Court Junkie

By Jillian LP

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 Jul 27, 2018

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Imagine being wrongfully convicted for a crime you didn’t commit, or imagine your child’s killer is still on the loose even though there’s enough evidence for an arrest. I want to help shine light on the injustices of our judicial system. I delve into court documents, attend trials, and interview those close to the case to help me tell their stories.

Episode Date
A Personal Update
01:48

I just wanted to update you all on my maternity leave and upcoming schedule. Thank you for your patience!

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Aug 13, 2018
Case Update: Kelly Cochran (Episode 34)
17:15
In Episode 34, I covered the case of Kelly Cochran, who was accused of murdering her former lover, Christopher Regan. At her trial, Kelly maintained her innocence and instead placed the blame for Christopher's death on her husband, Jason Cochran, who had mysteriously passed away before the case went to trial. In addition to Christopher's death, Kelly was charged with Jason's murder too. 
 
In this Case Update, I pick up where I left off in Episode 34 - after Kelly went on trial for Christopher's murder. I spoke with MJ Dulmage, an author who has close ties to the case, about Kelly's recent plea deal and sentencing for the death of her husband, Jason Cochran.  
 
For more info on MJ's book, please visit http://www.facebook.com/coldfromtheinside.
 
Reminder: I am currently on maternity leave and will be releasing the next regular episode towards the end of August 2018. Thank you for your patience! 
 

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Jul 30, 2018
Ep 56: Tragedy in Columbia, Illinois
01:21:04

In May 2009, a tragedy hit the small St. Louis suburb of Columbia, Illinois. A loving mother and her two young sons were found dead in their beds. But who would do such a thing, and why?

REMINDER: I will be on maternity leave for the next 8 weeks. The next episode will be released on August 20, 2018. Thank you for your patience! 

CORRECTION: In the episode, I refer to a woman “who was having an affair with” a married male. I should have instead said that she was “the woman with whom he was having an affair.” 

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Jun 25, 2018
Ep 55: Husband vs. Wife - What Really Happened to Laura Ackerson?
01:29:05

In July 2011, 27-year-old Laura Ackerson went to pick up her two children from her ex-boyfriend's house, only to never be seen or heard from again. The former boyfriend is immediately a suspect, but he quickly points the finger at his new wife. After two trials, will we finally get the answers to what happened to Laura?

Disclaimer: This episode contains some graphic testimony. Listener discretion is advised.

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Jun 11, 2018
Ep 54: From Football Star to Rapist (Darren Sharper Case)
51:24

Darren Sharper retired from the NFL a sports hero, after helping lead the New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl victory in 2011. But just three years later, some shocking allegations would surface and prove that everything wasn’t as it seemed. 

Thank you to Ramon Antonio Vargas, for helping me with this case. Follow him on Twitter @RVargasAdvocate or email him at rvargas@theadvocate.com.

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May 28, 2018
Ep 53: The Fall From the Bedroom Window (Roger Desilets Trial)
49:29

On December 6, 2011, police officers in Princeton, Massachusetts responded to a 911 call from a prominent dentist's home. When they arrived, they found the dentist's wife lying on the ground, underneath a broken third-floor window. 

Was it suicide, murder, or a tragic accident?

Thank you to Melissa Hanson from MassLive.com for her help with this episode. Follow Melissa on Twitter - Twitter.com/Melissa__Hanson. 

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May 14, 2018
Ep 52: The Murder of Reagan Tokes and the Habitual Offender
56:00

In February 2017, 21-year-old Reagan Tokes disappeared after leaving the restaurant where she worked in Columbus, Ohio. 

Clues found in her abandoned car would lead investigators to her killer - but his criminal past would have everyone questioning just how well the system works - or doesn't. 

For more information on the Reagan Tokes Act, check out this article - https://www.10tv.com/article/reagan-tokes-act-introduced-ohio-statehouse. 

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Apr 30, 2018
Ep 51, Part 2: “Perfect Murder” or Witch Hunt? (The Trials of Jason Young)
01:23:11

In November 2006, a young pregnant mother was found dead in her home near Raleigh, North Carolina. Investigators immediately suspected her husband, who had a seemingly rock-solid alibi - he was hundreds of miles away on a business trip at the time of the murder. Or was he?

In Part 2, we finally hear Jason's side of the story - but is it enough to keep him out of prison?

Note: WRAL.com has some fantastic videos from the trial and other interviews with people involved in the case. 

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Apr 23, 2018
Ep 51, Part 1: “Perfect Murder” or Witch Hunt? (The Trials of Jason Young)
01:45:54

In November 2006, a young pregnant mother was found dead in her home near Raleigh, North Carolina. Investigators immediately suspected her husband, who had a seemingly rock-solid alibi - he was hundreds of miles away on a business trip at the time of the murder. Or was he?

