This is the first True Crime Brewery commissioned podcast!
Thank you to Todd Feitl---a listener so fascinated by true crime (and beer!) that he paid us to do a TCB episode on the Son of Sam murders.
The Son of Sam shootings back in the 1970s terrorized citizens of New York and its Burroughs. After 8 attacks, a 24 year old loner named David Berkowitz was arrested. Berkowitz confessed, but were these cases really solved? Since his incarceration, Berkowitz has changed his story with no interest in being set free. And some very intelligent, knowledgeable people have questioned the theory of Berkowitz as a lone gunman. For one thing, eyewitness descriptions at the shootings did not always match Berkowitz. And then there are the conspiracy theories which put a nationwide satanic cult at the core of these and other crimes. Join us at the quiet end as we relive the Son of Sam murders and examine multiple theories. This round is on Todd!
Dick reviews 2 beers in this episode:
James E. Pepper 1776 American Brown Ale & Brooklyn Black OPS
29 year old Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius on Valentine's Day 2013. He would claim that he thought there was an intruder locked in his bathroom and he shot through the door 4 times out of fear. Prosecutors in South Africa didn't find his story believable. There was evidence that pointed to domestic violence ending in murder. The thing is, Reeva was an activist against domestic violence. Could she have been caught up in an abusive relationship? The fame of Oscar Pistorius "The Blade Runner" made this a highly publicized crime. But, more important than fame is the precious life lost in this senseless, incredibly violent murder. Reeva was a young woman who possessed more than physical beauty and who left behind two devastated parents and a world of possibilities. Join us at the quiet end as we talk about Reeva's life, the trial of her killer, and the all too common threads of domestic and gun violence.
Dick gives us his review of Castle 1895 Draught from South African Breweries
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Mother of two Sara Tokars was just learning about her husband's shady business dealings when she was killed---executed with a gunshot to the head in front of her young children. When the truth came out, everyone who knew the couple was shocked and devastated. Sara's life was over and her children were left motherless. This is a tragic, complex tale of love, lies, and murder which took place in the upper class suburbs of Atlanta.
Dick has a Georgia beer for us as we explore the criminal world of Fredric Tokars and the long lasting effects of Sara's tragic murder.
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One of the most horrific and memorable true crime stories in recent history is the murder of 16 year old Sylvia Likens. There have been murders with more victims, murders committed by serial killers and hardened criminals. But most murders are carried out within a time span of hours or minutes.
Sylvia's torturous death took months. A teenager left to the care of a violent abuser has led to death in other cases, but in Sylvia's case she was not abused by only one person.
Sylvia was systematically tortured by her caregiver, by her caregiver's children, and by other children in the neighborhood. Other adults saw Sylvia's condition but no one helped her. Join us for a discussion of an inconceivable murder that occurred in the 1960s. But be forewarned: this is a case that will haunt you for some time to come.
27 year-old Laura Ackerson was last seen on July 13, 2011, after stopping by the home of her ex-partner Grant Hayes and his wife Amanda Hayes. She was reported missing two days later when she failed to show up for work. On July 20, Ackerson’s Ford Focus was found abandoned near the 5400 block of Summer Manor Lane in Raleigh. Her dismembered remains were found in three separate locations near Richmond, Texas, about 30 miles southwest of Houston. The remains were found near Amanda Hayes’ sister’s home.
After a long and bitter custody battle over her two young children, Grant and Amanda Hayes plotted and carried out the cold-blooded murder of Laura. It is believed that the couple wanted Laura out of the way so they could raise the two boys on their own. Perhaps even more shocking than the murder itself was the horrific mutilation and disposal of Laura's remains. In court, Grant and Amanda would each plead their innocence, placing the blame on one another.
Join us for a discussion of a young woman, Laura Ackerson, who chose the wrong man and paid the ultimate price.
The beer review is The Event Horizon from Old Hickory Brewing Company.
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A young mother who was well liked in her small Irish community, Rachel O'Reilly loved life. She loved her children, her home, her friends, and her husband Joe. As her marriage began to deteriorate, Rachel was determined to make it work. Joe not so much. Joe had fallen in love with another woman. Would he go so far as to kill Rachel to maintain custody of their children and create a new life with his lover? Where did his rage begin and why was it aimed at Rachel---the one who loved him more than anyone? Join us at the quiet end for a thoughtful discussion of love, lies, rage and murder.
Dick's review is a classic: Guinness!
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Baby Gabriel Johnson has not been seen since 2009. And the only person who knows what happened to him isn't talking: His mother. Elizabeth Johnson took Gabriel out of state and away from his father when he was only 7 months old. She has confessed to killing him but has retracted her confessions and told stories of giving him away to strangers. So why isn't she behind bars? Join us at the quiet end for this disturbing case of an unfit mother who is incredibly selfish and heartless.
Dick's beer is Hop Top from Two Brothers Brewing in Scottsdale, Arizona
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On Thanksgiving day 2012, two teens were shot to death while in the act of burglarizing a home in Little Falls, Minnesota. Initially believed to be a case of justified homicides, circumstances in this case brought that into question. Was this cold-blooded murder? Was the homeowner lying in wait? Join us at the quiet end with a delicious Minnesota beer: Todd the Axe Man by Surly Brewing Company
The lies told by Mark Hacking to make him feel better about himself and appear successful proved lethal to his wife Lori after they were revealed. Lori Hacking was 5 weeks pregnant and planning a move across the country when she learned that she had been deceived by the person she loved the most. Instead of taking responsibility for his failings, Mark Hacking then killed his wife in cold blood and embarked on a faulty plan to cover his tracks. This case is hard to swallow but the Uinta Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale shared by Dick is sublime. Come to the quiet end if you dare.
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