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October 13, 2019
In 1984, a vicious sexual sadist was terrorizing the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. He preyed on sex workers, and other vulnerable women, murdering at least ten young women before he was caught. He oddly let one girl go in November and she would be the break law enforcement needed to unmask the Tampa Bay Serial Killer. Police didn’t realize when they arrested Bobby Joe Long that was he was also a brutal serial rapist who had attacked around 50 women over 4 states and was known all over Florida as the Classified Ads Rapist. Written, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioResearch Assistance by Haley GrayEdited by Chaes GrayCase suggested by Liz HoytAdditional suggested reading: Deadly Deception by JT Parker (*warning: graphic photos)https://southernfriedtruecrime.com@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
October 5, 2019
The public is fascinated by love triangles. Add in betrayal and murder and you’ve got the plot to a novel, a movie or a soap opera. People cannot get enough of the romantic notion of a beautiful woman, torn between her love of two men. In 1999, Dr. Michelle Theer had been leading a secret life on the internet. She was married to Air Force Captain Marty Theer, who had no idea his wife was posting a dating profile online and meeting many men for anonymous sex. By the year 2000, Michelle was in a serious relationship with one of these men. And she set in motion a plan not to just get rid of her husband, but also her lover so she could begin a new life, far away from Fayetteville, North Carolina.Written, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioEdited by Chaes GraySuggested Reading: The Officer’s Wife by Michael Freemanhttps://southernfriedtruecrime.com@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
October 1, 2019
For most of his life, Jeffrey Epstein was a mystery-- who he was, how he made his money, and how he got away with horrific crimes for so many years. The Mysterious Mr. Epstein explores how Epstein was able to use his wealth to buy status and credibility, to buy power, and ultimately to buy himself freedom from justice. From the network that brought you Dirty John. Listen now at wondery.fm/sftcpod
September 30, 2019
In 2010, a Georgia Glynn County police officer, Lieutenant Cory Sasser, was involved in the shooting of an unarmed woman. Though he was cleared of wrong doing by a grand jury, the decision was controversial and the bad press followed him for years. In 2018, his wife Katie Sasser, could no longer deal with his mental health issues. When she left him, he became suicidal and then full of rage. His colleagues at the police department would give him the benefit of the doubt every time, despite many red flags. Written, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioResearch by Haley Gray Edited by Chaes Graysuggested by: Amy M. & Julie G.https://southernfriedtruecrime.com@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)Dash Cam Footage of the Caroline Small shooting:https://www.ajc.com/news/raw-dashcam-video-from-the-shooting-caroline-small/9w3QrU1BbW1qtFqd1XWV7O/
September 22, 2019
In 1969, the mysterious death of a beautiful Houston socialite would captivate Texas. Soon it would become a national scandal. Joan Robinson Hill’s father, a rich and powerful oilman, would set set in motion a chain of events so incredible, it seems like fiction. All in the name of grief and revenge. Written, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioEdited by Mike Bussinghttps://southernfriedtruecrime.com@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)Suggested Reading: Blood and Money by Thomas Thompsonhttps://www.amazon.com/Blood-Money-Classic-Murder-Passion-ebook/dp/B01NBJYHPW
September 12, 2019
In May of 2010, the mistress of an Alabama County Commissioner was found shot to death in her driveway. It looked like suicide and Angel Downs did have a prior suicide attempt. But her boyfriend, Commissioner Stephen Nodine, was seen driving away from her house right after neighbors heard the shot. Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Research by Haley Gray Edited by Chaes Gray Case suggested by Suzanne Fleet Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
September 7, 2019
In 1987, an ambitious rookie FBI agent came to Pikeville, Kentucky for his first posting out of the academy. He soon met a girl from the nearby holler who worked as an informant. Susan Daniels Smith lived a life of poverty, violence and misery. And then she met Mark Putnam and became obsessed. Editing by Chaes Gray Major Source: Above Suspicion by Joe Sharkey: https://www.amazon.com/Above-Suspicion-Joe-Sharkey-ebook/dp/B01N49MWZH/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3TSQXJQASEJND&keywords=above+suspicion+book&qid=1567612166&s=gateway&sprefix=Above+Suspicion%2Caps%2C252&sr=8-1 Other Reading: FBI Killer by Aphrodite Jones Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
August 30, 2019
Late on a Sunday night in September of 2016, Atlanta power couple, Tex and Diane McIver, were driving back into the city and got caught in Atlanta’s notorious traffic. Diane’s best friend was driving as Diane rode in the passenger seat and her husband, Tex, sat directly behind her. When they were stopped in what they considered a dangerous part of town, Tex asked for his gun, and then fell asleep. What happened next would cause one of the most hotly debated criminal cases in recent Atlanta history. A major source for this episode was the Atlanta Journal Constitution. For extensive trial coverage and analysis, check out their amazing podcast: https://www.ajc.com/news/breakdown/ Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
August 27, 2019
Joe Exotic loves his animals, his husbands and his animals. He’s a liger-breeding, gun-slinging, polygamous zoo owner from Oklahoma. And throughout his career, he’s made some major enemies. Listen to season 2 of Over My Dead Body: Joe Exotic at wondery.fm/southernfried
August 23, 2019
