As a special treat I'll share a couple of creepy urban legends...with a twist. These tales are actually based on true crime stories.
Son of Sam, The Zodiac Killer, 3x Killer, The Watcher
In our last chapter of "With Friends Like These" four young people are gunned down in Clear Lake City, Texas. A bullied girl had been taken under their wing - did their kindness cost them their lives?
Marcus Precella, Tiffany Rowell, Adelbert Sanchez and Rachel Koloroutis
A group of teens conspire to kill a young man - the best friend of one of the conspirators - in Hollywood, Florida in 1993.
Bobby Kent was proud of his muscles and sometimes used them to bully his friends.
The 7 conspirators (clockwise from top left):
Marty Puccio, Ali Willis, Donny Semenec, Heather Swallers,
Derek Dzvirko, Derek Kaufman, Lisa Connelly
Book: Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge by Jim Schutze
Movie (based on this case): Bully
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Our new series "With Friends Like These" I detail cases where friends turn upon friends - and become deadly. The first is a case of high school jealousy. Kirsten Costas is attacked by a classmate in Orinda, California.
Kirsten Costas (left) and Bernadette Protti (right) were classmates at Miramonte High School in Orinda, California. Bernadette became obsessed with Kirsten and wanted to be included in her circle of popular girls.
Recommendations for other true crime podcasts:
Kiwi Crimes (New Zealand Crimes)
S'laughter (UK Crimes)
Marie Hilley poisons her husband to death and attempts to kill her daughter in Alabama. When her crime is discovered she goes on the run. What she does next is one of the most bizarre tales of true crime in U.S. history.
Television show: American Monster - Alabama Murder Mystery
The story of Marie Hilley's life is one of the most strange and bizarre true crime cases I've encountered. There are so many twists and turns in this case that I've split it into two parts.
Frank and Marie Hilley early in their marriage.
A rare phenomenon causes a mother to make her children ill for her own selfish gain. Chapter 1 of "Sick and Murdered".
Laurie Williamson is wheeled into court to face charges (she claimed to be paralyzed).
Podcasts featuring the Dee Dee & Gypsy Blanchard Case -
Documentary: Mommy Dead and Dearest
Part 2 of "Murder in the Hamptons" tells of the ugly and costly divorce of Ted and Generosa Ammon and how hate a resentment boiled over to murder.
Clockwise from top: Greg & Alexa Ammon, The East Hampton beach house, Danny Pelosi, Ted Ammon, Generosa Ammon
Check out this independent podcast! The Noir Factory Podcast
Book: Almost Paradise: The East Hampton Murder of Ted Ammon by Kieren Crowley
A love story turn into a murder when a multi-millionaire finds himself in an ugly and vicious divorce.
The Ammon family in happier times.
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Murder Dictionary - Join Kelly & Brianna as they discover true crime cases from A-Z focusing on a new type of crime for each letter of the alphabet. You'll laugh, you'll scream, you'll come back for more!
Edmond Safra was a billionaire banker who lived in a highly secure penthouse in Monaco. So, how did attackers get in - or was the story all a fabrication by an insecure employee? This is the strange and tragic story with many questions yet to be answered.
La Leopolda, one of the most opulent villas on the French Riviera was just one of the residences owned by the vastly wealthy couple, Edmond & Lily Safra.
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The new series details cases of the rich who were targeted for their wealth. In our first chapter a young man's greed prompts him to plot a heinous crime.
The Ewell family from L to R: Dana, Glee, Tiffany and Dale
Two couples collide on a deserted island in the South Seas. Only one would leave the island alive.
Mac & Muff Graham on the Sea Wind, Duane Buck Walker, Stephanie Stearns
Part 2 tells about the investigation, interrogation, arrest and trial of Jodi Arias for the murder of Travis Alexander. This is Chapter 3 of "A Woman Scorned"
Jodi Arias was on the stand for 18 days during her trial.
A young woman who felt spurned by her on-again-off again lover and realizaing she couldn’t have him for herself, decides to take deadly revenge. This case became one of the most sensationalized trials on record.
Chapter 2 of "A Woman Scorned" is the murder of Travis Alexander by Jodi Arias.
In 1989, Betty Broderick guns down her ex-husband and his new wife. Did her cheating husband cause her to snap or did she commit cold-blood, premeditated murder?
This is Chapter 1 of our new series "A Woman Scorned".
Betty and Dan Broderick on their wedding day in 1969. Their love would not last forever.
A divorced dad takes revenge out on his ex-wife by attempting to murder his own son.
A 1988 television movie titled "David" detailed the terrible crime Charles Rothenberg committed on his 6-year-old son.
A woman reports her car stolen with her 2 young sons inside. After a 9 day search, the unthinkable would be discovered.
Michael and Alex Smith went missing on October 25, 1994.
Three children are shot on a lonely road one night in 1983. Was it the work of a violent stranger or was it even more horrifying? Could their own mother be to blame?
Diane Downs and her children - Danny, Christie and Cheryl.
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A young girl infatuated with an older, married man sets out to eliminate her rival - his wife of 15 years. But, the story is soon discovered to be more sordid than originally thought.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts is robbed of over a half a billion dollars of rare art in 1990.
Image: Thieves smash and grab over a half billion dollars of art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.
A young aspiring writer shoots pop art icon Andy Warhol in 1968.
Valerie Solanas, just after shooting Andy Warhol, June 3, 1968.
Movie: I Shot Andy Warhol
The great artist Caravaggio lives an unparalleled life as a painter of masterpieces and as a mercurial and violent young man who became a convicted murderer before the age of 35.
true crime artists murderers historical crime
Book: Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane by Andrew Graham-Dixon
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A bonus episode partially recorded at The Warfield Theater in San Francisco, CA. Making a Murderer's Dean Strang and Jerry Buting on their speaking tour "A Conversation on Justice".
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