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The Women of Death Row is a true-crime podcast. Sisters Amanda & Mariel will tell the stories behind condemned women on death row, exploring crime details, circumstances of the women's lives before & after sentencing, the role of gender and racial bias surrounding the justice system, and cases involving capital punishment plenty of opinions, sarcasm, and digressions. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-women-of-death-row/support

The Women of Death Row Mariel and Amanda

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The Women of Death Row is a true-crime podcast. Sisters Amanda & Mariel will tell the stories behind condemned women on death row, exploring crime details, circumstances of the women's lives before & after sentencing, the role of gender and racial bias surrounding the justice system, and cases involving capital punishment plenty of opinions, sarcasm, and digressions. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-women-of-death-row/support

    Stump Town

    Stump Town

    In this episode of The Women of Death Row podcast hosts Amanda and Mariel explore the case of Lisa Graham.  Relying on monstersandcritics.com, the news on Alabama.com, mycrimelibrary.com, and the Ledger-Enquirer as sources, Amanda shares Lisa’s story.  In May 2015, Lisa was sentenced to death in Alabama for hiring Kenneth Walton to kill her 21-year-old daughter, Shea Graham.  Shea had recently been arrested on an aggravated assault charge in a drive-by shooting case in Georgia but was released after her parents posted a $100,00 bond on her behalf.  However, Lisa expected her daughter to skip town, and the financial ramifications of such an action represent the suspected motive behind Lisa’s next steps.  Lisa hired family friend Walton, who also worked for the family construction business, to kill Shea, and provided him with a 9mm pistol.  Shea’s friends testified that the last time they saw her, she was leaving a gas station with Walton, who had picked her up under the pretense of finding her a car so she could leave town.  



    On July 5, 2007, Shea’s body was found in rural Alabama by a passerby.  The body was half nude on the side of a dirt road, and Shea had apparently been shot twice in the head and four times in the chest before being run over and abandoned.  After hearing the testimony of friends who witnessed Walton pick up Shea in his truck, police questioned him and quickly received a confession.  Walton readily admitted his actions and explained Lisa’s role in the crime.  Police then found the 9mm pistol in the care of Lisa’s neighbor, affectionately called “Papa,” to whom she had given the gun for cleaning.  Walton pled guilty, offered gruesome details of his crimes, and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Lisa’s trial, however, was a long time coming.  The case passed through many hands and faced a number of appeals and delays before finally being tried.  Lisa, who has told a number of witnesses that Shea was ruining her life and that she’d kill Shea if she could, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.  Her appeals after the trial were unsuccessful, and the conviction has been upheld.



    While Amanda and Mariel agree that the actions of both Lisa and Walton were appalling, they are intrigued by the different sentences given to each, and consider the possibility of gender bias underlying the discrepancy.  Moving forward, they also discuss a variety of other topics, from Lisa Montgomery and approaches to the death penalty, to the recent holidays, to their current favorite television shows and podcasts.  The hosts comment on The Office, a recent study of events following the Holocaust, and even - going down an extensive rabbit trail - a couple of strange diseases and the unusual way residents of “Nub City” found a way to get money!



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    • 29 min
    Witch Please

    Witch Please

    In this episode of Women of Death Row, Mariel tells the story of Dame Alice Kyteler, a woman condemned and burned to death at the stake for witchcraft in Ireland on November 3, 1324. We also discuss breaking news of the confirmed date for Lisa Montgomery’s execution, Eric Menendez’s retrial, and why the new Netflix documentary film American Murder: The Family Next Door shook us to the core.

    Listen in as we discuss how Bishop Richard de Ledrede’s declaration that his diocese was filled with devil worshipers led to the imprisonment and death of the supposed witch and demon worshipper Alice Kyteler. Digressions include more death penalty stuff, particularly in light of the cases of Lisa Montgomery and Scott Peterson. Thanks for listening!

    Sources:

    Dame Alice Kyteler

    The Sorcery Trial of Alice Kyteler by Bernadette Williams. 

    Williams, B. (1994). The Sorcery Trial of Alice Kyteler. History Ireland, 2(4), 20-24.

    Narrative of the proceedings against Dame Alice Kyteler for Sorcery. A.D. 1324. (, 1843). Camden Old Series, 24, 1-40. doi: 10.1017/s2042169900003242

    Reichl, K. (2011). Medieval Oral Literature. Berlin: De Gruyter.

