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A bi-weekly true crime podcast focused exclusively on murdered and missing persons cases out of the Houston Metro area. Explore the city's diverse and eclectic culture while examining the darker stories that weave the downtown streets and flow out down the bayous. No stranger to crime, Houston has thousands of stories to tell, from unsolved murder mysteries to current missing persons cases. See H-Town in a new light, a light inclusive to every victim in Houston, no matter the sex, race, or income. Let's show the true crime world how the fourth largest city in the US deals with crime and violence. Also, how Boomtown can come together as a city to help a neighbor, many of whom have lived far too long without answers.

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A bi-weekly true crime podcast focused exclusively on murdered and missing persons cases out of the Houston Metro area. Explore the city's diverse and eclectic culture while examining the darker stories that weave the downtown streets and flow out down the bayous. No stranger to crime, Houston has thousands of stories to tell, from unsolved murder mysteries to current missing persons cases. See H-Town in a new light, a light inclusive to every victim in Houston, no matter the sex, race, or income. Let's show the true crime world how the fourth largest city in the US deals with crime and violence. Also, how Boomtown can come together as a city to help a neighbor, many of whom have lived far too long without answers.

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So important to spread the word!

By Aealizzie - Jan 31 2020
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Houston is a huge city that needs some love! These wonderful podcasters do a great job of highlighting cases that need the attention to either let people know what happened or solve those cases.

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By Ccrgirl61 - Oct 15 2019
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Like you, but I seen you have no recent episodes..😢😢

iTunes Ratings

108 Ratings
Average Ratings
83
8
3
3
11

So important to spread the word!

By Aealizzie - Jan 31 2020
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Houston is a huge city that needs some love! These wonderful podcasters do a great job of highlighting cases that need the attention to either let people know what happened or solve those cases.

Like

By Ccrgirl61 - Oct 15 2019
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Like you, but I seen you have no recent episodes..😢😢
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Murder City: True Crime of Houston, Texas

Latest release on Nov 25, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Leon Jacob and Valerie McDaniel Part 1

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In Episode 3, we dive into the life of the ultimate narcissist, Leon Jacob. He came from a well-off Houston area family with every opportunity to thrive, but nothing was ever enough. His controlling personality would start causing destruction to all aspects his life. Meanwhile, Valerie McDaniel was living the dream: successful veterinary clinic, West University home, beach houses, and a happy, loving family. How do these two people connect and what leads to their ultimate loss of control?

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http://www.khou.com/article/news/local/a-look-into-murder-for-hire-suspects-troubled-past/426333841

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Couple-accused-of-hiring-hitman-to-kill-their-10997966.php

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Police-nab-Houston-veterinarian-and-her-boyfriend-10999287.php?t=956b805291438d9cbb&cmpid=email-premium#photo-12543440

Jun 06 2018

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Rank #2: Cheryl Henry and Andy Atkinson

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Episode 16 covers one of Houston’s most infamous double homicides and one of our most requested cases. Cheryl Henry and Andy Atkinson would meet their fate after pulling up to one of the city’s many hangouts for young people to drink, listen to music, and get away from parents. The location of their murders would quickly grow the lore and designate a nickname for the tragedy, the “Lover’s Lane Murders”. Almost 30 years later, there are still no answers to who the monster is in this case, but hopefully new technology and DNA advances can turn this cold case into peace for the Atkinson and Henry families.


Source Links:

https://www.houstontx.gov/police/cold_cases/featured_cases.htm


https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Note-may-hold-clues-in-lovers-lane-slayings-1634109.php


http://www.houstontx.gov/police/nr/2008/may/nr051908-4.htm


http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Alt/alt.true-crime/2008-06/msg01114.html


https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/DNA-may-help-break-notorious-Lover-s-Lane-1635849.php#item-85307-tbla-5


As always, if you have any information on this unsolved case or any other case we feature on our show, do not hesitate to contact the HPD Cold Case Division at 713-308-3618 OR call CrimeStoppers at 713-222-TIPS.


You can view pictures, maps, documents, and more are www.murdercitypod.com.


To donate and help the girls with case records, research supplies, and equipment visit: www.murdercitypod.com.

Jan 19 2019

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Rank #3: Tynesha Stewart

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Tynesha Stewart was a go-getter, an Aggie, a strong Houston woman. In Episode 5 we talk about how Ty’s life and accomplishments were cut short by domestic violence. Who could stifle such a beautiful and capable person? Let’s talk about “red flags” as we discuss how Timothy Wayne Shepherd loses control and takes the life of a woman who’d had enough of him bringing her down.


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https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/article/Mother-speaks-out-about-losing-daughter-to-abuse-9546683.php

http://stoprelationshipabuse.org/educated/barriers-to-leaving-an-abusive-relationship/


https://www.leagle.com/decision/intxco20110111524

https://www.pressreader.com/usa/houston-chronicle-sunday/20070401/281930243532109

Jun 21 2018

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Rank #4: Westheimer Doe

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UNK W F was discovered deceased in 1989 blocks away from the Galleria. A week after Houston was hit with 1.7 inches of snow, she was shot in the head and left outside an office building. All she had on her body was a schedule of unknown origin, one of the only clues to her identity. Listen as B & CC discuss the details of HCIFS Case #ML89-8294.

As always, contact the HPD Cold Case Division at 713-308-3618, the Harris County Institute of Forensics at 713-496-6774, or CrimeStoppers at 713-222-TIPS if you have any information pertaining to this case or any unsolved case in the Houston area.

