misconduct. A True Crime Podcast

misconduct. a true crime podcast

Sharon Kinne

This week takes us to Missouri in the 1960s where we discuss the story of Sharon Kinne, a housewife with a body count. What started out as an accidental shooting investigation quickly unraveled into a large scale investigation into multiple murders and the prime suspect on the run.

 

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Misconduct is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Colleen that discusses the facts and theories of resolved and unresolved crimes, wrongful convictions, and miscarriages of justice. New episodes are available on Thursdays. Misconduct is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatching app.

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Credits:

Research and Writing: Jessica Ann  

Music:

Chris Zabriskie - I Used To Need The Violence

Chris Zabriskie – Cylinders Four 

Chris Zabriskie – Cylinders Nine  

Kai Engel – Bells in Heavy Clouds

 

Further Reading:

Murderpedia

Further Reading 2

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Judy Williamson

Judith Williamson vanished in broad daylight on the morning of October 29th, 1963. Although no shortage of witnesses came forward with statements about seeing her the day she disappeared, her case wouldn't be solved for 14 years when a guilty conscience got the better of someone no one suspected.

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Misconduct is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Colleen that discusses the facts and theories of resolved and unresolved crimes, wrongful convictions, and miscarriages of justice. New episodes are available on Thursdays. Misconduct is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatching app.

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Credits:

Music:

Music below is used under an Attribution License – http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/   

Chris Zabriskie - I Used To Need The Violence

Chris Zabriskie – Cylinders Four

Chris Zabriskie – Cylinders Nine 

Kai Engel – Bells in Heavy Clouds

Kai Engel – Sopor

Sources and Further Reading:

 11.14.1963 The Californian

11.18.1963 Oakland Tribune

11.20.1963 Oakland Tribune

4.10.1966 Oakland Tribune

12.2.1977 San Francisco Examiner

12.11.1977 New York Times

5.24.1978 San Francisco Examiner

 

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Gwen Araujo

On October 4th, 2002 Sylvia was worried. Her daughter Gwen had not come home the night before and she hadn’t heard from her since earlier that day. As the day drew to a close, and no sign of Gwen was found, and the next day Sylvia filed a missing person’s report at the local police station.

 

Misconduct is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Colleen that discusses the facts and theories of resolved and unresolved crimes, wrongful convictions, and miscarriages of justice. New episodes are available on Thursdays. Misconduct is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatching app.

 

 

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Credits:

Research:

Jessica Ann

 

Music:

Music below is used under an Attribution License – http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/   

Chris Zabriskie - I Used To Need The Violence http://chriszabriskie.com/jaws/ 

Chris Zabriskie – Cylinders Four http://chriszabriskie.com/cylinders/ 

Chris Zabriskie – Cylinders Nine http://chriszabriskie.com/cylinders/ 

Kai Engel – Bells in Heavy Clouds http://freemusicarchive.org/music/kai_engel/

 

 

Sources:

Legal Opinion 

Sylvia’s Op-Ed - Life After Gwen

East Bay Times 

Find a Grave

LGBT History Month- Gwen Araujo

Information on the gay and trans panic defense 

https://transequality.org/

https://www.hrc.org/resources/understanding-the-transgender-community

 

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Christa Pike

This episode once again takes us out of California. How did a festering misunderstanding between two young women end with one brutally torturing and murdering the other? Sometimes the most brutal crimes don’t have clear motives. 

 

Misconduct is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Colleen that discusses the facts and theories of resolved and unresolved crimes, wrongful convictions, and miscarriages of justice. New episodes are available on Thursdays. Misconduct is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatching app.

 

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Research and writing: Jessica Ann

 

Music:

Music below is used under an Attribution License – http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/   

 

Chris Zabriskie - I Used To Need The Violence http://chriszabriskie.com/jaws/ 

Chris Zabriskie – Cylinders Seven http://chriszabriskie.com/cylinders/ 

Chris Zabriskie – Cylinders Four http://chriszabriskie.com/cylinders/ 

Chris Zabriskie – Cylinders Two http://chriszabriskie.com/cylinders/ 

Kai Engel – Bells in Heavy Clouds

Kai Engel - Sopor

 

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Colleen Slemmer

Colleen Slemmer

Christa Pike

Christa Pike

Tina Isa

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This episode covers the murder of 16 year old Tina at the hands of her own parents. In the aftermath of her death, it was made public that her family home was bugged by the FBI. These tapes recorded their day to day life and revealed an especially horrific case of child abuse that ended in tragedy.

