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It’s a story that has been told numerous times before - On Halloween night in 2001, Kent Heitholt, a 48-year-old sports editor, was brutally murdered in the Columbia Tribune parking lot as he was leaving work.  Ryan Ferguson and Charles Erickson were arrested years later and charged with murder, although none of the forensic evidence at the scene matched either of the men. The case would slowly fall apart, amid witness recantations, and accusations of corruption. Ryan would eventually be released, but Charlie remains in prison. In this episode, I speak to Charlie and get his side of the story, along with updates in the case. Visit FreeCharlesErickson.com for more info. Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Want a Court Junkie coffee mug or t-shirt or many other fun items? Check out the Court Junkie Store: www.CourtJunkie.com/Store   Music in this episode by: 5 Minute Meditations (album mix with alpha waves) by Lee Rosevere - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/5_Minute_Meditations/11_-_5_Minute_Meditations_album_mix_with_alpha_waves Feathered by Blue Dot Sessions - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/The_Cabinetmaker/Feathered Don’t Lie to Inner Child by Sergey Cheremisinov - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Sergey_Cheremisinov/The_Signals/Sergey_Cheremisinov_-_The_Signals_-_05_Dont_Lie_To_Inner_Child The Signals by Sergey Cheremisinov - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Sergey_Cheremisinov/The_Signals/Sergey_Cheremisinov_-_The_Signals_-_06_The_Signals Eyelids Grow Heavy by Master Toad - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Master_Toad/Lucid_Dreamer_Nightmare_Progression_5/02_-_Master_Toad_-_Eyelids_Grow_Heavy Celestial Navigation by Blue Dot Sessions - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/Aeronaut/Celestial_Navigation Traces by Hyson - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Traces
In August 2014, 22-year-old Christy Mack and her friend Corey Thomas were abruptly awoken in the middle of the night by Christy's ex-boyfriend, an MMA fighter named War Machine.  What followed was a brutal attack that would land both of them in the hospital with severe injuries, and cause War Machine to go on the run. War Machine was captured and went on trial in March 2017. Christy had to face her attacker in court and recount brutal details from not only that night, but from throughout their relationship. Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow us on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Music in this episode from freemusicarchive.org under Attribution license: Haka by Rocco Granata - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rocco_Granata/Works_1733/Rocco_Granata_-_04_-_Haka Eyelids Grow Heavy by Master Toad - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Master_Toad/Lucid_Dreamer_Nightmare_Progression_5/02_-_Master_Toad_-_Eyelids_Grow_Heavy Undead by Rocco Granata - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rocco_Granata/Works_1733/Rocco_Granata_-_03_-_Undead Never Asked by Unheard Music Concepts - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Unheard_Music_Concepts/Industry/04_Never_Asked
Hazing is unfortunately a common practice that can often turn deadly. In this episode, I cover the unfortunate deaths of three college students - 26-year-old Robert Champion, 19-year-old Michael Deng, and 19-year-old Tim Piazza. Thank you to Emily Pualwan from HazingPrevention.org, and Doug Fierberg from tfnlgroup.com and schoolviolencelaw.com. Sponsors:   - Get a $1 off coupon for Lifeway Kefir by visiting www.LifewayKefir.com/CourtJunkie   - Subscribe to 74 Seconds, a new podcast about the Philando Castile case, on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app. Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Want a Court Junkie coffee mug or t-shirt or many other fun items? Check out the Court Junkie Store: www.CourtJunkie.com/Store Music in this episode by: 5 Minute Meditations (album mix with alpha waves) by Lee Rosevere - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/5_Minute_Meditations/11_-_5_Minute_Meditations_album_mix_with_alpha_waves Children - Our Life by Nuno Adelaida - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Nuno_Adelaida/none_given_1662/Nuno_Adelaida_02_Children-Our_Life The Signals by Sergey Cheremisinov - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Sergey_Cheremisinov/The_Signals/Sergey_Cheremisinov_-_The_Signals_-_06_The_Signals No Other Choice by Lee Rosevere - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS_-_11_No_Other_Choice Remember Trees? by Chris Zabriskie - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/Music_from_Neptune_Flux/ChrisZabriskie-MusicfromNeptuneFlux-07 Celestial Navigation by Blue Dot Sessions - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/Aeronaut/Celestial_Navigation We Were Never Meant To Live Here by Chris Zabriskie - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/Music_from_Neptune_Flux/ChrisZabriskie-MusicfromNeptuneFlux-10 Planet F by Lee Rosevere - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Trappist-1/Lee_Rosevere_-_Trappist-1_-_05_Planet_F Traces by Hyson - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Traces
