were not hers, indicating a disturbing deception orchestrated by Harford. George Rosales, Christina's husband, expressed his dismay at the revelation, stating, "We were misguided. We were... just knowing she was in the back of the car, hearse, outside, just covered with a blanket. That’s not how someone is supposed to be put to rest." Further investigation led to the discovery of six additional urns containing cremated remains inside a U-Haul parked outside the property. Authorities estimate that the recovered remains span from individuals who died between 2012 and 2021. As investigators work to identify the remains and return them to their rightful families, the Denver Police Department urges clients of Apollo Funeral and Cremation Services, particularly those who may have concerns or haven't received their loved one's remains, to contact the Denver Police Major Crimes Division and Denver Police Victim Assistance Unit at 720-913-6610. In light of the circumstances, DNA testing on the unlabelled remains found at the residence will not be conducted due to the loss of DNA integrity resulting from the cremation process. The search for Harford continues as authorities aim to bring closure to the affected families and seek justice in this disturbing case. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com 
2/20/202415 minutes, 46 seconds
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Father of Michigan School Shooter Requests Jurors from Different County for Fair Trial

In a bid for a fair trial, James Crumbley, the father of the Michigan school shooter, is seeking jurors from a different county to decide his involuntary manslaughter case. Amid concerns of excessive publicity and the recent conviction of his wife, defense attorney Mariell Lehman argued that the Crumbleys have already been "clearly convicted in the court of public opinion." James Crumbley, 47, stands accused of charges related to making a gun accessible to his son, Ethan Crumbley, and failing to secure mental health care for him. The tragic events unfolded when 15-year-old Ethan carried out a mass shooting at Oxford High School in 2021, resulting in the deaths of four students and injuries to others. The upcoming trial in Oakland County has raised significant challenges in securing an impartial jury due to the extensive media coverage and the recent conviction of James's wife, Jennifer Crumbley. Despite these hurdles, jury selection is scheduled for March 5, with the defense team advocating for jurors from a different county. The unusual move to seek jurors from elsewhere in Michigan reflects concerns about the potential influence of preconceived notions and biases stemming from the intense scrutiny surrounding the case. Oakland County, with its population of 1.27 million people, poses a unique challenge in ensuring an unbiased jury selection process. The issue of jury selection is expected to be addressed during an upcoming hearing before Judge Cheryl Matthews, where defense objections to certain witnesses and evidence will also be considered. Prosecutors, bound by a gag order, have previously opposed efforts to relocate the trial or bring in jurors from outside the county. The legal proceedings follow Jennifer Crumbley's conviction for involuntary manslaughter on February 6, with sentencing pending. Meanwhile, Ethan Crumbley, now 17, has pleaded guilty to murder and terrorism charges, receiving a life prison sentence with no chance for parole. Despite the complexities surrounding the case, both the defense and prosecution remain committed to ensuring a fair trial that upholds the principles of justice and accountability. With jury selection looming, the court faces the formidable task of assembling an impartial jury capable of rendering a verdict based solely on the evidence presented during the trial. As the community grapples with the aftermath of the tragic school shooting, the legal proceedings serve as a critical step towards addressing accountability and seeking justice for the victims and their families.   Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
2/19/20248 minutes, 47 seconds
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Colorado Funeral Home Under Scrutiny After Concerns Raised by Coroner Go Unanswered

Return to Nature Funeral Home finds itself at the center of controversy after the revelation that concerns raised by the Fremont County Coroner about the facility's conditions in 2020 went unanswered. The development sheds light on alleged improper practices at the funeral home, leading to legal ramifications for its co-owners. Arrest documents unveiled shocking details, indicating that co-owners Jon and Carie Hallford are accused of improperly storing 190 bodies inside the funeral home. Investigators uncovered distressing scenes, with some bodies left to decay for years and others found without proper covering. The ordeal began when subcontractors, on behalf of the Fremont County Coroner's Office, entered the funeral home premises in Penrose and reported alarming conditions to Coroner Randy Keller in May 2020. Disturbed by what they witnessed, employees raised concerns about bodies being stored on the floor instead of on proper tables or cots, along with issues regarding refrigeration. Coroner Keller, in response to the distressing findings, took proactive measures by alerting the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) via email about the concerns. However, the coroner's office expressed frustration as they received no response from DORA, leaving them uncertain about the appropriate course of action. A spokesperson for DORA confirmed the receipt of Coroner Keller's email, clarifying that the agency lacked the authority to inspect funeral homes until 2022, following the passage of legislation granting inspection powers. However, the lack of communication left unanswered questions about how to address the reported violations. When contacted for further details, Coroner Keller cited a gag order preventing him from commenting on the case, underscoring the complexities surrounding the investigation. Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency has announced plans for the demolition of the funeral home by the last week of February, signaling an end to the facility's troubled history. As the legal proceedings unfold, co-owners Jon and Carie Hallford are scheduled to appear in court for separate arraignment hearings on March 21. Fourth Judicial District Attorney Michael Allen anticipates pleas of not guilty from the accused, who face a staggering 260 felony counts. The unfolding saga underscores the importance of regulatory oversight and swift responses to concerns raised about the treatment of deceased individuals, ensuring dignity and respect even in death.   Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Delphi Murders: Inside the Crime, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Malevolent Mormon Mommys, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
2/19/20248 minutes, 59 seconds
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Oklahoma Judge Resigns After Texting During Murder Trial, Prior Texting Allegations Surface

