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Court Junkie

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Rank #126 in Society & Culture category

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Society & Culture
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Imagine being wrongfully convicted for a crime you didn’t commit, or imagine your child's killer is still on the loose even though there’s enough evidence for an arrest. I want to help shine light on the injustices of our judicial system. I delve into court documents, attend trials, and interview those close to the case to help me tell their stories.

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Imagine being wrongfully convicted for a crime you didn’t commit, or imagine your child's killer is still on the loose even though there’s enough evidence for an arrest. I want to help shine light on the injustices of our judicial system. I delve into court documents, attend trials, and interview those close to the case to help me tell their stories.

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Awesome podcast

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I love love love this podcast!

My New Favorite!

By wellsk2599 - Jun 06 2019
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Binging this podcast. So thorough and a great story teller. Love all the details and interviews.

iTunes Ratings

3289 Ratings
Average Ratings
3024
138
55
30
42

Awesome podcast

By Jlyn32 - Jun 07 2019
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I love love love this podcast!

My New Favorite!

By wellsk2599 - Jun 06 2019
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Binging this podcast. So thorough and a great story teller. Love all the details and interviews.
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Court Junkie

Updated about 1 month ago

Rank #126 in Society & Culture category

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Imagine being wrongfully convicted for a crime you didn’t commit, or imagine your child's killer is still on the loose even though there’s enough evidence for an arrest. I want to help shine light on the injustices of our judicial system. I delve into court documents, attend trials, and interview those close to the case to help me tell their stories.

Rank #1: Ep 66: Kendra Hatcher: A Planned Murder

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35-year-old Kendra Hatcher was tragically gunned down in the parking garage of her high-rise apartment building in Dallas, Texas, in September 2015. The investigation into her murder would uncover a sinister plot to have her killed. Would all the suspects be caught and be brought to justice? 

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Please consider supporting Court Junkie with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie.

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Feb 04 2019
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #2: Ep 14: The Vaughn Family Tragedy

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In the early morning hours of June 14, 2007, a 32-year-old man is found walking down the side of a frontage road off I-55 in Channahon, Illinois. He’s bleeding and seemingly in shock. A passerby calls 911 and investigators arrive at the scene. They find the man’s wife and three children, dead in the family’s SUV. 

In this episode, I cover the trial of Christopher Vaughn, a husband and father accused of killing his wife and three children. 

A special thank you to Jon Seidel, a reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times for contributing to this episode. You can follow him on Twitter at @SeidelContent.

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

To support this podcast, you can donate as little as $1 via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie.

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No Other Choice by Lee Rosevere - Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS_-_11_No_Other_Choice

Remember Trees? by Chris Zabriskie -  Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/Music_from_Neptune_Flux/ChrisZabriskie-MusicfromNeptuneFlux-07

Celestial Navigation by Blue Dot Sessions - Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/Aeronaut/Celestial_Navigation

Feb 06 2017
54 mins
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Rank #3: Ep 34: The Strange Saga of Kelly Cochran

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It all started with a missing persons report that was filed on October 27, 2014. Christopher Karl Regan hadn't been seen for two weeks and his friends and family were worried about him. The main suspect in his disappearance was Kelly Cochran, a married woman he had been secretly dating. But did Kelly really kill him, or did her husband have something to do with it?

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Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie.

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

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Sep 06 2017
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #4: Ep 51, Part 1: “Perfect Murder” or Witch Hunt? (The Trials of Jason Young)

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In November 2006, a young pregnant mother was found dead in her home near Raleigh, North Carolina. Investigators immediately suspected her husband, who had a seemingly rock-solid alibi - he was hundreds of miles away on a business trip at the time of the murder. Or was he?

Note: Part 2 will be released next week (Want to hear it earlier? Go to Patreon.com/CourtJunkie)

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

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Apr 16 2018
1 hour 45 mins
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Rank #5: Ep 55: Husband vs. Wife - What Really Happened to Laura Ackerson?

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In July 2011, 27-year-old Laura Ackerson went to pick up her two children from her ex-boyfriend's house, only to never be seen or heard from again. The former boyfriend is immediately a suspect, but he quickly points the finger at his new wife. After two trials, will we finally get the answers to what happened to Laura?

Disclaimer: This episode contains some graphic testimony. Listener discretion is advised.

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  • Everlywell - EverlyWell is an at-home health-testing company that offers a variety of physician-reviewed, private tests – from Food Sensitivity, to Metabolism, to Thyroid. Head to everlywell.com and use promo code JUNKIE to take 15% off your first order.
  • Smokeball - Smokeball is the only case management software that automatically records your time and activity for you. Get daily digest updates, law firm insights reports, automatic Word to PDF creation, over 14,000 automated legal forms, dedicated account management and much more! Court Junkie listeners can receive 50% off the onboarding fee when you sign up with Smokeball. Go to smokeball.com/COURT.
  • Simple Contacts lets you renew your prescription and re-order your brand of lenses from anywhere, in minutes, through an online, self-guided vision test. Court Junkies get $30 off their first Simple Contacts order by visiting simplecontacts.com/junkie or enter the code JUNKIE at checkout.
  • Leesa - Leesa is an innovative direct-to-consumer online mattress brand that is also socially conscious. Get $130 off AND a free pillow when you go to Leesa.com/JUNKIE.

