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64 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep 15: Gianni Versace and the Victims of Andrew Cunanan
Discussing the murder of Gianni Versace and the 4 victims who came before him.Show Intro:The following is quoted from a profile of Donatella Versace from September of 2017 by Jess Cartner-Morley of The Guardian"When my brother was murdered, I had the eyes of the whole world on me and 99% of them thought I wasn’t going to make it. And maybe I thought the same, at first. My brother was the king, and my whole world had crashed around me.”“I was his doll and his best friend. He dressed me up in cool clothes, took me out to discos and clubs from when I was 11. I loved it. It was the best time of my life,”“For the first five years, I was lost, Now, I feel like the death of my brother made me strong. But for a long time it was a trauma. You know the first thing I did when I heard the news, the day he died? I ran to the room where my children were, to turn off the TV.But I wasn’t quick enough, and they were watching their uncle covered in blood, and they were asking me why. I had to be strong for the company. But most of all I had to be strong for the family.People thought I wasn’t a warm person, but I was just trying to keep myself together.”In case you've never heard his name, Gianni Versace was a prolific and iconic fashion designer who defined the 90s as an era of over-the-top opulence.He challenged what is meant to be modern, masculine, and openly gay.On the morning of July 15th, 1997, when he was 50 years old, Gianni Versace was shot and killed by a serial killer named Andrew Cunanan, on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion as he returned him from a morning walk on Ocean Drive.His murder would shock the world and was the first step in unearthing the trail of death of disaster that Cunanan left behind.
57 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep 14: Cannibal Clarks pt 2
Part 2 of the Cannibal Clarks, covering the murders and aftermath of Hadden Clark's crimes against Michele Dorr and Laura Houghteling
51 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep 13: Cannibal Clarks pt 1
Part 1 of the story of 2 bizarre brothers and the lives that lead to the murders of Trisha Mak, Michele Dorr, and Laura Houghteling
26 minutes | 3 years ago
EXTRA! Where have we been?
We took an extended break from recording, here is what we've been up to for the last 9 months. If you don't care, feel free to skip this and head over to the most recent episode!
25 minutes | 4 years ago
Joe Metheny LIVE!
We're back from hiatus! Live, from the Baltimore podcast festival, we discuss the life and lies of Joe Metheny.
35 minutes | 4 years ago
The Milk Man Cometh Minisode
This week we share some big news and talk about some big heists, some bizarre twists, and the black market
69 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep 11: Leo & Sue (The Home Invasion Episode)
Rarely do we have survivors to focus on, but this week we're bringing you the story of Leo and Sue. Dedicated to Abril Macias, this week's episode involves addictions, attorneys, a police chase, and a bittersweet ending.Show Intro: Fentanyl:Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid pain medication with a rapid onset and short duration of action. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, but some forms of fentanyl, mimic the pharmacological effects of the original drug, causing some to argue that it may be as much as 500 to 10,000 times more powerful.Counterintuitively, fentanyl is not a long-lasting drug. it is often used for surgery recovery and for breakthrough pain—meaning that when a person is already taking an opiate but has temporary pain that breaks through the opiate barrier, they may be given fentanyl.There are time-release versions of Fentanyl, which provide strong pain relief over time. They come in two forms—a lollipop and a patch. Fentanyl is highly addictive. Abusing it is extremely dangerous, as the difference between a therapeutic dose and a deadly dose is very small.As with any opiate, the main symptoms of fentanyl abuse are euphoria, drowsiness, lethargy, and mellowness. Fentanyl very quickly creates a tolerance to high doses, so a dose that is adequate for the intended high one week will probably not create that intended high even a few days later.I'm telling you all of this because pain management and drug abuse play a large role in today's episode.Three attorneys, Two husbands, two successful women, one veteran, one taser, three hours, one night, two patches, one drug.This is the story of Leo and Sue.
