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The Unlovely Truth
Exploring the intersection of faith and true crime.
5 days ago
Season 2, Episode 37: Why Do Abuse Victims Stay: "Every Breath You Take" by Ann Rule
On this episode of The Unlovely Truth, I interview author Karen DeArmond Gardner. Karen has first hand experience with leaving an abusive relationship. We had an interesting conversation about practical tips to help someone who is ready to be free. You’ll also learn why abuse victims stay silent. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. That means that this is happening to people we know. But we don’t have to be silent either. Check out the links below to learn more, and maybe find a way that you can help. Buy “Hope For Healing From Domestic Abuse" Buy "Every Breath You Take" Karen's website Karen's blog Website for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Visit my website and join my email list Buy my 99 cent ebook "Every Story Needs a Hero" Connect with me on FaceBook And Instagram!
Sep 7, 2021
Season 2, Episode 36: Behind the Scenes: Jesus, Coffee, and Crime
On this episode of The Unlovely Truth I’m answering listener questions about what it’s like behind the scenes of being a private investigator, and how my work affects my faith and my family. If you want to know if I’ve ever been afraid to take a case, how I protect my time with my family, and what a typical day looks like for me, then this is an episode you just can’t miss. You’ll also hear about why I might turn down a case, and if the work I do looks like what you see on TV. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of private investigators is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. Have YOU ever dreamed about solving a mystery and being the hero of the story? Visit my website and join my email list Buy my 99 cent ebook "Every Story Needs a Hero" Connect with me on FaceBook And Instagram! Find out how to become a PI in your state
Aug 31, 2021
Season 2, Episode 35: Dark Obsession: Overcoming Childhood Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse, especially when it involves incest, it not a topic many people want to hear about. But we can’t solve problems if we don’t know they exist. On this episode of The Unlovely Truth I interview Mischelle Saunders-Gottsch. Mischelle is the founder of Altered Stories Ministries where she helps women share their stories of how God altered their lives. Her Altered Stories podcast has shared stories of triumphing over many types of abuse, something she has personal experience with as well. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), in 2016 Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that over 57 THOUSAND children were victims of sexual abuse. Over one third of those victims were assaulted by a family member. It’s not an easy subject to talk about but for the sake of the victims, we must. Please share this episode on social media or with a friend so we can shine some light in an area so filled with darkness. Visit my website and join my email list Connect with me on FaceBook And Instagram! Buy Dark Obsession https://rainn.org/statistics/children-and-teens Mischelle's website Altered Stories Ministry on Instagram Altered Stories Ministry on FaceBook
Aug 24, 2021
Season 2, Episode 34: Can You Solve This Crime?
On this episode of The Unlovely Truth we’re going to see just how hard families have to work when their loved ones' cases go cold. Once leads are exhausted, these cases often get put on the back burner as police work new cases with fresh leads. That’s why your involvement is so important! By sharing the podcast and asking your friends to do the same, we might get Ernestine Hurt’s cold case murder heard by someone who has information that can blow the case wide open! Mirya loves her grandmother the way I loved mine, and I want us to do all we can to help her find answers. Based on data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, the US has over 250,000 unsolved murders, and every year nearly 6,000 new cases raise that number even higher. As our police agencies are given fewer and fewer resources, that number is only going to continue to grow unless we do something. Let’s not let this murderer get away with their crime any longer. You have a voice and a circle of influence. Become a True Crime Hero when you share the podcast and social media posts about this case and others. Visit my website and join my email list Connect with me on FaceBook And Instagram! Ohio Attorney General cold case information Submit a tip
Aug 17, 2021
Season 2, Episode 33: Stolen Childhood: "The Snow Killings" by Marney Rich Keenan
Someone killed at least four children in Oakland County, Mich. between 1976 and 1977. Decades later, no one knows who the serial killer is or if he is still alive. These crimes have changed the lives of so many people - the children’s families, friends, classmates, teachers, coaches, and neighbors. A DNA profile created from samples taken from some of the victims' bodies is from the same perpetrator. Maddeningly, it does not match the DNA of any person of interest in the case. The perpetrator's identity remains unknown. Join me and private investigator Angelica Brooks as we discuss the important issues that this book raises, and more. Visit my website and join my email list Connect with me on FaceBook And Instagram! Angelica's website Buy "The Snow Killings"
Aug 10, 2021
Season 2, Episode 32: How to Prevent Violence from Destroying Us: "Found" by Michelle Corrao, with Emily Sutherland
Michelle Corrao never wanted to be the lead story on the evening news. When she was kidnapped, assaulted, and held captive in the trunk of her car, a community held its collective breath until they heard that she had survived. But mere survival wasn’t going to be enough. Michelle was determined to thrive. How would you handle the fight to regain your life after such a violent encounter, only to realize that you would never be the same person ever again? Michelle shares how she realized that being the lead story didn’t have to define her story. She would share with the world the story she wanted to be her legacy. If you are still wondering what her motivation is to share such a deeply personal and painful story, she sums it up by saying that she wanted others to know what is possible. She knows what it feels like to be in the depths of despair, but reminds us that feelings are often fiction. She has gone on to work with victims because she knows that God spared her life not only for her own benefit, but in order to help others. If you want to stand out as a true crime hero, be sure to visit the links below and take advantage of all of these resources. Visit my website and join my email list Connect with me on FaceBook And Instagram! LaTan's Website Michelle's website Buy "Found"
Aug 3, 2021
Season 2, Episode 31: Unsolved: What if We Never Find Out Who Murdered Our Dad?
