For the last 13 years, Melanie McGuire has been serving a life sentence for the murder and dismemberment of her husband, whose body was found in three suitcases in the Chesapeake Bay. The State’s case was based almost entirely on circumstantial evidence, and no forensic evidence was found at the alleged crime scene. Melanie proclaims her innocence to this day, but nearly out of options in the courts, she shares her version of events and appeal directly to the public for help. With Melanie’s full cooperation, two Criminologists (Dr. Meghan Sacks, and Dr. Amy Shlosberg) will examine the evidence, consult independent experts and explore over 50 hours of exclusive interviews with Melanie (from prison), her family, her friends, witnesses and experts on both sides of the trial looking to uncover the whole truth about this murder.
Women & Crime: Imette St. Guillen
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Imette, a Boston native who moved to NYC to study Criminal Justice at John Jay University. She was a beautiful, vibrant graduate student who went bar hopping with a friend on the …
17: This season’s final episode of Direct Appeal brings you audience tips and alternate theories. Also, Amy and Meghan will reveal their conclusions.
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The Best Friends
16: Direct Appeal is back after a brief hiatus to follow up on listener tips. We return with three interviews from those who knew Melanie best: a friend from her past, a friend from her present and a surprise interview with a key witness for the prosecution.
If you have any information regarding this case, you can still submit it by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leaving a voicemail at …
Melanie Q&A (part 2)
15: We ask Melanie the your Questions in the second round of Q&A.
Thank you for staying tuned during our mid-season break! We are busy following up on your leads and theories and will be sharing them soon.
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* Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg * Produced by James Varga* Written by Meghan Sacks* Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral …
14: Melanie is sentenced and transferred to prison. She begins the long process of appeals and holds out hope that her conviction will be overturned. Will the courts grant an appeal or will her life sentence stand?
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* Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg * Produced by James Varga* Written by Meghan Sacks* Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios…
Melanie Q&A (part 1)
13: Listen to Melanie’s answers to your questions in part 1 of our question & answer episodes.
If you have a question to ask and didn’t hear it in this episode, you have one more chance! Be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996
* Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg * Produced by James Varga* Written …
Customer ReviewsSee All
Lose this Sidekick
The primary host is smart and clear. Makes this “deep dive” fairly interesting. The second banana regularly makes inane and off point comments. She makes it difficult to listen to.
the podcast. The host is pretty diplomatic responding to and getting around the second bananas lame comments. I’d actually give it a 3.5 b/c of the 2nd banana and subject matter being not that enthralling.
Gave up after two episodes.
The lead host is excellent; her sidekick, not so much. She continuously slows down the narrative by having to have things explained that were made pretty clear just before that. It's as if she did none of the research and walked into the taping sessions without being briefed at all on the material to be covered. Just got to be too annoying to continue. Not sure why her presence is deemed necessary or even helpful; ruins an otherwise excellent podcast.This woman is a college professor? I hope she comes to class better prepared than this.
“You say Econo”
I know there’s nothing funny about this AT ALL but I just absolutely love these girls! 🤣Melanie most definitely got a raw deal all the way around! Great work!!(not by the defense) Continued prayers for change in our justice system and for Melanie & the many many others effected by it’s wrongs. I highly recommend this for a binge listen!! “You say Econo, I say Econo” ps... court tv is baaaacckkk! (Like the real deal actual Court TV)