89 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep 10: The Briley Brothers
The Briley Brothers went on a killing spree, were disturbingly violent, and then led a prison break... and you've never heard of them.Show Intro:James Briley Sr was a hard-worker, he and his wife had had 4 sons together, and as any parent knows, young sons can be a handful. Their oldest was grown and living outside the home, but the 3 other, Linwood, James Jr, and Anthony were still teenagers.Like most other American Boys in the 60s and 70s, the boys were full of energy and curious about the world. And their parents worked long hours to provide their boys with whatever they may need. Their house was home, not just to the family, but to a collection of pets most parents would never agree to -- boa constrictors who fed on live mice, tarantulas, piranhas and a couple of Doberman pinschers.The Briley family may not have been rich, but the boys were so handsome, strong, and healthy. Linwood, in particular was singled out because of his kindness, but also because most people agreed that he was extremely intelligent.Neighbors described "Lin" as a considerate boy who frequently mowed the lawns for elderly neighbors and helped friends repair their automobiles. He spent long hours with his young son and his girlfriend, the child's mother, taking them to fairs and on other family outings.The boys seemed to have had a very happy childhood. Both Mike and I are the oldest in our families, and I think we agree, that there's nothing like being part of big family. Being surrounded by siblings who love you, who fight with you, who cry with you, who get in trouble with you, and even cover for you.At least, that's how it seemed on the outside. The boys once told a friend that the only person in the world they feared was their father, James Sr. James Sr and their mother had separated and the boys had been forced to live exclusively with their father.It was not until many years later that prosecutors would discover that, even though the boys claimed to be afraid of their dad, it was James Sr who slept with a padlock on his bedroom door, to keep the boys from getting to him.In 1971, Orline Christian, a neighbor of the Briley family's had recently lost her husband. She had been hanging laundry in her yard when she collapsed. Investigators quickly assumed that the 57-year-old, who had suffered from heart problems in the past, just couldn't cope with all of the stress. Her children, though, disagreed. They knew their mother and begged the funeral director to take a second look at Orline's body.When he looked at her clothes and body, the director found a tiny bullet wound under her armpit. From where she had been standing, investigators determined that the bullet could only have come from the Briley home across the alley.There, the murder weapon was found and 16-year-old Linwood claimed he had shot her by accident but that "she would have died soon anyway"After spending one year in a Juvenile facility, Linwood returned to his family, seemingly changed.Prosecutors claim that Linwood had not changed for the better, if anything, he'd gotten worse. And for an entire year, 1979, Linwood, James Jr, and Anthony Briley would hold the City of Richmond hostage during a killing spree that was only the beginning.In all of the time I've been making this podcast, never once have I been truly terrified by my research... until this episode. These are the Briley Brothers.
60 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep 9: The Family Annihilator
TWO guest hosts join Natalie to talk about our first unsolved episode, the story of Bradford Bishop, The Family Annihilator.Show Intro:In 1976, Leo the Golden Retriever was just your average american dog. He was happy, goofy, and living with his family in Maryland, just outside of Washington DCHis master was a man named Brandford Bishop and he loved Leo.He took Leo on long hikes in the woods, and on weekend camping trips with the family: Bradford, his highschool sweetheart and wife, Anne, their 3 sons, William, Brenton, and Geoffrey, and Bradford's mother Lobelia.They were a very outdoorsy family. It was one of the reasons Leo loved them so much!But mostly, Leo loved his nightly walks with Lobelia. She was 68, but she took him out on nice long walks after the boys went to bed.On March first 1976, Lobelia and Leo were just coming inside Bradford had come home at some point while they'd been out, but there was something wrong.Anne was slumped in a corner with a jacket over her, and Leo could smell blood. Then Leo watched as his Master, Bradford Bishop bludgeoned his own mother lobelia to death with a 10-inch sledgehammer.After that Bradford went upstairs and used the same hammer to calmly murder each of his 3 boys. William was 14, Brenton was 10, and Geoffrey the baby, was only 5.Later investigators would find deep grooves in the ceilings of the bedrooms, caused by how forcefully Bradford swung the hammer while killing his sons.Then he packed the bodies, a gas canister, and his dog Leo into the family's station wagon. What strikes me most is that Leo must've stayed quiet the entire time. because the neighbors never heard a sound.The next day Bradford would be seen with Leo the yellow dog at a sporting goods store. No one has seen or heard from either of them since.This is the story of Bradford Bishop, the family annihilator.
