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Southern Fried True Crime

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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1: A Murder in Brentwood: Dr. Rachael Maidens

a scandalous murder in one of the richest towns in Tennessee.Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/1-a-murder-in-brentwoodVoice 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 MaidensWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

39mins

18 Oct 2017

Rank #1

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78: Thanksgiving Triple Homicide: Youth Minister & Murderer: Christopher Gattis

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: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/78-christopher-gattisWritten, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioResearched by Haley GrayEdited by Chaes Grayhttps://southernfriedtruecrime.com@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

42mins

23 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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

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-ageeSpecial 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 KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

1hr 1min

19 Jul 2018

Rank #3

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17: Cold Cold Heart: Murderess Shelly Michael (Part 1)

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-michaelIf 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 KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

51mins

31 Mar 2018

Rank #4

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27: Murder in the Ozarks- Cocaine & Cover Up

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-ozarksWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

1hr 5mins

3 Sep 2018

Rank #5

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2: The Ballad of Zack & Addie: Part One

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 SupackSources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/2-3-the-ballad-of-zack-addieSpecial 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 KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

38mins

27 Oct 2017

Rank #6

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79: Here's To You, Mrs. Robinson

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: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/79-heres-to-you-mrs-robinsonWritten, hosted and produced by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioResearched by Erica KelleyEdited by Chaes GrayEpisode Suggested by: Rials McWilliamshttps://southernfriedtruecrime.com@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)

58mins

21 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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

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: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/77-the-murder-of-gina-renee-hallWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyEdited by Chaes GrayCase suggested by Jessica IrvinOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

1hr 33mins

16 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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39: Catfishing in Mountain City, TN: The Facebook Murders

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-tnCase suggested by Linda MorganSuggested Reading: Too Pretty to Live: The Catfishing Murders of East Tennessee by James BrooksWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

58mins

8 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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16: The Depravity of Christa Pike

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-pikeWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

50mins

14 Mar 2018

Rank #10

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

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-marchWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

35mins

18 May 2018

Rank #11

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29: The Family Annihilator: Jeffrey MacDonald, Park 2

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-macdonaldKey:A – Colette MacDonaldB – Jeffrey MacDonaldAB – Kimberley MacDonaldO – Kristen MacDonaldWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

1hr 16mins

12 Sep 2018

Rank #12

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14: The Babysitter Murder: Scandal in Music City

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-murderSpecial thanks to author Michael Bishop for graciously talking with me about his investigation. https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Music-City-Corruption-Innocent/dp/1633883450Written, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

54mins

23 Feb 2018

Rank #13

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28: The Family Annihilator: Jeffrey MacDonald: Part 1

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-macdonaldWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

41mins

9 Sep 2018

Rank #14

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75: The Vampire Rapist

In 1985, a nineteen year old girl was picked up on a deserted road, handcuffed, shackled and ghostly pale. The story she told her rescuer and law enforcement was unbelievable. She had been held captive and repeatedly raped by a sexual sadist. But he didn’t just violate her sexually, he drained her blood. And drank it in front of her. Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/75-the-vampire-rapistWritten, hosted & produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Haley GrayEdited By Chaes GrayOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison | Gamma Radiohttps://southernfriedtruecrime.com (merch | donate | in the media)@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime/https://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

53mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #15

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

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-marchWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

47mins

22 May 2018

Rank #16

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

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-michaelIf 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 KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

58mins

4 Apr 2018

Rank #17

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

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-charmWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

1hr 6mins

8 Nov 2017

Rank #18

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53: The Disappearance & Murder of Jessica Dishon

In 1999, a seventeen year old girl named Jessica Dishon was abducted out of her driveway in Shepherdsville, Kentucky as she was leaving for school. Though a rookie sheriff’s deputy tried to sound the alarm, a senior detective refused to come to the scene, dismissing her as a runaway. That mistake would kick off an egregious mishandling of the case, that included accusing an innocent neighbor with no real evidence. It would take fifteen years to bring Jessica’s real killer to justice. He was a serial pedophile, who had abused six children in the Dishon family.Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/53-jessica-dishonEpisode suggested by: Chelsea BiggersWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

44mins

17 May 2019

Rank #19

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32: The Corpsewood Manor Murders

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-murdersReading recommendation: The Corpsewood Manor Murders of North Georgia by Amy PetullaWritten, hosted, produced by Erica KelleyResearched by Erica KelleyOriginal Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma RadioMerch | Donate | In the Media:https://southernfriedtruecrime.com @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrimehttps://www.youtube.com/southernfriedtruecrime

59mins

31 Oct 2018

Rank #20