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Nov 18, 2017

Alcatraz Prison was the solution to America’s overwhelming crime problem. It didn’t aim to rehabilitate like other prisons. It aimed to punish. The worst-of-the-worst inmates of all the other prisons across America were shipped to Alcatraz, inmates who were deemed unmanageable for traditional penitentiaries.

San Francisco residents were wary of having a prison crowded with the most dangerous criminals in America located in the heart of their harbour. Alcatraz Prison operators assured them that their one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art island prison was completely escape-proof. The prison was fitted with an abundance of safeguards to keep prisoners in.

But it didn’t stop some inmates from trying to get out...

 

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Researched and written by Milly Raso

 

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2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

  

THIS EPISODE'S SPONSORS

L. A. Noire – A dark and violent crime game from Rockstar Games

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RESOURCES

Warning – Contains spoilers

   

BOOKS:

Alcatraz: A History of the Penitentiary Years – Michael Esslinger

Alcatraz: The Gangster Years – David Ward

  

ARTICLES:

1946 Alcatraz Escape Attempt Led by Library Orderly from Kentucky – University of Kentucky

Battle of Alcatraz: One inmate’s story of how the jail guards tried to kill prisoners – Mirror  

 

ARCHIVES:

Alcatraz History

 

IMAGES:

Map of Alcatraz Prison

 

VIDEOS:

The Big House: Alcatraz

 

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202

Nov 11, 2017

“Even the judge will tell you that good character, a good name that’s built by good character traits, is to be considered by you because the law allows that a person with good traits and a good name is less likely to engage in criminal conduct..."

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Researched and written by Anna Priestland

 

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1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

  

THIS EPISODE'S SPONSORS

L. A. Noire – A dark and violent crime game from Rockstar Games

 

RESOURCES

Warning – Contains spoilers

 

DOCUMENTS:

Female Serial Killers

State v. Moore

Blanche Taylor Moore timeline

Arsenic Deaths: Trail Leads To Preacher's Wife

Blanche Taylor Moore remains on death row after 25 years

Blanche (Kiser) Taylor Moore

   

BOOKS:

Women and The Death Penalty in the United States 1900–1998 – by Kathleen A O’Shea

Historic Alamance County: An Illustrated History – by William Murray

Killer Church Lady – The true story of Blanche Moore – by Katie Stone

  

ARTICLES:

Burlington History

Montgomery Is Sly And Chilling As Arsenic Killer

Pastor's Wife: Arsenic and Old Lace?

Blanche Moore can sometimes look through a thin strip of unpainted window and see birds flying past

The Daily Times-News (06 Jun 1958)

The Daily Times-News (05 Jul 1972)

The Daily Times-News (22 Feb 1951)

Asheville Citizen-Times (20 Jul 1989)

Asheville Citizen-Times (12 Jan 1990)

Asheville Citizen-Times (08 Feb 1990)

Asheville Citizen-Times (18 Aug 1990)

Asheville Citizen-Times (06 Nov 1990)

Asheville Citizen-Times (25 Sep 1997)

Asheville Citizen-Times (16 May 1990)

Asheville Citizen-Times (18 Jul 1989)

Asheville Citizen-Times (17 Nov 1990)

Woman Poisoned Ex-Boyfriend; Also Charged in Husband's Death – Los Angeles Times

Asheville Citizen-Times (03 Oct 1989)

Asheville Citizen-Times (16 Aug 1992)

Asheville Citizen-Times (05 Mar 1994)

Asheville Citizen-Times (26 Oct 1990)

Asheville Citizen-Times (23 Sep 1997)

Asheville Citizen-Times (23 Aug 1989)

 

VIDEOS:

Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story (1993)

'Black Widow's' Ex-Husband Reacts To Death Row Challenge

A Very Giving Person – The Blanche Taylor Moore Story

 

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

Nov 4, 2017

Gerard woke up around 6 am.

Allison wasn’t in bed.

Their three daughters, then aged ten, eight and five weren’t awake yet. Gerard got out of bed and walked through the house to see if Allison was already up, or if she had fallen asleep on the sofa the night before. She had done that in the past. But she wasn’t there.

Gerard assumed Allison must have gone for her early morning walk, something she usually did around 6 am, but that would be odd considering she had the conference that day, and she had mentioned wanting to leave by 7. He thought she mustn’t be far away, so he went to the bathroom for a shave.

At 6:20 am he sent Allison a text: ‘Good morning! Hope you slept well? Where are you? None of the girls are up yet! Love G.’

At 6:45 am Allison still hadn’t returned home.

Gerard grew concerned, he didn’t want her to be late for the conference, so he tried calling Allison’s phone, but she didn’t answer. He sent Allison another text message saying the girls were ready and could she text him back or call.

He then called his father, Nigel and sister Olivia. They lived close by, and one of them could watch the girls while the other helped him look for Allison. Within minutes they were on the streets surrounding their home looking, maybe she was hurt and twisted her ankle or something.

At 7:15 am, Gerard called Police Emergency…..

