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Catch my Killer

Marc Hoover

At any given time in the world, there are thousands of unsolved murders. Most of them will never be solved. The first 48 hours of a homicide are the most crucial to an investigation. Eventually, leads dry up, witnesses become less cooperative, and cases go cold (unsolved). Meanwhile, detectives continue receiving new homicide cases which push older ones to the back. After a case goes cold, it quickly becomes yesterday’s news. The public and the media will forget about the crime and move onto the next crime story. But do you know who won’t forget about a cold case? The victim’s family and friends. They won’t forget because their case is more than a case file or news story. The victims were sons, fathers, mothers, daughters, or friends. Catch my Killer is a podcast that focuses on the victim's surviving family and friends who give a voice to those who no longer have one. If you are listening and can help bring a killer to justice, please call in your tips. Even the smallest clue could be large enough to break a case wide open. Please be sure to visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by subscribing to my true crime Patreon page. You will receive an extra podcast episode per month (true crime, paranormal or a combination of both.) To subscribe, please visit my Patreon page at: https://www.patreon.com/catchmykiller.
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Episode 118: Amy Lee Bracken
Episode 118: Amy Lee Bracken
Amy Lee Bracken was a 39-year-old woman from Pennsylvania named who was last seen on January 17, 2020. She had gotten a friend to give her a ride to North Braddock, Pennsylvania, where she planned to meet a man she had met online. After speaking to this man online for a few months, Amy was ready to meet him in person. Had she known the depth of his criminal history, she may not have ever wanted to meet him. Amy was meeting him for the first time. She carried a backpack with her belongings. Furthermore, she didn't have her cell phone because it had broken a few days earlier, and she hadn't replaced it. Amy's family became concerned after no one heard from her After Amy's family reported her missing, authorities spoke to the man she had met online. According to him, he and Amy met and spent the weekend together, and she left to purchase drugs in the company of a black man driving a white Lexus with Ohio license plates. After that, she disappeared. For this story I spoke to Diane Cielo, who is Amy's aunt. She told me that the family believes that after Amy met with her date, she never left his home alive. Do you know anything about what happened to Amy? If you know what happened to Amy Lee Bracken, please report your tips to Alleghany County law enforcement officials at (412) 473-1200. Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my websites www.catchmykiller.com or www.themarcabe.com
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38 mins
Episode 117: Alexander "AJ" Silva III
This week's story focuses on a 19 year old Houston, Texas man named Alexander "AJ" Silva III. His relatives say the last time they saw him was either April the 5th or 6th of 2021. Nearly a year has passed since anyone has heard from Silva. Friends and family say there is a reason for this. Although AJ's case is considered a missing person's case, his family claims that he is deceased. Silva was charged with felony retaliation. As part of his bond conditions, he was ordered to wear an ankle monitor. The family assumed since AJ had a monitoring device, then law enforcement would always know his whereabouts. However, they would learn this wasn't the case because law enforcement wasn't always monitoring him. He would eventually disappear and neither his family nor law enforcement know where he is. For this story, I spoke to Paul Vasquez, who is AJ's uncle. After being frustrated with law enforcement's efforts, Paul has traveled between his New Mexico home and Houston to perform his own investigation into his nephew's disappearance. Paul found a young woman who witnessed someone chase and shoot AJ to death. She even showed Paul where AJ's deceased body lie after he died. Paul recorded the woman's statement and shared it with authorities. According to Paul, the Houston Police Department have discredited the witness. However, Paul believes her because she had nothing to gain by lying and he felt she risked her life to share this information. Paul has since interviewed many witnesses and has pieced together the final days of his nephew. He told me he doesn't have a good relationship with Houston PD and they will no longer speak to him. At this point, he has said he just wants justice for his nephew and for police to acknowledge that AJ is not a missing person but indeed deceased. The family is determined to find out what happened to AJ. They are worried that law enforcement will not give this case attention because he is a young black man with a troubled past. According to AJ's electronic monitoring records, he was at a warehouse on Lumberdale Road in Houston. And it's this warehouse where a witness told Paul Vasquez she witnessed AJ's homicide. If you know what happened to AJ Silva III, please report your tips to the HPD at (713) 884-3131. And if you would like to know more about this case, please visit the Justice for AJ Facebook page. There is also a Tik Tok account with even more information. The address is @justice4lilaj Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my websites www.catchmykiller.com or www.themarcabe.com
1w ago
45 mins
Episode 116: Alicia Markovich
