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Author: Erica Kelley

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Erica Kelley is a native Tennessean exploring historical and contemporary true crime in the South. Southern charm is attempted but southern sass is bountiful. Join her as she shows you just how southern fried the justice system can be in the Deep South.
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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=1Also: Fools Paradise by Steven Gaines for more history of Miami Beach and an interview with Ben Novack Jr. Sponsor: BeautyByDesign.com | GreenChef.usInfo for the True Crime Podcast Festival held in Chicago on June 13th: https://tcpf2019.com/Written, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radiohttps://southernfriedtruecrime.comhttps://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop)@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
56: Poisoning Patsy

56: Poisoning Patsy

2019-06-1400:50:0112

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 CrimeWritten, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radiohttps://southernfriedtruecrime.comhttps://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop)@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
55: The UpStairs Lounge Fire

55: The UpStairs Lounge Fire

2019-06-0601:12:079

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.comPromo: Gone Cold PodcastSuggested 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=1Let 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=1I’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 KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radiohttps://southernfriedtruecrime.comhttps://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop)@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
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.comPromo: Dark Side OfSuggested 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=8-1I’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 KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radiohttps://southernfriedtruecrime.comhttps://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop)@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
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.comPromo: CriminologyEpisode suggested by: Chelsea BiggersI’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 KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radiohttps://southernfriedtruecrime.comhttps://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop)@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
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.comPromo: Going West: True Crime PodcastI’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 KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radiohttps://southernfriedtruecrime.comhttps://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop)@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
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.comI’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 KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radiohttps://southernfriedtruecrime.comhttps://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop)@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
50: The Vanderbilt Rape Case

50: The Vanderbilt Rape Case

2019-04-2600:59:013

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 ReelingSponsors for this episode: GreenChef.us & Swap.comI’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 KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radiohttps://southernfriedtruecrime.comhttps://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop)@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
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.comPlease 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=8-2And 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-spellWatch 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/70206826https://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=1-1Written, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radiohttps://southernfriedtruecrime.comhttps://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop)@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
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/9781596292505Written, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radiohttps://southernfriedtruecrime.comhttps://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop)@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
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Matt East

unsubscribing

Jun 24th
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Annie Soliongco

holly bobo's case will blow your mind if you look into it

Jun 14th
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Annie Soliongco

have you looked into Holly Bobo's case? if not, i think it would be a very eye opening podcast for a lot of people in middle tennessee

Jun 14th
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Jojo Rossiter

just the right amount of contempt executed here. He's a martyr. What about her?

Jun 9th
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Rebekah Jardine Belanger

love this show 💕

Jun 4th
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The Brotherhood of Sleep

You can almost taste the catfish, grits, and sweet tea in nearly every episode, and that's considered a good thing!

May 31st
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Marisa Ybarra

This is my first episode of Southern Fried True Crime, and I absolutely love it. Very to the point but love how Eric will tell how she feels about some subjects.

May 26th
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Amie Webster

Ooh this case is infuriating!

May 22nd
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Zoë McGinnis

lol damn Erica "happy mother's day"; you're killing (pun intended) that appeal to the dark sense of humor

May 22nd
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Amie Webster

Omg so weird to hear my town in this! And I'd never heard of this case!

May 21st
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Trent Almir Smith

I didn't ask for a Liberal Party election advertisement at the beginning of the podcast. Thank you!

May 17th
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Aaron Zietsch

Trent Almir Smith Liberal party win for another three years bahahaha

May 22nd
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Bogies Uncle

Trent Almir Smith There's a fantastic feature called "fast forward". I've heard you can use it on adverts. Imagine that?

May 20th
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Gina Bardi

we all think she probably killed her dad too, right?

May 12th
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Selina Grankowski

I'l

May 4th
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lil john

im going with her being a bitch who loves drama..lol..

May 3rd
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Heather Boylen

she remains a garbage person to this day! Haha, that is the best description of a woman I know and despise. I can't wait to call my best friend and share that description with her.

May 3rd
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Shannon Hayes

I really loved your podcast.... until you brought up politics. Goodbye

Apr 29th
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Alex Bryant

so in you opinion no matter what believe the woman? when there have been many cases of false accusations? wow no proof necessary just believe the woman.

Apr 28th
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Alex Bryant

Alex Bryant but there are many well known cases so no you can't just believe and put someone in prison with no evidence.

May 13th
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Claire S

Alex Bryant Only 23% of women even report it. So there are not "enough" that are false. Do some research. Everything should be investigated, but women aren't believed so they rarely come forward.

May 4th
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Sarah Tabor

I love this show. But 8 mins in and theres already been 3 commercials? This is ridiculous...

Apr 17th
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Felicia DeLappi

HURRAY!!! This is great news!!

Apr 9th
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John White

This podcast has too many opinions in it. Political and social opinions. The opinions are left leaning as well. I would rather keep politics out of podcasts that are not geared toward politics. The narrator hates pretty much anything white, Rich, corporate or male.

Apr 3rd
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