RED FLAGS is a weekly talk show designed to be a one-stop shop for all the latest buzz in the true crime world. Crime writer Tori Telfer and armchair detective turned Tik Toker Karina Michelle share their unique perspectives, passion for investigation, and insightful analysis as they lead listeners through the latest crime headlines and shocking stories. Red flags warn us of danger, but they also show us where to look for solutions -- and our hosts move beyond the headlines to explore the systemic issues beneath the warning signs. Each episode offers a thrilling deep dive into a notable case with the help of expert guests.
Dustin Higgs has been on federal death row for two decades for the murder of three young women, but the man who shot all three is serving a life sentence. Higgs is scheduled to be executed on January 15th. On January 12th, a federal judge halted his execution due to his COVID-19 diagnoses, but experts say he's not out of the woods yet. The Trump administration has carried out 11 executions of federal death row inmates in its final months - three during its lame duck period, which hasn?t happened in over 130 years. Dustin Higgs and Cory Johnson are scheduled for execution before President-Elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20th. Karina speaks to Higgs? lawyer, Shawn Nolan, before and after the stay was issued, and we hear about the mad dash for clemency in the final days before Friday, January 15th. We also hear from Robert Dunham, the Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center, who notes, ?you can?t take race out of the death penalty.?
Links:AP: US inmate Scheduled to be Executed Tests Positive for VirusDeath Penalty Info Center 2020 ReportDeath Penalty Info Center Sept. 2020 Report: Enduring Injustice: The Persistence of Racial Discrimination in the U.S. Death Penalty?Killing Richard Glossip? - watch now on discovery+
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What happens when a close family member commits a horrific crime? What, if any, resources are available for the family members of incarcerated people? This week, Tori speaks to Issac Bailey, veteran journalist and author of the book ?My Brother Moochie,? which details what Issac and his family have endured after his older brother killed a man and was sentenced to life in prison. Karina and Tori also ponder the recent death of the deadliest serial killer in U.S. history, Samuel Little, and what it means for the families of his victims still seeking justice.
Washington Post: ?Indifferent Justice?Pt.1Pt.2Pt.3
?The 93 Victims of Samuel Little? - Watch now on discovery+ discoveryplus.com/redflags
Info on Families of Incarcerated PeopleChildren and Youth Services Review- ?Health effects of family member incarceration in the United States: A meta-analysis and cost study?The Atlantic- ?When a Sibling Goes to Prison?
Bianca?s Law:Change.org PetitionContact your Representative in support of Bianca?s Law: U.S. Congress Switchboard 202-224-3121Press 2 to reach the House of Representatives, then enter your zip code.You may be connected to a real person; if not you can leave a message. Either way, just follow this script:?Hello, my name is _____ and I am a constituent from the state of ______. I am calling to voice my support for House Bill 8323, otherwise known as Bianca?s Law. After the tragic murder of Bianca Devins in 2019 and the subsequent harassment of her family by internet users sending them graphic content depicting her death, it became clear that legislation is needed to prevent graphic social media content and future online abuse. This bill would require social media companies to establish an office dedicated to identifying and removing violent and gory content that violates their moderation standards. Social media companies must be held accountable for violent content on their platforms, and because of this I urge you to vote in support of Bianca?s Law, H.R. 8323. Thank you for your time.
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The show kicks off with breaking news about the Zodiac Killer case and the infamous ?Con Queen of Hollywood? before diving into the story of Victoria Roland, a human trafficking survivor who now leads her own podcast on the topic, ?Unseen: The Trafficked Truth.? Her honest recounting of her experiences highlights the ways in which the truth about human trafficking and sexual slavery is clouded in myths and misinformation.
?Unseen: The Trafficked Truth? Podcast by Victoria Rowlandhttp://www.unseentttpodcast.com/ NYT: ?51 Years Later, Coded Message Attributed to Zodiac Killer Has Been Solved, F.B.I. Says?https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/11/us/zodiac-killer-code-broken.htmlHollywood Reporter: ?Hollywood "Con Queen" Victims React to Arrest, Hope for "Closure"?https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hollywood-con-queen-victims-react-to-arrest-hope-for-closure#:~:text=Early%20on%20Nov.%2026%2C%20police,July%202018%20Hollywood%20Reporter%20investigation.Polaris Project: ?Human Trafficking? definitionhttps://polarisproject.org/how-human-trafficking-happens/Polaris Project: ?Polaris Statement on Wayfair Sex Trafficking Claims?
Pop culture?s obsession with serial killers is only growing -- what does this say about us as a society? Tori and Karina do a deep dive into Hollywood?s obsession with serial killers and their stories. Featuring insight from David Schmid, Ph.D., author of ?Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture? and Kathy Kleiner, a survivor of Ted Bundy.
TO READ:Natural Born Celebrities by David Schmid
TO LISTEN:?For the Defense?: David Oscar Markus
This week on Red Flags, Tori and Karina take a look at two different missing persons cases and examine how societal factors including race and geography have affected the way in which these cases were investigated. They also discuss the emotional toll these cases take on those involved, from family members to detectives to members of surrounding communities. Featuring exclusive interviews with Aaron Bowden, the Executive Producer of ?Who Killed the Lyon Sisters?? a new two-part special from ID debuting Saturday, November 28 at 9PM as part of their True Crime at 9 event; and Fochik, the social media manager for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA. Don't forget to call us: 888-9-RED-FLA / 888-973-3352 and leave a voicemail with your questions, comments, and cases you want us to cover!
ABC News article- Ashley Loring Heavyrunner: https://abcnews.go.com/US/answers-years-20-year-student-vanishes-case-epidemic/story?id=65344265
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True crime writer Tori Telfer and armchair detective-turned-TikToker Karina Michelle are creating your new one-stop shop for all things true crime, the latest cases in the news and the shows and podcasts and books about them. In the debut episode of "Red Flags," Karina takes us through the story of Bianca Devins, whose murder photos went viral on social media. Tori and Karina examine their own relationships with the true crime genre and ask what we owe victims--should we bear witness to their last moments, or is it too horrible to bear?
- Kara Robinson Chamberlain article: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/stephaniemcneal/serial-killer-survivor-kara-robinson-chamberlain-tiktok
- Wired article by Emma Grey Ellis: https://www.wired.com/story/4chan-soul-of-the-internet/
- Bianca Devins Rolling Stone article: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/bianca-devins-murder-brandon-clark-trial-video-951548/
- Bianca's Mom Syracuse.com article: https://www.syracuse.com/crime/2019/12/bianca-devins-murder-i-saw-the-internet-worlds-heart-and-evil-mother-reveals-exclusive.html
- Bianca Michelle Devins Memorial Scholarship Fund: https://foundationhoc.org/our-funds/bianca-michelle-devins-scholarship-fund/
- Bianca's Law Petition: