Shear Crime

A weekly True Crime podcast
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This week's episode is another backyard crime from our home state in Minnesota. The old timey case Kenzie shares with us is that of the murder of Catherine "Kittie" Ging. On the evening of December 3rd, 1984 the 29 year old dressmaker's body was found shot in the head and left along the shores of Lake Calhoun. With all eyes looking at her slime ball boyfriend, a twist in the story make this case even more interesting. 
This week's episode is another backyard crime from our home state of Minnesota. The old timey case Kenzie shares with us is that of the murder of Catherine "Kitty" Ging. On the evening of December 3rd, 1984 the 29 year old dressmaker's body was found shot in the head and left along the shores of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. With all eyes looking at her slime ball boyfriend, a twist in the story makes this case even more interesting and tragic. 
Ever wondered if some of the thoughts that creep into your mind could get you into trouble? In this weeks episode, Kenzie and Ame examine the HBO documentary "Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop." This is the story of Gilberto Valle (a former NYPD officer) who spent many nights in secret chatting online with people around the world exchanging fantasies of kidnapping, torturing, murdering, and consuming the flesh of women. This ended abruptly when his wife, who slept in the very next room with their baby girl, stumbled upon the chats and pictures he'd posted on these sites. Terrified for her life, she made the decision to turn him in to the authorities. While he never acted out the stories he wrote about in these conversations, people wonder if he was just one step away from making his online nightlife a gruesome reality. 
Ame and Kenzie are back with the conclusion of the two part HBO documentary "Who Killed Garrett Phillips". This week, we get to enter the courtroom for the stunning case brought against former college soccer coach Nick Hillary. Prosecution, the family, and most of the town is convinced that Nick is the only logical suspect in the murder of Garrett, using video footage take from the high school parking lot that day as their nail in the coffin. The defense sees their evidence as not only lacking, but actually bringing about more of a civil rights infringement rather than murder charge siting their accusations as mostly race motivated. Today we get the verdict - guilty or not?
Kenzie and Ame are back with another episode of Shear Crime. This week they dive into part 1 of the 2 part HBO documentary “Who Killed Garrett Phillips?”. When a 12 year old boy is found strangled in the upstairs apartment he shared with his mom Tandy and younger brother, the small New York town of Potsdam is desperate for answers. Not long after the murder, all eyes turn towards Tandy’s ex boyfriend Nick Hillary. Will this small town police department have the evidence they need, or was the entire theory hanging on by a thread? 
Ame and Kenzie are back with another episode of Shear Crime. This week they are covering the HBO documentary "Baby God", the incredibly disgusting story of a fertility specialist in Las Vegas who used his own sperm to impregnate his patients (unknowingly) for over 40 years. With the help of DNA and companies like, more and more of his offspring are finding out that their fathers didn't biologically contribute to their creation. This case has our hosts fired up and listener caution: there may be a few more f-bombs than you're used to hearing, but it's all completely warranted!
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This week on Shear Crime, Kenzie and Ame dive into the HBO Documentary "The Mystery of D.B Cooper", the only unsolved airplane hijacking in United States history. One man boards a commercial aircraft with a bomb and a plan: to extort $200,000 from the U.S government and jump to freedom. Several theories have been explored over the years and a few key suspects still remain. To this day, almost 50 years later, many people remember his act of air piracy as heroic - what do you think?
This week, we are switching gears and sharing a true crime story from our own backyard! The first in a series called Minne-Sodes is the murder of Amy Allwine. She was a small town, god fearing woman who owned a dog training business and seemed to have it all until she was notified by the FBI that someone had hired a hit man to kill her. But a sloppy murder scene and some computer digging reveals the killer and it sure doesn't take long to put together the pieces to this puzzle.
This week on Shear Crime, Ame and Kenzie discuss the truly bizarre case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother Dee Dee. For almost 2 decades, the public believed Gypsy was terminally ill and rallied behind this mother daughter duo in support. After Dee Dee is brutally murdered in her Missouri home, investigators look to the sick girl who miraculously seems to be a healthy young women, no longer confined to the wheelchair they were used to seeing. What they soon find out has everyone questioning whether her mother actually deserved what she got in the end. 
Kenzie and Ame discuss the final installment in the Netflix documentary Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez. This week, we see the end of the first trial against Aaron landing him with a murder conviction. With another trial looming ahead, he hires a celebrity defense attorney and begins thinking about his appeal with the Odin Lloyd case. We also discover more information as doctors examine the damage to his brain from the years of hits taken while playing football.
Ame and Kenzie are back with part 2 of the Netflix documentary, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez. This week we learn a bit about Aaron's transition to college life and some red flags that were either ignored or covered up due to his rising athletic presence. We also hear from a former friend with a shady record that gives a different picture of the All-American football star Aaron was thought to be. 
