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Rock Bottom: The Death of Rinette Bergna
 
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Peter Bergna picked up his wife Rinette from the airport and drove up Slide Mountain near their home to talk about their marital problems. According to Peter, the brakes on his truck malfunctioned, causing the truck to crash through a guardrail and nosedive off of an 800-foot cliff. Peter was lucky. He had somehow been expelled from the driver’s side window and landed without serious injury on the upper slope of the mountain. Rinette was not so lucky. Her broken body was found inside the crushed truck hundreds of feet below. Peter was the only one left alive who knew what had happened between the airport and the crash. Police attention turned to him first because of his odd behavior at the scene and then after a forensic analysis of the crash was done. Reports of infidelity and verbal abuse strengthened suspicions. Our quiet end case today is Rock Bottom: The Death of Rinette Bergna. Did Peter plot the murder of his wife, and if he did, would prosecutors be able to convict him of the crime?
Views: 4786 True Crime Brewery
Getting Away with Murder
 
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The story of murdered toddler Caylee Anthony gained an enormous amount of attention in 2008 when her mother Casey didn't report her missing for 31 days.  When questioned about her daughters whereabouts, Casey told police that Caylee had been kidnapped by a babysitter.  As the investigation progressed, everything Casey told her family, friends, and authorities was revealed as fiction.  To make matters worse, Casey had spent the 31 days without her daughter, partying and living the "Bella Vita."  In an effort to honor the memory of little Caylee and gain a greater understanding of how this tragic case occurred, we begin this episode with the Anthony family dynamics and move toward the astonishing trial verdict. Saison du Swamp is opened and shared at the quiet end of the bar.
Views: 17234 True Crime Brewery
The Lady in the Box: The Story of Wife Killer John David Smith
 
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John David Smith married his second wife, Fran, in 1990. While confined to her home recovering from a broken hip, Fran disappeared from her New Jersey home in 1991. Fran’s daughter DeDe and sister Sherrie called the house, frantically trying to reach Fran, but there was no answer. Then DeDe called John at work. He claimed that Fran had packed her bags and left him, but how could she have done that when she couldn’t even walk? John had been lying to everyone. Fran’s family members found all of Fran’s belongings still in the house. Then they discovered that John had been married before. Back in 1970, John Smith’s first wife Janice Hartman had disappeared just days after divorcing him. Now Smith had two missing wives. Join us at the quiet end for the story of two missing wives and a man with some very dark secrets. His secrets would only be revealed after his brother came forward with a secret from 20 years ago.
Views: 3466 True Crime Brewery
A Darker Shade of Blue: The Murder of Lorraine Hendricks
 
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A Florida woman saw the state patrol car's lights flashing behind her and wondered why she was being stopped. She didn't think she was speeding, she later told investigators, but she pulled her car onto the southbound shoulder of Interstate 95 and waited as Trooper Tim Harris approached her car. Trooper Harris asked her to get out of her car. Then he saw that she was obviously pregnant. He gave her a warning ticket for driving 6 miles over the speed limit and let her go. Police would later speculate that the woman's pregnancy saved her life. The next woman pulled over by Trooper Harris would not live to see another day. Lorraine Hendricks’ car was found abandoned on the highway and detectives suspected that someone she trusted was involved in her disappearance. Trooper Harris was seen as trustworthy. He had been with the Florida Highway Patrol for eight years. Before that, he had worked for local police departments, earning several commendations. He was married with two young children. But a closer look would expose a troubled man. Join us today for A Darker Shade of Blue, the terrifying story of a man who was called upon to serve and protect but turned into a dangerous predator.
Views: 4588 True Crime Brewery
California Parricide: The Murders of Jim & Naomi Olive
 
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When he was 19, Chuck Riley met 15-year-old Marlene Olive while dealing drugs at her high school. He developed a crush on her and they eventually became boyfriend and girlfriend. Marlene controlled their relationship and Chuck did anything to please her. Marlene had a deeply troubled home life. Her mother, Naomi, suffered from alcoholism and mental illness. Marlene and Naomi fought constantly. Marlene rebelled at an early age with heavy drug use, delinquency, self-harming behaviors, shoplifting, and promiscuity. As the mother-daughter relationship imploded, Marlene sought out Chuck’s help to kill Naomi. When Marlene’s parents stood together to reign in Marlene’s behavior, her father was added to her hit list. Join us at the quiet end today for California Parricide, the story of a vicious double murder which many people should have seen coming but no one ever imagined would actually happen.
Views: 4384 True Crime Brewery
Ungodly: The Murder of Kari Baker
 
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Baptist minister Matt Baker presented himself to the world as a man of God, a family man who set an example for his faithful parishioners. But when his wife Kari was found dead in their bed of an apparent suicide, questions about who he really was emerged. Kari Baker’s mother and aunts would become the catalysts to investigate Matt Baker’s deceptions and lies, working with police to expose him as a narcissistic bully and a lifelong sexual predator. What they uncovered would open up suspicions of his involvement in not only one, but two, family deaths. But it took years to get justice for his wife and safety for his daughters. This story is a striking example of the power of love and determination and a victory of the truth over Matt Baker’s carefully constructed life of hypocrisy. Join us at the quiet end today for Ungodly: The Murder of Kari Baker.
Views: 10019 True Crime Brewery
True Crime Brewery Trailer
 
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This skit by Jill and Dick asks you to subscribe to our youtube channel for new podcasts every Tuesday!
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The Making of a True Crime Brewery Episode
 
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Jill and Dick take you behind the scenes at the quiet end with this clip from our recording of next week's True Crime Brewery episode.
Views: 5046 True Crime Brewery
Heart Stopper: The Death of Greg de Villers
 
