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Killafornia Dreaming: True Crime Tales from the Golden State is a podcast that delves into the darker side of California. There are so many people, places and things to love about this beautiful state. But just like any other picturesque locale, not everything is postcard perfect. This is a show that brings you stories from the not-so-golden state. The tales are endless as you begin this journey with me while I take you on a detour into the noir…and I promise this experience will forever change the way you think about California and California Dreams….

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Killafornia Dreaming: True Crime Tales from the Golden State is a podcast that delves into the darker side of California. There are so many people, places and things to love about this beautiful state. But just like any other picturesque locale, not everything is postcard perfect. This is a show that brings you stories from the not-so-golden state. The tales are endless as you begin this journey with me while I take you on a detour into the noir…and I promise this experience will forever change the way you think about California and California Dreams….

    [Addendum] #132 The Tale of the Marine in the Lake

    [Addendum] #132 The Tale of the Marine in the Lake

    This is the follow up to Episode 132, The Tale of the Marine in the Lake.  We clear a few things up, answer some of the questions we had about Ron Parkhurst's murder, and I'll tell you a little about my meeting with Keith Sharon.  He wrote the article on Ron in the OC Register in November and is also the host of Crime Beat.  You'll find links to everything below.



    Introduction Promo Courtesy of The Crime Beat Podcast hosted by Keith Sharon



    https://www.ocregister.com/2019/11/17/cold-case-sister-wants-answers-in-1997-murder-of-oc-based-marine/



    https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/dy5unw/following_a_week_of_gambling_in_las_vegas_marine/



    https://lasvegassun.com/news/1997/jul/03/few-clues-left-in-death-of-awol-marine-recruiter/



    https://www.ocregister.com/crime-beat-podcast/

    • 24 min
    #132 The Tale of the Marine in Lake Mead

    #132 The Tale of the Marine in Lake Mead

    On Sunday June 15th, 1997, Staff Sergeant Ron Parkhurst inexplicably abandoned his job as a recruiter at his office in Huntington Beach and drove to Las Vegas, Nevada. Six days later, he was found dead, floating in Lake Mead with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. To this day, his murder is unsolved. In this episode, we explore Ron’s possible state of mind when he decided to leave California, what in his background may have led to him seemingly abruptly walk out on his life, what happened in the days leading up to his death, and how he ended up dead in Lake Mead. I have had a chance to speak to Orange County Register Journalist Keith Sharon who has written just about the only article out there on this case, and will be talking to him further about it. Please check the links below to read his article from November of 2019.





    Introduction Promo Courtesy of The Crime Beat Podcast hosted by Keith Sharon



    https://www.ocregister.com/2019/11/17/cold-case-sister-wants-answers-in-1997-murder-of-oc-based-marine/



    https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/dy5unw/following_a_week_of_gambling_in_las_vegas_marine/



    https://lasvegassun.com/news/1997/jul/03/few-clues-left-in-death-of-awol-marine-recruiter/

    • 1 hr 20 min
    #131 The Tale of the Women Who Loved Michael Dally

    #131 The Tale of the Women Who Loved Michael Dally

    On Monday May 6th, 1996, wife and mother Sherri Dally dropped her two children off at school, stopped at Target to do some shopping before heading home where she operated a daycare. She never made it home. Her van was found in the Target parking lot, abandoned, her keys in the ignition, purchases and handbag on the seat, but no sign of Sherri. Witnesses later came forward to say they saw Sherri being arrested by a blonde police officer wearing a tan pants suit. But records indicated no arrest was made that day by any local law enforcement agency. Who arrested Sherri and more importantly, where was she taken?







    Voicemail Courtesy of Kian in Cleveland, Ohio



    Promo Courtesy of The Crime Beat Podcast hosted by Keith Sharon





    https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1998-mar-19-me-30460-story.html



    https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1997-aug-29-me-27118-story.html



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZegqTBJPqVc

    • 1 hr 33 min
    #130 The Tale of the California Highway Predator

    #130 The Tale of the California Highway Predator

    Two days after Christmas in 1986, 20 year old Cara Evelyn Knott was driving to her home where she lived with her parents in El Cajon, California after spending time with her boyfriend who was sick that day in Escondido. When she didn’t arrive home in at the time she expected, her father, Sam was sure something was wrong. He drove all night looking for any sign of Cara or her car. It wasn’t until the following day that her VW bug was spotted abandoned on a dead end, desolate exit ramp under a bridge. Shortly thereafter, he lifeless body was also discovered. She had been bludgeoned, strangled, and thrown off the bridge. After a 3 week investigation, authorities arrested Craig Peyer. What made this case even more heartbreaking - Peyer was a 13 year veteran CHP officer - someone who should be trusted to protect and serve.







    Voicemail Courtesy of Paul Csomo host of VARMINTS!!



    Promo Courtesy of Three Men and a Mystery Podcast









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-FouZRJ89A



    https://www.sandiegomagazine.com/san-diego-magazine/february-2004/the-killer-cop/index.php?cparticle=2&siarticle=1&requiressl=true



    https://caselaw.findlaw.com/ca-court-of-appeal/1771858.html

    • 1 hr 14 min
    #129 The Tale of California’s Longest Serving Inmate

    #129 The Tale of California’s Longest Serving Inmate

    On March 21, 1962, an intruder crept into the home of 15 year old Marlene Miller with the intentions of sexually assaulting her, as she was home alone that night. Marlene bravely fought her attacker, causing him to abandon his original plan, at which point, he stabbed her through the chest with her own sewing shears and dumped her body in the irrigation canal behind her family’s home. A suspect, whose car had been spotted near Marlene’s home at the time of the murder, was arrested the next day. His name is Booker T. Hillery. And after nearly 6 decades of fighting his case, he continues to remain an inmate with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, making him the longest serving inmate in California. He went from death row, to life in prison without parole, to having his conviction reversed, to being tried a second time a quarter century later…take a listen to this incredible story.



    Voicemail Courtesy of Juliet in Temecula



    Promo Courtesy of The Invisible Choir Podcast



    https://scocal.stanford.edu/opinion/people-v-hillery-24397



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVxpynOWqEc



    https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1987-02-28-mn-6520-story.html

    • 1 hr 14 min
    #128 The Tale of the Other Side of the Fence [Part 2]

    #128 The Tale of the Other Side of the Fence [Part 2]

    This is the second part of a 2 part episode. Please listen to Episode 127 first. On June 7th, 2007, Chris and Christi Hall were up early rinsing off in their backyard spa, as their bathrooms were under renovation, when suddenly Chris began shouting for help from his daughter, who was asleep inside. Christi had apparently fallen, hit her head on the side of the concrete spa and fallen in the water. Paramedics were called, but there was nothing that could be done…Christi Hall was dead of an apparent accidental drowning. But what Chris Hall didn’t realize was there was someone on the other side of their backyard wall that was catching glimpses of what was going on, and to her it was definitely not a simple slip and fall.



    Promo Courtesy of Deadly Misadventures



     

    https://www.leagle.com/decision/incaco20131015049



    https://archive.org/details/MSNBCW_20180430_030000_Dateline_Extra

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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Enjoy the seedier side of California

As a long time resident of California I was surprised to see all the episodes on this podcast. I am enjoying binging and learning. I appreciate the hosts perspective and her research. The delivery of information in her calming voice is well done.

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I can see why this podcast has lasted so long with over 100 episodes. The host has a casual delivery while still delivering the facts. She’s not afraid to add her own opinion, which is a breath of fresh air these days.

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