36 minutes | 4 years ago
The Butcher Baker Minisode
In this week's minisode, we discuss Robert Hansen, the Butcher Baker of Anchorage, Nicholas Cage, and bad movies.Show Intro:This story begins and ends in Alaska. The trans alaska pipeline is an oil pipeline that spans 800 miles.White it was being constructed, between 1974 and 1977, the city of Anchorage Alaska became a boom town, attracting men, money, commerce and crime.With the rise in male construction workers came a notable community of sex workers.The pipeline was completed in 1977, but the growth of Anchorage Alaska did not slow down. Today it is the biggest city in Alaska.In 1983, Cindy Paulson was a 17 year old prostitute walking the street. A local man in a pick up truck approached her and offered her $200 for oral sex. He was soft-spoken, and small, It was cold and $200 was a lot of money, so gets into the car.As soon as she closed the door behind her, the man reached across her and handcuffed her to the interior of the truck.So this is really not good.He has a gun and tells her that if she doesnt stay quiet, he'll kill her.The man drives her to a house, that looks normal enough, except that once he has her inside, there is a fixture, in some places I saw it described as almost like a meat hook in the den that he chains her to, but then in other places, they say that he took her down to the basement and chained her to a support beam.This is evidently the home that the man shared with his wife and children.There he rapes, sodomizes and tortures her continuously throughout the night.Then this horrifying monster decides he is tuckered out and takes a little nap, leaving cindy tied up. jesus christ.When he wakes up, he calmly tells her to get dressed. but didn't let her put on all of her clothes. Then drags her back into his truck and drives cindy to Merrill Field, a small local airport in Anchorage.There he tells her he is going to fly her out to his hunting cabin. He told her he had taken lots of girls out there, to have fun with them, it was his "summer project"Cindy was like aaaaaawww hell no.When he got out of truck to prepare the plane, he left her with her hands cuffed together, but not to the inside of the truck like he had the night before.So half naked, barefoot, with her hands cuffed together, Cindy bolts! She runs out of the hanger and manages to flag down a car, she could still hear the man yelling for her to come back, yelling "stop, you bitch!"Cindy managed to give the police detailed descriptions of her assailants house, car, plane and looks. It did not take the police long to identify the man who had taken her as 40 yr old Robert Hansen, a married man who owned a thriving bakery in Anchorage, the same bakery where many Anchorage detectives went for breakfast and coffee...This is the story of the Butcher Baker.
56 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep 8 Banita Jacks: Possessed by Demons
Warning: this is possibly the darkest episode we have ever recorded. Four girls were murdered and their mentally ill mother was the only suspect. The Banita Jacks case rocked DC, and changed the way children's services function in US Capital.Show Intro:Banita Jacks did not have an easy start in life. She struggled in school and failed to learn as quickly as other children her age.By the time she was 16 years old, she was only a freshman in highschool, and pregnant with her first child, Brittany.2 months after giving birth to the little girl, she dropped out of school.The record goes cold on Banita until 4 years later.When she was 20 years old, she filed a paternity petition against a Waldorf man that year, asserting that he was Brittany's father.Then, in 1996, with Brittany in kindergarten and the paternity claim still unsettled, Jacks gave birth to Tatianna, her second child, which led to another paternity case.Jacks was living with her mother, Mamie Jacks, in Waldorf when she filed a claim in 1997 against Kevin J. Stoddard of College Park, saying he was Tatianna's father, according to court records.Stoddard acknowledged he was the father in a letter to a judge. Saying: "I am fully prepared to financially support her," Stoddard was given visitation rights with Tatianna and ordered to pay $342 a month in child support, but quickly fell behind, according to court records. How much money Jacks received is unclear.Meanwhile, the court dispute over Brittany's paternity dragged on. The defendant, who denied he was the father, submitted a DNA sample, but Jacks initially failed to give samples of her DNA and Brittany's. After she failed to show up for a hearing in the case in 1999, a Charles judge issued a warrant for her apprehension.On Dec. 11 that year, a few weeks before she turned 25, Jacks was picked up by county sheriff's deputies and jailed for two days. A day later she provided the DNA samples, according to court records. Tests soon proved that the man she had accused was not Brittany's father.The father eventually turned up. In 2001, when Brittany was 10, Jacks filed a paternity claim against Norman C. Penn Jr. of Suitland, who acknowledged he was the father, court records show. Penn, who could not be reached for comment, was ordered to pay $388 a month in support. He fell behind on payments as well, according to court records. It was unclear how much money Jacks received.This is another heart breaking example of the cycle of poverty. She's