I’m co-hosting Criminology true crime podcast

 

To my readers, I’d like to invite you to come along on a true crime journey as I co-host a brand new true crime podcast called Criminology. My co-host is Mike Ferguson, who you might know from his current podcast, True Crime All the Time.

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Help ID the East Area Rapist / Original Night Stalker/ Golden State Killer

If you are a longtime California resident who has lived in Sacramento County, Santa Barbara County, or Orange County during the 1970’s or 1980’s, then this article is especially directed at you. We need your help in identifying a maniac. This article is a checklist of sorts produced to spread awareness and help identify California’s worst serial predator, a man that raped at least 50 women, and is responsible for at least 12 murders.

Tomorrow June 18th, 2017 marks the 41st anniversary since a serial rapist known as the ‘East Area Rapist’ started attacking women, and couples in Rancho Cordova in Sacramento County. In the coming months, he attacked in other areas of Sacramento County, primarily in the Eastern part of the county including Rancho Cordova, Sacramento, Citrus Heights, and Carmichael. By 1978, this serial rapist moved on to other counties in northern California and attacked steadily until July, 1979 piling up 50 vicious rapes.

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The Golden State Killer panel at Crimecon June 2017

 

Just got back from the Golden State Killer panel at Crimecon in Indianapolis and it was awesome! I have been away for several days prepping for Crimecon and taking part in our presentation about the Golden State Killer.

I was very happy to assist in any way I could to bring attention to this case. A full report is coming soon about my time there and Crimecon itself. In the meantime, I am sharing some photos and memories from this past weekend, along with video of the panel which included, Golden State Killer surviving victim, Jane Carson-Sandler, Debbi Domingo, daughter of murder victim, Cheri Domingo, Michelle Cruz, sister of murder victim, Janelle Cruz, and myself.

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Update on the Delphi murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams

 

A quick update on the Delphi murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams.

Sadly, there is not much of an update other than to say that the case is essentially cold. I was pretty excited that there was such an all out public effort nationwide to catch this killer and with audio & video evidence of who killed them, I thought Abby’s and Libby’s murders may have been solved by now but that has not happened.

I’ve been saying for weeks now that more photos, video, or audio is needed here. Something that shows the body language of this suspect or more of his voice may be the missing piece of the puzzle but police don’t seem to want to do this, and I hope it’s not at the peril of this case being solved. My fear is that 5 years or 10 years from now, they decide to release something that they have kept close to the vest but by then the case is forgotten, and potential witnesses and suspects move away,die, etc

Libby’s and Abby’s murders have been by far the most popular articles on my blog, and I intend to keep updating their case. My original article Twisted Tracks; The Murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams and the follow up article, The Most Wanted Man in America have generated lots of comments and theories and I hope that will continue.

One positive update is that there is finally a podcast about this case that has been put out by True Crime Garage and I encourage anybody reading this to give it a listen. They have an excellent podcast and I am sure that they will give this case the attention it deserves, I am listening to it today.

I ask that you keep this case in the spotlight by sharing via social media and if you have any tips or information, please contact the Indiana State Police.

Update 7/18/17 Authorities have released a sketch of the perpetrator 

Ted Bundy and Pornography’s Influence

 

Ted Bundy and Pornography’s Influence is an article written by guest blogger E.J. Hammon  who is a  crime author based in Greensboro, NC. She has studied aberrant behavior and serial killers for the past two decades. Read her blog at www.bundyphile.wordpress.com and follow her on Twitter @RoseDysfunction.

Looking up from the table, his cold blue eyes flash toward the camera, and for a split second, we can see behind their darkness. Serial killer Ted Bundy was interviewed on the night before his execution by Focus on the Family’s Dr. James Dobson. Though Bundy’s crimes were addressed during their conversation, the focus that day was on the dangers of pornography, how it harmed women, and how it forced Bundy down a dark path to murder and mayhem. Though the interview is nothing but a farce to forward an agenda for both men, their interaction gives the public a rare chance to see beneath the carefully constructed mask of sanity of a psychopath, someone the public never saw coming.

