28 episodes

In 2007, Chris Vaughn was arrested during a funeral for his wife and three children. He would be tried and convicted of their murders. To this day he maintains no memory of what occurred that tragic day 20 years ago. Murder in Illinois follows the complicated circumstances that led to Vaughn’s conviction, as well as the forensic evidence his supporters believe proves his innocence- in attempt to answer one question: Who killed the Vaughn family?

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    • True Crime
    • 2.8 • 55 Ratings

In 2007, Chris Vaughn was arrested during a funeral for his wife and three children. He would be tried and convicted of their murders. To this day he maintains no memory of what occurred that tragic day 20 years ago. Murder in Illinois follows the complicated circumstances that led to Vaughn’s conviction, as well as the forensic evidence his supporters believe proves his innocence- in attempt to answer one question: Who killed the Vaughn family?

    Ep 12 | Resolve

    Ep 12 | Resolve

    The final episode of Murder in Illinois summarizes the case against Christopher Vaughn, the new evidence uncovered in the podcast, updates his legal status and revisits those involved for their final thoughts.
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    • 47 min
    Ep 11 | Reconstruction

    Ep 11 | Reconstruction

    Lauren Bright Pacheco finally meets Chris Vaughn in person before Bill Clutter mounts an ambitious crime scene reconstruction. Crime Scene Technician Katie Hartman strenuously tests the scenarios put forth by both the prosecution and defense before weighing in with her thoughts on what took place June 14th, 2007.
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    • 56 min
    Ep 10 | Re-evaluation

    Ep 10 | Re-evaluation

    Chris Vaughn possibly lands significant support when social justice activist and host of the Wrongful Convictions podcast, Jason Flom, agrees to look into his case. Bill Clutter also uncovers a troubling aspect to the timeline and testimony that secured Vaughn’s indictment in 2007.
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    • 54 min
    Ep 9 | Writings

    Ep 9 | Writings

    Written words have played a variety of roles throughout the history of this tragedy. They’ve been used to insinuate, accuse and incriminate but they also offer insight and revelations potentially resulting in new evidence.
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    • 49 min
    Ep 8 | Reexamination

    Ep 8 | Reexamination

    Fourteen years after Christopher Vaughn was sentenced to four consecutive life terms for the murders of his wife and three children we revisit the evidence that led to his conviction. In this episode we’ll break down the circumstantial and forensic evidence that possibly led to a conviction based on what could be emotional and confirmation bias.
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    • 55 min
    Ep 7 | The Trial

    Ep 7 | The Trial

    In August of 2012, five years after his arrest before his family’s funeral in June 2007, Christopher Vaughn’s murder trail began. The Will County State’s Attorney’s office originally sought the death penalty, which has since been abolished in Illinois. As a result, Vaughn’s original defense was dismantled and he headed to court represented by a public defender.
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

2.8 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

SteffK7 ,

Disappointing

I very much liked the style of this podcast when I started listening. The host is engaging and thoughtful and the story appeared to be fascinating. I waited for the injustice to emerge…but it didn’t. I just cannot understand this story as anything other than an immense family tragedy with the convicted killer rightfully behind bars. I felt very uncomfortable with what I see as victim-blaming by both the host and Vaughan’s family - it makes very uncomfortable listening. I wish this podcast host had chosen another subject. Nothing I have heard here convinces me that Vaughan is innocent and I feel that Kimberley’s family need to be kept to grieve in peace.

DeeV911 ,

Worst thing I’ve ever listened to

Wow, if I didn’t think he was guilty before, I definitely do now. Regardless of the blatant misogyny of Chris Vaughn’s family, what does talking badly about the victim and her family and airing grievances have to do with a true crime podcast? At the end of the day, I could not stomach this podcast. It was sincerely disgusting and had little to do with actually analysing if a guilty person is innocent. This podcast also omitted all sorts of information that shows Vaughn is definitely guilty. One thing I did learn is that most male family annihilators do seem to come from misogynistic families, as shown by the Vaughn family and their blatant disgust for educated women and men who help their wives around the house.

jo_taylor ,

All opinion no evidence

This is an awful podcast. The convicted man conveniently recalls what happens and is such a hero he says he remembered it all along, but didn’t want to drop his wife in it, he hoped law enforcement would figure it out on their own. Give me strength.
The character assassination of his wife and her family is disgusting and undermines any pretence of objectivity from the ‘journalist’ who allowed this to be included and made no attempt to counter it with differing opinions. Of course her family wouldn’t want to be involved in this ridiculous attempt to pin the blame on their daughter!
His family sound unhinged.

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