Please consider supporting Court Junkie with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie.

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

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Jun 11 2018
1 hour 29 mins
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Rank #6: Ep 8 Part 1: The Murder of Sherri Rae Rasmussen

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On February 24, 1986, John Ruetten came home from work to find his newlywed wife on their living room floor, dead from 3 bullet wounds to the chest. Investigators concluded it was a burglary gone wrong, but the case went unsolved for decades. 23 years later, DNA testing that hadn’t been available before was conducted and who the new evidence pointed to was shocking.

In Part 1, you’ll hear the details of the crime, how the investigation progressed over the years, and audio from a very interesting interrogation.

Check out the full unedited interrogation - https://youtu.be/JT21CI4GRUM

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

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Oct 28 2016
39 mins
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Rank #7: Ep 10 Part 1: Kristine Bunch’s Nightmare

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In part 1 of this episode, you’ll hear about one woman’s nightmare come true. In 1995, 21-year-old Kristine Bunch was abruptly awoken in the early morning hours to discover that her house was on fire. After escaping the flames, she watched in horror as firefighters were unable to save her 3-year-old son who was still trapped inside. Within hours of being released from the hospital, she discovered that detectives had a theory about the fire - someone had started the fire on purpose, and their main suspect was Kristine. 

A special thank you to Kristine Bunch for helping me tell her story.

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

To support this podcast, you can donate as little as $1 via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie.

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Nov 28 2016
32 mins
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Rank #8: Ep 56: Tragedy in Columbia, Illinois

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In May 2009, a tragedy hit the small St. Louis suburb of Columbia, Illinois. A loving mother and her two young sons were found dead in their beds. But who would do such a thing, and why?

REMINDER: I will be on maternity leave for the next 8 weeks. The next episode will be released on August 20, 2018. Thank you for your patience! 

CORRECTION: In the episode, I refer to a woman “who was having an affair with” a married male. I should have instead said that she was “the woman with whom he was having an affair.” 

Sponsors in this episode:

  • Everlywell - EverlyWell is an at-home health-testing company that offers a variety of physician-reviewed, private tests – from Food Sensitivity, to Metabolism, to Thyroid. Head to everlywell.com and use promo code JUNKIE to take 15% off your first order.
  • Leesa - Leesa is an innovative direct-to-consumer online mattress brand that is also socially conscious. Get $160 off when you go to Leesa.com/JUNKIE.
  • Simple Contacts lets you renew your prescription and re-order your brand of lenses from anywhere, in minutes, through an online, self-guided vision test. Court Junkies get $30 off their first Simple Contacts order by visiting simplecontacts.com/junkie or enter the code JUNKIE at checkout.

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Jun 25 2018
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #9: Ep 8 Part 2: The Murder of Sherri Rae Rasmussen

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On February 24, 1986, John Ruetten came home from work to find his newlywed wife on their living room floor, dead from 3 bullet wounds to the chest. Investigators concluded it was a burglary gone wrong, but the case went unsolved for decades. 23 years later, DNA testing that hadn’t been available before was conducted and who the new evidence pointed to was shocking. 

In Part 2, you’ll hear the conclusion of Stephanie’s interrogation, the evidence presented at trial, and the final outcome of the case.

Check out the full unedited interrogation - https://youtu.be/JT21CI4GRUM

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

To support this podcast, you can donate as little as $1 via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie.

Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod

Oct 31 2016
39 mins
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Rank #10: Ep 4: Questions Surrounding Pravin Varughese’s Death

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19-year-old Pravin Varughese was a college student at Southern Illinois University when he was mysteriously found dead in the woods after leaving a party. Investigators believe he died from hypothermia but a second autopsy reveals he may have died from blunt force trauma. A 22-year-old man came forward to say he got into a fight with Pravin the night he died. Will Pravin’s family finally get the answers they’re looking for?

A special thank you goes out to Pravin’s mom, Lovely Varughese, and Monica Zukas for helping me with Pravin’s story. 

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

To support this podcast, you can donate as little as $1 via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie.

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Sep 08 2016
47 mins
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Rank #11: Ep 5: Erica Parsons - Teen Reported Missing 2 Years After Disappearance

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Could a jailhouse conversation be the key to finding out what happened to Erica Parsons? Erica Parsons had been missing from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina for two years before she was finally reported missing to police by her adoptive brother. Erica’s adoptive mother told police she went to live with her biological grandma - someone police say does not exist. I talk to Brooklyn Parsons, Erica’s adoptive sister,  who has recently visited her father, Sandy Parsons, in prison. What he tells her could finally provide answers on what really happened to Erica. 

