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Every week host Dan Zupansky will interview the true crime authors that have written about the most shocking killers of all time.

True Murder: The Most Shocking Killers Dan Zupansky -

    • True Crime
    • 3.9 • 2.3K Ratings

Every week host Dan Zupansky will interview the true crime authors that have written about the most shocking killers of all time.

    IF YOU CAN'T QUIT CRYIN', YOU CAN'T COME HERE NO MORE-Betty Frizzell

    IF YOU CAN'T QUIT CRYIN', YOU CAN'T COME HERE NO MORE-Betty Frizzell

    On May 12, 2013, 48-year-old Vicky Isaac of rural Puxico, Missouri―a woman with a history of learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and drug addiction― loaded a .22 caliber handgun and shot her violent addict husband while he slept in the trailer they shared with Vicky’s adult son. Or did she? According to police reports, Vicky called 911 and confessed to the crime.
    Was this another sad case of murder amongst addicts or something more?
    Betty Frizzell escaped her family’s legacy of crime, addiction, and abuse to become a respected law enforcement officer and teacher. Drawn back to the town and people of her past, Betty works to uncover the truth of murder and her family’s history of violence. Her investigation uncovers sad realities about mental illness, small-town politics, and a society that doesn’t care about “poor, white trash”.
    There are never easy answers when the odds are stacked against you and no amount of “elegies” will save your family. IF YOU CAN'T QUIT CRYIN', YOU CAN'T COME HERE NO MORE: A Family's Legacy of Poverty, Crime and Mental Illness in Rural America-Betty Frizzell

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Introducing: Over My Dead Body: Season 3-Fox Lake

    Introducing: Over My Dead Body: Season 3-Fox Lake

    A small town cop known as “GI Joe” is gunned down in a swamp in the summer of 2015 and quickly becomes a martyr in the national media. But when a dogged investigator and his team set out to get justice, they uncover unsettling secrets about Joe, the local police department, and the village of Fox Lake. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes the third season of Over My Dead Body: Fox Lake. Hosted by Matt Baglio.
    Listen to Over My Dead Body: wondery.fm/FL_TrueMurder

    • 6 min
    MYSTERY AT THE BLUE SEA COTTAGE-James Stewart

    MYSTERY AT THE BLUE SEA COTTAGE-James Stewart

    Set in Jazz Age San Diego against the backdrop of yellow journalism, notorious Hollywood scandals, Prohibition corruption and a lively culture war, Mystery At The Blue Sea Cottage tells the intriguing true crime story of a beautiful dancer, a playboy actor, and a debonair doctor.

    In January 1923, 20-year-old Fritzie Mann left home for a remote cottage by the sea to meet a man whose identity she had revealed to no one. The next morning, the barely clad body of the beautiful and bewitching dancer washed up on lonely Torrey Pines beach, her party dress and possessions strewn about on the sand.

    The scene baffled investigators. Was it suicide, murder, or an accidental drowning? A botched autopsy created more questions than it answered. However, the investigation revealed a scandalous secret and, possibly, a powerful motive for murder.

    After a suspect was arrested and charged with murder, an ambitious district attorney battled a high-profile L.A. private counsel in the most sensational trial in San Diego’s history that was followed avidly across the nation. The big question: What really happened at the Blue Sea Cottage? MYSTERY AT THE BLUE SEA COTTAGE: A True Story of Murder in San Diego's Jazz Age-James Stewart

    • 1 hr 17 min
    BRINGING DOWN CULLOTTA-David Bowman

    BRINGING DOWN CULLOTTA-David Bowman

    In October of 1977, David Bowman moved to Las Vegas as a 16 year old kid with his parents and older brother. Bowman chronicles his journey through the streets of Las Vegas for the next 3 years. Bringing Down Cullotta, Bowman tells us how he worked his way into the most elite criminal organization in Las Vegas. He recounts how he became the "point man" in the Las Vegas Organized Crime Strike Force's investigation of the Chicago Outfit and Tony Spilotro and his right-hand man Frank Cullotta, the leader of the Hole in the Wall Gang. BRINGING DOWN CULLOTTA: The. Story Casino Couldn't Tell You-David Bowman

    • 1 hr 33 min
    TED BUNDY: Examining The Unconfirmed Survivor Stories-Erin Banks

    TED BUNDY: Examining The Unconfirmed Survivor Stories-Erin Banks

    “Ted Bundy: Examining The Unconfirmed Survivor Stories,” is the first publication to collate the known and frequently discussed stories of those individuals who shared their encounters with Ted Bundy decades after the execution of the serial killer. It compares these reports with data compiled by investigators, psychologists and contemporaries of Ted Bundy, as found in police files, psychological assessments and relevant literature. Includes thorough investigations into the accounts of “Blondie” singer Debbie Harry, Rhonda Stapley, Sara A. Survivor, Sotria Kritsonis, as well as numerous other unconfirmed survivors. Features the self-debunked story of a woman who had previously believed to be a Ted Bundy survivor. Delves into the possible motivations of deliberate and indeliberate victim-players, as well as Dr. Elizabeth Loftus' discoveries of the malleability of human memory. Erin Banks, who was mentored by Ted Bundy expert Kevin M. Sullivan, previously contributed a chapter to the author's sixth book on the case, “The Enigma Of Ted Bundy: The Questions And Controversies Surrounding America's Most Infamous Serial Killer.” TED BUNDY: Examining The Unconfirmed Survivor Stories-Erin Banks

    • 1 hr 2 min
    INTRODUCING THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING

    INTRODUCING THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING

    What would you do if a singular moment changed your life forever? This is Actually Happening is a weekly podcast from Wondery that features extraordinary life-changing stories told by the people who lived them...
    wondery.fm/TIAH_TrueMurder

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

Danish6300 ,

Dan’s Great. Some Authors Not.

Been listening since the start, abs Dan is great and very prepared. His guests seem less so. The stories are mostly intriguing, but frankly, if Dan didn’t prompt some authors we wouldn’t get the whole story. The author of Terror Town said ‘just um’ so many times it was terribly distracting to the information he stated. Is a pre-interview done?

ddaylynn ,

Unlistenable

Subject matter would be compelling if not for the horrible audio-monotone sound-awkward pauses and authors who seem unused to verbally telling their story and Dan Z’s stumbling delivery-
Such a shame that it seems no research into broadcasting or interviewing was done
This could have been an awesome podcast
The subject matter is wasted!!!

Sr Julian ,

Inexcusable

Overall I give this podcast 4 stars. But to interview a murderer and sexual deviant so he can sell more books and his art, is inexcusable. How do you a single word he says is true?!? You were conned

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