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Author: The Drag Audio Production House

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Fifteen years ago, 21-year-old Jennifer Cave went out with her friend Colton Pitonyak to celebrate getting a job offer at a law firm. Friends said they saw Jennifer leave downtown with Colton, but she never showed up for her first day of work.

Two days later, Jennifer’s body was found at The Orange Tree, a condo complex in a student neighborhood near the University of Texas at Austin.

Pitonyak, a promising UT business student who lived in the condo, had gone missing when her body was found. It turns out that Pitonyak had fled to Mexico … and he wasn’t alone. He had gone with another UT student, Laura Hall.

The crime’s gruesome nature, Pitonyak’s surprising defense and Hall’s mysterious involvement played out in nationally covered trials that shocked the city of Austin.

From The Drag, a new audio production house based in the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas, The Orange Tree is a story about what justice means for three families whose lives were turned upside down that horrible night in August 2005.

This series is reported and hosted by Tinu Thomas and Haley Butler, who started working on the story when they were journalism students who lived and went to classes just a few blocks from the crime scene.
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It’s been 15 years since 21-year-old Jennifer Cave was murdered and left in her friend’s apartment. The Orange Tree hosts Tinu Thomas and Haley Butler have reported on this true crime story for over a year and will soon share their exclusive interviews and content with the public, starting July 14. Subscribe to The Orange... The post Introducing ‘The Orange Tree,’ a true-crime podcast coming July 14 appeared first on The Drag.
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Sharon Cave knows something is wrong the second she gets a call from her daughter Jennifer’s boss saying Jennifer didn’t show up for her first day at work. When no one can give her an answer as to where Jennifer was the night before, Sharon and her family set out on their own investigation. They... The post Episode 1: The Orange Door appeared first on The Drag.
In 2005, Jennifer Cave was navigating through the best and worst parts of her early 20s. She moves to Austin after high school in hopes of figuring out what she wants to do with her life and gets caught up in a party lifestyle. One night, right before the start of a promising new job,... The post Episode 2: Jennifer’s Story appeared first on The Drag.
Episode 3: Vacation

Episode 3: Vacation

2020-07-1640:115

Austin Police detectives search for a UT student wanted in connection with the death of Jennifer Cave. Colton Pitonyak, a promising business student and Jennifer’s friend, fled the scene of the crime right before her body was discovered at his condo. Since his Toyota Avalon is still parked at the Orange Tree Condos, police have... The post Episode 3: Vacation appeared first on The Drag.
Episode 4: Whodunit

Episode 4: Whodunit

2020-07-2132:318

It’s January 2007, and Colton Pitonyak has been sitting in a Travis County jail awaiting his trial. His family didn’t post bail, so he has been behind bars since August 2005 when he was arrested after fleeing to Mexico for six days with Laura Hall. The Travis County Courthouse is packed for what everyone expects... The post Episode 4: Whodunit appeared first on The Drag.
Episode 5: Obsession

Episode 5: Obsession

2020-07-2851:124

A few days after Colton Pitonyak and Laura Hall were found in Mexico, Laura is called in to pick up her impounded car’s keys at the Austin Police headquarters. When she shows up, she’s led to a small room to be questioned by the police. Detectives are trying to figure out what her involvement is... The post Episode 5: Obsession appeared first on The Drag.
Comments (8)

Timmy Beasley

great podcast.

Jul 31st
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Amanda Williams

"Laura was a victim"..... dude, we just heard her threaten to kill her mother!

Jul 31st
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Kim Beattie

This is an exemplary podcast. Can't wait for what comes next. Thank you.

Jul 31st
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deborah cassidy

If you have to skip ahead while listening to true crime. True crime is not for you

Jul 29th
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Kim Beattie

Have just listened to Ep 1. This show is excellent. Love it!

Jul 29th
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Amanda Williams

It's heinous what happened to Jennifer's body but I don't think he's guilty of Murder 1. Manslaughter with an extra charge of mutilating her body is more appropriate.

Jul 22nd
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Amanda Williams

Very impressive production by these young journalists. I'd never heard of this case before.

Jul 22nd
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