Join me for each episode as I dive in to some of the most fascinating true crime cases,
told one chapter at a time.
Episode 119: Three Strikes and You’re Dead: Chapter 2: Louise Peete - Part 1
In this episode. I share a story about a particularly lethal woman who's long criminal career saw her acquitted of a murder, sentenced to life for another and still released to continue her murderous ways. This is Part One of the case of Louise Peete.
Episode 118: Three Strikes and You’re Dead: Chapter 1: Kenneth Allen McDuff
A man murders three innocent teens in 1966, is sentenced to death and later is released from prison to kill again. This is the case of Kenneth Allen McDuff aka "The Broomstick Killer".
Episode 117: Black Widows: Chapter 2: Black Widow Sisters
A rare form of serial killer are Black Widows - women who kill their spouses and other family members - usually for financial gain. Even more rare are Black Widow Sisters. This week I'll share two stories of sisters who set up murder syndicates for profit.
Episode 116: Black Widows: Chapter 1: Betty Lou Beets
A woman is discovered to have murdered two of her husbands and hid their bodies in her yard.
Episode 115: The Darlie Routier Case with Guest Co-Host Yolanda from Not Perfect or Functional Podcast
As a special holiday episode Yolanda from Not Perfect or Functional Podcast aka my little sister returns! This time we discuss the ever-debated Darlie Routier case.
Yolanda's Podcast: www.notperfectorfunctional.com or look for it under "Not Perfect or Functional" on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Episode 114: Mistletoe and Murder: Chapter 2: Marvallous Keene- The Christmas Murder Spree
On Christmas week 1992, a series of murders took place in Dayton, Ohio. Some would call it a case of “thrill killing” others would point to juvenile delinquency, dysfunctional family issues or just plain bad kids. The identified “ringleader” would fit none of these stereotypes and yet, made the decision to go on a murder spree that would shock his community.
Episode 113: Mistletoe and Murder: Chapter 1: The Carnation Christmas
Three generations of one family are murdered on Christmas Eve, 2007 in Carnation, Washington.
Episode 112: Listener Suggestions: Erika and Benjamin Sifrit- Killer Couple
A young couple play a deadly game with perfect strangers on Memorial Day weekend, 2002 in Ocean City, Maryland.
Episode 111: Listener Suggestions: Suzane von Rihthofen “Evil Blonde”
Thank you to listener Alexandre Guglielmelli from Brazil for this case suggestion! In 2002, a wealthy couple is found murdered in their home in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Their own daughter soon becomes a suspect and the case becomes a media sensation in Brazil.
Episode 110: Listener Suggestions: The Texas Cadet Murder
A young couple conspire to kill a romantic rival in Texas in 1995. Thanks to listener Casey Graham for the suggestion of this case. This is the case of Diane Zamora and David Graham - The Texas Cadet Murder case.
Episode 109: Listener Suggestions: Craig Price - The Warwick Slasher
This month I'm picking cases from listener suggestions as a "thank you" to my audience. First up is a case from Warwick, Rhode Island suggested by Mikala Fortin.
When a series of brutal murders takes place in one neighborhood in 1989, investigators zero in on an unlikely suspect - a teenage boy who would be considered one of the country's youngest serial killers.
Episode 108: Haunted Homicide: Chapter 4: The LaLaurie Mansion
The last chapter of "Haunted Homicide" is the story of the LaLaurie Mansion known as "the most haunted house in America". In this episode you'll hear the TRUE story of Madame Delphine LaLaurie who is called "the socialite serial killer".
Episode 107: Haunted Homicide: Chapter 3: The Tower of London
The Tower of London has a long history of torture, murder and royal intrigue. It has also been the scene of many ghostly sightings over its 950-year history. Travel with me to through the Tower to uncover some of its dark history.
Episode 106: Haunted Homicide: Chapter 2: The Amityville Horror House and Ron DeFeo
A house with a dark history is purchased by a young couple in 1975. They soon begin experiencing unexplained and terrifying events inside the home. Was it a result of their imaginations run wild? A hoax? Or the after effects of a horrific multiple homicide committed there?
Episode 105: Haunted Homicide: Chapter 1: Herb Baumeister and Fox Hollow Farm
A serial killer uses his own home as his killing grounds. After his crimes are discovered his property, Fox Hollow Farm, will be considered one of the most haunted places in the midwestern United States. This is chapter one of the series, "Haunted Homicide".
Episode 104: Fast Food Felonies: Chapter 3: The Wendy’s Chili Finger Scam
A woman finds a finger in a fast food item. An investigation is launched and a crime will be uncovered.
