The story of Cordelia Botkin and John Dunning. Death is like a box of chocolates. You never know how you’re gonna go.
January 4th, 1935. A young bellboy is sent to a hotel room in Kansas City. The switchboard operator wants him to urge the resident to put the hotel phone back in the cradle. What the bellboy finds after letting himself into the room is a man who’d been stabbed, strangled and is on the brink of death. This is a case shrouded in mystery for 87 years.
More than 100 respected and renowned scientists and experts believe the worst female serial killer in Australia’s history to be innocent.
August 14th, 1980. Two people are found dead in a home in West Hollywood; both killed with a twelve-gauge shotgun. One is a small-time hustler. The other a beautiful twenty-year-old Playboy Playmate who’d gone from making soft serve to being in a movie with Audrey...
When police answered the 911 call for the suicide of Zack Bowen, they discovered a detailed suicide note that not only explained why he killed himself, but where they could find the pieces of his girlfriend, Addie Hall.
When Elisa Lam disappeared, police would take a hard look inside The Cecil Hotel, looking for any sign of the lost 21-yr-old. What happened?
After 14 years, the cold case of Jane Anker Hylton would be solved. Or was it? A case of murder, lies, coercion, DNA, exoneration & surprise.
Kentucky Fried Homicide named hometown crimes that end the podcast: Mayberry Crimes. In honor of 2021, here are twenty-one of our favorites.
Dressed as Santa Claus, Bruce Pardo packed four 9 mm semiautomatic weapons and a makeshift flamethrower filled with jet fuel when he surprised everyone at the family’s annual Christmas party. When Bruce walked away, several were injured, nine were dead, and the Ortega home was burned to the ground.
On December 19, 1991, Laurie Show was murdered by three bullies who would end up in a large web of lies, conspiracies, and legal battles.
140 years ago, December 23, 1881, in Kentucky, Fannie Gibbons, her brother Robbie and friend Emma Carico were killed in a brutal attack, and according to the entire town, someone had to pay.
It would take decades for the man who murdered Anita Andrews, Michele Wallace, Paula Klumpp, and Charlotte Sauerwin to be brought to justice. And it would take a dedicated homicide detective and the work of a tireless group of forensic scientists to finally produce...
Omaima murders, dismembers, cooks, east and tries to dispose of her new husband Bill. When it’s over, Omaima tells police the spirits of ancient Egyptians had told her to do it.
Everyone—and I mean everyone—knew that Mel Ignatow killed Brenda Sue Schaeffer, yet no one would ever be convicted for her murder.
In the years 1954 and 1955, a maniac who killed and robbed was on the loose in rural southwest Indiana and Kentucky.
Candace Hiltz was shot seven times with three different guns more than 15 years ago, and the murder case has never been solved.
Join Kris, Heather, and psychic medium Kathryn Kauffman as they break down the murder mystery of Dr. Helena Knabe from Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1911.
Halloween 1974, Ronald Clark O’Bryan, the Candyman, handed out 5 Pixy Stix to 5 innocent children and killed his only son with a deadly dose of cyanide.
How does a man of God murder? Pastor John Douglas White had done it before. And this time, he murdered on Halloween!
Brian Laundrie was the last person to see Gabby Petito alive. Not only is he not talking, authorities lost him, and now, they can’t find him.
For 18 years this case went unsolved, until a television show forced John List to crawl out of the woodwork for murdering his family.
Gary Heidnik tortured and raped more than six women. He was so sinister that he partially inspired the well-known fictional serial killers, Buffalo Bill.
Ken Rex McElroy was accused of dozens of felonies, including child molestation & statutory rape, among other crimes. But the town got fed up!
Has California knowingly left someone on death row for thirty-five years even though evidence most likely can prove his innocence?
One hundred years ago, Labor Day 1921, silent movie star and comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle is in San Francisco with his buddies for a weekend holiday. Partying ensued. Alcohol flowed. And women joined in the mayhem. But when the Labor Day holiday was over, a twenty-six-year-old starlet named Virginia Rappe is dead.
