"The best True Crime radio program on the air." - Erin Moriarty CBS 48Hrs
"True Crime Uncensored is amazing, amusing and completely unexpected! This is the 'Car Talk' of True Crime podcasts, and the show all other true crime shows listen to!" -- Travis Webb. Created by Burl Barer, produced by Magic Matt Alan, Archived by Douglas Shearer. Fact Checker: Mark Boyer Hosted by Burl Barer and Frank C. Girardot, Jr. The Internet's FIRST true crime podcast now in our second decade of live broadcasts Saturday 2 pm PT onOutlawRadioLive.com .
Tod Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including The Low Desert, Gangsterland (a finalist for the Hammett Prize), Gangster Nation, The House of Secrets (which he co-authored with Brad Meltzer), Living Dead Girl (a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), and the popular Burn Notice series. His books have been published in a dozen languages and around the world and were twice named a finalist for the VN international Thriller of the Year Award.
His short fiction has been collected in three volumes — Simplify, which won the Other Voices Book Prize and was a finalist for the SCBA Award, Other Resort Cities, and his latest book, The Low Desert: Gangster Stories — and has been widely anthologized. His essays, journalism, and criticism have appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal, among countless other publications and anthologies, and have earned five Nevada Press Association Awards for excellence, while his essay “When They Let Them Bleed” was selected for Best American Essays. For his body of work, Tod was honored with the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.
In addition to his work on the page, Tod is also the cohost of the podcast Literary Disco, along with Julia Pistell & Rider Strong, which has been named a top podcast by the Washington Post, The Guardian, Mashable, and even Good Housekeeping (among many others).
He is also the co-host, along with essayist Maggie Downs, of Open Book on KCOD Coachella FM, the leading public radio station in the Coachella Valley.
Tod Goldberg holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from Bennington College and is a Professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside where he directs the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. He lives in Indio, CA with his wife, the beauty writer Wendy Duren.
Goldberg broke into television with a freelance script sale to Spenser: For Hire. Since then, his TV writing & producing credits have covered a wide variety of genres, including sci-fi (seaQuest), cop shows (Hunter, The Glades), martial arts (Martial Law), whodunits (Diagnosis Murder, Nero Wolfe), the occult (She-Wolf of London), kid’s shows (R.L. Stine’s The Nightmare Room), T&A (Baywatch, She Spies), comedy (Monk) clip shows (The Best TV Shows That Never Were) and total crap (The Highwayman, The New Adventures of Flipper).
He’s written and produced TV shows in Canada (Murphy’s Law, Cobra, Missing), England (Stick With Me Kid, She Wolf of London) and Germany (Fast Track: No Limits). His mystery writing for television has earned him two Edgar Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America.
His two careers, novelist and TV writer, merged when he wrote the eight books in the Diagnosis Murder series of original novels, based on the hit CBS TV mystery that he also wrote and produced. He followed that up by writing fifteen bestselling novels based on Monk, another TV show that he worked on. His Monk novels have been translated and published in Germany, Poland, Thailand, Japan, Turkey, and many other countries.
In addition to his writing, he’s worked as an international TV development expert and consulting producer for production companies and major networks in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
But perhaps he’s best known for his pioneering work mapping the human genome and negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Goldberg lives in Los Angeles with his wife and his daughter and still sleeps in Man From U.N.C.L.E. pajamas.
What’s scarier than a murderer? Someone with the charisma to compel others to kill for them . . . or to kill themselves. Meet these cult leaders–and get an inside look at their beliefs and how they controlled others.
Some cults, led by leaders like Charlie Manson, Jim Jones, and David Koresh, are notorious. But others are less well known, such as Shoko Asahara and his doomsday cult, Aum Shinrikyo, who orchestrated the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway. Or Joseph Di Mambro and Luc Jouret, who founded the Order of the Solar Temple, a doomsday cult that led to the death of 51 members by murder or suicide. Then there is Marshall Applewhite, leader of Heaven’s Gate, who, along with 38 followers, killed themselves in the belief that the Hale-Bopp comet signaled the arrival of a spaceship that would transport them to a higher plane of existence. What makes cult leaders so compelling is their often-unfathomable power over their adherents. Why do people kill others or themselves for a questionable set of beliefs? Killer Cults tells the stories behind both famous and unfamiliar cults, and the people behind them. Across a series of profiles, we learn the jaw-dropping truth behind some of the most mystifying and deadly cults, and their leaders, all of whom led their followers down a dark, murderous path.
Two attempted murder charges and a history of criminal behavior spelled a dead-end life for Sidney Sims...but something happened -- knowledge, volition, and action transformed Sims' life from monochrome predictability of retrograde to a vibrant multi-hued life of adventure and personal transformation in service of others. How did that happen?
J.T. Hunter is a best-selling true-crime writer. He strives to craft compelling narratives that educate and inform while treating victims and their families with empathy and respect. J.T. has been interviewed for true crime documentaries broadcast in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and he has appeared on numerous true crime radio shows and podcasts. In his role as a college professor, J.T.’s teaching interests include creative writing and criminal psychology. He practiced law as a licensed attorney for nearly 15 years, including criminal law and appeals, and he has training in criminal investigation techniques. J.T. can be reached at JTHunter814@gmail.com. You can view his webpage at www.jthunter.org
A horrific case of multi-generation murder, sexual abuse of young girls and tragic loss for the extended family. The RCMP fought an uphill battle catching the killer, but once they had him, the brilliant interrogation resulted in a full confession -- meaning he admitted murdering the family, but he fictionalized the motive behind the murders until after he was sentenced, THEN he revealed the true reason he gunned them down.
Vito Colucci, Jr. is the owner of Colucci Investigations LLC. Vito is a former member of the Stamford, Connecticut Police Department where he worked as a Narcotics Detective and Undercover Organized Crime Investigator. One of the main investigations Vito spearheaded during that time was uncovering the organized crime ties with his own bosses in the police department. Working along with the FBI, he wore a wire for this assignment and infiltrated two crime families. He has a newly released book called “Rogue Town” which chronicles this story.
Vito has been a private investigator since 1990, working many high profile cases.
Spencer Tandy is the incredibly talented and entertaining showbiz legend famed for live productions in USA and UK. He is also a brilliant screenwriter, ghostwriter and collaborator.
, Mian Mohsin Zia - "our man in Pakistan" -- is famous for being famous! He has a worldwide fanbase of those who absolutely love his books! How did this young man do what had never been done in the history of Pakistan? Mian shares the secret of success in this fascinating hour.
On November 28, 1981, two days after Thanksgiving, Joan Webster goes missing from Logan Airport. Eve is Joan's sister-in-law (married, at the time, to Joan's brother) and these are the events that occurred within the family and throughout the investigation since her disappearance, plus the research that Eve did on the case in the hopes to find out who the real killer is. shocking, controversial, and twisted, this story is bizarre and baffling.
Mian is the world-famous author calling in from Pakistan -- his first visit in 2017
PF Sloan is the world-famous singer/songwriter who even had a song written about him by his pal Jimmy Webb that became a hit again by Rumer
Best-selling author Frank C. Girardot has been called the "Demon dog of true crime" by none other than Black Dahlia author James Ellroy. Praise for his writing has come from authors as varied as Walter Kirn and Michael Fleeman. His books have ranged from "Name Dropper", a chronicle on the bizarre antics of a murdering imposter who called himself Clark Rockefeller to "Betrayal in Blue" a look at cocaine dealing cops in 1980s New York City, which was co-authored by Burl Barer and Ken Eurell, one of the actual cops. In all of his writing, Girardot's ability to interview complicated characters like drug kingpin Adam Diaz, German imposter Christian Gerhartsreiter and serial arsonist John Orr, add a depth to his story telling that is often lacking in police procedurals masking as true crime. In each of his books, Girardot has displayed a unique ability to locate long-hidden public records and distill narratives from complex court records that brings his stories to life. Girardot's career in journalism began as a copyboy with the now-defunct Los Angeles Herald Examiner. As a reporter he covered stories as fascinating as the O.J. Simpson murder trial and as complex as the mistaken gang execution of three trick-or-treaters on Halloween 1993 in the Los Angeles area. Most recently, Girardot wrote a weekly column on the 2016 election for The Hill.
Born in Texas in 1960, Richard Ramirez was an American serial killer who killed at least 14 people and raped and tortured at least two dozen more, mostly during the spring and summer of 1985. After developing epilepsy as a child, he became a heavy drug user and cultivated an interest in Satanism, which became a calling card for investigators at his crime scenes. Apprehended in August 1985, Ramirez was sentenced to death at the conclusion of his trial in 1989. He spent the remainder of his days at California's San Quentin Prison, before dying from cancer on June 7, 2013, at age 53.
Steve Gonzales is an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law and a founding faculty member of Phoenix School of Law.
He teaches Constitutional Law, FederalIndian Law, and knows his way around immigration policy as well. Yes, he is a legal smarty pants for sure!
Wait....there's more! He founded the Veteran's Military Legal Assistance Clinic, Veteran's Tax Clinic, American Indian Law Clinic, and the Juvenile Defense clinics. In other words, he knows his stuff. So, if you want to hear someone who actually knows what he's talking about address issues related to the Constitution, Veterans, American Indians, and much more, make sure you listen to this episode of True Crime Uncensored.
In 2001, Genis traded in his publishing career for a life of crime to feed a raging heroin appetite.
In June 2003, five months before his arrest, Genis married Petra Szabo, a photographer, and instructor of Vinyāsa and Forrest yoga.
He also received the Rookie of the Year award by Deadspin and was nominated for Deadspin's Hall of Fame in 2014.
Genis published his fifth article in Newsweek in 2015, continuing to explore his interest in Chinese art.
Genis wrote an article for Vice entitled, "New York State's Scariest Prison", concerning the escapees at ClintonCorrectional Facility in June 2015
Genis achieved more fame appearing on True Crime Uncensored with Burl Barer and Howard Lapides. He has a much-anticipated book coming out in January 2021.
Ring of Hell is excellent in its research and exploration of how wrestling can be fraught with sadistic individuals that are only too willing to prey upon those hoping to "live their dreams." What happened with Chris Benoit, his wife and young son was tragic in every sense of the word, but, as the book details, how can you not expect such an insane demise for individuals participating within such an insane world? As each part of Chris Benoit's career is detailed - starting in Stu Hart's "Dungeon," idolizing "The Dynamite Kid" (a woefully tragic individual in his own right), working within the Stampede Wrestling Promotion, moving on to Japan and then ultimately becoming a star in the ECW, WCW and WWE promotions - you see how a naive individual participates in ritualized abuse and then succumbs when steroid and medication abuse compounds the damage received over multiple years.
BREAKSHOT -"Crammed with the kind of characters and detail that make pages turn and moviemakers salivate, self-described 'mobster, drug lord, and porn kingpin' Gallo’s story of life as a criminal and mafia associate is tantalizing material. ... Honest, critical, occasionally remorseful and always entrancing, this criminal memoir will keep readers on the edge of their seats."
About the Author
Kevin M. Sullivan is a retired minister and author of 14 books. He’s a former contributing writer for Snitch, a weekly newspaper devoted to crime and the law. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Kevin is a frequent guest on Burl Barer's TRUE CRIME UNCENSORED.
Prepare to be shocked as the grisly details about the murder of computer geek John Sohus are revealed in Frank C. Girardot s new book, Name Dropper: Investigating the Clark Rockefeller Mystery. Sohus, a twenty-something resident of San Marino, California, was allegedly murdered in 1985 by con man Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who has become infamous under his most-known alias, Clark Rockefeller. Rockefeller, the prime suspect in Sohus murder, may have been the last person to see him alive. Nine years after his death, Sohus bones were dug up in the backyard of the home he once shared with his wife Linda, whose whereabouts remain unknown. Rockefeller s 2008 arrest for abducting his daughter put him squarely in the cross-hairs of the decades-old Sohus homicide case. Upon Rockefeller s arrest, Girardot began piecing together the convoluted tale in a series of articles for the Pasadena Star-News. His research resulted in Name Dropper, which reveals inside information about the case Girardot says is the most fantastic he s seen in his 25 years as an investigative reporter.
Covering the case of one of North America’s most prolific serial killer gave Stevie Cameron access not only to the story as it unfolded over many years in two British Columbia courthouses, but also to information unknown to the police – and not in the transcripts of their interviews with Pickton – such as from Pickton’s long-time best friend, Lisa Yelds, and from several women who survived terrifying encounters with him. You will now learn what was behind law enforcement’s refusal to believe that a serial killer was at work.
