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
    • 3.0 • 2.3K 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?

    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
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

Kate31NC ,

Please no singing

I just can’t stand when there are long music breaks in podcasts. Keep it brief and instrumental please!

Raybees89 ,

Ironically, this Podcast casts further light on Chris’s guilt

What an insult to everyone’s intelligence. Premeditated, willful, intentional. Motive, opportunity, intent.There is evidence that sheds light on Chris’s state of mind/intent and his motive. Evidence details Chris’ research into murder, his motive to live isolated in Canada, and his continual infidelity. Further, one can stage a crime well enough to appear as a murder/attempted murder suicide. The podcast goes into great depth how detail oriented Chris was and how he could find a solution to any problem. Kind of like, the issue of how do I kill my family and get away with it? Fortunately, he was convicted. Unfortunately, there are those out there that “can’t possibly believe” Chris could do this. Really? I wonder how Chris Watts’ case would have turned out had he had the free time to come home after work to clean up all the evidence. I’m sure it would’ve been “impossible to believe” he couldn’t have done those crimes either. Oh right, but a Demon had taken over him (per his actual confession in a book). Back to my main point, this podcast cites the prosecutor’s “tunnel vision” and how quick the jury was to convict Chris. Hmm, likely because it was obvious given the evidence. I wonder if a new term after this will come up, being “Vaughned.” Meaning, someone who is extremely intelligent and capable of deceit and uses it to manipulate those who can’t see past it and become free of a guilty crime. All because he was able to outsmart people that don’t want to believe the possibility, which Chris’ case shows, we are all capable, if given the right circumstances, of truly evil acts.

Begelll ,

Wow

Wow first off I stumbled on the show on Spotify, which from what I can tell has no way to review… or see reviews or rating, super annoying. Anyway Episode one definitely caught my eye and I jumped on apple without seeing the ratings/reading the reviews. They’re all true. Episode 2 is god awful. I will not continue. I’m not sure if it’s editing.. I mean, I am actually, this podcast shouldn’t exist. The family victim blaming is just disgusting and gross. The vayn family goes on and on about how awesome their son is and how terrible Kimberly's family is. At one point either the mom or dad actually refers to their son as “a knight in shinning armor” for sticking around and marrying kimberly for getting HER pregnant. I mean what the f. They go on and on about how kimberly’s family looks down on the vayns for not attending college, but also say that Chris needs to break up with Kimberly so he can attend college. They basically blame Kimberly for anything Chris does wrong. The whole thing is just out of control. I cannot believe someone actually produced then released this garbage. Save yourself the time and skip it, it’s infuriating.

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