Rank #1: Episode 138: Cursed Hollywood: Diff'rent Strokes
Three child actors become stars after being cast in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes in 1978. But, all three would go on to live troubled adult lives including drug addiction, legal troubles and untimely death.
These are the stories of Todd Bridges, Dana Plato and Gary Coleman.
Several resources were used in the research for this episode including:
The Tragic Stars of Different Strokes, People Magazine, March 25, 1991
Gary Coleman dies at 42; child star of hit sitcom Diff'rent Strokes by Dennis McClellan for The Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2010.
The Overdose Death of Dana Plato by Frank Wilkins for ReelReviews.com.
Todd Bridges book: Killing Wills: From Diff'rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted, Simon and Schuster, 2010.
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Rank #2: Episode 109: Listener Suggestions: Craig Price - The Warwick Slasher
This month I'm picking cases from listener suggestions as a "thank you" to my audience. First up is a case from Warwick, Rhode Island suggested by Mikala Fortin.
When a series of brutal murders takes place in one neighborhood in 1989, investigators zero in on an unlikely suspect - a teenage boy who would be considered one of the country's youngest serial killers.
Photo: Craig Price is taken into custody and charge with four murders in Rhode Island.
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Rank #3: Episode 131: Twin Terrors: The Gibbons Sisters - Part 1
June and Jennifer Gibbons were identical twins who, from a very young age, were so bonded to one another that they created their own “twin language” to communicate speaking only to one another. They rejected any other relationships including their own parents and siblings. Later, they would construct a fantasy world that only they inhabited. This lead to more serious anti-social behavior that resulted in a shocking crime spree.
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Rank #4: Episode 068: Murder in the Family: Chapter 4: Fritz Klenner and Susie Lynch
Two cousins from a prominent and wealthy family seek revenge on their own relatives and turn to murder.
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Books: Bitter Blood: A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness and Multiple Murder by Jerry Bledsoe
Movies/Television: In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride and Madness (Also known as "Bitter Blood") starring Harry Hamlin and Kelly McGillis (1994)
Rank #5: Episode 137: Deadly Therapy - Susan Polk
Susan Polk enters into a relationship with her therapist when she is a young girl. Years later, after 20 years of marriage, she will claim she has been abused by her husband for decades. After he is found dead in their guest house the question would be, was this a case of self-defense or a cold-blooded murder?
Several resources were used in the research of this case including:
Court record: The People, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. Susan Mae Polk, Defendant and Applellant, Contra Costa County Super. Ct. No. 031668-7, December 13, 2010
A California Murder Raises Troubling Issues by Carol Pogash for The New York Times, September 18, 2005
Obituary of Dr. F. Felix Polk, SFGate.com, November 5, 2002.
Slaying rips apart a family in Orinda by Jason Dearen for Bay Area News Group, October 10, 2005.
Convicted Orinda killer Susan Polk denied parole, kicked out of hearing midway through by Nate Gartrell for Bay Area News Group, July 17, 2019.
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Rank #6: Episode 122: Murder Memories: Chapter 1: Eileen Franklin - Part 1
In this series I'll share crime stories that feature a very strange and rare phenomenon - recovered memories of murder. Is it possible to forget about a murder? Could a traumatic event, like witnessing a violent crime, cause a person to repress the memory so completely that they, in essence, “forget” they ever saw such a horrific event?
In this first chapter, Eileen Franklin recalls a 20-year-old murder. She will claim that she witnessed the murder of her best friend, 8-year-old Susan Nason in 1969 and then repressed the memory for years.
Several articles, court records and other materials were used to research this case. One resource was the book Once Upon a Time by Harry Maclean, published in 1993.
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Rank #7: Episode 003: Lost and Found: Chapter 3: The Cleveland Kidnappings
Three girls go missing over as many years in a Cleveland, Ohio neighborhood. Years go by before they are ever seen again. When it was revealed who had taken them and what they were subjected to the city was stunned to find that the perpetrator had been right under their nose all along.
True crime stories told one chapter at a time: kidnappings.
Rank #8: Episode 088: Infamous Locales: Chapter 1: The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle
One intersection in Beverly Hills has been the site of many events from airplane crashes, car accidents, and murders. Could it be a coincidence or is the area cursed?
Photo: The intersection of Sunset Blvd, North Linden and North Whittier Drive in Beverly Hills, known as "The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle".
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Rank #9: Episode 002: Lost and Found: Chapter 2: Elizabeth Smart
This is our second installment in the series "Lost and Found". Elizabeth Smart was a 14-year-old girl from a loving, Mormon family living in Salt Lake City, Utah. The family's kindness towards a local transient would make her a target for kidnapping. Her ordeal would encompass months of captivity and hundreds of miles before the final outcome in her story.
Rank #10: Episode 100: Written in Blood Chapter 3: Anne Perry - Part 1
A brutal murder takes place in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1954. Two teenage girls are quickly identified as the murderers. The crime would become infamous in New Zealand and the girl exposed as a well-known writer decades later. This is Part 1.
