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True Murder: The Most Shocking Killers in True Crime History and the Authors That Have Written About Them

True Murder: The Most Shocking Killers in True Crime History and the Authors That Have Written About Them

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Every week host Dan Zupansky will interview the authors that have written about the most shocking killers of all time.
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SAVING ANNIE-Steve Jackson
In March 2009, pretty, vivacious Rhonda Casto plunged to her death from a 300-foot cliff in the Oregon woods. The only witness, Stephen Nichols, the father of her nine-month-old baby, Annie, told police investigators she slipped and fell.Yet, Nichols’ story didn’t quite mesh with the facts. And some of his other actions raised suspicions as well, including just days after her death trying to collect on a million-dollar life insurance policy he’d taken out on his unemployed, 23-year-old girlfriend four months earlier. What had begun with a 911 call to report an accident, quickly turned into a homicide investigation. However, in part due to lackluster police work, the case grew cold. Then in 2011, Dardie Robinson, a tenacious investigator with a Portland law firm began digging into the circumstances surrounding Rhonda's death. The law firm represented Rhonda’s mother, who believed that Nichols, 34 at the time, had murdered her daughter. She wanted to prevent him from gaining custody of Annie and the life insurance money. What Robinson discovered, including an attempt by Nichols to throw his first wife off a high-rise balcony in China, as well as sexual abuse allegations with Rhonda's underaged sister, convinced her that Rhonda’s death was no accident. So began her six-year battle to ‘save Annie’ from her own father and find justice for Rhonda.In the meantime, a parallel investigation into the case by co-authors Steve Jackson, an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author, and private investigator Tom McCallum, posed the same questions. What really happened to Rhonda Casto on that cold, rainy afternoon on the Eagle Creek trail? And what would become of her child. SAVING ANNIE:Book One--The Fall (A True Crime Series)-Steve Jackson

SAVING ANNIE-Steve Jackson

2018-09-1402:17:00

SUDDEN TERROR-Larry Crompton
The East Area Rapist would break into middle-class homes in respectable neighborhoods in the dark of night, tie up his victims and tell them over and over they were going to die. Only he didn’t kill anyone-not at first.  The East Area Rapist got his start in the summer of 1976 in Sacramento County and raped 30 women between June 1976 and July 1978. He moved on to Contra Costa County in October 1978, then continued south to Santa Barbara and Orange counties (where he was known as the Night Stalker, named before his crimes were linked to those up north). Psychiatrists helping the task force talked with imprisoned sex offenders, who said EAR was looking for an excuse to kill, not just to rape. They were right. Crompton was working in the crime lab in Contra Costa County doing crime scene investigations when EAR arrived  in late 1979. After EAR’s third attack, a task force of local police agencies, the DA’s office and the crime lab was formed and Crompton was appointed to it. The first murder was a double homicide in Santa Barbara County in December 1979. His attacks continued until, after another double homicide in 1981, the East Area Rapist vanished for five years. He reappeared for another double homicide in May 1986. Crompton had retired but In May 2000, he got a call from a criminologist in Contra Costa County who was working with DNA and the EAR files. Crompton gave him the names of three rape victims, and by July it was confirmed that the same man was behind them. Further DNA worked proved in March 2001 that six of the 1o murders then attributed to EAR were by the same person. And in April 2002, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office flew Crompton down to help with the investigation. The East Area Rapist, Original Night Stalker has yet to be arrested. SUDDEN TERROR-Larry Crompton

SUDDEN TERROR-Larry Crompton

2012-12-1301:01:482

THE KILL JAR-J. Reuben Appelman
J. Reuben Appelman cracks open one of America’s most notorious murder sprees while simultaneously banging the gavel on his own history with violence. A deftly-crafted true crime story with grit, set amid the decaying sprawl of Detroit and its outliers.With a foreword by Catherine Broad, sister of victim Timothy King.Four children were abducted and murdered outside of Detroit during the winters of 1976 and 1977, their bodies eventually dumped in snow banks around the city. J. Reuben Appelman was six years old at the time the murders began and had evaded an abduction attempt during that same period, fueling a lifelong obsession with what became known as the Oakland County Child Killings.Autopsies showed the victims to have been fed while in captivity, reportedly held with care. And yet, with equal care, their bodies had allegedly been groomed post-mortem, scrubbed-free of evidence that might link to a killer. There were few credible leads, and equally few credible suspects. That’s what the cops had passed down to the press, and that’s what the city of Detroit, and J. Reuben Appelman, had come to believe.When the abductions mysteriously stopped, a task force operating on one of the largest manhunt budgets in history shut down without an arrest. Although no more murders occurred, Detroit and its environs remained haunted. The killer had, presumably, not been caught.Eerily overlaid upon the author’s own decades-old history with violence, The Kill Jar tells the gripping story of J. Reuben Appelman’s ten-year investigation into buried leads, apparent police cover-ups of evidence, con-men, child ography rings, and high-level corruption saturating Detroit’s most notorious serial killer case. THE KILL JAR: Obsession, Descent, and a Hunt for Detroit's Most Notorious Serial Killer-J. Reuben Appelman
SONS OF CAIN-Peter Vronsky
From the author of Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters comes an in-depth examination of sexual serial killers throughout human history, how they evolved, and why we are drawn to their horrifying crimes.Before the term was coined in 1981, there were no "serial killers." There were only "monsters"--killers society first understood as werewolves, vampires, ghouls and witches or, later, Hitchcockian psychos.In Sons of Cain--a book that fills the gap between dry academic studies and sensationalized true crime--investigative historian Peter Vronsky examines our understanding of serial killing from its prehistoric anthropological evolutionary dimensions in the pre-civilization era (c. 15,000 BC) to today. Delving further back into human history and deeper into the human psyche than Serial Killers--Vronsky's 2004 book, which has been called the definitive history of serial murder--he focuses strictly on sexual serial killers: thrill killers who engage in murder, rape, torture, cannibalism and necrophilia, as opposed to for-profit serial killers, including hit men, or "political" serial killers, like terrorists or genocidal murderers.These sexual serial killers differ from all other serial killers in their motives and their foundations. They are uniquely human and--as popular culture has demonstrated--uniquely fascinating. SONS OF CAIN: A HISTORY OF SERIAL KILLERS FROM THE STONE AGE TO THE PRESENT-PETER VRONSKY

