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True Crime Brewery

English, Social, 1 season, 408 episodes, 1 day, 11 hours, 41 minutes
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True Crime Brewery is a true crime podcast unlike any other! Husband and wife, Jill and Dick, use their medical knowledge and life experiences to take a deep dive into some of the most fascinating crimes from all over the world. Just for fun, Dick uses his expertise as a craft beer lover to review and/or recommend beers from the regions where each crime occurred. Meet them at the quiet end of the bar for a craft brew and a no-holds-barred true crime discussion.
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The Missing Sodder Children

Just after midnight on Christmas Eve 1945, Jennie Sodder woke up to the smell of smoke. The home she shared with her husband, George, and nine of their children, was going up in flames. It would be over seven hours before the fire department arrived. By then, the two-story house had burned to the ground — and five of the Sodder children were missing. In fact, to this day, no one knows what happened to the Sodder children. Their family never saw them again and their remains were never found.Join us at the quiet end for The Missing Sodder Children. Although authorities determined that the children — Maurice, 14; Martha, 12; Louis, 10; Jennie Irene, 8; and Betty, 5 — had died in the fire, their family was not convinced. How could they have perished in the fire without any bones being found? Because of the strange events before, during, and after the tragic fire as well as a stunningly incompetent investigation, the case continues to be one of history’s most disturbing and intriguing unsolved mysteries.Support the show for ad-free, early, bonus episodes and more!Record a voicemail for a future showContact UsShop TCB MerchJoin our True Crime Brewery Fan Discussion GroupSourcesThe Children Who Went Up in Smoke, Smithsonian, Karen Abbott, 12/25/2012Long, Long, Long Sodder Post, Stacy Horn, 12/28/2005Mystery of Missing Children Haunts W.Va. Town, National Public Radio, 12/23/2005No Direct Evidence: The Story of the Missing Sodder Children by Bob Lane BraggBecome a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/true-crime-brewery--4126935/support.
5/6/20241 hour, 23 minutes, 38 seconds
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Split Decision: The Murder of Dr. Jack Wilson

As fraternal twins, Betty and Peggy were together from the very beginning. As adults, they were very different people but remained best friends.  Then, in 1992, they either conspired together to have Betty’s husband killed or fought together to prove their innocence.Join us at the quiet end for Split Decision. After Betty’s husband, Dr. Jack Wilson, was brutally murdered in his own home, suspicions turned to Betty.  Betty was an outspoken, hard-headed woman who had engaged in numerous extramarital affairs. Her promiscuity, alcoholism and an adulterous affair with a black man in racist Alabama may have turned the police, and eventually a jury, against her. If the prosecution’s theory was that Betty and Peggy conspired together to kill Jack, then why was Betty found guilty while Peggy was acquitted? It may have been just been the result of prejudice against Betty, the wild one, and appreciation for the sweet and amiable Peggy.Subscribed with PayPal? Click here to update TCB Premium Payment infoSupport the show for ad-free, early, bonus episodes and more!Record a voicemail for a future showContact UsShop TCB MerchJoin our True Crime Brewery Fan Discussion GroupSourcesBetty Wilson, Snapped, Oxygen Network, S33 E2, 11/5/2023The Betty Wilson Story, Old Huntsville, No. 77By Two and Two, Jim Schutze, 1/1995Finding Betty, Jean Adam Jr., Retrieved 4/9/2024The Wilson Murder, Forensic Files, S1 E8, Retrieved 4/2/2024Wilson v. State, Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama, 1/13/1995 Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/true-crime-brewery--4126935/support.
4/22/20241 hour, 39 minutes, 21 seconds
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Killer Couple: Karla Homolka & Paul Bernardo

17-year-old Karla Homolka met 23-year-old Paul Bernardo in 1987. Some saw their meeting as love at first sight, but the two had a dangerous attraction which would drive them to commit abductions, sexual assaults, and even murder. This good-looking couple became obsessed with each other. And Paul was very controlling of Karla. But Paul Bernardo’s crimes were not all his own.  Evidence, including videotapes, would show that Karla was a willing participant, despite her claims that she was just another one of Paul’s victims.Join us at the quiet end for Killer Couple: Karla Homolka & Paul Bernardo. The most basic question asked about serial killers is why.  This becomes much more complicated and difficult to answer when murders are committed by more than one person. Today we’re analyzing one of the most notorious couples in modern history. What role did Karla play in Paul’s violent sex crimes and how did her gender affect the disparity in their charges and sentencing?Subscribed with PayPal? Click here to update TCB Premium Payment infoSupport the show for ad-free, early, bonus episodes and more!Record a voicemail for a future showContact UsShop TCB MerchJoin our True Crime Brewery Fan Discussion GroupSourcesDeadly Innocence, Scott Burnside, Alan Cairns, 1995Investigating Gender Bias and Sentencing Disparity: A Case Study Analysis of the Paul Bernardo-Karla Homolka Case, Kathrine Lorraine Leafloor, Carleton University, 5/1997 Ken and Barbie Killers: The Lost Murder Tapes, Discovery Plus, 12/13/2021The Ken Murray Case: Defence Counsel's Dilemma, Criminal Defence News, 7/6/2011 Lethal Marriage: The Uncensored Truth Behind the Crimes of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, Nick Pron, 2005Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka Case, The Canadian Encyclopedia, retrieved 3/30/2024 Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/true-crime-brewery--4126935/support.
4/8/20242 hours, 27 seconds
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Death Sentence: The Murder of Ruth Pelke

On a weekday afternoon in 1985 in Gary, Indiana, fifteen-year-old Paula Cooper stabbed 78-year-old Ruth Pelke to death. In a city with a history of racism, Ruth was a white, beloved bible teacher who refused to move out of her overwhelmingly black neighborhood. When Paula and her friends showed up at Ruth’s door that day asking about bible studies, Ruth had happily invited them in.Join us at the quiet end for Death Sentence: The Murder of Ruth Pelke & the Punishment of Paula Cooper. When Paula was sentenced to death, few argued against the state’s impending execution of a tenth grader. But when the victim’s grandson forgave the girl, the media brought the story to the forefront and millions signed petitions in support of Paula. This case raises questions about the value of a human life and whether our justice system is made for rehabilitation or retribution.SourcesA Clear Scientific Consensus that the Death Penlty Does Not Deter, Amnesty International, retrieved 3/14/2024, https://www.amnestyusa.org/updates/a-clear-scientific-consensus-that-the-death-penalty-does-not-deter/A Pause in Federal Executions, but Uncertainty About What’s Next, The New York Times, Hailey Fuchs, 7/22/2021Biden vowed to end the death penalty. Activists are demanding action as he nears the 100-day mark, CNN.com,  Christina Carrega, 4/25/2021Do Executions Lower Homicide Rates: The Views of Leading Criminologists' Michael L. Radelet Traci L. Lacock, Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, Winter 2009.IndyStar Archives 1985-2017Seventy Times Seven: A True Story of Murder and Mercy by Alex Mar, 2023Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/true-crime-brewery--4126935/support.
3/25/20241 hour, 29 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Dr. & Mrs. Kauffman

April Kauffman didn’t have an easy life growing up.  When she was just seventeen, she gave birth to her daughter Kim and set out to make a better life for them both. April raised her daughter in a loving home despite an early split from Kim’s father. She earned her cosmetology license and worked as a hairdresser and as a model. April was fun, energetic, and independent. But life as a single mom could be lonely.Join us at the quiet end for The Dr. & Mrs. Kauffman. In 2002, April believed she had finally found her happily ever after when she married Dr. Jim Kauffman, a successful physician and a former green beret. As the wife of a Vietnam Veteran, April became an outspoken radio personality and a fierce veteran’s advocate. But Dr. Kauffman had a dark side which April began to uncover. The doctor was running a pill mill out of his medical office and associating with a criminal motorcycle gang: The Pagans. When April had had enough and threatened divorce, she began to realize that her life was in danger, and she might never make it out of this marriage alive.SourcesApril Kauffman, https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/april-christine-kauffman-atlantic-city-new-jersey, retrieved 2/27/2024http://aprilkauffman.net/, retrieved. 2/27/2024Doctor Dealer: A doctor high on greed, a biker gang high on opioids, and the woman who paid the ultimate price,  George Anastasia and Ralph Cipriano, 2020 The Doctor, the Hitman & the Motorcycle Gang : the true story of one of New Jersey’s most notorious murder for hire plots, Annie McCormick, 2020Doctor's Orders, Discovery Plus, 9/3/2021Husband of slain radio host paid man to kill his wife 5 years ago, authorities say, NJ.com, True Jersey, Chris Franklin, 09/3/2018Punishing Pill Mill Doctors: Sentencing Disparities in the Opioid Epidemic, William & Mary Law School, Adam M. Gershowitz, 12/2020Who Was April Kauffman: Her Life, Her Mysterious Death and Why None of it Makes Any Sense, Boardwalk Journal, Sarah Colson and Ian Licht, 6/2012Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/true-crime-brewery--4126935/support.
3/11/20241 hour, 34 minutes, 4 seconds
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Parent Trap: The Murders of Krista & Bart Halderson

The Halderson family appeared to be living a happy middle-class life. Parents Krista and Bart had everything they had wished for and worked for, including a comfortable suburban home and two loving sons. Mitchell, 24, was working in the tech industry and Chandler, 23, was a college student living at home. But all was not as it seemed with Chandler.Join us at the quiet end for Parent Trap. Chandler Halderson was weaving a complex web of lies for years. His college degree and job prospects were not what he portrayed them to be. In fact, Chandler’s life was going nowhere and his father was becoming frustrated and suspicious. But before Krista and Bart could uncover their son’s lies, the couple disappeared. Over the days that followed, evidence revealed that Chandler Halderson would stop at nothing, including murder, to protect his life of deception.Subscribed with PayPal? Click here to update TCB Premium Payment infoSupport the show for ad-free, early, bonus episodes and more!Record a voicemail for a future showContact UsShop TCB MerchJoin our True Crime Brewery Fan Discussion GroupSourcesChandler Halderson Trial, Channel 3000, https://www.channel3000.com/news/chandler-halderson-trial/, retreieved 1/3/2024Parricide: An Introduction for Clinical and Forensic Mental Health Professionals, researchgate.net, Kimberly D. Dodson, 9/2017State of Winconsin v. Chandler M. Halderson, Circuit Court Dane County Wisconsin, 8/24/2021Timeline: Order of Events leading up to Chandler Halderson's trial, WKOW.com, Sierra Rehm, 1/3/2022Unemployed Son Mooched Off Parents He Killed and Dismembered, Claimed to Be College Student Who Got Job at SpaceX: Prosecutor, Law & Crime, Alberto Luperon, 1/4/2022
2/26/20241 hour, 44 minutes, 58 seconds
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Finding Karla Brown's Killer

Karla Brown was 22-years-old in 1978. After five-years of an off and on relationship, she and her fiancé, Mark, bought their first home together. That June, the couple were focused on moving and decorating their new home. They had friends over to help with the move on June 20th, followed by an evening of food and drinks. Next door, at the home of Paul Main, the pretty and outgoing Karla had not gone unnoticed.Join us at the quiet end for Finding Karla Brown’s Killer. Karla’s fiancé Mark went to work on June 21st, leaving Karla home alone. Between 10 and 11am, Karla ended a phone call with her future mother-in-law, telling her that someone was at the door. By the time Mark returned home that day, Karla would be the victim of a brutal murder and the focus of a lengthy, complex investigation.SourcesBite Mark Identification- A Relieable Forensic Tool or Junk Science, Penn State Dickinson Law, Samuel D. Hodge Jr., Robert E. Rains, 7/1/2017The Karla Brown story: What happened and the latest updates, Tuko.co.ke, Florence Wanjiru, 4/5/2022PCAST, Court Decisions Assessing the Admissibility of Forensic Science Evidence,Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison MethodsPEOPLE v. PRANTE, Supreme Court of Illinois, The People of the State of Illinois, Appellant, v. John Prante, Appellee. Decided: 5/12/2023Silent Witness: The Karla Brown Murder Case by Don W. Weber and Charles Bosworth, Jr.
2/12/20241 hour, 42 minutes, 33 seconds
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Victim on Trial: Elana Steinberg

Elana Steinberg’s husband, Steve Steinberg, was a well-liked restaurant manager with a gambling problem. Elana struggled to keep their finances afloat, but it wasn’t easy. Then, on an otherwise normal night in 1981, Elana was stabbed 26 times in their bed. Steve called 911 and told the dispatcher that two bearded men had robbed them and killed his wife.Join us at the quiet end for Victim on Trial: Elana Steinberg. It wasn’t long after Elana’s murder when Steve confessed that he had killed her. Put on trial for murder, Steve’s defense was temporary insanity. Yes, he had killed his wife, but he had done it while sleepwalking. And, Elana had led him to it with her nagging and shopping. Prepare to be outraged. This is a case where the killer was treated as a long-suffering victim and the real victim was put on trial.SourcesCrime/mystery: The Defense Pleaded Nagging, The New York Times, Tony Hillerman, 10/9/1988Death of a Jewish American Princess by Shirley FrondorfHomicidal Sleepwalking: To Kill While Asleep, TimeTraveller.org, Fiona Guy, 10/26/2017
1/29/20241 hour, 42 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Missing Millbrook Twins

On March 18, 1990, 15-year-old fraternal twins Dannette and Jeanette Millbrook disappeared while out walking from a convenience store to their home in Augusta, Georgia. Earlier that day, the girls told their mother that a man in a white van had been following them. Nothing more is known about this man and he would not be the only person of interest in the girls’ disappearance.Join us at the quiet end for The Missing Millbrook Twins. Dannette and Jeanette’s mother reported them missing that same evening, but she was told that she had to wait for 24 hours. Even after the 24 hours passed, the sheriff’s office failed to investigate or follow up in any way with the family. In fact, when the girls’ 17th birthday passed, the case was closed. The sheriff’s explanation? The girls were now old enough that they could not be forced to return home. This suggests that the girls were runaways, but there was no reason to believe this to be true. In fact, it seems clear that two poor black children were not a priority for the sheriff’s department and a significant injustice was done when they never bothered to look for Dannette and Jeanette. Is it too late now or is there a chance that this cold case can somehow be solved?
1/15/20241 hour, 30 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Love Triangle Murders

At 6:00 a.m. on August 28, 1965, Carl and Carmela Coppolino’s physician, Dr. Juliette Karow, was awakened by a phone call. Carl Coppolino tearfully described to her how he had just found his 32-year-old wife dead, seemingly from a heart attack. Dr. Karow was concerned when she arrived at the house—young women in their 30s rarely die from cardiac arrest.Join us at the quiet end for The Love Triangle Murders. Forty-one days after his wife’s death, Carl Coppolino married Mary Gibson. Imagine the chagrin of the Coppolino’s neighbor Marjorie Farber, who had moved from New Jersey to Florida in hopes of being with Carl. Incensed by this turn of events, Marjorie went to the police and told them that she had stood by helplessly as her husband was strangled to death by Carl. And she had information to share about Camela’s death as well!This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
1/1/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 20 seconds
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Christmas Vacation Massacre (Bonus Episode)

On December 22, 1987, Ronald Gene Simmons began a killing spree that would become the worst massacre in Arkansas history as well as the deadliest domestic crime in the history of the United States. His murderous rampage ended six days later, leaving fourteen members of his family and two former coworkers dead.Join us at the quiet end for Christmas Vacation Massacre. Gene Simmons was a nightmare from early on in his marriage. He went from controlling but hard-working military man, to wife beater, to incestuous father, and, in the end, to a merciless mass murderer.SourcesArkansas Man Sentenced to Death for Killing 14 Members of his Family, Deseret News, 2/12/1989.The Devil of Pope County: America's Worst Family Massacre Podcast, Tony Holt, 2023.Ronald Gene Simmons, 1940-1990, Encyclopedia of Arkansas, retrieved 12/12/2023.Zero at the Bone: Story of Gene Simmons Mass Murder, Marshall & Williams, 1991.This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
12/24/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 4 seconds
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Who Killed Ronda Reynolds?

Just nine days before Christmas 1998, thirty-three-year-old Ronda Reynolds was getting ready to visit her mother for the holidays. Ronda’s second marriage was falling apart after less than a year and her career as a Washington State Trooper had ended badly, but her friends and family would insist that Ronda had still been optimistic about her future. Barb Thompson, Ronda’s mother, was just happy that Ronda was coming home. But then a call early in the morning changed Barb’s life forever.Join us at the quiet end for Who Killed Ronda Reynolds? Ronda’s soon-to-be ex, Ron Reynolds, had called 911 that morning to say that Ronda had committed suicide in their bedroom closet. Over the next several years, the coroner would change Ronda’s manner of death from "undetermined" to "suicide," not once, but twice. But Barb Thompson never believed that her daughter committed suicide. Finally, Ron was arrested for Ronda’s homicide. But would there be enough evidence to get a conviction?SourcesFormer Trooper Ronda Reynold's Death Ruled Homicide, Seattle Times, 10/19/2011Husband in notorious Lewis County murder case to leave job as school principal, Seattle Times, Cathy McLain, 8/23/2012Husband, Stepson arrested, freed in ex-trooper's death, Seattle Times, Adam Pearson, 10/28/2011In the Still of the Night by Ann RuleMystery on Twin Peaks Drive, 48 Hours, E25 S21, 4/21/2012, retrieved 12/4/2023This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
12/18/20231 hour, 23 minutes
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Listen Now- Dr. Death: Bad Magic

From Wondery, and hosted by Laura Beil - The new season of Dr. Death, BAD MAGIC is a story of miraculous cures, magic and murder.When a charismatic young doctor announces revolutionary treatments for cancer and HIV, patients from around the world turn to him for their last chance. As medical experts praise Serhat Gumrukcu’s genius, the company he co-founded rockets in value to over half a billion dollars. But when a team of researchers makes a startling discovery, they begin to suspect the brilliant doctor is hiding a secret.You can listen to Dr. Death: Bad Magic exclusively and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcastshttps://wondery.app.link/DDS4_TCBThis show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
12/14/20235 minutes, 54 seconds
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Two Innocents

In June of 1959, just two months before her thirteenth birthday, Lynne Harper was found dead in a wooded grove near a Clinton, Ontario, Air Force base. Lynne was small for her age, the middle child between two brothers. She was described as bossy and a “live wire.” She had her whole life ahead of her.Join us at the quiet end for Two Innocents. The last person seen with Lynne on the day she disappeared was 14-year-old classmate Steven Truscott. Despite a lack of any physical evidence and witness accounts which gave Steven a clear alibi, he was arrested for Lynne’s murder just days after her body was found. Then, Steven was found guilty and sentenced to hang. This is the story of Lynne’s murder, Steven’s unjust conviction, the people who worked to free him and exonerate him of his murder conviction, and the continuing mystery of who was really responsible for this terrible crime.SourcesCan Science Clear Truscott? thestar.com. 1/29/2007, retrieved 11/20/2023.Steven Truscott Case, The Canadian Encyclopedia, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/steven-truscott-case, retrieved 11/25/2023.Steven Truscott: His Word Against History, The Fifth Estate, 2015, retrieved 11/25/2023.Steven Truscott, Innocence Canada, Sarah Harland-Logan, 2023.Until You Are Dead: Steven Truscott's Long Ride into History by Julian Sher, 2001, 2023.Victim's Family stunned by Truscott Compensation, CBS News, 7/8/2008, retrieved 11/14/2023 Youngest Canadian Sentenced to Death is Cleared in 1959 Case, The Seattle Times, 8/29/2007, retrieved 11/14/2023.This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
12/4/20231 hour, 46 minutes, 38 seconds
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Love Bomber

Jayne Leebrick met David Miller on January 1, 1991 on a cross country flight from Florida to Los Angeles. He was in the seat next to her and seemed like the perfect man. Handsome, wealthy, and a brave cancer survivor, David won her over. If David seemed too good to be true, that’s because he was.Join us at the quiet end for Love Bomber: The Seduction and Murder of Jayne Miller. David swept Jayne off her feet, giving her expensive gifts and portraying himself as an important and powerful man. Within six weeks, the two were married. But from early on, Jayne’s friends and family noticed that something wasn’t right with David Miller. Jayne’s dream man quickly turned into a nightmare, leaving Jayne in financial peril and afraid for her life.SourcesDeadly Pretender: The Double Life of David Miller by Karen KingsburyMr. Right Is Deadly Wrong, A Lie To Die For, S1E8, Oxygen Network This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
11/20/20231 hour, 51 minutes, 11 seconds
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Confessions of Youth

On the morning of January 21, 1998, 12-year-old Stephanie Ann Crowe was found dead on her bedroom floor. She had been brutally stabbed to death as her family slept soundly in their bedrooms down the hall.Stephanie’s parents desperately called 911 for help. After police officers arrived at the scene, a cursory search of the Crowe home found no signs of forced entry. There was an unlocked sliding glass door in the parents’ room, but it was covered by aluminum vertical blinds. They would have made too much noise for someone to enter undetected, officers decided.Join us at the quiet end for Confessions of Youth, the story of the murder of Stephanie Crowe and the false confessions that followed. On the morning when Stephanie’s body was found, detectives came to an early conclusion that her murder was an inside job. From that day forward, they worked to make the evidence fit their theory instead of letting the evidence develop their theory. This method of investigation, wrong for many good reasons, sent the Crowe family and two other families into a prolonged state of victimhood.This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
11/6/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 43 seconds
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Destroyer of Worlds

“Disney” Dad Anthony Todt and his wife Megan seemed to be living an ideal, enviable life together. High school sweethearts, they married, had three children, and owned a busy Physical Therapy practice in Connecticut. But that life blew up in December of 2019.Join us at the quiet end for Destroyer of Worlds. How did Anthony Todt end up in a rented Celebration, Florida, home, living alongside the decomposing corpses of his murdered family members and their beloved dog? We’re following this case from the family’s early years, to the time when Anthony Todt became a family annihilator, to his taking the stand in his own murder trial. It’s a sad story with a lot to talk about.SourcesAnthony Todt Full Confession: Detective Interrogates Physical Therapist About Family Murders, Law & Crime Network, 4/13/2022Anthony Todt Murder Trial, Law & Crime Network, 4/11/2022, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bxaLPPexPc&list=PLoW1SIeAWaWbYx1Y8zzwDKtoOcY1tpe2OLooking for the Todt Family podcast, https://www.theday.com/todt/, retrieved 10/1/2023Prosecutor: In Idyllic Celebration, Florida, a Father Killed His Family to Prepare for the ‘Apocalypse,' Rollingstone.com, Andrea Marks, 4/11/2022State of Connecticut Affidavit, Case 3:20-mj-00019-RAR, United States District Court, District of Connecticut, 1/15/2020This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
10/23/20231 hour, 45 minutes, 12 seconds
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Listen Now: New Podcast "Ghost Story"

Tristan Redman is a journalist who doesn’t believe in ghosts. But weird things happened in his teenage bedroom – weirder than normal. When, years later, he discovers subsequent occupants of his family home say they have been visited by the ghost of a faceless woman, he’s curious. It just so happens that the house Tristan grew up in is right next door to the house where his wife’s great grandmother, Naomi Dancy, was murdered – killed by two gunshots to the face. Could there be a connection? Tristan decides to investigate and soon finds himself where no son-in-law should ever be: delving deep into his wife’s family history asking questions no-one wants answered. Wondery and Pineapple Street Studios present Ghost Story — a seven-part podcast series about family secrets, overwhelming coincidence, and the things that come back to haunt us. Follow Ghost Story on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. You can binge all episodes of Ghost Story ad-free right now by joining Wondery Plus. Listen now: wondery.fm/GS_TCBThis show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
10/23/20239 minutes, 24 seconds
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Listen Now: MrBallen's Medical Mysteries

Follow MrBallen’s Medical Mysteries wherever you get your podcasts. You can binge the first 8 episodes, early and ad-free on Amazon Music. Download the Amazon Music app today.The human body is a miracle. But when it’s not working, it can be the stuff of nightmares. On this new series from master storyteller MrBallen, we’re sharing medical horror stories and diagnostic mysteries that are surgically calibrated to make your blood run cold.From bizarre, unheard-of diseases and miraculous recoveries to strange medical mishaps and unexplainable deaths — you’ll never hear the phrase “heart-stopping” in the same way again. MrBallen’s Medical Mysteries is a first of its kind collaboration between MrBallen and Wondery, the award-winning company behind Dr. Death.Listen Now: Wondery.fm/MBMM_TCBThis show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
10/17/20237 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Case of Gabby Petito

Perhaps no case more than that of 22-year-old Gabby Petito demonstrates that the images we see on social media do not accurately show us the reality of a person's life. On July 2, 2021, Gabby enthusiastically set out on a "van life" journey with her fiancé Brian Laundrie. The two had quit their jobs and renovated a van, planning a four-month trip across the country. Along the way, Gabby documented their adventures on social media. But behind the scenes, Brian was abusive and manipulative, controlling Gabby.Join us at the quiet end for The Case of Gabby Petito. During her travels, the couple was seen arguing, with Gabby crying and Brian yelling at her and even slapping her. One witness report led the police in Utah to pull over the couple, but no arrest was made and the incident was identified as a mental health crisis rather than a domestic violence incident.Gabby's mother Nichole last spoke to Gabby on August 25th. Then, on September 1st, Brian returned to his parents' home without Gabby. What followed was one of the most public and emotional crime solving efforts in recent history.Support the show for ad-free, early, bonus episodes and more!Record a voicemail for a future showContact UsShop TCB MerchJoin our True Crime Brewery Fan Discussion GroupThis show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
10/9/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Disappearance of Birna Brjánsdóttir

Confident and carefree, Icelandic woman Birna Brjánsdóttir was just 20-years-old when she disappeared in 2017. Birna grew up in the nearby suburbs, but she was very comfortable in the city of Reykjavik. It’s known as a safe place to be, even for a young woman in the dark of night. The main street was busy and well-lit, with bright storefront windows and lampposts on every corner.Join us at the quiet end for The Disappearance of Birna Brjánsdóttir. After finishing work on Friday, January 13, 2017, Birna played cards with friends in a pub. At midnight, when the parties were getting started, they went dancing at a popular club. But when Birna’s friends decided to go home at 2am, Birna stayed behind. When she didn’t show up for work on Saturday and her phone was off, Birna’s mother and friends knew immediately that something was terribly wrong.SourcesI Am Birna: Iceland Mourns Murdered Woman, CNN.com, Fréttatíminn, Iceland, Thora Tomasdottir, 2/3/2017Key Witness Tells a Very Different Story in Birna Murder Trial, Iceland Monitor, 8/21/2017A Murder Shocks Iceland and Dents Women’s Sense of Safety, BBC News, Anna Margret Bjornsson. 1/28/2017The Murder of Birna Brjánsdóttir: The Case that gripped Iceland and the World, The Reykjavik Grapevine, Paul Fontaine, 2/7/2017The Murder That Shook Iceland-Birna Brjánsdóttir, The Guardian, Xan Rice, 4/12/2018Rare Icelandic Murder of Young Woman Leaves Country Devastated, The Independent, May Bulman, 2/7/2017Young Local Woman Missing Since Saturday: Have You Seen her? Iceland Magazine, 1/16/2017This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
9/25/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 47 seconds
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Listen Now: The Apology Line

For fifteen years you could call a private number in Manhattan and anonymously apologize for anything. It was called The Apology Line. This is the story of the phone line and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.”As thousands of callers flooded the line, confessing to everything from shoplifting to adultery, drug dealing, to murder, Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t just listen. He had to do something, even if it meant risking everything.Prime Members, you can binge all seven episodes of The Apology line exclusively on Amazon Music. Download the Amazon Music app today: www.amazon.com/AL_TCBThis show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
9/18/20236 minutes, 58 seconds
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Out of Wedlock

Rachel Hatfield was in a 14-year relationship with a struggling artist named Tim when she met her future husband, Todd Winkler. Todd couldn’t be much more different than Tim. He was a former F-16 fighter pilot with a big corporate job, a house, and even his own plane. When Tim heard about Todd, he hurried to propose to Rachel. But it was too late. Rachel had made up her mind to marry Todd within weeks of meeting him. She would be his third wife and the second one to suffer a violent and sudden death.Join us at the quiet end for Out of Wedlock. Rachel had high hopes for a happy marriage and a family of her own. But after having three children together, the Winkler’s’ marriage was in trouble. Rachel fell in love with another man and asked Todd for a divorce. But Todd was having none of it. Then, on February 27, 2012, a neighbor received a call from Todd explaining that there had been a domestic violence incident at his house. And Rachel was dead.Support the show for ad-free, early, bonus episodes and more!Record a voicemail for a future showContact UsShop TCB MerchJoin our True Crime Brewery Fan Discussion GroupSourcesDeadly Twist, Dateline NBC, E23 S31, 3/20/2015Edge of Reason, American Monster, S4 E9, 10/27/2019The People v. Todd Alan Winkler, In the Court of Appeal of the State of California Third Appellate Disctrict, 11/20/2020Prosecutor points to gruesome evidence as Winkler murder case goes to jury, The Sacramento Bee, Peter Hecht, 3/21/2015The Two Faces of Todd Winkler, 48 Hours, CBS, S28 E11, 12/13/2014 This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
9/5/20231 hour, 27 minutes, 35 seconds
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Four Bruises

29-year-old attorney Anna-Jane Cheney was looking forward to her wedding in March of 1994. But just a few weeks before she was to walk down the aisle, she was found dead in her Adelaide home.Join us at the quiet end for 4 Bruises. At around 7:30pm on March 18, Anna went to the home of her best friend and sister-in-law, Susan, to walk their dogs together. Although she had been drinking earlier that evening, she did not appear to Susan to be intoxicated. But just two hours later, Anna’s fiancé, Henry, called an ambulance to their home. Henry told first responders that he had found Anna unconscious in the bathtub. Crying over the body of his beautiful bride-to-be, his story was believed. Until it wasn’t.SourcesHorrifying scandal of forensic doctor never qualified to be one, Under Investigation with Liz Hayes, 60 Minutes Australia, 2/22/2023How to fix Australia’s biggest legal scandal, Wrongful Convictions Report, 7/29/2020, https://wrongfulconvictionsreport.org/2023/02/02/malpractice-incompetence-and-lies-the-manock-curse-part-1/Reasonable Doubt, 60 Minutes Australia, 2011Unmaking a Murder by Graham Archer, 2017A Witness of Fact by Drew Rooke, 2022Unmaking a Murder by Graham Archer, 2017A Witness of Fact by Drew Rooke, 2022 This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
8/21/20231 hour, 27 minutes, 30 seconds
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Listen Now - Over My Dead Body: Gone Hunting

When Mike Williams vanishes on a hunting trip, the authorities suspect he was eaten by alligators but the true predators who took Mike may lurk much closer to home. The mystery of Mike’s disappearance might have faded from memory, if it wasn’t for one woman’s tireless crusade. From Wondery, comes a new season of Over My Dead Body; a story about an obsessive love affair, a scandalous secret and a mother’s battle for the truth.Follow Over My Dead Body: Gone Hunting on Amazon Music or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen early and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery Plus in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery app. Listen to Over My Dead Body: wondery.fm/OMDB4_TCBThis show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
8/21/20235 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Last Seduction