alone, and struggling, but is consistently described as a loving, doting mother who did everything in her power to provide for her girls. And, it would seem her luck was about to change!It was about this time that Jacks began a new chapter in her life, enrolling in Aaron's Academy of Beauty, a cosmetology school in Waldorf. Except for breaks she took when her next two children, N'Kiah and Aja, were born, Jacks remained at the school, as a student and hair stylist, until 2005.A stylist's success depends as much on her rapport with customers as her ability to cut hair, Stacy Lynch (the director the cosmetology school) said. "In this industry, it's all about personality." And Jacks had the right touch, Lynch said. Many clients came to the school to have Jacks style their hair.Among them was Nathaniel Fogle Jr., who liked the way Jacks fashioned his cornrows, Not long after he and Jacks met at the beauty academy, they moved in together. Their daughter N'Kiah was born in 2002, and Aja arrived a year later.Banita's little girls were bright, beautiful, and healthy. I looked up pictures of them and they are all these gorgeous, apple-cheeked kids. Their hair was always done up in braids and they each have the same big smile.Jacks brought both newborns to the school to show them off. "Just like a mom," Lynch said. "She loved those kids." And it seemed that whenever Lynch ran into Jacks away from the academy, Jacks had her daughters with her. "We used to joke with her: 'You're going to have a whole cheerleading squad,' " he said.After taking a break from school while she was pregnant with N'Kiah, and then again with Aja, Jacks returned, Lynch said and obtained a cosmetology license after graduating in 2005."For someone to come back twice," Lynch said, "that says she was determined."Unfortunately, the family would soon fall back on hard times. They would end up in and out of homeless shelters, isolated, and reliant on public assistance. But no one could have foreseen how quickly they would fall apart. The worst was discovered in January 2008 when authorities attempted to evict them from a home in SE Washington.What police officers found in the house was absolutely horrific. The bodies of all 4 girls were found locked in 2 rooms upstairs. Their mother had been living in the house as her daughters decomposed above her.The deaths of Brittany, Tatianna, N'kiah and Aja resulted in an investigation that exposed how these girls were failed at every turn, by their families, by their fathers, by their schools, and by the system.This is Banita Jacks: Possessed by Demons.
60 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep 7: The Lululemon Murder (with Jacob Griffin)
Guest Host Jacob Griffin joins us to talk about the murder of Jayna Murray, AKA the Lululemon Murder. Join us as we discuss corporate culture, almost cults, and vicious yogis. Show Intro:Just a quick trigger warning: descriptions of sexual assaultOn March 11th 2011 Jayna Murray and Brittany Norwood were working the closing shift at the Lululemon Store in BEthesda, MD. Lululemon was and still is a popular, high end store that sells athletic and leisure wear (that year they actually struggled to keep up with the demand for their luxurious line of yoga pants)That night though, the 2 women were just closing down the store.Jayna was about 10 minutes away from the store when Brittany called her to ask her to come back and unlock the door. Brittany had forgotten her wallet.She turned her car around.No one would hear from the girls again until 8 AM the next morning.No one would hear from Jayna ever again.When employees came to open up the store on Bethesda Row, what they found was a literal nightmare.They immediately knew something was wrong. The store was a mess and they could hear moaning and bloody footprints led to the back room.Brittany was tied up on the floor, where she had been all night. They could see she'd been beaten and the seam of her pants and underwear had been torn open.Jayna's body was unrecognizeable. I saw the crime scene photos and I don't suggest our listeners do the same. I literally did not know that a human body contained that much blood.When police arrived, brittany was a complete wreck. She seemed to be deeply traumatized and flinched when anyone went to touch her.The store had not cameras or secutiry system, but Eventually, Brittany was able to tell them exactly what had happened.Two men had broken into the store, they'd forced the girls into the back room where they savagely raped both of the women before turning their rage on Jayna alone.Norwood described being raped with a coat hanger by one of the men while another beat Murray and dragged her across the floor by her hair.“They were laughing the entire time,” she said in the police interview. “They thought it was funny.”Later, investigators would find that multiple weapons had been used to murder Jayna. She had over 300 stab wounds, caused by a hammer, wrench, a knife and peg used to hold merhcandise up to the walls of the store.Brittany was treated for her wounds, and a rape kit was administered. Jayna's family was notified of her murder.Police begain a manhunt for the 2 men who had murdered Jayna. But just 6 days later, on March 18th, Brittany Norwood, the woman who had been beaten and bound, who had endured the attack along side with Jayna was arrested for her murder.This is the Lululemon Murder.
