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True Crime Brewery

True Crime Brewery is a true crime podcast unlike any other! Husband and wife, Jill and Dick, use their medical knowledge and life experiences to take a deep dive into some of the most fascinating crimes from all over the world. Just for fun, Dick uses his expertise as a craft beer lover to review and/or recommend beers from the regions where each crime occurred. Meet them at the quiet end of the bar for a craft brew and a no-holds-barred true crime discussion.
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Dec 8, 2016

The Italian Hall Disaster was a tragedy that occurred on December 24, 1913, in Calumet, Michigan. Seventy-three men, women, and children, mostly striking mine workers and their families, were crushed to death in a stampede when someone falsely shouted "fire" at a crowded Christmas party. 

Lump of Coal beer is served.

Dec 8, 2016

Erin Corwin thought she was being taken into the desert for a marriage proposal. Excited, she texted a friend in Tennessee, eager to share the big news. And then she vanished without a trace.  We would later learn that Erin was lured to a remote location and brutally murdered.  What kind of ruthless person would commit such a heartless crime? And, did he have help?

Russian River's Supplication is served!

Dec 5, 2016

In 1929, share-cropper Charles Lawson brutally murdered his wife and 6 of his children after buying them Christmas outfits and having a family photo taken.
Rumors of his motive range from financial stress to incest.  Join us at the quiet end for a Christmas beer and a Christmas crime.

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Dec 5, 2016

In our first installment in the 12 Beers of Christmas, we discuss trends in domestic violence over the holidays and how to help and support victims of domestic abuse during what can be a very difficult time.
Dick shares his thoughts on Anchor Christmas Ale!

Dec 3, 2016

When 8 month old Matthew Eappen died of severe head trauma, his 18 year old Au Pair was arrested for murder.  What followed was a trial second only to the O.J. Simpson trial in media attention and controversy.  In this episode, Jill and Dick discuss the Eappen family, the life of Louise Woodward, and the crime along with an in depth discussion of Shaken Baby Syndrome, including the latest research.

Four Point Pale Ale from Trillium Brewing is on tap!

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Nov 25, 2016

Lacey Spears's struggle seemed to be every mother's worst nightmare.  From the day he was born, her son Garnett was afflicted with multiple illnesses.  She shared all of his struggles on social media along with her struggles to be a perfect single mom. Apparently a courageous and selfless mother whose entire life was dedicated to her son, Lacey gained an empathetic and admiring online audience.

But when Garnett died from a sodium overdose at just 5 years old, Lacey was arrested for murder.  According to authorities, Lacey had Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy and she was making Garnett sick to gain attention and sympathy.

Join us at the quiet end for a frank discussion of Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome and Lacey's story, which some have called a textbook example of the syndrome, with the worst possible outcome.  Dick will lend us his expertise in Pediatrics as well as a fine New York beer: Three Philosophers by Brewery Ommegang.

 

Nov 23, 2016

The recent news is shocking and we're learning more each day.  Todd Kohlhepp, successful real estate agent and convicted sex offender, has been arrested in 7 murders after his latest kidnapping victim was saved from her chained and caged torture chamber--a storage container---for 2 months.  We will discuss the lives and deaths of his victims, his history of violence, and the latest revelations from investigators after a review and a pour of one of the best beers South Carolina has to offer: Mexican Cake by Westbrook Brewing!

Nov 10, 2016

On December 6, 1991, Jennifer Harbison and Eliza Thomas, both 17, were scrubbing down counters and sweeping the floors at a yogurt shop in Austin, Texas, anticipating going home and having a sleepover.  Jennifer's 15-year-old sister , Sarah, and her 13-year-old friend, Amy Ayers, were sitting at one of the tables in the shop, waiting for the girls to finish work. But something happened that night that would end their young lives and change the lives of a community. The mysteries and horrors of this crime still linger today. 

The beer on tap is Bishop's Barrel 15 from St. Arnold's Brewery in Houston.

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Nov 5, 2016

Born again Christian Chris Coleman had a great life: an intelligent and loving wife, two healthy and robust young sons, and a six figure income from his job as televangelist Joyce Meyers' chief of security.  Then Chris began getting threats related to his job, putting a target on the backs of his family.  The horrible crimes that resulted have left even the most hardened investigators unnerved.

Join us at the quiet end for a talk about love, marriage, religion, lust, and murder.

Dick has picked another delicious Illinois beer: Goose Island Sofie

 

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Oct 27, 2016

Darlie Routier told investigators that she woke in the middle of the night to an intruder attacking her and her two young children.  But her story of the events that night didn't make sense.  Now her two young children were dead while she had relatively minor injuries.  Her trial was a disaster.  Darlie was convicted of murder and sentenced to die by lethal injection.

What happened in this young woman's life that led her to this fate?