Jeff Wright was always looking for a good time. When he met his future wife, Susan, he thought she would be a good time. But then things between the two became something more than just fun. Susan became pregnant, they married, and they moved into a house in the suburbs of Houston. But it was not happily ever after—not even close.Join us at the quiet end for The Last Seduction. After stabbing her husband to death in 2003, Susan Wright claimed that she had acted in self-defense after years of abuse. But prosecutors argued that Susan had never reported any abuse to the police and that she had plotted and carried out Jeff’s murder in cold blood. At Susan’s trial, prosecutor Kelly Siegler described Susan as a calculating wife who seduced her husband into bed, tied him up, stabbed him 193 times, and buried his mutilated body in their backyard to collect on his life insurance. Susan’s only chance at convincing the jury of her innocence was for her to testify in her own defense. But was her testimony enough to overcome the brutal details of what she had done?Support the show for ad-free, early, bonus episodes and more!Record a voicemail for a future showContact UsShop TCB MerchJoin our True Crime Brewery Fan Discussion GroupSources193, Texas Monthly, Skip Hollandsworth, 2/2010A Wife's Revenge by Eric Francis, 2005Betting Her Life, 48 Hours Mystery, 5/15/2010The Blue-Eyed Butcher TV Movie, Lifetime.com, 2012Blue-eyed Butcher’: Texas woman who stabbed husband 193 times in 2003 released on parole, Crystal Bonvillian, Fox13 Houston, 1/5/2021Susan Wright released from prison after serving 16 years for stabbing husband 193 times, ABC13 Houston, Jessica Willey, 12/31/2020This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
8/8/20231 hour, 32 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Disappearance of Stephanie Kupchynsky

27-year-old music teacher Stephanie Kupchynsky disappeared from a Rochester, New York, suburb in 1991. Stephanie grew up in New Jersey and had taught on Martha's Vineyard. She was scheduled to attend a music conference in New Jersey that was organized by her father, also a music teacher, when she disappeared. Soon afterwards, her car was found abandoned at the airport.Join us at the quiet end for The Disappearance of Stephanie Kupchynsky. Stephanie was an energetic, joyful person who was working to move forward from a life complicated by abuse and depression. She had recently escaped an abusive relationship and she was in love with a new boyfriend. She was looking forward to the future more than she had in a long time. But Stephanie didn’t show up for the music conference and she wasn’t answering her boyfriend’s calls. She was gone, seemingly without a trace.Support the show for ad-free, early, bonus episodes and more!Record a voicemail for a future showContact UsShop TCB MerchJoin our True Crime Brewery Fan Discussion GroupSourcesCatch the Sparrow by Rachael RearConfessed killer Ed Laraby dies in prison, Gary Craig, 5/5/2014The Disappearance of Stephanie Kupchynsky, Dateline Digital, 1/20/2023, https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/the-disappearance-of-stephanie-kupchynsky-160292421640METRO NEWS BRIEFS: NEW YORK; Woman Who Vanished In 1991 Is Found Dead, New York Times, The Associated Press, 4/17/1998New York inmate admits murder of former Martha’s Vineyard teacher, MVTimes, Janet Hefler, 7/25/2012This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
7/25/20231 hour, 41 minutes, 16 seconds
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Listen Now: Suspect "Five Shots in the Dark"

Leon Benson spent 24 years in an Indiana state prison for the 1998 murder of a young man named Kasey Schoen. His conviction hinged on the testimony of two eyewitnesses – but what if their memories turned out to be wrong? And what if the people who knew what really happened had never been allowed to speak? Suspect Season 3: Five Shots in the Dark is the story of two victims: one murdered, one sentenced to life. Follow host Matt Shaer and attorney Lara Bazelon as they investigate how the justice system failed both Leon and Kasey, and who the real killer might be. Join this unprecedented look inside the attempt to overturn a wrongful conviction and find out if justice will finally be served.Listen to Suspect wherever you get your podcasts. You can binge Suspect ad-free on Wondery Plus.Find Wondery Plus in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts:http://wondery.fm/SuspectS3_TCBListen NowThis show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
7/17/20236 minutes, 5 seconds
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Down the Wishing Well

After Jimmy Don Beets’ fishing boat was found abandoned in Lake Athens, Texas, the locals speculated that he had accidentally drowned. But two years later, his body was found buried in a wishing well on his own property. And, shockingly, another missing man was discovered entombed on the same property. These two men had one thing in common---Betty Lou Beets.Join us at the quiet end for Down the Wishing Well. The story of the life of Betty Lou Beets has a continuous thread of hardship and dysfunction running through it that most of us cannot imagine. But does a difficult past excuse dishonest, cruel, and violent behavior? Even Betty’s children, who survived years with her, would be shocked by her hard-heartedness.This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
7/11/20231 hour, 51 minutes, 43 seconds
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Blood Atonement

In its immediate aftermath, the 1984 murder of Brenda Lafferty and her baby daughter had their community asking “why?” But once the investigation was under way, law enforcement began to look closely at the family Brenda Lafferty had married into. Brenda was a devout Mormon, but she disagreed with the extreme religious beliefs of her brothers-in-law, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who had embraced fundamentalist views and were excommunicated from the LDS church.Join us at the quiet end for Blood Atonement. Brenda has been described as a young woman who was dedicated to her husband Allen, her daughter, and the church. But Brenda had been raised in a much more liberal Mormon family and she wasn’t afraid to openly disagree with her in-law’s fundamentalist views, which included polygamy. Following their excommunication, Dan and Ron Lafferty had become more and more fanatical in their beliefs. And they blamed Brenda when Allen refused to join them.This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
6/27/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 42 seconds
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A Body in the Closet

The ostensibly charmed marriage of Kelley and Jim Cannon became something like a bad lifetime movie after years of drug addiction and domestic disturbances. Judging from outward appearances, the two were a successful and happy couple raising a young family. Jim was a law school graduate and a well-liked businessman. Kelley was a housewife and mother of three, remembered by her old classmates as a good student and a popular cheerleader. But then, one night in 2008, Jim’s dead body was found inside of a bedroom closet in their Nashville home.Join us at the quiet end for A Body in the Closet. When Jim was found dead, his three children were missing. Police found Kelley Cannon in a nearby condo with the children. She explained that Jim had called her, acting crazy, and asked her to take care of the kids. But an injunction had prevented Kelley from entering the family’s home, so was she telling the truth or was Kelley somehow responsible for her estranged husband’s death?SourcesGreen Hills Mom Who Strangled Husband in 2008 Asks for New Trial, WKRN.com, Sarah Denson, 3/30/2015House of Lies by Linda RosencranceKelley Elizabeth Cannon v. State of Tennessee, Criminal Court for Davidson County, 3/21/2017State of Tennessee v. Kelley Elizabeth Cannon, Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee at Nashville, 10/18/2011Who Killed Jim Cannon? Nashville Scene, Elizabeth Ulrich, 7/3/2008The Widow Speaks, Nashville Scene, Elizabeth Ulrich, 7/10/2008This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
6/13/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Rainbow Girls Murders

Vicki Durian and Nancy Santomero were hitchhiking on their way to the Rainbow Family Gathering in June, 1980, when they disappeared. This was an annual gathering of hippies and free-thinking people where they would celebrate harmony, peace, and freedom at Monongahela National Forest. But after the two young women accepted a ride from a quiet young man driving a Chevy Nova, they were never seen alive again.Join us at the quiet end for The Rainbow Girls Murders. Someone murdered Nancy and Vicki in cold blood, leaving their bodies to be found on a remote mountainside. But twelve years into the investigation, an innocent man was charged and convicted of their killings. This man would spend years in prison before the real killer could be brought to justice. Today, we’ll talk about this fascinating case and discuss why the wrong man was sent to prison and a cold-blooded killer was left free to kill again.SourcesMan who confessed to 'Rainbow Murders' is executed, The Associated Press, 11/19/2013Life Without Mercy by Ralph Kennedy EcholsThe Third Rainbow Girl by Emma Copley EisenbergThis show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4126935/advertisement
5/30/20231 hour, 48 minutes, 57 seconds
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Introducing: Morbid

It’s all a lighthearted nightmare on the MORBID podcast. Hosted by Alaina Urquhart and Ash Kelley, Morbid is a full dose of true crime with a splash of comedy. Join us all month long as we celebrate 5 years of MORBID with a special anniversary series, a festive edition of listener tales, and more surprises to come.Listen to Morbid wherever you get your podcasts: wondery.fm/MBD_TCBHey Prime Members you can listen to Morbid early and ad-free on Amazon Music. Download the Amazon Music app today.
5/18/20237 minutes, 5 seconds
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Dissecting Dr. Death

Neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch had little in his background to predict the trail of surgical atrocities he would commit in his short-lived career. Before he was finally stopped, Duntsch had caused serious neurological injuries to most of his patients and killed two of them. In fact, of the 38 surgeries he performed, 33 were catastrophic.Join us at the quiet end for Dissecting Dr. Death. After his residency in Tennessee, Christopher Duntsch moved to Dallas to start his neurosurgery practice. Despite rumors that he had been using cocaine, LSD, and prescription opiates while in training, he had excellent references. But once he began performing surgeries in Dallas, Duntsch was immediately recognized as incompetent by other surgeons and OR staff. And, with no indication that he would stop or seek out additional training, it became obvious that he was intentionally harming his patients. But the big question is why?
5/16/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 23 seconds
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Murder Mystery on Swann Street

After a 911 call came in late at night on August 2, 2006, paramedics were dispatched to a high-end Washington D.C. townhouse. Inside, the home was very neat with expensive electronics and other valuables in plain sight. On the second floor, 32-year-old attorney Robert Wone was found lying flat on his back in a t-shirt and gym shorts. He had three stab wounds to his torso. Mr. Wone was a houseguest that night and the three permanent residents claimed to have no idea who had stabbed him. But the home had absolutely no signs of forced entry or a burglary.Join us at the quiet end for Murder Mystery on Swann Street. From the time they arrived, police officers and paramedics were struck by the incongruous scene. All three residents of the home were together in the living room, freshly showered and wearing crisp, white robes. The bed where Mr. Wone was found appeared strikingly undisturbed. And, despite having suffered three deep knife wounds, there was very little blood on Mr. Wone or the bedding. The lack of an intruder, the physical evidence, and the bizarre behavior of home’s residents has created an extraordinary mystery surrounding Robert Wone’s death—a mystery that still endures today.
5/2/20231 hour, 41 minutes, 15 seconds
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Eye to Eye: The Murder of Dr. Brian Stidham

As far back as Brian Stidham could remember, he wanted to be a doctor and work with children. As an exceptional student, he graduated from Harvard Medical School. Then he began his residency in pediatric ophthalmology. Eventually, Brian married, had two children, and moved to Tucson, Arizona. As one of very few specialists in the area, he was in high demand. But as Brian’s star was rising, his life would be taken by a man whose own life was crashing and burning.Join us at the quiet end for Eye to Eye: The Murder of Dr. Brian Stidham. While working at a practice with ophthalmologist Bradley Schwartz, Brian noticed that the doctor was behaving erratically. After Schwartz was indicted on drug charges, Brian made plans to open his own practice. But Schwartz was infuriated when his patients went to Brian. And Brad Schwartz was not the forgiving type.SourcesAn Eye for an Eye, 48 Hours, 7/8/2008Office Visit, Forensic Files, 5/17/2018Murder Conspiracy Case Grabs Media Glare, American Medical News, 7/10/2006Tucson Citizen Archives, 2005-2014Tucson Weekly Archives, 2005-2006Toxic Rage by AJ Flick
4/18/20231 hour, 53 minutes, 5 seconds
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One Last Family Weekend

The Murder of Diane PikulDiane Whitmore grew up in the Midwest. She was a smart girl and, as she matured, she was looking forward to an exciting life as an independent, sophisticated woman. But when it came to men, Diane had a bad picker. Diane married Joe Pikul after meeting him at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. He was exciting to her: wealthy and outgoing but emotionally unstable with a terrible temper. By the time the couple had children, they were fighting regularly. Joe’s behavior had progressed from emotionally to physically abusive.Join us at the quiet end for One Last Family Weekend. Diane’s friends feared for her safety, so they were all relieved when she finally decided to leave Joe. But, at the same time, they worried about Diane taking unnecessary risks. Her brave exterior could no longer cover up how frightened she had become of her husband. Joe asked Diane to meet him at their vacation home in the Hamptons for one last family weekend. She knew this was a bad idea, but she felt obligated to go for the sake of her children. This was a decision she wouldn’t live long enough to regret.Sources4 Years After His Death, Pikul Poses Problems for Offspring, New York Times, Joan Ullman, 9/19/1993Marrying the Hangman by Sheila WellerMatter of Pikul, Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, 8/5/1993Mystery in the Hamptons, Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, & Justice, S1 E6Wife Killer Dies While He Waits for Prison Term, New York Times, James Feron, 6/23/1989Get a 4-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale at https://www.stamps.com/XXXX.Thanks to Stamps.com for sponsoring the show!
4/4/20232 hours, 5 minutes, 31 seconds
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Conspiracy

The Murder-for-Hire of Dan MarkelOn July 18, 2014, 41-year-old law professor Dan Markel dropped off his two young sons at preschool, worked out at the gym, and returned home to his quiet Tallahassee, Florida home. It was a Friday and Dan was looking forward to a relaxing weekend. But as soon as he pulled into his garage, someone shot him at point-blank range.Join us at the quiet end for Conspiracy: The Murder-for-Hire of Dan Markel. This is a story of a divorce and custody battle spun out of control and a family hell-bent on revenge. The investigation into Dan’s murder went on for two years before two career criminals were arrested for driving 10 hours from Miami to stalk and kill Dan. They had no known connection to Dan, but Dan’s ex-wife had family in the Miami area. The family hated Dan, who was getting in the way of Wendi and her children moving closer to them. It was difficult to believe that the Adelsons were behind a murder-for-hire plot, but no one else had a motive to want Dan dead.Sources20/20, Over My Dead Body, S42, E3Dateline, Cold-Blooded, 2020Extreme Punishment by Steven B. EpsteinKatherine Magbanua v. State of Florida, Petition for Writ of Certiorari, First District Court of Appeal, 5/31/2019Magbanua, Garcia, and Charles Adelson Court Appearance Video Footage, Law & Crime Network, 2016-2023Probable Cause First Degree Murder, Charlie Adelson, 9/9/2016State of Florida v. Charles "Charlie" Adelson, Written Plea of Not Guilty and Demand for Discovery, 4/26/2022The Unveiling: A Mother's Reflection on Murder, Grief, and Trial Life by Ruth Markel
3/21/20231 hour, 51 minutes
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Never Seen Again: Jana Carpenter Koklich

Jana and Bruce Koklich were the ideal couple in many ways. Jana was a smart and attractive woman whose father had been an influential California state senator. Bruce was her dedicated, hard-working, and charming husband. Together, they ran a successful California real estate business and owned several valuable properties. But after going to an Eric Clapton concert with a friend in August of 2001, Jana disappeared.Join us at the quiet end for Never Seen Again. Bruce Koklich, as Jana’s concerned husband, appeared on the news and pleaded for her to return home safely. But some friends and family members felt like something was off. Bruce’s business and personal choices were scrutinized, leading some to suspect that he was involved in his wife’s disappearance. But Jana had not been with Bruce on the night she disappeared, so was it possible that she had left her husband to start a new life or had she been a target of foul play?
3/7/20231 hour, 41 minutes, 26 seconds
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Fugitive Father

Back on July 2, 1970, tourists visiting Loch Ard Gorge, Australia, found a crashed car teetering on the edge of an oceanside cliff. It looked like the car could plunge into the water at any moment. After investigators were called to the scene, the mystery grew deeper. The car’s license plate was traced to a family living over 100 miles away.Once the car was towed from the cliff’s edge, the inside was inspected. Investigators were horrified to find four dead bodies, including three young children. The back seat of the car had been removed and someone had attached a hose leading from the tailpipe to the front window, suggesting suicide. This find sent waves of grief and confusion throughout Australia. There were so many questions and very few answers.Join us at the quiet end for Fugitive Father, a dialogue about a terrible crime which has become an enduring mystery. The victims in the car were identified as members of the Crawford family from 136 Cardinal Road, but the father was missing. It seemed possible that Elmer Crawford had been thrown from the vehicle, until witnesses came forward to say that they had seen Elmer after the car was found.SourcesAlmost Perfect: The True Story of the Brutal, Unsolved Crawford Family Murders, Greg Fogarty, 2010Crawford Executed, Bashed Family, Heraldsun.com.au, 2/10/2008The Crawford Family, Felon S1 E1, 3/10/2020Killer Crawford Still Haunts Ex-Cop, The Standard (Warrnambool), 7/13/2010Precise Detailed Detection of Faces and Facial Features, IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Ding, L., Martinez, A. 2008
2/21/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 22 seconds
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Introducing COLD: The Search for Sheree

Sheree Warren left her job in Salt Lake City on a mild October evening in 1985. She told a coworker she was headed to meet her estranged husband, Charles Warren, at a car dealership. But she never made it, Sheree vanished. When her car mysteriously surfaced weeks later, hundreds of miles away in Las Vegas, no one could say how it got there.When a young mother disappears under unexplained circumstances, police always turn suspicious eyes towards the husband. And although there was distrust around Charles Warren, he wasn’t the only suspect when Sheree went missing. She also had a boyfriend, a former cop named Cary Hartmann, who lived a sinister double life.Season three follows two suspects– men who both raised suspicion for investigators. But with two strong persons of interest with competing facts and evidence, it muddied the murder investigation. This season, host Dave Cawley, digs into the lives of these two men, the details of the case and examines the intersections between domestic abuse and sexual violence. The COLD team seeks to answer the question: what really happened to Sheree Warren?Hey Prime Members, you can binge all 10 episodes of COLD: The Search for Sheree ad-free on Amazon Music. Download the Amazon Music app today: wondery.fm/TCB_ColdS3
2/20/20239 minutes, 11 seconds
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Who Killed Kaitlyn?

After 18-year-old Kaitlyn Arquette was murdered in 1989, the Albuquerque police department believed it was a random act of violence. But as details were released, possible motives for her murder came to light.Join us at the quiet end for Who Killed Kaitlyn? Kaitlyn had argued with her boyfriend on the night she was killed. She also had knowledge of a gang-related insurance scheme. But despite her family’s efforts and an extensive police investigation, Kaitlyn’s case went cold. Until early last year, when a suspect was indicted.SourcesAlbuquerque Journal Archives 1988-2022Kaitlyn Arquette Website https://kaitarquette.arquettes.com/One to the Wolves by Lois DuncanPaul Apodaca indicted for high profile murder of Kaitlyn Arquette, KOAT7, Laflin, Nancy, 2/23/2022Who Killed My Daughter? by Lois Duncan
2/7/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 34 seconds
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Sweet Talker

Registered Nurse Julie Keown had goals for her life: start a family, purchase a home, advance in her career. She just needed to stay the course while her husband completed his MBA at Harvard and they would be all set. But sadly, Julie’s life was cruelly cut short and she didn’t live to see the future which she had worked and planned for all her life.Join us at the quiet end for Sweet Talker. Julie and her husband James moved from Missouri to Massachusetts after James was accepted into Harvard Business School’s MBA program. Julie was able to work from home setting up hospitals with medical software and she believed that their finances were on the upswing. But James had secrets. He was fired from his job for lying, he had racked up thousands in credit card debt, his car was repossessed, and there were issues with his education. From all angles, James’ life was falling apart. We’ll never know how much Julie knew about James’ lies, but we do know how far he was willing to go to save himself from financial and social ruin.
1/24/20231 hour, 47 minutes, 6 seconds
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Wondery Presents: Frozen Head

Hosted by Ash Kelley and Alaina Urquhart from the hit show Morbid.When 90-year-old Laurence Pilgeram drops dead on the sidewalk outside his condo, you might think that’s the end of his story. But, really, it’s just the beginning. Because Laurence and others like him have signed up to be frozen and brought back to life in the future. And that belief will pull multiple generations of the Pilgeram family into a cryonics soap opera filled with dead pets, gold coins, grenades, fist fights, mysterious packages, family feuds, Hall of Fame baseball legends, and frozen heads — lots of frozen heads. From Wondery, comes a story about life, death, and what comes next.Follow Frozen Head on Amazon Music or wherever you get your podcasts. Binge early and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery+ in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery App.Listen to Frozen Head: wondery.fm/FH_TCB
1/23/20234 minutes, 2 seconds
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A Killer at the Door

McKay Everett was the adored only child of Paulette and Carl Everett. The tight-knit family of three lived a comfortable life in an upscale subdivision in Conroe, Texas, a town just a few miles north of Houston. Crime was uncommon in the Everett’s neighborhood, but they still took precautions, including the installation of a home security system. Join us at the quiet end for A Killer at the Door: The Abduction and Murder of McKay Everett. At 12-years-old, McKay knew all about stranger danger. But kidnapping by a complete stranger is rare. And one of the rarest murders of all is a murder committed in the course of a kidnapping. In this case, McKay was taken from his home by someone he knew, someone who had lured McKay’s parents out of their home to get them out of the way. So, how did McKay know his killer and what was the motive behind this inconceivable betrayal?
1/10/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Body in Belknap Creek

The Heather Rich StoryHeather Rich was only 16-years-old when she was brutally victimized by people she knew and trusted. A petite and pretty girl with translucent gray-blue eyes, Heather liked to laugh and she enjoyed the attention of her peers. But adolescence is not everything that they make it out to be in the movies. As a cheerleader and a nominee for homecoming queen, Heather was also a troubled girl who was testing her own limits.Join us at the quiet end for The Body in Belknap Creek. It’s true that Heather made a poor decision when she snuck out of her home on October 3, 1996, but the decisions made by her killers were careless, cruel, and just plain evil. When Heather was reported missing, the police dismissed her as a runaway who would return home in a day or two. But her parents knew better. The search for Heather would last one week, but it took much longer for investigators to reveal the shocking truth of what happened to her on the night of October 3rd.
12/27/20221 hour, 26 minutes, 41 seconds
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From Missing to Murdered: Arlene Fraser

The disappearance of Scottish mother-of-two Arlene Fraser in April of 1998 alarmed her loved ones and set off rumors and theories throughout her community.  After all, she’d waved goodbye to her children as they went off to school one morning and was never seen again. It was as if she had vanished into thin air. But, of course, she hadn’t.Join us at the quiet end for From Missing to Murdered: Arlene Fraser.  When Arlene didn’t return home, her husband Nat told everyone that she had been drinking to excess, using drugs, and sleeping around.  Therefore, she must have run off with one of her lovers.  Some believed him, but those familiar with Arlene and her husband’s relationship didn’t.  Then things became complicated. It came to light that Arlene had recently visited a solicitor about divorcing her husband. But Nat had an ironclad alibi.  Had Arlene been unhappy enough to leave behind her children and start over somewhere else or had Nat hired someone to make her disappear? Let’s discuss!SourcesBBC News Archives 1998-2013Death in a Cold Town by Steve MacGregorMeet, Marry, Murder, FilmRise Television, S1 E17Murdered or Missing, The Arlene Fraser Case: Riddle of the Rings, Daily Record, Glasgow, Scotland 4/25/2005The Murder Trial, Channel 4 UK, Documentary, 7/2013
12/13/20221 hour, 43 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Staton Jewelry Store Slayings

Rick Anderson and his girlfriend Chantina Ginn were carnies, following a travelling carnival from Kansas to Arkansas in September of 1980.  At the campground where the two slept, they met another couple. The two men, strung out on uppers and looking for cash, made plans to rob a jewelry store. Of course, their intended victims had no idea of what was coming.Join us at the quiet end for The Staton Jewelry Store Slayings. Kenneth Staton opened his family store for the last time on September 10.  His youngest daughter, Suzanne, was working with him that day. It wasn’t until that evening, when Suzanne and Kenneth didn’t show up for dinner and no one answered the store’s phone, that the rest of the Staton family realized that something had gone terribly wrong.
11/29/20221 hour, 32 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Amish Stud: Eli Weaver

Barbara Weaver was raised in a strict Amish community where she learned to be caring and obedient.  She knew her future husband, Eli Weaver, from childhood.  They courted according to their church rules. But after marriage, Eli did not live up to the expectations of a devoted husband.  He left the community more than once and was repeatedly unfaithful, making life miserable for Barbara.Join us at the quiet end for The Amish Stud. In 2009, Barbara Weaver was living in a marriage with her five young children and a callous man.  But in the Amish community, divorce is virtually unheard of.  As Barbara tried to hold it all together, Eli became abusive.  He had several girlfriends and broke the Amish rules by using computers, cell phones, and even online dating apps.  But Eli’s behavior was not only hurtful and dismissive, it put a target on Barbara’s back.
11/15/20221 hour, 40 minutes, 11 seconds
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Amazon Music Presents SUSPECT: Vanished in the Snow

For more than three and a half decades, the disappearance of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews was a mystery – a riddle neither authorities nor her family members could solve. The residents of her cloistered Colorado hometown had scoured every inch of prairie. Jonelle’s face had been on milk cartons nationwide. Even the President of the United States had appealed to the public for help. Still, every lead had fizzled. Every person of interest had turned out to be a dead end.Then, in 2019, Jonelle’s remains were unearthed near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With the discovery came a troubling new question: Had the truth been hiding in plain sight the entire time? Was the man who couldn’t stop obsessing over Jonelle’s disappearance also the person who took her? From Campside Media and Wondery comes season two of SUSPECT. Former CNN reporter Ashley Fantz and executive producers Matthew Shaer and Eric Benson (Suspect, Over My Dead Body) dig into one of the most mind-bending cold cases in modern history, in an attempt to separate fact and fiction, compulsion from guilt, and true-crime fandom from a motive for murder.Hey Prime Members, listen to the Amazon Music exclusive podcast, SUSPECT: Vanished in the Snow, in the Amazon Music App. Download the app today. http://www.amazon.com/SUS_us_pfd_AA_110122.
11/1/20226 minutes, 43 seconds
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Despicable She: The Plot to Kill Bruce Cleland

Bruce Cleland was a shy, intelligent man who, at age 41, had very little experience with women.  Rebecca Salcedo was younger, extremely manipulative, and very experienced with men. When the two came together as a couple, it was a complete disaster. Bruce adored Rebecca and would do anything to please her.  Unfortunately, there was no pleasing Rebecca.Join us at the quiet end for Despicable She: The Plot to Kill Bruce Cleland.  After winning Bruce’s love, Rebecca began making demands.  An opulent home, no sex before marriage, a Mercedes, a boat, an unlimited line of credit, and the wedding of her dreams.  As an engineer who had always been frugal, Bruce was able to provide everything.  Sadly, no matter how much he gave to her, Rebecca was unfaithful, dismissive, and cruel. But Bruce never predicted how far Rebecca would go to get rid of him and to keep his all of his money for herself.SourcesHoneymoon with a Killer by Don Lasseter & Ronald E. BowersThe People v Rebecca Cleland et al., Court of Appeal of the State of California, Division Seven, Filed 5/27/2003Snapped: She Made Me Do It, Oxygen True Crime, S1 E1Wife Allegedly Hired Killer, Faked Carjack, Matea Gold, The Los Angeles Times, 2/18/1998
11/1/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 50 seconds
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Dateline Rewatch: The Halloween Party

In a classic Keith episode of Dateline, a rural Michigan community searches for a young woman last seen at a Halloween party.  The party took place on acres of farmland with hard rock bands, plenty of alcohol, and no guest list.  22-year-old Chelsea Bruck went to the party with her girlfriends, but they left without her.  She had been so excited about having fun in her homemade Poison Ivy costume, but the party did not go as planned.  Alone, crying, and without transportation in a crowd of hundreds of partiers, Chelsea was a vulnerable target for a predator. Join Keith as he leads us through the investigation, finding her killer, and reliving the real horrors of Chelsea Bruck's last party.Happy Halloween and be careful out there, kids!
10/28/202246 minutes, 15 seconds
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One Lived to Tell

Richard Marc Evonitz had already abducted three girls from their front yards in Virginia before he took 15-year-old Kara Robinson from her friend’s house in South Carolina. Evonitz had a troubling history of criminal sexual behavior, but his friends and neighbors knew him as a good-looking, intelligent, and compassionate person living an ordinary middle-class life. Only his victims, teenage girls who were used to fulfil his twisted sexual fantasies, knew the monster inside of him.Join us at the quiet end for One Lived to Tell: The Victims of Richard Marc Evonitz. On June 24, 2002, Evonitz imprisoned Kara Robinson in his apartment for 18 hours and repeatedly sexually assaulted her.  After Kara managed to escape, Evonitz fled to Florida. In the end, it was Evonitz’s sister who tipped off the police, setting off a high-speed chase which would end his life of cruelty and violence.SourcesEnd Came with Love, Fear, Horror, Fredricksburg.com, Hall & Pugh, 6/16/2002Escaping Captivity: The Kara Robinson Story, Oxygen True CrimeInto the Water by Diane FanningThe Making of a Murderer, Fredricksburg Free Lance-Star, , Hall & Pugh 6/14/2004, ret. 10/8/2022Three Slain Girls' Case Closed, The Washington Post, Maria Glod, 8/14/2002
10/18/20221 hour, 26 minutes, 23 seconds
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Gaslighting: The Extermination of Vicki Bader

Vicki Bader’s divorce from her attorney husband Seth Bader was beyond contentious.  Alimony and child custody issues persisted well after the break up. Vicki, emotionally fragile and at times suicidal, endured months of harassment and gaslighting by Seth and his toxic accomplices. But when Seth decided to involve their oldest son in his campaign to destroy Vicki, things took an ominous turn.Join us at the quiet end for Gaslighting: The Extermination of Vicki Bader. Seth Bader was a terrible human being who would stop at nothing to destroy his ex-wife.  After getting custody of their children, he withheld alimony payments, had her tires slashed, and even cooked her beloved parakeets in her oven.More than anyone, the Bader’s oldest son Joey was put in the middle of his parents’ conflicts.  Turned against his mother and living in fear of his father, Joey’s life would be upended by his own actions, done on behalf of Seth Bader. The plot to kill Vicki Bader included several people who either hated her or expected financial gain after her death. But sadly, Vicki never imagined that people could be so heartless as her killers were.
10/4/20221 hour, 49 minutes, 36 seconds
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Introducing: The Generation Why Podcast

The Generation Why Podcast released its first episode in 2012 and pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world. Two friends, Aaron & Justin, break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries and conspiracies. One of the longest running true crime podcasts out there, Generation Why has a little something for every true crime listener. Follow The Generation Why Podcast on Amazon Music, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Or you can listen ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery app.
10/3/20228 minutes, 25 seconds
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Trophy Wife

The Murder of Steven BeardSteven Beard grew up poor in Dallas, Texas. He had ambitions to go to medical school, but he joined the Navy during World War II. After the war, Steven took a job at a department store. He met his first wife, Elise, while working at the store. They had three children together. Hard working, smart, and good with people, Steven worked his way up to become an executive and co-found Austin’s first independent TV station. Steven and his wife, Elise, were a rags to riches success story. But then, Elise died of cancer. After 42-years of being happily married, Steven was lost and despondent. Join us at the quiet end for Trophy Wife. As a wealthy widow, Steven began spending much of his time at the exclusive Austin Country Club. A 31-year-old waitress there, Celeste Martinez, caught Steve’s eye. He hired Celeste to be his housekeeper. But within a year, the two were married. Unfortunately, Steve was not aware of Celeste’s checkered past or that she was only marrying him for his money. Within months, Celeste was cheating on Steve and stealing from him. But nothing was ever enough for Celeste, who wouldn’t be satisfied until Steve was out of the picture.
9/20/20221 hour, 57 minutes, 48 seconds
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Dead Woman Walking