Misconduct is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Colleen that discusses the facts and theories of resolved and unresolved crimes, wrongful convictions, and miscarriages of justice. New episodes are available on Thursdays. Misconduct is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatching app.

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Music Credits:

Music below is used under an Attribution License – http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 

Chris Zabriskie - I Used To Need The Violence http://chriszabriskie.com/jaws/

Chris Zabriskie – Cylinders Seven http://chriszabriskie.com/cylinders/

Chris Zabriskie – Cylinders Four http://chriszabriskie.com/cylinders/

Chris Zabriskie – Cylinders Two http://chriszabriskie.com/cylinders/

Sources:

State v. Isa 

St. Louis Dispatch 11.7.1989

St. Louis Dispatch 11.8.1989

St. Louis Dispatch 11.9.1989

St. Louis Dispatch 1.17.1990

St. Louis Dispatch 10.23.1991

St. Louis Dispatch 4.10.1993

St. Louis Dispatch 8.17.1994

St. Louis Dispatch 2.8.1997

St. Louis Dispatch 5.1.2014

More info on terrorism charges 

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The Boles Family

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This episode covers the murder of the Boles family in Crestline, California. James and Darlene, along with their two sons Bobby and Tommy were killed during a weekend away in the San Bernardino mountains in the summer of 1965.

 

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Misconduct is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Colleen that discusses the facts and theories of resolved and unresolved crimes, wrongful convictions, and miscarriages of justice. New episodes are available on Thursdays. Misconduct is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatching app.

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Credits:

Music:

Music below is used under an Attribution License – http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 

Chris Zabriskie - I Used To Need The Violence http://chriszabriskie.com/jaws/

Chris Zabriskie – Cylinders Seven http://chriszabriskie.com/cylinders/

Chris Zabriskie – Cylinders Four http://chriszabriskie.com/cylinders/

 

Sources/Further Reading:

Robert Bonson Article

San Bernardino County Sun 8.18.1965

Press Telegram 9.19.1965

San Bernardino County Sun 7.9.1966

Los Angeles Times 10.20.1968

The San Bernardino County Sun 7.24.1983

 

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Stephanie Crowe

 

This week covers the murder of Stephanie Crowe and the highly scrutinized investigation that further traumatized the Crowe family.  

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Misconduct is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Colleen that discusses the facts and theories of resolved and unresolved crimes, wrongful convictions, and miscarriages of justice. New episodes are available on Thursdays. Misconduct is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatching app.

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Credits:

Music:

Music below is used under an Attribution License – http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 

Chris Zabriskie - I Used To Need The Violence http://chriszabriskie.com/jaws/

Chris Zabriskie – Cylinders Seven http://chriszabriskie.com/cylinders/

Chris Zabriskie – Cylinders Seven http://chriszabriskie.com/cylinders/

 

Sources:

·       https://web.archive.org/web/20140512214155/http://www.pdf-archive.com/2014/05/10/12-17-98-hearing/12-17-98-hearing.pdf

·       https://web.archive.org/web/20141022235630/http://www.pdf-archive.com/2014/10/17/d044943/d044943.pdf

·       https://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/california/casdce/3:2008cv01101/273232/11/

·       https://web.archive.org/web/20140513010628/http://www.pdf-archive.com/2014/05/09/crowe-indictment/crowe-indictment.pdf

 

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The Murder of Betty and Carolyn

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How did a mother and daughter with no known enemies fall victim to such a personal and heinous crime? Why weren’t police able to solve the case?

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Music below is used under an Attribution License – http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 

Chris Zabriskie - I Used To Need The Violence http://chriszabriskie.com/jaws/

Chris Zabriskie – Cylinders Seven http://chriszabriskie.com/cylinders/

  

Sources:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2014/11/15/cold-case-oakland-never-an-arrest-in-oakland-double-murder-of-mother-daughter-in-1964/

https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2005/01/25/oakland-cops-havent-lost-all-hope-in-notoriously-cold-strangler-case/

Oakland Tribune Archives 1964 – 1984

 

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New Premiere Update

Hi guys,

Thank you so much for hanging in there. This is the last update, promise! 

After a lot of consideration, Eileen has made the difficult decision to step back from the podcast. Obviously we are sad about no longer doing the podcast together, but confident this is the best decision for Eileen. Colleen has decided to continue on as a solo host and will be releasing episodes every other week. The next episode will be released on January 24th. See you then!