In the early morning hours after the 4th of July in 2004, A young couple was brutally stabbed to death on Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. There was another friend in the house who was also stabbed but escaped and miraculously survived. This vicious blitz was carried out by a fellow airman. What led to the gruesome attack after the 4th of July celebrations? Research Assistance by Haley Gray Case Suggested by Kelly & Alaina Coates Tickets for the live show this Sunday with Trashy Divorces in Atlanta: https://www.bigtickets.com/e/venkmans/TD-SFTC/ Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
August 21, 2019
This is a special preview for Southern Fried listeners. It's a preview of the Parcast Network's new daily podcast called Today in True Crime! If you like what you hear, go subscribe on Spotify, iTunes, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
August 18, 2019
In 1980, a sixteen year old white girl named Cheryl Dee Fergeson was raped and murdered in a high school auditorium in Conroe, Texas. Suspicion immediately fell on the only black janitor, though three other white janitors were present. A Texas Ranger looked Clarence Brandley in the face and said “One of you is gonna hang for this. Since you’re the ni**er, you’re elected”. What followed was more than just a miscarriage of justice. The police, prosecutor and three judges colluded to frame Clarence Brandley with nothing but pure racism in their hearts. Research Assistance by Haley Gray Case Suggested by Hannah Thayer Suggested Reading: White Lies: Rape, Murder and Justice Texas Style by Nick Davies: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679401679/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Tickets for the live show with Trashy Divorces on August 25th in Atlanta: https://www.bigtickets.com/e/venkmans/TD-SFTC/ Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
August 9, 2019
In October of 2001, Traci Cooper was brutally murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend, Alan Ruff. He went on trial an unprecedented eight times before he was finally convicted. Some were mistrials due to technicalities. Others were hung juries, usually split down racial lines. Traci was white and Alan is African American. Was justice finally served? Is it right to try a man eight times? Would a white man have faced eight trials? Research Assistance by Haley Gray Tickets for the live show with Trashy Divorces on August 25th in Atlanta https://www.bigtickets.com/e/venkmans/TD-SFTC/ Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
August 2, 2019
In 2003, eighteen year old freshman, Katie Autry, was raped, beaten and set on fire in her dorm room at Western Kentucky University. Two suspects would soon emerge. One white, from a wealthy family. The other mixed race, from a poor family. The case would consume WKU, Bowling Green and the rest of Kentucky, with loyalties on both sides. To this day, many locals believe that one of those boys got away with murder. Suggested Reading: Bluegrass: A True Story of Murder in Kentucky by William Van Meter: https://www.amazon.com/Bluegrass-True-Story-Murder-Kentucky/dp/1416538682/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=William+Van+Meter+Bluegrass&qid=1564774117&s=gateway&sr=8-1 Case suggested by listeners Mike & Kaneal Whitlow Tickets for the live show with Trashy Divorces on August 25th in Atlanta: https://www.bigtickets.com/e/venkmans/TD-SFTC/ Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
July 26, 2019
In July of 1999, a day trader named Mark Barton went on a killing spree in Atlanta’s financial district. He murdered 9 people that day, wounding 13 more. Two days before this massacre, he murdered his second wife and two children. But he was also suspected of murdering his first wife and her mother six years earlier. Mark Barton is a family annihilator, spree killer, mass murderer and possibly, a serial killer. He fits into every classification or none of them. Tickets for the live show with Trashy Divorces on August 25th in Atlanta https://www.bigtickets.com/e/venkmans/TD-SFTC/ Today’s Sponsors: ThirdLove.com | CandidCo.com Primary Research by Haley Gray Suggested Reading: “Murder at the Office” by Brent Doonan and “Delivered from Evil” by Ron Francell Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
July 12, 2019
In 1982, America got their own Ken and Barbie killers a decade before the Canadian couple, Paul Bernardo and Karla Holmolka horrified the world with their depraved crimes - kidnapping, torturing and murdering young girls. Americans Alvin and Judith Neelley started out with petty crimes, dubbing themselves Boney and Claude. And then they escalated. Unlike Karla, Judith didn’t get a deal with the devil. Instead, at 18 years old, she became the youngest woman in the US to be sentenced to the death penalty. Tickets for my live show with Trashy Divorces on August 25th in Atlanta: https://www.bigtickets.com/e/venkmans/TD-SFTC/ Info for the True Crime Podcast Festival in Chicago on June 13th: https://tcpf2019.com/ Suggested Reading for today's episode: https://www.amazon.com/Early-Graves-Story-Murder-Passion-ebook/dp/B005JZ6TJM/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
July 4, 2019
Today is a very special cross over episode with my friends from Trashy Divorces. We are discussing the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, as well as OJ Simpson’s two trashy divorces. This is not my usual format and there is indeed the explicit language I’m always warning you about. Suggested Reading: Without a Doubt by Marcia Clark The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin In Contempt by Christopher Darden Suggested Viewing: ESPN’s documentary: OJ Simpson: Made in America American Crime Story’s The People vs OJ Simpson If you or anyone you know are in danger, there are resources to help you. You are not alone. Please reach out: US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 UK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247 Australia Rape & Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-737-732 Canada: http://thelifelinecanada.ca./help/call/ I’m in Chicago for the True Crime Podcast Festival on July 13th! I really hope to see you there! For more information, go to: https://tcpf2019.com/ Don’t forget the Scattered, Covered & Smothered Tour! I am doing a live show with Alicia and Stacie from Trashy Divorces in Atlanta on Sunday, August 25th. Doors open at 5pm, Tickets start at $25 with VIP packages available. Tickets go on sale on July 10th at 12pm EST. But watch social media for more event details.
