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True Crime DEADLINE

Matt Johnson

EMMY award winning crime and justice reporter Matt Johnson dusts off his reporter notebooks for this exciting podcast and gives you a first hand perspective on cold cases, homicides, mysteries & murders he has covered, followed and still haunt him today. Follow on social and wwww.truecriumedeadline.com

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TRAILER - SEASON II
Jul 19 2020
1 min
38 - MYSTERY: Death of Jen Myers37 - MURDER: Lifeguard Molly Bish vanished in a small town36 - MYSTERY: The Disappearance of Maura MurrayTRAILER - SEASON III35 - SERIAL: Daughter of the 'San Francisco Witch Killer' Speaks Out
NEW SHOCKING DETAILS: Daughter of the 'San Francisco Witch Killer' Jenn Carson, speaks out about her father and stepmother's murder spree across California.James Clifford Carson (aka Michael Bear Carson) and Susan Barnes Carson (aka Suzan Bear Carson) are convicted of three murders between 1981 and 1983 in Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. The Carson's are referred to as the 'Witch Killers' after Suzan claimed to hear voices that instructed her to hunt and kill witches.Michael's daughter Jenn Carson believes there are more victim's out there and is speaking out to help shed light on the case and help others.In March 1981, 23-year-old Keryn Barnes, an aspiring actress was found dead inside her apartment. She was stabbed 13 times and her skull crushed before being wrapped in a blanket and thrown into the basement. The Carson's later confessed to the murder saying that they believed Keryn was a witch.In May 1982, Michael shot and killed Clark Stephens, a co-worker at a pot farm in Humboldt County. The couple burned and buried his body and burned the grave site. They told police they believed that Stephens was a devil. His skull was later recovered by a dog and sparked the Murder Mountain legend.In January 1983, 30-year-old Jon Charles Hellyer was stabbed by Suzan and shot and killed by Michael in broad daylight at a fruit stand in Sonoma County. Afterward Carson stole Hellyers truck and led police on a high speed chase.Podcast WEBSITE (Case Photos and video)http://www.truecrimedeadline.comPodcast SOCIAL MEDIA:https://twitter.com/CrimeDeadlinehttps://www.instagram.com/truecrimedeadline/https://www.facebook.com/TrueCrimeDEADLINE/http://www.youtube.com/c/TrueCrimeDEADLINESupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/posts/true-crime-lets-26942079?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=postshare)
Oct 6 2020
59 mins
34 - MYSTERY: The Disappearance of Christine Walters
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Anita Walters, mother of  Christine Walters who mysteriously disappeared after being found naked on a stranger's doorstep.Christine Walters is described as a nature lover, animal lover and yogi. She was a junior in college studying Botany and wanted to help rebuild  ecosystems.Then in the Summer of 2008, Christine decided to visit friends living in Portland Oregon. From there she met new friends, self proclaimed spiritual environmental activists living off the grid. Christine followed her new friends to Arcata California, a small old logging town just outside Eureka CA. It is unclear what happened to her while she was there. Some say she was working at a marijuana grow farm and was owed money, others say she had taken part in a so-called 'tea ceremony' and ingested hallucinogens which led to a bad trip.On November 12, 2008, then 23-year-old college junior Christine Lindsey Walters was found naked, confused, frightened and bleeding, covered in scratches. She was on a stranger's doorstep and claiming someone was after her.Police took her to the hospital. The next day Christine called her mother in Wisconsin who faxed over a copy of her identification so that she could board an airplane home.After picking up her I.D. she was never seen again.Christine Walters would now be 35. At the time of her disappearance she was described as 5'2", 100-115 pounds, caucasian with strawberry blonde hair. Her ears and nose are pierced and she has a black butterfly tattoo on her hip and a green and purple iris flower tattoo on the back of her neck.If you have any information in the case please call the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office at 707-445-7251Podcast WEBSITE (Case Photos and video)http://www.truecrimedeadline.comPodcast SOCIAL MEDIA:https://twitter.com/CrimeDeadlinehttps://www.instagram.com/truecrimedeadline/https://www.facebook.com/TrueCrimeDEADLINE/http://www.youtube.com/c/TrueCrimeDEADLINEFB Group:https://www.facebook.com/HelpFindChristineLindseyWalters/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/posts/true-crime-lets-26942079?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=postshare)
Sep 28 2020
27 mins
33 - MYSTERY: The Springfield Three
