Tuesday, May 31, 2022

168. Made The Devil Do It: The Speed Freak Killers

 On a flat and lonely stretch of highway in San Joaquin County, California, in February of 2012, onlookers were horrified as a backhoe violently tore into an abandoned well, nicknamed "Loren's Boneyard." The giant claws of the backhoe rose out of the ground holding a massive amount of dirt and the skeletal remains of the victims buried within—the victims presumably of Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine, AKA The Speed Freak Killers. While only convicted of murdering four people, they are suspected of murdering upward of 72 people.

Top: Cyndi Vanderheiden, Chevy Wheeler
Middle: Robin Armtrout
Bottom: Kimberly Billy, JoAnn Hobson


Join Cam & Jen as we discuss 'Made The Devil Do It: The Speed Freak Killers'.



Listener Discretion by Edward October of OctoberpodVHS

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Producer and Music by Nico Vettese 

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Written & Researched by Rett MacPherson

https://www.amazon.com/Rett-MacPherson/e/B000APPJ6A?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1654048621&sr=8-1




SOURCES:

https://charleyproject.org/case/chevelle-yvonne-wheeler

https://charleyproject.org/case/cynthia-ann-vanderheiden

https://charleyproject.org/case/joann-hobson

https://charleyproject.org/case/tracy-diane-melton

https://mail.murderpedia.org/male.S/s/shermantine-wesley.htm

https://mail.murderpedia.org/male.H/h/herzog-loren-joseph.htm

https://www.kcra.com/article/hobson-family-sues-s-j-sheriff-over-linden-dig/6402318

https://www.sky.com/watch/channel/sky-crime/dateline/episodes/season-1/episode-3

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_Freak_Killers

https://allthatsinteresting.com/speed-killers

https://www.courthousenews.com/county-must-face-claims-handling-mass-murder-grave/

https://www.mercurynews.com/2012/03/06/speed-freak-killers-cause-of-death-deep-anger-revealed/

https://www.thoughtco.com/wesley-shermantine-and-loren-herzog-973133

https://www.recordnet.com/story/news/2012/02/18/8216-blood-money-upsets/49731909007/

https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2012/02/13/speed-freak-killers-victims-and-possible-victims/

https://fox40.com/news/local-news/photos-released-with-hopes-of-closing-speed-freak-killers-related-cold-cases/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ioo6aCunEc

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/18/us/serial-killers-graveyard-opens-california-towns-wounds.html

https://www.abc10.com/article/news/a-history-of-the-speed-freak-killers/103-90b18829-9ba7-4291-b9fd-fe211e09de81

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpXNbwv2M9w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHxgb88xHDM

https://serialkillers.briancombs.net/3335/victim-studies-015-wesley-shermantine/

https://www.recordnet.com/story/news/2001/03/04/victim-tells-hellish-shermantine-rape/50793538007/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0ylDwD7oOs

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

https://www.newspapers.com/image/643963116/?terms=Scott%20Smith%20Wesley%20Shermantine&match=1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK3ClifYgiY&t=2434s

https://www.newspapers.com/image/116440190/?terms=Joan%20Shelley%20lawsuit%20San%20Joaquin%20pulverized&match=1

https://www.amazon.com/Serial-Killers-Stories-Worlds-Murderers/dp/1788883438

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPk_c4d5VWw&t=401s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaspaGMnAXU (There are 20 episodes to this. This is episode 1, but I did listen to all 20.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZjGCWr_yWA&t=1937s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kJ1PTuLlps&t=1170s

https://www.abc10.com/article/news/crime/mother-of-speed-freak-killers-victim-speaks-out/103-364950951

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPk_c4d5VWw&t=415s

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methamphetamine

https://www.ojp.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/209730.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G2llva51sg

https://www.recordnet.com/story/news/2001/09/17/a-troubled-life-violent-death/50781325007/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StJBTS0KY_M

https://www.newspapers.com/image/694302879/?terms=Cyndi%20Vanderheiden&match=1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9pLPrrjXF4

https://abcnews.go.com/US/california-family-notified-months-missing-woman-remains-identified/story?id=15476554