Labor Day Weekend 2006, the brutal slayings of four individuals shattered the small town of Newry Maine, population 329, when a 30-year-old line cook carried out his desire to kill someone. This is the story of Christian Nielsen, the Bed and Breakfast Butcher.
Robert Black of Scotland drove a delivery van all over Scotland and Europe raping and killing little girls until his arrest in 1990.
Jodi Arias killed Travis Alexander in a violent slaughter then lied, not once, not twice, but three times before being convicted of murder.
On May 5th, 2009, Chris Coleman went to the gym in his small town. When he arrived home he was told his family “didn’t make it.”
Fifteen-year-old Mary Vincent was hitchhiking to Berkley, CA from her home in Las Vegas, Nevada, when the unthinkable happened. A monster picked her up on the side of the road outside of Modesto, CA, to give her a ride. And then many more unthinkables happened before Mary Vincent would be left for dead at the bottom of a cliff.
Who murdered 73-year-old Inez Kelley at the Palmland Motel in Fort Myers, FL in 1979? Wanda Weston? Juanita Maxwell? Or one of the others?
Did Gabe Watson murder his bride in cold blood at the Great Barrier Reef, or did Tina Watson die in a tragic dive accident?
On March 1, 1932 20-month-old. Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr, son of famed pilot, Charles Lindbergh, was abducted from the crib of his second floor bedroom of the Lindbergh’s home in New Jersey. A ladder was left behind, there were ransom notes, voluntary liaisons,...
Find out in this two part series what led to the disappearance of Kristin Smart, and how Paul Flores was arrested after 25 years.
What happened the night Kristin Smart disappeared from Cal Poly, and why didn’t campus police or the San Luis Obispo sheriff’s department solve this case before Paul Flores would go on to rape other women for the next 25 years?
For over twenty years Robert William Pickton (aka Pork Chop Rob) raped, murdered, dismembered and disposed of at least 23 women at his pig farm. 49, if you believe the killer.
Charles Arthur Floyd was one of America’s most notorious bank robbers. The tales of his life were the stuff of glorified folk stories.
The days after Jordan Graham’s and Cody Johnson’s wedding should have been one of the happiest times of the young newlyweds’ lives. 8 days later, one of them would be dead.
A group of troubled teens ruined their lives when they killed Shanda Sharer, an innocent girl with a bright future.
On July 26, 1974, 12-year-old Leslie Metcalfe hiked along the sand dunes in Provincetown, Massachusetts, with her parents. When their friends’ dog caught a scent he couldn’t say ‘no’ to, he led Leslie to the decomposing body of a woman who would become known as the Lady of the Dunes.
Before Gerald and Charlene are caught by the FBI, 11 innocent lives, including an unborn child, will be taken.
Along a quiet, gravel road in East Tennessee, a group of six Kentuckians, ranging in age between 14 and 20, on their way to New Orleans to start over, would kidnap and murder a young Christian family. Was justice served when all six were sentenced to life in prison?
After being released from a London psychiatric hospital, Peter Bryan immediately kills and eats his friend. And it goes downhill from there.
FBI Special Agent Mark Putnam killed Susan Smith in cold blood in the beautiful Eastern Kentucky mountain town of Pikeville.
In February 1986, Mike Turpin is murdered, kicking off an investigation filled with tales of love, lies, drugs, and drag bars. (part 2)
In February 1986, Mike Turpin is murdered, kicking off an investigation filled with tales of love, lies, drugs, and drag bars.
A scorned, ex-husband; a jealous, controlling lover; the rejected cable guy turned stalker; the object of a one-night stand; a teen with a long rap sheet; or a woman’s niece and her best friend. One of these people would kill Dana Laskowski, a loving mother of triplets on August 30, 2001.
Have you ever wondered if you’ve walked past a cold-blooded killer? The story of Daniel Marsh will revive your fear of being murdered, and leave you frightened indefinitely.
