9 episodes

MANslaughter tells intertwining stories about how one gunshot on a cold Wisconsin night in 1970 dramatically changed multiple lives. A bullet brutally tore through decorated law enforcement veteran LaVerne Stordock. Decades later, his niece, Dorothy Marcic, transformed herself into an amateur detective in a quest for truth and closure about that night. At the center of Dorothy’s investigation is Suzanne Brandon, LaVerne’s second wife, who confessed to the shooting -- and who Dorothy believes completely escaped justice. As it follows Dorothy’s discoveries, MANslaughter explores questions around the psychology of crime, the ways women are made responsible in families, and the lasting impact of trauma.
A final encounter between Suzanne and Dorothy reveals a complex connection that even that gunshot cannot shatter. MANslaughter is based on the book, With One Shot by Dorothy Marcic.

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    • 3.3 • 1.2K Ratings

MANslaughter tells intertwining stories about how one gunshot on a cold Wisconsin night in 1970 dramatically changed multiple lives. A bullet brutally tore through decorated law enforcement veteran LaVerne Stordock. Decades later, his niece, Dorothy Marcic, transformed herself into an amateur detective in a quest for truth and closure about that night. At the center of Dorothy’s investigation is Suzanne Brandon, LaVerne’s second wife, who confessed to the shooting -- and who Dorothy believes completely escaped justice. As it follows Dorothy’s discoveries, MANslaughter explores questions around the psychology of crime, the ways women are made responsible in families, and the lasting impact of trauma.
A final encounter between Suzanne and Dorothy reveals a complex connection that even that gunshot cannot shatter. MANslaughter is based on the book, With One Shot by Dorothy Marcic.

    With One Shot

    With One Shot

    On a cold Wisconsin night in 1970, a gunshot echoes from the grandest home in the small town of Oregon, ending the life of law enforcement veteran LaVern Stordock. Fifty years later, his niece Dorothy Marcic re-opens the investigation to find out why her Aunt Suzanne seemingly got away with the murder...




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    • 35 min
    David

    David

    Another person was inside the mansion in a small Wisconsin town the night LaVerne Stordock was killed. Dorothy’s cold case investigation into her uncle’s murder makes a shocking discovery about who could have pulled the trigger.




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    • 48 min
    Suzanne

    Suzanne

    Convinced that chaos and discord follow her Aunt Suzanne, Dorothy does a deep dive into her childhood. Dorothy concludes that the killing was not random but pre-medidated by Suzanne and her son -- so she sets out to prove her theory.




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    • 43 min
    Profit

    Profit

    Married and divorced three times before she met Vern Stordock, Suzanne joined several families. After an ex-husband and a father in law die, Dorothy looks for proof that Suzanne benefitted from their deaths - and that foul play was involved.




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    • 47 min
    Psychopath

    Psychopath

    After time in a mental hospital, Suzanne went on to meet a final husband -- and achieve professional success. But Dorothy immerses herself in criminal psychology, trying to determine whether her aunt was a psychopath using a test created by one of the top experts in the field. Suzanne’s friends and family paint a very different picture of her than Dorothy does.




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    • 42 min
    Trauma

    Trauma

    In different ways, Dorothy and Suzanne learned to live with the consequences of a single shot that rang out more than 50 years ago. After two funerals, painful secrets are revealed. For the first time, and in detail, Dorothy presents her idea of what happened on the last night in February, 1970 -- and we examine the evidence around the murder that still haunts her.




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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

Matt_B_W ,

Smarmy, overdone narration unbearable

Just tell us the story without the high school drama class acting.

galakirk ,

So skewed as to be hard too listen to

The niece that seems to be the main source of information is out of her mind. At some point my husband and I started assuming anything she said wasn’t worth believing. She decided facts and then worked backwards to “prove” her point. We were both angry and yelling at the radio by the end. Probably not worth a listen, unless you want to be extremely sympathetic to the accused.

LeilaMaloney ,

Not terrible

Very interesting story, but not the best execution. Sounds more like an audio drama rather than a typical true crime podcast.

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