Stevie Cameron first began following the story of missing women in 1998, when the odd newspaper piece appeared chronicling the disappearances of drug-addicted sex trade workers from Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside. It was February 2002 before Robert William Pickton was arrested, and 2008 before he was found guilty, on six counts of second-degree murder. These counts were appealed and in 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its conclusion. The guilty verdict was upheld, and finally this unprecedented tale of true crime can be told.
IMPROVED AUDIO REMIX CRIMINAL BECOMES RABBI : Tod Goldberg wrote it as fiction in Gangsterland and Gangster Nation, and Mark Borovitz lived it for real in Holy Thief
Fiction meets real life--Mark Borovitz was a mobster, gangster, con man, gambler, thief, and a drunk. He is now the rabbi at Beit T'Shuvah in Los Angeles, the House of Return, a rehabilitation facility for addicts of all kinds.
Tod Goldberg wrote Gangsterland and Gangster Nation about a mobster who hides out as a Rabbi in Las Vegas. Now a real mobster turned Rabbi and Tod Goldberg come together to compare fiction with reality.
“GANGSTER NATION punches even harder than the excellent GANGSTERLAND did: against the backdrop of 9/11, everybody’s roughed-up and bleeding, and nobody’s hiding it well. Tod Goldberg’s weird world is getting THE SOPRANOS-good, and THE SOPRANOS-funny: he can hit you high, low, or straight in the gut. Meshugener wiseguys. It’ll make you a better killer – and a better rabbi.” — Bill Beverly, award-winning author of Dodgers.
“Tod Goldberg’s brilliant Gangster Nation is hilarious, complex, and a total page-turner. It’s also a little insane, in the best possible way.” —Lisa Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of The Passenger
What if forensic and paranormal investigation deliberately crossed paths? Can forensics aid ghost hunters, and might ghost hunters who use these tools one day assist in the cause of justice? The answers to these questions are explored within the pages of "Blood & Ghosts". Forensics is an applied science and many of its sub-disciplines have a kinship with ghost hunting: its tools and technology were devised to record and analyze evidence or behavior. Given this shared approach to solving mysteries, it makes sense to see how these disciplines could be brought together. From missing persons to mass and serial murder, it’s time to use all of our best resources to solve crimes.
In exchange for a reduced sentence on his drug smuggling charges, Charles Falco infiltrated three of America’s most violent biker gangs: the Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws. In separate investigations that spanned years and coasts, Falco risked his life, suffering a fractured neck and a severely torn shoulder, working deep under cover to bring violent sociopaths to justice. His dedication was profound; he even served time in San Bernardino’s Murder Unit and endured solitary confinement. He recorded confessions of gangland-style killings and nearly became a target himself before he sought refuge in the Witness Security Program.
"It's my memoir of growing up in a Bronx housing project and my first crazy days as a reporter at the New York daily news," says Paul, who worked such stories as Son of Sam and the murder of John Lennon.
Paul LaRosa is currently a producer for CBS 48 Hours Mystery.
Kerrie M. Droban is an award-winning author and attorney in Phoenix, Arizona.
Droban’s true crime books Running with Devil: The True Story of the ATF’s Infiltration of the Hells Angels and Prodigal Father Pagan Son: Growing Up Inside the Dangerous World of the Pagans Motorcycle Gang have received critical acclaim.
ANEA'S FORMER ROOMIE WAS AXE MURDERED IN WALLA WALLA, WASHINGTON. ANOTHER WALLA WALLA VICTIM WAS MRS. ZACHARIAS.
THE COPS ARRESTED THE 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO LIVED NEXT DOOR AND CHARGED HER WITH THE BRUTAL SEXUAL ASSAULT AND MURDER. SHE WAS FOUND GUILTY AND GOT LIFE IN PRISON. (she was innocent.)
She was ones of the most photographed models in the USA..she was The Kodak Girl...she became a getaway driver for the mob (she married a mobster). When mob wars threatened her life, she got in the car and drove California with her 7 year old daughter and became an in demand Hollywood stunt woman- a famed stunt driver who couldn't keep up with the demand for her talents behind the wheel and in front of the camera.
Before she turned 20, she had endured a brutal rape, involvement with the mob, a failed marriage, and the birth of her daughter. Fleeing an abusive second marriage to the mafia-tied Joe Lamendola, she began a lucrative career in Los Angeles as one of the country's most successful commercial stunt drivers. The author of the powerful memoir The Company She Keeps, Durante now lives in Southern California and speaks across the country about her experiences with domestic violence.
Thomas Bartlett "Bart" Whitaker arranged with two friends to kill his parents and younger brother Kevin. The much-indulged son of a well-to-do family, he resented the fact that his cousins would inherit the family business. And he was tired of waiting for his "share". Knowing that his parents were heavily insured and that their assets were significant, he cold-bloodedly arranged for them to be murdered.
To deflect suspicion away from himself, he instructed his henchmen to make the murders look like an interrupted burglary. He scheduled the murders on the night that the family was having a celebratory dinner at an expensive local restaurant. Believing that their son was soon to graduate from college, the proud parents presented him with a $4,000 watch to express their pride in him. When the family arrived home, all four were shot. The plan was for the parents and Kevin to die and for Bart to be slightly injured.
But Bart's young friend wasn't a professional. He killed Tricia and Kevin Whitaker, but only wounded Kent Whitaker. Mistake #1. And the rifling of the house that was supposed to make it look like a burglary was poorly done, looking like the fake job it was. Mistake #2. When the police started looking suspiciously at Bart Whitaker he bolted for Mexico and hid out there until the man whom he had paid to get him there turned him into the police and collected the reward. Mistake #3. Three strikes and you're out, even with relatives as naive and gullible as the Whitaker/Bartlett family.
On the scene how the press covered the trial of Jodi Arias - Police found the motivational speaker brutally murdered in his Mesa, Arizona home on June 9, 2008. His body, five days decomposed, had been stabbed 27 times, with an ear-to-ear slash across his throat and a bullet to the head.
When our guest,, scheduled to be with us in person, flaked on us, we did the show anyway -- hey, it was alive broadcast -- and except for our producer giving me a raft of crap about personality traits revealed in handwriting, I must this is one of my favorite shows and features Don Woldman at his brilliant best, I'm sure you will enjoy this show also!
Nearly 100 years since his death, Bat Masterson still holds great influence. Remembered by many for his adventures in America’s Old West - buffalo hunter, scout, gunfighter, and even lawman as Dodge City sheriff. in 20th Century New York City he became a sportswriter. However, Masterson left a legacy that is much more intricate.
Masterson always stood up for the underdog. And his real legacy was how he fought for them. After the days of the Old West were over, he laid down his gun and picked up his pen. So great was his writing that he was vastly respected for his opinions on many topics of the day including, crime, politics, and war.
But Bat Masterson had a secret. One that he kept well-hidden his entire life. For if known, he and all those he cared about would be ruined. His reputation and all that he worked for in his life would be in tatters. BAT MASTERSON: The First Dreamer-Fred Rosen
A very strange and historic event -- mobsters including a mob hit man -- and the Federal Agents who arrested them....yes its a strange combination and I, Burl Barer, was invited to attend and record the event for broadcast!
UNDER A FULL MOON: The Last Lynching in Kansas tells of the tragic abduction and death of an eight-year-old girl at the hands of a repeat offender in 1932. This crime stands apart as the last mob lynching in Kansas. Based on true events, this account takes a deep dive into the psycho-social complexities of pioneer times and their impact on this particular crime and the justice meted out to the perpetrator.
Beginning in the year 1881, and written in a chronological narrative non-fiction format, author Alice Kay Hill vividly weaves the stories of the victims and the families involved. She reveals how mental and physical abuse, social isolation, privations of homesteading, strong dreams and even stronger personalities all factored into the criminal and his crimes. We are delighted that Alice Kay Hill joined us to talk about the case and the 16 years of investigation that went into the book.
In this captivating episode, Mark has to go rescue the lost groceries, Matt and Burl talk Twilight Zone and other TV/Movie stuff, then Burl shares what great new true crime books are being released for summer reading;
Yes, Burl Barer is the special guest on his own show as fact checker Mark Boyer grills Burl like a swordfish on the trajectory of his brilliant career!
Plenty of laughs along with insights into writing true crime and why Burl is the true crime author criminals trust.
Divorce Is Violent. . .
Darren Mack had it all. A beautiful home in Reno. A lovely wife. Three children. And a million-dollar business. Then his wife Charla filed for divorce, winning a large settlement in a heated courtroom battle. According to friends, Mack was "angry." They had no idea how far his fury would take him...
Revenge Is Bloody. . .
Over the next year, the rage only intensified. Finally, Darren Mack snapped, stabbing and killing his ex-wife in his condo. Hours later, he stalked and shot their divorce judge in broad daylight. Before the blood had even cooled and law enforcement could react, he fled to Mexico, eluding police hot on his trail.
Justice Is Final. . .
The case made headlines nationwide, propelled by lurid details of Mack's wild "swinger" lifestyle, the shocking discovery of explosives in his apartment, and the chillingly prophetic remark made by his wife: "Someday he's going to kill me. . ." Catching him was the hardest part. . .
When prison inmate Robert Reldan's aunt died and left him an $8.9 million trust fund, Arthur and Barbara Reeve, parents of murder victim Susan Reeve, acted to deprive Reldan of the funds that could gain him freedom on parole. The Reeves ultimately got an unheard of $10 million judgment against their's daughter's killer, effectively stripping the man known as America's richest inmate. Soon after Susan's murder, the Reeves set up a scholarship fund in her name and the killer's money is currently used in that fund which helps to educate young men and women. The Charmer embraces the hunt to bring a Susan killer to justice and then the chase of a lifetime by one family determined to give their slain daughter a voice, decades after she was silenced.
Award-Winning Finalist in the 'Biography' & 'True Crime' categories of the 2015 International Book Awards
Award-Winning Finalist in the 'True Crime' category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards
Award-Winning author Christian Cipollini is a journalist, writer, organized crime historian and designer, a collector of rare crime related photographs & artifacts. In addition to the catalog of nonfiction books, his work can be found in numerous publications and digital realms including the Mob Museum Blog, Real Crime Magazine & Writersofwrongs.com. As a consultant Cipollini is often quoted in print and online publications, has lectured at colleges and appears on episodes of Reelz Channel Series "The Real Story of...." & "Gangsters: America's Most Evil," Travel Channel Series "Mission Declassified," History Channel Series "United Stuff of America," AHC's hit series "America: Facts vs. Fiction" & served as a Location Producer on National Geographic Channel's critically-acclaimed series DRUGS, INC. Most recently, he has written the true crime comic book series LUCKY, which follows the rise of America's most infamous gangster - Charles "Lucky" Luciano and collaborated with UK rapper Yellow Balaclava for the independent hip-hop album 'Salvatore Lucania.'
www.ganglandlegends.com Author website
Yes, we share the same last name and a certain degree of international fame, but Sergio has more fame in more genres than even I. His original compositions garner him cheering stomping standing ovations, and sold-out concerts in America, Mexico, Europe, and even a few of the lost continents - rumor has it that he is a time-traveling superstar on Atlantis!
Some call him Sergio Barrer, others hail him as Sergio Barer. Then there are those who simply call him "The Musical Jew with the Big Beard!"
"I didn't always have this big beard," confesses Sergio. " I lived many years clean-shaven! I was inspired t0 gr0w the big beard by the founder of the Zionist movement. His beard looked better than mine."
While Sergio waters his beard and his reputation, people of all faiths are supporting his latest musical venture: an impressive and heartfelt musical exploration of the birth of the State of Israel with an awareness that were it not for the true crime of genocide against the Jews of Europe, the State of Isreal may not exist.
Sergio Barer joins Burl Barer and Mark Boyer on True Crime Uncensored
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Terrifying things are happening to Kay Weden, a forty-something single mom and high school teacher in Salisbury, North Carolina. Despite having no known enemies, Kay's home, car, and peace of mind are under attack throughout 1993. Most chilling of all are the senseless attacks on her only son and the shot fire in the night through a wall of her house, which narrowly misses his head as he sleeps.
