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Let's Go To Court!

Let's Go To Court!

True Crime, Comedy, History

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Overview

The Let’s Go To Court podcast brings together two of the greatest legal minds of our time. Just kidding. We’re your hosts Kristin Caruso and Brandi Pond. What we lack in legal training we more than make up for in being completely obsessed with lawsuits. Each episode is peppered with Brandi’s booming laugh and Kristin’s love of tangents. *** LGTC ended in early 2024, but Kristin is still podcasting... and this time she has teamed up with her husband, Norm! Please subscribe to their new show, An Old Timey Podcast. It's well researched, wide-ranging, and deeply silly. We hope you like it!

391 Episodes

292: Kristin's Brand Spankin' New Podcast: An Old Timey Podcast!

Hey LGTC fans! I hope you enjoy this episode of An Old Timey Podcast! Norm and I are having a ton of fun making this show. It’s full of deep dives, tangents, and very silly jokes. We also hope you’ll subscribe to the new show wherever you listen to podcasts. (And if you’re feeling generous, please leave us a five-star rating and review. It’ll really help us out!) …and if you’re still missing Let’s Go To Court, I’ve got good news! The video from our final live show is on our Patreon at the $10 level. Speaking of which, the Let’s Go To Court and An Old Timey Podcast patreon accounts have *ahem* become one, so that’s the place to be for the entire back catalog of LGTC bonus episodes, bonus videos, and ad-free episodes. It’s also home to all of our new content, including a monthly bonus episode of An Old Timey Podcast, plus videos of our episodes! Anyhooters. Thank you all for being part of this journey. I hope you’ll come along for the next leg. Love, Kristin

Transcribed - Published: 8 May 2024

291: Mark Zuckerberg Signed This Contract

In this final episode of Let’s Go To Court, Kristin takes us full circle — with a con man. In his hometown of Wellsville, New York, Paul Ceglia was known for his dishonesty. He always had a scheme going. He often got caught. In fact, he got caught in 2009 running a fraudulent business. But our pal Paul claims that it was in that dark moment, with the government coming after him, he discovered something incredible. While going through his old files, he found a contract that had been signed by an 18-year-old Mark Zuckerberg. According to that contract, Paul was the rightful owner to 84% of Facebook. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Kristin read a bunch of articles, then spat them back out in her very limited vocabulary. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: “Facebook Face-off” episode of American Greed “Facebook fraud suspect on the lam; family, dog also missing,” Associated Press “Facebook friend or foe?” by Tim Graham for The Buffalo News “Fugitive Ceglia to be returned to U.S. to face charges of attempting to defraud Facebook,” by Phil Fairbanks for The Buffalo News “Ceglia has bad day in Facebook lawsuit,” by Dan Herbeck for The Buffalo News “Paul Ceglia: The man who owns 84% of Facebook?” by Van Voris for Bloomberg Businessweek “The buy who says he owns 50% of Facebook just filed a boatload of new evidence – and it’s breathtaking,” by Henry Blodget for Business Insider “Facebook’s suit against lawyers for Ceglia thrown out on appeal,” by Bob Van Voris for Bloomberg News “Where in the world is Paul Ceglia? Possibly Ireland,” by Phil Fairbanks for The Buffalo News YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 55+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 27 March 2024

290: The Death of a Salesman

Bill Mowbray was *the* Cadillac dealer in Brownsville, Texas. His dealership spanned five acres. His financial success seemed undeniable. He had a massive home. He had two condos on the beach. He owned exotic birds. But beneath the surface, Bill struggled. He had a spending problem. He had multiple affairs. He struggled with suicidal ideation. So, when he died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, investigators didn’t immediately question his wife, Freda Susie Mowbray. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Brandi copy and pasted from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Death of a Salesman” episode Accident Suicide or Murder “Where the Blood Drops” episode Forensic Files “Susie Mowbray: Stalled Heart” by Rebecca Reisner, forensicfilesnow.com “‘I Didn’t Do It!’ Texas Wife Yells In Court — Was Her Husband's Death Murder Or Suicide?” By Joe Dziemianowicz, oxygen.com “Son’s Quest May Set His Mother Free 8 Years After Her Murder Conviction” by Pauline Arrillaga, Los Angeles Times “After 9 Years in Prison, Woman Is Acquitted in Husband's Death” by The Associated Press, The New York Times “Retrial Set for Woman Jailed in Mate’s Death” by Pauline Arrillaga, Los Angeles Times “After 9 years' in jail, woman cleared in death” Tampa Bay Times “Mowbray v. Cameron County Texas” findlaw.com YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 55+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 20 March 2024

289: The My Lai Massacre

On March 16, 1968, members of the United States Army carried out a mass murder against unarmed Vietnamese civilians. They killed 504 people. Two hundred and ten of the murder victims were under the age of 13. Afterward, military leadership did their best to cover up the massacre. They didn’t anticipate that a few brave people would tell the truth. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Kristin read a bunch of articles, then spat them back out in her very limited vocabulary. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: “My Lai” episode of American Experience “My Lai Massacre” by Douglas O. Linder for famous trials.com “My Lai Massacre,” entry on Britannica.com “The truth behind My Lai,” by Christopher J. Levesque for The New York Times “The Ghosts of My Lai,” by Shaun Raviv for Smithsonian Magazine YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 55+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 13 March 2024

288: The Kidnapping of Martha "Doe" Roberts

Allen Roberts returned home, annoyed. A man named Sam Wagner had set up an appointment with him to talk about purchasing some land. Allen had gone out to meet Sam, but the man never showed. Now Allen found himself back home and, strangely, alone. His wife, Martha “Doe” Roberts was nowhere to be found. That was unlike her. She never left the house without at least writing a note. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Brandi copy and pasted from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Hold the Line” episode Hometown Homicide “A Tale of a Lethal Friendship and How It Led to A Cruel Murder” by The Mystique, Medium “Martha Doe Roberts” unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com “Husband vows to pay ransom for missing wife” Associate Press, The Tennessean “Neighborhood Watch: The Kidnapping of Doe Roberts” podcast episode, True Crime Campfire “State v. Lord” casetext.com YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 55+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 6 March 2024

287: Food Fight!

Well folks, there’s no easy way to say this, so we’ll get right to it. In this episode, we announce that the podcast is coming to an end. Thank you all for being part of this community. The past six years have been absolutely wild. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve… talked about buttholes. (Too often, perhaps??) Many of you have been part of this community for years. We appreciate your warmth, your support, and your willingness to cackle along with two very goofy grown women. We’re blown away by how big this little indie podcast has become. We started with one microphone on a TV tray, and we’re ending on March 29 & 30th with two sold out live shows. What a way to go. We couldn’t have done it without you. As you can probably imagine, this decision wasn’t an easy one. We talk about it quite a bit on this episode. Arriving at this decision has been tough, but we know that it will free us up to do what we’re meant to do. For Brandi, that’ll mean spending more time with her family, having *just one* full-time job, and getting out of content creation. For Kristin… well, first she has to get her butthole back from Brandi. After that? Who knows! Thank you all again for being part of this community. You’re the skeeziest scunches in all the land, the best listeners this side of the mighty Mississip’, and the meanest Bob Mosses this town has ever seen. We appreciate you. …. And now that you’re good and bummed, please hang in there for a truly disgusting story. This week, Kristin tells us about Dr. Harvey Wiley, whose relentless hard work led to the creation of America’s first consumer protection laws. We guarantee you’ll never look at milk the same way again. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Kristin read a bunch of articles, then spat them back out in her very limited vocabulary. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: The “Poison Squad” episode of American Experience The book “The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century” by Deborah Blum YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 50+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 28 February 2024

286: The Murder of Michelle Young

Jason Young called his sister-in-law in a panic. He told her that he’d been looking on Ebay for a purse to buy for his wife Michelle. Like a dummy, he’d printed out a few of the purses he’d been eyeballing, and then he’d left the papers in the printer and gone out of town for a business trip. He worried that Michelle would spot the printouts and ruin the surprise. Jason’s sister-in-law, Meredith Fisher, agreed to help out. But when Meredith arrived at the home, she sensed that something was amiss. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Brandi copy and pasted from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Michelle Young” chillingcrimes.com “Silent Witness” episode Dateline “Michelle Young Murder: Husband Arrested Three Years After N.C. Mom's Death” ABC News “After Three Years Young Is Charged With Murder” by Lenora Carver, The Transylvania Times “Jason Young Gets Life in Prison for Wife's Murder” ABC News “Michelle Young murder case timeline of events” WRAL News “Jason Young's daughter spoke of him during 911 call” WRAL News “No third murder trial for Jason Young” by Travis Fain, WRAL News “State of North Carolina v. Jason Lynn Young” findlaw.com YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 55+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 21 February 2024

285: Cyclists

Moriah “Mo” Wilson was a rising star in the world of professional cycling. One journalist said, “She had the potential to be one of the best racers, definitely in the country, and probably in the world.” Tragically, Mo’s life was cut short in a senseless murder. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Kristin read a bunch of articles, then spat them back out in her very limited vocabulary. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: 48 Hours episode, “Capturing Moriah Wilson’s Killer” “A murder roils the cycling world,” by Ian Parker for The New Yorker “Kaitlin Armstrong’s former boyfriend testifies about their ‘tumultuous relationship during murder trial,” by Meghan Mariani, Olivia Osteen and Meredith Deliso for ABC News “Kaitlin Armstrong found guilty in murder of professional cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson,” by Meghan Mariani, Olivia Osteen and Meredith Deliso for ABC News “A comprehensive recap of Kaitlin Armstrong’s trial,” by Jessica Taylor for CBS Austin YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 55+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 14 February 2024

284: A Kidnapping... AUSTRALIAN STYLE! ft. Ellyn and Joey from I Think Not!

