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In 2007, Chris Vaughn was arrested during a funeral for his wife and three children. He would be tried and convicted of their murders. To this day he maintains no memory of what occurred that tragic day 20 years ago. Murder in Illinois follows the complicated circumstances that led to Vaughn’s conviction, as well as the forensic evidence his supporters believe proves his innocence- in attempt to answer one question: Who killed the Vaughn family?

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The premiere trailer for Murder in Oregon. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On October 24th we'll re-open the Michael Francke Murder case, shining new light on those who escaped justice. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ep 1 | The Murder

Ep 1 | The Murder

2019-10-2444:2416

In January of 1989 the director of Oregon’s Department of Corrections, Michael Francke, was brutally stabbed to death outside his office building in Salem. His killing was quickly ruled a “car burglary gone wrong”, but inconsistencies soon called the official investigation into question. Was Michael Francke murdered...or assassinated? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ep 2 | Discrepancies

Ep 2 | Discrepancies

2019-10-3140:293

Inconsistencies in the narrative bring about issues as the official investigation into Michael Francke’s murder unfolds. The Francke family raise concerns that Mike was targeted and are met with resistance from state officials. By the time they get his autopsy report, all bets are off. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ep 3 | Breaking Point

Ep 3 | Breaking Point

2019-11-0736:476

Months after Mike's murder, the official investigation seems to stall. Frustrated, Pat and Kevin link up with newspaper columnist Phil Stanford. Their combined efforts lead them to a controversial confession, a mysterious sketch of a possible suspect and the fury of Salem government officials. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ep 4 | Corruption

Ep 4 | Corruption

2019-11-1440:174

A deep dive into the history of corruption in Salem reveals a long and sordid relationship between criminal and political powers. It also leads to a troubled and violent man some believe murdered Michael Francke. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ep 5 | Depravity

Ep 5 | Depravity

2019-11-2140:402

The search for Mike's killer leads to a woman whose dysfunctional upbringing in Salem's drug scene was closely linked to corruption in Corrections. And the staggering violence and trauma she experienced is peppered with names closely tied to the Francke murder investigation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ep 6 | Rooster

Ep 6 | Rooster

2019-11-2841:393

Many people, including those closest to him, believe Tim 'Rooster' Natividad was involved in the murder of Michael Francke. His former girlfriend - and mother of his son - lays out the terrifying timeline of their relationship and the period leading up to, and after, Francke's murder. And it links to the mysterious man in the pinstripe suit. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ep 7 | Patsy

Ep 7 | Patsy

2019-12-0548:362

More than a year after Michael Francke's death, public and political pressure is mounting to capture his killer. Then, in April of 1990, a small time Salem drug dealer named Frank Gable is arrested and indicted for his murder. But the case the state mounts against him raises serious questions and concerns. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ep 8 | Judgement

Ep 8 | Judgement

2019-12-1238:545

More than two years after Michael Francke's murder, a small time drug dealer named Frank Gable would be tried for the crime. The basis for the case and the outcome of the trial would shock and outrage many- including Kevin Francke. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ep 9 | Darkness

Ep 9 | Darkness

2019-12-1947:501

A sworn statement, unearthed in 2004, presents some very damning information involving one of Michael Francke's former co-workers. It also could have greatly aided in the defense of Frank Gable, were it presented during his trial. That document, along with others, sparks renewed interest in the Francke murder and once again places Phil at odds with his former employer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ep 10 | Victims

Ep 10 | Victims

2019-12-2639:562

Throughout this podcast we've seen the victimization of people caught in the crosshairs of politics and corruption. Lives twisted or destroyed by those with great power and little accountability. This episode addresses one of the darkest political scandals in Oregon's history - a woman deeply damaged as a result of a childhood disrupted, by a man who became one of the most powerful men in Oregon...and how that scandal played into the investigation of Mike Francke's murder. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ep 11 | Habeas Corpus

Ep 11 | Habeas Corpus

2020-01-0248:581

The past ten episodes have been driven by the question: Who killed Michael Francke? Here is a recapitulation of the players, timeline, evidence covered... And a huge development regarding Frank Gable’s fight for freedom. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ep 12 | Epilogue

Ep 12 | Epilogue

2020-01-0944:432

In the final episode of Murder in Oregon, Phil, the Francke brothers and Mike’s friends and colleagues share their thoughts on Michael Francke, his murder and the individuals who’ve avoided justice for the past thirty years. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
In 2007, Chris Vaughn was arrested during a funeral for his wife and three children. He would be tried and convicted of their murders. To this day he maintains no memory of what occurred that tragic day 14 years ago. Murder in Illinois follows the complicated circumstances that led to Vaughn’s conviction, as well as the forensic evidence his supporters believe proves his innocence-in attempt to answer one question: Who killed the Vaughn family? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On July 8th, we re-examine a case that’s been tightly closed to shed light on whether Christopher Vaughn was justly charged, tried and convicted- and explore whether pertinent facts and later developments that could have been utilized in his defense were overlooked or ignored. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ep 1 | The Tragedy

Ep 1 | The Tragedy

2021-07-0849:1522

In the quiet pre-dawn hours of June 14th, 2007 the Vaughn family- Christopher, his wife Kimberly and their three children- set out for an impromptu trip to a waterpark. The family would never arrive. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ep 2 | Before