The Story of Debra & Christopher MilkeDebra Milke was a cute 24-year-old single mother in 1989.  She and her 4-year-old son, Christopher, were living with a friend while Debra prepared to move into her own apartment and start a new job.  She was excited for what she saw as a fresh start, saving up new clothing and household items for her and Christopher’s new life.  But, on December 2nd, Christopher disappeared.Join us at the quiet end for Dead Woman Walking. When Debra’s son went missing on a trip to see Santa Claus, she was frantic.  Trying to do everything possible to find her son and bring him home safely, Debra readily spoke to the police. But when one detective finished interviewing Debra, he claimed to have a confession.  Debra, he said, had had her son murdered to collect on a small life insurance policy. Put on trial for murder and abandoned by most of her family and friends, Debra found herself living a 20-year nightmare which was likely to end with her execution by lethal injection.
9/6/20221 hour, 35 minutes, 30 seconds
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Introducing: Blood Ties S3: Strange Days

8/29/20225 minutes, 48 seconds
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In the Cold Light of Day

The Murder of Alan HelmickOn the morning of June 10, 2008, a robbery was staged in the Colorado home of businessman Alan Helmick.  His wife, Miriam, came home to find Alan on the floor in a pool of his own blood. Because Alan had been shot in the back of his head, investigators believed that he had been taken by surprise and executed.  But who was Alan’s killer and what was the motive?Join us at the quiet end for In the Cold Light of Day. After two years of marriage, Miriam and Alan were known to be a happy couple.  Miriam had financial issues in her past, but she and Alan had worked out an arrangement where his property was kept in his name and Miriam was given spending money as she needed it.  It wasn’t until after his death when it came out that Alan had his own financial issues and that there had likely been previous attempts on his life.
8/23/20221 hour, 33 minutes, 32 seconds
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A Ticking Time Bomb: Laurie Dann

On May 20, 1988, 30-year-old Laurie Dann left poisoned snacks and juice boxes at several houses, started a fire that nearly killed a mother and her two children, and sprayed bullets inside of an elementary school classroom. After years of living with a serious mental illness, she had made a plan to hurt everyone she believed had slighted her as well as others who were completely innocent. There had been signs that Laurie a danger to herself and society. In fact, in hindsight, her rampage was entirely predictable.Join us at the quiet end for A Ticking Time Bomb: Laurie Dann. Laurie grew up as an awkward child whose parents made perfunctory and misguided efforts at helping her. As an adult, her so-called “quirks” progressed into full-blown psychotic episodes.  But for a variety of reasons, Laurie never received the intensive psychiatric treatment she needed, leaving the lives of everyone in her path at risk.
8/9/20221 hour, 50 minutes, 27 seconds
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House of Leaves

On November 10, 2010, in broad daylight, a man broke into the home of Tina Herrmann and her two young children. The attacks, murders, and kidnapping that followed were some of the worst crimes in the history of the state of Ohio.Matthew Hoffman was known by his neighbors as a bit of an oddball, but this didn’t necessarily mean that he was dangerous. He did have a history of breaking and entering that put him in prison once, but he didn’t appear to be a violent person. Then, in 2010, Hoffman’s odd behavior began to escalate.Join us at the quiet end for House of Leaves. Tina was a working mother, determined to give her son and daughter a stable, safe, and loving home. Despite not having much money, she had been successful. But Tina had no way of knowing that her home had become the target of the increasingly disturbed Hoffman. When Tina didn’t show up for work on November 11, the scene inside her house pointed to unspeakable violence. And, when the police entered Hoffman’s home, what they saw inside was unlike anything they’d seen before.SourcesFather, stepmother charged with assaulting Knox County kidnap victim, The Columbus Dispatch, by Allison Manning, 5/21/2013The Girl in the Leaves by Robert ScottKiller Stuffed His House With Leaves, Kept Kidnapped Girl on Bed of Leaves, ABCNews.com by Jessica Hopper, 2/10/2011, ret. 7/5/2022The Leaf Killer, Twisted Killers, S1 E5, OxygenMan Charged in Deaths of Victims Found in Ohio Tree, BBC News 1/4/2011, ret. 7/7/2022What was in the home (and mind) of Matthew Hoffman? The Columbus Dispatch 2/9/2011, ret. 7/5/2022
7/26/20221 hour, 43 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Westside Park Murders

In September 1985, two Muncie, Indiana, teenagers were shot and killed in their car while parked in the popular Westside Park. The murders stunned Muncie families because the victims were well-liked students at Muncie Northside High School. Kimberly Dowell and Ethan Dixon were found late at night by the police officer who was clearing out the park at closing time. Their car was still running, with one window down and the other shattered by gunfire.Join us at the quiet end for The Westside Park Murders. From the very beginning, investigators were inundated with possible suspects, from family members to serial killers. Suggested motives ranged from a random killing, to a family dispute, to a drug deal gone wrong. Although many leads have been investigated over the years, this remains a cold case and an enduring mystery.SourcesMuncie crime: 150 years of murders, mysteries, Star Press, by Douglas Walker, 3/20/2015Probe Centers on Two Cars, Muncie Star, by Diana Newlin, 10/03/1985Sketch of suspect by an uncredited police department sketch artist, Muncie Evening Press, 10/07/1985Star Press articles, by Keith Roysdon & Douglas Walker, 2010-2015The Westside Park Murders: Muncie’s Most Notorious Cold Case, by Keith Roysdon & Douglas Walker, 2021The Westside Park Murders: Muncie’s Most Notorious Cold Case, Virtual Talk with Keith Roysdon, Muncie Public Library, Interview by Sara McKinley, Local History & Genealogy Supervisor, 3/25/2021 
7/12/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 49 seconds
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Introducing: Who Killed Daphne?

When a car bomb kills Daphne Caruana Galizia on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta, the hunt for her killers exposes secrets with consequences that go far beyond its shores. In the aftermath of her death an international team of journalists comes together to continue her work. Along the way they start to uncover clues that might lead to her killers. From Wondery, comes a new story about power, corruption and one woman’s fight for the truth. Hosted by investigative reporter Stephen Grey.Listen to Who Killed Daphne?  wondery.fm/TCB_Daphne
7/11/20225 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Abduction of Sandra Cantu

Sandra Renee Cantu vanished from her Tracy, California, mobile home park in March of 2009, just weeks after her 8th birthday. It was a Friday afternoon. Sandra left home at around 4 p.m. to play at a friend’s house. She was expected home for dinner, but her mother called the police and reported her missing at 7:53 p.m. Police did not find Sandra that day, but they did locate surveillance camera footage showing the little girl skipping happily toward her home before something caught her eye and she walked off screen. Join us at the quiet end for The Abduction of Sandra Cantu. The FBI became involved in the search for Sandra early on. Their Behavioral Analysis Unit’s profile for Sandra’s abductor pointed to an adult male between 25 and 45 years old, who knew Sandra, lived in the trailer park, and had a history with sexual assault or child pornography. But the profile was based on statistics alone. With no crime scene, investigators had to rely on Sandra’s family and neighbors for clues. And there was one neighbor who caught their attention, a neighbor who did not fit the profile, but who would soon become the primary suspect in Sandra’s disappearance.Sources"Inside Story: Clues to Why Melissa Huckaby Murdered an 8-year-old Girl," People Magazine, by Howard Brewer, 6/27/2010. Ret. 6/12/2022.KTLA News Archives 2009-2010Searching for Sandra by Stacy Dittrich"Sunday School Teacher Charged with Kidnapping, Murder" Los Angeles Times, by Vives, Ruben, & Rong-Gong II. Ret. 6/5/2022"Woman, 28, Jailed in Sandra Cantu Slaying," San Francisco Chronicle, by Kevin Fagan. Ret. 6/8/2022."Woman Accused of Raping, Killing Sandra Cantu May Have Drugged Other Girl and a Man," NYDailyNews.com, 5/22/2009. Ret. 6/8/2022.
6/27/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 43 seconds
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Wondery Presents: The Execution of Bonny Lee Bakley

On May 4, 2001, Bonny Lee Bakley was found fatally shot in a car on a dark North Hollywood street. The prime suspect was her husband, famed actor Robert Blake. But Bonny, a longtime con artist, had plenty of enemies. She left behind a trail of men she’d scammed, and she had a volatile relationship with Christian Brando, the troubled son of movie star Marlon Brando.Not since the O.J. Simpson case had the eyes of the nation been so fixated on a homicide. The search for Bonny’s killer took detectives on an eleven-month odyssey across the country and through Hollywood's underbelly of hustlers, drug addicts, and would-be hitmen. It would be the most expensive murder investigation in LAPD history to date.This is the story of Robert and Bonny’s toxic relationship, her shocking murder, and his chaotic trial. Did actor Robert Blake kill his wife? Or was the murder someone else's vendetta?From Wondery, and the team behind the hit series Hollywood & Crime (The Dating Game Killer, The Wonderland Murders, Death of Starlet) comes a six-part series about love, obsession and fame gone wrong. Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin and Josh Lucas.Listen Now! wondery.fm/TCB_TEOBLB
6/20/20226 minutes, 7 seconds
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Widowed by Choice

In the spring of 1995, 27-year-old Lynn Turner came into the hospital emergency room in Marietta, Georgia, to have a bump on her head looked at. When her husband Glenn heard where she was going, he came along. Glenn had been suffering from stomach pains with vomiting, severe headaches, nosebleeds, and dizziness for days. Lynn didn’t seem especially concerned about her husband, who she said had a stomach bug. When Glenn was seen by a doctor, he was diagnosed with dehydration and admitted for IV fluids. He was just 31-years old and was expected to perk up quickly. But, by the next afternoon, Glenn Turner was dead.The county medical examiner concluded that Glenn had died of a cardiac arrythmia. Soon after his funeral, his wife Lynn collected about $200,000 in insurance proceeds and death benefits. Then she moved in with her lover, firefighter Randy Thompson. Six years later, Randy died after suffering from a flu-like illness. His death, too, was attributed to cardiac disease.Join us at the quiet end for Widowed by Choice. After Randy Thompson’s death, family and friends became suspicious and spoke with police investigators. Lynn’s history of deception, infidelity, and greed led to further inquiries into both Glenn and Randy’s deaths, finally exposing Lynn Turner as a seductive and cold-blooded killer who put money above the lives of two men she was supposed to love.SourcesBlack Widow by Marion CollinsThe Black Widow Killer by Alanna Nash, RD.com, 5/23/2016Forensic Files, Cold-Hearted, 2007Marietta Daily Journal Archives 2006-2012Snapped: Lynn Turner S6, E6Turner v. State, Supreme Court of Georgia, 2/26/2007Vixen’s Elixir, Final Witness, 7/18/2012
6/14/20221 hour, 38 minutes, 15 seconds
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Introducing Persona: The French Deception

Introducing the true crime podcast Persona: The French Deception— the story of Gilbert Chikli, one of the greatest con artists of all time. What does it feel like to pick up the phone and scam someone out of $50 million? Host and award-winning journalist, Evan Ratliff, investigates how Chikli successfully duped some of the world’s most powerful people into handing over their fortunes. He explores how Chikli evaded the law for years and became a Robin Hood-like hero. More than just a tale of criminal genius, this is a show about the moment we’re living in right now — the golden age of scammers — and the power of seduction. But what happens when the fantasy we’ve been lured into finally crumbles away? For all that and more, follow “Persona: The French Deception” wherever you get your podcasts. Or you can listen early on Amazon Music or early and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery Plus in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery app:wondery.fm/TCBrew_Persona
6/6/20224 minutes, 54 seconds
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A Very Bad Year in Port Angeles

1998 was a shocking and disturbing year for the residents of Port Angeles, Washington. First, a three-day old infant died at the hands of beloved pediatrician Dr. Eugene Turner. Then, the wife of ER physician Bruce Rowen was found hacked to death inside of her car. But were these two deaths connected?Join us at the quiet end for A Very Bad Year in Port Angeles. Dr. Eugene Turner was considered saint-like by Port Angeles families. He had delivered at least one-third of the babies born at the Olympic Peninsula Hospital over the past 30-years. He donated to Habitat for Humanity, cut wood for disadvantaged families, and could even be seen picking up trash on the side of Highway 101. Dr. Bruce Rowen was a respected emergency medicine physician with a nice home and a young family. So, what happened in 1998 to turn these two formerly irreproachable men into murder suspects?
5/31/20221 hour, 33 minutes, 49 seconds
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Wife of a Preacherman: Mary Winkler

No one really knows what happens between two people in a marriage. But after events in the home of couple Mary and Matthew Winkler led to a deadly shooting, everyone had an opinion. Mary and Matthew had married young. Matthew was a preacher for the Church of Christ in a small town in Tennessee. Depending on who you’re talking to, Matthew was either a devoted family man or an abusive deviant and Mary was either a long-suffering victim or a repressed and vindictive wife.Join us at the quiet end for The Wife of a Preacherman. In 2006, Mary Winkler became involved in a financial scam. She wrote bad checks and opened a separate bank account almost certainly without Matthew’s knowledge. Then, just days before Matthew would learn about her banking escapades, he was on their bedroom floor, bleeding to death, while Mary took their three children and left town in the family van. This should be an interesting discussion today because Dick and I have some different takes on what happened and if the punishment fit the crime. SourcesDid Preacher's Wife Get Away with Murder? Mike Celizic, 8/16/2007Feminism and the Disposable Male, Karen Straughan, https://youtu.be/vp8tToFv-bAOprah Interview with Mary Winkler, cnn.com. 9/12/2007, retrieved 4/28/2022 on YouTubeSlain Preacher's Wife Denies Pulling Trigger, CNN.com, 4/19/2007Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder by Ann RuleSnapped: Mary Winkler, S6 E1The Pastor's Wife by Diane FanningThe Preacher's Wife, Dateline NBC, S19 E8
5/17/20221 hour, 47 minutes, 46 seconds
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First Comes Love, Then Comes Murder

When Jeanne Dominico woke up on the morning of August 6, 2003, she didn’t expect to die that day. She was a hard-working divorced mom of two teenagers, so every day was busy.  After working one of her three jobs, Jeanne would go home to fix dinner and clean up the house for her son, Charlie, and her daughter, Nicole.  Nothing was more important to Jeanne than her children.For the past three years or so, 43-year-old Jeanne had been in a loving relationship with a co-worker named Chris McGowen.  He got along well with Jeanne’s children and they planned a future together as a family.  But in the months leading up to August 6, Jeanne had been having trouble with 14-year-old Charlie, who was hanging with a rough crowd, and 16-year-old Nicole, who had become obsessed with a new boyfriend.Join us at the quiet end for First Comes Love, Then Comes Murder. It was Chris McGowen who called the police after finding Jeanne unresponsive in her home.  Interviews with Chris and Jeanne’s ex-husband were done that evening, but Charlie, Nicole, and Nicole’s boyfriend weren’t immediately found. The police had their suspicions about what had happened to Jeanne, but a confession that night would surprise detectives, devastate family members, and leave their New Hampshire community in shock.SourcesBecause You Loved Me by M. William PhelpsDaughter Sentenced To 40 Years For Mother's Death, WMUR9, 9/8/2005Hartford Current Archives, retrieved 4/22/2022Snapped: Killer Couples, S1 E9, 2013State of New Hampshire v. Nicole Kasinskas, Bernstein & Mello P.L.L.C., The Telegraph (Nashua, NH), 9/9/2005State of New Hampshire v. William Joseph Sullivan, The Supreme Court of New Hampshire, 4/18/2008
5/3/20221 hour, 40 minutes, 1 second
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On the Way to the Bus Stop

On a chilly January morning in 2002, 12-year-old Ashley Pond disappeared on her way to her school bus stop in Oregon City, Oregon. Two months after Ashley disappeared, Miranda Gaddis, age 13, also vanished while on her way to the same bus stop. Miranda and Ashley were good friends and they lived in the same apartment complex. They were both friends with Mallori Weaver too, the daughter of local man Ward Weaver III.Join us at the quiet end for On the Way to the Bus Stop. After Miranda’s disappearance, the FBI put together a task force to search for both girls. While some were holding out hope that they had run away and would soon return, law enforcement and family members alike soon believed that the girls had been abducted. Ashley’s mom believed that Ward Weaver was responsible. And she had good reason to believe that. Just five months before her disappearance, Ashley had accused Weaver of molesting her. While the two girls were missing, he dug a hole in his yard and covered it with cement. And, as public opinion and law enforcement turned toward him as the primary suspect, Weaver made plans to move out of state. But it wouldn’t be as easy as he thought it would be to escape his demons and his crimes.
4/19/20221 hour, 42 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Cheshire Murders

The day of July 22, 2007 had been a typical Sunday for the Petit family of Cheshire, Connecticut. But on that summer day, a convicted felon out on parole noticed mother Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her 11-year-old daughter, Michaela, shopping at a neighborhood grocery store. Michaela had taken an interest in cooking and she was choosing ingredients for the family dinner she would prepare that night. After following the mother and daughter home, the convict and another career criminal plotted out a ruthless home invasion for the Petit home. They would return that night, terrorizing the family and leaving all but one family member murdered with their house in flames.Join us at the quiet end for The Cheshire Murders. The murders of Jennifer and her two daughters Michaela and Hayley occurred after hours of torment and sexual assault. By the time husband and father, Bill Petit, was able to escape to get help, it was too late. This crime left the town of Cheshire shocked and disturbed. After the story made the national news, people were unsettled by these seemingly random acts of evil perpetrated on a family in their own home. Today we’re talking about the horrors endured by the Petit family, Bill Petit’s unimaginable loss, the backgrounds of the killers, and the police response which many have criticized.
4/5/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 46 seconds
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In the Arms of Evil

Whenever we hear of a case of a healthcare professional purposefully hurting a patient, I feel outraged. When the patients hurt are children, it’s ten times worse. The case of Genene Jones, LVN, is one of the most reprehensible instances of child abuse and murder in recent history. During her time working in a pediatric intensive care unit and then in a pediatric office, Genene was responsible for multiple codes and deaths. But Genene didn’t do it all on her own. If not for the willingness of physicians and hospital administrators to look the other way, she could not have gotten away with it and the children she killed would still be alive.Join us at the quiet end for In the Arms of Evil. Genene Jones is the deeply disturbed serial killer nurse who was the inspiration for the psychotic nurse in Stephen King’s book and movie Misery. And her actions were definitely in line with the horror genre. Genene Jones actually took pleasure from putting the children in her care at risk and she got a sick thrill from killing them. Her connection to disastrous pediatric outcomes was clear, so why did it take so long for anyone to protect children from her?
3/22/20221 hour, 43 minutes, 21 seconds
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American Hostage: The Man with the Gun

In the series premiere, radio DJ Fred Heckman (Jon Hamm) receives an unexpected call from a listener that turns his life upside down. Follow American Hostage on Amazon Music, to hear all 8 episodes right now: wondery.fm/TCB_AmericanHostage
3/8/20224 minutes, 44 seconds
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What She Wanted: The Plot to Kill Jay Orbin

Jay Orbin lived to be exactly forty-five years old. He was murdered on September 8, 2004, which was his forty-fifth birthday. It was just over a month later when his decomposing torso was found in a Rubbermaid container in the Phoenix desert. Everyone would agree that Jay had been kind and hard-working. He was a self-made man and a loving father. Unfortunately, he was married to a conniving and cold-hearted woman who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted. Jay met his future wife, Marjorie, while she was working at a Phoenix strip club. She was just Jay’s type-- a beautiful, blonde, big-breasted, exotic dancer. Soon he was calling her “the love of his life.” Join us at the quiet end for What She Wanted: The Plot to Kill Jay Orbin. Jay and Marjorie married and eventually had a child together. But Marjorie wasn’t cut out for long-term monogamy. She had multiple extramarital affairs while married to Jay and she soon wanted him out of her way. But leaving him was not an acceptable solution for Marjorie, who wanted to keep all of Jay’s money for herself. So, she decided that murder was the only solution.
3/8/20221 hour, 46 minutes, 12 seconds
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An Interview with Attorney Joel Schwartz

Russ Faria was a normal, working guy, in love with his wife, Betsy, when he was framed for her murder. He was convicted and spent years in prison before an acquittal was won by his attorney, Joel Schwartz. This story was enough for a true crime book or an episode of Dateline, but it was just the beginning. It turns out that the person responsible for framing Russ and brutally murdering Betsy was her "friend" Pam Hupp, who is now in prison for another murder.Join us at the quiet end today for this bonus episode, an interview with defense attorney Joel Schwartz. We recommend that you listen to our November 2021 episode on this case titled "Pam's Path to Prison" before listening to this interview. After listening, we recommend that you read Joel's book "Bone Deep" about this case and his work in getting Russ Faria out of prison for a crime he didn't commit. You can find the book on Joel's website https://joeljschwartz.com/ along with more information on the case!
2/26/202242 minutes, 34 seconds
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A Murder in the Lowcountry

On May 27, 1978, a crime took place in the Lowcountry town of Walterboro, South Carolina, that created a cloud of fear and sadness over everyone who lived there. Hometown girl, twenty-six-year-old Gwendolyn Elaine Fogle, was attacked in her home, sexually assaulted and brutally murdered.That Saturday evening, Elaine had babysat for friends, arriving at their home at about 6:45 p.m. She was happy and excited over her plans to visit with her mom and dad the next day and celebrate her mom’s birthday. At 11:15 p.m., Elaine headed home from babysitting.  Hours later, when her roommate came home, she was met by a shocking and bloody scene.Join us at the quiet end for A Murder in Lowcountry. For decades, evidence remained in storage at the Walterboro Police Department. Elaine’s murder was a cold case for thirty-seven years. But then, in May 2015, with advancements in DNA and fingerprint technology, investigators were able to solve the case in just four months.
2/22/20221 hour, 29 minutes, 50 seconds
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Blinded: The Plot to Kill John & Susan Sutton

After sharing a celebratory birthday dinner with her family, 57-year-old Susan Sutton and her husband John were attacked in their home by a masked gunman. Because credit cards, jewelry, and cash were found out in the open and undisturbed, investigators believed early on that this was an inside job. John Sutton was a successful civil attorney who had made some enemies over the years. Susan was loved by everyone, or at least that what’s most people believed. But when investigators learned that Susan had been involved in an extramarital romance with John’s business partner, they thought they may have found a suspect with a strong motive for the crime. When the business partner failed a polygraph, suspicions against him grew.Join us at the quiet end for Blinded. The plot to kill John and Susan Sutton seemed to be well-planned and professionally carried out, possibly a case of murder-for hire. But who was behind it? The case seemed like it might never be solved, until the murder weapon turned up on a man with long-standing connections to the Sutton family.
2/8/20221 hour, 25 minutes, 40 seconds
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One Day at a Time: The Disappearance of Edith "Pen" Meyer

Edith Meyer was born on Independence Day and soon went by the nickname “Pen.” It suited her, because Pen was her own person. At age 55, Pen was living her best life in the small town of Goshen, New Hampshire. She was a recovering alcoholic and known for her helpfulness and compassion towards others in the program. Join us at the quiet end for One Day at a Time. Sadly, it was Pen’s concern for others and her willingness to go out of her way for a friend that led to her untimely death. Over many years of giving council to her friends in Alcoholics Anonymous, she was bound to gain some enemies. But Pen would not let that dissuade her from doing what she saw as the right thing. She had an innate sense of right and wrong and a deeply held respect for life, something her killer lacked.
1/25/20221 hour, 36 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Incestuous Wife: Candace Mossler

Candace Mossler was a well-known socialite in Houston, Texas, in the 1960s. She was charming and attractive in a Marilyn Monroe type of way, with a voluptuous figure, an easy smile, and a soft, breathy voice, much like the late actress.  She was a woman who could have anything she wanted, until what she wanted threatened to end her lavish lifestyle.Candice lived in a three-story mansion in one of the city’s most exclusive neighborhoods, purchased by her much older, wealthy financier husband, Jacques Mossler. While Candace loved parties and hosting charity events with famous performers and the Houston elite, Jacques preferred to work.  He spent much of his time in Miami, where much of his business was done.Join us at the quiet end for The Incestuous Wife.  Candace and the Mossler’s six children were visiting Jacques in Miami when she went to the hospital for one of her frequent migraines.  She took the children along with her.  When they returned to Jacques’ Miami apartment, they found him dead and covered with blood on his living room floor.  Candace would tell the police that her husband had enemies and that he was a closeted homosexual, implying that a male lover or scorned business contact was responsible for his death.  But as investigators looked into Candace’s behavior in the months leading up to her husband’s death, accusing eyes turned to Candace herself.
1/11/20221 hour, 44 minutes, 27 seconds
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Introducing Families Who Kill: The Donut Shop Murders

In the era of some of the most heinous serial killers of all time, one murderous family went curiously unnoticed: The McCrarys. Led by a psychopathic patriarch and his cunning son-in-law, this Texas clan roamed the country robbing, kidnapping, and killing up to 20 people, most of them taken from donut shops. “Families Who Kill: The Donut Shop Murders” recounts the wild and deeply disturbing story of an unhinged American family and the terrible brutality they unleashed. The podcast features the taped confessions of one of the killers, given when he was serving a life term in Colorado.  Listen at wondery.fm/DSM_TCBrewery
1/4/20225 minutes, 36 seconds
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Loved to Death: Ryan Poston

Shayna Hubers called 911 on October 12, 2012 to report that she had killed her boyfriend in self-defense. According to Shayna, Ryan Poston had beaten her and he was reaching for a gun when she grabbed it and shot him. She said that Ryan was throwing her around the room like a ragdoll, into furniture, the walls, and onto the floor. He was evil, she said, and he deserved what he got.But evidence did not support Shayna’s version of events. Family, friends, and acquaintances would come forward to describe a very different reality from what Shayna had described; a reality where Shayna was obsessed with Ryan and he was a kind man who had been trying to break up with her for months. Join us at the quiet end for Loved to Death. Ryan Poston was a 29-year-old attorney with a bright future ahead. He even had a date with a beauty queen planned for the night he was killed. But Shayna claimed that he had a dangerous temper and that she was a victim of domestic violence. Was it possible that only Shayna had seen this dark side of Ryan or was Shayna a manipulative, cold-blooded killer who would rather see Ryan dead than see him with another woman?
12/28/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 30 seconds
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In the House of the Holy

On the day she died, Patricia Blakely Kimble was both in love with and afraid of her husband Ted.  After years of loving him and hoping for his love in return, the two were married in the spring of 1994. Ted’s father, a Baptist pastor, officiated.  It was the happiest day of Patricia’s life, but for Ted the marriage was only a necessary step to further his career.  His boss had told him that he could take over his business once he found a wife and settled down.Just over a year into the Kimble marriage, Ted had already checked out.  He wasn’t affectionate and he began purchasing life insurance on Patricia without her consent.  Deeply religious, Patricia was torn between her devotion to her wedding vows and the concerns she had for her safety.Join us at the quiet end for In the House of the Holy. Two days after his wife perished in a house fire, Ted tried to collect on her life insurance.  When he was turned away because Patricia had never taken the required medical exam, he was enraged.  The police took note of this, as they were already looking at him as a suspect in Patricia’s death.  But Ted had an ironclad alibi.  Was he innocent or could Ted have had a co-conspirator? Investigators believed the latter, leading them to look more closely at Ted’s relationship with his younger brother Ronnie Kimble.
12/21/20211 hour, 27 minutes, 16 seconds
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American Scandal: The Pentagon Papers

American Scandal is a podcast from Wondery that explores the darker stories that have shaped the United States. From the Unabomber to Bernie Madoff, these are stories that reveal the underbelly of America: ruthless, secretive, and power-hungry. The new season of American Scandal looks at the controversial decision made by a young government official named Daniel Ellsburg to leak the Pentagon Papers, the documents that led Americans to demand an end to the catastrophic Vietnam War. Once Ellsburg realized this terrible truth, he made the bold decision to leak the documents, and the consequences altered the course of American history. This is just a preview of American Scandal, but you can listen to the full episode at wondery.fm/AS_TCBrewery
12/20/20217 minutes, 54 seconds
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False Witness

It was a frigid December afternoon in 1986 when Jerry Tobias was found dead in the back of his pickup. The 31-year-old oil field worker was curled up in the fetal position on the truck bed’s bare metal floor, wearing only blue jeans, a flannel shirt, and cowboy boots. Join us at the quiet end for False Witness. Jerry’s death was a mystery. The first clue was inside the cab of his truck, where police found a fresh package of expensive steaks from a local butcher shop. Not much of a lead. But, from that day forward, the investigation into the death of Jerry Tobias was shady. With multiple conflicts of interest, incompetent forensics experts, and a psychotic star witness, the prosecution’s case was often absurd. In fact, it would have been comical, if not for the many lives that were ravaged by it.
12/14/20211 hour, 47 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Good Daughter: Karrie Neurauter

In 2017, 45-year-old Lloyd Neurauter told his 19-year-old daughter, Karrie, that he couldn’t afford to pay child support to her mother, Michele, anymore. He shared his plan A and plan B with Karrie: He could either murder Karrie’s mother or he would take his own life. Lloyd was definitely leaning toward murdering Michele. But he couldn’t do it alone. He needed help.Join us at the quiet end for The Good Daughter. Karrie Neurauter was a successful college student, due to graduate in just one year, when she agreed to help her father get away with the murder of her mother. She assisted in the set-up, an alibi, the cover-up, and getting her 14-year-old sister out of the way. Today we’re talking about the Neurauter family dynamics, Lloyd’s cold-blooded plans, and the reasons why Karrie made the choices she did.
12/7/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 59 seconds
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Introducing: The Vanished

Few things are more devastating than a loved one going missing. On The Vanished podcast from Wondery, host Marissa Jones tells stories of missing persons that have gone overlooked by mainstream media. In a recent episode, Marissa looks into the disappearance of James Foster Chance. The 48-year-old man from Texas went missing in March of 2021. Devastated and without any leads, James’ family began searching for him. But in their search they began uncovering clues that James was not the man they thought he was. And worse -- that he may have disappeared on purpose. Listen to The Vanished at wondery.fm/TV_truecrimebrewery
12/6/20217 minutes, 35 seconds
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Betrayal in Blood: The Campbell Murder Case

In the early morning hours of June 19, 1982, Virginia and James Campbell were sound asleep when intruders entered their home through a window and entered their bedroom. As their grandsons slept nearby, six rounds were fired into the defenseless couple. The two young boys ran to their live-in housekeeper’s room for help and she called 911.When first responders arrived at the Campbell home in Houston, Texas, the intruders had gone and Virginia and James were dead. Everyone who knew the Campbells’ peculiar daughter, Cindy, suspected that she was somehow involved, but the evidence was scarce. Cindy attended her parents’ funeral, but she was not welcomed with any enthusiasm from the family. She further implicated herself when she did all she could to collect on her inheritance. Join us at the quiet end for Betrayal in Blood. As Cindy focused on legal maneuvers to get her parents’ possessions and money, other family members hired a private investigator to get to the truth. The PI quickly saw Cindy’s boyfriend, David West, as the weaker of the two suspects, and worked to exploit his vulnerabilities to get a confession.
11/30/20211 hour, 37 minutes, 24 seconds
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Casualties: The Lost Lives of Hayley & Kirsty

Kirsty Grabham died in a brutal act of domestic violence perpetrated by her husband, Paul, in 2009. Her death is all the more heartbreaking for her family because Kirsty had fallen into a life of drug addiction, prostitution, and violence, months earlier.  They could see that Kirsty was in danger and they were helpless to save her.Kirsty’s mother, Cathy, and her sisters, Sonya and Hayley, were devastated when Kirsty went missing.  She had last been seen at a nightclub, arguing with her husband.  Paul claimed that Kirsty had left him and run off, but her family knew better.Join us at the quiet end for Casualties: The Lost Lives of Hayley & Kirsty.  Losing a child, especially to violence, is one of the worst things a human being can experience.  But sometimes, we forget about how the murder of a loved one damages and changes a family forever.  In Cathy’s case, the death of Kirsty set off a series of painful experiences and additional loss from which she would never fully recover.
11/23/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 47 seconds
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Introducing: The Shrink Next Door