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Janis Moore McCall, mother of Stacy McCall who was one of the three women who went missing in Springfield MO in 1992 without a trace.Sherill Levitt (47), Suzanne (Suzie) Streeter (19), Stacy McCall (18) were reported missing on June 7th 1992.On June 6th 1992 Stacy and Suzie graduated from Kickapoo High School. That night the teens went to a few graduation parties and planned to sleep at a friends house and go to a water park the next morning.The teens changed their plans last minute and decided to stay at Suzie's house that night.The next morning when the teens did not show for the water park friends went to Suzie and Sherrill's house where they found all three women's cars in the driveway, the porch light was broken, the front door was unlocked, the women's belongings including their purses were inside, money, all the beds were made, no clothing taken and Suzie's dog was upset.There have been several theories as to how the women went missing over the years. If you have any information in the case please contact the FBI or Springfield Police at 417-864-1810.There is a cash reward of $42,000.00 leading to information and arrest in this case.Podcast WEBSITE (Case Photos and video)http://www.truecrimedeadline.comPodcast SOCIAL MEDIA:https://twitter.com/CrimeDeadlinehttps://www.instagram.com/truecrimedeadline/https://www.facebook.com/TrueCrimeDEADLINE/http://www.youtube.com/c/TrueCrimeDEADLINESupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/posts/true-crime-lets-26942079?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=postshare)
Sep 22 2020
31 mins
32 - MYSTERY: Death of Ellen Greenberg - MURDER or SUICIDE?31 - MURDER: Abby & Libby 'The Delphi Murders'
NEW INTERVIEW with Kelsie German, sister of Libby German.On February 13, 2017 13 year old Abigail Williams and 14 year old Liberty Rose German were dropped off at the trailhead of 'High Bridge' near Hoosier Heartland Highway in Delphi Indiana to hang out.The teens were never seen by family or friends alive again. Both friends wanted to join the FBI academy and solve crimes together. This passion for true crime may have been the reason why Libby secretly recorded the man police believe killed the young girls.(Link to case pictures, video and sketch on my website www.truecrimedeadliine.com) On February 14, 2017 the bodies of Libby and Abby were found. Police believe the suspect knows the area well and might be hiding in plain sight in the small town.Libby's sister Kelsie is studying psychology and criminal behavior in college. She has made it her mission to solve her sisters murder and help others.Anyone with information in the case is encouraged to call the TIP LINE: (844) 459-5786Indiana State Police: (800) 382-7537https://www.in.gov/isp/delphi.htmOR EMAIL:e-Mail: abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com There is a $200,000.00 cash reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.Podcast WEBSITE (Case Photos and video)http://www.truecrimedeadline.comPodcast SOCIAL MEDIA:https://twitter.com/CrimeDeadlinehttps://www.instagram.com/truecrimedeadline/https://www.facebook.com/TrueCrimeDEADLINE/http://www.youtube.com/c/TrueCrimeDEADLINESupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/posts/true-crime-lets-26942079?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=postshare)
Sep 8 2020
36 mins
30 - MURDER: The Labor Day murder of Katie Sepich
Aug 31 2020
34 mins
29 - MURDER: Elvis impersonator killed at Las Vegas 'Graceland' Mansion
Well known Elvis tribute artist Dana Mackay and his beauty queen girlfriend Mary Huffman were murdered inside their Las Vegas mansion.Dana headlined at the Dunes casino before moving to the Imperial Palace where he was the first Elvis to star in 'Legends in Concert'. He was a father and looking to leave the spotlight and start a landscaping business, supplying high dollar palm trees to the city of Las Vegas. Mary was a mother and former Mrs. Nevada.On October 30, 1993, Las Vegas Metro Police were asked to do a welfare check on Mackay after family and friends had not heard from the couple in days. When police arrived to the mansion named 'mini Graceland', the door was open, groceries were all over the floor and Dana and Mary were dead in a pool of blood.Police say the two were murdered, shot at close range multiple times.At first, Metro police thought the couple may have walked in on a 'burglary in process', however friends say nothing was taken from the home. Dana's best friend Danny Koker (of Pawn Stars, Counting Cars) says Dana always carried a file with him. The file was stolen the day of the murder. It's unclear what was inside.At the time of the murders, Dana had been in the middle of a legal dispute with his former landscaping business partner.No suspects have been arrested, no persons of interest have ever been named in the case.If you have any information you are urged to call Las Vegas Metro Homicide Cold Case Detail at 702-828-COLD.Podcast WEBSITE (Case Photos)http://www.truecrimedeadline.comPodcast SOCIAL MEDIA:https://twitter.com/CrimeDeadlinehttps://www.instagram.com/truecrimedeadline/https://www.facebook.com/TrueCrimeDEADLINE/http://www.youtube.com/c/TrueCrimeDEADLINESupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/posts/true-crime-lets-26942079?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=postshare)
