Murders

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Gerard Schaefer

Gerard Schaefer, a former Florida police officer, is one of the world’s most vile and prolific serial killers.  For 10 years he tortured, mutilated and murdered women in three different continents.  He took pleasure in the mental anguish even more than the physical pain he inflicted on his victims and preferred to kill two women at one time for “double the pleasure.”   In order to ensure he didn’t get caught, he studied the behavior of other serial killers.  However, in 1972, two women managed to escape when Gerard left them tied to the mangrove trees with nooses around their necks while he went to work.  He was arrested by his own co-workers at the police station he worked at.  While in prison, he mingled with the likes of Ted Bundy and Otis O’ Toole, later stating that Ted Bundy sought advice from him.   Gerard Schaefer is proof that monsters can disguise themselves as normal human beings.

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Killer Fiction Gerard Schaefer

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.

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Karen Gregory

Karen Gregory moved into her boyfriend’s house in Gulfport, Florida on May 22, 1984. Late evening and into the early morning hours of the following day, many of her neighbors heard her blood-curdling screams, but none of them called the police. Her body was found 2 days later, in a pool of her own blood in the hallway of her boyfriend’s home. The police followed many leads, and interviewed several suspects; they were very thankful that the neighborhood watchdog, a firefighter named George Lewis, had an important eyewitness account of the night Karen was murdered. George helped their investigation in important ways and even encountered a suspect that very night. The police arrested the murderer years after Karen’s death—and it was the LAST person the police suspected.

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John Edward Robinson

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 remain 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.

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Carmine Lapello

Carmine Lapello was a taxi cab driver during the Canadian prohibition on alcohol. He was arrested twice for using his cab to deliver alcohol to the bootleggers. In 1917, he was viciously murdered and humiliated in death by having his pants pulled down leaving him exposed on the road beside his cab. The last people to catch a ride from Carmine was a shady couple that insisted that Carmine drive them to a seedy part of town. Was Carmine murdered in a fit of jealous rage, or did his dealings with the bootleggers and the Italian Mafia cause his downfall? Find out who Carmine’s great nephew believes is responsible for his killing and why, as we try to piece together the puzzle one of Canada’s oldest unsolved murders.

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On January 25, 2012 the body of a woman was discovered in the backseat of a Mercedes SUV that had been abandoned in the City of Detroit.  The police soon discovered the woman was 57-year-old Jane Bashara, who had been reported missing the night before by her husband of nearly 27 years, Bob. Bob insisted Jane must have been murdered after a car-jacking gone wrong, but the police soon uncovered a story with so many twists and turns, as well as one peppered with stories of plots to hire hitmen, sex dungeons and BDSM, that the truth something you thought you’d only find in the movies.

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Theresa Knorr Podcast

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.

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April Millsap

On a July evening in 2014, 14-year-old April took her dog Penny for a walk on a popular biking trail not far from her home. At 6:28 pm she texted her boyfriend sending him a chilling message, “OMFG I think I was almost kidnapped.” It was the last time anyone would ever hear from April again.

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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.

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Jesse Pomeroy

The city of Boston was overcome with terror in the late 1800’s because a monster was torturing its’ young boys.  After eight children were brutally violated, the police were finally able to nab the perpetrator.  To everyone’s surprise, the sadistic fiend was a child himself;  he was a 12 year old named Jesse Pomeroy.  As punishment for his cruel ways, Jesse was sentenced to a reformatory for six years.  However, Jesse was released after 14 months for good behavior.   When Jesse got out, he was far from reformed…in fact, Jesse advanced to murder within days of being back on the streets of Boston.  Find out how the State of Massachusetts dealt with a 14 year old sadistic murderer in this weeks episode… 

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In 2006, a married couple, Christine and Ronald, were brutally bludgeoned, stabbed, and left for dead in the garage of their home. Before dying, Christine scrawled a final cryptic message in her blood on the floor. After originally leaving, the killer came back in an attempt to clean up the crime scene but missed part of Christine’s message hidden under her jeep.  What was Christine trying to say? 

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George Russell

In the 1990’s Seattle was experiencing more than just the burgeoning of the grunge scene. A sadist serial killer who was in to piquerism was targeting young females and enjoyed mutilating their bodies before and after death.

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In 1990, a woman confessed that she and her boyfriend raped and murdered Taunja Bennett then dumped her body along the Old Scenic Highway in Oregon. However, a long-haul trucker was very surprised to hear this news because he was the actual killer and went on to murder seven more women before he was finally stopped…

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George Russell

Stephen McAfee, a 19 year old young man, went missing from his home in the middle of the night in March of 2016; he seemingly vanished into thin air leaving no clues behind. His family, friends and law enforcement did everything they could to find him but his case grew cold. Then, approximately 13 months after his disappearance, a young woman walked into the police department with a chilling tale of murder and betrayal.  Stephen was dead, but that’s not the end of the story…

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A Master's Degree in Murder

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.