In March 2017, former NFL star and already-convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez went on trial for the murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Daniel and Safiro were murdered in July 2012, after a possible encounter with Aaron Hernandez at a Boston nightclub. Five days after his trial was over, an unexpected turn of events would change Aaron's criminal record forever.  Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Want a Court Junkie coffee mug or t-shirt or many other fun items? Check out the Court Junkie Store: www.CourtJunkie.com/Store Music in this episode by: The Signals by Sergey Cheremisinov - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Sergey_Cheremisinov/The_Signals/Sergey_Cheremisinov_-_The_Signals_-_06_The_Signals Fourth Dimension by Alex Mason /The Minor Emotion - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Alex_MasonThe_Minor_Emotion/Return_1655/03_1887 For Who to Fail by Rest You Sleeping Giant - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rest_You_Sleeping_Giant/Coldharvest_II/Rest_You_Sleeping_Giant_-_Spirits_Outtakes_-_09_For_Who_to_Fail Tumult by Kai Engel - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/The_Run/Kai_Engel_-_The_Run_-_07_Tumult We Were Never Meant to Live Here by Chris Zabriskie - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/Music_from_Neptune_Flux/ChrisZabriskie-MusicfromNeptuneFlux-10 Children - Our Life by Nuno Adelaida - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Nuno_Adelaida/none_given_1662/Nuno_Adelaida_02_Children-Our_Life
In October 2011, a 32-year-old Ohio teacher went on trial for sexual battery, accused of having inappropriate relations with 5 of her students. Her plea? Not guilty by reason of insanity. Sponsors:   - Get a $1 off coupon for Lifeway Kefir by visiting www.LifewayKefir.com/CourtJunkie   - Visit Casper Mattresses: www.Casper.com/Court Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Want a Court Junkie coffee mug or t-shirt or many other fun items? Check out the Court Junkie Store: www.CourtJunkie.com/Store Music in this episode by: Someday I’ll like you but before let me rest in my solitude (Lonely character’s theme) by Komiku - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Komiku/Its_time_for_adventure__vol_4/Komiku_-_Its_time_for_adventure_vol_4_-_06_Someday_Ill_like_you_but_before_let_me_rest_in_my_solitude_Lonely_characters_theme Despite My Empathy b Steve Combs - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Steve_Combs/Etaoin_Shrdlu/08_Despite_My_Empathy Feathered by Blue Dot Sessions - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/The_Cabinetmaker/Feathered Fourth Dimension by Alex Mason / The Minor Emotion - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Alex_MasonThe_Minor_Emotion/Return_1655/03_1887 Peaceful Mind by Borrtex - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Borrtex/Peaceful_Mind/Borrtex_-_01_-_Peaceful_Mind One Moment by Borrtex - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Borrtex/Peaceful_Mind/Borrtex_-_02_-_One_Moment Hope by Borrtex - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Borrtex/Peaceful_Mind/Borrtex_-_03_-_Hope
In September 2014, the Blooming Grove Barracks in Pike County, Pennsylvania came under attack by a sniper, hiding in the woods.  