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Episode 119: Granville Ritchie Case

This episode contains the testimony of Eboni Wiley in the trial of Granville Ritchie, 40, for the rape and murder of Wiley’s neighbor, 9-year-old Felecia Williams, in Tampa, Florida. Ms. Wiley previously testified that Mr. Ritchie, who said his name was “Trevor,” had picked her up in the street a few days earlier. Since then, the two had done drugs and had sex together a few times, and Ms. Wiley had put his number in her phone, referring to him as “my husband.” Ms. Wiley was friends with the Williams family, her neighbors, whose 9-year-old daughter Felecia was known as “Sugar Plum.”
On May 16, 2014, Ritchie picked up Ms. Wiley, who had Sugar Plum with her. The three traveled to Ritchie’s home, where Ms. Wiley and Ritchie did drugs. At around 4:50 pm, Ms. Wiley left the apartment to get food for Sugar Plum, returning an hour later to be met at the door Ritchie, who was shirtless, sweating, and upset. He told Ms. Wiley that Sugar Plum had run away, and to conceal their negligence, they should tell police that they were having sex in the shower at the time, and that Ritchie’s mother was in the apartment with them.

Ritchie concealed the body in a suitcase and dragged out of the residence later that night. Sugar Plum’s body was found and nude, floating face-down in the water. She had been fatally strangled, and had received blunt force trauma to the head before death, authorities said. She had also been sexually assaulted.

Wiley was charged with providing false information to law enforcement during a missing person investigation. Ritchie was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death.

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Episode 118: Wendi Adelson Police Interview

This episode contains three hours of the eight hours with attorney Wendi Adelson spent with Tallahassee police immediately after the death of her husband, FSU law professor Dan Markel (see episode 113). After being informed of her husband’s death, Wendi spoke with law enforcement officers for almost eight hours (without asking for counsel). The police have not charged her with anything, but she admits that she feels as if she’s being treated as a suspect.

As noted in episode 113, Sigfredo Garcia, whose girlfriend dated Wendi’s sister Charlie Adelson, has since been convicted of Dan Markel’s murder, which, according to the prosecution, Markel’s murder resulted from the “desperate desire” of the Adelson family to relocate Wendi Adelson and her two sons from Tallahassee, where Markel lived, to South Florida, where the Adelsons live.

Over the course of questioning, Ms. Adelson appears shocked, distressed, heartbroken, and confused. At times, she is also chatty and relaxed.

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Episode 117: Corn Rake Murder Trial

This episode contains the testimony of Todd Mullis, 43, on the stand during his trial for the murder of his wife Amy, 39. Mullis, an Iowa hog farmer, testifies that he was doing chores with his wife in the hog barn when Amy, who’d recently had surgery, seemed dizzy and weak. She left the hog barn on an errand, and an hour later, noticing she hadn’t returned, Todd sent his 13-year-old son Trystan to find out if she was okay. Trystan discovered his mother crouched over on her hands and knees in the doorway of the barn with a corn rake sticking out of her back. It first it seemed like a freak accident–Amy appeared to have got dizzy and fallen on the rake while she was changing a light bulb. But an autopsy showed that Amy’s body had at least six stab wounds from the rake.
Todd testifies that Amy had cheated on him in the past, but they had been to therapy and got over it. However, it seemed as though around the time of her death, Todd had discovered she his wife was having an affair with the Jerry Frasher, his field manager. The two would have sex during the day by the side of the road, or in hog pens. Frasher claimed that Amy was “scared to death” of Todd, and that the hog farmer would “kill her” if he discovered their secret relationship, rather than lose his children and the farm in a divorce.