This week's story focuses on a Pennsylvania teenager named Alicia Markovich who was 15 when she vanished on April 26, 1987 from Dunn Avenue in Blairsville, Pennsylvania. At the time, she was visiting with her father John Markovich. This year will be the 35th year anniversary of Alicia's disappearance. Unfortunately, Alicia's mother, Marcie Smith, has long given up hope that she will ever see her daughter alive again. The day seemed like any other day. Alicia, an eighth-grader at Windber High School in Somerset County, left with her father to spend time with him at his Blairsville home. Alicia's parents were divorced. It wasn't an overnight stay. Alicia was supposed to return home that same evening. Supposedly, Alicia and her father got into an argument around 5pm. Allegedly, Alicia stormed out of the house and has never been seen again. She is listed as a missing person with state police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. But everyone who was close to Alicia don't believe she is alive. For this story I spoke to Chrissie Boyer, who was Alicia's childhood friend. Chrissie is one of Alicia's advocates and is also close friends with Alicia's mother Marcie. I also spoke a Laura Valdez, who has been friends with Marcie since childhood. She knew Alicia from birth and used to take Alicia out for pizza when she was a child. I also reached out to John Markovich and his wife and asked them to participate in this episode. Neither responded to my request. I also want to state that many people think John Markovich knows more about his daughter's fate than he has ever said publicly. However, I must state that no criminal charges have ever been brought against him and he must be considered innocent of any wrong doing in the eyes of the law. If you know what happened to Alicia Markovich, please contact Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-472-8477 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678. You can also visit www.justiceforaliciamarkovich.com for additional information about Alicia's story. *** Opening audio clip provided by WTAE-TV Pittsburgh (https://www.wtae.com/) Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my websites www.catchmykiller.com or www.themarcabe.com
Jan 2 2022
45 mins
Episode 115: Shawn O'Brien
In July of 2006, Shawn O'Brien was a 34 years old carpenter who didn’t show up for work on Saturday, July 22. Around 6 o'clock that night, his sister called 911. She had found him lying in a pool of blood on the floor of his Pleasant Street basement apartment. First responders weren’t sure what happened to Shawn. They believed he had possibly had a seizure. Did he fall and hit his head? The police didn’t consider the basement a crime scene so they didn’t close it off immediately and investigate it. Police would come back at a later time to investigate the basement. The autopsy would be inconclusive but ruled that O’Brien had blunt force trauma to his head. And it didn’t seem likely it came from a fall. “This is a classic sign of somebody being assaulted,” said Dr. Timothy Gallagher, an independent forensic pathologist. Gallagher also said, he cannot with one hundred percent certainty rule out that it was an accident, because there are no witnesses to corroborate what exactly happened in his final moments. But, Gallagher does not believe O’Brien just fell to the floor. “Most likely not,” he told the NBC 10 I-Team. “When a person does fall, their injuries are just one-sided, they do not hit the ground and turn over and hit the ground again and turn over and hit the ground again. They hit the ground once, creating one injury,” said the forensic pathologist. The police have two persons of interest. A man named Armand Rouleau rented the apartment to O’Brien. The other person of interest is Armand’s then girlfriend, Lynn Hallal. Today, Natalia St. Louis is no longer a teenager. She is an adult who is determined to find out what happened to her father 15 years ago. Please be sure to visit Today, there are no answers about Shawn’s death. Natalia St. Louis is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in her father’s case. She has a Facebook page titled “Justice for Shawn O’Brien.” And if you know anything about Shawn's death, you can contact the Cranston Police Department at 401-942-2211 with your tips.
Dec 26 2021
42 mins
Episode 114: Amy Jo Nelson
This week's story focuses on Amy Jo Nelson, a young mother from New Straitsville, Ohio who died on Sept. 18, 2017. It was initially thought she died of a drug overdose. On her death certificate, however, it stated that she died as a result of a homicide. According to the Perry County coroner's report, both prescribed and non-prescribed drugs were in her system. However, drugs did not cause her death. The autopsy findings indicated Amy Jo Nelson's death was a homicide caused by blunt force trauma to the head." "The extensive head and brain injuries are not consistent with a simple fall and are consistent with injuries incurred by multiple blunt force trauma. Given the other body injuries, it appears the decedent was assaulted by another person or persons. Abbie Vann, Amy's sister, and Pam Nelson, Amy's mother, say that they are haunted by Amy's death and relive it each day. Amy's family has conducted their own investigation. They have done the legwork, obtained statements and documented their findings. Although they believe they know who killed Amy, they don't have any evidence to support it. Family members put out a reward in the hopes that someone will provide a tip that will lead to the murderer's arrest. According to Pam Nelson, Amy's mother, "We have our ideas of what happened based on the information that we've been given and the facts that we have, but not knowing the exact truth to have some sort of closure for our family trying to relive it every day and thinking of all these different possibilities of things that have happen, it's really hard," What happened to Amy Jo Nelson? She was a mother, sister and daughter. Family members miss her. If you have any information about this case, call Perry County's tip line at (740) 721 - 0898. You can also visit Amy's Facebook page titled Amy's Gift of Hope. The family is still offering a reward for information. *** Opening audio clip provided by WBNS TV 10 (https://www.10tv.com/) Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my websites www.catchmykiller.com or www.themarcabe.com
Dec 19 2021
38 mins
Episode 113: Alex VanDalsen
