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For more than 6 years Foul Play™️ has been creating crime series based on our own investigation. Our cases are introduced in individual seasons and feature interviews from involved parties. We have helped to identify 3 Jane Doe victims, solve a serial killer case from the 1980s, and continue to work on the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy as featured in Netflix's docu-series 'The Keepers'. Hosted by crime journalist Shane Waters & Wendy Cee
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The act of taking someone’s life through poisoning has been around since Ancient Rome and Greece, when it was the preferred method of assassination. Plants like nightshade, hemlock, oleander, and snakeroot were often mixed into a target’s food or drink. These natural poisons became less useful in Medieval Europe, when antidotes were developed for many poisonous plants. You’ll see the focal point of this case is the involvement of an atypical form of poison. While it may seem like an archaic method of inducing harm, the case we’re about to explore proves that it’s a very modern threat. Visit us online at itsfoulplay.comCheckout our other podcasts at itsarclightmedia.comLike the podcast and want to show your support? Signup for extra content at Patreon.com/itsfoulplayEpisode Sponsors:- Go to Everlane.com/FOULPLAY and sign up for 10% off your first order plus free shipping- Visit betterhelp.com/foul to get 10% off your first month by taking charge of your mental health - If you go to GETQUIP.com/FOULPLAY you'll get your first refill for your Smart Electric Toothbrush FREE!
Throwaways, Part 9

Throwaways, Part 9

2021-10-0631:47

Season Finale. For three years now I’ve been nailing these little red crosses into the ground. I know it doesn’t mean very much, but what the hell else am I supposed to do? Forget? Walk away with the same indifference I’ve resented in others? I know they don’t fix anything; I know they don’t make anything right. Maybe most people don’t even know what they are. In fact, I’m sure they don’t.I could have marked the actual burial plots – but with what? I can’t put a name on them. I can’t fit my outrage on a little stone marker (what’s the character limit on those anyway?) Besides, putting a memorial in some remote corner of some equally remote cemetery, overtop of a forgotten body, is only going to result in a forgotten memorial.Visit us online at itsfoulplay.comCheck out or other podcasts at itsarclightmedia.comEnjoy the podcast and want to support us? Become a Patron at Patreon.com/itsfoulplayThis is episode is sponsored by:- Download Best Fiends FREE today on the App Store or Google Play- Get 10% off your first month at Betterhelp.com/foul
Throwaways, Part 8

Throwaways, Part 8

2021-09-2326:20

The best imaginable alibi, outside of lunch with the Dalai Lama, is simply to place yourself in police custody at the time the crime is committed. If the police are with you, they know it’s not you – or so the logic goes. This is, in fact, the very thought process that stalled the prosecution of Jerry Johns for the Redhead Murders.Support our show by becoming a Patreon at Patreon.com/itsfoulplayVisit us online at itsfoulplay.comCheck out our other podcasts! itsarclightmedia.comEpisode Sponsors:- Go to Everlane.com/foulplay and sign up for 10% off comfortable and stylish clothing made sustainably - Start getting rewards for brushing your teeth today, go to getquip.com/foulplay to save $10 on a Quip Electric Toothbrush
Throwaways, Part 7

Throwaways, Part 7

2021-09-1529:52

[Part 7] By the time someone becomes a lot lizard, they have, by and large, already suffered enough. Truck stop sex work is a late stop on a tour of misery that almost always begins at home. And if it doesn’t begin at home, it begins just outside of it, with bad boyfriends, bad uncles and other predators with their foot already in the door. Interview any one lizard, or twenty, and you’ll hear a similar story - their home life or love life was, to put it mildly, problematic.Support our show by becoming a Patreon at Patreon.com/itsfoulplayVisit us online at itsfoulplay.comCheck out our other podcasts! itsarclightmedia.comEpisode Sponsors:-Find out how Upstart can lower your monthly payments today when you go Upstart.com/foulplay-Get better nutrition with the Ritual Multivitamin at Ritual.com/foul
Throwaways, Part 6