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Episode 116: Incel Uprising: Elliot Rodger/ Alek Minassian

The first piece of audio in this episode is “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution,” posted online by the 22-year-old before his Isla Vista rampage on May 23, 2014. Roger explains that he is angry about being unable to get a girlfriend ever though he is obviously “gorgeous,” “magnificent,” and a “supreme gentleman.”
This is followed by audio from the police interrogation of software development student Alek Minassian after he drove a van into a Toronto crowd, killing 10 and injuring 16. In the police interview, Minassian, who has Asperber’s syndrome, identifies himself as an “incel” and, describes his mass rampage as part of the “incel uprising” (confused Detective Rob Thomas keeps referring “incels” as “celebs”). Speaking in a monotone, emotionless voice, Minassian describes how he drew inspiration from other incels on 4Chan who used violence as a form of retribution for “being unable to get laid.” In a Facebook post the day of his rampage, Minassian wrote, “All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!”
Minassian tells Thomas about a Halloween party in 2013, where he tried to speak with young women, but was often ignored or laughed at. “I consider myself a supreme gentleman,” he said, adding: “I was angry that they would give their love and affection to obnoxious brutes.”

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Episode 115: Murder of Florida Physician Teresa Sievers

This episode contains audio of Curtis Wayne Wright, Jr. testifying at the trial of co-conspirator Jimmy Ray Rogers about his part in the murder of Dr. Teresa Sievers at her home in Bonita Springs, Florida in June 2015. Dr. Sievers, 46, was a popular and charismatic holistic health care doctor, married with two children. She was beaten to death in her kitchen with a hammer.
The plot to murder Dr. Sievers was hatched at the Missouri wedding of Wright, 51. Wright was a boyhood friend (and lookalike) of Teresa’s husband, Mark Sievers, also 51, and a longtime felon. On the way to his own wedding, Curtis left some hot dogs in a freezer and returned to pick them up. His buddy Mark Sievers went with him, and during the trip, Mark told Curtis that his wife was going to leave him and take their two daughters, and he wanted to have her killed. Wright promised he would take care of it for a share of the life insurance payment. To assist him in the murder, Wright called on his old friend Jimmy “the Hammer” Rogers, but the two hitmen made a mess of things and were soon tracked by the FBI.
Wright pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, and struck a deal for 25 years in prison. In exchange, he agreed to tell jurors about what happened to the victim. Wright says he approached Dr. Sievers from behind, intending to choke her, but accidentally kicked a dog bowl, creating a sound like a gong. At this point he hit her with a hammer, and Sievers fought back. Then Rodgers, who also had a hammer, came out of nowhere, and went berserk, hitting her until she fell down dead on the floor. Wright took a deal for 25 years. Rogers was convicted of second degree murder and is awaiting sentencing. Mark Sievers has yet to be tried.

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Episode 115: Murder of Florida Physician Teresa Sievers

This episode contains audio of Curtis Wayne Wright, Jr. testifying at the trial of co-conspirator Jimmy Ray Rogers about his part in the murder of Dr. Teresa Sievers at her home in Bonita Springs, Florida in June 2015. Dr. Sievers, 46, was a popular and charismatic holistic health care doctor, married with two children. She was beaten to death in her kitchen with a hammer.
The plot to murder Dr. Sievers was hatched at the Missouri wedding of Wright, 51. Wright was a boyhood friend (and lookalike) of Teresa’s husband, Mark Sievers, also 51, and a longtime felon. On the way to his own wedding, Curtis left some hot dogs in a freezer and returned to pick them up. His buddy Mark Sievers went with him, and during the trip, Mark told Curtis that his wife was going to leave him and take their two daughters, and he wanted to have her killed. Wright promised he would take care of it for a share of the life insurance payment. To assist him in the murder, Wright called on his old friend Jimmy “the Hammer” Rogers, but the two hitmen made a mess of things and were soon tracked by the FBI.
Wright pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, and struck a deal for 25 years in prison. In exchange, he agreed to tell jurors about what happened to the victim. Wright says he approached Dr. Sievers from behind, intending to choke her, but accidentally kicked a dog bowl, creating a sound like a gong. At this point he hit her with a hammer, and Sievers fought back. Then Rodgers, who also had a hammer, came out of nowhere, and went berserk, hitting her until she fell down dead on the floor. Wright took a deal for 25 years. Rogers was convicted of second degree murder and is awaiting sentencing. Mark Sievers has yet to be tried.