Aug 24 2020
13 mins
28 - SERIAL: Golden State Killer Survivor Kris Pedretti speaks out
NEW INTERVIEW: Golden State Killer survivor Kris Pedretti opens up about the crime, why she was unable to talk about it for years and what she plans to say in court during sentencing.From 1973 to 1986 fired police officer Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. terrorized California. DeAngelo committed at least 13 murders, 50 rapes and 120 burglaries.Most commonly referred to as the 'Golden State Killer', DeAngelo was also named the Visalia Ransacker, the East Area Rapist, the East Side Rapist, the Diamond Knot Killer, the Night Stalker and the Original Night Stalker.Meanwhile DeAngelo hid in plane sight as a family man with a wife and three children. He worked as a police officer and mechanic.Also similar as Dennis Rader the BTK Serial Killer, DeAngelo was arrested after detectives discovered a familial DNA match to DNA in evidence.On April 24, 2018 Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. was arrested. He pled guilty to the known murders and rapes in July 2020. In August he will hear victim impact statements from some of the survivors.In this episode, survivor Kris Pedretti talks about being raped in her home just days before Christmas in 1976.Today, Pedretti runs a rape survivors group on Facebook to help other victims of violent crime:Facebook Group: Sexual Assault Survivors, it's time to tell your story.https://www.facebook.com/groups/137556510955918/Podcast WEBSITE (Case Photos)http://www.truecrimedeadline.comPodcast SOCIAL MEDIA:https://twitter.com/CrimeDeadlinehttps://www.instagram.com/truecrimedeadline/https://www.facebook.com/TrueCrimeDEADLINE/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/posts/true-crime-lets-26942079?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=postshare)
Aug 18 2020
38 mins
27 - MYSTERY: Carole Baskin's ‘Tiger King’ Don Lewis goes Missing
NEW Information, New family statement and New response from Carole Baskin in the disappearance of Don Lewis. This is the same missing persons case at the center of the NETFLIX true crime documentary 'Tiger King'.On August 18, 1997 Millionaire Jack 'Don' Lewis who went missing after leaving his house in Tampa Florida.The documentary has sparked new interest in the cold case and a group of armchair detectives have also started looking into the case. The group is called the 'Don Lewis Cold Case Files' run by the Don Lewis family spokesman Jack Smith AKA 'Ripper'.Don Lewis was married to Carole at the time of his disappearance. Baskin claims he was acting irrational, was hoarding cars and trash on the property, that he would rummage through dumpsters and showed odd behavior that pointed to early signs of Alzheimer's disease. Don's attorney and his family say that is not true. His family and friends believe that Don was scared of Carole and filed a restraining order in the days leading to his disappearance. They say that he was planning on filing for divorce and moving to Costa Rica. Five years after he went missing Jack 'Don' Lewis was declared legally dead and Carole inherited $5 Million in cash and assets including the 'Wildlife on Easy Street', renamed 'Big Cat Rescue' that she still owns and operates with now husband Howard Baskin.This episode explores the disappearance with new interviews and new information in the case.Anyone with information is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 1-813-247-8200.Podcast WEBSITE (Case Photos)http://www.truecrimedeadline.comPodcast SOCIAL MEDIA:https://twitter.com/CrimeDeadlinehttps://www.instagram.com/truecrimedeadline/https://www.facebook.com/TrueCrimeDEADLINE/Jack Smith/ RipperJack Mediahttps://www.youtube.com/c/RipperYouTubeOfficial/featuredDon Lewis Cold Case Files FACEBOOK GROUP:https://www.facebook.com/groups/666576167248722/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/posts/true-crime-lets-26942079?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=postshare)
Aug 10 2020
47 mins
26 - MURDER: ‘Cult Mom’ Lori Vallow & Chad Daybell
A bizarre case and a series of deaths surrounding Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell. The so-called 'Doomsday Couple' are currently in jail facing several felony charges.In August 2020, they are due to appear in court for separate preliminary hearings where we expect to hear more details about the deaths of Vallow's children "JJ" and Tylee.In September 2019, 7-year-old Joshua "JJ" Vallow and his 17-year-old sister Tylee Ryan disappeared.On June 10, authorities said they uncovered human remains at Chad Daybell's home in rural Idaho.Friends and family say Lori became obsessed with Chad Daybell's teachings about the end of the world after meeting him at a church conference in 2018. Daybell claims he can communicate with God after a near death experience and believes