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Southern Fried True Crime

Erica Kelley is a native Tennessean exploring historical and contemporary true crime in the South. Southern charm is attempted but southern sass is bountiful. Join her as she shows you just how southern fried the justice system can be in the Deep South.

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170: Blue Eyed Butcher: The Controversial Murder of Jeff Wright

In January 2003, police arrived at an unassuming house in Northwest Houston, Texas after receiving a vague message from a local lawyer about a potential crime scene. In the backyard, they discovered the mutilated body of Jeff Wright. The master bedroom was a blood-splattered nightmare. Susan Wright, Jeff?s wife of five years, confessed to his shocking murder. At her trial, Susan claimed she killed Jeff in self-defense but, in an unforgettable courtroom spectacle, prosecuting lawyer Kelly Siegler would try to prove otherwise.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched and written by Andrea Marshbank
Additional Writing by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources:


- US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: thehotline.org
- Canada: visit this website to find the hotline in your area
- UK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247
- For resources in other countries, visit this website


- This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp online therapy. Go to BetterHelp.com/southern.
- Every holiday, we are sponsored by the amazing gift for loved ones, StoryWorth. Go to StoryWorth.com/southern to save $10 off your first purchase.
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- Today?s show is also brought to you by Bare Necessities, he biggest online intimate apparel retailer. Go to BareNecessities.com code: sftc20 for 20% off your first order.
2022-12-06
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Amazon Presents: Killer Psyche

When a shocking crime occurs, former FBI Profiler Candice DeLong will have a lot to say about it. On KILLER PSYCHE DAILY, Candice digs into the motivations and behaviors of the criminal masterminds and killers who are dominating the headlines.

For 10 minutes, five days a week, she draws on her years of experience to break down complex criminal cases, look back at the historic crimes that still haunt us today, and share new insights. With new episodes every Monday through Friday, KILLER PSYCHE DAILY delivers a lot of true crime in just a little bit of time.

Listen only on Amazon Music: www.amazon.com/KPD_us_pfd_AA_110122
2022-11-25
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169: The Vanishing of Zebb Quinn

Zebb Quinn was only 18 years old when he went missing on January 2, 2000. Authorities had their suspicions that foul play was involved, but it would take 15 years and two other disappearances for anyone to find out what happened to Zebb.

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/the-vanishing-of-zebb-quinn

- This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp online therapy. Go to BetterHelp.com/southern.
- Every holiday, we are sponsored by the amazing gift for loved ones, StoryWorth. Go to StoryWorth.com/southern to save $10 off your first purchase.
- Also for a unique gift this holiday season, so to Highland Titles.com and use code ?CRIME?
- Today?s show is also brought to you by Bare Necessities, he biggest online intimate apparel retailer. Go to BareNecessities.com code: sftc20 for 20% off your first order.
2022-11-24
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Amazon Music Presents: I Hear Fear

Nothing is as terrifying as the sounds we hear in the dark. The slow creak of a
door opening late at night... or a whisper in a room when you thought you were
alone... or a distant scream in the wind. One noise at the wrong time or place can
scare us for days.

Each episode of I HEAR FEAR plunges the listener into a tale inspired by real
events, from a deadly dance party to a cursed film set. Join host and two-time
Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan for six immersive stories designed to jangle your
nerves and haunt your dreams.

Listen ? if you dare. Only on Amazon Music.

Listen to I Hear Fear: www.amazon.com/IHF_us_pfd_AA_110122
2022-11-16
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168: The Trials of Hattie Lee Barnes

In April 1951, a young black woman was closing up a roadhouse tavern and getting ready to sleep there for the night. Hattie Lee Barnes worked as a maid at Lee?s Place and in recent weeks had started sleeping there as caretaker, to watch over the bar after hours. She had a gun to protect herself and the tavern. When she heard a window opening near her bed, she fired the gun at the figure in the window, and her life became a waking nightmare for the next few years. Bullied, intimidated, almost shot to death and wrongly imprisoned, Hattie Lee still testified in an odyssey of trials for the state of Mississippi.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched and Written by Erica Kelley
In Collaboration with Trent Brown
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

To order Trent Brown?s Book: Roadhouse Justice: Hattie Lee Barnes and the Killing of a White Man in 1950s Mississippi: https://lsupress.org/books/detail/roadhouse-justice/
and: https://a.co/d/dkMLq69

