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Exploring the intersection of faith and true crime.

The Unlovely Truth Lori Morrison

    • True Crime
    • 4.9 • 46 Ratings

Exploring the intersection of faith and true crime.

    Season 3, Episode 32: Caring Nurse or Cunning Serial Killer: How One Woman Caused a Wave of Grief in Two Texas Towns

    Season 3, Episode 32: Caring Nurse or Cunning Serial Killer: How One Woman Caused a Wave of Grief in Two Texas Towns

    If you’re a parent, you know that there’s nothing worse than having a sick child. Colds and flus are bad enough, but have you ever had to rush your child to the emergency room? I have and it was awful. But it was such a relief to know that she was with people who knew how to help her. People who cared about saving lives. Well, I assumed that all the medical personnel helping my daughter wanted to save her life. But what if they didn’t?

    Our book this week is “Killer Nurse: Life of Serial Killer Genene Ann Jones” and our guest is Tina Yeager, licensed mental health counselor, life coach, speaker, and author. We’ll take a deep dive into trying to understand how a trusted healthcare professional could turn out to be a predator AND how we can be there for people dealing with grief when tragedy strikes their family. 

    Our Bible passage this week is Philippians 2:3-4: “Don't do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves. And look out for one another's interests, not just for your own.” 

    Today’s practical action step is about making a mindset change. Too often we place our trust in titles rather than character. Most doctors and nurses are very good at what they do and have a strong desire to help people. Please hear me say that. But some are in it for what they can get out of it - money, prestige, power, or whatever. Don’t be afraid to ask medical personnel questions and if their attitude isn’t that of someone who is more interested in YOUR welfare than their own, find another practitioner if you can. Staying safe extends to being cautious of the medical professional we let care for us.

     

    If you like today’s case, you’ll also enjoy this earlier episode, The Baby Thief

     

    Please visit my website to access more episodes, read my blog posts, or check out ways you can financially support the podcast so that together we can impact more people, more families, and more communities. If you would like to contact me about booking me as a speaker, or ask about my consulting and investigative services, please email me at lori@theunlovelytruth.com. 

     

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    • 25 min
    Season 3, Episode 31: What If That Was MY Child? The Curious Case of Aaron Key

    Season 3, Episode 31: What If That Was MY Child? The Curious Case of Aaron Key

    I became an investigator because of a case that made me think “What if that was MY child?” Has a story ever really hit you in the gut like that? We’ve got another one this week.

    My guest on this episode is the mother of Aaron Key. His death was officially ruled a suicide in 2019, but his family still has a lot of questions they’d like to have answered. This fierce mom had to train herself to be her own P.I., and she’s determined to find answers to her questions and help other families do the same thing. 

    Understanding that not every death that was officially ruled a suicide actually WAS a suicide is so important. We never think that anything like this could happen to us. Until it does. I’ve been involved with at least half a dozen cases where families challenged the ruling of suicide or accidental death when their loved one was taken from this world. It’s a long, hard fight. They need our support.

    Please visit my website to access more episodes, read my blog posts, or check out ways you can financially support the podcast so that together we can impact more people, more families, and more communities. If you would like to contact me about booking me as a speaker, or ask about my consulting and investigative services, please email me at lori@theunlovelytruth.com. 

    If you have any information about the death of Aaron Key, please submit your tips directly to Justice for Aaron Shane Key on Facebook. Each one will be reviewed and forwarded to the appropriate authorities.

     

    Justice for Aaron Shane Key Facebook Group

    Tennessee’s Dark Hole Facebook Group

    Fox17 story by Dennis Ferrier

    Aaron’s episode from Catch My Killer podcast

    TCSpotlight episode from YouTube

    Information on the billboard

    • 20 min
    Season 3, Episode 30: No One Believed Her

    Season 3, Episode 30: No One Believed Her

    Imagine that you’ve been assaulted and no one, not the police, not your friends, and not even your family believe you. Would you continue to insist that you were telling the truth, or would the weight of disbelief cause you to say, “Nothing happened. I made it up”. On second thought, don’t answer yet. I’ll ask you again after you hear Marie’s story.

