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 many who twenty years before the expression serial killer was a part of the American vocabulary, defined the very phrase.
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.