Kay's new love interest is the charming Viktor Gunnarsson. He's a handsome Swede who left his home country to seek political asylum in the U.S. after being charged with the 1986 assassination of Sweden's Prime Minister Olof Palme. Viktor was briefly held in custody but subsequently released due to a lack of evidence.
The romantic connection between Kay and Viktor is immediate and intense until Viktor disappears without warning, leaving Kay baffled and sad. Kay leans on her loving, elderly mother, Catherine Miller, for solace until Catherine is brutally murdered inside her home by an unknown intruder.
With nowhere else to turn, Kay reconnects with her ex-fiance L.C. Underwood, a seasoned police officer, particularly adept at criminal investigations. L.C. assures Kay he will get to the bottom of the incessant and tormenting occurrences.
When Viktor's nude body is found two hours away in the snowy Appalachian Mountains, local Sheriff's Detective Paula May is assigned to investigate his murder. What follows is an intense, hair-raising investigation that will shock you from the bitterly cold beginning to the unthinkable end.
About the Author
Retired Police Chief Paula May is a specialist in criminal investigation, having earned numerous awards and recognitions in her 30 year career. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Paula is active in professional organizations, teaches at the university level and enjoys writing criminal justice articles, Christian and other motivational pieces. Paula has appeared on Dead of Winter, Forensic Files and the New Detectives. She continues to serve in her home state of North Carolina. She is our special guest
Erin Moriarty was one of our earliest guests twelve years ago, and this will be her fourth appearance on True Crime Uncensored. We . are delighted to have her return to the show. Erin's adventures on the front lines of broadcast journalism are always insightful, informative and entertaining.
Glenn Langohr! No one messes when Glenn flexes!
Before becoming a best selling author, Glenn Langohr ran away from a broken home and entered the drug war with abandon. Business with the Mexican Mafia and Hell's Angels became a way of life until the Criminal Justice system interrupted him. In prison he was involved in riots and spent years in the hole. From solitary confinement he started writing and hasn't stopped since.
B.J, a white inmate, serving time on drug charges, gets caught up in a Mexican gang war. The northern California Mexicans demand that the southern California Mexicans keep their shirts on to cover up their gangland tattoos.
The prison explodes into chaos as each building erupts in deadly violence. For B.J, the war isn't over when he and over a hundred inmates get housed in solitary confinement, it's just beginning. For getting involved, he's labeled a southern Mexican ganster. The hardcore action unfolds like a movie in this bare bones thriller of true crime.
"I want to show the world and the students and leaders of tomorrow, that we are only building bigger criminals by locking up low level offenders. In prison, an addiction is bred into an affliction much harder to escape." Help him show the world redemption is possible, buy and share his books.
The author will gift his books FREE from the Kindle store to those who can't afford it. Glenn Langohr firstname.lastname@example.org lockdownpubishing.com
My childhood pal Pat Craig always was the best k ind of rebel - the smart kind. He knew what he was up against and what he had in his arsenal of creativity vs imaginary limitations and standardized expectations. A best selling author of Amish fiction series, he stunned his publisher by delivering a novel with blood and the carnage and conflict of war dripping from the otherwise pristine pages of Christian niche paperbacks. Pat's instincts were correct -- readers of his Amish fiction books were crying out for the authenticity of real life, real conflict and real test of faith.
Full details in this episode where Pat and his writing partner, Murray, join Buwrl and Mark for an unusual hour of exploring the world of writing publishing and dealing with other forms of evil.
From 2011: When we think of Charles Manson, the picture of him with his wild eyes is the image most often called to mind. That was, however, not only several years ago, it was several decades ago. Manson is still a paranoid schizophrenic who receives no mental health medication or treatment in prison, and has spent most of his years in solitary confinement, which doesn't bother him -- he's used to it.
Marlin Marynick, a nice chap from Regina (that's in Canada), somehow captured Charlie's attention.and not in a bad way. The result: a new book CHARLES MANSON NOW. The book is excellent, and Marlin was a fun guest on the radio show I do with Don Woldman.
"I hope that THE GARDEN STATE PARKWAY MURDERS: A COLD CASE MYSTERY offers New Jersey State Police detectives some fresh leads and new names to consider, and inspires their Major Crime Unit to give a second look at persons of interest they might have previously overlooked or disregarded."
Christian Barth manifests the two greatest characteristics of a successful true crime writer -- a love of research and a quest for truth. He also has the bravery required to endure another full hour with fellow crime writer Burl Barer and fact checker Mark Boyer on True Crime Uncensored on OutlawRadioLive.com
“The Garden State Parkway Murders,” true crime writer and attorney Christian Barth dives into the harrowing story of the unsolved murders of Elizabeth Perry and Susan Davis. College friends, the two women were brutally knifed to death and their bodies left off the parkway in the early hours of May 30, 1969.
Among the numerous suspects Barth identifies are infamous serial killers Ted Bundy and Gerald Eugene Stano, who were living within an hour’s drive from where the murder scene at the time they occurred. The killers also resided next to one another on Florida’s Death Row, and indirectly confessed to the double homicide.
A culmination of more than nine years of research, Barth’s book is compiled from multiple sources, including interviews with retired New Jersey State Police detectives, law enforcement officials from other jurisdictions, federal agents, possible witnesses, victim family members, as well as information gathered from FBI case files, letters, journals, libraries, newspaper articles, and university archives.In “The Garden State Parkway Murders,” true crime writer and attorney Christian Barth dives into the harrowing story of the unsolved murders of Elizabeth Perry and Susan Davis. College friends, the two women were brutally knifed to death and their bodies left off the parkway in the early hours of May 30, 1969.
Among the numerous suspects Barth identifies are infamous serial killers Ted Bundy and Gerald Eugene Stano, who were living within an hour’s drive from where the murder scene at the time they occurred. The killers also resided next to one another on Florida’s Death Row, and indirectly confessed to the double homicide.
A culmination of more than nine years of research, Barth’s book is compiled from multiple sources, including interviews with retired New Jersey State Police detectives, law enforcement officials from other jurisdictions, federal agents, possible witnesses, victim family members, as well as information gathered from FBI case files, letters, journals, libraries, newspaper articles, and university archives.
Fact checker Mark Boyer interviews Burl about his career in true crime and his rare book, LOVE AT THE COST OF LIFEv g - an English version of the Farsi original by Pouran Rahimi about the persecution of the Baha'is in Iran.
Dixie Shanahan had a terribly troubled and abusive marriage in the sleepy little town of Defiance, Iowa. Then one summer day in 2002, Dixie's mean and wicked husband was gone. Some of the local residents presumed that Scott packed his bags and left town. But others were skeptical. After all, Scott's brown Ford pick-up truck was still parked in his driveway. The disappearance mystified Defiance for more than a year. Then in late October, 2003, the truth emerged... or did it? The gray ranch along Third Avenue in the sleepy Midwestern town of less than 400 people was the recurring site of screaming, mad chaos and horrific domestic violence. Then one day, abusive husband Scott Shanahan was gone. Some thought he packed his bags and left town. Weeks passed. Months went by. Still no sign of the volatile wife beater. But what really happened to him was so shocking and so unbelievable that even grizzled, long-time law enforcement officials were aghast by the sight and awful smell. The town wondered why Dixie Shanahan managed to live with her husband's rotting body inside her master bedroom - for fourteen months. "In Dixie's Last Stand, journalist John Ferak gives us an impeccably researched and well-written account of the Dixie Shanahan case. The Iowa woman killed her husband after enduring years of abuse. Ferak weaves a gripping narrative while exploring important topics such as battered wife syndrome and mandatory sentencing laws. Highly recommended." - Robert Sberna, author of HOUSE OF HORRORS, the shocking true story of Anthony Sowell. "A well-written, and gripping depiction of 'battered wife syndrome'. ... This fascinating story will leave you asking yourself one question: Was the punishment that Dixie received in her case justified? Highly recommended
Sean Goff was a dynamic Pentecostal minister who was already running his own church by the age of twenty-two. He had wed a pliable teenager and bent her to his will, eventually convincing her to agree to his secretly taking a second wife named Joy. Although at first the clandestine arrangement worked well, problems soon began to surface.
Leif Wright, Sean’s friend and co-worker, confronted Sean about his hidden polygamous lifestyle, which threatened to scandalize their employer, a world-famous televangelist.
Sean’s foray into polygamy led to his association with an online community where he earned respect by dispensing advice to other evangelical polygamists. He derided divorce as the sign of a weak man who didn’t know how to lead his women. It was especially troublesome to Sean when Joy hinted that she wasn’t happy and wanted to have a meaningful career. Then Joy suddenly disappeared, although friends continued to receive her e-mails. The messages seemed strange, and some wondered whether she was really traveling around Europe.
Leif M. Wright is a publisher of a popular online newspaper, a journalist with more than 25 years of experience, a longtime ghost writer, a professional musician, a former pastor and an author of both fiction and non-fiction books.. He is winner of numerous Associated Press journalism awards and recipient of the prestigious Best of Gannett Award for the investigative series "Shout at the Devil."
Philly to Tel Aviv, Jamaica to Los Angeles, Leonard built a reputation as an honest and reliable drug dealer and drug smuggler, primarily selling hashish and pot, although he personally consumed all manner of consumables.
He didn’t get busted or go to prison, but he “found himself” at the movies. Co-Founder, with Robert Downey Sr. of the Reel Recovery Film Festivals, Writers in Treatment and the recently postponed Experience Strength and Hope Awards, Leonard joins us for a fun hour of drug fueled adventures and how living a life awake and aware has kept him sane, productive, drug free and as eccentric as ever.
Jim Jones convinced his 1000 followers they would all have to commit suicide since he was going to die. Shoko Asahara convinced his followers to release a weapon of mass destruction, the deadly sarin gas, on a Tokyo subway. The Order of the Solar Temple lured the rich and famous, including Princess Grace of Monaco, and convinced them to die a fiery death now on Earth to be reborn on a better planet called Sirius. Charles Manson convinced his followers to kill, in an attempt to incite an apocalyptic race war.
These are a few of the doomsday cults examined in this book by bestselling author Alan R. Warren. Its focus is on cults whose destructive behavior was due in large part to their apocalyptic beliefs or doomsday movements. It includes details surrounding the massacres and a look into how their members became so brainwashed they committed unimaginable crimes at the command of their leader.
Usually, when we hear about these cults and their massacres, we ask ourselves how it possibly happened. We could also ask ourselves, what then is the difference between a cult and a religion? We once had a small group of people who unquestionably followed a person who believed he was the son of God. Two thousand years later, that following is one of the most recognized religions in the world. This book in no way criticizes believing in God. Rather, it examines how a social movement grows into a full religion and when it does not. And what makes the conventional faiths such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism stand above groups such as the Branch Davidians or Children of God
This is a federal court case that you may not have heard about, but it is a situation that can happen to anyone from any walk of life. This is the nightmare story of Gary Walker – CEO, David Banks – COO, Kendrick Barnes – CIO, Clinton Stewart – Bus Dev, Demetrius Harper – CEO/DKH and David Zirpolo, now being referred to, as the IRP6. Why are these guys in prison?
In 1989, Eileen Franklin, a young California housewife, claimed to recover a repressed memory of her father killing her playmate 20 years earlier. In a landmark trial, the father was charged and convicted of first-degree murder, based solely on his daughter's testimony. This book chronicles the trial, explores the remarkably dysfunctional Franklin family, and delves into the reliability of repressed memory as evidence in court. This version contains a 2011 Epilogue, which details the reasons for the reversal of George Franklin's conviction and the refusal of the district attorney to retry him for murder.
Amanda Lamb has been a television reporter for thirty years—25 of those years she has worked for WRAL. In addition to journalism, Amanda is also an author. She has published 8 books-four memoirs, three true crime books and one children’s book. Her first novel, a psychological thriller, will be published in May 2020.
DEADLY SINS, THE HIT TV SHOW, WAS ORIGINALLY A BOOK THAT DARREN AND BURL WERE PUTTING TOGETHER. INSTEAD IT BECAME A SERIES ON ID HOSTED BY DARREN AND OFTEN FEATURING BURL GIVING COMMENTARY. DARREN ALSO SHARES HIS OWN PATH OF RECOVERY, AND TAMPA JOURNALIST PAUL GUZZO ALSO JOINS THE CONVERSATIOIN,
BASED ON THE TRUE STORY of New Orleans' most infamous murderer, who stalked the streets of the Crescent City for eight years and left twenty-three victims in his bloody wake, "The Axman of New Orleans" is the explosive thriller by bestselling author and screenwriter CHUCK HUSTMYRE
Wised Up: A Reformed Mobster's Confessional Memoir - Second Edition Updated With a New Chapter and More Photos: Charlie Wilhelm, Joan Jacobson on Amazon.com..
