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Ozarks True Crime

Author: editaudio, Anne Roderique-Jones

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Ozarks True Crime is an editaudio Original investigative podcast based on true crime in the mysterious and oft-forgotten region of the Ozarks. Host and writer Anne Roderique-Jones travels to back to her hometown and weaves in a personal narrative as she examines the intricate trail of untold stories.

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Sandra and her family finally have a ruling in the murder conviction that has cast a shadow over their lives for more than four decades. On June 14 2024, Judge Ryan Horsman overturned Sandra’s murder conviction, meaning she could be free in a matter of days. Anne gives an update on what this means for Sandy and what happens next.Do you have information about The Sandra Hemme Story? Please email us at hello@editaud.io. Ozarks True Crime: The Sandra Hemme Story, is an editaudio Original production. Connect with us:Instagram: anniemarie_ / editaud.io Twitter: @editaud_io / @AnnieMarie_See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The difficult part about doing a season in real time is that you’re often waiting on answers. We’re taking a short break and will return as soon as we have a ruling from Sandy’s evidentiary hearing, which is expected this summer. We’ll be bringing you more episodes that feature key people who’ve not yet been able to speak on record. Stay tuned.Do you have information about The Sandra Hemme Story? Please email us at hello@editaud.io. Ozarks True Crime: The Sandra Hemme Story, is an editaudio Original production. Connect with us:Instagram: anniemarie_ / editaud.io Twitter: @editaud_io / @AnnieMarie_See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week we’re sharing another podcast that deals with similar subjects to this season of Ozarks True Crime, namely wrongful imprisonment and questionable police practices. Say Their Name focuses on the assault and killing of Black people by police throughout the United States. This episode focuses on the story of 34 year old Miriam Carey, who was shot and killed by Capitol Police after she accidentally made an incorrect turn into a White House security checkpoint. In Say Their Name, learn more about who these individuals were and how these devastating situations affect families and communities across the U.S. Say Their Name PodcastSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
We’re still waiting for the ruling from Sandy’s evidentiary hearing so this week we’re releasing our interview with Darryl Burton. Darryl spent a quarter-century in the Missouri State Penitentiary for a crime that he did not commit. After being released, he founded Miracle of Innocence, a charity that helps free innocent people and set them up for success after incarceration. In this interview, Darryl shares his experience of being wrongfully imprisoned and the challenges he faced when he finally got out. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
As we wait for the verdict from Sandy’s evidentiary hearing, we’re releasing a never-before-heard interview with lawyer and professor Sean O’Brien. In this episode Sean gives us first-hand information on the systems responsible for placing those struggling with mental illness in the prison system. We look at common issues— like police officers mistaking mental health symptoms for signs of guilt —  and ask Sean how we can reform these systems.Do you have information about The Sandra Hemme Story? Please email us at hello@editaud.io. Ozarks True Crime: The Sandra Hemme Story, is an editaudio Original production. Connect with us:Instagram: anniemarie_ / editaud.io Twitter: @editaud_io / @AnnieMarie_See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
As we wait for the verdict from Sandy’s evidentiary hearing, we’re releasing the first-ever podcast interview with the children of Melvin Lee Reynolds: the St. Joseph man who spent four years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. We hear about how their father’s wrongful conviction is still affecting their lives. Additionally, writer and journalist Terry Ganey explains the similarities in Melvin and Sandy’s case, starting with the involvement of the St. Joseph Police Department.Do you have information about The Sandra Hemme Story? Please email us at hello@editaud.io. Ozarks True Crime: The Sandra Hemme Story, is an editaudio Original production. Connect with us:Instagram: anniemarie_ / editaud.io Twitter: @editaud_io / @AnnieMarie_See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
As we wait for the verdict from Sandy’s evidentiary hearing, we’re releasing our never-heard-before interview with Rick Hartigan — a former St. Joseph, Missouri, journalist who received threats from police for his reporting on the Patricia Jeschke murder. At the time of Sandy’s original trial in 1981, Rick reported on evidence connecting an alternate suspect to the murder — a suspect now known as police officer Michael Holman.Do you have information about The Sandra Hemme Story? Please email us at hello@editaud.io. Ozarks True Crime: The Sandra Hemme Story, is an editaudio Original production. Connect with us:Instagram: anniemarie_ / editaud.io Twitter: @editaud_io / @AnnieMarie_See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