Ep 2 | Before

2021-07-1549:4616

Before Christopher Vaughn was known as a convicted killer, he was a son and a brother in the Vaughn family of Missouri, the eldest of Gail and Pierre Vaughn’s three boys. He would meet his wife- and become a father- while he was still a teenager. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ep 3 | Family Dynamics

Ep 3 | Family Dynamics

2021-07-2250:0516

As a young couple Kimberly and Christopher struggle with financial insecurity, the pressures of parenting and the growing dysfunction between their two families. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ep 4 | Devastation

Ep 4 | Devastation

2021-07-2949:328

Gail receives an unfathomable call as news of the horrific family massacre dominates the media. Chris Vaughn is interrogated, while still in a hospital gown, within hours of the killings. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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Comments (47)

Lion Siffrin

Also my fiancé takes topamax everyday. This angle is extremely far fetched lol. It’s possible - sure as is with anything- but it’s unlikely.

Sep 19th
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Lion Siffrin

Where is the evidence? This just going off what the family is saying. Feel like if she went into the evidence it would look preety bad for Chris.

Sep 16th
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Rachel Martin

I am a non-American worh no prior knowledge of this case. I've listened to the court junkie episode that speaks from the other side of this case. I've listen to all episodes so far (up to ep10)...twice...once as they were released and once all in a binge. I do not believe that Christopher committed the crime he sits in jail for. At the very least there are serious grounds for reasonable doubt. This all extremely tragic and exposes many flaws in the investigation, court and medical systems. You have my support Vaughn family.

Sep 15th
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Brandy E

Why weren't they both tested for GSR? Was the gun fingerprinted? Is he right handed? I also hate that they lied about his parents being there and lied to his parents. Other cases have turned out tragic from the same issues.

Sep 9th
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Katie Cutcher

I felt the entire time he wasn’t guilty!

Sep 6th
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Ross Meyer

What a HORRIBLE family! I was willing to consider this guy's innocence until I heard from his family. Now I want to put them all in jail for being jerks. Their combination of low self esteem and chips on their shoulders is dreadful. "Knight in Shining Armour" because your son is too stupid to wear protection? Maybe you all NEED to go to college yourselves rather than disparaging those who do. The fact that this mom, dad, and brother all think in this backwards way is really disturbing...they're like a cult. And to shamelessly say what they did out loud is a testament to what heads in the sand, dummies they are. Gross people. Just gross. The only good thing that came out of this tragedy is that Kimberly's family never again has to "burden" this awful family with another dinner invitation....AND that Chris can no longer procreate. If the Vaughn family dies off, the world would be a better place. If they appear in any more episodes I'm out.

Sep 4th
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Keri Duesing

Isn't it possible that he did do it and blocked it out? I mean that seems the most obvious thing. The Vaughn's are coming across as the least compassionate people.

Aug 31st
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Brian Juszczyk

Let’s settle this once and for all….who’s fingerprints are on the gun?? Why is this not talked about yet?

Aug 26th
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Ernest_Borg_8

They are both lying and leaving out important information, listen to actual evidence on the podcast Court Junkie episode 14

Aug 26th
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Kevin Courtney

Jaw-droppingly HORRIBLE, biased and lazy journalism. Stating that the victim's family didn't want to participate in the podcast does NOT give you free license to bash her relentlessly. Sickening -- and absolutely unbelievable that ANYONE green-lighted this for release after hearing the lengthy amount of time you spent needlessly sh*tting on a murdered woman.

Aug 24th
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Ernest_Borg_8

This podcaat is getting worse week by week. At first I thought maybe she's just a bad investigator or there would be some twist,but after 6 episodes of victim bashing and downplaying and leaving out evidence I have a new theory..the host is in love with this guy. Right now she's probably on the phone with him making sure he has enough honeybunns and hot Cheetos in his commissary

Aug 19th
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Sarah Kainth

this podcast is disgusting. constant victim blaming and making assumptions on very thin evidence. I'm guessing this is why I heart radio isn't exactly known for its true crime content.

Aug 19th
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Lynne Glass

Ew gross. Dont like this victim bashing

Aug 14th
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Rebekah Miyata

This is presented in such a biased way. You thought he was innocent because of the look in his eyes?! SMH. Ted Bundy was handsome and charming; maybe you should look into his innocence next.

Aug 12th
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😀😁😂🤣😃😄🤬😡🥱🤫🤔

Murder in Oregon was so much better than this drivel. Don't care about the parents and what they thought of their son, Kimberly or her family. Just present the facts of the case.

Aug 10th
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KK

This whole podcast is a what if he's innocent claim purely based on testimony of the killer's parent's and siblings. Oh, his mom said he didn't do it? Well then he's definitely innocent!

Aug 7th
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KK

I am completely lost here. Did she even go over the details of the murder so we can have an opinion?... or is this just a sob story for a guy who may be innocent but is probably a murderer?

Aug 6th
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kburke239@gmail.com

How disgusting that a mother calls her son a "knight in shining armor" because he did the right thing and took responsibility for getting someone pregnant. What a guy!

Aug 4th
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Sophia Grace

Christopher's family is not very likable. At all. According to them, their family is perfect and Kimberly's family is the complete opposite. I'm not sure I'm going to make it to episode 3 at this point.

Aug 1st
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Staci BAMS

Wow, didn't see that hook-up coming! I think it's lovely.

Jul 30th
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