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Direct Appeal

Author: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg

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For the last 13 years, Melanie McGuire has been serving a life sentence for the murder and dismemberment of her husband, whose body was found in three suitcases in the Chesapeake Bay. The State’s case was based almost entirely on circumstantial evidence, and no forensic evidence was found at the alleged crime scene. Melanie proclaims her innocence to this day, but nearly out of options in the courts, she shares her version of events and appeal directly to the public for help. With Melanie’s full cooperation, two Criminologists (Dr. Meghan Sacks, and Dr. Amy Shlosberg) will examine the evidence, consult independent experts and explore over 50 hours of exclusive interviews with Melanie (from prison), her family, her friends, witnesses and experts on both sides of the trial looking to uncover the whole truth about this murder.
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Teaser: Direct Appeal

Teaser: Direct Appeal

2019-05-0301:061

Direct Appeal: Melanie McGuire, launches May 6th! For the last 13 years, Melanie McGuire has been serving a life sentence for the murder and dismemberment of her husband, whose body was found in three suitcases in the Chesapeake Bay. With Melanie’s full cooperation, two Criminologists (Dr. Meghan Sacks, and Dr. Amy Shlosberg) will examine the evidence, consult independent experts and explore over 50 hours of exclusive interviews with Melanie (from …
The Fixer

The Fixer

2019-05-0739:079

01: Three suitcases, containing human remains, surfaced in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay in May 2004.  Police identified the man in the suitcases as 39-year-old William McGuire, from Woodbridge New Jersey, and they quickly focused their attention on Bill’s wife, Melanie McGuire, who did not report him missing. Convicted three years later of murdering and dismembering her husband, Melanie McGuire has been in prison since then but did the state get it …
The Perfect Marriage

The Perfect Marriage

2019-05-0752:397

02: Bill and Melanie each end their other relationships and begin a life together.  However, this may not be storybook ending they had hoped for. Their marriage is a volatile relationship, filled with infidelity, lies and acts that would results in criminal convictions for both.  Melanie describes the ups and downs, and details the fight where she said she should have left. Credits: Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg. …
The Closing

The Closing

2019-05-0737:226

03: Bill and Melanie manage to piece together their relationship after dealing with tumultuous times.  They forge ahead with their dreams of owning a home in the suburbs of New Jersey even though their relationship is not entirely a happy one.  They find a home and close on it April 28th, 2004, but Bill McGuire is never seen again after the closing. Was this a happy occasion for the couple …
Life After Bill

Life After Bill

2019-05-1750:158

04: Melanie claims that on the evening of the closing, she and Bill had a big fight that lasted into the early morning of April 29th, and concluded with Bill walking out on her.  Melanie’s moves over the next few days would cast doubt on her story though. The prosecution says Melanie was establishing a cover story. Whose version of events is more believable?   If you have any information …
Human Sawdust

Human Sawdust

2019-05-2248:056

05: While Melanie tries to plan Bill’s funeral and move on with her life, the Police begin their Investigation. Eventually, Melanie is indicted. Her bail was eventually raised to $2 million dollars. The search for a defense team begins, and after several trial-and-errors with attorneys, Melanie eventually believes she hit the jackpot. As Melanie and her lawyers prepare for Trial, the prosecution makes a shocking announcement. If you have any …
Opening Arguments

Opening Arguments

2019-05-2901:02:294

06: The trial against Melanie McGuire begins on March 5, 2007, live on Court TV, and Melanie finds herself in the middle of a media circus.  Lead prosecutor, Patricia Prezioso, makes a forceful opening argument but will her first witnesses help her case or hurt it? The prosecution also claims that the firearm Melanie purchased two days before Bill disappeared was the murder weapon but what does our expert have …
Mickey Finn

Mickey Finn

2019-06-0554:326

07: The prosecution introduces the sedative, chloral hydrate, found in Bill’s car. To fit their timeline, the Prosecution suggests Melanie kept Bill drugged for days before he was shot, but is there a less sinister explanation? Also, Melanie’s friends are pressured to betray her. Who will stay loyal? If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at …
Unfaithfulwife.net