Note: Part 2 will be released next week (Want to hear it earlier? Go to Patreon.com/CourtJunkie)

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Apr 16, 2018
Ep 50: The Mysterious Murder in Valley Springs
51:03

In April 2013, the small community in Valley Springs, California, was shaken by a mysterious intruder who allegedly broke into a home and senselessly murdered an 8-year-old girl. 

But after an arrest was made, there seemed to be more questions than answers. 

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Apr 02, 2018
Ep 49: Jennifer Mee - From Hiccup Girl to Accused Murderer
59:27

In 2007, 15-year-old Jennifer Mee gained national attention as the "Hiccup Girl," a teenager from Florida whose hiccups would not go away. Just a few years later, she would re-emerge after being charged with first-degree murder. 

Jennifer's trial was interesting because there was one thing all sides could agree on - Jennifer herself did not pull the trigger. So would the punishment fit the crime?

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Mar 19, 2018
Ep 48: Did Alexandria Duval Murder Her Twin Sister?
50:44

On May 29, 2016, a white SUV mysteriously drove off a cliff in Hana, a town at the eastern end of Maui, in Hawaii. Inside the SUV were identical twin sisters - Alexandria and Anastasia Duval - but only one of them would survive, while the other would be charged with second degree murder. 

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Mar 05, 2018
Ep 47: The Life and Death of Real Estate Agent Beverly Carter
01:06:22

In September 2014, 50-year-old real estate agent Beverly Carter went to meet a couple interested in purchasing a house she was showing, only to never be seen again. Her body was found days later and a man no one in her family knew was taken into custody.

In this episode, I speak with Beverly's son, Carl Carter Jr., about what this tragedy was like for his family, and how he was able to cope during a very contentious trial - with a defense that tried their best to smear his mother's name. 

Be sure to visit BeverlyCarterFoundation.org for more info on the Beverly Carter Foundation.

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Feb 19, 2018
Ep 46: Tragic Accident or Murder? (Todd Kendhammer Trial)
01:36:17

On September 16, 2016, police in LaCrosse, Wisconsin were called to the scene of a terrible accident. 47-year-old Todd Kendhammer's car was on the side of the road - the windshield smashed, passenger door open, and his wife Barbara lying on the ground. Todd told the officers and first responders that a pipe had fallen off a passing truck and had gone through their windshield, striking his wife. But after additional investigation, law enforcement officers started to disbelieve Todd's account. 

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Feb 05, 2018
Ep 45: What Happened to Heather Elvis?
57:26

In December 2013, 20-year-old Heather Elvis mysteriously vanished in the middle of the night and hasn't been seen or heard from since. Law enforcement and prosecutors are convinced that she was murdered by someone she knew. But would they ever be able to solve the case?

Special thank you to LadyJustice2188 on YouTube for the audio for this trial. You can find her at https://www.youtube.com/user/LadyJustice2188.

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Jan 22, 2018
Ep 44: A Father’s “Reckless” Actions
53:40

On August 8, 2016, a tragedy occurred at a home in Hendersonville, Tennessee - An 11-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital after being shot by her own father. 

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Jan 08, 2018
Ep 43: Sasha Samsudean and The Security Guard
58:58

In the early morning hours of October 17, 2015, two women accompanied 27-year-old Sasha Samsudean home after encountering her in the street after a night out on the town. They did everything right - they shared an Uber with her, they walked her to her door, and they waited until she was safely inside her apartment building, before heading home themselves. But the next day, Sasha's friends would summon the police, after not being able to get ahold of their friend. What happened to Sasha?

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Dec 11, 2017
Ep 42: Terror in Oklahoma (Kevin Sweat case)
50:29

From 2008 - 2011, the murders of two little girls in Weleetka, Oklahoma, remained unsolved, until a 23-year-old woman's disappearance would lead to the arrest of a dangerous suspect. 

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Dec 04, 2017
Ep 41: Who Killed Jessica Chambers? (Quinton Tellis Trial)
01:15:22

On December 6, 2014, firefighters in Cortland, Mississippi, came across a horrifying scene after responding to a car fire - 19-year-old Jessica Chambers had been set on fire. They tried to save her, but to no avail. Although Jessica didn't survive her injuries, could she have given a clue to the first responders? Quintin Tellis, a friend of Jessica's, would later go on trial for her murder - but did he really do it?

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Nov 27, 2017
Ep 40: The Calculated Murder of Robert Limon (Sabrina Limon Trial)
01:24:11

On August 17, 2014, 38-year-old Robert Limon was gunned down while at work. His wife’s lover was immediately arrested, but did he do it alone, or was someone else the mastermind? 

