Thursday, October 7, 2021

140. From Debt to Death Row: Maureen "Miki" McDermott

 We're are going back to the mid-80s with this case. 1985.   Police Academy 2 was a box office smash and holding on to number 1 at the box office for 4 weeks and We Are The World by USA for Africa was the number 1 song. Coca-Cola released New Coke and women’s hair was as high as a stockbroker on Wall Street.

Stephen Eldridge 27year old and 37 years old Maureen “Miki” McDermott were pretty much inseparable from the night they met through mutual friends at a gay bar called In Touch Lounge in Van Nuys, California. Miki was about 10 years older than Stephen but they both were gregarious people and loved being the center of attention.

They were great friends. Well...at least one of them thought so.

Join Cam and Jen as we talk about Stephen and Miki in From Debt to Death Row.

Big thanks to these amazing men

Edward "The Voice" October from OctoberpodVHS brings you the Listener Discretion.
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Sources:

https://caselaw.findlaw.com/ca-supreme-court/1465157.html
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1990-06-09-me-660-story.html
https://khmezek.com/2021/02/14/the-man-who-saved-monsters/
https://khmezek.com/2012/12/04/a-dangerous-woman-2/
https://www.upi.com/Archives/1990/06/08/Nurse-sentenced-to-die-for-1985-slaying/8974644817600/
http://www.cncpunishment.com/forums/showthread.php?730-Maureen-McDermott-California-Death-Row
https://lethalladies.blogspot.com/2019/10/maureen-miki-mcdermott-hunger-for-cash.html
http://www.metnews.com/articles/2020/mader010720.htm
https://murderpedia.org/female.M/m/mcdermott-maureen.htm
https://mycrimelibrary.com/maureen-mcdermott-women-on-death-row/
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/State-s-top-court-upholds-woman-s-death-sentence-2811405.php
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2812808/
https://deadlywomen.fandom.com/wiki/Hunger_for_Cash




Wednesday, September 29, 2021

139. A Very Chilly Cold Case: Ellen Sherman


 

 We all know things are not always as they seem. From the outside, your neighbor or friend has a perfect life. We all know this from all the perfect Facebook posts we see. Oftentimes these people have secrets and the Shermans were no different.
We are going to Niantic Connecticut, a small northeastern town with a population just under 3000. In 1985, a horrific tragedy would rattle this quaint community as murder came for one of their own. It would be years before the killer would be brought to justice, all courtesy of a movie. Join Jen and Cam on this episode of Our True Crime Podcast as we discuss ‘A Very Chilly Cold Case: Ellen Sherman.’

Listener Discretion is by our friend Edward October @octoberpodVHS   
Our terrific music is courtesy of our Executive Producer   @wetalkofdreams

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Sources:
Forensic Files: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1326485/
https://www.ihorror.com/how-a-horror-movie-helped-solve-a-real-life-murder/
https://juniperpublishers.com/jfsci/pdf/JFSCI.MS.ID.555578.pdf
https://www.criminalelement.com/four-murders-and-a-missing-woman-in-the-nutmeg-state/
https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-xpm-1992-02-08-0000206091-story.html
https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-xpm-1996-01-12-9601120342-story.html
http://www.aphroditejones.com/blog/2016/5/2/true-crime-with-aphrodite-jones-can-famed-forensic-scientist-dr-henry-lee-solve-a-gruesome-cold-case
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/190010847/edward-robert-sherman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgZ5nfT1gBk

Thursday, September 23, 2021

138. The Brutal Murder of Celeste Fronsman

 Early on a Sunday morning, a man was driving along Ohio Route 208 when he noticed a woman lying in the middle of the road, As he got closer the woman picked herself up and threw herself at the truck begging for help and screaming that somebody was trying to kill her.

The woman was severely burned and covered in scratches from dragging herself a quarter of a mile through branches and undergrowth. The man got out of his truck, laid her down in the grass, and gave her a blanket to cover her naked body before he placed a call to 911.


 

Join Jen and Cam as we discuss The Brutal Murder of Celeste Fronsman.  This one is pretty gruesome.

***The episode was researched and written by Fern from Evidence Of A Crime.  Thank you Fern for your top-notch work. We appreciate you.***

Listener Discretion by OctoberpodVHS
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Music, Sound, and Editing by Nico Vettese
wetalkofdreams.com