Episode 103: Fast Food Felonies: Chapter 2: The Fast Food Killer
A series of fast food restaurant robberies take place in Nashville, Tennessee in 1997. The accused, Paul Dennis Reid, would claim that his early history of brain damage was to blame.
Episode 102: Fast Food Felonies: Chapter 1: The Taco Bell Strangler
A series of women are found raped and strangled in their homes in Charlotte, North Carolina between 1992 and 1994. Later it would be discovered that they could all be linked to one man - a manager at a Taco Bell restaurant in Charlotte.
Episode 101: Written in Blood: Chapter 4: Anne Perry - Part 2
We continue the story of one of the most infamous murders ever committed in New Zealand. Known as the Parker-Hulme Murder it was shocking because of it's brutality as well as because, it was soon discovered, it had been perpetrated by two teenaged girls. In the conclusion, we'll discover that one of the convicted murderers would go on to an illustrious career as one of the world's most well known crime-fiction writers. Her past would stay concealed for almost 40 years before her true identity was discovered.
Episode 100: Written in Blood: Chapter 3: Anne Perry - Part 1
A brutal murder takes place in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1954. Two teenage girls are quickly identified as the murderers. The crime would become infamous in New Zealand and the girl exposed as a well-known writer decades later. This is Part 1.
Episode 099: Written in Blood: Chapter 2: J.J. Paulsen and Richard Klinkhamer
In this second chapter of "Written in Blood" I detail cases of two writers who became wife killers - and then hid their crime from the public.
Episode 098: Written in Blood: Chapter 1: Jack Abbott and Issei Sagawa
In this series I detail crimes committed by authors or writers. First up, two authors who became literary celebrities despite their criminal history....or even because of it.
Episode 097: Wild Things: Chapter 4: The Pacific Heights Dog Mauling Case. Part 2
Diane Whipple lost her life on January 26, 2001 after she was attacked by two dangerous dogs. You'll hear about the public outcry after this horrible incident and how the owners, Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller, made matters worse by insisting they had no responsibility for Whipple's death. This is part two of The Pacific Heights Dog Mauling Case.
Episode 096: Wild Things: Chapter 3: The Pacific Heights Dog Mauling Case. Part 1
A fatal dog mauling case shocked the San Francisco Bay Area and the world in early 2001. When the details were revealed about the dogs and their owners the story took a bizarre twist.
Join me for part one of this two-part episode as I detail the tragic death of a young, lacrosse coach and the strange and unusual backstory that lead to her demise.
Episode 095: Wild Things: Chapter 2: The Murder of Dian Fossey
Dian Fossey became the foremost expert on the mountain gorillas of the Congo. She conducted the first long-term field study of these animals and her story was immortalized in the book and movie Gorillas in the Mist. A few days after Christmas 1985 Dian Fossey was found brutally murdered in her cabin at the primate research center she founded. People around the world wanted to know who killed Dian Fossey?
Episode 094: Wild Things: Chapter 1: The San Francisco Zoo Tiger Attacks
If true crime stories teach us anything it's that man is the most dangerous animal of all. In this new series I will detail cases where human's behavior results in wild animals becoming involved in crime stories.
This series will NOT detail cases of animal cruelty.
First up, a tiger escapes its enclosure at a zoo and attacks three men? Was the tiger provoked? What would cause an animal to attack humans out of the blue?
Episode 093: Infamous Locales: Chapter 5: The Cecil Hotel - Part 3
A young, Canadian college students goes missing from the Cecil while visiting Los Angeles in 2013. The hotel's surveillance camera captures bizarre behavior by the young woman adding to the mystery.
Episode 092: Infamous Locales: Chapter 4: The Cecil Hotel - Part 2
We continue the series "Infamous Locales" with another true crime story from the infamous Cecil Hotel. This time, I'll tell you about another serial killer who made the Cecil his base of operations - Jack Unterweger, "The Vienna Woods Killer".
Episode 091: Infamous Locales: Chapter 3: The Cecil Hotel - Part 1
The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles has been home to at least two serial killers, numerous tragic deaths, a sniper shooting and one mysterious death. Join me for this first installment of a 2-part episode covering the Cecil Hotel's history.
Episode 090: Ted Bundy, Jon Benet and Jodi Arias or What I Learned at Crimecon
In this special episode I give a wrap-up of CrimeCon - all the true crime celebrity sightings, the true crime podcast rockstars I got to hang out with, and all the inside gossip and info. I also discuss a couple of cases related to what I learned in CrimeCon sessions this year. I'll talk about the Patsy Ramsey 911 call, Ted Bundy and Jodi Arias.
