28 episodes

In 2007, Chris Vaughn was arrested during a funeral for his wife and three children. He would be tried and convicted of their murders. To this day he maintains no memory of what occurred that tragic day 20 years ago. Murder in Illinois follows the complicated circumstances that led to Vaughn’s conviction, as well as the forensic evidence his supporters believe proves his innocence- in attempt to answer one question: Who killed the Vaughn family?

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    • True Crime
    • 3.0 • 97 Ratings

In 2007, Chris Vaughn was arrested during a funeral for his wife and three children. He would be tried and convicted of their murders. To this day he maintains no memory of what occurred that tragic day 20 years ago. Murder in Illinois follows the complicated circumstances that led to Vaughn’s conviction, as well as the forensic evidence his supporters believe proves his innocence- in attempt to answer one question: Who killed the Vaughn family?

    Ep 12 | Resolve

    Ep 12 | Resolve

    The final episode of Murder in Illinois summarizes the case against Christopher Vaughn, the new evidence uncovered in the podcast, updates his legal status and revisits those involved for their final thoughts.
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    • 47 min
    Ep 11 | Reconstruction

    Ep 11 | Reconstruction

    Lauren Bright Pacheco finally meets Chris Vaughn in person before Bill Clutter mounts an ambitious crime scene reconstruction. Crime Scene Technician Katie Hartman strenuously tests the scenarios put forth by both the prosecution and defense before weighing in with her thoughts on what took place June 14th, 2007.
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    • 56 min
    Ep 10 | Re-evaluation

    Ep 10 | Re-evaluation

    Chris Vaughn possibly lands significant support when social justice activist and host of the Wrongful Convictions podcast, Jason Flom, agrees to look into his case. Bill Clutter also uncovers a troubling aspect to the timeline and testimony that secured Vaughn’s indictment in 2007.
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    • 54 min
    Ep 9 | Writings

    Ep 9 | Writings

    Written words have played a variety of roles throughout the history of this tragedy. They’ve been used to insinuate, accuse and incriminate but they also offer insight and revelations potentially resulting in new evidence.
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    • 49 min
    Ep 8 | Reexamination

    Ep 8 | Reexamination

    Fourteen years after Christopher Vaughn was sentenced to four consecutive life terms for the murders of his wife and three children we revisit the evidence that led to his conviction. In this episode we’ll break down the circumstantial and forensic evidence that possibly led to a conviction based on what could be emotional and confirmation bias.
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    • 55 min
    Ep 7 | The Trial

    Ep 7 | The Trial

    In August of 2012, five years after his arrest before his family’s funeral in June 2007, Christopher Vaughn’s murder trail began. The Will County State’s Attorney’s office originally sought the death penalty, which has since been abolished in Illinois. As a result, Vaughn’s original defense was dismantled and he headed to court represented by a public defender.
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

3.0 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

darcie.rain ,

Good podcast but definitely victim blaming…

I’m enjoying the podcast and it’s a very interesting story, however as others have mentioned, it’s extremely one-sided and seems to blame the victim (Kim) for what happened. I understand that her family declined to be a part of the podcast, however Chris’ entire family goes on and on about all her bad qualities and how she basically ruined his life. I think it’s quite unfair, and the author of the podcast should have perhaps omitted some of it and stayed more neutral…. Otherwise a good podcast.

chris_micro ,

There are probably worse podcasts...

...but I haven’t ever heard them. Or maybe I just don’t understand why I should enjoy listening to a couple of incredibly obnoxious women alternate between reading directly from a script (and that’s obvious on the most tedious way) and babbling about inane and tedious nonsense. I’ve wasted enough of my life with this trash already so I’ll end this with a message to the hosts: I hate your podcast. I hate you. I hate your parents for bringing you into the world in the first place. Seriously. Thee worst podcast that I have ever heard.

tsunion2000 ,

Completely one sided

Despite numerous disclaimers addressing the issue, this podcast is totally one sided. Chris’s family, while supportive of him comes across as completely delusional. And their insecurities at their admitted lack of post secondary education is painstakingly obvious.

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