Veteran journalist Joe Nocera’s neighbor in the Hamptons was a therapist named Ike. Ike counted celebrities and Manhattan elites as his patients. He’d host star-studded parties at his eccentric vacation house. But one summer, Joe discovered that Ike was gone and everything he’d thought he’d known about his neighbor -- and the house next door -- was wrong. From Wondery, the company behind Dirty John and Dr. Death, and Bloomberg, “The Shrink Next Door” is a story about power, control and turning to the wrong person for help for three decades. Written and hosted by Joe Nocera, a columnist for Bloomberg. The Shrink Next Door is now an Apple Original series, starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd. Watch now only on Apple TV+. Listen to the Shrink Next Door now! https://link.chtbl.com/shrink_next_door?sid=Audio-Shrink_Next_Door_2021-True_Crime_Brewery
11/22/20218 minutes, 22 seconds
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Pam's Path to Prison

On December 27, 2011, in a small town outside of St. Louis, Missouri, Russ Faria called 911. His wife, Betsy, was lying in a pool of blood, dead, with a kitchen knife protruding from her neck. The house was in disarray, with shopping bags and Christmas decorations scattered on the floor. Russ had been at game night with some friends that evening. When he returned home to the horrific, heartbreaking scene, Russ said, his first thought was that Betsy had taken her own life. Considering Betsy’s history of depression and her prolonged battle with cancer, it was the only thing that made any sense to him. But then, first responders found over 50 stab wounds in Betsy’s body. A search of the house turned up a pair of Russ’s slippers in the bedroom closet, stained with Betsy’s blood. This was a homicide. And Russ Faria was the prime suspect.Join us at the quiet end for Pam’s Path to Prison. As it turns out, Betsy Faria’s murder was just the beginning in a chain of bizarre events involving Betsy’s friend, Pam Hupp. Pam would tell police all about the troubles in Betsy and Russ’s marriage. In fact, things had gotten so bad between them, Pam said, that Betsy had changed her life insurance policy’s beneficiary from Russ to Pam. But, over time, Pam changed and embellished her story with detectives, raising questions about her credibility and the depths of her conniving and malicious nature. Was Pam really Betsy’s best friend, or was she a stone-cold killer who put her own greed above all else?
11/16/20211 hour, 46 minutes, 41 seconds
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A Malignant Envy: The Clear Lake Murders

Christine Paolilla was an outsider at Clear Lake High School. Looking different and lacking self-confidence, she was brutally teased and bullied. Christine was awkward, near-sighted, and she had alopecia, requiring her to wear thick glasses and wigs. But then, Christine was befriended by two pretty, popular girls: Rachael Koloroutis and Tiffany Rowell. They helped Christine improve her appearance and she seemed like a new person with a new lease on life. In 2003, she was voted “Miss Irresistible” by her classmates. But on July 18, 2003, Christine’s helpful new friends, Rachael and Tiffany, were gunned down, along with two young men, at Tiffany’s house. At first, it appeared to be a drug-related mass murder, but law detectives saw indications of a crime fueled by intense hatred and jealousy. Join us at the quiet end for A Malignant Envy. These murders went unsolved for years before any arrests were made. By then, Christine was in a dysfunctional relationship with a heroin addict she’d met in rehab. When she learned that the police were closing in on her and her high-school boyfriend as the killers, she went into hiding. An anonymous tip would lead to her apprehension, but was this high school girl really responsible for the massacre of four people, including her two best friends?
11/9/20211 hour, 21 minutes, 5 seconds
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Introducing: The Killer Psyche

Killer Psyche is a new weekly true crime podcast from Wondery that explores the minds behind infamous killers and criminals. They cover high-profile cases that have shocked the world, and host Candice Delong uses her five decades of experience as a clinical psychiatric nurse and FBI Criminal Profiler to dissect the motivations and behaviors of the most terrifying felons in history. In a recent episode, Candace examines the mind of Ed Gein, the notorious murderer who inspired the movies "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." Candace dives deep into Gein’s mind — and how his mental illnesses led to his obsession with grave-robbing and murder. This is just a preview of Killer Psyche, but you can listen to the full episode at wondery.fm/KP_TrueCrimeBrewery
11/8/20218 minutes, 13 seconds
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No Safe Harbor

Beth Lochtefeld was smart and hardworking. By the time she reached her 40s, she had good friends, she had travelled the world, and she was professionally successful. All that was missing was a partner with whom to share her life. Enter Tom Toolan III. At age 37, Manhattanite Tom was well-educated, handsome, and appeared successful in his own right. But he had secrets. His life was spiraling out of control and he would try to pull Beth into that spiral with him.By the time Beth broke up with Tom Toolan, it was too late for her to escape him unscathed. He went into an alcohol-enhanced rage and held her against her will in his apartment overnight before she was able to escape while he slept.Join us at the quiet end for No Safe Harbor. After fleeing Toolan’s New York apartment, Beth fled to Nantucket and stayed at her brother’s house on the island, hiding from him. Once she felt like the coast was clear, she took refuge in her own Nantucket rental. But once she entered, she would never be seen alive again.
11/2/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 38 seconds
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Introducing: Shadow of Truth

It’s one of the most haunting murder cases you’ll ever hear about, and it takes place in a small town in Israel. Tair Rada was only 13-years-old when her body was found inside a locked bathroom stall. She was viciously murdered during a school day, and yet no one saw or heard a thing. The police arrested the janitor, Roman Zadorov, and he eventually confessed, but this was far from being the end of it. Based on the hit true-crime series from Netflix, the podcast "Shadow of Truth" will take you on a journey into one of the wildest and most contested murder cases in the history of Israel, as it reaches its final resolution, 15 years after it all started.Listen to Shadow of Truth: http://wondery.fm/SOT_TrueCrimeBrewery
10/27/20215 minutes, 53 seconds
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Close to Home

Robert and Benjamin Moore were best friends and brothers who spent most of their time together. They were smart and good-looking and both were naturally funny. In fact, it was rare to see either of them without a smile on his face. Like most boys their age, they liked to tease their little sister, play video games, and ride their bikes.When Robert and Ben disappeared on the morning of August 30, 1993, their mother Roberta had left the house to care for her elderly father who lived nearby. The boys’ father, John Moore, was home with their three children. When John called Roberta to tell her that the two boys were missing, she rushed home. From that day forward, her life was a daily struggle with the deep visceral pain of loss and confusion.Join us at the quiet end for Close to Home: The Disappearance of Robert and Benjamin Moore. John Moore’s behavior that day and his recollections of what happened should have been a cause for concern and suspicion by investigators, but they somehow accepted implausible conclusions. Today we’ll analyze the religious obsessions and small-town politics that led to a botched investigation. In doing so, we’ll search for reasons why two innocent brothers were taken from their mother and their young, promising lives were ended so close to home.
10/26/20211 hour, 29 minutes, 46 seconds
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Tylar Witt's Diary

When Joanne Witt was brutally murdered in her own home, she had been working as a civil engineer, supporting her daughter on her own. Being a single mother to a rebellious young teen is not easy, but Joanne was devoted, hardworking, and loving. After all, her daughter Tylar was the center of her world.Join us at the quiet end for Tylar Witt’s Diary. Tylar, at age fourteen, was angry and out of control. When she entered into a sexual relationship with an older man, Joanne tried everything she could think of to stop it and help her daughter make better decisions. But Tylar’s relationship with nineteen-year-old Steven Colver was like a runaway train. No amount of parental love or discipline could derail it. Focused on saving her daughter, it was Joanne who paid the ultimate price for love.
10/19/20211 hour, 33 minutes, 25 seconds
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A Concrete Grave: The Murder of Doug Benton

Doug Benton was a welder living in Colbert, Georgia. Considered a friendly and helpful neighbor, he was known for raising and selling exotic birds from his house, lifting weights, and riding a Harley. When Doug met police deputy Tracy Fortson, the two had an instant attraction. They began to spend most of their time together.But Doug disappeared on June 4, 2000. Tracy cooperated with the police. She was the last person known to have seen him. She admitted to having an argument with Doug that day and said that they had broken up. Join us at the quiet end for A Concrete Grave: The Murder of Doug Benton. When Doug’s body was found, his manner of death and the disposal of his body did not appear to be the work of an ex-girlfriend. The relationship between Doug and Tracy was volatile, but Doug also had a bit of a past. When the investigation began, evidence began to pile up, pointing to Tracy as Doug’s killer. But Tracy had information to share about her position at the police force and a possible plot to frame her.
10/12/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 35 seconds
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Introducing Over My Dead Body: Season 3- Fox Lake

A small town cop known as “GI Joe” is gunned down in a swamp in the summer of 2015 and quickly becomes a martyr in the national media. But when a dogged investigator and his team set out to get justice, they uncover unsettling secrets about Joe, the local police department, and the village of Fox Lake. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes the third season of Over My Dead Body: Fox Lake. Hosted by Matt Baglio.Listen to Over My Dead Body: wondery.fm/FL_TCBrewery
10/11/20216 minutes
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The Only One Who Deserved to Stay: David Bain

Robin and Margaret Bain and three of their children were killed on June 20, 1994, in their New Zealand home. This was familicide; a mass murder where one member of the family killed the others. Ever since the oldest son David returned home from his paper delivery route and called the police that morning, there has been debate over who was responsible. David Bain was 22-years-old, a music student and aspiring opera singer living with his family. When he got home early that morning, he found all five of his family members dead: his father Robin, his mother Margaret, his two sisters Arawa and Laniet, and his brother Stephen. At first glance, it appeared that the father, Robin, was responsible, and that this was a murder-suicide. But that would change.Join us at the quiet end for The Only One Who Deserved to Stay: David Bain. Familicide is rare. But when it happens, the father is nearly always responsible. Research has shown that these “family annihilators” are either angry or in a state of prolonged despair. Robin Bain, a troubled man with untreated depression, fit the profile. But the lives and relationships of the Bain family were complicated and maladjusted. David Bain had plenty of his own issues; and evidence, including his own behavior, pointed to David as the killer.
10/5/20211 hour, 36 minutes, 19 seconds
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Introducing Generation Why

Imagine you have two friends who are obsessed with crime, murder, and unsolved mysteries. They have a passion for breaking down cases that have been cold for years. GENERATION WHY is a true crime podcast where hosts Aaron and Justin give startling theories, dive into forensic evidence, and share their bold opinions. They dig deep looking for answers on cases of missing spouses, mysterious murders, serial killers and more. This is just a preview of Generation Why, but you can listen to the full episode at Wondery.fm/GenWhy_CrimeBrewery
9/28/20215 minutes, 29 seconds
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Dylan Redwine's Last Visit

On November 18, 2012, 13-year-old Dylan Redwine traveled from his mother Elaine’s house in Colorado Springs to visit his father Mark in Vallecito, Colorado for a court-ordered visit. According to Dylan’s big brother, Cory, Dylan was not looking forward to visiting his father.  A while back, Dylan had accidentally come across compromising and disturbing photos of his father.  The photos disgusted him and he planned to confront Mark.Mark Redwine picked up Dylan at the airport.  On the way to Mark’s house, they stopped at Walmart and picked up fast-food at McDonalds. Throughout his trip, Dylan had been communicating with his Durango friends and making plans to see them. Text messages indicated that Dylan tried to make plans to stay with a friend nearby rather than with his father.  When Mark said no to that plan, Dylan made plans to see his friend at six-thirty the next morning.Join us at the quiet end for Dylan Redwine’s Last Visit.  Dylan’s last phone activity was at 9:37 p.m. on November 18.  He failed to show up at his friend’s house the next morning.  Mark claimed that Dylan was asleep on his couch when he left his home at 7:30 a.m. that morning and that when he returned at 11:30 a.m., Dylan was gone.  As the last person to see his son alive, Mark Redwine was immediately a person of interest.  Sigmond Freud once said “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.”  Not only did Mark Redwine fail to protect Dylan, he was the one who Dylan needed protection from.
9/28/20211 hour, 21 minutes, 23 seconds
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Gone in the Night: Ashley Freeman & Lauria Bible

The rural Oklahoma home of Kathy and Danny Freeman went up in flames in the frigid early morning hours of December 30, 1999. Kathy and Danny’s bodies were found inside, both killed by gunshots to their heads. Their 16-year-old daughter, Ashley, and her best friend, Lauria Bible, who had been there for a sleepover, had disappeared from their beds. Years of searching for the two girls came up empty. The search extended into Mexico and Canada, but rumors in the small community pointed to local lowlifes as the killers and kidnappers. Join us at the quiet end for Gone in the Night. The Freemans should have felt safe in their humble country home, but the formally beautiful landscape of Welch, Oklahoma, was immersed in drug culture and the local police were appallingly ineffective, demonstrating shocking levels of negligence and corruption.
9/21/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 38 seconds
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Into Gander Lake: Krista & Karen Hart

Nelson Hart was charged for the murders of his twin 3-year-old daughters, who died of drowning on August 4, 2002. He claimed that he had taken his girls, Karen and Krista, to the wharf at Little Harbour to play on the swing set. When Krista fell off of the wharf, Nelson got scared and ran for help. He didn’t know how to swim.Nelson drove home for help. His wife Jennifer returned with him to the wharf. By the time they got there, both of their daughters were in the water. Karen was already dead and Krista died hours later in the hospital. This was a tragedy, but the Canadian police believed it was also a crime.Join us at the quiet end for Into Gander Lake. Months after Krista and Karen’s deaths, a Mr. Big operation began with the goal of getting a confession from Nelson Hart. The first contact between Nelson for the Mr. Big sting was when one of the operatives offered to pay Nelson to help find a missing person. After that, he was asked to make deliveries on a regular basis. Nelson, who had lived his entire life in poverty, was paid very well. He began to feel like the operatives were his friends. Earning money beyond his greatest expectations, Nelson was anxious to become a full-time member of the Mr. Big gang. Eventually, he was talked into giving a confession to prove his loyalty to this fictional criminal organization.Mr. Big sting operations have been banned in most countries. While these coerced confessions can provide compelling evidence of guilt, they are often unreliable and they have been responsible for wrongful convictions. But there are at least two sides to this story, which we will explore today.
9/14/20211 hour, 27 minutes, 47 seconds
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A Good Marriage

Penny Scaggs had been married for 35 years when she sat down to play her piano on the evening of March 6, 1996.  Her husband, Roger, had just left the house after dinner to return to his office.  Normally, Penny would have washed the dishes right after dinner, but, with Roger away, she took advantage of the time alone to enjoy her music.Penny must have been startled when she heard the unexpected sound of footsteps approaching her from behind.  A steel pipe crushed the right side of her face, breaking her jaw.  When Roger returned home, he called 911, telling the operator that he found his wife on the floor in a puddle of her own blood.Join us at the quiet end for A Good Marriage: The Murder of Penny Scaggs.  Penny devoted her life to her marriage, which she saw as a bringing together of three: Roger, herself, and God.  But over the years, Roger appeared less devoted to this sacred union.  Stories of infidelity and dishonesty circulated around their neighborhood and church community.  He would become a predictable suspect in his wife’s death early on, but would the evidence support his guilt?
9/7/20211 hour, 53 minutes, 45 seconds
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Introducing: Suspect

A big Halloween party at an apartment complex in Redmond, Washington. Themed rooms and costumed partygoers. But by the end of the party, one of the hosts is dead. The police look to the partiers as the prime suspects: was it the guy in the devil mask, the bank robber, the construction worker? As investigators comb through forensic evidence, witness testimony, DNA, and even consult with a psychic, they zero in on one suspect in particular. But for what reason? Host and reporter Matthew Shaer (Over My Dead Body) returns to the scene of the crime, speaks with everyone about a night that still haunts them years later. It’s a series about race and policing, mislaid justice, cutting-edge science, and the kinds of weighty choices that cops and prosecutors make every day -- choices that, once made, are difficult to reverse.Listen to Suspect: wondery.fm/Suspect_TCBrewery
8/31/20216 minutes, 3 seconds
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Memphis Matricide? Who Killed Jennifer Jackson?

When Noura Jackson was a child, her mother’s life revolved around her.  Noura’s parents had divorced when she was just a baby and she rarely saw her father, so the mother-daughter relationship was strong.  But then Noura became a teenager.Most teenage girls argue with their mothers, but Noura and Jennifer’s situation was more extreme than most.  Noura was distant and critical with her mother.  She was drinking, using drugs, and failing academically.  It seemed that the more Jennifer tried to control her daughter, the more she rebelled.Join us at the quiet end for Memphis Matricide? Early in the morning of June 5, 2005, 18-year-old Noura called 911.  Jennifer had been stabbed 50 times.  A wicker basket had been placed over Jennifer’s head, leading the police to believe that Jennifer had known her killer. At a time in her life when most people are graduating from high school and enrolling in college, Noura went on trial for the brutal murder of her own mother. But the question remains: did Noura Jackson commit matricide or was someone else responsible for this viscous crime?
8/31/20211 hour, 33 minutes, 49 seconds
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He Used to Love Her... April Barber

The image of young married couple April and Justin Barber taking a moonlight walk on a warm Florida beach sounds ideal. They were supposed to be celebrating their third wedding anniversary. But within hours, everything changed.A passing motorist made a call to 911. Justin was found bleeding and slumped behind the wheel of his SUV. He said that he and his wife had been attacked by an unknown gunman. First responders went to the beach to search for April while Justin was airlifted to a trauma center in nearby Jacksonville, Florida.Although he had been shot four times, Justin recovered quickly. He cooperated with police interviews, claiming to love his wife, despite his multiple infidelities and April’s friends’ claims that April had been planning to leave her husband. This is a chilling and tragic story of love, greed, and loss. Join us at the quiet end for He Used to Love Her, the April Barber story.
8/24/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 25 seconds
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Introducing- Dr. Death Season 3: Miracle Man

Paolo is a smart and handsome surgeon, renowned for his ability to perform surgeries that transform his patients’ lives. When television producer Benita covers him for a story, he’ll transform her life too, but not in the ways she expects. As Benita crosses professional lines to be with him, she learns how far Paolo will go to protect his secrets. And halfway around the world, four doctors at a prestigious medical institute make shocking discoveries of their own that call everything into question. From Wondery comes Season Three of the hit podcast, Dr. Death. MIRACLE MAN tells the story of a globe-trotting surgeon who seduces the medical world, and sweeps one woman off her feet. Hosted by Laura Beil.Listen to Dr. Death Season 3:wondery.fm/DDS3_CrimeBrewery
8/17/20216 minutes, 3 seconds
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Bad Romance: Erika & Benjamin Sifrit

Among the thousands of vacationers who traveled to Ocean City, Maryland, on Memorial Day weekend, 2002, were two couples whose paths crossed with horrific results. The first couple, Joshua Ward and Geney Crutchley, were good people looking for a relaxing weekend. But the second couple, Erika and Benjamin Sifrit, had much darker plans. Join us at the quiet end for Bad Romance. At first glance, Erika and Benjamin appeared to be a typical young married couple, but they were a deadly match. They were big partiers, always looking for a bigger thrill. When drinking and drugs were no longer enough to satisfy them, they moved on to burglarizing businesses and carrying loaded guns. Then, one dreadful night, the Sifrits played a twisted game of murder and mayhem, showing their gravitation towards violence and their complete lack of human empathy.
8/17/20211 hour, 28 minutes, 8 seconds
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Daddy's Little Girl: Erin Caffey

Early in the morning of March 1, 2008, two men entered the Caffey family home in rural Alba, Texas. Terry Caffey and his wife Penny had been living a quiet, peaceful life in their modest country home with their three children, Erin, Matthew, and Tyler. A violent break in was the last thing the family could have ever expected. After family members were attacked by armed assailants, their home was set on fire. 41-year-old Terry was shot five times, but he somehow managed to crawl to his only neighbor, about 400 yards away, leaving a trail of blood in his wake.Join us at the quiet end for Daddy’s Little Girl. A home invasion and mass murder were not something the tiny Texas town of Alba had ever seen before. When 16-year-old Erin Caffey was found alive, she appeared to be in a state of shock. But right away, investigators wanted to know what Erin knew about the attack. Her father Terry rejected that idea that Erin could have any knowledge of the crime against her own family members, but he believed her older boyfriend was behind the attack.
8/10/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 32 seconds
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Inside Job: The Poisoning of Mary Yoder

Mary Yoder was a beloved wife, mother, and chiropractor, apparently living her best life. In 2015, she and her husband Bill, who ran their own chiropractic practice together, were planning on retiring and finally taking their dream trip to Europe. But on July 20th, Mary didn’t seem like herself. She left work, complaining of an upset stomach and intractable vomiting. By the following morning, she was intubated in the hospital ICU. Join us at the quiet end for Inside Job. Doctors caring for Mary in the hospital were puzzled by her sudden, severe illness. Within 36 hours, she had seven episodes of cardiac arrest. Her family came to be by her side, but the outcome was devastating. Mary Yoder was dead. Toxicology studies found a poison in Mary’s blood, solving the medical mystery, but the investigation into how and why she had ingested the poison had just begun.
8/3/20211 hour, 46 minutes, 32 seconds
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Introducing The Grand Scheme: Snatching Sinatra

Hosted and narrated by John Stamos, The Grand Scheme: Snatching Sinatra is a complicated, nuanced story of one imperfect man trying to redeem himself by pulling off the perfect crime. Did you ever feel like everything’s broken, and it’s your job to fix it? That’s how Barry Keenan was feeling back in 1963. He was broke, unemployed, hooked on booze and pills, and his family was falling apart. Barry needed a miracle. And against all odds, he got one. One day the voice of God came over the radio in Barry’s car and told him there was a simple solution to all his problems: all he had to do was kidnap Frank Sinatra, Jr. For the first time ever, Barry Keenan shares his version of the bizarre story in his own words, from beginning to end. This is just a preview of The Grand Scheme: Snatching Sinatra, but you can listen to full episodes at: wondery.fm/TheGrandSchemeBrew
7/27/20219 minutes, 1 second
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The Beneficiary: Virginia McGinnis

It was a beautiful day on the California coastline when 20-year-old Deana Wild agreed to take a day trip to Big Sur with older couple Virginia and Billy Joe McGinnis. This is a popular tourist spot, but the cliffs are dangerous with unstable earth near the edge and the rocky Pacific coast below. Deana didn’t feel well that day but Virginia convinced her to walk along the cliff’s edge and pose for photos. As Deana looked out at the beautiful scenery, Virginia began to snap photos. Billy Joe put his arm around the listless young woman with his hand at her back as Virginia continued to take their picture.Only Deana, Virginia, and Billy Joe knew what happened next. What we do know is that Deana fell to her death from the cliff that day. Her autopsy would show that she had clawed her fingernails into the earth trying to save herself. But the weight of her body or the push of her killer sent her plummeting to the rocks below.Join us at the quiet end for The Beneficiary. When Deana fell to her death, the idea of it being an accident was feasible. But further investigation, including earlier suspicious deaths in Virginia McGinnis’ past and a life insurance purchase made the day before Deana’s death with Virginia as the beneficiary, led Deana’s mother and investigators to take a closer look into what happened that day.
7/27/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 5 seconds
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Killer Psyche

When a shocking crime occurs, people ask “WHY?” Was it about power, ego, or revenge? On KILLER PSYCHE, retired FBI criminal profiler Candice DeLong draws on her decades of experience to reveal why these murderers and criminals committed these acts. She will reveal fascinating new details about what drove these people, including cases she worked on first-hand. Candice has been called the FBI’s “real-life Clarice Starling,” and she will share specific psychological methods and profiling techniques that experts use to understand the deepest part of the most complex, fascinating, and twisted minds, from the Unabomber to Dr. Death to El Chapo. Listen to Killer Psyche: wondery.fm/kp_TrueCrimeBrewery
7/13/20216 minutes, 42 seconds
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Death of a Sugar Daddy: Bill McLaughlin

When 50-year-old multi-millionaire Bill McLaughlin answered 25-year-old Nanette Johnston’s classified ad back in 1991, he had no idea what he was getting himself into.  The ad was directed at “wealthy men only” and Nanette described herself as a “classy, well-educated woman” who “knows how to take care of her man.”  Clearly, Nanette was looking for a sugar daddy. Divorced and lonely, it seemed like a good deal to Bill.Despite the concerns of Bill’s daughters, Nanette moved into Bill’s Newport Beach home.  He took her on expensive trips, bought her a new car, and even gave her a generous allowance.  But unknown to Bill, Nanette had secrets, including other boyfriends, during their relationship.Join us at the quiet end for Death of a Sugar Daddy. After three years together, Nanette was out shopping when someone got into the house with a brand-new key and shot Bill six-times.  There was no direct evidence linking Nanette to the crime, but she was the beneficiary of a $1 million life insurance policy.  In 1995, Nanette was arrested and convicted for forging checks and stealing from Bill, but it would take another seventeen years to find and convict Bill McLaughlin’s killers.
7/13/20211 hour, 39 minutes, 3 seconds
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Lady in the Water: Jan Roseboro

When Jan Roseboro’s husband Michael found her unconscious and bleeding in their new swimming pool, there was no reason to suspect him of anything nefarious. Even though his 911 call was unusual, it wasn’t proof of a crime. But then a motive for murder was discovered: Michael’s lover, Angela Funk.When Angela’s computer and phone records were examined, thousands of romantic and lustful messages with Michael Roseboro were discovered. In these messages, he professed his love for her and his desire to marry her. In fact, he was planning to leave Jan and ask for a divorce on July 22, the day Jan died. Join us at the quiet end for Lady in the Water, the murder of Jan Roseboro. Within days of Jan’s death, investigators decided that Michael Roseboro had beaten and strangled his wife before tossing her into the pool to drown. All of this happened while their three small children slept inside the home. Michael’s family and lover didn’t believe that Michael could do such a thing, but Jan’s family had no doubts that Michael had killed Jan in order to be with his mistress and keep his wealth.
7/6/20211 hour, 29 minutes, 13 seconds
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Unsolved: The Murder of Faith Hedgepeth

Since Dick and I are away this week, we decided to put out this ad-free TCB Premium episode, from July, 2020, for all of our listeners today!  This is just one of dozens of ad-free episodes available with a premium subscription! Here are the show notes:Faith Hedgepeth was just 19-years old when she was violently murdered in her off-campus apartment. Faith was popular and outgoing, with plans to become a pediatrician and serve the Haliwa-Saponi Native American tribe. She was studying at the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina and living with her best friend. Then, on September 7, 2012, a 911 call came in from Faith’s roommate. The call would become the subject of much speculation, along with a note left at the scene, DNA evidence, and an unusual murder weapon.Join us at the quiet end for Unsolved: The Murder of Faith Hedgepeth. It’s been 8-years since Connie Hedgepeth lost her baby girl. It doesn’t seem like too much for her to ask to learn why Faith was killed or to see her killer go to trial. Today we’re going to talk about where the investigation is at, what is needed to make an arrest, and where all of the circumstantial evidence is pointing.
6/21/20211 hour, 22 seconds
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Just What the Doctor Ordered: The Murder of Sian Simmonds

Doctor Josephakis “Joe” Charalambous had a thriving family practice when he became obsessed with 15-year-old Shelley Joel. Shelley, along with other members of her family, was his patient. Shelley’s parents were alarmed when the doctor began buying her gifts and calling her at home. He was obsessed with her, speaking of little else. And they soon came to believe that the doctor brainwashed Shelley, luring her into an inappropriate, illegal, and abusive relationship. As soon as Shelley was legally allowed, she married her doctor. But she didn’t live happily ever after.After the wedding, Joe engaged with prostitutes and his interest in young girls persisted. He soon became infatuated with two pretty young patients, Katie and Sian Simmonds. But Katie and Sian weren’t as easily brainwashed as Shelley had been. They told their father about their doctor’s inappropriate remarks and behavior and he contacted the College of Physicians and Surgeons, helping his daughters file a formal complaint for sexual misconduct. After Dr. Joe learned that the girls were scheduled to appear before the board, 19-year-old Sian Simmonds was murdered in her own basement apartment. Join us at the quiet end for Just What the Doctor Ordered, an unbelievable story of a family physician willing to take a life to preserve his own career and reputation. Several people were not surprised that he was willing to take advantage of underaged patients to satisfy his own sexual deviancies, but the idea that he would stoop to murder was shocking. And, in a karmic twist, the doctor’s young wife Shelley’s testimony would be what did him in.
6/15/20211 hour, 29 minutes, 22 seconds
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Introducing: The Devil Within

It’s a case that has haunted Jefferson Township, New Jersey, for more than 30 years. On a snowy January night, 14-year-old Tommy Sullivan did the unthinkable: he murdered his mother in cold blood, set fire to their house, and then took his own life.Out of the flames of this horrible tragedy, investigations revealed that Tommy was, himself, a part of a Satanic Cult, sparking a nationwide hysteria now known as the “Satanic Panic”This monumental moment in American culture led to communities nationwide enforcing draconian measures to protect their children from what they perceived to be the devil’s influence. Even the Catholic church was convinced this was a case of demonic possession.On the new podcast, THE DEVIL WITHIN, the truth of the grisly murder is finally revealed.Did Tommy act alone? Did he really commit suicide? Is his cult still in power? THE DEVIL WITHIN finally sheds light on questions left unanswered for decades...Listen Here: wondery.fm/TDW TrueCrimeBrewPod
6/8/20219 minutes, 10 seconds
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Burning Down the House: Robin Lee Row

In the early morning of February 10, 1992, Robin Lee Row’s two-story duplex in Boise, Idaho, was engulfed in flames. Robin wasn’t home that morning. She had spent the night at a friend’s house after a fight with her husband, Randy Row. But at 3am, Robin had a premonition of the fire. She woke her friend at 5:30 am and they drove together to the duplex to check on Robin’s children. Joshua, 10-years-old, Tabitha, 8-years-old, and their step-father Randy all died in the fire. Initially, there was an outpouring of compassion for Robin, a grieving woman who had lost her entire family overnight. But Robin was not who she appeared to be. Her behavior after the tragedy along with fire-investigators’ suspicions about the fire led the police to look into Robin’s past. After a bit of digging, they would discover that Robin had lived a lifetime of deceit, fraud, and, quite possibly, murder. Join us at the quiet end for Burning Down the House. The deaths of her family members in the 1992 fire were not the only suspicious deaths found in Robin’s past. Information began to trickle in from acquaintances and co-workers about her web of lies and her cold-heartedness. Her closest friend was her most ardent supporter, until she, too, discovered the true Robin.
6/8/20211 hour, 42 minutes, 40 seconds
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For the Love of Money: Barbara Stager

Police were surprised by Barbara Stager’s lack of emotion when her 40-year-old second husband, Russ Stager, died from an accidental gunshot wound to his head.  Within days, Barbara called her insurance company to cash in on Russ’s life insurance policy. She would collect her money and life would go on for her and her children. That’s what she believed.To the untrained eye, Barbara looked like an ill-fated woman, widowed twice in just 10 years. But she had her critics; people who knew that her first husband had also died from an “accidental” gunshot wound.  And, in both shootings, Barbara had been in the bed beside her husband.  In fact, she had been the one with the gun in her hand.Join us at the quiet end for a convoluted story of treachery and deception.  Barbara Stager was a spendthrift, a liar, a sex addict, a thief, and a killer.  She spent her adult life moving from house to house, job to job, and man to man.  It wasn’t until after her second husband’s death that a criminal investigation was initiated, exposing Barbara as a black widow who would do anything For the Love of Money.
6/1/20211 hour, 44 minutes, 7 seconds
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Killer Party: The Murders of Mary Jo & Blake Hadley