IT’S HAPPENING!!! *THE* Ellyn Marsh and *THE* Joey Taranto from the fantastic podcast, I Think Not! joined us for a very special episode! Like any good host, Brandi served up what she does best… a kidnapping… AUSTRALIAN STYLE! Well, she doesn’t *do* the kidnappings, she just tells about the kidnappings. And this one is a doozy. The kidnapping of Carolynne Watson and Julian Buchwald involves roadkill, a hate group, and a very creepy, very predatory boyfriend. We suggest you buckle up. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Brandi copy and pasted from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Case 07: Julian Buchwald & Carolynne Watson” podcast episode, Casefile “KIDNAPPING: Carolynne Watson” by Natasha Leigh, Medium “Order of Nine Angles” wikipedia.org “Twisted Romeos Darren Saltmarsh and Julian Buchwald turned the search for love to pure terror” by Paul Anderson and True Crime editor, The Herald Sun “Kidnapper Julian Matthias Buchwald uses fake passport photo to flee justice” by Norrie Ross, The Herald Sun “Kidnap case: guilty verdict” by ABC News, abc.net.au “Kidnapper fled to India to avoid jail, court told” by Adrian Lowe, The Sydney Morning Herald “Gippsland man appeals kidnap sentence” by Peta Carlyon, abc.net.au “Fake Indian kidnapper loses appeal” by Andrea Petrie, The Age “Nailed, bailed, jailed then derailed. The bush plot that cost a man his country” by John Silvester, The Age YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 50+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 7 February 2024

283: Snapped! ft. Ellyn and Joey from I Think Not!

Buckle up, people! Ellyn Marsh and Joey Taranto from the podcast I Think Not! invited us on their show and it was a hoot! Btw, we recommend you listen to this episode while eating a bowl of guacamole. *** YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 52+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 24 January 2024

282: A Mommy Blogger & a Disappearance in Alaska

HOLY CRAPOLA! Tickets to our March 29th show are already SOLD OUT, so we’ve added another live show for the following night! Come see us at 7 p.m., March 30, at the Madrid Theater in KANSAS CITY! The Patreon presale is live now, but the general public sale begins at noon CST today. Get your tickets here: https://bit.ly/4aUmGu8 In the meantime, please enjoy this Patreon bonus episode. If you want to hear more bonus episodes, or want early access to future live shows, please consider joining our Patreon at: https://www.patreon.com/lgtcpodcast Btw, we miss you! See ya in February!

Transcribed - Published: 11 January 2024

281: The Murder of Janet Chandler

In the dead of winter, 1979, a man called his local police station with concerns. He’d been staying at the Blue Mill Inn and had just been on the phone with the motel’s desk clerk when he’d heard something unusual. It sounded as if someone had gotten into the office. Perhaps the person had been intent on robbing the motel? The caller heard the desk clerk, Janet Chandler, say “don’t take it all, sir.” When police arrived at the motel, they discovered money missing from the register. Janet Chandler was nowhere to be found. A day later, a snowplow driver discovered Janet’s body by the side of the road. The murder of 22-year-old Janet Chandler shocked the small community of Holland, Michigan. Who had murdered Janet? And why? For decades, those questions went unanswered. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Kristin read a bunch of articles, then spat them back out in her very limited vocabulary. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: “Gang rape, murder and justice in a small town,” by Shaun Assael for Glamour “Conspiracy of silence,” by Victoria Corderi for NBC News “Second man convicted in Janet Chandler murder case dies in prison,” by Peg McNichol for WHTC “Witness provides graphic details of final hours,” by John Tunison for Michigan Live “State court rejects appeals of Chandler killers,” by Megan Schmidt for the Holland Sentinel “Chandlers can’t forgive killers showing no remorse,” by Lee Lup for The Muskegon Chronicle “Witness: Guards plotted to ‘teach’ victim a lesson,” by John Tunison for Michigan Live “Swank: ‘No excuse’ for role in Chandler death,” by John Tunison for Michigan Live “Witness: I did not plan rival’s death,” the Press Enterprise “Where are Jim and Glenna Chandler now?” by Sounak Sengupta for The Cinemaholic YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 53+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 20 December 2023

280: The Pandemic Defense

Michelle Boat was livid. Her husband of more than 20 years, Nicholas Boat, wanted a divorce. Nicholas told Michelle that he’d found someone new – a woman named Tracy Mondabough. Michelle began stalking Tracy. She stalked Nicholas, too. She left Nicholas terrifying voicemails in which she threatened to kill Tracy. So, when Tracy was brutally murdered, investigators immediately had a top suspect. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Brandi copy and pasted from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Michelle Boat” episode Sleeping With A Killer “Tracy Mondabough” chillingcrimes.com “IA v. Boat (2021)” courttv.com “Trial to begin for murder of Ottumwa woman” by Kyle Ocker, Ottumwa Courier “Woman charged in Pella homicide the estranged wife of victim's boyfriend” by KCCI 8 News, kcci.com “Defense attorney says Boat guilty of manslaughter, not murder” by Kyle Ocker, The Oskaloosa Herald “Jury convicts Michelle Boat of first-degree murder after 45-minute deliberation” by Laura Terrell, KCCI 8 News YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 53+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 13 December 2023

279: The Mini Madoff

Darren Berg was a bit of a scammer. He scammed his fraternity brothers at the University of Oregon. He scammed a Portland bank. Following each scam, Darren received a slap on the wrist. So was it any surprise that Darren moved onto bigger scams? (No. The answer is no.) By the mid-2000s, Darren was running a $150 million dollar Ponzi scheme. He had two yachts, two private jets, and a sweet hot tub to show for it. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Kristin read a bunch of articles, then spat them back out in her very limited vocabulary. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: “Seattle Roasted,” episode of American Greed “Financial empire, luxurious lifestyle were built on a a mirage,” by Rami Grunbaum for Seattle Times “Prison escape of Darren Berg, Washington’s ‘Mini Madoff,’ is like ‘Shawshank Redemption,’ official says,” by Mike Carter for the Seattle Times “Darren Berg on the Run: Inside the biggest ponzi scheme in Washington State history,” by Clara O’Rourke for Seattle Met “Escaped Ponzi scammer possibly went to Brazil,” by Michael Balsamo and Chad Day for the Associated Press YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 53+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 6 December 2023

278: Insurance Fraud

Melvin Eugene Hanson was dead. The 46-year-old had apparently passed away in his doctor’s office after he’d called to complain about chest pain. Right away, investigators were suspicious. Why had Melvin’s doctor encouraged him to come into the office? Why not tell him to go to the emergency room? Dr. Richard Boggs was quick to provide an answer. He said that Melvin didn’t trust other doctors. But investigators couldn’t shake the feeling that something was off. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Brandi copy and pasted from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Blood, Sweats, and Tears” episode The Real Murders of Los Angeles “Mistaken for Dead” episode Forensic Files “After Doctor Claims a Man Died in His Office, Cops Uncover a Murder and $1 Million Insurance Scam” by Joe Dziemianowicz, oxygen.com “Murder-for-insurance scam nearly eluded authorities” by The Associated Press, Lancaster Eagle Gazette “Prosecutors Again Seek Death Sentence for Doctor” by James Quinn, The Los Angeles Times “Doctor gets life for murder scheme” by The Associated Press, North County Times “Killer in Fraud Case Draws Life Sentence : Courts: No chance of parole for businessman Melvin Hanson, who murdered bookkeeper in plan to fake his own death.” By Nancy Hill-Holtzman, The Los Angeles Times “Jurors Split Verdict in Insurance Murder Case” by Nicholas Riccardi and Ann W. O’Neill, The Los Angeles Times “Notorious Swindler Recounts Notorious ‘Just Sweats’ Case, Including His Mysterious Vanishing Act” by 10tv.com, WBNS 10 News “Neurosurgeon Turns Into a Killer to Finance His Life” by Sabana Grande, medium.com “Fraud, Murder, Bike Shorts: A Just Sweats Timeline” by Rebecca Reisner, forensicfilesnow.com “’Just Sweats' fraudster seeks second chance after 2 decades in prison” by Staff Writer, The Columbus Dispatch “People v. Hanson” casemine.com YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 52+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 22 November 2023

277: Buried Treasure??

Michael was terrified… and frankly, confused. Two masked men had just broken into his Newport Beach home. They’d beaten him mercilessly. They’d threatened him with a gun. They’d zip tied his wrists and ankles. And then, they demanded money. Michael offered them everything he had, but it wasn’t good enough. They wanted a million dollars, cash. Michael told them the truth – he didn’t have that kind of money. But they didn’t believe him. Soon, a third intruder joined in. The captors took Michael and his roommate, Mary Barnes, out to the Mojave Desert, where they demanded that he dig up the million dollars. But Michael couldn’t appease them. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Kristin read a bunch of articles, then spat them back out in her very limited vocabulary. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: “A Gruesome Mutilation. A Global Manhunt. Inside One of the Most Twisted Crimes Ever,” by Tim Dickinson for Rolling Stone “Catch me if you can?” episode of 20/20 “O.C. pot dealer guilty in kidnap, torture plot,” by Christopher Goffard for the LA Times YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 52+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 15 November 2023