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/the-trials-of-hattie-lee-barnes

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2022-11-15
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Amazon Music Presents: COLD: The Search for Sheree

Sheree Warren left her job in Salt Lake City on a mild October evening in 1985. She told a coworker she was headed to meet her estranged husband, Charles Warren, at a car dealership. But she never made it, Sheree vanished. When her car mysteriously surfaced weeks later, hundreds of miles away in Las Vegas, no one could say how it got there. When a young mother disappears under unexplained circumstances, police always turn suspicious eyes towards the husband. And although there was distrust around Charles Warren, he wasn?t the only suspect when Sheree went missing. She also had a boyfriend, a former cop named Cary Hartmann, who lived a sinister double life. Season three follows two suspects? men who both raised suspicion for investigators. But with two strong persons of interest with competing facts and evidence, it muddied the murder investigation. This season, host Dave Cawley, digs into the lives of these two men, the details of the case and examines the intersections between domestic abuse and sexual violence. The COLD team seeks to answer the question: what really happened to Sheree Warren?

Hey Prime Members, listen to the Amazon Music exclusive podcast, COLD, in the Amazon Music App. Download the app today:

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2022-11-02
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167: The Murder of Fred Jablin

Dr. Fred Jablin, a highly regarded professor of communication, was a dedicated husband to his wife, Piper Rountree. For years, he did everything in his power to make her happy, but nothing he did was ever enough. In 2002, the Jablin marriage came to an end and Fred was awarded full custody of their three children.

Following the divorce, it took some time for Fred and the kids to adjust to their new normal. Luckily, by the fall of 2004, things were starting to look up. The children were adjusting well, and Fred was moving on romantically. He was even looking forward to his favorite holiday, Halloween.

But Fred would never get the chance to celebrate.

Piper would make sure of that.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched and written by Haley Gray
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/the-murder-of-fred-jablin

This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp online therapy. Go to BetterHelp.com/southern.
Today's show is also brought to you by SimpliSafe: There's no safe like SimpliSafe! Go to SimplieSafe.com/southern fried.
And also by Rocket Money. Go to: RocketMoney.com/southernfried
2022-10-31
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166: Rapist & Serial Killer: Henry Louis Wallace

From 1992-1994, a serial killer stalked young black women in Charlotte, North Carolina. Police came under fire from families and the media once the killer was unmasked. They blamed being understaffed during a crack epidemic, insisting that most of their murder victims were black and they had a good solve rate. As these were young college students, some young mothers and not really involved in the drug epidemic, their families were rightly outraged. There would be plenty of blame to go around to the cops and the courts when serial killer and rapist, Henry Louis Wallace was finally unmasked.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched Haley Gray, Anna Luria and Erica Kelley
Written by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/henry-louis-wallace

This episode is brought to you by SimpliSafe: There's no safe like SimpliSafe. Go to SimpliSafe.com/southernfried
2022-10-26
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Wondery presents: The Generation Why

The Generation Why Podcast released its first episode in 2012 and pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world. Two friends, Aaron & Justin, break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries and conspiracies. One of the longest running true crime podcasts out there, Generation Why has a little something for every true crime listener. Follow The Generation Why Podcast on Amazon Music, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Or you can listen ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery app

Listen Here: http://wondery.fm/SF_GenWhy
2022-10-20
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165: I95 Killer or Serial Killer: Gary Ray Bowles

In the spring of 1994, the southern and eastern seaboard states were terrorized by a serial killer using the I-95 corridor to travel between states and victims. Six gay men were targeted by a drifter, working as a hustler, who would stay in their homes for a week or so?gaining their trust, before violently murdering them. He then took their credit cards and vehicle to move on to his next victim. But the famed serial killer, Gary Ray Bowles, would later insist he killed seven men, but the FBI or state of Florida declined to investigate his 7th victim. There is a murder, still a cold case, which happened a decade before, that eerily matched his 1994 murders. And may have helped Bowles perfect his modus operandi.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Written by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/gary-ray-bowles

This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp online therapy. Go to BetterHelp.com/southern.
Today's show is also brought to you by Best Fiends, that's Friends without the ?R?
2022-10-20
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164: The Abduction & Murder of Sydney Sutherland #runningwhilefemale