Sources:

https://www.vibe.com/2018/08/11-year-old-alaya-high-youngest-rap-artist-record-deal/?utm_source=share-tw&utm_medium=button

https://www.namus.gov/UnidentifiedPersons/Case#/2171

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/An-unsolved-murder-from-the-1980s-stirs-Houston-11291523.php

Aug 15 2018

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Rank #5: Leon Jacob and Valerie McDaniel Part 2

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We conclude Leon "The Loser" Jacob and Valerie McDaniel's story in Episode 4. Their story is full of twists and turns and the trial brings all the dark corners to light. Was Valerie being used by a narcissist Leon so he elevate himself? Leon's trial is full of tension and disputes, but at the end of the day, justice prevails. Join us and discuss his disgusting behavior and the sad conclusion to Valerie's legacy.

Sources:

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Murder-for-hire-suspect-likened-to-angel-on-11028114.php?t=9d134ce263&cmpid=premartcl

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-councilman-Kubosh-alerted-police-to-11037793.php

https://www.click2houston.com/news/valerie-mcdaniels-messages-she-wanted-kprc2-to-share

Trial Coverage:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=leon+jacob+trial

Jun 06 2018

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Rank #6: The Woodlands Ten

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Episode 6 is a very special episode of Murder City: True Crime of Houston, Texas as we discuss gay rights and discrimination in honor of Pride month. This is the story of 10 kids from the Woodlands, and how their interaction with 3 gay males in Montrose started a local movement of the LGBT community against hate crimes in the city of Houston. Was it a hate crime or just good ol’ male bonding?  Episode 6 is about differences, and how those differences united a city and paved the path for one of the largest LGBT communities in the US to shine.



http://www.houstonlgbthistory.org/


http://www.houstonpress.com/news/montrose-murder-6588321


http://abc13.com/news/parolee-convicted-in-gay-mans-murder-speaks-out-in-final-interview/1195588/


https://vimeo.com/191829411

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUCm_df2-v8

Jul 03 2018

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Rank #7: William Marsh Rice

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B and CC take a trip back to Houston's past and refresh the city's memory of one of our "founding fathers", Mr. William Marsh Rice. One of the earliest and more famous murder mysteries of Houston's history is dug up and reexamined under today's lens to see if the tale still holds after all these years. We discuss Mr. Rice's many accomplishments and gifts to the city of Houston, as well as the aftermath of his murder and reflect on how one man's hard work has an affect on all of us in Houston to this day.

www.murdercitypod.com

A Murder Conspiracy

from True Stories of Crime, Chapter IX (1908)

by Arthur Train

FORMERLY ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY

NEW YORK COUNTY

https://explore.rice.edu/explore/a_brief_rice_history.asp

https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fri03

http://news.rice.edu/2008/04/04/twenty-years-later-pranksters-donate-more-than-138000-for-student-innovation-awards/

Nov 10 2018

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Rank #8: Darrell Burnside

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Episode 15 covers a case that caused B and CC quite the headache when the story originally broke. Often cases seem like they aren’t being investigated, but this is one that proves that detectives know a whole lot more than what they provide to media. Ashley George was found deceased April 2018 in Clear Lake. Good police work would send Houston detectives road-tripping down I-10 and killing two birds with one stone.

https://www.fox26houston.com/news/329304948-video

https://www.wtok.com/content/news/Noxapater-woman-found-killed-in-her-home-469421203.html

https://abc13.com/murder-victim-also-suspected-in-killing-of-boyfriends-wife/4041330/

For documents, photos, merch, and to donate to the show visit: MurderCityPod.com

Twitter/Instagram: @MurderCityPod

Dec 07 2018

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Rank #9: Rachel Delarosa and Robert Cerda

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December 2017. The city of Houston is recovering from Harvey and still on a World Series high. Morale around town is positive, and it was no different for two young people in the early stages of a blooming relationship. Rachel and Robert are last seen alive, happy and bubbly, in the NW Houston area of Spring Branch. Less than an hour later Rachel would be deceased across town, and Robert was nowhere to be found. What happened to this couple in that short amount of time that would alter their families lives forever?

If you have ANY information regarding this case or ANY OTHER case we cover on this show, PLEASE do not hesitate to call HPD at 713-308-3600 OR CrimeStoppers at 713-222-TIPS to remain completely anonymous!

SOURCES:

https://abc13.com/woman-found-dead-by-retention-pond-in-missouri-city/2773725/


https://www.click2houston.com/news/womans-body-found-near-missouri-city-retention-pond

http://abc13.com/boyfriend-of-woman-found-dead-in-missouri-city-also-killed/2781977/

https://www.khou.com/article/news/crime/murder-of-young-missouri-city-couple-stumps-police/285-565833529

Sep 13 2018

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Rank #10: Smurfette Doe

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Smurfette Doe was an approximately 15-17 year-old female dumped in two trash bags on the side of the road in the northside of Houston. She has yet to be identified, other than the nickname coined from the "Smurfs" shirt she was found in. Almost nothing is known about her. We know where she was found and when, but the who, what, and why are still a mystery. CC and B attempt to talk through the case and make sense of Smurfette Doe's tragic demise. Was she a runaway? Someone's disabled and discarded child? Or did Houston's infamous sex trafficking problem have a hand in her death?

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1312uftx.html

https://www.namus.gov/UnidentifiedPersons/Case#/10722

https://www.khou.com/article/news/investigations/murder-mystery-teen-still-unidentified-4-years-later/285-352694126

Jul 17 2018

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