Thank you to this week's sponsor Best Fiends.  That's Friends without the R

Sources

https://murderpedia.org/female.C/c/culberson-katrina.htm
https://eu.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/story/news/local/2017/09/14/those-responsible-celeste-fronsmans-death-serving-life/662198001/
https://eu.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/story/news/local/2017/09/14/5-years-later-celeste-fronsman-murder-case-stays-investigators/626693001/
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/96522206/celeste-elaine-fronsman
https://fox8.com/?s=celeste+fronsman&search_submit=
https://www.wcbe.org/term/celeste-fronsman
https://eu.lcsun-news.com/videos/news/crime/2017/09/14/celeste-fronsman-memorial/105596340/
https://www.facebook.com/TheNewsMessenger/posts/less-than-a-month-after-celeste-fronsman-was-burned-alive-and-left-for-dead-in-t/10155723285467265/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/two-women-plead-not-guilty-in-gruesome-death-of-ohio-woman-celeste-fronsman/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2196610/Katrina-Marie-Culberson-charged-murder-Celeste-Fronsman-covered-burns-roadside.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2205908/Celeste-Fronsman-LeFonse-Dixon-pleads-guilty-woman-raped-tortured-murdered-rural-Ohio-road.html
https://sunny95.com/news/061160-life-for-3rd-defendant-ion-burned-woman-case/
https://eu.coshoctontribune.com/videos/news/crime/2017/09/14/family-friend-talks-celeste-fronsman/105596902/
https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/09/09/suspects-in-slaying-of-burned-ohio-woman-tell-their-stories/1409637/
https://eu.coshoctontribune.com/story/news/local/2014/06/27/culbersons-claim-of-unjust-imprisonment-dismissed/11431233/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/celeste-fronsman-murder-katrina-culberson-gets-life-in-prison-for-her-role-in-death-of-burned-ohio-woman/
https://murderpedia.org/female.C/c/culberson-katrina-photos.htm
https://horrorhistory.net/2018/08/26/woman-flags-down-motorist-and-names-attackers-after-choked-beaten-set-on-fire/

Articles clipped from Newspapers.com:
Zanesville Times Recorder, August 30th, 2012 – “Now and forever, she was beautiful”
Coshocton Tribune, August 31st, 2012 – “Family recalls life of Canton victim”
Coshocton Tribune, September 9th, 2012 – “Fronsman suspects tell own stories”
Zanesville Times Recorder, September 27th, 2012 – “Canton woman pleads guilty to murder charge”
Zanesville Times Recorder, August 25th, 2013 – “Remembering Celeste Fronsman”
Zanesville Times Recorder, October 9th, 2013 – “Specialist: Fronsman couldn’t have survived”
Zanesville Times Recorder, October 10th, 2013 – “Culberson: ‘Celeste was afraid of me’”
Zanesville Times Recorder, October 11th, 2013 – “Prosecution calls on phone expert to track Dixon’s cell”
Zanesville Times Recorder, October 12th, 2013 – “Second co-defendant testifies in Dixon case”
Zanesville Times Recorder, October 15th, 2013 – “Man recalls finding Fronsman on road”
Zanesville Times Recorder, October 16th, 2013 – “EMT: Victim named 1 attacker”
Zanesville Times Recorder, October 17th, 2013 – “Dixon case in jury’s hands”
Zanesville Times Recorder, October 18th, 2013 – “Dixon found guilty of murder”
Zanesville Times Recorder, October 23rd, 2013 – “Jury suggests life in prison”
The Journal News, November 5th, 2013 – “Man gets life sentence in slaying of woman”
The Tribune, November 5th, 2013 – “2 of 3 get life in prison for death”

137. Picture Proof: Lorraine Kirkley

 Lorraine Kirkley lives in Valparaiso Indiana with her loving husband Robert. Lori worked as a cardiac rehab nurse and seemed to really like her job. The couple were madly in love and had just put up their house for sale and had planned to move to South Bend which is where Robert worked. It was July 21, 1999 around 9:30pm Robert came home from work. Expecting Lori to be home as she was supposed to be, he arrived to an empty home. Even though no one was in the home, it was apparent someone had been there and helped themselves to a few of the belongings.  Robert walked across the street to a neighbors and asked if they had seen Lori and when they told him they had not, Robert called 9-1-1. It would take years to find out exactly what happened to Lori.


 

Join Jen and Cam on this Our True Crime Podcast episode entitled ‘Picture Proof: Lorraine Kirkley.’

As always our listener discretion is by the wonderful @octoberpodVHS     

Our EP/ Music is by the stupenedous @wetalkofdreams.

Sources:
https://law.justia.com/cases/indiana/supreme-court/2003/09030301-rts.html
https://charleyproject.org/case/lorraine-a-kirkley
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2005-10-16-0510160225-story.html
https://thecinemaholic.com/lori-kirkley-murder-where-is-david-malinski-now/
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1999-08-06-9908060364-story.html
https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/murder-case-of-valparaiso-nurse-examined-in-discovery-true-crime-series/article_05c2c9bb-68b7-5b73-95ca-b3d80cdb6297.html
https://www.nwitimes.com/uncategorized/husband-files-suit-against-malinski/article_fd76dcb0-fab1-5937-a451-b0d64cd6bd7b.html
https://www.nwitimes.com/news/history/crime/true-crime/true-crime-lorraine-kirkley-disappeared-july-21-1999/collection_47a24482-554a-58a1-af7d-9ae38ec57b4d.html

136. The Final Fall: Chris Benoit


Join Jen and Cam on this listener submission episode of Our True Crime Podcast entitled ‘The Final Fall: Chris Benoit.’ A GIANT thank you to our friend Ethan who wrote and researched this episode.
Listener discretion by @octoberpodVHS         EP/music by @wetalkofdreams       

