True Crime Reporter™

Robert Riggs

The True Crime Reporter™ podcast takes its audience behind the yellow crime scene where few podcasters dare to go.

The Dallas-based podcast takes listeners on a journey into darkness guided by Peabody Award-Winning investigative reporter Robert Riggs.

Everything is bigger in Texas, and crime is no exception.

The 2021 Webby Awards named the True Crime Reporter™ podcast among seven honorees, including Dateline NBC and BBC Sounds for “Best True Crime Podcast.”

Hailed as the Internet’s highest honor by The New York Times, Claire Graves, Executive Director of the Webby Awards, praised Riggs’ podcast,  "Honorees like Robert Riggs and the True Crime Reporter™ podcast are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet. It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 13,500 entries we received this year from 50 states and 70 countries."

A leading television streaming channel is currently producing a five-episode news documentary based on Riggs’ first season about serial killer Kenneth Allen McDuff.

Bill Johnston, a decorated former federal prosecutor, joined the True Crime Reporter™ podcast in 2021 as Riggs cohost.

This Texas duo has been up close and personal with the worst of the worst criminals, including serial killers, mass murderers, and sexual predators. You name it, and they’ve seen it from the crime scene to the courtroom, from maximum-security prisons to death row.

Their real crime stories are stranger than fiction.

True Crime Reporter™ produces three types of episodes.

True Crime Reporter™ Extra - features highly produce narrative storytelling about criminal cases. It blends Robert Riggs’ writing/narration with his interviews of investigators, crime victims, forensic experts, convicted criminals, music, and natural sound.

True Crime Reporter™ Confidential - conducts a classic “police procedural.” Riggs and Johnston weave compelling stories during an interview-style/talk show. Think of them as the “Larry King’s” of True Crime. They interview investigators, crime victims, forensic experts, members of the judiciary, even convicted criminals about criminal cases.

True Crime Reporter™ Texas Ranger Files - features unique access to the case files of one of the worlds’ most legendary law enforcement organizations. Riggs and Johnston interview Texas Rangers about their most unusual investigations. These officers work murders in the wild frontier of Texas. True Crime Reporter™ tells epic and heroic stories about the Rangers that most people have never heard.

Our mission is not only to entertain but also to educate. The episodes on True Crime Reporter™ discuss means and motives. We want listeners to come away with insights about crime prevention and self-protection.

The criminal justice system has recognized Riggs and Johnston for their sensitivity to crime victims. Bill Johnston received the “Victim Advocate of the Year Award” for bringing the nation’s first prosecution under the Violence Against Women’s Act. Three weeks after its enactment, Johnston utilized the new law to prosecute a man who sent a twenty-pound pipe bomb to his ex-wife in an attempted murder plot.

The American Bar Association has honored Riggs with its Silver Gavel Award for investigative reports that exposed corruption in Texas’ parole and prison systems.  The Dallas Crime Commission, in conjunction with the FBI, awarded Riggs its first-ever Excellence In Reporting Award for his investigation of teenage heroin deaths in Plano, Texas, and a landmark series on identity theft.

The first season of True Crime Reporter™ broadcasted a 17-episode series about the corrupt release of serial killer Kenneth Allen McDuff from prison by the Texas Parole Board. Bill Johnston organized and led the successful manhunt for McDuff.  Following Robert Riggs’ news investigation about parole selling, Johnston prosecuted the Texas Parole Board Chairman who had released McDuff.