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Nov 13, 2017
Ep 39: The Haunting Confession of 17-year-old Jake Evans
37:46

In October 2012, 17-year-old Jake Evans called 911 and made a startling confession - he had just murdered members of his own family.  But as Jake's case made his way through the court system, it was stalled. 

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Nov 06, 2017
The Haunting Confession of 17-year-old Jake Evans

In October 2012, 17-year-old Jake Evans called 911 and made a startling confession - he had just murdered members of his own family.  But as Jake's case made his way through the court system, it was stalled. 

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Nov 06, 2017
CJ Brief: Forensic Psychology (Competency and Criminal Responsibility)
44:51

In this Court Junkie Brief, I interview Dr. Jennifer Johnson, a forensic psychologist. We talk about her profession, how defendants are determined competent to stand trial, and if she has ever disagreed with a judge's decision.

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Oct 30, 2017
Ep 38: The Case of Ohio’s Youngest Death Row Inmate
01:07:02

In January 2014, a gruesome murder would result in the conviction of 19-year-old Austin Myers, Ohio's youngest death row inmate. Many advocates for Austin believe his sentence was unfair, due to the fact that he never actually touched the murder weapon.

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Oct 16, 2017
Ep 37: What Really Happened to Holly Bobo? (Zachary Adams Trial)
01:38:10

20-year-old Holly Bobo went missing from her home near Parsons, Tennessee, on the morning of April 13, 2011. For years, her family was in the dark as to what happened to her, until finally, progress was made in the case. But would the trial of Zach Adams finally provide the answers?

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Oct 09, 2017
Ep 36: From “Husband/Father” of the Year to….Murderer?
51:00

In June 2006, the town of Reno, Nevada was rocked by a brutal murder, the shooting of a judge, and a week-long manhunt for the suspect.

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Oct 02, 2017
Ep 35: The Case of the Alleged Real-Life Gone Girl
51:15

A 29-year-old woman goes missing in Vallejo, California in 2015, and the details surrounding her disappearance are bizarre, to say the least. There are many things in this case that may surprise you and have you thinking that you know what’s going on….until you don’t. 

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Sep 18, 2017
Ep 34: The Strange Saga of Kelly Cochran
01:16:39

It all started with a missing persons report that was filed on October 27, 2014. Christopher Karl Regan hadn't been seen for two weeks and his friends and family were worried about him. The main suspect in his disappearance was Kelly Cochran, a married woman he had been secretly dating. But did Kelly really kill him, or did her husband have something to do with it?

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Sep 06, 2017
Case Update: Michelle Carter Sentencing
44:52

Earlier this month, Michelle Carter was sentenced for her role in the suicide death of her boyfriend, Carter Roy. I cover the sentencing hearing and drill down what it means with Daniel Medwed, from Northeastern University.

Note: This is an update to Episode 29 The Death of Conrad Roy (Michelle Carter Trial). 

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Aug 29, 2017
Ep 33: Jason Corbett - Murder or Self Defense?
01:10:19

In the early morning hours of August 2, 2015, 39-year-old Jason Corbett was found lying dead on the floor of his master bedroom. His wife, Molly Martens, and her father, Thomas Martens, claimed they killed Jason in self-defense. But was that really the truth or would a different story emerge at trial?

A special thank you to Alex Rose from WGHP Fox 8.  Follow Alex on Twitter @AlexRoseNews.

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Aug 22, 2017
EP 32 Part 2: Who Was Behind the Death of Rusty Sneiderman?
01:21:18

Although Hemy Neuman was convicted in the last episode, this case still isn’t over - more charges, more courtroom drama…and more lies. 

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Aug 13, 2017
Ep 32: Who Was Behind the Death of Rusty Sneiderman?
01:17:12

On November 18, 2010, a tragedy occurred at the Dunwoody Prep Daycare in Dunwoody, Georgia. A young father was gunned down after dropping off his 2-year-old son. The person who pulled the trigger was caught shortly thereafter, but was there a conspiracy behind the death? 

NOTE: DeKalb County in this instance should be pronounced "Dee-kab." Please excuse the instances in the episode where I pronounce it differently. :) 

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Aug 07, 2017
Ep 31: Donna Scrivo and the “Mysterious Intruder”
01:10:33

In January 2014, a horrific discovery was made along the side of the road in St. Clair Township, Michigan. What followed was an intense trial with testimony that seemed to be unbelievable....but was it?

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Jul 30, 2017
Ep 30: Dalia Dippolito and the Attempted Murder of Her Husband
01:27:34

When Dalia Dippolito returned home from the gym in the early morning hours of August 5, 2009, she came home to a scene that would be anyone's worst nightmare - police officers were waiting for her and told her that her husband had just been murdered.

But...everything certainly wasn't as it seemed.

