Have you ever seen a dead body?
People find dead bodies everywhere, under floorboards, inside chimneys, and in their homes. They’re at crime scenes, disaster scenes and in morgues. There have been dead bodies on the red carpet, in cannibals’ dens, and even advertised in the classifieds.
In this series, experienced crime and court reporter Sharnelle Vella, and veteran radio host Dee Dee Dunleavy look at where dead bodies have been found, how they got there, and most importantly, the effect on people who found them.
We talk to people who deal with death daily as part of their jobs, and people who weren’t prepared for the shock of finding a dead body.
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Ep 116 - Richard Speck, Andre Daigle
Richard Speck raped, tortured and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital in 1966. And he would have gotten away with it, were it not for the extraordinary bravery of Corazon Amurao who survived his brutality.
Andre Daigle fell victim to two men who beat him to death with a hammer just to see if they could kill someone.
Ep 115 - Elevator and Escalator deaths, and Dead Uncle
Everyone is talking about the footage of Elisa Lam in the elevator in the Netflix documentary Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel. We look into a number of deaths on escalators and elevators
A listener shares a first-hand account of finding her dead uncle, weeks after his death, and the mammoth clean-up task after his body was removed.
Ep 114 - Check Your Boobs
We’re putting the dead bodies aside for this episode, as Sharnelle shares a deeply personal story from a recent event in her life.
Ep 113 - The Bluebelle, and Dorian Corey
The 18-metre sailing ketch The Bluebelle was the scene of several brutal murders in November, 1961, off the Bahamas. The killer survived the sinking of the vessel, and he didn’t count on an 11-year-old witness coming forward to undo his vile scheme.
Drag queen Dorian Corey died from AIDS-related complications in 1993, and a mummified body was discovered in the closet of her apartment.
It was a man named Robert Worley. But why was he there, how long had his body been there, and how did he die?
Ep 112 - The Philadelphia Cutters, and Elizabeth Bathory
A wicked scheme where tissue and bone were stripped from corpses at funeral homes and then sold them for transplants - without the permission of the families - led to the arrest of former dental surgeon Michael Mastromarino.
Elizabeth Bathory has been labelled the world’s most prolific female murderer, accused of torturing and killing hundreds of young girls and women between 1590 and 1610.
Ep 111 - Thomas Easby’s skin, and Lavender Doe
A tiny witness led to Thomas Easby being found guilty of the murder of his family. He was hanged, and trophies that exist to this day were taken from his dead body.
An unidentified body was found in 2006 in Texas. Years later, Joseph Wayne Burnette confessed to her murder, and it was 2019 before the DNA Doe Project established her real identity.