June 28, 2019
This is the conclusion to Miami Beach Royalty: The Novack Murders. Within three months of each other, Bernice and Ben Novack Jr were brutally murdered. These were gruesome, vicious attacks and they were meticulously planned and executed. But the conspirators weren’t as smart as they thought. And after the criminal proceedings finally ended, the fight over Ben Novack Jr’s fortune became another epic battle. Suggested Reading: The Prince of Paradise by John Glatt: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009LRWVDC/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 Also: Fools Paradise by Steven Gaines https://www.amazon.com/Fools-Paradise-Players-Poseurs-Culture-ebook/dp/B001RS8KMY/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Fools+Paradise&qid=1561578689&s=gateway&sr=8-1 Sponsor: Noom.com Info for the True Crime Podcast Festival held in Chicago on June 13th: https://tcpf2019.com/ Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
June 21, 2019
The history of the infamous Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach is fascinating. Mobsters, movie stars and and scandal helped the brilliant and ruthless hotelier Ben Novack Sr. propel his hotel onto the world stage, where it remains today. But the brutal murders of his ex-wife Bernice and son, Ben Jr. rocked America and the squabble over the Novack fortune is still winding through the Florida probate courts to this day. Suggested Reading: The Prince of Paradise by John Glatt: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009LRWVDC/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 Also: Fools Paradise by Steven Gaines for more history of Miami Beach and an interview with Ben Novack Jr. Sponsor: BeautyByDesign.com | GreenChef.us Info for the True Crime Podcast Festival held in Chicago on June 13th: https://tcpf2019.com/ Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
June 14, 2019
In October of 1987, a beautiful Texas socialite and businesswoman was poisoned with strychnine. It was in the bottle of NyQuil she often used to help her go to sleep. Patsy Bolton Wright was a share holder in the Southwest Historical Wax Museum in Grand Prairie, Texas. Less than a year after her murder, the wax museum was burned to the ground by an arsonist. Neither crime has ever been solved. Research by Erica & Vincent from the Gone Cold Podcast - Texas True Crime Sponsor: GreenChef.us | ScentBird.com Promo: Obscura: True Crime Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
June 6, 2019
In 1973, a horrific fire killed 32 people in the gay bar, the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans. When city and state officials and the churches turned their backs on the victims and survivors of the tragedy, the gay community rallied together. Today it is known as the beginning of the Gay Rights Movement in New Orleans. Sponsors: Noom.com | WithCove.com Promo: Gone Cold Podcast Suggested Reading: The Up Stairs Lounge Arson: Thirty-Two Deaths in a New Orleans Gay Bar, June 24, 1973: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LI9DYFU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_d_asin_title_o03?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Let the Faggots Burn: The UpStairs Lounge Fire: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005MKCC9U/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_d_asin_title_o00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I’m at CrimeCon this week! Please stop by to see me if you are attending. And if you’re not attending the convention, but in New Orleans, stop by the Hilton Riverside Bar at 8pm on Saturday, June 8th. Several of your favorite podcasters and I will be there to meet up with listeners and have a few drinks. I’d love to see you! details: : Spirts’ Bar & Lounge at 2 Poydras St. New Orleans, 70130, 8pm, June 8th. Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
May 24, 2019
Barbara Ford Stager is known as the Black Widow of North Carolina. She shot two husbands, ten years apart, as they lay sleeping in their marital beds. Her trial was an international sensation, with the media capitalizing on her femme fatale, man eating image. But is that all there is to Barbara’s story? Sponsors: Noom.com & BeautyByDesign.com Promo: Dark Side Of Suggested Reading: Before He Wakes: A True Story of Marriage, Sex & Murder by Jerry Bledsoe: https://www.amazon.com/Before-He-Wakes-Marriage-Murder-ebook/dp/B00KFIH6RM/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Before+He+Wakes&qid=1558725654&s=gateway&sr=8-1 I’ll be in New Orleans for CrimeCon this year! It’s June 7-9th. To buy your ticket, use promo code FRIEDCRIME19. I hope to see y’all there! Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
May 17, 2019
In 1999, a seventeen year old girl named Jessica Dishon was abducted out of her driveway in Shepherdsville, Kentucky as she was leaving for school. Though a rookie sheriff’s deputy tried to sound the alarm, a senior detective refused to come to the scene, dismissing her as a runaway. That mistake would kick off an egregious mishandling of the case, that included accusing an innocent neighbor with no real evidence. It would take fifteen years to bring Jessica’s real killer to justice. He was a serial pedophile, who had abused six children in the Dishon family. Sponsor: Scentbird.com Promo: Criminology Episode suggested by: Chelsea Biggers I’ll be in New Orleans for CrimeCon this year! It’s June 7-9th. To buy your ticket, use promo code FRIEDCRIME19. I hope to see y’all there! Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
May 10, 2019
In 1948, a Delta Mississippi socialite named Ruth Thompson Dickins, hacked her mother to death with gardening shears. She blamed the murder on a “negro” man she claimed attacked her as well. But a jury of 12 white men didn’t believe her, in Mississippi, in 1949. That fact alone is incredible. But with her prominent family, wealthy and aggressive “cotton man” husband and the backing of the elite white people of her town and county, the governor of Mississippi was finally badgered into suspending her sentence after she served only six years. Sponsor: AwayTravel.com | MyLola.com Promo: Going West: True Crime Podcast I’ll be in New Orleans for CrimeCon this year! It’s June 7-9th. To buy your ticket, use promo code FRIEDCRIME19. I hope to see y’all there! Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
May 3, 2019
In August of 2008, the small town of Springfield, Georgia was shaken by a double murder in one of the town’s most prominent families. Soon, the full story would come out. That one brother was sleeping with another brother’s wife, causing a family tragedy of almost Biblical proportions. Sponsor: StoryWorth.com I’ll be in New Orleans for CrimeCon this year! It’s June 7-9th. To buy your ticket, use promo code FRIEDCRIME19. I hope to see y’all there! Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
April 26, 2019