 

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Researched and written by Anna Priestland

 

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1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

  

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RESOURCES

Warning – Contains spoilers

   

BOOKS:

‘The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay’ – by David Murray

 

AUDIO/VIDEO:

000 Call

“Crimes that shook Australia: Gerard Baden-Clay” – produced by Title Role Productions Limited

“The Wife Killer” – Channel Nine, Australia

 

ARTICLES:

Large Archive of ‘The Courier Mail’ Newspaper articles following the disappearance, investigation and legal proceedings spanning 2012–2017 – by David Murray, Kate Kyriscou, Brooke Baskin

'It was a single reverse crescendo, tapering off': MP tells murder trial of woman's cry he heard on the night Allison Baden-Clay went missing – Daily Mail

Baden-Clay murder trial: Supreme Court jury told of marriage and debt problems – ABC News

Baden-Clay murder trial: Mistress tells court she would meet Gerard Baden-Clay up to four times a week – ABC News

Allison Baden-Clay's life insurance to go solely to daughters – ABC News

Victim impact statements from Baden-Clay trial released – The Chronicle

‘God bless my daughter for leaving those scratch marks on Gerard’s face,’ Allison Baden-Clay’s mother says – News.com

  

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

Oct 28, 2017

“Attention.

I’m sorry this had to happen but I am in bad need of money and couldn’t get it any other way. Don’t tell anyone or go to the police about this because I am watching you closely. I am scared stiff and will kill the baby at your first wrong move.

Just put $2000 in small bills in a brown envelope and place it next to the signpost at the corner of Albemarle Road and Park Avenue at exactly 10 o’clock tomorrow morning. If everything goes smooth I will bring the baby back and leave him on the same corner safe and happy at exactly 12 noon.

No excuses, I can’t wait!

Signed, Your babysitter.”

 

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Researched and written by Milly Raso

 

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1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

  

THIS EPISODE'S SPONSORS

ZipRecruiter – Post your jobs for FREE

Heaven's Gate – New podcast by Glynn Washington

 

RESOURCES

Warning – Contains spoilers

   

ARCHIVES:

The Weinberger Kidnapping – Getty Images

The History of the Village of Westbury

Chicago Tribune Newspaper Archives

  • July 11, 1956 

  • August 25, 1956  

 

ARTICLES:

Weinberger Kidnapping – FBI

Detective Leads Probe in Long Island’s Kidnapping of the Century – Newsday

Mark of a Murderer – Esquire

A Lifetime in a Month ­– Mark Gribben

FBI Hunt the Man in Grey – The Argus  

Weinberger Baby Kidnapper, Wife Collapse on Hearing Death Verdict – Desert Sun

Kidnapped Baby Given Quiet Family Funeral – The Canberra Times

Former Detective Edward F. Curran Dies at 91 – Newsday

 

TRIAL DOCUMENTS:

People v La Marca (1958) – Court of Appeals of the State of New York

 

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

Oct 14, 2017

Cowra is a town in the central west region of New South Wales, located about 300 kilometres west of Sydney and 189 kilometres north of Australia’s capital, Canberra.

With less than ten thousand residents, it was a town where everyone knew everyone and things that happened took no time to be whispered across the bar at the pub or in the yard after church.

Cowra wasn’t a place where the locals thought much about violence or violent crime. It wasn't something that was of great concern within the community. Of course, there was trouble, every community had its fair share of that, but it was very much a normal country town. It wasn’t unusual for many houses in the 80’s to leave their doors unlocked. It was just the way it was – safe; people looked out for one another.

But in the early hours of Wednesday, April 15th, 1987, the simple, peaceful country town of Cowra was faced with a crime so violent and so shocking, it would be forever changed...

 

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1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

  

THIS EPISODE'S SPONSORS

This Darkness Mine – New book by Mindy McGinnis

Audible – Free 30-day trial & free audiobook

Suburbicon – New film starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac

 

RESOURCES

Warning – Contains spoilers

   

BOOKS:

One piece of the puzzle – by Justine Ford

 

ARTICLES:

Canberra Times newspaper archives

Cowra Guardian newspaper archives

The following articles from the Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper archives:

  • April 16th 1987
  • April 17th 1987
  • April 18th 1987
  • April 19th 1987
  • April 21st 1987
  • April 22nd 1987
  • April 23rd 1987
  • April 24th 1987
  • May 2nd 1987
  • May 10th 1987
  • June 1st 1987
  • June 26th 1987
  • July 31st 1987
  • August 1st 1987
  • December 31st 1987
  • January 27th 1991

  

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

Oct 7, 2017

Since the tourism boom of the 1950's, the Hawaiian islands have been enticing tourists into their relaxed, laid-back lifestyle. From the early days, honeymooners and holidaymakers could arrive in droves, welcomed by smiling hula dancers with floral leis.

Hawaii is made up of 132 islands with a total area of six and a half thousand square miles. The Island of Oahu is home to the state’s Capital, Honolulu, and the famous Waikiki Beach. It has a large port, Army and Naval Bases and is home to Pearl Harbour.

In 1985, Oahu saw a huge influx of young adults migrate, often for the Army or Navy – and also due to the huge boom in telecommunications companies that had expanded into Hawaii.
The central years of that decade were an unusual period between the early eighties recession, and the stock market crash of 87' - and the dark years that followed.

Like the mainland and much of the developed world, Hawaii was hit with high unemployment and financial stress in the early 80’s. Many hotels couldn't survive, and some of the largest travel companies were forced to close. But during the mid-eighties, the economy shifted. During this small window, there was a temporary period of new growth. Although there had been a significant decline in tourism since the boom of the 50’s and 60’s, in the years 1985 and 1986, ten and a half million people visited the islands of Hawaii.

This boom period brought in huge Japanese investment and money started rolling in. The grand old hotels of the 50's and 60's were renovated and redeveloped, and the prime land was subdivided for golf resorts. In 1986 alone, Japanese investors spent between one and two billion dollars on property.