Oklahoma Judge Traci Soderstrom's resignation, prompted by her texting during a murder trial, comes amidst prior allegations of misconduct. The revelations, which emerged during the trial of a man accused of manslaughter in the death of a 2-year-old child, have cast a shadow over Soderstrom's judicial tenure. Soderstrom's inappropriate phone usage during the murder trial garnered widespread attention when a video surfaced in July, revealing her engaged in texting and Facebook use during critical trial phases. Despite the severity of the case, Soderstrom admitted to her lapse in judgment, acknowledging the impropriety of her actions. In a statement following her resignation announcement, Soderstrom expressed remorse for her conduct, emphasizing the gravity of her actions irrespective of the trial's nature. However, this is not the first time Soderstrom has faced scrutiny for her texting habits during a trial. Last year, Soderstrom faced criticism for allegedly sending over 500 texts to her bailiff during the same murder trial. Court documents revealed that the texts included mocking remarks directed at prosecutors while praising the defense attorney. These allegations underscore concerns about Soderstrom's impartiality and adherence to judicial ethics. Chief Justice M. John Kane IV, in his petition recommending Soderstrom's removal, cited a pattern of gross neglect of duty and partiality, as evidenced by her extensive texting during trial proceedings. Soderstrom's interactions with the court bailiff, as outlined in court documents, further underscored her lack of temperament to serve as a judge. An order of dismissal in the case filed on Friday notes that Soderstrom has voluntarily resigned and agrees to not seek any judicial position in the state again. Soderstrom was elected as a judge in November 2022 and took the bench in January 2023. She had served for six months before the murder trial. The defendant in the trial was eventually found guilty by a jury of second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to time served. The resignation of Judge Soderstrom marks a significant development in addressing judicial misconduct within the Oklahoma judiciary. While her departure signifies accountability for her actions, it also prompts reflection on the broader implications of electronic device usage in the courtroom. As legal experts and policymakers contemplate measures to prevent similar incidents in the future, the spotlight remains on upholding the integrity and impartiality of the judicial system. The Oklahoma Supreme Court's response to Soderstrom's resignation will likely shape the trajectory of efforts to maintain ethical standards among judges statewide. In the aftermath of this controversy, stakeholders emphasize the importance of transparency, accountability, and adherence to established judicial norms to restore public trust in the judiciary. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
2/16/20245 minutes, 51 seconds
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Mass Shooting at Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl Celebration Leaves 22 Injured and 1 Dead

Authorities in Kansas City revealed shocking details of a mass shooting that unfolded amidst the celebratory atmosphere of the Chiefs' Super Bowl victory parade. Police Chief Stacey Graves disclosed that the incident, which occurred outside Union Station, appeared to have stemmed from a dispute among several individuals. According to Graves, the toll of the shooting stands at 22 injured individuals, ranging from 8 to 47 years old, with half of them under the age of 16. Tragically, a mother of two lost her life in the chaos. Despite the presence of over 800 police officers in and around the area, including atop nearby structures, the shooting still occurred. Mayor Quinton Lucas, who was present at the celebration with his family, expressed dismay over the incident, highlighting the ongoing threat of mass shootings across the nation. Eyewitnesses recounted moments of confusion and terror as gunshots shattered the festive atmosphere. Gene Hamilton, a witness from Wichita, Kansas, expressed his disbelief that the upbeat rally music continued amidst the chaos, while others scrambled for safety. A witness from Overland Park, Kansas, described the initial disbelief and subsequent confusion among the crowd as the shots rang out, leaving many unsure of what had transpired. The incident marks another dark chapter in sports celebrations tainted by gun violence across the United States. Social media footage captured the panic and horror that ensued as police rushed to secure the area and attendees fled for cover. One hero emerged amidst the chaos, as Trey Filter of Wichita, Kansas, recounted how he and another individual restrained a suspect until police arrived. Filter's actions potentially prevented further harm, demonstrating the bravery and resilience of the community in the face of adversity. The victim of the shooting was identified as Lisa Lopez-Galvan, known as ''Lisa G,'' a beloved figure in the local Latino community. Friends remembered her as an extroverted and selfless individual who would always put others before herself. Kansas City has long grappled with gun violence, and despite efforts to enhance security measures, such as the deployment of additional law enforcement personnel, incidents like these continue to occur. Mayor Lucas reiterated the need for stricter gun control measures to prevent such tragedies from recurring. The aftermath of the shooting left numerous individuals hospitalized, with some still in critical condition. Hospitals have been inundated with victims, including children, highlighting the devastating impact of gun violence on communities. As Kansas City grapples with the aftermath of this senseless act, questions linger about the safety of future celebrations and the broader issue of gun violence plaguing society. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
2/16/202413 minutes, 26 seconds
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Alaska Woman Sentenced to 99 Years for Murder of "Best Friend" in Catfishing Scheme

