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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In this episode I detail a rare phenomenon - female mass murderers. You'll hear three cases of women who killed several people in a single incident in the U.S., Germany and Kuwait.
Jennifer San Marco killed 7 people in Goleta, California in 2006
The worst case of mass murder in the U.S. at the time occurred on July 18, 1984. The shooter entered a crowded McDonald's restaurant in San Ysidro, California and killed 21 men, women and children before the siege was over.
San Diego police escort McDonald employees out of the restaurant after a shooter killed 21 employees and customers in 77 minutes.
Eight student nurses are found dead one morning in 1966. There was only one survivor. This is the case of mass murderer Richard Speck.
A WWII vet goes on a killing rampage in Camden, New Jersey in 1949.
A couple deceive, rob and, ultimately, kill women who place ads in "Lonely Hearts" columns in the 1940s.
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Two teens go on a killing spree in America's heartland in 1958.
Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate
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A couple begin a reign of terror across several states in the Midwest United States in the summer of 1984. The FBI would be called in to find and apprehend the serial killers.
Alton Coleman and Debra Brown in court, 1984.
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.
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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
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The series "Artful Crimes" details cases of crimes committed by and against artists. In Chapter 1 we'll explore the death of Vincent Van Gogh - suicide or murder?
Resources: Book: Van Gogh: A Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
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A man leads police to a body buried in a snowbank on Christmas Day, 1977. This murder in Madison, Wisconsin, would captivate the public with a tale of sex, murder, drugs and money.
Video: Winter of Frozen Dreams
On Christmas Day, 1929, one of the country's worst mass murders took place in North Carolina. This is Chapter 2 of Holiday Homicides: The Lawson Family Murders.
The Lawson family portrait - part of Charlie Lawson's "Christmas surprise".
The crime scene became a tourist attraction complete with blood splatter.
Book: The Meaning of Our Tears: The True Story of the Lawson Family Murders by Trudy J. Smith
Ballad: The Lawson Family Murder by Doc Watson
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In the early morning hours of Christmas Eve, 1881, a brutal attack was perpetrated on three sleeping teens in Ashland, Kentucky.
The three suspects in the Ashland murders
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Poem: The Ashland Tragedy, composed as a ballad by Peyton Buckner Byrne of Greenup County, Kentucky.
Music: The Cherry Tree Carol and Carol of the Bells from An Appalachian Christmas, Composer Mark O'Connor
A 9-year-old girl is abducted in Arlington, Texas. The community and, ultimately, the country would call for changes in the way law enforcement responds to missing and abducted children
You can find the video about Amber and her family here: WFAA Amber Hagerman Documentary
Click here to find out more about the AMBER Alert System
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children can be contacted at 1-800-THE-LOST or www.missingkids.org .
You can see a list of active AMBER alerts here.
Tips to keep your children safe:
1) Have a code word phrase. This is a phrase that you would share with your children, especially as it relates to adults they should and can trust. They should know that if you send someone to pick them up from school or any activity, the code word will be used. Make it something funny or personal so it’s easy for the kids to remember. A child should only go with someone who tells them that phrase. 2) Teach your kids that adults don’t need help from kids. If an adult needs directions, help finding a pet or anything else, they should ask another adult, not a child.
3) Let your child know it’s OK to yell, scream, and say no to an adult if they feel uncomfortable or scared. We teach children to listen to adults and not to be disruptive, but there are times they should disobey and be loud. It’s a good idea to practice with your kids. Give them a scenario and have them practice say no firmly and loudly, screaming, and running away.
4) Be careful of sharing too much identifying information on the internet. Of course, we like to share pictures and information about the cute and fun things are children do on Facebook and other social media. But predators can get information about a child's location, routine, etc., if identifying information is shared such as school names, names of parks you frequent, even locations of meeting places like scout troop meetings, sports fields, etc. So, just keep that information to a minimum and without details. Family members and good friends already probably know it so it's not necessary to share.
The murder of a young girls leads to sweeping changes in sentencing laws.
Polly Hannah Klaas was 12 years old when she was abducted by a stranger out of her own bedroom.
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Happy Thanksgiving! Just sharing some info about the holiday schedule of podcast releases and some shout outs to listeners and podcasters!
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An abused woman spends years being beaten and terrorized by her husband while police and others turn a blind eye. In desperation, she takes the law into her own hands.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline (U.S.) 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Victim Support (U.K.) www.victimsupport.org.uk
Domestic Violence Resource Centre (AU) www.dvrcv.org.au
U.S. Dept. of Justice Office on Violence Against Women www.justice.gov/ovw
People show support for the defendant at the trial of Francine Hughes./Farrah Fawcett's portrayal of Francine in "The Burning Bed".
A young woman's murder becomes and indictment on American apathy and changes the way crime is reported
On this special bonus Halloween episode I share something a little different. Instead of the usual true crime case I'm sharing two ghost stories with you. Feel free to listen in the dark! Happy Halloween!
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Mark David Chapman stalks and murders John Lennon on a New York city street in 1980. This is Chapter 3 of Fatal Fans.
John Lennon autographs his album for Mark Chapman a few hours before Chapman shoots him dead on December 8, 1980.
John Hinckley, Jr. tries to impress an actress by killing President Ronald Reagan. Was he legally insane? This is the final chapter in the series "Fatal Fan".
John Hinckley's mug shot - dated 3/30/81 - the day he tried to kill President Reagan.
An unhinged fan has murderous plans towards young actress Rebecca Schaeffer.
Robert John Bardo in court.