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9pLPrrjXF4&t=5s

https://www.abc10.com/article/news/a-history-of-the-speed-freak-killers/103-90b18829-9ba7-4291-b9fd-fe211e09de81

https://www.newspapers.com/image/635259825/?terms=Scott%20Smith%20Wesley%20Shermantine&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/628397087/?terms=Robin%20Armtrout&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/695180662/?terms=Robin%20Armtrout&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/796244036/?terms=Loren%20Herzog%20autopsy&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/695206540/?terms=Armtrout&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/667690978/?terms=Jason%20Jones%20Shermantine&match=1

https://www.crime-scene-investigator.net/excavation.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCYuFvo-8p8

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4540010/





Shermantine, Herzog

167. Dressed to Kill: Hadden Clark

 We are headed to Cape Cod where the Montgomery County police just received a phone about a female body on the beach. When they arrive, they found a young woman on her stomach, both her arms reaching into the sand. She was topless and her back was severely sunburned. As they get a closer look, they realize both of her hands have been cut off and part of her face is missing. Police discover she has been out here for several days, with beach-goers simply thought she was sunbathing. The woman had no identification and the media dubbed her the ‘lady in the dunes’. Police try to chase leads but they are coming up empty-handed and the case goes cold. There would be more and the person responsible was someone that no one would recognize…not yet anyway.



Join Jen and Cam on this episode of ‘Our True Crime Podcast’ entitled Dressed to Kill: Hadden Clark. 


Listener discretion is by the fabu Edward October @octoberpodVHS


Show is EP by Nico @wetalkofdreams, he is the best.


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166. The Death of Tanner Ward

 On a beautiful Midwestern June evening in 2017, nineteen-year-old Tanner Scott Ward told his mom, Lisa, he was headed out to see his friend, Jeremiah, and to fix him a plate for dinner because he’d only be gone about thirty minutes. He kissed his baby girl, Sophia, and left on foot with only the clothes on his back. It was the last time his family would see him alive.

Six months later Tanner's body would be found hanging from a tree not far from his home. Tanner's death is ruled a suicide but the Ward family vehemently rejects the ruling. Considering some of the conflicting reports, it’s easy to understand their frustration. 



Join Cam and Jen as we discuss The Death of Tanner Ward.


Special thanks to

Edward October of OctoberPodVHS. Now available on YouTube and your favorite podcast app

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Sound & Editing by Nico Vettese of We Talk of Dreams

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Researched and Written by Rett McPherson.  You can check out all her cozy mysteries books here:

https://www.amazon.com/Rett-MacPherson/e/B000APPJ6A/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1


Sources:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m64p27u79q4

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/215367751/tanner-ward

https://medium.com/the-mystery-box/hanging-body-of-missing-father-found-with-no-feet-840f2a9a55f6

https://medium.com/serial-napper/murder-or-suicide-the-story-of-the-life-and-death-of-tanner-ward-bd5b56b63ee

https://original.newsbreak.com/@crimeneversleeps-1590148/2400727603702-tanner-ward-was-it-suicide-or-murder

https://www.change.org/p/missing-and-endangered-northwest-missouri-and-surrounding-areas-get-justice-for-tanner-ward

https://www.facebook.com/MissingPiecesNetwork/posts/sadly-the-remains-of-tanner-ward-were-recovered-early-on-the-morning-of-monday-d/1754735148165989/

https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/pf3yfx/lets_talk_about_tanner_ward/

https://truecrimedaily.com/2018/03/01/mystery-in-missouri-what-happened-to-tanner-ward/

https://republican-times.com/2018/04/18/wards-death-is-ruled-a-suicide/

https://www.kttn.com/arrest-warrant-issued-for-tanner-ward-of-trenton/

https://www.websleuths.com/forums/threads/mo-tanner-ward-19-trenton-7-june-2017.340371/page-2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6nt4sBBqEY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqumE0Y_VCY

https://ktvo.com/news/local/autopsy-performed-on-trenton-human-remains

https://republican-times.com/2018/04/18/wards-death-is-ruled-a-suicide/

https://republican-times.com/2017/06/19/where-is-tanner-ward-family-seeks-answers/

https://www.kttn.com/two-trenton-brothers-arrested-on-weapons-charge-after-saturday-incident/

https://weatherspark.com/y/10300/Average-Weather-in-Trenton-Missouri-United-States-Year-Round

