Wednesday, May 22, 2024

261. Mommy Dearest: The Murder of Jerry Heimann

 In April 2001, Jerry Heimann's son, Greg, had come to Washington State to visit his father. When his father didn't pick him up from the airport, he grew concerned. When he arrived at his father's home, and there was no answer, he broke into the house. Jerry wasn't there, and neither were most of Jerry's belongings.  As he made his way into the dining room, he found an 89-year-old grandmother, Evelyn, and an Alzheimer's patient slumped in her wheelchair. She had been left alone, starving. Greg called 911.

When police asked the neighbors if they had seen Jerry, they said they hadn’t seen anybody at the residence after the live-in housekeeper and elder helper, Barbara Opel, had backed a U-Haul into Jerry’s driveway, packed it full of things from Jerry’s house, and left. 

Soon, police knocked on Barbara Opel's hotel room door, asking her, her children, and their friends to come down to the station to answer some questions about the whereabouts of her employer, 64-year-old Jerry Heimann. 

Barbara spun a story of how Jerry was dying of terminal prostate cancer, and he was just finished with this world. He’d given her all his earthly possessions, and she had no idea where he was. 

Nobody else talked to the police. They did not betray Barbara. 

But eleven-year-old Derek did. When the police asked him if he knew where Jerry was, he simply said, “Yes. He’s dead.”



Join Cam and Jen as they discuss. "Mommy Dearest: The Murder of Jerry Heiman"

Thank you to YA-MAN USA for sponsoring this week's episode. To experience the future of beauty, you can visit yamanusa.com and use code TCP for a 20% discount.

Thank you to our team:
Written and researched by Lauretta Allen
Listener Discretion by Edward October from OctoberpodVHS
Executive Producer Nico Vitesse of The Inky Paw Print

Sources:

https://www.seattleweekly.com/news/little-girl-lost/
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B01DQ3K84A/ref=atv_dp_season_select_s2 Investigation Discovery: Deadly Sins Season 2 Episode 8; Mommy's Little Killers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4xtkBOfP84&ab_channel=DanielleKirsty
https://www.newspapers.com/image/1032029517/?match=1&terms=Barbara%20Opel
https://www.newspapers.com/image/1047870461/?match=1&terms=Heather%20Opel
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https://www.heraldnet.com/news/witness-details-teen-plot-to-kill/


Wednesday, May 15, 2024

260. The Scorecard Killer: Randy Kraft

 In the early hours of May 14, 1983, two California Highway Patrol officers pulled over a suspected drunk driver on the San Diego Freeway in Mission Viejo, California. Instead of staying in his vehicle, the driver jumped out, pouring the contents of a beer bottle onto the road as he exited. His disheveled appearance caught the officers' attention as he approached their patrol car. The officers asked for the man’s driver’s license, and he readily admitted that he had been drinking beer, but he claimed to be sober. Sergeant Michael Howard approached the vehicle and noticed a man slumped in the passenger's seat, partially obscured by a jacket, with empty beer bottles strewn around his feet. A folding knife was visible on the driver's seat. Howard tapped on the window, but there was no response. The man was unconscious and had no shoes on. His pants were unzipped, with his genitals hanging out of his pants. The officer attempted to find a pulse, but there was none. A closer look at the man indicated that the man had been strangled. This standard DUI arrest just changed to murder, but this is far from the only murder this man would commit. 


Join Jen and Cam of ‘Our True Crime Podcast’ as we discuss “The Scorecard Killer: Randy Kraft.”

Listener discretion is by the talented @octoberpodVHS

All music is by our executive producer @theinkypawprint

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_of_Darkness_(book)

https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/crimefeed/serial-killer/the-scorecard-killer-southern-california-man-may-have-murdered-as-many-as-67-victims

