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Join Sonya Paz and Marek Kasprzyk, your hosts of a new podcast: "Investigated".They will delve into some of the most interesting true crime cases starting off with the investigation and case of the notorious James Arthur Pearson, a man who killed his family... told by the friend of these victims, Sonya Paz.Sonya is an accomplished artist turned investigating researcher whose childhood friend was murdered, who has spent years investigating to bring closure to these victims.Marek is a licensed private investigator in California with expertise in criminal defense investigation and over 40 years under his belt of over 5,000 cases.The first story of this podcast will detail the relentless pursuit of justice that ultimately led to his apprehension. With real interviews of law enforcement that led the case, to the witnesses who helped authorities apprehend this perpetrator.Follow "Investigated" now for a front-row seat to learn the twists and turns of this unbelievable story.  Season one airing on February 15th. Be sure to follow us through Apple podcast or wherever you get your podcasts. 

Investigated - The Pearson Family Murders Sonya Paz

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Join Sonya Paz and Marek Kasprzyk, your hosts of a new podcast: "Investigated".They will delve into some of the most interesting true crime cases starting off with the investigation and case of the notorious James Arthur Pearson, a man who killed his family... told by the friend of these victims, Sonya Paz.Sonya is an accomplished artist turned investigating researcher whose childhood friend was murdered, who has spent years investigating to bring closure to these victims.Marek is a licensed private investigator in California with expertise in criminal defense investigation and over 40 years under his belt of over 5,000 cases.The first story of this podcast will detail the relentless pursuit of justice that ultimately led to his apprehension. With real interviews of law enforcement that led the case, to the witnesses who helped authorities apprehend this perpetrator.Follow "Investigated" now for a front-row seat to learn the twists and turns of this unbelievable story.  Season one airing on February 15th. Be sure to follow us through Apple podcast or wherever you get your podcasts. 

    S1 E9: Broken Golf Clubs & Broken Dreams

    S1 E9: Broken Golf Clubs & Broken Dreams

    Sonya had met and interviewed Retired Santa Clara Police Captain Wayne Britt who was on the front end of the case as it unfolded in March of 1969. Wayne along with Don Sessions, Harry Burns who worked tirelessly to investigate the case and start canvassing the area for clues. He was also present during the autopsy of the three Pearson women.

     We are grateful to have met Wayne who recollected so much detail the front end of this case and what they needed to do to be able to gather what they could to start piecing together the story of Pearson's whereabouts.

     Marek goes over the autopsies in detail so we can learn about the technicalities of the injuries and how autopsies back in the 1970's are different from how they are documented today.

     "There were broken golf clubs in the trash, we definitely know these were our victims, and Pearson was our suspect, so as a result of that, we did get a criminal warrant for Pearson's arrest for the homicide".

     Of interview with Retired Santa Clara Police Captain, Wayne Britt. 

    We are grateful for the fans and people who love our podcast, we give a "shoutout" to those who have commented on "InvestigatedPod"social media. If you would like a shoutout on the show, please comment on Instagram, TikTok and out other social media channels. We look forward to connecting with you! 

    We would absolutely love it if you would share our podcast on your social media to let others know about this incredible story. Let a friend know what podcast you're listening to and spread the word... we would be eternally grateful! 
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    S1 E8: James, Albert & George - The Families and the Aftermath

    S1 E8: James, Albert & George - The Families and the Aftermath

    This episode travels into the timeline where Pearson spent time in Cedar City, Utah from the early 70s and then makes his way to Biloxi Mississippi after abducting his 11 month old son.  We speak to family members that we're on the front lines of all of Pearson's lies and deceit and learn more about who he was acting as a "family man" and how he was living his life while still on the run as he was wanted for murder.

    Sonya was interviewed by another podcast this week "As I lLive and Grieve" that focuses on grief and how to deal with loss. This topic works well into this episode, because there is a lot of grieving and families that have been coming to terms with the details of this story.


    “Theresa and Jacqueline's trauma came from George Watson, Arlene and her children's trauma came from Arthur D . Fore and of course, Pauline, Paula and Maryanne,  were killed at the hands of their father and the trauma that came to their families at the hands of James Arthur Pearson. 

