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Your Story or Your Life

Your Story or Your Life

By Charles Mahoney
Hosted by author Charles Mahoney (Chip), Your Story or Your Life is a podcast that discusses true crime cases and other stories with compelling persons-of-interest. Email the podcast at
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What would you buy with a fraudulent loan from the Feds for 3 million? There are so many options ...
September 15, 2020
California's Looming Serial Killer Crisis
Here I give you my reasons.
September 8, 2020
Fort Hood Crime Culture
Would you enter through the gates of a place called Fort Hood located in a town with "KILL" in its name? You might not make it out alive. In this episode of Your Story or Your Life, I discuss a culture where 1 out of every 2500 soldiers will be the victim of a violent crime.
September 1, 2020
Title IX Crimes: Derrius Guice
Accused of two student rapes on the LSU campus in 2016, why wasn't Derrius Guice investigated by the school's Title IX office after the student-victims had reported his crimes to them directly? A recent article by USA Today puts the widespread injustice of Title IX on campus in the spotlight. Due Process is something that's foreign to them. Reference article:
August 25, 2020
Lori Vallow And The LDS Letter
I've said before that the elders of the LDS Church could make a difference in her case, and now we have a letter from their president. #LoriVallow
August 14, 2020
Bitcon and Robinhood
Spearfishing for hacking purposes is a crime but what about Gamification in trading applications?
August 6, 2020
The Last Day On Earth For The Daybells
Today is July 31st, 2020 and unless there is a 32nd day in July, Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow Daybell will still be here come August. They were supposed to be caught up in The Rapture by now and not locked up in a jail cell. In this episode of Your Story or Your Life, I discuss more about their criminal case and where I see it all going. There's a reason why I call him "Mr. Complicit" and her a "Proxy Mom".
July 31, 2020
.38 Special Delivery: Roy Den Hollander
Roy Den Hollander shot and killed a female federal judge's son at their New Jersey home; he's also suspected of killing a rival men's rights attorney in California. Both murders were setup under the pretense of a signed package delivery from FedEx. Was judge Esther Salas an intended victim or did Hollander let her live for his own twisted reason?
July 23, 2020
Proxy Mom: Lori Vallow
Often called a "Cult Mom" by the major news media, Lori Vallow's behavior over the past year has been more like that of a manipulative momma who delegates by proxy. The murder of her fourth hubby by her brother is still an open investigation because there's a chance she had ordered the hit--aka a proxy murder. In this episode I discuss the ramifications of that possibility.
July 15, 2020
Entitled IX: Matt Boermeester And Southern Cal's Real Crime
Former University of Southern California place kicker, Matt Boermeester, recently won a Title IX case against the university for falsely accusing him of "intimate partner violence." He won, but lost out on opportunities in his football career. Title IX was put in place to level the playing field in college athletics; to not discriminate on the basis of sex. But while he was being put through the ringer by the administration on the "basis" of a third party non-witness, higher-ups in the athletic department were conspiring with Rick Singer to admit a non-athlete with a fake profile on a team supported under Title IX law. Photoshop your best pose for the team, this is Your Story or Your Life.
July 10, 2020
Proxy Murder Boss: Mark Hopkinson
Mark Hopkinson was executed by the State of Wyoming in 1992, and to this date is the only execution that has taken place there since 1965. He was convicted of four proxy murders but was executed for the one that was most personal. In this episode of Your Story or Your Life, I discuss his unique case and the current case of Lori Vallow and her daughter, who disappeared after visiting Yellowstone National Park with her mother and Lori's brother, Alex Cox. If investigators discover that Cox had killed the daughter on Lori's order, and while in Wyoming, then Lori could be in danger of capital punishment in the state. #Lori Vallow
July 3, 2020
Cowgirl Rob: Peggy Jo Tallas
Known as "Cowboy Bob" for impersonating a man when she robbed a string of banks in the early 1990's, Peggy Jo Tallas is coming soon to the big screen in a true crime love story. She was a unicorn in her field, as was another woman who stole millions from a bank in the same dusty area of East Texas. This is Your Story or Your Life.
June 30, 2020
Warning: HBO's I'll Be Gone In The Dark Might Mess With Your Headspace
HBO's documentary on Michelle McNamara might be too personal to watch alone in the dark. Patton Oswalt stepped in to finish her book after his wife died. Thus, he became a True Crime writer in his own right. Was I'll Be Gone In The Dark part Kentucky Blood? There's a weird art/life connection going on here that needs to be discussed. #PattonOswalt #GSK
June 25, 2020
Dirty John's Betty is "Mad Men" With A Gun
The Betty Broderick story has been told many times before. The latest installment takes a page or three from Mad Men and gives Betty Draper a gun. The storytelling may be different than all the other times on TV, but the ending is the same. This is Your Story or Your Life.
