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YOUR true crime book club. Join Jill each month where she reads a book centered around your favorite true crime obsession and take a deep dive into the case and discuss the story from the author’s point of view.

Murder Shelf Book Club Podcast murdershelfbookclub

    • True Crime
    • 4.4 • 43 Ratings

YOUR true crime book club. Join Jill each month where she reads a book centered around your favorite true crime obsession and take a deep dive into the case and discuss the story from the author’s point of view.

    Episode 76 2nd Cast Pt 3: “Conscience of the King”- Dismembered by Susan Mustafa and Sue Israel

    Episode 76 2nd Cast Pt 3: “Conscience of the King”- Dismembered by Susan Mustafa and Sue Israel

     With the families engrossed, the prosecution of Sean Vincent Gillis begins, with the Defense committed to saving his life and avoiding the death penalty. With his 40-hour confession, this should be a slam dunk, but it is far from that! Legal maneuvering, calls for mistrial, and surprise rulings impact the trial’s progression. Then, the battle of the neuropsychologists begins, as they delve into Sean’s mental illness.  WHY did Sean murder and dismember? Why are cardinal human taboos violated? And, if Sean killed 8 women, who killed the other 50?
     
    Source material, show notes, photographs, maps are found on Jill’s blog at www.murdershelfbookclub.com
    New designs are out on Jill’s spreadshop! Winter and Christmas- the holidays are coming! Make a Murder Bookie happy!
    Join Jill on Patreon and get the insider info, discuss all true crime, Q&A, tips and tidbits, and help pick our books! $4 a month!
    By Jill, All Rights Reserved

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 75: “Devil in the Dark”- Pt 2 Dismembered by Susan Mustafa & Sue Israel

    Episode 75: “Devil in the Dark”- Pt 2 Dismembered by Susan Mustafa & Sue Israel

    In Part 2, They get it.  With over 60 women dead, Baton Rouge Sheriff Offices realize they have a serial killer on the loose! But they’re wrong. There are TWO; the murders of Sean Vincent Gillis are camouflaged by those of Derrick Todd Lee.  No one is looking for Sean Gillis.  As the victims’ families mourn, the investigation intensified, DNA works its magic, and finally, the police follow the tracks to Sean Gillis door. Arrested, he cannot stop talking, sharing the gruesome details of murder and dismemberment, acting like a child sent to the principal’s office instead of recognizing the gravity of his crimes.
     
    Source material, show notes, photographs, maps are found on Jill’s blog at www.murdershelfbookclub.com
    New designs are out on Jill’s spreadshop! Autumn, Winter and Christmas!
    Join Jill on Patreon and get the insider info and help pickour books! $4 a month!
    By Jill, All Rights Reserved

    • 58 min
    Episode 74: “Wolf in the Fold”- Pt 1 Dismembered by Susan Mustafa and Sue Israel

    Episode 74: “Wolf in the Fold”- Pt 1 Dismembered by Susan Mustafa and Sue Israel

    In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a gruesome murder is discovered, with the Sheriff’s office investigating, but the case goes cold. Repeat this over and over, and over as serial killer, Sean Vincent Gillis, kills and mutilates all over the area.  An elderly woman and a housewife, he mostly preys largely on sex workers. But--no woman is safe-- the fear real. And he’s NOT the only one! WHO is Sean Vincent Gillis?
     
    Source material, show notes, photographs, maps are found on Jill’s blog at www.murdershelfbookclub.com
    New designs are out on Jill’s Spreadshop! Autumn, Winter and Christmas!
    Join Jill on Patreon and get the insider info and help pick out our books! $4 a month!
    By Jill, All Rights Reserved

    • 58 min
    Episode 73: “Fell in love and lost her head” 2ndCast- The Death of Amy Robsart: An Elizabethan Mystery by Sarah-Beth Watkins, Part 3

    Episode 73: “Fell in love and lost her head” 2ndCast- The Death of Amy Robsart: An Elizabethan Mystery by Sarah-Beth Watkins, Part 3

    Now deep into the murder motive, each of the suspects are investigated and the evidence scrutinized fully.  Who had a motive and opportunity to commit murder?  Who benefitted from the death of Amy Robsart? Given the court verdict, what happened to the suspects?  And, Jill shares her theory on how Lady Dudley, Amy Robsart died!
    2nd cast looks ahead to 1567: Seven year later, Elizabeth I’s cousin, the King-Consort of Scotland, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley is found strangled to death.  Another cousin, Darnley’s wife, Mary, Queen of Scots, begins an inquiry, with a very, very different outcome from Elizabeth I’s court.  Intrigue, conspiracy, betrayal, corruption, and the choices of the two Queens is examined.  How did Amy Robsart-Dudley die? Who killed Lord Darnley? Jill shares her conclusions about the suspicious deaths of the 1560s!
     