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Women Who Kill: This Bank Robber Viciously Shot Her Victim In The Back
Jan 24 2023
Women Who Kill: This Bank Robber Viciously Shot Her Victim In The Back
Jerry and Dava Truett lived well beyond their means in the small central Texas town of Kosse. They owned a lake house and a speed boat. They drove a pair of expensive pickup trucks and numerous recreational vehicles. Townfolk thought they were receiving oil and gas money from their farmland or had an inheritance. The small community of 500 people confronted the cold-blooded truth about the couple's lifestyle when 52-year-old Michael Wells was murdered inside the First State Bank of Kosse. Williams was the bank's president and a beloved community leader. He arrived early one morning before the bank opened to meet with a customer. A 68-year-old business owner wanted to find out why thirty thousand dollars was missing from his account. Before they could meet, Williams was gunned down. The bank's vault was still locked. No money was missing from it. But in the aftermath of this tragedy, an FBI audit discovered that $700,000 was missing from elderly customers' accounts. What happened to all of that money? In this episode of the True Crime Reporter® Podcast investigative reporter Robert Riggs takes you inside the crime scene tape with a case from former federal prosecutor Bill Johnston. It will leave you wondering if you can trust anyone. We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2023 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Idaho Arrest Affidavit Traces Path Of Suspected Killer of 4 Students
Jan 17 2023
Idaho Arrest Affidavit Traces Path Of Suspected Killer of 4 Students
Homicide detectives and even killers categorize the slain four University of Idaho students as “shiny” victims.  They were young, innocent, and attractive.   John Moriarty, the former Inspector General of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, says such cases motivate investigators to go the extra mile to solve the crime. “It’s the ultimate good versus evil,” said Moriarty. Investigators used sophisticated techniques detailed in an arrest warrant affidavit, including DNA, cell phone data, and ubiquitous video surveillance cameras, to charge  28-year-old Bryan Kohberger with murdering four University of Idaho students in their off-campus home on November 13, 2022.  If Kohberer, a Ph.D. criminology student at the University of Washington, is convicted, it will prove the old adage that some criminals return to the scene of the crime. In this episode of True Crime Reporter®, John Moriarty and investigative reporter Robert Riggs walk listeners through details contained in the arrest warrant. Moriarty, the former Inspector General of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, used the same means to hunt down fugitives wanted for murder and violent crimes.  Plus, he wrote countless arrest and search warrant affidavits, and Riggs relied on such affidavits as the factual basis for his crime reporting.  You may recall that Moriarty, a transplanted Irish cop from New York City, is featured in True Crime Reporter®’s series about serial killer Kenneth McDuff and the Telly Award-winning television documentary on Fox Nation streaming titled Freed To Kill. Kohberger made a brief court appearance on January 5th of 2023, with cuts on his face raising questions if the suspect’s alleged victim’s had fought back. Based on the review of the arrest warrant affidavit by Moriarty and Riggs, you will hear their thoughts about a possible motive for the murders. Link to Arrest Warrant Affidavit We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2023 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
True Crime Reporter® Answers Questions About Murder Mysteries
Jan 3 2023
True Crime Reporter® Answers Questions About Murder Mysteries
This episode marks Part 2 of questions posed to investigative reporter Robert Riggs by true crime fan and Texas A&M architecture major Patricia Rocha. Hopefully, listeners can take away advice about staying safe in the wake of an arrest of a suspect in the stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students on November 13, 2022, at their off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho. Two other roommates upstairs slept through the brutal slayings. The mysterious murder struck fear in college students across the country. This is a continuation of our new press conference at the True Crime Reporter® podcast. This episode marks the second part of our press conference in which the fans of the True Crime Reporter® podcast ask investigative reporter Robert Riggs questions. If you want to come on the podcast to ask Robert questions, email Fan@TrueCrimeReporter.com.  Tell him what you want to talk about and why. Here’s today’s True Crime Reporter® press conference. We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2022 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Reporter Robert Riggs Answers Questions About Serial Killers
Dec 27 2022
Reporter Robert Riggs Answers Questions About Serial Killers
In a new press conference-style episode, True Crime Reporter's Robert Riggs takes questions from fans.  True crime fan Patricia Rocha turns the table on Riggs and asks what it is like to go inside the crime scene tape. Riggs recently met Rocha, an architecture student, and her friends at a ceremony for Outstanding Alumni from the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. Afterward, Rocha and her friends peppered him with questions about true crime cases. Looking on was Bill Peel, an Outstanding Alum and Executive Director of Innovation at Texas A&M’s Mays School of Business. Peel suggested that a press conference-style interview by fans should be a regular feature here. Riggs has covered his share of press conferences at the White House, Capitol Hill, Pentagon, State Department, FBI, and breaking news at crime scenes. But unlike the spokespersons behind those podiums, you will not find Riggs dancing around any questions. If you want to come on the podcast for a press conference send an email to Fan@TrueCrimeReporter.com.   Tell Riggs what you want to talk about and why. Here’s today’s True Crime Reporter® press conference.  We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2022 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Why & How Women Murder - Love Triangles and Hiring Hitmen