276: A Hunting Accident

When Leonila Stickney died from a gunshot wound, her fiance Russell Bertram was quick to provide an explanation. The former police chief told investigators that she’d died in a hunting accident. He explained that she’d been in the passenger’s seat of his truck when he climbed into the driver’s seat. As he climbed in, he’d pointed the gun in her direction. He claimed she’d grabbed the barrel of the gun, keeping it pointed at herself, and leaned in for a kiss. Then the gun went off. He was totally innocent! Nothing to see here! Infuriatingly, investigators bought his story. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Brandi copy and pasted from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “The Hunter and the Hunted” episode Accident, Suicide or Murder “Jealousy, greed marked 2016 murder trial of former South Dakota police chief Russell Bertram” by Erik Kaufman, Mitchell Republic “Former South Dakota Police Chief Murdered Pregnant Fiancée And Blamed It On An Accident” by Joe Dziemianowicz, oxygen.com “Leonila Stickney” podcast episode, Forensic Tales “Ex-Police Chief Convicted of Murdering Pregnant Fiancée Years After Claiming Her 2009 Death Was an Accident” by KC Baker, people.com “Why would a former police chief kill his young fiancee? Jealousy and greed, prosecutors allege.” By Sarah Larimer, The Washington Post “State v. Bertram” findlaw.com YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 52+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 8 November 2023

275: A Timber Swindler (and Obsessed Fest '23)

Well hello, everyone! We recorded this episode a few days after we returned from Obsessed Fest ‘23. … Though it’s probably more accurate to say that we recorded this episode a few days after we *fled* Obsessed Fest ‘23. Eh, tomayto, tomahto. We talk about Obsessed Fest quite a bit in this episode, but if you’d like more information about what happened, we have two recommendations: First, we recommend listening to the latest episode of the podcast One Dry Kiss. Their episode, “Obsessed Mess, Mischief MisManagement and Amazing People and Podcasters,” is a firsthand account of what the weekend was like for attendees. Second, we recommend listening to the latest episode of Rabia and Ellyn Solve the Case, titled, “About Damn Crime: Obsessed Fest.” In that episode, Ellyn Marsh, Rabia Chaudry, Joey Taranto, Maggie Freleng, Daisy Eagan, Amber Hunt, Harris Lane and Ashleigh Gibson share their experiences from the weekend. If you like receipts, this is the podcast for you. By the way, if you listen closely to this episode, you might hear Kristin cover a timber swindler. It’s a troubling story about a man named Ralph Raines, who was exploited by a “psychic” named Rachel Lee. Over the course of ten years, Rachel took nearly everything Ralph had. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Kristin read a bunch of articles, then spat them back out in her very limited vocabulary. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: “Psychic Fiend’s Network” episode of American Greed “Sweetheart Swindle” episode of 20/20 “How a psychic stole millions of dollars from an Oregon timber heir,” by ABC News “Phony wife in sweetheart swindle, who bilked millions from Gaston tree farm heir, gets prison,” by Bryan Denson for The Oregonian “Daughter of Oregon psychic pleads guilty to helping bilk millions from Gaston tree farm heir,” by Everton Bailey Jr. for The Oregonian “‘The Sweetheart Swindle’: Rich older bachelor targeted by family,” True Crime Daily YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 53+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 1 November 2023

274: A Big Bad Wolf

It was Halloween night. Doreen Erbert and her four-year-old daughter were cuddled up on the couch, watching a movie, when they heard a knock at the door. The knock sounded aggressive, but Doreen got up to answer it. She figured that she was about to encounter an eager trick-or-treater. Instead, she encountered a man in a wolf costume. Just before he attacked her, Doreen yelled to her daughter to hide. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Brandi copy and pasted from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “William Dennis” episode Snapped “JUSTICE STORY: Halloween horror as a masked man murders woman and baby” by Mara Bovsun, New York Daily News “Man In Wolf Mask Hacks Pregnant Ex-Wife To Death With Machete On Halloween Night” by Benjamin H. Smith, oxygen.com “Girl recounts grisly Halloween murders” by Michael Molinski, UPI “Halloween killer found guilty in slaying of wife, unborn child” UPI “Man guilty in murder of ex-wife, unborn child” by Tracie Thompson, The Peninsula Times Tribune “Condemned inmates, victims’ families speak out” by Bay Area News Group and Jessica Calefati, Lake County Record-Bee “People v. Dennis” findlaw.com YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 52+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 25 October 2023

273: A Foreclosure

Nicholas Firkus couldn’t believe what he was hearing. It sounded like someone was downstairs, trying to break into his home. So he woke his wife, Heidi, asked her to call 911, and grabbed his shotgun. The couple moved quickly, hoping to get downstairs and out the back door before the person broke in. But they didn’t make it. To hear Nick tell it, the intruder broke in and wrestled him for control of the gun. The gun went off twice — hitting Nick and Heidi in the process. Heidi didn’t survive the shooting, so that left Nick to tell police what happened that morning. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Kristin read a bunch of articles, then spat them back out in her very limited vocabulary. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: “A Stranger in the house” episode of 20/20 “Second wife’s suspicions confirmed with ex-husband’s arrest for murder,” by Blue Browning, Brooke Strangeland, Meghan Mariani, Lexi Leib, Greta Morris, Ivan Pereira for ABC News “Nicholas Firkus gets life sentence for wife Heidi’s murder he blamed on intruder,” by Mara H. Gottfried for the Pioneer Press “Husband locked up for life after blowing away first wife with shotgun, blaming murder on nonexistent Black man, remarrying,” by Matt Naham for Law and Crime “State of Minnesota vs. Nicholas James Firkus” court document “Husband sentenced to life in prison in wife’s 13-year cold case murder,” by Brooke Strangeland for ABC7NY “How was the Heidi Firkus case closed after so long? Meet the trio who did it.” by Mara H. Gottfried for the Pioneer Press “Nicholas Firkus found guilty of murdering wife Heidi Firkus,” by Nick Ferraro for the Pioneer Press YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 52+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 18 October 2023

272: The Murder of Imette St. Guillen

Imette St. Guillen wanted to have a good time. Her birthday was just a few days away, so she and a friend went out to celebrate. But when the bar closed and her friend wanted to go home, Imette insisted on staying out. The hard-working graduate student went to the next bar alone. She had no idea she was being watched by a predator. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Brandi copy and pasted from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Downtown Disappearance” episode New York Homicide “Imette St. Guillen” chillingcrimes.com “‘The Body Was Ice Cold’: NYC Bar Bouncer Raped, Strangled Grad Student” by Joe Dziemianowicz, oxygen.com “Imette St. Guillen” podcast episode, Women & Crime “The gruesome murder of Imette St. Guillen” by Clint Van Zandt, NBC News “In Bouncer’s Murder Trial, Victim’s Friend Recalls Their Last Night” by Kareem Fahim, The New York Times “People v. Darryl Littlejohn” casetext.com “Murder of Imette St. Guillen” wikipedia.org YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 51+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 11 October 2023

271: 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

September 15, 1963, should have been a typical Sunday at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. In the church basement, children busily prepared for youth Sunday. Five little girls, ranging in age from 11 to 14, were in the women’s bathroom, changing into choir robes and fixing their hair when an explosion rocked the church. Glass shattered. The church’s rear wall crumbled. The girls flew through the air. Upstairs, the adults panicked. They ran for their children. Four little girls died that day. There wasn’t much of a question as to who’d done this. For years, the KKK had bombed Black churches and Black people’s homes. They’d done so with little to no punishment from authorities. But surely they wouldn’t get away with killing children in church. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Kristin read a bunch of articles, then spat them back out in her very limited vocabulary. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: “The Birmingham Church Bombing: Bombingham,” by Mark Gado for Crime Library “Trial of bombing suspect begins,” by Jay Reeves for the Associated Press “Alabamian guilty in ‘63 church blast that killed 4 girls,” by B. Drummond Ayres Jr. for the New York Times “Chambliss guilty,” Associated Press “Birmingham bomber Bobby Frank Cherry dies in prison at 74,” by Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb for the Washington Post “Birmingham bomb case goes to jury,” by Howell Raines for the St Petersburg Times “Ghosts of Alabama: The prosecution of Bobby Frank Cherry for the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church,” by Donald Q. Cochran for the Michigan Journal of Race and Law “60 years ago, Alabama church bombing killed 4 girls and catalyzed a movement,” by DeNeen L. Brown for the Washington Post “Congress honors victims of infamous Alabama church bombing,” by Debbie Elliott for NPR “50 years after the bombing, Birmingham still subtly divided,” by Debbie Elliott for NPR “Alabama Gov. apologizes to surviving ‘5th girl’ of 1963 KKK bombing,” by Vanessa Romo for NPR “16th Street Baptist Church bombing,” National Park Service “16th Street Baptist Church bombing,” entry on Wikipedia YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 51+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 4 October 2023

270: The Kidnapping of George Weyerhaeuser

When nine-year-old George Weyerhaeuser went missing, his family panicked. Kidnappings weren’t commonplace, but in 1935, wealthy families were on guard for them. The Great Depression was in full swing, and just a few years earlier, the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby captured the nation’s attention. So, when the Weyerhaeuser’s son didn’t make it home for lunch, they feared the worst. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Brandi copy and pasted from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Weyerhaeuser Kidnapping” by Daryl C. McClary, historylink.org “The Kidnapping of George Weyerhaeuser | USA” podcast episode, The Evidence Locker “Deep in the Woods” by Bryan Johnston “1935 kidnapping revealed 9-year-old timber heir’s mettle, led to ‘greatest manhunt in history of Northwest’” by Douglas Perry, Oregon Live “History: How the Seattle P-I played a pivotal role in the kidnapping case of George Weyerhaeuser” by Alec Regimbal, SeattePI “George Weyerhaeuser Sr., great-grandson of timber company founder and kidnapped as a child, dies at 95” by Paul Roberts, Seattle Times YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 51+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 27 September 2023

269: The Nose Doctor!