Four sisters from Texas need your help to find out who murdered their father in 2011. Eighty-one year-old Don Askew was living in Winnsboro, Texas when someone entered his home and stabbed him multiple times in the chest. To this day, the sisters and the local authorities don’t know who or why. How often do murder cases go unsolved? Project Cold Case estimates that in 2019, the average clearance rate in the U.S. for new homicides was a dismal 58%. Police in Wyoming have the best solve rate at 86%, while Illinois scrapes the bottom of the barrel at 36%. If you want to know how to help solve unsolved crimes, keep listening and sharing this podcast! Visit my website and join my email list Connect with me on FaceBook And Instagram! KLTV article #1 KLTV article #2 KLTV article about FBI investigating local police Who Killed Don Askew FaceBook Community
Jul 27, 2021
Season 2, Episode 30: Blending In: "The Demon Next Door" by Bryan Burrough
This is Season 2, Episode 30, and our book for this week is an Audible exclusive: “The Demon Next Door'' by Bryan Burrough. After reading it, I’m right there with the author wondering why any of this happened, and whether any of it could have been prevented. My guest today is our own Unlovely Truth Tribe chaplain, Lori Prather. We’re going to get her take on bad people blending in at church and ways to reach out to people that a lot of churches choose to ignore. In 2005, the FBI held a symposium in San Antonio, Texas, where they dropped some bombshell information. According to their research, the majority of serial killers are not the loners or misfits we tend to think they are. In fact, they're hiding in plain sight, blending right in. You might even know one. Author Bryan Burrough hadn't known about his schoolmate Danny Corwin's multiple murders until they were both well into middle age. He became obsessed with understanding why Danny nearly killed a girl in Temple, Texas,…
Jul 20, 2021
Season 2, Episode 29: Surviving Schizophrenia with Someone You Love: Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
Would you recognize the symptoms of schizophrenia in your children? Don and Mimi Galvin didn’t at first. Robert Kolker’s book “Hidden Valley Road” not only tells of the Galvin family struggles, but how their participation in schizophrenia studies have helped scientists looking for better treatments and maybe even a cure. Mary Galvin, the youngest family member, endured horrific neglect and abuse. She often felt like an outcast of society, and this gave her a new connection to her six brothers who each had a mental health diagnosis. They needed so much help that home care assistance was not a realistic option. So Mary took on much of the care of her brothers herself. It was her way of surviving schizophrenia and its effect on her family. My guest this week, Maree Dee, hosts a private FaceBook community called Embracing Faith and Mental Illness from a Caregiver’s Perspective. Her website, www.embracingtheunexpected.com, is full of great resources for anyone who is clo…
Jul 13, 2021
Season 2, Episode 28: Women’s Safety on Campus: Bluegrass by William Van Meter
I’m a mom who went through the worry of dropping off two daughters at college, well aware that I could no longer protect them in the way that I had when they were still home with me. Katie Autrey probably thought she was safe on the campus of Western Kentucky University, and she would have been if the two men charged with her murder hadn’t crashed a campus party that night. It seemed like a slam dunk case, but one jury didn’t agree. Was justice served? Buy "Bluegrass" Organizations that promote safety on college campuses Visit my website to join my email list
Jul 6, 2021
Season 2, Episode 27: There Should've Been a Book: The Most Vulnerable Victims
Americans are slightly obsessed with stories about serial killers. There are at least a dozen published books about Ted Bundy and the same for Charles Manson, not to mention everything written about John Wayne Gacy, Wayne Williams, Gary Ridgway, and others. But as retired cold-case investigator Paul Holes told Rolling Stone magazine, cultural changes like fewer women hitchhiking made it harder for these and other roving killers to find victims. But there was still one vulnerable group of women who was willing get in a car with a stranger - sex workers. The man known as the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway, even admitted that he chose prostitutes as his victims because he thought he was much less likely to get caught. For a time, he was right. Serial killer cold case information Murder Accountability Project website Are these cases linked? Are there really fewer serial killers these days? Jeffery Lee Guillory's family believes he is innocent of some of the mu…
Jun 29, 2021
Season 2, Episode 26: Behind Blue Curtains: An Amish Story of Survival, Escape and Pursuit of Justice by Molly Maeve Eagan and Lizzy Hershberger
Lizzy Hersberger grew up in what is probably the most conservative subgroup of the Old Order Amish community - the Swartzentruber Amish. She didn’t have indoor plumbing and wasn’t allowed to attend school beyond the eighth grade. Worst of all, when she was sexually assaulted by a member of her community, she was the one who was blamed, and cast out of their fellowship at the age of 15. Join me and my guest Molly Maeve Eagan, who is a trauma-informed writer, survivor activist and award-winning investigative journalist. You won’t want to miss her insights into surviving abuse. Visit the Voices of Hope website Find Voices Of Hope on FaceBook Visit Molly's website Visit my website and join my email list Find Molly on FaceBook @MollyMaeve and @NeverStandAloneUSA She’s also on Instagram @MollyMaeve and Twitter @CptsdRecovery
Jun 22, 2021
Season 2, Episode 25: There Should've Been a Book: Turning Grieving to Giving
Sandra Latrail Robinson was just 32 years old when her life was senselessly stolen from her during the course of a robbery. Her mother and her four children want to know what happened. Let’s help them find the answers they deserve by sharing this episode with everyone we can. And if you’re feeling inspired to help other children who have lost a parent, check out the link below to the website of The National Alliance for Grieving Children. I’ve never seen the show “WandaVision”, but I love a quote from the character Vision (played by the fabulous Paul Bettany - go watch the Oscar-Award winning movie “A Beautiful Mind” if you haven’t yet), “But what is grief if not love persevering?” Just as Sandra’s mother and children persevere in their love for Sandra, let’s persevere in the search for justice. If you have any information, please call the GBI at 912-389-4103. Submit a tip online Georgia Bureau of Investigation information News article from…
Jun 15, 2021
Season 2, Episode 24: Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman
Piper Kerman could have been any one of us. I had no idea that the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black was based on the true crime memoir that detailed her experiences and what she learned from spending a year in federal custody. My guest today is James Early, a fellow podcaster and volunteer in prison ministry. James actually serves at the same prison that is the setting for most of the action in this week’s book. You’ll be fascinated by how his work there changed his life. Check out these great resources: Buy the book James' website James' podcast Visit my website and join my email list
Jun 8, 2021
Season 2, Episode 23: Serial Revenge: "Pathological" by Henry J. Cordes and Todd Cooper
Our book this week is “Pathological” by Henry J. Cordes and Todd Cooper, and my guest is Katherine Mayer, founder of Mayer Consulting in Austin Texas, where she and her colleagues offer civil and criminal defense investigations as well as Death Penalty Mitigation and Sentencing Advocacy. We had a fascinating talk about the death penalty and more that you won’t want to miss. I hope you’ll share your thoughts with me on social media, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can have a discussion! Check out these great resources: Buy "Pathological" on Amazon Shane Claiborne's website Buy "Executing Grace" on Amazon Visit my website and join my email list
Jun 1, 2021
Season 2, Episode 22: A Death in Columbus: The Unsolved Murder of Doug Suns
On August 31, 1986, Doug Suns was shot in the head during an apparent robbery at the Kocolene gas station on Jonathon Moore Pike. He was working alone on the late night shift. The 22 year old died the next day at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Local police say this is the only unsolved homicide in Columbus, Indiana. Every victim deserves to have their story told, but not every story gets made into a book. Maybe if this one had been, the victim’s family would have the answers they’ve searched for for so long. I hope that someone who listens to this episode knows who is responsible for Doug’s death. If that person is you, please contact authorities and tell them what you know. You can call Columbus Police at 812-376-2600, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. Tips can remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers won’t ask your name, and they don’t use caller ID. Local news article about the search for Doug's killer Crime Stoppers USA website Visit my website and join m…
May 25, 2021
Season 2, Episode 21: Meth and Murder - "Hell in the Heartland" by Jax Miller (Part 2)
This week we are taking another look at “Hell in the Heartland” by Jax Miller. My guest today is Linda Davis, executive director and co-founder of Families Against Narcotics. If you were with us last week, you’ll remember that “Hell in the Heartland” tells the almost unbelievable story of murders, missing girls, marijuana, meth, and one amazing mom. If you haven’t listened to last week’s episode you will definitely want to catch it ASAP! As the time that Ashely Freeman and Lauria Bible had been missing went from days, to weeks, to months, and then to years, Lauria’s mother Lorene kept searching for answers. She was always pushing herself to do the next thing that needed done in order to find her child. Eventually, her investigation led her to believe that Danny Freeman’s connections to drug dealers set everything in motion. One of the things that is most important to the folks at Families Against Narcotics is their belief that all people are worthy and deservin…