On the afternoon of August 19th, 2020, 24-year-old Sydney Sutherland went missing while on her regular run in rural Jackson County, Arkansas. Within 2 hours, Sydney?s family realized she was in danger, contacted the police, and organized a search for her. But Sydney never made it home.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched and Written by Andrea Marshbank
Additional Writing by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/the-abduction-and-murder-of-sydney-sutherland

This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp online therapy. Go to BetterHelp.com/southern.
Today's show is also brought to you by Best Fiends, that's Friends without the ?R? - Best Fiends, as well as SimpliSafe: There's no safe like SimpliSafe! Go to SimpliSafe.com/southernfried
2022-10-12
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Wondery Presents: The ReWatcher: Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Welcome to the Hellmouth Weirdos! Your favorite Morbid hosts Ash and Alaina are branching out from true crime and heading to Sunnydale for the ultimate Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch podcast! Alaina is a Buffy superfan and Ash has never watched a single episode, so whether you?re Team Angel, Team Spike, or have no clue who those people are?they?ve got you covered! Join them each week as they slay their way through the series, episode by episode, re-watching, and watching for the very first time. They?ll break down Buffy and her friends adventures through weekly recaps, categories, and awards while Ash takes some (wooden stake) stabs at predicting what she thinks will happen next. They'll also welcome the occasional Buffy cast member, guest star, or celebrity superfan to join in the slaying.

Listen to The ReWatcher: http://wondery.fm/SFTC_ReWatcher
2022-10-06
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163: The Mysterious Murder of Corinna Mullen

In the spring of 1987, 20 year old Corinna Mullen moved to Central City, Kentucky in hopes of providing a better life for her two year old daughter. But within six months of her move, Corinna was found brutally murdered. Who would want to kill the young mother of one? That?s a question investigators wouldn?t know the answer to for nearly 20 years.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray, Anna Luria and Erica Kelley
Written by Erica Kelley and Haley Gray
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley
Suggested by Jennifer Williams Schnell and Valerie Morris

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/the-murder-of-corinna-mullen

Sponsor: Wondery: Blood Ties, Season Three?Strange Days
2022-09-12
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Introducing the new season of Witnessed: Mystic Mother: From Campside Media and Sony Music Entertainment

From Campside Media and Sony Music Entertainment, the new season of Witnessed: Mystic Mother is out now and sure to be your next podcast obsession!

The story follows the rise and fall of the Phoenix Goddess Temple, which for years claimed to offer ?seekers? healing through sensual touch... But when an outsider exposes what?s happening behind closed doors? the temple unknowingly welcomes in a new kind of seeker?undercover detectives.

What some saw as a spiritual home, the state saw as a brothel operating under the guise of religious freedom? So what happens when your religious beliefs might be against the law?

Witnessed: Mystic Mother is available now! Subscribe on Apple podcasts to binge all episodes or listen weekly wherever you get your podcasts.
2022-09-07
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162: The Stalking and Murder of Susan Loper

For the past 16 years, Susan Loper had flourished as a fitness instructor at the local country club. She was beloved by her clients and had decided to open her own pilates studio. On her final day of work at the country club, Susan went missing and while law enforcement searched for her, the blood found in the studio and outside in the parking lot
left little hope that Susan would be found alive.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray
Written by Andrea Marshbank and Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

SOURCES: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/the-stalking-and-murder-of-susan-loper

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
- US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: thehotline.org
- Canada: visit this website to find the hotline in your area
- UK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247
- For resources in other countries, visit this website
2022-08-29
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161: The Murder of Brad Smithwick

Everyone who knew Brad Smithwick knew that he loved his two children more than anything in the world. That?s why he fought tooth and nail to gain full custody of them. Finally, on October 3, 2007, Brad got what he was working so hard for: full custody. He was set to fill out the paperwork in two days. But he would never get the chance to sign his name on the dotted line.

This episode was suggested by Albert ?Bubba? Summerlin, a retired Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Agent Summerlin assisted with the investigation I?m discussing in today?s case. He was gracious enough to not only recommend the topic, but speak with us on multiple occasions to make sure we got the details right. So, thank you to Agent Summerlin!

