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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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