Dec 20 2022
Why & How Women Murder - Love Triangles and Hiring Hitmen
What goes on inside the minds of women who commit murder and other crimes? In my previous episode on December 13, 2022, titled A Mother’s Pursuit of Justice: The Contract Murder of Dan Markel, I reported that three women are the focus of an eight-year-long murder investigation. Markel, a distinguished law professor at Florida State University was gunned down by hitmen at his Tallahassee home in 2014. Katherine Maguahua (phonetic pronunciation: MAC-BANA-WAH) was the go-between for the contract killing.  In November of 2022, evidence from an FBI sting helped convict Maguahua.  She received a life sentence plus 60 years for hiring her ex-boyfriend, the father of her children, to execute Dan Markel. Allegedly so his ex-wife could move the couple’s two sons to South Florida.  The ex-wife, 35- year old Wendi Adelson, a fellow law professor, and her mother, Donna Adelson, have been named as unindicted conspirators in the alleged plot.  According to criminal trial testimony, Katherine Maguahua hired the hitmen at the request of Wendi Adelson’s brother Charlie Adelson. She was a girlfriend and dental assistant in his office. Charlie Adelson has been charged with the murder and is expected to stand trial in 2023. But back to Katherine Maguahua, was it for love or money? I reached out to Meghan Sacks, a criminologist with a Ph.D. who teaches classes on Women and Crime at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey to explore this true crime subject.  Sacks is also the co-host of the Women and Crime podcast. We discuss possible motivations in the Austin cyclist murder case that I covered on July 11, 2022, A Love Triangle Ends In An Alleged Murderous Fit Of Jealous Rage. You will also hear me discuss interviewing female inmates at Texas prison units. Archive News Report About Female Inmates Con Games Links to resources about the Dan Markel murder case: Full coverage by Paul Caron, Dean of the Pepperdine University  https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2022/10/extreme-punishment-the-chilling-true-story-of-dan-markels-murder.html Link to recent court testimony by Wendi Adelson: https://youtu.be/KIDXVsibEJw We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2022 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A Mother’s Pursuit of Justice: The Contract Murder of Dan Markel
Dec 13 2022
A Mother’s Pursuit of Justice: The Contract Murder of Dan Markel
Murder is a life sentence for the victim’s family and friends. Closure is a myth perpetuated by the news media.  During three decades of investigative reporting, Robert Riggs has witnessed how the victim’s families often suffer in silence and are left out of the confusing criminal justice process. In this episode of the True Crime Reporter® podcast, Ruth Markel shares a remarkable story of grief, resilience, and hope during an eight-year murder investigation that is not over. Her son, Dan Markel, a Florida law professor, was ambushed in a murder-for-hire conspiracy allegedly masterminded by his ex-wife, Wendi Adelson, and members of her family, according to state prosecutors.  Wendi Adelson has denied those accusations during a police interrogation and under oath in court testimony. The anatomy of the murder has been highly publicized on television crime shows and true crime podcasts. But Robert Riggs is here with the “rest of the story” from behind the crime scene tape. In this interview, Ruth Markel reveals how the victim’s family can become advocates for their lost loved ones. She inspired the Florida State Legislature to pass a grandparent visitation bill titled the “Markel Act.” Before the murders, Markel had published eight books about the advancement of women in the corporate workplace. She never expected to write about such a horrific and powerless situation as the murder of her son. Now Ruth Markel shares her story to help others survive their grief from murders and violent crime in her book titled The Unveiling: A Mothers’ Reflection on Murder, Grief, and Trial Life. Riggs and Markel discuss her fight for justice on behalf of her son and the struggle to be legally reunited with her grandchildren. Riggs starts the episode by recounting the key events of the contact murder, which occurred in 2014. Links to resources mentioned during the podcast: Full coverage by Paul Caron, Dean of the Pepperdine University  https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2022/10/extreme-punishment-the-chilling-true-story-of-dan-markels-murder.html Link to recent court testimony by Wendi Adelson: https://youtu.be/KIDXVsibEJw We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2022 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
"To Catch A Predator" -- Reporter Chris Hansen Launches True Crime Nation
Dec 6 2022
"To Catch A Predator" -- Reporter Chris Hansen Launches True Crime Nation
