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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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    • True Crime
    • 4.3, 1.3K Ratings

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….

    #149 The Tale of Matthew Shepard [Vacation Series]

    #149 The Tale of Matthew Shepard [Vacation Series]

    On October 6, 1998, 21 year old University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard encountered 2 men, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, on a night out of drinking beers and shooting pool. The two men soon realized Matthew was gay and came up with a plan to attack, rob, and rob his house. They ended up leaving Matthew tied to a fence on a desolate road where he wasn’t discovered until 18 hours later, barely alive. He was transported to the hospital and would remain in a coma for 6 days until his battered body gave up. While the men who murdered Matthew insisted the crime was motivated by the intentions to rob him and burglarize his house, however, many more people felt as though it was motivated by homophobia. While Matthew was not the only gay person to be attacked and/or killed in the United States, his story resonated with people all over the world and to this day remains one of the most heartbreaking cases that cast a spotlight on small the anti-gay sentiment at the time in small town America





    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/1999/13/matthew-shepard-199903



    https://www.matthewshepard.org/

    • 1 hr 29 min
    [Bonus] The Vallow/Daybell Body Count

    [Bonus] The Vallow/Daybell Body Count

    We are going over the timeline in the search for missing children Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow, the role their mother had in their disappearance, her sudden obsession with the end of the world and preparing for doomsday.

    • 48 min
    [Bonus] Justice for Donald ‘DJ’ Fickey, Jr

    [Bonus] Justice for Donald ‘DJ’ Fickey, Jr

    On October 3, 2016, father of 3 Donald ‘DJ’ Fickey, Jr. was killed by a shotgun blast to the left side of his face in Flintstone, Georgia. A number of conflicting stories emerged from the onset from the various witnesses at the scene, but one thing was certain among all of them - DJ did not shoot himself. Yet, the assistant medical examiner with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) ruled his death a suicide, when clearly all of the evidence pointed to this being anything but a self-inflicted gunshot wound. So, as it stands, DJ’s case is considered closed and is no longer being investigated. DJ’s sister, Amanda Shirley has been working tirelessly to get anyone and everyone to understand - DJ’s death is a homicide and a killer is walking free. See all the links below if you would like to help - sign the petition, share, and/or donate to the costs of getting DJs case re-opened and investigated.



    https://justicefordj.com/



    https://www.gofundme.com/f/wwqw3-justice-for-dj





    https://www.change.org/p/help-support-justice-for-dj-and-demand-this-case-be-brought-in-front-of-a-grand-jury/u/22814017?recruiter=328583737&utm_source=share_update&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_twitter_responsive



    https://www.facebook.com/groups/111926779427988/



    https://twitter.com/justicefordj88?lang=en

    • 1 hr 35 min
    #148 The Tale of Lawrence King

    #148 The Tale of Lawrence King

    On February 12, 2008, 15 year old Lawrence King was seated in his computer lab in class working on an English paper when 14 year old Brandon McIreney pulled a gun from his back pack and shot Lawrence twice in the back of the head. Lawrence died 2 days later. The tension between the boys had been growing the the days and weeks leading up to the shooting, as Lawrence had been subjected to incessant bullying and taunting from not only Brandon, but several of the boys in his class. In his attempt to turn things around on his tormentors, Lawrence began teasing and taunting Brandon back, which enraged Brandon. The school seemingly did very little as the problems between the boys continued to escalate.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    #147 The Tale of the Sins of the Father

    #147 The Tale of the Sins of the Father

    On March 3, 1993, an intruder broke into the home of Millie Horn and murder her, her severely disabled 8 year old son, Trevor, and his nurse. Before long, investigators began to uncover a plot hatched by Millie’s ex-husband, former Motown producer and sound engineer, Lawrence Horn, Trevor’s father, to eliminate them so he could become the sole beneficiary of Trevor’s $1.7 million settlement for a malpractice lawsuit that caused his disabilities - quadriplegia, cerebral palsy, and brain damage. Listen to hear the details of how a hitman learned to to become a professional from a book entitled “Hitman: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors” in order to carry out the killings.





    https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/library/montgom/hitmen/horn.htm

     

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1996/04/08/case-against-murder-for-hire-suspect-to-unfold-today/d6e3521d-8bbc-436f-9b94-49d56da8618d/

     

    https://www.courts.state.md.us/data/opinions/coa/1996/119a95.pdf

     

    https://blackthen.com/motown-engineering-innovator-lawrence-horns-murder-plot/

     

    https://murderpedia.org/male.H/h/horn-lawrence.htm

     

    Hitman A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors Paladin Press : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

    • 1 hr 48 min
    #146 The Tale of the Brink of Insanity [Part 2]

    #146 The Tale of the Brink of Insanity [Part 2]

    This is a the second part of a two part series. Please listen to episode 145 first then come back to this. On May 27, 2011, 26 year old nursing student Michelle Le abandoned her training post at Kaiser Permanente in the East Bay Area of San Francisco, took the footbridge to the parking garage and seemingly vanished into thin air. What the investigation would lead to involved a years long feud with Michelle’s best friend from high school, Giselle Esteban. What happened to Michelle Le, and who betrayed who in what Giselle believed to be a love triangle?



    https://murderpedia.org/female.E/e/esteban-giselle.htm



    https://archive.org/details/MSNBCW_20200120_070000_Dateline

    • 1 hr 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Willy0612 ,

Excellent podcast - great for passing time on long drives

Love this podcast! Always intrigued by the stories you choose and how you weave the story together. Great work!

JustKell ,

Boggled that this is 4.5 Stars

The host sounds like a 12 year old dictating to her diary. Question after question after question in her childish sing songy voice. Yo do some research and answer your own questions before you hit record sweetheart. So annoying! I lasted about 10 minutes before I wanted to kill myself.

Gninnal ,

SPEAK UP!!

Good stories and very detailed buuuuuut you have to turn the volume all the way up. A lot of useless facts and opinions but an ok podcast.

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