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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, 30 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 evening of Feb 24th, 2006 to celebrate her upcoming 25th birthday, sadly she wouldn’t live to see that day.







    Sources referenced for this episode:

    NY Times, NY Post, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, People.com, Dateline, Investigation Discovery







    Credits:







    Written and Hosted by Amy Shlosberg and Meghan Sacks

    Produced and Edited by James Varga

    Music by Dessert Media

    • 42 min
    Introducing Women And Crime

    Introducing Women And Crime

    As criminologists, we study females who have been victims of crime, those who have committed crimes, and those involved in the criminal justice system through their work.







    In this podcast, we tell the stories of these women, but we also look at the causes of female crime, and victimization.  We will cover cases in which women have been wrongfully convicted and exonerated, and we will use a criminologist lens to look at how women are treated in the criminal justice system. 







    Some of these women you may have heard of but we promise to also bring you cases of women whose names will be new to you. Regardless of the type of case, we will cover a new story involving women and crime each episode.







    Women & Crime is coming this November! Subscribe Now, wherever you listen to podcasts.

    Deliberation

    Deliberation

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







    To help and participate in our research project, please take our short survey which can be found at: http://directappealpodcast.com/survey







    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 could be about female victims, offenders, or members of the criminal justice system.







    For now its time to sign-off, however if there are major developments in Melanie’s case we will be sure to update our audience.







    Many thanks to our fans, friends and family!







    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* Music and underscore by Dessert Media* Legal Counsel: Barry Janay* Producer-at-Large Adam Curry* Special thanks to Alan Tockerman

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Best Friends

    The Best Friends

    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 (732) 510-0996.







    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* Music and underscore by Dessert Media* Legal Counsel: Barry Janay* Producer-at-Large Adam Curry* Special thanks to Alan Tockerman

    • 1 hr 23 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 at JC Studios* Music and underscore by Dessert Media* Legal Counsel: Barry Janay* Special thanks to Alan Tockerman * Editor-At-Large: Adam Curry

    • 37 min
    Direct Appeal

    Direct Appeal

    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?







    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* Music and underscore by Dessert Media* Legal Counsel: Barry Janay* Special thanks to Alan Tockerman * Producer-At-Large Adam Curry

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Lulabelle6 ,

Engrossing

Completely engrossing - probably the most detailed deep dive I’ve listened to and absolutely fascinating. Long but well-paced and while it doesn’t end up being quite as unbiased as I think they set out for it to be, you understand why - as they unpack the prosecution’s theories it’s hard not to get frustrated at the conclusions drawn. Or maybe that’s just me - as a Brit, I’d never heard of this case before so came into it completely blind. A brilliant podcast.

Ekluj ,

Excellent podcast

Well researched, meticulous in its attention to detail and really interesting. They really examine all the facts and possibilities, questioning and testing every aspect of the case. More than that, it makes you think about the ‘justice’ system itself, how it works - and doesn’t. Thank you!

Sara_Teece ,

Case file

Just listened to an episode of casefile about her and it’s very telling how bias this podcast actually is now! Don’t bother.

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