Mark Weinberger didn’t ask for much. All he wanted was an 80-foot yacht, a sushi chauffeur, a skinny wife, and a five-story townhome. Luckily, Mark could afford his glitzy lifestyle. He was an ear nose and throat surgeon – and not just *any* ear nose and throat surgeon – he was The Nose Doctor of Merrillville, Indiana. As it turned out, damn near everyone who walked into his clinic needed sinus surgery! And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Kristin read a bunch of articles, then spat them back out in her very limited vocabulary. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: “The Runaway Doctor” by Buzz Bissinger for Vanity Fair Vanity Fair Confidential “The Runaway Doctor” “Convicted ‘Runaway Doctor’ starts new life after prison, leaving former patient shocked,” by Rob Stafford and Lisa Capitanini for NBC Chicago YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 51+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 20 September 2023

268: The Disappearance of an Entire Family

Alice Anderson was in a state of alarm. Her fifteen year old son, Bruce Brenizer had just called with disturbing information. His father, Rick, was missing. So was his father’s girlfriend, Ruth Berentson. Ruth’s daughters, Mindy and Heidi, along with Bruce’s half-sister, Crystal, had vanished as well. Alice made several phone calls before she determined that it was time to involve the police. Someone needed to find this missing family. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Brandi copy and pasted from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “The Brenizer/Berentson Family” episode Family Massacre “‘I Did It. I Killed Them All’: 15-Year-Old Shot And Incinerated 5 Family Members” by Joe Dziemianowicz, oxygen.com “The Brenizer Berentson Family” episode Crimelines Podcast “Rumors Fly, But Murders Still A Puzzle” by Rogers Worthington and Chicago Tribune, Chicago Tribune “Deal possible in killing of five” by The Associated Press, Wisconsin State Journal “Two years later, Brenizer relatives seek answers” by The Associated Press, Leader Telegram “Brenizer ruled insane” by The Associated Press, The Oshkosh Northwestern “Life terms for Brenizer in family slayings” by Richard Meryhew, Star Tribune “Appeals Court Says Wis. Killer Should Remain In Mental Hospital” by The Associated Press, CBS News “State v. Bruce C. Brenizer” justia.com YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 50+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 13 September 2023

267: The Coca-Cola Poisonings

Peggy Carr didn’t feel well. She was nauseous. She could barely speak. Her feet felt as though they were burning from the inside out. Her family rushed her to the hospital, but the doctors were stumped. They wondered if Peggy had the flu. They also wondered if it was all in her head. It wasn’t. Over the next few days, her condition improved. Peggy was sent back home, only to become more ill than she’d been before. This time, a neurologist took a look at Peggy’s symptoms and posited that she might have thallium poisoning. The doctor’s hunch was correct. Nearly every member of the Carr household tested positive for thallium. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Kristin read a bunch of articles, then spat them back out in her very limited vocabulary. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: American Justice episode, “Kill thy neighbor” “Murder genius is outfoxed by simple ‘country cops,’” by Mike McLeod for the Orlando Sentinel Vengeance: Killer Neighbors episode, “Poison Mastermind” “Murder on the mind” by David Walton for the Tampa Bay Times “Condemned killer wants another trial,” by Bill Heery for the Tampa Tribune “Poison killer Trepal awaits judge’s ruling on poor defense argument,” by Bill Heery for the Tampa Tribune “High court rejects death row appeal in Highlands County case,” News Service of Florida YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 50+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 6 September 2023

266: The Murder of Martre Coles

Martre Coles was no stranger to tragedy. When he was just 16 years old, his mother died suddenly. A month later, Martre’s father invited his new girlfriend, Denise Gay, to live with them. Martre struggled with the loss of his mother and the many changes to his life. But he was excited about his future. He had dreams of becoming an artist, and it looked like he was about to fulfill them. Then he disappeared. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Brandi copy and pasted from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “The Art of Death” episode Killer Motive “Denise Gay” podcast episode, Sistas Who Kill “Woman Forges Art School Email To Lure Boyfriend's Teen Son To His Death” by Joe Dziemianowicz, oxygen.com “‘It was betrayal’: Charges upgraded against women suspected of killing Henrico teenager” by Kristin Smith, ABC8 News “13-year-old witness testifies in case where victim was suffocated and stuffed in rubber storage bin” by Sean Gorman, The Roanoke Times “Witness testimony: Henrico murder victim yelled 'Get off me!' before death” by Ashley Monfort, NBC12 News “Father testifies against ex-girlfriend accused of murdering his son” by Liza David, The Capital News Service “Mother and daughter sentenced for roles in killing of teen found in storage container” by Vernon Freeman Jr., CBS6 News “Henrico woman gets life in prison for murder of boyfriend's teen son” by Kelly Avellino, NBC12 News YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 50+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 30 August 2023

265: SENSA!

BREAKING NEWS! We just discovered the biggest weight loss breakthrough of the 21st century!! It’s definitely not a scam!!!!!!!!!1 You don’t need to diet! You don’t need to exercise! Simply sprinkle Sensa on your food, then watch the weight fall off! IT’S THAT EASY! …Please don’t ask any questions about how the product works. Definitely don’t ask about the clinical trials. Just hand over your credit card and check those critical thinking skills at the door. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Kristin read a bunch of articles, then spat them back out in her very limited vocabulary. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: “The healthy skeptic: Sensa promises to curb eating,” by Chris Woolston for the Los Angeles Times “Chicago doctor’s claims fail FTC smell test,” by Julie Deardorff and Karisa King for the Chicago Tribune “Feds crack down on 4 bogus weight loss aids,” by Matthew Perrone for the Associated Press “Sensa products feels weight of FTC,” by Ricardo Lopez for the Los Angeles Times Sensa’s 2011 Infomercial Sensa Dance Commercial YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 49+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 23 August 2023

264: The Fager Family Murders

Bill Butterworth claimed he had no idea what happened. He awoke in a haze, hundreds of miles from home. He’d driven from Kansas to Florida in a car that wasn’t his. The vehicle belonged to a family whose house he’d been working on. But how had he come into possession of their car? Then, Bill says he heard a horrifying story on the radio. Phil Fager had been shot dead in his home. His daughters, Kelli and Sherri, had been killed as well. Their killer had not been found. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Brandi copy and pasted from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Kansas Trails: Sedgwick County” genealogytrails.com “Wichita murder suspect in custody” by AP, The Salina Journal “Suspect charged in family slayings” upi.com “Methods described by police” by Kaye Schultz, The Wichita Eagle “Prosecution rests case in Butterworth murder trial” by Jim Cross, The Wichita Eagle “Most self-professed amnesiacs fake it, psychologist testifies” by Kaye Schultz, The Wichita Eagle “Wichita triple-slaying case now up to jury” by Lynn Byczynski, The Kansas City Times “Jury weighs evidence in triple slaying” by AP, The Kansas City Star “Butterworth acquitted in deaths” by Bill Hirschman, The Wichita Eagle "Police report on Face case still in works” by Jim Cross, The Wichita Eagle “State of Kansas v. William T. Butterworth” “1988 murder trial still haunts jury foreman” by Roy Wenzl, The Wichita Eagle “The Fager Murders” episode, The Generation Why Podcast YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 49+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 16 August 2023

263: Strongman Duo Chop and Steele

Are you ready to get buff? Boy, have you come to the right place! In this episode, we learn from the VERY REAL strongman duo, Chop and Steele. They’ll lead you through workouts you’ve probably never heard of… like chopping twigs in half! Wanna work those legs? Try stomping on an Easter basket! When you’re really ready to get your pump on, fill a jug with some leftover turbo gravy. Do a few reps. You’ll definitely feel the burn! (What’s turbo gravy, you ask? What a weird question! You’ve obviously never heard of Chef Keith Guerke.) … are you starting to think that these guys aren’t the real deal? Well, that probably means you’re smarter than the morning news anchors who invited Chop and Steele on air. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Kristin read a bunch of articles, then spat them back out in her very limited vocabulary. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: The documentary, “Chop and Steele” “Fake strongman duo Chop and Steele prank morning TV shows,” Found Footage Fest channel on YouTube “Fake strongman duo Chop and Steele in North Dakota,” Found Footage Fest channel on YouTube “K-Strass the yo-yo guy super compilation,” Comedy for Profit channel on YouTube “The Found Footage Festival has triumphed in its copyright lawsuit,” by Jim Vorel for Paste Magazine “Gray Television Group, Inc v. Found Footage Festival, LLC” court documents “Chasing the story of Chop & Steele” by Richard Whittaker for the Austin Chronicle “Meet the comedy duo who got sued for pranking the news,” by Oliver Noble for Vice.com YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 48+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 10 August 2023

262: The Murder of Michelle Martinko

Plenty of people saw Michelle Martinko at the Westdale Mall on December 19, 1979. She spoke to a few friends, tried on a winter coat, and grabbed a bite to eat at Orange Julius. By the time she was ready to leave, Michelle was a little apprehensive about walking through the parking lot alone. Nevertheless, she walked out to her family’s car. No one witnessed what happened next. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Brandi copy and pasted from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “And Then There Were Three” episode Dateline “Murder at the Mall: The Michelle Martinko Case” episode 48 Hours “Michelle Martinko” chilling crimes.com “Michelle Martinko’s murder ‘haunted’ the Cedar Rapids community for 40 years. Now, her suspected killer is set to go on trial.” By Jen Moulton, littlevillagemag.com “Police search of DNA behind much of the argument in Jerry Burns' appeal” by Shannon Moody, CBS2 Iowa News “Supreme Court affirms Jerry Burns' conviction in 1979 Michelle Martinko murder” by William Morris, Des Moines Register “Michelle Martinko” iowacoldcases.org “Martinko v. HNW ASSOCIATES” justia.com “State of Iowa v. Jerry Lynn Burns” iowacourts.gov “Murder of Michelle Martinko” wikipedia.org YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 47+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 2 August 2023