Tyler Hadley’s parents were trying to get the 17-year-old to make better decisions in his life. Since his early teens, he had been using drugs, stealing, and showing a fascination for violence. His mother Mary Jo loved her son fiercely, never giving up on him and describing him as a sensitive boy. As he sunk into depression and sullenness, she worried that he would hurt himself. But when asked, she would say that she never feared her son would hurt her or her husband.Join us at the quiet end for Killer Party. Tyler planned a big bash at the family home, telling his friends that his parents were going on a trip. He put out the word on his Facebook page and stocked up on food, booze, and drugs. But as the party went on, Tyler’s friend noticed that Tyler’s parents’ cars were still in the driveway. Knowing that they would never allow a teen drug party in their home, he wondered where they were. Then a rumor began to circulate among partygoers that Tyler had murdered his parents. It turned out that this was a party that none of them would ever forget, just not for the reasons they may have thought.
5/25/20211 hour, 22 minutes, 57 seconds
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Introducing: The Vaping Fix

Two young Silicon Valley entrepreneurs set out to rid the world of smoking with an incredible new product. The device stands to disrupt the tobacco industry and make them rich, until it falls into the wrong hands and lives are ruined. From classrooms to hospitals, boardrooms to the Oval Office, what can be done to protect teenagers and is it too late? From Laura Beil, the reporter behind Dr Death and Bad Batch, comes The Vaping Fix, the inside story of the rise of Juul and the making of a crisis.Listen to THE VAPING FIX at:wondery.fm/VF_TrueCrimeBrewery
5/18/20216 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Hand that Rocks the Cradle: Kathleen Folbigg

Kathleen Folbigg has lived a life filled with tragedy. As a child, her father murdered her mother, leaving her to grow up in foster care. But Kathleen seemed to have overcome her difficult past when she married her husband Craig and they set out to start a family. In 1989, Kathleen’s infant son Caleb died. This death was followed by the deaths of three more of her children in 1991, 1993, and 1999. It wasn’t until the death of her daughter Laura in 1999 when family, friends, and the authorities became suspicious. Kathleen denied killing her babies, but her behavior and her journals may have told a different story.Join us at the quiet end for The Hand that Rocks the Cradle: The Kathleen Folbigg Story. When a mother loses a child, sympathy is abundant. But, when each of Kathleen’s children died in her care, one after another, dark questions about Kathleen and the complexities of motherhood came up. The accepted wisdom at the time was that one cot death is a tragedy, two are suspicious, and three is murder until proven otherwise. This left Kathleen and her supporters in the impossible position of proving a negative. Today we’re going to go into the medical and genetic explanations investigated to explain the sudden deaths of the Folbigg babies as well as the psychological and behavioral characteristics pointing to Kathleen as a calculated serial baby killer.
5/18/20211 hour, 44 minutes, 54 seconds
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Overdue Motorists: Alan & Terra Bates

Divorce and child custody battles can be brutal, but they rarely end in murder. In February, 2002, Alan Bates and his wife Terra were excited to pick up his two daughters from the home of his ex-wife, Jessica McCord. His relationship with Jessica had been acrimonious since the divorce, but he loved his girls and would not give up on them. The couple was planning to take the girls to his parents’ home for a weekend visit, a rare and happy event.When Alan and Terra failed to show up at his parents’ house, his family was worried. Alan’s father called the police, who handled the call as a routine case of overdue motorists. It happened all the time. People made plans, and something along the way held them up. But this wasn’t like Alan and Terra. The longer family members waited, the more panic began to set in. Join us at the quiet end for Overdue Motorists: Alan & Terra Bates. Alan’s ex-wife Jessica and her police officer husband, Jeff McCord, would claim that Alan and Terra never showed up to pick up his children. But investigators were concerned. Their story didn’t add up. Soon, the McCords became prime suspects. They refused to let the police search their home after they had pulled up carpet, re-wallpapered the walls, and hauled away furniture. They were hiding something, and what investigators found would expose an evil plot carried out by cold-hearted morons.
5/11/20211 hour, 29 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Devil They Knew: Calyx & Beau Schenecker

The Schenecker family home was in a nice neighborhood; the kind of place couples choose to raise a family. Julie, her husband Parker, and their two children, Calyx and Beau, seemed to be living the good life in their spacious home located on a cul-de-sac in a gated community. But on January 28, 2011, the city of Tampa and surrounding communities were reminded that appearances can be deceptive and money cannot buy happiness.Join us at the quiet end for The Devil They Knew, the story of a mother who planned and carried out the murders of her two children because they were “mouthy and disrespectful.” Julie was a carpool mom, her husband was a Colonel in the military, and their two children were good students who played sports and had lots of friends. But behind the family’s facade, Julie was a powder keg with serious mental health and substance abuse issues. At the heart of this case lies the question of whether Julie was capable of understanding the consequences of her violent actions. And how could her children have been protected from her?
5/4/20211 hour, 27 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Bradford Bishop Murders

William Bradford Bishop, Jr., was born and raised to succeed. With classic good looks, cultured parents, and a Yale education, he expected a lot out of life. As an adult, he married a beautiful woman who gave him three healthy sons. They travelled the world, eventually settling into a Maryland suburb. Bishop built a career with the U.S. State Department, working in military intelligence. In his esteemed position, he felt in charge. But in his home, his wife and mother were running things. After 15 years of government service, Bishop was passed over for promotion. His stalled career may have been the final indignity.Join us at the quiet end for The Bradford Bishop Murders. Forty years have passed since this stunning case of family annihilation and Bishop seems to have vanished from the face of the earth. The suggested motives behind his crimes are as specific as they are unusual. Today we’re taking a deep dive into the psychology and sociology in Bishop’s family life and career as they culminated in the brutal, fatal attack of the people who loved him.
4/27/20211 hour, 31 minutes, 31 seconds
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Introducing: In God We Lust

A woman named Becki is lounging by the pool at the Fontainebleau Hotel when she decides to proposition a strapping pool attendant. Go on a date with her...and her husband. What begins as an unconventional proposition will soon throw them all into the international spotlight. And that’s because the couple is none other than Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife Becki, two of the most powerful figures in Evangelical America. Wondery presents In God We Lust, hosted by Brooke Siffrin and Aricia Skidmore-Williams of Even the Rich. A story of an alluring sex scandal, power, money and a very public fall from grace. When word of their affair fell into the wrong hands it led to political extortion and a public outing that brought Jerry Falwell Jr.’s empire crashing down. Listen atwondery.fm/IGWL_CrimeBrewery
4/20/20216 minutes, 36 seconds
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When Darkness Fell: Jennifer Cave

Jennifer Cave and Colton Pitonyak had their addiction to drugs in common, but they were otherwise two very different people. Jennifer was known as a caring person who tried to help everyone she met. Pitonyak was a drug dealer with a growing propensity for violence.In August of 2005, when Jennifer didn’t show up for her new job working for a law firm in Austin, Texas, her employer called Jennifer’s mother Sharon back in Corpus Christi. Concerned, Sharon called several of Jennifer’s friends. She even called Pitonyak, who lied to her and claimed he had not seen Jennifer. The next day, Sharon and her fiancé, Jim, drove to Austin to look for Jennifer. The crime scene they found in Pitonyak’s apartment was shockingly gruesome.Join us at the quiet end for When Darkness Fell. Colton Pitonyak was a former rich kid who was used to getting everything he wanted. Jennifer considered herself his friend, but he wanted more from her. He took Jennifer out for dinner to celebrate her new job on August 16th, but something very dark occurred back at his place. There has never been a clear motive for what happened to Jennifer that night, but it soon became clear to investigators that Pitonyak had had a co-conspirator after the fact. Once arrested, Pitonyak and his accomplice turned on each other at trial, further deepening the mystery of motive and blame.
4/20/20211 hour, 46 minutes, 6 seconds
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Mommy's Little Moneymakers: The Ellen Boehm Story

Ellen Boehm’s husband left her for another woman, abandoning his three children without visitation or financial support. With only her secretarial job to support them, Ellen had to move her children out of the family home and into an apartment building. Money was tight, but Ellen had some strange priorities that made it tighter. She was crazy about professional wrestling and she travelled to attend matches whenever she could, wherever she could, leaving her kids with her mother.In many ways, Ellen lived in her own fantasy world. She wrote love letters to her favorite wrestling personalities and bragged to her friends about her popularity with these men. No one actually believed that Ellen had any romantic involvement with them, but it seemed harmless enough. Until her children began to die.Join us at the quiet end for Mommy’s Little Moneymakers. There were some crucial emotions missing in Ellen Boehm, including kindness, honesty, and maternal love. She began to see killing her own children as a means to an end, solving her financial problems. When suspicions turned to certainty, friends and co-workers were appalled, but Ellen showed no sadness or remorse for any of the atrocities she had committed.
4/13/20211 hour, 35 minutes, 52 seconds
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Shasta's Story: The Crimes Against the Groene Family

In the spring of 2005, brother and sister Shasta and Dylan Groene were just normal kids, out playing in their yard in their bathing suits. Neither they nor their parents had any way of knowing that a violent pedophile was watching them. Joseph Duncan III, recently paroled, had been trolling the area, looking for fresh victims. He likely knew that this would be his last chance to live out his horrific fantasies before he would be returned to prison.Join us at the quiet end for Shasta’s Story. Shasta was just 8-years-old when the deeply disturbed Duncan invaded her home and proceeded to beat and tie up her family members. For the next several weeks, she experienced more trauma and fear than we can imagine. Today, we’re going over the details of this crime, the criminal history of Duncan, and, most importantly, the strength and determination of Shasta, a child who once showed remarkable courage in the face of terror and a young woman now putting together the best life she can from her own broken and battered psyche.
4/6/20211 hour, 45 minutes, 47 seconds
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Introducing: My Fugitive

Nina Gilden Seavey was twelve on May 5, 1970, the day an Air Force building in St. Louis burned to the ground. Her dad represented a young man accused of the crime: Howard Mechanic. Facing serious federal time, Howard went on the run and became one of the longest-running fugitives in U.S. history. As an adult, Nina picked up the trail. What ever happened to Howard Mechanic?This eight-part series is the tangled story of her search for answers. Hundreds of Freedom of Information requests. Hundreds of thousands of pages of documents. FBI surveillance and confidential informants. Cold War spies, conspiracy theories and the murder of a civil rights icon. And the sacrifices America makes in the name of national security.
4/5/20214 minutes, 37 seconds
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Introducing: Spy Affair

A charismatic Russian woman arrives in the US on a mission to improve relations between the two countries, and she soon makes some powerful friends. But who is Maria Butina? And who is she working for? As Maria gets closer to the rich and connected she also attracts the attention of the FBI. In the politically charged world of US-Russia relations, everyone has secrets and almost nothing is what it seems. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes SPY AFFAIR a story about deception, appearances and betrayal. Hosted by Celia Aniskovich.Listen today at wondery.fm/SABrewery
3/30/20216 minutes, 5 seconds
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Killing Dad: Alex & Derek King

On November 26, 2001, the fire department of Cantonment, Florida, was called to the burning home of Terry King. Terry was dead in his reclining chair, but he had not been overcome by smoke.  He had been bludgeoned to death.  Once the fire was extinguished, concerns turned to Terry’s two sons, Derek, 13, and Alex, age 12. Fortunately, they had not been victims of the fire, but where were they?It took days to locate Derek and Alex, who were brought to the police station by a 40-year-old man named Rick Chavis.  Chavis claimed to be a family friend, but a background check showed that he had a criminal history, including convictions for molesting teenage boys.Join us at the quiet end for Killing Dad.  Terry King’s two sons would confess to their father’s murder, claiming self-defense against an abusive parent.  But there was no proof that Terry was abusive.  Interviews with the boys soon brought into question their relationship with Chavis and his role in the murder of Terry King.
3/23/20211 hour, 51 minutes, 58 seconds
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Introducing: MAN-Slaughter

MAN-Slaughter tells intertwining stories about how one gunshot on a cold Wisconsin night in 1970 dramatically changed multiple lives. A bullet brutally tore through decorated law enforcement veteran LaVerne Stordock. Decades later, his niece, Dorothy Marcic, transformed herself into an amateur detective in a quest for truth and closure about that night. At the center of Dorothy’s investigation is Suzanne Brandon, LaVerne’s second wife, who confessed to the shooting -- and who Dorothy believes completely escaped justice. As it follows Dorothy’s discoveries, MAN-Slaughter explores questions around the psychology of crime, the ways women are made responsible in families, and the lasting impact of trauma.A final encounter between Suzanne and Dorothy reveals a complex connection that even that gunshot cannot shatter. Listen today at wondery.fm/MS_TrueCrimeBrewery
3/17/20216 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Vanishing Bride-To-Be: Annie Le

Graduate student Annie Le disappeared from her lab at Yale University just five days before her wedding. When she was first reported missing, investigators theorized that she had cold feet and had likely run off for some time alone. But Annie’s family and friends didn’t believe Annie would do that. She was very much in love with her fiancé and she was excited about the upcoming nuptials. Join us at the quiet end for The Vanishing Bride-to-Be, the story of Annie Le. As the days passed by and her wedding day neared, Annie’s disappearance seemed more and more likely to be the result of foul play, but a thorough examination of CCTV footage at the laboratory showed that Annie had never left the building.
3/16/20211 hour, 39 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Grindr Killer: Stephen Port

In September, 2015, 25-year-old Jack Taylor was found dead in the graveyard of St. Margaret’s Church in East London. Jack was not the first young man to be found dead under unexplained circumstances, all within a few hundred yards of each other. It was initially believed that these deaths resulted from drug overdoses, but Jack’s death led the police to find a more sinister cause. A killer had lured these men to their deaths using online dating apps.Two days before Jack Taylor was found dead, he had arranged to meet with a man he’s been chatting with on the dating app Grindr. When his family and friends didn’t hear from Jack, they reported him missing. Then the police showed up at his parent’s home with the worst news imaginable.Join us at the quiet end for The Grindr Killer. Four suspicious deaths under very similar circumstances in the same area of London pointed to one killer. Today we’re going back in time to learn about the monster responsible and his methods to lure young, gay men into his deadly web of lies.
3/9/20211 hour, 21 minutes, 48 seconds
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Cashing In: Karl Karlsen

How much are your loved ones worth to you?  Priceless, right?  You cannot put a dollar amount on a person’s life.  Not so for Karl Karlson. There were so many tragedies and coincidences in his life that his second wife suspected him of two murders and several instances of insurance fraud.  In fact, she became convinced enough to record her conversations with Karlsen.Join us at the quiet end for Cashing In.  Karl Karlson valued people only for how they could benefit him.  Over a span of many years, his family members tried to believe in his innocence. But there were signs that things weren’t right.  As the pieces of his life and the facts of his crimes came to light, a puzzle of sorts began to come together.  But before looking at the whole picture, let’s look at how the individual pieces add up to two of the most unfathomable crimes imaginable.
3/2/20211 hour, 27 minutes, 46 seconds
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Gone & Never Forgotten: The Kathy Stobaugh Story

Kathy Stobaugh married the wrong man. Once she realized her mistake, she did everything right in order to set off on a better course. She worked full-time, went back to college, and accomplished her dream of being a kindergarten teacher. Saving her money, she rented a new house and moved there with her two children. But her husband, Charles, was not going to let her get away so easily.On December 29, 2004, Kathy happily hummed a tune as she gathered her divorce settlement papers together and drove off in her car. Charles had finally agreed to talk things over and reach a financial settlement with her. She had a newfound hope that their post-divorce lives could be civil. She held no false hopes that they would be friends.Join us at the quiet end for Gone & Never Forgotten: The Kathy Stobaugh Story. Did Kathy’s soon to be ex-husband kill her and hide her body or are we meant to believe that she just walked off one day before her divorce hearing?
2/23/20211 hour, 54 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Disappearance of Janet March

On the morning of Friday, August 16, 1996, Marissa Moody brought her 6-year-old son to the impressive home of Janet and Perry March to have a play date with 5-year-old Sammy March. The March family seemed like the picture-perfect family, but Marissa never felt comfortable around Perry March.  He was intimidating and snubbed her at every opportunity.Janet March, 33-years-old, was an accomplished artist from a privileged upbringing.  It wasn’t terribly unusual that Janet wasn’t there for the play date.  The March children had a nanny.  The only thing that seemed off that day to Marissa was the presence of a rolled-up rug lying on the floor near the kitchen entryway.  She had never seen it before, and when she returned to pick up her son that afternoon, the rug was gone. Perry claimed that Janet had left home for a 12-day vacation.  But, after 12 days, there was still no sign of her. Homicide detectives became convinced that Janet’s 100-pound body had been concealed in the rug that day.Join us at the quiet end for The Disappearance of Janet March. According to homicide detectives, Perry March killed his wife Janet during an argument on the evening of August 15, 1996.  His father, Arthur, and brother, Ronald, were seen as possible accomplices in disposing of Janet’s body.  But with no body and no murder weapon, the case was nearly impossible to prove.  The court of public opinion found Perry March guilty from early on in the investigation, but it would take years for his true character to be exposed.
2/16/20211 hour, 35 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Fisherman & the Flirt: The Death of Kent Leppink

In 2006, 33-year-old Mechele Linehan was visited by the Alaska police regarding a 1996 murder. Back then, Mechele had been working as an exotic dancer. The murder victim was a former client named Kent Leppink. But, in 2006, Mechele was a professional woman married to a physician and raising a young daughter in Washington state. Her arrest was shocking to the people in her community.Join us at the quiet end for The Fisherman & the Flirt. Mechele had been dancing at The Great Alaskan Bush Company for only a few months when she met Kent Leppink. He was infatuated with Mechele and soon told people that she was his fiancée, but Mechele said that they were never engaged and were not in a romantic relationship. There are many sides to this story, so let’s dive in and try to separate fact from fiction.
2/9/20211 hour, 35 minutes, 4 seconds
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A Dark Passion: The Columbo Family Murders

When 16-year-old Patricia Columbo took a job in a soda shop next door to a pharmacy, no one even imagined that she and the 36-year-old married pharmacist Frank DeLuca would become involved in a sexual relationship. But that’s exactly what happened.Over the next four years, Patricia’s parents tried to talk some sense into her.  First, Deluca moved Patricia into his family home with his wife and five children.  When Patricia’s parents gave her money to move out and get her own apartment, they were distressed to learn that she had Frank DeLuca move in with her.Join us at the quiet end for A Dark Passion.  Patricia Columbo and Frank DeLuca went into her family’s house with the motive to kill them all and receive her family inheritance, but the murders were clearly overkill, revealing a level of hate beyond all reason and leading everyone who knew the family to question why these shocking crimes happened.
2/2/20211 hour, 34 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Silencing of Sandra Rozzo

On July 5, 2003, 37-year-old Florida bartender Sandra Rozzo was shot in her own garage before she could even get out of her car. Sandra, known by her friends as Sandee, was a hard worker, a good friend, and a devoted mother to her young daughter. The idea that someone would want her dead was difficult to comprehend.There was one man with a motive: 36-year-old Tracey Humphrey. Humphrey was an ex-boyfriend charged with felony battery and the sexual assault of Sandee. He was due to go on trial in August of 2003. Sandra planned to testify against him. But Tracey had an ironclad alibi. If he didn’t kill Sandee himself, could he have been the mastermind behind her murder?Join us at the quiet end for The Silencing of Sandra Rozzo, a murder case with an unlikely pair of co-conspirators. It’s also a case that begs the fascinating question of whether one person can convince an otherwise nonviolent person to kill.
1/26/20211 hour, 36 minutes, 38 seconds
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Wondery Presents: The Apology Line

If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.” As thousands of callers flooded the line, confessing to everything from shoplifting to infidelity, drug dealing to murder, Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t just listen. He had to do something, even if it meant risking everything. From Wondery, the makers of Dr. Death and The Shrink Next Door, comes a story about empathy, deception and obsession. Marissa Bridge, who knew Mr. Apology better than anyone, hosts this six episode series.Listen now at wondery.fm/TrueCrimeBrewery
1/19/20216 minutes, 56 seconds
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Groomed for Murder: Elaine O'Hara

Elaine O’Hara of South Dublin, Ireland, spent her life looking for love. Because of mental health issues, Elaine spent many of her years in the St Edmundsbury Hospital, receiving psychiatric treatment for depressive disorder, self-harming behaviors, and three suicide attempts. As a result, she missed the usual social milestones of dances, dating, and boyfriends. In her twenties, she began to meet men online and became involved in masochistic behavior.Lonely and emotionally immature, Elaine was exceedingly vulnerable to online predators. In August of 2012, Elaine disappeared after a visit with her family. Investigators assumed she had committed suicide by jumping off nearby cliffs. But disturbing texts found on recovered cell phones later revealed that Elaine had been involved with a dangerous man. Join us at the quiet end for Groomed for Murder. Elaine O’Hara wanted to find a man to love her and have a family of her own, but instead she was tragically lured to her own murder by a cruel, sick man who was living a secret double life.
1/19/20211 hour, 31 minutes, 20 seconds
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Seized & Scorched: Kim Antonakos

After a night out clubbing with a friend in New York City, the beautiful and kind 20-year-old Kim Antonakos disappeared. Kim was on her way home in the early morning hours when she was abducted. Her father, wealthy businessman Tommy Antonakos, immediately began a widespread and organized search for his daughter. What he didn’t know was that Kim’s abductors were supposed friends of Kim. Right under Tommy’s nose, these cold-blooded men pretended to care about her and to participate in his search for Kim. Join us at the quiet end for Seized and Scorched. Everything about Kim’s abduction showed unbridled cruelty and extraordinary incompetence. When plans to hold Kim hostage for money didn’t go according to plan, Kim’s abductors panicked and took Kim’s life. But not only was her young life stolen from her and those who loved her, Kim died an agonizing and slow death, leaving her unrecognizable. Before the investigation was completed, another murder would occur, revealing that the callousness of at least one of her killers ran deeper than even imagined.
1/12/20211 hour, 59 minutes, 24 seconds
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Introducing The Vanished

On the evening of October 6, 2019, Rosemary Rodriguez went to dinner with her boyfriend and her mother. On the way home, they dropped Rosemary's mother off and headed to her boyfriend's home. According to her boyfriend, Rosemary left his residence in Longview, Texas, after a brief argument. Two days later, a colleague called Rosemary's family to tell them she hadn't been to work, something very much out of character for Rosemary. Rosemary's family immediately called the police to report her missing. More than a year has passed since Rosemary's daughters last saw their mom, and every day seems to bring more and more dread that something awful happened.Listen to the story of Rosemary Rodriguez on The Vanished at wondery.fm/brewery_vanished
1/7/20218 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Piketon Massacre

In the early morning of April 22, 2016, relatives of the Rhoden family in Pike County, Ohio, began to discover family members brutally killed in their own homes. In all, eight members of the Rhoden family were murdered, including one minor, 16-year-old Christopher Rhoden, Jr.The victims had been shot to death. Three young children, including a newborn infant, were left alive. Investigators determined early on that the killings were planned and carried out by at least two perpetrators who knew the family well, but it took over two years to make arrests.This crime investigation is the most extensive in the history of the state of Ohio. Evidence of cock-fighting and marijuana growth operations were found at some of the crime scenes, but the motive may have been something as simple as a child-custody dispute.Join us at the quiet end for The Piketon Massacre. Due to the methodical nature of these killings and the lack of forensic evidence at the scenes, these murders have been described as a premeditated and sophisticated operation. Four people have been arrested and the death penalty is on the table.
1/5/20211 hour, 35 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Cards He Was Dealt: The Murder of Barry Crane

This episode was suggested to us by Jeane, a long-time listener. In fact, Jeane was so enthusiastic about this case that she volunteered to write the script, and we took her up on that. Jeane was a federal prosecutor in the San Francisco Bay area for 27 years, focusing primarily on white-collar crimes, before she retired in 2018. She looks forward to the U.S. Department of Justice becoming a nonpartisan institution once again and cherishes the career attorneys who stuck it out. So, thank you for all your research and hard work, Jeane.  This is a fascinating case you brought to our attention and we’re excited to share it with our listeners at the quiet end. That said, please join us at the quiet end for The Cards He Was Dealt, the story of the life and death of Barry Crane. 
12/29/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 27 seconds
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Diehard: An Untrue Crime Christmas Movie

Something different today!  We’re talking about untrue crimes which occurred in a high rise LA office building in 1988. At the center of these events was a detective from New York named John McClane. He and his wife Holly were separated at the time over issues including her blossoming career with the Nakatomi Corporation in Los Angeles, but John visited her for the holidays and soon found himself at the center of a complex and violent robbery plot. The events that follow are quite shocking and show failures by the LAPD to rescue hostages or arrest the perpetrators. In fact, if not for a beat cop named Al, John McClane would have been completely on his own.Join us at the quiet end for Diehard, the story of two good cops who prevailed over evil on Christmas Eve 1988.
12/22/202050 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Teacup Poisoner: Graham Young

Most of us have some compulsions or obsessions.  But what if your compulsion was to poison people?  Then you would be well on your way to becoming a killer.  As a child, Graham Young began experimenting with poisons.  By the age of 14, he was using his family as subjects. His father, step-mother, and sister suffered from episodes of excruciating stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Then, while Graham was still a teenager, his stepmother died from one of his poisoning experiments.Graham would ultimately confess to the murder of his stepmother and the attempted murder of other family members. He was admitted to a psychiatric hospital for several years until he was determined to be rehabilitated. What his doctors didn’t know was that Graham had spent much of his time in the hospital reading medical texts to improve his knowledge of various poisons. He had honed his skills to include extracting poisons from plants on the hospital grounds.  His step-mother’s murder was just the beginning of his career as a deviant killer.Join us at the quiet end for The Teacup Poisoner. Graham Young’s crimes were reprehensible, causing prolonged and miserable deaths for his victims.  But Graham was nothing if not detail-oriented.  A diary would be discovered in his home, noting dosages and the effects of each poison.
12/15/20201 hour, 22 minutes, 49 seconds
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Wondery Presents: Death of a Starlet

Nineteen eighty was going to be Dorothy Stratten’s year. Playboy’s Hugh Hefner thought it might even be her decade. She was just 20 years old, the girl next door with the shy smile and whispery voice who didn’t know her own beauty. But who was Dorothy really? And how did her rise to fame ultimately lead to her death?This is a six-part series about love, sex and murder in 1970s Hollywood when glitter pants and roller skates were all the rage, and the Playboy mansion hosted the biggest party in town.
12/8/20206 minutes, 9 seconds
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Bedroom Betrayal: The Case of Leann Fletcher

In 1999, Leann and Michael Fletcher were just beginning to grow their family as Michael was busy building his career as an attorney. That August, the couple left their daughter, Hannah, with Leann’s parents. Michael took Leann to the shooting range to teach her how to shoot a gun. Afterwards, taking advantage of the free baby-sitting, they returned home and had afternoon sex. What happened next would destroy both of their families. In the aftermath of an unexpected and shocking death, problems in the Fletcher marriage were exposed. Leann had recently learned that she was pregnant, reuniting with Michael after a lengthy separation. She had high hopes for the future. Michael had been a doting husband for the past several months, but his loving gestures had raised some eyebrows, especially those of Leann’s mother.Join us at the quiet end for Bedroom Betrayal. Was Michael Fletcher a loving father looking forward to the birth of a second child, or was he an unfaithful, lying, cold-blooded man with a long-planned scheme to get away with murder?
12/8/20201 hour, 34 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Murder of Angie Dodge

18-year old Angie Dodge had just moved into her first apartment in 1996 when her life was suddenly and violently snuffed out. In 1998, a young man named Christopher Tapp was convicted of Angie’s murder. The prosecution’s case relied on Christopher’s confession. The defense argued that the confession was coerced and that the state was ignoring DNA evidence from an unknown suspect. Angie’s heartbroken mother, Carol Dodge, was left to wonder about the suspect still at large.After years of seeking the truth, Carol Dodge watched Christopher’s confession tapes. Appalled by the interrogations, she reached out to an expert in false confessions, who in turn contacted the Innocence Project. But it would take several more years and the work of experts in DNA genealogy to find Angie’s real killer and exonerate Christopher Tapp. The use of genealogical familial searching and its success in this and other cases has exciting implications for future criminal investigations. The public has shown approval for the technique overall; however, there are privacy concerns over the use of private genetic data to implicate a person or his/her relatives in a crime.Join us at the quiet end for The Murder of Angie Dodge. By putting together a DNA profile and identifying relatives in the suspect’s family tree, genealogist CeCe Moore and a DNA consulting firm called Parabon were able to find Angie’s killer. Carol Dodge had been crucial in the exoneration of her daughter’s convicted killer Chris Tapp, casting a bright light on the failings of our criminal justice system. If not for her determination, Chris would still be an innocent man in prison as Angie’s real killer walked free.
12/1/20201 hour, 23 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Disappearance of Jennifer Dulos

Jennifer Farber Dulos was a woman to be envied. Educated and attractive, she came from a wealthy New York City family, lived in beautiful Connecticut mansions, married a handsome educated man, and had five healthy children. After 13 years of marriage to her Greek-American husband, Fotis Dulos, he became aggressive and unfaithful. He told Jennifer that he had fallen out of love with her, but he didn’t want to move out of the family home. Instead, he wanted to move his new lover and her daughter in with them. Not surprisingly, Jennifer was not on board with this plan. She moved out under the cover of the night, taking the children with her. Join us at the quiet end as we discuss the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos. When Jennifer vanished, she and Fotis were still deeply entrenched in a lengthy and intense divorce battle. As Jennifer tried to move forward and focus on her children, Fotis was realizing that he could lose custody of his children and go bankrupt. Although he denied having any involvement in his estranged wife’s disappearance, a trail of evidence revealed dark and sinister secrets.
11/24/20201 hour, 29 minutes, 18 seconds
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Mail-Order Murder: The Story of Michelle & Jonathan Nyce

New Jersey mom Michelle Nyce spent the last night of her life working the makeup counter at Macy’s, followed by a romantic tryst with her lover. When she finally arrived home, her husband was waiting for her in a jealous rage.Michelle had come all the way from the Philippines when she was just 20-years old to be the wife of 41-year old Dr. Jonathan Nyce. After 15 years of marriage, they were raising three children together in their luxurious $1.6 million home. But Jonathan, the former chief executive of a pharmaceutical company, was failing in his career and in his marriage. He was about to lose everything, including Michelle. Join us at the quiet end for Mail-Order Murder: The Story of Michelle & Jonathan Nyce. Michelle and Jonathan were an unlikely couple, but they seemed to make things work for a time. By 2004, their relationship was strained and Michelle had fallen in love with their former gardener. Was Jonathan capable of killing his pretty, young wife, or was her lover responsible for her death?
11/17/20201 hour, 35 minutes, 21 seconds
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Wondery Presents Do No Harm

Wondery (Dr. Death, Dirty John, The Shrink Next Door) and NBC News (Dateline, The Thing About Pam, Motive for Murder) present Do No Harm. The Bright family was thrust into a medical and legal system so committed to protecting vulnerable children from abuse, it failed to protect innocent parents. From the hospital room to the courtroom, we walk in the footsteps of the Bright family as they battle to keep their children and fight against a system determined to tear them apart.Listen at wondery.fm/DoNoHarm_TCBrewery
11/10/20204 minutes, 36 seconds
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Blood Pact: The Victims of Kelly Cochran