I spoke with a mother named Jennifer VanDalsen about her son Alex VanDalsen, a twenty-one-year old, who died under mysterious circumstances. Alex was born Jasmine Mckenzie Danaher, but planning on transitioning into a man. Therefore, I will refer to him as Jennifer's son throughout this story. At 15, Alex decided he knew he was a male and wanted to live as one. Throughout this episode I'll refer to the victim as Alex and use male pronouns. He lived in Lafayette, Indiana. On February 3, 2021, it was a cold and snowy Indiana evening. Alex left home before midnight for unknown reasons. He did not tell anyone where he was going. On February 9th, two thousand twenty one, Alex was found dead. His death was ruled a suicide without any investigation. Alex's family has taken issue with the ruling. Police told Alex's family that "There was no immediate sign of trauma on the body." However, it wasn't until Alex's body arrived at the funeral home that they discovered he died from a gunshot wound to the head. The family asked the detective why he said there was no trauma to the body when there was a gunshot wound? It was less than twenty degrees when Alex was found 10 miles from his home. He also had asthma and wasn't dressed for the weather. Such treacherous weather would have made it impossible for him to walk ten miles. He would have died from exposure. Alex's family is certain he met with someone who knows what happened to him. The family also had a concern about the actual bullet wound. I was informed the entrance wound was larger than the exit. As someone who fired weapons in the military, this isn't feasible. The exit wound is typically larger when leaving the human body. The family also said Alex wasn't tested for having gunshot residue on his hands and the weapon wasn't checked for fingerprints. Also, Alex didn't own a gun, so where did this gun come from and who owned it? There were also no shell casings. How could Alex kill himself with a gun and not leave a shell casing behind? And there was no blood splatter at the scene. If Alex killed himself, there would be a casing and blood present at the scene. Most likely Alex was picked up by someone, shot to death and then dumped where he was found. Unfortunately, law enforcement hasn't waivered from the suicide ruling. Do you know what happened to Alex? Who did he go to meet on the night of his death? How did he end up dead 10 miles near his home? Supposedly, he killed himself. Problem is there were no shells or blood evidence. If have any information regarding Alex VanDalsen, please contact the Tippecanoe County Sheriff sheriff's department at 765-423-9388. And if you would like more information about this case, please visit the Justice for Alex Blake VanDalsen Facebook page. **** This week's podcast was sponsored by the Raw Truth: Stories of Female Infidelity podcast. For additional information about this podcast, please visit their website: https://www.rawtruthstoriesoffemaleinfidelity.com/ Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my websites www.catchmykiller.com or www.themarcabe.com
Dec 12 2021
44 mins
Episode 112: Cameron Collin
On Oct. 4, 2018, Cameron boarded a flight to Billings, Montana to attend the wedding of a college. The same day, he attended a bachelor party at a rural property. On Nov. 5, 2018, other attendees of the party left the rural residence to drive into town, and returned around midnight. When they returned, Cameron was not where they claimed to have left him. Partygoers claimed Cameron continued to drink at the party and then went to sleep outside. A group of men then went into town leaving Cameron behind. When the friends arrived back to the property, they didn't see Cameron. They thought he had found different accommodations. Cameron would never be seen alive again. Yet, no one called the police or the family immediately after Cameron vanished. And when he didn't show up for the October 6 wedding, everyone knew Cameron was in trouble. Cameron never showed up for the Oct. 6 wedding, for which he was supposed to be a groomsman. The ceremony and reception continued as planned, according to Marion. On November 3, 2018, Cameron's body was recovered from Pryor Creek. On Nov. 3, 2018 – nearly one month after he was allegedly last seen alive – Cameron’s body was recovered from Pryor Creek. Although the circumstances of Cameron's death were suspicious, law enforcement immediately closed the case and claimed Cameron was intoxicated and wandered into the pond where he drowned. The problem was there was no water in his lungs. How does one drown without water being in the lungs? The official ruling by the medical examiner was an accidental death due to cold water immersion in association with cocaine and alcohol use, according to the report. Also, there was blood on Cameron's clothing and someone had placed sawdust inside Cameron's clothing. The sawdust was allegedly placed on Cameron to breakdown the body faster. Cameron's finger was cut off and his college ring was taken. And the boots recovered from his body didn't fit him. So where did Cameron's boots go? The Collin family said law enforcement has refused to re-open the case as either a homicide or undetermined. Family members believe Cameron was the victim of foul play and his body was thrown into the creek. If you have any tips about Cameron's death, please forward them to his family through their Facebook page titled Cam Collin Updates. They will then forward the tips to law enforcement. **** This week's podcast was sponsored by the Raw Truth: Stories of Female Infidelity podcast. For additional information about this podcast, please visit their website: https://www.rawtruthstoriesoffemaleinfidelity.com/ Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my websites www.catchmykiller.com or www.themarcabe.com
Dec 5 2021
1 hr 13 mins
Episode 111: Mary Morgan Pewitt