Chris Hansen, the journalist who created the televised series To Catch A Predator, warns that the problem of adults preying on children for sex is growing at an alarming rate.  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has reported that during the peak of the pandemic, inappropriate contacts between adults and children, predatory contacts, as well as the transmission of inappropriate material between adults and children shot up nearly 900%. Indicative of the problem is the case of the former Virginia police officer accused of “catfishing” a teenage girl and murdering her grandparents and her mother. “Catfishing” is a form of online deception in which someone pretends to be a different person. Firefighters discovered the teen's family inside their burning home in Riverside, California.  28-year-old Austin Edwards, the ex-cop, was killed in a shootout with San Bernadino County Sheriff’s deputies.   The teenage girl was not harmed.  Hansen and investigative reporter Robert Riggs have encountered predators throughout their respective journalism careers.  The journalism community has honored Chris Hansen with 10 Emmys and 5 Edward R. Murrow reporting Awards. Chris has broken stories worldwide and is launching a new series, True Crime Nation, on the TruBlu Streaming Network. His To Catch A Predator series is now called TAKEDOWN.  In this episode of True Crime Reporter®, Riggs and Hansen go inside the crime scene tape to remind parents that predators live online and that they need to have a conversation with their children about how to stay safe online and on social media. We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2022 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Deep Fried Theft Rings Cash In On Blackmarket Cooking Oil
Nov 22 2022
Deep Fried Theft Rings Cash In On Blackmarket Cooking Oil
Cooking oil left over from french fries and fried chicken has become liquid gold.  Organized criminal gangs are emptying storage tanks at restaurants and convenience stores across the United States. Hello. I’m investigative reporter Robert Riggs with an unusual story from inside the crime scene tape.  Did you know a gallon of used cooking oil is now worth more than a gallon of gasoline? The thefts fuel a multimillion-dollar black market. Here to talk about it is Gary Edgington, a 40-year law enforcement veteran. We are going to talk about a wide range of his cases from his career with the  Beverly Hills Police Department, LA County District Attorney…we will touch on the OJ Simpson murder trial. His work on narcotics cases and a member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Los Angeles. And later, his role in counter-insurgency operations in Iraq. Now he is the author of, Outside The Wire–A Novel of Murder Love, and War. It’s a fictional thriller inspired by his experience about Iranian operatives bent on destroying America. I have put links to the book and his website in the show notes.  Here’s Robert Riggs' interview with Gary Edgington.  We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2022 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Whoever Comes In This Room Is Going To Die With Us
Nov 15 2022
Whoever Comes In This Room Is Going To Die With Us
Sitting in the maternity ward of Dallas Methodist hospital, 30-year-old Nester Oswaldo Hernandez told his girlfriend that “we are both going to die today, and whoever comes in this room is going to die with us.” Hernandez, a violent offender out on early parole in Texas, executed a social worker and a nurse as they entered the room of his girlfriend and newborn baby, according to a Dallas police arrest warrant. Hernandez had just accused his girlfriend of cheating on him. He pistol-whipped her and fatally shot the two healthcare workers before a security officer wounded him.  Hernandez had a long rap sheet. He was on parole for an aggravated robbery. In 2015 Hernandez and a female accomplice attacked a woman who was returning home from work.  They taped the victim's hands together and taped over her eyes.  They broke her nose and fractured her eye during the robbery. Hernandez stole her phone, car, and $3,000 cash from a school fundraiser.  A year before the hospital murder, Hernandez was released early on parole with a special electronic monitoring condition. Hernandez was granted permission to be at the hospital with his girlfriend during and after the baby's delivery.  He was wearing an active ankle monitor. Shortly after the shooting, Dallas police chief Eddie Garcia called the killings "an abhorrent failure of our criminal justice system" and said, “we give violent criminals more chances than our victims.” Investigative reporter Robert Riggs, former U.S. prosecutor Bill Johnston, and the Chief of Police of Prosper, Texas, Doug Kowalski discuss early release policies that are setting off a wave of violence across the United States. We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2022 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Murderers Can Run But They Can’t Hide From Their Forensic DNA Genealogy
Oct 27 2022
Murderers Can Run But They Can’t Hide From Their Forensic DNA Genealogy
