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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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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 RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime
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 MohneyWritten, 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
Introducing: "The Sneak"

Introducing: "The Sneak"

2020-01-1400:08:46

The Sneak tells true crime stories from in and around the world of sports. In this season, they look at a bizarre heist planned by a disgraced former athlete. Listen now at wondery.fm/thesneakSFTC
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. 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 RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime
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.Written, 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. Written, 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. Written, 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/Suggested 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

2019-10-3100:56:0512

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. Written, 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.Written, 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
In 2004, a man named John Paul Chapman was arrested for the brutal rape and murder of Lisa Marie Nichols, in Mobile, Alabama. Authorities soon realized that the man they had in custody was not the real John Chapman, who was incarcerated in Missouri. They had Jeremy Bryan Jones, a drifter from Oklahoma, who they would soon find out was a serial rapist and murderer. The failure of the FBI’s fingerprint database, IAFIS, would let this monster go undetected for four years. Case suggested by Aaron of the Generation Why Podcast as we were touring the Museum of Death in New Orleans after CrimeCon and came across the story of the Redneck Ted BundyAdditional Reading: Blood Lust by Sheila JohnsonWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyEdited 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
In 1984, a vicious sexual sadist was terrorizing the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. He preyed on sex workers, and other vulnerable women, murdering at least ten young women before he was caught. He oddly let one girl go in November and she would be the break law enforcement needed to unmask the Tampa Bay Serial Killer. Police didn’t realize when they arrested Bobby Joe Long that was he was also a brutal serial rapist who had attacked around 50 women over 4 states and was known all over Florida as the Classified Ads Rapist. Case suggested by Liz HoytWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearch Assistance by 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
The public is fascinated by love triangles. Add in betrayal and murder and you’ve got the plot to a novel, a movie or a soap opera. People cannot get enough of the romantic notion of a beautiful woman, torn between her love of two men. In 1999, Dr. Michelle Theer had been leading a secret life on the internet. She was married to Air Force Captain Marty Theer, who had no idea his wife was posting a dating profile online and meeting many men for anonymous sex. By the year 2000, Michelle was in a serious relationship with one of these men. And she set in motion a plan not to just get rid of her husband, but also her lover so she could begin a new life, far away from Fayetteville, North Carolina.Suggested Reading: The Officer’s Wife by Michael FreemanWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyEdited 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
In 2010, a Georgia Glynn County police officer, Lieutenant Cory Sasser, was involved in the shooting of an unarmed woman. Though he was cleared of wrong doing by a grand jury, the decision was controversial and the bad press followed him for years. In 2018, his wife Katie Sasser, could no longer deal with his mental health issues. When she left him, he became suicidal and then full of rage. His colleagues at the police department would give him the benefit of the doubt every time, despite many red flags. suggested by: Amy M. & Julie G.Dash Cam Footage of the Caroline Small shooting:https://www.ajc.com/news/raw-dashcam-video-from-the-shooting-caroline-small/9w3QrU1BbW1qtFqd1XWV7O/Written, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by 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
In 1969, the mysterious death of a beautiful Houston socialite would captivate Texas. Soon it would become a national scandal. Joan Robinson Hill’s father, a rich and powerful oilman, would set set in motion a chain of events so incredible, it seems like fiction. All in the name of grief and revenge. Suggested Reading: Blood and Money by Thomas ThompsonWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyEdited by Mike BussingOriginal 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
In May of 2010, the mistress of an Alabama County Commissioner was found shot to death in her driveway. It looked like suicide and Angel Downs did have a prior suicide attempt. But her boyfriend, Commissioner Stephen Nodine, was seen driving away from her house right after neighbors heard the shot. Written, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by 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
In 1987, an ambitious rookie FBI agent came to Pikeville, Kentucky for his first posting out of the academy. He soon met a girl from the nearby holler who worked as an informant. Susan Daniels Smith lived a life of poverty, violence and misery. And then she met Mark Putnam and became obsessed. Major Source: Above Suspicion by Joe SharkeyWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyEdited 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
Late on a Sunday night in September of 2016, Atlanta power couple, Tex and Diane McIver, were driving back into the city and got caught in Atlanta’s notorious traffic. Diane’s best friend was driving as Diane rode in the passenger seat and her husband, Tex, sat directly behind her. When they were stopped in what they considered a dangerous part of town, Tex asked for his gun, and then fell asleep. What happened next would cause one of the most hotly debated criminal cases in recent Atlanta history. A major source for this episode was the Atlanta Journal Constitution. For extensive trial coverage and analysis, check out their amazing podcast: https://www.ajc.com/news/breakdownWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal 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
In the early morning hours after the 4th of July in 2004, A young couple was brutally stabbed to death on Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. There was another friend in the house who was also stabbed but escaped and miraculously survived. This vicious blitz was carried out by a fellow airman. What led to the gruesome attack after the 4th of July celebrations? Case Suggested by Kelly & Alaina CoatesWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Haley 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
In 1980, a sixteen year old white girl named Cheryl Dee Fergeson was raped and murdered in a high school auditorium in Conroe, Texas. Suspicion immediately fell on the only black janitor, though three other white janitors were present. A Texas Ranger looked Clarence Brandley in the face and said “One of you is gonna hang for this. Since you’re the ni**er, you’re elected”. What followed was more than just a miscarriage of justice. The police, prosecutor and three judges colluded to frame Clarence Brandley with nothing but pure racism in their hearts. Suggested Reading: White Lies: Rape, Murder and Justice Texas Style by Nick DaviesCase Suggested by Hannah ThayerWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica Kelley, assisted by 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
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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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Luise Nelthorpe