261: The Six Flags Haunted Castle Disaster

The Haunted Castle at Six Flags Great Adventure always drew a big crowd. People often waited for more than an hour to get into the spooky, dimly-lit corridors of the castle. But the Haunted Castle was scarier than the crowds at Six Flags would have ever imagined. The attraction was filled with flammable decor. It had very few emergency exits. There were no smoke detectors. Six Flags’ management was well aware of the Haunted Castles’ defects, but they refused to take basic safety precautions. Afterall, those efforts would have cost money. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Kristin read a bunch of articles, then spat them back out in her very limited vocabulary. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: Storybook Amusement channel on YouTube, “The disaster that changed theme parks forever: Haunted Castle at Six Flags Great Adventure” The Documentary “Doorway to Hell? The Mystery and Controversy Surrounding the Fire at the Haunted Castle” “Officials recall code violations at Theme Park,” by Donald Janson, New York Times “Blaze fatal to 8 linked to lighter,” by Lindsey Gruson, New York Times “Worker at Great Adventure cites delay in reporting fire,” by Donald Janson, New York Times “Girl tells court about escaping fun house fire,” by Donald Janson, New York Times “Amusement park owners go on trial for fire that killed 8,” New York Times “Closing statements to jurors are made in park fire trial,” by Donald Janson, New York Times “Fire safety official criticized for testimony on fatal Jersey blaze,” by Thomas J. Knudson, New York Times “Charges dropped in Six Flags case,” Associated Press “Settlement in fire at park in Jersey,” Associated Press “Amusement park crisis management,” Joe Costal Rowan University YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 48+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 26 July 2023

260: The Multiple Attacks on Donna Palomba

Donna Palomba desperately needed the police’s help. She’d just been attacked in her home by a masked gunman. He’d raped her and threatened her life. Donna was shaken to her core. The attacker had taken pains to disguise himself, but Donna had an unsettling feeling that she knew the man. After all, what were the chances that she’d be attacked the *one* time her husband was out of town? Police needed to act quickly if they wanted to get this predator off the streets. Spoiler alert: They didn’t. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Brandi copy and pasted from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “The Man Behind the Mask” episode Dateline “Evil Paid a Visit” episode Dateline “Donna’s Story” janedoenomore.org “Victim ‘Angry And Afraid' as Attacker to Be Released From Prison Early” by Jill Konopka, NBC Connecticut “The Danger” by John Murray, The Waterbury Observer “Infamous Waterbury Case Hits National Spotlight” by John Murray, The Waterbury Observer “Rapist John Regan committed to psychiatric center in N.Y.” by Tracey O’Shaughnessy, Republican American YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 47+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 19 July 2023

259: The Kidnapping of Ginny Piper

We’ve got big news to share… and boy are we nervous to share it. In this episode, we announce a change to the show’s format that will hopefully give us better work/life balance. From this point forward, we’ll present one case per week instead of two. This week, Kristin will share a case. Next week, it’ll be Brandi’s turn, and so on and so forth. This isn’t a change we’re taking lightly. As you probably know, we are anxiety-ridden people pleasers. We’re pretty damn apprehensive about messing with something that we’ve worked so hard to build. Unfortunately, the truth is that we’ve hit a breaking point. The time that it takes both of us to research, write, record and review an episode means that we have a lot less time for the other things that matter to us. For Kristin, that means that the novel she’s working on is on track to be finished in a quarter to never. For Brandi, it means not spending much time with the little family she wanted for so long. We’re hoping that by making this change, we’ll keep the show fresh, prevent burnout, and give us some much needed time to harass our families. We’re grateful to all of you for supporting us. We hope you’ll continue to support us as we move to this new format. Back to your regularly scheduled programming… This week, Kristin covers a case that is often referred to as the “perfect” kidnapping. When Ginny Piper was kidnapped from her upscale home in Orono, Minnesota, investigators were a little puzzled. The Pipers were wealthy and well connected, but they didn’t have the money or name recognition of other nearby families. Why hadn’t they gone after the Pillsburys? The kidnappers also seemed to have wanted to kidnap Ginny’s husband, Bobby. But why had they thought a businessman would be home on a Thursday afternoon? As the investigation continued, the questions kept coming. And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Kristin read a bunch of articles, then spat them back out in her very limited vocabulary. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: The book, “Stolen from the Garden, The kidnapping of Virginia Piper,” by William Swanson “The ‘Perfect’ Kidnapping of Virginia Piper: Three-Part Series,” by Tracy Briggs for The Globe “50 years later, the Virginia Piper kidnapping remains a Minnesota mystery,” by Curt Brown for the Star Tribune An episode of the Crimes of the Centuries podcast, “The $1 Million Kidnapping of Ginny Piper” YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 47+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 12 July 2023

258: The Massie Affair & a Disappearance

One thing is certain: *Something* happened to Thalia Massie on the night of September 12, 1931. She’d stormed out of a party at the Ala Wai Inn alone, annoyed with her husband and his Navy friends. Later, when a car stopped to pick her up, Thalia had injuries to her face. She said she’d been assaulted and robbed. When her husband came home that night, she told him that she’d been beaten and raped by a group of Hawaiian men. Police quickly rounded up five young men. Then Brandi tells us about the disappearance of Katherine Heckel. When Katherine never returned from her lunch break on July 15, 1991, her friends and family were concerned. She had two young children at home – she wouldn’t leave them voluntarily. Naturally, investigators looked into her husband, John. He had an airtight alibi. So, suspicions turned on other men in Katherine’s life. Police discovered a good suspect, but the case stalled out. And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: An episode of American Experience, titled, “The Island Murder” “Massie Trials,” entry on Famous Trials by Douglas O. Linder An episode of the podcast Crimes of the Centuries, titled, “The Massie Affair” In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “She Didn’t Come Home” episode Dateline “Katherine Heckel” chillingcrimes.com “Groves’ ex-wife talks about case after 27 years” by Lana Muthler, Williamsport Sun-Gazette “Timeline of cold case that endured 'bumps and bruises' over 27 years” by John Beauge, PennLive.com “Pa. man found guilty of third-degree murder in 27-year-old case where no body was found” by John Beauge, PennLive.com “Pa. man gets maximum penalty for death of woman whose body was never found” by John Beauge, PennLive.com “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Loyd Waitman Groves” justia.com YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 47+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 5 July 2023

257: A Drowning & a Shipwreck

Note: This is our last episode before we go on break! We’ll be back with new episodes in July, but if you can’t wait that long, sign up for our Patreon! The $5 level gets you instant access to 47 bonus episodes, plus the new content we’ll be making while we’re on break. Hope to see you there! Brandi starts us off with the mysterious death of Dee Dee Jackson. Dee Dee was at her boyfriend’s house late one night in 1994 when she passed away. Her boyfriend, Don Bohana, told police that she’d drowned in his pool after a night of heavy drinking. But that explanation sounded fishy to Dee Dee’s family. They said that Dee Dee had never learned to swim. She was terrified of water. There was no way that she’d willingly gotten in the pool that night. Then Kristin tells a dark, old time-y tale that made a big impact on the justice system. The crew of the Mignonette was probably doomed from the start. The yacht wasn’t built for long, arduous voyages, but the crew had been paid to sail it nearly 15,000 miles. So they tried. When a wave did irreparable damage to the ship, it sank in less than five minutes. The crew of four managed to get on a lifeboat, but with no fresh water and just two tins of turnips, they knew they couldn’t last long. After approximately 20 days at sea, they resorted to cannibalism. And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: “In warm blood: Some historical and procedural aspects of Regina v. Dudley and Stephens,” The University of Chicago Law Review “Regina v. Dudley and Stephens,” casebriefs.com “What’s eating me about this tale of cannibalism?” Western Daily Press The book, “Cannibalism and the common law: the story of the tragic last voyage of the Mignonette and the strange legal proceedings to which it game rise,” by A W B Simpson. “R v Dudley and Stephens” entry on Wikipedia In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Jackson Family Mystery” episode 20/20 “Drowning in Lies” episode Accident, Suicide, or Murder “Man in prison for Tito Jackson's ex-wife drowning says she 'could swim’” by Enjoli Francis and Joseph Rhee, ABC News “L.A. Businessman Claimed Girlfriend Accidentally Drowned — But Evidence Pointed To Murder” by Joe Dziemianowicz, oxygen.com “The Mysterious Death In Michael Jackson’s Family — Delores Martha Jackson” by Shenbaga Lakshmi, Medium “People v. Bohana” findlaw.com “Neighborhood Spotlight: Pricey Ladera Heights, tucked away in the Westside, retains a sense of community” by Scott Garner, Los Angeles Times YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 47+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 31 May 2023

256: The Sweetheart Swindler & a Cold Case

When Desiree Boltos (literally) bumped into Dick Olmstead in Office Depot, Dick felt a spark. It didn’t matter that he was 75 and she was 32. As the two of them talked, they discovered that they had something in common – they were both single. The two quickly started dating. Dick spent lavishly on Desiree. In just two years, he estimates he spent $380k on her. But as soon as the money ran out, so did she. Then Brandi tells us about two pre-teen girls who were both raped and murdered in the same area of Tacoma Washington, just five months apart. Michella Welch and Jennifer Bastian had both been riding their bikes when they were attacked and murdered. Unfortunately, both of their cases went cold. For years, investigators held the logical assumption that the two cases were linked. After all, the girls had died in such close proximity, in such a horrific and similar manner. Surely only one person could be responsible for the two crimes. And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: “The Sweetheart Swindler” episode of The Con The AARP podcast, “The Perfect Scam”, episodes “Sweetheart Swindler Part 1” and “Sweetheart Swindler Part 2” “Husband of ‘Sweetheart Swindler’ sentenced to 85 years for bilking older people,” by Michael Levenson for the New York Times “Husband of ‘Sweetheart Swindler’ sentenced to 125 years in scheme that targeted elderly,” by Elisha Fieldstadt “Husband of ‘Sweetheart Swindler’ sentenced to 125 years in prison,” NBCDFW “‘Sweetheart swindler’ sentenced to 85 years in prison,” by Deanna Boyd for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram “Woman accused of ‘sweetheart swindle,” Fort Worth Star Telegram “Woman found guilty in sweetheart swindler trial,” by Deanna Boyd for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram “Disabled victim of jailed ‘sweetheart swindler’ still being targeted, sister says,” by Deanna Boyd for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram “Man arrested in Las Vegas, ran after his wife was sentenced,” by Deanna Boyd for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Evil Was Watching” episode Dateline “Jennifer Bastian” chillingcrimes.com “Who Killed 2 Washington Pre-Teens Who Disappeared On Bike Rides Months Apart In 1986?” By Jill Sederstrom, oxygen.com “The man who killed Jennifer Bastian in 1986 in Tacoma has been sentenced” by Alexis Krell “Nurse Convicted in 1986 Rape and Murder of 12-Year-Old Girl Whose Body Was Found Dumped in a Ditch” by Chris Spargo, lawandcrime.com\ “'I'm so sorry,' Gary Hartman apologizes after conviction in 1986 death of Michella Welch” by Keith Eldridge and Danny Stritch, KOMO News YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 47+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 24 May 2023

