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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 town of Skidmore, Missouri is famous for the life and death of the town bully, Ken Rex McElroy. The tiny town of 500 people, grew even smaller as years passed. And locals began to think there was a curse because of the vigilante justice they had used to stop Ken Rex’s two decade reign of terror. But twenty years later, a disappearance and two gruesome homicides were all connected to one Skidmore family. In this episode, we are going to explore on of the most famous and disturbing cases, the murder of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, and the fetal abduction of her daughter. World Health Organization/How to help: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/donateWritten, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Haley Gray & Erica KelleyEdited by Chaes GrayCase Suggestion by listener: Mary AndrewsOriginal Graphic Art by Coley HornerOriginal Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)This episode's sponsors:Noom.com/southernfried (to start your free trial today!)Shudder.com (use promo code southernfried to try Shudder for free for 30 days!)
I'm excited to share a great new podcast with you from my friends Javier Leiva, of Pretend Radio, and John Taylor, of Twisted Podcast, called Criminal Conduct. Season One is investigating the death of Michelle O'Connell in St. Augustine, Florida. Southern Fried listeners have often suggested this case, so I'm thrilled to introduce you to a long form, investigative podcast about Michelle's death and the suspicious circumstances that followed after the police officially closed the case. You can check out the show and subscribe using the links below:Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/2S4KaoGGoogle Play http://bit.ly/CriminalConGoogleStitcher http://bit.ly/CriminalConStitcherSpotify https://spoti.fi/2S00wz7
In 1998, a beloved educator and wife of the interim mayor of Lanett, Alabama, was found brutally murdered in her home. Charlotte and Barry Waites were pillars of their community. Her murder shook the small town for years. It took eight years, and a different District Attorney to bring charges against the man who cruelly took the life of a mother, wife, sister, educator and friend to everyone in the small town of Lanett, Alabama. World Health Organization/How to help: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/donateWritten, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Haley Gray & Erica KelleyEdited by Chaes GrayCase Suggestion by listener: Mary AndrewsOriginal Graphic Art by Coley HornerOriginal Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)This episode's sponsors:BetterHelp.com/southern (to get 10% off your first month with an online counselor)Musely.com/southernfried (to get 20% of your first skincare order!)
In 2010, an elite student and gifted athlete at the University of Virginia became the face of domestic abuse on college campuses. Yeardley Love played lacrosse, and so did her boyfriend, George Huguely V. The culture of lacrosse, with exceptionally close relationships between both teams, as well as the culture of drinking on college campuses, may have caused Yeardley’s friends and teammates to not see what was really happening. Yeardley didn’t even really understand it herself. US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233UK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247Australia Rape & Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-737-732Canada: http://thelifelinecanada.ca./help/call/Foundation started by Yeardley Love’s family: https://www.joinonelove.org/Written, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Haley Gray & Erica KelleyEdited by Chaes GrayOriginal Graphic Art by Coley HornerOriginal Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)This episode's sponsors: SundanceNow.com (enter the promo code: southernfried to get your first 30 days for free!)TryFuture.com/southernfried (to try for 2 weeks for only $1!!)AurateNewYork.com/southernfried (enter the promo code southern fried to get 15% off your first order!)
In the summer of 1969, 12 year old Tina Andrews slipped out of the house to go meet up with some friends. As they walked home, they were offered a ride by two men. The other two girls made it home that night, but Tina did not. There were two trials in McComb, Mississippi trying to bring Tina’s murderer to justice. Tina’s social standing in the community, a poor white girl, affected the investigation and the outcomes of the trials. Written, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica Kelley Primary Source: Murder in McComb: The Tina Andrews Case by Trent BrownEdited by Chaes GrayOriginal Graphic Art by Coley HornerOriginal Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)To buy Mr. Brown's book on Amazon, click here:https://www.amazon.com/Murder-McComb-Tina-Andrews-Case/dp/0807172804/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=murder+in+mccomb&qid=1583634717&sr=8-1This episode's sponsers:ShipStation.com (click on the mic at the top of page & enter code southern fried for a free 60 day trial!)WarbyParker.com/southernfried (try five pairs of glasses on at home for free!)BetterHelp.com/southern (to get 10% off your first month with an online counselor)
In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show, The Dating Game. What no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of a cross-country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood & Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) take listeners on an unbelievable journey into Alcala’s twisting secret life. He hid behind normal jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a summer camp counselor. How did this predatory monster fool employers, prison psychiatrists, and parole boards — all while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast? And how did a one-time appearance as a game show contestant help lead to his capture? From the makers of Dirty John, Dr. Death, and Young Charlie, learn the story of the most famous serial killer you’ve never heard of - The Dating Game Killer.Subscribe today: wondery.fm/southernfriedDGK