May 18, 2021
Season 2, Episode 20: True Crime Moms who Never Give Up - "Hell in the Heartland" by Jax Miller
This is Season 2, Episode 20 and our book this week is “Hell in the Heartland” by Jax Miller. My guest today is private investigator Sheila Wysocki. She’s also a tremendous advocate for families and especially moms, who often spend years trying to find the truth about what happened to their missing or murdered child. “Hell in the Heartland” tells the almost unbelievable story of murders, missing girls, marijuana, meth, and one amazing mom. I love the name of the non-profit that I get to share with you this week: Mothers in Charge. This amazing organization works to prevent violence and supports youth, young adults, families, and communities affected by violence. They have chapters in several different states, but if there isn’t one near you maybe you need to talk to them about starting one! I’ve put a link to their website below, so check that out and see how you can support Mothers in Charge with the incredible work they do. Mothers In Charge website Buy "He…
May 11, 2021
Season 2, Episode 19: How do I Forgive? "Murder by Family" by Kent Whitaker
Being with family should be the safest place in the world. For many, tragically, it isn’t. Mark Sowersby survived childhood sexual abuse by someone he should have been able to trust. I’ve chatted before with Mark and the first thing I noticed about him was that he just radiates joy. I’ve asked him to share his incredibly compelling story with us, and to also talk a bit about some related issues from this week’s book. The author of “Murder By Family”, Kent Whitaker, is a victim himself. We usually hear about parents who are the abusers, but in this case it was the child abusing the parents' trust in him, which eventually led to murder. What would you do if you found out that a family member wore a mask that made it seem like everything was alright, then you found out that behind the mask was someone committing horrifically evil acts? Both Mark and Kent had a choice to make. They knew God would give them the strength to forgive if they wanted it. But did they really want it?…
May 4, 2021
Season 2, Episode 18: Gone in an Instant: The Kentucky Vanishing of Heather Teague
Every year for the last 30 years in the U.S, between half a million and a million people have gone missing. The vast majority return or are found, or their remains are recovered. A few seem to vanish into thin air. Heather Teague from Kentucky is someone who was suddenly just gone and has never been located. Let’s try to change that. Heather's disappearance remains unsolved, and she is still missing. If you have any information, I’ve provided a number below where you can give any information you have to authorities. You can also read news articles about Heather’s case, and look up cases from where you live. Maybe you can help solve that mystery. If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: Kentucky State Police Detective Tim Rascoe 270-826-3312 Agency Case Number: MP-96-02 NCIC Number: M-859716833 Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case. The Charley Project - A cold case missing persons…
Apr 27, 2021
Season 2, Episode 17: I Thought He was My Friend - "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town" by Jon Krakauer
It’s hard to get good statistics on sexual assault. Some women don’t want to come forward to report an assault, and others – because they may have been intoxicated or otherwise incapacitated – may not even know that they were assaulted. This week’s book looks at cases of sexual assault at the University of Montana and how police handled rape cases there from 2010 to 2012. And I want to be very clear from the beginning of today’s episode: victims of sexual assault are never to blame for what happened to them. It’s not because of what they wore, the fact that they were drinking, or where they decided to go. It’s because a man decided that he did not need their consent to do what he wanted to do. Of course, it’s not only athletes that often seem to get preferential treatment. Anyone who we hold up as a role model can too easily be given a pass if an accusation is made against them. Even leaders in the church. It’s an unlovely truth that often, action isn’t taken unt…
Apr 20, 2021
Season 2, Episode 16: Was I Just Scammed? Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion by Tori Telfer
In this week’s book “Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion” the author wrote about many different types of scams, from false Russian royalty to shady spiritualists to straight up grifters. We don’t like to admit it, but any one of us could fall for the lies of a good scammer, especially when they are telling us something we are desperate to hear. This book isn’t the story of one scam, or even one scam artist. But we are going to focus on just one of these scammers and what she took (besides just money) from her very rich, very famous victim - New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux. I’m joined by certified fraud investigator Ed Stolle, whose real passion is to keep the youth in his church from falling for the biggest scam of all – that the object of their faith isn’t real. Check out these resources for more information about today’s topics: Protect yourself against investment fraud Buy "The Confidence G…
Apr 13, 2021
Season 2, Episode 15: Basketball, Baylor, Betrayal and Beyond: "The Leftovers" by Matt Sayman
This week’s book is The Leftovers: Basketball, Baylor, Betrayal, and Beyond by former Baylor basketball player Matt Sayman. With Baylor winning the men’s NCAA Division 1 Basketball Championship just days ago, I felt like this was a great opportunity to look at some of the mistakes made 20 years ago that took the program to the lowest point that they - or arguably any major college basketball program - had ever sunk, and talk about how we can work to avoid making those same mistakes in our own lives. Our story is told by a man who was on the team when it all came crashing down and was a big part, along with current Baylor Coach Scott Drew, of setting it back on the right track. Former coach and athletic director Brian Williams joins me to talk about what happens when winning becomes your god, why we excuse bad behavior in successful people, and the importance of consistently putting others first. To find Brian’s resources, check these links: https://coachingtoolbox.net ht…
Apr 6, 2021
Season 2, Episode 14: The Cold Case Murder of 10-Year-Old Joshua Lee Walden
This month’s featured unsolved case is the murder of ten-year-old Joshua Lee Walden of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Joshua was enjoying the mild weather in early December of 2000 by riding his 20-inch Magnum bicycle near his family’s home in the 4500 block of 14th Avenue. His 17-year-old sister Crystal was busy with her newborn, but when she realized how late it was, and that her parents didn’t know where Josh was, she reported him missing. It was just after midnight, in the early moments of Saturday, December 9th. Police immediately started a neighborhood canvas and began to interview Josh’s friends and family, and people searched everywhere for the grade schooler. His body was found on Sunday the 10th, in a wooded area off the 3100 block of 16th Avenue, near the East Lake Duck Pond. It was only about a half a mile from the Waldens' home. Someone knows what happened to Joshua. For more information about Joshua Lee Walden’s case, check out these resources: News video wit…
Mar 30, 2021
Season 2, Episode 13: The First Internet Serial Killer: "Anyone You Want Me to Be" by John Douglas and Stephen Singular
The internet can certainly make daily tasks more convenient. We can do our shopping online, apply for jobs online, and even look for love online. But how can you know for sure that someone you meet on the internet really is who they say they are? Former FBI profiler John Douglas of Mindhunter fame has teamed up with true crime author Stephen Singular to bring us a cautionary tale of multiple women who thought they met the man of their dreams online, only to find themselves in a deadly nightmare. You’ve probably never heard of John Robinson, who made history for being the first serial killer known to find his victims on the internet. I certainly hadn’t heard of him, even though he was a very, very prolific criminal who fooled dozens of unsuspecting victims. Join me and my guest Carrie Kerskie, a private investigator and fraud expert, as we talk about romance scams, phishing attacks, and how to stay safer online. For more information, check out these resources: Carrie's webs…
Mar 23, 2021
Season 2, Episode 12: Obsession and Manipulation in the Deep South: Everything She Ever Wanted by Ann Rule
Mary Linda Patricia Vann, known to most as Pat, had big dreams. She was obsessed with the idea of having a man who would sweep her off her feet and set her up in a modern-day version of Gone With The Wind. Someone who would give her everything she ever wanted. Ann Rule’s book with that title is the tale of the lengths Pat would go to in order to make her dreams come true. She went much further than most people you and I know would – we hope! This week’s guest is Pastor Lori Prather who is also the chaplain of our Unlovely Truth Tribe. She and I will be talking about recognizing and helping people in your life who might be just a little bit like Pat. Buy "Everything She Ever Wanted" by Ann Rule Buy "Gone With The Wind" by Margaret Mitchell
Mar 16, 2021
Season 2, Episode 11: There Should've Been a Book: Who is Delta Jane Doe?