Join us at the quiet end for a true crime discussion and a (512) IPA by 512 Brewing

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Oct 25, 2016

After nearly four decades behind bars, an Arizona man who long maintained that his ex-wife had framed him for a double murder left prison as a free man.  With the help of the Arizona Justice Project, Bill Macumber gained national attention as a man wrongly convicted.  It was less than one year after his release that he was back behind bars, charged and subsequently convicted of child sexual abuse against his own great-grandchildren.

Join us at the quiet end to discuss the murders, the evidence, and the opinions of Bill's supporters and detractors in this stunning case of guilt, innocence, and guilt.

Four Peaks Kilt Lifter is the beer of choice.

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Oct 22, 2016

The Friedli family home in Pinyon Pines, California was burned to the ground in 2006.  This was no accident.  Inside, investigators found the charred remains of Vicki Friedli and her boyfriend, Jon Hayward.  Out front, posed grotesquely in a wheelbarrow, were the remains of 18 year old Becky Friedli.  She, too, was burned beyond recognition.  This terrible crime went unsolved for years even though family and friends of the victims had no doubt who was responsible.  Finally, justice may be in sight.  Join us at the quiet end of the bar.

Cochella Valley Brewing's Phoenix is the beer!

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Oct 11, 2016

On a cold evening in January 2001, the idyllic community of Dartmouth College was shattered by the discovery that two professors had been brutally murdered in their own home. Investigators searched in vain for clues linking the victims, Half and Susanne Zantop, to their murderer or murderers. The residents of Hanover, New Hampshire, speculated about who could have been responsible. The grisly nature of the crimes themselves destroyed the sanctity and invulnerability of the community.  This was a crime without reason, apparently without motive.

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Oct 6, 2016

Etan Patz was just 6 years old when he disappeared from his Manhattan neighborhood in 1979.  His disappearance helped in the establishment of new legislation and new methods for tracking missing children.  He was the first child to be pictured on milk cartons.  In 2010, Etan's case was reopened.  The case was tried in 2015, ending in a mistrial.  Jury selection for a retrial is now under way. In this episode of TCB, we discuss Etan's disappearance, the loss felt by his family, the suspects and the impending trial. 

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Sep 29, 2016

Eric and Ann Miller were two attractive, intelligent, successful people who met at Purdue University and married in 1993.  In December, 2000, Eric died of arsenic poisoning.  Over the next 4 years, investigators would find out that Ann wasn't who she seemed.  To the astonishment of everyone who knew the couple, Eric was murdered through a viscous plot developed by his wife, Ann.

The details of this case are fascinating, from the psychosocial aspects of love and infidelity to the forensics of arsenic levels from hair samples.

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Sep 26, 2016

On May 1, 1990, Pamela Smart came home from a work meeting to find her condominium ransacked and her husband, Gregg, dead and bleeding on the floor. Police initially said that the crime scene looked like an interrupted burglary. Later, it was determined that Pamela Smart seduced 15-year-old Billy Flynn and threatened to stop having sex with him unless he killed her husband. Flynn killed Gregg with the help of his friends Pete Randall, J.R. Lattime, and Raymond Fowler. Billy shot Greggory Smart as Randall held him down, while Lattime, the driver, waited in the getaway car outside with Fowler.

During the investigation, J.R. Lattime's father brought his .38 caliber pistol he had found freshly cleaned in his house to the police, believing it might have been the murder weapon. An anonymous tip also indicated that a teenager named Cecilia Pierce was aware of the murder plot.

That was 26 years ago.  Join us as we go over the horrible crime, the sensational trial, and what has happened in the years since Pam's conviction.

Dick shares a Smuttynose Baltic Porter (at the quiet end, of course)

Sep 25, 2016

Body Heat is a dramatic film noir set in the hot atmosphere of Miranda Beach, Florida. The alluring, crafty, and sultry femme fatale "Matty Walker" (Kathleen Turner) seduces corruptible, dim-witted and incompetent attorney Ned Racine (William Hurt), to convince him to kill her husband Edmund (Richard Crenna). Matty uses everything as an instrument of seduction, including incredibly sweaty and sexy love-making and lewd suggestive dialogue, to manipulate his emotions so that he will help plot the murder.

So this is the perfect send off for our Killer Wives series.  Dick brings in some Jai Alai for his review and our refreshment!

 

 

 

Sep 22, 2016

It was a crime that made national headlines. A Texas man was found dead and the only person who knew what happened was his wife.

At his home in an upscale gated community, Greg Williams was shot in the head. Police took their only witness, his wife Michele Williams, to the police station, where she told them an intruder in black clothing hit her and shot her husband.  But soon after arriving at the home, police became suspicious.

Confronted by police, Michele Williams changed her story. She then said her husband committed suicide. Police released Michele Williams, but she was later arrested and then indicted by a grand jury in the murder of her husband.

Michele accepted a plea deal in which she pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and deadly conduct in her husband’s shooting. But before the deal went through it was revoked.  Was it her desire for the limelight that did her in?