255: A Trip to the Movies & the eBay Stalking Scandal

Chad just wanted to see a movie. He sat next to his wife, Nicole, as the previews rolled. When Chad pulled out his cell phone to check on his toddler, another moviegoer angrily told him to put his phone away. What happened next is the subject of some debate. One thing is for sure: Chad threw popcorn at the man who scolded him, and in response, that man – Curtis Reeves Jr – shot Chad in the chest. Then Kristin tells us about a couple in Natick, Massachusetts, who found themselves the victims of intense harassment and stalking. Ina and David Steiner weren’t entirely sure who sent them cockroaches in the mail, or who tailed them when they left the house. But they knew that their harassers were angry with Ina’s reporting on the couple’s website, EcommerceBytes. They never would have guessed just how powerful their attackers were. And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: Segment of 60 Minutes, titled “Silicon Valley Scandal” “‘Take her down’: Inside eBay’s stalking campaign against a Natick couple,” by Mike Damiano for Boston Magazine “Inside eBay’s cockroach cult: The ghastly story of a stalking scandal,” by David Streitfeld for The New York Times “Couple harassed by former eBay employees sues company and former executives,” CBS News “Couple still haunted by eBay stalking scandal years after campaign of terror,” CBS News “Ex-eBay employees charged with mailing spiders, cockroaches and pig mask to critics,” by Irina Ivanova for CBS News In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Widow of man shot in theater pushes beyond anger to make love his legacy” by Anastasia Dawson, Tampa Bay Times “The Movie Theater Shooting (Curtis Reeves Trial), podcast episode, Court Junkie “A Movie Date, a Text Message and a Fatal Shot” by Frances Robles, The New York Times “He shot a man over tossed popcorn, prosecutors say. His defense: Stand-your-ground.” by Hanna Knowles, The Washington Post “Trial of Curtis Reeves underway 8 years after deadly shooting inside Florida movie theater” by FOX13 News Staff, Fox13 News “Widow describes moment her husband was shot in movie theater after argument over texting: "I see his eyes are just glazed over”” CBS News “After 8 years, a retired Florida police captain is standing trial for killing a man in an argument about texting in a movie theater” by Dakin Andone, CNN “Curtis Reeves trial: Moviegoers recall what they saw in theater shooting” by Anastasia Dawson and Chris Tisch, Tampa Bay Times “After acquittal, Curtis Reeves renews freedom; Chad Oulson’s widow grieves anew” by Dan Sullivan and Michaels Mulligan, Tampa Bay Times YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 47+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 17 May 2023

254: An A*shole & a Psychic Vision

Brian Eftenoff was a bit of a douche. He was arrogant. Self centered. Controlling. But when he met a young Judi Harding at a bar in Phoenix, he laid on the charm. Judi was smitten. Soon, Brian and Judi moved in together. They got married. They had two children. Judi confided in her friends and family that Brian was abusive. So, when Brian discovered her dead one morning, he became a prime suspect. Then Brandi tells us about a woman whose psychic vision helped solve a crime. Etta Smith didn’t know Melanie Uribe, but when she heard about the young mother’s disappearance, Etta had an unexpected vision. She saw that Melanie was in a canyon, surrounded by shrubbery. Etta worried that police wouldn’t take her seriously, but she went to the police station anyway. She couldn’t shake the possibility that perhaps Melanie was still alive, and in desperate need of help. And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: “Til Death Do Us Part,” by Paul Rubin for the Phoenix New Times “A Deadly Dose” episode of American Justice “The Final Straw,” by Paul Rubin for the Phoenix New Times “The Jerk” episode of Reasonable Doubt “Reasonable Doubt: The Murder Trial,” by David Kohn for CBS News In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Suddenly Psychic” episode Psychic Investigators “Etta Smith Claims a Psychic Vision Showed Her the Location of a Murder Victim’s Body” by Nik Young, medium.com “Premonition Of Murder” segment Unsolved Mysteries “Psychics Helping Police Solve Crimes” Larry King Live Transcript, cnn.com “Three Young Suspects in Custody” upi.com “Adult Trial for Youth, 17” The Los Angeles Times “Police sued, false arrest main issue” by Associated Press, Napa Valley Register “False arrest might be movie material” by Richard Varenchik, Daily News “Psychic ‘Vision’ Suit Settled” by Jan Klunder, The Los Angeles Times YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 46+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 10 May 2023

253: A Black Guy & a Disappearance

When Mike Golub’s ex-girlfriend, Shannon Floyd, asked him to pick up their son from her home, Mike had to be a little taken aback. In the years since they’d broken up, Mike had only ever been to Shannon’s home one time. Typically, Mike and Shannon did pick ups and drop offs at a neutral location. But that evening, Mike complied with Shannon’s request. He headed toward the home she shared with her husband, Chad Floyd, and was never seen or heard from again. Then Kristin tells us a story that had first responders scratching their heads. It was April 4, 1989 when Kim Hallock told police that she and her ex-boyfriend, Chip Flynn, had been robbed and kidnapped by a Black man. She said that she and Chip had been hanging out at a park when a stranger threatened them with a gun. He ordered the two of them into Chip’s truck, then got in with them, shifting gears, steering the truck and holding a gun on them as he made his way to a citrus grove. When the man parked the truck, Chip grabbed a gun that Kim had hidden underneath a pair of jeans. With his hands tied behind his back, he shot at the man. Though first responders found Kim’s story odd, the detectives who were assigned to the case apparently didn’t. And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: 48 Hours “Crosley Green Comes Home” “A judge ruled Crosley Green was wrongfully convicted – so why was he ordered back to prison,” by Erin Moriarty for CBS News “Two years after his release, Crosley Green is going back to prison,” by Brittany Shammas and Angela M. Hill for The Washington Post “Crosley Green, imprisoned for 31 years, says he’s the victim of a racial hoax,” by Erin Moriarty for CBS News “Sister testifies to suspect’s role in slaying,” by Robert Kohlman for Florida Today “Attorney: Parents’ deaths might affect man’s sentence,” by George White for Florida Today “Victim recalls night of terror during trial,” by Robert Kohlman for Florida Today “Convicted killer Crosley Green will remain in prison… for now,” by John A. Torres for Florida Today “Man returns to prison 2 years after his murder conviction was set aside,” by Bill Hutchinson for ABC News “Crosley Green’s last chance for freedom,” by Erin Moriarty for CBS News In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Justice in the Heartland” episode 48 Hours “Still missing: Stanton County 13 years later” by Kathy Hanks, The Hutchinson News “Michael Eugene Golub” charleyproject.org “Unfair take by ’48 Hours’” by Dan Monnat and Kurt Kerns, Garden City Telegram YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 45+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 3 May 2023

252: Ringing the Wrong Doorbell & the Disappearance of Maribel Ramos

This week, Kristin starts us off with an old, yet very timely story. In 1992, Yoshihiro Hattori and his friend Webb Haymaker arrived at what they thought was the location of a halloween party. In reality, the two teenage boys were at the wrong house. When they went up to the house and knocked on the door, a woman opened a side door, spotted the two boys, then quickly slammed it shut. Yoshi and Webb were confused, but they figured they’d arrived at the wrong home. As they were walking away, the door opened again. This time, a 30 year old man stood in the doorway with a gun. When Yoshi approached him, saying that they were there for the party, the man shot Yoshi in the chest. Then Brandi tells us about Maribel Ramos, who thought she’d found the perfect roommate when Kwang Choi “KC” Joy responded to her ad on Craigslist. KC described himself as an easygoing professional. He soon moved into Maribel’s home in Orange County, California. Initially, Maribel and KC got along great. They even went on vacation together. But when KC couldn’t pay rent, their relationship went downhill. Maribel feared that things might get violent between them. Then she disappeared. And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: “Yoshihiro Hattori: The door knock that killed a Japanese teenager in the US,” by Toby Luckhurst for the BBC “Defense depicts Japanese boy as ‘scary’,” The New York Times “Acquittal in doorstep killing of Japanese student,” The New York Times “Student’s trust in people proved fatal,” by Adam Nossiter for The New York Times “Judge awards damages in Japanese youth’s death,” by Adam Nossiter for The New York Times “Mother of slain teen felt murdered herself,” by Leslie Zganjar for the Associated Press “Each other’s arms,” by David Schimke for the Carleton College Voice The book, “I have lived in the monster,” by Robert K. Ressler and Tom Shachtman “How the mother of Japanese student shot dead became a force for US gun reform,” by Daniel Hurst for The Guardian “Homeowner testifies in shooting death of Japanese exchange student,” UPI Archives “Slain teen’s parents hope U.S. gun control fight continues, 30 yrs on,” Kyodo News “Parents of slain Japanese student push for gun control from afar,” by Akiko Fujita for ABC News “Gun violence conference to remember 20 years since Yoshi died,” by Kira Chawla for WAFB “Rodney Peairs found innocent in exchange student shooting case,” UPI Archives In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “The Rent Check” episode See No Evil “Murder Can’t Be Proved in Death of Maribel Ramos: Defense Attorney” by Melissa Pamer and Chip Yost, KTLA5 News “Roommate Found Guilty of 2nd-Degree Murder in Death of Maribel Ramos” by Melissa Pamer and Chip Yost, KTLA5 News “Maribel Ramos’ Killer Sentenced to 15 Years to Life in Prison, Says He Cared for Victim ‘More Than Anyone’” by Melissa Pamer and Chip Yost, KTLA5 News “KC Joy gets 15 years to life in prison for Maribel Ramos murder” by Greg Lee and ABC7 News Staff, ABC7 News “Who Is Kwang Chol 'KC' Joy, The Killer Profiled In 'Worst Roommate Ever?’” By Jax Miller, oxygen.com “Southern California man convicted of killing ex-roommate Army veteran Maribel Ramos” by Sasha Goldstein, New York Daily News “The Murder of Maribel Ramos” by Kiley, It’s Crime O’Clock Somewhere “'Worst Roommate Ever': KC Joy killed Maribel Ramos for demanding overdue rent” by Akhila Suresh, meaww.com YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 45+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 26 April 2023

