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Ep 37: What Really Happened to Holly Bobo? (Zachary Adams Trial)

1:38:10 | Oct 9th, 2017

20-year-old Holly Bobo went missing from her home near Parsons, Tennessee, on the morning of April 13, 2011. For years, her family was in the dark as to what happened to her, until finally, progress was made in the case. But would the trial of Zach A...Show More
Ep 26: A Teacher and Her Students

1:19:13 | Jun 5th, 2017

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. Sponsors:   - Get a $1 off coupon for Lifeway Kefir by visitin...Show More
Ep 59: The Fatal Football Practice

1:28:10 | Oct 1st, 2018

On August 20, 2008, a tragedy occurred at the football practice at Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville, Kentucky. A 15-year-old boy lost his life and a 37-year-old coach would soon face charges in his death.    Sponsors in this episode: ...Show More
Ep 58: Emily Doe and the Stanford Rape Case

1:06:11 | Sep 17th, 2018

In January 2015, a call of an unconscious female came into the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office in Palo Alto, California. Deputies responded to a fraternity house on the Stanford campus and found an unresponsive woman who had been sexually assault...Show More
Ep 30: Dalia Dippolito and the Attempted Murder of Her Husband

1:27:34 | Jul 23rd, 2017

When Dalia Dippolito returned home from the gym in the early morning hours of August 5, 2009, she came home to a scene that would be anyone's worst nightmare - police officers were waiting for her and told her that her husband had just been murdered....Show More
Ep: 29 The Death of Conrad Roy (Michelle Carter Trial)

1:45:45 | Jul 10th, 2017

At just 18 years old, Conrad Roy III tragically took his own life in July 2014. When police arrived at the scene, they found his cell phone, which would reveal some shocking text messages he had been exchanging with his alleged girlfriend at the time...Show More
Case Update: War Machine Sentencing and Christy Mack Update

33:20 | Jun 12th, 2017

In this Case Update, hear what went on in the sentencing of War Machine, the former MMA fighter who was convicted of beating his former girlfriend, Christy Mack, and her friend, Corey Thomas.  Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as...Show More
Ep 24: The Death of NFL Star Will Smith

1:19:50 | May 22nd, 2017

On April 9, 2016, a road rage shooting took place in New Orleans, Louisiana that would claim the life of former NFL star Will Smith. With conflicting stories from both sides, what would happen during the trial of the man accused of killing him?   Inc...Show More
Ep 19: Charlie Tan and the Murder of His Father

1:03:28 | Apr 16th, 2017

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, 19-year-old Cornell University student Charlie Tan suddenly left campus to return to his hometown, over 100 miles away. Four days later, his mother would place a 911 call that would change their lives forever. Please co...Show More
Ep 17: Confronting Her Attacker – Christy Mack and War Machine

1:47:13 | Mar 27th, 2017

In August 2014, 22-year-old Christy Mack and her friend Corey Thomas were abruptly awoken in the middle of the night by Christy's ex-boyfriend, an MMA fighter named War Machine.  What followed was a brutal attack that would land both of them in the h...Show More
Ep 15 Part 2: Justice in Bali?

42:09 | Mar 1st, 2017

In Part 2 of this episode, you’ll hear about the third arrest in the murder of 62-year-old Sheila Von Weise-Mack. And with this arrest, comes some additional shocking evidence against Heather and Tommy, in the form of their own words. You’ll also hea...Show More
Ep 15 Part 1: A Mother’s Murder in Bali

38:38 | Feb 23rd, 2017

In this episode, I explore the case of Sheila Von Weise-Mack, a Chicago mother who was murdered while on vacation in Bali with her 19-year-old daughter. After wheeling a suspicious-looking suitcase out into the lobby upon checkout from their resort, ...Show More
Ep 13: Aaron Hernandez - From NFL Star to Convicted Murderer

54:46 | Jan 26th, 2017

In this episode, I cover former NFL player Aaron Hernandez’s harsh fall from grace. In 2015, Aaron was convicted of the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. As he sits in prison, he is now preparing for yet another trial, scheduled to begin next month. ...Show More
Ep 11: Mercy or Murder? The John & Barbara Wise Story

