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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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Five stars

By Max Gluk - Nov 07 2019
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The story telling is superb. One of my favorite true crime podcasts if not my favorite.

Great show

By SPFyourself - Nov 04 2019
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Always great and very thorough!

iTunes Ratings

3180 Ratings
Average Ratings
2593
229
130
84
144

Five stars

By Max Gluk - Nov 07 2019
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The story telling is superb. One of my favorite true crime podcasts if not my favorite.

Great show

By SPFyourself - Nov 04 2019
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Always great and very thorough!
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Southern Fried True Crime

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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.

Rank #1: 73: Meth, Lies & Murder: The Redneck Ted Bundy

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In 2004, a man named John Paul Chapman was arrested for the brutal rape and murder of Lisa Marie Nichols, in Mobile, Alabama. Authorities soon realized that the man they had in custody was not the real John Chapman, who was incarcerated in Missouri. They had Jeremy Bryan Jones, a drifter from Oklahoma, who they would soon find out was a serial rapist and murderer. The failure of the FBI’s fingerprint database, IAFIS, would let this monster go undetected for four years.

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited by Chaes Gray
Case suggested by Aaron of the Generation Why Podcast as we were touring the Museum of Death in New Orleans after CrimeCon and came across the story of the Redneck Ted Bundy
Additional Reading: Blood Lust by Sheila Johnson
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@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
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Oct 20 2019

58mins

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Rank #2: 1: A Murder in Brentwood: Dr. Rachael Maidens

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

The murder of Dr. Rachael Maidens

Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio

Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner

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

Oct 18 2017

39mins

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Rank #3: 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 wakeboarding 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.

Special thanks to private investigator, Sheila Wysocki. Check out her podcast on Lauren's case, premiering next week on July 26th, 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 and produced by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
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@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)

Jul 19 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #4: 72: Serial Killer & Rapist: Bobby Joe Long

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In 1984, a vicious sexual sadist was terrorizing the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. He preyed on sex workers, and other vulnerable women, murdering at least ten young women before he was caught. He oddly let one girl go in November and she would be the break law enforcement needed to unmask the Tampa Bay Serial Killer. Police didn’t realize when they arrested Bobby Joe Long that was he was also a brutal serial rapist who had attacked around 50 women over 4 states and was known all over Florida as the Classified Ads Rapist.

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Research Assistance by Haley Gray
Edited by Chaes Gray
Case suggested by Liz Hoyt
Additional suggested reading: Deadly Deception by JT Parker (*warning: graphic photos)
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@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)

Oct 13 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #5: 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. 
Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley

Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner 

Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio

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@southfriedtruth (Twitter)  @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)

Mar 31 2018

51mins

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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.

The Podcast I mentioned about the Dennis Flowers’ case:
https://coronertalk.com/cocaine-killing-coverup-pt-1
https://coronertalk.com/cocaine-killing-and-coverup-pt-2
https://coronertalk.com/pt-3-cocaine-killing-coverup-pathology

Promos played on today’s show: https://strictlyhomicide.podbean.com & https://beyondbizarretruecrime.podbean.com Please check them out!

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
https://southernfriedtruecrime.com
https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime
https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime
https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop)
@southfriedtruth and @kericak (Twitter) | @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)

Sep 03 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #7: 71: The Tangled Web of Dr. Michelle Theer

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The public is fascinated by love triangles. Add in betrayal and murder and you’ve got the plot to a novel, a movie or a soap opera. People cannot get enough of the romantic notion of a beautiful woman, torn between her love of two men. In 1999, Dr. Michelle Theer had been leading a secret life on the internet. She was married to Air Force Captain Marty Theer, who had no idea his wife was posting a dating profile online and meeting many men for anonymous sex. By the year 2000, Michelle was in a serious relationship with one of these men. And she set in motion a plan not to just get rid of her husband, but also her lover so she could begin a new life, far away from Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
Edited by Chaes Gray
Suggested Reading: The Officer’s Wife by Michael Freeman
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@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)

Oct 05 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #8: 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.