Wised Up is a story of atonement for Charlie Wilhelm, a career criminal who ended his life of crime the year he turned 40. Going to the FBI with no lawyer - and no criminal charges against him - he went undercover, wearing a wire to catch his life-long friends for drug dealing, bribery, loan sharking and murder.
This intimate story, told in Charlie's voice, is the first to expose organized crime in Baltimore. It reveals the complex relationship between an informant and his FBI handlers, and explores the tormented mind of a man with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who faces the consequences of doing the right thing, while turning against his crime family.
Wised Up also introduces the one person most responsible for helping Charlie change his life - FBI agent Bruce Hall, a forensic mineralogist who grew up with Charlie in a working class neighborhood in Baltimore's suburbs.
Chili Pimping in Atlantic City: The Memoir of a Small-Time Pimp and Hustler, the controversial autobiography of Michael Mick-Man Gourdine, AKA the Candyman, as he was known on the street. The book pulls no punches and provides an honest and sometimes shocking look at what one man from the wrong side of tracks felt compelled to do to achieve the American Dream
Mary Jo Buttafuoco is a New York Times Best Selling Author and Motivational speaker. Her anonymous life as a suburban wife and mother on Long Island, New York ended in May 1992, when she was shot in the head on her own front porch by her husband's seventeen-year-old mistress.
Sean Sullivan is a world famous pop artist and close personal friend of Burl Barer and Punch, the world's #2 diamond heist mastermind -- his dad is #1. Sean is bringing STEALING MANHATTAN to an awaiting world
OCCASIONAL MILD PROFANITY
Vincent van Gogh was not as he seems. In 1888, at the age of 35, he was looking for something unique in art for the upcoming exhibition at the 1889 World’s Fair. He found that uniqueness in murder. He created the persona of Jack the Ripper over that summer and then reaped the power that came from murder when he traveled to London over the autumn to kill again and again as Jack the Ripper.
But Van Gogh was a murderer long before he became Jack the Ripper. He made his first kill fifteen years earlier at the age of 20 when he was transferred from The Hague, Holland to London in May of 1873, by Goupil’s, the art dealer he worked for.
It was believed Vincent first lived in the Battersea area in the S.E. district. He then moved to the nearby Brixton area in August, and on September 5, just five days before his mother’s September 10 birthday, the body parts of an unidentified woman were found floating in the River Thames. Vincent had moved and then had murdered.
Nine months later, in the midst of being rejected by his landlady’s 19-year-old daughter, Vincent murdered again, and the lower half of a woman’s body was found in the Thames.
Over the years, Van Gogh gave up on being an art dealer to be a preacher like his father, but when he failed at that, he turned to becoming a painter. His younger brother, Theo, then supported him financially for the last ten years of his life. Vincent moved back home to Holland but was thrown out by his father due to his contentious attitude. Then in 1885, after Vincent had returned to again live under his father’s roof, his preacher father was found dead on the threshold of his home one fine Sunday afternoon.
Vincent’s sisters and others blamed him indirectly for their father’s sudden death because of the unrelenting arguing and trouble he had caused, but I believe the evidence shows Vincent was more directly responsible for his father’s death, and that, in fact, he laid hands on his preacher father and killed him. He was a serial killer, after all.
Vincent then moved in with Theo in Paris in 1886, but there was a problem. Theo had an ex-girlfriend living in his apartment that he wanted out, and during a time when Theo returned to Holland for a visit, the body parts of a woman were found deposited in street urinals in Paris. Vincent had solved Theo’s problem. Vincent also traveled from Paris to London in 1887 for another murder, and a woman’s body parts were again found in the Thames.
It was then in 1888 that Vincent moved to the South of France for something new in art and discovered that it was murder that would give him the power he needed for his paintings. He made several trips back to London from August to December and murdered seven women under the guise of his created persona, Jack the Ripper. He also killed another during this same time as himself, using his old method, making the total he killed in the year of the eights to be 8.
After cutting off his ear at the end of 1888, Vincent was in and out of the hospital and was then committed to an asylum at his own request, where he then worked on the asylum director to obtain freedom to go out into the country to paint for days at a time. Once he had obtained his freedom, he used it to travel back to London, and he killed three more in 1889.
Vincent’s final murder was his own. He shot himself in the stomach soon after he had moved closer to Paris, and he then died on July 29, 1890. His brother, Theo, then lost his mind from grief and guilt and died six months later.
In VINCENT ALIAS JACK, the words and actions of Vincent van Gogh are meticulously matched up to those of Jack the Ripper. The evidence is overwhelming, and the conclusion is unavoidable—Vincent van Gogh was Jack the Ripper!
Burl Barer and partner, Don Woldman, hold court with journalist and author, Diane Dimond. According to the write up on Burl’s site: I’ve always had a weakness for strong women, and there are sure a lot of ’em in broadcasting. Among them is Diane Dimond, another exemplar of the phrase “Crime Hottie” Heck, Erin Moriarty of CBS and Amanda Lamb of NBC, not to mention Fox’s resident foxette, Lis Wiehl, Professor Janet McClellan, Katherine Ramsland, and many more have all earned that appellative as the compliment I bestow on journalists, authors and broadcasters who set the standard of excellence when it comes to reporting, analyzing, studying, and investigating crime. Reverently referred to as “Crime Hotties,” many of the guests on Barer’s radio show are strong, beautiful women who are experts in their fields. Burl and Don tackle some of the most serious issues, adding a special twist only the two of them can pull off! Tune in to Outlaw Radio at 2pm Pacific every Saturday for an always intriguing show
Arson, loansharking, drug dealing, extortion - it was all in a day's work for Charlie Wilhelm.
In Baltimore, an organized crime syndicate of over 200 men took orders from him and his partner, strong arm enforcer Billy Isaacs. For over twenty years, Charlie lived the sweet life, making $10,000 a week in untaxed cash. ORDERED TO KILL But everything changed in 1995, when Isaacs demanded that Wilhelm take out two men he suspected of cheating him. Charlie Wilhelm didn't want to kill but he didn't want to die, either.
Turning to FBI agent Bruce Hall who'd grown up in the old neighborhood with Charlie, he became a double agent, working undercover against his former associates.
Danger lay everywhere, from suspicious hoodlums to dirty cops and even a Mob tipster working in the U.S. Attorney's office. One misstep could spell death not only for Charlie, but for his wife and children. Yet Wilhelm's efforts not only saved lives- they resulted in twenty convictions for offenses ranging from bribery and conspiracy to drug dealing and murder. Now, in his own words, Charlie Wilhelm tells his incredible true story of a wild life lived on both sides of the law.
Tom and Jackie Hawks loved their life in retirement, sailing on their yacht, the Well Deserved. But when the birth of a new grandson called them back to Arizona, they put the boat up for sale. Skylar Deleon and his pregnant wife Jennifer showed up as prospective buyers, with their baby in a stroller, and the Hawkses thought they had a deal. Soon after a sea trial and an alleged purchase, however, the older couple disappeared and the Deleons promptly tried to access the Hawkses’ bank accounts.
As police investigated the case, they not only found a third homicide victim with ties to Skylar, they also uncovered an unexpected and unusual motive: Skylar had wanted gender reassignment surgery for years. By killing the Hawkses with a motley crew of assailants and plundering the couple’s assets, the Deleons had planned to clear their $100,000 in debts and still have money for the surgery, which Skylar had already scheduled.
Now, in this up-to-the-minute updated edition, which includes extensive new material, New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother presents the latest breaking developments in the case. Skylar, who was ultimately sentenced to death row for the three murders, transitioned to a woman via hormones while living in the psych unit at San Quentin prison. Recently, she legally changed her name and gender to female, apparently a strategic step in her quest to obtain taxpayer-subsidized gender confirmation surgery and transfer to a women’s prison. Combined with Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent moratorium on executions, this only adds insult to injury for the victims’ families, who want Skylar to receive the ultimate punishment for her crimes.
Joyce Singular, stunning as always on the Serial Killer Awards' Blood Red Carpet, and her stylish husband Stephen in his classic retro bleeding madras shirt glibly demonstrated six ways to wear a scarf while investigating the social and psychological underpinnings of cult crazed killers and other victims of alliteration in modern lit/lig (literature with ligature)
Stephen and Joyce tell things about BTK you never knew, including the unique pulley system he had for swinging naked through the trees in the forest as if he were Tarzan's chimp or Jane's bitch., the photos he took of his penetrated posterior .to be held in perpetuity for sharing with his disturbed, disgusted, bothered and/or bewildered descendants, and a more 'in depth" discussion of BTK coming out of the closet --not an expression of previously closeted sexual fantasies, but rather a factual reality of him hiding within these functional items of furniture to surprisingly step out to bind torture and kill. BTK's best friend was the Church Pastor who was devastated when it was revealed that the dangerous deadly and deranged madman causing so much death and despair was the same entertaining fellow the congregation elected as their President
Dennis Says:"I retired in 1994, after a 20-year career in investigations and law enforcement in New York State. My debut in nonfiction, Policing Las Vegas – A History of Law Enforcement in Southern Nevada, was released in April 2005. It covers the evolution of law enforcement in Las Vegas and Clark County from the city’s establishment in 1905. My second nonfiction, The Battle for Las Vegas – The Law versus the Mob, tells the story of the Tony Spilotro era in Las Vegas from 1971 thru 1986. It was released in July 2006 and was a Computer Times Editor’s Selection in October 2006. That was followed in July 2007 by CULLOTTA, the biography of former Chicago and Las Vegas mobster Frank Cullotta. Surviving The Mob, the biography of former Gambino crime family associate Andrew DiDionato, which hit store shelves in January 2011."
Since then Dennis has written even more true crime books, all of them excellent and as respected as Dennis himself. Join us for this fun and fact filled hour with one of our favorite guests ( Burl can make Dennis crack up laughing at least twice per show!)
Just when you think you’ve heard it all… An entertaining and at times tongue-and-cheek look into cases of bizarre sexually obsessive behaviors (paraphilias) that had unintended consequences. Each chapter briefly explores the lesser-known fetishes and fixations to the more common ones that unexpectedly led to severe injury, imprisonment and death. Case-by-case accounts provide insight into the circumstances surrounding such infamous incidences as the deaths of INXS singer Michael Hutchence and actor David Carradine, who were believed to have accidentally died from auto-erotica asphyxiation, and the more recent Northern Virginia “Serial Butt Slasher” case, where women shopping in malls were brutally stabbed in the behind by an by a suspect identified on a mall video tape. These unusual and often disconcerting accounts seriously challenge the adage “What feels good can’t be wrong.” researcher and author Rachel Bell wrote the book and is our special guest.
Who has sex with the dead? Too many people, and roving gangs of perverted ducks. As the "victim" just lies there, do they share culpability in this foul act? And as the ducks have no codified standard of sexual morality, are they simply responding to the duck call of nature by gang-raping the duck dynasty's deceased as a way to feather their social status nests? Is research into necrophilia a form of scholastic quackery? Is it possible for psychopaths and serial killers to suffer an overdose of bad puns while listening to True Crime Uncensored? Find out when you listen to this mind-numbing episode hosted by Edgar Award winner Burl Barer and show business legend Howard Lapides. Produced by Magic Matt Alan and featuring our brilliant guest Lee Mellor.
Alan R. Warren is back with the shocking story of Robert Maudsley.
Robert Maudsley was dubbed “Hannibal the Cannibal’ on account of his thirst for eating the brains of his victims. He is one of the most interesting and thought-provoking murderers in prison. He will be housed in a bulletproof cage, in the basement of Wakefield Prison, England, where Britain hold its most savage, high-profile convicts. He is known to be such a danger to others, even inmates, he lives in a specially designed cell that doesn’t allow him any contact with anybody, except for guards that will slide his food through a small hole at the bottom of one of his cells.
