29 episodes

In 2007, Chris Vaughn was arrested during a funeral for his wife and three children. He would be tried and convicted of their murders. To this day he maintains no memory of what occurred that tragic day 20 years ago. Murder in Illinois follows the complicated circumstances that led to Vaughn’s conviction, as well as the forensic evidence his supporters believe proves his innocence- in attempt to answer one question: Who killed the Vaughn family?

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In 2007, Chris Vaughn was arrested during a funeral for his wife and three children. He would be tried and convicted of their murders. To this day he maintains no memory of what occurred that tragic day 20 years ago. Murder in Illinois follows the complicated circumstances that led to Vaughn’s conviction, as well as the forensic evidence his supporters believe proves his innocence- in attempt to answer one question: Who killed the Vaughn family?

    The Tragedy

    The Tragedy

    In the quiet pre-dawn hours of June 14th, 2007 the Vaughn family- Christopher, his wife Kimberly and their three children- set out for an impromptu trip to a waterpark. The family would never arrive.

    • 41 min
    Before

    Before

    Episode 2 - Before Christopher Vaughn was known as a convicted killer, he was a son and a brother in the Vaughn family of Missouri, the eldest of Gail and Pierre Vaughn’s three boys. He would meet his wife- and become a father- while he was still a teenager.

     

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    • 42 min
    Family Dynamics

    Family Dynamics

    Episode 3 - As a young couple Kimberly and Christopher struggle with financial insecurity, the pressures of parenting and the growing dysfunction between their two families.

     

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    • 43 min
    Devastation

    Devastation

    Episode 4 - Gail receives an unfathomable call as news of the horrific family massacre dominates the media. Chris Vaughn is interrogated, while still in a hospital gown, within hours of the killings.

     

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    • 41 min
    The Arrest

    The Arrest

    Episode 5 - As Christopher Vaughn prepares to bury his wife and three children, handcuffs are placed on his wrists.

     

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    • 45 min
    Initial Defense

    Initial Defense

    Episode 6 - As Vaughn faces the death penalty, his initial defense team is faced with increasingly negative optics and overcoming significant gaps in Chris’s recollection of the killings. Four years into mounting a case for Vaughn’s innocence, their efforts are rendered useless.

     

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

3.0 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

Mamamare ,

Too much speculation

I enjoyed this up to the point where they were speculating about what the daughter was saying in her diary. Some statements should have been edited out, like, ‘I was an adolescent once’ ? And trying to imagine some dark entity behind the daughter writing the word pain and trying to link it to the mother - that’s irresponsible. All adolescents suffer from pain and hormonal changes, that might just be it. Speculation like this has no value and is purely subjective.

nanceee124 ,

Shame on you!!!

Irresponsible journalism. Podcaster makes it seem like Vaughn was a victim in all of this! No evidence to support his innocence!

a.rose222 ,

Wow. So one sided, just awful

Topamax doesn’t cause this! But boy his family is sure latching onto it to blame the mom. Such a huge reach. This is idiotic.

So he doesn’t remember anything…yet when he flagged down a car, the first thing he said was “my wife shot me”. Umm….

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