On the surface, December 6, 2009 looked like any other Sunday for the Powell family of West Valley City, Utah. Susan took her two young children to church. Later that day a friend and neighbor stopped by for an afternoon visit. Joshua cooked them a meal. Later, as the...
Utah teen, Jchandra Brown, desperately needed a friend to help her out of a dark period in her life. Instead she found a monster, Tyerell Przybycien, who would “help” her in unimaginable ways.
It would take Christopher Poulson nearly 4 years to confess to murdering Emily Quijano and her 3-yr-old son, Gabriel Almiron. What took him so long, and why were police so confident?
Ivan Milat had a reputation. One that would give him the name, Ivan the Terrible–among others. He was a gun-toting, sister-in-law-impregnating, adulterous backwoods hunter. When hitchhikers backpacking through Australia began to disappear, it would be years before a connection between Ivan and the missing would be made. Because Ivan was hunting. He was hunting humans.
Tillie Klimek predicted that each of her husbands would die. When they did, people thought she was psychic instead of a serial killer.
In 1987, a nurses aid was sentenced to life for the murder of 37 people in Kentucky and Ohio. According to him, the number was closer to 87. Killing hospital patients and others at will, he considered some, mercy killings—the others were just out of spite. This is the...
Grant and Cody Amato were brothers and best friends. But Cody and his parents would pay the ultimate price when Grant becomes addicted to a cam girl and decides this stranger from the internet is more important than his family.
Ryan Poston had everything going for him. Smart, handsome, funny. He was a promising young attorney. But he had one problem: a girl who refused to concede that her relationship with Ryan was over. And if Shayna couldn’t have Ryan, no one would.
Susan Perry, Sydney Monzon, Patricia Walsh, and Mary Anne Wysocki. These four women were murdered by the same man — Tony Costa. But they wouldn’t be the only victims. Just the ones whose bodies were discovered in a garden near a cemetery in Truro, Massachusetts.
Marybeth Tinning once said that there were two things she wanted from life—to be married to someone who cared for her and to have children. She’s been married to Joe for 55 years and Marybeth did have children. Between 1971 and 1985, Marybeth and Joe Tinning had 9 children. They also buried nine children.
Ray Copeland was the kind of man who lived by the rule, if you want it, take it. And he did. All the time. Known for stealing livestock in the early 60’s, he spent his time while incarcerated, coming up with new ways to forge checks and pilfer livestock—ways that meant someone would have to die. By the time his scheme was discovered, five men would be dead. And Ray and his wife Faye, aged 76 and 69, would both be sentenced to death.
It was Christmas Eve 1945 when a fire broke out at the West Virginia home of George and Jennie Sodder, where they lived with nine of their ten children. George and Jennie, and four of the nine children escaped the fire. George and Jennie Sodder would spend their lives searching for the other five.
January 17, 2001. Amityville, New York. Alex Algeri is working at the gym he co-owns with best friend, Paul Riedel. Alex exits the gym to get something from his car and is shot to death. When police have zero clues, they look to his best friend—and then—his best friend’s wife. A twisted tale of sex, love and greed would soon unfold.
In the early morning hours of New Year’s Eve 1989, a drunk man by the name of Paul Cox smashed a window of the house where he once lived as a young child and stabbed two doctors sleeping there. Next, Paul Cox walked to his parents’ house and passed out after having an apparent blackout. The murders of the two doctors would go unsolved for 4 ½ years.
It took nearly two decades for someone to be charged for the brutal shooting of the Pelley family with a shotgun — a gun that’s never been found. And a case that to this day, has family members squaring off on opposite sides of the fight.
Between 1968 and 1969, at least four women lost their lives in the Pacific Northwest at the hands of a man with a fetish for shoes. What began as an interest in women’s shoes and clothing at the early age of five years old, developed into a lust for high heels, lingerie and murder.