On June 4, 1988, Mary Morgan Pewitt, 25, was found murdered. Over 30 stab wounds were found on her body. During the early hours of the morning, Mary Morgan Pewitt's mother, Elizabeth Morgan, was returning the girls to Mary after after an overnight stay. No one answered. Amber, Mary's youngest daughter, peeked into her mother's bedroom window. Her mother lay dead on her bed covered in blood. She had been stabbed 30 times. The case remains unsolved three decades later, and has the distinction of being Comanche's only unsolved murder. The beginning Mary had been married three times, the first being at the age of 16. There were two more marriages (Tim Allen and Stan Pewitt). The second ended in divorce and the third was heading in the same direction. Money was tight for Mary. She had been injured while working in a nursing home. This limited her employment options. Prior to her murder, she was working at Harold's Club, the only bar in Comanche, Oklahoma. Mary closed the bar on Friday night, June 3, and brought the receipts to the owner's home. She then went home to 611 N. 10th Street, where her boyfriend Randy was already waiting for her. He told police that they watched TV and he left at 12:45 a.m. that morning. Kira, Mary's daughter, told me he left to play video games with his 8-year-old son. Someone entered the home after Randy left and stabbed Mary in the neck and upper chest. In an attempt to defend herself, she suffered wounds to her arms and hands. Although she was found in a t-shirt, underwear, and socks, the autopsy showed she had not been sexually assaulted. A first cousin of Mary's, Becky Pentland, says the family refuses to let this case remain a cold case. Rebecca Pentland grew up with her cousin, Mary Morgan. "She was just a world of fun. I just love her so much...I thought of her as a little sister." According to Pentland, "This wasn't like a gunshot or something like that. She was basically butchered and slaughtered. She was stabbed over 35 times. I want them in prison and paying for what they've done." Pentland added, "She was a very loving and giving person and she did not deserve this. She loved her daughters, she loved her family. They need to pay. They need to pay for what they did." If you have any information about this case, you can call the OSBI at (580) 248-4050 so this family can find the closure they need. You can also visit the Mary Morgan Pewitt Facebook page for additional information about this case. Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my website www.catchmykiller.com or themarcabe.com
Nov 28 2021
32 mins
Episode 110: Randy Church
This week’s story involves the homicide of a 23 year old Montana man named Randy Church . It was a cold winter day back in February 1985. Randy Church worked at Pizza Hut. He was also a Montana State University student. While closing alone, an unknown killer entered the Pizza Hut restaurant, shot Randy to death and stole just under $1,000.00. Randy’s parents were heartbroken and died before ever finding out who killed their son. However, there may be a silver lining in the clouds because there is also DNA on this case. I am hopeful that law enforcement can test it and find a donor. This case remains open and needs someone to call in a tip and give this family some peace. If you have any information, you can contact the Bozeman Police Department Cold Case Tip Line at 406-582-2025, or coldcasetips@bozeman.net. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for up to $10,000 reward for information that could lead to an arrest in this case. And if you would like more information about this case, please visit the Victims of Murder Unit Facebook page. Opening video clip provided by Channel 7 Bozeman News (https://www.kbzk.com/) Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my website www.catchmykiller.com or themarcabe.com
Nov 21 2021
43 mins
Episode 109: Joseph Miranda (Part 3 of 3)
This is the conclusion of a three-part podcast story involving the homicide of a 19-year-old Maryland man named Joseph Miranda. After graduating from high school in 2005, Joseph took a job with a local landscaping company called Outside Unlimited. He decided to temporarily forego college and just work through the summer. He wanted to become a landscaping architect. Joseph did well and was promoted to foreman within months of starting. On July twentieth, two thousand six, Joseph left home early and said goodbye to his mother Adrienne Miranda. She had no idea it would be the last time she would ever see him alive again. After arriving home from work that evening, Adrienne was surprised when she came home to an empty house. Usually Joseph would be home. She just assumed he was out with friends. But her life changed forever when she received a call from Joseph's father Bob at eleven that night. He had horrible news. Joseph was killed in an accident at his job. Adrienne then also received a call from the Maryland State Police notifying her that Joseph had died around 3:30 p.m. that afternoon. According to The Baltimore Sun, police learned that near the end of Joseph’s shift on July twenty, he was given a task that needed to use the Bobcat to complete. A coworker told him he needed to finish a project before giving the Bobcat to Joseph. The coworker said Joseph tried to remove the driver and jumped onto one of the wheels of the Bobcat, slipped and fell. He was then ran over. Although there were different witness statements, several accounts claimed Joseph and his coworker got into an argument over the Bobcat. This led to the coworker getting angry and shoving Joseph, who then feel and was then killed by the Bobcat. The coworker would end up giving four different accounts of what happened. Over 14 years have passed since Joseph's homicide. His mother continues to fight to get the case prosecuted. Please also be sure to listen to the first two parts of this story. Part 1: https://www.catchmykiller.com/episode-107-joseph-miranda-part-1-of-3/ Part 2: https://www.catchmykiller.com/episode-108-joseph-miranda-part-2-of-3/ If you would like to more know about this story, please visit www.pleasedoyourjob.com, and please consider signing the petition to get Justice for Joseph. Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my website www.catchmykiller.com or themarcabe.com
Nov 15 2021
35 mins
Episode 108: Joseph Miranda (Part 2 of 3)