All of us have a deep desire to be known. To have others value who we are at our core. Our story today involves the death of a woman who is only known in death as Delta Jane Doe. Authorities in Isleton, California, hope that they can discover who she was in life. They need your help to be able to do that. If you know anything about this case, call 916-874-5057. Check out these sites for more information about Delta Jane Doe: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/627ufca.html https://www.websleuths.com/forums/threads/ca-isleton-fem-skeletal-627ufca-30-50-blue-delta-fire-hoodie-mar08.62723/page-2 http://unsolvedgratefuldeadfans.homestead.com/UnidentifiedFemale1.html https://law.justia.com/cases/california/court-of-appeal/2d/141/304.html Buy The Case of the Singing Skirt
Mar 9, 2021
Season 2, Episode 10: Are You There Alone?
“9-1-1, What’s your emergency?” Dispatchers never know what they are going to hear when they say those words. On June 20th, 2001, a dispatcher in Houston, Texas, answered a call from a woman named Andrea Yates. She wouldn’t tell the dispatcher what had happened, just that she needed a police officer to come to her house. After asking more questions and finding out that Andrea had 5 young children, the dispatcher sent Officer David Knapp to the home on Beachcomber Lane in south Houston. Andrea met him at the door when he arrived and told him that she had just killed her children. Her husband Rusty arrived minutes later. She had called him at work to tell him that he needed to come home. Rusty was worried that Andrea may have tried to kill herself again. He had no idea of the devastation he was coming home to. Please check these resources if you or someone you know needs assistance with a mental health issue. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800-273-8255 Available…
Mar 2, 2021
Season 2, Episode 9: There Should've Been a Book: The Disappearance of Millie Old Crow
In Montana, Indigenous people make up less than 7% of the population, but they consistently account for more than a quarter of the state's missing persons cases. I was shocked when I read that. And according to the Montana Department of Justice, eighteen of their missing persons have been missing for more than a year. So the story I’m about to tell you, sadly, is not as shocking as it should be. Eight-year-old Mildred Old Crow was reported missing in November 2020. She was last seen in the care of her guardians who were appointed by the Crow Reservation Tribal Court in March of 2019. I can’t find any information on why it took over a year and a half for someone to file a missing person’s report on the tiny, brown eyed child. Anyone with information about Millie’s whereabouts can call BIA Law Enforcement at Crow Agency at (406) 638-2631 or the FBI at (801) 579-1400. https://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/mmiw/missing-girls-body-found-on-crow-reservation/ar…
Feb 23, 2021
Season 2, Episode 8: A Prisoner's Perspective: The Redemption of a Criminal Mastermind
Are you really a criminal mastermind if you get caught? So begins chapter one of the book, A Prisoner’s Perspective: The Redemption of a Criminal Mastermind by Mike Savage. Spending years in federal prison will change a man, and his family. Mike and his wife Cynthia join me for this episode to talk about what God did in their lives during those dark days of Mike’s incarceration, and what He’s continuing to do now. Mike doesn’t dispute that he was guilty of the dozens of counts of international money laundering, laundering criminally derived proceeds, wire fraud, mail fraud, and more. Federal prosecutors, in addition to their description of Mike as a criminal mastermind, called him a scumbag and a thug. When he was asked under oath why he had lied and committed each of his crimes, Mike’s only answer was, “I wanted to be loved.” A Savage Perspective Podcast A Prisoner's Perspective: The Redemption of a Criminal Mastermind
Feb 16, 2021
Season 2, Episode 7: The Furious Hours, Part 2
One by one, two wives, a brother, a nephew, a neighbor, and finally a stepdaughter of the Reverend Willie Maxwell had all died under suspicious circumstances. The criminal justice system had proved powerless to stop him, so Robert Burns took matters into his own hands. Charged with murder, Burns needed the best lawyer he could find. He turned to Tom Radney – the man who had gotten Willie acquitted of the murder of his first wife. Buy The Furious Hours by Casey Cep
Feb 9, 2021
Season 2, Episode 6: The Furious Hours, Part 1
My all-time favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; so imagine how excited I was when author Casey Cep finished a project that Lee had started, and mysteriously abandoned. After helping her good friend Truman Capote do research for his masterpiece, In Cold Blood, Lee thought that she too would write a true crime book. And there was a doozy of a case unfolding in her home state of Alabama. It was the trial of Robert Burns, who was accused of killing the Reverend Willie Maxwell. Many locals called Maxwell a voodoo preacher. Robert had killed Willie in front of hundreds of witnesses while they attended the funeral of Robert’s niece, 16-year-old Shirley Ann Ellington. Shirley was also Willie’s step daughter. Few seemed to mind what Robert had done, since Maxwell himself was suspected of the murders of a half a dozen people. People who just happened to name him as beneficiary of their life insurance policies. Policies that the Reverend Willie bought and paid for. P…
Feb 2, 2021
Season 2, Episode 5: There Should've Been a Book: Was Theodore Oswald Raised to be a Killer?