As she awaits the judge’s ruling, Sandra Hemme returns to the Chillicothe Correctional Center to continue serving her 50-year prison sentence. In this episode, we ask what will happen if Sandy is released. We talk to advocates, and hear first-hand from an exoneree, about what it’s like to return home after decades of wrongful imprisonment.Do you have information about The Sandra Hemme Story? Please email us at hello@editaud.io. Ozarks True Crime: The Sandra Hemme Story, is an editaudio Original production. Connect with us:Instagram: anniemarie_ / editaud.io Twitter: @editaud_io / @AnnieMarie_See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The hearing concludes, and our team drives to St. Joseph to visit the site where Sandy was first interrogated by police: the St. Joseph State Hospital. Now the site of a prison and a museum, we work to understand the disturbing past of Missouri’s mental health facilities and investigate why so many people with mental illness are placed in Missouri prisons.Links:Innocent A Second Look - Darryl Burton988 Suicide & Crisis LifelineInternational Suicide HotlinesDo you have information about The Sandra Hemme Story? Please email us at hello@editaud.io. Ozarks True Crime: The Sandra Hemme Story, is an editaudio Original production. Connect with us:Instagram: anniemarie_ / editaud.io Twitter: @editaud_io / @AnnieMarie_See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
After the last day of the hearing, we met a man who had a serious interest in Sandy’s case–and for good reason. In this episode, we dive into a story we didn’t plan to tell, but knew we had to once we heard it.Do you have information about The Sandra Hemme Story? Please email us at hello@editaud.io. Ozarks True Crime: The Sandra Hemme Story, is an editaudio Original production. Connect with us:Instagram: anniemarie_ / editaud.io Twitter: @editaud_io / @AnnieMarie_See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
It’s the final day of the hearing. In this episode, we hear more about the internal investigation into officer Michael Holman, the evidence connecting him to Patricia Jeschke’s murder, and what happens next for Sandy.Do you have information about The Sandra Hemme Story? Please email us at hello@editaud.io. Ozarks True Crime: The Sandra Hemme Story, is an editaudio Original production. Connect with us:Instagram: anniemarie_ / editaud.io Twitter: @editaud_io / @AnnieMarie_See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
It’s day two of the evidentiary hearing. We learn about the Chief of Police, Robert Hayes, and his uncharacteristic involvement in Sandy’s case. We sit down with journalist Rick Hartigan who suffered harassment after bringing attention to police misconduct during Sandy’s initial trial.Do you have information about The Sandra Hemme Story? Please email us at hello@editaud.io. Ozarks True Crime: The Sandra Hemme Story, is an editaudio Original production. Connect with us:Instagram: anniemarie_ / editaud.io Twitter: @editaud_io / @AnnieMarie_See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In this episode, Anne and her team of producers are reporting live from Chillicothe, Missouri, where new evidence of Sandy’s innocence is being presented before a judge. Will Sandy be set free or continue serving a 50-year prison sentence for a crime which evidence suggests she did not commit?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Two years before Sandy is convicted, another patient at the St. Joseph State Hospital is charged and sentenced to life in prison for murder. Melvin Lee Reynolds spent the next four years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. In this episode, Anne looks into the factors that led to Melvin Lee Reynolds’ wrongful imprisonment and how these cases are closely linked.Innocent Blood See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
On the same day Patricia Jeschke was found murdered, a man walked into a photography store in Kansas City to make a purchase using her credit card. That man was an officer with the St. Joseph Police Department. In this episode, we look into evidence that casts doubt on Sandy’s guilt and points to a new suspect.Do you have information about The Sandra Hemme Story? Please email us at hello@editaud.io. Ozarks True Crime: The Sandra Hemme Story, is an editaudio Original production. Connect with us:Instagram: anniemarie_ / editaud.io Twitter: @editaud_io / @AnnieMarie_See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Who is Sandra Hemme and how did she end up in prison for the murder of Patricia Jeschke — despite no solid evidence she committed the crime? In this episode, we dig into Sandy’s previous trial and how police practices may have impacted her sentencing—along with new details that have recently come to light.Do you have information about The Sandra Hemme Story? Please email us at hello@editaud.io. Ozarks True Crime: The Sandra Hemme Story, is an editaudio Original production. Connect with us:Instagram: anniemarie_ / editaud.io Twitter: @editaud_io / @AnnieMarie_See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Sandra Hemme Story

