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Jill and Dick are a married couple who love to drink beer and discuss true crime. Join them at the quiet end of the bar. Dick will bring along an excellent beer from the region where the crime occurred. He will give us a little beer lesson and review before Jill starts off their true crime discussion. The discussions are well-researched and in depth. Dick is a physician and often shares his medical expertise at Jill's urging.
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When 19-year old Jessica O’Grady stopped answering her phone on May 11, 2006, her friends and family worried.  She had left to see her boyfriend late the night before and hadn’t been seen since. Jessica had recently found out that she was pregnant.  Her boyfriend, Chris Edwards, had another girlfriend, Michelle, who was also pregnant.  Still, Jessica was optimistic.  She loved Chris and wanted to have a family with him.  What she didn’t know was that, to Chris, Jessica was just a fling.  He planned to marry Michelle.  And he didn’t have the resources or the desire to support two children from two different mothers.  Besides, if Michelle found out about Jessica, she might leave him. As we know, the leading cause of death for a pregnant woman is murder by the father of her unborn child.  As time passed with no sign of her, it seemed possible that Chris had done something to Jessica.  Chris denied seeing Jessica on the night of May 10th, but circumstantial evidence led investigators to Chris’ front door. What they found there was disturbing, but was it enough to prove his guilt? Join us today at the quiet end for a missing person’s case that turned into what is known as a "no-body case": The Disappearance of Jessica O’Grady. *We are taking July 15th off, so TCB will return on July 23rd* Pick your perfect hair color at Madison Reed! Get $5 off your first Birchbox!  
Kristin Rossum and Greg de Villers were newlyweds who seemed to have a bright future ahead of them. But sometimes things are not what they seem. Beneath the surface, their relationship was poisoned by lies, addiction and betrayal. Kristin was a toxicologist at the medical examiner’s office.  She may have appeared to be professional and loyal, but she was, in truth, a methamphetamine addict involved in a long-term sexual affair with her boss. She was also in a position with unlimited access to dangerous drugs.  When Greg died of a drug overdose, his family and friends pressured the police to investigate his death as a homicide.  Kristin claimed that Greg learned about her affair and killed himself.  Investigators believed she killed Greg because she was afraid he was going to expose her affair and her drug use. Kristin Rossum was an unlikely killer, but her husband’s death was suspicious.  Questions about the scene and the events leading up to Greg’s death showed a long history of deceit by Kristin and revealed the possibility that she and her lover had plotted together to kill to him. Join us at the quiet end today for Heart Stopper: The Death of Greg de Villers, the story of a complex murder plot fueled by drug addiction and a clandestine love affair. Tweaked Audio Earbuds & Headphones Read "Poisoned Love" by Caitlyn Rother  
John David Smith married his second wife, Fran, in 1990. While confined to her home recovering from a broken hip, Fran disappeared from her New Jersey home in 1991. Fran’s daughter DeDe and sister Sherrie called the house, frantically trying to reach Fran, but there was no answer.  Then DeDe called John at work. He claimed that Fran had packed her bags and left him, but how could she have done that when she couldn’t even walk? John had been lying to everyone.  Fran’s family members found all of Fran’s belongings still in the house.  Then they discovered that John had been married before. Back in 1970, John Smith’s first wife Janice Hartman had disappeared just days after divorcing him. Now Smith had two missing wives. Join us at the quiet end for the story of two missing wives and a man with some very dark secrets.  His secrets would only be revealed after his brother came forward with a secret from 20 years ago. Try Madison Reed Hair Color
Suspicions turned to college student Christopher Porco soon after his parents, Peter and Joan Porco, were attacked with an ax in the middle of the night back in 2004. It seemed unimaginable.  Christopher came from a stable, middle-class family.  He did well in high school, scoring 1400 on his SATs.  But Christopher had dark secrets. Once Christopher was in college, he created a false image of himself as a trust fund kid, buying rounds of drinks for his friends, designer clothes, and a customized jeep.  He financed this lifestyle with thefts and forged student loans. But Christopher was failing his classes and his lies were catching up with him.  Once Peter and Joan learned that Christopher had forged his father’s name on a $30,000 loan, they were shocked and angered.  Both parents attempted to reason with him, but things had already gone too far.  When Peter failed to show up for work one Monday in November, he was found dead of massive head injuries inside his home. Joan was still alive, but barely.  The case against Christopher Porco was circumstantial but strong.  Today at the quiet end, we’re talking about a brutal murder and attempted murder planned and perpetrated by a most unlikely suspect. At the heart of this case is the love of a mother for her son and the power of denial.
Child molester and killer Westley Allan Dodd is remembered as one of the most evil men in modern history.  What I find interesting about this case is how early in his life Dodd began to have his sick urges and how his behavior progressed from exposing himself to murder- virtually unchecked. After his murder convictions, Dodd revealed that he had been molesting young children since the age of 13.  In his final interviews, he admitted that there was no treatment for him and, if set free, he would offend again.  He then declined an appeal, becoming the first person to be hanged in the United States since 1965. At the quiet end today, Doctor Dick and I will go over the childhood and crimes of this predator as we try to make sense of how this kind of human being is constructed. Also, what can we as a society do to protect children?  It has been a long-held belief that pedophiles are untreatable and must be kept away from our children, but is there a way to prevent pedophilia, or at the very least, make early diagnoses before anyone is hurt?
California Parricide