In June of 2013, a 21 year old Vanderbilt student was gang raped in a dorm room by four football players. She was an unofficial hostess, one of the pretty girls coaches use to “assist” in player recruiting. She had no memory of the event, but her attackers had filmed and photographed it on their cell phones. They were also caught on security footage carrying her unconscious body into the dorm. The implications of this case affected Tennessee state law regarding public records, caused a Title IX investigation into Vanderbilt University and is emblematic of the continued, insidious rape culture rampant on American college campuses. Suggested reading: coverage by Tennessean reporter, Stacy Barchenger, Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus by Vanessa Grigoriadis and the long form article by Jessica Luther for Sport Illustrated called A Look at Complex Vanderbilt Rape Case that Left a Community Reeling Sponsors for this episode: GreenChef.us & Swap.com I’ll be in New Orleans for CrimeCon this year! It’s June 7-9th. To buy your ticket, use promo code FRIEDCRIME19. I hope to see y’all there! Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
April 20, 2019
In June of 1985, residents of the Midland area of South Carolina were frozen in fear. Two girls were kidnapped and murdered and the sadistic man responsible relished in making phone calls to one of the families. This is part two of the case of serial killer Larry Gene Bell, covering the abduction and murder of nine year old Debra May Helmick and the investigation into both murders. I also discuss the trials for both murders, and the execution of Larry Gene Bell. I’ll be in New Orleans for CrimeCon this year! It’s June 7-9th. To buy your ticket, use promo code FRIEDCRIME19. I hope to see y’all there! Today’s Sponsors: https://www.scentbird.com | https://www.withcove.com Please read former SLED Lieutenant Rita Shuler’s incredible book on the case: Murder in the Midlands: Larry Gene Bill and the 28 Days of Terror that Shook South Carolina: https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Midlands-Larry-Terror-Carolina-ebook/dp/B00XQK6SAM/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=murder+in+the+midlands&qid=1554756026&s=gateway&sr=8-1 https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781596292505 And also Shari Faye’s sister, Dawn Smith Jordan’s book, Grace So Amazing: https://www.amazon.com/Grace-So-Amazing-Life-ShatteringTragedy/dp/0891076999/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Grace+so+Amazing&qid=1555717459&s=gateway&sr=8-2 And Shari Faye Smith’s mother, Hilda Smith also wrote a book: https://www.amazon.com/Rose-Shari-Hilda-Cartrette-Smith/dp/1592860516/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=A+Rose+for+Shari&qid=1555717369&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spell Watch an ID Go show called I, Witness and see Dawn Elizabeth Smith Jordan recount her sister’s case: https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/tv-shows/i-witness/full-episodes/the-smith-sisters?utm_source=idsgo&utm_medium=redirect This is the TV movie based on Shari Faye’s case that was originally titled Nightmare in Columbia County: https://www.netflix.com/title/70206826 https://www.amazon.com/Victim-Beauty-Nightmare-Columbia-County/dp/B00MQMOWPE/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1MR5UBMW60Q1N&keywords=victim+of+beauty&qid=1555717625&s=instant-video&sprefix=Victim+of+Be%2Caps%2C173&sr=1-1 Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
April 12, 2019
In June of 1985, residents of the Midland area of South Carolina were frozen in fear. Two girls were kidnapped and murdered and the sadistic man responsible relished in making phone calls to one of the families. This is part one of two episodes on the crimes of Larry Gene Bell. I’ll be in New Orleans for CrimeCon this year! It’s June 7-9th. To buy your ticket, use promo code FRIEDCRIME19. I hope to see y’all there! Today’s Sponsors: swap.com/southernfried | noom.com/southernfried | TakeCareof.com (promo code southern fried) Suggested reading for today’s episode: Murder in the Midlands: Larry Gene Bill and the 28 Days of Terror that Shook South Carolina: https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Midlands-Larry-Terror-Carolina-ebook/dp/B00XQK6SAM/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=murder+in+the+midlands&qid=1554756026&s=gateway&sr=8-1 https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781596292505 Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
April 5, 2019
In December of 2004, a beautiful young graduate student was brutally stabbed in her apartment. Her roommate was also attacked. He ran to a convenience store and called 911. Johnia Berry crawled, bleeding from her own apartment, and knocked on the five neighbor’s doors around her. No one answered. Paramedics got there while she was still alive but she died at the hospital. Unknown DNA was found at the crime scene. But there was no match in the database. There wouldn’t be a match made for almost three years. During that time, her parents lobbied for the Johnia Berry Act. It was signed into law in 2007 and it requires anyone arrested for a felony in Tennessee to be automatically swabbed for DNA. This is just one Johnia’s legacies. Today’s Sponsor: Shudder.com/southernfried | Today’s Promo: Parcast’s Survival I’ll be in New Orleans for CrimeCon this year! It’s June 7-9th. To buy your ticket, use promo code FRIEDCRIME19. I hope to see y’all there! Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
March 28, 2019
My fault is past. But, O, what form of prayer Can serve my turn? Forgive me my foul murder? These words, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, spurred a confession from a teenage murderess. Sixteen year old Marie Robards, of Fort Worth Texas, poisoned her own father, because she preferred to live with her beloved mother. Episode suggested by Erica Lae of the gone cold podcast Today’s Sponsor: Noom.com/southernfried Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimesouthfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
March 22, 2019
On New Year’s day of 2012, 38 year old Shelby Wilkie went missing. She left behind her three month old daughter. Shelby had been planning to leave her abusive husband. Michael Wilkie eventually admitted to burning Shelby’s body, though he insisted he didn’t kill her. He claimed that she committed suicide due to post partum depression. But the blood evidence in their home told a very different story. Episode suggested by Teresa Haynes Today’s Sponsor: BetterHelp.com/southern WithCove.com/southernfried US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 UK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247 Australia Rape & Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-737-732 Canada: http://thelifelinecanada.ca./help/call/ Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
March 17, 2019
From 1994 to 2008, a serial predator terrorized the Greater Nashville area. The Wooded Rapist moved like a ghost, through rainy nights, under the cover of trees, assaulting at least fourteen women before he was finally brought to justice. *correction added in Zea Miller's story Today’s Sponsors: ScentBird.com BeautyByDesign.com/southernfried Promo: Hostage from the Parcast Network Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