Hidden behind a carefully constructed “normal” face, handsome young Ted was on the surface a joy to his neighbors and family members. He especially had a way with women. Many older ladies thought he was a good kid and let him borrow their cars and gave him money when he asked. While watching him in videos and viewing pictures of him, it’s easy to see how he could wrap members of his community around his finger. He was handsome and convivial. He continually impressed local businessmen who thought he was a shoe-in as the next big attorney in the Seattle area. Utah detective Jerry Thompson once described his mastery of persuasion by quipping, “he could sell you a dead horse.” However, underneath it all, he was a man obsessed with murder and violence. Unfortunately, those around him would find out about his predilections far too late.

Born in Burlington, VT in 1946, Ted Cowell was a precocious child. Raised by a single mother and living in Philadelphia, PA until age 4, he never knew his biological father. However, he was exposed to his violent grandfather’s strange behavior before abruptly being whisked away by his mother to Washington State, closer to his extended family. As he matured, family members noticed disturbing behavior. A tendency toward roaming his Tacoma neighborhood late at night lent itself to an interest in peeping in the windows of his pretty female neighbors. A successful career in theft was briefly interrupted by a juvenile arrest, later expunged from his criminal record. He was never stopped again for larcenous activity, though he continued stealing on a grander scale as the years progressed.

It was around this time in his life when he turned to pornography to answer some of his questions about women. He knew he could never ask his highly religious mother questions about sex, especially during an era when nobody discussed their sex lives. Ted was also drawn to crime magazines that sexualized women and encouraged his violent fantasies of bondage and dominance. Recently, noted Bundy expert Christina Nixon stated, “considering the fact that most porn magazines pictured the women as sex objects, it most certainly amplified his feelings of hate/disrespect towards certain women.”

After a devastating breakup with a college girlfriend, from which he never truly recovered, Bundy found himself looking for revenge. Though his crimes until this period happened solely in his head, he found himself moving more and more towards acting out his fantasies based on what he saw in X-rated magazines. Following women, peeping into their houses, and finally attacking someone with a two by four on the street were rationalized and became normal to Ted. His sense of entitlement was continually encouraged by successful nighttime prowling and stealing. As January 1974 loomed, he was preparing to make his move.

On January 4, 1974, Ted’s violent rampage began in earnest. He no longer held back his contempt for women nor his sexual appetite. He brutalized his prey, through decapitation and necrophilia, burying some of their bodies and leaving others out in the elements. His crime spree ended the lives of over 30 young women, mostly college students, throughout the United States. His final victim was a twelve-year-old girl. Her raped and decomposed body was found in a pig shed in rural Florida. When he was arrested in 1978, after 2 prison escapes from Colorado, he told police “I’m the most cold-hearted motherfucker as you’ve ever put your fucking eyes on. I don’t give a shit about those people.” The monster had been caged but his animal instincts were still on high alert.

By the time he was interviewed by James Dobson, Bundy’s agenda was simply to lengthen his life by staying on Florida’s death row beyond his third execution date. He was desperate to remain relevant to law enforcement and by allowing Dobson to interview him, he thought Governor Bob Martinez would grant him another stay. It was his final and ultimately unsuccessful gamble. After ten years of trials and appeals, he was finally executed in January, 1989 after much pomp and circumstance. A crowd of over two-hundred people partied outside of Florida State prison waiting for word of his death.

Whether spurred on by pornography or an innate rage toward women, the result remains the same. A young man from a working class family was able to function without society while hiding a completely separate personality from those around him. The only people who saw his true anger were his victims and they didn’t survive the encounter. Though it’s doubtful pornography caused his despicable behavior, it more than likely encouraged it. To this day, Dr. Dobson still rages about the wild, loose morals of society. Whether he’s genuinely concerned about the Ted Bundys of the world has yet to be seen.

Do you know this man? These clues might help catch the East Area Rapist AKA Golden State Killer

 

Do you recognize this writing? It likely belongs to the East Area Rapist AKA Golden State Killer, AKA Original Night Stalker.

This man targeted the Rancho Cordova area of Sacramento County in 1976 and 1977. He broke into several homes and committed several rapes and robberies during this period.

 

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The Westfield Watcher

 

Imagine you move into your dream home. The excitement that comes with it, it seems like happy times are just ahead. Then, only after you’ve bought your dream home, do you discover a dark secret about it. This may seem like the premise of a horror movie about a haunted house, but it’s not, there’s no ghosts, and the only threat here is a real living person and they want you to be scared. This is the true story of ‘The Westfield Watcher’.