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/science/spontaneous-mummification.html

https://www.wunderground.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trenton,_Missouri

https://magazine.scienceconnected.org/?s=mummification

https://www.cvsa1.com/

https://www.newspapers.com/image/799605028/?terms=Tanner%20Ward&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/799606911/?terms=Tanner%20Ward&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/590223611/?terms=Tanner%20Ward&match=1

https://www.practicalhomicide.com/Research/7mistakes.htm

Monday, May 16, 2022

165. The Eyes Have It: Charles Albright

 Today we are headed to the outskirts of Dallas to a seedy area known as Oak Cliff, where income is low, and crime is high. It is 1990, and gangs, drugs, and sex workers frequent the area. Crack was big, and people would do almost anything to get it, including selling themselves for enough money to get a hit of crack, and then the cycle would repeat itself.  Officer Regina Smith is on duty on December 13, 1990, when a call comes in pertaining to a body. It was a sex worker by the name of Mary Pratt. Her body was found on a street laid out for all the world to see.  Obviously, the killer was proud of his work and wanted everyone to see her. Mary was a drug-addicted sex worker with the track marks to prove it, but there was something different about this murder, and it was gruesome.



Join Jen and Cam of Our True Crime Podcast on this episode entitled ‘The Eyes Have It: Charles Albright.’


Listener discretion is by the fabu Edward October @octoberpodVHS


The show is EP by Nico @wetalkofdreams; he is the best.


Make sure to check out the podcast ‘It’s Murder Up North’ @murderupnorth

Listen to their promo during our show.



Sources: 


https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/see-no-evil-3/

http://maamodt.asp.radford.edu/Psyc%20405/serial%20killers/Albright,%20Charles.htm

https://murderpedia.org/male.A/a/albright-charles.htm

https://web.archive.org/web/20030206063654/http://www.hbo.com/autopsy/episode/episode_5_the_eyeball_killer.html

https://www.audacy.com/krld/articles/news/dallas-historys-notorious-killer-of-prostitutes-has-died

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=fAkgAAAAIBAJ&dq=charles%20albright%20murder&pg=5313%2C5601569

https://www.oxygen.com/mark-of-a-killer/season-1/videos/mark-of-a-killer-an-eye-for-murder-season-1-episode-3

http://oakcliff.advocatemag.com/2013/08/investigation-discovery-show-spotlights-oak-cliff-serial-killer/

http://www.parkaman.com/charles-albright-eyeball-killer/

http://documents.latimes.com/charles-f-albright/

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1214469/

https://mylifeofcrime.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/serial-killer-charles-albright-the-texas-eyeball-killer/

https://www.justiceclearinghouse.com/resource/enucleated-a-case-study-of-charles-albright-the-eyeball-killer/

https://documentaryheaven.com/born-kill-charles-albright/

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

164. Another Girl Gone: Murdering Mom Paula Sims

At 11:24 PM on Saturday, April 29th, 1989, police in Alton, Illinois received a call from Robert Sims who said he had found his wife, Paula, unresponsive on the floor of their home, and their six-week-old baby girl was missing. Paula Sims said that she had been taking out the trash an hour earlier when she was confronted by a masked man carrying a handgun. After ordering her back into the house, the armed intruder struck her on the back of the head causing her to lose consciousness. The terrifying incident defied belief because this was the second time someone had broken into the Sims' home and stolen a baby girl. Three years prior, their 8-day-old baby, Lorelai, had been snatched from their home in similar circumstances, only to be found dead.
Join Jen and Cam as they discuss 'Another Girl Gone: Murdering Mom Paula Sims'  


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Thank you to the following people for lending us their talents:

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 Researched and written by Eileen MacFarlane of CrimeLapse podcast 


 Sources: 

“Postpartum and the Courts” The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

http://jaapl.org/content/40/3/318

Precious Victims by Don W Weber & Charles Bosworth Jr

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015QVOVD4/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-wisconsin-missinggirl-data/kidnapped-children-make-headlines-but-abduction-is-rare-in-u-s-idUSKCN1P52BJ

"Baby kidnap reported." Chicago Sun-Times, June 19, 1986: 36. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB36D0D2E6DC5FD. 

