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    Episode 122: Nicole Nachtman Trial

    Episode 122: Nicole Nachtman Trial

    Nicole Nachtman was, by all accounts, a disappointment to her mother, Myriam, and stepfather Bob. The defense argued that Nicole’s mother had inflicted years of psychological, verbal and physical abuse on her daughter, including forcing her to get liposuction and Lasik surgery. Nicole was emotionally stunted and lived in fear, taking refuge in online games and animated cartoons. Her mother punished Nicole for the slightest infraction, so Nicole was naturally terrified when she realized she was too late to get housing at FSU when returning to college for her second year.
    Nicole apparently returned home in August 2015 when Myriam, 56, was out of town on a work-related trip and shot her 67-year-old stepfather in the back of the head. She then dragged his body into a bedroom and locked the door. She cleaned up her stepfather’s blood, but left droplets and smudges throughout the house, along with her own thumbprint stamped in blood on a wall. When Myriam returned home, Nicole was lying in wait, and shot her mother three times. A next-door neighbor testified he heard the gunshots and a scream, then saw a shadowy figure dashing between their homes.
    Nicole then returned to FSU (she had, as she later found out, been given overflow housing) and asked her roommates to say she’d been there for two days. She was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, rejecting defense arguments that she was insane at the time of the crimes, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. This episode contains the testimony of Nicole’s half-brother, Joseph Carey; neighbor Alaina Roe; her father Ronald Nachtman, and her only friend, Laura Hessemer.
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    • 3 hrs 5 min
    Episode 121: Robert Durst Arrest and Interview

    Episode 121: Robert Durst Arrest and Interview

    On March 14, 2015 (the day after the final installment of the six-part documentary series The Jinx aired on HBO), Robert Durst, 73, was arrested by the FBI in connection with the murder of his former girlfriend, the writer Susan Berman. He was staying in a hotel in New Orleans and found to be in possession of a false Texas ID, stacks of $100 bills, bags of marijuana, a .38-caliber revolver, a map folded to show Louisiana and Cuba, a latex mask, and a wig. In his interview with Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney John Lewin, Durst confesses that he took meth during his interviews on The Jinx, and says he has smoked pot almost every day of his life.
    Lewin asks Durst about the disappearance of his wife Kathy Durst in New York in 1982, his acquittal on murder charges in the 2001 dismemberment killing of a neighbor Galveston, Texas, and the killing of Susan Berman in Los Angeles as she was about to speak with prosecutors investigating Kathy’s death.
    During the interview, Lewin talks a lot. He gushes over Durst, telling him he’s brilliant and the most interesting suspect he’s ever investigated. He coaxes and flatters, quoting Durst’s lines from The Jinx, even doing impressions of him. It’s sometimes difficult to tell whether his flattery and enthusiasm is an attempt to get Durst to trust him, or whether it’s genuine. Either way, it gets him nowhere. Durst is cordial and receptive, but never lowers his guard.
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    • 2 hrs 34 min
    Episode 120: Kellen Winslow Jane Doe 1

    Episode 120: Kellen Winslow Jane Doe 1

    This episode contains the testimony of Jane Doe 1 in the rape trial of Kellen Winslow Jr., a former NFL tight end, in San Diego County Superior Court in early November. Jane Doe, who remained nameless and was not shown on camera, was a 54-year-old homeless woman from Encinitas, California. Walking by the 101 highway one day, she was picked up by a  large black man with tattoos who drove a black Hummer and identified himself as “Dominique.” She testifies that he drove her to a parking lot close to a shopping center and raped her violently, causing extra pain due to his “gigantic penis.”
        However, Jane Doe 1 is not the best witness. She seems disturbed and moody, and her testimony is full of contradictions and misstatements. She often answers the same question in opposite ways while on the stand. She isn’t consistent with her testimony from the pretrial hearing. At one point she claims she hasn’t had a drink in 30 years. The defense soon points to a lengthy list of arrests for public intoxication.
    But the prosecution charged Winslow with raping not just Doe No. 1, but also a 59-year-old homeless woman, as well as a then-17-year-old at a 2003 party. Winslow was 19 at the time. There are also indecent acts where he allegedly exposed himself to an elderly female neighbor who was in her yard gardening and a 77-year-old in a health club hot tub while Winslow was out on bail and awaiting trial.
        With incontrovertible evidence accumulating against him, Winslow finally accepted a plea deal that spared him from the possibility of a life prison sentence. He pleaded guilty to raping an unconscious teen in 2003 and to the sexual battery of Jane Doe 1, while the San Diego County Superior Court agreed to dismiss other felony charges including kidnapping, sodomy, forced oral copulation and two charges of forcible rape.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 119: Granville Ritchie Case

    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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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 118: Wendi Adelson Police Interview

    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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    • 3 hrs
    Episode 117: Corn Rake Murder Trial

    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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    • 3 hrs 4 min

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