In 1939, a man with an IQ of 46 was executed by the State of Colorado for the brutal murder of a 15-year-old girl, and the attempted murder of her 12-year-old sister. He was 23 years old, but had the mindset of someone much younger. The story of his trial, conviction and eventual execution, will be one of the most shocking and horrifying miscarriages of justice you will ever hear about.
- Born in Pueblo, CO on April 29, 1915
- Murder occurred on August 14, 1936
- Arrested initially for vagrancy on August 26, 1936
- Executed on January 6, 1939
- Granted posthumous pardon in 2011 by Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado
Raymond was accused of the murder of Jodi in 2007. He was found guilty of perjury in regards to her murder. After doing 22 months in prison and being considered a convicted felon, Raymond was exonerated after Jodi’s murdered tried to kidnap another young girl and was linked to Jodi’s murder through DNA
In May 1991, Sabina Kulakowski was found dead outside of her farmhouse, as it burned to the ground. She had been beaten, stabbed, strangled and there were bitemarks all over her body. A week prior to her death, a man named Roy Brown had been released from jail after serving time making threats to the Cayuga County, New York Department of Human Services. Roy was Suspect #1, because had threatened to kill everyone at the office when his daughter had been taken from him and placed in foster care. Despite his arrest and conviction for Sabina’s death, Roy didn’t do it and had to solve her murder from behind bars, before he was released after serving 15 long years behind bars. Listen to this week’s episode to find out how Roy’s life changed after his wrongful conviction.
In 1981 a strange man convinced the young assistant manager at the Fairlanes Windfern Bowling Alley in Houston, Texas, to let him in the building after closing. This man then shot three young employees and a friend execution-style and left them for dead. One survived but had serious brain injuries. Three weeks later, 24-year-old Max Soffar got arrested for stealing a motorcycle. Three days after he was arrested, Max, with the help of detectives, wrote three variations of a confession to the murders. He implicated not only himself but the son of a local sheriff’s deputy. Prosecutors failed to press charges against Max’s alleged accomplice, but Max was tried for and found guilty of the three murders. He was sentenced to death. Through the years people expressed doubt in Max’s guilt, including two federal judges. Federal Judge Harold DeMoss, wrote “I have laid awake nights agonizing over the enigmas, contradictions, and ambiguities” in this case. 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. Paul Reid lived in Houston at the time of the killings and went on to murder seven people during armed robberies of restaurants and stores. Decided for yourself by listening now…
In 1998, a terrified 6-year-old girl witnessed her grandmother being beaten to death by a man who also raped and beat her. When she awoke the morning after the attack, she told authorities she knew the man who attacked her—it was her Uncle Clarence. However, her Uncle claimed to be over 40 minutes away at the time of the murder. Uncle Clarence’s wife, Melinda fought for nearly 8 years to prove Clarence’s innocence and had to solve the murder herself before the courts would listen. Listen to how the amazing Melinda solved the murder and how Clarence was release from prison a free man after spending nearly 8 years locked up for a crime he didn’t commit.
In 1991, a young woman was found savagely beaten and sexually mutilated on the side of a city road. Her injuries were so severe that she wasn’t expected to survive; however, she defied all odds and lived, but was left with a permanent physical injuries. The victim was able to provide the authorities with the names of her attackers and the details of the attack, which led to their arrests and convictions. But there was one enormous problem, everything the woman said was a lie…
In 2007, 11 year old Jodi was riding when she was kidnapped, murdered and disposed of in a cemetery. The police focused 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…
In 1939, a man with an IQ of 46 was executed by the State of Colorado for the brutal murder of a 15-year-old girl. He was 23 years old, but had the mindset of someone much younger. The story of his trial, conviction and eventual execution, will be one of the most shocking and horrifying miscarriages of justice you will ever hear about. This is the story of Joe Arridy.