"Plea for baby." Chicago Sun-Times, June 20, 1986: 71. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB36D0D91DBC65B. 

"Baby's body found." Chicago Sun-Times, June 25, 1986: 39. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB36D0EE3CAFD7B. 

AP. "Couple reports 2nd baby nabbed." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), May 1, 1989: A2. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F2197B997C6D672. 

Finley, Larry. "DAILY DIGEST." Chicago Sun-Times, May 2, 1989: 10. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB36E55C8C49A1A. 

AP. "Police find no evidence disputing kidnap story." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), May 3, 1989: A3. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F2197BCA077FA67. 

AP. "Infant's body found in trash bin near Alton." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), May 4, 1989: A2. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F2197BE844E1211. 

AP. "Found body interests Alton kidnap probers." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), May 4, 1989: A2. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F2197BDCAE6F885. 

AP. "Body found near river daughter of Alton couple." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), May 5, 1989: A2. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F2197BFB8903E32. 

Miller, Judy. "BODY OF BABY GIRL IS MISSING INFANT." State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL), May 5, 1989: 1. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB1465DCE783A5A. 

AP. "Mother, father prime suspects in baby's death." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), May 6, 1989: A2. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F2197C19B463F0B. 

and Bill Bush, Judy Miller. "PARENTS SUSPECTED IN BABY'S DEATH." State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL), May 6, 1989: 1. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB1465DE3DE1D10. 

AP. "Wife implicated in daughters' deaths." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), May 8, 1989: A2. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F2197C4AC5B5395. 

AP. "Alton couple won't submit to polygraphs." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), May 9, 1989: A2. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F2197C55549987B. 

and Amy Orchard, Judy Miller. "PREFERENCE FOR BOYS EVIDENT | POLICE SAY SIMS DOMINATED WIFE." State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL), May 10, 1989: 1. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB1465E45DE45C9. 

AP. "Alton woman makes grand jury appearance." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), May 12, 1989: A9. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F2197CAB7DFB8FE. 

AP. "Mother charged in baby's death." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), May 13, 1989: A6. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F2197CBF1DA7071. 

AP. "Alton child death - Acquaintances reveal parents' troubled past." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), May 15, 1989: A3. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F2197CDD32EBE77. 

Wires, Sun-Times. "Alton mom jailed in child's death." Chicago Sun-Times, July 3, 1989: 32. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB36E67C5353C29. 

AP. "Alton mother jailed for hiding baby's death." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), July 3, 1989: A3. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F21980BBA18FBBC. 

AP. "Newspaper says prosecutors trying to bribe Alton couple." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), July 4, 1989: A2. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F21980D1215FBCB. 

AP. "Mother charged in death." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), July 12, 1989: A1. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F21981806CD5CB4. 

AP. "Mother pleads innocent to two murder charges in daughter's death." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), July 13, 1989: A4. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F219818E8140954. 

AP. "Change of venue sought in Sims murder trial." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), July 16, 1989: A4. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F21981D89A01BF3. 

AP. "Town wants answers in Sims babies' deaths." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), July 17, 1989: A2. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F21981EEC14A6BA. 

PRESS, ASSOCIATED. "Sims child - McLean Co. may get murder trial from Alton." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), August 24, 1989: A7. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F219850F6E4876C. 

AP. "Peoria selected site of Sims' murder trial." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), August 25, 1989: A5. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F219852499B784F. 

AP. "Sims murder charge upheld." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), September 17, 1989: A8. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F21987659312F81. 

SERVICES, PANTAGRAPH WIRE. "Sims loses effort not to be tried in case." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), October 29, 1989: C13. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F2198D1E4135F0D. 

AP. "Judge delays decision in child custody case." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), December 2, 1989: A8. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F21990235662B96. 

Miller, Judy. "THE QUESTION `WHY' LINGERS ON EVE OF SIMS TRIAL." State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL), January 7, 1990: 1. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB146A3D4C4487E. 