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Benoit
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Benoit_double-murder_and_suicide#Possible_motives
https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Story?id=3560015&page=2
https://www.vicetv.com/en_us/video/benoit-part-two/5e5ed26fc72abc126f065829
https://nypost.com/2020/01/23/chris-benoits-son-david-opens-up-about-fathers-murder-suicide/
https://www.vicetv.com/en_us/video/benoit-part-one/5e5ed19e9202a153ee37abb1
https://vimeo.com/443104973
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE0MYinzr3A&ab_channel=WrestleTalk
https://worldinsport.com/implications-chris-benoits-death-wwe/

 It started with the WWF’s (now WWE) boom period in the mid-1980’s with stars like Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Randy Savage, and many others. It represented the colourful culture of the 1980’s and later the edgy period of the late 1990’s with stars like Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Triple H, and many others. Chris Benoit wanted to be just like them. He wanted to be one of the big stars and his dream came true. Chris was on top in the world of wrestling. He was winning titles with his best friends and wife by his side. On June 22, 2007 it all came to an end when the Benoit family was found dead leaving all his fans devastated and more than a few questions.

135. Murder in a Small Town: Tray Phelps

 It is September 24, 2015, when David Phillips who goes by the name Tray failed to show up to work. The 26-year-old worked on a boat and was a dependable employee who would always show up for work so when he didn’t call, his boss called his grandfather to see if perhaps Tray decided to take the day off or was sick. The grandfather said he would drive over to check on Tray. As the grandfather was approaching the house, he could see a police car and a man lying on the ground in front of his house on Swan Lake Drive. The man would turn out to be Tray Phillips.



 

Join Jen and Cam as we discuss “Murder in a Small Town: Tray Phelps” on this episode of Our True Crime Podcast.

As always, our listener discretion is by the wonderful Edward October from @octoberpodVHS.
Our music is by our executive producer, Nico, from @wetalkofdreams.

We would like to thank Birthdate.co for sponsoring this episode. Birthdate.co makes unique personalized treasures, based on your astrology. Starting with your birthdate, we craft unforgettable candles and products that are one-of-a-kind and perfect for every occasion.

Sources:
https://www.wpsdlocal6.com/archive/5th-arrest-in-connection-to-beating-death-of-hayti-mo-man/article_b96ca7ae-4b94-5a55-830c-8682c1fda8b4.html
https://thecinemaholic.com/tray-phelps-murder-where-is-heather-cummings-now/
https://www.pemiscotpress.com/story/2419876.html
http://www.ktmoradio.com/2017/02/07/heather-cummings-pleads-guilty-conspiracy-to-commit-murder/
https://www.kfvs12.com/story/30216870/second-man-charged-with-murder-in-hayti-beating-death/
https://www.kfvs12.com/story/30225576/fourth-suspect-charged-in-hayti-murder-investigation/
https://www.pemiscotpress.com/story/2419876.html
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10755666/
https://www.semissourian.com/story/2239646.html
https://www.kait8.com/story/30115995/suspect-arrested-in-pemiscot-co-murder-investigation/

Saturday, August 7, 2021

134. Bloody Christmas at the Drama Club: Robert LeCompte

 



It was early Christmas morning 2009 in Houma, Louisiana when just after 3 am a call comes into the police. The man on the phone was the owner of a local bar called the Drama Club. He tells officers that his friend and manager of the Drama Club, Robert LeCompte, called him to let him know he was leaving for home. When Robert didn’t arrive home, police were sent to check out the bar. Once inside, police find a gruesome scene with blood everywhere and a lifeless body on the floor. Who would want to hurt Robert? Join Jen and Cam on this episode of Our True Crime Podcast entitled “Bloody Christmas at the Drama Club: Robert LeCompte. 

A special thank you to Love Letter from Z-man Games for sponsoring this episode. Order the game at www.zmangames.com or your local Target store.

Listener Discretion by our buddy Edward October @octoberpodVHS

Our original music is by our executive producer Nico @wetalkofdreams      

Sources:

https://www.houmatoday.com/article/DA/20121129/News/608087505/HC

https://www.houmatoday.com/article/DA/20121130/News/608087544/HC

https://www.houmatimes.com/news/healing-can-begin-guilty-verdict-delivered-in-drama-club-murder-case/

https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/crimefeed/murder/murder-in-the-gay-south-the-christmas-day-killing-at-the-drama-club

https://www.vanityfair.com/style/society/2014/01/murder-drama-club-louisiana

https://www.wdsu.com/article/ex-bartender-guilty-in-killing-at-houma-nightclub/3359973#

https://unfinishedlivesblog.com/2010/01/02/christmas-murder-of-gay-man-in-louisiana-still-unresolved/

https://www.wafb.com/story/12252814/man-arrested-in-connection-with-bar-murder/

https://www.houmatoday.com/article/DA/20130116/News/608072979/HC