Murders

The Episodes

Deanna Cook Podcast

Imagine being attacked and calling 911 during it. Would you feel a spark of hope that you might be saved? Deanna Cook was on the phone with 911 for 17 minutes, but due to mishaps with the system, the police didn’t arrive until almost an hour later. When they got there, no one came to the door, so they left. Three days later her concerned family went to her house looking for her only to discover her body floating in the bathtub. This is the heartbreaking story of the death of Deanna Cook.

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Chester Turner True Crime Podcast

In the 1990s and 2000s, Chester Turner lured 14 women to their deaths on the streets of Los Angeles. It wasn’t until 2002 that he was caught after he raped a woman that he knew and she lived to report the crime. Being a convicted felon, Chester had to submit his DNA to California’s CODIS system. Using Chester’s DNA, police were able to test his DNA against both solved and unsolved cases. In doing this, they had no idea of the number of cases that they would solve. In addition to solving cold cases, DNA exonerated a man who was convicted and spent over 10 years in prison for three murders that Chester had committed. Listen to this Member’s Only episode to hear more about the man that police nicknamed “The Southside Slayer” due to Chester’s favorite hunting ground being his own neighborhood.

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William Lester Suff Podcast

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.

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True Crime Podcast David Allen Rundle

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.

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channon christian chris newsome

In January of 2007, Channon Christian was a beautiful and intelligent 21-year-old sociology major who
studied at the University of Knoxville in Tennessee. She had been dating 23-year-old Christopher
Newsome for about two months when they decided to have dinner and then go to a party one Saturday
night. They never made it to the party because they were carjacked at an apartment complex. What
transpired after their kidnapping was one of the most brutal and horrific crimes that has ever occurred
in Knoxville.

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true crime podcast Jackie Hovarter

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 to 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.

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Bery Bench Podcast

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.

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Robert Shulman Podcast

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.

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Jill Behrman Podcast

On May 31, 2000, Nineteen-year-old Jill Behrman, went missing while riding her bike in Bloomington, Indiana. A local woman named Wendy Owings, and two of her shady friends confessed to 46 people that they murdered Jill. Wendy provided a detailed confession to the police and passed a polygraph test regarding her account of the crime. Wendy’s confession lead the police to drain Salt River, where they found evidence corroborating her story; however, they didn’t have enough to make an arrest and they still hadn’t found Jill’s body. Three years later, a hunter found Jill’s remains in a densely overgrown wooded area and the entire case got turned upside down. The police no longer focused on Wendy and her friends, and instead arrested another local man, John Myers II. In 2006, he was tried, convicted, and sentenced to 65 years in prison. In 2019, his conviction was overturned. So who killed Jill Behrman?

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Rex Nisbett and George Delacruz Podcast

Vicki Nisbett disappeared in 1991 and her estranged husband Rex said she ran off with another man, leaving her and Rex’s three children behind. Julie Delacruz disappeared in 2010 after supposedly breaking up with her boyfriend via text, leaving her daughter behind. The last person to see both Vicki and Julie were their respective estranged husbands, but what else do these two Texas cases have in common? Listen to this episode to hear how these two cases were similar, even though they were nearly 30 years apart.

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James Daveggio and Michelle Michaud Podcast

In the late 1990s, in and around Sacramento, California, James Daveggio and his girlfriend, Michelle Michaud were meth-heads that were obsessed with local serial killers, Gerald and Charlene Gallego. Determined to make their mark like their idols, James and Michelle began a path of destruction that began with committing heinous rape and incest crimes, and ended with the torture and death of 21-year-old Vanessa Sampson. Listen to this week’s episode to hear all about the devastation caused by this monstrous duo.

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Richard Farley Podcast

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.

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Michael King Podcast

In January of 2008, Denise Amber Lee was a 21-year-old stay-at-home mother to two young children living in North Port, Florida. While her husband was at work, a man entered their home in the middle of the day and kidnapped her while she was watching her two boys. Five people called 911 regarding the crime, one of those people was Denise herself. Listen to all the 911 calls and find exactly what transpired on that fateful day.

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Rattlesnakes James Podcast

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 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.

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In September 1981, in the idyllic village of Eiching, Bavaria, Germany, a 10-year-old girl named Ursula Herrmann was riding her bike home after having dinner at her aunt and uncle’s house. Ursula never arrived home and seemed to vanish into thin air. Her parents received two ransom notes and phone calls from the kidnappers but after they agreed to pay the ransom and were working out the details of the ransom drop, the communications suddenly stopped. Searchers, who were combing through the woods after Ursula had been missing for 19 days, found a strange wooden box buried in the woods. When they opened it, the mysterious disappearance of little Ursula only became more puzzling.

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No Forced Entry

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!