251: A Bomb & an Irish Heiress

Barry Hornstein wasn’t sure what, exactly, was in his driveway. It looked like some sort of metal cylinder. Barry went to pick it up, but thought better of it. He gave it a kick instead. The second he did, the device exploded. Steel flew through the air, tearing through Barry’s leg. When he awoke later in the hospital, he received troubling news. He’d been the victim of a pipe bomb. But Barry had no known enemies. Who wanted him dead? Then Kristin tells us about a con woman who, in May of 2013, went by the name Mair Smyth. She told people that she was an Irish heiress. She boasted about her famous friends – namely Jennifer Aniston and Ashley Judd. She appeared generous. When she befriended her neighbor, Jonathan Walton, she treated him to a fancy dinner. She offered to help with his campaign to win back their apartment building’s access to a local pool. Jonathan had no idea that her friendship was fake. And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: “The Heiress Con” episode of The Con “The Hollywood producer, the “heiress” and a very personal quest for justice,” by Katie Kilkenny for The Hollywood Reporter “Queen of the Con” podcast JonathanWalton.com/how-she-conned-me In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Pipe Nightmare” episode Web of Lies “Pipe Nightmare” by Nick Budnick, Willamette Week “Goff Guilty: Pipe bomber cops a plea.” By Nick Budnick, Willamette Week YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 45+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 19 April 2023

250: A New Neighbor & an Assplosion

Leith, North Dakota, is a very small place. So, when Craig Cobb moved to town, everyone tried to be friendly. He was a little odd, but he seemed harmless. He was just an older, lonely man who’d come out to work on a nearby oil field. But what the people of Leith didn’t know was that Craig Cobb was a white supremacist, and he had a plan to take over their town. Then Brandi tells us about Greg Mulhivill, who received a call late one night from a person who claimed to be a private investigator. The caller instructed Greg to meet him at a remote location. When Greg arrived at the spot, he sensed that something was off. He used his flashlight to survey the area and was stunned to spot a man crouching in the bushes. And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: The documentary, “Welcome to Leith” “Craig Cobb” entry on the Southern Poverty Law Center “Village of the Damned,” by Ryan Lenz for the Southern Poverty Law Center In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Diana Lovejoy” episode Snapped “The Night of the New Moon” episode Dateline “Diana Lovejoy” chillingcrimes.com “Gun Instructor Who Tried to Kill Lover's Husband: I Regret Cheating on My Wife More Than Shooting” by Christine Pelisek, People “Couple Guilty in Bizarre Attempted Murder Speak Before Sentencing” by Liberty Zabala and R. Stickney, NBC San Diego 7 News “Wife and her gun instructor get long terms in shooting of husband during divorce” by Teri Figueroa, The San Diego Union-Tribune “California v. McDavid” justia.com YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 45+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 12 April 2023

249: Faylene Grant & Peanuts!

Faylene Grant’s death could have been many things. It could have been an accident. It could have been a suicide. It could have been cold-blooded murder. It could have been the result of emotional manipulation at the hands of her husband, Doug Grant. It was difficult to say for certain what led to the drowning death of 35-year-old Faylene Grant. But when her husband remarried just three weeks after Faylene died, it raised some eyebrows. Then Kristin tells us a truly vomitrocious story. At its peak, the Peanut Corporation of America produced peanuts, peanut butter and peanut powder for major food conglomerates like Sara Lee, Kelloggs and General Mills. They supplied peanut butter to hospitals, nursing homes and schools. Over the years, their profits soared. But their factories were unsanitary. Their workers were badly paid. Worst of all, the people in charge didn’t care about whether the food that they sent all over the country was safe to consume. And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: The episode of American Greed, “From Peanuts to Sick Millions” “The rise and fall of a peanut empire,” by Lyndsey Layton and Nick Miroff for NBC News “PCA prison terms put industry on notice about accountability,” by Kathy Holliman for foodqualityandsafety.com “Praise for an unlikely whistleblower,” by Darin Detwiler for Food Safety News “Michael Parnell’s attorney paints him as the ‘little guy’ in the PCA case,” by Dan Flynn for Food Safety News “Unprecedented verdict: Peanut executive guilty in deadly salmonella outbreak,” by Moni Basu for CNN “Former peanut executive sentenced to 28 years in prison,” by Brady Dennis for the Washington Post In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “A Divine Death” episode A Wedding and a Murder “Fatal Visions” episode Dateline “Mormon Widower Doug Grant Wasn’t Counting on a Murder Rap When He Followed His Late Wife’s Instruction to Marry His Ex-Lover” by Paul Rubin, Phoenix New Times “Doug Grant Gets Five Years After Slain Wife’s Sister Pressed for His Conviction Based on a Dream” by Paul Rubin, Phoenix New Times “Grant v. Grant” casetext.com “Woman sues over mom's 2001 drowning” by Gary Grado, East Valley Tribune YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 45+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 5 April 2023

248: The Lost Script & License Plate Scanners

Gather ‘round, dear listeners, for a devastating tale! A nugget of pure comedy gold has, sadly, been lost forever. You see, two months ago, one of our Patrons suggested that we do something fun for our upcoming April Fools’ Day episode. He cited that thing that Michael Che and Colin Jost do when they swap jokes on SNL. He suggested we do something similar – why not write scripts for the other person to read? Kristin loooooved the idea. Brandi did not. Kristin, (brilliant goddess that she is) thought that if *she* handled the execution of this fabulous idea, she could get Brandi on board and we’d all revel in a comedic wonder. So, she quietly wrote up a script for Brandi to read. Then, she formatted it into cue cards. When it came time to record, Kristin presented Brandi with the script. And Brandi was like… hell no, I’m not reading that. (Was it because the script contained a few tangents about her unwavering crush on Dr. Phil? The world may never know!) So, yeah, umm… that script will never see the light of day. …but we do have *one* story to tell you: When Lonnie Paye didn’t return his girlfriend’s phone calls, she became concerned. Had she done something to upset him? Was he just busy? Days passed, and eventually, she called the police. When they arrived at Lonnie’s upscale home, they discovered that she’d been right to be concerned. Lonnie’s body was on the floor of his garage. He’d been shot multiple times. Lonnie’s family was shocked by his death, but gave investigators a few leads. Lonnie had a rocky relationship with the mother of his infant son. Could she have done something? He also had some business relationships that might have gone sour. Perhaps that was to blame. And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: 100% real life In this episode, Brandi pulled from: |“Deidra Griffin” episode Snapped “Deidra Griffin v. State of Maryland” mdcourts.gov “Michigan woman jailed in Bay County on Maryland murder charge; extradition hearing set” by Cole Waterman, mlive.com “Trial begins for Michigan woman accused of killing ex-boyfriend in Randallstown” by Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun “Michigan woman gets 60 years for murder of ex in Baltimore County” by Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 45+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 29 March 2023

247: The Murder of Maddie Clifton & a Triple Kidnapping

Brandi starts us off with a gut-wrenching story. On the evening of November 3, 1998, all eight-year-old Maddie Clifton wanted to do was go outside and play. Her mother gave her permission to go outside for a few minutes, so Maddie went next door to the home of 14-year-old Josh Phillips to ask if he’d like to play baseball. He did. Later, when Maddie didn’t come home, her parents panicked. Police and volunteers searched for Maddie for days before she was finally discovered by Josh’s mother. Then Kristin tells us about an elaborate triple kidnapping. Michelle Renee was at home with her seven-year-old daughter, Breea, when, seemingly out of nowhere, three men burst through the home’s locked back door. The men wore ski masks. They brandished guns. They’d even brought spears. They told Michelle that they knew she worked for a local Bank of America. They said that if she wanted to survive, she’d have to go into work the next morning and clear out the vault. And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: 48 Hours episode, “The Kidnapping of Michelle and Breea Renee” “A mother was forced to rob a bank to save her daughter’s life after they were kidnapped and threatened with dynamite,” by Gayane Keshishyan Mendez for cbsnews.com “California mother who was kidnapped and forced to rob a bank falsely painted as a criminal in court: “100% felt like I was on trial”” by Tracy Smith for cbsnews.com “Hostage no more: Michelle Renee tells true story of kidnapping of daughter and self,” by Ruth Marvin Webster for The San Diego Union-Tribune “Suspected bank robber nabbed,” North County Times “Man convicted of kidnapping, robbery,” North County Times “People v. Butler,” casetext.com “Attorney: Bank chief plotted own kidnapping,” North County Times “Superior Court trial starts in bank robbery, kidnapping,” by Scott Marshall for the North County Times In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Maddie Clifton” chillingcrimes.com “Why Did Josh Kill Maddie Clifton?” By Malinda Fusco, Medium “19 years later, the narrative behind Maddie Clifton's demise gets even worse” by Eileen Kelley, The Florida Times Union “Life sentence upheld for Joshua Phillips, teen killer of Maddie Clifton” by Andrew Pantazi, The Florida Times Union “Wednesday marks 23 years since murder of Maddie Clifton” by Colette DuChanois, News 4 Jax “Josh Phillips” wikipedia.org YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 45+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 22 March 2023