29:11 | Dec 19th, 2016

In August 2012, 66-year-old John Wise went to the Akron General Medical Center to visit his ailing wife of 45 years. He would leave there in handcuffs. It’s a case that isn’t as it seems and the twists and turns may leave you with more questions than...Show More
Ep 10 Part 2: Kristine Bunch’s Struggle For Freedom

34:31 | Dec 5th, 2016

In Part 2 of this episode, Kristine and her newly-formed defense team fight to win back her freedom. Armed with advances in fire science, a potential Brady violation, and some shocking revelations about the State's evidence at trial, Kristine and her...Show More
Ep 10 Part 1: Kristine Bunch’s Nightmare

32:00 | Nov 28th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep 9: Ryan Poston Murder / Shayna Hubers Trial

39:42 | Nov 13th, 2016

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-de...Show More
Ep 8 Part 2: The Murder of Sherri Rae Rasmussen

39:34 | Oct 31st, 2016

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 year...Show More
Ep 8 Part 1: The Murder of Sherri Rae Rasmussen

39:21 | Oct 28th, 2016

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 year...Show More
Ep 77: The "House of Horrors" Case

59:44 | Jul 8th

In August 2014, investigators in Blackstone, Massachusetts, responded to a home on a quiet residential street. Inside the home, they found two children who had been neglected and a house that was in squalor.  Days later, they would return with a sea...Show More
Ep 76: Sinister Inference - The Murder of April Barber

1:13:31 | Jun 24th

On August 17, 2002, Justin Barber told police that he and his wife, April Barber, had been walking hand-in-hand along the beach when a man approached them with a gun. He was shot four times and survived, but April died from a single gunshot wound to ...Show More
Ep 75: Reasonable Doubt? The AJ Armstrong Case

1:23:41 | Jun 10th

In the early morning hours of July 29, 2016, a 16-year-old boy called 911, telling the dispatcher that he heard gunshots coming from his parents’ bedroom.    When police arrived, they found Antonio Armstrong Sr and his wife, Dawn Armstrong, decease...Show More
Ep 74: The “Evil Stepmother” (Tiffany Moss Trial)

1:06:24 | May 28th

After the tragic death of 10-year-old Emani Moss in October 2013, Emani’s stepmother stands trial for her murder.    Sponsors in this episode: Molekule – the air you were meant to breathe is finally here. Molekule has already helped allergy & ast...Show More
Ep 73: Joanna Madonna: Self Defense Or Premeditated Murder?

1:31:58 | May 13th

In the 2015 murder trial of Joanna Madonna, one thing was for certain - Joanna killed her husband. But was it self-defense as she claimed, or was it calculated murder?   NOTE: To listen to the Twisted Podcast’s interview with Joanna that I mentione...Show More
Ep 72: The Poisoning Death of Dr. Mary Yoder

1:31:23 | Apr 29th

In July 2015, a prominent chiropractor becomes fatally ill, and months after her death, it’s determined that she was poisoned. Those closest to her quickly become suspects, but will justice be served in this case? Sponsors in this episode: Not Gui...Show More
Ep 71: The Diabolical Husband

47:47 | Apr 15th

In December 2012, officers in Arlington Heights, Illinois, started looking into a cold case involving a suspect named Donnie Rudd. One cold case led to another, and the shocking discovery that Donnie may have murdered multiple people as he walked fre...Show More
Ep 70: The Outbreak

1:19:32 | Apr 1st

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 Endoscop...Show More
Ep 69: The Conditions of His Release (John Lee Trial)

1:27:14 | Mar 18th

In January 2011, 48-year-old John Lee was arrested for battery. He posted bail and within days, his alleged victims were found dead.    NOTE: Please consider taking this quick survey so I can better cater the ads for the show - podsurvey.com/JUNKI...Show More
Ep 68: The Interrogations

1:18:20 | Mar 4th

In June 2012, 54-year-old Marcus Golike was found deceased on the banks of the Ohio River. Investigators immediately focused in on four teenagers as potential suspects. What would they learn in their interrogations?   NOTE: Please consider taking t...Show More
Ep 67: The Fatal Bar Fight

