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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.

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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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Well written and researched!

Awesome

By careyleigh1210 - Jul 31 2019
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I recently found this podcast and I'm so glad I did! Excellent host and research

iTunes Ratings

2468 Ratings
Average Ratings
2038
164
100
58
108

Excellent!

By Rach22124511 - Aug 08 2019
Read more
Well written and researched!

Awesome

By careyleigh1210 - Jul 31 2019
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I recently found this podcast and I'm so glad I did! Excellent host and research
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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: 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
38 mins
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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. 
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)
Mar 31 2018
51 mins
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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
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #4: 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
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #5: 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

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)
Mar 14 2018
50 mins
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Rank #6: 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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@southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
Feb 08 2019
58 mins
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Rank #7: 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
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #8: 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
54 mins
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Rank #9: 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

Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio

Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner

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
Oct 31 2017
49 mins
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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
35 mins
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Rank #11: 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
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 09 2018
41 mins
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Rank #12: 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
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #13: 5: The Thanksgiving Day Murder of Ashley Scott

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The Thanksgiving Day murder of a beautiful young teacher. 

Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio

Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley

US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233

UK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247

Australia Rape & Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-737-732

Canada: http://thelifelinecanada.ca./help/call/
Nov 15 2017
44 mins
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Rank #14: 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
44 mins
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Rank #15: 31: Justice Denied: The Horrific Murder of Brenda Schaefer

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Double jeopardy protects our citizens from malicious prosecution. But every now and then, the good guys lose. And the bad guy benefits from this protection we all enjoy. The Brenda Schaefer case is an extreme example of dedicated police work and earnest prosecution still losing to abject evil.

Special thank you to author Bob Hill. His book, Double Jeopardy, was an incredible resource in researching this case.

*Promo on this episode: The Murder in My Family by Mike Morford*

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)
Oct 18 2018
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #16: 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
58 mins
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Rank #17: 57: Miami Beach Royalty: The Novack Murders (Part 1)

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The history of the infamous Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach is fascinating. Mobsters, movie stars and and scandal helped the brilliant and ruthless hotelier Ben Novack Sr. propel his hotel onto the world stage, where it remains today. But the brutal murders of his ex-wife Bernice and son, Ben Jr. rocked America and the squabble over the Novack fortune is still winding through the Florida probate courts to this day.

Suggested Reading: The Prince of Paradise by John Glatt:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009LRWVDC/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Also: Fools Paradise by Steven Gaines for more history of Miami Beach and an interview with Ben Novack Jr.

Sponsor: BeautyByDesign.com | GreenChef.us

Info for the True Crime Podcast Festival held in Chicago on June 13th: https://tcpf2019.com/

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)
Jun 21 2019
58 mins
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Rank #18: 37: The Stalking & Murder of Heather Palumbo-Jones

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A young mother goes on a personal journey and leaves her deadbeat husband. He couldn’t let that happen. And the press disgustingly blamed her for it.

Special thanks to suggested by Lindsey Murphy-Thomas for suggesting this case.
Promo on this episode: Targeted: True Crime Domestic Violence

US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
UK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247
Australia Rape & Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-737-732
Canada: http://thelifelinecanada.ca./help/call/

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)
Jan 10 2019
40 mins
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Rank #19: 56: Poisoning Patsy

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In October of 1987, a beautiful Texas socialite and businesswoman was poisoned with strychnine. It was in the bottle of NyQuil she often used to help her go to sleep. Patsy Bolton Wright was a share holder in the Southwest Historical Wax Museum in Grand Prairie, Texas. Less than a year after her murder, the wax museum was burned to the ground by an arsonist. Neither crime has ever been solved.

Research by Erica & Vincent from the Gone Cold Podcast - Texas True Crime

Sponsor: GreenChef.us | ScentBird.com

Promo: Obscura: True Crime

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)
Jun 14 2019
47 mins
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Rank #20: 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.

Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible: he leading provider of premium digital spoken audio entertainment.

Podcast promos on this episode: It’s Haunted, What Now? and The Minds of Madness

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

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)
Oct 31 2018
59 mins
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