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched and Written by Haley Gray
Additional writing by Erica Kelley
Special thanks to Albert ?Bubba? Summerlin, retired Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/the-murder-of-brad-smithwick

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2022-08-22
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From Trembling Leaf Media, Introducing: Simply Vanished

Simply Vanished is a new investigative podcast about unsolved missing person cases.

It is hosted by Josh Newville, a civil rights lawyer who is dedicated to finding answers. Note: Josh is a huge fan of Southern Fried True Crime!

Josh alternates between full investigative seasons (where he dives deep into one specific case), and periods of episodic coverage (where he tells us about unsolved missing person cases and solicits tips to help the official investigation).

Simply Vanished is currently on Season 1, finding explosive new leads in a 20-year-old cold case of a missing college student.

Newville founded Trembling Leaf Media and launched Simply Vanished in 2022. It is currently featured in the New & Noteworthy section of Apple Podcasts? Darkside Collection.

Simply Vanished episodes are available at simplyvanished.com and everywhere you get podcasts.
2022-08-16
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160: Coweta County Justice

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Written by Erica Kelley and Haley Gray
Researched by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/coweta-county-justice

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In the 1940s, John Wallace was a wealthy and powerful moonshiner who ruled Meriwether County, Georgia with an iron fist. Having the county sheriff in his pocket meant Wallace was allowed to do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted. Even commit murder.

On April 20, 1948, Wallace?s reign would come to an end. That day, he murdered a man, something he?d done many times before. However, this time, Wallace made a grave mistake: he committed the murder just over the Coweta County line.

Wallace did not have the Coweta County Sheriff in his pocket, and he was about to find out what it was like to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
2022-08-15
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159: The Murder of Jennifer Evans

On June 18, 1995, Jennifer Evans, a 21 year old pre-med student, went to a Virginia Beach nightclub with her two friends. While there, she met a young Navy SEAL recruit. They hit it off and she wanted to stay when her friends were ready to leave. So the friends said they would be back to pick her up at closing time.

But when they came back, Jennifer was nowhere to be seen.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Written by Erica Kelley and Haley Gray
Researched by Haley Gray
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/the-murder-of-jennifer-evans

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2022-07-25
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158: Murder in Slow Motion: The Death of Yana Huss

Yana Huss was a kind and gentle person, and a loving mother to her two young children. Tragically, she was also the victim of domestic violence at the hands of her abusive husband. Like many victims, Yana tried to escape numerous times, with little help from authorities, only to be reeled back in by unkept promises and threats. After four years of restraining orders and criminal charges, authorities finally started to take Yana?s allegations seriously. But it was too late.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Written by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
- US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
- Canada: visit this website to find the hotline in your area
- UK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247
- For resources in other countries, visit this website

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/murder-in-slow-motion-the-death-of-yana-huss

The main sources for today?s episode are the Port Charlotte Sun, and ?A Candy Rose?, which is a website featuring lots of police files, timelines, and more.

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2022-07-18
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157: The Champion Family Murders

On October 26, 2014, three members of the well-known and well-liked Champion family were found brutally murdered in their Cadiz, Kentucky farmhouse. The murders came as a shock to the small town?s residents. But nothing would come as more of a shock than the truth of who was responsible for killing Lindsey, Joy, and Emily Champion.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Written by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley
Case suggested by an anonymous person from Trigg County

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/the-champion-family-murders

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2022-07-11
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156: The Murder of Fred Mangione

In 1996, there were 11,039 victims of hate crimes in the United States. One of them was Fred Mangione, an extremely gregarious man who treated everyone like his best friend.
Fred was more than just a statistic - he was a human being. And he was killed simply because he was gay.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Written by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray and Anna Luria
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources:

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2022-06-27
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Wondery Presents: The Execution of Bonny Lee Bakley

On May 4, 2001, Bonny Lee Bakley was found fatally shot in a car on a dark North Hollywood street. The prime suspect was her husband, famed actor Robert Blake. But Bonny, a longtime con artist, had plenty of enemies. She left behind a trail of men she?d scammed, and she had a volatile relationship with Christian Brando, the troubled son of movie star Marlon Brando.

