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Bed of Lies: The Murder of Lori Hacking

The lies told by Mark Hacking to make him feel better about himself and appear successful proved lethal to his wife Lori after they were revealed.  Lori Hacking was 5 weeks pregnant and planning a move across the country when she learned that she had been deceived by the person she loved the most.  Instead of taking responsibility for his failings, Mark Hacking then killed his wife in cold blood and embarked on a faulty plan to cover his tracks.  This case is hard to swallow but the pumpkin beer shared by Dick is sublime.  Come to the quiet end if you dare.

1hr 30mins

10 Jan 2017

Rank #1

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Without Motive: The Dartmouth College Murders

On a cold evening in January 2001, the idyllic community of Dartmouth College was shattered by the discovery that two professors had been brutally murdered in their own home. Investigators searched in vain for clues linking the victims, Half and Susanne Zantop, to their murderer or murderers. The residents of Hanover, New Hampshire, speculated about who could have been responsible. The grisly nature of the crimes themselves destroyed the sanctity and invulnerability of the community.  This was a crime without reason, apparently without motive. Join us at the quiet end for a fascinating discussion and a wonderful beer: Henniker Quad Follow us on twitter @tiegrabberpods Instagram tiegrabberpodcasts Like us on Facebook www.tiegrabber.com/facebook

1hr 11mins

20 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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The Baby Thief: The Crimes of Georgia Tann

Alma Sipple, a single mother in Tennessee, could not afford medical care for her ten-month-old daughter Irma when a knock on the door changed her life: there stood a woman with close-cropped grey hair, round wireless glasses and a broad, stern face.The older woman exuded authority as she explained she was the director of a local orphanage. She had come to help. Alma was relieved and excitedly rushed to show the lady her sickly child. Examining the baby, the woman offered to pass her off as her own at the local hospital in order to obtain free treatment. She warned Alma not to accompany her, explaining: “If the nurses know you’re the mother, they’ll charge you.” Lifting the child from her bed, the woman turned and disappeared. Two days later, Alma was told her baby had died. In reality, Irma had been flown to an adoptive home in Ohio. Alma would not see her daughter again for 45 years. Far from being the kind savior that Alma thought she was, the woman who had taken Irma was a baby thief. For 30 years, Georgia Tann made millions of dollars selling children. A network of scouts, corrupt judges and politicians helped her steal babies. She targeted youngsters on their way home from school, promising them ice cream and tempting them away from their homes. Legal papers would be signed saying they were abandoned – most would never see their families again. Come with us to the quiet end as we discuss the cruelty suffered by children and families at the hands a woman considered by many to have been the most prolific child abuser and killer in a century.

1hr 43mins

29 Aug 2017

Rank #3

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Sympathy for the Devil: The Murder of Belinda Temple

Pregnant mother Belinda Temple, 30, was found dead in her bedroom closet on January 11, 1999, shot in the back of the head with a shotgun. Her husband David, a Houston-area high school football coach and former local football star, was the focus of the investigation, but authorities did not have enough evidence to arrest him until several years later. David Temple was convicted of his wife’s murder in 2007 and sentenced to life in prison. In 2016, he was released on appeal and is likely to face another trial. He still maintains his innocence today–alleging that Belinda was killed by burglars during a botched robbery while he was out shopping with their then-3-year-old son. This is a complicated case that we have examined from all angles. From David’s entitled childhood, to dating abuse, affairs, life insurance, and questionable forensic evidence, we’re letting you decide whether or not David Temple killed Belinda and their unborn daughter. Did a life of being told how special he was lead David Temple to think he was above the law? If that was the case, his family was probably behind him after Belinda’s murder, reassuring him that he was loved and supported, just as they always had whenever he got in trouble at school or in relationships. But there are other possible suspects. We’ll talk about those as well. Come with us to the quiet end. Our intermission song is Right Where You Left Me by Perlo

2hr 5mins

24 Oct 2017

Rank #4

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The Staircase Part One

The Staircase is a 10 part documentary film about the death of Kathleen Peterson and her husband’s trial for first degree murder. Jill and Dick discuss this true crime in three parts, each with a great beer consumed and reviewed.