What followed was a tragedy, a manhunt, and a death penalty trial. Please consider supporting Court Junkie with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Want a Court Junkie coffee mug or t-shirt or many other fun items? Check out the Court Junkie Store: www.CourtJunkie.com/Store Music in this episode by: Timeless by Lee Rosevere - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/5_Minute_Meditations/Lee_Rosevere_-_5_Minute_Meditations_-_10_Timeless Someday I’ll like you but before let me rest in my solitude (Lonely character’s theme) by Komiku - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Komiku/Its_time_for_adventure__vol_4/Komiku_-_Its_time_for_adventure_vol_4_-_06_Someday_Ill_like_you_but_before_let_me_rest_in_my_solitude_Lonely_characters_theme Morning Walk by Lee Rosevere - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/5_Minute_Meditations/Lee_Rosevere_-_5_Minute_Meditations_-_03_Morning_Walk Sightings by Lee Rosevere - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/5_Minute_Meditations/Lee_Rosevere_-_5_Minute_Meditations_-_08_Sightings For Who to Fail by Rest You Sleeping Giant - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rest_You_Sleeping_Giant/Coldharvest_II/Rest_You_Sleeping_Giant_-_Spirits_Outtakes_-_09_For_Who_to_Fail Haha by Rocco Granata - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rocco_Granata/Works_1733/Rocco_Granata_-_04_-_Haka
On July 30, 2011, 30-year-old Lisa Cecilia Harnum died, after falling from her 15th floor balcony. Her fiancé, Simon Gittany, was arrested and charged with murder. Thank you to Melissa for suggesting this case, and a special thank you to Andrea Alden and Amy Dale, for helping me out with this episode. Follow Amy Dale on Twitter: @amydale_tweets Check out Amy Dale’s book about the case, The Fall:  https://www.amazon.com/Fall-Amy-Dale/dp/1459687906 Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Want a Court Junkie coffee mug or t-shirt or many other fun items? Check out the Court Junkie Store: www.CourtJunkie.com/Store Music featured in this episode: Never Too Late To Change Anything by Nuno Adelaida - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Nuno_Adelaida/none_given_1662/Nuno_Adelaida_06_Never_Too_Late_To_Change_Anything Amor e ódio by Nuno Adelaida - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Nuno_Adelaida/none_given_1662/Nuno_Adelaida_01_Amor_e_odio Sofia 30 by Nuno Adelaida - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Nuno_Adelaida/none_given_1662/Nuno_Adelaida_09_Sofia_30 Don't Lie To Inner Child by Sergey Cheremisinov - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Sergey_Cheremisinov/The_Signals/Sergey_Cheremisinov_-_The_Signals_-_05_Dont_Lie_To_Inner_Child The Signals by Sergey Cheremisinov - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Sergey_Cheremisinov/The_Signals/Sergey_Cheremisinov_-_The_Signals_-_06_The_Signal
In this Case Update, hear what went on in the sentencing of War Machine, the former MMA fighter who was convicted of beating his former girlfriend, Christy Mack, and her friend, Corey Thomas.  Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Want a Court Junkie coffee mug or t-shirt or many other fun items? Check out the Court Junkie Store: www.CourtJunkie.com/Store Music in this episode by: Never Asked by Unheard Music Concepts - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Unheard_Music_Concepts/Industry/04_Never_Asked Planet F by Lee Rosevere - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Trappist-1/Lee_Rosevere_-_Trappist-1_-_05_Planet_F Traces by Hyson - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Traces
In November 2012, a horrific murder occurred in a charming single family home in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. But everything wasn’t as it seemed… This episode is sponsored by Audible. Audible has the best audiobook performances, an unmatched selection and the most exclusive content. Start a 30-day trial and your first Audible book is free. Learn more at Audible.com/CourtJunkie Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Want a Court Junkie coffee mug or t-shirt or many other fun items? Check out the Court Junkie Store: www.CourtJunkie.com/Store Music in this episode by: Laberynth Mind by Marcos H. Bolanos - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Marcos_H_Bolanos/Unchained_Melodies_Vol2/Laberynth_Mind_master Someday I’ll like you but before let me rest in my solitude (Lonely character’s theme) by Komiku - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Komiku/Its_time_for_adventure__vol_4/Komiku_-_Its_time_for_adventure_vol_4_-_06_Someday_Ill_like_you_but_before_let_me_rest_in_my_solitude_Lonely_characters_theme Three kites circling by Axletree - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Axletree/Cormorant_EP/Three_kites_circling Despite My Empathy by Steve Combs - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Steve_Combs/Etaoin_Shrdlu/08_Despite_My_Empathy No Other Choice by Lee Rosevere - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS_-_11_No_Other_Choice Undead by Rocco Granata - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rocco_Granata/Works_1733/Rocco_Granata_-_03_-_Undead Hope by Borrtex - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Borrtex/Peaceful_Mind/Borrtex_-_03_-_Hope A letter from doxent by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/51322 Ft: Doxent Zsigmond