35 minutes | 4 years ago
Neal Falls: The Vegas Connection Minisode
Thanks to a shout out from The Knights of the Kitchen Table Podcast, we take a look at a slew of murders in the Las Vegas area. Was Neal Falls an uncatchable serial killer? Or an inept small-time crook? On this minisode we examine the 2015 attempted murder of Heather Saul.
95 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep 6: Joseph "Joby" Palczynski
Co-host Rebecca Johnson joins Natalie to discuss Joseph Palczynski, the quadruple-murderer, and 97-hour standoff that led to his capture. We drink a lot of wine and get side-tracked.Show Intro:In 1987: Amie Gearhart was 16 a normal teenager, hanging out on the beach, when Joby, her 19 yr old exboyfriend, beat her in front of her brother and friends, then held her captive. Marching Amie and her brother Jason at gunpoint to the Delaware state line and trying to coerce Jason into beating his own sister.When Jason refused, Amie screamed for him to run.With Jason gone, Joby told the girl to choose her death: drowning, choking or beating.Either she would die, or her family would.Later, X-rays and photographs taken at the medical clinic at 93rd Street showed Amie suffered contusions of the left eardrum -- she couldn't hear correctly for months -- lacerations and swelling of her cheek and nose, a contusion of the right eye that caused it to hemorrhage, and a bruised rib cage.In 1988: Amie spotted Kimberly, who was 16 with a black eye. She was Joby's new girlfriend.He had searched Kimberly's bedroom without permission when she was in the shower. While searching he found birth control pills. He became enraged and punched her, held her to the ground. He screamed and dragged Kimberly into the bathroom where he tried to have sex with her. When she refused, he became very angry and very forceful. and threatened to cut her throat with a razor blade.He spent 2 years in prison, but in 1991 less than six months after his release from jail, He met Sharon, who was 17 when he attacked her at her school. He pushed her up against the wall. she pleaded with him not to hit her but the next thing she knew she was on the ground screaming.He has also threatened her parents. To kill them and leave me living to suffer. He said if he goes to jail he would kill her or get someone else to hurt her! He had sent people to her house before.Out on bail, Joby was ordered to have no contact with Sharon. But he phoned her repeatedly, she complained, threatening "to blow her brains out" if she didn't drop her charges against him.But Sharon insisted on pressing charges, and Joby was sent to Spring Grove State Hospital for evaluation. On Dec. 16, 1991, two days after arriving at the facility, he escaped and fled the state with the identification cards of a friend.In 1992: He would show up in Gooding, Idaho, where he assaulted a 15-year-old girl and threatened to kill her brother. He was apprehended and eventually returned to Maryland.Things looked pretty grim: Less than a year after leaving jail, he now faced charges of violating federal gun laws, of battering and threatening Sharon and of escaping from Spring Grove Hospital. Any conviction could return him to prison.Unless he was judged legally insane. And that's just the beginning.These are the victims of Joseph Palczynski.