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Rulo Ranch Cult PODCAST

In the early ’80s Michael Ryan was the leader of a small group of followers who lived together on an 80-acre hog farm in Rulo, Nebraska. All of the group’s decisions were determined by what they referred to as “the arm test,” which was a means for God to speak to them. Michael, however, didn’t need to use the arm test, as he claimed God spoke directly to him in his mind. By 1985, some of the members began expressing their doubts in the arm test, which Michael said angered God. For the next few months, Michael came up with creative ways of brutalizing and torturing the doubters. This led to the cruel death of 5-year-old Luke Stice. Although Luke’s death was horrendous, it cannot compare to the systematic torture, degradation, and humiliation of James Thimm. Over a period of a few weeks, James was forced into bestiality, starved, and shot. But Michael decided that wasn’t punishment enough for James. So for three days Michael and his followers brutalized James in ways unimaginable. Death had to come as a relief for James because the cruelty this episode discusses is beyond comprehension. Warning: this episode is extremely graphic.

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Roger Coleman Podcast

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!

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jeremy strohmeyer podcast

On May 27, 1997, 18-year-old Jeremy Strohmeyer was playing games in the arcade of a hotel casino in Primm, Nevada, about 40 miles south of Las Vegas. While he is in the arcade, he notices 7-year-old Sherrice Iverson, who is running around the casino unsupervised. Jeremy and Sherrice start playing hide-and-seek, and their game turns deadly for Sherrice when Jeremy follows her into the ladies’ bathroom. Jeremy’s best friend, David Cash, Jr., who had accompanied Jeremy to the casino that night, follows the two into the bathroom and witnesses the horrors that Sherrice experiences in the last few minutes of her life. However, David does nothing to stop it and even laughs about it later. Listen to this week’s episode to hear more about the crime and the aftermath caused by the “The Bad Samaritan.”

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Max Soffar

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…

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Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans Podcast

In 1974, two Australian nursing students, Lorraine Wilson, and Wendy Evans, decided to take some time off from their work and studies to travel around Australia. Unfortunately for the young women, Lorraine’s car broke down in the middle of their vacation and the repair shop said would take over a week to fix it. Undeterred, the two decided to hitchhike to Brisbane to spend a week with Lorraine’s sister. As the days passed Lorraine began to grow more concerned that her car wouldn’t be fixed in time for both women to return to work on October 10, 1974. On October 6, Lorraine and Wendy couldn’t wait any longer for Lorraine’s car to be done so the two set off on foot, hoping to hitchhike their way back home. They never made it. Lorraine’s aunt reported them missing on October 12, 1974, but it would take almost 40 years to discover the truth of what happened to these women. Although there were at least a dozen bystanders that witnessed the crime and over 10 men who participated in the brutal rapes of the women, fear coupled with mistakes made by authorities, allowed the perpetrators to get away with murder and escape justice.

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Steven Crittenden Podcast

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…”

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The Comic Book Killer

On Friday, July 13, 1990, the body of 32-year-old Barbara George was found in the backroom of her comic book store in Clinton Township, Michigan. Initially, when she was found, it appeared that she had maybe suffered a heart attack or was fatally injured somehow. However, when she was transported to the hospital, a nurse found a bullet wound on her head that had been hidden by her thick hair. Unfortunately, due to lack of physical evidence and very little clues, Barbara’s murder was left unsolved until the cold case unit reopened it in 2007. The cold case unit found a report made by a witness in 1990 who said that Barbara’s husband wasn’t where he said he was—and this was the missing part of the puzzle the police needed to solve Barbara’s murder. Police soon tracked down her husband in Pennsylvania, married to a woman he was having an affair with in 1990. Listen now to Episode 39 to find out how this cold case was eventually solved.

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Ward Weaver Podcast

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.

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Janet Chandler Podcast

In 2004, a film class at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, set out to make a documentary on the 1978 cold case murder of 22-year-old Janet Chandler. Janet was known by her family to be a conservative woman of strong Christian faith and morals, but an investigation into her murder showed there was another side to Janet that she kept hidden from her parents. On a cold January night, while working as the front clerk at the Blue Mill Inn Hotel, Janet was kidnapped. Two days later her naked, brutalized body was found buried in the snow. For almost 30 years, at least 25 witnesses were able to keep secret the horrific details of the last 17 hours of Janet’s life. The betrayal, humiliation, and brutality of this crime cannot be understated.

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Suzanne Marie Collins Podcast

Two joggers witnessed 19-year-old marine, Suzanne Collins, being forced into a station wagon while she was out for an evening jog in July of 1985. The next day, her unrecognizable beaten body was found under a tree at a park, just outside the military base. Her death was a direct result of the injuries she received from being raped with a large object. Within hours, a man named Sedley was arrested and made a full confession. Months later, he claimed that he didn’t actually kill Suzanne, but he knew who did; It was his other personality called “Death”. Sedley claimed to be suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder, previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder, and had three distinct personalities: Sedley, Death, and Billie. Before his trial, Sedley was placed in a mental hospital and a team of professionals evaluated him for six months. Eventually, Sedley was found to be both sane and guilty and was sentenced to death. Prior to his death, he recanted his confession and the Innocence Project filed some motions with the court for post-conviction DNA testing. Listen to this episode and decide for yourself if the State of Tennessee executed an innocent man or not.