1:21:19 | Feb 18th

On Saturday, November 16, 2014, police officers responded to the call of a bar fight at a local bar in Akron, Ohio. As they neared the scene, the call changed - an officer was down and in need of immediate assistance. When they arrived, they found an...Show More
Ep 66: Kendra Hatcher: A Planned Murder

1:25:23 | Feb 4th

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 sus...Show More
Ep 65: Justice Delayed? The Mike Williams Case

1:31:53 | Jan 21st

On December 16, 2000, 31-year-old Mike Williams went duck hunting, only to never be heard from again. Authorities told reporters that they suspected he got into a boating accident, drowned, and was eventually eaten by alligators. But 17 years and two...Show More
2018 Year in Review and Case Updates

22:40 | Jan 14th

In this New Years episode, I take a look back at some of the episodes I covered this year. The next full length episode will be released the week of January 21st. Please consider supporting Court Junkie with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/Co...Show More
Ep 64: His Name Was Generro Sanchez

1:00:19 | Dec 10th, 2018

In December 2012, 18-year-old Jerrod Murray was arrested and charged with the murder of 18-year-old Generro Sanchez, a fellow college student. In a chilling interrogation, Jerrod matter-of-factly describes the murder and when asked if he has any remo...Show More
Ep 63: The New York New York Casino Shooting (Steven Zegrean Trial)

1:09:01 | Nov 26th, 2018

In July 2007, a man in a trench coat walked into the crowded New York New York Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, and opened fire.    At his trial, his defense would argue that his intent had not been to kill, but to be killed. What would the jur...Show More
Ep 62: What Happened To Heather Elvis? (Tammy Moorer Trial)

1:33:33 | Nov 12th, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 61: Heart Attack or Poison? (Cynthia Sommer Trial)

1:01:18 | Oct 29th, 2018

On February 18, 2002, 23-year-old Marine Sergeant Todd Sommer collapsed at the home he shared with his wife, Cynthia. An autopsy concluded that Todd had died from a heart attack, but years later, Cynthia was arrested and charged with murder.    A s...Show More
Ep 60: What Happened To Mark Stover? (Michiel Oakes Trial)

1:45:59 | Oct 15th, 2018

On October 28, 2009, there was a fatal encounter between 57-year-old Mark Stover and 42-year-old Michiel Oakes. Prosecutors say Michiel committed premeditated murder, but Michiel says it was something else. Who will the jury believe? Sponsors in thi...Show More
CJ Brief: Recalling The Judge

28:11 | Sep 27th, 2018

In this Court Junkie Brief, I interview Stanford Law Professor Michele Dauber, who led the recall campaign against Judge Aaron Persky, the judge who presided over the Brock Turner case from Episode 58.  We discuss why she decided to start the campaig...Show More
Ep 57: The Abduction of Kamiyah Mobley

1:12:38 | Sep 3rd, 2018

In 1998, a newborn baby was stolen from the University Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida. The mystery would go unsolved for 18 years, until a teenager in South Carolina made a shocking discovery.   Sponsors in this episode: Handy - Handy is...Show More
A Personal Update

01:48 | Aug 13th, 2018

I just wanted to update you all on my maternity leave and upcoming schedule. Thank you for your patience! If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow me on Twitter @Court...Show More
Case Update: Kelly Cochran (Episode 34)

17:15 | Jul 30th, 2018

In Episode 34, I covered the case of Kelly Cochran, who was accused of murdering her former lover, Christopher Regan. At her trial, Kelly maintained her innocence and instead placed the blame for Christopher's death on her husband, Jason Cochran, who...Show More
Ep 56: Tragedy in Columbia, Illinois

1:21:04 | Jun 25th, 2018

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. Th...Show More
Ep 55: Husband vs. Wife - What Really Happened to Laura Ackerson?

