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#65: The Mysterious Death of Kendrick Johnson–REOPENED

#65: The Mysterious Death of Kendrick Johnson–REOPENED

March 18, 2021

This is a mysterious one that was big in the news when it happened, and since, has been a tragic head-scratcher for arm-chair detectives, YouTubers, and Redditors. Kendrick Johnson (aka KJ), 17, was found dead in a mat at Lowndes High School in 2013. The circumstances of his death have been a source of conjecture, gossip, allegations, and lawsuits ever since. The Justice Department closed the case in June 2016, saying it could not meet the high legal threshold needed to file federal criminal charges. It would have needed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that someone had killed Johnson and was motivated by racial animus to do so.

For years, KJ’s family and many others demanded that the case be reopened; there were just too many unanswered questions, too many inconsistencies and coincidences for it to be just a simple accident. Just recently, on March 10th, 2021, The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reopened this case.

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#64: The Mysterious Case of the Yuba County 5

#64: The Mysterious Case of the Yuba County 5

March 6, 2021

"Oh, Grandma, I won't need a coat," Ted said. "Not tonight."

Ted, nor the other 4 men he was with, could know what would happen on February 24, 1978--and we still don't know to this day.

5  "boys" went off to see their favorite basketball team play in Chico, CA. Months later, a curious scene baffled everyone. Kevin and Amy discuss this strange unsolved mystery.

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#63: Family Destroyer, Marcus Wesson

#63: Family Destroyer, Marcus Wesson

February 25, 2021

Marcus Wesson manifested and created his forced congregation. He also destroyed them. This week, Kevin, Amy, and special guest host Lauren discuss this Jesus-Vampire-God-coffin-hoarding monster who killed 9 members of his family in Fresno, CA. Why haven't you heard of him? Good question! We talk about that and more this week! Join us in the dumpster as we talk out the trash.

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#62: Chris Benoit & the Dark Side of Wrestling w/ Guest Host Mason

#62: Chris Benoit & the Dark Side of Wrestling w/ Guest Host Mason

February 22, 2021

Some say professional wrestling is fake--just a bunch of ‘roided out maniacs in tights acting out a play. They’re not totally wrong. While professional wrestling is scripted with story lines and predetermined winners and losers, the level of athleticism and commitment to the art is very real. Also, very real are the injuries sustained and the cumulative effects of years of head trauma, and concussions, which is the same with professional football players and boxers. These head injuries can lead to dangerous personality disorders and violence. Chris Benoit is a prime example of this. Join Kevin, Amy, and our good friend Mason, as we dish out the trash.

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#61: The Things We Do For Love: Ed Okun

#61: The Things We Do For Love: Ed Okun

February 12, 2021

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love? Ed Okun can probably top your wildest deed. To celebrate Valentine’s Day and that special someone you would do almost anything for, we find out what middle-aged real-estate-scammer Ed was willing to do for love when he fell for 20-something year old Brazilian bombshell, Simone Baloni.

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#60: The Tragic Murder of Vera Jo Reigle

#60: The Tragic Murder of Vera Jo Reigle

February 6, 2021

300 Center Street in Findlay, Ohio was a house of horrors. Many people were in and out of there, but no tenant was as innocent or tragic as Vera Jo Reigle. Cheri Brooks, AKA Sugar Babe, was the ring-leader of the “Brooks Clan,” a trashy “Crip” family of misfits who wreaked havoc in this small town. Referred to as “Frequent Fliers” by 9-11 and the local police, it seems that many of the Brooks’ tragedies and maladies could have been avoided. Kevin and Amy watched the documentary Goodnight Sugar Babe so that you maybe don’t have to. It’s a sad, gross, heart-breaking story. 

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#59: The Abduction and Survival of Natascha Kampusch, Part 2

#59: The Abduction and Survival of Natascha Kampusch, Part 2

January 31, 2021

We continue the amazing story of Natascha Kampusch, abducted by Wolfgang Priklopil at the age of 10. She survived 3,096 days living underground and living through physical and psychological torment inflicted by her complicated captor. Make sure to listen to Part 1 (Episode #58) before you listen to this one, Part 2. 

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#58: The Abduction and Survival of Natascha Kampusch, Part 1

#58: The Abduction and Survival of Natascha Kampusch, Part 1

January 23, 2021

3096 days is about 8.5 years. Think about what you did from the time you were 10-18. Now, think about spending those precious adolescent years forced in a damp, dark, underground, cement basement dungeon--to only be brought up above ground to be a slave to a crazy, paranoid man. This was Natascha’s reality for 3096 days. Amy and Kevin tell the first part of this crazy story this week. Stay tuned for Part 2 next week.

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#57: James Jameson and His Cannibalistic Adventure(s)

#57: James Jameson and His Cannibalistic Adventure(s)

January 16, 2021

James Jameson: one of the direct heirs to the Irish whiskey powerhouse--was he a misunderstood rich kid or a sadistic, depraved voyeur? This week, we cheers with a big glass of whiskey and dive into some of the Jameson family garbage. It's pretty dirty, we hear!

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#56: The Unsolved 2008 Lane Bryant Shooting

#56: The Unsolved 2008 Lane Bryant Shooting

January 11, 2021

Unsolved cases haunt us all, but unsolved mass murders are even more mystifying and rare--especially when there is an apparent treasure-trove of evidence at hand. It’s infuriating and maddening. 

This case has haunted Amy for years, so with the help of Kevin and some great source material, the True Crime Dumpster dives into this sad and seemingly solvable case. Let 2021 be the year of solving all the cold cases!

Also, our apologies for switching up Rhoda’s name (we sometimes referred to her as Rhonda). She is one of the true heroes of this story, so we are sincerely sorry for any name mix-up.

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