Episode 6: Unusual Defense Strategies, Part II
"The Twinkie Defense"
Date: December, 12 2015
The case behind the "Twinkie Defense:" the infamous murders of Harvey Milk and George Moscone. How Dan White used the "diminished capacity" defense to argue that excessive amounts of sugar reduced his criminal intent.
Episode 15: Scott Peterson
Compulsive Liar, Murderer, or Both
Date: June 15, 2016
Laci Peterson went missing on December 24, 2002 from her Modesto, California home she shared with her husband, Scott Peterson. Laci was happy, pregnant, and with no known enemies. During her disappearance, Scott came across as nonchalant with the police drawing their attention. When it was revealed he was having an ongoing affair, all suspicion fell on him. Did Scott kill his wife and unborn child or did his arrogant demeanor and reckless behavior result in his conviction?
Episode 9: Conspiracy Theories
When Everyone is a Suspect - Lee Harvey Oswald
Date: March 1, 2016
In many famous cases, conspiracy theories crop up. The assassination of John F. Kennedy was no different. We will discuss Lee Harvey Oswald and how his shadowy past was ripe for conspiracy theories.
Episode 7: Rae Carruth
Murder For Hire
Date: January 3, 2016
In 1999, Cherica Adams, who was pregnant with Carolina Panthers football star Ray Carruth's baby, was gunned down in her car. She implicated Carruth in the shooting before slipping into a deep coma. Doctors saved the baby, but Cherica died within weeks. Did a greedy Carruth truly mastermind the shooting to avoid paying child support?
Episodes 12 & 13: JonBènet Ramsey
Reviewing the Controversial Death of JonBènet Ramsey
Dates: May 1 & May 17, 2016
On Christmas night, 1996, JonBènet Ramsey, the daughter of a prominent Boulder, Colorado couple was killed inside their home. A bizarre and rambling ransom note was left behind. The police botched the investigation, which led to infighting and distrust. The Ramsey’s cooperated at arm’s length while hiring a public relations’ consultant. The family was clouded in an umbrella of suspicion, but no charges were ever filed. What happened to JonBènet on that cold winter night?
Episode 16: Belinda van Krevel
Surrounded by Murder
Date: July 5, 2016
It was August 2000 near Sydney, Australia when twenty-year-old Belinda Van Krevel scooped up her young daughter and fled the scene of the crime. Inside the house, Belinda's father, Jack, was viciously beaten and stabbed to death. The killer was a friend of hers and a few days prior she told him she wanted her father to die. This wasn't the first murder in Belinda's young life; her brother is a convicted serial killer. How did she end up surrounded by violent deaths and what role did she play?
Episode 17: Ted Bundy
Interview with E.J. Hammon
Date: July 15, 2016
Interview with true crime blogger E.J. Hammon, who has studied lust and serial killers for over two decades. We will be discussing the motives, modus operandi, and mind set of lust killers, as well and her research on Ted Bundy.
Episode 2: Michael Peterson
Where is the Line for Reasonable Doubt?
Date: September 2, 2015
In 2001 in Durham, North Carolina, Michael Peterson called 911 to report that his wife had fallen down a flight of stairs in their house. Though emergency personnel found her dead at the bottom of a staircase, some of the evidence was inconsistent with a fall. Kathleen Peterson had several lacerations to the back of her head, indicating blunt trauma from an object, and died after almost two hours of blood loss. Michael Peterson was initially convicted of murder and then he was granted a new trial.
Episode 3: Bernhard Goetz
An Examination of Vigilante Justice
Date: October 1, 2015
In 1984, Bernhard Goetz shot four men in a New York subway who were trying to mug him. How much abuse does a crime victim have to take before he can retaliate or defend himself? What is the right level of force in retaliation? We will discuss the ethical line around protecting oneself from crime and the criteria for assessing the situation when making judgments.
Episode 10: Conspiracy Theories, Part II
Date: March 15, 2016
Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald on national television days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Was he part of a conspiracy or just a patriotic citizen trying to achieve his own sense of justice?
Episode 1: Gertrude Baniszewski
When Group Think Leads to Murder
Date: August 14, 2015
In 1965, Gertrude Baniszewski tortured and killed 16 year-old Silvia Likens with the assistance of her own children and numerous kids from the neighborhood. Though many people knew of the torture and torment Silvia endured, no one told anyone. Disturbingly, those responsible for Silvia's death, all received very short sentences.
Episode 5: Unusual Defense Strategies, Part I
Sleepwalking your way to freedom
Date: December, 2 2015
When charged with heinous crimes, sometimes the accused resort to creative defense strategies. One of the more controversial claims is that the person was sleep-walking while he or she committed the illegal act, thus removing intent and responsibility.
Episode 8: The Black Dahlia
Book Review of "The Black Dahlia Avenger," By Steve Hodel
Date: February 1, 2016
In 1947, a deranged person(s) mutilated and killed twenty-two-year-old Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles. She was referred to as the "Black Dahlia." The case remained unsolved, but decades later, former LAPD homicide detective, Steve Hodel, launched his own investigation, which led him to the shocking conclusion that his own father was the infamous killer.
Episode 14: Wrongful Conviction of Kirk Bloodsworth
Exoneration by DNA
Date: June 1, 2016
Though convicted and sentenced to death for the savage rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl, Kirk Bloodsworth maintained his innocence. When authorities tested DNA in the victim's underwear, it did not match Bloodsworth, and he was released in 1993. When the DNA evidence was run through a DNA database in 2003, it matched a convicted rapist who was later found guilty of the murder.
Episode 4: Charles Starkweather & Caril Ann Fugate
A Study of Spree Killers - Once Wasn't Enough
Date: November 2, 2015
Teenage lovers murdered eleven people in the 1950s in a two-month killing spree in Nebraska and Wyoming, sparking one of the largest manhunts in the region. But was this a case of two dominant personalities fueling each other's murderous fantasies, or was young Caril Ann Fugate a hostage unable to break free from Starkweather's grasp?
Episode 11: Steven Martinez
Death After Tax Fraud
Date: April 1, 2016
Martinez, a former IRS agent turned tax preparer, stole $11 million from his clients. Once authorities discover the fraud, the fifty-year-old CPA faced federal charges. Learning two of his former clients chose to testify against him in the federal case, Martinez's solution was to hire a former employee to kill the witnesses for $100,000 cash.