Throwaways, Part 6

2021-09-0828:25

Rather than adoring and desiring his mother according to the Freudian complex, Jerry Johns appears to have hated her subtly and relentlessly under the guise of run of the mill spree-killing. Hearing all this, you might be able to guess what Johns’ mother did for a living, and what color her hair was. She was a redheaded prostitute.Support our show by becoming a Patreon at Patreon.com/itsfoulplayVisit us online at itsfoulplay.comCheck out our other podcasts! itsarclightmedia.comEpisode Sponsors:-Download Best Fiends FREE today on the apple App Store or Google Play-Visit Betterhelp.com/foul and join the over 2,000,000 people who have taken charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professionalSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/itsfoulplay)
Throwaways, Part 5

Throwaways, Part 5

2021-08-2549:50

In pitch darkness, shortly after 2AM, Jane Doe #7 stumbled into the median of I-40, near Junction 58, in Kingston, Tennessee. The strangling had ruptured the blood vessels in her eyes and rendered her virtually blind, though only temporarily. Her hearing was also damaged by the astronomical physical stress of her murder.Support our show by becoming a Patreon at Patreon.com/itsfoulplayVisit us online at itsfoulplay.comCheck out our other podcasts! itsarclightmedia.comEpisode Sponsors:-Find out how Upstart can lower your monthly payments today when you go to Upstart.com/foulplay-Get key nutrients - without the BS. Ritual is offering my listeners 10% off during your first 3 months at ritual.com/foul-Everlane has all the everyday essentials you need - go to Everlane.com/foulplay and sign up for 10% off your first order PLUS free shipping!-Visit Betterhelp.com/foul and join the over 2,000,000 people who have taken charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional
Throwaways, Part 4

Throwaways, Part 4

2021-08-1131:15

[Part 4] When you were in school you probably had class projects. You made terrariums and did that thing with a papier-mâché volcano filled with Mentos and Coca-Cola. If you were lucky you got to dissect a pinecone or two, or maybe even a worm if you lived in the right district. A class project of a different sort, led by fearless innovator (and now friend) Alex Campbell, changed this investigation yet again when he and his class of high schoolers – yes, high schoolers, worked with an FBI profiler to establish that we did in fact have a serial killer on our hands.They also provided a name for our killer – the Bible Belt Strangler.Support our show by becoming a Patreon at Patreon.com/itsfoulplayVisit us online at itsfoulplay.comCheck out our other podcasts! itsarclightmedia.comEpisode Sponsors:-Download the 5 star rated mobile puzzle game Best Fiends FREE today on the App Store or Google Play-Start feeling better with a single message. Match with a licensed therapist when you go to talkspace.com and get $100 off your first month with promo code FOUL-Get key nutrients - without the BS. Ritual is offering my listeners 10% off during your first 3 months at ritual.com/foul
Throwaways, Part 3

Throwaways, Part 3

2021-07-2127:21

[Part 3] After Shane started researching the case of the Barbourville Jane Doe, and sharing this story on Foul Play, smaller newspapers around the Bible belt began reviving the story. Crime bloggers began writing about it online. Encouraged by this surge of interest, I called up a dear friend of mine who is a fellow investigator, Gemma Hoskins, and discussed some of the ways in which we might draw yet more attention to the case. Her suggestion was simple, but it touched on something that would soon change the face of our investigation: create a Facebook page to share information.Support our show by becoming a Patreon at Patreon.com/itsfoulplayVisit us online at itsfoulplay.comEpisode Sponsors:Receive funds as fast as 1 business day after accepting your loan by going to Upstart.com/foulplayTry Shane's favorite mobile puzzle game Best Fiends FREE on the App Store or Google PlayGet matched with a licensed therapist when you go to talkspace.com and get $100 off your first month with promo code FOULGet key nutrients - without the BS. Ritual is offering my listeners 10% off during your first 3 months. Visit Ritual.com/foul
Throwaways, Part 2

