Snow Files

Jamie Snow

A true-crime podcast told by Jamie Snow from Stateville prison in Illinois. Jamie is serving a life without parole sentence, and tells the story of his wrongful conviction...and how they got away with it.

S1-Ep13: Karen Calls the Cops: Karen Strong
Jun 25 2020
S1-Ep13: Karen Calls the Cops: Karen Strong
In 1999, BPD held an in person meeting with Karen Strong. Karen reported that her ex-boyfriend, Mark “Stretch” McCowan, supposedly told her years earlier that Jamie was involved in the Clark Station murder-robbery. Two months later, Stretch told a grand jury that they never had that conversation. But Karen told them it happened. She added in that Jamie was once in a lot of trouble and tried to hide out at their place too. Nine months later, Karen and her friends got wiretapped, and when she didn't know the cops were listening, she told a different story. A month later, she told the BPD she had a lot of time to think it over since the Grand Jury trial and she had more to tell them, that it didn’t look very good for Stretch or Jamie. She testified again just six months later. This time, she told Jamie’s jury that he actually tried to hide out at her house the night of the crime. Again, Stretch told the jury it didn’t happen. Years later, a friend came forward to report that Karen actually said she didn’t know anything about the crime. This thirteenth episode of Snow Files reveals the he-said-she-said lover’s quarrel that was presented to Jamie’s jury, and examines why Karen might have had motive to interfere with authorities. Episode Transcript: the Discussion: Episode Docs/Video/Audio: us: info@snowfiles.net Got a tip? email: tips@snowfiles.net or call 888-710-SNOW (7669) It's free and confidential Visit our website: Free Jamie Snow: the Petition Asking for DNA Testing: Credits: Theme Song: Black Moons, The 126ers Dark Toys, SYBS Cat Circus, Doug Maxwell The Lone Woodlouse, Rachel K. Collier
S1-EP15: I Got Life with a Little Help from my Friends – Kevin Schaal and Jody Winkler
Jul 22 2020
S1-EP15: I Got Life with a Little Help from my Friends – Kevin Schaal and Jody Winkler
For six months in 1995, Kevin Schaal was Jamie’s cellmate. Jamie settled in Florida the next year and began a successful career in tree cutting. When Schaal was released, he brought his entire family to Jamie’s doorstep and Jamie helped him. Jamie met Jody Winkler in 1999 while he was down on his luck and on the run. Jamie gave him work and a place to live that summer. But that summer, Schaal was already in more trouble. Schaal tried to get out of it by telling an ATF agent and the Clark Gas Station cold case detectives that Jamie implicated himself in a murder. Just months later, in September, Jamie was indicted, and that November, Winkler was finally caught for his felony charges. Winkler caught on quick and he had a peculiar false confession to report, saying Jamie indicated involvement in a murder. This fifteenth episode of Snow Files traces the timeline from friend to foe, and exposes the paper trail leading to deals cut in return for Jamie’s conviction. Episode Transcript: the Discussion: Episode Docs/Video/Audio: us: info@snowfiles.net Got a tip? email: tips@snowfiles.net or call 888-710-SNOW (7669) It's free and confidential Visit our website: Free Jamie Snow: the Petition Asking for DNA Testing: Support Project: A Call to Action - Message in a Bottle:   Music Credits: Theme Song: Black Moons, The 126ers Darkening Developments by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Source: Artist: Lone Woodlouse, Rachel K. Collier
S1-EP17: Be Afraid. Be Mary Afraid: Mclean County Correctional Officer - Mary Burns
Aug 27 2020
S1-EP17: Be Afraid. Be Mary Afraid: Mclean County Correctional Officer - Mary Burns
Just days before the trial, defense witness Mary Burns, an all too friendly corrections officer, was contacted by the state. Reports suggest that she resigned from the McLean County Jail in 2000, after having an affair with an inmate she supervised. Custodial sexual misconduct is a class 3 felony in Illinois. Mary Burns reported having many conversations with Jamie and his co-defendant while she supervised them. But Mary would only testify to two, which included thoughts about who may have done it, and a joke about being chased by police. She said other inmates were present when Jamie confessed, but then recanted on the stand, saying that it was just her and Jamie present during the conversation. All three men she originally named said the conversation never happened, two of these men tell their story for the first time here.This seventeenth episode of Snow Files exposes how the state underhandedly used a disgraced law enforcement agent to provide credibility in their case against Jamie Snow. Join the Snow Files support team by becoming a Patron for as little as $1 a month!: Transcript: the Discussion: Episode Docs/Video/Audio: us: info@snowfiles.net Got a tip? email: tips@snowfiles.net or call 888-710-SNOW (7669) It's free and confidential Visit our website: Free Jamie Snow: the Petition Asking for DNA Testing: Credits: YouTube Audio Library: Song: Black Moons, The 126ers Bring me Your Sorrows - Dan Lebowitz The Lone Woodlouse - Rachel K. Collier
S1-EP18: Gal Pals: Julie Knight and Bridget Logsdon
Sep 10 2020
S1-EP18: Gal Pals: Julie Knight and Bridget Logsdon
Julie Knight first told police about Susan Claycomb's alleged "confessions" in 1997 after Knight had been taken to the Bloomington Police station because of unspecified legal trouble. Knight made another statement in April 1999 a few days after losing custody of her children. Shortly after, it became a family affair. Knight's mother, brother and father also made statements to police implicating Susan, even though Susan had allegedly confessed to them nearly 10 years earlier. Why didn't this upstanding family report these confessions to police nearly a decade earlier? Julie Knight was exposed as a person with a propensity for lying at the first trial, so the state dumped her. Her bestie, Bridget Logsdon, took her place at Jamie’s trial. Bridget reported a short conversation between Julie and Jamie’s wife that she supposedly overheard at a bar. The switch from Julie to Bridget was a strategic move made by the State, and it worked. This eighteenth episode of Snow Files traces gal pal gossip from its origination, through a family feud, the local bars, and all the way to a wrongful conviction. Join the Snow Files support team by becoming a Patron for as little as $1 a month!: Transcript: the Discussion: Episode Docs/Video/Audio: us: info@snowfiles.net Got a tip? email: tips@snowfiles.net or call 888-710-SNOW (7669) It's free and confidential Visit our website: Free Jamie Snow: the Petition Asking for DNA Testing: Credits: YouTube Audio Library: Song: Black Moons, The 126ers Lucid Dreamer - Spazz Cardigan Tumblewood Texas - Chris Haugan The Lone Woodlouse - Rachel K. Collier