28 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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    • True Crime
    • 2.8 • 1.8K Ratings

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?

    Ep 12 | Resolve

    Ep 12 | Resolve

    The final episode of Murder in Illinois summarizes the case against Christopher Vaughn, the new evidence uncovered in the podcast, updates his legal status and revisits those involved for their final thoughts.
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    • 47 min
    Ep 11 | Reconstruction

    Ep 11 | Reconstruction

    Lauren Bright Pacheco finally meets Chris Vaughn in person before Bill Clutter mounts an ambitious crime scene reconstruction. Crime Scene Technician Katie Hartman strenuously tests the scenarios put forth by both the prosecution and defense before weighing in with her thoughts on what took place June 14th, 2007.
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    • 56 min
    Ep 10 | Re-evaluation

    Ep 10 | Re-evaluation

    Chris Vaughn possibly lands significant support when social justice activist and host of the Wrongful Convictions podcast, Jason Flom, agrees to look into his case. Bill Clutter also uncovers a troubling aspect to the timeline and testimony that secured Vaughn’s indictment in 2007.
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    • 54 min
    Ep 9 | Writings

    Ep 9 | Writings

    Written words have played a variety of roles throughout the history of this tragedy. They’ve been used to insinuate, accuse and incriminate but they also offer insight and revelations potentially resulting in new evidence.
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    • 49 min
    Ep 8 | Reexamination

    Ep 8 | Reexamination

    Fourteen years after Christopher Vaughn was sentenced to four consecutive life terms for the murders of his wife and three children we revisit the evidence that led to his conviction. In this episode we’ll break down the circumstantial and forensic evidence that possibly led to a conviction based on what could be emotional and confirmation bias.
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    • 55 min
    Ep 7 | The Trial

    Ep 7 | The Trial

    In August of 2012, five years after his arrest before his family’s funeral in June 2007, Christopher Vaughn’s murder trail began. The Will County State’s Attorney’s office originally sought the death penalty, which has since been abolished in Illinois. As a result, Vaughn’s original defense was dismantled and he headed to court represented by a public defender.
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

2.8 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

Deeon05 ,

Not Impressed

I am all about looking at cases to see if someone was wrongfully accused/convicted. I am just not sure if I can get behind this one, although maybe my lens is colored by the first 7 episodes of this podcast where the Vaughan pretty much just ripped on Kimberly and Kimberly’s family. Putting all of that into the podcast was in my opinion a big mistake because instead of making you dislike the Phillips family, it makes you dislike the Vaughans. How am I supposed to take what they say seriously when one of their complaints about Kimberly’s mom is that she wasn’t a good cook??? I almost stopped listening but decided to give it a chance because of the promise of new evidence etc. I just don’t know if I can agree that Chris suddenly telling everyone that he didn’t really have amnesia (despite the podcast telling us earlier that an expert said he definitely wasn’t faking!) and he felt guilty for the deaths because he drove Kimberly to do what she did by not being a better husband is actually new evidence. Granted I was not at the crime scene reenactment, so I can’t say that for sure. The fact that there are some pretty legitimate high profile people now helping out with this makes me think perhaps I am missing something, but I’m giving this a low review due to the Kimberly & family bashing. I get that her family/friends didn’t want to participate but we also didn’t need to listen to Chris’s family talk trash about Kimberly for that long. It could have been condensed A LOT - they all literally said the same thing. And I also think even if Chris didn’t kill his family (which I’m not convinced of), he doesn’t seem to have been the great husband/family man his family is claiming. He wanted “comfort” on a trip to Mexico so he slept with someone other than his wife? Okay Gail. Stop making excuses for your son’s poor behavior.

courtmartial ,

They’re more than one way to subdue a victim

Unfortunately unless you’ve been a victim of domestic violence you might not understand that violence isn’t your only option. More likely you’ve only gotten by by being subdued and demure for years so If and when you find you have a gun pointed at you (or under your chin) by a man speaking calmly, yet threatening you and your babies, you’re going to stay calm and do anything he says. If a crime scene tech isn’t taking into account that scenario in then she’s missing a big part of how DV works — pure intimidation.

Hawley/Danforth ,

Who killed the Vaughn Family?

Christopher Vaughn killed his family. That’s what happens when you are a narcissistic sociopath.

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