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 • 1.9K 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
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

0gtgirl0 ,

Lazy Journalism

I’ve never heard about this story before listening to this entire podcast. I can’t really have a true objective opinion because it did come across as one-sided. If that is the purpose of this podcast then apologies for my ignorance.
With that put aside, I do not understand why some podcasters or storytellers tend to be so lazy by using the recorded interview with family/friends, etc. to tell it all. There are ways to add some of their insight but practically the entire story? It comes across as lazy or incompetent. Put some effort into telling it yourself, that would be nice.

Out of Matches ,

Arrogance, not innocence, is what I hear

I have never felt the need to review a podcast negatively but this podcast was such a disappointment. The arrogant, condescending, pretentious attitudes of Chris Vaughn’s family members is hard to stomach. This story was brand new to me, so I came in with no preconceived opinions on guilt or innocence. This podcast has a long way to go if it wants to convince listeners he is innocent though-I have come away believing he is where he belongs.

Astrarix8 ,

Waste of time

This is a well-produced waste of time. The argument seems to boil down to bullet angles, but this gets buried under hours of fluff. It’s horribly one-sided. The late wife’s family refused to participate, but the show could have challenged the coordinated narrative by Vaughn’s family. It also seems to be clueless about the applicable law and as naive as Vaughn’s family about the legal system (The pd is ineffective and underfunded in comparison to the DA’s office? Criminal defendants are at a financial disadvantage compared to the State? Wha?!). Find a better podcast.

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