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Kraft#Conviction_and_incarceration

https://randykraft.com/the-victims/

https://latimes.newspapers.com/article/the-los-angeles-times-randy-kraft/138310135/?locale=en-US

https://skdb.fandom.com/wiki/KRAFT_Randy_Steven

https://inmagazine.ca/2022/03/queer-crime-was-serial-killer-randy-kraft-wrongly-convicted/


https://www.reddit.com/r/serialkillers/comments/15wby08/all_randy_krafts_victims_suspected_connected_and/

https://www.ranker.com/list/randy-kraft-facts/christinatedesco

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https://www.foxnews.com/us/iowa-teen-identified-victim-scorecard-killer-randy-kraft-nearly-50-years

https://caselaw.findlaw.com/court/ca-supreme-court/1402694.html

https://www.allgaylong.com/blog/randy-kraft-the-sadistic-scorecard-killer/

https://bonlinetr.unionjill.org/content?c=scorecard+killer&id=12

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2023-11-29/scorecard-killer-victim-identified-michael-ray-schlicht-orange-county-randy-kraft

https://longbeachize.com/articles/the-disturbing-creepy-history-of-long-beachs-scorecard-killer-randy-kraft/

https://www.ocregister.com/2023/11/28/after-49-years-orange-county-investigators-id-a-presumed-victim-of-serial-killer-randy-kraft/

https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/crimefeed/serial-killer/the-scorecard-killer-southern-california-man-may-have-murdered-as-many-as-67-victims
https://randykraft.com/


Wednesday, May 8, 2024

259. Wolf in Priest's Clothing: Irene Garza

 All considered twenty-five-year-old school teacher and beauty queen Irene Garza to be a “devout” Catholic. She attended daily mass at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen. There was nothing pretentious or fake about Irene, and she lived her faith. Being good to others was part of her life’s mantra. She told a friend of hers that she found strength and comfort from her daily communion, so it was only natural that she would go to confession that Saturday evening before Easter. In fact, her family said that Irene attended confession every Saturday, whether she needed to or not.

Irene arrived for confession around 7:00 p.m., entered one of the confessionals, and seemingly disappeared. Five days after she went missing, on April 21st, 1960, the body of Irene Garza was found floating in the 2nd Street irrigation canal, just three miles from the Sacred Heart church where Irene was last seen. 

Police only had one suspect in mind for her murder. He was the last person to see Irene the night she left. In fact, he heard her last confession. His name? Father John Feit.



Join Jen and Cam as they discuss "A Wolf In Priest's Clothing: Irene Garza."

Thank you to YA-MAN USA for sponsoring this week's episode. To experience the future of beauty, you can visit yamanusa.com and use code TCP for a 20% discount.

Thank you to our team:
Written and researched by Lauretta Allen
Listener Discretion by Edward October from OctoberpodVHS
Executive Producer Nico Vitesse of The Inky Paw Print

Sources:
https://www.texasmonthly.com/true-crime/unholy-act/https://www.cbsnews.com/news/irene-garza-murder-john-feit-former-priest-dies/
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2712047-Irene-Garza-Autopsy-Report
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Irene_Garza
https://www.cnn.com/2013/05/31/justice/garza-cold-case-timeline/
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https://www.podles.org/case-studies/files/Murder-of-Irene-Garza.pdf

Thursday, May 2, 2024

258. Little Girl Gone: Casey Williamson

 Warning: Today's episode deals with mental health struggles. If you or someone you love need help please contact 988, where resources are available to you. 


On Friday, July 25, 2002, Ernie Williamson woke up to the alarm at either 6 or 6:30 AM, preparing to head to work. As he starts his day, his 6-year-old daughter, Cassandra, affectionately known as Casey, approaches him, telling him she is hungry. Ernie assures her that he'll quickly take a shower and then accompany her across the street to grab breakfast. Since Ernie and Angela had separated, the couple wanted to raise their children, Chelsea--age 12, Casey—age 6, Elizabeth—4, and little Ernie—2,  in a loving co-parenting style, Angela and the kids stay with her father at on Benton Street in Valley Park; while Ernie stays right across the street.
As Ernie gets ready, he has no worries since a family friend, 24-year-old Johnny Johnson, is still asleep on the couch.  Both Angela and Ernie have known Johnson since he was a child. However, upon finishing his shower and returning upstairs for Casey, he discovers that she is nowhere to be found inside the house. Casey is missing.
Join Jen and Cam on this episode of Our True Crime Podcast entitled ‘Little Girl Gone: Casey Williamson.”