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Jul 23, 2017
OJ Simpson: A Look Back Before His Parole Hearing
41:19

OJ Simpson's parole hearing is coming up on July 20, 2017. Here's a look back at how he landed in prison. 

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Jul 18, 2017
Ep: 29 The Death of Conrad Roy (Michelle Carter Trial)
01:45:45

At just 18 years old, Conrad Roy III tragically took his own life in July 2014. When police arrived at the scene, they found his cell phone, which would reveal some shocking text messages he had been exchanging with his alleged girlfriend at the time, 17-year-old Michelle Carter. Was Michelle encouraging him to commit suicide, and if so, could she be found legally responsible for his death?

A special thank you to Daniel Medwed from Northeastern University and Kelly Montemurro for her help with researching this case.  Follow Daniel on Twitter @DanielMedwed.

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Jul 10, 2017
Ep 28: Charleston Church Shooting and the Trial of Dylan Roof
01:22:11

On June 17, 2015, 21-year-old Dylann Roof walked into the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and joined the weekly Bible Study. The 12 church members welcomed the newcomer, completely unaware of his evil intentions. 

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Jun 26, 2017
Ep 27: The Conspiracy and Murder of Lisa Knoefel
01:10:48

In November 2012, a horrific murder occurred in a charming single family home in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. But everything wasn’t as it seemed…

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Jun 19, 2017
Case Update: War Machine Sentencing and Christy Mack Update
33:20

In this Case Update, hear what went on in the sentencing of War Machine, the former MMA fighter who was convicted of beating his former girlfriend, Christy Mack, and her friend, Corey Thomas. 

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Jun 12, 2017
Ep 26: A Teacher and Her Students
01:19:13

In October 2011, a 32-year-old Ohio teacher went on trial for sexual battery, accused of having inappropriate relations with 5 of her students. Her plea? Not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Jun 05, 2017
Ep 25: The Hazing Deaths of Robert Champion, Michael Deng & Tim Piazza
01:11:56

Hazing is unfortunately a common practice that can often turn deadly. In this episode, I cover the unfortunate deaths of three college students - 26-year-old Robert Champion, 19-year-old Michael Deng, and 19-year-old Tim Piazza.

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May 29, 2017
Ep 24: The Death of NFL Star Will Smith
01:19:50
On April 9, 2016, a road rage shooting took place in New Orleans, Louisiana that would claim the life of former NFL star Will Smith. With conflicting stories from both sides, what would happen during the trial of the man accused of killing him?
 
 
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May 22, 2017
Ep 23: Charles Erickson and The Murder of Kent Heitholt
01:23:16

It’s a story that has been told numerous times before - On Halloween night in 2001, Kent Heitholt, a 48-year-old sports editor, was brutally murdered in the Columbia Tribune parking lot as he was leaving work. 

Ryan Ferguson and Charles Erickson were arrested years later and charged with murder, although none of the forensic evidence at the scene matched either of the men. The case would slowly fall apart, amid witness recantations, and accusations of corruption.

Ryan would eventually be released, but Charlie remains in prison. In this episode, I speak to Charlie and get his side of the story, along with updates in the case. Visit FreeCharlesErickson.com for more info.

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May 15, 2017
Ep 22. Attack on the Blooming Grove Barracks (Eric Frein Trial)
01:12:00

In September 2014, the Blooming Grove Barracks in Pike County, Pennsylvania came under attack by a sniper, hiding in the woods. 

What followed was a tragedy, a manhunt, and a death penalty trial.

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May 07, 2017
Ep 21: The Final Trial For Aaron Hernandez (The Murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado)
02:00:39

In March 2017, former NFL star and already-convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez went on trial for the murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Daniel and Safiro were murdered in July 2012, after a possible encounter with Aaron Hernandez at a Boston nightclub.

Five days after his trial was over, an unexpected turn of events would change Aaron's criminal record forever. 

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Apr 30, 2017
Ep 20: Lisa Harnum’s Fall
01:17:43

On July 30, 2011, 30-year-old Lisa Cecilia Harnum died, after falling from her 15th floor balcony. Her fiancé, Simon Gittany, was arrested and charged with murder. Thank you to Melissa for suggesting this case, and a special thank you to Andrea Alden and Amy Dale, for helping me out with this episode.

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Apr 23, 2017
Ep 19: Charlie Tan and the Murder of His Father
01:03:28

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, 19-year-old Cornell University student Charlie Tan suddenly left campus to return to his hometown, over 100 miles away. Four days later, his mother would place a 911 call that would change their lives forever.

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Apr 16, 2017
Ep 18: Kenia Monge and "The Good Samaritan"
01:00:48

19-year-old Kenia Monge disappeared after a night out with friends on April 1, 2011. As her family launched a desperate campaign to find her, her father met with the man who last saw her – a man who said he had tried giving her a ride home the night she went missing. From then on, her father knew they would never find her alive.