14-year Stephanie Anne Isaacson left her father’s apartment in North Las Vegas on the early morning of June 1, 1989. She walked through an empty sandlot, her usual shortcut, to the Eldorado High School. The ninth grader never made it to her 7:30 AM class at Eldorado High School. Later that evening, officers found her body under a piece of discarded carpet in a sandlot that Isaacson used to take a shortcut to school. Stephanie was the victim of a blitz attack. Her black shirt was pulled up, and her jeans pulled down. Her shoes and other belongings were missing.   The freshman with shoulder-length brown hair who had last been pictured with a wide grin in her prom picture had been sexually assaulted, bludgeoned, and strangled to death.  Investigators had little to go on besides a tiny drop of semen found on the dead girl's shirt. They made numerous attempts to test the evidence but could not identify the killer. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police investigators never gave up. In late 2021, they submitted a DNA sample of a mere 15 human cells to Othram, a forensic genealogy lab located in the Woodlands, a suburb of Houston. Othram’s DNA extraction technology found a relative of the alleged killer in a genealogy database that law enforcement has the consent to search. Forensic genealogy led Las Vegas detectives to Darren Marchand, who had never been listed among suspects. But Marchand had committed suicide at the age of 29, six years after the murder. Issacson’s 32-year  case represents the tip of the iceberg of a silent mass disaster–a quarter million cold cases languishing across the United States. But as we say in Texas, there is a new sheriff in town in the form of a DNA lab built to solve cold cases. Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs takes listeners of the True Crime Reporter® podcast inside Othram’s facility near Houston to find out how its trailblazing technology solves cases once thought to be unsolvable.  Link To Carla Walker Podcast: https://www.truecrimereporter.com/episodes/cold-case-justice-how-detective-jeff-bennett-used-genetic-genealogy-to-solve-a-murder/ We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2022 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Heat2: The Hollywood Shootout In Which Life Imitates Art
Sep 20 2022
Heat2: The Hollywood Shootout In Which Life Imitates Art
I’m Robert Riggs and in this episode, I take you inside the crime scene tape of the once bank robbery capital of the world. In 1997, I was in the Los Angeles office of the FBI’s bank robbery squad, reporting on an epidemic of violent take-over bank robberies.  Veteran FBI Agent Bill Rehder pointed to a wall plastered with bank surveillance photos. clad head to toe in black body armor and armed with assault rifles.  Rehder focused on two heavily armed gunmen he had dubbed “The Hi Incident Bandits.”  He ominously told me that they were not just dressed for a bank robbery but for a confrontation. Indeed a month later, the pair shot it out with police after robbing a bank in North Hollywood. The running gun battle lasted 44 minutes. The pair were armed with thousands of rounds of ammunition and fully automatic assault rifles. It was a case of life imitating art. Two years earlier, the movie Heat featured a similar paramilitary-style robbery and shootout in LA. Written and directed by Michael Mann, Heat is a classic American crime film. It pits Al Pacino as an LAPD detective against Robert De Niro, who plays a career thief and the gang's leader. Now, Mann has teamed up with award-winning author Meg Gardiner to write a suspenseful novel titled Heat 2. It tells the back story of the character in the years before and after the iconic movie. Meg Gardiner is my guest on this episode of True Crime Reporter®. Links to Robert's Bank Robbery TV News Reports: https://youtu.be/NC6QZKP_F5Q https://youtu.be/M9BcS1DFFXc We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2022 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
From Gunship Pilot - To FBI Agent - To NYT's Best Selling Author Don Bentley
Sep 13 2022
From Gunship Pilot - To FBI Agent - To NYT's Best Selling Author Don Bentley
Don Bentley’s career zigzagged from flying an Army helicopter gunship on combat missions in Afghanistan to working counterintelligence for the FBI, to now writing suspense-filled novels based on the knowledge of his previous careers. In my last episode, former FBI agent Don Bentley took us inside the training of Special Agents at the elite FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. After the FBI, Bentley launched a successful writing career. He intimately knows the subject that he writes fiction about. Don Bentley is the New York Times bestselling author of the Matt Drake series spinning out potboilers about terrorism and intelligence operations. He has also written two Tom Clancy Jack Ryan, Jr. novels…the latest on bookshelves everywhere is Zero Hour. In this second episode, we discuss Bentley’s transition to writing and our individual association with the late Tom Clancy.  Clancy, a legendary author, was known for his precise descriptions of everything he wrote about in his best-selling novels about spycraft and military weapon systems.  Clancy turned his books into video games and spellbinding movies starting with Hunt For Red October. Here’s my interview with veteran decorated Army helicopter pilot, former FBI agent, and author Don Bentley. Link To Rober Riggs Story About The Attack Submarine Dallas https://youtu.be/QinO-HRifzo We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cybercriminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2022 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This Bank Gets Robbed Every Day - Former FBI Agent Don Bentley
Sep 6 2022
This Bank Gets Robbed Every Day - Former FBI Agent Don Bentley