1:29:05 | Jun 11th, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 54: From Football Star to Rapist (Darren Sharper Case)

51:24 | May 28th, 2018

Darren Sharper retired from the NFL a sports hero, after helping lead the New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl victory in 2011. But just three years later, some shocking allegations would surface and prove that everything wasn’t as it seemed.  Thank yo...Show More
Ep 53: The Fall From the Bedroom Window (Roger Desilets Trial)

49:29 | May 14th, 2018

On December 6, 2011, police officers in Princeton, Massachusetts responded to a 911 call from a prominent dentist's home. When they arrived, they found the dentist's wife lying on the ground, underneath a broken third-floor window.  Was it suicide, m...Show More
Ep 52: The Murder of Reagan Tokes and the Habitual Offender

56:00 | Apr 30th, 2018

In February 2017, 21-year-old Reagan Tokes disappeared after leaving the restaurant where she worked in Columbus, Ohio.  Clues found in her abandoned car would lead investigators to her killer - but his criminal past would have everyone questioning j...Show More
Ep 51, Part 2: “Perfect Murder” or Witch Hunt? (The Trials of Jason Young)

1:23:11 | Apr 23rd, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 51, Part 1: “Perfect Murder” or Witch Hunt? (The Trials of Jason Young)

1:45:54 | Apr 16th, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 50: The Mysterious Murder in Valley Springs

51:03 | Apr 2nd, 2018

In April 2013, the small community in Valley Springs, California, was shaken by a mysterious intruder who allegedly broke into a home and senselessly murdered an 8-year-old girl.  But after an arrest was made, there seemed to be more questions than a...Show More
Ep 49: Jennifer Mee - From Hiccup Girl to Accused Murderer

59:27 | Mar 19th, 2018

In 2007, 15-year-old Jennifer Mee gained national attention as the "Hiccup Girl," a teenager from Florida whose hiccups would not go away. Just a few years later, she would re-emerge after being charged with first-degree murder.  Jennifer's trial was...Show More
Ep 48: Did Alexandria Duval Murder Her Twin Sister?

50:44 | Mar 5th, 2018

On May 29, 2016, a white SUV mysteriously drove off a cliff in Hana, a town at the eastern end of Maui, in Hawaii. Inside the SUV were identical twin sisters - Alexandria and Anastasia Duval - but only one of them would survive, while the other would...Show More
Ep 47: The Life and Death of Real Estate Agent Beverly Carter

1:06:22 | Feb 19th, 2018

In September 2014, 50-year-old real estate agent Beverly Carter went to meet a couple interested in purchasing a house she was showing, only to never be seen again. Her body was found days later and a man no one in her family knew was taken into cust...Show More
Ep 46: Tragic Accident or Murder? (Todd Kendhammer Trial)

1:36:17 | Feb 5th, 2018

On September 16, 2016, police in LaCrosse, Wisconsin were called to the scene of a terrible accident. 47-year-old Todd Kendhammer's car was on the side of the road - the windshield smashed, passenger door open, and his wife Barbara lying on the groun...Show More
Ep 45: What Happened to Heather Elvis?

57:26 | Jan 22nd, 2018

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. Law enforcement and prosecutors are convinced that she was murdered by someone she knew. But would they ever be abl...Show More
Ep 44: A Father’s “Reckless” Actions

53:40 | Jan 8th, 2018

On August 8, 2016, a tragedy occurred at a home in Hendersonville, Tennessee - An 11-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital after being shot by her own father.  Sponsors in this episode: Leesa - Go to Leesa.com/Junkie and get $100 off your mattres...Show More
Ep 43: Sasha Samsudean and The Security Guard

58:58 | Dec 11th, 2017

In the early morning hours of October 17, 2015, two women accompanied 27-year-old Sasha Samsudean home after encountering her in the street after a night out on the town. They did everything right - they shared an Uber with her, they walked her to he...Show More
Ep 42: Terror in Oklahoma (Kevin Sweat case)

50:29 | Dec 4th, 2017

From 2008 - 2011, the murders of two little girls in Weleetka, Oklahoma, remained unsolved, until a 23-year-old woman's disappearance would lead to the arrest of a dangerous suspect.  Sponsors in this episode: Dispatch - Try this awesome interactive...Show More
Ep 41: Who Killed Jessica Chambers? (Quinton Tellis Trial)

1:15:22 | Nov 27th, 2017

On December 6, 2014, firefighters in Cortland, Mississippi, came across a horrifying scene after responding to a car fire - 19-year-old Jessica Chambers had been set on fire. They tried to save her, but to no avail. Although Jessica didn't survive he...Show More
Ep 40: The Calculated Murder of Robert Limon (Sabrina Limon Trial)