1hr 19mins

1 May 2016

Rank #5

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The Death of Michele MacNeill

Michele MacNeill was a beautiful mother of 8 living in Utah with her physician husband, Martin MacNeill. Superficially, she had a life most people would envy. So, when she was found dead in her bathtub 8 days after cosmetic surgery, questions were asked. The secrets that came to the surface astounded even the most jaded investigators. Jill and Dick discuss this case as they drink Uinta’s Birthday Suit, an excellent American wild ale brewed in Utah.

1hr 6mins

5 May 2016

Rank #6

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A Husband’s Malice: The Disappearance of Jennifer & Abby Blagg

Grand Junction, Colorado, is a picturesque town on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. The Blagg Family, Jennifer, Mike, and little Abby, had moved there from South Carolina for Mike’s new job as operations manager at a local manufacturing plant. They set up house on an upper-middle class suburban street. Jennifer stayed home with Abby and volunteered at her school while Mike worked at his high paying white-collar career. To those who knew them or saw them in passing, they were the ideal family.

1hr 47mins

13 Feb 2018

Rank #7

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Preppy Murder: The Killing of Jennifer Levin

Labelled as the “rough sex killing” or the “preppy murder,” the 1986 murder of college-bound teenager Jennifer Levin at the hands of so-called preppy Robert Chambers caught the attention of the entire country. Her horrible death opened up discussions about the reckless and promiscuous world of teenagers in her crowd. In this time of the Me-Too movement, the media’s and the defense attorney’s attempts to blame sexually-active Jennifer for her own murder seem especially relevant. This was a classic case of victim blaming. But once we look into the life of Robert Chambers, we see how he was raised to feel entitled and above the law. Chambers had been kicked out of several schools; he burglarized apartments, sold drugs and he had once broken the arm of a girlfriend. Although he claimed that Jennifer was accidentally killed during rough sex, her body was brutalized in a way that showed it was not a consenting sex act. The nature of multiple wounds and evidence found for 25 feet around her body proved she had made attempts at escaping a brutal attack. We will talk about all of this in today’s quiet end discussion The Preppy Murder. Join tiegrabber Leave us a review Try Freshly and save $20

2hr 5mins

3 Apr 2018

Rank #8

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Getting Away with Murder: Casey Anthony

The story of murdered toddler Caylee Anthony gained an enormous amount of attention in 2008 when her mother Casey didn’t report her missing for 31 days. When questioned about her daughters whereabouts, Casey told police that Caylee had been kidnapped by a babysitter. As the investigation progressed, everything Casey told her family, friends, and authorities was revealed as fiction. To make matters worse, Casey had spent the 31 days without her daughter partying and living the “Bella Vita.” In an effort to honor the memory of little Caylee and gain a greater understanding of how this tragic case occurred, we begin this episode with the Anthony family dynamics and move toward the astonishing trial verdict. Saison du Swamp is opened and shared at the quiet end of the bar.

2hr 14mins

25 Jan 2017

Rank #9

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Fatal Vision: The Jeffrey MacDonald Case

On February 17, 1970, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, some of the most shocking murders in modern history took place. Colette MacDonald and her two young daughters were brutally murdered in their home on the base. Colette’s husband, Jeffrey MacDonald, was left wounded but he was still very much alive and well. This family massacre has fascinated and outraged people for nearly 50 years. At the heart of this case is the relationship of a pregnant young mother with her ambitious husband, along with the character and behavior of a man believed to be either a monster or a gentleman, depending on who you’re talking to. Jeffrey MacDonald has a version of what happened that night. Investigators and prosecutors have another version, backed up by what they see as blatant inconsistencies in his story and in the evidence. Today’s episode will address the relationship of Jeffrey with his wife Colette, the timeline and the evidence, as well as Jeffrey MacDonald’s behavior both before and after his family was slaughtered. Did Jeffrey MacDonald brutally murder his family or was he a victim of a Manson-like gang? Join us at the quiet end for Fatal Vision: The Jeffrey MacDonald Case.