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Kristin Rossum and Greg de Villers were newlyweds who seemed to have a bright future ahead of them. But sometimes things are not what they seem. Beneath the surface, their relationship was poisoned by lies, addiction and betrayal. Kristin was a toxicologist at the medical examiner’s office. She may have appeared to be professional and loyal, but she was, in truth, a methamphetamine addict involved in a long-term sexual affair with her boss. She was also in a position with unlimited access to dangerous drugs. When Greg died of a drug overdose, his family and friends pressured the police to investigate his death as a homicide. Kristin claimed that Greg learned about her affair and killed himself. Investigators believed she killed Greg because she was afraid he was going to expose her affair and her drug use. Kristin Rossum was an unlikely killer, but her husband’s death was suspicious. Questions about the scene and the events leading up to Greg’s death showed a long history of deceit by Kristin and revealed the possibility that she and her lover and plotted together to kill to him. Join us at the quiet end today for Heart Stopper: The Death of Greg de Villers, the story of a complex murder plot fueled by drug addiction and a clandestine love affair.
Views: 4983 True Crime Brewery
Taking Lives: The Crimes of Dr. Michael Swango
 
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The case of physician Michael Swango not only exposed the dark side of a man who had taken an oath to do no harm, it also opened our eyes to a professional environment where doctors accepted the word of fellow physicians over that of nurses and patients—even as evidence of gross misbehavior piled up. Michael grew up in Quincy, Illinois and graduated as valedictorian at the Quincy Catholic Boys High School. He served in the Marine Corps, receiving an honorable discharge in 1980. He then attended Quincy College followed by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. His troubles were first noticed in medical school. Although he was a brilliant student, he preferred to work as an ambulance attendant rather than concentrate on studying. Even at that young age, he had an odd fascination with dying patients. Michael Swango’s patients often ended up "coding," or suffering life-threatening emergencies. Several died unexpectedly. Join us at the quiet end today for a true story that actually is stranger than fiction: Taking Lives: The Crimes of Dr. Michael Swango. *Join Team Tiegrabber at https://www.tiegrabber.com to get members-only episodes of True Crime Brewery!
Views: 4945 True Crime Brewery
The Ultimate Sacrifice: Heaven's Gate Cult
 
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(This is a re-edited replacement for the video released on December 5th 2017) Members of the Heaven’s Gate cult donned black outfits, new Nike sneakers, and purple shrouds on the day of their deaths.  They each had a $5 bill and 3 quarters in their pockets.  It was March 1997 and 39 cult members ritually ended their lives in waves.  Each cleaned up after the last until all 39 were dead inside a San Diego mansion. To us on the outside, this was a mass suicide.  To families of some of the victims, it was 38 murders and 1 suicide. To the 39 people in the Heaven’s Gate cult, this was their destiny.  Marshall Applewhite, their leader, had told his followers that there was a UFO in the tail of the Hale-Bopp comet.  This comet orbited the earth once every 2,000 years. He told them this was their signal to board the space ship which would take them into eternity.  In order to catch this ride, they would have to die. This tragedy was the culmination of more than two decades of the religious and social development of a religious group that had taken different names over the years.  The deaths were the result of years of behavior modification. At the quiet end today, we’re talking about the origins of the Heaven’s Gate cult, the beliefs of its leaders, and how it appealed to its followers with a religion that fused Christianity, New Age practices, and science fiction.  At the time of their deaths, did any of the members have second thoughts or resist in anyway?  We’ll talk about the death scene in the Heaven’s Gate mansion and consider the reasons for the dressing and positioning of the bodies.
Views: 4207 True Crime Brewery
A Secret Life: The Plot to Kill Susan Fassett
 
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Middle-aged mother of two Susan Fassett was an unlikely victim in a love triangle that ended in her murder. Married to a cop and a member of the church choir, Susan had a reputation as an honest, upstanding person. After her death, the secrets revealed about her life came as a shock to most. The biggest shock of all was that Susan was involved with a man commonly referred to as the scum of the earth. Fred Andros, a mean, homely, and amoral man, extorted money, frequented prostitutes, and somehow lured Susan into his web of corruption. Join us at the quiet end today for a story of corruption, sex, and murder: A Secret Life: The Plot to Kill Susan Fassett.
Views: 4837 True Crime Brewery
The Disappearance of Jessica O'Grady
 
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When 19-year old Jessica O’Grady stopped answering her phone on May 11, 2006, her friends and family worried. She had left to see her boyfriend late the night before and hadn’t been seen since. Jessica had recently found out that she was pregnant. Her boyfriend, Chris Edwards, had another girlfriend, Michelle, who was also pregnant. Still, Jessica was optimistic. She loved Chris and wanted to have a family with him. What she didn’t know was that, to Chris, Jessica was just a fling. He planned to marry Michelle. And he didn’t have the resources or the desire to support two children from two different mothers. Besides, if Michelle found out about Jessica, she might leave him. As we know, the leading cause of death for a pregnant woman is murder by the father of her unborn child. As time passed with no sign of her, it seemed possible that Chris had done something to Jessica. Chris denied seeing Jessica on the night of May 10th, but circumstantial evidence led investigators to Chris’ front door. What they found there was disturbing, but was it enough to prove his guilt? Join us today at the quiet end for a missing person’s case that turned into what is known as a "No Body" case: The Disappearance of Jessica O’Grady.
Views: 4342 True Crime Brewery
The Disappearance of Helle Crafts
 
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After suffering for years in an abusive marriage, Helle Crafts filed for divorce in the summer of 1986. Soon afterward, she disappeared. Her friends filed a missing person’s report, but her husband, Richard Crafts, gave various stories that Helle was off visiting relatives or that she just needed some time alone. Police suspected foul play, but with no body, it was impossible to prove that a homicide had even occurred. Police did learn, however, that Richard Crafts had purchased several items, including new carpeting, bedding, and a large freezer, around the time of Helle’s disappearance. He had also rented a woodchipper. A witness came forward, claiming that he had seen a man using a woodchipper on a bridge over a lake near the Crafts’ home. That is when the search for Helle took a very disturbing turn. Join us at the quiet end today as we discuss a horrific crime often referred to as the "wood chipper case.” Investigators, along with Dr. Henry Lee, the Director of Connecticut’s Forensic Science Laboratory at the time, worked together to solve what Richard Craft’s had considered his perfect crime. I chose this case because it serves to broaden awareness of domestic violence and because it is chock a block full of interesting forensics from a pre-DNA era.
Views: 4257 True Crime Brewery
Bridge of Sorrow: The Abduction of Becky and Amy Burridge
 
