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Criminal Discourse Podcast
35 minutes | Nov 21, 2022
Cassie Jo Stoddart The Scream Murder Case
You've heard of the Scream movies, but did you know that in 2006 two teenagers tried to emulate one of their favorite movies? Listen to the case of how two boys wanted to become more famous than the movies and killers they idolized and how one innocent victim paid the ultimate price.
53 minutes | Nov 7, 2022
Mike Gargiulo - The Hollywood Ripper
You might not remember the name of serial killer Michael Gargiulo – also known as the ‘Hollywood Ripper,’ for his California knifings, ‘The Boy Next Door Killer,’ because he lived so close to his victims, and the ‘Chiller Killer,’ for using his job as an air conditioning repair man to gain his victims’ trust – but I bet you remember that case where actor Ashton Kutcher’s date was murdered or recall Ashton testifying at the killer’s trial a few years ago. Today, we’ll go beyond the celebrity aspect of this case to examine how Mike Gargiulo got away with murder for 15 years, even after his DNA turned up on one of his victim’s fingernails, starting with the woman who survived him and finally put him in handcuffs.
35 minutes | Oct 24, 2022
Hit Man Murders
On March 3, 1993, a sister would discover a horrible scene no family member should come upon. It would take two and a half years for Lawrence Horn and the hit man he hired to be brought to justice. During that time, investigators had to unravel a complicated trail of conspiracy and how one book aided the shooter in trying to get away with murder.
38 minutes | Oct 10, 2022
Dreamland Park Murders
When our listeners hear “August 1969,” they probably think of The Manson Family murders. Today we’ll examine another chilling crime spree from that era on the other side of the United States: the Dreamland Park murders. In August 1969, outlaw bikers murdered a young couple at their abandoned amusement park-turned-clubhouse, and those same bikers may be responsible for the unsolved murders of two sisters in August 1968 as well. While two of the men involved died in prison, it’s likely that two more killers were allowed to walk free, and that’s just one symptom of an organized crime problem that has plagued the area for generations and lies at the heart of today’s case.
42 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
November 1992, an unsuspecting mother and her two small children return home late at night only to be met by an intruder with a gun. What did he want? Why was he there? Listen to the story of how greed and a thirst for power brought ruin and murder to one young family in Georgia.
40 minutes | Sep 12, 2022
Murdered & Missing Columbine Survivors
What happens to victims who aren’t killed or visibly injured, but who are left in the wake of a crime to pick up the broken pieces and carry on with life? What happened to Columbine student and school shooting survivor Brandi Jo Malonson, who was last seen around Christmas 2006? Who killed her friends and classmates Nick Kunselman and Stephanie Hart-Grizzell less than a year after Columbine? In this episode, we will look at these and other lesser-known cases from Littleton, Colorado, the community where the infamous school shooting took place.
42 minutes | Aug 29, 2022
Celeste Beard Johnson
Listen to the story featured on the first episode of Snapped. Celeste Beard Johnson was tried for the murder of her husband in Texas. Did she do it or was she set up by her twin daughters and lover? Listen and decide for yourself.
50 minutes | Aug 15, 2022
Google “Dominique Dunne” and you’ll see references to the movie Poltergeist and her tragic death. Some results include her murder as evidence of a curse associated with the Poltergeist film series. Beneath this clickbait is an all too familiar story about domestic violence escalating to murder. As is also far too common in these cases, it doesn’t seem like the victim and her family received the justice they deserved. Listen to the first episode of season 4 and decide for yourself.
33 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
Charlie Brandt - The Victoria's Secret Killer
Michelle Jones contacted her aunt and uncle as Hurricane Ivan was bearing down on Florida in September 2004. Since they lived in the Florida Keys Michelle invited them to stay with her in Orlando until the danger passed. Little did she know that she had just summoned pure evil into her home. Listen to the story of her uncle Charlie Brandt who authorities would come to suspect was involved in a number of unsolved murders in the Florida area.
49 minutes | Jul 18, 2022
Roberto Fernandes: International Serial Killer
In 2021, detectives in Florida announced that DNA connected Brazilian national Roberto Fernandes to the murders of three Miami-area sex workers in 2000 and 2001. During this investigation, authorities discovered Fernandes had also been charged with his wife’s 1996 murder and was suspected in numerous unsolved assault and homicide cases in both countries. Today, we’ll take a deep dive into Fernandes’s known crimes, the international, decade-long manhunt to bring him to justice, and the unsolved cases for which he may be responsible.
34 minutes | Jul 4, 2022
Terry Rasmussen - The Chameleon Killer
Two separate mysteries all tied to one man who went by many names. Listen to the story of serial killer Terry Rasmussen who died under the name Curtis Kimball. This is a twisted tale of false identities, a living Jane Doe and the Bear Brook Four with one victim yet to be identified and one still missing.
33 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
Losing a child to murder is unthinkable – a parent’s worst nightmare. A child being murdered by their friends is even more shocking. Kimberly Dotts’s so-called friends ended her life on Mother’s Day 24 years ago, and while two of the people who were involved are behind bars, their community is still processing the tragedy and an important question: how do we punish kids who kill?
41 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
The Moorhouse Murders
Could you ever imagine that your neighbors would turn out to be serial killers? Well, this became reality for the people who lived on Moorhouse Street in Perth, Australia in November 1986. Listen to the story of how one couple kidnapped five unsuspecting women over a five-week period. One brave girl survived leading to the police capturing the notorious Moorhouse Murders killer couple Catherine and David Birnie.
38 minutes | May 23, 2022
Robert Freeman - Unsolved Cold Case
It's been thirty years since Robert Freeman's badly beaten body turned up in an Easton, Pennsylvania farm field, but it seems authorities are no closer to solving his murder. His sister has given everything to find his killer and bring them to justice. So we're diving in to uncover clues and bring attention to Robert's case. #Justice4RobertFreeman Today's episode is sponsored by MANSCAPED. Use our code CDP20 by June 23 for 20% off and free shipping!
39 minutes | May 9, 2022
A man finds his bride of three months dead on their living room floor. Was this a robbery gone wrong or something else? Listen to the story of how one woman's murder would take twenty-three years to solve even though her family knew who had done it all along.
29 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
A loving mother vanishes one morning. The husband with whom she has recently separated, should be one of the first suspects, right? What if he has an alibi that looks rock solid? Listen to the story of how one man thought he could get away with being in two places at once.
36 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
Andrei Chikatilo - The Butcher of Rostov
The Butcher of Rostov, The Red Ripper, and The Rostov Ripper are titles that belong to the same man that terrorized the Rostov area of Soviet Ukraine from 1978 until 1990. Listen to the story of how Andrei Chikatilo went undetected and carried out fifty-six murders of women and children until he was finally stopped.
39 minutes | Mar 28, 2022
How could such a brutal senseless murder occur in one of the safest areas around Bethesda Maryland? Two young women were attacked and brutalized with only one of them surviving. Would this surviving victim be the key to finding a killer or was the killer someone the authorities already knew?
31 minutes | Mar 14, 2022
Susan Newell - No Mercy for the Wicked
Listen to the story of Susan Newell who was the last woman in Scotland to face capital punishment. Was she pushed into murdering a young boy or was she inherently wicked?
24 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
The Ivy League Murders
Who would want to murder a pair of beloved professors from Dartmouth College? Investigators were stumped as to who and what their motive may have been. Listen to the story of how the least likely pair of suspects turned out to be the very killers investigators were looking for.
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