March 8, 2019
In 2003, a domestic violence case ended in a hostage stand-off at a Bi-Lo grocery store in Greenville, South Carolina. A young mother lost her life and a cognitively impaired young man was sentenced to death. Episode suggested by Ashley Reece Today’s Sponsor: BetterHelp.com/southern US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 UK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247 Australia Rape & Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-737-732 Canada: http://thelifelinecanada.ca./help/call/ Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
February 28, 2019
In the year 2000, Tracy Fortson was the first female deputy at the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Department in Georgia. She filed a sexual harassment claim against the department and then her boyfriend went missing. His body was found, Tracy was charged, but to this day she says she was framed. Suggested Reading: M. William Phelps: Targeted: A Deputy, Her Love Affairs, A Brutal Murder Promo on this episode: Something’s Not Right Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
February 22, 2019
Just before Christmas of 1985, a Corpus Christi couple was brutally slain with a hatchet and knife as they slept in their home. A local policeman was charged with the murders. The DA dropped the charges almost two years later due to lack of evidence, though it was a very strong circumstantial case. 34 years later and no other persons of interest have been investigated. #justice4Gillette If you have any information about this tragic case, please contact the Corpus Christi police department at 361-886-2600. Thank you to Erica and Vincent from gone cold podcast for their generous collaboration with me on this case. If you haven’t checked out their show, please go right now and download the Gillette episodes. They covered this case in long form, with extensive interviews from many people involved. Erica and Vincent take cases that have been forgotten. Every victim and every family deserves justice, no matter how cold the case and that is gone cold podcast’s mission. And a very special thank you to Shea, Kristie and Candace, the daughters of Gary Gillette and stepdaughters of Stephanie Gillette, for trusting me in telling their story. Today’s Sponsor: BetterHelp.com/Southern Promo on this episode: Mean Book Club Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
February 16, 2019
Known as the “Bitter Blood Murders,” in 1985, first cousins and lovers, Susie Newsom Lynch and Fritz Klenner led police and SBI on a chase that ended in an explosion that killed them and Susie’s two young sons. It was the culmination of a bloody feud that had already left five dead, decimating two prominent families in a Southern Gothic tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. This case was first reported in a series of articles by journalist Jerry Bledsoe, who then researched the families for three years before releasing his #1 New York Times best-selling opus, Bitter Blood: A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness, and Multiple Murder This incredible true crime classic is still in print to this day, as well as available on kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Bitter-Blood-Southern-Madness-Multiple-ebook/dp/B00KFI0EFI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1550330582&sr=1-1&keywords=bitter+blood+by+jerry+bledsoe Case suggested by Bridgett Jochum Promo on this episode: Trashy Divorces Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
February 8, 2019
In a tiny town in Tennessee, a young couple are brutally shot, execution style in their home. Their infant son was still cradled in his dead mother’s arms. Initially police were baffled by the crime, until they uncovered a web of lies and manipulation so bizarre it would catapult the small town into the national spotlight. Case suggested by Linda Morgan Suggested Reading: Too Pretty to Live: The Catfishing Murders of East Tennessee by James Brooks Promo on this episode: Pretend Radio Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
January 31, 2019
In 1999, a dedicated rookie police officer on the luxury island of Bald Head, North Carolina, is shot in the back of the head while on duty. Emergency officials destroyed the crime scene and all evidence and the DA quickly closed the case, ruling it a suicide. Her family sued in civil court to get the ruling changed to homicide and the case is still open to this day. Suggested Reading: Out With Three: The Murder and Betrayal of Bald Head Island Police Officer Davina Buff Jones Case suggested by Allie R. Promo on this episode: The Mug Shot Podcast Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
January 17, 2019
The Death of Andrew Lewis -- a beloved musician is shot. His ex-girlfriend was a witness. The shooter, Eli Miller, was her date and he had been trying to assault Andrew all evening. Miller would claim it was self-defense. But how is shooting someone in the back of the head self-defense? I have updated and remastered this episode. I spoke to Andrew's sister, Laura, who told me that the DA's office has no interest in pursuing charges against Eli Miller nor did they even investigate further. The family has lost hope in receiving justice for their beloved son and brother, but I intend to do everything I can to make sure this travesty of an investigation is not forgotten. Original Music featured on this episode: "Song for Me" - Written and recorded by Andrew Lewis.  Download Andrew's music for free. His family wants to share it with the world. He deserves to be heard. And so does his case. https://www.reverbnation.com/andrewlewismusic https://www.facebook.com/andrewlewismusic Special thanks to Laura Lewis and Andrew Mohney Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth and @kericak (Twitter) | @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta) Montgomery County District Attorney's Office Contact Info: email: mcdaadmin@mc-ala.org phone: (334) 832-2550 Address: 251 South Lawrence Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104
January 10, 2019
A young mother goes on a personal journey and leaves her deadbeat husband. He couldn’t let that happen. And the press disgustingly blamed her for it. Special thanks to suggested by Lindsey Murphy-Thomas for suggesting this case. Promo on this episode: Targeted: True Crime Domestic Violence US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 UK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247 Australia Rape & Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-737-732 Canada: http://thelifelinecanada.ca./help/call/ Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
January 8, 2019
Cyntoia Brown was granted clemency by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today. To hear Cyntoia's story, check out episode 9 #freeCyntoiaBrown: A Minor Facing Life in Prison. Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