1:24:11 | Nov 13th, 2017

On August 17, 2014, 38-year-old Robert Limon was gunned down while at work. His wife’s lover was immediately arrested, but did he do it alone, or was someone else the mastermind?  Sponsors in this episode: Mrs. Fields - Go to MrsFields.com, click on...Show More
Ep 39: The Haunting Confession of 17-year-old Jake Evans

37:46 | Nov 6th, 2017

In October 2012, 17-year-old Jake Evans called 911 and made a startling confession - he had just murdered members of his own family.  But as Jake's case made his way through the court system, it was stalled.  Sponsors in this episode: Unsolved Murde...Show More
The Haunting Confession of 17-year-old Jake Evans

0:00 | Nov 6th, 2017

In October 2012, 17-year-old Jake Evans called 911 and made a startling confession - he had just murdered members of his own family.  But as Jake's case made his way through the court system, it was stalled.  Sponsors in this episode: Unsolved Murde...Show More
CJ Brief: Forensic Psychology (Competency and Criminal Responsibility)

44:51 | Oct 30th, 2017

In this Court Junkie Brief, I interview Dr. Jennifer Johnson, a forensic psychologist. We talk about her profession, how defendants are determined competent to stand trial, and if she has ever disagreed with a judge's decision. Please consider suppor...Show More
Ep 38: The Case of Ohio’s Youngest Death Row Inmate

1:07:02 | Oct 16th, 2017

In January 2014, a gruesome murder would result in the conviction of 19-year-old Austin Myers, Ohio's youngest death row inmate. Many advocates for Austin believe his sentence was unfair, due to the fact that he never actually touched the murder weap...Show More
Ep 36: From “Husband/Father” of the Year to….Murderer?

51:00 | Oct 2nd, 2017

In June 2006, the town of Reno, Nevada was rocked by a brutal murder, the shooting of a judge, and a week-long manhunt for the suspect. Sponsors in this episode: Book of the Month -  Go to bookofthemonth.com/court to see their current selections and...Show More
Ep 35: The Case of the Alleged Real-Life Gone Girl

51:15 | Sep 18th, 2017

A 29-year-old woman goes missing in Vallejo, California in 2015, and the details surrounding her disappearance are bizarre, to say the least. There are many things in this case that may surprise you and have you thinking that you know what’s going on...Show More
Ep 34: The Strange Saga of Kelly Cochran

1:16:39 | Sep 6th, 2017

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 marri...Show More
Case Update: Michelle Carter Sentencing

44:52 | Aug 29th, 2017

Earlier this month, Michelle Carter was sentenced for her role in the suicide death of her boyfriend, Carter Roy. I cover the sentencing hearing and drill down what it means with Daniel Medwed, from Northeastern University. Note: This is an update to...Show More
Ep 33: Jason Corbett - Murder or Self Defense?

1:10:19 | Aug 22nd, 2017

In the early morning hours of August 2, 2015, 39-year-old Jason Corbett was found lying dead on the floor of his master bedroom. His wife, Molly Martens, and her father, Thomas Martens, claimed they killed Jason in self-defense. But was that really t...Show More
EP 32 Part 2: Who Was Behind the Death of Rusty Sneiderman?

1:21:18 | Aug 13th, 2017

Although Hemy Neuman was convicted in the last episode, this case still isn’t over - more charges, more courtroom drama…and more lies.  Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to...Show More
Ep 32: Who Was Behind the Death of Rusty Sneiderman?

1:17:12 | Aug 7th, 2017

On November 18, 2010, a tragedy occurred at the Dunwoody Prep Daycare in Dunwoody, Georgia. A young father was gunned down after dropping off his 2-year-old son. The person who pulled the trigger was caught shortly thereafter, but was there a conspir...Show More
Ep 31: Donna Scrivo and the “Mysterious Intruder”

1:10:33 | Jul 30th, 2017

In January 2014, a horrific discovery was made along the side of the road in St. Clair Township, Michigan. What followed was an intense trial with testimony that seemed to be unbelievable....but was it? Sponsors for this episode: - Casper: Visit www....Show More
OJ Simpson: A Look Back Before His Parole Hearing