51 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep 5: The Sickles Insanity Defense
This week we explore first case ever to use the Insanity Defense! Natalie and Michael ramble about infidelity and the dogs misbehave.Show Intro:Teresa Bagioli was born into a prominent family of creatives and musicians in NYC in 1836 (they were a society family...)Teresa was beautiful, bright, and said to have spoken 5 languages by the time she was 15. The picture on google--total smokeshow.Around the time that she was born, her uncle, a professor at the newly founded NYU, invited a young protege named Daniel Sickels to live in his home while he studied.daniel went on to become a lawyer and politician and stayed close to the Bagioli family for the next decade until she proposed to Teresa. He was 33, she was 15.The family opposed the marriage, due to the age difference, but Daniel and Teresa were desperately in love! And in 1852 they get married anyway.They were young (one of them more than the other), they were in love, and they were successful.They moved to DC where their popularity skyrocketed, Teresa was a charming and welcoming hostess and Daniel was appointed the secretary of the U.S. legation in London, and later elected to as a member of the New York State SenateAnd they lived happily ever after...Nope. this is a murder show. In 1857 just 5 years after getting married, in the middle of Lafayette Plaza, across the street from the white house, Daniel would gun down Teresa's lover in broad daylightWhat followed was a scandal that would rock America and change the history of US criminal Law.This is the Sickles Insanity Defense.
48 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep 4: The Horn Family Contract Killings
In this week's episode, we discuss the murders of Mildred Horn, Trevor Horn, and Janice Saunders, the complicated legacy of this case, and the publishing of "Hit Man" a controversial manual on contract killings. Then Natalie and Michael reflect on the trials and tribulations of being alive in 2016.Show Intro:Lawrence Horn was born in 1939.Not an easy time to be born black, but he joined the navy and aimed to make something of himself.He spun records aboard aircraft carriers and honed his skills with electronics, so when he was looking for a job after being dischargedAnd by all accounts he was a natural; crazy-smart, talented and a hard workerCombining his musical and technical talent, he became Motown’s premier engineer, pioneering vocal mixing processes that are still being used today.Horn, the chief engineer on “My Girl,” was on fire. He was behind the boards for hits from Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, and Stevie Wonder.He was on top of the world.But, as we all know, the good times for Motown Records didn't last forever and by the early 90s Horn had been laid off and divorced twice. His second wife had taken the children and moved across the country to Silver Spring Maryland from Los Angeles.He was literally just scraping by when he was notified that his ex-wife and 8-year-old son had been brutally murdered.So How was it that just one week later he became the prime suspect in their murders? Even though he had been on the opposite side of the country at the time of their deaths??This is Lawrence Horn triple murder.
30 minutes | 4 years ago
The Dontee Stokes Minisode
In our first murder-free-mini-episode we talk about Dontee Stokes, who shot a popular local priest in Baltimore, MD. Is there more to this story? Listen, and find out.
56 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep 3: The DC Snipers
Episode 3 follows the attacks of the DC Snipers. Guest co-host, Arianne Llerena, gives us a first hand account of what it was like to live in Washington, DC in 2002 during the attacks. And the third Detective Society dog makes his appearance.Show Intro:Everyone thinks this story starts October 2, 2002. With the murder of James Martin as he returned to his car after buying groceries.but the Truth is, it started much much earlier when, in 1999, 38 year old John Allen Muhammad befriended THIRTEEN YEAR OLD Lee Boyd Malvo. RED FREAKING FLAG.Malvo was born in Kingston Jamaica, but in 1998 moved to Antigua with his mother. A woman, who according to Malvo, was extremely physically abusive.Muhammad had kidnapped his children from his second marriage and brought them to Antigua around 1999 after violating a restraining order.In Antigua, Lee Malvo had been a student, where he was beloved by friends and teachers at his Seventh-Day Adventist school and was excelling academically. His achievements were all the more remarkable because at the time he was living alone in a single-room plywood shack without electricity or running water, by this time having been more or less abandoned by both his parents because eventually, Malvo's mother would enter the US illegally, leaving her son in Muhammad's care.RED FLAG NUMBER 2 YALL.Well it turns out this was not an uncommon practice for Malvo's mother who was known to leave him with just about anyone for months on end. Teachers, Cousins, and in this case, basically a stranger.RED FLAG NUMBER 3I want to take a minute to point out how insane this relationship is. This is a situation where one party is almost 3 times older than the otherFor the next few years, Malvo would live with Muhammad full time. Until 2001, when he was reunited with his mother in Miami and then Washington State where he was allowed to attend school. He was described by classmates as a smart but isolated young man. ***Note: this is the year that John Allen changed his last name from williams to muhammadUnfortunately, any sense of normalcy would always be short-lived for Malvo. The pair was soon arrested by immigration.But by December of that year, Malvo (out on bond) was reunited with Muhammad.While living in a homeless shelter together, Muhammad put Malvo on a very strict diet and exercise regimen."Muhammad had Malvo steal a 223-caliber Bushmaster AR 15 rifle from a local gun shop and began subjecting the boy to a rigorous training program: leopard-crawls across the forest floor, calisthenics, revolutionary literature, target practice, and military theory. Each night before he went to bed, Malvo was made to memorize passages from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. Often the pair would drive deep into the stands of white oak and Douglas-fir to practice marksmanship, using makeshift targets with paper plates for heads. Other times Muhammad would tie Malvo up for hours in the brumous foothills of Mount Baker, where he would go without food, water, or sleep until the older man came back to free him."On February 16, 2002, Keenya Cook was shot and killed at the front door of her home in Tacoma, Washington. Keenya was the first of 17 victims, on a killing spree that would hold the nation hostage and span 9 months.These are the attacks of the DC Snipers. I'm natalie Levy, and ______, and this is detective society.