When Dalia Dippolito returned home from the gym in the early morning hours of August 5, 2009, she came home to a scene that would be anyone's worst nightmare - police officers were waiting for her and told her that her husband had just been murdered. But...everything certainly wasn't as it seemed. Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Want a Court Junkie coffee mug or t-shirt or many other fun items? Check out the Court Junkie Store: www.CourtJunkie.com/Store Edited, Mixed and Mastered by Jon Keur of Wayfare Recording Co. (www.wayfarerecording.com) Music in this episode: Thinking of You by Damiano Baldwin - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Damiano_Baldoni/Old_Beat/Thinking_of_you_1513 Locked Up by Scott Holmes - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Holmes/Documentary__TV_series/Locked_Up The Signals by Sergey Cheremisinov - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Sergey_Cheremisinov/The_Signals/Sergey_Cheremisinov_-_The_Signals_-_06_The_Signals
At just 18 years old, Conrad Roy III tragically took his own life in July 2014. When police arrived at the scene, they found his cell phone, which would reveal some shocking text messages he had been exchanging with his alleged girlfriend at the time, 17-year-old Michelle Carter. Was Michelle encouraging him to commit suicide, and if so, could she be found legally responsible for his death? A special thank you to Daniel Medwed from Northeastern University and Kelly Montemurro for her help with researching this case.  Follow Daniel on Twitter @DanielMedwed. To watch the entire trial on YouTube, check out LadyJustice2188’s Channel. This podcast contains selected clips, but you can find the entire trial on that channel (along with many other trials). Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Want a Court Junkie coffee mug or t-shirt or many other fun items? Check out the Court Junkie Store: www.CourtJunkie.com/Store Edited, Mixed and Mastered by Jon Keur of Wayfare Recording Co. (www.wayfarerecording.com) Music in this episode by: Walking by Borrtex - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Borrtex/Ability/Borrtex_-_03_-_Walking 5 Minute Meditations (album mix with alpha waves) by Lee Rosevere - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/5_Minute_Meditations/11_-_5_Minute_Meditations_album_mix_with_alpha_waves Ability by Borrtex - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Borrtex/Ability/Borrtex_-_01_-_Ability Suspect Located by Scott Holmes - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Holmes/Documentary__TV_series/Suspect_Located_1 Victory by Borrtex - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Borrtex/Courage/Borrtex_-_07_-_Victory Laberynth Mind by Marcos H. Bolanos - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Marcos_H_Bolanos/Unchained_Melodies_Vol2/Laberynth_Mind_master Peaceful Mind by Borrtex - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Borrtex/Peaceful_Mind/Borrtex_-_01_-_Peaceful_Mind Determination by Borrtex - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Borrtex/Ability/Borrtex_-_04_-_Determination
On April 9, 2016, a road rage shooting took place in New Orleans, Louisiana that would claim the life of former NFL star Will Smith. With conflicting stories from both sides, what would happen during the trial of the man accused of killing him?   Incident Video #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6jWeIfPoU8 Incident Video #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4iSPfn3Rm4    Sponsors:   - Get a $1 off coupon for Lifeway Kefir by visiting www.LifewayKefir.com/CourtJunkie - Get 20% off your Nudu skincare purchase by visiting Nudu.com and using promo code COURT. - Subscribe to 74 Seconds, a new podcast about the Philando Castile case, on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app. Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Want a Court Junkie coffee mug or t-shirt or many other fun items? Check out the Court Junkie Store: www.CourtJunkie.com/Store   Music in this episode by:   5 Minute Meditations (album mix with alpha waves) by Lee Rosevere - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/5_Minute_Meditations/11_-_5_Minute_Meditations_album_mix_with_alpha_waves Morning Walk by Lee Rosevere - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/5_Minute_Meditations/Lee_Rosevere_-_5_Minute_Meditations_-_03_Morning_Walk Undead by Rocco Granata - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rocco_Granata/Works_1733/Rocco_Granata_-_03_-_Undead Eyelids Grow Heavy by Master Toad - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Master_Toad/Lucid_Dreamer_Nightmare_Progression_5/02_-_Master_Toad_-_Eyelids_Grow_Heavy Celestial Navigation by Blue Dot Sessions - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/Aeronaut/Celestial_Navigation Sightings by Lee Rosevere - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/5_Minute_Meditations/Lee_Rosevere_-_5_Minute_Meditations_-_08_Sightings Fourth Dimension by Alex Mason/The Minor Emotion - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Alex_MasonThe_Minor_Emotion/Return_1655/03_1887