Can a person be destined to do evil things because of their upbringing? Or are we solely responsible for our own actions? Theodore Oswald’s mother says that her husband raised their son to be a madman. Police said that Ted’s diaries prove that he would have committed these crimes with or without his father’s influence. Listen to today’s episode and share with me on social media what YOU think. Email me at email@example.com, or send me a message on social media. Look for @theunlovelytruthpodcast on Instagram, or The Unlovely Truth on Facebook. Check out the links in the show notes for more information on this case. https://journaltimes.com/news/father-son-charged-in-shootouts/article_00a6ed97-50e8-5e11-8163-1b26b6454208.html https://chippewa.com/news/attorney-osborn-raised-to-be-killer/article_25a2ba61-c916-5de2-884f-2399ee2fe991.html https://madison.com/news/local/oswalds-mom-says-abuse-began-at-sons-birth/article_b8343faa-6a7c-5c6e-a729-21299611d727.ht…
Jan 26, 2021
Season 2, Episode 4: I Was the Girl
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Today’s book “I Was The Girl” by author Steven David Lampley is full of heartbreaking stories of Steven’s time working undercover to catch online predators, as well as information on how to keep your children as safe as you can when they are online. Since the FBI estimates that on any given day there are approximately 750,000 predators online, it’s information you NEED to know. Steven's Website Buy "I Was The Girl" National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Polly Klaas Foundation
Jan 19, 2021
Season 2, Episode 3: Holy Homicide
In some true crime stories, the “good guys” turn out to be not so good after all. It’s especially distressing when these “good guys” are members of the clergy. One of my favorite true crime authors, Diane Fanning, serves up a trio of tales about religious leaders that their flocks would have been better off without. They were respected, and even feared by their congregations. Even as the rumors they sought to cover up gained momentum, many couldn't believe what they were hearing could be true. A man who had given his life to serving the Lord just couldn’t have done what they were hearing about…could he? Diane's website Buy the book
Jan 12, 2021
Season 2, Episode 2: The Amber Gap Report
Our hearts all drop when we hear an Amber Alert. That shrill noise coming out of our phone tells us that somewhere, a family is experiencing their greatest nightmare. We check social media, and see the darling face of someone’s precious child. We say a quick prayer that this alert will ensure that this child is found quickly, unharmed. But what if your child went missing and you were told that they didn’t meet the criteria to have an Amber Alert issued? What would you do then? Free Report: The Amber Gap Mama Bear Toolkit Tradecraft Bootcamp
Jan 5, 2021
Season 2, Episode 1: There Should've Been a Book: Jessica, Tori, and Hailey are Gone
Jessica Lundsford, Tori Stafford, and Hailey Dunn are young girls who each went missing from different areas in different years - but they all have one shocking thing in common: their disappearances did not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert to be issued. I didn’t know that the facts surrounding a missing child’s disappearance have to check off the right boxes on a form before that child’s inexplicable absence can be made known to the public with an Amber Alert. One of these innocents finally got her Amber Alert issued nine days after she went missing, which was nine days too late for her. U.S. Department of Justice Guidelines Operation Amber ← CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE COPY OF THE AMBER GAP Child Abduction Research
Dec 29, 2020
Season 1, Episode 52: Why Did I Start a Podcast...And What's Coming Next
There are literally hundreds if not thousands of true crime podcasts out there – so you’ve probably wondered (as I sometimes still do) why I felt the need to start one. As corny as this may sound, I wanted to help people. I love reading books, especially true crime books, so I thought a natural fit for me would be reading even more amazing true crime books and sharing some thoughts about them with my listeners. I thought that as a private investigator, I might be able to help people learn about more than just the crimes themselves. A very wise friend told me that I needed to market to a niche, a small specific audience, to make my podcast stand out among all the noise in the true crime world. She encouraged me to use what was most important to me – my faith – and make that my vehicle to tell these stories. I’m so happy and grateful that she did, because the people I’ve met along the way have taught me some incredible things.
Dec 22, 2020
Season 1, Episode 51: There Should've Been a Book: The Murder of Latricia Gail White
With Christmas right around the corner, we are all very busy, so this week is a mini episode that won’t keep you away from your wrapping, baking, shopping, and all of the other things that make this time of the year so special. I absolutely LOVE the Christmas season. I love seeing everyone’s lights, putting up the decorations, giving presents, and watching people act just a bit kinder at this time of year. But it’s not a happy time for everyone. Long simmering family tensions can quickly escalate, often with tragic results. Christmas of 1993 was that second type of Christmas for the family of Latricia Gail White.
Dec 15, 2020
Season 1, Episode 50: The Murder Room
In 1990, three friends worked together to create a crack crime fighting team – a group of professionals who brought expertise from all facets of crime fighting. There were detectives, scientists, psychologists, and even a forensic artist. They named their group after Eugene Francois Vidocq, a French criminal turned crimefighter from the 18th century. The Vidocq Society meets once a month for lunch and cold case discussions. Members come from over a dozen states and multiple foreign countries. The founders were inspired to act on this simple premise: someone had to do something to alleviate the suffering that the bad guys (and girls) were causing. Why not them? https://www.vidocq.org/ https://www.theunlovelytruth.com/
Dec 8, 2020
Season 1, Episode 49: Without a Prayer
The residents of tiny Chadwicks, New York, were enjoying a few pleasantly warm days just before Halloween in 2015. Lots of decorations were on display around the small town, but not at the red brick building that housed the Word of Life Christian Church. But that wasn't unusual since Halloween isn't really a Christian holiday. What was unusual was how unfriendly the church could be. It didn't welcome outsiders at all. Some neighbors whispered that it was a cult, citing the locked gates, the guard dogs, and the strange chanting they often heard as proof of their suspicions. They didn't really know what went on inside. If they had, maybe Lucas Leonard would still be alive. For information on separating from a harmful belief system, visit daretodoubt.org You can visit my website, theunlovelytruth.com to sign up for my email list to get news on an upcoming product launch which will help support the podcast and help us reach more people!
Dec 1, 2020
Season 1, Episode 48: There Should've Been a Book: The Murder of Georgia Lee Moses
Most us of have heard the tragic story of Polly Klaas, the 12-year-old girl from Petaluma, California, who was abducted from her home on October 1st, 1993, and killed by Richard Allen Davis. For over 2 months, thousands of people volunteered to search for her. Popular TV shows like 20/20 and America’s Most Wanted featured details about her case. The World Wide Web was truly becoming worldwide by 1993, and two Petaluma residents came to the police telling them that Polly’s missing child poster could be made digital, an innovation in the handling of missing person’s cases that Time magazine would write a story about, titled, “A High-Tech Dragnet”. The idea would come to save many missing children, but not Polly. In late November, items connected to Polly were discovered by loggers, and a massive search was launched that included personnel from 24 different agencies. It seemed that Polly’s story was being told all over the world. But if you are like me, you probably haven’…
Nov 24, 2020
Season 1, Episode 47: The Silent Sisters
Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel Anna Karenina opens with this sentence: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The family from this week’s book, Silent Sisters by Joanne Lee, has to be one of the unhappiest I’ve ever encountered. Bernadette Quirk didn’t seem to enjoy being a mother at all. It seemed as though she would rather drink and read true crime magazines than provide even basic care or affection for Joanne. Bernadette had another child, Cath, when Joanne was 10, and she left nearly all of Cath’s care to Joanne, and again later when she had her son Chris. When Joanne was in her twenties and her siblings in their teens, they all felt sure that their mother was pregnant again. But time passed, and Bernadette didn’t give birth - that anyone knew of. Years later, when Joanne and Cath were helping their mother move, Cath found the corpse of a baby in a closet. Bernadette had suddenly gone from reading true crime stories to potentiall…
Nov 17, 2020
Season 1, Episode 46: The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist
If you’ve been around true crime for very long, you’ve probably heard the legal term “habeas corpus”. Although it sounds like it may have something to do with the body of a victim, it really refers to the procedure by which prisoners can appear before a judge to see if they are being legally detained. After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, many states made changes to their habeas corpus laws that made it harder for prisoners to overturn wrongful convictions. This was not good news for Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks of Noxubee County, Mississippi. Authors Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington argue in this week’s book, The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist, that Mississippi’s early death investigation system developed as a mechanism to hide the areas numerous lynchings. It makes you wonder what these changes in the law might allow the system to hide today. https://theintercept.com/2018/04/22/junk-forensics-mississippi-cadaver-king-country-dentist-interview/ https:…