41:19 | Jul 18th, 2017

OJ Simpson's parole hearing is coming up on July 20, 2017. Here's a look back at how he landed in prison.  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 jo...Show More
Ep 28: Charleston Church Shooting and the Trial of Dylan Roof

1:22:11 | Jun 26th, 2017

On June 17, 2015, 21-year-old Dylann Roof walked into the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and joined the weekly Bible Study. The 12 church members welcomed the newcomer, completely unaware of his evil intentions.  Thank you t...Show More
Ep 27: The Conspiracy and Murder of Lisa Knoefel

1:10:48 | Jun 19th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 25: The Hazing Deaths of Robert Champion, Michael Deng & Tim Piazza

1:11:56 | May 29th, 2017

Hazing is unfortunately a common practice that can often turn deadly. In this episode, I cover the unfortunate deaths of three college students - 26-year-old Robert Champion, 19-year-old Michael Deng, and 19-year-old Tim Piazza. Thank you to Emily Pu...Show More
Ep 23: Charles Erickson and The Murder of Kent Heitholt

1:23:16 | May 15th, 2017

It’s a story that has been told numerous times before - On Halloween night in 2001, Kent Heitholt, a 48-year-old sports editor, was brutally murdered in the Columbia Tribune parking lot as he was leaving work.  Ryan Ferguson and Charles Erickson were...Show More
Ep 22. Attack on the Blooming Grove Barracks (Eric Frein Trial)

1:12:00 | May 7th, 2017

In September 2014, the Blooming Grove Barracks in Pike County, Pennsylvania came under attack by a sniper, hiding in the woods.  What followed was a tragedy, a manhunt, and a death penalty trial. Please consider supporting Court Junkie with as little...Show More
Ep 21: The Final Trial For Aaron Hernandez (The Murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado)

2:00:39 | Apr 30th, 2017

In March 2017, former NFL star and already-convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez went on trial for the murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Daniel and Safiro were murdered in July 2012, after a possible encounter with Aaron Hernandez at a Bost...Show More
Ep 20: Lisa Harnum’s Fall

1:17:43 | Apr 23rd, 2017

On July 30, 2011, 30-year-old Lisa Cecilia Harnum died, after falling from her 15th floor balcony. Her fiancé, Simon Gittany, was arrested and charged with murder. Thank you to Melissa for suggesting this case, and a special thank you to Andrea Alden...Show More
Ep 18: Kenia Monge and "The Good Samaritan"

1:00:48 | Apr 9th, 2017

19-year-old Kenia Monge disappeared after a night out with friends on April 1, 2011. As her family launched a desperate campaign to find her, her father met with the man who last saw her – a man who said he had tried giving her a ride home the night ...Show More
Court Junkie Brief: Guilty Pleas, From a Prosecutor's Perspective

48:03 | Mar 19th, 2017

In this Court Junkie Brief, I interview Dave Wenger, a prosector from Pennsylvania. We talk about the process of a plea deal, what factors go into the decision to offer one, and I ask him to defend some arguments against the idea of guilty pleas. Ple...Show More
Ep 16: The Case & Trial of One of Canada’s Youngest Serial Killers

1:18:13 | Mar 12th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Ep 14: The Vaughn Family Tragedy

54:41 | Feb 6th, 2017

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 f...Show More
EP 12: Kelsey Smith - Abducted In Broad Daylight

35:17 | Jan 17th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Court Junkie Brief: Shaken Baby Syndrome

29:16 | Jan 9th, 2017

You've probably heard of Shaken Baby Syndrome but what you may not know is how controversial it's becoming. Hundreds of people are prosecuted each year in the US after being accused of shaking a baby. But with the emergence of shaken baby syndrome sk...Show More
Behind The Scenes and Updates On Each Case

47:58 | Jan 2nd, 2017

In this episode, I take you behind-the-scenes of each case I covered in the Court Junkie podcast, as well as go over the latest updates. You'll also hear from Pravin Varughese's mom and family friend, as well as other Court Junkies.  Link to Monica Z...Show More
My Top Cases of 2016

