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What does a crime scene say about the criminal? Judge Brandon Birmingham explains the steps investigators take as they try to determine a suspect, motive, and means when a murder is committed. Each part adds up to a picture...a murderous design.

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What does a crime scene say about the criminal? Judge Brandon Birmingham explains the steps investigators take as they try to determine a suspect, motive, and means when a murder is committed. Each part adds up to a picture...a murderous design.

    The Trinity River Massacre, Part 2

    The Trinity River Massacre, Part 2

    Rene Guzman and Leonardo Lopez are on trial for the murders of three sheriff's deputies in 1971, and the death penalty is on the table. What were the arguments for and against capital punishment? What monumental flaw did the District Attorney make that led to a review of the case? And what was the shocking turn of events two decades later?

    Thank you for listening to Season 1 of "A Murderous Design"! Let us know what you think by leaving a rating and a review, and by sharing this podcast with others that you think might like it. Also, let us know what cases you might like to see covered in Season 2! You can reach Judge Brandon Birmingham on social media @judgebirmingham

    • 26 min
    The Trinity River Massacre, Part 1

    The Trinity River Massacre, Part 1

    In February of 1971, deputies from Dallas and Ellis Counties converged on a house in West Dallas to serve what should have been a simple arrest warrant for the burglary of a home. What ensued was a night of terror and one of the biggest manhunts in recent history in North Texas. What happens when five lawmen are met by two criminals with nothing to lose?

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    • 25 min
    Bonus Interview: Former Dallas County Prosecutor Toby Shook

    Bonus Interview: Former Dallas County Prosecutor Toby Shook

    What did it take to get Dallas serial killer Charles Albright behind bars? Former prosecutor Toby Shook sits down to detail his work on the case. What is it like preparing for a murder trial? How did they track down witnesses that would rather not be found? And in the age before digital records, what did investigators have to do in order to poke holes in Albright's alibis?

    Follow Toby Shook on Twitter: @toby_shook

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    • 47 min
    Bonus Interview: "Texas Monthly" journalist Skip Hollandsworth

    Bonus Interview: "Texas Monthly" journalist Skip Hollandsworth

    After the hair, the fibers, the alibis, and the witnesses, one big question still hung over the trial of Charles Albright: why did he cut out their eyes? That would remain unanswered until a year and a half later, when journalist Skip Hollandsworth published his article titled "See No Evil" for the magazine "Texas Monthly." How did he gain such access to Albright? When did an obsession with eyes start to show up? What was in the cryptic letter that Skip received when the article was published? He's here to shine some light on the curious behaviors of Charles Albright.

    Read Skip Hollandsworth's article: https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/see-no-evil-3/

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    • 34 min
    Enucleated: The Trial of Dallas Serial Killer Charles Albright, Part 3

    Enucleated: The Trial of Dallas Serial Killer Charles Albright, Part 3

    The trial of Charles Albright is underway. Is the hair and fiber evidence enough to seal the deal, or is the prosecution's case hanging by a thread? Hear how prosecutors dealt with Albright's alibi, the murder that had to be thrown out, and the defense witness that provided some of the strongest evidence pointing toward a conviction. Finally, the murderous design of Charles Albright will be revealed.

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    • 40 min
    Enucleated: The Trial of Dallas Serial Killer Charles Albright, Part 2

    Enucleated: The Trial of Dallas Serial Killer Charles Albright, Part 2

    Was Dallas in the grips of a serial killer in the early 1990's? Could police have caught him sooner if they had paid closer attention to those in the margins? Hear how testimony from Dallas street walkers combined with trace evidence led authorities to the man who has become known for his peculiar calling card - a pair of empty eye sockets.

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Crt1975 ,

I’m Hooked on A Murderous Design!

I listen to many true crime podcasts and l welcome the different viewpoint here. Skip Hollandsworth and Texas Monthly drew me here. But I can’t wait for Judge Birmingham to release season 2! You asked for ideas and suggestions; well I live in a small Texas town in Johnson County. There’s a particular cold case from the 1970’s in our little town I wish we could solve and prosecute. Someone knows something!

Wrigley8126 ,

Excellent True Crime Poscast

I listen to a lot of true crime podcasts and this one gets two thumbs up. Great detail on local and national cases. Judge Birmingham breaks down the cases into easy to follow stories. It’s a must listen!

Lgo987 ,

Unique Perspective - Engaging!

Judge Birmingham tells familiar crime stories from a unique perspective. If you want to learn about how the Criminal Justice System works regarding violent crimes, this is the podcast for you. Very interesting and educational.

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