The case of State of Texas vs. Autumn Hills Nursing Homes, Inc. went to trial in a borrowed San Antonio courtroom 25 years ago. It matched a Texas dream team for the defense including Roy Minton, Tom Sartwelle, Mike Ramsey, and Roy Barrera Sr. against a determined (some would say obsessed) young assistant attorney general, David Marks, and his backup team from the state. The jury heard six months of horrifying testimony about catastrophic medical failure when corporate greed trumps medical care. Death Without Dignity is their story, told by a journalist who was allowed the exceedingly rare experience of being not only in the courtroom, but was allowed by the judge to be in chambers when lawyers wrangled out of earshot of the jury – something that had never been allowed any journalist before or since, according to the lead defense lawyer. The case remains today as the longest and most expensive criminal prosecution in Texas history and Death Without Dignity is now a courtroom classic.
Growing up, Susan Berman's childhood was idyllic. She was Las Vegas Mob royalty, the daughter of a Mob boss who ran the Flamingo and furnished his only child with anything money could buy. But halfway through her childhood, dream exploded. Susan's father died without warning during a routine surgery. Next, Susie Berman's mother died by her own hand the next year when she overdosing on drugs. Susie was whisked away from the only home she'd ever known, parentless and living with an uncle and his family and sent away to boarding school. Fast forward to college where Susan met her soul mate, Robert Durst. They became best friends and each other's confidants. Durst went to work for his wealthy father at the Durst Organization in Manhattan while Susan became a journalist, writing about women's cultural issues for newspapers and magazines. She followed Durst to New York, where he married the beautiful Kathie McCormack. Then, Kathie disappeared and Susan stood by her best friend Robert, despite suspicions that Durst had caused the demise of his wife. Twenty years later, as police closed in on Durst and reopened the case, seeking to interview his best friends, Susan was murdered. Few clues were found. Who did it and why? Was it the Mob? A trusted friend? Murder in Beverly Hills (an updated, revised edition of Murder of a Mafia Daughter) answers those questions. Exclusive information about the investigation is included in this edition, as well as new interviews of police detectives, Susan's friends, family and colleagues, and new information about Robert Durst is revealed.
A case began to unfold like nothing the quaint Detroit suburban area of Orchard Lake had ever seen. In the hours following a near head-on collision between a mysterious sedan and an on-duty patrolman, the frightening truth behind the speeding car's driver would be discovered. The vehicle was littered with weapons, drugs, and cash, yet these items weren't even the beginning. The most menacing item law enforcement could imagine was made of paper. Found in Chester Wheeler Campbell's possession was a set of meticulously detailed assassin's notebooks - containing the names of unsolved murder victims and a list of planned targets.
It was a time when outlandish courtroom drama, gangland executions, corruption investigations, and scandals were all part of the twisted world where a Motor City Hit Man could thrive. This is the true tale not only of a murderer for hire, but also the parallel people and occurrences that helped warp a stressed socio-economic landscape of Detroit into a drug fueled organized crime controlled underworld.
A classic compelling episode featuring my original co-host, brilliant attorney Don Woldman. The story is shocking and fascinating.
The horrific true crime cold case of Marcia Trimble, the little girl who disappeared while selling Girl Scout cookies and was discovered a month later, strangled. This mystery haunted her family for over 30 years...A Season of Darkness catalogs the gruesome account of the murder and its awful aftermath, detailing the thirty years of wondering, silence, and investigation that would eventually lead to a shocking, unexpected, and long-awaited conclusion.
When nine-year-old Marcia Trimble was murdered in 1975, her devastated parents believed justice would be served. But without a clear suspect in sight and without the ability to analyze DNA evidence, fingers pointed toward the family and toward neighborhood boys without any definitive conclusion. Police were left at a loss to find any kind of evidence that would lay this brutal murder case to rest and bring peace to the long-suffering family of this innocent little girl.
NATALIE WOOD -- ACCIDENT OR MURDER? NICOLE BROWN SIMPSON --- WHO WAS THE ACCOMPLICE WITH THE SECOND KNIFE? TODD. GUZZE AND FRANK C. GIRARDOT JR GO AT IT NECK AND NECK, WITH BURL AND MARK DOING COLOR COMMENTARY. A HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL SHOW!
Not just another collection of rehashed police stories with shootouts, car chases, and damsels in distress, Reflections from the Pit, contains individual, quirky, off-center characters. The stories focus on basic character flaws while dealing with social issues of the day: racism, hangings from police cruisers, sexism, affirmative action, prejudice, drug-dealing cops and corruption, homelessness, segregation, and police brutality. Berish uses his intimate knowledge of "the Pit" to bring these tales alive.
This book pulls no punches; it shows you the dark side of police work: the good, the bad and the ugly (warts and all), both the humor and the tragedy. These reflections, covering more than one hundred years of history, give one pause for thought and a peek into the human swamp of life in "the Pit."
Jeannie McDonough made national news when she and her husband rescued their 15-year-old daughter from a serial killer. Her experience is recorded in a book, Caught in the Act, cowritten with Paul Lonardo. She is a wonderful guest on the show for a fascinating episode,
TED BUNDY BRUTALLY MURDERED OVER 30 WOMEN
From his arrest until his execution in 1989, Ted Bundy was interviewed extensively by psychologists, journalists, and law enforcement. He offered insight into the thoughts and methods of other serial killers. It wasn't until the last few days of his life that he confessed to his crimes, which he attributed to a mysterious Entity he claimed compelled him to kill.
Dr. Al Carlisle, Ph.D., evaluated Bundy for the Utah court in 1976. Ever since, Carlisle has painstakingly reconstructed Ted Bundy's history through conversations with Bundy's friends, lovers, neighbors, investigators-and through Bundy's own words.
The only book of its kind, I'm Not Guilty gives a thorough analysis of the facts of Bundy's life and crimes based on Carlisle's research findings. Then, through an authoritative, speculative interview with Bundy, Carlisle enhances what is known about the origins of the Entity and Bundy's need to kill, in which we learn why a "normal child" could grow up to be a serial killer.
When Vinnie was fourteen, his father, an alcoholic pedophile who raped his own son, forced him to pursue a boxing career. Jimmy Curto told his son that the only way he could ever be proud of him is if he won a boxing championship. He said if Vinnie failed in that, his only other alternative would be to commit suicide. To make his point, Jimmy produced a handgun and made Vinnie hold it in his hands. It is a memory that has haunted Vinnie for years.
Thom Bierdz loved his schizophrenic brother. Despite Troy's erratically cruel behavior, his years of creative threats were not taken seriously. Then the unthinkable happened. Now Thom must delve into hospital records, police reports and his own painful memories in a search for understanding. In this honest, soul-searching account, nothing is omitted as one of TV's most beloved soap stars follows a path towards the ultimate act of forgiveness.
Grab your curling iron and get ready to rumble! Susan Murphy Milano, the human action figure with more hair than Vixen and more balls than a billiard tournament returns to expose the shocking truth about murders in Oklahoma
Jeff Mudgett was living a normal life as a practicing attorney when at age 40 he was thrust into the most harrowing chapter of his life. Learning the facts about his ancestry plunged Mudgett into a full investigation about the forefather from which he unexpectedly learned he was descended, the infamous serial killer, H. H. Holmes.J eff Mudgett takes his readers to the bowels of the Murder Castle today, inside the prison where Holmes awaits his 1896 hanging, and through a mixed journey where one senses that pure evil has somehow survived and is able to manipulate the living.
What more can be said? Plenty as Burl Barer and Dennis Griffin talk escort agencies and the strange Las Vegas case where phone calls to a mob escort service were being illegally diverted to a competing agency -- well the Feds had to help the mob get their business back while a hitman with a power drill was getting too close to finding the hacker before the Feds.
Way back in 2009, we devoted a full hour to Kevin M. Sullivan and his debut book about Ted Bundy, THE BUNDY MURDERS. Now, a decade later, Kevin has finished book number five, a Ted Bundy encyclopedia.
Kevin returns for another amazing, amusing, shocking and sensational episode of True Crime Uncensored.
Brad Namdar thinks big with a view of America that is heartwarming. patriotic and hinges precariously on wildly inaccurate nationalistic exceptionalism . Hey, that's not uncommon. Americans are world famous for ignoring that there are other countries at least twenty years ahead of us in all manner of problem solving and social/ economic progress but Brad is such a nice guy and means so well that we can overlook that and focus instead on his positive encouraging attitude and significant personal accomplishments, plus he does one of my favorite things - he lavishes praise and appreciation on others. That trait is so wonderful, and much missing from most American culture, that it earns Brad a pass for his inaccurate statements regarding American superiority about the internet and Wi-Fi when simple fact checking reveals that when it comes to Wi-Fi access and utilization, Estonia leaves the USA in the dust Another great thing about Brad Namdar is that he appreciates being corrected, so he won't be mad at me for telling him about Estonia:-) I'm sure Brad and I will have great fun together in Texas when I come to visit.
After 24 years with the LAPD, homicide detective Steve Hodel set out to prove that his father was not the Black Dahlia killer -- instead, Hodel proved that his father was the killer, and had killed many more.
Published author (most recently, “Brooklyn’s Most Wanted – The Top 100 Criminals, Crooks & Creeps from the County of the Kings“), Craig has been a successful writer, editor, designer, photographer, community reporter, new media journalist and consultant for the last 25 years.
Craig has overseen content development for all different types of media, from web portals to newsletters to social media programs. Partial list of titles include: Institutional Investor magazine, InternetNews.com, Irish America, The Real Deal, Digital Media Buzz, Wall Street & Technology, PR Week, @Night Media, and more.
Craig is a product of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a lifelong resident of Brooklyn and New York City.
Super-Duper Double Feature!! Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Ellison in a vastly entertaining episode where Frank and Mark ask excellent questions and Burl fluctuates between being insightful and a social irritant.
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Vito Colucci, Jr., owner of Colucci Investigations LLC, is a former member of the Stamford, CT Police Department where he worked as a Narcotic’s Detective and Undercover Organized Crime Investigator. One of the main investigations Vito spearheaded during that time was uncovering the organized crime ties within his own police department.
Vito has been a private investigator for the past 22 years, working many high profile cases;
Two classic shows! Felon O’Reilly, stand-up comic & public speaker,
exposes the behavior and thinking that led up to his career in crime and his struggle with addiction to drugs and alcohol.
"A prison counselor once told me if I stopped putting drugs and booze into my system,
I would find out what it is I really love to do in life. And that is
exactly what happened. The problem is, I found out what I really
loved to do is steal shit.”
then we re-visit the Franklin Sex Scandal with reporter Nick Bryant and Frank J. Hagen (the gay guy in the Reagan White House). This Franklin scandal is the same plot as the recent Epstein sex scandal.
Burl and his famous brother Stan go on a road trip to Eastern Washington to the scene of many true crimes. In vantage, Stan explains trade with China, the in the second show, Burl sits outside PIZZA & ICE CREAM at Loon Lake, Washington and talks about the Spokane Srerial Killer and more.
t was a shattering death bed confession by a heartbroken mother. But would it solve the oldest cold case murder case in American jurisprudence?
In January 1994, Eileen Tessier told Jack McCullough's half-sister Janet Tessier that he, her son, kidnapped 7-year-old Maria Ridulph from their neighborhood in Sycamore, Illinois and killed her in December 1957. It was a case that tore the child’s family apart, as well as dividing and terrifying the town as the days, then the months, and finally the years passed with no arrest.
In 2008 the Illinois State police reopened the case against Jack after receiving an email from Janet Tessier about their mother's deathbed confession. After the Illinois State police interviewed Janet and learned that Jack had also been accused of raping their other sister, Jeanne Tessier, they reopened the case. But would reopening the case solve the question of who killed Maria Ridulph? And was McCullough the killer?
In THE LAST MAN STANDING, true crime author Alan Warren writes in exacting detail about the kidnapping, murder and subsequent investigations—both in 1957 and 2008—that eventually led to the murder conviction of Jack McCullough. But the story doesn’t stop there as it delves into the years McCullough spent in prison and the efforts to have his conviction overturned.
Was McCullough the brutal killer of a little girl? Or was he the last man standing when the justice system decided he needed to pay for the crime? You decide.
Burl Barer says:
Most of my true crime books contain insights and commentary by Travis Webb who gets full credit for bringing the murders covered in my book HEAD SHOT to my attention. In a recent Q&A for Wild Blue Press's re-release of HEADLOCK, my private eye novel, I was asked: is Travis Webb the same Travis Webb who is a famous rave producer and pop culture icon in the Northwest?