California Parricide

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When he was 19, Chuck Riley met 15-year-old Marlene Olive while dealing drugs at her high school. He developed a crush on her and they eventually became boyfriend and girlfriend. Marlene controlled their relationship and Chuck did anything to please her. Marlene had a deeply troubled home life.  Her mother, Naomi, suffered from alcoholism and mental illness. Marlene and Naomi fought constantly.  Marlene rebelled at an early age with heavy drug use, delinquency, self-harming behaviors, shoplifting, and promiscuity.  As the mother-daughter relationship imploded, Marlene sought out Chuck’s help to kill Naomi.  When Marlene’s parents stood together to reign in Marlene’s behavior, her father was added to her hit list.  Join us at the quiet end today for California Parricide, the story of a vicious double murder which many people should have seen coming but no one ever imagined would actually happen. Shop Lively Bras & Undies Get Members-Only Episodes! Shop TCB at TeePublic  
Peter Bergna picked up his wife Rinette from the airport and drove up Slide Mountain near their home to talk about their marital problems. According to Peter, the brakes on his truck malfunctioned, causing the truck to crash through a guardrail and nosedive off an 800-foot cliff.  Peter was lucky. He had somehow been expelled from the driver’s side window and landed without serious injury on the upper slope of the mountain. Rinette was not so lucky. Her broken body was found inside the crushed truck hundreds of feet below. Peter was the only one left alive who knew what had happened between the airport and the crash. Police attention turned to him first because of his odd behavior at the scene and then after a forensic analysis of the crash was done. Reports of infidelity and verbal abuse strengthened suspicions. Our quiet end case today is Rock Bottom: The Death of Rinette Bergna.  Did Peter plot the murder of his wife, and if he did, would prosecutors be able to convict him of the crime? Join Tiegrabber Read Over the Edge by Michael Fleeman Get your 30 Day Free Trial of Acorn TV
The murder of Andrew Bagby was an event of terrible shock and grief for the loved ones he left behind, especially his mother and father.  Andrew was David and Kate Bagby’s only child.  He was well-liked with a promising future as a family physician.  In 1999, Andrew began dating medical intern Shirley Turner.  When he tried to end things with Shirley, she responded badly.  Andrew believed he had ended the relationship for good in November, 2001.  But Shirley phoned him obsessively and drove 16 hours to show up unannounced at his door. Andrew agreed to meet her after work on November 5, 2001.  The following day, his body was found face down in a parking lot.  He had been shot five times. There was strong evidence against Shirley in Andrew’s murder.  But David and Kate Bagby’s nightmare, which had begun with the murder of their son, would end with the death of their one-year-old grandson, Zachary. To add to their misery, it was clear to them that Zachary’s death was preventable.  Zachary was in his mother’s care when he shouldn’t have been. Why did the Newfoundland Social Service system allow this tragedy to happen? Join us at the quiet end today for the tragic story of two cold-blooded murders, one entirely preventable, in A Failure to Protect: The Story of Andrew Bagby & Zachary Turner. Join Tiegrabber! Try Madison Reed Hair Color
Jack Unterweger’s lust for violence was insatiable. His first known murder victim was Margret Schafer, an 18-year-old German girl. Unterweger would tell a jury that, at the moment of her killing, he had seen his mother reflected in her face and he acted out of a lifetime of rage. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. But in jail, Unterweger read voraciously and he began to write poetry, short stories, plays, and an autobiography.  After over 15 years in prison, Unterweger was released based on the belief that writing his life story, and the self-reflection it required, had reformed him. Not only was he a famous author, he was also Austria’s most high-profile “rehabilitated” offender.  But Unterweger had everyone fooled. As he interviewed police in the role of a journalist, he had already resumed his life as a serial killer.  Unterweger sexually assaulted and brutally murdered prostitutes in Vienna, Los Angeles, and Prague as he spoke on talk shows and worked to get his books made into Hollywood movies. Join us at the quiet end today for The Devil Himself: Jack Unterweger. It’s the shocking story of an international serial killer who was hiding in plain sight. Support the podcast & get more episodes Try Acorn TV free for 30 days
Apparently hard-working and intelligent mother of two and registered nurse, Kristen Gilbert, was living the life of a middle-class soccer mom. She had a good job, a loving husband, and two children. She seemed a lot like the other Massachusetts suburbanites in her neighborhood, but she held sinister secrets that eventually bubbled to the surface. Beneath the façade of an ordinary working mother, Kristen lived a life of duplicity. Before her 30th birthday, she was arrested on suspicion of serial murder: injecting patients at the hospital where she worked with lethal doses of epinephrine.  These were vulnerable victims and Kristen’s motives were a mystery, perhaps even to herself.  It may have been as simple as a need for attention and excitement.  When a healthcare professional takes a life, it’s a special kind of evil.  Trained and relied upon to protect and restore health and virtually holding their patients’ lives in their hands, a nurse who kills betrays the most basic trust while preying on the sick. Join us at the quiet end today for Murder by Nurse: The Victims of Kristen Gilbert. Join Tiegrabber Madison Reed Save with Lightstream Read more about this case
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Comments (48)