(1470AM), WMBD. "Jury selection under way in Sims trial." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), January 9, 1990: A5. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F219DC95C568C85. 

AM), WSOY (1340. "Jury rules enough evidence to try man." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), January 12, 1990: A7. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F219DCEC1489373. 

Miller, Judy. "PAULA SIMS -- VICTIM OR COLD-BLOODED KILLER?." State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL), January 12, 1990: 1. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB146A425F77E3F. 

Press, Associated. "Sims' friends testified she wanted a boy." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), January 20, 1990: A4. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F219DDD2E27CDE2. 

England, Pat. "PAULA SIMS: `I LOVED MY DAUGHTERS'." State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL), January 25, 1990: 1. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB146A541F82716. 

England, Pat. "SIMS CASE WILL GO TO JURY ON MONDAY." State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL), January 26, 1990: 19. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB146A5505A191C. 

AP. "Sims jury sequestered; six hours' deliberation passes without verdict." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), January 30, 1990: A4. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F219DEEF3860403. 

AP. "Sims guilty of killing tot." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), January 31, 1990: A1. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F219DF0F4A5ADC9. 

England, Pat. "THE JURY'S NEXT DECISION: SHOULD SIMS DIE?." State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL), January 31, 1990: 1. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB146A5BAA85CF7. 

AP. "Paula Sims found eligible for death in child's slaying." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), February 1, 1990: A4. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F219DF1EDE3ABF3. 

Fitzgerald, Jay. "PAULA SIMS WOULD BE FIRST WOMAN ON STATE'S DEATH ROW SINCE 1938." State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL), February 1, 1990: 5. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB146ABCF66A228. 

AP. "Jury gives Paula Sims life term." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), February 2, 1990: A1. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F219DF421575657. 

England, Pat. "SIMS STORY FAR FROM FINAL CHAPTER." State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL), February 4, 1990: 1. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB146AC35175A5A. 

"Why are we so appalled at what Paula Sims did?." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), February 7, 1990: A8. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F219DFA6410E336. 

AP. "Dwight prison Sims' home." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), February 9, 1990: A2. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F219DFD3B60ED3A. 

AP. "Alton father fails polygraph in death of infant daughter." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), March 28, 1990: A4. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F219E3EC9D3A288. 

MILLER, JUDY. "INQUIRY POSTPONED IN ROBERT SIMS CASE." State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL), March 30, 1990: 11. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB146B939BCDEC3. 

AP. "Sims gets custody of son." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), April 25, 1990: A1. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F219E67E47DC111. 

AP. "Illinois ranks second in deaths from child abuse." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), May 21, 1990: A2. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F219E8E834BC0F9. 


"COURTS AT ODDS OVER APPEAL>DISPUTE CENTERS ON CASE OF PAULA SIMS, CONVICTED BABY KILLER." Journal Star (Peoria, IL), July 28, 1991: A10. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB6E99886D24AB8. 

AP. "Both districts reject case - Courts fight over Paula Sims' appeal." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), July 28, 1991: A3. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F21D593B946F416. 

"Book probes mother's conviction in infant deaths." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), October 21, 1991: A2. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F21D5B19A7DDFB9. 

STAFF WRITER, DIANA PENNER. "STORY OF PAULA SIMS CASE A BEST SELLER | PROSECUTOR AND REPORTER TAKE READER BEHIND THE SCENES." State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL), October 27, 1991: 21. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB147552FEFCC0F. 

AP. "Prosecutors want Sims book banned." Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL), December 15, 1991: A4. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F21D5CCF7662823. 

STAFF WRITER, DIANA PENNER. "PAULA SIMS' LIFE IN PRISON QUIET." State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL), January 12, 1992: 1. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB1476518DEF345. 

STAFF WRITER, HILARY SAPERSTEIN. "SUIT FILED OVER PHOTOGRAPH ON BOOK ABOUT SIMS." State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL), April 3, 1992: 11. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB1477406EC2882. 

