Janet Baxter was killed on a cold November night in Maine in 1976 during a quick trip to the A&P to get some cold medicine. When her murder was finally solved 22 years later, the man who did it shouldn’t have been much of a surprise. It turns out Baxter was just one of five people he was convicted of or suspected of killing.
Serial killer? Family annihilator? Or just a hot-head? We discuss.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair, founder of American Atheists, pissed a lot of people off. And when she, her son John and her grandaughter Robin disappeared from San Antonio, Texas, in 1995, no one made a big effort to find them.
When small-time crook Danny Frye vanished around the same time, no one bothered to look for him, either.
Our special Oregon correspondent, our sister Liz, joins us once again, this time to talk about Oregon serial killer John Ackroyd, who fatally stalked Route 20 for decades. The topic is inspired by The Oregonian’s comprehensive coverage of the case, The Ghosts of Highway 20.
When Stephanie Ginn Gebo was found dead on her bedroom floor by her 13-year-old daughter in June 2015, her former boyfriend Robert Burton was already in the Maine woods, where he stayed, eluding police for 68 days.
[Photo is Robert Burton caught on surveillance camera in July 2015 during his 68 days on the run, courtesy of Maine State Police]
In our annual holiday tradition, we’re merging our podcasts Groovy Tube and Crime & Stuff, this year in an interactive Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer-watching extravaganza. Ok, it’s not an extravaganza, but break out the DVD and watch with us anyway.
In 2011, romance novelist Nancy Crampton Brophy wrote a blog post on “How to murder your husband.” It turned out to be an unfortunate topic: her husband, Dan Brophy, was murdered in June, shot dead at the Oregon Culinary Institute, were he worked. And in September, Nancy was arrested and charged with his murder.
Albert Flick was convicted of killing his wife in 1979. After he got out of prison, he continued to assault women, a knife his weapon of choice. After his third conviction, Flick got a relatively short prison sentence — the judge said Flick would “age out” of attacking women. Unfortunately for Kim Dobbie, he didn’t.
When two apparently loving moms and their six kids plunged off a California cliff to their deaths, the pattern of abuse and control that lead up to it made many wonder how the red flags weren’t seen earlier.
A discussion with our special guest host, our sister Liz the college professor.
Carl Drega didn’t just have a beef with his northern New Hampshire town, he had a lot of beefs. He also had an AR-15 assault rifle and one August day in 1997 he decided to settle things once and for all.
Our long national nightmare is over! That’s right, we finally have another episode up. When a model, her mother and their British gentleman boarder are murdered the night before Easter in 1930’s New York, it’ s not what you think.
Jeff Dolloff wanted to find a woman to marry who loved his family’s land in Standish, Maine, as much as he did. And he found her. But did Linda Dolloff love it too much to give up without a fight? We discuss.
And in our NNW rating discussion of the documentary “Killing for Love,” can Maureen convince Rebecca about “the absolute biggest problem with this film?” Hmmm. Listen and find out.
David and Louise Turpin are charged with multiple counts for allegedly abusing their 13 children over the past 30 years. What happened between the time the two became a couple — she 15, he 22 — and the moment 30 years later, when their 17-year-old daughter escaped their “house of horrors” in California in January, alerting police, who found children n chains? We take a look.
The silicon chip inside her head had definitely switched to overload, but how she really felt about Mondays is still up for debate. We discuss the 1979 crime that spurred a song and a lengthy prison sentence.
Also, in a very special recommendations segment, we unveil our Negative Nellies Watching rating system. Now you can understand.
From 1987 to 2003 nurse Charlie Cullen worked at nine hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He wasn’t particularly smart or sneaky, he wasn’t a master criminal. But he killed and killed and killed. And every time a hospital became suspicious and let him go, he’d go down the road to another one, get a job and kill some more.
Estimates are he may have killed as many as 400 people before he was finally stopped.
Join us in our discussion of the man who may be the most prolific serial killer in the U.S.
In the early morning hours of March 18, 1990, two thieves dressed as police officers talked their way into Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, tied up the two guards on duty and walked off with art that’s now valued at $500 million. Nearly 28 years after what is considered the biggest art heist in history, the paintings are still gone and their empty frames haunt the museum.
Over those 28 years, a parade of criminals and criminal-wannabes have fallen all over themselves to confuse the investigation. The FBI said it 2013 the crime is solved, but no one has been arrested, no one knows where the paintings are and the $10 million reward for their return still stands.
Join us as we review the Gardner heist, the players, the theories and the empty frames.
What’s the true meaning of Christmas? No, really, what is it? In this very special Christmas episode, in partnership with our sister podcast, Groovy Tube, we find out through That Girl, Mary Tyler Moore, Adam 12 and Starsky & Hutch.
Sure, Santa gets arrested. But it’s warmer than eggnog by the fire.
One of them went outside to shoo hunters away from her property as her year-old twins played in the house; another was removing a log that blocked his family’s camp road, anxious for a weekend away with his fiancee; another was hunting for gems on her country property; another was splitting wood, careful to wear hunter orange; another, 18, was hanging around outside with her brother.
All of them were part of a small but tragic toll in Maine — shot to death on their own or a neighbor’s property by hunters who said they mistook them for deer.