9 episodes

Mom didn’t kill herself. It was murder. That’s what Billie Jean Letterman's daughter is out to prove. Join attorney Stephanie Harris and writer Karen Tricot Steward as they search for answers in the suspicious death of a young mother near Texarkana, Arkansas.
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Thank you to Jason Files, Danny Koteras, and Brett Ihler for voicing the police transcripts. Thank you also to The Nest - Little Rock and Opera Sauce for being program sponsors.
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    • 4.5 • 209 Ratings

Mom didn’t kill herself. It was murder. That’s what Billie Jean Letterman's daughter is out to prove. Join attorney Stephanie Harris and writer Karen Tricot Steward as they search for answers in the suspicious death of a young mother near Texarkana, Arkansas.
Burden is a production of Power of Pod, a podcast production + marketing company that helps clients use the power of podcasting to better our world and build their brand.
Thank you to Jason Files, Danny Koteras, and Brett Ihler for voicing the police transcripts. Thank you also to The Nest - Little Rock and Opera Sauce for being program sponsors.
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    What Happened To Billie Jean?

    What Happened To Billie Jean?

    Billie Jean Letterman died of a gunshot wound to the head at her home in Texarkana, Arkansas in 1991. Her husband Michael said she shot herself.
    When paramedics arrive at the scene, Michael is behaving suspiciously. At the hospital, medical staff also notice some concerning behavior. 
    Police interview Michael to try to understand what happened but are quick to appease him when he becomes nervous and can’t get his story straight.
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    • 26 min
    Mom Didn’t Kill Herself

    Mom Didn’t Kill Herself

    Billie Jean Letterman’s daughter Ashly was in the house the night her mother was shot in the head. Ashly is Michael Letterman's step daughter. She was only six years old when her mom died. What she saw that night has been haunting her ever since. 
    Ashly’s father Topper Letterman, who is also Michael Letterman’s older brother, talks about his relationship with Michael and what he thinks happened the night Billie Jean was shot.
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    • 25 min
    The Investigation - Part 1

    The Investigation - Part 1

    Police officers report what they saw at the scene the night Billie Jean was shot. Lead investigator Sgt. Don Nix talks about the case many years later and says he believes it was a homicide. He has trouble remembering some of the details, though, and contradicts himself numerous times.
    Ashly speaks publicly about her mom’s case and is told what she is saying only proves that Michael is telling the truth.
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    • 24 min
    The Investigation - Part 2

    The Investigation - Part 2

    Michael’s first wife tells police about the horrible things Michael did to her when they were married. Hospital records reveal the final moments of Billie’s life. The crime lab sends its findings to lead investigator Sgt. Don Nix. And, five years after she died, the investigation into Billie’s death is reopened.
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    • 30 min
    The Lettermans

    The Lettermans

    On this episode, stories of growing up in the Letterman household. We also hear from Billie's family and friends about times they were afraid of Michael Letterman and efforts to call police.
    Ashly’s cousin David Wayne comes forward to say he has information about the night Billie Jean died that he’s never revealed.
    And, a reflection on the violent past of a man elected prosecuting attorney in Miller County around the time that Billie died, Brent Haltom. He went on to be elected as a judge.
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    • 47 min
    He Was A Monster

    He Was A Monster

    After Billie Jean died, Michael Letterman married for a third time to a young woman named Ginna. This is Ginna’s story about her 15-year marriage to Michael, the man she calls a monster. We hear how she eventually got away from him and the lingering questions she has about the death of his second wife. 


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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
209 Ratings

209 Ratings

Goude334 ,

Well told

Such a well told investigative piece.

hazelbnr ,

Straightforward 👍

True Crime well done. Not salacious, respectful to the family and Billie. Kept my interest. Well narrated and reported. TY!

Ljdeshayes ,

1 star for “reporting”, 2 stars for publicizing the case

Not what I would call reporting.
- admitted to using evidence found by sister.
? what evidence beyond the interview with the new ME did you discover?
? did you try to interview the sister, your suspect?
- wrought with facetiousness, speculation, and plain old non-journalism.
example: recording questions & comments as asides to the ME interview. why not ask them?
example: no data presented on suicides vs homicides in DV cases
example: repeated judgement of the police investigation - but not well delivered with any new evidence found.

Well done for finding a case to publicize. Shame for calling this a piece of journalism. Suggest engaging more experienced investigators & journalists to do justice for the family, which seemed the focus of the content.

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