Sex is a powerful motivator. So, when 53-year old Christopher Regan became involved with younger married woman Kelly Cochran, no one was completely shocked, even though Kelly was not Chris’ type. In fact, she was quite rough around the edges, abrasive, and only minimally attractive. But she was friendly, easy, and, most importantly, willing. She seemed to have no moral concerns about cheating on her husband, but Chris would learn the hard way that she had no morals at all. When Chris disappeared in October of 2014, his family was concerned. The police decided that he had either taken his own life out in the vast forests of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula or moved away to start a new life. But one investigator, Iron River police chief Laura Frizzo, believed that Chris had been murdered.Join us at the quiet end for Blood Pact. Chris Regan’s disappearance set off an investigation into the world of Kelly and her husband, Jason. What they found included a wedding night blood pact, a chain of lies, and the horrific likelihood of a cannibalistic barbeque.
11/10/20201 hour, 21 minutes, 36 seconds
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May December Murder: Felix Polk

Sometimes a small thing in life can change everything. That’s what happened when high school student Susan Mae Bolling was sent to a psychotherapist for treatment of depression and anxiety. Her therapist, Dr. Felix Polk, was married with two children, but that didn’t stop him from beginning a sexual relationship with Susan. Susan and Felix Polk married in 1982, shortly after he divorced his wife. Despite the huge 26-year age difference, they seemed very happy. But with several years of marriage and raising three sons together, the couple had a contentious relationship. This resulted in more than one call to the police with allegations of domestic violence. Join us at the quiet end for May December Murder. When Dr. Felix Polk was found dead at age 70, their youngest son Gabriel blamed Susan. Their oldest son, Adam, called Susan “cuckoo.” And Susan herself seemed unfazed by her husband’s death, leading investigators to contend she had planned his murder for money.
11/3/20201 hour, 45 minutes, 3 seconds
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Introducing Dr. Death Season 2

If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that doctor. Between his prestigious education, years of experience and pleasant bedside manner, Fata was everything you could want in a doctor. But he was not who he appeared to be. From Wondery, this is the story of hundreds of patients in Michigan, a doctor, and a poisonous secret.Laura Beil, returns with a second season of the award-winning series “Dr Death.”Listen today at wondery.fm/DrDeathS2 TCBrewery
10/27/20204 minutes, 59 seconds
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Murder on Her Mind: Joy Aylor

Rozanne Gailiunas was smart, caring, and a devoted parent. In 1983, her marriage to physician Peter Gailiunas was on the rocks. She was in love with contractor Larry Aylor, a man also in the middle of a contentious divorce. In fact, the two were making plans to spend the rest of their lives together. Then, a little past 6 p.m. on Oct. 4, 1983, police found Rozanne murdered in her suburban home. She was bound, nude and face down on her bed. Her 4-year-old son was in the home, thankfully unharmed. Rozanne’s husband, Peter, and her lover, Larry, were the first people police wanted to speak with. Rozanne appeared to have been sexually assaulted. There were no signs of a burglary. Peter seemed to have the strongest motive, but he pointed the finger at Larry or his wife, Joy. All three had an alibi.Join us at the quiet end for Murder on Her Mind. The events leading up to the murder of Rozanne and the events that followed her death make up a complex web of lust, hatred, and greed. It would take years for police to solve the case. When the truth was finally exposed, it shocked an entire community.
10/27/20201 hour, 44 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Doctor's Wife

Heart surgeon Dr. Darryl Sutorius thought he had found a second chance at true love when he married attractive divorcee Dante Britteon. But soon after the wedding, Darryl was depressed and disillusioned. Dante wasn’t who she had claimed to be and she worked hard to alienate him from his children.Much of what Dante had told Darryl about herself were lies. Her real name was Della Hall. She was not a college graduate as she had claimed, but a high school drop-out. She had a secret daughter and grandchildren. And she had been married five times.Join us at the quiet end for the story of a man who found himself married to a complete fraud. He tried to make the marriage work in spite of it all, but Della had a history of violence. She purchased a gun and Darryl began to fear for his life. When he decided to leave and he began divorce proceedings, Della made her own evil plans to end their marriage and inherit his fortune.
10/20/20201 hour, 36 minutes, 39 seconds
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The "Dungeons & Dragons" Murder

Family life is not always rooted in love. For the blended family of Lieth and Bonnie Von Stein, life was marked by disappointments, resentment, and deep-seated hate. One summer night in 1988, Bonnie and Lieth were viscously attacked in their own bed. Daughter Angela said that she had slept through the attack. Son Christopher was away, living in student housing at North Carolina University.The primary investigation led to Christopher and his Dungeons & Dragons playing friends. During this era of satanic panic, there was a public perception that the brutal attacks were a real life manifestation of the role-playing game. At the quiet end today, we’re looking into the dark heart of family life in a small southern town. It’s a terrifying story of greed and callousness and the story of a mother forced to consider the worst about her own son.
10/13/20201 hour, 40 minutes, 55 seconds
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No Accident: The Death of Kristine Fitzhugh

When Palo Alto music teacher Kristine Fitzhugh was found in a pool of coagulated blood at the bottom of her basement stairs, her husband Ken blamed her shoes. That's right, her shoes. He had warned her over and over, he said, that those shoes were dangerous.  She must have stumbled and fallen in them.But it didn’t take long for investigators to question Ken Fitzhugh’s theory.  The position of Kristine's body and her injuries were not consistent with a fall.  And the blood evidence made Ken the primary suspect in her suspicious death.  Blood found in the Fitzhugh’s kitchen suggested that she had been attacked there.  Further inquiries exposed financial problems and an extramarital affair resulting in a pregnancy.Join us at the quiet end for No Accident: The Death of Kristine Fitzhugh.  Ken Fitzhugh denied any involvement in his wife’s death, but inconsistencies in his story and forensic examination results led to his arrest and a dramatic, highly publicized trial.
10/6/20201 hour, 37 minutes, 17 seconds
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Wondery presents Click Bait with Bachelor Nation

Everyone loves a good bit of gossip. Go inside the juiciest stories on Click Bait with Bachelor Nation. Hosts Tayshia Adams, Hannah Ann Sluss and Joe Amabile, know what it's like to live in the spotlight. They’ve seen that fame can mean being praised, adored, and sabotaged. Sometimes all in the same day! On Click Bait, they share what they’ve learned from their wild days at Bachelor Mansion to bring you a new kind of celebrity news podcast. Each week, they break down the biggest stories in pop culture -- dissecting every outrageous headline, debunking every celebrity rumor, and sorting through what’s truly Click Bait and what’s real. And with these three, the arguments about Hollywood scandals will be as dramatic as the headlines themselves.Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/ClickBait_TCB
10/1/20206 minutes, 42 seconds
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Seaworthy: Murder on Palmyra

On the remote island of Palmyra, about 970 nautical miles south of Hawaii, a series of crimes occurred against experienced sailing couple Mac and Muff Graham. A handful of other sailors spent time with the Grahams on the island, but the Grahams were eventually left alone with a desperate young couple: Stephanie Stearns and her fugitive boyfriend Lesley “Buck” Walker. Then the Grahams went missing. Soon afterward, their boat was seen at a busy marina, repainted and in the possession of Stearns and Walker. The logical conclusion was that they had stolen the Graham’s boat and murdered the couple but finding evidence and bringing Stearns and Walker to trial would take years. Join us at the quiet end for Seaworthy: Murder on Palmyra. Learning what it takes to sail the ocean on a small sailboat and survive on a deserted island has been fascinating. At the core of the case is the seaworthiness of Stearns’ and Walkers’ boat. The couple sailed to the island on a rickety boat with inadequate food and supplies. This leads to the very valid question of whether their plan from the beginning was to steal a seaworthy, well-stocked boat and murder its crew.
9/29/20201 hour, 28 minutes, 15 seconds
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Wondery Presents Even the Rich: The Kennedys

On July 19th, 1969, Senator Edward Kennedy, scion of the greatest political dynasty in modern America, drove his Oldsmobile into a pond. He escaped. But his passenger, a woman named Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned. In the days that followed, he leveraged the Kennedy political machine to shield himself from scrutiny and safeguard his presidential aspirations. As the investigation progressed, his story about the events leading up to the crash started to fall apart. Soon he faced accusations that not even the Kennedys could overcome. This season of Even the Rich tells the story of Chappaquiddick, listen now at wonderyfm/truecrimebrewery ETR
9/15/20205 minutes, 34 seconds
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Journey to Justice: An Interview with Jeffrey Deskovic

In 2006, Jeffrey Deskovic’s indictment charging him with the rape and murder of a high school classmate was dismissed on the grounds of actual innocence. Post conviction DNA testing proved his innocence.  It also identified the real killer.When a classmate of 16-year old Jeffrey was found raped and murdered in a local park, he was upset.  The police said his behavior seemed odd. They were suspicious of him because he was late for school the day after the murder and he seemed “overly distraught” about the death of a girl who was not even a close friend.  Jeffrey was questioned at length and eventually manipulated into giving a false confession.Since his release from prison, Jeffrey has earned his law degree and established the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, devoting his life to fighting wrongful convictions and helping those exonerated to reclaim their lives.Join us at the quiet end for the story of Jeffrey Deskovic.  Dick was able to be in touch with Mr. Deskovic for an interview recently.  We hope you will find what he had to say as fascinating as we did.
9/15/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 26 seconds
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Introducing TRUE

Introducing TRUE - A podcast that features the strange, unique, and often wacky side of criminality. These are the stories that will make you wonder if they came from Hollywood - or if Hollywood took it from them.
9/8/20203 minutes, 18 seconds
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Doomsday Parents Part Two: Chad & Lori Daybell

For today’s episode, we’re diving back into the murky waters of the Lori Vallow Daybell and Chad Daybell case. Last week, we went over the marriages, families, strange religious beliefs, disappearances, and untimely deaths. This week, we’re delving deeper into everything and talking about what has happened since Lori and Chad’s shocking November 2019 wedding.Join us at the quiet end for Doomsday Parents Part Two. There’s still a lot to learn about this case as we await forensic examination results, but there’s a lot already known for us to discuss, debate, and consider.
9/8/20201 hour, 33 minutes, 29 seconds
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Doomsday Parents Part One: Chad & Lori Daybell

Normally, when we talk about parents who have a missing child, we’re talking about distressed, loving parents who will do anything to find their child. But in the case of missing children Tylee Ryan and J.J. Vallow, we’re delving into new and unimaginable territory.The lives of J.J. and Tylee’s mother, Lori Vallow, and their stepfather, Chad Daybell, have been suffused by drama and multiple deaths. As more is discovered about the couple’s deranged religious doctrine and ongoing deceit, they are exposed as more evil than righteous or spiritual.Today’s episode is part one in our two-part series Doomsday Parents. As Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow face multiple charges in court, the loved ones of the many lives lost in their wake are left to grieve and try to find a way to move forward. This may very well be the most complicated case we’ve ever researched. Please join us at the quiet end as we delve into this real-life horror story.
9/1/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Good Wife: Carol Neulander

Carol Neulander was a mother, a business owner, and the wife of respected Rabbi Fred Neulander. On most Tuesdays, she drove home with the receipts from her popular bakeries, carrying thousands of dollars in her purse. Then came the Tuesday evening when two men showed up at her front door.Join us at the quiet end for The Good Wife: Carol Neulander. While Carol devoted herself to her home, her children, her business, and their temple community, Rabbi Fred Neulander was having sex with other women. But did Fred’s infidelity mean that he was capable of making his wife a target for murder? Forensic evidence was scarce, but a strong circumstantial case would be put together over time.
8/25/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 28 seconds
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His Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: The Murder of Sherri Rasmussen

Sherri Rasmussen had everything going for her.  She was smart, athletic, and beautiful. She graduated high school at age 16, breezed through college, and landed a prestigious job as a hospital director of nursing in her late 20s.In 1985, Sherri married the man of her dreams. Three months later, she was found murdered in her own home. The scene looked like a robbery gone terribly wrong, but after 23 years, DNA evidence pointed to someone who had reason to want Sherri dead, someone who also had the expertise needed to successfully stage the crime scene.Join us at the quiet end for His Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: The Murder of Sherri Rasmussen.  When detectives reexamined Sherri’s cold case file in 2009, DNA testing pointed to a female suspect.  Then detectives came across a report of a woman who had harassed Sherri at her job shortly before the murder, a woman currently working for the LAPD. The burglary theory was dropped, and the case was reinvestigated. The identity of Sherri’s killer was shocking, but Sherri’s family questioned whether the police department was either incompetent or corrupt in not pursuing one of their own as Sherri’s killer years earlier.
8/18/20201 hour, 35 minutes, 49 seconds
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Cyberstalked: Cari Lea Farver

In November of 2012, Cari Lea Farver just up and left everything behind: her new boyfriend, her job, and even her son. This was not like Cari, who was a responsible worker, a reliable friend, and a devoted mom. Then an alarming string of texts from Cari’s phone set everyone on edge.Cari’s new boyfriend, Dave Kroupa, was surprised by her abrupt change of heart, but he had only known her for two weeks. After Cari missed her son’s high school graduation and her own father’s funeral, her mother, Nancy, was certain that the person communicating with her by text was not her daughter at all. Join us at the quiet end for Cyberstalked: Cari Lea Farver. As Cari’s family members worried about her, Dave Kroupa believed she was stalking him and his on-again off-again lover, Liz Golyar. Dave and Liz reported break-ins, arson, and death threats, as obscene messages from Cari’s phone and social media accounts poured in. Over a three-year time period, thousands of these messages were received. Not until the past of a sociopathic killer was exposed and digital forensics were utilized was the truth behind Cari’s disappearance brought into the light.
8/11/20201 hour, 56 minutes, 21 seconds
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Secrets & Lies: Solving the Murders of Katherine and Sheila Lyon

Law enforcement interrogation is a real skill, but much of it has been questioned in recent years with instances of botched police investigations and false confessions. When police have little forensic evidence, as is the case with many cold cases, witness interviews and suspect interrogations can be crucial in solving a case. But how far should detectives go for a confession?The disappearance of Sheila and Katherine Lyon from a Maryland mall in March 1975 went unsolved until detectives in 2013 came across a six-page statement made by 18-year-old Lloyd Welch back in April of 1975. At the time of the disappearances, Welch had contacted the police to say that he had witnessed the girls’ abduction. Detectives in 1975 dismissed his elaborate story as an attempt to gain attention and play the hero. Thirty-eight years later, new investigators thought that Lloyd could be an actual witness or even the man responsible for abducting the girls.Join us at the quiet end for Secrets & Lies: Solving the Murders of Katherine and Sheila Lyon. It took detectives multiple interviews to get a confession from Welch, pulling new details from him like teeth and calling him out on his recurring lies. Today, we’ll review interviews to get a closer look into the mind of Lloyd Welch, the horrors of his dysfunctional extended family, and how the Lyon sisters fell victim to this sadistic pedophile.
8/4/20201 hour, 31 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Disappearance of Heather Elvis

Heather Elvis was just 20-years old when she disappeared on a Tuesday night just one week before Christmas. Heather was kind and clever. She knew what it was like to work hard and she liked to have fun. She never would have disappeared from her family without explanation.When Heather’s father, Terry, was notified that her car had been abandoned at South Carolina’s picturesque Peachtree Landing, he knew that something was terribly wrong. As a policeman opened her car’s trunk, Terry was terrified of what he would find. Join us at the quiet end for The Disappearance of Heather Elvis. The search for Heather led investigators through hundreds of phone calls and texts, reels of CCTV footage, and into the lives and motivations of one very strange, sinister couple.
7/21/20201 hour, 37 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Delphi Murders: Abby Williams & Libby German

Good friends 13-year old Abby Williams and 14-year-old Libby German had a day off from school on Monday, February 13, 2017.  At around noon, they decided to visit a local hiking trail.  But when Libby’s father showed up at 3pm to pick up the girls, they weren’t there. By 5:30pm, the police were called and a search began.The next day, the girls’ bodies were found less than a mile away.  Despite having a video and audio of the suspected killer from Libby’s Snapchat account and two sketches from witnesses in the area, investigators have still not found the man responsible for their murders.Join us at the quiet end for a discussion on the Delphi murders.  Three years have passed since Abby and Libby were killed, but the case remains a mystery in spite of what seems like the best evidence.Anyone with information is requested to contact the Delphi Homicide Tipline at 844-459-5786. All information will be taken and followed up on by investigators. All callers may remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted online via [email protected].
7/14/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 33 seconds
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Something Wicked: The Murders of Susan, Karen, & Michael Reinert

Susan Reinert was an English teacher at Upper Merion Area High School in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, when she began dating fellow English teacher William Bradfield. Bradfield was charismatic. In fact, Susan left her husband to carry on a secret relationship with him. On June 25, 1989, Susan’s naked body was found in her car in a hotel parking lot near Philadelphia's "Main Line” and her two children, Karen and Michael, were nowhere to be found. An investigation by state police and the FBI centered on William Bradfield and the school principal Dr. John Smith, who would be revealed as a sadist with a passion for pornography, illicit drugs, and violence.Join us at the quiet end for Something Wicked. It’s been 30 years since William Bradfield and Dr. John Smith were exposed as cruel and deviant men, but this is a case that never fails to fascinate or invite debate.
7/7/20201 hour, 31 minutes, 28 seconds
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A Murder in Junior High

Oxnard, California is a town like many towns across the United States. Oxnard has its share of institutional racism and gender hate, but no one would have expected one junior high student to murder another in cold blood. Growing up transgender, biracial, and in an abusive home, Leticia King had many challenges in life. At age 15, Leticia was struggling to find herself. She was identifying as a female and asking her classmates to stop calling her Larry and begin calling her Leticia. Leticia was adopted as a toddler boy. As she reached adolescence, child abuse in her adopted home resulted in placement in a shelter for abused and neglected children. In the shelter, she found a supportive and accepting environment. At school, she was teased, ostracized, and bullied. But Leticia was strong and self-empowered. She refused to hide who she was from her classmates. Some of her peers didn’t like that. One of these peers was 14-year-old Brandon McInerney. Brandon was raised in a home where abuse, illegal drugs, and weapons were commonplace. Join us at the quiet end for A Murder in Junior High. When interactions between Leticia and Brandon resulted in a shocking murder, parents, teachers, and community leaders all shared in responsibility. Opinions and debates on the crime made one thing clear: gender identification and the behavior of teenage males are topics which are long overdue for society-wide discussions.
6/30/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 42 seconds
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Just a Girl: The Life and Death of Tina Fontaine

The story of Tina Fontaine’s life belongs to her and her family, but it parallels many others in Indigenous communities. Her struggle for stability, the promises not kept, and the sexual exploitation she endured meant that Tina experienced more trauma and pain than most people could imagine. Because of situations beyond her control, Tina needed housing, health, and educational services that were not easily accessed. In the last years of her life, poverty, homelessness, and drug use led her into life threatening situations on an almost daily basis. All of this by the time she was 15-years-old. Today, at the quiet end, we’re telling Tina’s story. After all, Tina was just a girl. She was a girl with hopes and dreams, just like our daughters. But Tina was left vulnerable to dangerous predators. Why was no one able or willing to protect or defend her?
6/23/20201 hour, 31 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Hart Family Tragedy

The family portrayed on social media by Jennifer Hart seemed perfect. She and her wife, Sarah, were a progressive and loving couple with six adopted black children. Pictures on Facebook showed two moms giving their disadvantaged children a better life. Never mind that the pictures looked posed and the children were rail thin.Real life for the Hart children was far from perfect. A trail of abuse followed the family from Minnesota, to Oregon, to Washington, until Jennifer Hart drove the family’s SUV off a California cliff. Join us at the quiet end for The Hart Family Tragedy. This case is a disturbing example of unchecked child abuse, failures in the foster care and adoption system, and a society that doesn’t value children enough to intervene on their behalf. In the final analysis, Jen and Sarah Hart were responsible for the children’s deaths, but that doesn’t mean that there was no way the tragedy could have been prevented.
6/16/20201 hour, 38 minutes, 4 seconds
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Phoebe's Fall: The Unexplained Death of Phoebe Handsjuk

On December 2, 2010, 24-year-old Phoebe Handsjuk was found dead on the floor of her apartment building’s garbage compactor room. Her death was slow and painful as she bled to death, alone and in pain, on the dirty floor. Now, nearly 10 years have passed, and her family is still searching for answers. This was a strange way to die. How and why Phoebe died that day has become a complex narrative of alcohol and drug abuse, domestic discord, police incompetence, and alleged cover-ups.Join us at the quiet end for Phoebe’s Fall. This is the story of a vibrant but troubled young woman whose violent death has left a veil of sadness, frustration and suspicion over everyone who knew her.
6/2/20201 hour, 26 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Case Against Wendi Mae Davidson

Wendi Mae Davidson excelled in school and succeeded in her career, but her personal life was always a mess.  Wendi had a habit of either choosing the wrong men or sabotaging her relationships.  Unfortunately, her parents enabled her unstable and selfish behavior.After two unplanned pregnancies, Wendi married 24-year old Air Force officer Michael Severance. Mike was a nice guy, less educated than Wendi, but hard-working and responsible.  For a while, it seemed like the marriage could work. Then, just one day before they were due to visit Mike’s family on the other side of the country, Mike vanished.Join us at the quiet end for The Case Against Wendi Mae Davidson.  It would take months for investigators to find Mike, but analysis of Wendi’s internet searches and GPS tracking of her vehicle would lead to her arrest.
5/26/20201 hour, 18 minutes, 12 seconds
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Indecency: The Murders of Lesley Howell & Trevor Buchanan

In a small, quiet seaside town in 1991, the bodies of young nurse Lesley Howell and police officer, Trevor Buchanan, were found in a car filled with carbon monoxide. Lesley wore headphones playing her favorite Christian music. She was surrounded by family photos. These deaths stunned the community and broke the hearts of family members. What would cause these devout Baptists and parents of young children to take their own lives?Lesley and Trevor did have one common struggle: Their spouses were involved in a lengthy love affair. Both deeply religious, Lesley’s husband Colin played his role as a family man and a well-liked dentist while Hazel Buchanan lived her life as a teacher, a wife and a mother. But they were living a lie.The depravity and hypocrisy of this affair was a painful reality for Lesley and Trevor, but not everyone was convinced that they had resorted to a suicide pact. Not until a surprise confession nearly twenty years later would the horrible truth come to light.Join us at the quiet end for Indecency. Infidelity is not a crime, but what this affair led to was one of the most twisted and memorable crimes in Ireland’s history.
5/19/20201 hour, 32 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Pretender: Dean Faiello

Maria Cruz was a perfect example of the American dream fulfilled. Growing up in the Philippines, she moved to New York in 1992, received her M.B.A. from Fordham University, and took a job as a senior credit analyst. On Palm Sunday, April 13, 2003, Maria attended mass at St. Malachy’s Church. She stopped by her office that afternoon, excited about an appointment she had later that day for a cosmetic laser procedure.When Maria didn’t show up for work that Monday or Tuesday, everyone agreed that it was not like her to miss work without calling. On Wednesday, the police were called to her apartment, but there was no sign of Maria. It would take months before detectives searched her emails and ran a check on her laser specialist, Dean Faiello, uncovering his lengthy criminal history.Join us at the quiet end for The Pretender. Dean Faiello had looks, intelligence, and charm, but Maria’s disappearance would reveal that he lacked a conscience.
5/12/20201 hour, 33 minutes, 1 second
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Eight Million Reasons to Kill: The Ewell Family Murders

Dale Ewell worked hard to give his children all of the advantages he didn’t have as a child.  His wife, Glee, provided a loving home, staying home with their daughter Tiffany and son Dana, and showering them with attention as well as possessions.Growing up with every advantage, Dana Ewell didn’t appreciate what he was given. He always wanted more.  He didn’t inherit his parents’ strong work ethic, but wanted everything handed to him, all the while acting like he was a successful businessman in his own right.On April 19th, 1992, the Ewell’s home was robbed. Two days later, the housekeeper found the house torn apart, with three dead bodies sprawled across the floors.  Join us at the quiet end for Eight Million Reasons to Kill. We all want to give our children the best things in life, but this may have backfired for Glee and Dale Ewell.
5/5/20201 hour, 20 minutes, 34 seconds
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Until Death: Raynella Leath

When things didn’t go the way Raynella Leath wanted, she could be calculating and vicious. But she could also be quite charming. After attempting to kill a man who considered her a friend, and after two husbands died suspicious deaths, the people where she lived in Solway, Tennessee wondered about Raynella. Many feared her and even warned others not to cross her.Raynella is a grandmother, formally married to a state prosecutor. She is well-off, well-educated, and a former director of nursing. It took years for her to go to trial for murder but, despite a conviction, she is now a free woman.Join us at the quiet end for Until Death, a complex story of a justice system influenced by money and privilege and a woman who may had gotten away with murder twice.
4/28/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 5 seconds
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Wondery Presents American Scandal

Join Lindsay Graham, the host of Wondery’s show American Scandal as he dives deep into the heart of the most shocking moments of fraud and deception in American history. In this six-part series “The Hare Krishna Murders” he explores an eastern religion with pure intentions that, in the hands of its western followers, became a criminal enterprise of drug running, molestation and murder. For the full episode go to wondery.fm/truecrimebreweryAS
4/22/20205 minutes, 58 seconds
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Hunger: The Starvation Heights Murders

With little medical training and no scientific basis for her treatments, Dr. Linda Hazzard was able to attract many wealthy clients to her Institute of Natural Therapeutics in Olalla, Washington.  Dorothea and Claire Williamson, wealthy sisters from England, read Dr. Hazzard’s book “Fasting for the Cure to Disease” and believed it was their path to true health.Two months after starting treatment, Dorothea and Claire each weighed about 70 pounds.  By the time family members were summoned to the institute, Claire was dead and Dorothea weighed 50 pounds.  She was unable to care for herself as she endured starvation, daily enemas and beatings.  In addition, Dr. Hazzard had been appointed the executor of Claire’s estate and the legal guardian of Dorothea.  Investigations revealed that Dr. Hazzard was responsible for the deaths of many of her patients.Join us at the quiet end for a story of greed and sadism in a time when pseudoscience and questionable medical practices went virtually unchecked.  In today’s episode, Hunger, we will try to understand the mentality that led otherwise sensible people to believe in Dr. Hazzard, even as she slowly killed them.
4/21/20201 hour, 30 minutes, 1 second
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The Girl Who Loved to Dance

Kim Barry loved to dance and she had plans to train as a nurse. Living with her parents in a suburb of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia, she cared for disabled children in preparation for her future career. On Friday night, February 6, 1981, Kim’s parents left town overnight, leaving her in charge of her little brother. Kim was usually very responsible, but she also wanted to enjoy her freedom that night. After going to a movie with a girlfriend, the two girls headed to the local disco. Her friend left early, but Kim stayed on to dance and drink some wine. She was last seen chatting with a man named Graham Potter. Join us at the quiet end for The Girl Who Loved to Dance. Kim was a kind girl with simple dreams of a nursing career and a family of her own, until one night of freedom put her into the hands of a killer.
4/14/20201 hour, 25 minutes, 40 seconds
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Finding Amy St. Laurent

Amy St. Laurent went out on a Saturday night and seemed to vanish into thin air. As parents, this is our worst nightmare. Amy was a sensible, smart young woman who knew how to take care of herself, but one bad choice put her into the path of a violent predator. In the search for Amy, detectives had to deal with uncooperative witnesses, inaccurate stories, and a suspect who wove a complex web of lies. As time passed with no sign of Amy, her family had to accept a terrible fact: Amy was never coming home.Join us at the quiet end today for Finding Amy St. Laurent. What happened to Amy is, tragically, something that happens all too often. Sometimes, a monster presents himself as a charming and fun guy while out in the public eye. Then, when he isolates his victim and his violent and murderous true self emerges, it is too late to escape.
4/7/20201 hour, 35 minutes, 45 seconds
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Boys Do Cry: The Brandon Teena Story

Brandon Teena was a female to male transgender person born into a homophobic culture. As we discuss Brandon’s life growing up in rural Nebraska in the 1970s and 80s, it’s difficult to conceive of the difficulties he faced. Looking back, you can see how his life spiraled out of control as he attempted to navigate relationships and endured abuse, judgment and disapproval.Join us at the quiet end today for what we hope will be an insightful look at the struggles of a young transgender person and the hate crime that took his life, in Boys Do Cry: The Brandon Teena Story.
3/31/20201 hour, 52 minutes, 42 seconds
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Justice Denied: The Death of Nancy Sonnenfeld

Kurt Sonnenfeld has been in the news for nearly 18 years, both for the death of his wife Nancy and for being an outspoken 9/11 “truther.”  As a videographer for FEMA, Kurt put together footage of the 9/11 disaster for media outlets around the world. On CNN, he spoke of the heroics of the recovery workers under tragic circumstances.  But, back at home, Kurt was a very troubled man.Nancy Sonnenfeld died on January 1, 2002 under suspicious circumstances.  When it looked like Kurt might be prosecuted for her murder, he fled the country.  Since then, he has remarried and developed a new narrative about his work and Nancy’s death.Join us at the quiet end today for Justice Denied.  The death of Nancy Sonnenfeld has been determined, by scientists and investigators, to be a murder.  But will her loved ones ever get a chance for justice for Nancy?
3/17/20201 hour, 41 minutes, 22 seconds
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A Lovely Drink: The Disappearance of Lynette Dawson

It’s been nearly 40 years since young wife and mother Lynette Dawson disappeared from her New South Wales home. Lynette’s last known conversation was with her mother. On the morning of January 8, 1982, her mother called to plan an outing to a local beach. Lynette agreed, but she was nowhere to be found when her mother arrived.Over the years, as Lynette remained missing, suspicions landed on her husband, Chris Dawson. His behavior leading up to and following his wife’s disappearance was improper and offensive. Lynette was not reported missing for six weeks and she was quickly replaced by his teen-aged lover. Still, the investigation did not lead to any arrests. Finally, the case was reopened in 2015. Investigators gathered evidence for a case against Lynette’s husband and a true crime podcast “Teacher’s Pet,” put together the case with witness interviews and well-supported theories. Join us at the quiet end today for A Lovely Drink. This is a cold case, surrounded by years of deception and speculation, that may finally be approaching a conclusion.
3/10/20201 hour, 32 minutes, 52 seconds
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Her Dark Plans: Stacey Castor

Stacey Castor was a recent widow suspected of two murders when her eldest daughter Ashley was hospitalized following an apparent suicide attempt. While some looked at Stacey with sympathy, others thought she was evil, a woman who was alone responsible for the tragedies in her life.The story of Stacey Castor’s life, her relationships, and her losses is a complex and twisted narrative. After it all played out, she would be exposed as a heartless, calculating killer. Join us at the quiet end today for Her Dark Plans: Stacey Castor. After getting away with one murder, Stacey Castor became comfortable with eliminating anyone who got in the way of what she wanted. Her murderous plots knew no boundaries, not even the lives of the children she claimed to love.
3/3/20201 hour, 19 minutes, 49 seconds
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Searching for Summer Shipp

