On the night of March 23, 1997 a 911 call came in from a 16 year old boy who stated that he had come home that night to find his father murdered in the living room. He was unsure if the other members of his family were alive because he had left the home in fear. When police responded they found four members of the Hunt and Duke family brutally murdered.
Cult leaders, with their charisma and allure, always wield a captivating influence over the individuals who become their devoted followers. These figures not only have the ability to deliver their ideologies in a way that unfolds gradually and increases with intensity over time but also their ability to fulfill the needs of those who seek purpose, belonging, or a sense of identity. In today’s episode we will take on such a case when discussing the crimes of Jeffrey Lundgren and the event that will become known as the Kirtland cult killings.
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The body of Corey Parker was found the day after Thanksgiving in her Jacksonville, FL apartment. She had been brutalized and stabbed over 100 times. It would take detectives over a year to bring her killer to justice and when they did they learned that this was a family affair…just not the kind you could ever guess.
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In the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day a storm rolled into Hollandsburg, IN but it was not the storm the residents had prepared themselves for. Four members of the Spencer family were brutally murdered in their family’s home. Join me as I tell John a case filled with heartbreak and resilience.
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The murder of Brandi Peters and her children was a tragic and horrifying event that shocked the community of Tallahassee, Florida in November of 2010. The investigation that followed was a difficult and complicated one. It would take nine years and two court cases to try and get justice for the family that had been so brutally slain. Do you think the prosecution got it right?
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Chris Smith moved to sunny Orange County, CA to escape the corporate world of Silicon Valley. He was talented and hardworking which earned him a lot of money very quickly in the budding new tech capital of California. But just shy of two years into the start of his successful new company Chris decided to cash in and get out. So what caused the man who had everything to get up and leave those everythings behind. Had he done something he was trying to escape, or was there someone or something he was hiding from?
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On Christmas Eve 1991 23 year old Dana Ireland went out for a ride using her sister’s bike while her family was in Hawaii for an extended vacation. But the picturesque life that the family had been enjoying would be ripped from under them when the bike Dana was riding was discovered mangled. The only trace of Dana left behind was her sneaker and a clump of her long blonde hair. Join me as I tell John about the murder of Dana Ireland, the convoluted search for the person who committed this heinous crime.
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In the Spring of 1999 a beautiful young woman, just shy of her 19th birthday went missing after leaving her house on the eve of the first day of her full time job. Both her family and employer knew that she would never miss that first day of work, so when she never came home and did not show up for work they knew that something was wrong. The investigation into her disappearance would leave a black mark on the reputation of the Akron, Ohio police department and the beginning of legal battles that would take over a decade to bring justice to Hannah Hill.
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Two weeks before Christmas in 2001 there was a brutal home invasion in Early, Iowa while a mother of three was home alone with her children. She fought for her life and the life of her kids. During the struggle there was one death, one death that led to a decade long struggle for justice.
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On the night of September 20, 2009 the Gee Family was mercilessly slaughtered in their homes. The small town of Beason was shocked and horrified to think that a person so evil could walk among them. Join me as I tell John the case of the Gee family and the lurid trial that followed.
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Killaloe village in eastern Ontario would see the tragic case of the Dell Family. I promise you that you will never guess what comes next in the tale of heartbreak, murder, arson, motorcycles. Join me as I tell John about Cherrylle Dell
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Leon Benson spent more than half of his life, a total of 24 years, in an Indiana state prison for a murder he didn't commit. Despite the lack of physical evidence and a questionable eyewitness identification, he was convicted. But new realities start to come to light when attorney Lara Bazelon takes up his case and is determined to secure Benson's release. Season three of Suspect, co-produced by Campside Media and Wondery, delves into the flaws in the criminal justice system that led to Benson's wrongful conviction for the 1998 shooting of Kasey Schoen in Indianapolis. The investigation aims to uncover the truth about who really committed the crime and why the eyewitness testimony that led to Benson's conviction was so shaky. Host Matthew Shaer joins co-producer and writer Bazelon to take a deep dive into the nature of memory and how it can be fallible and result in an innocent man's life being wasted, while the real perpetrator remains unpunished. As the investigation unfolds, will Bazelon and her team gather enough evidence to free Benson? And what will happen to Schoen’s real killer? Listen to Suspect: Five Shots in the Dark early and ad-free on Wondery Plus. Find Wondery Plus in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts: https://wondery.app.link/SusepctS3_TCC
Located in the northwest corner of King County in Washington State, Richmond Beach was a neighborhood in the city of Shoreline. The driftwood scattered beaches of the Richmond Beach Saltwater Park created that quintessential northwest waterscape. In the 1970s, when the case took place, Shoreline was a world away from the hustle and bustle of Seattle, located just 35 miles south. It was a tight night community where everyone knew everyone and the residents of the town slept with their windows open allowing the cool breeze from the Puget sound to wash over them as they slept.
But on Valentine’s Day 1975 the coastal community would be shaken to its core when a teenage girl is murdered just feet from the safety of her house.
On February 24, 1986 Newlywed Sherri Rasmussen was murdered in her Van Nuys Condo on a morning that she made the fateful decision to stay home from work. Over the next few decades it took to solve this it became clear to each new detective that took it on this case was not at all what it seemed and the murderer had been under their nose the entire time.
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After coming back to her apartment-style dorm room a girl found her roommate’s body in a bathroom. She had been brutally murdered. As soon as emergency services responded Indian Purdue University Fort Wayne went into lock down. There was a killer on campus.
On the night of July 12, 2008 a man was brutally beaten outside of a park in Shenandoah, PA. The aftermath of that crime deeply divided the town. It took the involvement of the FBI to finally bring those who committed crimes to justice.
Today’s case has it all: threatening letters, harassing phone calls, two murders, one attempted murder, and an assassin. Join me as I tell John the case of Kay Weden. A high school teacher who was terrorized in the winter of 1993. This one you have to hear to believe.
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In November of 2018 a call came in from the Mullis family farm in Earlville Iowa- well just outside the farm. A frantic and hysterical husband called saying he was on his way to the hospital. His wife was in the truck with him and his son, she had been badly hurt in a farming accident. What would follow that incident would tear the Mullis family apart. Had Amy Mullis, mother of three, died in a horrible farming accident, or had someone wanted her dead?