46 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep 2: Viola Drath
This Episode examines the murder of Viola Drath, a Washington, DC author and socialite who was found dead in her home.Show Intro:Viola Drath was an extremely influential writer, journalist, and political advisor living in Washington, DC. She was known for her humor, intellect, and impeccable sense of style. Both Drath and her husband, Albrecht Muth, were highly educated ex-pats from Germany. They'd been married for over 20 years and counted amongst their friends most of Washington DC's elite, including former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.On Aug. 12 2010, Muth, called 911 and reported that he returned from his morning walk to find Viola splayed on their bathroom floor.He had no idea what had happened. He assumed she must have slipped and fallen, it would not be unheard of considering Viola was 91 years old.When paramedics arrived on scene at the georgetown home the couple shared, they found Viola unresponsive.The very next day, her death was ruled a homicide.4 Days later, her husband would be arrested for her murder.This is the murder of Viola Herms Drath.
45 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep 1: The Southside Strangler
Episode 1 explores the serial killer known as The Southside Strangler, his victims, and David Vasquez who was falsely imprisoned for a murder he did not commit.Show Intro:Carolyn Jean Hamm was a Duke graduate and Lawyer in 1980s Washington DC. She was intelligent, reliable, and strong. If you look up pictures of her online, she really was just gorgeous. She has this thick brown hair and a really beautiful smile. Clearly a BOSS. On the morning of Tuesday, January 24th 1984, Carolyn failed to show up for work, after a call from her secretary, her body was discovered nude and facedown in her basement.Carolyn had been murdered in an absolutely horrific way. She had been raped, strangled, and her hands had been bound behind her with a venetian blind cord. She had been hanged. Later that week, police received a promising lead when Muriel Ranser called them to report seeing a man named David Vasquez leering at Hamm the day of her murder. According to Ranser, Vasquez was a total creep. She had seen him peeping at Carolyn as she sunbathed in her yard. A neighbor named Michael Ansari seemed to back up Ranser's account. Telling the police that he had seen Vasquez behaving strangely in the area, the day after Hamm's body had been found.The police investigation moved quickly. Not only did they find pubic hair at the scene that could have matched vasquez, but when they brought Vasquez in for questioning, he confessed not once, but 3 times. Jack pot. Vasquez was arrested and charged for the murder of Carolyn Jean Hamm. The next year he would be convicted. Justice had been served...Except here's the thing, guys. Vasquez hadn't even touched Carolyn Hamm. Vasquez, a 36 year old man with an IQ of less than 70, still lived with his mother in Manassas, 30 miles away from Carolyn Hamm's home in Arlington, VA. Neither Vasquez nor his mother drove, which meant that an unnamed accomplice would have had to help him. The semen found at the scene did not match Vasquez's blood type. The sightings by Ranser and Ansari would never be corroborated. And he had only confessed after being heavily pressured and fed details by police.It would take five long years for Vasquez to be exonerated and for the real killer to be identified as Timothy Wilson Spencer. Spencer would go on to take the lives of at least 4 more women, and forever change the way crime is investigated in the United States.This is the story of the Southside Strangler.
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