10 episodes

Rewriting Dad is the true story of an entrepreneur who discovers a manuscript written by her late father while he was in prison 32 years ago. Light-hearted hosts Meg Murphy, the daughter of a criminal lawyer, & Leslie Bradford-Scott, daughter of a criminal, turn each page inside out as they try to get to the truth of a dangerous, shocking, & twisted history. Are they safe to talk about this?

Rewriting Dad Megan Murphy & Leslie Bradford-Scott

    • True Crime
    • 5.0 • 34 Ratings

Rewriting Dad is the true story of an entrepreneur who discovers a manuscript written by her late father while he was in prison 32 years ago. Light-hearted hosts Meg Murphy, the daughter of a criminal lawyer, & Leslie Bradford-Scott, daughter of a criminal, turn each page inside out as they try to get to the truth of a dangerous, shocking, & twisted history. Are they safe to talk about this?

    Episode 8 - The Guy (Season One Finale)

    Episode 8 - The Guy (Season One Finale)

    This episode of the Rewriting Dad Podcast with Meg Murphy and Leslie Bradford-Scott is the Season One finale titled, The Guy.

    The hosts catch up with Claudia's friend Mike from Episode 8 after he listened to the podcast.

    Mike had no idea about Claudio's nefarious past and reveals his experience finding out about the family secrets, and offers insights about the man he previously thought was a billionaire spy.

    Leslie shares how the podcast has morphed from an investigation to a healing journey.
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    HIGHLIGHTS

    02:59 Mike identifies with the Italian culture and is also "The Guy"

    10:38 Meg admits new feelings for Claudio

    15:59 Leslie shares how her judgments have changed

    22:40 The $2000 French wine in an Italian box burial

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    QUOTES

    01:25 "It's been crazy, he's a totally different character to me."

    5:48  "I'm barely making enough to survive but I'm going to give my money to the bank and they're going to take care of it for me? I don't think so."

    11:08 "There is something interesting about someone who will go to these kinds of lengths."

    11:43 "And seeing you, Leslie, make. Peace with some of this is I'm getting a little teary. It's really nice. It's it's moving. I want you to love your dad the way I love my dad."

    17:25 "A lot of our generation doesn't have the background or the basis to judge that stuff. Such a privileged upbringing."

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    • 25 min
    Episode 7 - Enigma

    Episode 7 - Enigma

    This episode of the Rewriting Dad Podcast is called "Enigma" with Meg Murphy and Leslie Bradford-Scott. Changing up the format due to the pandemic, Meg and Leslie remotely interview a special guest, "Mike." 

    Mike knew Claudio in the last five years of his life and brings to light his quirky and insightful way of being in the world. He shares how he was forever impacted by their friendship and is strangely not surprised to learn about his mysterious past. "There is nothing that you can throw at me that would surprise me about that man."

    Leslie begins to feel she is having a relationship with her father from the grave.
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    HIGHLIGHTS

    02:59 Mike has a run-in with Claudio at the local swimming pool

    10:03 Claudio becomes an unlikely mentor

    15:53 Mike is trusted with sad news

    19:35 The $1200 bottle of wine

    27:21 Mike thinks Claudio may be a secret billionaire or a spy

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    QUOTES

    04:10  "He says, uh, that that's my shower. That's your shower? So I look at the other guys in there. They're just not even looking at me now. Okay. You know, there are 12 shower heads here on that wall? I didn't see you in the nameplate."

    08:13 "So I'm like, if you guys don't want me here, I'm not here. But I, I said, this is hysterical. I should be recording this. All these discussions you guys are having are crazy."

    09:36 "How much did he talk about his life before, before you met him? You know, it was like pulling teeth, 'I had a diving business in Florida.' Yeah. I remember something about that."

    10:30 "Sort of a mentor. Yeah. Yeah. Funny, funny enough. I mean, I don't think if somebody would have asked me to pick at that stage in my life who a mentor is going to be, and the people I was associated with, I really didn't know that until I got to know him.

    14:27 "The mystery, the mystery of him, right? Yeah. Cause you're right. It just seemed like, it seemed like for one reason or another, he just knew everything."
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    • 31 min
    Family Secrets - Crawlspace

    Family Secrets - Crawlspace

    SUMMARY

    This Family Secrets Edition of the Rewriting Dad Podcast is called "Crawlspace" with Meg Murphy and Leslie Bradford-Scott. Today, an avid listener named Brooke calls in to share the story of her grandfather and his possible connection with the disappearance of two men.