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Just before 9 p.m. on Sept. 24, 1973, 18-year-old Becky Thomson was leaving to buy groceries and asked her 11-year-old half-sister, Amy Burridge, if she wanted to tag along. The two traveled in Becky’s Ford station wagon to the Thriftway store on 12th and Melrose streets in Casper, Wyoming. When Becky and Amy came out of the store, one of the car’s tires was flat. Unbeknownst to the sisters, the two men who had slashed the tire, Jerry Jenkins and Ronald Kennedy, were the same guys who pulled into the parking spot next to them. The men offered to help. Becky and Amy had been set up for an abduction. That night was the night when Becky’s worst nightmare came true on the Fremont Canyon Bridge. The cold-heartedness and cruelty of Jenkins and Kennedy was more than anyone in the community could comprehend, and it would haunt Becky until the day she died.
Views: 4307 True Crime Brewery
Murder by Nurse: The Victims of Kristen Gilbert
 
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Apparently hard-working and intelligent mother of two and registered nurse, Kristen Gilbert, was living the life of a middle-class soccer mom. She had a good job, a loving husband, and two children. She seemed a lot like the other Massachusetts suburbanites in her neighborhood, but she held sinister secrets that eventually bubbled to the surface. Beneath the façade of an ordinary working mother, Kristen lived a life of duplicity. Before her 30th birthday, she was arrested on suspicion of serial murder: injecting patients at the hospital where she worked with lethal doses of epinephrine. These were vulnerable victims and Kristen’s motives were a mystery, perhaps even to herself. It may have been as simple as a need for attention and excitement. When a healthcare professional takes a life, it’s a special kind of evil. Trained and relied upon to protect and restore health and virtually holding their patients’ lives in their hands, a nurse who kills betrays the most basic trust while preying on the sick. Join us at the quiet end today for Murder by Nurse: The Victims of Kristen Gilbert.
Views: 4870 True Crime Brewery
Catching a Predator:  Westley Allan Dodd
 
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Child molester and killer Westley Allan Dodd is remembered as one of the most evil men in modern history. What I find interesting about this case is how early in his life Dodd began to have his sick urges and how his behavior progressed from exposing himself to murder- virtually unchecked. After his murder convictions, Dodd revealed that he had been molesting young children since the age of 13. In his final interviews, he admitted that there was no treatment for him and, if set free, he would offend again. He then declined an appeal, becoming the first person to be hanged in the United States since 1965. At the quiet end today, Doctor Dick and I will go over the childhood and crimes of this predator as we try to make sense of how this kind of human being is constructed. Also, what can we as a society do to protect children? It has been a long-held belief that pedophiles are untreatable and must be kept away from our children, but is there a way to prevent pedophilia, or at the very least, make early diagnoses before anyone is hurt?
Views: 3235 True Crime Brewery
Marked Absent
 
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At the age of 7, Kyron Horman went missing from his elementary school. He was reported absent from his first class, but it wasn't until after school that anyone realized he was gone. This is a strange and complicated case that turned family members against each other and revealed dark secrets. Kyron has not been found and those who love him are holding out hope that he is still alive. At the quiet end of the bar this week we will discuss all aspects of Kyron's case, compare notes and exchange ideas. Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery in Oregon is Dick's pick. Follow us on twitter @tiegrabberpods and Instagram tiegrabberpodcasts We would also like you to like us on Facebook: www.tiegrabber.com/facebook If you are kind enough to give us a 5 star review on iTunes, we will love to give you a shout out on a future episode! www.tiegrabber.com/rateusonitunes
Views: 5037 True Crime Brewery
A Failure to Protect: The Story of Andrew Bagby & Zachary Turner
 
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The murder of Andrew Bagby was an event of terrible shock and grief for the loved ones he left behind, especially his mother and father. Andrew was David and Kate Bagby’s only child. He was well-liked with a promising future as a family physician. In 1999, Andrew began dating medical intern Shirley Turner. When he tried to end things with Shirley, she responded badly. Andrew believed he had ended the relationship for good in November, 2001. But Shirley phoned him obsessively and drove 16 hours to show up unannounced at his door. Andrew agreed to meet her after work on November 5, 2001. The following day, his body was found face down in a parking lot. He had been shot five times. There was strong evidence against Shirley in Andrew’s murder. But David and Kate Bagby’s nightmare, which had begun with the murder of their son, would end with the death of their one-year-old grandson, Zachary. To add to their misery, it was clear to them that Zachary’s death was preventable. Zachary was in his mother’s care when he shouldn’t have been. Why did the Newfoundland Social Service system allow this tragedy to happen? Join us at the quiet end today for the tragic story of two cold-blooded murders, one entirely preventable, in A Failure to Protect: The Story of Andrew Bagby & Zachary Turner.
Views: 4550 True Crime Brewery
The Main Line Murder
 
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When Stefanie Rabinowitz set her mind to something, there was no stopping her. She was an attorney who had married her childhood sweetheart. She was extremely hard working and an attentive mom to her one-year old girl, Haley. After tragedy struck in the Rabinowitz home, it came to light that Stefanie’s husband Craig had been leading a secret life. Craig Rabinowitz, who had racked up huge debts and whose business apparently existed only on paper, had been spending more money than he had earned in his lifetime on a stripper who danced for him at a downtown Philadelphia club, Delilah's Den. This is a story that was locally known as “The Main Line Murder.” A death nearly passed on as natural and unexplained, this murder revealed motivations and deception that nearly went undiscovered and would shock everyone who knew the Rabinowitz family.
Views: 6087 True Crime Brewery
Memphis Bridezilla
 