Throwaways, Part 2

2021-07-1428:03

“Lot lizards” - that’s what they call them. The kind of prostitutes who work truck stops and trailer parks. These are not the high-end rent girls of Abu Dhabi. These are blue collar, minimum wage hustlers closer to the Hollywood stereotype of the rustbelt hooker. You know the one – she has a heart of gold and a drug problem, high heels, a leopard print skirt, and probably some red lipstick and a C-section scar.The term “Lot Lizard” was coined by a comedian in the 1970s and took off from there. Even if you take offense at the sneering attitude of this label, you have to admit it has a kind of ring to it. It might make you think of leathery old women prowling parking lots past their sexual prime and willing to do anything for a buck. More fundamentally, it evokes the image of a slimy predator lurking in the sunlight and looking to draw unsuspecting flies into its mouth.But these women, and sometimes men, are less predator than prey.Support our show by becoming a Patreon at Patreon.com/itsfoulplayVisit us online at itsfoulplay.comEpisode Sponsors:-Get $15 off at Nutrafol.com promo code FOULCRIME on your first month's subscription to grow thicker healthier hair.-Take your free mental health assessment and get up to one hundred dollars credit on your first month of treatment at Brightside.com/foulplay
Throwaways, Part 1

Throwaways, Part 1

2021-06-1634:16

This new series details the investigation of the Redhead Murders, including details of how Shane got involved all the way to identifying the serial killer and 3 of his Jane Doe victims. You will get an insiders look inside the mind of this serial killer, learn how easy it was in the 80s to be trafficked, and hear from a woman who was once known as a 'Lot Lizard.'It involves murder, betrayal, prostitution, investigation, and threats. I hope by the end of the series it will help change the public's perception of people living on the fringe of society.-Support our show by becoming a Patreon at Patreon.com/itsfoulplay-Visit us online at itsfoulplay.comEpisode Sponsors:-Download the 5 star-rated puzzle game Best Fiends FREE today on the App Store or Google Play-Get $100 off your first month of therapy with Talkspace at Talkspace.com promo code FOUL-Go to Zocdoc.com/foulplay and download the Zocdoc app to sign-up for FREE and book a top-rated doctorSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/itsfoulplay)
Harry has now recanted his confession, claiming it was made under duress. He was beaten and kept awake. He states that he confessed because all he wanted to do was sleep. However, with the amount of evidence against him, he would still end up in front of a Jury.Visit us online at itsfoulplay.comSupport our show by becoming a Foul Play Patron at Patreon.com/itsfoulplayEpisode Sponsors:Get 10% off during your first 3 months of Ritual's Multivitamin at ritual.com/foulDownload Best Fiends FREE today on the apple App Store or Google PlayGet $100 off your first month with your licensed therapist at Talkspace.com and use code FOULDownload June's Journey FREE today on the Apple App Store or Google PlaySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/itsfoulplay)
In one of the numerous trunks confiscated from the Powers home, something caught their attention. A bankbook that belonged to Mrs. Dorothy Pressler Lemke, North Uxbridge Mass. Police made inquiries to the Worcester Police and they ended up interviewing Mr and Mrs Charles Flemming, Dorothy’s brother in law and her sister. She identified Powers by his picture.“That’s the man my sister Dorothy took away to marry.” She said he went by the name of D. P Lowther, from Virginia . “Dorothy told me she was writing that matrimonial agency for a thrill. I warned her of the dangers but she just laughed.”Visit us online at itsfoulplay.comEpisode Sponsors:To match with a licensed therapist today, go to Talkspace.com or download the app. Use Code FOUL to get $100 off your first month!Download BEST FIENDS free on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Get 25% off when you order your Liquid I.V. at LiquidIV.com and use code FOUL at checkoutSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/itsfoulplay)
This episode begins after the grisly discovery of Asta Eicher and her three children’s remains at the Garage of Harry Powers; who is currently in custody at the Clarksburg West Virginia Police Department.He said he knew nothing about their deaths. Mobs surrounded the stations, angry wanting to lynch Harry for his crimes. “Bring the man out!” they shouted angrily.Visit us online at itsfoulplay.comEpisode Sponsors:Join us 3 times every two weeks exclusively on the Stereo App! Stereo.com/foulplayCheck out the Stuck at Home Podcast where ever you stream podcastsTo match with a licensed therapist today, go to Talkspace.com or download the app. Use Code FOUL to get $100 off your first month!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/itsfoulplay)