The resort development boom of the mid 80's helped slow the unemployment rate which had spiked a few years earlier. But during this period, Hawaii also saw an increase in violent crime, rape and murder in particular. The Aloha state—with its swaying palm trees and mysterious rich volcanic landscape—was about to change. The laid-back paradise was about to experience a time of fear.

Time no one was prepared for...

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Researched and written by Anna Priestland

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas

  

THIS EPISODE'S SPONSORS

The Snowman – New crime thriller starring Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson

Suburbicon – New film starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac

Casper – $50 off any mattress

 

 

RESOURCES

Warning – Contains spoilers

 

MAP:

The map

 

BOOKS:

Honolulu Homicide: Murder and Mayhem in Paradise – Gary A. Dias and Robbie Dingeman

 

ARTICLES:

Serial Killer Case Still a Mystery – Hawaii News Now

Murder victim’s brother says revisiting cold case could finally lead to closure – KHON2

The Mystery Of Hawaii’s Honolulu Strangler Still Baffles People Today – Only In Your State

The following articles from the Honolulu Star Newspaper archives;

  • December 18th 1985
  • January 18th 1986
  • January 27th 1986
  • April 5th 1986
  • April 9th 1986
  • May 2nd 1986
  • May 4th 1986
  • May 6th 1986
  • May 10th 1986
  • May 14th 1986
  • January 1st 1987
  • September 3rd 2000
  • July 22nd 2001

 

VIDEOS:

Murder victim’s brother says revisiting cold case could finally lead to closure

  

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

Sep 30, 2017

The newsagency was always open on time, especially on Saturdays, the busiest morning on the shopping strip. People were standing out the front of the newsagency, staring at a huge pile of papers still bundled on the footpath, and when they tried the door, it was locked.

Immediately fearing something was wrong, Kathy and Robert went straight over to Min and Lily’s house to find out why they hadn’t opened their newsagency. They assumed they were either sick or maybe one of the boys had hurt themselves.

When they arrived, they found the front door unlocked.

Robert and Kathy entered the house and called out, but no one responded.

They slowly made their way upstairs.

Kathy opened her brother and sister-in-law’s bedroom door. Robert was following close behind.

What did they see?

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Researched and written by Anna Priestland

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2.All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

  

THIS EPISODE'S SPONSORS

Kind Snacks – Healthy snacks & granola bars

 

 

RESOURCES

 

ARTICLES:

22nd July 2009 Robert Xie police interview – Daily Mail

The Lin family killings: A timeline – The Sydney Morning Herald

The 'Buddhist monk' detective who nabbed Lin family murderer Robert Xie – The Sydney Morning Herald

The evidence which the Crown said pointed to Robert Xie's guilt – The Sydney Morning Herald

Why did Robert Xie face four trials for Lin family murders? – The Sydney Morning Herald

Robert Xie's defence to the Crown case in his murder trial – The Sydney Morning Herald

The moment Justice Elizabeth Fullerton saw murderer Robert Xie on the street – The Sydney Morning Herald

Robert Xie found guilty of murdering five members of the Lin family – The Sydney Morning Herald

Robert Xie: Inside a killer's grisly trail of carnage – Daily Telegraph

Kathy Lin looking forward to her husband Robert Xie's bail – Daily Mail

Surveillance video shows Brenda Lin subjected to uncomfortable touching from Robert Xie – Daily Telegraph

Reporting Robert Xie’s murder of Brenda Lin’s family – The Saturday Paper

Robert Xie driven by bitterness in murdering Lin family, court hears – The Sydney Morning Herald

Robert Xie given five life sentences for Lin family murders – The Sydney Morning Herald

Robert Xie: Terrifying triple-0 call revealed – Daily Telegraph

Murdered Min Lin saw robbery, strike force told – Daily Telegraph

Australia newspaper features Xie "Stain 91" solved by TrueAllele – Cybergenetics 

DNA tests changing criminal trials – The Saturday Paper

 

VIDEOS:

Sole survivor: Brenda Lin breaks her silence Part 1 – Channel 7

Sole survivor: Brenda Lin breaks her silence Part 2 – Channel 7

Sole survivor: Brenda Lin breaks her silence Part 3 – Channel 7

Sole survivor: Brenda Lin breaks her silence Part 4 – Channel 7

Sole survivor: Brenda Lin breaks her silence Part 5 – Channel 7

A Current Affair – Channel 9

 

 

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

Sep 23, 2017

[Part 3 of 3]

You may think you know the story, but do you…

 

This is the chilling conclusion to Jonestown.

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Researched and written by Milly Raso

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2.All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas 

  

THIS EPISODE'S SPONSORS

ZipRecruiter – Post your jobs for free

American Made – A new movie starring Tom Cruise

TuneIn – Early Casefile release

 

RESOURCES

BOOKS:

A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown – Julia Scheeres

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple – Jeff Guinn

 

ARTICLES:

Survivor: ‘They Started with the Babies’ – The Washington Post

The Last To Die – Rebecca Moore

In the Valley of the Shadow of Death: Guyana After the Jonestown Massacre – Rolling Stone Magazine

Murder or Suicide: What I Saw – Tim Carter

Four Years After Surviving Jonestown's Hell, Tim Reiterman Tries to Explain How it Happened – People

 

REPORTS:

The Assassination of Representative Leo J. Ryan and the Jonestown, Guyana Tragedy – Committee on Foreign Affairs

 

VIDEOS:

NBC News Archive Footage of Jonestown

The Jonestown Death Tape

Eyewitness Jonestown Massacre Account – Stanley Clayton

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

Jonestown Cult Suicides: The True Story

 