A special thank you to Tony and Maria Lee, Kenia's parents, for speaking with me about their daughter's case. 

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Apr 09, 2017
Ep 17: Confronting Her Attacker – Christy Mack and War Machine
01:47:13

In August 2014, 22-year-old Christy Mack and her friend Corey Thomas were abruptly awoken in the middle of the night by Christy's ex-boyfriend, an MMA fighter named War Machine.  What followed was a brutal attack that would land both of them in the hospital with severe injuries, and cause War Machine to go on the run.

War Machine was captured and went on trial in March 2017. Christy had to face her attacker in court and recount brutal details from not only that night, but from throughout their relationship.

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Mar 27, 2017
Court Junkie Brief: Guilty Pleas, From a Prosecutor's Perspective
48:03

In this Court Junkie Brief, I interview Dave Wenger, a prosector from Pennsylvania. We talk about the process of a plea deal, what factors go into the decision to offer one, and I ask him to defend some arguments against the idea of guilty pleas.

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Mar 19, 2017
Ep 16: The Case & Trial of One of Canada’s Youngest Serial Killers
01:18:13

In November 2010, 20-year-old Cody Legebokoff was pulled over by an RCMP officer while speeding away from a dark abandoned road. Little did the officer realize that his actions that night would be stopping a serial killer in his tracks.

This episode covers the case and trial of Cody Legebokoff, one of Canada's youngest serial killers.

Thank you to Mark Nielsen for helping me cover this story. You can find Mark’s full coverage of the Cody Legebokoff case from the Prince George Citizen here, including the audio from Cody’s interrogations - http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/legebokoff-trial

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Mar 12, 2017
Ep 15 Part 2: Justice in Bali?
42:09

In Part 2 of this episode, you’ll hear about the third arrest in the murder of 62-year-old Sheila Von Weise-Mack. And with this arrest, comes some additional shocking evidence against Heather and Tommy, in the form of their own words. You’ll also hear how Heather and Tommy are coping at the Kerobokan Prison in Bali, and what’s next in the investigation.

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Mar 01, 2017
Ep 15 Part 1: A Mother’s Murder in Bali
38:38

In this episode, I explore the case of Sheila Von Weise-Mack, a Chicago mother who was murdered while on vacation in Bali with her 19-year-old daughter. After wheeling a suspicious-looking suitcase out into the lobby upon checkout from their resort, Sheila’s daughter, Heather Mack, and Heather’s boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, flee the scene.  Investigators are horrified to find Sheila’s body inside the suitcase. 

Justice in Bali is a lot different than justice in other parts of the world. In Part 1, you’ll hear details of the crime, as the court in Bali hears them. 

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Music by:

No Other Choice by Lee Rosevere - Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS_-_11_No_Other_Choice

Remember Trees? by Chris Zabriskie -  Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/Music_from_Neptune_Flux/ChrisZabriskie-MusicfromNeptuneFlux-07

Celestial Navigation by Blue Dot Sessions - Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/Aeronaut/Celestial_Navigation

Feb 23, 2017
Ep 14: The Vaughn Family Tragedy
54:41

In the early morning hours of June 14, 2007, a 32-year-old man is found walking down the side of a frontage road off I-55 in Channahon, Illinois. He’s bleeding and seemingly in shock. A passerby calls 911 and investigators arrive at the scene. They find the man’s wife and three children, dead in the family’s SUV. 

In this episode, I cover the trial of Christopher Vaughn, a husband and father accused of killing his wife and three children. 

A special thank you to Jon Seidel, a reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times for contributing to this episode. You can follow him on Twitter at @SeidelContent.

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No Other Choice by Lee Rosevere - Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS_-_11_No_Other_Choice

Remember Trees? by Chris Zabriskie -  Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/Music_from_Neptune_Flux/ChrisZabriskie-MusicfromNeptuneFlux-07

Celestial Navigation by Blue Dot Sessions - Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/Aeronaut/Celestial_Navigation

Feb 06, 2017
Ep 13: Aaron Hernandez - From NFL Star to Convicted Murderer
54:46

In this episode, I cover former NFL player Aaron Hernandez’s harsh fall from grace. In 2015, Aaron was convicted of the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. As he sits in prison, he is now preparing for yet another trial, scheduled to begin next month.

I speak with Kevin Armstrong (@KevinGArmstrong) from the New York Daily News about Aaron’s arrest, trial, and upcoming trial.

