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Ep64 - Todd Willingham

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This week we are discussing the case of Cameron Todd Willingham. On December 23rd, 1991 neighbors reported seeing smoke coming from the Willingham household in Corsicana, Texas. Horrified, they watched 23 year old Todd Willingham emerge from the smoke filled entryway, but his three children, all under two years old, were nowhere to be found.

The fire department arrived and entered the house. They found the oldest child, unconscious in one of the rooms, but Todd’s twins were still missing. When the fire was finally extinguished, investigators recovered the bodies of the twins in their bedroom. Their older sister, who had been rescued from the fire, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Shortly after the fire was put out, Todd was arrested and charged with arson and the murder of his three young daughters. He was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. Despite his conviction, Todd maintained he was not responsible for the fire that killed his children. He appealed until the end, and despite a last minute report casting doubt on the cause of the fire, Todd was put to death on February 17th, 2004.

After his death many have raised the question: did Texas execute an innocent man?

 

References and Further Reading:

http://camerontoddwillingham.com/

http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/death/US/willingham899.htm

https://web.archive.org/web/20090828010833/http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR51/182/2004/en/dom-AMR511822004en.html

https://law.justia.com/cases/texas/court-of-criminal-appeals/1995/71544-4.html

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/09/07/trial-by-fire

 

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-cMpKfDPHg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6vvGTXvb40 pt. 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acZJMjNQCPU pt. 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FavPZqlVL-s pt. 3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwPsfa7fEto

 

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Ep63 - Scott Amedure

Tonight we are discussing the murder of Scott Amedure.  Jonathan Schmitz killed Scott after they were on a popular daytime talk show called The Jenny Jones Show.  In this 1995 episode, Scott was revealed as Jonathan’s secret crush.

After finding a note on his doorstep, thinking Scott sent it, Jonathan buys a 12 gauge shotgun and heads to Scott’s house and guns him down.

Tonight we will take you through the 1995 episode, that never aired, of the Jenny Jones Show and the other events leading to the brutal murder of Scott Amedure.

References and Further Reading:

http://caselaw.findlaw.com/mi-court-of-appeals/1168552.html

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/08/inside-story-jenny-jones-murder-trial-dont-know/2/

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/oakland/2017/08/17/jonathan-schmitz-released-prison/576981001/

http://caselaw.findlaw.com/mi-court-of-appeals/1162141.html

http://www.nytimes.com/1995/03/12/us/fatal-shooting-follows-surprise-on-tv-talk-show.html

http://www.nytimes.com/1996/11/01/us/talk-show-host-testifying-at-murder-trial-plays-down-her-role-in-program.html

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EvUzzbzFNc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUnd7v9y5TQ

Music by: The Blank Tapes

 

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Ep62 - McStay Family Murders

Tonight we are talking about the McStay Family Murders.  Thank you Vanessa for another great suggestion!

On February 4th, 2010 Joseph, Summer and their two sons Gianni and Joseph Jr. vanished from their home in Fallbrook, CA.  Many family and friends tirelessly looked for the McStays, did interviews with news and overall kept some hope that they would be found eventually.

The family was considered missing until three years later when a motorcyclist riding dirt trials would come across the remains of four humans, two adults and two children, in a shallow grave.

The remains were identified as the McStay family and this once missing person case turned into a homicide case.  A year later, a once concerned family friend and business associate, who was active in the search for the family, would be arrested and face the death penalty for their murders.

Tonight we will take you through the McStay family’s disappearance, discovery, investigations and where the trial stands now.

References and Further Reading:

2017 People Article

https://www.sbsun.com/2017/12/07/defense-attorneys-request-family-photos-videos-be-excluded-from-mcstay-family-murder-suspects-trial/

https://www.sbsun.com/2016/12/17/defense-attorney-in-mcstay-family-murder-case-still-facing-evidence-hurdles/

http://people.com/crime/people-magazine-investigates-preview-mcstay-family-murders/

Chasing a Killer: Inside the McStay Family Murders 

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Ep61 - Jennifer San Marco

This episode we will be discussing the case of Jennifer San Marco, a women who returned to her former job, years after being let go, and killed 6 people.

People who knew her were shocked at the level of violence, thinking that she was not capable of it. A look into her past showed that the once even keeled woman was suffering from a decline in mental health for some time in the years leading up to the attack.

This episode we will be discussing who Jennifer was, her background, and what events led up to this tragedy.

 

References and Further Reading:

https://www.independent.com/news/2013/jan/31/goleta-postal-murders/

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/01/us/health/exemployee-kills-5-others-and-herself-at-california-postal-plant.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/03/us/woman-in-california-postal-shootings-had-history-of-bizarre-behavior.html

http://articles.latimes.com/2006/feb/04/local/me-postal4

http://articles.latimes.com/2006/feb/02/local/me-postal2

 

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