In 1985, another narcissistic family annihilator struck in Columbus, Georgia. Ann Johnson Curry was over eight months pregnant when she and her two children were brutally murdered. It would take almost 25 years to bring the monster who killed them to justice. Written, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Haley GrayAdditional Research by Erica KelleyEdited by Chaes GraySuggested by Michele HamiltonOriginal Graphic Art by Coley HornerOriginal Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)Episode Sponsor:Best Fiends: download the app for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play
In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to tell another story of a wrongful conviction. But this one is even worse. It’s not a mis-identification, it is the straight up racist framing of an innocent man. And because Monroe County, Alabama officials were so determined to frame Walter McMillian, the real murderer of Ronda Morrison will probably never be brought to justice. Written, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyAdditional Research by Haley GrayEdited by Chaes GraySuggested by Julie MooreOriginal Graphic Art by Coley HornerOriginal Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioSuggested Reading: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice & Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, and Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life & Justice in a Southern Town by Pete EarleySources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/85-the-murder-of-ronda-morrison-the-framing-of-walter-mcmillianMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)This episode's sponsors:BetterHelp.com/southern (to get 10% off your first month with an online counselor)Noom.com/southernfried (to start your free trial today!)EveryPlate.com (enter promo code: southernfried3 to get 40% off your first 3 boxes!)
Stacey Morgan Schoeck had been married four times before she met her fifth husband, Richard Schoeck. This time, she didn’t want a divorce. Happy Valentine’s DaySources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/84-the-valentines-day-black-widow-stacey-schoeckWritten, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Haley GrayEdited by Chaes GraySuggested by Suzanne LinkOriginal Graphic Art by Coley HornerOriginal Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)This episode's sponsors:To Download the show Keep Coming Back, the promo I played today, visit their website: http://keepcomingbackpodcast.com/BetterHelp.com/southern (to get 10% off your first month with an online counselor)
To start off Black History Month, I wanted to highlight an extremely moving and important case of the wrongful conviction of a black man. The rape of Jennifer Thompson was horrific. But police procedures at the time, in 1984, caused her to accuse the wrong man. When he was finally exonerated by DNA, Jennifer didn’t just apologize. She and Ronald Cotton became close friends and Jennifer became an activist about the fallibility of eyewitness identification and the power of forgiveness. Written, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyEdited by Chaes GraySuggested by Suzanne LinkOriginal Graphic Art by Coley HornerOriginal Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioSources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/83-the-rape-of-jennifer-thompson-wrongful-conviction-of-ron-cottonMajor Resource: https://www.pickingcottonbook.com/Merch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)This episode's sponsors:ShipStation.com (click on the mic at the top of page & enter code southern fried for a free 60 day trial!)BetterHelp.com/southern (to get 10% off your first month with an online counselor)
In 2002, a teen aged married couple, Adam and Samantha Chrismer, 17 and 16 years old, were brutally murdered in Johnson City, Tennessee. The man convicted of their murders, Howard Hawk Willis, has been called a serial killer. I agree. His first wife, Nancy Debra Winegar Barr Willis, went missing December 23rd 1986. His stepfather was found dead just days after the married couple. Why? Why did Adam and Samantha marry so young? And why did they have to die? Written, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica Kelley and Haley GrayOriginal Graphic Art by Coley HornerEdited by: Chaes Gray Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioSources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/82-the-grisly-murders-of-adam-samantha-chrismerMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)This episode's sponsors:Best Fiends: download the app for free on the Apple App Store or Google PlayBakedByMelissa.com/southernfried (promo code southern fried for 15% off your order!)Noom.com/southernfried (to start your free trial today!)
In Part 2 of The Cullen and Priscilla Davis Saga, We dive into the FOUR trials Cullen faced. Not just for the mansion murders, but later, murder for hire. They say money can’t buy you everything. But in Cullen’s case, it damn sure can buy you freedom. Written, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley HornerEdited by: Chaes Gray Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioSources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/80-81-the-saga-of-cullen-priscilla-davis-part-1-2Merch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)Today's Sponsor: Best Fiends: download the app for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play
