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Erica Kelley is a native Tennessean exploring historical and contemporary true crime in the South. Southern charm is attempted but southern sass is bountiful. Join her as she shows you just how southern fried the justice system can be in the Deep South.

Southern Fried True Crime Erica Kelley

    • True Crime
    • 4.8 • 392 Ratings

Erica Kelley is a native Tennessean exploring historical and contemporary true crime in the South. Southern charm is attempted but southern sass is bountiful. Join her as she shows you just how southern fried the justice system can be in the Deep South.

    Introducing: Lost Hills

    Introducing: Lost Hills

    After 35-year-old scientist Tristan Beaudette is murdered in front of his two young daughters, other victims come forward telling similar tales of a sniper in Malibu who has been shooting at campers and at moving cars for the past 18 months. Always in the dark of night, at 4AM.

    The cops say they can’t connect the crimes, but then they arrest a drifter: 42-year-old Anthony Rauda, who lives under a tarp behind the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. Rauda insists he's being framed. Is he the killer, or a scapegoat?"

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    • 38 min
    118: The Murder of Olivia Browning

    118: The Murder of Olivia Browning

    In late November of 1989, the burning body of a 33 year old woman was found in a wooded area in the Mississippi Delta. Olivia Browning was the ex-wife of a prominent planter’s son named Ralph Hand III. Local gossips said that though Ralph and Olivia divorced, they had a passionate but toxic relationship and couldn’t stay away from each other.

    After Ralph confessed, and the media gushed about this southern gothic soap opera, to the detriment of Olivia’s character. Did public perception as well as the Hand family’s political connections influence the justice Olivia’s family received?

    Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
    Researched and written by Haley Gray & Erica Kelley
    Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
    Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
    Edited by Chaes Gray of Gray Multimedia
    Episode Suggested by: Rials McWilliams & Cera McCool

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    Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/118-the-murder-of-olivia-browning

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    • 58 min
    Introducing MAN-Slaughter from Wondery

    Introducing MAN-Slaughter from Wondery

    MAN-Slaughter tells intertwining stories about how one gunshot on a cold Wisconsin night in
    1970 dramatically changed multiple lives. A bullet brutally tore through decorated law
    enforcement veteran LaVerne Stordock. Decades later, his niece, Dorothy Marcic, transformed
    herself into an amateur detective in a quest for truth and closure about that night.

    At the center of Dorothy’s investigation is Suzanne Brandon, LaVerne’s second wife, who confessed to the shooting -- and who Dorothy believes completely escaped justice. As it follows Dorothy’s discoveries, MAN-Slaughter explores questions around the psychology of crime, the ways women are made responsible in families, and the lasting impact of trauma.

    A final encounter between Suzanne and Dorothy reveals a complex connection that even that
    gunshot cannot shatter.

    Listen today at wondery.fm/MS_SouthernFriedTC

    • 6 min
    117: The Murder of Tina Eubanks

    117: The Murder of Tina Eubanks

    In January of 2005, a family of seven moved to the small city of Nacogdoches, Texas. They seemed happy and were very involved with their church and the community. But that happiness masked a darkness. Shortly before Christmas in 2006, Tim Eubanks suddenly murdered his wife, Tina, unearthing a chasm of pain suffered by her and her children.

    Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
    Researched and written by Erica Kelley
    Additional Research by Hannah Newcomb
    Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
    Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
    Edited by Chaes Gray of Gray Multimedia
    Episode Suggested by: Benjamin Glade

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    Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/117-tina-eubanks

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    • 37 min
    116: The Richmond Spree Killers

    116: The Richmond Spree Killers

    For seven days after the New Year, in 2006, Richmond, Virginia was terrorized by spree killers. Two whole families were killed with no apparent motive other than robbery. But the gruesome murders didn’t seem to match that motive. Who would murder little children for some jewelry and cash? What kind of killer is capable of that?


    Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
    Researched & Written by Hannah Newcomb & Erica Kelley
    Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
    Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
    Edited by Chaes Gray of Gray Multimedia
    Episode Suggested by: Kyle Kowar

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    Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/116-the-richmond-spree-murders

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    • 59 min
    115: The Desperate Housewife & The Closet Killer

    115: The Desperate Housewife & The Closet Killer

    In April of 2005, a “desperate housewife” banged on her neighbor’s door and said her husband had been murdered. She claimed the man who killed him was still in the house. It didn’t take investigators long to figure out that the wife, Martha Freeman, knew the mystery man who had killed her husband. She had been hiding him in her closet.

    Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
    Researched and written by Hannah Newcomb and Erica Kelley
    Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
    Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio
    Edited by Chaes Gray of Gray Multimedia
    Episode Suggested by: Rebecca Bannister

    Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/115-the-desperate-housewife-and-the-closet-killer

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    @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
392 Ratings

392 Ratings

Apla589283 ,

Southern Fried soothes my soul

Forever one of my top favourites. Erica relates cases in the perfect balance of factuality and emotion. Not to mention, the second her soft accent hits my ears, I forget about my troubles. Can’t recommend enough.

rmac26xx ,

Best

Best true crime podcast anywhere, by far

laurenannew ,

Love it but...

If there is a shocking detail that has been released, I’d rather not hear about it at all than have my curiosity peaked and no answers. ThT just drives me absolutely nuts. DONT TELL ME THERE ARE WILD, SHOCKING, UNBELIEVABLE DETAILS OUT THERE IF YOU WONT TELL ME WHAT THEY ARE AND HOW TO FIND THEM. Just leave it out. Because half of the listeners are going to find the info you didn’t think should be public, and you directed them to do so by mentioning it.

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