The Sandra Hemme Story

2024-01-1104:06

Following the success of season two of Ozarks True Crime, the editaudio Original true crime podcast returns to uncover a new mystery. Host Anne Roderique-Jones returns to her home state of Missouri to report on Sandra Hemme, a prisoner who could soon become the longest-known wrongfully convicted woman in the United States. Sandra was just 20 years old when she was found guilty for the murder of Patricia Jeschke, despite no solid evidence that she committed the crime. She didn’t know the murder victim, there were no witnesses, and no DNA evidence ever connected to her. So who did it? Follow along as we travel back to Missouri for Sandra’s evidentiary hearing, where her lawyer’s will be presenting never-before-heard evidence in hopes to set her free. Do you have information about The Sandra Hemme Story? Please email us at hello@editaud.io. Ozarks True Crime: The Sandra Hemme Story, is an editaudio Original production. Connect with us:Instagram: anniemarie_ / editaud.io Twitter: @editaud_io / @AnnieMarie_See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In season three of Ozarks True Crime, host Anne Roderique-Jones returns to her home state of Missouri to report on the case of Sandra Hemme: a person living with mental illness who could soon become the longest-known wrongfully convicted woman in the United States. Anne speaks with journalists, lawyers, and mental health professionals to try and uncover why Sandra was found guilty of a murder, despite no solid evidence that she committed the crime. Follow along as we travel back to Missouri for Sandra’s evidentiary hearing, where her lawyer’s will be presenting never-heard-before evidence in hopes to set her free. Do you have information about The Sandra Hemme Story? Please email us at hello@editaud.io. Ozarks True Crime: The Sandra Hemme Story, is an editaudio Original production. Connect with us:Instagram: anniemarie_ / editaud.io Twitter: @editaud_io / @AnnieMarie_See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Join us for a more informal show. In celebration of 3 million downloads, we have a special Q&A regarding all things Ozarks True Crime. You submitted your questions and we’re covering everything from difficult interviews to the best and worst parts about podcasting.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Send Us Your Questions

Send Us Your Questions

2023-10-1701:21

Ozarks True Crime is gearing up for another season, and we’re working on a bonus episode that explores the behind-the-scenes of how this show makes it to you.If you have questions about how we approach, reporting, research, editing or even about the cases themselves, send us your questions.Send your questions for the team to us at: hello@editaud.ioFollow editaudio on  X (formerly Twitter) @editaud_io Instagram: editaud.ioSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Comments (8)

Julie Gatesman

if you're going to have a podcast, words are important. the word is supposedly. not supposably - ewww.... that's not a word.....

Jan 26th
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Barbarella MaClure

Oh you're annoying all right

Oct 9th
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Amanda Williams

I remember watching KOLR10 nightly rerun of the trials live stream. I was stunned by the verdict but then again, as a community, we all made the mistake of doubting how good the Defense was.

Feb 9th
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Rhianna Gilleland

That was my freshman year at Kickapoo. Tight security, lots of different media outlets. It was very scary... one missing person is bad enough, but three?!?

Jun 17th
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kurt phelps, jr.

cover the missing people you want to cover. it's not a syndrome, it's choice!! do your podcast and the politically correct crowd can go blow in a kleenex!! so sick of the pandering morons, and now, you have ruined my listening pleasure, peace out!! by the way, it's kinda racist when you refer missing persons or anyone by their skin tone or culture only. just saying..guess I'm old school, huh? ah well

Apr 3rd
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Bren Marshall

scary

Dec 10th
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Jennifer Roy

this show is very detailed about Springfield three. This is a thorough examination of the case. Great job.

Sep 29th
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