In June of 2014, Derek and Maria Broaddus purchased what they thought was their dream home in Westfield,NJ. They thought that the beautiful six bedroom home located at 657 Boulevard on a half acre of land would be a great place for themselves and their young children.

Only days after closing on the purchase of the house, the couple received a letter in the mail from somebody calling themselves, ‘The Watcher’. The letter read in part; “My grandfather watched the house in the 1920’s and my father watched in the 1960’s. It is now my time”. At first, the couple didn’t know what to think and tried to brush it off. Unfortunately, the letter writer was just getting started.

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California’s Good Samaritan Ruse

 

 

Long before the introduction of cell phones, female drivers in California drove the streets after dark exposed to the dangers of the night, and more specifically, the men that targeted them offering them hope while they were at their most vulnerable. Here are 10 terrifying cases in which female motorists throughout California were targeted by men posing as ‘good Samaritans’ back in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Robin Ann Graham-
On November 15, 1970 Robin Ann Graham, an 18 year old college student, ran out of gas on a Los Angeles area freeway near the Santa Monica off ramp. At about 2:00 am, Robin phoned her parents from a call box along the highway, and they left home to go help her. While waiting for her parents to arrive, a man stopped to offer assistance, and was witnessed by a police officer. The man described as having dark hair and being in his mid 20’s, was driving a blue or green 1950’s Corvette with primer. The police officer witnessed Robin getting into the man’s car, apparently willingly. When Robin’s parents arrived a short time later, they found Robin’s car locked up and no sign of Robin. Robin was never seen again, and no sign of her or what happened to her ever turned up. The man seen offering her help has never been identified.

Cindy Lee Mellin-
On January 20, 1970 A 19 year old Ventura girl, Cindy Lee Mellin left her job shortly after 9:30 pm. After closing, some of her Broadway dept store co-workers saw her standing besides her car with a man. The car was up on a jack. Her co-workers were not alarmed since they assumed that Cindy had a flat tire, and that her father had come to help her. The man with Cindy was not her father. The next morning at about 7:00 am after awaking to find Cindy had never came home, Cindy’s father raced to her job and immediately found her car still jacked up. The tire that had been removed was still laying on the ground. There was no sign of Cindy. Cindy had vanished without a trace. Subsequent investigation revealed that the sidewall of Cindy’s tire had been deliberately punctured. Over the years, police would come up with a person of interest and theory of what happened to Cindy, but there was never enough to make an arrest. The case remains unsolved today.

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The True Crime Podcast Niche

 

I typed true crime podcast into Google. I got over 5 million results, and that number will only go higher in the future. The true crime podcast niche is alive and well, and there’s a huge demand for more. There’s no shortage of shows to listen to and more are coming!

Podcasts and podcasting is quite popular right now as it’s a relatively easy way to reach out to a broad audience with a message. Best of all, the people that you are reaching out to are wanting to hear what you have to say. There are podcasts about everything under the sun. If you want to talk about a subject, rest assured, somebody out there wants to hear about it. When it comes to the true crime genre, there’s plenty of podcasts to give true crime junkies their fix. Some podcasts feature a panel of hosts, a pair of hosts, or a single host. Some of these podcasts are well done and take a lot of work to produce. Some may not be as polished or well-made, but just about every show seems to have steady and loyal listeners. Every potential listener is a different person with a unique personality, so having variety when it comes to true crime podcasts is a good thing as there truly is something for everybody out there. Some people like their true crime delivered in a somber and professional manner while others like some laughs sprinkled into the show and even maybe a little wine or beer with their episodes.

I myself am working on a true crime podcast, and I’ll be a little fish in a big pond if I am ever ready to launch it. It’s exciting but a little scary too. Before making the plunge, I wanted to explore the true crime podcast phenomenon and see what was driving it and what it’s like behind the scenes. Who better to reach out to than some of my favorite podcasts? I’m not a partner of any of the shows listed below, and I’m not being paid to advertise for them. These are just a few of my personal favorite true crime podcasts. I reached out to them and they replied, and here’s the results.

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