    Unfortunately David's trauma and grief has been a result from all three."
    Sources:
    Newspaper Article: Murder, Abandonment, Now Kidnapping. Written by staff writer Edith Dierhorst Back, The  Sun Herald - August 10, 1978
    Newspaper Article: FBI May Join Search For. Missing Child. Written by staff writer Edith Dierhorst Back, The  Sun Herald - September 10, 1978
    Exclusive reported interview with Ruesch family members Vickie and Donal and Sonya Paz.
    Exclusive reported interview with the Biloxi family member Theresa and Sonya Paz.

    I was also a guest speaker on Kathy Gleason's podcast "As I Live & Grieve" this week on April 2, 2024. Kathy is a lovely lady who hosts this podcast to help others with sharing stories of grief.  This topic is a compliment to today's Investigated episode 8, becasue how many of us are all dealing with the grief of the Pearson women.

    Be sure to check out "As I Live & Grieve" on Apple Itunes, Facebook and Instagram
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    S1 E7: Little Bones

    S1 E7: Little Bones

    We recap our interviews with former district attorney, George Kennedy, and retired Detective Sergeant Monty Macer and we will go over some highlights that we discussed in our previous episode. 
    We also have the honor give shout outs to the heroes in this story from the investigation that spanned almost 10 years to the prosecution. We answer listener questions regarding golf, country clubs, and Sonya will share information on a layout of the home in Santa Clara with a diagram.
    BONUS INTERVIEWS : 
    Listen to the recorded interviews with Sonya Paz and the man who found the Pearson ladies under the house, former termite inspector Jerry Sand. We also have an interview with Ryan, who will give us a lowdown on how termite inspectors work, what they find in their inspections and more science and facts behind this type of profession. 
    “There was a  big stack of black plastic in the front of the house  near the fireplace,  … it was quite an experience back then." said termite inspector Jerry Sand upon discovering the bodies under the house in Santa Clara.

    Sources:
    Pearson court case files  information recap.
    Exclusive Audio interview with former termite inspector Jerry Sand and Sonya Paz.
    Exclusive Audio Interview with termite inspector Ryan and Sonya Paz
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    • 52 min
    S1 E6: No Remorse

    S1 E6: No Remorse

    In episode 6 we are exploring what did Pearson say at the trial… We have an interview with Retired Santa Clara County District Attorney George Kennedy as he recalls many concerning and disturbing elements about this case.

    BONUS: Listen the recorded interview with Sonya Paz and Retired Detective Sergeant Monte Macer of his accounts of transporting Pearson back to California and concerns he had for many years regarding this case. More questions answered in this episode!
    “There was a big illogical piece in his narration, and then he fumbled and realized it… he then appear to just want to get the trial over with”… said District Attorney, George Kennedy about Pearson at the trial.
    Sources:
    Pearson court case files and court witness testimonies.
    Exclusive Audio interview with Retired DA George Kennedy and Sonya Paz.
    Exclusive Audio Interview with Retired Detective Sergeant Monte Macer and Sonya Paz
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    S1 E5: Excited Utterance

    S1 E5: Excited Utterance

     Moving into episode 5, Pearson has been extradited from Biloxi Mississippi to Santa Clara, California and we are exploring the detailed timeline for his preliminary trial. We will discuss the witnesses and the key players involved in this preliminary trial.

    Testimony from the main witnesses including the coroner, the family dentist, the FBI agent and neighbors that reveal the technical aspects of this case.
    The coroner testifies what he discovered on the date in March 1974 and the questioning from the defense attorney about the coroners autopsy report.

    What was special about this case that it went to trial so quickly?

     "FBI Agent O'Neil asks " Are you James Arthur Pearson. .... Pearson says "I don't know who that is".  O'neil responds: I'll be taking you down to the station to verify who you are from your fingerprints to clear this up"...

    Sources:
    Pearson court case files and court witness testimonies.
    Excerpt of actual interview with George Kennedy and Sonya Paz.
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    • 48 min
    S1 E4: Garden of Eden

    S1 E4: Garden of Eden

    We dive in deep to the series of events after Pearson was identified at a Mississippi post office and transported back to California for his trial. Through court documents we reveal details and learn from Pearson himself what happened that day in 1969 along with his aliases and families in Utah and Biloxi.

    This episode includes a summary of a 27 page letter he wrote to the court. We get a true glimpse into the delusional mind of this multi faceted murderer.

    "My Garden of Eden went away with my arrest... I loved my family... I pray I haven't hurt them too much" recounts Pearson.

    Sources:
    Reflections of a Man Who Killed His Family - Jan 29, 1979
    Maline Hazel, Staff Writer. San Jose Mercury News.
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    • 47 min

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