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Ejaz Ahmad was kind, handsome, and a hard-working, self-made businessman. He arrived in the United States from Pakistan to fulfill his mother’s dying wish: to become an American, to complete his education, and to have a happy life. This, of course, included having a family of his own. After completing two master’s degree programs, Ejaz settled in the Memphis, Tennessee, area. He became the owner of several small businesses, purchased real estate, married a woman he loved, and became the father to a handsome little boy they named Jordan. But early in their marriage, Ejaz and Jordan’s mother ran into difficulty. Their religious differences, him a Muslim and she a Christian, were too much for their love to overcome. They divorced and remained friends, parenting their son together. The divorce left a hole in Ejaz’s life. He wanted someone to share his life and success with. He wanted a wife. Leah Ward was a prison parolee with a history of drug charges, petty crime, and a prostitution. She led a hectic, unstable life, moving from man to man and town to town. But she was a pretty girl---a girl who had been through a lot and knew how to turn on the charm. When Leah was introduced to Ejaz Ahmad, he offered her a place to live, someone to take care of her, and money to spend as she liked. Ejaz wanted to help her get through school and get off drugs. He didn’t realize how sinister and diabolical Leah could be. What began as a partnership that Ejaz thought was true love soon became abusive and dangerous. His friends and family warned him about Leah. He was preparing to separate from her. Then, in May of 2003, family members found his mutilated, decapitated, and decomposing body in his backyard shed. In Memphis Bridezilla, we’re learning that domestic violence can be just as viscously directed at a man as at a woman. This story of how the lives of two very different people tragically intersected and left a boy without a father is one that you won’t soon forget.
Views: 7237 True Crime Brewery
Jill Meagher's Last Day
 
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29-year old Jill Meagher was going about her daily life on September 22, 2012 when a man with a lengthy criminal record took it all away from her. That night, she had gone out with some friends after work for drinks. On the short walk back to her apartment, she encountered serial rapist Adrian Bayley. CCTV would capture Bayley approaching Jill on the street at 1:40am. She had her mobile phone in her hand. His face was obscured by the blue hoodie he was wearing. When Jill didn’t make it home that night, her husband began to search for her, eventually contacting the police. She was officially a missing person at that point, but soon the awful truth would become clear: Jill had been brutally assaulted and murdered by a repeat offender out on parole. On top of the horror of Jill Meagher’s rape and murder at the hands of Adrian Bayley, one other disturbing fact was exposed: the state’s parole system was broken. How could a man found guilty of 20 rapes in a 23-year time span be allowed to roam the streets of Melbourne’s suburbs after smashing the jaw of another man while on parole? At the time of Jill’s murder, Bayley was on parole after serving eight years in jail for 16 counts of rape against five women. He had already served time before for rapes committed from the time he was just 18. It made the tragedy of Jill’s murder even more senseless. At the quiet end today, we’re talking about a beautiful person whose life was violently taken by an evil, repeat offender. Jill spent her last day doing what many of us do—working in a job she loved, enjoying a few drinks in the company of friends, and making her way home on a well-traveled street just blocks from her home. So, what went wrong?
Views: 5765 True Crime Brewery
The Devil Himself: Jack Unterweger
 
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Jack Unterweger’s lust for violence was insatiable. His first known murder victim was Margret Schafer, an 18-year-old German girl. Unterweger would tell a jury that, at the moment of her killing, he had seen his mother reflected in her face and he acted out of a lifetime of rage. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. But in jail, Unterweger read voraciously and he began to write poetry, short, stories, plays, and an autobiography. After over 15 years in prison, Unterweger was released based on the belief that writing his life story, and the self-reflection it required, had reformed him. Not only was he a famous author, he was also Austria’s most high-profile “rehabilitated” offender. But Unterweger had everyone fooled. As he interviewed police in the role of a journalist, he had already resumed his life as a serial killer. Unterweger sexually assaulted and brutally murdered prostitutes in Vienna, Los Angeles, and Prague as he spoke on talk shows and worked to get his books made into Hollywood movies. Join us at the quiet end today for The Devil Himself: Jack Unterweger. It’s the shocking story of an international serial killer who was hiding in plain sight.
Views: 3754 True Crime Brewery
Shots in the Dark: The Murder of Reeva Steenkamp
 
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29 year old Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius on Valentine's Day 2013. He would claim that he thought there was an intruder locked in his bathroom and he shot through the door 4 times out of fear. Prosecutors in South Africa didn't find his story believable. There was evidence that pointed to domestic violence ending in murder. The thing is, Reeva was an activist against domestic violence. Could she have been caught up in an abusive relationship? The fame of Oscar Pistorius "The Blade Runner" made this a highly publicized crime. But, more important than fame is the precious life lost in this senseless, incredibly violent murder. Reeva was a young woman who possessed more than physical beauty and who left behind two devastated parents and a world of possibilities. Join us at the quiet end as we talk about Reeva's life, the trial of her killer, and the all too common threads of domestic and gun violence.
Views: 5370 True Crime Brewery
Portrait of a Family Annihilator: The Watts Family Murders
 
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The case we’re talking about today, more than any in recent history, illustrates that we don’t always know the people close to us as well as we think we do. We’re talking about the case of a family annihilator: Chris Watts. In August of 2018, Chris murdered his pregnant wife and his two preschool-aged daughters. Then he loaded their lifeless bodies into his truck and dumped them at a work site. He was seen later that morning by co-workers and all of them would report that Chris acted normal, as if nothing unusual had happened. Investigators believe that Chris’s motivation for the murders was his desire to start a new life with his mistress. This seems true enough, but it’s difficult to believe that this was the sole motive for the crimes. As we delve into the lives of Chris and his wife Shanann Watts, deeper issues are exposed that most likely played a role in the murders. There were serious financial problems and there was friction between Shanann and her in-laws. Aspects of the couple’s relationship also reveal that Chris may have been full of rage and resentment for Shanann. Join us at the quiet end today for Portrait of a Family Annihilator: The Watts Family Murders.
Views: 47972 True Crime Brewery
Over the Edge: The Murders of Lynn & Toni Henthorn
 