Not since the O.J. Simpson case had the eyes of the nation been so fixated on a homicide. The search for Bonny?s killer took detectives on an eleven-month odyssey across the country and through Hollywood's underbelly of hustlers, drug addicts, and would-be hitmen. It would be the most expensive murder investigation in LAPD history to date. This is the story of Robert and Bonny?s toxic relationship, her shocking murder, and his chaotic trial. Did actor Robert Blake kill his wife? Or was the murder someone else's vendetta?

From Wondery, and the team behind the hit series Hollywood & Crime (The Dating Game Killer, The Wonderland Murders, Death of Starlet) comes a six-part series about love, obsession and fame gone wrong. Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin and Josh Lucas. Listen by subscribing to Wondery Plus in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery App:

http://wondery.fm/SFTC_TEOBLB
2022-06-21
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155: Prison Break: The Story of Jennifer & George Hyatte

Outlaw couples, especially those that pull off prison breaks, live in our pop culture imagination. We romanticize them as we obsess over them in the press and on social media. But the reality is rarely actually romantic. And as with the case of Jennifer and George Hyatte, an innocent man lost his life for their selfish, forbidden romance.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Written by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley
Suggested by Cheryl

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/prison-break-the-story-of-jennifer-and-george-hyatte

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2022-06-20
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154: The Murder of Keith Gentry

At 6:11am, on November 9, 2005, Darlene Gentry called 911 to report her husband had been shot. Within seven minutes of their arrival at the Gentry house, officers were convinced Darlene?s story didn?t add up. Less than two years later, Darlene was convicted of her husband?s murder.

The murder of Keith Gentry may seem like a shut and close case - a wife kills her husband for the insurance money. That is until you find out that Darlene did not receive a fair trial. The details will leave you asking, ?Did Darlene Gentry kill her husband, or is his killer still roaming free??

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Written by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley
Episode suggested by Gabby McCray, and Megan

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/the-murder-of-keith-gentry

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2022-06-13
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153: Teen Killers Holly Harvey & Sandy Ketchum

Growing up just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, Holly Harvey never had any rules or discipline - she was allowed to do what she wanted, when she wanted. That all came to an end in the spring of 2004 when Holly?s mother went to prison. Holly was forced to move in with her conservative Baptist grandparents, Carl and Sarah Collier, who immediately put rules in place. By the summer of 2004, Holly was feeling like a caged animal. How far would she go to break free of her cage?

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Written by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley


Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/holly-harvey-and-sandy-ketchum

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2022-05-30
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152: The Serial Killer & Reverend Willie Maxwell

In 1962, Willie Maxwell became an ordained minister. Because of his charm and knowledge of the Bible, Reverend Maxwell quickly became a well-known and respected figure of Baptist revivals across the state of Alabama. But in Coosa County, where Maxwell resided, locals lived in constant fear of The Reverend because they knew the truth - he was a serial killer who couldn?t be stopped.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Written by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley
Episode Suggested by Colleen Wade & several other faithful listeners

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/reverend-willie-maxwell

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2022-05-23
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151 :The Murder of Mike Williams

In the early morning hours of December 16, 2000, 31 year old Mike Williams disappeared while duck hunting on Lake Seminole. Initially, authorities theorized he hit a stump, fell overboard, and drowned. Authorities searched for Mike, and over the course of 56 days, found his boat, jacket, and waders. But there was no sign of Mike anywhere, so authorities added to their theory: after drowning, Mike was eaten by alligators. Mike was officially declared dead, and his missing persons case was closed. But Mike?s mother Cheryl refused to believe the theory, and set out on a long journey for justice. 17 years later, authorities would find out Cheryl was right - Mike hadn?t been eaten by an alligator. He?d been murdered.


Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Written by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/mike-williams

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2022-05-16
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Wondery Presents: Blood Ties Season 3 ? ?Strange Days

Our family members are not always who we think. When Eleonore Richland exposed her father?s dark legacy, she vowed to clean up the family business ? and hired her half-brother, Santino Reyes, to help her do it. But old habits die hard. In the shocking new third season, Eleonore reckons with what her father always taught her growing up: medicine is a bloody business.

From Wondery, the makers of ?The Shrink Next Door? and ?Dr. Death,? Blood Ties stars Gillian Jacobs (Community, Love), Christian Navarro (13 Reasons Why), and Peter Stormare.

