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Erica Kelley is a native Tennessean exploring historical and contemporary true crime in the South. Southern charm is attempted but southern sass is bountiful. Join her as she shows you just how southern fried the justice system can be in the Deep South.

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Erica Kelley is a native Tennessean exploring historical and contemporary true crime in the South. Southern charm is attempted but southern sass is bountiful. Join her as she shows you just how southern fried the justice system can be in the Deep South.

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By Houston36 - Feb 18 2020
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I love her no nonsense approach and the fact that she calls it like she sees it.

Lov Erica

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She knows how to tell a story & keep the listener interested. Thank u

iTunes Ratings

3801 Ratings
Average Ratings
3111
281
148
95
166

Love it

By Houston36 - Feb 18 2020
Read more
I love her no nonsense approach and the fact that she calls it like she sees it.

Lov Erica

By guitar lady - Feb 09 2020
Read more
She knows how to tell a story & keep the listener interested. Thank u
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Southern Fried True Crime

Latest release on Feb 14, 2020

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Rank #1: 1: A Murder in Brentwood: Dr. Rachael Maidens

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a scandalous murder in one of the richest towns in Tennessee.

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/1-a-murder-in-brentwood

Voice Actors: Kayla C. as the bartender, Bethany T. as the ex-girlfriend, Kayla K. as the DA, Jamie Stevens as the Frisbie family lawyer, Stephen Burnette as the Dendreon employee and Shane Lowery as Randy Maidens

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio

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Oct 18 2017

39mins

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Rank #2: 17: Cold Cold Heart: Murderess Shelly Michael (Part 1)

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The story of Shelly Michael, wife, mother, stepmother, nurse practitioner and murderer could not be contained in one episode. I hope you enjoy part one of this West Virginian saga about a former Mountaineer cheerleader turned murderess. 

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/17-18-shelly-michael

If you’re interested in learning more about this case, check out my best source. Author John Glatt wrote the definitive work on Shelly Michael: Playing with Fire: A Nurse, Her Husband, and a Marriage Turned Fatal. He covers Shelly’s trial in depth as well as many more players in this story I didn’t have time for.

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio

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Mar 31 2018

51mins

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Rank #3: 78: Thanksgiving Triple Homicide: Youth Minister & Murderer: Christopher Gattis

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On Thanksgiving night of 2017, a youth minister in Chester, Virginia did the unthinkable. After heavy drinking and arguments, he shot his family to death. Friends, family and the entire community were shocked. They seemed so happy. Every Facebook post showed a close knit family, laughing and seemingly normal. But Christopher Gattis wore a mask. A mask that slipped in an alcohol induced rage that destroyed his family.

Sources: coming soon (new website being updated)

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Researched by Haley Gray
Edited by Chaes Gray
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Nov 23 2019

42mins

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Rank #4: 25: The Suspicious Death of Lauren Agee on Center Hill Lake

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Lauren Agee went to Center Hill Lake in Smithville, Tennessee with some "friends" to attend the annual wake-boarding tournament known as WakeFest. They were camping on a steep cliff, 90 feet above the water. She supposedly went to bed Saturday night, and was missing the next morning. She was found hours later by two fishermen, floating dead, face down in a cove. Her death was barely investigated and her friends acted extremely suspicious.

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/25-lauren-agee

Special thanks to private investigator, Sheila Wysocki. Check out her podcast on Lauren's case called Without Warning. It's a long form series on her investigation into Lauren's suspicious death.

Also special thanks to Sherry and Michael Smith for trusting me with your daughter's story. I hope it helps.

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio

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Jul 19 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #5: 2: The Ballad of Zack & Addie: Part One

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A hurricane, a troubled young veteran and a volatile but mesmerizing poet...set for a collision course that would shake the unshakable city of New Orleans to its core.

Voice Actors: Brandon Hawkins as Zack Bowen & Jamie Stevens as Lana Supack

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/2-3-the-ballad-of-zack-addie

Special thanks to Ethan Brown, author of "Shake the Devil Off: A True Story of the Murder that Rocked New Orleans"

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio

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Oct 27 2017

38mins

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Rank #6: 27: Murder in the Ozarks- Cocaine & Cover Up

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The 1980’s were the beginning of a sea change in politics and drug culture in the United States. Listen to this tale of how a cocaine, corruption, a double murder, and a dead patsy trumped justice in one Ozark town.

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/27-murder-in-the-ozarks

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio

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Sep 03 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #7: 29: The Family Annihilator: Jeffrey MacDonald, Park 2

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The conclusion to the Narcissistic Family Annihilator, Jeffrey MacDonald. MacDonald is a brutal and cold murderer that destroyed his family to save himself and in doing so, brought family annihilators into the public consciousness.

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/28-29-jeffrey-macdonald

Key:
A – Colette MacDonald
B – Jeffrey MacDonald
AB – Kimberley MacDonald
O – Kristen MacDonald

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio

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Sep 12 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #8: 28: The Family Annihilator: Jeffrey MacDonald: Part 1

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There are some murders that are so intrinsically shocking that we all become obsessed. Known as the family annihilator, these horrific cases dominate our news and social media. This is the historic case of one of the most infamous monsters who destroy their families: Jeffrey MacDonald.

