The Academy Awards is held annually to honor the best of Hollywood. But, there is a darker side of this star-studded ceremony. The first is the true story of the crime portrayed in the Academy Award winning film Dog Day Afternoon.
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Left: The real John Wojtowicz, Right: Al Pacino as "Sonny" in Dog Day Afternoon
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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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A woman leaves her abusive husband and spends months trying to get law enforcement authorities to help her escape her abuser. In 1983, she survives one of the most brutal and vicious incidents of domestic violence I've ever encountered. She will file a civil lawsuit against the city an the police department for failing to protect her.
Tracey Thurman Motuzick
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A young woman is offered a ride by a nice looking man in Salt Lake City in 1974. By the end of the day she would be attacked and almost killed by the infamous serial killer, Ted Budy.
My special guest, Rhonda Stapley, is the author of "I Survived Ted Bundy: The Attack, Escape and PTSD That Changed My Life". You can find it here on Amazon.
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A young girl is abducted on her way home from school in Lugoff, South Carolina in 2006.
14-year-old Elizabeth Shoaf masterminded her own rescue from this underground bunker hidden deep in the woods.
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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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On Christmas Eve day, 2002, an 8-month pregnant woman went missing from her home. A large-scale search was started right away, but suspicion immediately fell upon her husband, Scott Peterson.
This episode will be a little different for OUAC. I have a special co-host, Yolanda Norris from the Not Perfect or Functional Podcast who will be discussing the case with me. Yolanda is my sister so this is a real holiday treat for me - and I hope it will be for you too!
Also, while you may think you know this story, we've come at it from a different angle. First, it will be in response to the A&E program "The Murder of Laci Peterson" in which they lay out a case for the reasons some believe Scott Peterson was tried in the media and should have been found not guilty.
Second, we will do a deep into the background and psyche of Scott Peterson to give our take on why we think not only is he guilty, but that there were signs pointing to how and why Scott may have been able to so casually murder his wife and unborn son.
This episode is Part One of a two-part special episode. Part Two comes out tomorrow! Happy Holidays!
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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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We kick our true crime holiday season with stores of Santas who go bad.
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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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A mother-son team of grifters turns to murder to get away with their financial schemes.
Sante & Kenny Kimes on 60 Minutes.
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One of the most prolific serial killer families in history was discovered in Jalisco, Mexico in 1964. This is the story of the Gonzalez Sisters.
Serial killers, sex slavery
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Our new series "Murder in the Family" details cases where family members commit murder together. First up, the story of The Briley Brothers who went on an 8-month crime spree in Richmond Virginia.
Left to right: Linwood, James (JB), and Anthony Briley, Douglas Meekins
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A pregnant mother dies as a result of a car accident. Thousands of Facebook friends mourn her loss. Could her whole life have been fabricated online? Chapter 2 tells the fascinating story of a case of Munchausen by Internet.
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In this series I'll details cases of those who deceived others in elaborate and bizarre ways. First up, a case out of Australia and and a case of Munchausen by Internet.
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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 woman goes missing in a small town in Tennessee. Soon, a kidnapper calls demanding a ransom. The communication from him becomes more bizarre and townspeople begin to believe the culprit might be one of their own community members.
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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,
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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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Our second chapter focuses on a case of Munchausen by Proxy - but this time the perpetrator is a health care worker preying on unsuspecting hospital patients.
Beverley Allitt was a British serial killer dubbed "The Angel of Death". Many believe she killed because she had Munchausen's Syndrome. Others simply believe she was an evil person who used her position to attack the most vulnerable - the young and helpless.
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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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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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