ARCHIVES:

Alternative Considerations of Jonestown & Peoples Temple

 

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

Sep 16, 2017

[Part 2 of 3]

You may think you know the story, but do you…

 

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Researched and written by Milly Raso

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2.All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas 

  

THIS EPISODE'S SPONSORS

TuneIn – Early Casefile release

Patreon

 

RESOURCES

BOOKS:

A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown – Julia Scheeres

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple – Jeff Guinn

IMAGES:

Map of Jonestown

Concerned Relatives Jonestown Flyer

Accusation of Human Rights Violations by Reverend James Warren Jones

ARTICLES:

A Place Like No Other: Jonestown’s Early Years – Mike Touchette

Jonestown’s Medicine Man – Houston Press

Rep. Leo Ryan’s Daughter Recalls his 1978 Murder – NPR

VIDEOS:

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

Jonestown Cult Suicides: The True Story

NBC News Archive Footage of Jonestown

ARCHIVES:

Alternative Considerations of Jonestown & Peoples Temple

 

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

Sep 16, 2017

[Part 1 of 3]

You may think you know the story, but do you…

 

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Researched and written by Milly Raso

 

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1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2.All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas 

  

THIS EPISODE'S SPONSORS

Audible – Free 30-day trial & free audiobook

BodyGuard – Free month of BodyGuard protection

TuneIn – Early Casefile release

 

RESOURCES

BOOKS:

A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown – Julia Scheeres

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple – Jeff Guinn

IMAGES:

Transcription of Marceline Jones

The Eight Revolutionaries Letter to Jim Jones

ARTICLES:

Nurture Failure: A Psychobiographical Approach to the Childhood of Jim Jones– James L. Kelley

Indiana University Reflects 30 Years After Jonestown Massacre – Indiana Daily

Jim Jones and Father Divine

Nine Places to Hide – Esquire Magazine

Sex in Peoples Temple – David Parker Wise

‘Caravan of Hope’ Crosses America – Proclaims Brotherhood and Cooperation as Cure for Nation’s Ills

Was Peoples Temple Responsible for the Deaths of Some of its Former Members?

Inside Peoples Temple – New West Magazine

VIDEOS:

The Jonestown Death Tape

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

Jonestown Cult Suicides: The True Story

ARCHIVES:

Alternative Considerations of Jonestown & Peoples Temple

 

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

Aug 18, 2017

In the autumn of 1998, 23-year-old Amy Lynn Bradley was told by her parents that they had been gifted a Caribbean cruise. Amy wasn’t excited by the news like they were, she had only just moved into her own apartment after graduating from her degree in Physical Education, and she was about to start a new job.

She was busy. But more than that, the idea of a cruise across the sea gave her the creeps. She didn’t really want to go. She would be just as happy settling into her new place, which was nearby her parents and brother’s home in Chesterfield, Virginia.

Amy was really close with her younger brother Brad who was 21, and he and their parents—Iva and Ron—were eventually able to talk Amy into joining them.

Ron had been given the trip by the insurance agency he worked for, and he believed it was a great chance to spend some quality time together. Seven days of sunshine, cruising the Caribbean, cocktails and endless sunsets, it wasn’t long before Amy thought perhaps a cruise wouldn’t be so bad after all.

It was starting to sound like the trip of a lifetime...

 

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Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories.

 

 

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1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2.All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas 

  

THIS EPISODE'S SPONSORS

Audible – Free 30-day trial & free audiobook

 

RESOURCES

BOOKS:

Last Resorts: The Cost of Tourism in the Caribbean – Polly Pattullo

 

VIDEOS:

Lost at Sea – SBS Dateline

Vanished series:

Amy Bradley (Part 1)

Amy Bradley (Part 2)

Amy Bradley (Part 3)

Amy Bradley (Part 4)

Amy Bradley (Part 5)

 

ARTICLES:

For Missing Woman’s Family, No Answers – The New York Times

Amy Bradley, 23 – People

Missing Amy Lynn Bradley – Amybradley.net

Amy Lynn Bradley – International Cruise Victims

Amy Bradley is missing Chris Fenwick blog

Update: Amy Lynn Bradley – Reddit

Con Man Dupes Family in Hunt for Daughter ABC News

Jawbone rekindles cruise ship mystery – CNN

Cruise Industry Overview - 2017 – Florida–Carribean Cruise Association

Turning up the volume   International Cruise Victim Association

President Obama signs Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010 into law – Lexology

Coast Guard Investigative Service

A Qualitative Study of Victimization and Legal Issues Relevant to Cruise Ships – Cruise Research

Crimes at sea: the dark side of cruise ships – The Sydney Morning Herald

Amy Bradley – Unsolved.com

Sex Tourism And Trafficking In The Dutch Caribbean – Curaçao Chronicle

Family Remains Focused – The Disappearance of Robyn Gardner – Missing Media Solutions

 

 

Aug 12, 2017

It was a school morning, and for once Shannon Matthews had something to look forward to. Her fourth-year class had their first swimming lesson that day, and she had been looking forward to it for ages. Despite the freezing room, she crawled out and sleepily climbed down the ladder to get ready.

It didn’t take Shannon long to remember the argument she’d had with her mother Karen Matthews and her step dad Craig Meehan, the night before. They’d got into it, and Shannon had sworn at Craig.

That morning, Shannon got dressed in her Westmoor Junior School black jumper, white cotton t-shirt and black trousers. She pulled on her favourite rain boots, they were bright pink with grey fur around the edges. She picked up her swimming bag and a blue striped towel and then walked out of her room.