Two of three girls who were besties, were murdered–shot in the head at point blank range several times–and in the crotch. Of the three BFFs only one held the key to their deaths. Christine Paolilla.
Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris committed heinous crimes against five young girls between June 24, 1979 and Halloween.
Gerard John Schaefer was a man one would think could be trusted. He was, after all, a sheriff’s deputy. But after a botched encounter with two unsuspecting girls, Gerard is forced to turn in his badge. And what his fellow officers thought was merely bad judgement, turned into a nightmare of dead bodies, mementos and written stories of lust and murder.
Kosta Fotopoulos is driven by ego, greed, and sexual lust. It was only a matter of time before murder would come into play, and Kosta would drag Deidre Hunt into his master plan.
On June 6, 1996 in a small town in Texas, two small boys were brutally stabbed to death as they slept in their family room. The mother, Darlene Routier, whose throat had been slashed, called 911 in a frenzy for help. But when the police and EMS arrived, the crime scene didn’t make sense. Twenty-three years later, it’s unclear if anyone will ever know who murdered Devon and Damon Routier.
What happened on August 8, 2013 when Brandon Lawson disappeared without a trace? Was he murdered? Did he have a terrible accident? Or did he abandon his life on purpose?
He was a con man, a forger, and a kidnapper. Women who answered his employment ads and those who met him in BDSM chat rooms, would ultimately turn up missing… or worse.
On May 26, 1990, a person disguised as a clown — complete with an orange wig, white face paint, a red nose, and gloves — carried a bouquet of balloons and a basket of flowers to the front door of Marlene Warren. When Marlene opened the door, this clown, with a red smile painted across the face, said nothing as it handed the delivery to Marlene then lifted a pistol and shot Marlene in the mouth. It would take police twenty-seven years to make an arrest.
During the 1950’s, locked away in a toolbox at a Los Angeles bungalow was an odd and gruesome collection of mementos. Photographs. All the pictures were of women. Some were bound. Some were gagged. Some were dead. Keepsakes of a man. A man who preyed on models trying to make it in Hollywood. A man who possessed a rope fetish that would dominate his life. A man whose actions could define the phrase serial killer — a phrase not yet part of the American vocabulary.
Between the years of 1982 and 1989, in the quiet suburb of Richmond in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cindy James suffered from nearly a hundred incidents of various forms of harassment. From threatening phone calls and frightening collages of letters and pictures, to...
On April 28th 1955, 14-year-old Stephanie Bryan is abducted on her way home from school in Berkley, California. When her body is found months later near the family cabin of Burton Abbott, newspapers tried and convicted Burton as her killer before he was even charged with murder.
Officially, Peter Britton Tobin raped and murdered three women between 1991 and 2006. Unofficially? Tobin might have murdered closer to 48 women, but we’ll probably never know the truth.
On November 6, 2000, toxicologist Kristin Rossum called 911. Her husband, Greg de Villers was unresponsive, lying in a pool of rose petals—dead of an apparent suicide. But what began that night would soon unravel into a twisted tale of drugs, murder and adultery.
Between February 22, 1968 and October 31, 1969, Patricia Docker, Jemima McDonald and Helen Puttock, three young women between the ages of 25 and 32, were raped and murdered by a man quoting the Bible after a night of dancing in Glasgow, Scotland. This scripture-quoting serial killer would become the target of the most extensive manhunt in Scottish criminal history.
When 17 year old William Heirens is arrested for burglary in 1946, little did he know he’d soon be a national pariah taking the wrap for not one, but three murders. Between the coerced confession, sensational press coverage, and missing files at the Chicago Police Department, no one really knows where the truth lies.
Ángel Maturino Reséndiz considered himself an “immortal, avenging angel,” but law enforcement claimed he was a “walking, breathing form of evil.” For at least 16 people, he was the Angel of Death.
From 1980 to 1987, Linda Ricchio was so in love with Ron Ruse, she would do anything—ANYTHING- to keep him. But when Ron wanted to call it quits, Linda turned to years of stalking and harassment in order to win him back. When it was finally over, she’d never be with Ron again. Neither would anyone else.
