Strange Country Ep. 83: Amy Bishop


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America, the land of truck nutz and morbid obesity, is also the land of guns. In episode 83, Beth and Kelly explore our obsession while telling the story of Amy Bishop, a biology professor at University of Alabama in Huntsville, who opened fire at a faculty meeting, killing three colleagues. Her trail of violence didn't begin there, but started decades earlier with Bishop killing her brother Seth in a shooting deemed accidental. This show's going to get stuck inside your head.

Theme music: Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.

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