By the time Shannon was ready to leave at 8 am, her mother Karen was up, and the argument started up again. Karen shouted at Shannon as she left for school: “Get out of the house and don’t come back.”

School mornings were busy on the Moorside Council Estate in West Yorkshire, England, with many of the 220 estate homes having kids rushing out the door at 8 am. The temperature was barely over freezing as Shannon started her half mile walk to school. When she saw her cousins further down Moorside Road, she told them about what her mum had said when she was leaving. It was nothing new.

That morning would be the last time Shannon Mathews would ever walk out of her home on the Moorside Estate. It would be the last time she would ever attend Westmoor Junior, and it would be the last time that any of her friends saw her...

 

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Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories.

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

PATREON

If you’d like to support the show, click here.

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway – New Oxygen crime series.

Blue Apron – 3 meals free + free shipping.

 

RESOURCES

BOOKS:

Shannon Matthews – betrayed from birth – Rose Martin

 

VIDEOS:

Shannon Matthews: What Happened Next

Tears, Lies & Videotape

Karen’s Police Interview

 

AUDIO:

999 Call

 

ARTICLES:

Dewsbury Moor West Riding – Vision of Britain

Shannon Matthews timeline in pictures: the search, the trial and the evidence – The Telegraph

Missing girl: mother’s 999 call released – The Guardian

Missing Shannon pleaded to uncle the night before she disappeared: ‘Please let me stay’ – Evening Standard

Shannon Matthews disappearance ‘breaking family apart’ – The Telegraph

Man arrested after missing schoolgirl Shannon Matthews is found ALIVE under a bed – Evening Standard

After 24 days, the sound of footsteps then a policeman’s shout: ‘We’ve got her’ – The Guardian

Man charged with kidnap of Shannon – The Guardian

Shannon’s kidnappers: Karen Matthews and Michael Donovan – The Guardian

FOUND: Shannon Matthews – Express

Man held after missing Shannon Matthews found alive – Independent

Shannon’s mother sobs as she denies involvement in kidnap conspiracy – The Guardian

Shannon Matthews trial: Oddball loner Michael Donovan and the ‘Child on Board’ car sticker – The Telegraph

Shannon Matthews trial: The ‘pure evil’ of Mother Karen Matthews – The Telegraph

How Shannon Matthews was ripped from her loving grandparents and given a new identity after her heartless mother used her in an elaborate kidnap sham to get cash – Daily Mail

‘SOMETHING WASN’T RIGHT’ Ex-police officer describes the moment she knew Karen Matthews was behind plot to ‘kidnap’ daughter Shannon – The Sun

Shannon Matthews: The kidnap hoax that shocked the UK – BBC News

MONSTER’S MATE Who is Julie Bushby? Karen Matthews’ best friend who led the search for Shannon when she disappeared – The Sun

 

BLOG:

Tears, Lies and Videotape – Gerry McCann’s blog

 

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men’s Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

Jul 29, 2017

Victoria Police Constables Steven Tynan and Damian Eyre’s night shift started on October 11, 1988, at 11:00 pm. Call sign ‘Prahran 311', it had been a shift of routine policing for the pair; a domestic dispute, noisy parties, a drunk in Fitzroy Street, a pub assault on Chapel Street, a smashed shop window, and two activated security alarms. At 4:39 am on the morning of October 12, two and a half hours before the end of their shift, a new job was radioed to them from the police communication centre.

“Prahran 311, if you can slip down to Walsh Street in South Yarra. Mr Ellis of 220 Walsh Street states there’s a white Holden Sedan, don’t know what the rego is, got the lights on and smashed windows in the middle of the road.”

Constables Tynan and Eyre found the white Commodore still sitting in the middle of the road out the front of 220 Walsh Street. Tynan and Eyre approached the Commodore with no sense of danger. All signs suggested it was a stolen car abandoned after a joyride. Considered a routine job, it was nothing out of the ordinary at all for a typical police shift...

 

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Researched and written by Milly Raso.

 

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1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

PATREON

If you’d like to support the show, click here.

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway – New Oxygen crime series.

 

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men’s Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

Jul 22, 2017

Blacktown is a suburb located in Western Sydney, 37 kilometres away from Sydney’s Central Business District. In the mid-1980’s, drugs, crime and high levels of unemployment were rife in the streets of Blacktown. But it was one particular night that changed everything.

On Tuesday, February 4th, 1986, a dairy farmer in Prospect, a neighbouring suburb of Blacktown, noticed something strange. All morning his cows had been gathered in the same spot at a place he called “The Boiler Paddock.” He first noticed it at 9.30 am, when he was leaving the house to go to a cattle sale. When he returned home two hours later, the cows were still standing in the same spot. It was something he hadn’t seen before, so he decided to check it out.

What the farmer found, caused him to run to his motorcycle as fast as he could, and speed off to his house to call the police.

 

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Researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher.

 

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1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

PATREON

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Blue Apron – 3 meals free + free shipping

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Detroit – New film based on the events of summer 1967

 

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men’s Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

Jul 1, 2017

On December 7th, 2003, thirteen-year-old Daniel Morcombe told his brothers he was going to Sunshine Plaza to get a haircut and look for Christmas presents. Shortly after lunch he left his home on Woombye-Palmwoods Road and walked just over one kilometer to an unofficial bus stop located under the Kiel Mountain overpass. Daniel had caught the bus from here to the shopping plaza many times before. Standing underneath the overpass, he waited for the 1:35 pm scheduled afternoon bus service to Sunshine Plaza.