Melissa Calusinski has been in prison since 2009 after being convicted of murdering a 16-month-old boy. New evidence shows that there might not have been a homicide after all. I went to Melissa’s recent evidentiary hearings for a new trial and learned some bombshell information that highlights the need for a retrial. https://www.facebook.com/Justice4Kent/ If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. To support this podcast, you can donate as little as $1 via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. Follow us on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod
In this Court Junkie Brief, I speak with Alan Hirsch,  a professor and chair of the Justice and Law Studies program at Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Alan has also testified as a false confessions expert in over 25 different trials across 16 different states. We talk about why people falsely confess to crimes they didn't commit, the different techniques law enforcement uses in their interrogations and cases involving false confessions. Visit Alan's website - http://www.truthaboutfalseconfessions.com/.   Note: At the time of this recording, Brendan Dassey was set to be released from prison. However, after this was recorded, the federal court blocked his release. Please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. To support this podcast, you can donate as little as $1 via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie Follow us on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod
Trying someone for murder without knowing the location of the victim's body happens a lot more than you might think. The phrase "no body, no crime" just isn't true. I spoke with Tad DiBiase, a former federal homicide prosecutor and expert on no body murder cases, about the first no body case he tried, what the stats on these types of cases are, and how these cases can affect jury selection.  Court Junkie Briefs are additional episodes I've created that focus on a singular courtoom-related issue. I'll be speaking with legal experts, analysts, attorneys, forensic pathologists, etc., to help us all get a better understanding of our justice system.  Please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. To support this podcast, you can donate as little as $1 via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie Follow us on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod
This is the story of Gabriel Johnson, an 8-month-old boy who has been missing from Tempe, Arizona since 2009. After a custody battle with her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel’s mother Elizabeth took him and fled to San Antonio, Texas. She first claims she killed the little boy but then changes her story and says she gave him away to a random couple at a park. To this day, no one knows where Gabriel is or if he’s even alive... If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. To support this podcast, you can donate as little as $1 via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. Follow us on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  
In this Court Junkie Brief, I interview Dave Wenger, a prosector from Pennsylvania. We talk about the process of a plea deal, what factors go into the decision to offer one, and I ask him to defend some arguments against the idea of guilty pleas. Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case or other true crime, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow us on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Visit the Court Junkie Merch Store: https://courtjunkie.threadless.com/