Ep67 - Neal Falls

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In mid July 2015 police were called to a woman’s house in West Virginia. When they arrived they were met with a hysterical woman outside saying she had fought off a man who attacked her inside her home.

When police went inside they found the body of a man in the living room. He had been shot once and was dead at the scene.

While piecing the events of the day together police quickly realized that the man had come to this woman’s house with the intention of killing her. They found evidence in his car that the attack was well planned out. And the way the woman recounted the story, it was clear this was not his first attack.

This week we will discuss what happened on that July afternoon, who the man was, and the possible scope of his crimes.

 

Music by: The Blank Tapes

Research by: Esther Jeon

References:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/melissagiragrant/no-one-is-making-decisions-for-me?utm_term=.srzKZ2nvNJ#.quNXzx43L9

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/26/serial-killer-shot-west-virginia-neal-falls

 

http://news3lv.com/archive/henderson-woman-lived-with-suspected-serial-killer-for-eight-years

 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/neal-falls-escort-weapons_us_55b0017ee4b07af29d57679a

 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/neal-falls-dog-serial-killer_us_55bbbf4fe4b0b23e3ce2b340

 

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2015/08/oregon_man_killed_by_escort_in.html

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/police-chief-officers-did-nothing-wrong-arrest-black-men-starbucks-n866061

 

 

 

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Ep66 - The Murder of Gloria Gaxiola

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This episode was recommended to us at the Gen Why meet up in LA by Laura, one of our awesome listeners. She recommended this case, and actually has a personal connection to it, because she knew the victim from school. So we just wanted to say a quick thank you to Laura for recommending the case to us!

This week we are discussing a case from southern California. Early in the morning on October 12th, 2002 a body of Gloria Gaxiola was found on the side of the road. She was initially believed to be the victim of a hit and run, but police quickly determined that what actually happened was much more horrific.

The body of the young woman was dragged behind a car for over 4 miles before being left on the side of the road. The murder seemed to be deeply personal, but the case was cold for years before investigators would catch a break.

This week we will discuss the crime, the victim, and possible motives for why this atrocious crime happened.

 

References:

https://www.sbsun.com/2006/09/03/tracking-the-cold-cases/

http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime/2011/02/23/court-refuses-to-review-case-o/

https://caselaw.findlaw.com/ca-court-of-appeal/1544459.html

https://medium.com/engl-201/the-ascension-to-hell-d30d43952889

https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-20520001.html

 

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Ep65 - Joseph Kondro

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This week we are discussing the case of Joseph Kondro out of Washington State. He’s a convicted sex offender and murderer, but the extent of his crimes remains unknown.

He got away with the murder of two young girls for years, and when he was caught, his connection to his victims was a shocking betrayal to their families.

This week we will discuss the two known victims of Joseph Kondro, his crimes, and the potential victims we don’t know about.

 

References and Further Reading:

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Part-6-In-their-own-words-The-twisted-art-of-1107772.php

http://tdn.com/news/local/child-killer-joseph-kondro-dies-at-state-prison/article_23c1a25c-964d-11e1-94e7-001a4bcf887a.html

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Sociopath-amazed-he-s-not-on-death-row-1061735.php

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/1997/may/22/murder-suspect-convicted-of-rape/

http://tdn.com/news/local/most-notorious-joseph-kondro-was-a-smooth-talking-killer/article_d98e3b1d-ee41-5039-9254-243f437ebc2e.html

 

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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

 

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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

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

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

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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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Ep60 - Elton Manning Jackson

This episode was kind of a difficult one to write. This week we are talking about a serial killer who targeted open and closeted gay men in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

There are up to 12 victims attributed to the man responsible but not much is written about the perpetrator or the victims. Despite how prolific the case is, not much is known about the victims and the cases themselves weren’t connected by law enforcement until shortly before an arrest was made.

 

References and Further Reading:

WITNESS CONNECTS VICTIM WITH MAN CHARGED IN KILLING

TRIAL BEGINS FOR MAN ACCUSED OF STRANGLING

SUSPECTED SERIAL KILLER GETS LIFE

SERIAL-KILLER SUSPICIONS TRAIL CONVICTED MURDERER JACKSON

MAN ARRESTED IN SLAYING - DEATH RESEMBLES REGION'S SERIAL KILLINGS

Man Suspected In Serial Killing Goes on Trial

Elton Manning Jackson v. Commonwealth of Virginia

 

Research Assistance: Hannah Eckvahl

Music by: The Blank Tapes

 

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Ep59 - Chester Turner

So this week is going to tie back into our very first episode, which was a 2 part episode, on Lonnie David Franklin Jr. who is also known as the Grim Sleeper. He was a serial killer in South Central Los Angeles who was operating for over 20 years and for the bulk of that time, LA Police Department did not know he was actively killing women in his neighborhood.