32:47 | Dec 26th, 2016

We all have cases that we follow and that stick with us, whether it’s on a personal level or because we’re oddly fascinated with them. In this episode, I count down the top cases that affected me the most this year.  Next week, I’ll be releasing an e...Show More
Court Junkie Brief: Expert Witnesses

26:56 | Dec 12th, 2016

In this Brief, I speak with Russ Richelsoph, a criminal defense attorney from Tempe, Arizona.  Russ talks about how he chooses his expert witnesses, what sort of credentials expert witnesses need to have (the answer might surprise you), and what it's...Show More
Court Junkie Brief: False Confessions

24:13 | Nov 21st, 2016

In this Court Junkie Brief, I speak with Alan Hirsch,  a professor and chair of the Justice and Law Studies program at Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Alan has also testified as a false confessions expert in over 25 different trials...Show More
Ep 8 Part 1: The Murder of Sherri Rae Rasmussen

0:00 | Oct 28th, 2016

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 year...Show More
Court Junkie Brief: No Body Murder Cases

21:32 | Oct 26th, 2016

Trying someone for murder without knowing the location of the victim's body happens a lot more than you might think. The phrase "no body, no crime" just isn't true. I spoke with Tad DiBiase, a former federal homicide prosecutor and expert on no body ...Show More
Announcing Court Junkie Briefs

04:35 | Oct 20th, 2016

I'm excited to announce that I'll be releasing an additional episode series called Court Junkie Briefs. These episodes will focus on a singular courtroom related issue, such as inadmissible evidence and how it can affect a case, murder without a body...Show More
Ep 7: The Abduction of Alexis Murphy and the Trial of Randy Taylor

39:54 | Oct 16th, 2016

17-year-old Alexis Murphy was a popular teenager from Shipman, Virginia with her whole life ahead of her. In August 2013, she was looking forward to her senior year of high school when she had an encounter with a man at a local gas station that would...Show More
Case Update: Melissa Calusinski’s Post-Conviction Relief Ruling

24:43 | Oct 7th, 2016

Judge Shanes made his decision last Friday on Melissa’s request for a new trial. I attended the hearing and will go over the ruling as well as what’s next for Melissa and her team. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion...Show More
Case Update - Erica Parsons’ Body Found

14:14 | Oct 5th, 2016

Just days after releasing my original episode about Erica Parsons, there was a major breakthrough in the case. In an expected yet tragic ending to the Erica Parsons case, Rowan County investigators announced on Friday that they found Erica’s body.  T...Show More
Ep 6: Richardson Family Murders - The Story of A 12-Year-Old Killer

37:03 | Sep 29th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep 5: Erica Parsons - Teen Reported Missing 2 Years After Disappearance

35:43 | Sep 22nd, 2016

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...Show More
Case Update: Melissa Calusinski - Did Someone Tamper With The Evidence?

17:00 | Sep 20th, 2016

I attended day 3 of Melissa Calusinski’s evidentiary hearing. Her attorney, Kathleen Zellner, had filed a Post Conviction Relief Petition, based on possible new evidence. Day 3 of the hearing included testimony from an imaging expert who makes some s...Show More
Ep 4: Questions Surrounding Pravin Varughese’s Death

47:57 | Sep 8th, 2016

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 fr...Show More
Ep 3: The Mysterious Disappearance of Gabriel Johnson

26:14 | Aug 30th, 2016

This is the story of Gabriel Johnson, an 8-month-old boy who has been missing from Tempe, Arizona since 2009. After a custody battle with her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel’s mother Elizabeth took him and fled to San Antonio, Texas. She first claims she kille...Show More
Ep 2: Melissa Calusinski's Bombshell Hearings

26:10 | Aug 24th, 2016

Melissa Calusinski has been in prison since 2009 after being convicted of murdering a 16-month-old boy. New evidence shows that there might not have been a homicide after all. I went to Melissa’s recent evidentiary hearings for a new trial and learne...Show More
Ep 1: Melissa Calusinski - A Shot At Freedom

27:06 | Aug 15th, 2016

It was January 14, 2009. A 16-month-old toddler named Benjamin Kingan died at a Lake County, Illinois daycare center from a mysterious head injury. Melissa Calusinski, a 22-year-old Teacher’s Assistant at the daycare, was charged and ultimately convi...Show More