#Parker-HulmeMurder #NewZealand #PaulineParker #JulietHulme #matricide
Photo: Pauline Parker (left), Juliet Hulme (right) during their trial.
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Rank #11: Episode 018: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 1: Kitty Genovese
A young woman's murder becomes and indictment on American apathy and changes the way crime is reported.
Rank #12: Episode 098: Written in Blood: Chapter 1: Jack Abbott and Issei Sagawa
In this series I detail crimes committed by authors or writers. First up, two authors who became literary celebrities despite their criminal history....or even because of it.
#JackHenryAbbott #IsseiSagawa #NormanMailer #GaryGilmore #TheExecutionersSong #Japan #cannibalism
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Rank #13: Episode 001: Lost and Found: Chapter 1 - Jaycee Dugard
This is the first installment in our series "Lost and Found". When a loved one goes missing the families are left in a terrible limbo. How long do you hold out hope for your loved one to be found? Many never give up hope and, for a few, a miracle happens and their prayers are answered. In this first episode, an 11-year-old girl is abducted by strangers in broad daylight. The abductors have carefully planned for their captive. The story of this well-publicized kidnapping is even more bizarre and unbelievable than you might have heard.
Rank #14: Episode 091: Infamous Locales: Chapter 3: The Cecil Hotel - Part 1
The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles has been home to at least two serial killers, numerous tragic deaths, a sniper shooting and one mysterious death. Join me for this first installment of a 2-part episode covering the Cecil Hotel's history. #serial killers #RichardRamirez #TheNightStalker #
Photo: The Exterior of the Cecil Hotel / Richard Ramirez "The Night Stalker" in court.
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Resources: Book: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez: The Night Stalker by Philip Carlo
Rank #15: Episode 023: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 1: The Ashland Tragedy
In the early morning hours of Christmas Eve, 1881, a brutal attack was perpetrated on three sleeping teens in Ashland, Kentucky.
The three suspects in the Ashland murders
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Poem: The Ashland Tragedy, composed as a ballad by Peyton Buckner Byrne of Greenup County, Kentucky.
Music: The Cherry Tree Carol and Carol of the Bells from An Appalachian Christmas, Composer Mark O'Connor
Rank #16: Episode 071: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 3: Laci Peterson: Part 1
On Christmas Eve day, 2002, an 8-month pregnant woman went missing from her home. A large-scale search was started right away, but suspicion immediately fell upon her husband, Scott Peterson.
This episode will be a little different for OUAC. I have a special co-host, Yolanda Norris from the Not Perfect or Functional Podcast who will be discussing the case with me. Yolanda is my sister so this is a real holiday treat for me - and I hope it will be for you too!
Also, while you may think you know this story, we've come at it from a different angle. First, it will be in response to the A&E program "The Murder of Laci Peterson" in which they lay out a case for the reasons some believe Scott Peterson was tried in the media and should have been found not guilty.
Second, we will do a deep into the background and psyche of Scott Peterson to give our take on why we think not only is he guilty, but that there were signs pointing to how and why Scott may have been able to so casually murder his wife and unborn son.
This episode is Part One of a two-part special episode. Part Two comes out tomorrow! Happy Holidays!
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Rank #17: Episode 019: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 2: Francine Hughes and The Burning Bed
An abused woman spends years being beaten and terrorized by her husband while police and others turn a blind eye. In desperation, she takes the law into her own hands.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline (U.S.) 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Victim Support (U.K.) www.victimsupport.org.uk
Domestic Violence Resource Centre (AU) www.dvrcv.org.au
U.S. Dept. of Justice Office on Violence Against Women www.justice.gov/ovw
People show support for the defendant at the trial of Francine Hughes./Farrah Fawcett's portrayal of Francine in "The Burning Bed".
Rank #18: Episode 007: Killer Kids: Chapter 2: Mary Bell
An 11-year-old is accused of murdering two boys in the 1960s.
Also this week - a thank you to Mike from Sword and Scale and Justin from The Generation Why Podcast as well as a shout out to Aurelia305!
And, my thoughts on the Adnan Syed case - new trial granted this week.
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For more on Mary Bell check out "The Case of Mary Bell" by Gitta Sereny.
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Rank #19: Episode 043: A Woman Scorned: Chapter 2: Jodi Arias
A young woman who felt spurned by her on-again-off again lover and realizaing she couldn’t have him for herself, decides to take deadly revenge. This case became one of the most sensationalized trials on record.
Chapter 2 of "A Woman Scorned" is the murder of Travis Alexander by Jodi Arias.
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Rank #20: Episode 008: Killer Kids Chapter 3 Brenda Spencer
The first school mass shooting in the U.S. is committed by a 16-year-old year girl.
Brenda Spencer's mugshot. January 29, 1979. Wearing her "lucky" hat.
Brenda Spencer goes to court.
"Does Anyone Like Mondays? The Brenda Spencer Murder Case" by Eric Hart
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