September 24, 2020
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the bodies of young women (many were believed to be sex workers) were showing up around the Lake Elsinore, California area. As the body count was piling up the police began to realize that they had a serial killer in the area. Each murder victim underwent unspeakable horrors—some of the women suffered greatly and their bodies evidenced this fact. When police finally tracked down a viable suspect, everything seemed to fall into place–especially when the killer had kept so many souvenirs of his victims. Listen to this week’s episode to find out about the horrible crimes of serial killer William Lester Suff
September 9, 2020
In November of 1986, the bodies of two young women, 18-year-old, Caroline Garcia, and Lanciann Sorensen, 15, were found in rural areas of Placer County. The bodies were unclothed and the arms of both victims were bound tightly behind their backs. The police were able to link the crimes to 23-year-old David Allen Rundle, who confessed to a third murder of a young woman. Find out the details of his confession…as you can tell by the title, this story it’s pretty nasty.
September 6, 2020
16-year-old Danna Walsh was raped and murdered in Northern California in 1984. Her crime went unsolved until another victim of Jackie’s who was kidnapped, raped and left for dead, managed to survive and was able to give the police enough information for him to be arrested. Although he was only convicted of one murder, he confessed his family that he killed more girls and some believe he is responsible for the unsolved murder of two young girls unsolved murders in the area.
August 26, 2020
Serial killer Robert Shulman preyed on sex workers in the Long Island, New York area. He had the same modus operandi for all his victims: he would usually kill them by beating them, then he would dismember them for the sole purpose to make it difficult to identify them. Shulman killed at least 5 women, with two still unidentified to this day. Listen to this Online Only episode to hear more about how Robert’s victims were found and his arrest and conviction.
August 16, 2020
When Laura Black was casually introduced to a co-worker named Richard Farley in 1984, she had no idea that he would terrorize her for the next four years. He showed up to her softball games, her apartment, and even her aerobics class. As a result of his stalking, she was forced to move three times, but each time he found her. After years of abuse, she hired a lawyer and got a restraining order. The restraining order only served to fuel Richard’s madness and a week later, he sought his revenge by killing seven innocent people.
August 6, 2020
On the evening of August 5, 1935, the body of Mary James was found floating, face down, in a fish pond in her yard. Her death was determined to be an accidental drowning, due to being intoxicated. However, about a year after her death, her husband, Robert James was put on trial for her death. Listen to this Members Only episode to find out what exactly happened to Mary, as well as the unbelievable ridiculous history of her husband, nicknamed “Rattlesnake James”, who became the last man to be hanged in the gallows at San Quentin State Prison.
July 29, 2020
Everyone knows about Kansas’s BTK but not many people have ever heard of another prolific serial killer that terrorized Kansas in the late ’80s. At least six women were murdered by the same man over the course of a month near the Kansas/Missouri border. Four of them were kidnapped and/or killed in their own homes and the police could find no signs of forced entry. Eventually, the police caught up with the killer while he was holidaying on San Padre Island in Texas. When they apprehended him, he was on his way to meet a young woman and had a kill kit in his trunk. Even more disturbing, a look into this young murderer’s past revealed that he committed his first murder before he even finished 10th grade. Find out how horrific Richard Grissom Jr. actually is by listening now!
July 23, 2020
In March of 1981, 19-year-old Wanda McCoy was sodomized, raped, and nearly decapitated by a ferocious killer. Three weeks later her brother-in-law, Roger Coleman, was arrested for her murder. At his trial, a jury found him guilty and sentenced him to death by electric chair. Roger always maintained his innocence and wrote to a non-profit group asking for their post-conviction help. Eventually, a team of lawyers discovered evidence they believed established that the killer may have been a neighbor of Wanda’s and filed an appeal based on this new evidence. Roger appeared on the cover of Time Magazine and did live interviews on popular shows such as The Today Show claiming an innocent man was going to be put to death. Years later, DNA testing was done on the crime scene evidence. Find out the results by listening now!