    Our book this week is Unbelievable by award winning authors T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong. Netflix released a very well received limited series based on the book. Human rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, which I featured in the very first episode of The Unlovely Truth, had this to say about the book: “This is a devastating but necessary read, composed by masters of investigative journalism.” I agree. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It does contain material about rape, so please use your best judgement about whether to listen or recommend this episode. For everyone who does listen, this case has a lot of crazy twists and turns, so hold on tight.

    You’ll be outraged when you hear the rapist tell one of his victims that he had a compulsion to rape that he couldn’t control. Let’s look at what it says in Ezekiel 18:29-30. “But the house of Israel says, ‘The Lord’s way isn’t fair.’ ‘Is it my ways that are unfair, house of Israel? Instead, isn’t it your ways that are unfair? Therefore, house of Israel, I will judge each one of you according to his ways.’ This is the declaration of the Lord God. ‘Repent and turn from all your rebellious acts, so they will not become a sinful stumbling block to you.’”

    When you read the whole chapter so you have some context, you learn that there was a saying making the rounds in Israel that basically implied that when parents sinned, their children could suffer the consequences. This saying was especially popular with anyone who wanted to shift the blame for their own shortcomings onto someone else. God used Ezekiel to set the people straight. Each of us are responsible for our own sin. But as is always the case where God is concerned, there’s hope. For anyone who would turn from their sin, there was forgiveness. From what information is given to us in this week’s book, Marc O’Leary hasn’t done that. 

    License plate readers and the data they collect were crucial to solving multiple rapes and finding information that eventually led to proving that Marie had not lied about her rape. Check with your local police to see if your community uses them and if not, find out what you can do to help make it happen. If your neighborhood has a Homeowners Association, see if they would be willing to discuss adding them to the entrances to the neighborhood. Knowing who is around you, your kids, and the rest of your community helps keep us all a bit safer. 

    If you liked this episode, be sure to check out some earlier ones. I’ve had so many amazing guests who gave me fantastic information you won’t want to miss. You can also help someone else begin their journey as a different kind of PI - a person of impact, when you share the episode, and when you subscribe, give me a five-star rating and a nice review. 

     

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    Enter the Christmas in July book giveaway here

    • 23 min
    Season 3, Episode 29: You Are Not Alone

    Season 3, Episode 29: You Are Not Alone

    According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, every 68 seconds another American is sexually assaulted. That’s nearly one every minute. Nearly 60 every hour. More than 1,270 new victims Every. Single. Day. I’d say somebody needs to do something about it, and there’s no reason it can’t be you and me. 

    Our book this week is You Are Not Alone by Jyssica Schwartz, a compilation of true stories of abuse, sexual assault, and harassment.

    God’s Word is so clear about helping those in need and in vulnerable situations.

    So this week our practical action step is to find an organization near you that helps victims of sexual assault. Maybe that’s a rape crisis center, or a group on a local college campus. Maybe a local church has an outreach or support group for survivors of sexual assault. Does your local law enforcement have a squad dedicated to sex crimes? Pick one of these groups and just thank them. Send them a card, or flowers, or gift cards at your favorite coffee shop. Let them know how much you appreciate what they do. You might even find yourself wanting to volunteer with them. 

    If you liked this episode, be sure to check out some earlier ones. I’ve had so many amazing guests who gave me fantastic information you won’t want to miss. You can also help someone else begin their journey as a different kind of PI - a person of impact, when you share the episode, and when you subscribe, give me a five-star rating and a nice review. 

     

    Don’t forget to access the Expand Your Impact Summit here.

    Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website 

    Visit my website for more great content and ways to support the work of The Unlovely Truth

    • 13 min
    Season 3, Episode 28: Not MY Son

    Season 3, Episode 28: Not MY Son

    If you’re a parent, I’ll bet at one time or another you’ve worried about what your child will be like as an adult. We hope that they will be kind, generous, happy, and so much more. One thing you definitely DON’T want is for them to become a criminal. Let’s talk about one mom whose son became a serial rapist, and in her increasingly crazy attempts to keep him out of trouble, she became a criminal herself. 

