24 episodes

A winner of three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. El Paso, Texas is one of America’s safest cities. But it’s not immune to crime. This podcast by ABC-7 anchor Stephanie Valle dives deep into stories that grip the Borderland community with details that rarely make the news - but deserve to be heard.

Borderland Crimes Borderland Crimes, from KVIA-TV, ABC-7

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    • 4.9 • 347 Ratings

A winner of three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. El Paso, Texas is one of America’s safest cities. But it’s not immune to crime. This podcast by ABC-7 anchor Stephanie Valle dives deep into stories that grip the Borderland community with details that rarely make the news - but deserve to be heard.

    Who Killed Kimberly? Daughter Seeks Answers

    Who Killed Kimberly? Daughter Seeks Answers

    Kimberly Esparza was walking home with her husband after watching a football game at a bar Sunday night when she was hit by a car and killed. The driver left the scene, and Esparza, a 32-year-old mother of two, died on the street.
    More than 12 years after her death, Esparza's oldest daughter is trying to get to the bottom of what happened. She not only wants the driver to come forward, but she also questions the police report that her mother lay down on the road before she was hit. The daughter claims there is evidence casting doubt on the narrative given by the sole witness to the deadly hit-and-run.
    This is still an open investigation. If you have information on the hit-and-run that killed Kimberly Esparza on Nov. 7, 2011, call Crime Stoppers at (915) 566-8477.
    If you are in an abusive relationship, call the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence at (915) 593-7300.
    The YWCA also offers the Transitional Living Center for women in need of emergency shelter. They can be reached at (915) 519-0000. 

    • 34 min
    Keeping a Killer Incarcerated

    Keeping a Killer Incarcerated

    Jennifer Ann Crecente, 18, was a high school senior and preparing to graduate with honors. On Feb. 15, 2006, she was shot to death by a former boyfriend. Friends and family knew he was controlling, manipulative and later, learned about how he was verbally abusive.
    Despite having a felony criminal history and evidence showing he planned the shooting, Justin Crabbe was granted a plea deal of 35 years behind bars. His first parole hearing was in Aug. 2023.
    Jennifer's family, including her grandmother in El Paso, now works to prevent more dating violence among teens, as well as fights to keep the killer behind bars for his full sentence.
    February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
    Learn the warning signs and help spread awareness among teens by visiting Jennifer Ann's Group: jenniferann.org
    If you or someone you know needs help, call or text the El Paso Center Against Sexual & Family Violence at (915) 593-7300. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is (800) 799-7233. 
     

    • 24 min
    "I want my mother's story known:" The murder of Mary Corral

    "I want my mother's story known:" The murder of Mary Corral

    El Pasoan Maria Luisa Corral was found dead on April 29, 2005.


    The 20-year-old had been beaten and strangled; her lifeless body was shoved inside a bedroom closet of the Lower Valley home belonging to the mother of Corral's boyfriend, 19-year-old Richard Flores. 


    Flores had thrown himself a birthday party at the house the night before, and was nowhere to be found. 


    With a history of violence between the couple, El Paso police suspected Flores killed Corral. 


    He ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison.


    This is a tragic case of dating violence. The couple had been together off-and-on for four years. They had three children, all under the age of three at the time of the murder, who were suddenly without parents.


    Nearly 20 years since Corral's murder, one of their daughters, now 21, opens up about her mom, and why she wants people to know what happened.


    If you or someone you know needs help, call or text the El Paso Center Against Sexual & Family Violence at (915) 593-7300. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is (800) 799-7233. 

    • 27 min
    The Final Punishment: An eyewitness account of a killer’s execution

    The Final Punishment: An eyewitness account of a killer’s execution

    ABC-7 anchor and Borderland Crimes podcast producer Stephanie Valle served as a media witness to an execution in Huntsville, TX.
    On Dec. 4, 2001, the man behind a chilling crime that stunned the El Paso community was arrested. David Renteria was charged with capital murder in the death of Alexandra Flores, 5, who had gone missing more than two weeks earlier from the Lower Valley Walmart.
    Renteria was ultimately convicted and sentenced to death. That sentence was carried out on Nov. 16, 2023.
    The only English-language broadcast journalist from El Paso to be in the prison chronicled the lead-up to the lethal injection and the aftermath.
    This is an update to Borderland Crimes Podcast 11: Lured from the Toy Aisle - The Kidnapping and Murder of Alexandra Flores.

    • 31 min
    The Wait for Justice Ends

    The Wait for Justice Ends

    At long last, there is a conclusion in the case centered around a deadly shooting outside an east El Paso bar in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2017. The suspected shooter, Moises Galvan, was arrested at the scene. Galvan was accused of murdering RJ Franco, 22, and gravely wounding Franco's friend, David Ortega.

    Galvan claimed the shooting happened in self-defense.

    It took nearly 7 years, two trials -- one of those, a mistrial -- a trial judge recusal, and several rotations of both defense and prosecuting attorneys for an El Paso jury to finally deliberate and deliver a verdict.

    This is an update to the Borderland Crimes podcast episode 12: "A Murder Investigation, a Mistrial, and Misconduct Allegations."

    • 26 min
    Abduction at an ATM: The Murder of Sophia Martinez

    Abduction at an ATM: The Murder of Sophia Martinez

    Sophia Martinez, 18, headed out to a blind date on Friday, March 10, 2000. But she never made it to the dance club in downtown El Paso. Sophia’s body was found in the desert just north of the city limits the following day; she had been shot numerous times. The only clue to what happened was a grainy ATM surveillance video showing someone shooting her while she pulled cash. The man in a black beanie then climbed into her car and forced her to drive off at gunpoint. The months that followed were a terrifying time for her family as well as the community, as the killer remained at large. Police managed to track down her killer when a witness could no longer keep the dark secret.

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
347 Ratings

347 Ratings

Wrldsfinest ,

Great job 🥇

Stephanie congrats on the 3rd Regional Murrow Award for Best Podcast. Keep up the amazing work and go for number 4.

Mar Benny ,

Episodes tend to drag

While I find the episodes very interesting as I live in the same town where most of the content matter originates, the manner and tone in which the narrator presents the episodes tends to drag. It seems that the information could be presented in fewer episodes with less breaks making it less boring for such dramatic content matter.

RicoJ! ,

Excellent series!

Love the level of detail and humanity. Each episode delves into the real impact of these crimes.

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