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

To support this podcast, you can donate as little as $1 via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie.

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Sep 22 2016
35 mins
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Rank #12: EP 12: Kelsey Smith - Abducted In Broad Daylight

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Kelsey Smith was just 18 years old when she was abducted from a Target parking lot in Overland Park, Kansas in June 2007. Finding her would take a battle with a cellular phone company and heartbreaking surveillance video from Target, that shows that no one is ever really safe, even if you’re running a simple errand in broad daylight.

A special thank you to Kelsey’s mom, Missey Smith, for speaking with me for this episode. To learn more about the Kelsey Smith Foundation and the Kelsey Smith Act, please visit kelseysarmy.org.

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

To support this podcast, you can donate as little as $1 via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie.

Follow us on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod

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  - Summertime instrumental 1 by cdk (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/cdk/13112

  - Like Music (cdk Mix) by cdk (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike  (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/cdk/48915 Ft: Phasenwandler

Jan 17 2017
35 mins
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Rank #13: Ep 70: The Outbreak

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In January 2008, a Hepatitis C outbreak was discovered in Las Vegas, Nevada. After investigating the outbreak, officials were able to determine that the infected patients all had one thing in common - they had all undergone procedures at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada.

After one of the infected patients passed away, a physician and nurse anesthetist from the Center were charged with second degree murder. 

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Apr 01 2019
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #14: Ep 16: The Case & Trial of One of Canada’s Youngest Serial Killers

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In November 2010, 20-year-old Cody Legebokoff was pulled over by an RCMP officer while speeding away from a dark abandoned road. Little did the officer realize that his actions that night would be stopping a serial killer in his tracks.

This episode covers the case and trial of Cody Legebokoff, one of Canada's youngest serial killers.

Thank you to Mark Nielsen for helping me cover this story. You can find Mark’s full coverage of the Cody Legebokoff case from the Prince George Citizen here, including the audio from Cody’s interrogations - http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/legebokoff-trial

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Mar 12 2017
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #15: Ep 27: The Conspiracy and Murder of Lisa Knoefel

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In November 2012, a horrific murder occurred in a charming single family home in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. But everything wasn’t as it seemed…

This episode is sponsored by Audible. Audible has the best audiobook performances, an unmatched selection and the most exclusive content. Start a 30-day trial and your first Audible book is free. Learn more at Audible.com/CourtJunkie

Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie.

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Jun 19 2017
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #16: Ep 6: Richardson Family Murders - The Story of A 12-Year-Old Killer

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In April 2006, the small city of Medicine Hat in Alberta, Canada, was shocked by an unthinkable murder no one ever saw coming - A 12-year-old girl convinces her 23-year-old boyfriend to murder her entire family. I speak with the first investigator on the scene and talk to him about the crime itself as well as the latest developments - which might shock you too. 

Warning: this episode contains some disturbing details, but they’re important to understanding the severity and complexity of the case.

NOTE: I'd like to make a correction about my reference to the "town of Saskatchewan." Saskatchewan is actually a province and not a town. Sincere apologies to my Canadian friends! 

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

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Sep 29 2016
37 mins
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Rank #17: Ep 62: What Happened To Heather Elvis? (Tammy Moorer Trial)

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In December 2013, 20-year-old Heather Elvis mysteriously vanished in the middle of the night and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. I covered Heather's disappearance and the first trial of one of the suspects in Episode 45. This episode covers the trial of the second suspect. 

Law enforcement and prosecutors are convinced they know what happened to Heather - but would a jury believe their theory?

Sponsors in this episode:

  • Up And Vanished - In a one-night special TV event, Oxygen brings to life Payne Lindsey’s hit true crime podcast “Up and Vanished.” Check it out on Sunday November 18th at 7 on Oxygen.
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Please consider supporting Court Junkie with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie.

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Nov 12 2018
1 hour 33 mins
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Rank #18: Ep 26: A Teacher and Her Students

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In October 2011, a 32-year-old Ohio teacher went on trial for sexual battery, accused of having inappropriate relations with 5 of her students. Her plea? Not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie.

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

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Jun 05 2017
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #19: Ep 9: Ryan Poston Murder / Shayna Hubers Trial

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Ryan Poston and Shayna Hubers had been dating on and off for about a year when one night in October 2012, a 911 call was placed from Ryan’s condo. When officers arrived, they found Ryan dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Shayna claimed it was self-defense even though Ryan had been shot 6 times.

I’ll go over Shayna’s bizarre behavior, the details from the trial, and tell you about a shocking new development that just might change everything.

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

To support this podcast, you can donate as little as $1 via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie.

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Nov 13 2016
39 mins
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