The Death of Andrew Lewis -- a beloved musician is shot. His ex-girlfriend was a witness. The shooter, Eli Miller, was her date and he had been trying to assault Andrew all evening. Miller would claim it was self-defense. But how is shooting someone in the back of the head self-defense?I have updated and remastered this episode. I spoke to Andrew's sister, Laura, who told me that the DA's office has no interest in pursuing charges against Eli Miller nor did they even investigate further. The family has lost hope in receiving justice for their beloved son and brother, but I intend to do everything I can to make sure this travesty of an investigation is not forgotten. Original Music featured on this episode: "Song for Me" - Written and recorded by Andrew Lewis.  Download Andrew's music for free. His family wants to share it with the world. He deserves to be heard. And so does his case. https://www.reverbnation.com/andrewlewismusichttps://www.facebook.com/andrewlewismusicSpecial thanks to Laura Lewis and Andrew MohneySources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/8-justice-4-andrewWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioEdited by Chaes GrayMerch | Donate | In the Mediahttps://southernfriedtruecrime.comhttps://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime@southfriedtruth and @kericak (Twitter) | @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta) https://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrimeMontgomery County District Attorney's Office Contact Info:email: mcdaadmin@mc-ala.orgphone: (334) 832-2550Address:251 South Lawrence Street,Montgomery, Alabama 36104
In 1976, a “mysterious man in black” would break into the home of Priscilla Davis. A huge mansion, ostentatious by all standards and still owned by her estranged oil tycoon husband, Cullen Davis. What happened that night, would be the talk of Forth Worth. D Magazine dubbed the biggest goddamn thing to happen to Fort Worth since the railroad. But it is a tragedy, cloaked in scandal and salacious gossip. This is part 1 of this infamous Texas saga. Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/80-81-the-saga-of-cullen-priscilla-davis-part-1-2Written, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley HornerEdited by: Chaes Gray Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)This episode's sponsors:BetterHelp.com/southern (to get 10% off your first month with an online counselor)Noom.com/southernfried (to start your free trial today!)Prose.com/southernfried (to get a free consultation and 20% off!)
In the summer of 1975, a scandalous romance between a 37 year old woman and 20 year old college student would not only shock the town of Jackson, Mississippi. But it would ruin so many lives when the jilted young man could not handle her rejection. This episode is dedicated to my mother, Lisa.Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/79-heres-to-you-mrs-robinsonWritten, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioResearched by Erica KelleyEdited by Chaes GrayEpisode Suggested by: Rials McWilliamshttps://southernfriedtruecrime.com@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
On Thanksgiving night of 2017, a youth minister in Chester, Virginia did the unthinkable. After heavy drinking and arguments, he shot his family to death. Friends, family and the entire community were shocked. They seemed so happy. Every Facebook post showed a close knit family, laughing and seemingly normal. But Christopher Gattis wore a mask. A mask that slipped in an alcohol induced rage that destroyed his family. Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/78-christopher-gattisWritten, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioResearched by Haley GrayEdited by Chaes Grayhttps://southernfriedtruecrime.com@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime
In the summer of 1980, an eighteen year old college freshman went out for a night of dancing but never made it home. Gina Renee Hall was a beloved daughter and sister and member of a small town community that has never stopped grieving for her and looking for her remains. Gina’s case was the first “no body” conviction in the state of Virginia, but even forty years later, there is an open file and active investigation into the search for her remains. Her family, law enforcement and locals still want to bring Gina home for a proper burial. Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/77-the-murder-of-gina-renee-hallWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyEdited by Chaes GrayCase suggested by Jessica IrvinOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime
In November of 2016, a 16 year old girl from Knoxville, Tennessee was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Emma Jane Walker had been a victim of coercive control for two years before he killed her. Emma’s parents saw the signs and did everything right. The United States needs to follow the lead of many UK countries who have passed coercive control laws. Coercive control is the cornerstone of intimate partner violence and usually the starting point, especially in abusive teenage relationships. US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233UK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247Australia Rape & Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-737-732Canada: http://thelifelinecanada.ca./help/call/Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/76-emma-jane-walkerSuggested by Melissa ReidWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearch Assistant Haley GrayEdited by Chaes GrayOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime
75: The Vampire Rapist

