19 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.

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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.

    One Year Update

    One Year Update

    After more than one year since the last episode of Direct Appeal, we are back to discuss the recent media attention, to answer audience questions, and address potential tips sent in.







    We’ll update you on what’s next in Melanie’s legal battle, and what supporters of Melanie say they are doing to help.







    We might even sneak in a word about season 2……

    • 26 min
    Introducing Women & Crime: (Cindy James episode)

    Introducing Women & Crime: (Cindy James episode)

    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.







    Ep 32: During the 1980s, Cindy James was purportedly the victim of over 100 attacks of physical and mental abuse by an unknown assailant. After a heavy police presence and no assailant …

    • 36 min
    Deliberation

    Deliberation

    17: 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 …

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Best Friends

    The Best Friends

    16: 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 …

    • 1 hr 20 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 …

    • 35 min
    Direct Appeal

    Direct Appeal

    14: 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?







    For Images related to this episode, visit: https://directappealpodcast.com/images/#ep14







    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…

    • 1 hr 5 min

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