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In the era of some of the most heinous serial killers of all time, one murderous family went curiously unnoticed: The McCrary family. Led by a psychopathic patriarch and his cunning son-in-law, this Texas clan roamed the country and his cunning son-in-law, this Texas clan roamed the country robbing, kidnapping, and killing up to 20 people, most of them people taken from donut shops. “Families Who Kill: The Donut Shop Murders” recounts the wild and deeply disturbing story of an unhinged American family and the terrible brutality they unleashed. The podcast features the taped confessions of one of the killers, given when he was serving a life term in Colorado.Premieres Tuesday, January 4 wherever you listen to podcasts. You can binge the entire season right now, early and ad-free, when you subscribe to Wondery+ in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery App.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Lifelong petty thieves Carl Taylor and Sherman McCrary, facing heat in their hometown of Athens, Texas, gather their family and take to the highways in search of criminal opportunities in the American West. In Utah, Carl and Sherman’s small-time cons suddenly escalate when they rob and kidnap 17-year-old Sheri Martin from a Winchell’s Donut Shop, killing her in the Nevada desert. The men’s bloodthirst is awakened.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Carl, Sherman, and the fam head to the peaceful suburban community of Lakewood, Colorado, and strike again — this time robbing, raping, and killing 20-year-old donut shop cashier Leora Looney. As police circle the McCrary family they skip town and return to their homebase of Athens, Texas. A razor-sharp young detective, Joe Fanciulli, is on their scent, but his efforts are hindered by glacially slow 1970s police forensics.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Carl and Sherman, now accompanied by Sherman’s son Danny, kidnap a young couple, Forrest and Jena Covey, from a Mesquite grocery and ruthlessly murder them in an old barn. In harrowing testimony from Carl, we learn how Forrest was killed first as Jena was forced to look on. Jenna Covey’s niece recounts the brutalizing effects her aunt’s murder had on her father and her family in general. Meanwhile, we learn the tale of the Bloody Benders, a 19th century clan of killers who bear similarities to the McCrarys.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
An intriguing debate emerges: Were the McCrarys, in a technical or criminological sense, serial killers? Or were they spree killers, or something else? Experts debate the similarity of the McCrarys’ killings to those of John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, and Andrew Cunanan. The family heads to the Pacific Northwest, where Carl and Sherman kidnap and kill a bizarrely nonchalant young hippie named Cynthia Glass. The Bloody Benders story continues as the family kills a dozen people at their inn in Labette, Kansas.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
After their murder in Portland, the police probe begins to tighten like a vise around the McCrarys. They stop the killings and move to Santa Barbara, CA, to focus on armed robberies. As Sherman’s alcoholism spirals out of control, Carl attempts to rob a large supermarket on his own but screws it up and winds up shooting a patrolman at the scene. Meanwhile, Texas police issue a nationwide “Traveling Criminals Bulletin” fingering the McCrarys as a violent clan who may have committed up to 20 murders in six states. Finally, the Benders story concludes as the murderous family is run out out of Kansas.Please support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Santa Barbara cops chase Carl Taylor and his wife all the way back to Texas, where Carl and his wife are cornered and arrested. Sherman and his wife are arrested back in California. During the trial, Carl and Sherman, once close partners, turn on each other, each saying the other pulled the trigger. Carl mounts an insanity defense, claiming he was not of sound mind during the killing spree. The family’s brutal saga comes to an end.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
When a car bomb kills Daphne Caruana Galizia on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta, the hunt for her killers exposes secrets with consequences that go far beyond its shores. In the aftermath of her death an international team of journalists comes together to continue her work. Along the way they start to uncover clues that might lead to her killers. From Wondery, comes a new story about power, corruption and one woman’s fight for the truth. Hosted by investigative reporter Stephen Grey.Listen to Who Killed Daphne: wondery.fm/FWK_DaphneSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Comments (16)

BaffleGab0licious

I don't really like the narrators voice, I liked the podcast itself though. Would have preferred a separate series for the Benders

Apr 26th
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Jocelyn Allan

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Feb 17th
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Jocelyn Allan

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Feb 17th
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Ishmael

Thanks a lot England for creating the "insanity plea" which is used by ever low life priece of shit and their mother to absolve themselves of the responsibility of their heinous actions.

Feb 16th
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Ishmael

What a surprise, the women who were complicit in the rapes and murders got off scot free. #womanprivilege

Feb 16th
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Maggie D

Please put episode numbers in the episode titles.

Jan 28th
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Ishmael

The McCrarys we're definitely serial killers or at least the father was.

Jan 25th
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alli lent

"siduation"

Jan 20th
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Tracy Houkes

The first sereal killer was way before 1930

Jan 20th
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Save the Bender family's story for another season. Has nothing to do with this season's family.

Jan 14th
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Jocelyn Allan

Excuse me???? Trying to draw a parallel between the Mclurskys and the Benders is just a pathetic stretch: Ginger as siren who drew Travellers to their fate? Like Kate Bender? Ginger? Ginger was a fat, wheezy, shopaholic! Who besides Carl, did she entice?

Jan 13th
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Full Metal Jackalope

Anybody know how many of these there’s going to be? If I listen to one a week I’ll forget the first one before I hear the second one. Gotta listen to them all together! Lol.

Jan 11th
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Melissa

Great pod!

Jan 7th
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꧁WupperElfe꧂

That female customer who clearly picked up on Carl and Sherman's intent ought to be kicked - she left Sheri all alone with them!

Jan 5th
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Sarah Witham

I was into this podcast (listening to it early on wondery) until episode 4... listening to the woman talk about how she will never ever let her son go to a sleepover because her aunt (whom she never met cause this happened prior to her birth) and her aunt's husband were murdered by this sick family..... chick needs some serious counseling for trauma so that her kids can have a somewhat normal childhood.... what a total nut

Dec 30th
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