Listen to all six episodes ad free on Wondery+ on May 9. Listen to Blood Ties - Strange Days: https://wondery.app.link/wplus/sftc_bts3
2022-05-11
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150: Arsenic & Chantilly Lace

Pat Taylor Allanson wanted nothing more than to be Scarlett O?Hara - to live in Tara with her own Rhett Butler. She spent her whole life trying to convince everyone she was a perfect southern belle. But the truth is Pat was far from a fragile, well-mannered lady. She was a serial killer who enjoyed torturing her victims, killing them slowly and painfully, manipulating them at every step along the way.

This is the story of Pat Taylor Allanson, a woman who would stop at nothing to fulfill her lifelong dream.

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Written by Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray & Anna Luria
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/pat-taylor-allanson

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2022-04-25
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149: The Murder of Lorenzen Wright

On July 22, 2010, NBA star Lorenzen Wright was reported missing by his mother - he hadn?t been heard from since July 18. Days after the missing persons report was filed, a 911 dispatcher told their supervisor about a call they?d received just after midnight on July 19 - all they could hear was a man say ?goddamn?, then eleven gunshots. After tracing the location of the 911 call, authorities found Lorenzen?s body, heavily decomposed. His cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds from at least two guns. Who wanted the beloved Memphis hero dead and why? That?s a question detectives wouldn?t be able to answer for several years.


Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched and written by Haley Gray
Additional Writing by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources and photos: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/lorenzen-wright

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2022-04-17
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148: The Murder of Lance Herndon

Lance Herndon was a millionaire. He was also a successful black man in Atlanta in the 1990?s, a golden era for the black elite in what has long been hailed as the American black mecca and the city too busy to hate. Dubbed ?the black Jay Gatsby? by one author, Herndon rubbed shoulders with politicians and celebrities. And he used his money and power for philanthropy and gave back so much to his community. His brutal murder in the summer of 1996 was shocking and the investigation revealed a messy private life, unfairly staining the reputation of a hardworking, generous and self made man.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched and written by Haley Gray
Additional Writing by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/lance-herndon

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2022-04-11
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147: The Murders of James and Virginia Campbell

On June 19, 1982, wealthy Houston, Texas couple James and Virginia Campbell were sound asleep when a gunman entered their bedroom and turned on a light. Authorities arrived on scene, and determined that whoever killed Virginia and James definitely held a grudge against them. But who hated the couple enough to execute them? That?s a question that would take nearly three years and a talented young private investigator to answer.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched and written by Haley Gray
Additional Writing by Erica Kelley
Research assistance by Anna Luria
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/james-and-virginia-campbell-1

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2022-03-28
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146: The Phillips Family Massacre

On September 30, 1999, a seemingly petty crime spree would turn into the deadliest massacre in the history of western North Carolina. Three generations of lives snuffed out in a matter of minutes.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched and written by Haley Gray
Additional Writing by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/the-phillips-family-massacre

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2022-03-20
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145: The Legend of Nellie Jackson

Nellie Jackson opened her business in 1930, the start of the Great Depression. She ran her bordello openly for the next 60 years, through wars and social strife. She was a beloved matron of Natchez, Mississippi despite her profession because she was such a generous, charitable woman. And she became a legend after working as an FBI informant during the Civil Rights movement. She was fearless. She was an excellent business woman and a pillar of her community. Natchez was devastated when she was brutally attacked in July of 1990.


Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray
Written by Haley Gray
Additional Writing by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/nellie-jackson

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2022-03-13
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Introducing: American Hostage

In the series premiere, radio DJ Fred Heckman (Jon Hamm) receives an unexpected call from a listener that turns his life upside down.

Follow American Hostage on Amazon Music, to hear all 8 episodes right now: http://wondery.fm/SFTC_AmericanHostage
2022-03-08
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144: Sheila Bellush

Sheila Blackthorne Bellush endured ten years of her life with a very sadistic man. She actually divorced him four years into their marriage, but he kept terrorizing her for years. When she finally escaped him and moved out of state with her new husband and children, Allen Blackthorne was enraged. She was no longer under his thumb. So she had to die.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Written by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Erica Kelley

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/sheila-bellush-1

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- US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
- Canada: visit this website: https://www.ctvnews.ca/w5/here-s-who-to-contact-if-you-need-help-dealing-with-domestic-violence-in-canada-1.5188182
- UK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247
- For resources in other countries, visit this website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_domestic_violence_hotlines
2022-03-01
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Introducing Criminal Conduct, Season 3: An American Serial Killer in Paradise

Introducing Season 3 of Criminal Conduct, which features an interview with an American Serial Killer in Paradise.