December 24, 2018
The Christmas Eve murder of a beloved bartender and manager of a gay nightclub in Houma, Louisiana. Hate crime or robbery? Or maybe both. Sponsors: HelloFresh.com/southernfried60 takecareof.com (promo code: southern fried) Special Thanks to this episode’s Patreon Producer, Lynn Cummings! Promo on this episode: Bloody Murder Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
December 15, 2018
In 1997, in the tiny town of Santa Claus, Georgia, a former foster child returned to the loving family who had taken him in. Jerry Scott Heidler destroyed their family and almost destroyed the “town who loves children.” Suggested Reading: Fear Came to Town: The Santa Claus, Georgia Murders Special Thanks to this episode’s Patreon Producer, Megan Bullard Promos on this episode: Yours in Murder and Killafornia Dreaming Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
November 29, 2018
In 1992, A young mother in Atlanta was in a loveless marriage. Her husband was a criminal. She wanted to leave, but he had too many legal connections and kept complete control of their money. When she decided to prove what he was, he had her shot to death in front of their two little boys. Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta) Please help support Southern Fried by checking out our wonderful and unique sponsors! StoryWorth.com/southernfried TakeCareof.com (promo code: southernfried) Special Thanks to listeners Sara Lindsey and John Williams who suggested today’s case.
November 16, 2018
In 1974, a feisty, outspoken woman in St. Augustine, FL became embroiled in a ridiculous feud with her neighbors, one that went public and turned most of the old city against her. Then she was brutally murdered with a machete on her own front porch, in broad daylight. And her murderer was set free. Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta) If you're interested in reading more about this fascinating and infuriating case, please check out "Murder in St. Augustine: The Mysterious Death of Athalia Ponsell Lindsley" by Elizabeth Randall: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1467118818/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1 Promo on Today's Episode: "Don't Talk to Strangers" by Nina Innsted of the Already Gone Podcast Special thanks to Southern Fried listener, Chadwick, for suggesting this case.
October 31, 2018
Corpsewood Manor in Northern Georgia is an infamous haunted tourist attraction. And many believe it is cursed. Either by the ghosts of the men murdered there, or by a more mysterious and evil entity. Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible: he leading provider of premium digital spoken audio entertainment. Podcast promos on this episode: It’s Haunted, What Now? and The Minds of Madness Reading recommendation: The Corpsewood Manor Murders of North Georgia by Amy Petulla Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
October 18, 2018
Double jeopardy protects our citizens from malicious prosecution. But every now and then, the good guys lose. And the bad guy benefits from this protection we all enjoy. The Brenda Schaefer case is an extreme example of dedicated police work and earnest prosecution still losing to abject evil. Special thank you to author Bob Hill. His book, Double Jeopardy, was an incredible resource in researching this case. *Promo on this episode: The Murder in My Family by Mike Morford* Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
October 4, 2018
In August of 2017, Hurricane Harvey was bearing down on the gulf coast and a beautiful mother of two vanishes. In the days that followed, Baytown, Texas had to contend with historic rainfall and flooding while searching for Crystal McDowell. But if it wasn't for the storm, her murderer would probably have gotten away with it. **Don’t forget to tune in October 7th to the Weather Channel’s new series, Storm of Suspicion, to learn more and see the players in about Crystal’s case. Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
September 12, 2018
The conclusion to the Narcissistic Family Annihilator, Jeffrey MacDonald. MacDonald is a brutal and cold murderer that destroyed his family to save himself and in doing so, brought family annihilators into the public consciousness. Key: A – Colette MacDonald B – Jeffrey MacDonald AB – Kimberley MacDonald O – Kristen MacDonald Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta) @kericakbooklove (Southern Fried Book Club Twitter) and @southernfriedbookclub (Insta)
September 9, 2018
There are some murders that are so intrinsically shocking that we all become obsessed. Known as the family annihilator, these horrific cases dominate our news and social media. This is the historic case of one of the most infamous monsters who destroy their families: Jeffrey MacDonald. Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta) @kericakbooklove (Southern Fried Book Club Twitter) and @southernfriedbookclub (Insta)
September 3, 2018
The 1980’s were the beginning of a sea change in politics and drug culture in the United States. Listen to this tale of how a cocaine, corruption, a double murder, and a dead patsy trumped justice in one Ozark town. The Podcast I mentioned about the Dennis Flowers’ case: https://coronertalk.com/cocaine-killing-coverup-pt-1 https://coronertalk.com/cocaine-killing-and-coverup-pt-2 https://coronertalk.com/pt-3-cocaine-killing-coverup-pathology Promos played on today’s show: https://strictlyhomicide.podbean.com & https://beyondbizarretruecrime.podbean.com Please check them out! Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth and @kericak (Twitter) | @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
July 31, 2018
Bonus Episode-- an interview with acclaimed thriller novelist, Laura Lippman. Her modern noir novel, Sunburn, comes out in paperback today! http://www.lauralippman.net https://www.facebook.com/lauralippman Twitter: @LauraMLippman Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
July 19, 2018
Lauren Agee went to Center Hill Lake in Smithville, Tennessee with some "friends" to attend the annual wakeboarding tournament known as WakeFest. They were camping on a steep cliff, 90 feet above the water. She supposedly went to bed Saturday night, and was missing the next morning. She was found hours later by two fishermen, floating dead, face down in a cove. Her death was barely investigated and her friends acted extremely suspicious. Special thanks to private investigator, Sheila Wysocki. Check out her podcast on Lauren's case, premiering next week on July 26th, called Without Warning. It's a long form series on her investigation into Lauren's suspicious death. Also special thanks to Sherry and Michael Smith for trusting me with your daughter's story. I hope it helps. Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
July 11, 2018