A: Yes, but the Travis Webb in HEADLOCK is the Travis I knew almost 20 years ago when he wasn’t famous, wasn’t really handsome (he is now), and was much heavier. Travis says he reads the novel to remind himself of what his life was like back then. He is very smart, and probably even smarter than he appears in the book.
We had Travis on our show almost ten years ago, and it is the perfect time to have him back as he is featured in a new documentary on the rave culture in the Northwest -- a documentary made several years ago when Travis was ruling the Rave scene in Seattle
Howard Lapides begins the show by stating that I (Burl Barer) am wandering the streets of the San Fernando Valley. No, I was in the hospital trying to stay alive. I obviously made it. Kevin is the world's expert on Ted Bundy..and this is his latest research. If you are into Ted Bundy, this one if for you
"Susan Fensten's new book, You Have a Very Soft Voice, Susan, is a pulse-pounding work that proves once again that truth is stranger than fiction." --Kevin M. Sullivan, author of The Bundy Murders and Vampire: The Richard Chase Murders
"You Have a Very Soft Voice, Susan is quite possibly the most twisted and surreal case of stalking I have ever encountered. Well written and gripping. Just when you think it can't get any more bizarre, it does." --Patrick Quinlan, Los Angeles Times bestselling author of All Those Moments
"A harrowing and visceral read. Fensten takes you straight into the heart of darkness in her debut book. A must-have for true crime readers everywhere." --Jesse P. Pollack, author of The Acid King
"Susan Fensten's autobiographical account of how her simple internet search for lost relatives on an ancestry website unleashed a horrifying armada of mad kinky ghouls to relentlessly stalk her, is a fright house of a tale; a Dantesque decent into a cyber inferno that any one of us could easily find themselves drawn into." --Peter Vronsky, author of Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers From the Stone Age to the Present
Denis Kelly's life is part Hunter S. Thompson, part Timothy Leary, and part Eckhart Tolle. From his beginnings in an abusive and alcoholic home in Wisconsin to becoming a major force in the counterculture movement, and then from a life on the run and in prison to a life in a monastery and in service, it is as entertaining as it is inspirational.
A Heart Blown Open chronicles the life and teachings of Zen master Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi as he worked to integrate hard-won wisdom into his dynamic life. Experience the successes and failures that brought him to found an entirely new form of Zen called Mondo Zen. Extraordinary for their playfulness, depravity, and liberating insight, Jun Po’s life events swirl together to underscore and illuminate the environment from which one of the most controversial masters of the American Zen scene has emerged
For the young widow of Tacoma, Washington businessman Robert Henry, September 11th is both the date of his cold-blooded murder, and the date that his murderer went to prison. This is the story of the five year investigation that solved the homicide, Read the minibook by Burl Barer
"If it weren't for having a double life, I would have no life at all" -- Burl Barer.
Sean Sullivan, known on Instagram and Pinterest as Layercakeny, had a double life or perhaps triple -- an outlaw weed dealer and outlaw grafitti artist equally comfortable in the Hamptons or the Bronx, dining with the mayor or breaking bread and sharing paint cans in the famed Freedom Tunnel. His father was a cop and security expert;his uncle was a pioneer grafitti artist. Hear this amazing story for yourself.
Joe Silvestri was a tough kid from the mean streets of New York. He went from street brawler to wearing a tux at the glamorous Copacabana. He eventually provided “muscle” for the Mob, a highly respected and feared fixer—the guy you went to if you had a problem that needed to be resolved. He followed Mob protocol when having a sit down with an adversary: You never break bread with the enemy.
Award-winning Mob author Dennis Griffin joins forces with Joey “the Fixer” Silvestri to tell a tale of a bygone era when organized crime dominated New York City. It was a time when neighborhood bosses controlled their turf and some cops would look the other way for the right price. Your best friend one day might want you dead the next. It was a violent life in which only the strong survived.
Dennis was one of our first guests ten years ago when we started this show, and it is always a delight to have him back.
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THE TRUTH ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING -- ANTHONY M. DESTEFANO RETURNS
Anthony M DeStefano is not only a famed journalist/author, he is also an expert on human trafficking. Mark Boyer offers the first ever expose of exploitation and alleged trafficking in the IT industry. shocking!
Until Someone Gets Hurt , Tyson Wrensch, victim of scum bag theives (this guy got more than even, he got 'em put away!) gives us the shocking story of an innocent man in prison with the men who framed him so they could steal his fortune. They didn't get away with it, but their victim is still behind bars!! That's only part of the story. Meanwhile, a convicted killer is furious that a true crime book about him calls him a killer!
What do you do when the law wants you behind bars and the New York crime families want you buried?
That was the life-and-death dilemma confronting Andrew DiDonato, who began his criminal career at age 14 under the watchful eyes of the local Mob.
Why was a nice Jewish boy with great grades and a bright future not in college, but tending bar in Miami? Why was his brother, a prosecutor, irked at him? Well..well educated and intelligent Owen Band found himself semi-attached to some of the most important coke dealers and distributers in Miami...he wasn't a big wheel or even a cog -- but he lived most of it before it all went South -- further South than Miami itself. Find out where the money went and how Owen went from moving coke to representing authors as a literary agent. This is a fascinating show-- you will love it!
Dori Eurell knew her husand, Ken, an NYPD cop, was up to no good, but she didn't know how bad the no-good really was. Sooner or later, Dori believed that she would find out. She was right. Ken is now infamous as the 2nd most corrupt cop in the contemporary history of the NYPD.
Dori could have ditched him when he got busted with his buddy and partner in crime Michael Dowd, but she didn't and she made the right decision.. 36 years together, through sickness and health, scandal shame arrest and conviction..their marriage surived and thrived --proof that it is not time alone that heals all wounds, but time and true love. Dori and Ken Eurell join Burl, Howard and Marc on True Crime Uncensored.
This was Ron's first visit to the show, and he is so compelling in his storytelling, you will understand why we always love having him on the program.
Casper, Wyoming:1973. Eleven-year-old Amy Burridge rides with her eighteen-year-old sister, Becky, to the grocery store. When they finish their shopping, Becky’s car gets a flat tire. Two men politely offer them a ride home. But they were anything but Good Samaritans. The girls would suffer unspeakable crimes at the hands of these men before being thrown from a bridge into the North Platte River. One miraculously survived. The other did not.
Years later, author and journalist Ron Franscell—who lived in Casper at the time of the crime, and was a friend to Amy and Becky—can’t forget Wyoming’s most shocking story of abduction, rape, and murder. Neither could Becky, the surviving sister. The two men who violated her and Amy were sentenced to life in prison, but the demons of her past kept haunting Becky…until she met her fate years later at the same bridge where she’d lost her sister.
Okay we start off talking about the infamous Heidi crime against the NFL, and then shift gears and before you know it, we are hearing about one of the most horrific multiple murders in California history, thanks to Frank C. Girardot Jr. A strange but remarkably fascinating hour with Frank, Howard, Burl and Mark.
Anthony M. DeStefano
Anthony M. DeStefano is a New York City journalist who specializes in legal affairs, criminal justice and organized crime. He is the author of "The Big Heist", published in June 2017;"Gangland New York: The Places And Faces of Mob History, published in July 2015; "Vinny Gorgeous: The Ugly Rise and Fall Of A New York Mobster," published in July 2013; "The Last Godfather" "King of the Godfathers" and "Mob Killer," the latter of which was released in June 2011. He also authored "The War On Human Trafficking," published by Rutgers University Press. As a member of the staff of Newsday, Mr. DeStefano was on a team of reporters who won the Pulitizer Prize for spot news in 1992 for the newspapers coverage of the Union Square subway crash (1991).
In connection with his work, he has traveled to Europe and South America. He also speaks at academic conferences about crime and human trafficking. As part of promotional work for "Gangland New York", Mr. DeStefano has appeared on WPIX-TV in New York City, NY1 in New York City, as well as WVOX radio in New Rochelle and The Frank Morano Show on 970AM. Recently, he has appeared on the Biography Channel and Sundance Channel and is scheduled to appear in an upcoming cable series as an expert commentator about organized crime in New York City.
The highlight of his career ? Being a frequent guest on True Crime Uncensored.
Janet McClellan identifies and analyzes a significantly neglected population of serial murderers, African-American serial murderers in the United States, and examines current profiling practices and the procedures for the satisfactory and practical application of direction in investigations, and identifies unique profiling questions that might help in the investigative processes. Case examples are provided to underscore the problems of current profiling methods and to illustrate the extent of African American serial homicide offending.
The lust murderers examined by Janet McClellan include Theodore Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Dennis Rader. The book proposes the need for a composite typology technique in order to have a more promising approach in identifying a suspect pool from a broader range of psychosocial, offense activities, and particular offender characteristics to aid in investigations. The study advocates that a primary function of the development of typologies is to provide aid and assistance in the investigation of violent crime, specifically violent sexualized homicides. As such, this book presents a comprehensive series of issue discussions linking specific issues, activities, processes, and operational contexts in general homicide investigation and specifically for lust murder investigation.
The harrowing and heart-wrenching memoir of humanitarian aid worker Jessica Buchanan's kidnapping by Somali land pirates, her three months in captivity, her rescue by the Navy SEALs, and her husband's extraordinary efforts to help bring her home.
In 2006, 27-year-old Jessica Buchanan arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, with a teaching degree and long-held dreams of helping to educate African children. By 2009, she had met and married the man of her dreams, a native Swede named Erik Landemalm, who worked to coordinate humanitarian aid with local authorities in Africa. With dreams of starting a family, they moved from Nairobi to Somalia, and their future couldn't have seemed brighter....
But on October 25, 2011, Jessica and a male colleague were kidnapped at gunpoint and held for ransom by an organized band of Somali land pirates. For the next three months, Jessica was terrorized by more than two dozen gangsters. She was held outdoors in filthy conditions and kept on a starvation diet while her health steadily deteriorated. Negotiations for ransom dragged on, and as the ordeal stretched into its third month, the captors grew increasingly impatient.
Every terrifying moment Jessica spent suffering in captivity was matched by that of her adoring husband working behind the scenes to deal with her captors. Finally, on January 25, 2012, President Barack Obama ordered a rescue operation by a team of 24 Navy SEALs. The team killed all nine kidnappers, with no harm to the hostages, who were quickly airlifted out on a military rescue helicopter.
In riveting detail, Impossible Odds details Jessica and Erik's mutual journey during those torturous months. Together they relate the events prior to the kidnapping, the drama of Jessica's fight to stay alive, and Erik's efforts to bolster and support the hunt for her while he acted as liaison between their two families, the FBI, professional hostage negotiators, and the United States government.
Mike Morford and his partner Mike Ferguson have their own very popular true crime podcast and two great books from Wild Blue Press — The Case of the Zodiac Killer, and The Case of the Golden State Killer.
Mike Morford joins Burl, Howard and Mark for an entertaining hour where we let Mark actually ask questions!
In Northern California, he was known as the East Area Rapist. In Southern California, he was called the Original Night Stalker. When his crimes all over California were finally connected, he would become known as the Golden State Killer, and by 1986, he had racked up a staggering tally of over 100 home break-ins or burglaries, 50 or more rapes, and at least 12 murders. Don’t invite him over.
A classic episode from 2008 -- Jim Lichtman, author of The Lone Ranger's Code of the West joins famed character actor Marvin Kaplan (and then President of AFTRA) to talk ethics and morality at the time of the writers' strike. Also featured is the great Don Woldman and actress/singer Judy Faye.
Willis Wilson was minding his own business when he was arrested and charged with a horrible crime. Everyone was sure that he was guilty. He knew he was innocent. As seen on Oprah, but our show is more fun. This clasic episode features my original co-host, the great Don Woldman.
John DeDakis required two episodes to give him the time he deserved -- so here are part one and part two (two weeks apart back in 2016) of our conversations with the brilliant journalist John DeDakis Since 1969, I've been a just-the-facts-ma'am journalist working in radio and television newsrooms in Wisconsin, Germany, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. Highlights of my career include getting tear gassed while covering the anti-Vietnam War riots in 1970 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; doing a 40-minute, one-on-one radio interview with Alfred Hitchcock in 1973 during my stint in the Army at the American Forces Network (AFN)-Europe; and covering the White House for CBN News during the last three years of Ronald Reagan's presidency.