Hosts Javier Leiva and John Taylor take you to the country of Panama to investigate the disappearance of several American Expats who went missing after dealing with a man known as Wild Bill.

The hosts spent several days interviewing the killer trying to figure out his motivation. Did he kill these people for money or something more sadistic?
2022-02-22
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143: Kristi Cornwell

On August 11, 2009, 38 year old Kristi Cornwell was talking to her boyfriend Doug on the phone while taking an evening walk. Out of nowhere, Doug heard Kristi say a car had stopped behind her. Then there was a scuffle, and Kristi yelled, ?Don?t take me!? A search for Kristi began almost immediately, but she was nowhere to be found. Eight months later, a tip about a Nissan Xterra would solve more crimes than just Kristi?s disappearance.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray
Written by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/kristi-cornwell

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2022-02-21
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142: Leslie & Mike MacKool

Lester and Janie Ballard had doted on their only daughter, Leslie Jane. As well-to-do business owners in Little Rock, Arkansas, they were able to give their daughter a pampered, if sheltered, upbringing. Leslie went to private school and then got her master?s degree before joining the family business. And then she met a career criminal and con man named Mike MacKool. Leslie?s entire personality changed and against her parents wishes, she married Mike. Once her father passed away and the MacKools found out Leslie?s inheritance had been changed, they had over two million reasons to want Janie dead. But is it what Leslie really wanted, or was it all Mike?s idea?

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched and written by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
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Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/leslie-and-mike-mackool

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2022-02-14
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141: Darlie Routier Part 3

This is the end of the Darlie Routier case. I?m taking you through the evidence, trial, pro-innocence sources and of course, my own theory of the crime.

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
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Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/139-140-141-darlie-routier-part-1-part-2-part-3

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2022-02-07
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140: Darlie Routier Part 2

After her sons were brutally murdered, Darlie Routier was brought to the hospital with what looked like a very serious slash to her throat and was taken immediately into surgery. But her wounds were superficial. She was in the hospital less than 2 days. She and Darin buried their sons and to many people, acted very strangely. And they did it in front of the press they had invited to their sons graves.

Darlie would be arrested four days later.

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
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Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/139-140-darlie-routier-part-1-part-2

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2022-01-24
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Introducing Disgraceland Season 9

Deranged stalkers, heroin hounds, and the leering eyes of the FBI ? find out who?s visiting Disgraceland this winter in Season 9 of the award-winning music and true crime podcast. Check out this excerpt from the upcoming episode Taylor Swift: Interstate Stalking, Vanishing Masters, and Love Letters Gone Wrong.

Listen to the all new season, as well as the first 8 seasons of Disgraceland, only on Amazon Music.

For episode notes and other great shows, visit doubleelvis.com and join the Disgraceland community on Twitch and Instagram for behind the scenes talks, music history discussions, and more.
2022-01-19
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139: Darlie Routier Part 1

In the early morning hours of June 6th, 1996, a woman named Darlie Routier called 911, screaming that she and her sons had been stabbed. When police and paramedics arrived on the scene, 6 year old Devon Routier, who would have been 7 in a week, was already dead, from 2 deep stab wounds.

5 year old Damon Routier had four stab wounds to his back and was unresponsive but was still rushed to Baylor hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:26am, an hour after his mother called 911.

Darlie Routier was brought to the hospital with what looked like a very serious slash to her throat and was taken immediately into surgery. She would awake and find that her wounds were deemed superficial and she would be arrested for murder in less than 2 weeks.