June 16, 2020
End Times Author: Chad Daybell
Chad Daybell was recently arrested after investigators from Rexburg, ID found human remains on his property in Salem, ID. Daybell has authored several books which follow an End of Times theme. He began his writing career after forming a publishing company with his former wife, Tammy. She died under mysterious circumstances shortly before the author married Lori Vallow Daybell last November. Find out how some of the things he wrote about in a series called "Times of Turmoil" might be taking place in real life. This is Your Story or Your Life.
June 10, 2020
Dirty John, The OC and DA Murphy
So much True Crime takes place in Orange County, CA that Netflix's Dirty John is just the tip of the iceberg. In this episode of Your Story or Your Life I discuss a similar case that might be right for Netflix, along with the people who help to prosecute offenders and bring justice.
June 9, 2020
Out of The Bunker: The Michael Crane Interview
Recently, I had the chance to speak with Michael Crane, who was featured in a Sports Illustrated article about a choice he'd made before The 2007 Masters Golf Tournament. We talk about where he was back then and what his life is like today. If you've got a story to tell, you'll learn the best way to go about it and what to look out for along the journey. Remember to practice your bunker shot more than your short game. This is Your Story or Your Life.
June 4, 2020
Domestic Thriller Movie Recipe: Nancy Brophy with a dash of Amanda Knox
Trashy novelist Nancy Brophy 86'd her chef hubby a few years back. Amanda Knox once escaped Italy in just enough time to regain her freedom back. Recently, she got married. Both Nancy and Amanda are from the Pacific Northwest, where it's dark and dreary and the evidence is convenient enough to pen a unique domestic thriller for TV. Or maybe the big screen?
May 29, 2020
Most Wanted: Jason Derek Brown
Jason Derek Brown is on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. It's been 16 years since the crime, the same amount of time it took the Feds to capture their former number 1, who was holding steady in the second spot on the notorious list until a famous terrorist fell to zero. This is Your Story or Your Life.
May 28, 2020
A Fire Captain Accused of Robbing Banks
According to's article, a Fire Captain in Tulsa, Oklahoma has been arrested and accused of robbing two banks. Here's my take. This is Your Story or Your Life.
May 27, 2020
Man On The Brink: Anthony Curcio
Robbing a Brink's truck. Dressing up like a construction worker to fool the cops during the getaway. An overachieving good-guy on the edge. Sounds like a film I'd love to watch starring Ben Affleck. This isn't The Town, though. This is the curious case of Anthony Curcio.
May 21, 2020
Faux French True Crime Author Stephane Bourgoin
Stephane Bourgoin is a true crime author, speaker and bullshit artist. Recently, he admitted he's no expert on serial killers and the enormous lies he's told over the years have been weighing him down. In this episode of The Story of Your Life Podcast I weigh in on the subject and discuss where I believe he found his inspiration for fakery; and it isn't about how he claimed his partner was killed by a prolific serial killer. I believe this guy modeled his act after a genuine US hero.
May 19, 2020
Save "The Last Dance" For Glee
The Last Dance, a "documentary" which follows the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan to the promised land of multiple NBA championships in the 1990's was called a "Puff Piece" by Utah Jazz legend, John Stockton. Is it a real documentary or a promotional tool for Air Jordan and Nike? What is a real documentary, anyway?
May 13, 2020
Wrong Author: Nancy Brophy
Nancy Brophy 86'd her culinary-instructor husband in real life in the same manner she'd written about in her trashy novel available to Amazon readers. Now she wants out of jail because other inmates aren't standing six feet apart from her during the pandemic. She got up real close and personal to her hubs to put two bullets in him because of her insatiable appetite for the life insurance money, much like her leading lady in the book Wrong Husband.
April 29, 2020
Top Gun Part Deux
The June release of Top Gun Maverick has been shot down by the Coronavirus. With movie theaters closing left and right and AMC Theaters filing for bankruptcy, will freedom ring for TC and company come December time? The Story of Your Life Podcast is requesting flyby to discuss the reasons why the long-awaited Part II can't go straight to streaming.
April 21, 2020
The XFL Had No Story To Stand On
The reboot of the XFL timed-out. It's easy to blame the Coronavirus as the reason for their collapse, even with fans in the stands already social distancing themselves. But the XFL had no story to stand on, no characters or way to connect with people beyond the sidelines. Pro sports is so much more than the sport itself. In this episode of The Story of Your Life Podcast I talk about the power of story and what it means in the business of football and in life.