humans can be measured by the light they have in their body. A poor reading and the person is a demon or a zombie. Lori believed she was a reincarnated God sent to the planet to help prepare for the second coming.In July 2019 Lori's brother, Alex Cox, shot and killed her estranged husband Charles Vallow . Cox claimed self defense after Vallow allegedly came at him with a baseball bat. Cox died of a blood clot in his lung in December of 2019.At the time, Chad was married to Tammy Daybell, a 49-year-old school librarian who helped him run his small publishing company. Tammy Daybell died in October, two weeks later Lori and Chad married and moved to Hawaii.CATHY RUSSON, Executive Trial Producer, Law & Crime Networkhttps://twitter.com/cathyrussonLAW & CRIME Networkhttps://twitter.com/lawcrimenewsKIM POWELL, AZ Family Reporterhttps://www.facebook.com/kimpowelltvhttps://twitter.com/KimPowellTVAZ FAMILY https://www.azfamily.com/Podcast WEBSITE (Case Photos)http://www.truecrimedeadline.comPodcast SOCIAL MEDIA:https://twitter.com/CrimeDeadlinehttps://www.instagram.com/truecrimedeadline/https://www.facebook.com/TrueCrimeDEADLINE/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/posts/true-crime-lets-26942079?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=postshare)
Aug 3 2020
35 mins
25 - SERIAL: Daughter of the BTK Serial Killer Speaks Out
Kerri Rawson, the daughter of the BTK Serial Killer opens up about her father Dennis Rader. What family life was like before he was arrested, how she learned he was the BTK Serial Killer and her relationship with him now.Rawson is the author of the "tell all" book titled: "A Serial Killers Daughter, my story of faith, love and overcoming". Rawson describes herself as a crime victim and says she lives with P-T-S-D and depression.It was her DNA that led to his arrest using the same method of forensic genealogy that detectives used in the Golden State Killer case.Like the Golden State Killer, Rader terrorized the community for decades. He killed at least ten people including innocent children between January 15, 1974 - January 19, 1991. Rader tortured his victims and taunted police going by the moniker B-T-K, an acronym he gave himself which stood for BIND, TORTURE, KILL.His modus operandi (M.O.) was stalking, bandage and suffocation, he would dress in women's clothing and a female face mask and pleasure himself pretending to be his victims. His cover was the persona of a family man, city employee and church president. He is currently serving life in prison at El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas.WEBSITE (Case Photos)http://www.truecrimedeadline.comSOCIAL MEDIA:https://twitter.com/CrimeDeadlinehttps://www.instagram.com/truecrimedeadline/https://www.facebook.com/TrueCrimeDEADLINE/Kerri Rawsonhttps://twitter.com/KerriRawsonhttps://www.thomasnelson.com/p/a-serial-killers-daughter/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/posts/true-crime-lets-26942079?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=postshare)
Jul 26 2020
42 mins
24 - EXECUTION WITNESS: Lawrence Colwell Jr. put to deathTRAILER - SEASON II23 - MURDER: Newlyweds Gary & Stephanie Gillette
On Friday December 13, 1985 newlyweds Gary and Stephanie Gillette were celebrating Christmas as a new family. Gary had three daughters from a previous marriage and Stephanie loved them like her own.The new, blended family had gotten a Christmas tree and were decorating the house on the 4800 block of Corpus Christi Texas. That weekend, Gary who was a successful business owner in the oil industry attend some holiday parties with his young wife, while his ex-wife watched the children at her home.On December 14, 1985 Gary and Stephanie were brutally murdered with a hatchet in their home. The same hatchet used to trim the Christmas tree.The bodies were discovered by police the next day.An autopsy showed the killer(s) returned to the home and stabbed the bodies to make sure they were dead. Police say there were no signs of forced entry and have collected several items into evidence including fingerprints, possible DNA, the knife and the hatchet.In June, 1986 a Deputy Constable who knew the couple was arrested on two counts murder. But, the following year the case was dismissed for lack of evidence.The victim's daughter met with him as an adult. She talks about the case, missing her father and her message to her father and step-mother's killer.If you have any information in the case, please call the Corpus Christi Police at (361) 886-2600.JUSTICE 4 GILLETTE FACEBOOK PAGE:https://www.facebook.com/Justice4Gillette/WEBSITE (Case Photos)http://www.truecrimedeadline.comSOCIAL MEDIA:https://twitter.com/CrimeDeadlinehttps://www.instagram.com/truecrimedeadline/https://www.facebook.com/TrueCrimeDEADLINE/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/posts/true-crime-lets-26942079?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=postshare)
Nov 11 2019
30 mins
22 - MURDER: Leslie & Adriane 'The Halloween Murders'21 - MYSTERY: Death of Joseph Miranda