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

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

Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio

Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner

Oct 27 2017

38mins

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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.
Case suggested by Linda Morgan

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

Promo on this episode: Pretend Radio

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
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https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime
https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime
https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop)
@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)

Feb 08 2019

58mins

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Rank #10: 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)

Promos on this episode: Corpus Delecti & Perhaps It's You 

Follow them on Twitter! @CorpusDelectiPC & @PerhapsItsYou

Southern Fried True Crime is written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley

Southern Fried’s Original Graphic Art is by Coley Horner 

Southern Fried’s Original Theme Music by is Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio

@southernfriedtruecrime (Insta & Facebook) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) 

https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime (please consider donating if you'd like to support the show...episodes release early without ads, and lots of freebies for my patrons!)

https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop: another way to support the show, buy a cool t-shirt or hoodie...we even have onsies!)

https://southernfriedtruecrime.com (there is a one time donate button if you'd like to support the show but aren't into the whole commitment thing)

May 18 2018

35mins

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Rank #11: 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. 

*Warning: this episode is especially graphic 

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley

Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner 

Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio

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https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime

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https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop)

@southfriedtruth (Twitter)  @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)

Mar 14 2018

50mins

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Rank #12: 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.

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley

Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner 

Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio

https://southernfriedtruecrime.com

https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime

https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime

https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop)

@southfriedtruth (Twitter)  @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta) 

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

https://www.facebook.com/A-Murder-in-Music-City-Michael-Bishop-119915988737797/

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

Special, special thanks to Cousin Lyn!

Feb 23 2018

54mins

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Rank #13: 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.

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

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
https://southernfriedtruecrime.com
https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime
https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime
https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop)
@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
@kericakbooklove (Southern Fried Book Club Twitter) and @southernfriedbookclub (Insta)

Sep 12 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #14: 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.

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
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@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
@kericakbooklove (Southern Fried Book Club Twitter) and @southernfriedbookclub (Insta)

Sep 09 2018

41mins

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Rank #15: 53: The Disappearance & Murder of Jessica Dishon

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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.

Sponsor: Scentbird.com

Promo: Criminology

Episode suggested by: Chelsea Biggers

I’ll be in New Orleans for CrimeCon this year! It’s June 7-9th. To buy your ticket, use promo code FRIEDCRIME19. I hope to see y’all there!

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
https://southernfriedtruecrime.com
https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime
https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime
https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop)
@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)

May 17 2019

44mins

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Rank #16: 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:
https://www.amazon.com/Bluegrass-True-Story-Murder-Kentucky/dp/1416538682/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=William+Van+Meter+Bluegrass&qid=1564774117&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Case suggested by listeners Mike & Kaneal Whitlow

Tickets for the live show with Trashy Divorces on August 25th in Atlanta:
https://www.bigtickets.com/e/venkmans/TD-SFTC/

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
https://southernfriedtruecrime.com
@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)

Aug 02 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #17: 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.

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. 

Sponsor: TryWinc.com/southernfried

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley

Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner

Apr 04 2018

58mins

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Rank #18: 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. 

Southern Fried True Crime is written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley

Southern Fried’s Original Graphic Art is by Coley Horner 

Southern Fried’s Original Theme Music by is Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio

@southernfriedtruecrime (Insta & Facebook) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) 

https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime (please consider donating if you'd like to support the show...episodes release early without ads, and lots of freebies for my patrons!)

https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop: another way to support the show, buy a cool t-shirt!)

https://southernfriedtruecrime.com (there is a one time donate button if you'd like to support the show but aren't into the whole commitment thing)

May 22 2018

47mins

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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....

Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio

Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley4

Nov 08 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #20: 40: The Bitter Blood Murders: Susie Newsom Lynch & Fritz Klenner

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Known as the “Bitter Blood Murders,” in 1985, first cousins and lovers, Susie Newsom Lynch and Fritz Klenner led police and SBI on a chase that ended in an explosion that killed them and Susie’s two young sons. It was the culmination of a bloody feud that had already left five dead, decimating two prominent families in a Southern Gothic tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.

This case was first reported in a series of articles by journalist Jerry Bledsoe, who then researched the families for three years before releasing his #1 New York Times best-selling opus, Bitter Blood: A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness, and Multiple Murder

This incredible true crime classic is still in print to this day, as well as available on kindle:

https://www.amazon.com/Bitter-Blood-Southern-Madness-Multiple-ebook/dp/B00KFI0EFI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1550330582&sr=1-1&keywords=bitter+blood+by+jerry+bledsoe

Case suggested by Bridgett Jochum
Promo on this episode: Trashy Divorces

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
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Feb 16 2019

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