April 14, 2020
The Slap From 'Jaws' Actress Lee Fierro
When actress Lee Fierro slapped Chief Brody in the film Jaws, the audience became fully invested in the story. Because of her recent passing, I discuss the pivotal scene and how it relates to telling your own story through a method I often talk about: The Hero's Journey. This is The Story of Your Life Podcast.
April 7, 2020
Hook Me If You Can: Michael Crane's Bank Robbery Bunker
Former ESPN video-editor, Michael Crane, finally got his cut at the bigs when he was chosen to shoot The Masters in 2007; he decided to rob a local bank instead. In this episode I talk about the robbery and what one change to his story might make it a hole-in-one for the big screen. The Story of Your Life Podcast is ready to tee off. Fore!
March 31, 2020
"Jaws" Parallels The Pandemic We Hear About But Can't See
Something had been lurking under the surface of my mind ever since I talked about the movie "Outbreak" and how it was a lot like what we're witnessing today; hazmat suits and all. Yet the pandemic we're hearing so much about is a killer we can't see. The major news networks have their death counters in play and the powers-that-be are gathering to figure out how to hook the killer before it sinks its teeth into more people who go in the water. I mean ... the street. This is The Story of Your Life Podcast.
March 24, 2020
Love in the Time of Coronavirus
How do we do love in a time when we have this thing called Social Distancing? They figured it out in the film, Love in the Time of Cholera. After all, the fear of a virus spreads faster than the virus itself. And love conquers all. We make for happy endings here. This is The Story of Your Life Podcast.
March 19, 2020
"Atypical" Has Typical Twists But Not Such Typical Characters
Atypical, the Netflix show about a teen on the autism spectrum is a character-driven show that works no matter the typical story-lines. The adults have issues they can't seem to solve among themselves, and the children can discuss their issues just fine and work them out on their own. The characters here make me forget about the stuff I've seen a million times. And did Sam go to the Edward Norton School of Acting? This is a not so typical episode of The Story of Your Life Podcast.
March 17, 2020
A Blue Man Group Member Gone Rogue?
Does one have to tell their personal story by tattooing it on their face? If you've lived long enough you have a powerful story to tell. It's what's underneath the skin that can rise to the surface for people to know and appreciate. This is The Story of Your Life Podcast, where I breakdown stories so you can learn how to tell your own story in a way that can be truly inspiring. Paint it blue why don't you and come join me now for a listen.
March 16, 2020
"The Way Back" Is Something Other Than A Hero's Journey
**This episode contains spoilers** As the lights went off in the theater showing The Way Back, I said to myself: "I'll sit on my box of Red Vines if the first scene doesn't have Ben Affleck doing what he does best--shovel concrete." Thus, I kept the snacks in hand because he soon appeared in all his blue-collar glory, working on a construction site in the opening frame. The movie went on to surprise me, though, taking me away from my belief that it was a Hero's Journey I was watching with basketball as the sport of choice. Put on your flannel jacket and cancel your session with the therapist because The Story of Your Life Podcast is about to drop a big 'ol bucket of spoilers on your head.
March 10, 2020
Outbreak Part II "El Diablo Coronavirus"
Exactly 25 years after the movie Outbreak hit theaters, Part II spreads to your ears. Where were you when Dustin Hoffman donned a hazmat suit and Rene Russo was bigger than Julie Roberts? Let's go back to 1995 because life imitates art far more than art imitates life. Remember to wash your hands like you're slicing jalapenos for a plate of nachos and desperately need to remove your contacts. Please stand at least ten feet away at all times. This is The Story of Your Life Podcast.
March 10, 2020
Dave Matthews Debut Novel "If We Were Giants"
Dave Matthews can now add "author" to his long list of accomplishments. If We Were Giants is a novel about a young girl who lives in a Volcano. Is she about to go on a Hero's Journey? It's this author's bet that she does. And that's a perfect segue into learning more about how to tell your own story from the classic storytelling perspective. The ants go marching in the forest on this episode of The Story of Your Life Podcast.  
March 5, 2020
Tying The Knox: A Marriage Thriller With Amanda Knox?
Amanda Knox got married recently and I was thinking about what a good domestic thriller it would make. In this episode of The Story of Your Life Podcast, I talk about Tying The Knox, and the plot points thereof. As they like to say in the music business, the episode has "dropped." Join me, won't you?