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In 2012, Harold and Toni Henthorn celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary with a hiking trip in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. Toni plummeted off of a 100-foot cliff and died a horrible death. Harold told police that his wife was busy taking photos and must have slipped. He didn't see exactly what had happened because he was using his cell phone at the time. It could have been a tragic accident. After all, Harold was a respected member of the community, a loving husband, and a devoted father to their daughter. He worked as a fund raiser for churches, charities and non-profit groups. At least, that's what he told everyone. But maybe things weren’t what they appeared to be. Friends and family thought they knew him, but facts surfaced that painted a new picture of Harold Henthorn. Harold had no job and no income. He also had a shady history, including a first wife who had also died in a freak accident. Harold’s history, along with his ever changing narrative of Toni’s death, led to a murder investigation. Life insurance, years of deceit, and inappropriate behavior were gathered to create a strong circumstantial case against him. In today’s episode, Over the Edge, we look back at the lives of Sandra Lynn Henthorn and Toni Henthorn, two wives whose final moments were likely filled with fear and violence, murdered by the man who claimed to love them.
Views: 5750 True Crime Brewery
A Mom on Death Row
 
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Darlie Routier told investigators that she woke in the middle of the night to an intruder attacking her and her two young children.  But her story of the events that night didn't make sense.  Now her two young children were dead while she had relatively minor injuries.  Her trial was a disaster.  Darlie was convicted of murder and sentenced to die by lethal injection. What happened in this young woman's life that led her to this fate? Join us at the quiet end for a true crime discussion and a Texas beer. You can follow us on Twitter @tiegrabberpods Please rate us on iTunes:  www.tiegrabber.com/itunes
Views: 20562 True Crime Brewery
Happily Never After: The Murder of Julie Miller Bulloch
 
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Julie Miller met Dennis Bulloch through a newspaper ad and fell hard for him. He seemed like the answer to all of her problems. As a successful executive approaching her 30th birthday, Julie was ready to get married. Dennis seemed like the all-American guy—good-looking and described as soft-hearted and sensitive by former girlfriends. Just four months into their marriage, emergency responders were called out to a fire at the Bulloch’s home. Amid the charred debris, they found a body duct-taped to a rocking chair, the face burned beyond recognition. This is a case that took place before Match.com or Tinder. Julie was attractive and successful in her career but she was socially immature. And she was lonely. She wanted what someone to spend her life with and to perhaps start a family of her own. Dennis Bulloch seemed to check all the boxes for her, but he had a dark side she didn’t see. If there were signs or clues to a darker side of Dennis, Julie may have overlooked them because, more than anything, she wanted to be married. We’ll talk about this, as well as the histories of Julie and Dennis, in Happily Never After: The Murder of Julie Miller Bulloch..
Views: 7373 True Crime Brewery
Fatal Father: The Murders of Aaron & Jacob Jenkinson
 
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Young couple Frances and Darren Jenkinson of Glasgow, Scotland, were happy and attentive parents of 8 week-week old baby boy Aaron when tragedy struck. After 3 bouts of difficulty breathing, their baby boy had irreversible brain damage and was taken off life support. This loss was especially difficult for Frances who was only 18 years old. After taking time to grieve and heal, the couple had a second child in 1999: Jacob. But at only 3 weeks of age, Jacob met the same fate as Aaron had. His death brought suspicion. Further investigation would reveal the unimaginable. Join us at the quiet end of the bar for a revealing discussion on the suspicious deaths of Aaron and Jacob Jenkinson. Today's beer is McEwans Scotch Ale Follow us on Instagram: tiegrabberpodcasts Twitter: @tiegrabberpods Facebook: tiegrabber.com/facebook Please subscribe and leave us on 5 star review on iTunes! tiegrabber.com/rateusonitunes
Views: 7403 True Crime Brewery
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
 
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At the time of this recording, it is Madeleine McCann’s 13th birthday. Since her disappearance in 2007, there have been investigations, searches, allegations, accusations, theories and rumors about what happened to Madeleine. We will examine this case from all angles and available sources to help understand what could have happened in Portugal in 2007 and what has been done since to solve this crime.
Views: 4849 True Crime Brewery
Fatal Vision: The Jeffrey MacDonald Case
 
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On February 17, 1970, a shocking crime took place in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Colette MacDonald and her two young daughters were brutally murdered. Colette’s husband, Jeffrey MacDonald, was left wounded but still very much alive. This crime has fascinated, outraged and polarized people for nearly 50 years. Speculation in this crime has continued with strings of legal proceedings and outcomes. But at the heart of the case is the relationship of a pregnant young mother with her ambitious husband, along with the character and behavior of a man believed to be either a monster or a gentleman, depending on who you’re talking to. Jeffrey MacDonald has a version of what happened that night. Investigators and prosecutors have another version, backed up by what they see as blatant inconsistencies in his story and in the evidence. Today’s episode will address the relationship of Jeffrey with his wife Colette, the timeline and evidence of the case, Jeffrey MacDonald’s behavior both before and after his family was slaughtered, and the legalities of his conviction and appeals. * To support the podcast and get access to members-only episodes, just go to tiegrabber.com and subscribe!
Views: 16652 True Crime Brewery
The Murder of Michele MacNeill
 
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Jill and Dick discuss the death of Michele MacNeill, a Utah mother found unresponsive in her bathtub in 2007. The trial which convicted her husband is discussed. An excellent beer from Utah, Uinta's Birthday Suit, is reviewed!
Views: 5050 True Crime Brewery
Hell Hath No Fury...
 
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Dan Broderick was one of California's most successful attorneys. His wife, Betty, was a beautiful socialite. But when Betty discovered Dan's hidden life, the façade of LaJolla's golden couple was shattered. What followed was a vicious five-year battle that finally ended in a shocking double-murder. Dan was a Harvard Law School graduate who, according to Betty, manipulated the law to strip Betty of everything she loved: her home, her friends--even her children. When she frantically tried to fight back, he had her committed to a mental hospital. Consumed by hatred and thoughts of revenge, Betty's rage exploded on the night of November 5, 1989. Before the sun rose the next day, Dan Broderick and his lovely new wife were dead--their bullet-riddled bodies wrapped in the blood-soaked sheets of their bed. The prosecution claimed it was a clear a case of premeditated murder. Betty claimed she had gone over to the house to talk to Dan - or maybe to commit suicide in front of him - but when someone shouted, ‘Call the police’, she got flustered and started firing. Betty Broderick was acquitted of first degree murder in her second trial but found guilty of second degree murder. To some, Betty Broderick is virtually the patron saint of the sanctity of marriage, executing her abusive, cheating husband and his "nineteen year old college dropout of a Polack whore" (actually Linda was twenty-eight and a professional paralegal). To others, Dan Broderick suffered his wife’s abuse of him for fourteen years of marriage, left her well provided for and then married the love of his life, only to be continually stalked for seven years, and ultimately killed. We will try to look at both sides of this case and discuss how a marriage can go so horrible wrong. If Betty were a man, there would be no question of her guilt. Did Betty use feminism and nationwide concerns of domestic abuse to build a cause for women scorned? Or, was she just a jealous, violent woman? Dick reviews AleSmith's Speedway Stout!
Views: 16339 True Crime Brewery
Twisted: The IHOP Murders
 