1hr 56mins

25 Sep 2018

Rank #10

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Postpartum Psychosis: The Andrea Yates Case

Andrea Yates confessed to drowning her five children in their bathtub at home on June 20, 2001. She had been suffering for some time with postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis.   In her 2002 trial, the district attorney in asked for the death penalty. She was ultimately found competent to stand trial and convicted of capital murder. After the guilty verdict, but before sentencing, the state abandoned its request for the death penalty, and she was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years. Later, the verdict was overturned on appeal and the Texas jury in her retrial found that Yates was not guilty by reason of insanity. Join us at the quiet end for a frank and in-depth exploration of Andrea’s case, the controversy surrounding her husband’s supportiveness, and the science of postpartum psychosis.  An Austin beer is reviewed and recommended. Check out True Crime Brewery on Patreon: www.patreon.com/tiegrabber

1hr 53mins

14 Mar 2017

Rank #11

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The Killing of JonBenet Ramsey

JonBenet Ramsey was only 6-years old when she was found murdered in the basement of her Boulder, Colorado home. It was the day after Christmas. Twenty-two years later, her murder remains unsolved. The reason why there has been no conviction in this case could be attributed to mistakes made by the Boulder Police Department right from the beginning of their investigation and to what many people define as a lack of cooperation by JonBenet’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey. There are only two possible answers to what happened that night. One is that an intruder crept into the house, killed JonBenét in a botched kidnapping attempt while the family slept, then took off, leaving behind a three-page ransom note. The other possibility is that she was killed by a family member. In going over the physical and circumstantial evidence in the case, we’ll address the mistakes in the police investigation that have hindered a conviction and allowed a child killer to remain free before we examine the theories of what actually happened in the Ramsey house that night. Join tiegrabber Sabre

1hr 43mins

25 Dec 2018

Rank #12

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Portrait of a Family Annihilator: The Watts Family Murders

The case we’re talking about today, more than any in recent history, illustrates that we don’t always know the people close to us as well as we think we do. We’re talking about the case of a family annihilator: Chris Watts. In August of 2018, Chris murdered his pregnant wife and his two preschool-aged daughters. Then he loaded their lifeless bodies into his truck and dumped them at a work site. He was seen later that morning by co-workers and all of them would report that Chris acted normal, as if nothing unusual had happened. Investigators believe that Chris’s motivation for the murders was his desire to start a new life with his mistress. This seems true enough, but it’s difficult to believe that this was the sole motivation for the crimes. As we delve into the lives of Chris and Shanann Watts, deeper issues are exposed that most likely played a role in the murders. There were serious financial problems and there was friction between Shanann and her in-laws. Aspects of the couple’s relationship reveal that Chris may have been full of rage and resentment for Shanann. Join us at the quiet end today for Portrait of a Family Annihilator: The Watts Family Murders.

2hr 2mins

19 Feb 2019

Rank #13

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Fatal Exposure: The Jodi Arias Story

Friends and housemates hadn’t heard from Travis Alexander for 5 days when they let themselves into his house to check on him. What they found was shocking.  And they knew who was responsible: Travis’s ex-girlfriend Jodi Arias. Petite and pretty, Jodi had a normal childhood by all accounts.  But something went very wrong after she fell in love with Travis Alexander.  The relationship became toxic, leaving Travis eager to move on and Jodi enraged.  Did hurt feelings and stalking behaviors evolve into inconceivable violence?  The evidence was overwhelming. In this episode of True Crime Brewery, we tackle the sensational and infamous case of Jodi Arias and remember Travis Alexander, a young man whose life was painfully cut short.