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    • 19 min
    It's Pronounced Kamala

    It's Pronounced Kamala

    In this episode of the The Women of Death Row podcast, hosts Amanda and Mariel take a look at the case of Maureen “Miki” McDermott after a brief time talking about the recent choice of Kamala Harris to be Joe Biden’s presidential running mate.  Moving into the main topic of the episode, listeners learn that Miki was born in 1947 in New Jersey, the third of four children and the only girl among her siblings.  After growing up in a working class family with a religious mother and an alcoholic and often absent father, Miki worked her way to a position as a nurse.  She was known for being compassionate, generous, and a lover of animals, and her colleagues continue to maintain her innocence for the crime that ultimately landed her on death row.  The problems for Miki arose in relation to an orderly at the hospital where she worked: Jimmy Luna.  Jimmy’s background was far darker than that of Miki.  He was born to parents who were heroin addicts and soon abandoned him, faced a great deal of abuse, and suffered from mental illness.  He was a liar, a convicted criminal, a violent man, and a compulsive phone caller.  He was understandably not well regarded by peers, although Miki remained kind to him.  Even after he was fired from the hospital, he continued to rely on Miki as a friend and provider. However, Miki made plans with a colleague to spend time working in the Middle East.  She arranged for her friend Stephen Eldridge to buy into her property to care for it and her animals, and for a time, the two of them lived in the home together as roommates.  Miki was not in a position at that time to offer financial help to Jimmy, but he took it into his own hands to secure money from Miki by planning to kill her roommate and make a way to collect mortgage insurance money.  After one robbery effort before the night of the murder, Jimmy and two friends entered the home where Miki and Stephen resided.  They injured Miki by leaving her with a cut and hitting her on the head, and killed Stephen.  Stephen was stabbed 44 times and his body maimed.  In the investigation that followed, Miki faced a shambolic police investigation plagued by neglect, speculation, reliance on memory rather than notes, and flawed interview processes.  Lack of advanced investigative technology, lack of effort and a conflict of interests on the part of legal representation, and deals made by the perpetrators of the crime all worked together to land Miki in prison for a crime she denied having committed.  While Jimmy ended up with only life in prison, Miki lives on death row.  She appealed to the public for support in 2004, but her situation has not changed in any notable way since then.  After concluding the story on such a conflicting note, Amanda and Mariel wrap up the episode with talk of kittens, auctions, politics, disco, and more! Links: Learn more about Miki McDermott.Learn more about The Women of Death Row.

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    • 48 min
    Understanding Subwoofer

    Understanding Subwoofer

    Hello! This week Amanda tells the story of Frances Newton. Thank you so much for listening! To learn more about Frances NewtonPlease wear your masks & wash your hands; protect yourself AND others

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    • 25 min
    The Dumbell Murders

    The Dumbell Murders

    Welcome to season two! On this episode of Women of Death Row, your hosts, Amanda and Mariel, discuss the case of Ruth Snyder. To open the podcast, the two give an update on the previously discussed Lori Vallow case. After giving the most recent update and their thoughts on this case, the conversation shifts to the Ruth Snyder case. Ruth Snyder (formally Ruth Brown) was a telephone operator in the 1910s who married a magazine art director, Albert Snyder. After just a few years of marriage, Ruth discovered she was pregnant. This created tension in their marriage because Albert did not want to have children, while Ruth was excited about the birth of their daughter. The biggest underlying flaw in their marriage, however, was their extreme personality differences. Albert was very introverted and prone to outbursts, partially due to the death of his late fiance. He would often unfavorably compare Ruth to his late fiance and refused to remove a painting of her from the wall of their home. Ruth, on the other hand, had many friends and enjoyed late nights out with friends, often coming home smelling of bootleg alcohol. These outings led to Ruth getting involved in various affairs. One of the most passionate affairs was with Judd Gray, a corset salesman who was also married. The two bonded over their involvement in loveless marriages, and it eventually became apparent that Ruth was ready to get out of her marriage with Albert. Ruth made several comments to Judd about plans to kill Albert. Ruth attempted to kill Albert multiple times to no success, which led her to enlist Judd’s help. Initially, Judd protested, but Ruth eventually wore him down by using Albert’s life insurance money as incentive. Their crime would later inspire the film Double Indemnity and has inspired many other plays, novels, and films.. Learn more about Ruth SnyderLearn more about Lori Vallow casePlease wear your masks & wash your hands; protect yourself AND others

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    • 36 min
    Polite Moon Walker

    Polite Moon Walker

    Amanda discusses the case of serial killer Celeste Carrington. Digressions include Cyntoia Brown, another 'cult mom'- Lori Vallow update, with many Netflix recommendations. Thank you so much for listening! We hope everyone is hanging in there. For content related to this episode visit our Facebook, Twitter, and InstagramLearn more, stream episodes, or get in touch with us by visiting our website.

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    • 23 min

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