We all have cases that we follow and that stick with us, whether it’s on a personal level or because we’re oddly fascinated with them. In this episode, I count down the top cases that affected me the most this year.  Next week, I’ll be releasing an end-of-year update episode, where I’ll be providing updates in the cases I’ve covered so far in this podcast.   Link to Dan Markel 20/20 episode: http://abc.go.com/shows/2020/episode-guide/2016-09/16-091616-In-Laws-&-Outlaws If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. To support this podcast, you can donate as little as $1 via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. Follow us on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Music featured in this episode: - Improvisation On Friday... by Alex (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/AlexBeroza/17253 Ft: The3amAssociation - CAliformia Road by dilating_times (c) copyright 2014 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/dilating_times/44880 - summertime instrumental 1 by cdk (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/cdk/13112 - Falling In by Psykick (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/Psykick/52943 - Unknown Things by Robbero (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/Robbero/53070 - a letter from doxent by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/51322 Ft: Doxent Zsigmond - Statia by gurdonark (c) copyright 2009 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/gurdonark/19368 Ft: J. Lang
On February 24, 1986, John Ruetten came home from work to find his newlywed wife on their living room floor, dead from 3 bullet wounds to the chest. Investigators concluded it was a burglary gone wrong, but the case went unsolved for decades. 23 years later, DNA testing that hadn’t been available before was conducted and who the new evidence pointed to was shocking.  In Part 2, you’ll hear the conclusion of Stephanie’s interrogation, the evidence presented at trial, and the final outcome of the case. Check out the full unedited interrogation - https://youtu.be/JT21CI4GRUM  If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. To support this podcast, you can donate as little as $1 via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod
In this episode, I cover former NFL player Aaron Hernandez’s harsh fall from grace. In 2015, Aaron was convicted of the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. As he sits in prison, he is now preparing for yet another trial, scheduled to begin next month. I speak with Kevin Armstrong (@KevinGArmstrong) from the New York Daily News about Aaron’s arrest, trial, and upcoming trial. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. To support this podcast, you can donate as little as $1 via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. Follow us on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Music by: I Have Often Told You Stories (guitar instrumental) by Ivan Chew (c) copyright 2013 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/ramblinglibrarian/41284  No Other Choice by Lee Rosevere - Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS_-_11_No_Other_Choice Survival by Lee Rosevere - Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_Inspired_by_MiNRS_-_07_Survival Remember Trees? by Chris Zabriskie -  Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/Music_from_Neptune_Flux/ChrisZabriskie-MusicfromNeptuneFlux-07 Traces by Hyson - Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Traces Celestial Navigation by Blue Dot Sessions - Licensed under attribution license. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/Aeronaut/Celestial_Navigation
Earlier this month, Michelle Carter was sentenced for her role in the suicide death of her boyfriend, Carter Roy. I cover the sentencing hearing and drill down what it means with Daniel Medwed, from Northeastern University. Note: This is an update to Episode 29 The Death of Conrad Roy (Michelle Carter Trial).  Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Want a Court Junkie coffee mug or t-shirt or many other fun items? Check out the Court Junkie Store: www.CourtJunkie.com/Store Music in this episode by:  Periculum by Kai Engel - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/Caeli/Kai_Engel_-_caeli_-_09_periculum_1089 Sun by Borrtex - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Borrtex/Creation/Borrtex_08_Sun
OJ Simpson's parole hearing is coming up on July 20, 2017. Here's a look back at how he landed in prison.  Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Want a Court Junkie coffee mug or t-shirt or many other fun items? Check out the Court Junkie Store: www.CourtJunkie.com/Store Music in this episode by: Break Through by Pictures of the Floating World - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Pictures_of_the_Floating_World/Approach/05_Break_Through Urban Base by Damiano Baldoni - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Damiano_Baldoni/Old_Beat/Urban_Base Machinery by Kai Engel - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/caeli/Kai_Engel_-_caeli_-_05_machinery Traces by Hyson - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Traces   Edited, Mixed and Mastered by Jon Keur of Wayfare Recording Co. (www.wayfarerecording.com)