    As terrible as all of Fred’s criminal behavior was, today I’m coming after Ruth for enabling him. There’s so much more to their twisted relationship than I had time to share today, but to give false testimony is beyond the pale. 

    The Pharisees and the scribes criticized Jesus for having followers who didn’t strictly adhere to Jewish customs, especially on the point of what types of things defiled a person. Jesus called them out for the hypocrites that they were and explained that what truly defiles us is what comes out of our mouths. In the 15th chapter of Matthew, verses 19 and 20, Jesus says. “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

    False witness. That’s exactly what Ruth Coe was. She knew she was lying, and she did it anyway for her own selfish reasons. No one ever seemed to tell Fred Coe “no,” least of all his mother. 

     

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    • 24 min
    Season 3, Episode 27: Finding Justice for Cold Case Murder Victim Jack Robinson

    Season 3, Episode 27: Finding Justice for Cold Case Murder Victim Jack Robinson

    Do you ever feel like true crime stories border on or even totally cross over into exploitation? It’s a fine line sometimes, and I try to always focus my telling of these stories as service. I want everyone listening to learn things they didn’t know so they can be safer, they can keep their loved ones safer, and they can then pay it forward by serving others to help survivors heal with justice and keep our communities safer.

    Today I want to share with you a case that’s been cold for over 25 years now. Jack Robinson was murdered in broad daylight on August 17th, 1996, in Columbia, South Carolina. I’m truly privileged to be joined today by Jack’s only child, Tammy Downs. Let’s see if we can get someone to come forward with information about Jack’s death to help Tammy see some justice for her dad.

    I know I’ve spoken about this verse before, but it is so relevant to today’s case that I want to go over it again. It’s Leviticus 5:1, and I like the way The Message translation phrases it: 

    “If you sin by not stepping up and offering yourself as a witness to something you’ve heard or seen in cases of wrongdoing, you’ll be held responsible."

    That’s clear and to the point. If we know something, we are supposed to tell it to people in authority. If you’re scared, there are anonymous tip lines. Or send me a message and I’ll pass your information on. But the absolute best thing to do is to go to the police in person so they can ask you some follow up questions. You may know important information you didn’t realize was important! 

    So for those of us who don’t know anything - about unsolved crimes that is - our practical action step today is super easy. Just share this episode with your friends and encourage them to do the same. The more people who hear this, the greater chance we will reach someone who holds the key to solve Jack’s murder and give him and Tammy some measure of justice.

    If you liked this episode, be sure to check out some earlier ones. I’ve had so many amazing guests who gave me fantastic information you won’t want to miss. You can also help someone else begin their journey as a different kind of PI - a person of impact, when you share the episode, and when you subscribe, give me a five-star rating and a nice review. 

    If you have any information on the murder of Jack Robinson, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC (274-6372), or

    Lt. Kevin Eisenhower at 1-803-576-3073. Tell them you have information on RSCD Case # 018-796-3023

     

    Justice for Jack L. Robinson Facebook page

    WACH news article

    Article from unresolved.me

    Google maps location for boat ramp

    Project Cold Case spotlight

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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
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46 Ratings

Anya Lucyna ,

Great podcast!!

Can’t wait to get caught up on the backlog, so happy I happened across!! Definitely different than other true crime pods in the best possible way.

Mrs2003 ,

Crime Junkies and Personal Impact

What a great concept! I love a good crime story because it gives you a chance to learn something, make a difference, understand someone else’s point of you, or be encouraged by their recovery and redemption. So grateful that Lori weaves great stories and ways that we can make a difference together in the lives of those who have been touched by trauma.

Michelle Nietert
Professional Counselor

Lori Wildenberg ,

Crime and Faith

Such a great concept! Lori has such a unique approach to the topic of crime. As a PI ( private investigator)and as a PI ( person of influence) she weaves a faith perspective into her shows. She is an excellent host and has interesting guests on her program. Well done! Professional - and personal.

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