I had a wonderful chat with Dr. Peter Vronsky, author, historian and serial killer expert. He came on the show to discuss his new book, Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present. We covered everything, from the historical witch hunts, which Peter considers the state sanctioned serial murder of women, to Jack the Ripper and the Golden Age of serial killers, beginning in the 1970’s through the 90’s. And of course, his special relationship to serial killer, Richard Cotthingham. Special shout out to Lee Mellor, criminologist and host of Murder Was the Case! For more information, visit Peter’s website: http://www.petervronskybooks.com Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
July 6, 2018
I had a lovely chat with author and historian, Patrick Bowmaster, about his ebook "What the Little Dog Witnessed." He was kind enough to talk to me about his research as well as how he went about getting it published. Special shout out to Richard from the podcast True Crime Historian! For more information, please visit Patrick's blog: https://patrickbowmaster.wordpress.com/ Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
May 29, 2018
The Reckoning: The Trials of Perry March is the conclusion to the Janet Levine March series. It took ten years to get Perry March to justice, and he didn’t go down alone. Southern Fried True Crime is written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Southern Fried’s Original Graphic Art is by Coley Horner  Southern Fried’s Original Theme Music by is Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta & Facebook) @southfriedtruth (Twitter)  https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime (please consider donating if you'd like to support the show...episodes release early without ads, and lots of freebies for my patrons!) https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop: another way to support the show, buy a cool t-shirt!) https://southernfriedtruecrime.com (there is a one time donate button if you'd like to support the show but aren't into the whole commitment thing)
May 22, 2018
The investigation into the disappearance of Janet Levine March was going cold, but the war between Perry March and the Levines was about to explode. Part 2 of 3.  Southern Fried True Crime is written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Southern Fried’s Original Graphic Art is by Coley Horner  Southern Fried’s Original Theme Music by is Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta & Facebook) @southfriedtruth (Twitter)  https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime (please consider donating if you'd like to support the show...episodes release early without ads, and lots of freebies for my patrons!) https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop: another way to support the show, buy a cool t-shirt!) https://southernfriedtruecrime.com (there is a one time donate button if you'd like to support the show but aren't into the whole commitment thing)
May 18, 2018
A beautiful young artist, mother and wealthy native of Nashville goes missing. (Part 1 of 3) Promos on this episode: Corpus Delecti & Perhaps It's You  Follow them on Twitter! @CorpusDelectiPC & @PerhapsItsYou Southern Fried True Crime is written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Southern Fried’s Original Graphic Art is by Coley Horner  Southern Fried’s Original Theme Music by is Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta & Facebook) @southfriedtruth (Twitter)  https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime (please consider donating if you'd like to support the show...episodes release early without ads, and lots of freebies for my patrons!) https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop: another way to support the show, buy a cool t-shirt or hoodie...we even have onsies!) https://southernfriedtruecrime.com (there is a one time donate button if you'd like to support the show but aren't into the whole commitment thing)
May 9, 2018
We're shaking things up this week on Southern Fried! Join me as I chat with international best-selling author, Karin Slaughter. She is a critcially acclaimed and much beloved crime writer known for her gripping page turners. And she's a sassy, southern woman who is a lot of fun to interview. I think you're gonna love her.  We talk about crime, her writing process, getting to know female cops, the #metoo movement, daddy's girls and even dish about everyone's favorite guilty pleasure: VC Andrews.  Go buy her brilliant stand alone novel "The Good Daughter" in paperback today! And be on the look out for her new novel, "Pieces of Her", coming out on August 21, 2018.  http://www.karinslaughter.com https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKarinSlaughter Twitter: @SlaughterKarin  Insta: @karinslaughterauthor Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner | Original Music by Rob Harrison https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime @southfriedtruth (Twitter)  @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
April 4, 2018
The story of Shelly Michael, former cheerleader, wife, mother, stepmother, nurse practitioner and murderer could not be contained in one episode. I hope you enjoy the conclusion of this West Virginian saga. If you’re interested in learning more about this case, check out my best source. Author John Glatt wrote the definitive work on Shelly Michael: Playing with Fire: A Nurse, Her Husband, and a Marriage Turned Fatal. He covers Shelly’s trial in depth as well as many more players in this story I didn’t have time for.  Sponsor: TryWinc.com/southernfried Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
March 31, 2018
The story of Shelly Michael, wife, mother, stepmother, nurse practitioner and murderer could not be contained in one episode. I hope you enjoy part one of this West Virginian saga about a former Mountaineer cheerleader turned murderess.    Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter)  @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
March 14, 2018
An 18 year old girl tortures and kills another teenager and is sentenced to death. Does she belong on Death Row? You decide.  *Warning: this episode is especially graphic  Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter)  @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
February 28, 2018
In 1987, Willie Grimes is accused of the rape of an elderly white woman. He has an alibi and there is no physical evidence. And yet he is still taken to trial and convicted. It would take 24 years to prove his innocence. Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter)  @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)  https://www.innocenceproject.org/ https://www.nccai.org/
February 23, 2018
The murder of an 18 year old girl, the mayor, a cover up and the 20 year investigation that blew the lid off. Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter)  @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)  Special thanks to author Michael Bishop for graciously talking with me about his investigation.  https://www.facebook.com/A-Murder-in-Music-City-Michael-Bishop-119915988737797/ https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Music-City-Corruption-Innocent/dp/1633883450 Special, special thanks to Cousin Lyn!