But the bus Daniel was expecting had broken down 750 meters before the overpass. It was out of his sight. At 2:15 pm a replacement bus approached him. Daniel signaled for it to stop and pick him up, but it continued on through the underpass.

Due to the delay, the replacement bus was now going express to Sunshine Plaza. The driver saw Daniel signal him, but he was under instructions not to stop. There was a smaller shuttle bus only a few minutes behind, which was stopping to pick up stranded passengers along the route.

The shuttle bus reached the underpass at 2:18 pm. Only three minutes after the first bus passed. However, during those three minutes, Daniel vanished without a trace.

 

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Researched and written by Milly Raso.

 

 

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1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2.All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

  

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Blue Apron – 3 meals free + free shipping

Casper – $50 off any mattress

 

WEBSITES:

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation

 

ARTICLES:

Daniel Morcombe murder: Ex-wife of accused murderer Brett Peter Cowan testifies in Brisbane Supreme Court – ABC News

Daniel Morcombe murder trial: Brett Peter Cowan’s second confession shown in court – Brisbane Times

Brett Cowan guilty of murder of Daniel Morcombe – Courier Mail

Church denies claims Brett Cowan ‘rape’ attempt ignored – Sunshine Coast Daily

 

VIDEOS:

Brett Cowan’s covert confession of Daniel Morcombe’s murder

 

TRIAL DOCUMENTS:

The Queen v Cowan 2013 QSC 337 (12 December 2013)

The Queen v Cowan 2015 QCA 87 (21 May 2015)

 

TIMELINE:

10 years later, the life and death of Daniel Morcombe

Jun 17, 2017

EAR/ONS
BONUS EPISODE #2
Interview with Paul Holes

Contra Costa County DA Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes spoke with us for the series. You heard him discussing the “Homework Papers" found in Danville as well as his role in finding the DNA match between the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker.

We spoke to Paul about his theories and some key questions from our research.

Jun 15, 2017

EAR/ONS
BONUS EPISODE #1
Interviews with Jane Carson-Sandler & Carol Daly


Jane Carson-Sandler survived the brutal attack and rape of the East Area Rapist in the October of 1976. She is the fifth known survivor. She was in bed with her three-year-old son when they were attacked. Her attack had come off the back of around a month of hang up calls. These calls had escalated, and one time, Jane told the caller to stop, the voice then told her he was going to kill her husband. Police who were not linked to the Rapist investigation assured the family it sounded like a prank.

Just before Jane's attack, she reported a break-in to police. She had found muddy footprints on the carpet under her son's window, and upon further inspection of the house, she realised inexpensive jewellery had been stolen. Detectives who investigated were not the officers working the rape cases, so weren't privy to previous attacks. They reassured her it seemed like the work of kids.

Jane had links to the medical field, the armed forces as well as the education system. Three sections of the community to come up again and again throughout the series.

You heard during the series that Detective Carol Daly began working the East Area Rapist cases from the day of Jane's attack. Jane's crime scene was the first encounter that Carol had with any survivor of the rapist. Carol's life and career were changed that day. Carol went on to be an integral figure in the support and rehabilitation for survivors of rape, both those by the East Area Rapist as well as others.

Jun 3, 2017

[Part 5 of 5]

When Part 4 began, it was August 1978. Sergeant Jim Bevins and Lieutenant Ray Root from the Sacramento Task Force held a special meeting with law enforcement agencies in Contra Costa County. They believed The East Area Rapist was heading south, possibly to Southern California, and they felt he would strike in Contra Costa County on the way.

They advised Contra Costa law enforcement agencies to form a task force and work together, but there was pushback – the general feeling in the room was, “Not in our county”.

When Bevins and Root were proven right, a task force was formed headed up by Detective Larry Crompton. Crompton consulted a criminal psychologist, Dr Emily, who warned him that the East Area Rapist wanted to kill, he just needed justification.

During a search after attack 43, the first attack in Danville, investigators found pages torn from a spiral notebook, known as “The Homework”. They were “The General Custer essay”, “The 6th grade rant” and “The punishment map” – a hand-drawn map of a housing development.

On July 5th, 1979, the East Area Rapist attacked a couple in Danville, but they had a plan in place. The husband stood over the rapist and yelled at him, while his wife ran outside and screamed for help. The rapist took a few steps back. He didn’t attack, and he made no move for a weapon. He didn’t say anything. He just stared at the husband through the jagged holes of his mask. The husband made a run for it, and the East Area Rapist escaped. Police were on scene in minutes, and tracking dogs picked up his scent. But he slipped through their fingers again.

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Open and download map #5 of the attacks here

Open and download "The Homework" files here

 

Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

– Michelle Cruz

– Debbi Domingo

– Patti

– Orange County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Erika Hutchcraft

– Contra Costa County DA Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes

– Detective Richard Shelby

– Detective Larry Crompton

– Retired Detective Carol Daly

– Jane Carson-Sandler

 

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How to Start a Podcast – book by Casefile producer Mike Migas

Jun 3, 2017

[Part 4 of 5]

Part 3 began with an emergency press conference in mid-1977. A composite sketch, as well as a physical and psychological profile of the East Area Rapist, was released. The public were warned to be vigilant.

Police received thousands of tips, and there were countless sightings of the rapist, unfortunately, these sightings weren’t always reported at the time. Many persons of interest made the suspect list, some even looked like prime suspects due to many similarities, but these turned out to be nothing more than strange coincidences, and most were eliminated from the investigation.