This week’s story involves the homicide of a 19-year-old Maryland man named Joseph Miranda. After graduating from high school in Two thousand Five, Nineteen year old Joseph took a job with a local landscaping company called Outside Unlimited. He decided to temporarily forego college and just work through the summer. He wanted to become a landscaping architect. Joseph did well and was promoted to foreman within months of starting. On July twentieth, two thousand six, Joseph left home early and said goodbye to his mother Adrienne Miranda. She had no idea it would be the last time she would ever see him alive again. After arriving home from work that evening, Adrienne was surprised when she came home to an empty house. Usually Joseph would be home. She just assumed he was out with friends. But her life changed forever when she received a call from Joseph's father Bob at eleven that night. He had horrible news. Joseph was killed in an accident at his job. Adrienne then also received a call from the Maryland State Police notifying her that Joseph had died around 3:30 p.m. that afternoon. According to The Baltimore Sun, police learned that near the end of Joseph’s shift on July twenty, he was given a task that needed to use the Bobcat to complete. A coworker told him he needed to finish a project before giving the Bobcat to Joseph. The coworker said Joseph tried to remove the driver and jumped onto one of the wheels of the Bobcat, slipped and fell. He was then ran over. Although there were different witness statements, several accounts claimed Joseph and his coworker got into an argument over the Bobcat. This led to the coworker getting angry and shoving Joseph, who then feel and was then killed by the Bobcat. The coworker would end up giving four different accounts of what happened. In one version, he claimed they were just playing around and Joseph was accidentally killed. Joseph’s mother Adrienne told Dateline she does not believe her son just slipped off the machine to his death. The Maryland State police ruled the death an accident. And this didn’t sit well with Adrienne. Although no criminal charges were filed against the coworker, Adrienne vowed to fight for her son. Adrienne began her own investigation. Eventually, she learned that a state medical examiner named Dr. Ali had received additional evidence and ruled the case a homicide. He contacted law enforcement and then wrote, “As the death was caused by the action of another person, the manner of death is best re-classified as a homicide.” However, The State’s Attorney for Baltimore County, Scott Shellenberger, said, “there will be no further inquiry, no arrest, no grand jury, no trial, no criminal charges” in Joseph’s death. This was after he received notice of the case being reclassified as a homicide. For some reason, Prosecutor Scott Shellenberger has refused to prosecute Godwin. If you would like to more know about this story, please visit www.pleasedoyourjob.com, and please consider signing the petition to get Justice for Joseph. Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my website www.catchmykiller.com or themarcabe.com
Nov 14 2021
59 mins
Episode 107: Joseph Miranda (Part 1 of 3)
This week’s story involves the homicide of a 19 year old Maryland man named Joseph Miranda. Joseph entered life back on Earth Day in 1987. And this was significant because Joseph had a green thumb and loved animals. After graduating from high school in Two thousand Five, Nineteen year old Joseph took a job with a local landscaping company called Outside Unlimited. He decided to temporarily forego college and just work through the summer. He wanted to become a landscaping architect. Joseph did well and was promoted to foreman within months of starting. On July twentieth, two thousand six, Joseph left home early and said goodbye to his mother Adrienne Miranda. She had no idea it would be the last time she would ever see him alive again. After arriving home from work that evening, Adrienne was surprised when she came home to an empty house. Usually Joseph would be home. She just assumed he was out with friends. But her life changed forever when she received a call from josephs' father bob at eleven that night. He had horrible news. Joseph was killed in an accident at his job. Adrienne then also received a call from the Maryland State Police notifying her that Joseph had died around 3:30 p.m. that afternoon. According to The Baltimore Sun, police learned that near the end of Joseph’s shift on July twenty, he was given a task that needed to use the Bobcat to complete. A coworker told him he needed to finish a project before giving the Bobcat to Joseph. The coworker said Joseph tried to remove the driver and jumped onto one of the wheels of the Bobcat, slipped and fell. He was then ran over. Although there were different witness statements, several accounts claimed Joseph and his coworker got into an argument over the Bobcat. This led to the coworker getting angry and shoving Joseph, who then feel and was then killed by the bobcat. The coworker would end up giving four different accounts of what happened. In one version, he claimed they were just playing around and Joseph was accidentally killed. Joseph’s mother Adrienne told Dateline she does not believe her son just slipped off the machine to his death. The Maryland State police ruled the death an accident. And this didn’t sit well with Adrienne. According to her, “It was physically impossible, with the way Joseph was laying, for him to have fallen off the front of the machine.” Although no criminal charges were filed against the coworker, Adrienne vowed to fight for her son. Adrienne began her own investigation. Eventually, she learned that a state medical examiner named Dr. Ali had received additional evidence and ruled the case a homicide. He contacted law enforcement and then wrote, “As the death was caused by the action of another person, the manner of death is best re-classified as a homicide.” However, The State’s Attorney for Baltimore County, Scott Shellenberger, said, “there will be no further inquiry, no arrest, no grand jury, no trial, no criminal charges” in Joseph’s death. This was after he received notice of the case being reclassified as a homicide. To learn more about Joseph's story, please visit www.pleasedoyourjob.com Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my website www.catchmykiller.com or themarcabe.com
Nov 7 2021
52 mins
Episode 106: Blake Chappell