Nov 10, 2020
Season 1, Episode 45: The Suspect
The eyes of the world were on Atlanta, Georgia, during the summer of 1996. After years of careful and detailed planning, the Games of the 26th Olympiad had begun dramatically with an ailing Muhammed Ali lifting the torch to light the cauldron. Richard Jewell was thrilled to be a part of it with his job as a security guard. He’d lost his last two jobs in law enforcement and he was glad to be back in the mix, and loved the party feel of the events. But he was serious about his job. So serious that 8 days after the games had begun so gloriously, Richard flagged down the head of security to point out a stray backpack he’d noticed under a bench. He thought it looked suspicious. From that moment on, his life would never be the same. Victimology Podcast
Nov 3, 2020
Season 1, Episode 44: There Should've Been a Book: The Murder of Reginald Coleman
Reginald Royce Coleman was 17 years old in 2019 when he became the 4th homicide victim of that year in Beaumont Texas. It was only early April when police found his body around 10:30 PM near the Sterling Pruitt pool building in the 2800 block of Gulf Avenue. Police found both money and drugs on Reginald, which made robbery seem unlikely. Police knew who Reginald was because they had considered him a person of interest in a string of local aggravated robberies. They said that as they attempted to interview witnesses, those people laughed and refused to cooperate. But someone out there knows something. https://www.12newsnow.com/article/news/local/beaumont-police-say-witnesses-laughed-refused-to-cooperate-after-17-year-old-gunned-down/502-5b0a9ffc-27c2-4e8d-a895-22a8ef880313 https://www.12newsnow.com/article/news/crime/beaumont-police-release-surveillance-footage-ask-for-help-identifying-two-in-area-of-monday-night-homicide/502-4447518a-d04c-4868-a488-6dad5e016a3d https://beaumonttex…
Oct 27, 2020
Season 1, Episode 43: In the Still of the Night
It’s been said that mothers hold their child’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. I think that’s especially true when you’re a mom fighting for justice for a child you believe was murdered, but your local authorities insist on calling their death a suicide or an accident. Today we are going to talk about two cases like that, and two moms who never gave up their fight. I’ve learned in my work that there are far too many moms like them out there. I’ve also learned that they desperately need our help. http://justicefordanielrayunderwood.com/
Oct 20, 2020
Season 1, Episode 42: The Stalking of Kristin
We all have exes, but most of us never had an ex with a secret criminal record that included violent offenses - people that are dangerous to stay with. It can be even more dangerous to try to get away from them. For more information on stalking, please check out the following resources. http://www.unresolvedhomicides.org/about-us/ and firstname.lastname@example.org https://victimconnect.org/learn/types-of-crime/stalking/
Oct 13, 2020
Season 1, Episode 41: My Dark Places
Her name was Jean Ellroy, and she was brutally killed at the age of 43. She left behind a ten-year-old son, and a trail of mysteries. Best selling author of Black Dahlia, James Ellroy, is that son. The book “My Dark Places” is, he says, his attempt to burn down the distance between him and a mother he didn’t really know. I believe it’s really an attempt to understand himself.
Oct 6, 2020
Season 1, Episode 40: There Should've Been a Book: The Murder of Taylor McAllister
If parents aren’t supposed to bury their children, then they definitely aren’t supposed to have to push law enforcement to see their child’s homicide investigation through until it’s solved. Bill and Leslie McAllister are two very determined parents who are doing just that. Their daughter Taylor’s death was classified as a homicide, and suspects were identified. So why has no one been charged with causing her death? https://www.tampabay.com/news/pinellas/crime/family-disgusted-by-short-sentences-for-men-who-dumped-their-dead-daughter-in-an-alley-20181221/ https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2020/02/05/family-continues-to-fight-for-justice-3-years-after-taylor-mcallister-s-death https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5180675/Heir-52-arrested-death-22-year-old-mom-two.html https://www.facebook.com/taylormcallister94 https://www.facebook.com/leslie.mcallister.986 If you know anything at all about the murder of Taylor McAllister, please reach out to the Pin…
Sep 29, 2020
Season 1, Episode 39: Survivors, Part 2
When author Dennis Griffin contacted me, there was no way I wasn’t going to dedicate another episode to such a special book. Dennis’s experience with investigations, and cold cases in particular, gives him tremendous insight into the difficulties of solving them. He is also well aware of the challenges families often face when they take on their own search for the truth. Dennis has developed some incredible resources that anyone with a heart for these families will want to learn about. To learn more, check out these sites: www.dennisngriffin.biz The Transparency Project closed FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/199487740806089/ https://www.thetransparencyprojects.com/ (find links to several podcasts here)
Sep 22, 2020
Season 1, Episode 38: Survivors
Losing a loved one to a violent crime is traumatic for a family. Needing to fight to get answers about what happened is like being victimized all over again. In this week’s book, “Survivors: Shocking True Stories About America’s Pursuit of Police Transparency and Justice”, you’ll hear stories told by family members abut their struggles to get proper investigations when a death is wrongly determined to be accidental or a suicide. Today’s guest Sheila Wysocki will share her own struggles as an investigator helping families like these who want nothing more than to be told the truth.
Sep 15, 2020
Season 1, Episode 37: Mortal Danger
A true crime book podcast with no books by Ann Rule? Unthinkable! Join me to discuss “Mortal Danger, Volume 13 of Ann Rule’s Crime Files”. Many men seem charming, or at least harmless, until you get to know them. By then it can be too late to get them out of your life. We often believe that if something is familiar, then it must be safe. But as Ann says, “strangers aren’t the only people who might do us harm.”
Sep 8, 2020
Season 1, Episode 36: The Last Stone
A pair of young sisters went missing in 1975 from a shopping mall in Montgomery County Maryland, a wealthy suburb of Washington D.C. Police had worked the case hard, and it had featured prominently in the local media. Despite the attention and resources given to the investigation, the case went cold. Thirty eight years later, a mislaid witness statement caught a detective’s eye, and that witness, who at the time had been dismissed as a flaky young loser, was suddenly a suspect. Don’t miss “The Last Stone” with special guest Brandon Perron. Learn more about Brandon’s work at www.CDITCTraining.com & www.investigation.us.com
Sep 1, 2020
Season 1, Episode 35: There Should've Been a Book: The Murder of Larry Jo Phebus
Cases go cold when all leads have been chased as far as possible, and there are no more avenues left where investigators can make progress. But no case is ever completely hopeless. In most cases, someone knows something that can move the case closer to resolution – if they will just come forward. Larry Phebus was murdered fifty-eight years ago. I’m hoping that someone who hears this podcast holds the key, and contacts police. Help me make that happen. For more information on this case, check out these resources: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/13837070/larry-phebus-murder/ https://attorneygeneral.nd.gov/public-safety/cold-cases https://www.newspapers.com/clip/13837289/larry-phebus/ https://www.newspapers.com/clip/13837206/murder-of-larry-phebus/ If you have any information about this case please contact the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department at 701-444-3654
Aug 25, 2020
Season 1, Episode 34: Murder, We Spoke
Business is booming in the true crime genre. But is this growth a good thing? Listen to top content producers from some of your favorite podcasts, tv shows, and the publishing industry discuss the pros and cons of being inundated with true crime all the time. You decide if our national obsession with these stories is healthy, or if we need to look for new ways to spend our time.
Aug 18, 2020
Season 1, Episode 33: Sex Trafficking - Inside the Business of Modern Slavery
There are over 40 million victims of human trafficking across the world. They generate annual profits for their abusers of over 30 billion dollars. That’s more than the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and the National Basketball Association combined. But the issue of slavery is much more than the statistics that help us quantify its reach. It’s about the people who are caught up in what is arguably the greatest evil of modern times. If you need help, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1 (888) 373-7888, or text HELP or INFO to 233733 To be an advocate for victims, explore the resources of the following organizations: Polarisproject.org Missingkids.org Ourrescue.org (Operation Underground Railroad) Deliverfund.org
Aug 11, 2020
Season 1, Episode 32: The Skeleton Crew
With tens of thousands of unidentified human remains in police storage across the U.S., officials do not have the resources to clear the backlog of cases. But a group of so-called cyber-sleuths does. Learn how and why they do it, and you may just get the itch to try it yourself.