The East Area Rapist enjoyed communicating with police, the press and survivors. In August 77, the Sacramento County Sherriff’s Office received a letter, known as the “afraid letter” from someone claiming to know who the East Area Rapist was. The letter writer requested to be contacted by the press if the police wanted further contact. The police did what the letter writer asked, but they never heard from the person again.

The rapist started calling survivors, ranging from hang up calls to obscene calls and threats to kill.

A local TV station received a poem, called ‘excitements crave”, claiming to be from the East Area Rapist.

After a dentist went public and added more to the reward offer for the East Area Rapist’s capture, he attacked close to the dentist’s office in South Sacramento. The furthest south he had attacked up to that point.

Police had another close call when they set up a covert operation in a Rancho Cordova 7-Eleven store. This backfired when the suspicious male they were waiting for, called the store and asked to speak to the officers.

Brian and Katie Maggiore were shot dead in Rancho Cordova in February 1978. With the exception of one further attack in South Sacramento after the shooting, the attacks moved outwards after this, to Stockton, Modesto and Davis.

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Open and download map #4 of the attacks here

Open and download "The Homework" files here

 

Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

– Michelle Cruz

– Debbi Domingo

– Patti

– Orange County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Erika Hutchcraft

– Contra Costa County DA Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes

– Detective Richard Shelby

– Detective Larry Crompton

 

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May 27, 2017

[Part 3 of 5]

1977 started off with a task force being created by the Sacramento Sherriff’s department to catch the East Area Rapist. The crime lab was able to determine that the rapist’s blood was Type A.

The rapist continued following his earlier MO until the local papers made special mention of the fact he had never attacked a woman with a man present in the house. He adjusted, and from that time on he targeted couples.

As the year went on, and attacks grew more and more frequent, so too did the press coverage. But still, it was a time when not everyone got news the moment it happened. While there were many people terrified of the East Area Rapist, there were those who were still oblivious.

 

Despite the East Area Rapist having a very specific MO, it was not released to the public. The police didn’t want a state of panic and they didn’t want a copycat. But that meant when women got hang up phone calls, or heavy breathing calls, or when there was a break-in with nothing of value taken, only strange items moved around or stolen, the community had no idea these were related to the East Area Rapist case.

In mid may 1977 the rapist showed everyone he may have been in attendance at a community meeting that took place towards the end of 1976. At this meeting, a man stood up, paced up and down yelling that no man would stand by and let his wife get raped, he certainly wouldn’t. Just seven months later, the East Area Rapist targeted this man and his wife. During this attack, the rapist said he would kill his next victims. But there was confusion as to what exactly he said.

According to the survivor, he said he would kill two people if he heard about the attack in the media. But according to her husband, he said he would kill two people if he didn’t hear about the attack. When we left part 2, the police were deciding what to do…

 

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Open and download map #3 of the attacks here

 

Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

– Michelle Cruz

– Debbi Domingo

– Patti

– Orange County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Erika Hutchcraft

– Contra Costa County DA Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes

– Detective Richard Shelby

– Detective Larry Crompton

May 20, 2017

[Part 2 of 5]

On June 18th, 1976, the Sacramento Sherriff’s Department responded to a break in, and rape of a young woman. By the end of the year, there were ten attacks in total, all attributed to the one serial offender, who the media dubbed, “The East Area Rapist”.

Detectives with the Sherriff’s Department noticed the MO of the East Area Rapist fairly early on but kept the information under wraps. They didn’t want a state of panic, they didn’t want a copycat, and they didn’t want to alert the East Area Rapist that they were onto him.

But by November 1976, the community started to become aware that a violent serial predator was walking their streets.

The Sacramento Sherriff’s Department attended a local school meeting. Their intention was general crime prevention, but as people questioned rumours of the rapes, they were forced to confirm that a serial rapist was at large.

The police were shocked at the brazen nature of the attacks and the meticulous planning. The East Area Rapist moved through the community with military precision. He seemed to always know where the police were. Did he have a police radio? Did he have ears in the force? Or was he just lucky?

He had no sense of fear, his level of bravado was rarely seen in criminal investigations. And he had only just gotten started.

 

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Open and download map of the attacks here

 

Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

– Michelle Cruz

– Debbi Domingo

– Patti

– Orange County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Erika Hutchcraft

– Contra Costa County DA Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes

– Detective Richard Shelby

– Detective Larry Crompton

May 13, 2017

[Part 1 of 5]

In 1976, Rancho Cordova was a fairly new, postwar suburb in East Sacramento. Beginning as a housing development in the 50’s by the 70’s it was predominantly a middle-class single story neighbourhood, surrounded by other similar suburbs.

Rancho Cordova was the place where a wave of violence and terror came crashing down on the state of California. This growing community was completely unprepared for what was coming.

