Bill Kissel raised his two boys, Andrew and Robert, to be winners. There was an expectation for exceptional success from childhood. Success seemed to come easily to Robert, who also worked hard and followed the rules. To Andrew, it was more of a struggle. He began to to take shortcuts in life which may have contributed to his death.
Robert's murder would shock the world. Bludgeoned to death by his petite, pretty wife in a luxury Hong Kong apartment, Robert's bloody and decomposing corpse was discovered in a rug in the family's storage room. So, when Andrew was found murdered 3 years later, there was much speculation.
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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.