There’s a bank in Quantico, Virginia that gets robbed every day. And I am going to take you there. Hello. I’m Robert Riggs.  In this episode of True Crime Reporter®, former FBI Agent Don Bentley takes us inside the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. New Special Agents start their career there in an intensive 20-week long training program. Realistic training scenarios unfold in a mock town called Hogan’s Alley named after a comic strip from the 1890s. I’ve reported there many times on stories ranging from bank robberies to weapons of mass destruction. I’ve posted links to those stories in the show notes. The 10-acre training facility contains a bank, post office, hotel, laundromat, barbershop, theater, homes, and everything you would find in a real urban setting. It’s like a Hollywood set that features actors playing armed criminals. In an homage to the deadly shootout with John Dillinger, there is a mock Biograph Theater where three FBI agents ended the gangster’s reign as “Public Enemy Number One.” My guest, Don Bentley went through all of that training and he was well suited for it. Before the FBI, Bentley served in the U.S. Army as a pilot for ten years and flew an AH-64 Apache helicopter gunship. Bentley received the Bronze Star and Air Medal with V device for Valor. He commanded a Quick Reaction Force in support of Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan. The story of that mission can be heard on Episode 56 of Jack Carr’s podcast, Danger Close. Carr as you may know is a former Navy SEAL and now a New York Times best selling author of The Terminal List. The Terminal List starring Chris Pratt is an acclaimed series on Amazon Prime. Don Bentley is also a New York Times bestselling author of the Matt Drake series spinning out potboilers about terrorism and intelligence operations. In this episode, we discuss the focus of the FBI since 9/11. Here’s my interview with Don Bentley. Links to Robert's TV stories at the FBI Academy: https://bit.ly/RobertRiggsReportsFromFBIAcademyOnWMD https://bit.ly/RobertRiggsReportsFromFBIAcademyOnProfileOfAPsychopath We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2022 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When First Responders Need Help This Is Why They Call SWAT
Aug 25 2022
When First Responders Need Help This Is Why They Call SWAT
In the previous episode, Inside Story Of The Deadliest Attack On Police Officers Since 9/11, the negotiator for the Dallas SWAT team revealed the inside story about the mass killer who ambushed Dallas officers during a Black Lives Matter protest five years ago. Members of our True Crime Community have asked to learn more about the purpose of SWAT teams. SWAT stands for Special Weapons and Tactics.  It’s a highly trained elite unit selected from rank and file officers who apply.  In the True Crime Reporter™ podcast episode published on July 18, 2022, about the Uvalde School Shooting, Police Waited To Subdue Killer While Uvalde School Children Lay Dying you heard how a SWAT team from the U.S. Border Patrol finally stepped in and ended the mass shooting. SWAT teams grew out of the mass shooting at the University of Texas Tower in Austin a half-century ago. In 96 minutes, Charles Whitman, an architectural engineering student cut down nearly 50 people with 150 rifle shots from the 30th-floor observation deck on August 1, 1966. From his perch, three hundred feet above the campus, he methodically picked off victims as far as five blocks away.  Police were outgunned and did not have protective gear to make a quick assault.  You can learn more about the incident and how it influenced policing in our March 28, 2022 episode titled,  A Sniper In The Tower--Why Did He Do It? We interviewed Gary Lavergne, the author of A Sniper in the Tower: The Charles Whitman Murders. Here are links to black and white film footage from the shooting and a video of Gary Lavergne following the sniper’s trail to the top of the UT Tower.  If SWAT teams had existed back then, that’s who would have responded.   We asked retired Dallas Police Lt. Bob Owens to explain the role of SWAT teams. Owens is a 40-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. Here is his interview with Robert Riggs. We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2022 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Inside Story Of The Deadliest Attack On Police Officers Since 9/11
Aug 15 2022
Inside Story Of The Deadliest Attack On Police Officers Since 9/11
On the evening of July 7, 2016, Black Lives Matter protesters marched in downtown Dallas and other cities across the nation. They peacefully gathered in response to the police shootings of two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. A few blocks from the site of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an African American man who had left the U.S. Army following disgraceful conduct got out of his SUV ready for combat. The mass murderer arrived with a calculated plan to kill police officers, preferably white officers.  Wearing tactical gear, a bullet-resistant vest, and armed with a high-powered assault rifle he in effect executed five officers and wounded eleven others.  A cell phone video by a witness in a nearby building recorded Johnson shooting an officer for the city’s transit system, DART,  in the back and then standing over the officer to pump eleven more rounds into him at point-blank range. The ambush marked the deadliest and bloodiest day for American law enforcement since 9/11. In a fierce gun battle, officers cornered the shooter inside the downtown campus building of the El Centro Community College. Larry Gordon, a crisis hostage negotiator for the DALLAS SWAT team, spent four hours talking with the gunman who pledged to take his life and the lives of more officers. Gordon and Retired Dallas Police Lt. Bob Owens, a 40-year veteran of DPD who served 20 of those years on SWAT join Robert to reveal the inside story of what happened. We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2022 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tales of Murder And Mayhem From Former U.S. Prosecutor Bill Johnston
Aug 8 2022
Tales of Murder And Mayhem From Former U.S. Prosecutor Bill Johnston