Episode 089: Infamous Locales: Chapter 2: Whitechapel and the Jack the Ripper Murders
The district of Whitechapel in London, England was the location of one of the most infamous, unsolved serial murders in history - the Jack the Ripper Murders. But, there was possibly a second serial murderer operating at the same time. Journey with us to Whitechapel for some historical true crime cases.
Warning: This episode details more graphic details than normal. I give you a trigger warning before it begins in the episode if you'd like to skip ahead.
Episode 088: Infamous Locales: Chapter 1: The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle
One intersection in Beverly Hills has been the site of many events from airplane crashes, car accidents, and murders. Could it be a coincidence or is the area cursed?
Episode 087: Last Stop: Chapter 4: Diana the hunter of Bus Drivers and the Murdered Women of Juarez
A woman takes revenge for hundreds of raped and murdered women in Juarez, Mexico by targeting city bus drivers.
Episode 086: Last Stop: Chapter 3: The Tokyo Subway Attack
On March 20, 1995 a group of men board the Tokyo Metro subway system and release deadly sarin gas. The mass murder was ordered by Aum Supreme Truth cult leader Shoko Asahara.
Episode 085: Last Stop: Chapter 2: The Hijacking of Bus 174
A hijacking on a bus unfolds live on television in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June of 2000.
Episdoe 084: Last Stop: Chapter 1: The Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping
In 1976, in the small farming community of Chowchilla, California, a school bus full of children is kidnapped for ransom.
Episode 083: Unusual Criminal Defenses: Chapter 3: The Affluenza Defense
A 16-year-old boy from a well-to-do Fort Worth family commits a quadruple vehicular homicide. His attorneys will argue that his overprivileged upbringing resulted in him not knowing how to discern right from wrong. The term "affluenza" was coined to describe defendants like Ethan Couch - wealthy, spoiled and held unaccountable for their bad behavior.
Episode 082: Unusual Criminal Defenses: Chapter 2: The Twinkie Defense
Supervisor Dan White murders San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978. His defense would claim "diminished capacity" to keep him from being sentenced to death. The media dubbed this "The Twinkie Defense". But, what really caused Dan White to become a double murderer?
Episode 081: Unusual Criminal Defenses: Chapter 1: The Sleepwalking Defense
Three cases are outlined where a person commits murder and then blames the crime on sleepwalking.
First up, Albert Tirrell murders his mistress in 1846 claiming he was in a trance-like state at the time. Kenneth Parks travels 23 km to commit a murder - all while asleep, he claimed. Finally, another man tries to use the sleepwalking defense after killing his wife in Phoenix, Arizona in 1997.
Episode 080: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 4: Stolen Oscars, Streakers and Deadly Deeds
The last chapter of this series continues with stories of the darker side of the Academy Awards. You'll hear about missing and stolen Oscars, the tragic story of the Oscar Night Streaker and a murder committed by the son of an Oscar winning songwriter.
Episode 079: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 3: The Killing Fields and Dr. Haing S. Ngor
A man escapes the genocide in Cambodia and becomes an Academy Award Winning Actor in the U.S.
Episode 078: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 2: Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski lives a life of hardship and tragedy before becoming an award winning director - and a fugitive from justice after being charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl.
We'll hear from my special guest AJ Benza, the host of the podcast Fame is a Bitch about the inner workings of Hollywood and his first-hand impressions of Roman Polanski.
Episode 077: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 1: The Dog Day Afternoon Bank Heist
The Academy Awards is held annually to honor the best of Hollywood. But, there is a darker side of this star-studded ceremony. The first is the true story of the crime portrayed in the Academy Award winning film Dog Day Afternoon.
Episode 076: Survivor Stories: Chapter 4: Mary Vincent
A teenage hitchhiker is picked up by a violent rapist in Northern California in 1978. The attack upon her would horrify the public and Lawrence Singleton would serve as a terrifying warning about accepting rides from strangers.
Episode 075: Survivor Stories: Chapter 3: Tracey Thurman
A woman leaves her abusive husband and spends months trying to get law enforcement authorities to help her escape her abuser. In 1983, she survives one of the most brutal and vicious incidents of domestic violence I've ever encountered. She will file a civil lawsuit against the city an the police department for failing to protect her.
Episode 074: Survivor Stories: Chapter 2: I Survived Ted Bundy - Rhonda Stapley
A young woman is offered a ride by a nice looking man in Salt Lake City in 1974. By the end of the day she would be attacked and almost killed by the infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy.