246: Toilets & the Red Sash Murderer

Hank Robar is not one to be messed with. So when he got into a dispute with village officials in his hometown of Potsdam, New York, he got even by decorating his property with toilets. Over the years, Hank added more toilets. He decorated the bowls and tanks with artificial flowers. He put so much time and energy into the toilets that he began referring to them as “toilet gardens,” and later, as “art.” Town officials were not amused. They did everything in their power to stop him. Then Brandi tells us about the death of Josephine Galbraith. For Josephine’s family, her death was sad, but not shocking. The 76-year-old woman suffered from chronic back pain. She’d recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. She’d told her husband and children that she didn’t want to continue living. But when Josephine died in an apparent suicide, a detective on the scene suspected she’d been murdered. And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: The documentary, “Potty Town” “Hank Robar: The man behind Potsdam’s toilet gardens,” by Sydney Schaefer for NNY360 “Potsdam agrees to toilet garden lawsuit settlement,” by Tom Graser for NNY360 “Owner of Potsdam toilet gardens, village reach undisclosed settlement in federal lawsuit,” by Sydney Schaefer for NNY360 “Robar v. Village of Potsdam Board of Trustees,” casetext.com “How 5Pointz artists won $6.75 million in lawsuit against developer that destroyed their work,” by Jessica Meiselman for artsy.net In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Red Sash Death” episode Accident, Suicide, or Murder “Digging Up Buried Bones” by Loren Stein, MetroActive “’He Would Have Done Anything For Her': Family Fights To Prove Father's Innocence After Mom's Suicide Leads To His Arrest” by Sharon Lynn Pruitt, Oxygen “$400,000 settlement in wrongful charge” by John Coté, SF Gate “Santa Clara County to pay $400,000 to Palo Alto family” by Howard Mintz, The Mercury News “Galbraith v. County of Santa Clara” findlaw.com YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 40+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 15 March 2023

245: Good Solid Policework & Monopoly

Heather Bogle’s murder was nothing short of brutal. The young, single mother’s body was discovered in the trunk of her car, shot and beaten. Detective Sean O’Connell was assigned to Heather’s case. Despite the fact that Heather disappeared shortly after she finished a shift at the local Whirlpool plant, Detective O’Connell didn’t bother talking to her co-workers. Instead, he focused on three people with no apparent tie to Heather. When samples of their DNA didn’t match DNA found on Heather’s body, the detective hid that information from the district attorney. Then Brandi felt like she’d been told to go straight to jail when, by chance, Kristin told the history of everyone’s least favorite game – Monopoly. Brandi was tempted to turn on the water works, but she hung in there as Kristin told the tale of how Parker Brothers’ sought a monopoly on Monopoly. Rumor has it that Brandi nearly kicked a small dog with an old boot (again!) but Kristin distracted her with her community chest. And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: An episode of American Experience, titled, “Ruthless Monopoly’s Secret History” “Monopoly was designed to teach the 99% about income inequality,” by Mary Pilon for Smithsonian Magazine “How a fight over a board game monopolized an economist’s life,” by Mary Pilon for the Wall Street Journal “New game is marked by a two-way stretch,” by Richard Ramella for The Berkeley Gazette “‘Anti-Monopoly’ loses to Monopoly,” Associated Press, The Hanford Sentinel “Ralph Anspach,” holocaustfoundation.com/ralph “Monopoly loses its trademark,” by Pamela G. Hollie for the New York Times In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Good Cop/Bad Cop: The Heather Bogle Murder” episode 48 Hours “Jagged” episode Dateline “Heather Bogle” chillingcrimes.com “How Did An Investigator End Up Behind Bars Himself After Probing The Murder Of An Ohio Mom?” By Jill Sederstrom, Oxygen “O'Connell victim wins his lawsuit” by Matt Westerhold, Review Times “Justice comes in 2 colors” by Staff, Sandusky Register YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 40+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 8 March 2023

244: LGBT Bullying & a Home Invasion

When Jamie Nabozny reached middle school, several of his classmates began bullying him for being gay. They called him names. They spat on him. They tripped him in the halls. Jamie and his parents asked Ashland Middle School Principal Mary Podlesny to discipline Jamie’s tormentors, but she didn’t do shit. Naturally, the bullies became emboldened. When Jamie went to high school, the bullying and harassment worsened. He endured verbal and physical attacks. Once again, Jamie and his parents went through the proper channels. They met with Ashland High School Principal William Davis and Assistant Principal Thomas Blauert to ask that they hold the bullies accountable. They didn’t do shit, either. Nothing moved the administrators to action – not when Jamie was assaulted, not when he was beaten to the point of needing hospitalization, and not even the multiple times he attempted to die by suicide. Years later, after Jamie had time to reflect on what he’d endured, he decided to sue. Then Brandi tells us about a double murder that shocked the community of Napa, California. On the evening of October 31, 2004, three roommates were at home, settling into bed. The young women were all in their 20s, and all active in their careers. Lauren Meanza was a volleyball coach. Adriane Insogna was a civil engineer. Leslie Mazzara worked in public relations. That night, a man broke into the little home the three women shared. He climbed the stairs and attacked Adriane and Leslie. Lauren, whose room was on the first floor, managed to escape. She hid in the backyard and watched the man escape. In the darkness, she couldn’t be sure who he was. And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: The documentary, “Bullied: A student, a school, and a case that made history” The book, “From the closet to the courtroom: five LGBT rights lawsuits that have changed our nation,” by Carlos Ball “The ballad of dad and papi,” by Chris Tarbox for Lavender Magazine “Mother recounts gay-bashing of her son,” Associated Press “He taught his school a lesson,” by John Tanasychuk for the Detroit Free Press “A stand for human worth,” by Clifford Rothman for the Los Angeles Times “The pain of growing up gay,” by Jennifer Weiner for The Philadelphia Inquirer “School to pay gay man $900,000,” Associated Press “Nabozny v. Podlesny,” caselaw.findlaw.com “Jamie Nabozny: Bullied,” by Team TVS on YouTube “Fighting anti-gay abuse in schools: The opening appellate brief of plaintiff Jamie Nabozny in Nabozny V. Podlesny,” by Patricia M. Logue and Davis S. Buckle for the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Nightmare in Napa” episode 48 Hours “Eric Copple” episode Snapped “Good as Gold” episode Forensic Files “The 2004 Napa Halloween Murders” by Lori Johnston, Medium “Sole Survivor of Napa Killings Speaks” ABC News “Cathy Harrington” theforgivenessproject.com YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 40+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 1 March 2023

243: Fires

Brandi starts us off with a story that’s as bizarre as it is upsetting. Ashlea Ann Harris was, most likely, exhausted. She was an assistant manager at American Eagle, and she’d spent hours preparing the store for Black Friday. When she finally arrived home, it was the wee hours of the morning. She chatted for a while with a friend who’d come over to check on her dog, and then, presumably, fell asleep. But just a few hours later, one of her neighbors called 911. He told the dispatcher that he suspected Ashlea’s apartment was on fire. Then Kristin talks about the heartbreaking and infuriating conviction of Michael Politte. When Michael was just 14 years old, he woke up one morning to discover that his mother was dead. She’d been bludgeoned to death. Her body had been set on fire. When police arrived on the scene, they were horrified by Michael’s behavior. He didn’t seem sad enough. He wasn’t emotional enough. So, Michael quickly became the prime suspect. Early one morning in the winter of 2014, firefighters arrived at the River Ranch Apartments in Fort Worth, Texas. Neighbors pointed them toward the source of the fire – Ashlea Ann Harris’ apartment. They began extinguishing the blaze And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases. In this episode, Kristin pulled from: “The Case Against Michael Politte” episode of 48 Hours “Michael Politte has served 22 years for murder. Experts say he’s innocent.” by Sarah Fenske for St. Louis Public Radio The “Gates of Hell” episode of Unlocking the Truth “‘This kid never had a chance’ – Team of lawyers work to prove innocence of 14-year-old convicted in mother’s murder,” by Angie Ricono and Cyndi Fahrlander for WIBW “2 more jurors say Mo. prisoner Politte deserves new trial,” by Luke Nozicka for The Kansas city Star “Man gets life in murder of his mother,” by Leroy Sigman for The Daily Journal “Politte found guilty of murder, “by Doug Smith The Daily Journal “Testimony continues in murder case,” by Doug Smith The Daily Journal In this episode, Brandi pulled from: “Ashlea Harris” chillingcrimes.com “Couple Murders Store Manager Who Got Them Fired As Part Revenge, Part Black Friday Heist” by Benjamin H. Smith, oxygen.com “The Murder of Ashlea Harris” by Kiley, It’s Crime O’Clock Somewhere “Police: Couple beat, strangled, burned woman” by Staff Writer, Amarillo Globe News “Police: Texas woman strangled by fmr. co-workers” CBS News “Mallory v. State” casetext.com YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 40+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!

Transcribed - Published: 22 February 2023

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