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I Have Often Told You Stories (guitar instrumental) by Ivan Chew (c) copyright 2013 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/ramblinglibrarian/41284 

No Other Choice by Lee Rosevere - Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS_-_11_No_Other_Choice

Survival by Lee Rosevere - Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS_-_07_Survival

Remember Trees? by Chris Zabriskie -  Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/Music_from_Neptune_Flux/ChrisZabriskie-MusicfromNeptuneFlux-07

Traces by Hyson - Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Traces

Celestial Navigation by Blue Dot Sessions - Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/Aeronaut/Celestial_Navigation

Jan 26, 2017
EP 12: Kelsey Smith - Abducted In Broad Daylight
35:17

Kelsey Smith was just 18 years old when she was abducted from a Target parking lot in Overland Park, Kansas in June 2007. Finding her would take a battle with a cellular phone company and heartbreaking surveillance video from Target, that shows that no one is ever really safe, even if you’re running a simple errand in broad daylight.

A special thank you to Kelsey’s mom, Missey Smith, for speaking with me for this episode. To learn more about the Kelsey Smith Foundation and the Kelsey Smith Act, please visit kelseysarmy.org.

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Music featured in this episode: 

  - Summertime instrumental 1 by cdk (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/cdk/13112 

  - Like Music (cdk Mix) by cdk (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike  (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/cdk/48915 Ft: Phasenwandler

Jan 17, 2017
Court Junkie Brief: Shaken Baby Syndrome
29:16

You've probably heard of Shaken Baby Syndrome but what you may not know is how controversial it's becoming. Hundreds of people are prosecuted each year in the US after being accused of shaking a baby. But with the emergence of shaken baby syndrome skeptics, many convictions are being overturned.

In this episode, I speak with Susan Goldsmith, the writer and producer of the documentary, The Syndrome. The Syndrome focuses on the science (or lack thereof) behind Shaken Baby Syndrome and the wrongful conviction cases because of it. 

You can find The Syndrome on many On Demand cable/satellite networks or on YouTube. You can also visit the website - http://www.thesyndromefilm.com/.

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Jan 09, 2017
Behind The Scenes and Updates On Each Case
47:58

In this episode, I take you behind-the-scenes of each case I covered in the Court Junkie podcast, as well as go over the latest updates. You'll also hear from Pravin Varughese's mom and family friend, as well as other Court Junkies. 

Link to Monica Zukas Facebook Page

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- Improvisation On Friday... by Alex (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/AlexBeroza/17253 Ft: The3amAssociation

- CAliformia Road by dilating_times (c) copyright 2014 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/dilating_times/44880

- summertime instrumental 1 by cdk (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/cdk/13112

- Falling In by Psykick (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/Psykick/52943

- Unknown Things by Robbero (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/Robbero/53070

- a letter from doxent by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/51322 Ft: Doxent Zsigmond

- Statia by gurdonark (c) copyright 2009 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/gurdonark/19368 Ft: J. Lang

 

Jan 02, 2017
My Top Cases of 2016
32:47

We all have cases that we follow and that stick with us, whether it’s on a personal level or because we’re oddly fascinated with them. In this episode, I count down the top cases that affected me the most this year. 

Next week, I’ll be releasing an end-of-year update episode, where I’ll be providing updates in the cases I’ve covered so far in this podcast.

 

Link to Dan Markel 20/20 episode: http://abc.go.com/shows/2020/episode-guide/2016-09/16-091616-In-Laws-&-Outlaws

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- Improvisation On Friday... by Alex (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/AlexBeroza/17253 Ft: The3amAssociation

- CAliformia Road by dilating_times (c) copyright 2014 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/dilating_times/44880

- summertime instrumental 1 by cdk (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/cdk/13112

- Falling In by Psykick (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/Psykick/52943

- Unknown Things by Robbero (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/Robbero/53070

- a letter from doxent by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/51322 Ft: Doxent Zsigmond

- Statia by gurdonark (c) copyright 2009 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/gurdonark/19368 Ft: J. Lang

Dec 26, 2016
Ep 11: Mercy or Murder? The John & Barbara Wise Story
29:11

In August 2012, 66-year-old John Wise went to the Akron General Medical Center to visit his ailing wife of 45 years. He would leave there in handcuffs. It’s a case that isn’t as it seems and the twists and turns may leave you with more questions than answers. It’s a case that begs the question, does the act outweigh the intent?

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Dec 19, 2016
Court Junkie Brief: Expert Witnesses
26:56

In this Brief, I speak with Russ Richelsoph, a criminal defense attorney from Tempe, Arizona.  Russ talks about how he chooses his expert witnesses, what sort of credentials expert witnesses need to have (the answer might surprise you), and what it's like to cross examine an expert witness.

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Dec 12, 2016
Ep 10 Part 2: Kristine Bunch’s Struggle For Freedom
34:31

In Part 2 of this episode, Kristine and her newly-formed defense team fight to win back her freedom. Armed with advances in fire science, a potential Brady violation, and some shocking revelations about the State's evidence at trial, Kristine and her team fight till the very end.

