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YOUR true crime book club podcast Join Jill each month where she tells the true crime author’s story in 3 parts. Dive deep into the criminal psyche, updates, and outcomes with the greatest respect for accuracy, victims, & families!
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Charged with 1st degree murder, Byron Smith’s trial beings for shooting Nicholas Brady and Haile Kifer to death in his basement on Thanksgiving 2012. Armed with damning evidence, the Prosecution presents its case of calculated revenge, as the Defense presents the Defendant as a fearful man, who only wanted to defend himself against violent intruder…
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In Pt 2, with two teenagers dead, the Byron Smith investigation heats up, focusing on the rash of burglaries that had occurred recently, including those at Smith’s previously, with damning conclusions. Accomplices and witnesses are interviewed, arrests are made, and another search warrant unearths the ‘mother lode’ of evidence that turns this case …
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Enjoying a day with the family, Lead Investigator Jeremy Luberts is called into work at the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office to look into a concerning call. Arriving at the Elm Street residence, a retired Byron Smith meets him, telling him two burglars had broken into his house, and he’d defended himself, shooting them. With 2 dead bodies, Jeremy L…
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In Part 4 on Frozen in Fear, Jill chats with our author and survivor of the East Area Rapist, Jane Carson-Sandler. Jane went from being a victim to a ‘Survivor-Thriver’, taking back control over her life, an extraordinary life of service, giving, and caring for others. You may want to listen to Ep 1 & 2 on Michelle McNamara’s book on the Golden Sta…
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Part 3: In this uplifting conclusion of the Frozen in Fear trilogy, the voices of the survivors of the East Area Rapist are raised, allowing us to see how these brave souls overcame adversity, trauma, and worse, taking back control, rejecting fear Updating what’s happened since the 2018 arrest of EAR-the Golden State Killer, Jane Carson-Sandler and…
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In Part 2- Struggling to climb out of the dark hole in the aftermath of rape, other challenges test Jane’s resolve and faith as she finds herself in rehab. With more rapes happening, Jane recounts the lessons learned from counselling & her work with other rape victims. And more voices of other EAR rape survivors are heard, sharing the impact he had…
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Crimecon 2024 is coming! Use Jill's code murdershelf and save 10% on your badge! See you in Nashville, May 31-Jun 2, 2024! Written by the 5th Victim of the East Area Rapist, Frozen in Fear tells Jane Carson-Sandler’s story of living a normal, fulfilling life in California in 1976- until the day a ski masked intruder, aka EAR, broke in and viciously…
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Happy New Year 2024! Crimecon 2024 is coming! Use Jill's code murdershelf and save 10% on your badge! See you in Nashville, May 31-Jun 2, 2024! Part 3: Franklin, Virginia was home to murder victim, Trent Whitley and the authors Anne Varner and Karen DeVanie. These energetic, dedicated ladies are also the hosts of the Sugar-Coated Murder podcast. Ka…
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Crimecon 2024 is coming! Use Jill's code murdershelf and save 10% on your badge! See you in Nashville, May 31-Jun 2, 2024! Trent Whitley’s family struggles with his loss and the uncertainty of what happened to their precious son. Certain someone knows something, Delores Whitley makes repeated appeals for that someone to come forward. Meanwhile, a k…
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Crimecon 2024 is coming! Use Jill's code murdershelf and save 10% on your badge! See you in Nashville, May 31-Jun 2, 2024! Blinding flash. BANG- and the target was dead. A missing person report was filed in Franklin, Virginia by anxious parents, searching for their precious teenager. The investigation would follow lead after lead, to no avail. Susp…
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Crimecon 2024 is coming! Use Jill's code murdershelf and save 10% on your badge! See you in Nashville, May 31-Jun 2, 2024! With the families engrossed, the prosecution of Sean Vincent Gillis begins, with the Defense committed to saving his life and avoiding the death penalty. With his 40-hour confession, this should be a slam dunk, but it is far fr…
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Crimecon 2024 is coming! Use Jill's code murdershelf and save 10% on your badge! See you in Nashville, May 31-Jun 2, 2024! In Part 2, They get it. With over 60 women dead, Baton Rouge Sheriff Offices realize they have a serial killer on the loose! But they’re wrong. There are TWO; the murders of Sean Vincent Gillis are camouflaged by those of Derri…