The bulk of the murders committed by Lonnie Franklin and the person we are discussing today took place in the 80s and 90s. During this time, the crime rate in south LA was very high and the 1980s saw what we now refer to as the crack epidemic and the lasting effects of that bled over into the 1990s.

There was a huge increase in the number of missing and murdered black women in south LA during this time. So many of these women were turning up murdered in their own neighborhood that the community became concerned that there was a serial killer roaming the streets, but LAPD didn’t really investigate.

It wasn’t until the community came together and formed the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and actively lobbied the LAPD to open an investigation.

To placate the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders, LAPD opened an investigation into the staggering number of deaths in the area. They quickly said, yes there is a serial killer operating in the area and dubbed this person “The South Side Slayer” and the case remained opened, but no progress was made. Only the body count increased.

At the time we recorded our first episode we were pretty flabbergasted that the community had to lobby the LAPD to do their jobs. After putting together this episode, we are still flabbergasted.

Even more disturbing the lack of action on the LAPD’s part exposed several glaring issues with their approach to dealing with this community. Many of the women who were murdered were assumed to be either addicted to drugs, specifically crack, a sex worker, or both.

Now, none of these things should affect how a murder is investigated, but it did. These cases were not taken seriously, in fact murders that involved victims that were perceived to be sex workers or drug addicts were written off as being quote “victims of circumstance” or they were victims of “their lifestyle”.

It also came out that police department in general, not just the LAPD, would refer to these cases as NHI cases and NHI refers to ‘no human involved’.

And this really set the mindset and tone of the situation. Communities in South LA have long had a contentious relationship with law enforcement, and for good reason.

The LAPD has a long history of excessive force when it isn’t needed and indifference when police investigation is necessary. Who do you call when you know the police won’t show up or won’t take your case seriously? Who do you call to report your loved one missing when you’re afraid their case won’t be treated seriously or investigated at all because of how they make their money or if they use drugs?

So that is an extremely brief history of some of the issues South LA faced when they were dealing with a spike in violent crime. It was this neglect that allowed for not one but multiple serial killers to operate unnoticed by everyone except the communities where the murders took place.

References and Further Reading:

http://articles.latimes.com/2004/oct/26/local/me-serial26

http://www.laweekly.com/news/silent-wraith-chester-turner-2148669

Research Assistance: Esther Jeon

Music by: The Blank Tapes

 

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Ep58 - Napa Halloween Murders

In the early morning hours of November 1, 2004, Lauren Meanza, Leslie Mazzara and Adriane Insogna were sleeping in their Napa, CA home.  Lauren would be woken by the sounds of a struggle and her roommate’s screams.

When she climbed the stairs, she found a horrific scene, Leslie and Adriane brutally murdered. 

Over the next year, Napa police, who hadn’t seen a homicide in 3 years,  would interview 1300 people and take 218 DNA samples but would make no arrests; until they caught a break, the murderer would turn himself in.

Tonight, we will take you through the double homicide that rocked wine country, the investigation and conviction of the man responsible for taking the lives of two promising young women and his surprising connection to them.

 

References and Further Reading:

2005 People Article

Dateline: Wine Country Murders Doc

Napa Valley Reg - Sentencing

Napa Valley Reg - More Sentencing

 

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Ep57 - Cindy James

This week we are discussing the mysterious death of Cindy James. Cindy was living in Canada when she began receiving disturbing phone calls. Phone calls turned to threatening letters, and that turned into weird things happening at her home. These bizarre instances culminated in Cindy being attacked on five separate occasions over seven years.

Despite all of the contact that was being made with Cindy, police were unable to ever pinpoint a suspect. Police conducted multiple in depth investigations into who could be responsible, but again, no one was identified.

Cindy’s ordeal came to a tragic end 7 years after the first phone call, but many questioned remained. Most importantly, who was responsible for the Cindy’s harassment and ultimate death? And did she do this to herself? Or did the person responsible evade capture, despite the heavy police presence?

 

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References and Further Reading

The life of Cindy James

Threatening Notes 1

Threatening Notes 2

 

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