In 1988, I joined CNN as a writer. From 2001 to 2005, I supervised the writing on "Daybreak" anchored by Carol Costello. From 2005 to 2013, I was a Senior Copy Editor on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." In March of 2013 I retired from CNN after 25 years with the network. I now write full time.
I grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin and earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1977).
The name DeDakis first appeared in the Chicago phone book about 1915 as a typographical error. My grandfather, who had just immigrated from Greece, felt the accidental capitalization of the second D made the name look more "dignified" so, Dedakis became DeDakis.
It's pronounced dih-DAY-kiss, by the way.
Mr. DeDakis, being shy, didn't mention the highlight of his media life is appearing on True Crime Uncensored on Outlaw Radio with fellow old school journalists Burl Barer and Howard Lapides
A.E. Sawan Presents A Story of Obsession and Revenge In THE GHOST
THE GHOST: An Assassin’s Story, is based on the true story of the author’s experiences growing up in Lebanon during that country’s bloody civil war, as well as his time as a counter-terrorist operative. The story follows “Paul” from his childhood in the Bekaa Valley to adulthood when he is recruited and trained as a killer by both Israel’s Mossad and the CIA.
A tale of obsession and revenge, in this first book of the Al Shabah Assassin Series, Paul ultimately finds himself on the trail of a childhood nemesis who had become the feared charismatic leader of a violent jihadist group. This fast-paced thriller takes Paul around the world in his personal search for truth and justice, and a final showdown with a yellow-eyed terrorist who one violent day ended Paul’s childhood and set him on the road to becoming an assassin.
Serial killers in Australia are just as bad as serial killers everywhere, you just haven't heard of them. Your ignorance will evaporate in the heat of shocking information n Alan Warren returns with yet ANOTHER new book in the Serial Killers around the World series..a series of serial killers!
Young Paul told his classmates that his father was a successful jeweler when he was actually a successful jewel thief. Paul pulled his first multi-million dollar heist at age 16 -- he is indeed his father's son.
What happens when one of the most evil men in the history of America meets a man he trusts to share his darkest secrets with? How does it affect someone already on the edge of society when he is taken under the wing of a serial killer? Partly told through the letters of Arthur Shawcross, THE SHAWCROSS LETTERS is the tale of one of America’s most notorious serial killers and his relationship with his would-be biographer, John Paul Fay. John Paul Fay was a murderabilia dealer with a troubled past. Arthur Shawcross, also known as the Genesee River Killer, was in prison after being convicted of murdering numerous women, he officially has killed 14 people in all. The two created a business relationship, with Fay shopping the drawings of Shawcross and working with him on a book of his life. They also created a bizarre friendship in which Shawcross would let out his darkest secrets and Fay would finally meet someone that he himself felt oddly at home with. But as we all know, be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. THE SHAWCROSS LETTERS is a unique book, it is not only literary, but it lets the reader into the mind of a serial killer in a way that few books have ever done before. The reader will be drawn into the mind of Shawcross through his letters, and will find themselves wondering, what actually separates a serial killer from someone that walks among us every day?
Over the last 21 years, 43-year-old Seth Ferranti earned a master’s degree, got married, launched a writing career and founded a publishing house. And he did it all from behind bars.
His crime and punishment are so out of line, it is difficult to believe that the USA would treat a college kid selling pot and LSD as if he were Pablo Escobar, but that's what they did. He got the highest possible sentence. Even Adam Diaz, head of the Dominican drug cartel featured in the book Betrayal in Blue, served far far less time in an American prison.
1991,in Anchorage, Alaska, a very pregnant Peggy Barnett along with her 9-year old daughter drove to the post office to deliver a package to an associate, George Kerr in Chugiak, fifteen miles outside of Anchorage. George's father David Kerr picked up the package three days later and brought it home. He and his wife Michelle were in the kitchen when David opened the package. The explosion was so intense, neighbours feared there had been an earthquake. David died instantly but Michelle survived.
Michelle told U.S postal inspectors that Doug Gustafson was involved. It was no secret that Douglas Gustafson and his cohort, Raymond Cheely, despised George Kerr, had knowledge of explosives, and liked to blow things up. However they had perfect alibis. They were already in prison for murder.
64 awards so far for Lillian Glass' brilliant documentary,Reinventing Rosalee, about her 101 year old mother surviving the Gulag and reinventing herself as a media star in her 90's. We talk to Dr. Glass, then Daniel gives us insights into the horrors of the Gulag.
Dr. Ramsland is brilliant, accomplished and blessed with an adorable laugh, Burl gets her to laugh several times, and vice-versa. We cover everything from Ann Rice to serial killers and the tragedy of death by sexual misadventure, Howard was out of town, so there is no one to dominate the show other than the host with sidebar comments by Mark Boyer and a choir of crickets.
Groundbreaking history and exciting investigative journalism combine in a work jam-packed with newly unearthed finds and fresh insights that pull us deeper into the world of Jack the Ripper and closer to the man himself. Wescott does not promote a suspect but instead comprehensively investigates the murders of Polly Nichols and Elizabeth Stride, bringing to light new medical evidence, crucial new material on important witnesses, and – revealed for the first time – the name of a woman who may have met Jack the Ripper and survived to tell the tale. Also discussed in this book: Charles Lechmere, recently named as a suspect in the Jack the Ripper documentary, Conspiracy: The Missing Evidence, is restored to his proper place in history as an innocent witness.
At least once a year we coax Leonard Buschel away from his pressing duties as producer of the REEL RECOVERY FILM FESTIVALS to tell us stories of his life or crime, how drug dealers define success, and why he walked away from the high pressure, high stakes world of international drug importing/exporting
From R. Barri Flowers, award-winning criminologist and the bestselling author of Murder at the Pencil Factory, Murder Chronicles, Murder During the Chicago World’s Fair, Serial Killer Couples, and The Sex Slave Murders, comes the gripping historical true crime anthology, Jealous Rage: Stunning True Tales of Intimates, Passion, and Murder (Volume 1).
Joe Bruno has cranked out 32 true crime books -- all of them have captured a JOE BRUNOsignificant and devoted readership obsessed with "the Mob" -- from killers to gun molls, stand up guys and rats who squeal....Joe Bruno documents them all in his amazing ongoing series of fascinating true crime books!
From award-winning author Anthony Flacco comes a powerful tale of a picture-perfect betrayal that plunged his family into a fatal nightmare -- and those are the WORST KIND! Robert Peernock appeared to have the ideal life; working as a pyrotechnics engineer and computer expert and coming home to his wife and daughter, he projected the American dream. Even when he and his wife separated, it seemed amicable, just a small bump for the well-to-do family. But there was madness in his house: in private, Peernock was violent, subtly manipulative, and bordering on psychotic. But the horrifying details of his home life would only come to light after Peernock finally lost all control.
Why the hell would someone confess to a crime or multiple crimes, they didn't commit? Prof. Alan Hirsch is the leading expert on false confessions, and we will find out why you can't believe a confession, even one that has accurate details.
Camille Kimball, Official True Crime Hottie and Emmy Award winner and brilliant broadcaster tolerates another hour with Burl, Howard, Mark and Magic Matt Alan discussing primaerily MASTERS OF TRUE CRIME, and Burl explains his diagnosis of "Charming."
Famed television writer/producer Gary Grossman has a hit thriller series. #4 is out now, and it is incredibly timely. Gary joins us for an hour of fun conversation.
"As local and national political figures are systematically assassinated, President Morgan Taylor assigns Secret Service Agent Scott Roarke to work with America’s intelligence services to unravel the plot. At the same time, a growing secessionist movement is stirring up anti-government fervor across the nation."
Two famous unsolved crimes get solved in this episode because one of the participants in both crimes is our guest -- yes, Punch is back telling how and who and all that jazz. As usual, he is semi-out of control and vastly amusing
Far from bitter or self-pitying, Rock Monster is an honest account of one woman’s life-changing experience in a relationship with rock legend Joe Walsh. At once envious, glamorous, debauched and disturbing, it’s her long and winding journey from life in the fast lane to sobriety and redemption.
Set in the late-eighties and nineties, these are some of Walsh’s darkest years, from spiraling addiction to a stunning comeback with the Eagles’ Hell Freezes Over tour. Loaded with true stories never before heard, Rock Monster is essential reading for classic rock fans and anyone touched by addiction. Kristin Casey pulls no punches, sharing gritty details with self-awareness, humor, and affection. Sharply written, bold and incisive, it’s the worldly-wise tome only an ex-addict, ex-stripper, and ex-rock-chick could give us.
In the tradition of women-in-rock survivor tales—by Marianne Faithful, Crystal Zevon, or Mackenzie Phillips—Kristin Casey pulls a veil on the enduring myth of the lifestyle’
When the killers murdered a frail old farmer, they left behind one living witness: the farmer's devoted dog. This true story will have you throwing Timmy down the well justo see Lassie go running to Gramps.
McCain, a writer who grew up on army bases, takes aim at the military and the ways soldiers bring the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq home with them. Her best-seller, MURDER IN BAKER COMPANY, recounts the murder of 25-year-old Army Specialist Richard T. Davis by four fellow members of the army's Third Infantry.
This is the same case that inspired the movie, "In the Valley of Elah."
A story of war, a murder, and justice.
After surviving the horrors of the Holocaust – in ghettos, on death marches, and in concentration camps – a young couple seeks refuge in Canada. They settle into a new life, certain that the terrors of their past are behind them. They build themselves a cozy little cottage on a lake in Muskoka, a cottage that becomes emblematic of their victory over the Nazis. The charming retreat is a safe haven, a refuge from haunted memories.
Then, one day, while exploring the crawl space beneath their cottage, they discover a wooden crate, nailed tightly shut and almost hidden from view. Nothing could have prepared them for the horror of the crate’s contents – or how the peace and tranquility of their lives would be shattered.
Now, their daughter, Deborah Vadas Levison, an award-winning journalist, tells the extraordinary account of her parents' ordeals, both in one of the darkest times in world history and their present-day lives.
Reformed diamond heist mastermind and bank robber and credit card fraudster and commercial burglar and son of the world's greatest gentleman thief explains how the Russian gangsters were sent to America as an act of kindness by the Soviets who agreed to allow Jews to leave Russia -- some of these people wouldn't know Torah if the head Rabbi of Jerusalem whacked them over the head with it -- they were hitmen and mobsters thrilled to come to the land of the (formerly) free., now land of the fact free poodle puppets of Putin and homegrown over-reaching oligarchs. Paul Stanimirovic aka Pavle, aka Paul Montana, aka Reginald Mathews aka a bunch of other names -- our resident real-life reformed criminal mastermind gives us another fascinating hour.
A monster was on a killing spree. In just nine months, seven people went missing; all of their bodies eventually discovered in a wooded lot behind a suburban strip mall. But the investigation that led law enforcement to their suspect, William Devin Howell, is only part of the story behind HIS GARDEN: Conversations With A Serial Killer.
A practicing attorney, author Anne K. Howard first contacted Howell while he was serving a fifteen-year sentence for the murder of one of his seven victims. He was about to be charged for the remaining six murders. A unique and disturbing friendship between the two began, comprised of written correspondence, face-to-face prison visits and recorded phone calls.
Not until Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy does a memoir exist by one of the principal Watergate saboteurs-provocateurs that exposes the full extent of the insalubrious side of politics and negative campaigning. And that is not all: After Watergate, Kelly became a corporate security consultant that provided undercover agents for client companies to spy on their employees. Kelly also specialized in eavesdropping detection, which took him around the world searching for clandestine listening devices for clients such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bob Hope, Ferdinand Marcos, the Miami Dolphins, Eastern Airlines and even suspected drug dealers. He secretly provided debugging training for entities such as IBM, Revlon, the U.S. Navy and dozens of others.
Paul Stanimirovic, alias Paul Montana, alias Paulie Zaza aka "Punch" returns with another astonishing hour including how he won over $1.8 million a year three years in a row at the Hard Rock Casino in Florida playing the slot machines.
Pat Craig was Burl's co-host on the Walla Walla High School Radio Program on 250 Watt KTEL when they were teenagers. That was long ago -- both Burl and Pat have become best selling authors and Pat was also a SF rock star for a while.
Steven Avery was railroaded to prison for a crime he didn't commit. It took years to set him free...and once he was free....well, that's when things went deadly wrong.
From the brutal assault of a woman jogging along a remote stretch of beach on the Lake Michigan shoreline, through a history-making verdict twenty years later, it's a fast-paced story full of suspense.