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast & Erica Kelley

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/139-140-darlie-routier-part-1-part-2

911 recordings/transcript: https://www.fordarlieroutier.org/911Call/index.html

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2022-01-18
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Introducing Wondery's "Families Who Kill: The Donut Shop Murders"

In the era of some of the most heinous serial killers of all time, one murderous family went curiously unnoticed: The McCrarys. Led by a psychopathic patriarch and his cunning son-in-law, this Texas clan roamed the country robbing, kidnapping, and killing up to 20 people, most of them taken from donut shops. ?Families Who Kill: The Donut Shop Murders? recounts the wild and deeply disturbing story of an unhinged American family and the terrible brutality they unleashed. The podcast features the taped confessions of one of the killers, given when he was serving a life term in Colorado.

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2022-01-05
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Introducing the new season of American Scandal by Wondery

American Scandal is a podcast from Wondery that explores the darker stories that have shaped the United States. From the Unabomber to Bernie Madoff, these are stories that reveal the underbelly of America: ruthless, secretive, and power-hungry. The new season of American Scandal looks at the controversial decision made by a young government official named Daniel Ellsburg to leak the Pentagon Papers, the documents that led Americans to demand an end to the catastrophic Vietnam War. Once Ellsburg realized this terrible truth, he made the bold decision to leak the documents, and the consequences altered the course of American history.

This is just a preview of American Scandal, but you can listen to the full episode at http://wondery.fm/AS_SouthernFriedTC
2021-12-22
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138: The Case of the Norfolk Four

On July 8, 1997, a young sailor returned home after a week at sea, and found his wife dead in their bedroom. Michelle Moore-Bosco had been raped and murdered. Police quickly zeroed in on a neighbor who insisted he was innocent. But after 10 hours of coercive interrogation, he confessed. Six months later, when his DNA was not a match, police changed their theory of the crime. Now, instead of clearing the neighbor, they insisted he didn?t act alone. Over the next few months, police would claim up to 8 suspects had attacked Michelle. Four would actually be indicted. It would take over a decade to prove their innocence, even though police had a DNA match and confession from Michelle?s real killer.

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
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Sources:https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/138-the-case-of-the-norfolk-four

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2021-12-20
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137: Georgia's First "No Body" Conviction: The Murder of Shannon Melendi

On March 26,1994, 19 year old Shannon Melendi went on her lunch break - she had been working as the scorekeeper at the Softball Country Club of Atlanta. But Shannon never returned from break, and she was never seen again. Law enforcement treated her disappearance as a runaway and if some high powered politicians hadn't gotten involved, Shannon's killer would never have been brought to justice.

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed Erica Kelley

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/137-georgias-first-no-body-conviction-the-murder-of-shannon-melindi

PLEASE sign the petition to deny Butch Hinton parole when he is eligible to apply again. Here is the link the Melendi family created:

https://www.change.org/p/victimservices-pap-state-ga-us-keep-shannon-melendi-s-murderer-colvin-butch-hinton-behind-bars-where-he-belongs

Personal letters are very influential and should be mailed to:

Victim Services Office
State Board of Pardons?Paroles
2 M.L. King, Jr. Drive, SE
Suite 458, East Tower
Atlanta GA, 30334
RE: Parole Hearings for:
Colvin C. "Butch" Hinton, III (GDC ID #0001201616

Petitions can also be emailed to:
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2021-12-13
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Introducing The Vanished Podcast - From Wondery

Few things are more devastating than a loved one going missing. On The Vanished podcast from Wondery, host Marissa Jones tells stories of missing persons that have gone overlooked by mainstream media. In a recent episode, Marissa looks into the disappearance of James Foster Chance. The 48-year-old man from Texas went missing in March of 2021. Devastated and without any leads, James? family began searching for him. But in their search they began uncovering clues that James was not the man they thought he was. And worse -- that he may have disappeared on purpose.

Listen to The Vanished at http://wondery.fm/TV_southernfried .
2021-12-07
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136: The Conclusion to the Infamous Case of Celeste Beard

After Steve Beard was shot in the gut with a 20 gauge shotgun, it was a miracle that he initially survived. He suffered for almost 4 months before succumbing to his horrific wounds. And it would take two years to prove that his wife, Celeste Beard, did in fact plan his murder. She destroyed so many lives with her scheming and hurt so many people, including her twin daughters who were forced to live with her lies, until they finally broke free of her.

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray and Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited & Mixed by Next Day Podcast and Erica Kelley

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Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/135-136-the-infamous-case-of-celeste-beard-part-1-part-2

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2021-12-07
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