Summer Shipp reinvented herself after her divorce, but she always had a big heart and a lively, idealistic personality. When she disappeared in 2004, she was happy with her life. She had a close relationship with her adult daughter, Brandy, and she had a large group of friends. Money was tight, but she was as far from materialistic as one can be.Summer liked her job doing market research. She had autonomy and she loved to meet new people and learn about them. But her company sent her out on her own, going door to door, sometimes in rough neighborhoods. Her friends and family worried, but she had no concerns.Join us at the quiet end for Searching for Summer Shipp. This is a case where many of the questions have been answered, but will her loved ones ever have a true resolution?
2/25/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 21 seconds
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A Killer on the Road: The Abduction of Samantha Koenig

Most of our TCB episodes deal with the intricacies of family, friend, or co-worker relationships, where different personalities and vulnerabilities come together in one tragic act of murder. But what about the less common but often more perplexing cases of random killings?American serial killer Israel Keyes was arrested in 2012 in connection with the disappearance of Alaskan woman Samantha Koenig. Samantha was a young woman much like our friends, sisters, and daughters, working as a coffee shop barista and enjoying time with her boyfriend and her friends. Needless to say, her disappearance was alarming and devastating to her community. But after Keyes arrest down in Texas, the alarm and devastation spread to the lower United States as interviews with Keyes revealed a lengthy history of crime, along with an unknown number of victims. Join us at the quiet end today for A Killer on the Road: The Abduction of Samantha Koenig. It was Samantha’s kidnapping which finally led to the capture of a dangerous predator, ending over a decade of grisly crimes.
2/18/20201 hour, 21 minutes, 40 seconds
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Betrayed & Buried: The McStay Family

In February, 2010, Joseph McStay, his wife, Summer, and their young sons, Gianni and Joseph Jr., disappeared from their Fallbrook, California home. Days later, their SUV was found abandoned in a parking lot near the Mexican border. A dark and fuzzy surveillance video was released which seemed to show a family matching their descriptions walking across the border into Mexico. The media speculated about reasons why the family would leave everything behind as McStay family and friends swore it was impossible.Then, in 2013, the disappearance became a homicide investigation. But who would be evil enough to kill an entire family, including a 3 and a 4-year old, and what was the motive?Join us at the quiet end today for Betrayed & Buried. We’re taking you back to February 4, 2010, as we follow the McStay family’s story all the way from their mysterious disappearance to the trial of their killer.
2/11/20201 hour, 27 minutes, 11 seconds
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In His Own Home: The Ted Ammon Story

When handsome, wealthy investment banker Ted Ammon missed a Monday morning business meeting and failed to pick up his children from school, friends were concerned. Ted was nothing if not reliable. He had spent the weekend at his East Hampton home, so his business partner took a helicopter ride to his estate to see what Ted was up to.Ted had really stood out as an athletic guy who loved his kids and his three dogs. But Ted had been going through a lengthy, nasty divorce and child custody battle. His wife was universally believed to be a difficult woman and she was dating a man with a criminal history. Join us at the quiet end today for In His Own Home: The Ted Ammon Story. This story shows us how even the most perfect-looking among us has struggles and unexpected dangers in their lives that may lead to tragic endings.
2/4/20201 hour, 28 minutes, 37 seconds
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A Mother's Love: The Death of Morgan Reid

Brandon Michael Reid was in and out of hospitals from infancy. His mother, Tanya, a devoted mother and part-time nurse, seemed to take her son’s illnesses in stride. But when a pattern emerged suggesting Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, Brandon Michael was put into foster care. Then, an investigation into Tanya’s past revealed a very disturbing history.Join us at the quiet end today for A Mother’s Love as we examine a case of serial child abuse perpetrated in multiple states by an unlikely suspect.
1/28/20201 hour, 56 minutes, 52 seconds
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Stolen Lives: The Skelton Brothers

On the day after Thanksgiving in 2010, Tanya Zuvers reported her three young sons missing from her home in Morenci, Michigan. Her husband was supposed to bring the boys back to her on Friday morning, but he never did. The couple had been living apart and planned to divorce. Andrew, 9, Alexander, 7, and Tanner, just 5-years old, had spent Thanksgiving Day with their father, John Skelton. When Tanya tried to get them back the next morning, John told her that they were with a friend of his. John turned up at a hospital following an apparent suicide attempt.In the years since, family and authorities have searched for the Skelton boys without success. John Skelton has refused to disclose their whereabouts. As time passes, the chances that the boys will be found alive continue to dwindle.Today at the quiet end, we’re discussing the details of the Skelton case and the possibilities of what happened to these three young boys. In Stolen Lives: The Skelton Brothers, we will go over the family history and the timeline of events in an effort to better understand what happened and if anything can be done to bring these boys home.
1/21/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 24 seconds
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Vanished: Kelsey Berreth

Mom and skilled pilot Kelsey Berreth was last seen on Thanksgiving Day, 2018.  After not hearing from her daughter for over a week, her mother Cheryl Berreth reported Kelsey missing.  Authorities contacted Kelsey’s fiancé, Patrick Frazee, but he said he hadn’t seen Kelsey either and that the two had recently broken up.As the search for Kelsey began, police investigated Frazee and learned about another woman in his life, Krystal Lee Kenney.  The story eventually told by Kenney exposed a months-long plot leading up to a horrific crime.Join us at the quiet end today for a closer look into the disappearance of 29-year old Kelsey Berreth.  The details of this crime, along with its planning and cover up, has left her family heartbroken and many people wondering if there is any true justice for Kelsey.
1/14/20201 hour, 16 minutes, 2 seconds
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Gone From Home: The Disappearance of Susan Mcfarland

Susan McFarland, a hard-working mother of three, disappeared just before Thanksgiving in 2002. Three days later, her car was found in an abandoned parking lot with the keys still in the ignition. Her friends and family hoped that Sue had just gone off to have some time alone. But investigators became suspicious of foul play based on her husband’s unusual behavior both before and after Sue’s disappearance.Join us at the quiet end today for Gone From Home: The Disappearance of Susan McFarland. There is an interesting story here about the lives of a family under emotional and financial distress and three young children who lost the only stable parent they had.
12/31/20191 hour, 34 minutes, 26 seconds
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Fatal Attraction: The Murder of Betty Jeanne Solomon

Today’s crime has been compared to the 1987 film “Fatal Attraction” starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas. Calling the murder of Betty Jeanne Solomon “The Fatal Attraction Murder” was good for headlines, but if you were to ask Carolyn Warmus, she would probably tell you there were no similarities at all.Carolyn was a young, attractive elementary school teacher living in New York City when she became involved with the older, married Paul Solomon. Paul would say that Carolyn stalked him and threatened her own life when he tried to break things off. The murder of Paul’s wife in the Solomon home was both brutal and shocking. Paul was the prime suspect, but as the facts came to light, the focus turned to Carolyn.Join us at the quiet end today for Fatal Attraction, a gripping story of lust, obsession, and murder.
12/24/20191 hour, 32 minutes, 27 seconds
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Broken Boy: The Jaidyn Leskie Story

12/17/20191 hour, 43 minutes, 5 seconds
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What Happened on Horton Road?

Kelly Ann Tinyes was just two days shy of her 14th birthday when she disappeared in her own neighborhood in 1989. In the days that followed, children stopped playing outside. Terrified neighbors began a harassment campaign of the Golubs, a family whose two sons were suspects.The Golub home appeared like any other well-maintained suburban home on the outside, but what police found inside was shocking. This story shows us how we don’t know our neighbors as well as we think we do and how the secrets inside of a family can fester and proliferate, infecting others.Join us at the quiet end today for What Happened on Horton Road, a troubling and morbid case of two families, one suburban neighborhood, and one unforgettable crime.
12/3/20191 hour, 30 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Good Son: The Murder of Barbara Daly Baekeland

11/26/20191 hour, 25 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Girl on the Train Tracks

In a rundown two-story house in Findley, Ohio, 24-year old Vera Jo Reigle was a prisoner and a slave. The story behind how Vera ended up in such a terrible circumstance is complicated and disturbing. At the heart of the story is the Brooks family, a family engaged in generational abuse and criminal activity. Join us at the quiet end for The Girl on the Train Tracks. The tragedy of this story is how many people turned a blind eye to torture and abuse, allowing unspeakable crimes to occur unchecked.
11/19/20191 hour, 20 minutes, 38 seconds
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Unthinkable: The Trials of Alice Crimmins

Long before there was a Susan Smith or a Casey Anthony, there was Alice Crimmins. When the New York housewife called the police to report her two young children missing in the summer of 1965, the focus was on her custody battle with her estranged husband and the children’s father, Edmund Crimmins.When it came out that Alice had been having sex with multiple men and that she was less than ideal as a mother, the case became a media circus. With two trials filled with bombshell testimony and courtroom theatrics, Alice got years of attention and seemed to dodge punishment. In all of the craziness, the lives of little Missy and Eddie Crimmins seemed to take a backseat. But it is the memories of the two children which will stay with us and all of those who followed the case, because what happened to them is, truly, unthinkable.
11/12/20191 hour, 31 minutes, 42 seconds
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Fire Starter: John Leonard Orr

The shocking story of arson investigator John Leonard Orr began in 1984.  A fire in a Pasadena, California, hardware store killed four people, including a 2-year-old child.  Arson investigators examined the ruins and determined that the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction.  All except John Orr. He was convinced that the cause was arson. […]
11/5/20191 hour, 45 minutes, 30 seconds
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Blood Money: The Murder of Taylor Samson

22-year old Taylor Samson left his fraternity on the night of August 15, 2015.  He had only his cell phone and a large black duffel bag as he walked out the door, telling his girlfriend he would be back soon.  She knew that he had been dealing drugs, but Taylor tried to keep his life […]
10/29/20191 hour, 17 minutes, 30 seconds
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Those They Left Behind: The Victims of Roy Melanson

Michele Wallace was a freelance photographer who disappeared hiking in Colorado in 1974.  She was a free spirit, a pretty and adventurous 25-year old woman with long dark hair she wore in two thick braids. It was late August when Michele told her parents she was going on a backpacking trip with her dog in […]
10/22/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 28 seconds
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Bathtub Girls: A Story of Matricide

When two teenaged sisters were arrested for murdering their 43-year old mother in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, the community was shocked.  Shock was followed by outrage when it came out that many of their friends had been aware of the murder plot.  Some had even offered advice on the best way to kill their […]
10/15/20191 hour, 33 minutes, 21 seconds
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Into Clinton Lake: The Amanda Hamm Story

When Amanda Hamm’s three young children drowned in Clinton lake in 2003, the incident was compared to the Susan Smith case.  Amanda and her live-in boyfriend, Maurice LaGrone Jr., were in the front seat of Amanda’s 1997 Cutlass when it went into the lake from the boat ramp.  Amanda and Maurice escaped the shallow water, […]
10/8/20191 hour, 37 minutes, 53 seconds
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Disassociated: Christian Longo

Christian Michael Longo was married at age nineteen and was a father of three by the time he was twenty-six.  Originally from Michigan and raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, Longo did not adapt well to his life as a husband and father.  His wife, MaryJane, stayed home with their children while Longo was expected to […]
10/1/20191 hour, 32 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Suitcase Murder

Bill and Melanie McGuire were an attractive couple in their thirties.  They had two young sons, two successful careers, and they had just closed on a $500,000 home when Bill disappeared.  Melanie told their friends that they had fought on the night they had closed on their new home.  Bill had physically attacked her and […]
9/24/20191 hour, 38 minutes, 51 seconds
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A Serial Killer in Paradise

The disappearance of 53-year old Cher Hughes from her paradise-like home set off an investigation that led to the search for a serial killer in Panama in 2010. Cher had moved with her husband Keith to Bocas del Toro, Panama, to live out her dream on their own private island. But, after she and Keith […]
9/17/20191 hour, 15 minutes, 44 seconds
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Nebraska Joyride: The Murders of Sharmon & Wayne Stock

After middle-aged couple Wayne and Sharmon Stock were brutally killed in their Nebraska farmhouse, police decided that a family member was behind their murder.  A nephew confessed and implicated his cousin as his accomplice.  But they still needed some physical evidence. Enter forensics investigator David Kofoed.  Kofoed found a spot of blood underneath the dashboard […]
9/10/20191 hour, 21 minutes
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The Search for Gina Renee Hall

Gina Renee Hall experienced more pain in her 18 years than most of us do in our lifetimes.  As a young child, she suffered severe burns. As a result, she went through multiple surgeries and was left with disfiguring scars. You might think that she would have been bitter and isolated herself from the world.  But […]
8/27/20191 hour, 32 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Long Island Serial Killer

Long Island has a dark and terrible secret: the infamous Long Island Serial Killer – also known as the Gilgo Beach Killer. This still unidentified killer is responsible for the murder of over 10 women and one man, all whose remains were dumped along the Ocean Parkway. In December of 2010, the Suffolk County Police […]
8/20/20191 hour, 23 minutes, 24 seconds
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What Happened to Mitrice Richardson?

Mitrice Richardson was released from the Lost Hills Sheriff department in Malibu, California, in the middle of the night without her phone, money, or transportation on September 17, 2009.  She had been arrested hours earlier after behaving strangely at an upscale restaurant. She was unable to pay her dinner bill and the restaurant staff were […]
8/13/20191 hour, 33 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Elimination of Heather Strong

Heather Strong was a 26-year old waitress and mother, trying to make ends meet, when she disappeared in 2009. Heather had lived a difficult life which had only gotten worse when she became involved with Joshua Fulgham and Emilia Carr. Joshua was in on-again off-again relationships with both Heather and Emilia. When Heather went missing, […]
8/12/20191 hour, 22 minutes, 17 seconds
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Out to Sea: The Life & Death of Anne Marie Fahey

Anne Marie Fahey was a secretary to the Governor of Delaware when she disappeared in 1996. Anne Marie had been having an affair with a married man—an affair she had ended. But her ex-lover, Thomas Capano, was not a man who took no for an answer. In fact, he had been stalking Anne Marie for […]
7/30/20191 hour, 13 minutes, 20 seconds
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His Alibi: The Murder of Michelle Young

Michelle and Jason Young lived in a suburb outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. They had a two-year-old daughter named Cassidy and Michelle was five months pregnant with their second child. By all accounts, theirs was not a happy marriage. Jason had several affairs and spent a lot of time on the road for business. On […]
7/23/20192 hours, 14 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Disappearance of Jessica O'Grady

When 19-year old Jessica O’Grady stopped answering her phone on May 11, 2006, her friends and family worried. She had left to see her boyfriend late the night before and hadn’t been seen since. Jessica had recently found out that she was pregnant. Her boyfriend, Chris Edwards, had another girlfriend, Michelle, who was also pregnant. […]
7/9/20191 hour, 17 minutes, 56 seconds
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Heart Stopper: The Death of Greg de Villers

Kristin Rossum and Greg de Villers were newlyweds who seemed to have a bright future ahead of them. But sometimes things are not what they seem. Beneath the surface, their relationship was poisoned by lies, addiction and betrayal. Kristin was a toxicologist at the medical examiner’s office. She may have appeared to be professional and […]
7/2/20191 hour, 38 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Lady in the Box: The Story of Wife Killer John David Smith

John David Smith married his second wife, Fran, in 1990. While confined to her home recovering from a broken hip, Fran disappeared from her New Jersey home in 1991. Fran’s daughter DeDe and sister Sherrie called the house, frantically trying to reach Fran, but there was no answer. Then DeDe called John at work. He […]
6/25/20191 hour, 26 minutes, 11 seconds
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Catching a Predator: Westley Allan Dodd

Child molester and killer Westley Allan Dodd is remembered as one of the most evil men in modern history. What I find interesting about this case is how early in his life Dodd began to have sick urges and how his behavior progressed from exposing himself to murder virtually unchecked. After his murder convictions, Dodd […]
6/18/20191 hour, 18 minutes, 4 seconds
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Rock Bottom: The Death of Rinette Bergna

Peter Bergna picked up his wife Rinette from the airport and drove up Slide Mountain near their home to talk about their marital problems. According to Peter, the brakes on his truck malfunctioned, causing the truck to crash through a guardrail and nosedive off of an 800-foot cliff. Peter was lucky. He had somehow been […]
6/4/20191 hour, 52 minutes, 53 seconds
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A Failure to Protect: The Story of Andrew Bagby & Zachary Turner

The murder of Andrew Bagby was a crime that shocked and brought terrible grief to the loved ones he left behind, especially his mother and father. Andrew was David and Kate Bagby’s only child. He was very well-liked with a promising future as a family physician. In 1999, Andrew began dating medical intern Shirley Turner. […]
5/28/20191 hour, 40 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Devil Himself: Jack Unterweger

Jack Unterweger was an evil man whose lust for violence was insatiable. His first known murder victim was Margret Schafer, an 18-year-old German girl. Unterweger would tell a jury that, at the moment of her killing, he had seen his mother reflected in her face and he acted out of a lifetime of rage. He […]
5/21/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 35 seconds
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Murder by Nurse: The Victims of Kristen Gilbert

Apparently hard-working and intelligent mother of two and registered nurse, Kristen Gilbert, was living the life of a middle-class soccer mom. She had a good job, a loving husband, and two children. She seemed a lot like the other Massachusetts suburbanites in her neighborhood, but she held sinister secrets that would eventually bubbled to the […]
5/14/20191 hour, 38 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Disappearance of Helle Crafts

After suffering for years in an abusive marriage, Helle Crafts filed for divorce in the summer of 1986. Soon afterward, she disappeared. Her friends filed a missing person’s report, but her husband, Richard Crafts, gave various stories that Helle was off visiting relatives or that she just needed some time alone. Police suspected foul play, […]
5/7/20191 hour, 34 minutes, 32 seconds
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A Secret Life: The Plot to Kill Susan Fassett

Middle-aged mother of two Susan Fassett was an unlikely victim in the love triangle that ended in her murder. Married to a policeman and an active member of the church choir, Susan had a reputation as an honest, upstanding person. After her death, the secrets revealed about her life came as a shock. The biggest […]
4/13/20191 hour, 17 minutes, 4 seconds
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A Darker Shade of Blue: The Murder of Lorraine Hendricks

A Florida woman saw the state patrol car’s lights flashing behind her and wondered why she was being stopped. She didn’t think she was speeding, she later told investigators, but she pulled her car onto the southbound shoulder of Interstate 95 and waited as Trooper Tim Harris approached her car. Trooper Harris asked her to […]
4/9/20191 hour, 30 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Seattle Cyanide Murders

To say that Stella Nickell had a rough upbringing would be a huge understatement. She had a childhood of poverty, neglect, and abuse. At 16, she gave birth to a daughter. In the years that followed, she had numerous failed relationships, a failed marriage, and spent time in jail. In early 1974, when she was […]
4/2/20191 hour, 17 minutes, 41 seconds
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Over the Edge: The Murders of Lynn & Toni Henthorn

In 2012, Harold and Toni Henthorn celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary with a hiking trip in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. Toni fell off of a 100-foot cliff and died a horrible death. Harold told police that his wife was busy taking photos and must have slipped. He didn’t see exactly what had happened, he […]
3/26/20191 hour, 43 minutes, 40 seconds
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Taking Lives: Dr. Michael Swango

The case of physician Michael Swango not only exposed the dark side of a man who had taken an oath to do no harm, it also opened our eyes to a professional environment where doctors accepted the word of fellow physicians over that of nurses and patients—even as evidence of gross misbehavior piled up. Michael […]
3/19/20191 hour, 24 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ungodly: The Murder of Kari Baker

Baptist minister Matt Baker presented himself to the world as a man of God. But when his wife Kari was found dead in their bed of an apparent suicide, questions about who he really was emerged. Kari Baker’s mother and aunts would become the catalysts for the investigation into Matt Baker’s deceptions and lies, working […]
3/12/20191 hour, 54 minutes, 14 seconds
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Where is Tegan Lane?

Between the ages of 17 and 24, Keli Lane had two abortions and gave birth to three babies, all without the knowledge of her mother Sandra or her police officer father Robert. Not only that, but her five pregnancies occurred while Keli was playing water polo at a national level and spending most of her […]
3/5/20191 hour, 31 minutes, 51 seconds
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A Killer Undercover: The Hidden Life of Charlie Brandt

In 1971, 13-year old Charlie Brandt shot his pregnant mother to death before turning the gun on his father and sister. In the years that followed, he seemed to move forward and live a normal life with college, marriage, and a career. Charlie and his wife Teri were a close, fun-loving couple–the kind of couple […]
2/26/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 54 seconds
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Portrait of a Family Annihilator: The Watts Family Murders

The case we’re talking about today, more than any in recent history, illustrates that we don’t always know the people close to us as well as we think we do. We’re talking about the case of a family annihilator: Chris Watts. In August of 2018, Chris murdered his pregnant wife and his two preschool-aged daughters. […]
2/19/20191 hour, 59 minutes, 35 seconds
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Happily Never After: The Murder of Julie Miller Bulloch

Julie Miller met Dennis Bulloch through a newspaper ad. He seemed like the answer to all of her problems. As a successful executive approaching her 30th birthday, Julie was ready to get married. Dennis seemed like the all-American guy. She thought he could be the one. But just four months into their marriage, emergency responders […]
2/12/20191 hour, 45 minutes, 56 seconds
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Shameless: Mick Philpott

Mick Philpott lived off of welfare benefits for most of his adult life. He had been unfaithful and violent towards women but he enjoyed impregnating them. Mick could love them and leave them, but he would never accept it when a woman wanted to leave him. His reckless and selfish plan to frame an ex-girlfriend […]
2/5/20191 hour, 20 minutes, 18 seconds
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Blood on His Hands: The Murder of Tara Lynn Grant

On February 14, 2007, stay at home dad Stephen Grant called the Macomb County Sheriff’s office in Michigan to report that his wife, Tara Lynn Grant, had been missing for five days. In his story to the police, Stephen claimed that this was not the first time Tara had taken off, which was why he […]
1/29/20191 hour, 54 minutes, 57 seconds
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A Shooting in Alabama: The Crimes of Dr. Amy Bishop

When you think of a mass shooter, you don’t envision someone like Amy Bishop. Forty-five years old, female, Harvard-educated, Biology professor, and mother of four, Amy Bishop would seem an unlikely killer. It was 3pm on February 12, 2010, and thirteen professors and staff members from the University of Alabama Biology Department met in a […]
1/15/20191 hour, 47 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Eastburn Family Murders

Jana Eastburn was the sole survivor, just 22-months old, when her mother, Kathryn Eastburn, and siblings – 5-year-old Kara and 3-year-old Erin – were stabbed to death on May 9, 1985, in their Fayetteville, NC home. Jana had been left alone in her crib for three days before police finally responded to the concerns of […]
1/8/20191 hour, 41 minutes, 51 seconds
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Bridge of Sorrow

Just before 9 p.m. on Sept. 24, 1973, 18-year-old Becky Thomson left to buy groceries and asked her 11-year-old half-sister, Amy Burridge, if she wanted to ride along with her. The two girls went in Becky’s station wagon to a Thriftway store in Casper, Wyoming. But when Becky and Amy came out of the store, […]
1/1/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Killing of JonBenet Ramsey

JonBenet Ramsey was only 6-years old when she was found murdered in the basement of her Boulder, Colorado home. It was the day after Christmas. Twenty-two years later, her murder remains unsolved. The reason why there has been no conviction in this case could be attributed to mistakes made by the Boulder Police Department right […]
12/25/20181 hour, 40 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Santa Claus Murders

The Daniels Family lived on Dasher Street in the town of Santa Claus, Georgia. Their one-story-red-brick house, with a huge chimney protruding from the front, was nestled snuggly at the end of a cul-de-sac. For Kim Daniels, it was her dream home. Kim was a drug addict, living out of her car, when Danny Daniels […]
12/18/20181 hour, 24 minutes, 58 seconds
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Where's Heidi? The Kidnapping of Heidi Allen

18-year old Heidi Allen was employed as a clerk at the D & W Convenience Store in New Haven, New York. She opened the store by herself at 5:45 a.m. on April 3, 1994 and her last transaction was recorded on the cash register at 7:42 a.m. Several customers came and went after that, leaving […]
12/11/20181 hour, 37 minutes, 35 seconds
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Wrong Way on the Taconic

On a sunny July day in 2009, Diane Schuler was driving her minivan southbound in the northbound lanes of the Taconic State Parkway in New York. Witnesses watched in horror as a minivan barreled down the parkway in the wrong direction. Blaring horns, flashing lights, and swerving cars made no change in her behavior. She […]
12/4/20181 hour, 28 minutes, 11 seconds
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Cruel & Unusual: The Killing of Skylar Neese

On July 5, 2012, 16-year old Skylar Neese returned to her family’s West Virginia apartment after working her shift at a fast-food restaurant. Her apartment’s surveillance video showed that Skylar snuck out of the apartment through her bedroom window at on July 6 and got into an unknown vehicle. Skylar’s parents were attentive and proud […]
11/27/20181 hour, 43 minutes, 11 seconds
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Cold as Ice: The Murders of Rachel and Lillian Entwistle

The bodies of 27-year-old Rachel and 9-month-old Lillian Entwistle were found on January 22, 2006 in the master bedroom of their Hopkinton, Massachusetts home where the Entwistles had been living for only ten days. Autopsy results would show that Rachel died of a gunshot wound to the head and baby Lillian died of a gunshot […]
11/20/20181 hour, 34 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Wineville Farm Murders

It was 1928 and the agriculture and the movie industry were booming in the Los Angeles area. Then a string of child abductions and murders in nearby Wineville changed the lives and views of the locals. Someone had kidnapped, sexually abused, and murdered at least three, and possibly as many as twenty, young boys. From […]
11/13/20181 hour, 16 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bad Medicine: The Downfall of Paolo Macchiarini

For several years, Dr. Paolo Macchiarini was known as a scientific pioneer, a supersurgeon and a miracle worker. He was turning the dream of regenerative medicine into a reality. While much of the scientific community was eager to believe he had made breakthroughs, not everyone was convinced. Most of Macchiarini’s patients died within a few […]
11/6/20181 hour, 30 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Main Line Murder

When Stefanie Rabinowitz set her mind to something, there was no stopping her. She was an attorney who had married her childhood sweetheart. She was extremely hard working and an attentive mom to her one-year old girl, Haley. After tragedy struck in the Rabinowitz home, it came to light that Stefanie’s husband Craig had been […]
10/30/20181 hour, 25 minutes, 17 seconds
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Blindsided: The Murder of Jason Corbett

Jason Corbett grew up in Ireland. His first wife, Margaret, died from an acute asthma attack at a young age. Her death left Jason alone—- a single dad with two young children. Jason searched for a nanny online to help with his children after his wife’s death. That’s how he met Molly. 24-year old Molly […]
10/23/20181 hour, 43 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Bathtub Murder: Sarah Widmer

Sarah Steward met Ryan Widmer on a blind date. They were fixed up by Sarah’s friend Dana. They hit it off right away and it wasn’t long before Ryan brought his new girlfriend home to meet his mom. In early 2008, the couple bought a new house in a nice neighborhood. They were married that […]
10/16/20181 hour, 58 minutes, 4 seconds
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Simon Says Murder

Isaac Grimes was a freshman at Palmer Springs High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when he life took a dramatic turn. He was a quiet kid who liked to read. But he met a charismatic high school senior named Simon Sue and his life was never the same. The two teens shared an interest in […]
10/9/20181 hour, 35 minutes, 4 seconds
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Death Before Divorce: The Murder of Robert Limon

From the outside, Rob and Sabrina Limon looked like a happy couple. They had two healthy children. They were affectionate, energetic, and they had a lot of friends. Their lives were filled with parties, barbecues, and boating trips. But the Limon’s had secrets. They had an open marriage, swapping partners with some of their closest […]
10/2/20181 hour, 38 minutes, 52 seconds
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Fatal Vision: The Jeffrey MacDonald Case

On February 17, 1970, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, some of the most shocking murders in modern history took place. Colette MacDonald and her two young daughters were brutally murdered in their home on the base. Colette’s husband, Jeffrey MacDonald, was left wounded but he was still very much alive and well. This family massacre […]
9/25/20181 hour, 53 minutes, 7 seconds
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My Mother, My Killer: Theresa Knorr

For most of us, the relationship between mother and child is a sacred one. We love our children, put their needs above our own, and will do anything to protect them and promote their happiness. But mother of six Theresa Knorr didn’t feel any such love or devotion for her children, least of all her […]
9/18/20181 hour, 43 minutes, 24 seconds
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Disposable Woman: Reyna Angelica Marroquin

In 1999, a homeowner in Jericho, New York removed an old 55-gallon barrel from his basement. The trash men would not take it because it was too heavy. So he opened it. The smell was horrific. A woman’s shoe bobbed to the surface. Locked away in that barrel for over thirty years was the now […]
9/11/20181 hour, 11 minutes, 52 seconds
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Poisonous: Audrey Marie Hilley

Homemaker Audrey Marie Hilley killed her husband, Frank, in 1975, and attempted to kill her daughter three years later. Her choice of victims, which also included her mother and mother-in-law, were the people close to her. Her motive was money. What makes her case extraordinary is how she managed to elude arrest for three years […]
8/28/20181 hour, 27 minutes, 54 seconds
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Fallen: Lisa Cecilia Harnum

Early on the morning of July 30, 2011, Lisa Harnum called her mother in Toronto, Canada. Terrified, told her mom that she was preparing to leave her fiancé, Simon Gittany. Simon was an emotionally abusive man. Lisa whispered over the phone that if anything was to happen to her, her mother should contact Michelle Richmond, a life […]
8/21/20181 hour, 40 minutes, 4 seconds
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Jill Meagher's Last Day

29-year old Jill Meagher was going about her daily life on September 22, 2012 when a man with a lengthy criminal record took it all away from her. That night, she had gone out with some friends after work for drinks. On the short walk back to her apartment, she encountered serial rapist Adrian Bayley. […]
8/4/20181 hour, 28 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Murder of Bonny Lee Bakley

Bonny Lee Bakley was not an ethical or particularly law-abiding woman. Not someone you would want your daughter to model her life after. She was a con artist and a groupie who used sex and deception to get money from men. When she was shot to death in May 2001, her husband at the time, […]
7/24/20181 hour, 29 minutes, 57 seconds
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A Dangerous Woman: The Life and Crimes of Tracey Richter

Tracey Richter was an angry narcissist willing to do whatever it took to get what she wanted.  She had no qualms about harming anybody who would dare to come between her and what she wanted. But Tracey was also a good actress. That may explain why she got away with so much for so long. […]
7/17/20181 hour, 26 minutes, 21 seconds
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Tainted Love: The Murder of Kathy Augustine

Does tragedy run in families? In the case of the Augustine family, they seemed to have more than their own fair share of unexpected deaths. In August, 2012, 32-year old Dallas Augustine shot and killed her wife Jessie McCaskill before turning the gun on herself. Six years earlier, Dallas’s step-father Chaz Higgs had been accused […]
7/10/20181 hour, 57 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay

In Australia, about one person goes missing every 15 minutes. Most missing persons cases take hours, days, or even weeks before an in-depth investigation is put into action. In the case of 43-year old mother of three Allison Baden-Clay, it took mere minutes. Constables arrived at the Baden-Clay home at 8am, took one look at […]
7/3/20182 hours, 33 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Trooper's Target: The Murder of Dr. John Yelenic

The life of John Yelenic, a young, friendly, prominent dentist who was murdered in Pennsylvania back in 2006, was intertwined with the lives of his soon to be ex-wife Michele and her live-in boyfriend, Pennsylvania State Trooper Kevin Foley. All three of these people had specific personalities and beliefs which can be traced back to […]
6/26/20182 hours, 2 minutes, 26 seconds
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Missing Amy: The Disappearance of Amy Billig