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Crimecon 2024 is coming! Use Jill's code murdershelf and save 10% on your badge! See you in Nashville, May 31-Jun 2, 2024! In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a gruesome murder is discovered, with the Sheriff’s office investigating, but the case goes cold. Repeat this over and over, and over as serial killer, Sean Vincent Gillis, kills and mutilates all ove…
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Crimecon 2024 is coming! Use Jill's code murdershelf and save 10% on your badge! See you in Nashville, May 31-Jun 2, 2024! Now deep into the murder motive, each of the suspects are investigated and the evidence scrutinized fully. Who had a motive and opportunity to commit murder? Who benefitted from the death of Amy Robsart? Given the court verdict…
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Crimecon 2024 is coming! Use Jill's code murdershelf and save 10% on your badge! See you in Nashville, May 31-Jun 2, 2024! Jill discusses Crimecon 2023 in Orlando! Being on Podcast Row, meeting her Murder Bookies and meeting so many in the True Crime community! Then, she continues the story of Lady Amy Robsart, found dead at the bottom of the stair…
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Crimecon 2024 is coming! Use Jill's code murdershelf and save 10% on your badge! See you in Nashville, May 31-Jun 2, 2024! Episode 71: “The Original Staircase”- The Death of Amy Robsart: An Elizabethan Mystery by Sarah-Beth Watkins Part 1 1560: Tudor England. Amidst rumors of adultery, poisoning divorce, and murder, Lady Amy Dudley, nee Robsart, wa…
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We met Russ Faria after he was charged with the murder of his wife, Betsy. Wrongfully convicted, Russ spend 3 years in prison, until he was finally exonerated (Ep 40-44). Enter new DA, Mike Wood, who begins investigating the investigators for corruption, determined to right the unbelievable wrongs. In an alleged effort to derail the investigation, …
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Our author, the "most prolific cold case investigator in the United States for single-event homicides", Chief Clay Bryant chats with Jill, discussing his cold case investigations and a bit on life itself. His common sense and down to earth brilliance shines through, as Clay shares moments that simply take your breath away—What were the odds THAT co…
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Episode 68 –2ndCast“ Alls Well that Ends Well”- The Cold Case Murder of Fred Wilkerson: Untangling the Black Widows Web in West Georgia by Clay Bryant Part III In Part III, we see Connie Quedens ensnaring Fred Wilderson in her web, entangling finances, escalating demands, culimnating with Fred abruptly vanished, leaving his beloved daughter and son…
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A horrendously abused wife, Gwendolyn Moore, is found at the bottom of an old well in 1970. The investigation deliberately went nowhere, for 32 years. Pt 2 tells the story, begun in 2003, with a chance phone call that brought the case to the attention of Investigator Clay Moore, who not only recalled the case; he watched her body being recovered th…
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Back in 1970, the beaten body of a young wife and mother was lifted from an old well just outside Hogansville, Georgia. The victim, Gwendolyn Moore, had long been married to her violent and abusive husband, Marshall Moore. Yet, mysteriously, this homicide investigation went cold the day Gwendolyn died, with Hogansville Chief of Police, Buddy Bryant…
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Pt 3: What happens when you are on Death Row? How does the appeal process work? What is the human toll? Is it justice? We will follow Velma’s loved ones as they struggle with new revelations, and hear from the families of the victims’ as human endurance is tested. Jill walks you through Velma Barfield’s maze of appeals, arguments for a new trial, a…
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In Part 2, on trial for premeditated murder, Velma Barfield’s attorney, Bob Jacobson has an uphill battle—she confessed to poisoning Stuart Taylor- and 3 other people. With the defense team facing the “World’s most deadly prosecutor” Joe Freeman Britt, only Velma could explain herself. Was she too impaired from her drug abuse to understand what she…
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After a childhood of poverty and abuse, 17-year-old Margie Velma Bullard eloped with Senior Thomas Burke while they were both in high school. Building a happy life, they welcomed a son and daughter, becoming a normal American family. That is, until addiction reared its ugliness, triggering a cascade of painful, inexplicable deaths. Why did so many …
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Crimecon 2024 is coming! Use Jill's code murdershelf and save 10% on your badge! See you in Nashville, May 31-Jun 2, 2024! Jill chats with the author of She Married the Green River Killer, Pennie Wood. The women speak of serendipity in forging friendships and healing, while uncovering lost memories from Judith Ridgway’s life that enabling the const…
