On April Fools Day 1999, 26-year-old Yvonne Layne was found murdered in her Ohio home. David Thorne, her ex-boyfriend and father of one of her children, was instantly a suspect. David was eventually tried, convicted, and sentenced to life without parole for the murder of Yvonne. But the entire investigation may have been botched, or even worse, covered up. Now, after 22 years journalist Maggie Freleng investigates Yvonne’s murder alongside Jason Baldwin (himself wrongfully convicted as a member of the West Memphis Three) and his organization Proclaim Justice. Is David actually innocent? And if so, who did kill Yvonne Layne?
Months into the investigation of Yvonne Layne's murder, police felt stuck, so they did something controversial: they went to a psychic. And the audio recordings we obtained from the visit give an incredible amount of insight into who may have killed Yvonne. However, it wasn't what the psychic said to detectives, but what they told her that is truly shocking. This Week's Sponsors: Ana Luisa - go to analuisa.com/alliance and use code ALLIANCE to get 10% off BetterHelp - Murder in Alliance listeners get 10% off their first month at betterhelp.com/MAGGIEPrettyLitter - Visit prettylitter.com and use promo code MIA for 20% off your first order
On April 1, 1999, the day Yvonne was found murdered in her home, a neighbor stopped by and told police he saw someone leaving her home, unbeknownst to him, after Yvonne was alredy dead. But this witness's statement was never turned over to the defense. Why? And who was the man he saw leaving Yvonne's home after her murder? This Week's Sponsors:Daily Harvest - Go to dailyharvest.com and enter code MAGGIE to get $25 off your first boxProse - Take your FREE in-depth hair quiz and get 15% off your first order by going to Prose.com/MIACat Person - Go to catperson.com/MIA and use code MIA to save nearly 50% on your Starter Box with free shipping
David Thorne has spent over 20 years in prison for a murder he says he did not commit. Although he says his case is "Dead in the Water", he hasn't been alone. Sue Thorne, a retired postal worker turned amatuer investigator, has kept his case alive all these years and uncovered new evidence that could point to David's innocence. This Week's Sponsors:Apostrophe - Go to apostrophe.com/MIA and use code MIA to save $15 off your first visit.EmbrWave - Visit embrwave.com/MIA to save $50 Stamps.com - Go to stamps.com and use promo code UNJUST to get a special offer including a 4 week trial plus free postage and a digital scale - no long term commitments or contracts.
After David Thorne and Joe Wilkes were arrested for the murder of Yvonne Layne in April 1999, they went to trial in January 2000. What evidence was used to convict them? What kind of defense did David have in the face of Joe's confession? This Week's Sponsors: BetterHelp - Murder in Alliance listeners get 10% off their first month at betterhelp.com/MAGGIEAna Luisa - Go to analuisa.com/alliance and use code ALLIANCE to get 10% off Embr Wave - Save $50 by visitng embrwave.com/MIA
Three months after Yvonne's murder, Joseph Wilkes confessed. He said David Thorne hired him to kill his ex-girlfriend. So who is Joseph Wilkes? What led this young man to allegedly murder a mother of five in cold blood? This Week's Sponsors: EmbrWave - Save $50 on your product by visiting embrwave.com/MIA Prose - Take your free in-depth hair quiz and get 15% off your firs order today at prose.com/MIAAudible - Start your free Audible trial by visiting audible.com/unjust or text unjust to 500-500HelloFresh - Go to HelloFresh.com/unjust12 and use code unjust12 for 12 free meals, including free shipping
On the morning of April Fools Day 1999, Tawnia Layne went to pick up her grandkids at Yvonne's home. But instead, she stumbled upon a brutal crime scene, her daughter nearly decapitated in a pool of her own blood. Who could have done this to Yvonne? In this episode we look at the first hours and days of the investigation. This Week's Sponsors: Embr: You can save $50 by going to embrwave.com/MIA. Care/of: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to takecareof.com and enter code ALLIANCE50. Snow Files: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line MIA to be entered to win a Snow Files hoodie. Entries must be received by May 31st.
So happy I stumbled upon this one! I’m so picky on who tells the story and Maggie doesn’t disappoint! Keep up the great work!
Great story- audio is difficult to hear
This is a really interesting story! My only complaint is the recordings played throughout are incredibly difficult to understand. I wish at LEAST half of them had been re-enacted. BUT as clear as Maggie’s voice, they do do a re-enactment to match the other recordings and it’s SUPER hard to understand, not sure why they did that. I had to rewind several times to get tons of information that I couldn’t hear. Still know I missed stuff.
Obsessed with this podcast!! So well done! This is such an important issue and I love the way this podcast brings it to light