This week’s story involves the unsolved homicide of a 17 year old Georgia teenager named Blake Chappell. It's been 10 years since teenager Blake Chappell vanished after attending a homecoming dance with his girlfriend, only to be found dead months later. The case remains cold today. Blake’s mother Melissa Chappell, is devastated over the loss. Even after ten years, she struggles to get through life without her youngest son. The memories of October 15, 2011 still haunt her. She said Blake was so excited about attending homecoming with his girlfriend. He then planned on staying overnight with a friend. After the dance, Blake called his mom to check in. He told her he had the best time of his life. Before she hung up the phone, she remembers telling him she would see him the next day. Unfortunately, this would be her last conversation with her beloved son because he vanished and was never seen alive again. He was last seen in the morning hours of October 16, 2011. Blake had left his friend’s house to visit his girlfriend. He then sneaked in through a window. The girl’s grandmother overheard the young couple talking and then woke up the girlfriend’s mother. They were angry at Blake for sneaking into their home in the middle of the night. Blake left his girlfriend’s house and began walking back to his friend’s house. He would never make it. Then in December 2011, two months after Blake’s disappearance, Melissa received the call no parent ever wants. Blake’s body was found in a creek in East Newnan. He’d been shot to death and was only wearing his underwear. His killer had taken Blake’s clothing, wallet and cellphone. None of these items have ever turned up. Blake’s phone, wallet, and clothes were never found. What happened to this young man? He was a 17 year old teenager whose life hadn’t even started. Before he vanished, he had just told his mother he had the best day of his life. Little did he know, he would have the worst day of his life just hours later after speaking to his mother for the final time. If you have any information about this case that could help the family of Blake Chappell get justice, please contact There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in Blake's case. Callers can leave tip for the Newnan Police at (770) 254-2355 or Crimestoppers of Greater Atlanta at (404) 577-8477. Those who provide tips can remain anonymous. And you can also visit the Justice for Blake Chappell FB page for more information about this young man. Opening Audio provided by 11 Alive News (www.11alive.com) Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my website www.catchmykiller.com or themarcabe.com
Oct 31 2021
1 hr 6 mins
Episode 105: Trish Haynes
This week’s story appeared on an episode of ID Discovery’s Still a Mystery. It was featured on episode 11, season two, about the story of a young woman who was murdered and then dismembered. Trish Danielle Haynes was a 25-year-old woman who became involved in a domestic abuse relationship. They lived together in a New Hampshire town called North Woodstock. The couple dated off and on between 2014 and 2017. After 3 years, Trish contacted the police and filed a complaint against her abusive boyfriend. He begged her to drop the charges. She gave in and agreed to drop the charges. Unfortunately, by dropping the charges, the police charged Trish with filing a false police report. Trish had returned to Florida to stay with her grandmother Sandy, who had raised her. Trish was then summoned to court in New Hampshire to face charges for the false police report. Trish returned to New Hampshire and stayed with a friend named Becky who lived near Cardigan Mountain State Park. Trish got restless and wanted to leave. She reconnected with a former classmate named Ashley Smith. Ashley and her husband, Doug Smith, lived in Grafton, New Hampshire. The Smiths offered Trish a place to stay while she waited for her court date. On January 28, 2018, Becky gave Ashley a ride to Citgo gas station to meet with Ashley and Doug. Trish left with the Smiths and returned to their home. Unfortunately, no one would ever see Tricia alive again. In September 2018, law enforcement found some of Trish’s remains inside a combo washer and dryer unit in Grant’s Pond. Someone had murdered and then dismembered Trish. During the investigation, law enforcement would learn that Ashley and Doug Smith both had lengthy criminal records. Law enforcement quickly descended on the Smith home, looking for evidence of the grisly crime. Today, Ashley and Doug Smith are both suspected of killing Trish. It’s believed that Trish Haynes died on May 18, 2018. Since Trish’s death, witnesses have come forth to the family and told law enforcement and Trish’s family horror stories of how Trish was tortured and abused while staying with the Smiths. A friend of the Smiths said Trish was always at the residence, but then one day she vanished. Ashley claimed Trish had run off to another state with an unknown man. If you do research on this case or in the backgrounds of Ashley Smith (formerly Ashley Ruff) and Doug Smith, you will find many details about their criminal past. For this story, I spoke to Trish’s cousin Carey, her great aunt Valorie and Chloe, who knew both Ashley Smith and Trish. If you have any additional information about this case that could help the family of Trish Haynes get justice, please contact the New Hampshire State Police at 603-271-3636. And if you would like additional information, please visit the Justice for Trish Haynes FB page. Opening Audio provided by WMUR (www.wmur9.com) Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my website www.catchmykiller.com or themarcabe.com
Oct 26 2021
47 mins
Episode 104: Steven Augustine
A grieving mother named Donna Augustine reached out to me and asked if I would share her son’s story. The Augustine family lives in Ulster County, New York. Donna told me Steven is a twin. Donna also has a daughter. At 32, Steven lived at home with his parents. Donna considered Steven a wonderful son. He looked after his parents, took care of their home, yard, and automobiles. He also had two sons he loved more than anything. He worked long hours so he could provide for his young sons. On May 28, 2018, Steven Augustine left work and walked home. He was attacked near a Kingston bakery. The beating was so brutal, Steven barely survived. Authorities arrested a career criminal with a lengthy record named Charles Miles. The beating left Steven permanently paralyzed and on a ventilator. He live for another 23 months and remained confined to a hospital bed until his death. Donna expected Charles Miles to face serious charges for nearly killing her son. She became angry after learning Miles would only be charged with a misdemeanor and not a felony. He only spent 72 days in the county lockup before authorities released him. The Augustine family became angry. How could Steven’s assault only be a misdemeanor? They assumed that since Miles already