Aug 4, 2020
Season 1, Episode 31: There Should've Been a Book: The Disappearance of Larissa Sam
We all have dreams for our lives. Larissa Sam dreamed big – she was days away from auditioning for the TV show American Idol when she vanished. Police are out of leads to pursue and need fresh information. When you listen and share this episode, you join the Journey for Justice for Larissa. Help her family finally know what happened to the young woman they love so dearly. For more information about Larissa, please access the following sources: https://fox59.com/news/crimetracker/mother-suspects-human-trafficking-connected-to-daughters-disappearance/ http://charleyproject.org/case/larissa-marie-sam https://www.facebook.com/Bring-Larissa-Sam-home-909497312445343/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/Missing.Indiana https://www.namus.gov/ https://warinternational.org/ If you know anything about the disappearance of Larissa Sam, please reach out to the Missing Persons Branch of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department 317-327-6160, or 317-262-TIPS if you wish to remain a…
Jul 28, 2020
Season 1, Episode 30: The Less People Know About Us
What we don’t know CAN hurt us. Axton Betz-Hamilton didn’t know who her mother really was when she and her dad weren’t looking. Years of financial struggles brought on by identity theft taught her that a person can get away with a lot if no one is watching. They may even cause the people they say they love the most enormous amounts of pain, if it gets them what they want. If you or someone you know has been a victim of identity theft, you can find resources here: https://www.identitytheft.gov/
Jul 21, 2020
Season 1, Episode 29: God'll Cut You Down
Why would an Australian journalist spend a year in America following the case of a black man who had killed a white supremacist? What would he find when he interviewed people who knew them, who loved them, and who hated them? The answers might shock you as much as they did me.
Jul 14, 2020
Season 1, Episode 28: Ghettoside
Detectives should pursue justice for every victim with equal diligence. Meet a group from South Central Los Angeles who take their mission to heart, especially when their victim is the son of one of their own. Why is there so much murder in some communities? This week’s author has some surprising ideas. frankbyers.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/cyclebreaking
Jul 7, 2020
Season 1, Episode 27: There Should've Been a Book: The Disappearance of Monica and Michael Bennett
Every year in the United States, over 600,000 people go missing according to the website namus.gov. Most are found very quickly, but tens of thousands will remain missing for a year or more. “The sheer volume of missing and unidentified person cases poses one of the greatest challenges to agencies tasked with resolving these important cases.” This is the story of two of those people, missing now for over 31 years. To provide information to authorities, please call: F Kingsland GBI office 912-729-6198 Glynn County Police Department 912-554-7800 For more information on Monica and Michael’s case, you can check the following resources: http://charleyproject.org/case/michael-anthony-bennett http://charleyproject.org/case/monica-renita-bennett https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/sister-searching-for-missing-family/article_88ba7479-545d-5305-a165-ca808a3cd4bd.html https://craftonmegan.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/michael-anthony-and-monica-renita-bennett/
Jun 30, 2020
Season 1, Episode 26: In Broad Daylight
When a real-life vigilante takes down the town bully, was that man a hero - or a criminal just like the man he killed? If the criminal justice system can’t deal with a man who has dozens of felony arrests, should citizens take matters into their own hands, and impose the harshest sentence of all? Join my fascinating discussion with my special guest Aaron Hanbury. aaronclinehanbury.substack.com
Jun 23, 2020
Season 1, Episode 25: Her Deadly Web
It’s no crime to be a widow, but how many women have lost two husbands to violence? Investigators know to follow the money when they suspect foul play. And Raynella had inherited two small fortunes from her dead husbands. Guest Diane Fanning, author of Her Deadly Web, gives special insights to one of the strangest cases she has ever covered.
Jun 16, 2020
Season 1, Episode 24: The Unforgiven
A community and family are rocked by the deaths of three young siblings in what the children’s mother claims was a horrible accident. If that was the case, family members wondered why her boyfriend told her they needed to “get their stories straight.” Trials were held and verdicts were rendered, but was justice done?
Jun 9, 2020
Season 1, Episode 23: The Red Parts
Many cases that are officially listed as unsolved still have a suspect that is assumed to be responsible, but for one reason or another cannot or will not be prosecuted. Jane Mixer was long assumed to be a victim of serial killer John Norman Collins – the infamous Michigan Murderer of the late 1960’s. In 2004, her family received the shocking news that there had been a DNA hit on evidence from Jane’s case. But the match was not to John Norman Collins. Warning – this book has graphic sections and may not be suitable for all readers. The podcast does not mention the more difficult parts of the narrative.
Jun 2, 2020
Season 1, Episode 22: There Should've Been a Book: The Disappearance of Christopher and Kristina
Every year in the United States, over 600,000 people go missing according to the website namus.gov. Most are found very quickly, but tens of thousands will remain missing for a year or more. “The sheer volume of missing and unidentified person cases poses one of the greatest challenges to agencies tasked with resolving these important cases.” This is the story of two of those people, missing now for nearly 14 years. For more information on this case, check out these resources: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2849120/ https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/tv-shows/love-the-way-you-lie/videos/it-seemed-like-a-perfect-marraige-on-the-surface If you have any information about this case please contact either of the following agencies: Hardin County Sheriff: (731) 925-3377 Tennessee Bureau of Investigation: 1-800-TBI-FIND
May 26, 2020
Season 1, Episode 21: American Kingpin by Nick Bilton
We’ve all heard stories about the dangers that can lurk on the internet, but have you heard about what’s on the Dark Web, a corner of cyberspace that needs a special browser to access? After today’s episode, the way you think about shopping online will never be the same. For more information on this week’s case, check out these resources: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2017/05/silk-road-and-buying-drugs-online-a-q-and-a-with-nick-bilton.html https://online.pointpark.edu/criminal-justice/silk-road-busts/
May 19, 2020
Season 1, Episode 20: There Should've Been a Book
True crime content often focuses on the same cases over, and over, and over again. We hear about them on podcasts, see them on TV shows, and read about them in books. Until now, I’ve focused exclusively on cases that have been the subject of books. Today, I’m going to talk about a case where there should’ve been a book written about it. Then together we’ll decide if a book would’ve helped to solve the case. For more information on this case, check out these resources: www.truecrimesociety.com http://www.crimeblogger1983.blogspot.com
May 12, 2020
Season 1, Episode 19: Social Media Monsters
Social media is a wonderful tool to bring people together – but sometimes, it brings the wrong people together. How well do you think you know how to protect yourself and your loved ones from scammers, abusers, or even killers?
May 5, 2020
Season 1, Episode 18: Finding Tess
How did a 28 year old new mother, a former honor student from an upper middle class family, wind up dead in a dumpster in a seedy area of Las Vegas? Listen to my summary of this original Audible audio documentary that follows the attempts of Tess Henry to overcome her addiction to opioids to be the mother her son needed.