July 15, 2020
In 1981 a strange man convinced the young assistant manager at the Fairlanes Windfern Bowling Alley in Houston, Texas, to let him into the building after closing. This man then murdered three young teens and left another one for dead there. Three weeks later, 24-year-old Max Soffar was arrested for stealing a motorcycle. Max, with the help of detectives, wrote three variations of a confession to the murders. A trial was held and Max was found guilty of the crimes and sentenced to death. Through the years people expressed doubt in Max’s guilt, including two federal judges. Judge Cochran of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals wrote, “ although I do not have great confidence in the reliability or accuracy of the written confession, and hence in his culpability for the triple murders, I was not the chosen fact finder. I find this case quite troubling. There is something very wrong about this case.’” Many people believe that Paul Reid, known as “The Fast Food Serial Killer” actually is responsible for the three teens’ death. Decide for yourself by listening now…
July 22, 2020
January 13, 1986, started out as an ordinary day for 68-year-old Dr. William Chiapella and his wife 67-year-old wife Katherine in their upscale Chico, California home. Days later, friends and family grew concerned when they hadn’t heard from the couple. On January 17, the Chiapella’s grown son, Joseph, decided to go to their home and check on them to make sure everything was alright. Immediately, he noticed their newspapers had piled up on their front porch. When he entered the home, he discovered the tortured body of his father in the bedroom. While searching for his mother he came across a message from the killer written in red lipstick on the mirror. The message said “just the beginning…”
July 3, 2020
12-year-old Ashley Pond disappeared on her way to school in January of 2002. Two months later, one of her best friends, Miranda Gaddis. also turned up missing on her way to school. During their short lives, both girls had experienced abuse and the police had a long list of suspects to go through. It wasn’t until months later, in August, that the girls’ bodies were found and police were able to piece together the last days of their young lives.
July 7, 2020
In 2003, 43-year-old Anne Margaret Lebensztejn Karubin, a single mother of three was discovered dead in her bathtub by her two teen daughters, Caroline and Catherine. Anne Margaret had been suffering from depression and had turned into a full-blown alcoholic. When an autopsy was done, her blood-alcohol level was .415; however, Anne Margaret didn’t die from alcohol poisoning. Instead, her death was ruled an “accidental drowning” by the medical examiner. After their mother’s death, Caroline and Catherine moved in with their father and continued on with their lives going to high school and hanging out with their friends. But the two of them had a dark secret: their mother’s death was no accident and was actually the result of a well thought out plan over a year in the making which included the help of three of their high school friends. This is Canada’s most infamous case of matricide which, as a result of redaction requirements of The Canadian Youth Criminal Justice Act has previously been known only by the fictitious names of Linda Anderson and her daughters Beth and Sandra.
June 10, 2020
On October 24, 2003 Mark and Florence “Flo” Unger arrived at a favorite northern Michigan vacation resort on Lower Herring Lake with their two children for a family getaway. Mark was hoping that this vacation would convince Flo he was a changed man, and not the gambling and prescription drug addict he had been the year prior – AND that their marriage was worth saving. However, when her body is found on the shore of Lower Lake Herring the following morning, face down in the water, Mark becomes suspect number one in her death. Did Flo complete suicide the night prior, or was Mark really guilty of killing his wife?
June 4, 2020
Stephen Grant was once an ordinary married man who lived in the suburbs with his successful wife, Tara, and their two young children. Everything changed on February 9, 2006, when Stephen snapped and murdered Tara. As horrible as that is, what he did next defies the laws of sanity. Join us as we tell the story of a seemingly sane man’s descent into absurdity.
July 7, 2020
13-year-old Caril Fugate was introduced to 18-year-old Charlie Starkweather by her older sister Barb. The two teens really hit it off, but Caril didn’t know that Charlie had a dark side. He had an obsessive fascination with death, guns, and knives that he hid from not only Caril, but the world. Eventually, Charlie couldn’t contain this hidden beast and in 1958 he went on a rampage brutally raping a young woman and killing 11 people. The question is: was Caril a willing participant or Charlie’s twelfth victim? Learn more about the couple who inspired the 1994 hit movie “Natural Born Killers.”
May 14, 2020
36-year-old Brenda Schaefer was reported missing by her mother on September 25, 1988. Her boyfriend Mel Ignatow was immediately considered a suspect but there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him until Mel’s ex-girlfriend, Mary Ann Shore, made a startling confession: she had photographed the rape, torture, and murder of Brenda. After making a deal with the prosecutors, Mary Ann agreed to testify against Mel in exchange for a 1 to 5 years charge of tampering with evidence.
After a two week trial, the jury came back with a verdict: NOT GUILTY. Mel was acquitted of all charges. While Mel was able to walk free, Mary Ann was forced to due five years under her plea agreement.
Less then one year after his acquittal, the couple that had purchased Mel’s old house decided to replace the carpet. They discovered the old carpet actually hide a heating vent which contained 112 photographs of the crime.
Fortunately for Mel, the Fifth Amendment prohibits a person from being charged for the same crime in which he or she was already been tried. However, the prosecutors were able to find a clever way around this and give some justice to Brenda’s family.
May 8, 2020
53 year Chris Regan disappeared on October 14, 2014 in the midst of moving from Michigan to North Carolina. The prime suspects where a woman he was dating named Kelly and her husband Jason. Neighbors told the police they heard the sound of power tools in the middle of the night around the time Chris disappeared. Kelly and Jason also invited them over to eat three times during that same week and had an enormous amount of meat during that same week. Two years later, Jason died leading to the answers about what exactly happened to Chris.
