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….
#161 The Tale of the Making of a Homegrown Terrorist
After struggling with the loss of both of his parents in the span of 4 years, the demise of his marriage, a debilitating motorcycle accident leaving him with severe spinal cord injuries, and the theft of his only source of income - his plumbing van and equipment, compounded with perceived harassment by the City of San Diego, the police department and the local hospital, 35 year old Shawn Nelson seemingly snapped one day in May of 1995. In the wake of the Oklahoma City Bombing on April 19th, 1995, Shawn decided he needed to do something big if he was ever going to be heard. Listen to what Shawn would do in order to get the attention of those he felt had wronged him…
#160 The Tale of a Mother’s Choice
In 2012, teenager George Hang lost his father to cancer. Three years later, his mother, Eva, would find out she was meeting the same fate. Diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2015, she made a drastic decision about her future, and the future of her son. PROMO: EVIDENCE OF A CRIME HOSTED BY FERN
#159 The Tale of Lies That Kill
Warning: This episode contains explicit language and content involving sexual assault, gun violence, and suicide and is not suitable for young listeners and may be triggering for some. Listener discretion is advised.
Today, we discuss the tragic murder of a young, rising star in Hollywood who starred in a number of popular television sitcoms. And in a story within a story, we will discuss the life experiences of a staff writer who had a chance encounter with someone close to the case.
#158 – The Tale of Brother vs. Brother (Vacation Series)
WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS DETAILS INVOLVING SEXUAL ASSAULT AND MAY BE DISTURBING FOR SOME LISTENERS. YOU WILL BE PROMPTED TO SKIP TWO SECTIONS OF THIS EPISODE IF YOU SO CHOOSE TO BYPASS THE MOST GRAPHIC DETAILS. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
In 2000 and 2001, a serial rapist was sneaking into women’s houses at night, gaining entry through their window. On his third attempt to get into a home to attack yet another woman, he was arrested as he tried to flee. Having injured himself in his attempts to get in her window, he cut himself, leaving blood on her windowsill. When the DNA was entered into the database, it came back as a match to DNA collected from the two previous rapes in the area, to a man named Darrin Fernandez. But there was a catch…Darrin has an identical twin brother named Damien. And they would end up pointing the finger at one another as the perpetrator of these crimes.
#157 The Tale of All That Glitters
WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE
On July 28, 2008, wife, mother, and co-founder of Goldfinger Coin and Bullion Pamela Fayed was stabbed to death on the 3rd level of a parking garage in Century City, California. When investigators found out she was in the midst of a contentious divorce, as well as facing a federal investigation into their online gold buying and selling business, they turned their attention to Pamela’s estranged husband, James Fayed. But when Pamela was murdered, James was captured on video elsewhere NOT murdering her. Listen to how the investigation eventually revealed a conspiracy to murder Pamela; a plan rooted in greed and control
#156 The Disappearance of Elijah ‘Running Bear’ Diaz
Elijah ‘Running Bear’ Diaz, a 20 year old member of The Barona Native American Tribe was suffering from severe health ailments related to type 1 diabetes when he went missing from his home in El Cajon, California on August 29th, 2015. While a few things seemed amiss at his home, nothing indicated he had been a victim of foul play. It was as if he vanished into thin air. His mother, Leilani, has searched tirelessly for her missing son ever since, though she has declared him deceased. What happened to Bear Diaz?
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My favorite podcast
I love Roseanne’s podcasts for the very reasons that some listeners have criticized them. I find her digressions into related and even unrelated topics very interesting; they lend a feeling of intimacy to the stories. And I appreciate that she shares her own thoughts about the story as she relates it. Again, this gives a feeling of intimacy and thoughtfulness to them.
Heart and soul
Roseanne has done a remarkable job of staying true to herself and her empathetic heart while producing a well researched true crime podcast. She comes across as genuine and caring in how she relates to these crimes while giving you all of the facts of the case. I enjoy her story telling and believe it adds a much appreciated human level to these stories. Keep up the good work!
Re: 160, The Tale of a Mother’s Choice
The first 22 minutes of episode 160 were spent by the host reading comments from a post on Facebook out loud. I’m not joking or exaggerating - that’s really how the episode starts.
It’s already challenging enough to stay focused on a story that’s read by a monotonous host, but the cases she covers lean towards the unique and I can usually manage. However, I’m not particularly fond of having Facebook read aloud to me for 20 minutes straight, so I spent a substantial amount of time and effort to fast-forward and rewind the beginning of this episode, frustrated and trying to find the actual start of the case - without any change in tone or pace to clue in on.
Dear Host: I beg of you, If you absolutely must read Facebook conversations aloud to make a couple of listeners feel more engaged - do so at the END of the episode. Better yet, you could briefly mention the Facebook group and drop its link in the episode description for anyone who wants to participate. Best yet would be to NEVER AGAIN READ FACEBOOK POSTS TO US IN A PODCAST EPISODE. Please, and thank you kindly?