Unfaithfulwife.net

2019-06-1259:364

08: The prosecution says that Melanie drove Bill’s body to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Virginia, where she disposed of his remains but Melanie says she was in Delaware furniture shopping.  Does Melanie have an alibi witness to support her claim and if so, why didn’t this witness testify? Also, the prosecution introduces damning Internet searches made on the McGuire’s home computer, but was it Melanie who made these searches …
Garbage Science

Garbage Science

2019-06-2046:381

09: The State’s witness testifies that there is forensic evidence linking Melanie to trash bags found with the body. However the defense gets lucky and happens across their own expert with a different opinion about what the evidence shows. If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask …
The Best Defense

The Best Defense

2019-06-2801:21:134

10: Now that the State has rested, it’s time for Melanie’s Defense to present their case.  Several key witnesses emerge but will Melanie’s lawyers call them to the stand? At least two critical witnesses who testify for Melanie are not permitted to share their whole story but we share what they could not say on the stand.  Could this testimony have made a difference? If you have any information regarding …
A Gamble

A Gamble

2019-07-1001:03:554

11: Financial documents reveal suspicious transactions in and out of the McGuire’s joint bank account while lab reports reveal untested DNA and hair and police reports raise shocking new accusations.  The prosecution alleges that two anonymous letters containing information about Bill’s murder were written by Melanie while Melanie’s camp denies that she wrote these letters. The experts on each side battle it out but who will the jury believe? If …
The Verdict

The Verdict

2019-07-1736:512

12: Both sides make their closing arguments, but an act of God gives one side an advantage. Afterwards, Melanie agonizes while the jury deliberates. The verdict is read and Melanie is sentenced, will she be shown any mercy? Also, we discover that Joe may have had personal reasons to rush things along… If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or …
Melanie Q&A (part 1)

Melanie Q&A (part 1)

2019-07-2642:192

13: Listen to Melanie’s answers to your questions in part 1 of our question & answer episodes. If you have a question to ask and didn’t hear it in this episode, you have one more chance! Be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996 Credits: Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg Produced by James VargaWritten …
Direct Appeal

Direct Appeal

2019-08-0701:06:194

14: Melanie is sentenced and transferred to prison. She begins the long process of appeals and holds out hope that her conviction will be overturned. Will the courts grant an appeal or will her life sentence stand? For Images related to this episode, visit: https://directappealpodcast.com/images/#ep14 Credits Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg Produced by James VargaWritten by Meghan SacksRecorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios…
Melanie Q&A (part 2)

Melanie Q&A (part 2)

2019-09-1936:451

15: We ask Melanie the your Questions in the second round of Q&A. Thank you for staying tuned during our mid-season break! We are busy following up on your leads and theories and will be sharing them soon. If you have a tip, please contact us at tips@directappealpodcast.com Credits: Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg Produced by James VargaWritten by Meghan SacksRecorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral …
The Best Friends

The Best Friends

2019-10-2401:23:322

16: Direct Appeal is back after a brief hiatus to follow up on listener tips. We return with three interviews from those who knew Melanie best: a friend from her past, a friend from her present and a surprise interview with a key witness for the prosecution. If you have any information regarding this case, you can still submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at …
Deliberation

Deliberation

2019-11-0801:05:47

17: This season’s final episode of Direct Appeal brings you audience tips and alternate theories. Also, Amy and Meghan will reveal their conclusions. To help and participate in our research project, please take our short survey which can be found at: http://directappealpodcast.com/survey If you would like to hear more from Amy and Meghan, check out our new podcast, “Women & Crime”. Every two weeks we’ll feature a new story which …
From the creators of Direct Appeal comes our new project, Women & Crime. Each episode we cover a new female focused true crime case. Enjoy this full length sample, and if you like it – Subscribe Now. Imette, a Boston native who moved to NYC to study Criminal Justice at John Jay University. She was a beautiful, vibrant graduate student who went bar hopping with a friend on the …
Comments (25)

Suzanne Norris

You mention a few times that his blood was drained. Wouldn't he have already lost a substantial amount of blood from the 4 gunshot wounds he received?

Oct 14th
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Sophia Grace

and her babies are there while she's allegedly sawing apart daddy? sure, one baby "can sleep through anything" per Melanie, but the other baby is screaming just during a shouting match. is she chopping up daddy with a toddler on her hip?