John Tarpley

Good podcast this week. Thanks for bringing these cases to light.

Jul 10th
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Amanda Williams

all this talk about the bloody mattress, I googled the case and there's crime scene photos online. the "she started her period while having sex"...lmao it looks like a dear was harvested on the damn bed. is this kid retarded??

Jul 9th
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Angie Berg

I'm surprised Jill didn't know who Gary gilmore is, being a true crime buff. I was a teen when his death penalty fight was big news. Norman Mailer's The Executioners Song was a compelling, although long, read.

Jun 18th
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Linzi Ní Mhurchú

Happened just up the road from me, very very sad... Rachel was a lovely lady 😢😢

Jun 13th
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Curtis Massey

This is such a great pod. And BEER!

Jun 5th
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Angie Berg

As for her being dead before the crash, then there would be no need to stall on the 911 call.

Jun 4th
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W8W8 What now?

Shirley had more contact with Zachery while in jail than it seemed she had with her other kids before killing Andrew. (Sorry for the run-on sentence.)

May 28th
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Kristina Reynolds

I listened to this Podcast out of order and am just now hearing this Staircase episode, this is a case I have been obsessed over and I cannot believe you two subscribe to the owl theory!!! Peterson is so obviously guilty, absolutely dripping in guilt. no financial motive? The couple had a massive amount of debt and Kathleen was about to be laid off! Michael's money train was leaving the station! Two dead women at the bottom of the stairs, just a coincidence? I'm a little disappointed but it is very interesting how we can watch the same thing and come to such different conclusions. Thank you all for an interesting Podcast nonetheless.

May 22nd
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KayKay

yay! so glad yall did another medical monster episode :)

May 14th
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Jenica Tuggle

Love this podcast! No unnecessary dialogue, great format and one of my favorite go to crime podcast!

May 10th
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KayKay

love it!