May 2, 2020
In the 1980s, Dorothea Puente was a neighborhood saint in Sacramento, California—she owned a boarding house and took on the cases in which no one else wanted to help. Her residents were usually severe alcoholics, drug addicts, the mentally ill or very sick senior citizens. The social workers assigned to her boarding house absolutely LOVED her. From the outside, Dorothea and her boarding house seemed like heaven–but a closer look would reveal the residents were living in Hell on Earth…and don’t you DARE look in the garden!
April 17, 2020
Two small children witnessed the abduction of their mother by “the mean man.” When police investigated the crime, they realized this wasn’t the first time the abductor had kidnapped a woman, and he didn’t always act alone. The atrocities committed demonstrated the crimes were part of a well thought out plan by a sadistic killer.
May 8, 2020
Ronald Gene Simmons holds the title of the USA’s most prolific family annihilator. But he didn’t just murder family members, he murdered all the “traitors & sinners” on his list, resulting in the brutal deaths of 16 people. The murders were exceptionally cruel and show a complete disregard for human life, especially when you consider six of his victims were his own children. In Ronald’s own words, “To those who oppose the death penalty – in my particular case, anything short of death would be cruel and unusual punishment.”
May 8, 2020
Serial Killer Gerard Schaefer rekindled the romance he once had with his high school sweetheart, Sondra London, while on death row in the Florida State Penitentiary. Coincidentally, Sondra was a true crime writer, so she was able to get the rights to the short stories that Gerard had written, along with his drawings. She published two books then broke off their engagement with him, moving on to serial killer Danny Rolling. The first book, Killer Fiction, which is the basis for this episode, includes the writings of Gerard found by police while exercising their search warrant of his home in 1972. In addition, the book contains new writings created by Gerard while in prison. It is believed by most experts that these writings are not fiction, but actual accounts of Gerard’s murders. Warning: this is a very graphic episode.
May 6, 2020
John Robinson was a prolific serial killer and master manipulator who was able to get away with murder for at least two decades. He was a Slave Master for the International Counsel of Masters and his duties included securing women for the group to rape and torture. His total number of victims remains unknown but six bodies were found in barrels in various states of decomposition. What makes John an unusual serial killer is that he enjoyed torture and the BDSM lifestyle, but seemed to kill only for financial gain more than the pleasure.
April 13, 2020
In Northern California, in 1984, a young woman was found burned alive in the woods of Squaw Valley. Her identity remained a mystery and she was buried as a Jane Doe. A year later and 100 miles away, another young woman was found dead in a box near a campground. Her identity was unknown and she was also buried as Jane Doe. The second Jane Doe’s death was attributed to a serial killer, Benjamin Herbert Boyle; however, the circumstances behind the first Jane Doe’s murder remained a mystery until 1993. In 1993, a young woman named Terry called America’s Most Wanted and provided the answers the investigators needed to identify both Jane Does and prosecute their true murderer, their mother.
May 8, 2020
Barton Corbin seemed to everyone to have it all. He had a successful dental practice, a beautiful wife, and two young sons. But both he and his wife had secrets. She fell in love was person in an online fantasy game, and he was having an affair with his young dental assistant. But that wasn’t Bart’s only secret…
April 13, 2020
In the 1960’s and 1970’s in Southern California, over 43 males were murdered, mutilated and dismembered in the home of a seemingly harmless engineer with the IQ of 180. This man’s thrills didn’t come from killing, but what he did after he murder his victims. Listen to learn more about the heinous monster who could have easily been anyone’s neighbor: Serial Killer Patrick Kearney.
May 8, 2020
In 2007, 11-year-old Jodi was riding when she was kidnapped, murdered and disposed of in a cemetery. The police focused exclusively on a local reserve officer, Raymond, who eventually was arrested and convicted of perjury in regards to the murder investigation. Eight years after Jodi’s murder, a similar crime took place five miles from where Jodi was killed, only this young girl escaped. The man as caught and his DNA was linked to Jodi’s death. It wasn’t Raymond who was after little girls, but a respected member of the community…
May 8, 2020
From 1984 to 1988 there was a serial killer loose in the streets of Kansas City. The victims were mostly male sex workers, street kids, and drug addicts and the killer knew, after getting away with the first murder, that the police were not quick to solve these crimes involving this often forgotten about population. Fueled by his fantasies, Robert Berdella brutally tortured and murdered six men. His would-be seventh victim was able to escape and expose the world to a horrifying story unlike anything you may have heard.
April 13, 2020
You’ve undoubtedly heard of the Virginia Tech , Colombine and Sandy Hook school murders, but I bet you’ve never heard of the largest school massacre in U.S. history: The Bath School Massacre. What made a well-respected man of the community thread 900 lbs of explosives throughout the ceilings and walls of the school and then slaughter 37 children, six adults and his wife? In the words of the killer: Criminals are made, not born.