Data & Delivery: A Gynecologist Analyzes Unspoken Patterns in Pregnancy Homicides
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by Scarlett Davis
1M ago
Research has shown that homicide is the second-leading cause of pregnancy related-deaths. This episode sheds light on a troubling rate of homicides involving the pregnant and postpartum population in the United States, with a particular spike in 2020. Dr. Veronica Gillispie-Bell, a board-certified OBGYN, joins the discussion to unpack the findings of her research. Some of those key findings showcase the disproportionate impact on Black women and girls, the prevalence of firearms in these homicides, and the alarming fact that pregnant and postpartum women face a 35% greater risk of homicide tha ..read more
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The Delta Daughter and the Dark Deed: A Look at Matricide in "Deer Creek Drive"
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by Scarlett Davis
3M ago
In 1948 in Mississippi, socialite Ruth Dickins is convicted of savagely attacking her mother with gardening shears (150 stab wounds!) but makes an unfounded claim that a Black intruder is to blame. Despite inconsistencies in her story, she's sentenced to life, only to be released after 6 years. Joining us to dissect this case of matricide, race, and privilege is author Beverly Lowry, who explores the crime in her book, Deer Creek Drive: A Reckoning of Memory and Murder in the Mississippi Delta. Unpacking the murky details, we'll delve into the role of white privilege, media portrayals of women ..read more
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The Green Hand of Justice with David Gibson
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by Scarlett Davis
5M ago
Ever wondered how a simple leaf or a speck of pollen can crack a case? Dr. David Gibson, a forensic botanist, professor, and author of Planting Clues: How Plants Solve Crimes teaches us to how to combat 'plant blindness:' the idea that plants are all just the same thing. Dr. David Gibson reveals: The secret language of plants: How seemingly unremarkable botanical evidence can link suspects to crime scenes, pinpoint the location of a crime, and even identify victims. Real-life detective work: How in the infamous Ted Bundy case plant evidence played a crucial role in bringing him to ju ..read more
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Beyond the Flash: Ramona Emerson
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by Scarlett Davis
5M ago
Ramona Emerson, joins us to discuss Shutter which was longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award for Fiction, whose central character, Rita, works as a crime scene photographer with the unique ability to communicate with the dead, which poses some challenges as a Navajo person. Inspired by Ramona's own experience working with the police department in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 16 years, we learn about the challenges in working crime scenes as a forensic photographer and the imperative to capture and catalogue all of the details for the families. Naturally in talking about death, we discuss w ..read more
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Minisode: Chien de Lune
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by Scarlett Davis
5M ago
Our minisodes are a break from true crime and for this one gather around the campfire! We are joined by special guest and Michelle's dad, John Bedford Jeanis, to discuss the secret but yes, well-documented, family legend of their ancestor, Jean Jeanis, who is believed by the folks of Pointe Noire to shift into a 'mangy dog' at will otherwise known as the Chien de Lune or the Rougarou. Naturally, we also touched upon the feu follet, haunted cemeteries, the lost art of the boucherie, pirates, finding foots in odd places, and John's experience at the ill-fated Louisiana Woodstock of 71' in McCrea ..read more
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Under the Radar
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by Scarlett Davis
6M ago
Mark Michaud, a retired Slidell police officer, is a search and recovery expert and is the founder of Southeast Louisiana Underwater Search and Recovery, a nonprofit that offers something invaluable to the families of the missing. He shares with us some stories of recovery diving from his earlier years as well as the new advancements made to sonar. We learn some of the complexities of water recovery and how depth, current, temperature, and time of year are all a factor. We also learned a new word, saponification or as we prefer : "soapify." *Mark frequently teaches classes to Fire and Law Enfo ..read more
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The Long Island Ogre
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by Scarlett Davis
7M ago
Thanks to forensic genetic genealogy and a pizza crust, in July of 2023 a perpetrator was arrested in connection with the case of the Long Island Serial Killings known as (LISK). Described as 'Ogre -like' in witness reports at 6'4 , 59-year-old Manhattan architect and Massapequa Park resident, Rex Heuermann, has been linked to the murders of Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, and Amber Costello of "The Giglo Four" and is a prime suspect in the murder of the fourth victim, Maureen Brainard-Barnes. In total, 11 remains of sex workers who were targeted on Craigslist were discovered on the South ..read more
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Ninja Nancy
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by Scarlett Davis
8M ago
Nancy from Damsel in Defense joins us to discuss how we can all use products for empowerment and self-defense! We learned why parking lots and grocery stores are potential hot zones for attacks and how to make tools like the kubotan, pepper spray, and stun guns functional for everyday use and even some more equipment that was not on our radar! Be sure when you make a purchase from Damsel in Defense, use the link below from now until 1/13/24 and 10% of the proceeds will be donated locally to the nonprofit Southeast Louisiana Underwater Search and Recovery. https://l.instagram.com/?u=https%3A ..read more
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Holden White: Surviving a Hate Crime
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by Scarlett Davis
8M ago
Holden shares with us navigating life in the aftermath as a survivor of a brutal and heinous hate crime. On June 20, 2020, Lafayette teen Holden White, was attacked following a Grindr date by another gay teen who idolized serial killers. Today, Holden is recovering from his injuries and uses his experience to advocate on the behalf of others ..read more
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A Federal Public Defender's Fight for Fairness
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by Scarlett Davis
8M ago
Rebecca Hudsmith , a Louisiana Federal Public Defender, shares a trying moment of having a client on Death Row, as well as a monumental moment of arguing a case in the Supreme Court, all in pursuit of upholding a system of justice that works for us all ..read more
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