had a lengthy criminal record which warranted serious charges. Former Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright refused to charge Miles with a felony. He claimed Miles didn’t intend to harm Steven. According to Carnright, “The injuries to his face were consistent with a single punch. He also said the fracture was caused by Steven falling down backwards. I have seen pictures of Steven’s injury. Half of his skull was caved in from a blunt weapon and not a fall. Medical staff removed the left side of Steven’s skull. Donna is now fighting to get justice for her dead son. A local news station interviewed Carnright, and he insisted he couldn’t charge Miles with a felony. Donna wondered why the authorities weren’t going after Miles for more severe charges. According to Donna, an investigator told her that Charles Miles worked as a trusted police informant for many years. She now believes that’s why Charles Miles hasn’t been charged with additional crimes after Steven died. Donna is determined to fight for her son. She wants to see Charles Miles get prison time for his part in Steven’s death. Although Steven died nearly two years after the assault, he would still be alive had he not been nearly beaten to death. Steven loved his sons. He should still be alive and spending time with them. Steven died alone with none of his loved ones to comfort him. If you have any additional information about this case that could help Donna Augustine get justice, please contact the New York State Crimestoppers @ (866) 313-TIPS. I would also like to make a special request on behalf of the Augustine family. They need an attorney to help them prepare a legal strategy to get justice for Steven. If you are an attorney in New York and can help this family, please email Donna Augustine at Donnaaugu12401@gmail.com. And if you would like additional information about this case, please visit the Justice for Steve Facebook page. Opening Audio provided by ABC 7 https://abc7ny.com/ Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by joining my true crime coffee club for $5 per month where you can read true crime stories. To join, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please email me at catchmykiller@gmail.com.
Oct 17 2021
37 mins
Episode 103: Anna Marie Mullin
This week’s story involves a long and arduous journey for a woman named Fran Kubes. She has been trying to get justice for her sister Anna Marie Mullin who was brutally murdered nearly 40 years ago. After her discharge from the Air Force, 22 year old Annamarie Mullin returned to civilian life and began enjoying life. She was a regular at the Caboose bar in Wilton Manors, Florida. She knew everyone and everyone knew her. On November 6, 1982. The young woman noticed a stranger in the bar. He wasn’t a regular and no one knew him. Annamarie sat next to him and engaged in a conversation with him. He then began buying her drinks. She became intoxicated. At 230 am. Annamarie left the bar with the man who had bought her drinks. He said he would give her a ride home. Annamarie waved to the remaining customers and said goodnight to them. Little did they know, they would never see their young friend alive again. She would be dead within several hours. A few hours later at 7 am, members of the St. Clements Catholic Church began arriving for mass. What they saw would shock them. A dead woman was found on the front steps of the church. She had been raped, beaten and strangled. It was a horrific and brutal killing. The Wilton Manors Police Department soon arrived on the scene to investigate. The dead woman was identified as Annamarie Mullin from Ashland Massachusetts. Just a few hours earlier, she had left the Caboose bar and now she was dead. Her case has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. Can you identify her killer? If you have any information about this case, please contact the Broward County Sheriff’s Department @ (954) 493-TIPS (8477). And if you would like more information about this case, please visit the Justice For Anna Marie Mullin FB page. Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by joining my true crime coffee club for $5 per month where you can read true crime stories. To join, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please email me at catchmykiller@gmail.com.
Oct 11 2021
54 mins
Episode 102: Christopher Aaron Morris
This week’s story involves the death of an 11-year-old boy named Christopher Aaron Morris on September 25, 2000. Christopher and his sister Ashley McCarthy were Army brats. It’s a term of endearment used to reference the children of military personnel. Christopher lived with his dad in military housing in Wichita Falls, Texas at Sheppard Air Force Base. On the day of September 25, 2000, Christopher was off from school. At 11, his dad felt he was mature enough to be home alone. His father came home around 11am for lunch. He then left an hour later. He would then leave work early and arrive home around 2 pm. When he came home, Christopher wasn’t there to greet him. He then began looking for his son. When he looked in his room, he saw dish racks from the dishwashing machine in Christopher’s room. He immediately went to the dishwasher. He saw Christopher’s clothing piled up next to the machine. When he opened the machine, he found his son’s body inside the machine. Not only was Christopher deceased, but someone had turned on the machine and ran an entire cleaning cycle. From this point, the mystery began. After authorities arrived, they immediately accused Christopher’s dad of killing his son. Allegedly, Christopher was sexually assaulted, tortured, murdered, and then someone ran his body ran through a full cycle in the dishwasher. I would assume this was done to remove evidence. According to Ashley, Christopher’s sister, none of this is true. What happened to this young man who played football and loved playing with legos? Do you know what happened to him? If you have any information about this case, please contact the Wichita Falls Police Department @ 940-761-7792 Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by joining my true crime coffee club for $5 per month where you can read true crime stories. To join, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please email me at catchmykiller@gmail.com.