This week on Shear Crime, Kenzie and Ame start a 3 part series on the Netflix documentary, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez. What could have provoked this rising star in the NFL to kill his friend Odin Lloyd, leaving him to be found in a field less than a mile from his mansion in Bristol, Connecticut? This story is one that left many people scratching their heads and wondering if money truly can't buy happiness.
In this week's episode of Shear Crime, Ame and Kenzie cover the very odd story of Diane Schuler from the HBO documentary, There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane. On the way back from a camping trip with her children and nieces, the mini van she was driving ends up in a horrendous head on collision while driving the wrong direction down the Taconic highway, killing herself and 7 other people. Friends and family are convinced something medical led to the very out of character actions that took place just before the accident, but no one will know for sure. 
Kenzie and Ame are back this week with another episode of Shear Crime! This is the story of Cyntoia Brown, a 16 year old runaway turned sex worker, turned killer. Taken out of the juvenile courts and tried as an adult, Cyntoia fights for mercy. But can the actions of a young girl be held against her forever? This case shows how maturity, rehabilitation, and a change in the law can spare the life of a promising young woman.
In this episode, Ame and Kenzie cover the Watts family murders from the Netflix documentary, American Murder: The Family Next Door. Today, they take us through real life footage during the search for missing and pregnant mom, Shanann, and her young girls Bella and Cece. Home videos and recovered test messages help to build a timeline and motive to give investigators an idea of what happened to this seemingly perfect family. Everything leads up to the discovery and conviction of her husband in the brutal murder and concealment of his family.
Kenzie and Ame are back with the final installment in this heart wrenching series of the life and death of a young boy at the hands of his own mother and her boyfriend. It's sentencing day in the court room for both of them and we finally get to see a little justice for Gabriel. But all is not well, as this situation is now becoming a pattern in LA County and true change is necessary.
This week's episode is Part 5 of The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez. Ame and Kenzie take us through the courtroom battles that occurred to clear the charges against the four social workers who were involved in Gabriel's case. Later, we hear heartbreaking testimony from his siblings of what went on in that nightmare of an apartment these kids called home, as well as their account of what took place the night Gabriel died. With one episode left, the evidence is mounting!
Kenzie and Ame are back with Part 4 of The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez. This week we meet the social workers who are being prosecuted for their lack of involvement in helping to save Gabriel from the torture inflicted by his mother and her boyfriend. We also hear from the former security guard at the LA County Gain Office, Arturo Martinez, who called and reported yet another incident of abuse he observed while Pearl was attempting to collect welfare benefits. As if we needed another reason to shake our heads, this episode still has us asking: why?
This week's episode is Part 3 in the Trials of Gabriel Fernandez. Ame & Kenzie introduce us to some important people in Gabriel's life, including his first grade teacher and one of the men who raised him from infancy. We get to hear heart wrenching testimony on the stand at Isauro (aka Tony) Aguirre's trail, from family members filled with guilt over not being able to protect him. Despite some efforts, it's pretty obvious there were failures on all levels in this horrific child welfare case gone wrong. 
Kenzie & Ame are back with Part 2 in The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez. This week we enter the courtroom of defendant, Isauro Aguirre, whose facing the death penalty in the murder and torture of his girlfriend's 8-year-old son. Along with the help of his own mother, Gabriel withstood things on a daily basis that we can only imagine in our nightmares. Now finally, people are going to hear about it. 
Who even are the hosts behind Shear Crime? We are more than just working moms who share a passion for murder and mystery! This quick bonus episode gives you a tiny glimpse into who we are, our lives, and how we got started as true crime fanatics. Want to know more? Hit us up, we'd love to answer your questions!
Ame & Kenzie are back (drinks in hand) with their second episode, this time diving into one of the most heartbreaking and horrific cases of child abuse this country has ever seen. Gabriel Fernandez was just 8 years old when he was brutally tortured and murdered by his mother and her live in boyfriend. A story of how children in the system are often over looked and in this case, completely ignored. This is part 1 of a 6 part series you DON'T want to miss!
In their very first episode, Ame & Kenzie discuss the Netflix documentary "Long Shot" and explain the absolutely unbelievable story of Juan Catalan and his fight to find justice. Juan was arrested for a murder he did not commit and everything seemed to be stacked against him. His attorney had to build a case to prove his innocence around raw footage shot from the popular TV show "Curb Your Enthusiasm". Will Juan find his justice or will he spend the rest of his life behind bars?
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Podcast Details

Created by
MacKenzie Millard & Ame Sowada
Podcast Status
Oct 9th, 2020
Latest Episode
Feb 24th, 2021
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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