May 10th
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KayKay

this podcast is amazing and rivals dr death if not better than. My SINGLE critique and plead is to PLEASE make more medical monster/ dr death type podcasts. The Hosts are MADE FORsucceeding at these and the dr swango cast will leave you wondering why you loved the dr death cast so much... in comparison each medical themed cast this lovely charismatic couple produces is worlds better than the competing casts with medical themes. I realized that I love/fear/am amazed at and glued to this theme of story. A doctor/nurse/ or other trusted medical practitioner are such prestigious and tedious time consuming education paths that are only options for the most determined brilliant minds...its baffling that there are even any cases of some brilliant, methodical, hard working people who seek medicine to harm others. its awful but so so eye openimg for me. Until (very recently) watching Netflix documentary "nurses who kill" and heard the cast "dr death"--- the worst medical practioner I thought there could be was, for example, would be something like an egotistical surgeon or a dr or nurse who unintentionally became addicted to a substance they were prescribed but became overwhelmed and self medicated... i have a sibling whose heroin use started very small and became a life or death situation. for many yuh ears until she recovered.... some thing i can imagine making sense even though wrong to do.... these medical monsters a fascinating and terrible. More medicine monsters please! <3 xoxo, Kayla K. and keep up the work guys!!! y'all have a unique special quality to the dialogue and i love it!! I love the devils Advocate from Jill! She reminds me soooo much of myself and has a lovely way of politely disagreeing! :)

May 10th
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Mojo Jojo

Very disappointing. I believe that Scott Peterson is guilty, but I like to think I'm capable of keeping an open mind, and when I see a recent documentary about the case, looking at the case from a different perspective, I found out a lot of information for the first time, and it certainly gave me pause. That's the point of keeping an open mind. Jill seems to understand that concept, but unfortunately, in this case, Dick had decided a long time ago that Scott Peterson is guilty, and not only does he refuse to even entertain another point of view, it was abundantly clear listening to this episode, he hasn't even bothered to educate himself on the opposing perspective. If you're unaware of any of the new information, how can you make any sort of judgement on it? Much less such an adamant judgement, so dismissive of any information that seems to oppose your current opinion? There's a term for it, when you ignore any evidence that may disagree wth an opinion you hold. Not only ignore it, but consciously and deliberately dismiss it, without first honestly examining it - it's called "confirmation bias". Perhaps Dick can look it up one day. It can only improve what is usually an informative and generally unbiased podcast. Or he could ask Jill about it.

May 8th
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Mojo Jojo

It's such a shame that Jill and Dick, who usually research their topic so thoroughly, neglected to Google "Satanism". If they had, they wouldn't be talking about murder and ritual sacrifice. Clearly neither of them have read the Bible, either. It's the god of Christianity that endorses wholesale murderer and blood sacrifices. Read the bible sometime, and you'll see what I'm saying is accurate.

May 5th
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Pedro Abreu

why do people like to listen to this? why is true crime so popular? i like it too but I feel there is something sinister about our collective fascination.

May 1st
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KayKay

Pedro Abreu i think that the stories are worth hearing. the knowledge helps people to keep their families safe and realize the warning signs of psychotic tendencies... which may not end in murder always.... but always hurts people in one way or another. you hear of stories about unsafe doctors or medical professionals and it encourages people to advocate for their care and to speak up who otherwise may have been too intimidated by mds ect.... that alone is priceless.

May 10th
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Tara Lacey

Crazy to think this took place the night and following day that our country was attacked by terrorists! how was anyone thinking straight??

Apr 27th
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Hannah Bradshaw

I'm listening to a lot of past episodes from TCB, and the quality has greatly improved since then. This is definitely a favorite podcast of mine and I look forward to new episodes. I'll miss it the next two weeks!

Apr 16th
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Curtis Massey

I love this podcast. The hosts are awesome and the stories are always great. And I really love the beer angle.

Apr 12th
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Liz Ranahan

I live in Sebastian/Vero Beach. I never knew this story.. I knew that we had a serial killer in the 80's, David Allen Gore and his cousin. I will say though, in my OWN life here I've had murders and suicides. I don't know why this area is the way it is but maybe because it's so small it just seems strange to have so many terrible things happen. Or it's a "Spiritual Cesspool" I have no idea.

Apr 10th
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Rach.

got so excited with the recent news that he may have been found. sad to hear it wasn't him.

Apr 4th
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