19 episodes

For the last 13 years, Melanie McGuire has been serving a life sentence for the murder and dismemberment of her husband, whose body was found in three suitcases in the Chesapeake Bay. The State’s case was based almost entirely on circumstantial evidence, and no forensic evidence was found at the alleged crime scene. Melanie proclaims her innocence to this day, but nearly out of options in the courts, she shares her version of events and appeal directly to the public for help. With Melanie’s full cooperation, two Criminologists (Dr. Meghan Sacks, and Dr. Amy Shlosberg) will examine the evidence, consult independent experts and explore over 50 hours of exclusive interviews with Melanie (from prison), her family, her friends, witnesses and experts on both sides of the trial looking to uncover the whole truth about this murder.

Direct Appeal Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 56 Ratings

For the last 13 years, Melanie McGuire has been serving a life sentence for the murder and dismemberment of her husband, whose body was found in three suitcases in the Chesapeake Bay. The State’s case was based almost entirely on circumstantial evidence, and no forensic evidence was found at the alleged crime scene. Melanie proclaims her innocence to this day, but nearly out of options in the courts, she shares her version of events and appeal directly to the public for help. With Melanie’s full cooperation, two Criminologists (Dr. Meghan Sacks, and Dr. Amy Shlosberg) will examine the evidence, consult independent experts and explore over 50 hours of exclusive interviews with Melanie (from prison), her family, her friends, witnesses and experts on both sides of the trial looking to uncover the whole truth about this murder.

    Women & Crime: Imette St. Guillen

    Women & Crime: Imette St. Guillen

    From the creators of Direct Appeal comes our new project, Women & Crime. Each episode we cover a new female focused true crime case. Enjoy this full length sample, and if you like it – Subscribe Now.







    Imette, a Boston native who moved to NYC to study Criminal Justice at John Jay University. She was a beautiful, vibrant graduate student who went bar hopping with a friend on the …

    • 42 min
    Deliberation

    Deliberation

    17: This season’s final episode of Direct Appeal brings you audience tips and alternate theories. Also, Amy and Meghan will reveal their conclusions.







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    If you would like to hear more from Amy and Meghan, check out our new podcast, “Women & Crime”. Every two weeks we’ll feature a new story which …

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Best Friends

    The Best Friends

    16: Direct Appeal is back after a brief hiatus to follow up on listener tips. We return with three interviews from those who knew Melanie best: a friend from her past, a friend from her present and a surprise interview with a key witness for the prosecution.







    If you have any information regarding this case, you can still submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at …

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Melanie Q&A (part 2)

    Melanie Q&A (part 2)

    15: We ask Melanie the your Questions in the second round of Q&A.







    Thank you for staying tuned during our mid-season break! We are busy following up on your leads and theories and will be sharing them soon.







    If you have a tip, please contact us at tips@directappealpodcast.com







    Credits:







    * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg * Produced by James Varga* Written by Meghan Sacks* Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral …

    • 35 min
    Direct Appeal

    Direct Appeal

    14: Melanie is sentenced and transferred to prison. She begins the long process of appeals and holds out hope that her conviction will be overturned. Will the courts grant an appeal or will her life sentence stand?







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    Credits







    * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg * Produced by James Varga* Written by Meghan Sacks* Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios…

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Melanie Q&A (part 1)

    Melanie Q&A (part 1)

    13: Listen to Melanie’s answers to your questions in part 1 of our question & answer episodes.







    If you have a question to ask and didn’t hear it in this episode, you have one more chance! Be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996







    Credits:







    * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg * Produced by James Varga* Written …

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

canadianfan jude ,

Can’t stop

Can’t stop listening! Love your viewpoints , gets me thinking!!

JennieCherniw ,

Biased Podcast

Found this to be very biased. I felt bad for the victim and his family.

Lauren.pt ,

Great show

I got onto this after listening to women and crime which was awesome! I think this podcast is really well done! I’ve listened to several crime-humour podcasts and it’s refreshing to get commentary from people interested and educated in crime (especially women)!

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