The True Crime Reporter® Podcast features stories and interviews from the respective careers of investigative reporter Robert Riggs and former U.S. prosecutor Bill Johnston. Listeners have asked how both of them got involved in investigating criminal cases. In response, the podcast featured an episode with Riggs on July 4, 2022, explaining how he first got involved digging for information during the Watergate scandal case while working for Congressman Wright Patman. In this episode, we cover the highlights of Bill Johnston’s distinguished law career. Bill devoted his career as a federal prosecutor to, in effect, protect the sheep from the wolves.  He helped launch the manhunt for notorious serial killer Kenneth Allen McDuff who tortured and murdered countless young women. His role in bringing McDuff to justice and prosecuting the Texas Parole Board Chairman official who released McDuff under a cloud of corruption is featured in the Fox Nation documentary Freed To Kill.  Johnston became the cohost of the True Crime Reporter® podcast with Peabody Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Riggs in 2021.  Johnston had a guilty verdict returned in every federal prosecution in hundreds of jury trials that he undertook during his 14-year career with the U.S. Department of Justice.  A noteworthy criminal case includes the Branch Davidian cult members who murdered four ATF agents during a raid on their heavily armed compound outside Waco.   The Texas Rangers, rather than FBI agents, were Johnston’s go-to investigators for complex murder cases.  He managed a team of Rangers to investigate the crime scene at the Davidian compound after the end of the controversial inferno.  Johnston successfully prosecuted a mail bomber which was the first case tried under the U.S. Violence Against Women Act. Other firsts include the first jury trial in the United States in which mitochondrial DNA (hair without root) was used in evidence against a violent “car-jacking” defendant who caused the death of an elderly man in Texas. He received a mandatory life sentence without parole. Here’s Robert’s interview with Bill.  We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2022 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
From Convict To CEO -- Turning Inmates Into Business Leaders
Aug 1 2022
From Convict To CEO -- Turning Inmates Into Business Leaders
Many U.S. prisons are trade schools for crime. High recidivism rates underscore the failure of the current criminal justice system. Released and rearrested inmates pass through an expensive revolving door.  The Texas prison used to be called the Texas Department of Corrections (TDC), but there was little evidence it was correcting bad behavior.  In Texas, nearly one-fourth of the prisoners released return within three years. Nationally, half of the prisoners released return within three years. But the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP), an independent nonprofit organization in Texas, puts inmates who are within one to three years of parole eligibility on the path to jobs and even running a business.  Less than 7% of its graduates return to prison within three years. 500 participants are chosen yearly out of more than 10,000 eligible inmates. The screening process, which is more selective than prestigious universities, includes a 20-page application, three exams, and an interview with PEP staff members. Death row inmates or those convicted of sex crimes are not eligible. The program exposes them to PEP’s ten driving values: fresh-start outlook, servant-leader mentality, love, innovation, accountability, integrity, execution, fun, excellence, and wise stewardship.  The entrepreneurship program starts with a three-month Leadership Academy that teaches character development and computer skills.  Next, they take a rigorous six-month “mini-MBA” course taught by staff, volunteer business executives, and college students. Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business has been working with PEP since 2007. It awards certificates of Entrepreneurship at the program’s graduation ceremonies. All of the inmates who have graduated get a job within 90-days of walking out of prison. 300 businesses have been launched by more than 1,500 PEP graduates.  Six of those companies generate more than $1 million in annual sales.  Nearly half of the grads own homes within three years of their release. Bryan Kelley, the CEO of PEP, has himself “walked the line” in the prison system. Kelley served 22 years of a life sentence for a drug-related murder. (*note: In this context "walk the line" refers to the white lines painted on the floors of prison cellblocks. Inmates must stay inside the white line and against the wall, as they walk in both directions.) Investigative reporter Robert Riggs spent a decade in every corner of the prison system exposing corruption in the Texas parole system. Riggs interviews Kelley about the life-changing Prison Entrepreneurship Program. We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2022 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Growing Threat Of Grievance Killings - Why People Are Loosing It
Jul 25 2022
The Growing Threat Of Grievance Killings - Why People Are Loosing It
A growing threat of grievance- shooting is taking center stage across the world.   Recent examples include the assassination of Japan’s popular prime minister to a patient in Tulsa, Oklahoma who gunned down two doctors and two medical personnel because he was angry about ongoing pain following his surgery. Sasha Larkin, the Deputy Chief of the Homeland Security Division at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, describes this new threat. The 22-year veteran of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says it was easier to deal with the Osama bin Laden’s of the terrorist world because it was easier to identify them and their motivations. Larkin came up through the ranks reaching Deputy Chief. From her post overseeing the Homeland Security Division, Larkin has a unique perspective on crime trends. In a wide-ranging conversation with investigative reporter Robert Riggs, Larkin discusses the new phenomenon of grievance shootings, her approach to stopping murders that arise out of domestic violence, her path to leadership as a role model to women, and the deadly Route 91 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip that occurred on October 1st of 2017. You may recall that a 64-year-old lone, heavily armed rifleman perched in a 32nd-floor suite of the Mandalay Bay Hotel opened fire on a crowd at the Harvest Music Festival below.  