An arrest warrant was issued for Cornelius Pierson, who turned out to be Harry F. Powers of Clarksburg, West Virginia. Catfishing is a term most people recognize today as someone who pretends to be someone else - most of the time when meeting over online dating sites. It seems Harry learned to hunt his prey by catfishing over the letters he would write. Episode Sponsors:Grow thicker, healthier hair by going to Nutrafol.com and using promo code TRUECRIME to get 20% off! To match with a licensed therapist today go to Talkspace.com and use code FOUL to get $100 off your first monthWe're doing LIVE podcasts 3 times between each episode over on the Stereo App! To join in on the conversation go to Stereo.com/Foulplay and follow @foulplay - Talk to you there!You can support our show by becoming a Patreon at patreon.com/itsfoulplay(Visit us online at itsfoulplay.com)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/itsfoulplay)
In this day and age, the chance at finding love has never been easier. It’s literally in the palm of your hand. The internet has opened the door to so many possibilities, online dating websites such as Match.com, eHarmony. Many using mobile dating apps such as Tinder, where you can swipe left or right on a potential match. When meeting someone you’ve been only talking online, or messages, in their case, by mail. The warning is this:  When you first meet someone you never know what their true intentions are.Visit us online at itsfoulplay.comEpisode Sponsors:Join us for weekly live podcasts over on the FREE smartphone app Stereo : Stereo.com/foulplayGet 15% off your first order of the highest quality of clothing! Use code FOULPLAY15 at american-giant.com Get key nutrients-without the BS. Ritual is offering listeners 10% off your first 3 months. Visit Ritual.com/Foul Special thanks to Samii from the podcast It's Frightful for her help with writing this series! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/itsfoulplay)
On November 5, 1990, Ghislaine Maxwell flew to New York to hand deliver an envelope for her Father. What she did not know was that this envelope was part of a plot, that Robert Maxwell had initiated to steal $200m from the shareholders of Berlitz Corporation. Exactly a year later his naked body would be found floating in the Atlantic.  Join our Facebook Discussion Group.Follow us on Twitter!Support the show on Patreon.Episode Sponsors:Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Right now get 15% off orders over $90 only at Mancrates.com/FOULPLAYGrow thicker, healthier hair at Nutrafol.com and use promo code TRUECRIMESupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/itsfoulplay)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/itsfoulplay)
The Maxwell family were initially poor but as Robert Maxwell’s empire grew, so did the families wealth, and in 1959 they moved into Headington Hill Hall in Oxford, which they rented from Oxford City Council. Headington Hill Hall was a huge, imposing building, with the oldest part of the building dating back to 1824. The house was originally built for a local brewing family, called the Morrell’s.  Join our Facebook Discussion Group.Follow us on Twitter!Support the show on Patreon.Episode Sponsors:You deserve to know what's in your mulivitamin. That's why Ritual is offering our listeners 10% off during your first 3 months. Visit ritual.com/FOUL to start your ritual today.Start buying clothes that are ethical, sustainable, and local. Get 15% off your first order when you use promo code FOULPLAY15 at american-giant.com Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/itsfoulplay)
You've no doubt heard about the infamous sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and his association with British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. Ghislaine worked for her father, the publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell, until his mysterious death in 1991, when she relocated to the US and became associated with Epstein. The Maxwell family has a very interesting story, and we are here to tell it. Join our Facebook Discussion Group.Follow us on Twitter!Support the show on Patreon.Episode Sponsors:Download Best Fiends FREE today on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Visit Ritual to start your Ritual today with 10% off your first 3 months!Grow thicker, healthier hair by going to Nutrafol.com and using promo 'FOULPLAY' for 20% off!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/itsfoulplay)
During this season we have not only told you about those that we know were victims of the Speed Freak Killers, we have also included some unsolved cases that are believed to be attributed to Shermantine and Herzog.Can you imagine living minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day, year after year, not knowing what happened to your Parent, your sibling, your child or your friend?Join our Facebook Discussion Group.Follow our Facebook Page, Twitter, and Instagram!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/itsfoulplay)
In 2014 Miss Shelley and her daughters sued the county of San Joaquin, Sheriff Steve Moore in his official capacity as Sheriff, and Steve Moore individually for the way that the remains of Jo Ann Hobson were handled. They asked for damages due to negligence and emotional stress. Episode Sponsors:Best Fiends - Download Shane's favorite game to play on his phone for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play.Nutrafol - With Promo code "FOULPLAY" new customers get 20% off - gain control of your weakening or thinning hair! Join our Facebook Discussion Group.Follow our Facebook Page, Twitter, and Instagram!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/itsfoulplay)
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Laurie