Deep in the bayou area of Louisiana, lived a man described as quiet and mentally-challenged. Despite his disability, he would evade police for more than a decade as he raped and murdered at least 7 women.
A man sat on Indiana’s death row professing his innocence for twenty-three years. He wasn’t the man who bound a family of four in Evansville, Indiana with a vacuum cord before shooting them in the head execution style—even though the evidence pointed to him. But in his final days, this dead man walking opened up about what really happened to the Gilligan family, and why it mattered.
Nannie Doss was a plump, spectacle-wearing grandmother whose favorite pastimes included reading romance magazines and poisoning relatives. Read more about this poison-packin’ mama…
From 1967 to 1980, New York City and suburban New Jersey was the playground for a sexual serial killer who would bind, torture, strangle and dismember his victims. His official count of victims stands at nine, but many, including the killer himself think the number is closer to one hundred.
Between May 5 and May 16, 2004 three suitcases washed up in the Chesapeake Bay. Each suitcase carried various parts of the same body. In the months after, prosecutors would attempt to paint a picture of a murderer motivated by jealousy, infidelity, and greed. But did the person convicted of this homicide actually do it? Listen TODAY!
Twenty-four-year-old Susan Schwarz was brutally murdered in her Washington home. With no evidence and no suspects, the case went cold for 32 years. Until…
In 1871, the Benders, a quaint family of four, ran a small inn on the Osage Trail in Labette County, Kansas. Wayward travelers would check in, but they never checked out.
On a cold night in 1995, Christa PIke committed a ruthless murder on the campus of the University of Tennessee. Christa is the only woman on Tennessee’s Death Row.
On October 27, 1961, Betty Gail Brown was strangled with her own bra on Transylvania University’s campus in Lexington, Kentucky. Listen to Heather and Kris break down the facts and circumstances of this unsolved murder on this week’s episode of Kentucky Fried Homicide.
In 1983, a woman was found on a back porch in the freezing cold in Anniston, Alabama. She didn’t look like Audrey Marie Hilley—the vibrant mother of two who’d once been an icon of the small town. She looked like an old, wet and dazed woman left for dead. In reality, she wasn’t the mother of two, exceptional co-worker and husband to Frank and later John. She was in fact, an escaped murderer.
Katherine Knight was the first Australian woman to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole after one of the most gruesome and heinous murders in history. After hearing this tale, you’ll never eat meat again.
Wanted: Caretaker for a remote piece of Appalachian farmland. Housing provided. Bring all your own possessions.
In the year 2011, more than 100 men applied to this ad. Four were hired. One survived. This is Chaplain Rich, the Craigslist Ghoster.
This is the tragic story of the murder of Little Ricky Morehouse, III. As you listen, remember: there are three sides to every story—mine, yours, and the truth. And sometimes, you simply don’t get to know the whole truth.
In October of 1995, Keith Hunter Jesperson pleaded guilty to the murder of his fiancé Julie Ann Winningham. But what police thought was the end of an ugly homicide, was only the beginning, as they soon discovered a killing spree than spanned over five years. This is: Happy Faces and Homicide.
September 23, 1983. On a Friday night when many of the citizens in the small town of Kilgore, Texas were attending the high school football game, five men and women were abducted from a Kentucky Fried Chicken, taken 14 miles up the road, and murdered. It would be 22 years before this case would appear to be solved. But y’all, this case is a hot mess. Did prosecutors put two men in prison for life for murders they didn’t commit? This is the story of the KFC Massacre.
Johnny Bayer. Jeff Jones. Richard Hamilton. Alan Livingston. Manuel Resendez. Alan Broussard. Steven Hale. Michael Kehern. Jerry Comer. These men have one thing in common. From 1993 to 1996 they shared a shallow grave in the backyard of businessman Herb Baumeister, just north of Indianapolis. This is: The full-time father and part-time pick up artist.