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Murder is stupid. If you have any doubt, this case will fully convince you. Buckle up for a twisted tale of murder and deceit that will cause you to shake your head. You may even lose a few hours of sleep, contemplating the unpredictable and cold behavior of some of our fellow human beings. When waitress Dee Casteel fell in love with the homosexual lover of her boss at the International House of Pancakes, no one could have predicted how far she would go to please him. Not even Dee herself. Join us at the quiet end and hold on tight. Dick reviews Funky Buddha, an American Porter.
Views: 10880 True Crime Brewery
The Wife Who Knew Too Much: The Sara Tokars Story
 
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Mother of two Sara Tokars was just learning about her husband's shady business dealings when she was killed: executed with a gunshot to the head in front of her young children. When the truth came out, everyone who knew the couple was shocked and devastated. Sara's life was over and her children were left motherless. This is a tragic, complex tale of love, lies, and murder which took place in the upper class suburbs of Atlanta. Dick has a Georgia beer for us as we explore the criminal world of Fredric Tokars and the long lasting effects of Sara's tragic murder.
Views: 8978 True Crime Brewery
Death in a Home Daycare
 
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In-home daycare settings allow caretakers to work from home while offering working mothers an alternative to traditional day care settings. Parents weigh the benefits and drawbacks of their daycare options and most are satisfied with the care their children receive. When a tragedy occurs, as it did with the death of one-year old Maria Harris, the situation is reassessed in hindsight and unimaginable grief. Maria was the adored child of her teenaged mother, Esther, both of them living in the supportive environment of her grandparents. It was Esther's determination to provide a better life for her daughter that led her to place Maria in Stephanie Spurgeon's in-home day care. On August 21st, 2008, Maria's grandmother Patricia Harris picked up Maria from her first day in Stephanie's home. She left with Maria in her arms and a foreboding sense that something wasn't right. Maria was in too deep a sleep, heavy and limp like a sack of sand. She didn't rouse as she was buckled into her car seat. Her eyes did not open and her head lulled to one side. Maria would never regain consciousness. One week later, Maria was removed from life support and several of her tiny organs were donated to children who needed them. The Harris family was living a nightmare and Stephanie Spurgeon would face a trial for the murder of Maria Harris. At the quiet end today, Dick and I are talking about the injuries that caused Maria Harris' death as well as the law applied to her case. Shaken baby syndrome, also known as abusive head trauma, is a topic spurring debate and strong emotion. In "Death in a Home Daycare" we hope to shed some light on recent controversies and provide insight on prevention Our intermission song is Make You Feel My Love by Adele Sign up at tiegrabber.com for access to members-only episodes of True Crime Brewery
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Thrill Kill
 
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On May 6, 2013, Tim Bosma left his wife and young child to take two men on a test drive in his truck. He never returned. Days later, his charred remains were found in a livestock incinerator. Who would do this to this friendly, hard-working young father? What was the motive? Was it a car-jacking gone wrong? The answers are even more shocking than the crime. The two men who answered Tim's online ad were thrill seekers with a plan to kill. Tim, a mere afterthought. Join Jill and Dick as we investigate this rare and horrifying phenomenon of thrill killing, reveal the histories of the killers that led to this senseless crime, and honor the life and loss of Tim Bosma, a man in the wrong place at the wrong time. Dick has selected a beer brewed by Brassiere Dieu du Ciel! A Montreal Brewery. He is drinking Peche Mortel (Mortal Sin), a world class Imperial Stout. Support True Crime Brewery at Patreon.com/tiegrabber Like Tiegrabber Podcasts on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tiegrabberpodcasts/ or join Tiegrabber Podcasts on our website www.tiegrabber.com
Views: 6464 True Crime Brewery
A Killer Undercover: The Hidden Life of Charlie Brandt
 
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In 1971, 13-year old Charlie Brandt shot his pregnant mother to death before turning the gun on his father and sister. In the years that followed, he seemed to move forward and live a normal life with college, marriage, and a career. Charlie and his wife Teri were a close, fun-loving couple--the kind of couple others envy. Then, in 2004, a hidden life was revealed. Charlie was not who he appeared to be. There was a darkness no one had seen. But there had been signs. Charlie loved to fish and he was known to his fellow fishermen as an expert with a knife. But Charlie’s expertise went beyond the world of filleting fish. After his death, Charlie would be investigated as a prolific serial killer, victimizing women along the Florida coast. He had a sexual obsession with his niece that would end with her brutal murder. Join us at the quiet end for a fascinating story of a killer undercover: The Hidden Life of Charlie Brandt.
Views: 8913 True Crime Brewery
Deadly Lessons
 
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On May 1, 1990, Pamela Smart came home from a work meeting to find her condominium ransacked and her husband, Gregg, dead and bleeding on the floor. Police initially said that the crime scene looked like an interrupted burglary. Later, it was determined that Pamela Smart seduced 15-year-old Billy Flynn and threatened to stop having sex with him unless he killed her husband. Flynn killed Gregg with the help of his friends Pete Randall, J.R. Lattime, and Raymond Fowler. Billy shot Greggory Smart as Randall held him down, while Lattime, the driver, waited in the getaway car outside with Fowler. During the investigation, J.R. Lattime's father brought his .38 caliber pistol he had found freshly cleaned in his house to the police, believing it might have been the murder weapon. An anonymous tip also indicated that a teenager named Cecilia Pierce was aware of the murder plot. That was 26 years ago.  Join us as we go over the horrible crime, the sensational trial, and what has happened in the years since Pam's conviction. Dick shares a Smuttynose Baltic Porter (at the quiet end, of course)
Views: 8019 True Crime Brewery
Blood on His Hands: The Murder of Tara Lynn Grant
 