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Episode 114: Amber Guyger Cop Shooting Case

  Amber Guyger, 31, was charged with the murder of 26-year-old Botham Jean, a Dallas accountant and native of St. Lucia. On the stand, she breaks down in tears several times as she gives her version of what happened on Sept. 6, 2018.
Her attorneys argue that Guyger fired in self-defense after mistaking Jean for a burglar and contend the shooting was a tragic mistake. They say Guyger returned home exhausted after a long shift, got off the elevator on the wrong floor of her apartment complex, and went to the wrong apartment. The door was open and the apartment was dark. When the shadowy person inside began approaching her at a “fast-paced” walk, she said she called out, “Let me see your hands! Let me see your hands!” then fired her gun.
Witness Joshua Brown, 28, said he watched a sobbing Guyger pace back and forth in front of Jean’s door while on the phone, telling the person on the other end of the call that she had mistaken the apartment for her own. Guyger was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Joshua Brown was found shot to death just days after giving testimony in the case.

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Episode 114: Amber Guyger Cop Shooting Case

  Amber Guyger, 31, was charged with the murder of 26-year-old Botham Jean, a Dallas accountant and native of St. Lucia. On the stand, she breaks down in tears several times as she gives her version of what happened on Sept. 6, 2018.
Her attorneys argue that Guyger fired in self-defense after mistaking Jean for a burglar and contend the shooting was a tragic mistake. They say Guyger returned home exhausted after a long shift, got off the elevator on the wrong floor of her apartment complex, and went to the wrong apartment. The door was open and the apartment was dark. When the shadowy person inside began approaching her at a “fast-paced” walk, she said she called out, “Let me see your hands! Let me see your hands!” then fired her gun.
Witness Joshua Brown, 28, said he watched a sobbing Guyger pace back and forth in front of Jean’s door while on the phone, telling the person on the other end of the call that she had mistaken the apartment for her own. Guyger was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Joshua Brown was found shot to death just days after giving testimony in the case.

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Episode 113: FSU Law Professor Murder

FSU law professor Dan Markel was shot and killed in his car outside his home in Tallahassee on July 19, 2014. Markel had been involved in a bitter dispute with his ex-wife Wendi Adelson, also a law professor at FSU, about the custody of their two sons. Suspicion fell on Wendi’s brother Charlie Adelson, a playboy  dentist who had a lot of friends on the shady side of the law. Three of these friends–Charlie’s ex-girlfriend Katie Magbanua, Katie’s ex-boyfriend Sigfredo Garcia, and henchman Luis Rivera–were tried for involvement in the murder. Rivera turned State’s Evidence and confessed to the trio’s role in the crime. Garcia was found guilty of first-degree murder, but Magbanua’s case was declared a mistrial.
This episode includes audio of Wendi Adelson, who testified under a grant of immunity that she was not involved in the plot to kill her ex-husband. Her testimony is followed by that of her ex-boyfriend Jeff Lacasse, who said that Wendi told him that Charlie was looking into hiring a hit man to kill Dan.

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Episode 113: FSU Law Professor Murder

FSU law professor Dan Markel was shot and killed in his car outside his home in Tallahassee on July 19, 2014. Markel had been involved in a bitter dispute with his ex-wife Wendi Adelson, also a law professor at FSU, about the custody of their two sons. Suspicion fell on Wendi’s brother Charlie Adelson, a playboy  dentist who had a lot of friends on the shady side of the law. Three of these friends–Charlie’s ex-girlfriend Katie Magbanua, Katie’s ex-boyfriend Sigfredo Garcia, and henchman Luis Rivera–were tried for involvement in the murder. Rivera turned State’s Evidence and confessed to the trio’s role in the crime. Garcia was found guilty of first-degree murder, but Magbanua’s case was declared a mistrial.
This episode includes audio of Wendi Adelson, who testified under a grant of immunity that she was not involved in the plot to kill her ex-husband. Her testimony is followed by that of her ex-boyfriend Jeff Lacasse, who said that Wendi told him that Charlie was looking into hiring a hit man to kill Dan.

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