What a terribly tragic story about poor Lauren - no justice for her but cover ups and police mishandling. The suspects go on to live their lives with no accountability. My heart goes out to her poor family. Thank you Erica for giving us this story with compassion and no holds barred in showing up all the inconsistencies of her case - you did it so well in showing up all those involved who have not done the right thing - I also prey that one day the truth comes out and the family can give their daughter the justice she deserves - no ones loss of life in these terrible circumstances should just be shelved as an “accident” - keep up the great work Erica in saying how it is !!!

Dec 31st
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Jinkie P

So sorry for your loss

Dec 22nd
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Jeanette Hamilton

i have heard from other podcasts that semen from a man who has had a vasectomy does not contain his dna. not sure this is true, but would make sense in this case

Dec 9th
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Claire S

Hey, there was a Donald Trump for President ad on here. I don't know (or care) where your politics lie, just wanted to give you a heads up incase this wasn't something you wanted to be associated with.

Nov 25th
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Tammy Johnson

I absolutely love your podcast however the commercials are to loud

Nov 24th
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Rose Jacobson

Love how well spoken the stories are told. Done with equal fair,honest concern for all parties. Done with fierce compassion for loved one's left behind. Determined to get the truth

Nov 20th
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DAWN

Wow great.

Nov 20th
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Kymmjellybean

1 Has alarm system but doesn't use it. 2 Supposedly terrified by events at party and man in black, and doesn't call the police or her parents but texts the crazy bf. #smh

Nov 13th
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Javier Pena

Excellent listen as usual, 😉👍 Great voice for this subject matter. Ive not experienced any of the loud commercial issues or have a problem wirh ur opinions. Commercials keep it going, and as a podcast story teller u have the right to say whatever, I dont have to agree. Ive got a ton of podcast, this is in my top 10. Most of them also voice opinions that I may or may not agree with as well.

Oct 31st
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Alexandra Tieng

1:14

Oct 21st
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Kiki G

I'm from Warner Robins & work on the base & I remember this tragedy like it was yesterday. There were so many rumors going around so I am glad that you mentioned the affair & somewhat cleared that up. Your podcast is one of my favorites. Love all your episodes - one thing tho, its pronounced House-ton.

Oct 10th
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Jessica Girl

wow.. you really really don't like being corrected. that's a huge takeaway from this. Using the correct term.. strangulation for example. . is important because it doesn't minimize the act. Just accept the correction by a professional, be grateful and move on. 💁 am I right?

Oct 9th
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Carole Bilotta Clark

It is October 2019. Any updates?

Oct 6th
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Janet Heatherly Larsen

your podcasts repeat segments.it is soooooo annoying.

Oct 1st
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Sherri DeArmond

volume needs to be adjusted. commercial volume twice as loud as narrator..

Sep 29th
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Sherri DeArmond

commercial volume twice as loud as the narrators voice. needs to be adjusted some how! Very good content though!

Sep 29th
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