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On February 14, 2007, stay at home dad Stephen Grant called the Macomb County Sheriff's office in Michigan to report that his wife, Tara Lynn Grant, had been missing for five days. In his story to the police, Stephen claimed that this was not the first time Tara had taken off, which was why he hadn’t reported her missing sooner. Stephen said that on the evening of February 9, he and Tara had argued. He then overheard Tara talking with someone on the phone, telling them, "I'll meet you at the end of the driveway". He said he saw her get into a dark-colored car a few minutes later and he had not seen or heard from her since. Over the next two weeks, Stephen Grant made several TV appearances pleading for Tara to return. According to police, Stephen Grant was not cooperative with them throughout their investigation. And they began to question his relationship with the family’s 19-year old au pair. Investigators would ultimately discover that Stephen’s story of a missing wife was untrue and was, in fact, an elaborate attempt to sidetrack the police. According to later confessions, Stephen killed his wife during an argument after she had slapped and belittled him.  But insights into the couples’ relationship and evidence uncovered by the investigation have made this one of the most shocking and disturbing crimes in Michigan’s recent history. Join us at the quiet end today for our discussion of the life and gruesome murder of Tara Lynn Grant, in Blood on His Hands: The Murder of Tara Lynn Grant.
Views: 9239 True Crime Brewery
Innocence Lost
 
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Etan Patz was just 6 years old when he disappeared from his Manhattan neighborhood in 1979.  His disappearance helped in the establishment of new legislation and new methods for tracking missing children.  He was the first child to be pictured on milk cartons.  In 2010, Etan's case was reopened.  The case was tried in 2015, ending in a mistrial.  Jury selection for a retrial is now under way. In this episode of TCB, we discuss Etan's disappearance, the loss felt by his family, the suspects and the impending trial.  A tasty New York beer is served at the quiet end! Follow us on Twitter @tiegrabberpods Instagram Tiegrabberpodcasts Like us on Facebook: www.tiegrabber.com/facebook Do you have a 5 star review for us? www.tiegrabber.com/rateusonitunes
Views: 9397 True Crime Brewery
The Surgeon's Wife: The Disappearance of Gail Katz-Bierenbaum
 
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Gail Katz-Bierenbaum was the attractive, young wife of an up and coming surgeon when she disappeared in July of 1985. Her husband, Dr. Robert Bierenbaum, was an overachiever with a very promising future. Charming but admittedly awkward, Bob was a surgical resident who spoke several languages, piloted his own plane, and enjoyed gourmet cooking. They seemed like the perfect Manhattan couple. Trouble in the Bierenbaum marriage began before there was a wedding. Bob was obsessive, possessive, and controlling. Gail had always been a free spirit, a creative and intelligent person. But Gail was raised with the goal of marrying a doctor. Her mother believed her financial insecurity and tendency to move from one thing to another would be cured if she became a doctor’s wife. Before her disappearance, Gail and Bob were planning a divorce. Bob didn’t want Gail to leave him. Gail had told a friend that she had proof Bob was committing Medicaid fraud. She would threaten to expose him to get her freedom. Then, Bob called Gail’s mother looking for her. When Gail’s mother arrived at the Bierenbaum apartment, she found Gail’s purse with her keys and cigarettes. Bob said she had left in a huff the day before. He hadn’t seen her since. His story didn’t ring true. At the quiet end today, we’re telling the story of a couple who seemed to have life all figured out. But the reality of their lives, and Gail’s death, was far from ideal. Without a body, it would take years to put together what happened to Gail and to bring Bob Bierenbaum to trial. But did they get it right?
Views: 9581 True Crime Brewery
Pretty Poison: The Murder of Eric Miller
 
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Eric and Ann Miller were two attractive, intelligent, successful people who met at Purdue University and married in 1993.  In December, 2000, Eric died of arsenic poisoning.  Over the next 4 years, investigators would find out that Ann wasn't who she seemed.  To the astonishment of everyone who knew the couple, Eric was murdered through a viscous plot developed by his wife, Ann. The details of this case are fascinating, from the psychosocial aspects of love and infidelity to the forensics of arsenic levels from hair samples. Join us at the quiet end with Wicked Weed's Dark Age RIS Follow us on twitter @tiegrabberpods Instagram tiegrabberpodcasts Facebook www.tiegrabber.com/facebook Kind enough to leave a 5 star review? www.tiegrabber.com/rateusonitunes
Views: 7985 True Crime Brewery
Looking for Lauren
 
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A True Crime Brewery discussion about the haunting disappearance of Indiana University student Lauren Spierer
Views: 4884 True Crime Brewery
The Life and Loss of Sheree Beasley
 
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Six-year old Sheree Beasley was a tough little cookie. She had been through a lot in her short life, but she had a love of life and an independent streak. Sheree loved her bicycle and was always happy for any excuse to take it out for a spin. She had survived her baby brother who died of SIDs, followed by the fatal drug overdose of her step-father. Sheree’s Mom struggled in life and tried to give her the best life she could. Through it all, Sheree wore a wide, beautiful smile. She was a joyful little girl with some street smarts. But her independence and lack of supervision made her a target and she was abducted by a lurking predator. When Sheree’s bike was found abandoned, her mother knew that Sheree had been taken. She was devastated to think she had lost a second child. It was unbearable and unfair for a mother to suffer this heartbreak twice. Sheree’s abductor wasn’t known to her family, but he had been seen near the schools and public swimming pool, exposing himself and approaching children. His therapist was aware that he was a threat. How much his wife knew is debatable. At the quiet end today, we’re talking about the vibrant life of Australian child Sheree Beasley, her joys and her difficulties. Her loss brings us to the topics of child safety, how we deal with child sexual predators, and the dynamics of the patient/therapist privilege. For instance, when is it appropriate for a therapist to alert police of a client who is a danger? This episode, The Life and Loss of Sheree Beasley,, is dedicated to every child who has been lost to a predator. We hope Sheree’s story will help us to share some constructive dialogue. Want more True Crime Brewery? Join Tiegrabber at www.tiegrabber.com/teamperks
Views: 7227 True Crime Brewery
Shameless: Mick Philpott
 