When 17-year old Amy Billig disappeared in 1974, her absence created a miserable void in her family. Her mother Sue would never be the same. But Amy’s story is about so much more than pain and loss. It’s about the lasting qualities of hope in the shadow of an ongoing nightmare. Sue Billig was left […]
6/19/20181 hour, 16 minutes, 28 seconds
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Murder Actually: The Texas Cadet Murder

In the early morning of December 3, 1995, a farmer driving along a quiet country road saw the body of a teenage girl on the ground behind a barbed-wire fence. At first, he thought he was looking at a dead animal. As he moved forward, the girl’s face was unrecognizable. One bullet hole was in […]
6/12/20181 hour, 13 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Spreckels Mansion Mystery

In 2011, at the Spreckels Mansion on the Southern California Coast, there were two unexpected deaths that have since raised many doubts and endless speculation. On July 11, 32-year old Rebecca Zahau was at the Spreckels Beach House along with her sister when her boyfriend’s 6-year old son fell over a second-floor banister. Sadly, he […]
6/5/20181 hour, 51 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Surgeon's Wife: The Disappearance of Gail Katz-Bierenbaum

Gail Katz-Bierenbaum was the attractive wife of a successful young surgeon when she disappeared in 1985. Her husband, Dr. Robert Bierenbaum, had a very promising future. Charming but awkward, Bob Bierenbaum was a surgical resident who spoke several languages and piloted his own plane. Trouble in the Bierenbaum marriage began even before there was a […]
5/29/20181 hour, 50 minutes, 10 seconds
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All Her Children: The Victims of Marybeth Tinning

The story of Marybeth Tinning and her nine deceased children is one of the worst cases of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy in the history of the disorder. Between the years of 1967 and 1985, Marybeth gave birth to and buried every one of her babies and young children, often within months of one another. The […]
5/22/20181 hour, 52 minutes, 41 seconds
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Trees of Death: The Barron Family Murders

Jack Barron’s wife, Irene, died in her bed in the spring of 1992. She was only 34 and in apparently good health. On the day of her death, Jack told some people at work that she was having headaches and hadn’t felt well for several days. Eight months later, Jack Barron’s son, Jeremy, 4, stopped […]
5/15/20181 hour, 47 minutes, 42 seconds
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Unleashed: A Dog Mauling in San Francisco

With her arms full of grocery bags, 33-year old Diane Whipple had just returned to her upscale apartment in San Francisco on Jan. 26 2001. As she opened the door, a neighbor’s dog—a 112-lb. female Presa Canario named Hera—rushed down the narrow hall and began barking at her, followed by 123-lb. Bane, who was on […]
5/8/20181 hour, 24 minutes, 29 seconds
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A Dark Heart: Inside the Twisted Mind of Patricia Taylor Allanson

Patricia Taylor and Tom Allanson came together after each of them left failing marriages behind. At thirty, Tom was younger than Pat by six years. He had been through two short, bad marriages and she had escaped one long one where she said she had felt trapped and smothered by her military husband. Both of […]
5/1/20181 hour, 50 minutes, 5 seconds
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Blind Faith: The Murder of Maria Marshall

Maria Marshall seemed to be living an enviable life. She was beautiful and wealthy, with a successful husband and three healthy sons. It wasn’t until Maria was killed that her friends, family, and neighbors saw how hard she had been working to keep up appearances and keep her family together. On the night of September […]
4/24/20181 hour, 26 minutes, 19 seconds
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Help Save the Next Girl: The Murders of Morgan Harrington and Hannah Graham

When UVA student Hannah Graham disappeared from a Charlottesville mall in 2014, authorities and volunteers began a massive search to find her. Joining the search were the parents of Morgan Harrington. Morgan had disappeared five years earlier. At the time, the Harringtons didn’t realize that solving Hannah’s case would lead them to the man who […]
4/17/20181 hour, 9 minutes, 20 seconds
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Terror by Sea: The Murders of Joan, Michelle, & Christe Rogers

Oba Chandler was executed in 2011 for the killings of a mother and her two daughters off the coast of south Florida. Jo Rogers and her two teenage daughters were enjoying a rare and well-deserved vacation when they were approached by Oba Chandler and invited to take a cruise on his boat. He seemed like […]
4/10/20181 hour, 49 minutes, 4 seconds
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Preppy Murder: The Killing of Jennifer Levin

Labelled as the “rough sex killing” or the “preppy murder,” the 1986 murder of college-bound teenager Jennifer Levin at the hands of so-called preppy Robert Chambers caught the attention of the entire country. Her horrible death opened up discussions about the reckless and promiscuous world of teenagers in her crowd. In this time of the […]
4/3/20182 hours, 5 minutes, 3 seconds
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Step-Monster: The Murder of Zahra Baker

In her 10 years, Zahra Baker had gone through a lot and overcome more than most adults. She was a cancer survivor who had to have an amputation, the removal of part of her lung, and she was left hearing impaired from cancer treatments. But she was still beautiful, inside and out. A resilient spirit […]
3/27/20181 hour, 36 minutes, 1 second
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The Babysitter's Secrets: The Murder of Cherry Walker

Cherry Walker was a trusting, uncommonly innocent young woman with a developmental disability. When her neighbor Kim Cargill brought her son to Cherry to babysit, Cherry didn’t know enough to question her. Mentally still a child herself, Cherry played alongside the child, sharing her food and her small apartment with him. Kim took full advantage […]
3/20/20181 hour, 26 minutes, 10 seconds
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A Beheading on Mount Baldy

High on the mountains of Southern California, an overgrown driveway leads to the burned-out piece of ground that once supported Jack Irwin’s Mt. Baldy cabin. Life has moved on, as it always does, and the forest has grown over much of this site where a horrific murder took place. Back in 1999, Jack Irwin sold […]
3/13/20181 hour, 24 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Life and Loss of Sheree Beasley

Six-year old Sheree Beasley was a tough little cookie. She had been through a lot in her short life, but she had a love of life and an independent streak. Sheree loved her bicycle and was always happy for any excuse to take it out for a spin. She had survived her baby brother who […]
3/6/20181 hour, 16 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Final Act: The Murders of Julie Kibuishi & Samuel Herr

Daniel Wozniak believed his acting abilities would help him get away with anything, including the perfect crime. For him, this crime was a cold-blooded double murder with money as the sole motivation. Wozniak was engaged to be married and he killed combat vet Samuel Herr and his college tutor Julie Kibuishi because he needed money […]
2/27/20181 hour, 49 minutes, 21 seconds
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Risky Business: The Murder of Larry McNabney

Larry McNabney lived an exciting and tumultuous life. Haunted by tragedies in his early life, Larry drank to excess and did his fair share of pharmaceuticals. But Larry’s biggest passions were love and money. He loved and lost again and again with 5 marriages and countless relationships. As a talented and hard-working attorney, he earned […]
2/20/20181 hour, 33 minutes, 38 seconds
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A Husband's Malice: The Disappearance of Jennifer & Abby Blagg

Grand Junction, Colorado, is a picturesque town on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. The Blagg Family, Jennifer, Mike, and little Abby, had moved there from South Carolina for Mike’s new job as operations manager at a local manufacturing plant. They set up house on an upper-middle class suburban street. Jennifer stayed home with […]
2/13/20181 hour, 46 minutes, 59 seconds
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Unfortunate Sons: The Convictions of Sebastian Burns & Atif Rafay

Dr. Tariq Rafay, his wife Sultana and their 20-year old daughter Basma were viciously bludgeoned to death in their Bellevue, Washington home on the evening of July 12, 1994. Atif Rafay, the son of Sultana and Tariq, found them when he returned home around 2am. Atif and his friend Sebastian Burns, both 18-years old, had […]
1/30/20181 hour, 51 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Deliberate Widower: Malcolm Webster

Malcolm Webster drugged and murdered his first wife and, after getting away with it, he tried to do the same to his second wife. A third fiancé, Simone Banarjee, was saved by detectives when they warned her and showed her evidence of her intended’s lies and crimes. She was stunned to learn that the man […]
1/23/20181 hour, 40 minutes, 29 seconds
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Trigger Happy: The Murder of Jordan Davis

There is no question that Michael Dunn shot and killed 17-year old Jordan Russell Davis. Tommy Stornes, Jordan’s friend who was driving the car Jordan was in, acted quickly, backing his car away as Michael Dunn shot into the vehicle. Jordan’s murder is often referred to as the Loud Music case, because the incident began […]
1/16/20181 hour, 11 minutes, 24 seconds
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Adopt a Wife: The Crimes of Franklin Delano Floyd

A young woman was found in a ditch and rushed to a hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in April of 1990. She was the apparent victim of a hit and run. She seemed to be getting better and recovering from her head injury when her husband, a much older man named Clarence Hughes, paid one […]
1/9/20181 hour, 51 minutes, 50 seconds
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Thou Shalt Not Kill: The Murders of Sandy Bird & Marty Anderson

Early one Sunday morning, kayakers found the body of a woman floating in the shallow water of a river outside Emporia, Kansas. She was identified as Sandra Bird, the wife of a minister and the mother of three young children. Her station wagon appeared to have run off a gravel country road near a bridge. […]
1/2/20181 hour, 10 minutes, 11 seconds
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Death House Landlady: Dorothea Puente

There are vulnerable people in society who the rest of us have a moral obligation to protect and defend from those who would take advantage of them or abuse them. Of course, we often fail. But when someone dedicates their life to helping these people who society has basically cast out, it is an honorable […]
12/26/20171 hour, 29 minutes, 17 seconds
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Unleashed Rage: The Killing of Betty Gore

Full-time mom Candy Montgomery always did what was expected of her. She married, had two kids, and taught Sunday school at her church. Her husband Pat loved her and she loved him. But something was missing from Candy’s life: excitement. She took creative writing classes in order to express herself. She made close women friends […]
12/19/20171 hour, 36 minutes, 13 seconds
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Murder Foretold: The Cheryl Keeton Story

When Cheryl Keeton was found dead in the middle of the highway in 1986, she was a talented, well-respected lawyer and the mother of three young boys. After her death was determined not to be an accident, her husband Bradley Cunningham became the prime suspect. Cheryl was Bradley’s 4th wife. They had been involved in […]
12/12/20172 hours, 39 seconds
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The Ultimate Sacrifice: Heaven's Gate Cult

Members of the Heaven’s Gate cult donned black outfits, new Nike sneakers, and purple shrouds on the day of their deaths.  They each had a $5 bill and 3 quarters in their pockets.  It was March 1997 and 39 cult members ritually ended their lives in waves.  Each cleaned up after the last until all […]
12/5/20171 hour, 48 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Story of Gypsy Rose Blancharde

The story of Gypsy Rose Blancharde, a victim of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy and a convicted killer, has gained international attention and invited speculation from lay people and professionals in the medical community. On the night of June 14, 2015, deputy sheriffs in Greene County, Missouri, found the body of Dee Dee Blancharde face down […]
11/28/20171 hour, 37 minutes, 34 seconds
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Death in a Home Daycare

In-home daycare settings allow caretakers to work from home while offering working mothers an alternative to traditional day care settings. Parents weigh the benefits and drawbacks of their daycare options and most are satisfied with the care their children receive. When a tragedy occurs, as it did with the death of one-year old Maria Harris, […]
11/21/20171 hour, 22 minutes, 9 seconds
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An Inconvenient Woman: The Murder of Carol Kennedy

At 7:36 pm on the first Tuesday in July 2008, Carol Kennedy made her nightly call to her mother. Ruth Kennedy lived across the country in Nashville, Tennessee. She was 83-years old at the time and Carol worried about her living on her own. She had called her mother almost every night since her father […]
11/14/20171 hour, 56 minutes, 42 seconds
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Love & Madness: Murder in a Southern Family

We all have someone in our family who is a little unstable. An eccentric aunt or a brother preparing for the zombie apocalypse maybe. But what happens when a family member sinks deeply into true madness, becoming a danger to himself and others? This is when interventions are needed or lives fall apart. Susie Sharp […]
11/7/20171 hour, 44 minutes, 39 seconds
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A Killer in the Family: The Death of Becky Watts

It only took minutes to tear apart the family of Darren Galsworthy, a blended family that had been through hardships and illnesses to finally find some happiness and equanimity. Darren and his wife Anjie had each been through difficult relationships before they fell in love and merged their two families into one cohesive group. Things […]
10/31/20171 hour, 47 minutes, 25 seconds
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Sympathy for the Devil: The Murder of Belinda Temple

Pregnant mother Belinda Temple, 30, was found dead in her bedroom closet on January 11, 1999, shot in the back of the head with a shotgun. Her husband David, a Houston-area high school football coach and former local football star, was the focus of the investigation, but authorities did not have enough evidence to arrest […]
10/24/20172 hours, 4 minutes, 44 seconds
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Mean Girls: The Murder of Shanda Sharer

We’ve all done stupid things due to peer pressure. It can be harmless, such as influencing the way we dress or the way we wear our hair. Sometimes it involves drinking or other high-risk behavior. It often plays a part in bullying, with a teen or group of teens encouraging abusive behavior against a peer. […]
10/17/20171 hour, 40 minutes, 28 seconds
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And Then There Were None: The Disappearance of the Beaumont Children

In 1966, three children, Jane, Arnna, and Grant Beaumont, went to the beach to celebrate Australia Day. Many people there saw the siblings having a great time, but they never returned home. They vanished without a trace. While a widespread investigation was launched, it turned up very little. To this day, we’re still unsure of what happened, but […]
10/10/20171 hour, 34 minutes, 11 seconds
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Sugar & Spice: The Murder of Linda Brown

David Brown, a man who masterminded the 1985 murder of his wife, died of natural causes in a prison hospital in 2014. He was 61. Brown was in a protective housing unit because of his notoriety for the killing of his fifth wife, Linda Brown. He was accused of persuading two teenagers —one his daughter, […]
10/3/20171 hour, 33 minutes, 25 seconds
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Dead by Friday: The Plot to Kill Carolyn Matthews

Darren Burgess had married the wrong woman. Clinging to a dying relationship for the sake of his children, he turned to alcohol. Through 1998 and 1999, he drank heavily “just to numb the pain.” He started taking risks. In March of 2000, after a work meeting, he was arrested for drunk driving. He feared he […]
9/26/20172 hours, 25 minutes, 15 seconds
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Unfriended: The Catfish Murders of Billie Jean Hayworth and Billy Payne

A young mother is shot to death while she clutches her 7-month old baby. Her husband lies executed in the next room. This isn’t the story of a Hollywood drama, but the tragic end to an average Tennessee working class family. Billie Jean Hayworth and her husband Billy Payne were going about their normal weekday […]
9/19/20171 hour, 40 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Lost Girl: Haleigh Cummings

It has been 8 and a half years since anyone has seen Haleigh Cummings alive. When she was last seen on February 9, 2009, she was 5-years old. She would now be 13. Haleigh’s 17-year old babysitter, Misty Croslin, the girlfriend of her 25-year old father, Ron Cummings, called police at 3:30am on February 10th. […]
9/12/20171 hour, 53 minutes, 18 seconds
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A Preview of our New Podcast: Watching ID

As you may or may not know, we have a second podcast. It’s called Watching ID. This is a brief introduction and 3 minute sample of our most recent episode: Grave Mysteries’ Murder in the Chat Room. If you like what you hear, you can hear the full episode on iTunes or on your favorite […]
9/7/20173 minutes, 40 seconds
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First, Do No Harm: The Murders of Tim and Kelly Farrar

Killers don’t wear name tags telling us who they are. They look like everybody else. They are fathers, brothers, neighbors, carpenters, doctors, men, or women. On an upper class suburban street in Kansas City, at 7517 Canterbury Court, Dr. Debora Green and her husband, Dr. Michael Farrar, lived with their 3 children. It was a […]
9/5/20172 hours, 33 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Baby Thief: The Crimes of Georgia Tann

Alma Sipple, a single mother in Tennessee, could not afford medical care for her ten-month-old daughter Irma when a knock on the door changed her life: there stood a woman with close-cropped grey hair, round wireless glasses and a broad, stern face.The older woman exuded authority as she explained she was the director of a […]
8/29/20171 hour, 43 minutes, 34 seconds
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An Officer and a Psychopath: The Crimes of Colonel Russell Williams

How well do we really know the people in our daily lives? Our co-workers, our boss, the clerk at the grocery store, our neighbors, our friends, or even our spouse? Many people thought they knew Colonel David Russell Williams. He was a decorated air force pilot and commander at the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) at […]
8/22/20171 hour, 50 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Beauty School Murder: Who Killed Mackenzie Cowell?

Of all the pain and struggles that are left in the aftermath of a murder, it may be the senselessness that haunts us the most. On February 9th, 2010, 17-year-old Mackenzie Cowell said she’d only be gone for 15 minutes when she left the Academy of Hair Design in Wenatchee, Washington. Four days later, police […]
8/15/20171 hour, 48 minutes, 27 seconds
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Runaway Devil: The Richardson Family Murders

At what age are we responsible for our actions? Laws and opinions differ, but there are certain acts that seem to transcend age in their brutality and lack of conscience. When 12-year old Jasmine Richardson participated in the murder of her entire family, a community and those of us looking on were shocked. Was she […]
8/8/20171 hour, 55 minutes, 41 seconds
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Crazy Love: The Plot to Kill Rusty Sneiderman

People do crazy things for love. Some people kill for love. Sometimes people die for love and their loved ones are left to somehow go on without them. To ponder the whys and what ifs. When Rusty Sneiderman was shot dead after dropping his 3-year-old son at daycare on November 18, 2010, police speculated that […]
8/1/20171 hour, 47 minutes, 45 seconds
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Gone Baby: The Disappearance of Lisa Irwin

The story of Lisa Irwin, who went missing when she was just 10 months old, has riveted the nation and left behind unanswered questions.  How does a 10-month old infant disappear from her crib, never to be seen again?  The police have focused on Lisa’s mother Deborah although there was plenty of evidence pointing to […]
7/25/20172 hours, 3 minutes, 47 seconds
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Natural Born Killers: The Lillelid Killings

The Lillelid family van drove on through the twilight of Greenville, Tennessee, in April of 1997. Gravel crunched beneath its wheels as quiet sobs echoed inside. The sun had set and dusk gave way to nightfall. When the van stopped, the doors opened to an unusual congregation. One by one, the occupants climbed out. A […]
7/18/20171 hour, 25 minutes, 12 seconds
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Four Little Witnesses: The Murder of Sheila Bellush

Sheila Bellush’s 13-year-old daughter Stevie came home from school on November 7th, 1997, and found her 23-month-old quadruplet siblings crying and spotted with blood. Sheila was on the laundry room floor, dead from a gunshot wound to her face and a large gash to her throat. It was clear that there had been a struggle. […]
7/11/20171 hour, 59 minutes, 8 seconds
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A Devil Down in Georgia: The Murder of Cooper Harris

On the morning of July 18th, 2014, Ross Harris was expected to bring his 22-month-old son Cooper to daycare on his way to work.  Ross and Cooper ate breakfast at a Chick-fil-A restaurant less than one mile from Ross’ office.  After breakfast, Ross drove his SUV to the Home Depot office where he worked.  Cooper […]
7/4/20171 hour, 26 minutes, 5 seconds
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Twisted: The IHOP Murders

Murder is stupid. If you have any doubt, this case will fully convince you. Buckle up for a twisted tale of murder and deceit that will cause you to shake your head. You may even lose a few hours of sleep, contemplating the unpredictable and cold behavior of some of our fellow human beings. When […]
6/27/20171 hour, 58 minutes, 37 seconds
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Love's Labor Lost: The Disappearance of Vicki and Valessa Robinson

On a Saturday morning in June 1998, no one could find mother and daughter Vicki and Valessa Robinson. The night before, single mother Vicki had dined with her boyfriend while Valessa hung out with her boyfriend and another friend. Everyone was aware that Vicki had been having difficulty getting Valessa to follow her rules. Her […]
6/20/20171 hour, 11 minutes, 2 seconds
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Fatal Exposure: The Jodi Arias Story

Friends and housemates hadn’t heard from Travis Alexander for 5 days when they let themselves into his house to check on him. What they found was shocking.  And they knew who was responsible: Travis’s ex-girlfriend Jodi Arias. Petite and pretty, Jodi had a normal childhood by all accounts.  But something went very wrong after she […]
6/13/20171 hour, 49 minutes, 50 seconds
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Surviving Ted Bundy

Life in the Aftermath of  Serial Killer Ted Bundy Ted Bundy moved from Seattle, Washington to the University of Utah in 1974 after committing a series of brutal murders of young women.  Police weren’t yet aware that he was a serial killer.  To those who knew him, he was a polite, handsome and well-educated young […]
6/6/20171 hour, 46 minutes, 24 seconds
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Guilt by Association: Felony Murder Rule Cases

A Discussion of  Felony Murder Rule Cases Blake Layman made a very bad decision when he was 16.  That decision set off a series of circumstances that culminated with his arrest and conviction for felony murder.  But Blake didn’t kill anyone.  He broke into a house unarmed.  The homeowner, who was armed, shot him and […]
5/30/20171 hour, 9 minutes, 1 second
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A Taste for Murder: The Deaths of Liana & Erik Duke

On a high, jagged cliff overlooking the Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Green River, Wyoming, a young mother and her 5 year-old son plunged to their deaths, their bodies crashing from rock to rock until they landed splayed and bleeding in the dust. Bob Duke’s accounting of his family’s death was heartbreaking. He described a sudden […]
5/23/20171 hour, 17 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Girl Scout Camp Murders

In the middle of the night, as thunderstorms engulfed the remote tents of Camp Scott in Locust Grove, Oklahoma, 3 girl scouts were snatched from their sleeping bags. Their ravaged young bodies wouldn’t be found until morning. The discovery was shocking, but there had been warnings: Warnings that were ignored by camp counselors and not […]
5/16/20171 hour, 33 minutes, 25 seconds
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No Mercy: The Victims of Killer Nurse Beverly Allitt

Young and eager nurse Beverly Allitt was trusted by the parents of her young patients. But after a series of unexplained deaths on the children’s ward at Grantham Hospital, all eyes turned to her. Investigators wondered why Beverly was always the one at the bedside when a child took seriously ill. Could she be behind […]
5/9/20171 hour, 56 minutes
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Fatal Father: The Murders of Aaron & Jacob Jenkinson

Young couple Frances and Darren Jenkinson of Glasgow, Scotland, were happy and attentive parents of 8 week-week old baby boy Aaron when tragedy struck. After 3 bouts of difficulty breathing, their baby boy had irreversible brain damage and was taken off life support. This loss was especially difficult for Frances who was only 18 years […]
5/2/20171 hour, 36 minutes, 4 seconds
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A Daughter's Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story

Hann and Bich Ha Pan had high expectations for their daughter Jennifer. She lived a sheltered life filled with piano lessons, figure-skating competitions, and several hours of studying each day. This type of parenting is commonly called “tiger parenting.” But as Jennifer approached adulthood, she began a life of deceit. Forging report cards and college […]
4/25/20171 hour, 38 minutes, 6 seconds
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A Monster in the Neighborhood: The Abduction of Jessica Ridgeway

On October 5th, 2012, Sarah Ridgeway called 911 to report her 10 year-old daughter, Jessica, missing. Jessica had left her home at 8:25am that morning to walk to school. At 10:11am, the school left a message on Sarah Ridgeway’s cell phone to tell her that Jessica never arrived. But Sarah, who worked the overnight shift, […]
4/18/20171 hour, 13 minutes, 7 seconds
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Dead in the Water: The Victims of the Green River Killer

In the 1980s and 1990s, at least 70 women were killed in the Seattle and Tacoma Washington area by the Green River Killer. The victims were mainly prostitutes and runaways who were picked up along the Pacific Highway South. The women were strangled and most of their bodies dumped into wooded areas around the Green […]
4/11/20171 hour, 40 minutes, 1 second
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When Evil Came to Town: The Son of Sam Murders

This is the first True Crime Brewery commissioned podcast! Thank you to Todd Feitl—a listener so fascinated by true crime (and beer!) that he paid us to do a TCB episode on the Son of Sam murders. The Son of Sam shootings back in the 1970s terrorized the citizens of New York and its Burroughs.  […]
4/4/20171 hour, 33 minutes, 45 seconds
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Death by Dentist: The Murders of Dolly Hearn & Jennifer Corbin

To Dr. Bart Corbin, til death do us part meant murder. In 2004, Jenn Corbin’s 7 year-old son found her murdered in her bed. He knew his father was responsible. In fact, he told anyone who would listen that his Daddy killed his Mommy. After hearing of Jenn’s death, the family of Dolly Hearn came […]
3/28/20171 hour, 32 minutes, 47 seconds
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Shots in the Dark: The Murder of Reeva Steenkamp

29 year old Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius on Valentine’s Day 2013. He would claim that he thought there was an intruder locked in his bathroom and he shot through the door 4 times out of fear. Prosecutors in South Africa didn’t find his story believable. There was evidence that […]
3/21/20171 hour, 18 minutes, 20 seconds
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Postpartum Psychosis: The Andrea Yates Case

Andrea Yates confessed to drowning her five children in their bathtub at home on June 20, 2001. She had been suffering for some time with postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis.   In her 2002 trial, the district attorney in asked for the death penalty. She was ultimately found competent to stand trial and convicted of capital […]
3/14/20171 hour, 53 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Wife Who Knew Too Much: The Sara Tokars Story

Mother of two Sara Tokars was just learning about her husband’s shady business dealings when she was killed: executed with a gunshot to the head in front of her young children. When the truth came out, everyone who knew the couple was shocked and devastated. Sara’s life was over and her children were left motherless. […]
3/7/20171 hour, 29 minutes, 20 seconds
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A Bitter End: The Murder of Laura Ackerson

27 year-old Laura Ackerson was last seen on July 13, 2011, after stopping by the home of her ex-partner Grant Hayes and his wife Amanda Hayes.  She was reported missing two days later when she failed to show up for work. On July 20, Ackerson’s Ford Focus was found abandoned near the 5400 block of Summer Manor […]
2/28/20171 hour, 33 minutes, 18 seconds
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Forsaken: The Murders of Michael & Alex Smith

On the evening of October 25th, 1994, a 23 year old woman frantically knocked on the door of the McCloud family in the small town of Union, South Carolina. Hysterically, she told a tale of a lone gunman who stole her car and sped off with her two children in the back seat. The people […]
2/21/20171 hour, 54 minutes, 59 seconds
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A Husband's Rage: The Murder of Rachel O'Reilly

A young mother who was well liked in her small Irish community, Rachel O’Reilly loved life.  She loved her children, her home, her friends, and her husband Joe.  As her marriage began to deteriorate, Rachel was determined to make it work.  Joe not so much.  Joe had fallen in love with another.  Would he go so far as […]
2/14/20171 hour, 22 minutes, 37 seconds
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An Unfit Mother: Where is Baby Gabriel?

Baby Gabriel Johnson has not been seen since 2009. And the only person who knows what happened to him isn’t talking: His mother. Elizabeth Johnson took Gabriel out of state and away from his father when he was only 7 months old. She has confessed to killing him but has retracted her confessions and told […]
2/7/20171 hour, 9 minutes, 10 seconds
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Lying in Wait: The Killings of Haile Kifer & Nicholas Brady

On Thanksgiving day 2012, two teens were shot to death while in the act of burglarizing a home in Little Falls, Minnesota.  Initially believed to be a case of justified homicides, circumstances in this case brought that into question.  Was this cold-blooded murder? Was the homeowner lying in wait?  Join us at the quiet end […]
1/31/20171 hour, 3 minutes, 21 seconds
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Getting Away with Murder: Casey Anthony

The story of murdered toddler Caylee Anthony gained an enormous amount of attention in 2008 when her mother Casey didn’t report her missing for 31 days. When questioned about her daughters whereabouts, Casey told police that Caylee had been kidnapped by a babysitter. As the investigation progressed, everything Casey told her family, friends, and authorities […]
1/25/20172 hours, 14 minutes
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Torn from the Womb: A Case of Fetal Abduction

In 2015, Dynel Lane lured 34 weeks pregnant Michelle Wilkins to her home with a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. She beat Michelle and stabbed her before cutting Michelle’s fetus from her body. This is the latest in a series of reported cases of fetal abduction which have been increasing in frequency since the 1980s. […]
1/17/20171 hour, 33 minutes, 16 seconds
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Bed of Lies: The Murder of Lori Hacking

The lies told by Mark Hacking to make him feel better about himself and appear successful proved lethal to his wife Lori after they were revealed.  Lori Hacking was 5 weeks pregnant and planning a move across the country when she learned that she had been deceived by the person she loved the most.  Instead […]
1/10/20171 hour, 28 minutes, 36 seconds
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In Plain Sight: The Ariel Castro Kidnappings

This may be the only True Crime Brewery case that has a happy ending…so sit back and enjoy…but not until we delve into the horrors 3 innocent girls endured for a decade.  This is a story of unimaginable crimes, but it is also a story of survival. You go girls!
1/4/20171 hour, 30 minutes, 21 seconds
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No Girls Allowed: The Daughters of Paula Sims

Does lightening strike twice? Paula Sims expected investigators to believe that it did when she reported her 2 newborn daughters kidnapped at gunpoint…3 years apart. Join us at the quiet end for a discussion of this incredible and disturbing story of a mother who may have killed her babies simply because they were girls. Dick […]
12/28/20161 hour, 27 minutes, 10 seconds
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The 12 Beers of Christmas Finale: Love Actually

Join us for a holiday episode where Jill and Dick recap and discuss the iconic Christmas film Love Actually.  The final beer of Christmas is introduced and reviewed!
12/25/20161 hour, 23 minutes, 53 seconds
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The 12 Beers of Christmas: Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey?

JonBenet was born in 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia, the younger of the two children of Patsy and John Ramsey. At the time of her death, JonBenet was 6 years old and a student in kindergarten at High Peaks Elementary School in Boulder, Colorado. JonBenet died in her home on December 25 or 26, 1996. A […]
12/24/201632 minutes, 32 seconds
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The 12 Beers of Christmas: The Covina Christmas Massacre

The Covina Christmas Massacre occurred on December 24, 2008, in Covina, a city in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. Nine people were killed, either by gunshot wounds or in an arson fire inside a house, where a Christmas Eve party was being held. The perpetrator, 45-year-old Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, who entered the house wearing […]
12/23/201626 minutes, 46 seconds
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The 12 Beers of Christmas: The Carnation Murders

According to testimony, Joseph McEnroe and Michelle Anderson armed themselves and drove their pickup to the home of her parents, Wayne Anderson, 60, and Judy Anderson, 61, on the afternoon of Dec. 24, 2007. Once inside, McEnroe distracted Judy Anderson, who was wrapping Christmas gifts, while Michele shot her father. After Michele’s gun jammed, McEnroe […]
12/21/201620 minutes, 17 seconds
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The 12 Beers of Christmas: Mission Valley Christmas Killings

Ilona Flint and Salvatore Belvedere were shot while sitting inside a parked car outside the Macy’s in Mission Valley California in the early hours of Dec. 24, 2013. Flint died at the scene while Salvatore sustained critical injuries and died a few days later. On Jan. 17, Gianni Belvedere, Salvatore’s brother, was discovered dead in […]
12/20/201623 minutes, 14 seconds
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The 12 Beers of Christmas: Psychotic Dallas Dad in a Santa Suit

7 Family Members found dead on Christmas day 2011 appeared to be celebrating the holiday when they were shot dead. Who committed this horrible crime? The answer will chill you to the bone. Great Lakes Christmas Ale is reviewed on this 6th episode in the 12 beers of Christmas.