1hr 51mins

13 Jun 2017

Rank #14

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A Most Selfish Act: The Murders of Laci and Conner Peterson

Laci Peterson was the subject of a highly publicized murder case after she went missing while eight months pregnant with her first child. She was reportedly last seen alive on December 24, 2002. Her husband, Scott Peterson, was later convicted of murder in the first degree for her death, and in the second degree for the death of their prenatal son, Conner. Perhaps the most notorious case of a husband killing his wife, there have been dozens of books and movies based on the Peterson case over the past 14 years. Join us as we discuss the public fascination with this case, the psychological disturbance which allowed a man to kill his wife and unborn child without regret or conscience, and the anguish left behind for those who loved Laci.

1hr 9mins

7 Sep 2016

Rank #15

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The Girl Scout Camp Murders

In the middle of the night, as thunderstorms engulfed the remote tents of Camp Scott in Locust Grove, Oklahoma, 3 girl scouts were snatched from their sleeping bags. Their ravaged young bodies wouldn’t be found until morning. The discovery was shocking, but there had been warnings: Warnings that were ignored by camp counselors and not revealed to parents. Join us at the quiet end as we sip Prairie Bomb and discuss this disturbing crime and the mystery that surrounds it to this day.

1hr 34mins

16 May 2017

Rank #16

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Gone From Home: The Disappearance of Susan McFarland

Susan McFarland, a hard-working mother of three, disappeared just before Thanksgiving in 2002.  Three days later, her car was found in an abandoned parking lot with the keys still in the ignition. Her friends and family hoped that Sue had just gone off to have some time alone.  But investigators became suspicious of foul play based on her husband’s unusual behavior both before and after Sue’s disappearance. Join us at the quiet end today for Gone From Home: The Disappearance of Susan McFarland. There is an interesting story here about the lives of a family under emotional and financial distress and three young children who lost the only stable parent they had.

1hr 34mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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My Mother, My Killer: Theresa Knorr

For most of us, the relationship between mother and child is a sacred one. We love our children, put their needs above our own, and will do anything to protect them and promote their happiness. But mother of six Theresa Knorr didn’t feel any such love or devotion for her children, least of all her two daughters Sheila and Suesan. Theresa wounded her daughter Suesan with scissors and a gun. When she wasn’t dead after a few weeks, Theresa tried to remove the bullet herself. The attempted surgery left Suesan near death. As her condition worsened, Theresa bound Suesan’s arms and legs, covered her mouth with duct tape, and ordered her sons to help her take the girl to a deserted road and burn her alive, dousing her with gasoline. Theresa Knorr forced her other daughter Sheila into prostitution. After a few weeks, she accused Sheila of becoming pregnant and passing on a venereal disease through the family toilet seat. She beat Sheila, hogtied her, and locked her in a hot closet with no ventilation. Once Sheila’s body began to decompose, Theresa ordered her sons to dispose of her. It took several years for Theresa to be brought to justice. During her trial, the public learned that she had been acquitted in the murder of her husband decades earlier. Her remaining youngest daughter, Terry, was the one to finally get the authorities to investigate her mother and believe what she was telling them: Theresa was a cold-blooded killer who had enlisted the help of sons in the murders of her own daughters. As we discuss the disturbing crimes of Theresa Knorr, we will dispel the belief that a mother’s love is always selfless, always unconditional. Theresa was a dangerous and cruel mother, but the myth of all mothers putting their children first worked to silence those who had chances to stop her. Where were the good people in this story who could have saved her children? Theresa didn’t strike out of nowhere. She calculated and carried out her abuses over a period of years, leaving a trail of breadcrumbs and clues that were clearly ignored. Theresa’s abuse could have been stopped but nobody moved to stop her. It was a legal system hesitant to believe her capable of murder, along with a society intent on minding its own business, who let her get away with the murder of two of her children and the nightmarish abuses of the remaining four. Madison Reed