    Brooke tells stories of her grandfather's violent home life, his questionable behavior as a detective, and why she thinks a crawlspace in his old home could reveal the truth behind the mystery. 

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    HIGHLIGHTS

    01:17 Brooke's grandfather & the mystery of the two disappeared men

    05:47 Uncovering clues of a violent past

    10:13 Pursuing the truth behind the mystery

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    QUOTES

    01:53 "My grandfather was a detective in Louisville, Kentucky so he was on the police force and quite possibly the worst person you could have in a position of power."

    02:45 "He remembers other detectives coming to their house one time and questioning his dad about the disappearance of 2 men. And, of course, they shooed him out of the room so he didn't get to hear everything but he remembered that."

    04:17 "It was the first time that my dad stood up to him and he told him to leave. And when he did that, his dad told him that he would make him disappear just like the other two."

    08:51 "I got my grandfather's personnel record from the police department. It was like 31 pages and full of crazy stuff. I found newspaper articles where he was punished for... he beat a dog to death in the middle of a street that had been hit by a car."

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    • 14 min
    Episode 6 - Spilt Milk

    Episode 6 - Spilt Milk

    This episode of the Rewriting Dad Podcast is called "Spilt Milk" with Meg Murphy and Leslie Bradford-Scott. Today, Leslie shares anecdotes of her life story, starting with a successful career in car dealership sales in a town far away from her dad.

    She then goes on to unravel the story of meeting her next husband and how a floatplane and great cooking sealed the deal for her. And, of course, Leslie shares the complex relationship she had with her father through the different points in her adult life.

    This episode touches on Claudio's infidelities to Leslie's mother, his incarceration in a maximum-security prison, and his quiet life after being behind bars. Leslie also illustrates how cancer took him in just a 3-week span.
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    HIGHLIGHTS

    12:51 Leslie rides a floatplane and meets her future husband

    24:47 Claudio's infidelities and incarceration 

    36:05 Reconciling with Claudio and his life after prison

    42:03 Claudio gets cancer and his last days 

    48:45 Acquiring the farm

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    QUOTES

    13:39 "The guy that's standing in front of me said, oh, that's your next husband. And I'm like, what? What are you on about, Adam? He says, yeah, I just don't know where that came from but that's your next husband. You're going to marry this man."

    17:13 "I get there, he has a full-on roast beef on the barbecue with roasted potatoes, carrots, and a giant salad with chopped eggs in it and tomatoes and mushrooms and I'm like, this is for you? Oh, yes. You have to have a proper dinner. I am like in love with you, pal. I don't care how old you are."

    21:41 "If we don't take a step back and examine ourselves, we're just going to attract the same type of person again, aren't we? Obviously, I married my dad (the first time), there's no doubt about that, but if I didn't get my head right, that would've been a pattern I could've repeated for the rest of my life. And I have broken that pattern."

    41:50 "If I could describe his skill in one word, it would be leverage. He was the king of leverage. He would find out what you could leverage and then he would leverage it."

    45:51 "I never thought anything of it except that he was having these great delusions because of the drugs. And then he started talking about how there was all these guns and that he dumped them off the canal behind the house that we lived at before they came to arrest him but they're still there and I should go get them."

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    • 58 min
    Episode 5 - Over the Curb

    Episode 5 - Over the Curb

    This episode of the Rewriting Dad Podcast is called "Over the Curb" with Meg Murphy and Leslie Bradford-Scott. Today Leslie recounts Brad's last moments before his death. Leslie points out how strange it was for Claudio to blame himself for Uncle Tony's death but accepted her brother Brad's death as simply God's will.

    Leslie then shares the events of Brad's burial at sea and how traumatic it was for her to see her mom try to jump overboard to join him. And to make matters worse, Leslie introduces Mark, how he popped out of nowhere and was their primary suspect for the robbery of precious jewelry that happened a week or two after Brad's death.

    Leslie tells us how years later, as a divorced single mom, a childhood dream came back into her life and planted roots for her future.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    02:40 Brad's last moments in the Mercedes 

    09:30 Claudio rationalizes Brad's death

    17:51 Brad's burial at sea

    19:32 Mark's alleged thievery and Leslie's violent response

    QUOTES

    06:09 "We didn't have to be in Florida and we didn't have to have our kids there. We didn't have to if it wasn't for him. It was all his making. His election. His whatever. Everything he did, whatever he did, all comes down to him."