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Crimecon 2024 is coming! Use Jill's code murdershelf and save 10% on your badge! See you in Nashville, May 31-Jun 2, 2024! Denial shattered forever, Gary Ridgway confesses and is sentenced, enveloping wife Judith with the incomprehensible reality- Her Prince Gary did it. Ridgway best friends, Jim and Linda Bailey share their remembrances; then Gary…
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Crimecon 2024 is coming! Use Jill's code murdershelf and save 10% on your badge! See you in Nashville, May 31-Jun 2, 2024! Happily married, Judith Ridgway settles into being the wife of her Prince, Gary Ridgway, nurturing their dogs and cats, her daughters, grandchildren, and Gary’s son. Living the American dream, Judith gardens and Gary works hard…
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This story begins on the worst day of Judith Ridgway’s life, when detectives came to her home after her husband of 14 year, Gary Leon Ridgway, was arrested. DNA evidence would tie him to victims of the notorious Green River Killer, murdering for over 20 years. Completely shell shocked, Judith goes is in denial. How had she gotten here? Jill examine…
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Convicted in the Natalie Kirov case, Joel Courtney is finally extradited to Oregon to stand trial for the murder of Brooke Wilberger. With no body, Prosecutors knew this was not the easiest case to win. What shenanigans will Courtney pull? Police and the media begin examining other cases that could possibly be linked to Courtney- Katie Eggleston, S…
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Brooke Wilberger is missing. The eager public cooperates fully, sending in over 4500 tips that need investigating, with critical evidence buried in the pile. Of the number of suspects, the most viable is Sung Koo Kim, a man with an underwear fetish, and a trove of evidence on his computer. But then, a phone call from New Mexico changes everything! …
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19 year old Brooke Wilberger lit up the room when she walked in. She’d just completed her 1st year at Brigham Young University and coming home to her big LDS family in Veneta, Oregon. May 24, 2004, while cleaning lampposts at the apartment complex her sister managed, Brooke vanished. The resulting investigation would unify the town of Corvallis, Or…
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The murder count continues to rise, as killing spreads to San Antonio, Gainesville, and all the way to London, England, where 5 women are slaughtered. With fallout impacting every aspect of society, devastating secrets are revealed, leading to shocking trials, which have electrifying legal and political consequences for the people of Austin and the…
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Like phantoms, a killer or killers walks among the people of Austin, Tx. Desperately seeking solutions, blood hounds, private detectives, and the famous Chicago Pinkerton Detective Agency are employed to catch the ‘remarkable ghoul’, who slaughters women, vanishing in the inky darkness. Fear continues to rise as the victims shift from black servant…
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Epi 53: “Ungodly Butchery”- The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal and the Hunt for America’s first serial killer by Skip Hollandsworth-Pt 1 It is 1884 and Austin, Tx is poised at the precipice of a new Golden Age, shifting from a frontier town to a cosmopolitan city of culture and prosperity. Until a shadow grows, threatening everything as the slau…
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Merry Christmas, Murder Bookies! This is a very special Christmas mini-cast! We met Russ Faria, convicted of murdering his wife, Betsy Faria in 2011 when we covered the book, Bone Deep by Charles Bosworth and Joel Schwartz, Epi 40-44. Eventually, Russ was exonerated, as the case took a major twist! Now, the case continues to turn once again, with a…
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The fate of the five Jurgens kids falls to the court to determine, as another trial that creates the legal foundation of battered child syndrome takes place. This eases the way for murder charges against Lois Jurgens, as family ties and memories are tested. Does justice for Dennis Jurgens happen after 22 years? How has society changed after all thi…
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With Lois's mental health deteriorating, a hearing explores the question, should Lois and Harold Jurgens keep custody of their 5 year-old adopted son, Robert after the death of this brother, Dennis. Meanwhile, as more children die, three medical professionals' team up to try to understand why children were being killed by their seemingly loving par…