He killed 60 people. Wounded 411. Caused chaos that led to the injury of 456 people. It was the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in U.S. history.  And the killer’s motive remains a mystery.  In this episode, Robert Riggs takes a look inside the crime scene tape at America’s playground—Las Vegas. We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2022 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Police Waited To Subdue Killer While Uvalde School Children Lay Dying
Jul 18 2022
Police Waited To Subdue Killer While Uvalde School Children Lay Dying
A 77-page report by a special committee of the Texas House of Representatives concluded that no one was able to stop the gunman from carrying out the deadliest school shooting in Texas history, in part because of “systemic failures and egregious poor decision making” by nearly everyone involved who was in a position of power. 376  law enforcement officers descended on the school in a chaotic, uncoordinated scene devoid of clear leadership and a sense of urgency to take down the gunman, according to the report.  It is the most exhaustive account to date of what happened and was released on Sunday, July 17, 2022. It found that the mass killer had been dubbed "school shooter" on social media a year before the massacre because of his violent threats against others.  The high school dropout and social outcast consumed gore and violent sex online. He sometimes shared videos and images of suicides and beheadings. In real life, he was fired from two fast-food jobs for harassing a female coworker at one and refusing to speak to coworkers at the other. He spent more than $3,000 on two AR-15-style rifles and accessories when he turned 18 years of age, two weeks before he attacked the school.  The massacre was the first time that he had ever handled a firearm. The committee found that the killer took advantage of a culture of complacency about school security.  Doors were routinely left unlocked and propped open. Teachers had become desensitized to false alarms and did not quickly react to a lockdown alert. The report suggests that stopping the gunman sooner could have made a difference.  “Given the information known about victims who survived through the time of the breach and who later died on the way to the hospital,” the committee wrote, “it is plausible that some victims could have survived if they had not had to wait 73 additional minutes for rescue.” The critical report underscores the indecisive and disorganized police response recorded on the school's security cameras. Images of police standing around waiting for more than an hour while twenty-one wounded Uvalde, Texas students, and teachers needed medical aid drew outrage across the United States. All 21 victims, two teachers, and their fourth-grade students died at the hands of an 18-year-old mass killer. Security camera footage from inside the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, records the sound of repeated bursts of gunfire from the killer's assault rifle for two and half minutes. Three officers arrived and advanced down a colorful school hallway toward the classrooms within three minutes. But when the gunman opened fire through the classroom door, the officers frantically retreated. Heavily armed officers with shields congregated at the end of the corridor, where they waited to confront the killer for excruciatingly 77 minutes.  At one point, an officer paused to squirt hand sanitizer into his hands and rubs his palms together. The security camera footage underscores a painfully slow response that contradicts everything the FBI has taught U.S. law enforcement since the Columbine Colorado High School massacre occurred 23 years ago in April 1999. Katherine Schweit, the former FBI agent and executive who established the Bureau's active shooting training program, emphasizes that even if an officer responds alone, they are supposed to go in harm's way to neutralize the gunman to stop the carnage.  After reviewing the security camera footage, Schweit concluded that indecision and a lack of leadership turned a bad situation into a catastrophe. An editorial in the New York Post ran a headline denouncing the slow response, "Video proves Uvalde was the greatest act of cowardice in modern American history."  Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs interviewed Schweit about the shooting video and the legislative report's damning conclusion that the police response by local, state, and federal agencies disregarded its own active shooting training.  Schweit is the author of Stop The Killing: How To End The Mass Shooting Crisis . The former FBI agent says law enforcement agencies around the world need to revaluate the effectiveness of their active shooter training programs. Here's a link if you wish to donate to the victim's fund. Here's a link to the security camera video.  Warning: it is graphic and disturbing.  We want to become your favorite true crime podcast. Please leave a review wherever you listen. Join our true crime community and follow us here.  The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals. True Crime Reporter® is a @2022 copyrighted and trade-marked production by True Crime Reporter®, LLC, in Dallas, Texas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.