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Podcast covering murder, mystery, and mayhem with a southern twist!

Bless this Mess: A Southern True Crime Podcast Cara and Stewart

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Podcast covering murder, mystery, and mayhem with a southern twist!

    66. The Disappearance of Crystal McDowell

    66. The Disappearance of Crystal McDowell

    Crystal McDowell was in the process of starting a new chapter in her life.  She was recently divorced and starting to date again.  She was excelling at her new career in real estate and was very happy with her two children.  Everything was going well, even her divorce seemed amicable.  But all this would come to an end when Crystal went missing the day before Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area.  With the area flooded and law enforcement stretched thin, the search for Crystal would have its challenges.  Join us while we discuss the disappearance of Crystal McDowell.
    Sources: 48 Hours, Baytown Sun
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    • 54 min
    65. The Murder of Nikia Gilbreath

    65. The Murder of Nikia Gilbreath

    In 1989, Joe and Nikia Gilbreath were just starting their lives together in Georgia.  They had one child and another on the way, living their dream life on a large piece of property in the country.  But August of that year would bring tragedy.  Nikia, 5 months pregnant, would go missing from their home leaving their toddler home alone. Immediately, the police were notified, there was no way Nikia would leave her daughter by herself.  Join us while we discuss the search for Nikia and her killer.
    Sources: WRCB TV, On the Case with Paula Zahn, Public Court Records
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    • 45 min
    64. The Murder of Stephanie Bennett

    64. The Murder of Stephanie Bennett

    In May of 2002, Stephanie Bennett was getting ready to move out of her Raleigh, North Carolina apartment to live with her long term boyfriend in Greenville, South Carolina.  She was ready for the move, a peeping tom that had been seen around her window was causing her sleepless nights.  One morning, Stephanie did not show up to work which caused her coworkers to immediately worry.  It would take years to find her killer and when they did, they would find he was hiding even more secrets.
    Sources:  Forensic Files, The News and Observer, The Sampson Independent
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    • 48 min
    63. Triple Murder in Tampa Bay

    63. Triple Murder in Tampa Bay

    In May of 1989, Joan and her two teenage daughters, Michelle and Christie, headed out on a road trip from Ohio to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  Staying one night in Tampa would turn into a fatal decision when their three bodies floated to the shore in Tampa Bay.  With not much to go off, police would have to find out who the women came in contact with on their 1000 plus mile journey from Ohio to Florida.  
    Sources:  Cold Case Files, On the Case with Paula Zahn, and The Baltimore Sun
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    • 55 min
    62. The Murder of Janet Siclari

    62. The Murder of Janet Siclari

    In August of 1993, 35 year-old Janet Siclari was vacationing in North Carolina with her brother and friends.  After having such a good time, they decided to stay just one more night.  This last night would prove fatal for Janet, her brother woke to find his sisters body surrounded by police on the beach in front of their hotel.  After years of no leads, the CODIS system would finally find Janets killer through DNA.
    Sources:  "Forensic Files: Surfside Homicide" and State of North Carolina vs. Berry
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    • 46 min
    61. Arkansas Triple Murders

    61. Arkansas Triple Murders

    In 1997, Dominique “Nicki” Hurd was starting school at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  She was smart, beautiful, and earned a scholarship as a cheerleader for the University.  All this would come to a crashing end when she was murdered in the fall of 1998.  Her murderer was captured and convicted but this would not be the end of the devastation he would cause.  
    Sources:  The Pine Bluff Commercial, KATV Channel 7, Kennth vs. Arkansas, Arkansas Democrat Gazette
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    • 46 min

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