Episode 073: Survivor Stories: Chapter 1: The Abduction of Elizabeth Shoaf
A young girl is abducted on her way home from school in Lugoff, South Carolina in 2006.
Episode 072: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 4: Laci Peterson - Part 2
I continue my discussion of the Laci Peterson case with my co-host, Yolanda of the Not Perfect or Functional Podcast. In this episode we take a deep dive into the background and psychology of Scott Peterson and what we believe contributed to his crime.
Episode 071: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 3: Laci Peterson - Part 1
On Christmas Eve day, 2002, an 8-month pregnant woman went missing from her home. A large-scale search was started right away, but suspicion immediately fell upon her husband, Scott Peterson.
This episode will be a little different for OUAC. I have a special co-host, Yolanda Norris from the Not Perfect or Functional Podcast who will be discussing the case with me. Yolanda is my sister so this is a real holiday treat for me - and I hope it will be for you too!
Also, while you may think you know this story, we've come at it from a different angle. First, it will be in response to the A&E program "The Murder of Laci Peterson" in which they lay out a case for the reasons some believe Scott Peterson was tried in the media and should have been found not guilty.
Second, we will do a deep into the background and psyche of Scott Peterson to give our take on why we think not only is he guilty, but that there were signs pointing to how and why Scott may have been able to so casually murder his wife and unborn son.
This episode is Part One of a two-part special episode. Part Two comes out tomorrow! Happy Holidays!
Episode 070: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 2: Holiday Hijinx
We're talking Black Friday Madness, Grinchy burglars, and more true crime holiday craziness on this special holiday edition episode.
Episode 069: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 1: Very Bad Santas
We kick our true crime holiday season with stores of Santas who go bad.
Episode 068: Murder in the Family: Chapter 4: Fritz Klenner and Susie Lynch
Two cousins from a prominent and wealthy family seek revenge on their own relatives and turn to murder.
Episode 067: Murder in the Family: Chapter 3: Sante and Kenny Kimes
A mother-son team of grifters turns to murder to get away with their financial schemes.
Episode 066: Murder in the Family: Chapter 2: The Gonzalez Sisters
One of the most prolific serial killer families in history was discovered in Jalisco, Mexico in 1964. This is the story of the Gonzalez Sisters.
Episode 065: Murder in the Family: Chapter 1: The Briley Brothers
Our new series "Murder in the Family" details cases where family members commit murder together. First up, the story of The Briley Brothers who went on an 8-month crime spree in Richmond Virginia.
Episode 064: Halloween Tales: Volume 2
As a special treat I'll share a couple of creepy urban legends...with a twist. These tales are actually based on true crime stories.
Episode 063: Fakes, Frauds, and Liars: Chapter 2: The Warrior Eli Hoax
A pregnant mother dies as a result of a car accident. Thousands of Facebook friends mourn her loss. Could her whole life have been fabricated online? Chapter 2 tells the fascinating story of a case of Munchausen by Internet.
Episode 062: Fakes, Frauds, and Liars: Chapter 1: Belle Gibson
In this series I'll details cases of those who deceived others in elaborate and bizarre ways. First up, a case out of Australia and and a case of Munchausen by Internet.
Episode 061: With Friends Like These: Chapter 4: Christine Paolilla
In our last chapter of "With Friends Like These" four young people are gunned down in Clear Lake City, Texas. A bullied girl had been taken under their wing - did their kindness cost them their lives?
Episode 060: With Friends Like These: Chapter 3: Doe Roberts
A woman goes missing in a small town in Tennessee. Soon, a kidnapper calls demanding a ransom. The communication from him becomes more bizarre and townspeople begin to believe the culprit might be one of their own community members.
Episode 059: With Friends Like These: Chapter 2: Bobby Kent
A group of teens conspire to kill a young man - the best friend of one of the conspirators - in Hollywood, Florida in 1993.
Episode 058: With Friends Like These: Chapter 1: Kirsten Costas
Our new series "With Friends Like These" I detail cases where friends turn upon friends - and become deadly. The first is a case of high school jealousy. Kirsten Costas is attacked by a classmate in Orinda, California.
Episode 057: Sick and Murdered: Chapter 4: Marie Hilley - Part 2
Marie Hilley poisons her husband to death and attempts to kill her daughter in Alabama. When her crime is discovered she goes on the run. What she does next is one of the most bizarre tales of true crime in U.S. history.
Episode 056: Sick and Murdered: Chapter 3: Marie Hilley - Part 1
The story of Marie Hilley's life is one of the most strange and bizarre true crime cases I've encountered. There are so many twists and turns in this case that I've split it into two parts.