On June 17, 2015, 21-year-old Dylann Roof walked into the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and joined the weekly Bible Study. The 12 church members welcomed the newcomer, completely unaware of his evil intentions.  Thank you to our sponsors of this episode: Simplisafe: Go to Simplisafe.com/Listen and get a special 10% discount. Casper: Visit www.casper.com/COURT and use code COURT. Lola: For 60% off your first order, visit mylola.com and enter COURT when you subscribe. Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Want a Court Junkie coffee mug or t-shirt or many other fun items? Check out the Court Junkie Store: www.CourtJunkie.com/Store Edited, Mixed and Mastered by Jon Keur of Wayfare Recording Co. (www.wayfarerecording.com) Music in this episode by: Thoughts About Future by Parvus Decree - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Parvus_Decree/Justified_Moments/04-Thoughts_About_Future Not Alone by Lee Rosevere - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_for_Podcasts_4/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_for_Podcasts_4_-_10_Not_Alone Ability by Borrtex - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Borrtex/Ability/Borrtex_-_01_-_Ability Locked Up by Scott Holmes - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Holmes/Documentary__TV_series/Locked_Up Courage by Borrtex - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Borrtex/Courage/Borrtex_-_02_-_Courage
19-year-old Kenia Monge disappeared after a night out with friends on April 1, 2011. As her family launched a desperate campaign to find her, her father met with the man who last saw her – a man who said he had tried giving her a ride home the night she went missing. From then on, her father knew they would never find her alive. A special thank you to Tony and Maria Lee, Kenia's parents, for speaking with me about their daughter's case.  Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow us on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Want a Court Junkie coffee mug or t-shirt or many other fun items? Check out the Court Junkie Store: www.courtjunkie.com/store Music in this episode from freemusicarchive.org: In Her Name by Marco Castelli - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Marco_Castelli/Malessere_Fiorentino/In_Her_Name Three Kites Circling by Axletree - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Axletree/Cormorant_EP/Three_kites_circling Someday I’ll like you but before let me rest in my solitude (Lonely character’s theme) by Komiku - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Komiku/Its_time_for_adventure__vol_4/Komiku_-_Its_time_for_adventure_vol_4_-_06_Someday_Ill_like_you_but_before_let_me_rest_in_my_solitude_Lonely_characters_theme Attraction by Alex Mason/The Minor Emotion - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Alex_MasonThe_Minor_Emotion/Return_1655/07_1619 Tumult by Kai Engel - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/The_Run/Kai_Engel_-_The_Run_-_07_Tumult
In November 2010, 20-year-old Cody Legebokoff was pulled over by an RCMP officer while speeding away from a dark abandoned road. Little did the officer realize that his actions that night would be stopping a serial killer in his tracks. This episode covers the case and trial of Cody Legebokoff, one of Canada's youngest serial killers. Thank you to Mark Nielsen for helping me cover this story. You can find Mark’s full coverage of the Cody Legebokoff case from the Prince George Citizen here, including the audio from Cody’s interrogations - http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/legebokoff-trial Please consider supporting this podcast with as little as $1 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group. Follow us on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod  Music in this episode is from freemusicarchive.org under an Attribution license: Never Asked by Unheard Music Concepts: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Unheard_Music_Concepts/Industry/04_Never_Asked Planet F by Lee Rosevere: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Trappist-1/Lee_Rosevere_-_Trappist-1_-_05_Planet_F We Were Never Meant to Live Here by Chris Zabriskie: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/Music_from_Neptune_Flux/ChrisZabriskie-MusicfromNeptuneFlux-10 Music from dig.ccmixter.org: Statia by gurdonark (c) copyright 2009 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/gurdonark/19368 Ft: J. Lang
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