Oct 3 2021
46 mins
Episode 101: Tailor Marie Clark
This week’s case occurred in Houston Texas. The potential victim was a young mother of two who was found deceased inside a locked tattoo shop. For this episode, I interviewed Tiffany Hicks, a grieving mother who just lost her 27 year old daughter Tailor Marie Clark under mysterious circumstances. Tailor was an entrepreneur who had developed her own salve for people with tattoos. She planned on marketing her product through various tattoo shops. The product was called Tailor Made. On September 17, 2021, Tailor arrived at a Houston tattoo shop called 59 Ink. She planned on speaking to the owner about carrying her tattoo salve. She also wanted to get another tattoo and another one touched up. While at the tattoo shop, Tailor kept in touch throughout the evening with her boyfriend and mother. Eventually, things got strange. Tailor’s boyfriend received a message referring to him as Daddy while Tiffany received a text from Tailor stating that she was dead. Tiffany assumed it meant her daughter’s phone had died. After all communication between Tailor, her boyfriend and Tiffany ceased. Tiffany and Tailor’s boyfriend believed that someone else was sending messages on Tailor’s phone pretending to be her. By 2 pm, on the following day, which was Saturday September 18, 2021, Tailor’s step brother and one of his friend’s drove to the tattoo shop. One of the tattoo artists pulled up. The stepbrother and his friend said they were looking for Tailor. The three men entered the tattoo shop and found Tailor’s lifeless body in the backroom lying on a couch. What happened to Tailor? Why was she found deceased inside a locked tattoo parlor? If you know anything about Tailor’s death or saw something unusual, I am asking you to please contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Department @ 713-967-5700 or Crime Stoppers @ 713-222-TIPS. Tailor's family will also be putting up a dedication page on Facebook titled Justice for Tailor. Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by joining my true crime coffee club for $5 per month where you can read true crime stories. To join, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please email me at catchmykiller@gmail.com.
Sep 26 2021
49 mins
Episode 100: Alexandra “Allie” Lowitzer
For the 100th episode, I interviewed JoAnn Lowitzer, who is the mother of 16-year-old Alexandra “Allie” Lowitzer, who attended Spring High School in Spring, Texas. Allie was active in art, choir, softball, and Girl Scouts. But Joann’s life changed forever on April 26, 2010. It was just like any other day for the Lowitzer family. Allie had asked her mom for permission to walk to the Burger Barn and collect her paycheck. She also wanted to see if she could work that night. Joann originally said no, but Allie begged and pleaded. She had never walked to her job before and it was only a short distance from her home. Joann finally gave in and gave Allie permission to walk to her job after school. Allie got off the bus that day at 3pm and then began walking to work. She would disappear and never be seen again. Allie vanished 11 years ago. There have been no tips or any information about her whereabouts. JoAnn told me she still hopes that her beloved daughter is still alive. JoAnn has worked with a PI who received a tip that Allie was a victim of sex trafficking and might be in a trap house in Ohio. JoAnn told me the tip didn’t lead to anything significant. Do you know what happened to Allie? Her mother is still hoping she can find out what happened to her daughter. Unfortunately, as the days pass, it reduces the odds of Allie ever being found alive. JoAnn said that whenever she hears about an unidentified body being in the area, it concerns her because she knows it could be Allie. If you have any tips about Allie Lowitzer, please contact either the Harris County Sheriff’s Department @ 713-967-5700, Crime Stoppers @ 713-222-TIPS or you can also visit the alexandrialowitzer.com for additional information about this case. You can also visits Allie's FB page: Hope for Ali; Alexandria Joy Lowitzer Note* Open audio provided by https://www.click2houston.com/ Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by joining my true crime coffee club for $5 per month where you can read true crime stories. To join, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please email me at catchmykiller@gmail.com.
Sep 19 2021
50 mins
Episode 99: Theresa Corley
Theresa Corley, 19, left a local bar called the Train Stop, in Franklin, Massachusetts, during the late evening of December 4, 1978. After getting into an argument with her boyfriend, Theresa walked out of the bar alone. After leaving the Train Stop, she was picked up by some men and taken to the Presidential Arms Apartments on West Central Street. She was last seen walking along West Central Street after leaving the apartment. At least two truck drivers reported seeing Theresa after she left the apartment. Her body was later found on Interstate 495 by a man who had stopped off the highway to relieve himself. Someone had brutally murdered Theresa and left her nude body along the highway. Today, Theresa’s murder remains unsolved. Do you know who killed Theresa? If you have any tips about the case of Theresa Corley, please contact the Bellingham Police Tip line @ 508-657-2863 or the Franklin Police Tip line @ 508-440-2780 or you can also contact the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Tip line @ 617-593-8840. And if you would like to report a tip to Gerry or learn more about this case, please visit the Justice for Theresa Corley Bellingham MA 1978 Facebook page. ***Opening audio courtesy of Boston 25 News https://www.boston25news.com/ Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by joining my true crime coffee club for $5 per month where you can read true crime stories. To join, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please email me at catchmykiller@gmail.com.
Sep 11 2021
49 mins

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