Listener discretion by @octoberpodVHS
Music by our E.P.  @theinkypawprint

Sources:
https://people.com/johnny-johnson-murdered-casey-williamson-executed-7569504

https://fox2now.com/news/true-crime/a-2002-st-louis-area-sleepover-ends-with-kidnapping-murder/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpIwxvWyM50

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMCbX7cPEzA

newspapers.com

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https://apnews.com/article/missouri-execution-casey-williamson-johnny-johnson-b0d87ed6e459e49cb53f9b4fa5fcd738

https://nypost.com/2023/08/02/eerie-final-words-of-vampire-who-killed-6-year-old-girl/

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

257. Somebody Knows: Annie McCarrick & The Vanishing Triange

 Annie McCarrick, an American living in Ireland, left her home on March 26, 1993, and vanished into thin air. Her father, John McCarrick, said, “It’s as if somebody came along and just vacuumed her up off the planet.”  


It's been thirty-one years since Annie was last seen. Many theories have been suggested and investigated in Annie’s disappearance. One is that Annie was abducted and murdered
by a total stranger. And for most people, this theory seemed the most plausible for decades. The reason for that is because of the other women who have gone missing in eastern Ireland, in an area that is known as the Vanishing Triangle.




Join Cam and Jen as they talk about 'Someone Knows: Annie McCarrick & The Vanishing Triangle".

Thank you to YA-MAN USA for sponsoring this week's episode. To experience the future of beauty, you can visit yamanusa.com and use code TCP for a 20% discount.

Thank you to our team:
Written and researched by Lauretta Allen
Listener Discretion by Edward October from OctoberpodVHS
Executive Producer Nico Vitesse of The Inky Paw Print

Sources:
https://www.amazon.com/Missing-Barry-Cummins/dp/0717183939
https://www.newspapers.com/image/725159400/?terms=Annie%20McCarrick&match=1
https://www.newspapers.com/image/913673397/?terms=Annie%20McCarrick&match=1
https://www.newspapers.com/image/470589379/?terms=Annie%20McCarrick&match=1
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https://www.newspapers.com/image/1007818080/?terms=%22Annie%20McCarrick%22&match=1 
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https://www.irishtimes.com/crime-law/2023/05/08/enniskerry-sightings-of-annie-mccarrick-now-deemed-unreliable-with-gardai-focused-on-dublin-4/
https://www.irishtimes.com/crime-law/2023/05/08/the-myth-of-irelands-vanishing-triangle/
https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/bombshell-claims-annie-mccarrick-stalked-29922380
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https://www.newspapers.com/image/723387067/?terms=%22Fiona%20Pender%22&match=1 
https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cd1g4jzj8y1o 

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

256. The Hitchhiker: The Murder of Dorothy Donovan

 Today, we are going to Harrington, Delaware, where 41-year-old Charles Holden returns home from work just after 1 am. Pulling up to his home, he notices a man lurking outside, peeking in the windows. Charles, who shares the property with his mother, left the scene to phone the police. Charles explained to the dispatcher that he feared the man was trying to break into his mother’s home and was worried since she lived alone.  Charles went back to the location to wait for the police.  Corporal Myrna Williams Kinney of the Delaware State Police arrived, walked around the house, and discovered a window on the back of the house had been shattered. Charles's heart sank as he worried about his elderly mother. 




Join Jen and Cam on this episode of ‘Our True Crime Podcast’ as we discuss “The Hitchhiker: The Murder of Dorothy Donovan.”

This episode is sponsored by SleepCreme.com.  Go to SleepCreme.com and order today to experience better sleep, If you don't get better sleep, they will refund your money, simple as that.

As always, our listener discretion is by @octoberpodVHS
All music is by our executive producer Nico @theinkypawprint

Sources:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1847944/

https://tt.se/media/image/sdl6DlqWhr5rbk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mSAimU3THQ

https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Dorothy_Donovan

https://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/archive/index.php/t-272822.html



https://veritycreates.medium.com/killer-hitchhiker-the-murder-of-dorothy-donovan-b6c5dfc6d359


https://www.facebook.com/341180555899616/posts/in-memory-of-dorothy-donovanshe-was-born-dorothy-mae-bonney-on-may-18-1921-in-bu/2557279680956348/


https://www.reddit.com/r/tipofmytongue/comments/6opxy3/tomt_hitchhiker_kills_family_member_of_the_man/

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

 


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