Apr 28, 2020
Season 1, Episode 17: A Survivor's Journey - From Victim to Advocate
This is a story about love, according to author Natasha Alexenko. You may wonder how a story about a brutal rape, followed by a wait of over a decade to see the assailant brought to justice, can be about love. It’s because Natasha fought for years to make her experience become a catalyst to help other victims.
Apr 21, 2020
Season 1, Episode 16: A Death at White Bear Lake
White Bear Lake, Minnesota, is a typical, all-American town perched on the edge of the lake that gave the town its name. Many professional hockey players got their starts there, including Olympian Steve Janaszak, goalie of the famed “Miracle on Ice” gold medal team of 1980. But the town may be best known as the home of three year Dennis Jurgens, who was killed by his adoptive mother Lois in 1965. It took over 20 years and the perseverance of his birth mother Jerry Sherwood and the testimony of another adopted son, Robert, to get justice for Dennis. But why wasn’t the case prosecuted in 1965? Find out on this episode of The Unlovely Truth.
Apr 14, 2020
Season 1, Episode 15: Savage Appetites, Part 2
What true crime fan type are you? Did you fit into either of last week’s types, the detective or the victim? If not, don’t miss this week’s episode to see if you might just identify with the defender…or the killer. Guest Rachel Monroe, author of Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsessions is back with more fascinating stories of women who may be just like you.
Apr 7, 2020
Season 1, Episode 14: Savage Appetites, Part 1
Forget enneagram numbers – you will want to know what true crime fan type you are! Do you identify with the detective, the victim, the defender…or the killer? Explore the first two types in this week’s episode with guest Rachel Monroe, author of Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession.
Mar 31, 2020
Season 1, Episode 13: Spotlight Episode
Join me as we revisit the first 12 episodes to trace some common themes and highlight lessons learned from my incredible guests.
Mar 24, 2020
Season 1, Episode 12: The 1910 Slocum Massacre, Part 2
No one knows how many victims were killed in the Slocum Massacre. No one knows the toll taken on the descendants of the victims and the perpetrators. No one knows what the town would be like today if nothing had happened. But Jill McCracken knows a lot about why people do crazy things when they fear others. Or when they just want what others have. Don’t forget to check out Jill’s podcast at http://murdershelfbookclub.com
Mar 17, 2020
Season 1, Episode 11: The 1910 Slocum Massacre, Part 1
For two days in July 1910, many white male citizens of Slocum, Texas, formed a mob and started killing black people on sight. Many African American families fled, never to return. So why is it that so many of us have never heard of the 1910 Slocum Massacre? Tune in this week and next to discuss E. R. Bills’ fascinating book on the subject.
Mar 10, 2020
Season 1, Episode 10: Revisiting "The Hot One"
I had to fangirl a little when I got a social media message from the author of our book from Episode 4, “The Hot One.” She’s my guest for an update on Ashely’s case, and a special deep dive to discuss how our society’s obsession with true crime has a dark side. And for more on that, check out her TedX Talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHmGfrVY-1o
Mar 3, 2020
Season 1, Episode 9: Murder in the Bayou, Part 2
Can you tell the good guys from the bad guys in your community? For the poor and drug addicted women of Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, it wasn’t always easy to tell, and even when you could, that didn’t mean you were safe. Learn why Harold Schechter, author of The Serial Killer Files, called Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, “…a snake pit of small town corruption.”
Feb 25, 2020
Season 1, Episode 8: Murder in the Bayou, Part 1
Who would you call if you were in a desperate situation and you feared for your life? Most of us would call the police. But what if the police were the ones you were afraid of? Don’t miss part 1 of “Murder in the Bayou” with special guest Sheila Wysocki.
Feb 18, 2020
Season 1, Episode 7: The Third Gift
When a marriage fails, it’s hard on everyone involved. But no one ever expects that one spouse will end up testing positive for arsenic, AND be involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital. Author J.D. McCabe’s encounter with everyday evil forced him to rely on his faith to get through those dark days. Learning to do a little detective work helped him unravel a tangle of lies so that he could receive “The Third Gift.” Join the discussion in the Unlovely Truth group on Facebook!
Feb 11, 2020
Season 1, Episode 6: Choking in Fear, Part 2
Mike McCarty joins the conversation again this week for Part 2 of “Choking in Fear.” His fascination with the Hollandsburg Massacre continues into adulthood, as he seeks answers from the lone survivor, and from one of the killers. Join the Unlovely Truth Group on FaceBook to join the discussion! www.safehiringsolutions.com www.safevisitorsolutions.com
Feb 4, 2020
Season 1, Episode 5: Choking in Fear, Part 1
Why do people kill? That’s the question that has stuck with Mike McCarty from his upbringing in a small community where four young men were slaughtered one early Valentine’s Day over 40 years ago. It spurred him to dedicate his life to answering it. I remember those murders too – I grew up in the small community the killers hailed from. Join the Unlovely Truth Group on FaceBook to join the discussion! www.safehiringsolutions.com www.safevisitorsolutions.com
Jan 28, 2020
Season 1, Episode 4: The Hot One
Childhood friends often drift apart. But author Carolyn Murnick couldn’t know just how far her friend Ashley Ellerin would drift away from her and into a world of heavy drug use and sex work. Who wanted Ashley dead, and would he get away with his defense argument that her lifestyle left her open to attack from any number of men? Join the Unlovely Truth Group on FaceBook to join the discussion!
Jan 21, 2020
Season 1, Episode 3: The Lost Girls
Can you imagine police laughing as your distraught loved ones tried to file a missing person’s report on you? It happened to Shannan Gilbert’s “boyfriend” and was the beginning of months of disinterest on the part of police. That all changed when the first body was found. Private Investigator Mark Gillespie joins Lori in the discussion and shares his passion for helping victims of human trafficking. Please share these resources with anyone who may be impacted by human trafficking: gillespieinvestigations.com National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888 missingkids.org – the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Join the Unlovely Truth Group on FaceBook to join the discussion!
Jan 14, 2020
Season 1, Episode 2: A Twisted Faith
Giving someone your trust should be based on their character, not their title. Listen to how a small church in the Pacific Northwest was destroyed by a man with the right title, but the wrong character. Special Guest Josh Brooker, pastor of the Cannon County campus of Experience Community Church in Woodbury Tennessee, joins Lori to help learn how to see potential warning signs in church leaders, and gives guidance for those who have been victimized. For anyone dealing with sexual abuse, please reach out to get help and hope. National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 RAINN.org
Jan 7, 2020
Season 1, Episode 1: Just Mercy
Lori describes the wrongful conviction of Walter MacMillian from “Just Mercy – A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson. Was this simply a mistake, or something worse? Special guest Tina Soloman of Holding Out Hope joins Lori to discuss how her work with female inmates has tried, and also strengthened, her faith. Join the Unlovely Truth Group on FaceBook to join the discussion! Learn more about the incredible work of Bryan Stevenson and Tina Soloman at these sites: eji.org – the Equal Justice Initiative founded by Bryan Stevenson holdingouthope.org – founded by Tina Soloman tinasoloman.com
Dec 9, 2019
The Unlovely Truth: Introduction
The Unlovely Truth is a podcast about the intersection of faith and true crime. Join Lori Morrison, a Christian private investigator, as she seeks to reconcile evil actions with Christian belief. The first episode on January 7th will explore the book "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson. Be sure to join us!