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Mick Philpott lived off of welfare benefits. He had been unfaithful and violent towards women throughout his adult life. His reckless and selfish plan to frame an ex-girlfriend for leaving him would result in the death of six innocent children. A father of 17 children, Philpott lived with two women and once appeared on a daytime talk show to demand a bigger government house for his oversized family. But beyond the caricature of a welfare parasite, Philpott exposed a much more dangerous stereotype: a control freak whose violence toward women went on for more than thirty years. For Philpott, women were his domestic, sexual, and childbearing slaves and his children were evidence of his virility. This was a man who knew no shame and used everyone, even his own children, to get what he wanted. Join us today for Shameless: Mick Philpott.
Views: 5190 True Crime Brewery
The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay
 
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In Australia, about one person goes missing every 15 minutes. The majority are found within a week. Most missing persons cases take hours, days, or even weeks before an in-depth investigation is put into action. In the case of 43-year old mother of three Allison Baden-Clay, it took just minutes. Constables arrived at the Baden-Clay home at 8am, took one look at Allison’s husband Gerard, and strongly suspected foul play. He was dressed for a normal day at the office when he walked out the front door of his suburban home and greeted the officers. Right away, they noticed the fresh gouges running down the right side of Gerard’s face. Jagged and raw, they inflamed his cheek and trailed off at the edge of his jaw. Those scratches told a story that didn’t match the story Gerard told them. He said he had cut himself shaving. They looked at this supposed concerned husband and long-standing pillar of the community and saw a killer. In the days after Allison’s disappearance, investigators learned that her marriage was not what it appeared. Gerard had been unfaithful and his mistress was expecting him to ask Allison for a divorce. It could have been a case of a suburban mom who needed time alone. Maybe she would come walking up the driveway any minute. Or maybe they would find her injured on a walking path waiting for help. But they didn’t think so. A former Miss Queensland beauty queen, Allison Baden-Clay seemed to be living a charmed life. Her husband was a successful and well-known real estate agent. Their three young daughters were healthy. Their home was in Brookfield, a very desirable suburb. So, what led to Allison's body being found in a secluded creek? Like thousands of women who suffer from domestic violence, Allison lived with underlying misery as she worked to present herself and her family in the best light. In our quiet end talk today, we’re looking into the development and destruction of Allison and Gerard’s relationship. What went wrong and did the punishment fit the crime?
Views: 11036 True Crime Brewery
Forsaken: The Murders of Michael & Alex Smith
 
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On the evening of October 25th, 1994, a 23 year old woman frantically knocked on the door of the McCloud family in the small town of Union, South Carolina.  Hysterically, she told a tale of a lone gunman who stole her car and sped off with her two children in the back seat.  The people of Union supported the young mother as the media descended on the town.  Police searched the woods and parks for Michael and Alex as helicopters flew over John D. Long Lake looking for the boys.  No one suspected that the pretty young mother who tearfully pleaded for their return could have been responsible. Join us for a discussion of the life of Susan Smith, her hardships, lies, and deceptions, followed by an in depth look at her trial and the tragic murders of her two innocent children. Dick's beer review is Key Lime Pie Gose---Yum!
Views: 19973 True Crime Brewery
The Eastburn Family Murders
 
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Jana Eastburn was the sole survivor, just 22-months old, when her mother, Kathryn Eastburn, and siblings – 5-year-old Kara and 3-year-old Erin – were stabbed to death on May 9, 1985, in their Fayetteville, NC home. Jana had been abandoned in her crib for three days before police responded to the concerns of neighbors and entered the home. She was dehydrated and crying hysterically with her arms outstretched, alone within the carnage of the brutal triple murders of her mother and sisters. Jana’s father, Air Force Captain Gary Eastburn, was away doing training in Alabama when his wife and daughters were killed. Kathryn had placed an ad to rehome their dog because the family was planning to relocate to England. The man who came to the house and took the dog, Sergeant Tim Hennis, became the primary suspect. This case, including eyewitness testimony, physical evidence, and three trials, captured the attention of people across the country and continues to garner speculation. Join us at the quiet end today for our discussion of this complicated and fascinating case: The Eastburn Family Murders.
Views: 7515 True Crime Brewery
Unleashed: A Dog Mauling in San Francisco
 
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With her arms full of grocery bags, 33-year old Diane Whipple had just returned to her upscale apartment in San Francisco on Jan. 26 2001. As she opened the door, a neighbor’s dog—a 112-lb. female Presa Canario named Hera—rushed down the narrow hall and began barking at her, followed by 123-lb. Bane, who was on a leash but pulling his owner Marjorie Knoller behind him. Diane was knocked to the floor and Bane attacked her. The mauling death of Diane Whipple was viscous and brutal. She suffered over 70 dog bites. The final bite tore open her neck, leading to fatal blood loss. A neighbor called 911 when she heard the horrible attack. Bane and Hera’s owners would later deny any knowledge of their dogs’ propensity for violence. But nearly 30 people would come forward with stories of being lunged at or bitten by one or both of the dogs. And then secrets emerged that painted an unfavorable picture of the owners. There is so much to talk about with this case. Responsible pet ownership. Dog breeding. Animal abuse. Adoption laws. The definition of second-degree murder. This is just a crock pot full of fascinating topics. In Unleashed: A Dog Mauling in San Francisco, we will definitely ruffle some feathers, but hopefully the discussion will serve as an opportunity to take a closer look at our values and open the door to some fascinating listener feedback. Support True Crime Brewery and listen to bonus episodes by joining Team Tiegrabber at www.tiegrabber.com!
Views: 4942 True Crime Brewery