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White Bear Lake, a picturesque American town where kids freely ride bikes, play two-square and parents throw neighborhood BBQs—and where 3 ½ year old Dennis Jurgens died on Palm Sunday 1965. WHAT happened? Family members immediately begin whispering “she killed him” , referring to his adoptive mother, Lois Jurgens. Others ask how Lois and Harold Ju…
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In 2012, Serial killer Israel Keyes confessed to investigators he’d disposed of a body in a frozen Lake in Alaska, a dangerous recovery. FBI Agent Bobby Chacon and the underwater forensics team he founded were notified. On the case, Bobby now shares the behind-the-scenes story with Jill of how this occurred, plus insight into the investigation, and…
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1996, Colville, Washington, 12 yrs. old Julie Harris went missing, and then, the following year, 12 yrs. old Cassie Emerson--with 18 yrs. old Israel Keyes living nearby. The investigation expands overseas as the police and FBI interview those who knew Keyes. But did anyone know Keyes, who was determined to maintain control over these proceeding, us…
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A killer in custody toys with law enforcement, who are desperate to locate missing Samantha Koenig, taking them into unchartered waters. As they begin to unravel the ‘who is’ Israel Keyes, his childhood rearing takes center stage, as the teenage Izy begins to understand, he isn’t like everyone else. Keeping Keyes’s transitory cooperation in finding…
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February 2012 in Anchorage, Alaska, a mystery unfolds as a young barista goes missing. Where was Samantha Koenig? The search for the truth takes us to Lufkin, Texas, where an enigmatic suspect, Israel Keyes, begins telling a horrendous tale of violence, rape, and murder at a level never seen before by the FBI profilers. Be warned, this is a difficu…
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On New Years Day 2008, Amina and Sarah Said were gunned down in the their father's taxi, Sarah calling 911 and saying "My father shot me!". Twelve years later, we have a verdict in his trial. Don't miss the update on this tragic example of a family annihilator, and the fight for justice. From The Wilderness of Error by Errol Morris trilogy, episode…
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Epi 45: Jill and special guest, one of our own Murder Bookies, Rebecca Rae Catalfu, reflect on Bone Deep and the our favorite true crime podcast- the Murder Shelf Book Club! Articulate, insightful, Rebecca and Jill do not hold back as they discuss the case, delve into past book episodes, and what the future holds for Jill's podcast! Fun, pithy, and…
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Recorded at CrimeCon 22, Jill chats with Russ Faria, fiancée Carol McAfee, and cousin ,Mary Anderson, who detail what went on in the background after Betsy Faria’s murder, and how wrongful arrest and conviction impacts a family. Open, honest, passionate, holding nothing back, the conversation just ROLLS! WHAT can you do to help? Russ, Carol and Mar…
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A free man, Russ Faria moves on with his life, as suspicion is thrown in Pam Hupp’s direction. A twisted plan is unleashed, attempting to prove Russ Faria is a danger to society and certainly to Pam Hupp. Deadly consequences follow, as Louis Gumperberger is killed. Who is Louis and how did he get thrust into Pam Hupp’s orbit? What consequences foll…
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In Part 3- The Defense presents its case on why it was impossible for Russ to have murdered Betsy, as the Prosecution presents more and more outrageous theories. A painful, wrongful conviction would trigger appeals, with Russ granted a new trial. Defense attorneys, Joel Schwartz and Nate Swanson remain optimistic that without the evidence prohibiti…
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With all the details you never knew…The State presents its case against Russell Faria, for the murder of his wife, Betsy. As tension mounts, an inexperienced Judge prohibits the Defense from presenting alternative theories on the killer. Would the airtight alibi hold up? Leading to more questions than answers, what would the Prosecution’s star witn…
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On Dec 27th, 2011, the nightmare began for Russell Faria on returning to his Troy, Missouri home after his weekly game night with friends, finding an unthinkable, grisly scene: His wife, Betsy, lay dead, a knife still lodged in her neck. His horror would only intensify when Russ was arrested for Betsy Faria’s murder. Defense attorney, Joel Schwartz…
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From CrimeCon 2022 Las Vegas, Jill sits down with Paula Woodward to discuss the myths and misinformation about the murder of JonBenét Ramsey Dec 26, 1996. The women examine the facts that counter the myths, the role Boulder PD played in spreading information, and how to raise our voices to move the DNA portion of the case ahead—Please sign the peti…
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