A special thank you to Kristine Bunch for helping me tell her story.

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Dec 05, 2016
Ep 10 Part 1: Kristine Bunch’s Nightmare
32:00

In part 1 of this episode, you’ll hear about one woman’s nightmare come true. In 1995, 21-year-old Kristine Bunch was abruptly awoken in the early morning hours to discover that her house was on fire. After escaping the flames, she watched in horror as firefighters were unable to save her 3-year-old son who was still trapped inside. Within hours of being released from the hospital, she discovered that detectives had a theory about the fire - someone had started the fire on purpose, and their main suspect was Kristine. 

A special thank you to Kristine Bunch for helping me tell her story.

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Nov 28, 2016
Court Junkie Brief: False Confessions
24:13

In this Court Junkie Brief, I speak with Alan Hirsch,  a professor and chair of the Justice and Law Studies program at Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Alan has also testified as a false confessions expert in over 25 different trials across 16 different states. We talk about why people falsely confess to crimes they didn't commit, the different techniques law enforcement uses in their interrogations and cases involving false confessions.

 
Note: At the time of this recording, Brendan Dassey was set to be released from prison. However, after this was recorded, the federal court blocked his release.

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Nov 21, 2016
Ep 9: Ryan Poston Murder / Shayna Hubers Trial
39:42

Ryan Poston and Shayna Hubers had been dating on and off for about a year when one night in October 2012, a 911 call was placed from Ryan’s condo. When officers arrived, they found Ryan dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Shayna claimed it was self-defense even though Ryan had been shot 6 times.

I’ll go over Shayna’s bizarre behavior, the details from the trial, and tell you about a shocking new development that just might change everything.

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Nov 13, 2016
Ep 8 Part 2: The Murder of Sherri Rae Rasmussen
39:34

On February 24, 1986, John Ruetten came home from work to find his newlywed wife on their living room floor, dead from 3 bullet wounds to the chest. Investigators concluded it was a burglary gone wrong, but the case went unsolved for decades. 23 years later, DNA testing that hadn’t been available before was conducted and who the new evidence pointed to was shocking. 

In Part 2, you’ll hear the conclusion of Stephanie’s interrogation, the evidence presented at trial, and the final outcome of the case.

Check out the full unedited interrogation - https://youtu.be/JT21CI4GRUM 

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Oct 31, 2016
Ep 8 Part 1: The Murder of Sherri Rae Rasmussen
39:21

On February 24, 1986, John Ruetten came home from work to find his newlywed wife on their living room floor, dead from 3 bullet wounds to the chest. Investigators concluded it was a burglary gone wrong, but the case went unsolved for decades. 23 years later, DNA testing that hadn’t been available before was conducted and who the new evidence pointed to was shocking.

In Part 1, you’ll hear the details of the crime, how the investigation progressed over the years, and audio from a very interesting interrogation.

Check out the full unedited interrogation - https://youtu.be/JT21CI4GRUM

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Oct 28, 2016
Ep 8 Part 1: The Murder of Sherri Rae Rasmussen

On February 24, 1986, John Ruetten came home from work to find his newlywed wife on their living room floor, dead from 3 bullet wounds to the chest. Investigators concluded it was a burglary gone wrong, but the case went unsolved for decades. 23 years later, DNA testing that hadn’t been available before was conducted and who the new evidence pointed to was shocking.

In Part 1, you’ll hear the details of the crime, how the investigation progressed over the years, and audio from a very interesting interrogation.

Check out the full unedited interrogation - https://youtu.be/JT21CI4GRUM

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Oct 28, 2016
Court Junkie Brief: No Body Murder Cases
21:32

Trying someone for murder without knowing the location of the victim's body happens a lot more than you might think. The phrase "no body, no crime" just isn't true. I spoke with Tad DiBiase, a former federal homicide prosecutor and expert on no body murder cases, about the first no body case he tried, what the stats on these types of cases are, and how these cases can affect jury selection. 

Court Junkie Briefs are additional episodes I've created that focus on a singular courtoom-related issue. I'll be speaking with legal experts, analysts, attorneys, forensic pathologists, etc., to help us all get a better understanding of our justice system. 

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Oct 26, 2016
Announcing Court Junkie Briefs
04:35

I'm excited to announce that I'll be releasing an additional episode series called Court Junkie Briefs. These episodes will focus on a singular courtroom related issue, such as inadmissible evidence and how it can affect a case, murder without a body cases, sunshine laws, and more.

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Oct 20, 2016
Ep 7: The Abduction of Alexis Murphy and the Trial of Randy Taylor
39:54

17-year-old Alexis Murphy was a popular teenager from Shipman, Virginia with her whole life ahead of her. In August 2013, she was looking forward to her senior year of high school when she had an encounter with a man at a local gas station that would change everything.