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/28-29-jeffrey-macdonald

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio

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Sep 09 2018

41mins

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Rank #9: 39: Catfishing in Mountain City, TN: The Facebook Murders

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In a tiny town in Tennessee, a young couple are brutally shot, execution style in their home. Their infant son was still cradled in his dead mother’s arms. Initially police were baffled by the crime, until they uncovered a web of lies and manipulation so bizarre it would catapult the small town into the national spotlight.

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/39-catfishing-in-mountain-city-tn

Case suggested by Linda Morgan

Suggested Reading: Too Pretty to Live: The Catfishing Murders of East Tennessee by James Brooks

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio

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Feb 08 2019

58mins

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Rank #10: 14: The Babysitter Murder: Scandal in Music City

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The murder of an 18 year old girl, the mayor, a cover up and the 20 year investigation that blew the lid off.

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/14-the-babysitter-murder

Special thanks to author Michael Bishop for graciously talking with me about his investigation. 

https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Music-City-Corruption-Innocent/dp/1633883450

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio

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Feb 23 2018

54mins

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Rank #11: 20: The Disappearance of Janet Levine March (Part 1)

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A beautiful young artist, mother and wealthy native of Nashville goes missing. (Part 1 of 3)

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/20-21-22-janet-levine-march

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio

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May 18 2018

35mins

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Rank #12: 16: The Depravity of Christa Pike

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An 18 year old girl tortures and kills another teenager and is sentenced to death. Does she belong on Death Row? You decide. 

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/16-christa-pike

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio

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Mar 14 2018

50mins

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Rank #13: 77: Virginia's First "No Body" Conviction - The Murder of Gina Renee Hall

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In the summer of 1980, an eighteen year old college freshman went out for a night of dancing but never made it home. Gina Renee Hall was a beloved daughter and sister and member of a small town community that has never stopped grieving for her and looking for her remains. Gina’s case was the first “no body” conviction in the state of Virginia, but even forty years later, there is an open file and active investigation into the search for her remains. Her family, law enforcement and locals still want to bring Gina home for a proper burial.

Sources: coming soon (new website being updated)

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Edited by Chaes Gray
Case suggested by Jessica Irvin
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio

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Nov 16 2019

1hr 33mins

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Rank #14: 79: Here's To You, Mrs. Robinson

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In the summer of 1975, a scandalous romance between a 37 year old woman and 20 year old college student would not only shock the town of Jackson, Mississippi. But it would ruin so many lives when the jilted young man could not handle her rejection.

This episode is dedicated to my mother, Lisa.

Sources: coming soon (new website being updated)

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Researched by Erica Kelley
Edited by Chaes Gray
Episode Suggested by: Rials McWilliams
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Dec 21 2019

58mins

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Rank #15: 62: The Rape & Murder of Katie Autry

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In 2003, eighteen year old freshman, Katie Autry, was raped, beaten and set on fire in her dorm room at Western Kentucky University. Two suspects would soon emerge. One white, from a wealthy family. The other mixed race, from a poor family. The case would consume WKU, Bowling Green and the rest of Kentucky, with loyalties on both sides. To this day, many locals believe that one of those boys got away with murder.

Suggested Reading: Bluegrass: A True Story of Murder in Kentucky by William Van Meter

Sources: coming soon (new website being updated)

Case suggested by listeners Mike & Kaneal Whitlow

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio

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Aug 02 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #16: 21: All Out War: The Investigation (Janet Levine March, Part 2)

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The investigation into the disappearance of Janet Levine March was going cold, but the war between Perry March and the Levines was about to explode. Part 2 of 3. 

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/20-21-22-janet-levine-march

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio

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May 22 2018

47mins

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Rank #17: 32: The Corpsewood Manor Murders

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Corpsewood Manor in Northern Georgia is an infamous haunted tourist attraction. And many believe it is cursed. Either by the ghosts of the men murdered there, or by a more mysterious and evil entity.

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/32-the-corpsewood-manor-murders

Reading recommendation: The Corpsewood Manor Murders of North Georgia by Amy Petulla

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio

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Oct 31 2018

59mins

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Rank #18: 18: Cold Cold Heart: Murderess Shelly Michael (Part 2)

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The story of Shelly Michael, former cheerleader, wife, mother, stepmother, nurse practitioner and murderer could not be contained in one episode. I hope you enjoy the conclusion of this West Virginian saga.

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/17-18-shelly-michael

If you’re interested in learning more about this case, check out my best source. Author John Glatt wrote the definitive work on Shelly Michael: Playing with Fire: A Nurse, Her Husband, and a Marriage Turned Fatal. He covers Shelly’s trial in depth as well as many more players in this story I didn’t have time for.

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio

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Apr 04 2018

58mins

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Rank #19: 4: The Third Time's the Charm: The Trials of Tim Hennis

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A young mother and her two daughters are brutally murdered. A man is accused. It takes 20 years and three trials. Was justice finally served? Legal scholars still argue to this day....

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/4-the-third-times-the-charm

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio

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Nov 08 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #20: 3: The Ballad of Zack and Addie Part Two

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The tragic conclusion to The Ballad of Zack and Addie: the murder/suicide of Addie Hall and Zack Bowen in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Voice Actors: Brandon Hawkins as Zack Bowen and Jamie Stevens as Lana Shupack

Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/2-3-the-ballad-of-zack-addie

Special thanks to Ethan Brown, author of "Shake the Devil Off: A True Story of the Murder that Rocked New Orleans"

Lyrics credit: Gal Holiday and The Honky Tonk Revue

Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio

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Oct 31 2017

49mins

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