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Keddie Murders

Keddie California was the home of a run-down resort filled with dilapidated cabins. One night in April of 1981, four people were tortured and killed in Cabin 28. The massacre that occurred lasted hours. This case was cold until 2013 when new evidence, including DNA, finally shed light on what happened that night and the answers are truly shocking…

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In August 1973, the city of Houston, Texas uncovered an awful secret–one that would make headlines all over the world. Between 1970 and 1973, the city had a problem. Young teenage boys were disappearing from the suburbs and authorities failed to notice the pattern. It wasn’t until a man named Dean Corll was shot dead in his home one hot and humid August night in 1973, did the secrets he kept finally come to light.

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At the age of 19, Samantha Bachynski had recently graduated high school at the top of her class, was taking college classes, and had fallen in love for the first time to a handsome young man. Within six months, her life collapsed into a downward spiral culminating in the torture and murder of three innocent people. Perhaps, if Samantha had never met Patrick she would have became the nurse she inspired to be. But instead, Samantha will forever be known as the other half of the killer couple…

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TnT Crimes & Consequences

In the summer of 2014, the decapitated body of a male was found off the trail in a city park. Police soon discovered that the deceased young man’s eight months pregnant girlfriend had been missing for days. Their investigation led them to a basement that was filled with instruments used for torture.  Even more disturbing than that was the collection of homemade videos they found along with a note that stated in part, “Pain is for learning.”

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Charles Schmid, Jr. was a narcissistic young man living in Tucson, Arizona in the early 1960’s. He had fantasies of becoming a rockstar. He wanted to see what it was like to kill and if he could murder and get away with it. At least three girls were brutally murdered by him before his bragging of the killings and showing friends the bodies eventually got him caught.

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Katherine Knight

Australian Katherine Knight was a mother of four and a master at her trade: cutting up carcasses at the local slaughterhouse. She had a string of lovers that she violently abused through the years. In 2000, Katherine’s violence escalated and she slaughtered her boyfriend by stabbing him over 35 times in a fit of rage. Then, when she was done, she practiced both her carving and cooking skills on him…

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Daniel Furlong

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…

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Diane Chorba

Diane Chorba went missing in the spring of 1979.  She was reportedly on flight 191 that crashed in Chicago on May 25 of that year.  Twenty-two years later, a close friend of Diane’s contacted the police and told them a chilling story of her account of Diane’s death and it had nothing to do with a plane.

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Janette Roberson

On January 19, 1983, while working in the pet department of a busy store, Janette Roberson was savagely raped, mutilated and murdered. The killer’s attack was slow and brutal, yet no employees or customers saw or heard anything. Police are baffled as to how such a sadistic killer has remained under their radar for over 35 years as DNA has failed to yield a match. It is time the killer is brought to justice…

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Ypsilanti Ripper

From 1967 to 1969, before the world had ever heard of the term “serial killer” or DNA or Ted Bundy, a young man nicknamed “The Ypsilanti Ripper”  terrorized two college campus, slaughtering at least six women with such sadistic rage, that to this day, only a handful of killers can match his cruelty. On the outside,  John Norman Collins was a handsome sophomore and future elementary school teacher, but on the inside…he was a monster.

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TnT: Crimes & Consequences, A True Crime Podcast

Jeffrey Gorton was the quintessential man: he owned a home, he had a wife he adored, and two beautiful children. But there was a dark side to Jeff.  In his own words, there was a part of him the devil got a hold of. Jeffrey would brutally rape, torture and murder women, then defile their dead bodies.  How many women did this murderous necrophiliac kill?  Only Jeffrey knows, and he isn’t telling…

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On December 2, 2016, a 28-year-old Michigan woman named Danielle Stislicki seemed to have vanished into thin air. Last seen leaving her work, Danielle left no trace. A case that started as a missing persons case, is now a first degree murder trial against a friend of Dani’s and further investigations have determined that Dani wasn’t his first victim…

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On December 17, 1927, twelve year old Marion Parker was inadvertently handed over to a kidnapper by naive school employees.   What started out as a kidnapping for ransom turned into what the Los Angeles Times deemed “The Case of the Century.” The kidnapper eventually returned Marion to her parents…in pieces. This is the unfortunate story of the kidnapping and murder of Marion Parker.

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In 1985, two best friends went to the rural Northern Michigan town of Mio to kick off their start of the deer hunting season; they never returned home. After 18 years a witness came forward to reveal the unspeakable fate of the hunters. At the time of their disappearance, the terrifying Duvall brothers lived near Mio. The brothers liked to drink, fight and tend to their pigs. And on the night the hunters died, they did all three.

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Robert Berdella

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. 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 story that is fuel for nightmares.

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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, four adults and his wife? In the words of the killer: Criminals are made, not born.

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