Episodes 20 & 21: Interview with Joanna Madonna
Murder or Self-Defense?
September 1 & September 15, 2016
The tumultuous life of Joanna Madonna culminated with the death of her husband, Jose Perez. She admits to killing him, but was it a calculated, cold-blooded murder, self-defense, or somewhere in between? We will hear directly from Joanna.
Episode 6: Unusual Defense Strategies, Part II
"The Twinkie Defense"
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
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. 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 17: Ted Bundy
Interview with E.J. Hammon
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 as her research on Ted Bundy.
Episode 2: Michael Peterson
Where is the Line for Reasonable Doubt?
Date: September 2, 2015
In 2001 in Durham, NC, Michael Peterson called 911 to report that his wife had fallen down a flight of stairs in their house. However, 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 she died after almost two hours of blood loss. Was it an accident or murder?
Episode 3: Bernhard Goetz
An Examination of Vigilante Justice
Date: October 1, 2015
In 1984, Bernhard Goetz shot four men who were trying to mug him in a New York subway. How much abuse does a crime victim have to take before he can retaliate or defend himself? We will discuss the ethical line around protecting oneself from crime and the criteria for assessing the situation when making judgments.
Episodes 23 & 24: Pizza Bomber
Interview with Former FBI Agent & Co-author Jerry Clark
October 15 & November 1, 2016
We will talk with Jerry Clark about his book "Pizza Bomber," which covers one of the most fascinating bank robberies in history. He was the lead FBI agent on this case and spent years tracking down the perpetrators.
Episode 29: Wrongfully Accused
January 15, 2017
The police believed Bill Wegerle killed his wife, Vicki Wegerle. His reputation was ruined. His family was shattered. Then the infamous killer, Dennis Radar ("BTK"), admitted to killing her.
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 neighborhood kids. Though many people knew of the torture and torment Silvia endured, no one told anyone.
Episode 25: Duke Lacrosse "Rape" Case
Where the Narrative Trumped the Truth
November 15, 2016
Three white Duke Lacrosse players where accused of raping a black, exotic dancer. The accusations and claims of a "hate crime" garnered considerable media and public attention, but when the students were later exonerated, the media was no where to be found.
Episode 32: Drew Peterson
And His String of Bad Luck
March 1, 2017
When Drew Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, went missing, his third wife’s (Kathleen Savio) death was changed from accident to homicide. With tons of suspicion swirling around him, but little provable evidence, Drew Peterson taunted police through interviews and an overall cocky demeanor. In the end, Illinois law makers drafted a law specifically to charge and convict Peterson.
Episodes 18 & 19: The Zodiac Killer
Discussion with Mike Morford
August 2 & 14, 2016
I am talking with long-time Zodiac researcher Mike Morford. 'Zodiac' is the nickname of an unidentified serial killer that operated in Northern California from the late 1960s to early 1970s. His sadistic taunts and brutal violence put an entire region on edge and left five confirmed dead, though he claims to have murdered thirty-seven. Who is the Zodiac? Will this case ever been solved?
Episode 5: Unusual Defense Strategies, Part I
Sleepwalking your way to freedom
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.
Episodes 26 & 27: Murder of Michelle Young
Interview with Author Lynne Blanchard, "Absence of Evidence"
December 1 & December 15, 2016
Michelle Young was tragically killed with her infant child in the house. The police immediately suspected her husband, Jason Young. Unfortunately, there was limited evidence to support this theory, only suspicion. Regardless, the prosecution moved forward with the case. He was later convicted during a second trial. How and why did this happen?
Episode 8: The Black Dahlia
Book Review of The Black Dahlia Avenger, By Steve Hodel
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 7: Rae Carruth
Murder For Hire
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?
Episode 11: Steven Martinez
Death After Tax Fraud
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.
Episodes 12 & 13: JonBènet Ramsey
Reviewing the Controversial Death of JonBènet Ramsey
May 1 & May 17, 2016
On Christmas night, 1996, JonBènet Ramsey, was dead inside her 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. An umbrella of suspicion hung over the family, but no charges were ever filed. What happened to JonBènet on that cold winter night?
Episode 10: Conspiracy Theories, Part II
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 28: The Betty Broderick Case
Pushed to the Edge
January 1, 2017
What seemed like an ideal marriage ended in a vicious double murder. Did emotional abuse and torment drive Betty to murder her ex-husband and his new bride, or did her rage at being shoved aside, push her beyond reason?
Episode 9: Conspiracy Theories
When Everyone is a Suspect - Lee Harvey Oswald
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 22: Leonard Peltier
Murderer or Government Scapegoat?
October 2, 2016
Leonard Peltier was convicted of killing two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in the 1970s. There are allegations the government tampered with witnesses, misrepresented ballistic evidence, and withheld information from the defense. Did he actually kill them? Did he receive a fair trial?
Episode 14: Wrongful Conviction of Kirk Bloodsworth
Exoneration by DNA
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. In 2003, the DNA matched a convicted rapist who was later found guilty of the murder.
Episodes 30 & 31: Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
Interview with Kerrie Droban
February 1 & 15, 2017
We will talk with criminal defense attorney and award-winning true crime author Kerrie Droban. We will discuss her book, Vagos, Mongols, & Outlaws: My Infiltration of America's Deadliest Biker Gangs. She wrote it with Charles Falco, who infiltrated three of America's deadliest biker gangs.
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 16: Belinda van Krevel
Surrounded by Murder
Date: July 5, 2016
In August of 2000 near Sydney, Australia, 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.