From Canada, Quebec. My diocese has gotten a huge scandal in the last 10 yrs, victims are still fighting in court. I’m behind them 100% but I’ve gotten good friends and one I call grandpa and believe me, he wasn’t part of anything and other priests (retired I know) that are on the victim’s side and don’t have contact with the abusers. Tbh, at 42 I don’t know what I believe in but I don’t attend church and my grandpa (retired priest of 88) loves me as I am. Was raised no religious beliefs, atheists. Converted in 2000 and left in 2013. I questioned too much for some ppl. I agree about the devil in organized religion. Love the podcast guys

Apr 10th
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Abby Dalbey

Hearing that letter at the end gave me insane goosebumps

May 18th
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Christopher Band

What a convoluted story.

May 10th
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Tina Tova

Audio is terrible 😭 Garbled !

Jan 28th
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Tina Tova

As far as West Memphis police helping you,I highly doubt you'll EVER get a good answer or even an acknowledgement from that pack of wolves! I'm sure you recall the WM3 ! I however will share what information do I get from your podcast on social media and see if maybe this will go viral! Surely family and friends across the country know of a red headed family or friend missing!

Jan 21st
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Christopher J. Perez

not sure I like all the over the phone interviews I can barely understand what there saying

Jan 7th
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Lisa Skaggs

The first time I heard your voice Gemma , I knew you were a special person to everyone you touch. Even though you didn't know at the time, you were. You are definitely someone I would want on my side in a fight for truth.

Dec 19th
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NW

My heart goes out to Charles...he was royally f*&cked over. The Catholic Church should be so unbelievably full of shame. Maskell stole his innocence and, in turn, a chance at a normal life. I am disgusted to my core. I wish great blessings to Charles and thank him for his extreme bravery.

Nov 29th
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NW

The possible link between Billy and "Father" Maskell could be blackmail...if Maskell knew of his lifestyle it would have been easy for him to threaten to "out" Billy and strong arm him into murder. As Sister Cathy lived in the same apartment complex, Maskell could have witnessed Billy's relationships, or if one of Billy's lovers confessed it, he could have learned it that way... (p.s. this podcast is brave and helpful and a blessing)

Nov 14th
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Nancy Lapus

v✂️📍📌

Oct 3rd
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Andrea Will

#icaresam 💘 this podcast. views from an actual PI give a great factual & victim sensitive account of #truecrime cases

Sep 25th
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Virtiga Shyne

I couldn't get past the "uh"s

Aug 1st
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Terri L.

I was wondering about the weigh station scenario in regards to Barboursville since she was found in a refrigerator. that maybe via the cb he heard of a mobile weigh station setup nearby at that time and he had to ditch the body early.

Jul 19th
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D Hull

wow 4 minutes of commercials. really makes you not want to listen.

Jun 7th
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Terri L.

Thinking of how you were trying to put the signifignance at seeing the stone, I think it is a sense of justice for one of the victims. He tried to discard them to be forgotten but this town did not let that happen and that is justice in its own right.

May 17th
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Meemee Krebbs

Thank you Shane and friends for making a real difference for these victims and their families!

May 13th
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Robert West

There is a young lady that has gone missing in Kokomo Indiana! Her name is Karena McClerkin. She has been gone for awhile. All her family wants is to find her! After hearing how you are trying to get justice for those ladies on your podcast The red head murders, I did leave them a comment about your podcast. Hopefully they will reach out to you!

May 13th
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Liz Ranahan

I LOVE this podcast!!!! So glad I found it a few months ago. Honestly, I cannot remember the last time I listened to the"real" radio!!!! In my Jeep = PODCAST TIME!!! Keep up the awesome work!!!!!!

Mar 17th
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Mary O.

can't wait for this new podcast! #psychicsleuth

Jun 29th
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