In a tragic case that shocked the nation, Denali Brehmer, a 24-year-old woman from Alaska, has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for her role in the murder of her 19-year-old friend Cynthia Hoffman back in 2019. The sentencing marks the culmination of a disturbing catfishing scheme that led to the untimely death of Hoffman, who was described by her father as having developmental disabilities and who considered Brehmer to be her closest companion. The chilling events unfolded when Hoffman went missing during a hike at Thunderbird Falls, Alaska, accompanied by Brehmer and another friend. Two days later, her lifeless body was discovered along the banks of a river, bound with duct tape and fatally shot in the back of the head. The investigation into Hoffman's murder revealed a harrowing web of deceit orchestrated by a man named Darin Schilmiller, based in Indiana, who had allegedly catfished Hoffman under the guise of a wealthy benefactor named "Tyler." Schilmiller offered Brehmer a staggering $9 million to carry out the murder and provide him with photos and videos of the crime. Brehmer, along with another friend, Kayden McIntosh, who was 18 at the time, allegedly drove Hoffman to the remote location where McIntosh shot her after she was duct-taped and posed for disturbing photographs. While Brehmer did not physically pull the trigger, prosecutors argued that her active participation in the planning and execution of the crime made her equally culpable for Hoffman's death. Patrick McKay, the prosecutor handling the case, emphasized Brehmer's integral role in the murder, stating, "She may not have pulled the trigger, but this never would have happened if it weren’t for Denali Brehmer." McIntosh, who faces murder charges, is still awaiting trial, while another individual connected to the case, Caleb Leyland, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and awaits sentencing. Additionally, two other teens involved in the incident were prosecuted in juvenile court for their alleged roles. Brehmer's sentencing to 99 years in prison was met with somber reflection from Timothy Hoffman, Cynthia's father, who lamented the loss of his daughter and the betrayal by someone she considered a friend. "My daughter just wanted friends, and now I have to bury her," Hoffman expressed during a court appearance in 2019. The case serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of online manipulation and the devastating consequences that can arise from sinister schemes, leaving a community grappling with grief and seeking justice for a life tragically cut short. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
2/15/20247 minutes, 45 seconds
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Delphi Murder Case Attorneys Seek Clarification on Contempt Allegations

The legal proceedings surrounding the Delphi murder case have taken a new turn as attorneys for suspect Richard Allen seek clarity on contempt of court allegations brought against them by Carroll County Prosecutor Nicholas McLeland. McLeland filed a motion last month, accusing attorneys Brad Rozzi and Andrew Baldwin of contempt of court, citing actions outside the courtroom that he deemed "indirect contempt of court." The allegations stem from Rozzi and Baldwin's conduct related to the high-profile case involving the abduction and murder of teenagers Libby German and Abby Williams in 2017. Scheduled for a hearing on March 18 in front of Special Judge Frances Gull, the allegations have prompted Rozzi's and Baldwin's legal counsel, represented by attorney David Hennessy, to petition for further clarification on the nature of the contempt charges. Hennessy's petition highlights the lack of specificity in McLeland's motion, particularly regarding what actions were deemed contemptuous. For instance, McLeland referenced a news release issued by Rozzi and Baldwin in November 2022, prior to the imposition of a gag order, without specifying its contemptuous nature. "It seems clear that the State is really attempting to charge indirect criminal contempt," Hennessy stated in the petition, suggesting the possibility of separate criminal contempt proceedings. According to state guidelines, criminal contempt may carry penalties of imprisonment and fines, necessitating a distinct legal process initiated by the state. As of now, McLeland has not initiated separate criminal contempt proceedings, leaving the status of the allegations uncertain. Hennessy's petition also seeks guidance on the nature of the upcoming hearing, questioning whether it will solely involve an advisement of specific allegations or include testimony and evidence presentation. Special Judge Frances Gull, overseeing Allen's murder case, has yet to respond to the petition, leaving both the defense and prosecution awaiting further clarification on the contempt allegations. With the trial of Richard Allen slated for October, the resolution of the contempt issue adds another layer of complexity to an already intricate legal saga, underscoring the importance of procedural clarity and fair adjudication in high-profile cases. As the legal process unfolds, stakeholders await the judge's decision on how to proceed with the contempt allegations, which could have significant implications for the defense and prosecution in the Delphi murder case. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
2/15/20247 minutes, 5 seconds
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Missouri Mother Charged After Allegedly Placing 1-Month-Old Baby in Hot Oven

Authorities in Missouri have leveled felony child endangerment charges against Mariah Thomas, a 26-year-old mother, following a tragic incident where her 1-month-old daughter was found dead after allegedly being placed in a hot oven. According to court documents obtained by HuffPost, the harrowing event unfolded on Friday when Kansas City Police resp