In this two part episode, Doug Bopst tells his story of transformation from crime and addiction, and how he pays it forward. In part two, investigative journalist Burl Barer exposes "patient brokering" in the rehab business.
In the late summer of 1969, the nation was transfixed by a series of gruesome murders in the hills of Los Angeles. Newspapers and television programs detailed the brutal slayings of a beautiful actress--twenty six years old and eight months pregnant with her first child--as well as a hair stylist, an heiress, a businessman, and other victims. The City of Angels was plunged into a nightmare of fear and dread. In the weeks and months that followed, law enforcement faced intense pressure to solve crimes that seemed to have no connection.
Drawing upon deep archival research and exclusive personal interviews--including unique access to Manson Family parole hearings--former federal prosecutor and Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl has written a propulsive, page-turning historical thriller of the crimes and manhunt that mesmerized the nation.
One of the most daring dangerous and decidedly brave books in our contemporary sexually repressive climate, Suzy Spencer tries to remain an aloof journalist but she can only fool herself so long -- she's not investigating the sexual fringe, she's seeking a safe way to penetrate her own sexuality which had been in the frozen food section for over a decade. The final chapter is brilliant as Suzy's complete terrified vulnerability battles with her fears of pissing off Jesus, Mary and Suzy's own mother, Suzy is always an excellent guest especially on this very personal show.
Bestselling True Crime author Rebecca Morris returns to Oregon to investigate the 1968 murder of a classmate. Burl and Rebecca share professional history, Howard asks great questions as do Frank Hagen and Marc Boyer. Good show!
This is the remarkable story of Frank Matthews, a charismatic drug kingpin from the late 1960s and 1980s who organized a huge criminal enterprise before jumping bail and 1973 with $15 million and a beautiful woman. Nicknamed Black Caesar, Matthews has never been seen again in what has become one of organized crimes most intriguing mysteries.
Black Caesar is a 2013 USA Best Book Award Winner in the True Crime: Non-Fiction category.
"Dodge takes us behind the headlines and introduces real people and their very real struggles yearning to breathe free. Page-turning, proactive and highly recommended"--Craig McGuire, author of Brooklyn's Most Wanted
Kahassai fled the Ethiopian Red Terror that killed his father and hundreds of thousands of others, trekking through a snake-infested jungle while hyenas followed him at night to find safety.
Georgette crossed the Congo while the Hutus and Tutsis struggled for control as millions of defenseless people were murdered and displaced.
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Asmi and Leela were children in Bhutan when soldiers burned their villages and drove out the Nepalese-speaking Hindus.
Roy narrowly escaped Afghanistan after the Americans began bombing Kabul to drive our the Taliban.
For years Lori Orr believed her Los Angeles firefighter dad was a selfless hero. When Lori’s dad was arrested and charged with four murders and countless arson fires, it was her testimony that helped keep him from being sent to Death Row. Eventually, Lori’s search for the truth lead her to the dark secrets lurking in her family’s past and to an inescapable conclusion about the remorseless killer and arsonist known as the "Pillowcase Pyro" and his reign of terror in sunny Southern California.
Ron Chepsiuke knows more about the cartels than anyone --= well, close
A fascinating look inside the cocaine trade. J Ron Chepesiuk
A native of Thunder Bay, Canada, and based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Ron Chepesiuk is an optioned screenwriter, award-winning author, documentary producer and director, publisher, and radio host. He's published thirty-five books and more than 4,000 articles that have appeared in 350 plus magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and USA Today
In 1995, NFL great and movie star, O.J. Simpson beat a murder rap for the death of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. But in 2007 his luck with avoiding Lady Justice ran out in Las Vegas.
ROOM 1203 is the true story of the convoluted and bizarre events surrounding a violent armed robbery of a sports memorabilia collector in a Vegas hotel. On that night, Simpson put an exclamation mark on his spectacular fall from the height of Hollywood’s glamour and glitz to a shadowy world of scams and schemers in Sin City.
Written by the lead detective assigned to the case, the book provides details, insights and facts not previously reported, as well as the investigation that pieced the crime together and landed an arrogant man who believed he was above the law in a Nevada prison.
Who is going to know more about the Russian Mob than someone who was raised on Russian, and born into the world of international crime? Stanley Nechayev meets that criteria, he even lives in South Florida, and has enough symbolic body art to validate his career.
Stan wo n’t talk to just anybody. I’m not just anybody. I’m the legendary Burl Barer, and he talks to me.
He would also talk to Howard Lapides because Howard survived 89 days with Paula Abdul, and that earns the respect of anyone who has lived life on the edge,
The brilliant and talented Daniel Genis calls in from New Jersey to report the truth about Fentanyl and then we get off into life in prison, Daniel's forthcoming new book, and we even talk about the infamous Red Rubber Dress!
Six Times More Explosive Than 'Making A Murderer'! "John Ferak has carved his necessary true-crime niche with another fascinating exploration of unalloyed evil in overlooked places, and a dysfunctional judicial system. A chilling piece of journalism."
One morning in July 1974, Anita Andrews, the owner and bartender at Fagiani's Cocktail Lounge in Napa, California was found dead in her bar-raped, beaten, and stabbed to death in a bloody frenzy. ... Author Steve Jackson shares the entire sordid story with fellow true crime author Burl Barer and co-host Howard Lapides.
Our beloved reformed criminal mastermind
"Punch" primarily did diamond heists, but he did spend one year exploring the world of financial fraud, bank fraud, and all manner of financial deception. He mastered it but stopped because it hurt people..and his father insisted that no innocent person should ever be hurt by his crimes.
He's a combination criminal profiler, sociologist, criminologist, rape investigation expert, and can tell how a crime scene has been manipulated to fool the cops...he's honest and accurate, and that makes him dangerous.. be careful what you ask him because he'll give you an answer -- and it may not be what you want to hear
Brent is a champion of justice...although justice doesn't always appreciate champions.....He's taught crime investigation in China, just got back from South America, and unwinds in the wilds of Sitka, Alaska.
Text books -- yes, he writes plenty of them, and tons of scholarly articles, too. He has a new one about Steroid crimes that should get you pumped.
Miscarriages of justice are a regular occurrence in the criminal justice system, which is characterized by government agencies that are understaffed, underfunded, and undertrained across the board.
Kevin Cooper was convicted of the brutal murders of a Chino Hills, California family and a young houseguest in 1985 and has been on death row at San Quentin ever since. In his new explosive expose, "Scapegoat," investigative journalist J. Patrick O'Connor reveals how the sheriff's office and the district attorney's office of San Bernardino County framed Cooper for these horrific murders.
"Scapegoat" provided a rare direct examination of the broken justice system in the United States, where homicide detectives and district attorneys all too often become blinded by their goal of winning convictions rather than searching for justice for both the victims and the accused.
Burl Barer was unceremoniously inducted into the "Rock n Roll Radio Hall of Fame" - i t was a package deal "Okay, you can have Larry Lujack, Pat O'Day, Tom Murphy, Dick Curtis and these other great talents, but only if you put Burl Barer in there somewhere." He won numerous advertising writing and production awards for both radio and television,,,,,then he decided to write books. His first book won the EDGAR AWARD from the Mystery Writers of America. He is also two time Anthony Award Nominee and the apex, Zenith, and Motoroll of his career is being host of True Crime Uncensored on OutlawRadiolive.com
From “Birthers” who claim that Barack Obama was not born in the United States to counter-jihadists who believe that the Constitution is in imminent danger of being replaced with Sharia law, conspiratorial beliefs have become an increasingly common feature of our public discourse. In this deeply researched, fascinating exploration of the ideas and rhetoric that have animated extreme, mostly right-wing movements throughout American history, Arthur Goldwag reveals the disturbing pattern of fear-mongering and demagoguery that runs through the American grain.
On a hot night in July 1995, Janet Downing, a 42-year-old mother of four, was brutally stabbed 98 times in her home in Somerville, a city two miles northwest of Boston. Within hours, a suspect was identified: 15-year-old Eddie O’Brien, the best friend of one of Janet’s sons.
But why Eddie? He had no prior history of criminal behavior. He was not mentally ill. He had neither motive nor opportunity to commit the crime. Others had both. Yet none of that mattered because powers far beyond his Somerville neighborhood decided that Eddie needed to be guilty.
On September 5, 2015, in a public park in LaVergne, Tennessee, fourteen-year-old Sherokee Harriman drove a kitchen knife into her stomach as other teens watched in horror. Despite attempts to save her, the girl died, and the coroner ruled it a “suicide.” But was it? Or was it a crime perpetrated by other teens who had bullied her?
NYPD officers Mike Dowd and Kenny Eurell knew there were two ways to get rich quick in Brooklyn's Lower East Side. You either became drug dealers, or you robbed drug dealers. They decided to do both.
“I promised my wife that we would make a lot of money, and that she had nothing to worry about. I LIED!”
Dowd and Eurell ran the most powerful gang in New York’s dangerous 75th Precinct, the crack cocaine capitol of 1980s America. These “ Cocaine Cops” formed a lucrative alliance with Adam Diaz, the kingpin of an ever-expanding Dominican drug cartel. Soon Mike and Ken were buying fancy cars no cop could afford, and treating their wives to levels of luxury not associated with a patrol officer's salary. They Were Daring, Dangerous and Untouchable Until ...Then “ the biggest police scandal in New York history” exploded into the headlines with the arrest of Mike, Ken, and their fellow crooked cops. Released on bail, Mike offered Ken a long shot at escape to Central America...
“That woman is evil. She is evil!” Ejaz Ahmad was handsome, charismatic, and a self-made businessman. He arrived in the United States from Pakistan determined to fulfill his mother’s dying wish: to come to America, complete his education, and make his mark in the world. Settling in Memphis, Tennessee, Ejaz became owner of several businesses, father to a handsome boy, and a devout Muslim. The only thing missing in his life was a wife, someone special to protect, honor, and love. Leah Ward was a pretty girl, but a prison parolee with a history of drug charges, petty crime, and a questionable past. She led a flotsam life, drifting from town to city to state. When she was introduced to Ejaz Ahmad, she believed she had found the ultimate answer: a place to live, someone to take care of her, and money to spend. But what began idyllic soon became abusive and then dangerous for Ejaz. His friends and family warned him. And in May of 2003 Ejaz paid the ultimate price,,,
Lee Goldberg's new book, TRUE FICTION debuted at #1 on Amazon -- Naturally, he couldn't wait to come on our show to celebrate!
#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg hits the ground running in a breakneck thriller where truth and fiction collide for the unluckiest writer alive.
When a passenger jet crashes onto the beaches of Waikiki, bestselling thriller writer Ian Ludlow knows the horrific tragedy wasn’t an accident.
Years before, the CIA enlisted Ian to dream up terrorism scenarios to prepare the government for nightmares they couldn’t imagine. Now one of those schemes has come true, and Ian is the only person alive who knows how it was done…and who is behind the plot. That makes him too dangerous to live.
Ian goes on the run, sweeping up an innocent bystander in his plight—Margo French, a dog walker and aspiring singer. They are pursued by assassins and an all-seeing global-intelligence network that won’t stop until Ian and Margo are dead.
According to the Daily Mail Ian Ogilvy was 'the undisputed star of 1970s TV as the dashing Simon Templar in Return Of The Saint'. The show turned him into a household name, causing him to be touted as the next James Bond.
From a liberal upbringing in post-war Britain, boarding school
escapades and life at RADA, Ogilvy enjoyed an acting career spanning more than fifty years, including TV show Upstairs, Downstairs and films Witchfinder General, No Sex Please: We're British and Death Becomes Her. His story plays host to a spectacular all-star cast including Boris Karloff, Hayley Mills, Penelope Keith, Derek Nimmo, Timothy Dalton, Derek Jacobi and Meryl Streep, and Ogilvy gives a vivid account from behind the scenes of the Golden Age of television and film.
Before abuse hot lines and safe houses were widespread, June Briand shot four bullets into her husband’s head and was sentenced to fifteen years to life. This is the shocking true story of survival—and the intense bond June shared with her pathologically violent husband, a monster who physically and sexually tortured, degraded and dominated her so relentlessly that she refused to believe he was dead even after she killed him.
The brains behind Machine Gun Kelly (who didn't know anything about machine guns and wasn't a good shot) was a brand created by his wife. She thought it up, promoted him, and managed his criminal career.