     
    Sources, snack recipe, suggestions, show notes plus CRIMECON 2023 PHOTOS are found on Jill’s blog www.murdershelfbookclub.com
    Join Jill on Patreon for our zoom True crime and Book Club discussion!!  Get your merch – Jill’s putting pumpkin spice into True Crime!
    And- the holidays are coming!  Check out Jill’s holiday designs!
    By Jill, All Rights Reserved

    • 1 hr 14 min
    CRIMECON 2023 UPDATE! & Ep 72: “Done to death by slanderous tongues”- The Death of Amy Robsart: An Elizabethan Mystery by Sarah-Beth Watkins Part 2

    CRIMECON 2023 UPDATE! & Ep 72: “Done to death by slanderous tongues”- The Death of Amy Robsart: An Elizabethan Mystery by Sarah-Beth Watkins Part 2

    Jill discusses Crimecon 2023 in Orlando!  Being on Podcast Row, meeting her Murder Bookies and meeting so many in the True Crime community! Then, she continues the story of Lady Amy Robsart, found dead at the bottom of the stairs.  In every royal court in Europe, and across every town and hamlet in England, the people of England wonder what to believe of their beautiful, young and unmarried Queen, Elizabeth I, whose relationship with Amy’s husband, Robert Dudley, is described widely as “most intimate.”  Was Amy’s death an accident or suicide?  Where does the 500 yr old evidence take us?  What does the 1560 autopsy report reveal? And, who had motive if a ‘murder most foul’ was committed? 
    Sources, snack recipe, wine recommendation, show notes plus CRIMECON 2023 PHOTOS are found on Jill’s blog (soon!) www.murdershelfbookclub.com
    Join Jill on Patreon for our zoom True Crime and Book Club discussion!  Get your merch – Jill’s putting pumpkin spice into True Crime!
    By Jill, All Rights Reserved

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 71: “The Original Staircase”- The Death of Amy Robsart: An Elizabethan Mystery by Sarah-Beth Watkins Part 1

    Episode 71: “The Original Staircase”- The Death of Amy Robsart: An Elizabethan Mystery by Sarah-Beth Watkins Part 1

    Episode 71: “The Original Staircase”- The Death of Amy Robsart: An Elizabethan Mystery by Sarah-Beth Watkins Part 1
    1560: Tudor England. Amidst rumors of adultery, poisoning divorce, and murder, Lady Amy Dudley, nee Robsart, was found dead at the foot of the stairs. Immediately, suspicion fell upon her husband, Lord Robert Dudley, favorite of the newly ascended Queen of England, Elizabeth I. Had he done away with his wife to marry the Queen?  The investigation, interviews, interrogations, and inquest does little to snuff out the speculation and debate—How did Amy Dudley die?  Accident, Suicide, or Murder? 500 years later, we are still asking these questions. Join Jill as she combines the two passions of her life- The Tudors and true crime!
    And find Jill on PODCAST ROW AT CRIMECON 2023 ORLANDO!!!  So EXCITED!
    Sources, show notes, a ton of portraits, family trees, and more are found on Jill’s blog at www.murdershelfbookclub.com
     
    Check out her MERCH shop on Spreadshop!
    Join Patreon here!
    By Jill, All Rights Reserved.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Chibirose ,

GoodPodcast

Good podcast. The audio at times is a little difficult to hear clearly but it does not take away fr the show, just don’t let too much time pass between episodes,

CampCrystalLake79 ,

You will be glad you took a listen.

Great podcast, well presented. I enjoy the relaxed way the story is told with compassion for the victims. I really enjoy the book club feeling. Keep it up.

Whit0523 ,

Top Notch!

Great analytical breakdown of the case with a sense of humor and also compassion for the victims and their families.

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