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The Prodigal Son

December 10, 2003 was supposed to be an evening of a wonderful celebration for the Whitaker family. The family was celebrating the upcoming college graduation of the eldest son, Bart, and the family went to a popular Sugar Land, Texas eatery called Pappadeaux to start the festivities. When the family returned home, however, they were met with unspeakable terror–there was a man in their home whose plan was to rob the home then execute them all. When police arrived on the scene, they started to notice the robbery looked staged, and when they started to dig around in Bart’s background, they found things that just didn’t add up to what appeared to happen that night in December. The police would discover a plan that was over two years in the making about a son whose greed for money was more important to him than his own family.

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Catherine Caroline Karubin Podcast

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.

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Ronald Bailey Podcast

In the summer of 1984, 14-year-old Kenny Myers left his home to go for a bike ride when he failed to return, his mother reported him missing. His strangled body was found 30 miles away in a park. A year later, 13-year-old Shawn Moore disappeared while riding his bike and like Kenny, his body was found decomposed two weeks later, 150 miles from his house. Other teen boys reported being kidnapped in a similar fashion, but after their assaults, they were released. Tips began pouring in and eventually the killer, 26-year-old Ronald Bailey, was arrested. His background showed a history of kidnapping and homosexual rapes, starting when he was only 13 years old. Eventually, Ronald opened up to FBI forensic profiler John Douglas about how he chose his victims and his method of murder. Ronald killed boys that reminded him of his younger self. He rationalized that If he could kill his teen self, then he could prevent the monster he grew up to be from hurting others. No one will know the true count of Ronald’s murdered victims, but authorities are convinced Shawn and Kenny weren’t the only ones.

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Mark Unger Podcast

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. What were Flo’s secrets that surfaced after her death and did they contribute to it?

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True Crime Podcast

On June 2, 1991, in southern California, Denise Huber was getting ready to go to a Morrisey concert with a friend. After the concert, she and her friend, Rob, went for drinks at a local watering hole. They invited more friends to join them and the night didn’t end until last call. Denise dropped Rob off at his house at about 2am, and she told him she was on her way home. She was never seen alive again. Denise car was found on the side of the highway the next day but the police came up short on clues. It wasn’t until three years later, when someone noticed a Ryder truck parked in a driveway in Arizona did the horror of what happened to Denise come to light. 

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Stephen Grant Podcast

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.

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shari smith larry gene bell

Two days before her graduation from high school, 17-year-old Shari Smith was kidnapped from her mailbox.  The kidnapper called her family on eight different occasions taunting them and even threatened her 21-year-old sister Dawn that she too would suffer the same fate.  Eventually, the perpetrator’s phone calls stopped, but his crimes didn’t.  And two weeks after Shari’s disappearance, he called the Smith family again, given them directions to where they could locate his newest victim. 

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Charlie Starkweather Podcast

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 with inspired the 1994 hit movie “Natural Born Killers.”

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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.

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KELLY COCHRAN

53-year-old 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.

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deltona murder xbox

In 2004, a 22-year-old named Erin went to check on her grandmother’s winter home in Deltona, Florida, like she often would, just to make sure everything was fine with it.  On July 31st, she discovered she found items at her grandma’s house, such as an Xbox, men’s clothing, and mail with the name Troy Victorino on it.  She called the police and they told her since the property was at her grandmother’s home illegally, Erin could do with it as she wished.  This set off a chain of events that culminated into a crime so brutal that two of the four perpetrators were given death sentences.  This is the story of the inhumane slaughter of six young adults.

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In October of 1986, 17-year-old Alicia from Terra Haute, Indiana, walked two blocks to the gas station to get some pop for her family, but she never returned. Months later, another girl from Alicia’s neighborhood disappeared. An informant and an anonymous tipster provided leads to the police which led to a shocking discovery.

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True Crime Podcast

In October of 1986, 17-year-old Alicia from Terra Haute, Indiana, walked two blocks to the gas station to get some pop for her family, but she never returned. Months later, another girl from Alicia’s neighborhood disappeared. An informant and an anonymous tipster provided leads to the police which led to a shocking discovery.

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In the late 1990s, college girls were going missing in San Luis Obispo, California. Around this same time, a prison parolee named Rex Krebs, was trying to get his life together after serving 10 years of a 20-year sentence for rape. Rex had been paroled for good behavior despite the judge saying that the crimes he committed showed a “high degree of viciousness and callousness.” When Rex’s parole officer, David, heard about the missing girls, he had one guy on his mind, and it was Rex. Listen to Episode 29 to find out how David broke the case for two of the missing girls wide open and find out what really happened.

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