20 episodes

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
    • 4.4 • 42 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.

    The Fixer

    The Fixer

    01: Three suitcases, containing human remains, surfaced in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay in May 2004. Police identified the man in the suitcases as 39-year-old William McGuire, from Woodbridge New Jersey, and they quickly focused their attention on Bill’s wife, Melanie McGuire, who did not report him missing. Convicted three years later of murdering and dismembering her husband, Melanie McGuire has been in prison since then but did the state get it right? Is Melanie McGuire the femme fatale that the prosecution painted her to be or is she an entirely different person, prosecuted and convicted because she was the most obvious suspect in this crime? In episode 1, meet Melanie McGuire.
    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 Nick Bassett of Dessert Media. 

    Legal Counsel provided by Barry Janay. 

    Special thanks to Alan Tockerman. 

    Producer-At-Large, Adam Curry


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    • 35 min
    The Perfect Marriage

    The Perfect Marriage

    02: Bill and Melanie each end their other relationships and begin a life together. However, this may not be storybook ending they had hoped for. Their marriage is a volatile relationship, filled with infidelity, lies and acts that would results in criminal convictions for both. Melanie describes the ups and downs, and details the fight where she said she should have left.  
    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 Nick Bassett of Dessert Media. 

    Legal Counsel provided by Barry Janay. 

    Special thanks to Alan Tockerman. 

    Producer-At-Large, Adam Curry

    Photo credits: Joshua Davis under cc license 2.0


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    • 52 min
    The Closing

    The Closing

    03: Bill and Melanie manage to piece together their relationship after dealing with tumultuous times. They forge ahead with their dreams of owning a home in the suburbs of New Jersey even though their relationship is not entirely a happy one. They find a home and close on it April 28th, 2004, but Bill McGuire is never seen again after the closing. Was this a happy occasion for the couple or part of Melanie’s plan to kill her husband? 
    For Images related to this episode, visit: https://directappealpodcast.com/images/#ep03
    If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode.
    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 Nick Bassett of Dessert Media

    Legal Counsel: Barry Janay

    Special thanks to Alan Tockerman

    Photo credits: Joshua Davis under cc license 2.0


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    • 38 min
    Life After Bill

    Life After Bill

    04: Melanie claims that on the evening of the closing, she and Bill had a big fight that lasted into the early morning of April 29th, and concluded with Bill walking out on her. Melanie’s moves over the next few days would cast doubt on her story though. The prosecution says Melanie was establishing a cover story. Whose version of events is more believable? 
    For Images related to this episode, visit: https://directappealpodcast.com/images/#ep04
    If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode.
    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 Nick Bassett of Dessert Media.

    Legal Counsel provided by Barry Janay.

    Special thanks to Alan Tockerman. 

    Photo credits: Joshua Davis under cc license 2.0


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    • 51 min
    Human Sawdust

    Human Sawdust

    05: While Melanie tries to plan Bill’s funeral and move on with her life, the Police begin their Investigation. Eventually, Melanie is indicted. Her bail was eventually raised to $2 million dollars. The search for a defense team begins, and after several trial-and-errors with attorneys, Melanie eventually believes she hit the jackpot. As Melanie and her lawyers prepare for Trial, the prosecution makes a shocking announcement.
    For Images related to this episode, visit: https://directappealpodcast.com/images/#ep05
    If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode.
    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 Nick Bassett of Dessert Media

    Legal Counsel: Barry Janay

    Special thanks to Alan Tockerman

    Photo credits: Joshua Davis under cc license 2.0


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    • 49 min
    Opening Arguments

    Opening Arguments

    06: The trial against Melanie McGuire begins on March 5, 2007, live on Court TV, and Melanie finds herself in the middle of a media circus. Lead prosecutor, Patricia Prezioso, makes a forceful opening argument but will her first witnesses help her case or hurt it? The prosecution also claims that the firearm Melanie purchased two days before Bill disappeared was the murder weapon but what does our expert have to say?
    For Images related to this episode, visit: https://directappealpodcast.com/images/#ep06
    If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode.
    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

    Photo credits: Joshua Davis under cc license 2.0

    Guest Experts: Stephen Batzer – http://www.batzerengineering.com



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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Father_newman ,

Very good.

A very good podcast. They go into detail and explain a lot. Keeps you interested. I’ve down loaded there other related podcasts to listen to after this.

London lollipop ,

Great story….but STOP interrupting!

I really want to get to the end of this podcast but the CONSTANT interruptions made by one of the presenters to the other one is just ‘pull your hair out’ frustrating! I wish she’d let her co-host actually finish a sentence. It must be so infuriating for the lady that’s being spoken over all the time.

Uncle Mingle ,

Disgraceful.

Imagine if you did this on the Scott Peterson case. There was less evidence in that case. You have allowed a convicted murderer and pathological liar to besmirch her dead husband for hours. Meghan sounds like she’s auditioning for Melanie’s new lawyer/lover. You constantly pushed your narrative, because you’re both invested in women and wrongful convictions. Amy sounds too weak to disagree with Meghan and thinks every women is innocent. Melanie is a psychopath and I’m pleased she has run out of appeals. Hope you enjoyed your time with a murderer.

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