March 4, 2020
Would Storytelling Help In Nominating A Democratic Candidate For President?
There are several candidates running for the democratic bid for President. Non have the celebrity status of someone like Hillary Clinton. Celebrity is a main ingredient for political success in our image-driven world. Would good storytelling make a difference in this game, when candidates prefer to tell things chronologically and curate their highlights while trashing others in the race? Telling a story that has vulnerability and credibility is brave. It's the fastest way to being labeled a hero. America would vote for a real hero. This is The Story of Your Life Podcast.
February 27, 2020
25K For A Girlfriend (How Not To Tell Your Story)
In this episode of the Story of Your Life Podcast, I breakdown the story of a guy who says he'll pay 25K for a girlfriend. No, it's not a modern-day retelling of Can't Buy Me Love. It's the power of the internet and promotion, productizing and curating things to your own end. Listen now if you want to know how not to tell your story.
February 18, 2020
The Joe Burrow Story Bootleg
Joe Burrow, Heisman Trophy winner and National Champion quarterback from LSU, has a "Star Story" that will inspire you to find your own. Learn how he went from zero to hero and will soon complete the process by being selected #1 overall in this year's NFL Draft. Now on The Story of Your Life Podcast. Ready ... set ... HUT!
January 16, 2020
Share Your Personal Story And Change Your Life
Want better personal and business relationships for 2020? Your personal story is what people want to know. Learn how to uncover the one story that Hollywood would cut you a check for. It's not the one told in chronological order. This is the Story of Your Life Podcast.
December 19, 2019
A Deceptive Killer Caught By A Determined Author
The true crime story of The Golden State Killer is a fascinating one, and thankfully it comes with a resolution--forty plus years in the making. But ... there is another story here that is equally as incredible. An author caught the killer, but didn't live to find out who he was or see the book she'd written become the catalyst to his capture. We're talking about the power of story once again in The Story of Your Life Podcast.
December 5, 2019
Scene it somewhere before: Black And Blue
Black And Blue is an upcoming film from Sony Pictures that looks pretty gray to me simply because I've scene it somewhere before. Yup, I'm talking about Training Day and another cult classic with a bad cop on top. Check out the latest episode of The Storybored Podcast, and tell me if I'm on point with this one.
October 24, 2019
Scene Break: How To Write A Novel In 2,197 Easy-To-Follow Steps
Are you a newbie novel writer? Want to keep from writing about dead bodies and the weather on page 1 of your masterpiece? I'd like to invite you to take a scene break from The Storybored Podcast. (You're the real hero for taking on the challenge to write a novel, btw.) Believe that!
October 24, 2019
Scene: A Star Is Born
Scene it. Bradley Cooper pores out his best/worst drunkerdness in this tale of two shooting stars crossing in the night. Or are they flowers? One blossoms as the other wilts before our eyes. This is the fifth of whiskey episode of The Storybored Podcast.
October 13, 2019
Scene: Aquaman
Pop quiz hotshot: If Aquaman is Thor underwater and Thor is Superman in space, what is Superman?  This is fourth episode of The Storybored Podcast. Things are about to get a little wet.
October 9, 2019
Unseen: Joker (The Joke's On Us)
No, I'm not talking about having to sit through two hours of Joaquin Phoenix doing his best Christian Bale imitation from "The Machinist" with a little bit of Travis Bickle on the side, I'm talking about how this movie isn't about anything other than cashing in on mental illness. I haven't seen this one, but I know everything I already need to know about it. Or do I? My guess is that director Todd Phillips will reveal something that will have Batman fans saying: "But Why?" I'll tell you why when you check out the third episode of The Storybored Podcast.
October 9, 2019
Unseen: Ad Astra, AKA "Brad Astra"
I'm categorizing Ad Astra as Unseen. Why? Because I've already seen this movie somewhere before, deep inside an Asian jungle. Sorry, but I can't stomach two hours of Brad Pitt in every scene, and floating around in space no less. Am I wrong? Is there even just one scene in this vanity project without his mug or monologue? Tommy Lee Jones is a rock star in this one, too! And no ... he's not the drummer for Motley Crue. The second episode of the Storybored Podcast has dropped.
October 1, 2019
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: The Ending That Never Was
Much artistic license was used in Tarantino's "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood". Was I the only person who saw The Ending That Never Was? Did you notice what I noticed because you knew what really happened? I'm not talking about allowing the real-life victims to live on in Movieville's fantasy ending, but what was left out in the final shot (bird's eye view). I guess the best question to ask here is: Why was he left out? The Storybored Podcast's first episode has dropped.
September 27, 2019