Although Alexis is still missing, the Commonwealth of Virginia went after her accused abductor and charged him with murder. Can the Commonwealth prove their case without a body?

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Alexis Murphy, please contact the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 263-7050.

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Oct 16, 2016
Case Update: Melissa Calusinski’s Post-Conviction Relief Ruling
24:43

Judge Shanes made his decision last Friday on Melissa’s request for a new trial. I attended the hearing and will go over the ruling as well as what’s next for Melissa and her team.

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Oct 07, 2016
Case Update - Erica Parsons’ Body Found
14:14

Just days after releasing my original episode about Erica Parsons, there was a major breakthrough in the case. In an expected yet tragic ending to the Erica Parsons case, Rowan County investigators announced on Friday that they found Erica’s body. 

The Rowan County Sheriff said in the press conference that Erica loved angels and so they are accepting donations from the public to erect an angel monument in her honor. Donations can be mailed to: 

Prevent Child Abuse Rowan County
130 Woodson Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

Be sure to include “Erica’s Angel” on your donation.

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Oct 05, 2016
Ep 6: Richardson Family Murders - The Story of A 12-Year-Old Killer
37:03

In April 2006, the small city of Medicine Hat in Alberta, Canada, was shocked by an unthinkable murder no one ever saw coming - A 12-year-old girl convinces her 23-year-old boyfriend to murder her entire family. I speak with the first investigator on the scene and talk to him about the crime itself as well as the latest developments - which might shock you too. 

Warning: this episode contains some disturbing details, but they’re important to understanding the severity and complexity of the case.

NOTE: I'd like to make a correction about my reference to the "town of Saskatchewan." Saskatchewan is actually a province and not a town. Sincere apologies to my Canadian friends! 

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Sep 29, 2016
Ep 5: Erica Parsons - Teen Reported Missing 2 Years After Disappearance
35:43

Could a jailhouse conversation be the key to finding out what happened to Erica Parsons? Erica Parsons had been missing from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina for two years before she was finally reported missing to police by her adoptive brother. Erica’s adoptive mother told police she went to live with her biological grandma - someone police say does not exist. I talk to Brooklyn Parsons, Erica’s adoptive sister,  who has recently visited her father, Sandy Parsons, in prison. What he tells her could finally provide answers on what really happened to Erica. 

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Sep 22, 2016
Case Update: Melissa Calusinski - Did Someone Tamper With The Evidence?
17:00

I attended day 3 of Melissa Calusinski’s evidentiary hearing. Her attorney, Kathleen Zellner, had filed a Post Conviction Relief Petition, based on possible new evidence. Day 3 of the hearing included testimony from an imaging expert who makes some shocking clams about the x-ray images. 

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Sep 20, 2016
Ep 4: Questions Surrounding Pravin Varughese’s Death
47:57

19-year-old Pravin Varughese was a college student at Southern Illinois University when he was mysteriously found dead in the woods after leaving a party. Investigators believe he died from hypothermia but a second autopsy reveals he may have died from blunt force trauma. A 22-year-old man came forward to say he got into a fight with Pravin the night he died. Will Pravin’s family finally get the answers they’re looking for?

A special thank you goes out to Pravin’s mom, Lovely Varughese, and Monica Zukas for helping me with Pravin’s story. 

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Sep 08, 2016
Ep 3: The Mysterious Disappearance of Gabriel Johnson
26:14

This is the story of Gabriel Johnson, an 8-month-old boy who has been missing from Tempe, Arizona since 2009. After a custody battle with her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel’s mother Elizabeth took him and fled to San Antonio, Texas. She first claims she killed the little boy but then changes her story and says she gave him away to a random couple at a park. To this day, no one knows where Gabriel is or if he’s even alive...

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Aug 30, 2016
Ep 2: Melissa Calusinski's Bombshell Hearings
26:10

Melissa Calusinski has been in prison since 2009 after being convicted of murdering a 16-month-old boy. New evidence shows that there might not have been a homicide after all. I went to Melissa’s recent evidentiary hearings for a new trial and learned some bombshell information that highlights the need for a retrial.

https://www.facebook.com/Justice4Kent/

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Aug 24, 2016
Ep 1: Melissa Calusinski - A Shot At Freedom
27:06

It was January 14, 2009. A 16-month-old toddler named Benjamin Kingan died at a Lake County, Illinois daycare center from a mysterious head injury. Melissa Calusinski, a 22-year-old Teacher’s Assistant at the daycare, was charged and ultimately convicted of his murder. Years later, new evidence has been discovered that shows Ben's cause of death may not be what it seems, and that it may not have been a homicide after all.

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Aug 15, 2016