February 14, 2018
For five months, beginning in November of 2012, a pair of arsonists would terrorize Accomack County, Virginia, setting more than 80 fires. This is a love story. Happy Valentine’s Day. Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter)  @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)  To check out the book “American Fire: Love, Arson & Life in a Vanishing Land” — please visit the author’s website. She has links to all stores that carry her book in hardback or digital: https://www.monicahesse.com
February 7, 2018
In 1999, PFC Barry Winchell was beaten to death in his bed in the barracks of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He had been harrassed and abused for months over his relationship with a transgender show girl named Calpernia Addams. His murder and the subsequent publicity and activism by his family and girlfriend helped to finally end the Don't Ask, Don't Tell era of the US Military. Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner, Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley   www.southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter)  @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta) Facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime | Patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime Special thanks to Calpernia Addams, please check out her podcast "Nooner with Calpernia & Alec" Calpernia.com JustLookAtThis.com  Facebook.com/calpernia  Twitter.com/calpernia  Instagram.com/calpernia  Youtube.com/calperniaaddams Pinterest.com/calperniaaddams Calpernia.tumblr.com
January 31, 2018
In 1999, Karen Tipton was murdered in the small town of Decatur, Alabama. A biased judge, ruthless defense attorneys and unethical media coverage would turn her killer's murder trial(s) into a three ring circus. And her husband and daughters are the ones who ultimately paid the price. Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
January 22, 2018
In 1991, a young mother is murdered. Small town cops have their suspect almost immediately. But they do not arrest. Years pass, and Kathy Page's father started a billboard campaign calling out her ex-husband as the suspect and the police as corrupt. Her unresolved murder and the famous billboards that have stood for over 27 years inspired the award winning movie, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.  This is Three Billboards Outside Vidor, Texas: The Murder of Kathy Page Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio Special thanks to my pod sister, Erica Lea.  Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
January 10, 2018
Cyntoia Brown was 16 years old when she committed murder. But it isn’t as simple as that. She was also a rape victim, pimped out and had been abandoned as a child. Did the system fail her? Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Special thanks to Stacy Rockwood & Kate530 Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
December 6, 2017
A scandalous double murder in a small Kentucky town notorious for police corruption. Will there be justice? Original music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio Original Artwork by Coley Horner Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
November 29, 2017
A scandalous double murder in a small military town with a long history of corruption plays out like a hillbilly soap opera in the national spotlight. Original music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
November 15, 2017
The Thanksgiving Day murder of a beautiful young teacher.  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 UK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247 Australia Rape & Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-737-732 Canada: http://thelifelinecanada.ca./help/call/
November 8, 2017
A young mother and her two daughters are brutally murdered. A man is accused. It takes 20 years and three trials. Was justice finally served? Legal scholars still argue to this day.... Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley4
October 31, 2017
The tragic conclusion to The Ballad of Zack and Addie: the murder/suicide of Addie Hall and Zack Bowen in post-Katrina New Orleans. Voice Actors: Brandon Hawkins as Zack Bowen and Jamie Stevens as Lana Shupack Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Special thanks to Ethan Brown, author of "Shake the Devil Off: A True Story of the Murder that Rocked New Orleans" Lyrics credit: Gal Holiday and The Honky Tonk Revue
October 27, 2017
A hurricane, a troubled young veteran and a volatile but mesmerizing poet...set for a collision course that would shake the unshakable city of New Orleans to its core. Special thanks to Ethan Brown, author of "Shake the Devil Off: A True Story of the Murder that Rocked New Orleans" Voice Actors: Brandon Hawkins as Zack Bowen & Jamie Stevens as Lana Supack Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
October 18, 2017
a scandalous murder in one of the richest towns in Tennessee... The murder of Dr. Rachael Maidens Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Voice Actors: Kayla C. as the bartender, Bethany T. as the ex-girlfriend, Kayla K. as the DA, Jamie Stevens as the Frisbie family lawyer, Stephen Burnette as the Dendreon employee and Shane Lowery as Randy Maidens
May 29, 2017
Each week, your host, Erica, will be serving up a southern fried true crime dish for your earbuds. Both historical and contemporary cases, Erica will be exploring dark stories from the Deep South.
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