SONS OF CAIN-Peter Vronsky

2018-08-1501:33:442

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Johane Mc Duff

At some point, the family who refuses to recognize mental illness needs to be held responsible!

Sep 11th
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Johane Mc Duff

Nothing says "a good person" like a first degree murderer!

Sep 9th
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Johane Mc Duff

Dan, what was the program you appeared on?

Sep 8th
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Johane Mc Duff

I actually do have some sympathy for Tom. He pretty much had no chance of making it out of the bad situation he was in. ALL the adults around him did NOTHING to protect him. It sounds like he just snapped. Although I don't agree with what he did, I sure can understand why he did it.

Sep 7th
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Johane Mc Duff

Horse shit again!! The Hell's Angels gang isn't a criminal organization?! No innocents have been killed?!...what about that kid in Montreal killed by a car bomb during the biker wars?...yeah, no innocents killed my ass!

Sep 3rd
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Johane Mc Duff

I have never heard such horse shit! There was a dead body in the trunk of that car, everybody heard the 911 call Cindy made. She killed her kid and tried to blame her dad by accusing him of molesting her. She's at the very least a compulsive liar, most likely a sociopath.

Sep 3rd
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Tracey Powers

I love true crime I read true crime stories I like Author Ann Rule.

Sep 3rd
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Johane Mc Duff

Karla Homolka lives in Châteauguay, Québec, not in France.

Aug 26th
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Johane Mc Duff

typical domestic violence

Aug 25th
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Jaymes Moynihan

No, HH Holmes is NOT jack the ripper!!! Holmes REAL life is very well documented, and not only was he NOT jack the ripper, he's also NOT actually one of Americas most shocking serial killers. Most of the gory details about his crimes written in devil in the white city were taken from siily sensationalist tabloid newspaper articles of the day! And sadly most of it has spread and rehashed in every other book about him that used devil as their main resource. Anybody interested in the real story should check out the episode of the most notorious podcast. He interviews an author who did far more investigative research into Holmes and his life than most books have, and it doesn't paint a picture of a bloodthirsty monster torturing guests in a torture hotel, but instead, a killer who used murder as a means of getting what he wants. And most of his victims died of poisoning. He was more of a killer con man than anything else, and certainly not jack the ripper. That theory is absolutely laughable and to suggest such a theory is true, is damaging to the credibility of your podcast. People listening want real facts. Not speculation and conjecture. Just seems like your just jumping on a silly newfound theory, the ripper flavor of the week, When in reality theres no more evidence to suggest it than there is for any of the other 200 ripper suspects.

Aug 18th
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Jennifer S

I tried to listen but gave up when I realised it's going to be as bad all other Fred Rosen interviews.

Aug 3rd
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Chris Morley

this author is the worst interview ever, put the lighter and bowl down and pay attention to the questions being asked and stop interrupting.

Aug 2nd
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Seerious Glen

Shame about the Authors Audio, otherwise a good series

Aug 2nd
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T Harris

start a podcast with commercials and you instantly lose me.

Aug 1st
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Joshua Bennett

@katburge1623@gmail.com

Jul 25th
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Vlad Stepanov

Good show but the audio quality is terrible. Needs to be edited. Audio skips, jumps back, etc.

Jul 25th
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Teddy Holland

got

Jul 12th
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Cassi Savage

I like the topic, but the sound quality is so bad, it almost made me turn it off. constant microphone noise, not sure what's going on but investing in better equipment may help

Jun 26th
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Lewis Fader

Every time Dan says "no go ahead" take a drink. When Fred Rosen rips on Dan for bad production quality, take a drink. When the call is dropped finish your drink. Dan says "fascinating," drink. Dan bitches about Vince Lee, drink. Dan pronounces Eileen Wournos' name incorrectly, drink. Guest complains about time zone difference, drink. Guest misses show because time zone difference, murder somebody, then finish their drink.

Jun 16th
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kelli basey

ok I been listening for 10 minutes the reason why they wrote this book.

Jun 13th
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