75: The Vampire Rapist

2019-10-3156:0513

In 1985, a nineteen year old girl was picked up on a deserted road, handcuffed, shackled and ghostly pale. The story she told her rescuer and law enforcement was unbelievable. She had been held captive and repeatedly raped by a sexual sadist. But he didn’t just violate her sexually, he drained her blood. And drank it in front of her. Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/75-the-vampire-rapistWritten, hosted & produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Haley GrayEdited By Chaes GrayOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison | Gamma Radiohttps://southernfriedtruecrime.com (merch | donate | in the media)@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime/https://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime
One of Charleston’s most enduring legends and ghost stories is that of Lavinia Fisher. Her ghost is said to haunt the grounds of the Old City Jail, where she was imprisoned for a year, before being hanged with her husband from the gallows, for highway robbery. She also carries the dubious title of America’s first female serial killer. But it’s not true. Much of what is known about Lavinia Fisher is legend, told for over 200 years, growing more bloody and salacious as time goes on. But her real story, is more tragic. And much more haunting.Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/74-lavinia-fisherWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyEdited by Chaes GrayCase Suggested by Haley GrayOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Mediahttps://southernfriedtruecrime.com@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimeTo book a ghost tour in Charleston with my friend Mike Brown, from the podcast, Pleasing Terrors, click here:https://oldcharlestontours.com/ticket-info/1To listen to Mike’s Pleasing Terror episodes on Charleston’s Old City Jail and the story of John and Lavinia, click here: https://pleasingterrors.com/podcast/condemned-part-one-welcome-hell/https://pleasingterrors.com/podcast/condemned-part-two-devils-hour/Suggested Reading: Six Miles to Charleston: The True Story of John and Lavinia Fisher by Bruce Orr
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Deb K

#62 - Erica too fast. Been listening a while. Slow back down. Know this is late. Some ok.

Mar 29th
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Rachel Lillie

So well done, Erica. Thank you.

Mar 16th
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alli lent

got chills listening to him sing.. so devastating that he was taken so young and failed so horribly by those tasked with giving him and his family the justice they deserve.

Mar 13th
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alli lent

is the rule really that a spouse is not allowed to testify against the other spouse? I thought they just couldn't be compelled to testify.

Mar 12th
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alli lent

blood spatter.. not splatter

Mar 11th
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alli lent

spatter......

Mar 11th
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alli lent

when it comes to blood, the word is spatter.. not splatter..

Mar 9th
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alli lent

how about no bail for domestic abusers? fuck.

Mar 5th
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alli lent

"both houses, much less Congress" wtf? that's not how Congress works.. Congress IS both houses......

Mar 2nd
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Jocelyn Allan

Poor Walter. He was just breaking up her shiffarobe!

Feb 23rd
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Heidi M. Fanning

"If you give them enough credit to understand the law" SAVAGE! I love it!

Feb 20th
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Heidi M. Fanning

The nuanced and compassionate approach to this story is amazing.

Feb 19th
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Heidi M. Fanning

I am thrilled to find this podcast! It is well researched and fascinating.

Feb 19th
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Teresa Haynes

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Feb 14th
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Tangela Marshall

u have a soothing voice! i enjoyed this, keep it up!

Feb 7th
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Jeanette Hamilton

is it possible Noah was in the apartment as well, and he's the one who stabbed Jason? It would make sense why the composite looked like him

Jan 24th
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lisa38108

#justiceforandrew I listened to the episode twice. Beyond a butchered investigation. Shame on the law enforcement investigating a gunshot to the back of the head.

Jan 19th
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Heather Boylen

I love these podcasts but I don’t agree that it was cold for the driver that helped the friend call the cops and ambulance not to want to go to a house where people are being slaughtered. That’s common sense.

Jan 11th
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Heather Boylen

I love these podcasts but I don’t agree that it was cold for the driver that helped the friend call the cops and ambulance not to want to go to a house where people that are being slaughtered. That’s common sense.

Jan 11th
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Jocelyn Allan

This is one of the only podcasts where listeners take exception with the narrator expressing disgust for the male perpetrators of heinous acts against women. And think she is left-leaning. Is that because of the word "Southern" in the title? It attracts crackers and Republicans? I believe her disgust is in equal proportion for white female perpetrators of heinous acts against humans. Guess what? There's just not as many!

Jan 3rd
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