Episode 128

Episode 128

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9-year old Omaree Varela’s lifeless, bruised, and tattered body was recovered at the base of toy bouncy horse just two days after Christmas in 2013.  His mother and stepfather claimed his death was the result of a freak accident while playing with his younger sibling.  However, the marks on Omaree’s body and a horrifying 22 minute 911 call just six months earlier paint a much more sinister picture of what really happened.   

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Ashley Renée

I feel sick listening to the 911 call. my baby just turned 10 two days ago and I can't imagine 😭

Jun 10th
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Kim Batten

I've listened to 127 of your episodes, and this was the FIRST one I had to shut off. I can't continue. To hear that poor, sweet boy cry after the barrage of abuse being spewed at him, it's too real. Too much to bear. God rest his soul.

May 10th
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Eve Lloyd

This is just absolutely heartbreaking. That poor boy, desperate for help, who didn't get any.

Feb 25th
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Amy

Only 20min into this and as a dispatcher I thank god ive never had a call like this. It’s so sad 😭

Feb 17th
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M

had to stop listening near the end, can't continue to listen to this POS guy lie about hurting that poor kid, acting like he's the victim! RIP Omaree, another young life lost

Feb 12th
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Jackie Marcucci

fuck these POS adults. my heart hurts. I can't stop crying. I can't even believe that everyone failed this precious child.

Feb 4th
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Joy Stokes

https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/court-of-appeals-overnturns-conviction-of-stepfather-of-omaree-varela/1629157441 ready to be more depressed?

Jan 26th
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Jackie Marcucci

Joy Stokes I'm crying. my heart hurts.

Feb 4th
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Erica Tennyson

Ughh this shit makes me sick! What a dipshit cop to believe these (obviously fake ass) "parents". Of course they know what to say. A child has NO voice, NO choice, and NO help unless someone intervenes- which is exactly what the dispatcher did. She knows the fucking difference between a tiff and straight up abuse. He totally undermined her judgement and didn't even question the children separately! Was he about to be off work and about to hop on a plane for vacation or something?! He was lazy and seemed like he was trying to befriend the abusers, not to mention the dumb shit he said about being a man, strong, etc.

Jan 10th
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Amy Ramsden

What a couple of vile ‘humans’. I hope this serves as a lesson to other police officers to be extra careful when dealing with situations like this. There’s protocol for a reason.

Jan 2nd
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John Summers

all cultures are equal? We're all the same right?

Dec 28th
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Lucy Rivera

poor Omaree may he rest in heaven and may his sister find Justice. may the police department be responsible for the incompetence and laziness and failure to protect these children!

Dec 20th
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Marquita Leggett

The 911 call was hard to hear. My concern is that, how will this abuse & death affect the other children growing up. As far as the officers, I'm 😡 😡 😡, obviously, the 911 operator felt Omaree was in dire need, otherwise, why would she suggest to the officer to hear the tape? This is one of the cases that pull at my heartstrings.

Dec 17th
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Jackie Marcucci

Marquita Leggett agreed. the 911 operator is the only person who reacted. and she knew they needed to hear the call but they didn't do shit.

Feb 4th
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Chantal Said

when the police officer said yard work will make him " a man" I puked in my mouth a bit. Using the same words as the step dad. Sick.

Dec 15th
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Shadow Bound

I really like the sound fx that you guys include on your shows. I feel that it creates a much more intense experience, it definitely adds to the imagination.. Keep up the great work, and I will miss you all alot over your break :)

Dec 15th
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v

Really dislike the host's attempts to guide/influence listener reactions. Might be worthwhile to consider presenting or exploring varied perspectives alongside his very explicitly and emotionally stated opinions.

Dec 12th
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v

Исадора Савич Right, what I'm saying is that he did not present Just The Facts. Varied perspectives and facts go hand in hand. Details add nuance and explanations. People may choose to ignore those perspectives but...they are there. There is no one objective narrative or truth...to anything. Certainly not when you are presenting information and choosing which details to emphasize/facts to include. If you disagree, I don't know what to tell you. With this kind of content, everyone's going to have their style of presentation. I agree with you about effects and respect that about this podcast. But I think this approach is worth reevaluating. Facts are key and that's exactly why I would suggest not including a narrow set of emotional/subjective judgments, esp without actual supporting analysis hahaha. Seems ignorant and kind of unprofessional to me. These aren't just stories; they are peoples lives and if you're going to profit off their experiences (admittedly already questionable), you may want to include a shred of complexity. To each his own, though!

May 21st
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Исадора Савич

v I'm mostly being influenced by the facts presented to me. This podcast isn't established on critical thinking or shifted perspectives which makes it more "relaxed" it let's the viewer make their own decisions for better or worse. there's plenty of podcasts that do the opposite, but it's not always the desired effect for every listener.

Apr 25th
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McJiggetyNuggets

ohhh heeeelll no😡😡😡😡😡

Dec 12th
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Paranoid Lemming

these cops make ted Johnson and George green look astute

Dec 11th
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Angelina Schmelter

This one really affected me and made me cry for this poor boy. I dont understand how people can do this to children. Their own flesh and blood. RIP beautiful boy. I am so sorry you had to suffer.

Dec 11th
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iMgenuine

well. I hope.this hunts those police officers for the rest of their life. That poor kid would have suffered after the officers left the home. smh. CHILD ABUSE SHOULD BE #1 PRIORITY. TEAR THE HOME DOWN FOR PROOF IF U HAVE TO. asking the parents questions doesn't make sense. of they will lie

Dec 11th
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Lorena Medrano

😞

Dec 11th
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