This may be the only True Crime Brewery case that has a happy ending...so sit back and enjoy...but not until we delve into the horrors 3 innocent girls endured for a decade. This is a story of unimaginable crimes, but it is also a story of survival. You go girls!
Bodhi Double IPA by Columbus Brewing is on tap!
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Does lightning strike twice? Paula Sims expected investigators to believe that it did. Three years apart, Paula reported her newborn daughters kidnapped from her home while she was held at gunpoint. Her stories were incredible and, after both babies were found dead, her possible motives for committing these murders were revealed.
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Join us for a holiday episode where Jill and Dick recap and discuss the iconic Christmas film Love Actually. The final beer of Christmas is introduced and reviewed!
JonBenet was born in 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia, the younger of the two children of Patsy and John Ramsey. At the time of her death, JonBenet was 6 years old and a student in kindergarten at High Peaks Elementary School in Boulder, Colorado.
JonBenet died in her home on December 25 or 26, 1996. A lengthy ransom note was found in the house, and her father, John Ramsey, found the little girl's body in the basement of their house about eight hours after she was reported missing. She sustained a broken skull from a blow to the head and had been strangled. This case has had a huge amount of attention over the past 20 years, but it is still unsolved.
Join Jill & Dick for this Christmas eve discussion of the most infamous Christmas murder in history.
The Covina massacre occurred on December 24, 2008, in Covina, a city in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. Nine people were killed, either by gunshot wounds or in an arson fire inside a house, where a Christmas Eve party was being held. The perpetrator, 45-year-old Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, who entered the house wearing a Santa suit, committed suicide, dying from a gunshot wound to the head at his brother's residence in the early morning hours after the attack. Authorities cited marital problems as a possible motive for the violence; reports indicated that Pardo's divorce had been finalized on December 18, one week before the massacre. On this 10th episode, Jill and Dick discuss one of the most gruesome Christmas Crimes ever.
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale is the chosen beer for this tragic Christmas crime.
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Connie Villa forced her three youngest children to ingest the undisclosed amount of drugs at their apartment before she honed in on her eldest daughter, Aniarael Macias, on Christmas day 2013.
When Macias refused to take the drugs, Villa told police she suffocated her daughter to death with her bare hands in their bathroom.
After Villa lured her ex-husband, Adam Villa, to the apartment, she stabbed him repeatedly in the upper torso, according to Officer Thomas Anderson, a Casa Grande Police Department spokesman. Adam Villa, who is the biological father of her three youngest children, escaped and called 911 while driving to Casa Grande Regional Medical Center.
Responding officers had to force their way into the home, where they found Villa with apparent stab wounds to her upper torso, Anderson said. She was holding a knife to her chest and had the three younger children at her side. This case paints a truly horrible picture of a family Christmas gone terribly wrong.
Corsendonk Christmas Ale is reviewed.
According to testimony, Joseph McEnroe and Michelle Anderson armed themselves and drove their pickup to the home of her parents, Wayne Anderson, 60, and Judy Anderson, 61, on the afternoon of Dec. 24, 2007. Once inside, McEnroe distracted Judy Anderson, who was wrapping Christmas gifts, while Michele shot her father. After Michele’s gun jammed, McEnroe then killed Wayne and Judy Anderson. The two then hid the bodies and carefully cleaned the home and waited for Michele Anderson’s older brother, Scott, his wife, Erica, both 32, and their two young children. Once the family arrived, Michele Anderson shot her brother. McEnroe and Anderson then shot Erica Anderson and McEnroe shot the children at the request of Anderson, 5-year-old Olivia and 3-year-old Nathan, because they didn’t want witnesses and said the children would be scarred for life having seen the parents killed.
Thankfully, the perpetrators of this disgusting crime will never be free to kill innocent people again.
Shiner Holiday Cheer is on tap!
The Mission Valley killings of 3 young people at a shopping mall shocked the community and devastated at least 2 families. Finding the motive would be the initial challenge, but when police make an arrest the senselessness of the crime is revealed.
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7 Family Members found dead on Christmas day 2011 appeared to be celebrating the holiday when they were shot dead. Who committed this horrible crime? The answer will chill you to the bone.
Great Lakes Christmas Ale is reviewed on this 6th episode in the 12 beers of Christmas.
Dustin Lee Klopp punched his wife Stephanie Kilhefner in the face, causing her to fall to the floor, and then cut her throat with a knife and struck her head with an ax multiple times on Christmas Eve 2014. He put her body in a bag in a shed on their Paradise Township property and tried to clean up the blood.
Authorities said Dustin Lee Klopp called state police on Christmas Day, told them about the body and arrived at the state police barracks in Lancaster about an hour later. Police found the body shortly after the phone call. Klopp had taken the couple's two children to his parents' home to celebrate Christmas before turning himself in.
Dick reviews Barrel Aged Frosted Frog!
The Ashland tragedy is the name given to the violent murder of three teenagers, Robert and Fannie Gibbons and Emma Carico in Ashland, Kentucky in 1881. Robert and Fannie Gibbons and Emma Carico, staying together at the Gibbons home in Ashland, were beaten to death with axes on the night of December 23, 1881. The swift justice of this time period is a fascinating topic within this discussion.
St. Arnold's Christmas Ale is on tap!
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.
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!
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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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!
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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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.
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!
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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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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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?
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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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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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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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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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