1hr 46mins

18 Sep 2018

Rank #18

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The Surgeon’s Wife: The Disappearance of Gail Katz-Bierenbaum

Gail Katz-Bierenbaum was the attractive wife of a successful young surgeon when she disappeared in 1985. Her husband, Dr. Robert Bierenbaum, had a very promising future. Charming but awkward, Bob Bierenbaum was a surgical resident who spoke several languages and piloted his own plane. Trouble in the Bierenbaum marriage began even before there was a wedding. Bob was possessive and controlling. Gail was creative  and more free in her life. Gail was raised with the goal of marrying a doctor, so she married Bob to please her parents. Her mother believed her financial insecurity and tendency to move from one thing to another would be fixed after she became a doctor’s wife. Before her disappearance, Gail and Bob were planning a divorce. Bob didn’t want Gail to leave him. Gail had told a friend that she had proof Bob was committing Medicaid fraud and she was going to threaten to turn him in in order to get a divorce. Then, Bob called Gail’s mother saying he couldn’t find Gail. When her mother arrived at the Bierenbaum apartment, she was disturbed to find Gail’s purse with her keys and cigarettes. Bob said she had left in a huff the day before and he hadn’t seen her since. At the quiet end today, we’re telling the story of a couple who seemed to have life all figured out. But the reality of their lives, and Gail’s death, were far from ideal. Without a body, it would take years to put together what happened to Gail and to bring Bob Bierenbaum to trial. But did they get it right?

1hr 51mins

29 May 2018

Rank #19

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Murder Actually: The Texas Cadet Murder

In the early morning of December 3, 1995, a farmer driving along a quiet country road saw the body of a teenage girl on the ground behind a barbed-wire fence. At first, he thought he was looking at a dead animal. As he moved forward, the girl’s face was unrecognizable. One bullet hole was in her left cheek, another in her forehead. She had been hit so hard on the left side of her head that the part of the skull above her ear was caved in. She was wearing flannel shorts and a gray T-shirt. Within hours, police identified her as Adrianne Jones, a sixteen-year-old high school sophomore from the town of Mansfield, southeast of Fort Worth, Texas. It was only that autumn that her parents had allowed Adrianne to stay out past nine o’clock on weekends. Her father had nailed her bedroom windows shut so she couldn’t sneak out of the house at night. But aside from sneaking out to have some fun with friends, Adrianne was a good girl. She took advanced honors courses, studied at least two hours a night, and was a talented athlete. She also worked twenty hours a week at a local fast-food restaurant. Adrianne thrived on attention, especially when it came from the teenage boys around town. One of Adrianne’s closest friends, Tracy Bumpass, called her “a big flirt.” There were plenty of high school guys who wanted to meet her and lots of girls who wanted to be her friend. It was Adrianne’s popularity that made the investigation into her murder so difficult. And it quickly became clear to the detectives that Adrianne knew her killer, or killers. There was no sign at the crime scene that she had struggled. There were no marks that her hands or legs had been restrained. Nor was there any indication that someone had broken into her house or had gone through her window to abduct her. When David Graham and Diane Zamora were arrested for her murder in the fall of 1996, it was a shock. The high school sweethearts were high achievers with great ambitions. Graham was a first-year cadet at the Air Force Academy with plans to become a fighter pilot. Diane, who had won an appointment to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, was set on being an astronaut. They had their futures mapped out, including their wedding date for the summer of 2000. But Diane Zamora bragged to her roommates that she and David had killed a girl back in Texas. She said anyone who got between her and David would have to die. She said the girl deserved it … everyone knew the girl was a tramp and a slut. David had cheated on her and had sex with Adrienne Jones. The only solution was for them to kill Adrienne to preserve their love. The story of Adrianne Jones’ murder, often called the Texas Cadet Murder, is an incredible story of a senseless killing by two unlikely killers.

1hr 15mins

12 Jun 2018

Rank #20