"SIMS' APPEAL TO BE BASED ON PROSECUTOR'S CONDUCT." Journal Star (Peoria, IL), July 18, 1992: B8. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EB6EACC8A90F832. 


Hundsdorfer, Beth. "Ex-husband, son of Paula Sims die in car crash in Mississippi Other car's driver charged with DUI and felony fleeing." Belleville News-Democrat, The (IL), June 22, 2015: 1A. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/156233CE03EFB4A8. 

Hundsdorfer, Beth. "The saved Sims Randy Sims was the only baby his mother didn't kill, and friends say his life was all about redemption Funeral for Randy, Robert Sims to be held Monday." Belleville News-Democrat, The (IL), June 28, 2015: 1A. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/15642C8E6ED4EFF8. 

Hundsdorfer, Beth. "Madison County Paula Sims, serving life, could inherit son's estate Sims went to prison in 1990 for the deaths of her two infant daughters Her son and ex-husband were killed in a car crash in June Judge will decide who inherits $50,000; Sims wants her son's stepmother to get his insurance settlement." Belleville News-Democrat, The (IL), December 6, 2015: 1A. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/15A609014BF26150. 

Criddle, Dean. "Madison County woman given life in daughters' deaths could get parole." Belleville News-Democrat, The (IL), March 14, 2021: 3A. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/1813AF405A2851D0. 

Maddox, Teri. "Attorney seeks parole for Alton mother who killed babies." Belleville News-Democrat, The (IL), October 27, 2021: 1A. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/185E82585DB1F978. 

Maddox, Teri. "Alton woman who killed infant daughters granted parole." Belleville News-Democrat, The (IL), October 29, 2021: 1A. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/185F2AF69F4DDEC8. 

Landis, Kelsey. "Republicans criticize Sims decision, unconfirmed board members." Belleville News-Democrat, The (IL), October 31, 2021: 2A. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/185FD341A4EED580. 

Maddox, Teri. "Supporters at parole hearing reject 'evil' image of Alton woman." Belleville News-Democrat, The (IL), October 31, 2021: 1A. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/185FD34174B96BD8. 

Maddox, Teri. "Sims 'conned' parole board, says Madison County prosecutor." Belleville News-Democrat, The (IL), November 14, 2021: 1A. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/1864733A7074A1F0. 

"ABOUT THE WEBER CASE." Belleville News-Democrat, The (IL), March 31, 2006: 1A. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/110B8D24646C95C0.

Brueggemann, Brian. "BONES PLAY KEY ROLE IN MURDER PROBES." Belleville News-Democrat, The (IL), April 7, 2002: 1A. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F2CA27BB39154C2.

"THE PAULA SIMS CASE." Belleville News-Democrat, The (IL), August 4, 2006: 1A. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/11360B89190ECB80.

Brueggemann, Brian. "SIMS DENIED REQUEST FOR NEW TRIAL COURT ALSO TURNS DOWN APPEAL FOR RESENTENCING." Belleville News-Democrat, The (IL), June 13, 2001: 1B. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EF50D54CD82F267.

"PAULA SIMS ASKS GOVERNOR FOR CLEMENCY." Belleville News-Democrat, The (IL), October 18, 2006: 1A. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/114DC69969538378.

Matthews, Jayne. "PAULA SIMS AWAITS APPEAL ON HER LIFE SENTENCE." Belleville News-Democrat, The (IL), May 10, 2001: 1B. NewsBank: Access World News. https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0EF50E066190EE3D.


163. All for the Money: Black Widow Judy Buenoano

A woman comes out of the river water screaming for help. Frantic and barely able to get the story out, tells the man that she and her two sons were on a boat, and the boat capsized and her oldest son is missing. As police begin to question Judy about the accident, things become questionable from the start. Judy changes her story. In fact, she tells them 4 different stories. She tells officers that they were enjoying the day in the canoe, when they must have hit a tree stump and then tells another officer a snake hopped into the canoe and they panicked and turned it over. It is clear to investigators, things are not what they seem. What authorities do not yet know, is that many things have happened over the years around Judy and they were never what they seem. Join Jen and Cam on this episode of Our True Crime Podcast entitled 'All for the Money: Black Widow Judy Buenoano.'
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