Sep 28th
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Sophia Grace

wouldn't bill know a lot of the fatal drug information if he was close to finishing pharmacy school? was he in school still at this time?

Sep 27th
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Sophia Grace

also, we (pharmacies) don't keep ALL drugs on hand. this doesn't seem like one that we would keep because if the formula (liquid). that means we would have to know ahead of time to order it. that could mean that the rx was entered into the computer that morning because that's when the medicine delivery arrived, while the actual rx could have been dropped off days before.

Sep 27th
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Sophia Grace

I was a pharmacy technician for 10 years. I'm 2004, it was hot or miss whether there was a computerized system in place. but yes, you can drop off rx for other people. the question is whether Walgreens still has the hard copies (they're required to keep printouts of everything for X number of years.) that would also tell whether Wm had a history of filling this rx, and what time he picked it up.

Sep 27th
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Patty Schuman

I hate that I wasted good listening time on Melanie's case. I agree with Patty Prezioso and the jurors that it's a waste of time and a slap in the face. I believe she is 100% guilty and every single detail drives that point home. I get maybe these hosts wanted to jump on the podcast bandwagon, but there are far better questionable convictions that could have been chosen over this case.

May 1st
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Alana Phillips

I doubt you'll see this but with an ex who spent all my money if it's in a house the court can force sale and split of funds where as having $ in the bank they can EASILY get to it and take it. My ex stole 25k and since it was a joint account the police said there is no case.

Jan 19th
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Russell Lee

morherfuckers like that monster make it even MORE difficult for ANYONE convicted of a felony (even 40 years before) from getting a job in other places. he should get the chair and they should change the law. just give murderers and rapists the death penalty and our society will heal itself

Nov 28th
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Russell Lee

ecscape?!?! she said it more than once. this podcast might be shortlived to me. I cant abide "ecscape".

Nov 28th
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lisa bradford

I don't care for Amy's commentary that much. as time has gone by I get the OBVIOUS impression that she feels Melanie is guilty as sin ,and that comes thru in the comments she makes. It skews the flavor of the podcast. Especially when I feel like Meghan tries very hard to keep from confirmation bias. And no, I'm not convinced that Melanie did the crime, I simply do not believe she has the strength to do what has been done. Anyone who has ever tried to move a large sleeping human would realize how incredibly hard it would be to manipulate a body in the way Bill's was. certainly a tiny woman would be the least able to do this crime. I wonder if Bill went to his friends house in Chesapeake Bay? have they been questioned about their whereabouts? that's the first thought I had, and its remained unanswered.

Oct 25th
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lisa bradford

No I dont get that impression at all. obviously, lots of these commentors have never tried lifting a human body. Even a live body is extremely hard to move, there's no way that a small woman could have ever moved a man's body like this, SO MUCH! I dont want to go through the steps, but what happened would have required a lot of strength to do. even the cops know that, that's why they keep looking for an accomplice. and as for that wild ride to A.C. when she moved the car, hasn't anyone ever been in an unhealthy relationship. its like crap I did with my exbusband in my 20's, psychologists call it the "I hate you, dont leave me" phenomenon. they were in deep in this unhealthy relationship, and its irrational the way people act when in that situation. I want more info from his "friends" in Virginia. They live where the suitcases were found!?!!!

Jul 17th
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Katherine Martin

It is so obvious to me she is full of it. She had no respect for her marriage, husband, children , herself or the family of the man she was was s©rewing. I understand she and her husband were habitual cheaters but he has paid the price and she is exactly where she should be. I watched the whole trial on court tv and other evidence was introduced that is not in this podcast. I just found this podcast and it is my new favorite.

Jul 12th
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TeTe

is anyone else getting the feeling that the boyfriend doctor committed this crime? or possiblebly they was both in on it at various parts? you have the sedation meds, the hacking of the body, even if it was not clean cut( which I might have missed where they had cleared up how the dismemberment was done.) either way, it just looks very suspicious..

Jul 9th
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lisa bradford

where is the new episode!!! I been checking all day

Jun 18th
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Kathy Ferry-Pawlowski

excellent podcast 5 stars*****

Jun 10th
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lisa bradford

great podcast. this is torture waiting week to week.

May 22nd
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