    09:43 "Right then and there, I knew the reason why my son had died. I said to my friend solemnly, God has called Bradley for something important he wants him to do in his kingdom. There is no doubt in my mind this is what's happened. I don't know for what purpose, but I am convinced God needs him. If that's the case, I don't mind him leaving me like this without even saying goodbye."

    18:47 "I wanted desperately to see him one more time before he went but he wasn't prepared, right? Because there was no open casket. There was no viewing. And that's the image I have in my head that haunts me. It was shocking. Horrifying. And then to see my mom try to jump off the boat to get him. Like, I'm coming with you! I'm coming with you! It was absolutely traumatic."

    22:15 "Your fucking daughter has been chasing me around town with a gun. I had just lost her, I'm afraid she might find me again. She took a shot at me twice and put two holes in the rear fender of my car. She's gone nuts!" 

    22:38 "I grabbed her purse, looked in, sure enough, the gun was there with 2 bullets spent. I didn't know what to say but she said it for me, 'dad, the police won't do anything about it. You could've been wiped out of all the jewelry that had been stolen. All I wanted was to see justice done.'"


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    • 56 min
    Episode 4 - Do I Trust Myself?

    Episode 4 - Do I Trust Myself?

    This episode of the Rewriting Dad Podcast is called "Do I Trust Myself?" with Meg Murphy and Leslie Bradford-Scott. Today they pick up where they left off which was the topic of Uncle Tony, what his life was and more intriguingly, the big mystery surrounding his untimely death. 

    Then they look back on Claudio's success in business, how he outwitted his business rivals until life takes a turn and Claudio gets arrested, prompting an abrupt move to Florida. Here, Leslie lives on her own for the first time and shares her last memories of her brother, Brad.

    Also, this episode features the story of Pierre, a dashing daredevil who was later revealed to be a French spy.

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    HIGHLIGHTS

    02:01 Remembering Uncle Tony

    06:26 Leslie's memories with her brother and an attempted abduction

    16:58 Claudio's sneaky businesses: riding on famous names

    26:16 Flawed memories: uprooted from Canada to Florida

    42:25 Edward's story about Pierre, a French spy

    50:15 Life in Florida: bullies and leaving home

    55:32 Leslie's last memories of her brother, Brad 

    QUOTES

    09:23 "It was behind here. So what happened was, here I am, I must have been about 5 or 6 years old. And he grabs me by the arm and he says, come on, we're going. And I'm like, where are we going? And he said we're going to the hand factory. And I'm like, what's the hand factory? He's like, it's where we chop off little girls' hands."

    20:54  "And everybody knew who that dealership was so they just assumed that they were opening another dealership in a different town. And everybody gave him credit. And they came in and they fixed the whole place up. And then they gave him net 30 terms which he, of course, extended a little bit longer."

     27:08 "My mom says, get in the car, we're going to Florida. And they put me in the car with my grandmother and the dog, Bichou, the toy poodle. And we leave and we go to Florida. I don't know where my brother is or my sisters are. I don't know where they are and I don't know where my dad is."

    40:49 "I know there were a lot of newspaper stories and I remember seeing the newspaper stories about my dad being arrested. People showing it to me. And I remember friends not being allowed to play with me so he had to have been arrested while I was still there. But for me, before I left, maybe there were a couple of things that went on."

    54:02  "And he said to me, if you don't like the way I'm running my house, then you should not be living under my roof. And if you can't play by my rules, then you should just get out."

    58:47 "The doctor came in and said, he's braindead so you have to make a family decision about if you're going to pull the plug on him. And that was probably the only family we ever actually made in reality because we all decided that if he couldn't be there the way we knew him to be, that it was better to let him go."


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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Melody master ,

Walking a tightrope

There are so many talents today that can write, paint, and compose but what separates them from true artists is the courage to allow the unseemly underbelly of truth to be so nakedly exposed. Not everyone knows this, but even among those who do, few are brave enough to commit so boldly, and fewer still whose story can hold our interest. Bravo ladies!

Martha074 ,

Keep them coming!

Seriously..when are more episodes coming out? I was so happy to find the podcast and now I just want more :)

bama1giusti ,

It's not the destination....it is clearly the journey!

Meg and Leslie are a couple of slueths who draw you in with their welcoming style and cliff hanger endings. The human component here is powerful and it is a very easy listen that is a must for all.
A wordly man once told me, "one foot in front of the other".

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