A fatal dog mauling case shocked the San Francisco Bay Area and the world in early 2001. When the details were revealed about the dogs and their owners the story took a bizarre twist.
Join me for part one of this two-part episode as I detail the tragic death of a young, lacrosse coach and the strange and unusual backstory that lead to her demise.
Book: Red Zone: The Behind the Scenes Story of the San Francisco Dog Mauling by Aphrodite Jones
Article: Mad Dogs and Lawyers by Evan Wright, Rolling Stone Magazine, February 28, 2002.
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Dian Fossey became the foremost expert on the mountain gorillas of the Congo. She conducted the first long-term field study of these animals and her story was immortalized in the book and movie Gorillas in the Mist. A few days after Christmas 1985 Dian Fossey was found brutally murdered in her cabin at the primate research center she founded. People around the world wanted to know who killed Dian Fossey?
#Rwanda #poachers #gorillaconservation #Virunga #Karisoke
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On this bonus episode I discuss the 4-part documentary series "Dead North" that premiered on A&E in late May.
My special co-host is my brother, Tony.
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In this special episode I give a wrap-up of CrimeCon - all the true crime celebrity sightings, the true crime podcast rockstars I got to hang out with, and all the inside gossip and info. I also discuss a couple of cases related to what I learned in CrimeCon sessions this year. I'll talk about the Patsy Ramsey 911 call, Ted Bundy and Jodi Arias.
Shout outs to many, many podcasts including Southern Fried True Crime, Trace Evidence, InSight, True Crime Fan Club, The Fall Line, Minds of Madness, Misconduct, Crime and Precedents, Undisclosed, Red Wing Audio Drama, and many, many more.
With The Manks (Josh Mankiewicz, Dateline)
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One intersection in Beverly Hills has been the site of many events from airplane crashes, car accidents, and murders. Could it be a coincidence or is the area cursed?
Photo: The intersection of Sunset Blvd, North Linden and North Whittier Drive in Beverly Hills, known as "The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle".
#beverlyhills #bermudatriangle #howardhughes #hollywood #bugsysiegel #ronnichasen
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A woman takes revenge for hundreds of raped and murdered women in Juarez, Mexico by targeting city bus drivers.
Photo: Pink crosses spring up around Juarez with the words "Ni una mas" or "not one more" after hundreds of women are murdered beginning in 1993.
For more information about women's organizations in Juarez:
Book: The Daughters of Juarez: A True Story of Serial Murder South of the Border by Teresa Rodriguez
Paper: The Femicide Machine by Sergio Gonzalez Rodriguez, published by Semiotext (c) with support from Mexico's National Fund for Culture and the Arts 2011-2013.
A hijacking on a bus unfolds live on television in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June of 2000.
#hijacking #hostagecrisis #Brazil
Documentary: Bus 174 (2002) directed by Jose Padilha
A 16-year-old boy from a well-to-do Fort Worth family commits a quadruple vehicular homicide. His attorneys will argue that his overprivileged upbringing resulted in him not knowing how to discern right from wrong. The term "affluenza" was coined to describe defendants like Ethan Couch - wealthy, spoiled and held unaccountable for their bad behavior.
I'll also describe how this same defense was used in 1924 to defend the wealthy teenaged murderers Leopold and Loeb.
#LeopoldandLoeb #CrimeoftheCentury #EthanCouch #Affluenza
PureLand is the story of the brutal murder of a young Japanese tourist named Tomomi Hanamure who was found stabbed to death while hiking to Grand Canyon's Havasu Falls. But, it is also the story of three cultures - Japanese, American and Native American, the cycle of family violence, nature, spirituality, healing and so much more.
In this first episode of a new feature on Once Upon a Crime called "The Next Chapter" I recommend the book Pure Land and share an interview with it's author, Annette McGivney.
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Supervisor Dan White murders San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978. His defense would claim "diminished capacity" to keep him from being sentenced to death. The media dubbed this "The Twinkie Defense". But, what really caused Dan White to become a double murderer?
From L to R: Supervisor Harvey Milk, Mayor George Moscone, Dan White
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Three cases are outlined where a person commits murder and then blames the crime on sleepwalking.
First up, Albert Tirrell murders his mistress in 1846 claiming he was in a trance-like state at the time. Kenneth Parks travels 23 km to commit a murder - all while asleep, he claimed. Finally, another man tries to use the sleepwalking defense after killing his wife in Phoenix, Arizona in 1997.
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A teenage hitchhiker is picked up by a violent rapist in Northern California in 1978. The attack upon her would horrify the public and Lawrence Singleton would serve as a terrifying warning about accepting rides from strangers.
Mary Vincent soon after her attack by Larry Singleton.
Mary Vincent testifies at Singleton's murder trial in 1998.
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I continue my discussion of the Laci Peterson case with my co-host, Yolanda of the Not Perfect or Functional Podcast. In this episode we take a deep dive into the background and psychology of Scott Peterson and what we believe contributed to his crime.
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We're talking Black Friday Madness, Grinchy burglars, and more true crime holiday craziness on this special holiday edition episode.
Hear holiday greetings from some of my pod friends including Canadian True Crime, True Crime Garage, Southern Fried True Crime, Insight Podcast, True Crime Island, Murder Road Trip, The Cleaning of John Doe, Killifornia Dreaming and Done Disappeared.
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Two cousins from a prominent and wealthy family seek revenge on their own relatives and turn to murder.
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Books: Bitter Blood: A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness and Multiple Murder by Jerry Bledsoe
Movies/Television: In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride and Madness (Also known as "Bitter Blood") starring Harry Hamlin and Kelly McGillis (1994)
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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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).
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Documentary: Mommy Dead and Dearest
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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
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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.
Thanks for sharing independent podcasts! This week's recommendations:
Malicious Life Podcast - Malicious Life explores the people and the stories behind the cyber security industry and its evolution. Host Ran Levi interviews hackers and industry experts, discussing the hacking culture of the 1970s and 80s, the subsequent rise of viruses in the 1990s and today’s advanced cyber threats.
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!