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Sep 18, 2016

 

Kelsie Jean Schelling lived in Larimer Square in Denver, Colorado. On February 4, 2013, when she was 21 years old, she went to Pueblo to meet her boyfriend and was never heard from again.

Kelsie had just learned she was 8 weeks pregnant with her boyfriend Donthe Lucus' child the day before. On February 4th, Donthe lured her to his hometown of Pueblo, telling her he had a surprise for her which would "put her in a better mood." 

When Donthe first heard that Kelsie was pregnant he was angry with her.  When Kelsie disappeared from Pueblo and her car was found abandoned in a hospital parking lot, Donthe was seen on camera using Kelsie's ATM card to withdraw $400 from her account.  The police did not find his telling of the events to be truthful.

Jill and Dick will discuss the facts in Kelsie's disappearance along with widespread concerns that Kelsie has not been found and no arrests have been made.

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Sep 17, 2016

Six-year-old Timmothy lived with his parents, James Pitzen and Amy Fry-Pitzen, in Aurora, Illinois at the time of his disappearance. He is their only child.

Without telling anyone of her plans, Amy removed Timmothy from his kindergarten class at Greenman Elementary School on the morning of May 11, 2011.After checking him out of school, she drove to an auto repair shop and dropped off her blue 2004 Ford Expedition SUV at 10:00 a.m.

One of the repair shop employees drove Amy and Timmothy to the Brookfield Zoo. At 3:00 p.m., Amy came to pick up her repaired vehicle and drove with Timmothy to the KeyLime Cove Resort in Gurnee, Illinois, where they spent the night.

Meanwhile, James had reported Timmothy & Amy missing after he went to pick up Timmothy from kindergarten and found out his mother had taken him. He called her cellular phone numerous times but got no answer. Two days later, Amy was found dead and no one knew where to find Timmothy.

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Sep 8, 2016

In 1989, Carol and Charles Stuart were expecting their first child. After a childbirth education class at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, the couple was driving home when, according to Charles Stuart, a black gunman with a raspy voice forced his way into their car, robbed them and shot Charles in the stomach and Carol in the head. Carol Stuart died just hours after the shooting and her premature son, delivered by emergency C-section, died 17 days later. The nearby African-American community was targeted by police in an urgent search for the assailant. It wasn't until Charles Stuart's brother came forward as an accomplice after the fact that police sought out Charles Stuart as a suspect. After Stuart fled and committed suicide, police released the African-American suspect they had in custody. Evidence led to the conclusion that Charles Stuart had, in fact, plotted and killed Carol Stuart, shooting himself to avoid suspicion. The events surrounding this case left a negative mark on race relations in the city of Boston, a legacy still not wholly forgotten.

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Sep 8, 2016

Drew Peterson is a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, who has been missing since 2007. Stacy's disappearance led police to reopen the Kathleen Savio case.  On September 6, 2012, Drew Peterson was found guilty of the premeditated murder of Kathleen Savio, his third wife. Jurors admitted that the most compelling evidence was based on the hearsay statements allowed under "Drew's Law."  On February 21, 2013, Judge Edward Burmila refused to grant Peterson a new trial.   On February 9, 2015, the Illinois Attorney General announced that Peterson would be charged with two felonies, solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire, for attempting to have Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow killed. He was convicted on May 31, 2016, and sentenced to an additional 40 years on July 29, 2016. Drew Peterson had 4 wives.  He murdered one and another is missing.  How did this happen and how were investigators finally able to put him away?

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Sep 1, 2016
Gone Girl is a psychological thriller, released in 2014, which invited critical acclaim, feminist praise and disfavor, and widespread public interest. Based on the book of the same name by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl is the story of Amy Dunne, a wife who goes missing under suspicious circumstances, her guilty-appearing husband, and the modern media.  Twists and turns make this movie great fun to watch and great fun to discuss!
 

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Aug 28, 2016

At the age of 7, Kyron Horman went missing from his elementary school.  He was reported absent from his first class, but it wasn't until after school that anyone realized he was gone.  This is a strange and complicated case that turned family members against each other and revealed dark secrets. Kyron has not been found and those who love him are holding out hope that he is still alive. At the quiet end of the bar this week we will discuss all aspects of Kyron's case, compare notes and exchange ideas.

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Aug 22, 2016
Unfaithful was released in theaters in 2002 with moderate success. But it was on cable TV and in it's DVD release that this tense, erotic tale of lust, love and murder became a modern classic.  Starring Diane Lane, Richard Gere, and Olivier Martinez, there is no shortage of great looking people.  More importantly, though, is the story.  A couple with a young child who are in love and seem to have it all.  The wife strays with a charismatic younger man.  The power, intensity, and destructive features of love and passion are explored.  Somewhat surprisingly, honesty and commitment emerge as important themes.  The conclusion never fails to please as it carefully flirts with just a touch of ambivalence.
 
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