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Open and download map of the attacks here

 

Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

– Michelle Cruz

– Debbi Domingo

– Patti

– Orange County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Erika Hutchcraft

– Contra Costa County DA Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes

– Detective Richard Shelby

– Detective Larry Crompton

 

RESOURCES

(Warning: Contains spoilers)

 

MAP OF THE ATTACKS (PART 1)

Open and download map of the attacks here

 

BOOKS:

HUNTING A PSYCHOPATH: The East Area Rapist / Original Night Stalker Investigation – By Detective Richard Shelby

SUDDEN TERROR: The True Story of California’s Most Infamous Sexual Predator. The East Area Rapist And The Original Night Stalker – by Larry Crompton

 

WEBSITES:

The Quester Files

EAR / ONS

THE EAR CRIMES 1976-79

East Area Rapist / Original Night Stalker

In the Footsteps of a Killer

Newspaper Articles

Phone calls and communications

Suspects

School Meeting

Vietnam War Stats

Non-secretor status

Knots

Latent Prints

Letters from Michelle and Debbi

 

ARTICLES:

Veterans honor California’s Vietnam War dead at Capitol Park memorial – The Sacramento Bee

Valley of death – News Review

The mystery of the Visalia Ransacker won’t go away after 41 years – The Fresno Bee

The story behind the first rape kit – CNN

USA: Rapists Escape Prosecution – Backlog of Rape Kit Tests – Safe World for Women

DNA Technology in Forensic Science – NCBI

Colleen Cason: Cast of thousands searches for killer – Ventura County Star

 

VIDEOS:

48 Hours (CONNECTING THE DOTS IN THE SEARCH FOR A CALIFORNIA SERIAL KILLER) – CBS News

UNSOLVED: CALIFORNIA’S ‘EAST AREA RAPIST’ REMAINS AT LARGE – Crime Watch

Cold Case Killer – FBI

Golden State Killer – East Area Rapist Survivor #5 Speaks

Interview with Debbi Domingo on Golden State Killer EAR-ONS

Interview with Det. Richard Shelby on East Area Rapist – Golden State Killer

 

MAPS:

FBI EAR-GSK Map

East Area Map

 

SUSPECT’S SKETCHES:
The official East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer – FBI*

*Over the years nearly all of the sketches have been retracted as they were considered misleading.

May 6, 2017

Two witnesses saw the male acting suspicious in the car park, hiding in the ditch. He didn’t seem right. What was he doing?

But Mary didn’t see the male. Not until it was too late…

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Researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher

 

MUSIC

– 'Flatline intro' and 'Come play with me' intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

– All other music scoring and production performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

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RESOURCES

(Warning: Contains spoilers)

– “Stalking Mary” by Eileen Bridgeman Biernat

 Mind Games: Dangerous Obsession Leads to Horrific Kidnapping – ABC News

– Victims speak about bizarre 1980 kidnap-murder case – MPR News

– Shiue’s mother, victim share a talk, and hugs – Star Tribune

– Scarred by a killer – Twin Cities

 A 1981 headline from Stauffer abduction case: Shiue attacks Mrs. Stauffer – Twin Cities

– MPR News: Mary Stauffer speaks about seeing Ming Sen Shiue again – MPR News

– Victims speak following Ming Sen Shiue trial – MPR News

– A phone call that made all the difference for Stauffer

– Ming Sen Shiue Stalking Mary – ABC

Apr 22, 2017

In the Coral Sea, off the coast of Northern Queensland, lies the Great Barrier Reef. Seen clearly from space, It is the largest living structure on earth. It is a World Heritage Site and known as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Tourists are drawn to the warm, crystal clear waters and bright tropical marine life. A scuba diver’s paradise. 

For Gabe and Tina Watson it was the dream honeymoon. But when tragedy struck, was it an accident? Was it due to inexperience and poor decision making? Or was it something more sinister….

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Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories

 

MUSIC

– 'Flatline intro' and 'Come play with me' intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

– All other music scoring and production performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

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SOCIAL MEDIA

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YouTube

 

RESOURCES

(Warning: Contains spoilers)

 

DOCUMENTS:

– Coroner’s Report

 

ARTICLES:

 Gabe Watson Trial Timeline: From Tina Thomas Watson’s Death To Alabama Courthouse – The Huffington Post

– Was Tina Watson really Murdered on her Honeymoon? – Michael McFadyen’s Scuba

– Tina Watson Death – Part 4 – Gabe’s Stories as Related by Him and Others – Michael McFadyen’s Scuba

– Yongala Wreck & Coral Sea Expedition– Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

– Barrier Reef dive killer loathed in-laws– The Australian

– Tina Thomas’ father fights tears as he testifies about her meeting Gabe Watson – AL.com

– Murder trial hears of Gabe Watson’s bizarre noises over dead bride Tina – News.com

– Gabe Watson ‘could have pressed button to float Tina to surface’ murder trial hears – Perth Now

– Alabama Capital Punishment Laws – Find Law

– Tina Watson Dies While Scuba Diving with Her Husband – Live Journal

– New book A Second Chance for Justice asks new questions about the case of the “honeymoon killer” Gabe Watson – Herald Sun

– Interview: Gabe Watson looks to leave shadow of his wife’s honeymoon death and his murder trial (video) – AL.com

– Tina Watson Death – The Full Story – Scuba Board

– More: Family of Gabe Watson speaks 7 years after his wife died while scuba diving in Australia – AL.com

– Heatwave burns up the North – Townsville Bulletin

– Traditional Landowners – City of Townsville

 

 

VIDEOS:

 Death Down Under: Gabe Watson Speaks – ABC News

– Death Down Under: A Shocking Conclusion – ABC News

– Death Down Under: Suspicion Begins – ABC News

– Death Down Under: War of the Roses – ABC News

– Mystery in the Deep Blue Sea, Part 1 – NBC News

– Mystery in the Deep Blue Sea, Part 2 – NBC News

– Mystery in the Deep Blue Sea, Part 3 – NBC News

– Gabe Watson granted bail in the US – ABC News

– Honeymoon Murder Trail Takes Dramatic Turn – ABC News

– Honeymoon Murder Trial, Thrown out by Judge! – AC360

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