Starting June 19th the Deep Dive podcast will become Panic: Queer True Crime, a podcast, and youtube channel. Season one and two will remain here and on the website.
A little bit about Panic.
I created this true-crime channel to focus on the life and murders of LGBTQ+ people.
I called the channel Panic because for much more of the recorded history of LGBTQ+ folks there’s been a panic.
By investigating everything from hate crimes to domestic violence murders and serial killers we'll gain insight into how societal views can affect the fight for justice.
now and then we'll celebrate some of the people who’ve lived their lives out loud and proud often at great sacrifice.
Panic is both a podcast and a Youtube channel.
Sometimes being queer can be murder.
Scammed: The Murder of Ellis Greene
In 1988, 55 year-old, Yale educated Dr. Richard Boggs and business partners 46 year-old, Melvin Eugene Hanson, and 25 year-old John Hawkins joined together in an insurance scam that would net them a million dollars. The only problem was, in order to get the money someone would have to die.
The victim of the scheme, 36 year-old Ellis Greene was in the wrong place at the wrong time. In order to bring the suspects to justice law enforcement would reach across the Atlantic ending in four ruined lives and a kind and loving man murdered for financial gain.
Join me for Scammed: Dr. Richard Boggs and the murder of Ellis Greene
To watch this episode join me on Youtube: https://youtu.be/3c8ciclJQIE
Intimate Partner Murders
Thank you for joining me for, Intimate Partner Murders.
Intimate partner and domestic violence have many of the same root causes as they do elsewhere. Here are three stories of same-sex intimate partner murder.
39-year-old, Dr. Louis Chen, his decade-long partner 29-year-old, Eric Cooper, and their adorable 2 1/2-year child moved into a gleaming Seattle, Washington penthouse in the summer of 2011, but things were not as ideal as they appeared. An explosion of violence would end lives and open questions that remained unanswered to this day.
35-year-old Shawndell McLeod sounds like an amazing person. She had turned her love of cooking into her career, she bought a house, and a new car then she disappeared. She had also managed to escape an abusive relationship that may have claimed her as its victim.
49-year-old Allan Lanteigne and 39-year-old Demitry Papasotiriou met at a Toronto city bus stop in the 1990s. They would go on to marry in a lavish ceremony but the marriage would end in bloodshed. The race for justice would take many years and several continents.
If you or anyone you know is the victim of intimate partner violence there are resources for you. You are not alone.
Remember, you deserve to live a life free of violence of any kind. Hugs and Love!
Domestic Violence Hotline https://www.thehotline.org/
24 Hour Hotline https://www.tnlr.org/en/24-hour-hotline/
Community United Against Violence https://www.cuav.org/resources
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Bashed: The Gay Bondi Cliff Murders
For decades murders of gay men were happening on the cliffs of Bondi Beaches. Between 1970 and 2010 gay men were hunted, brutally attacked, and in some cases thrown to their deaths from the cliffs of cruising spots above the beautiful beaches of Sydney, Australia. Many of these murders remain unsolved.
John Russell was a barmen in Bondi he’d spent the night with his friends then capped the evening off with a visit to the gay cruising spots above the beaches of Bondi, Australia his body was found the next morning.
Ross Warren was an up and coming newsreader who never showed up for his on air job. His body has never been found.
Scott Johnson was a brilliant mathematician who was approaching the end of Ph.D. studies when his naked body was found on craggy rocks of Manly beach. Decades of terror and violence in Sydney, Australia treated like sport and a right of passage.
Thanks for joining me for Bashed.
I choose these three cases for the things they have in common. All of them are unsolved or unresolved. None of the three cases are terribly well known and I wanted to share them with you. Howard Efland was a nurse who lived his life in the closet until he was murdered in a seedy downtown Los Angeles hotel. No one knew the murder of three men shot execution style in a tiny adult bookstore in North Carolina would have its roots in a declaration of hate. Navy Seaman August Provost’s short life would come to an end at his Camp Pendleton post.
Thanks for joining me for Hated.
Murder and financial crimes are rare but they do happen and when these crimes are coupled with the desire for love and intimacy they can be doubly complicated to escape. In this episode we’ll take a look at three men who were killed for their money.
Jake Merendino thought he found a young handsome man who he could shower with gifts and affection. Harley Walker would meet men in online chat rooms for the possibility of sex and romance. Silent movie star Roman Novarro cultivated a reputation for hiring sex workers for occasional preasure.
What happens when loneliness and desire collide with the possibility of financial gain?
If you;d like to watch this episode you can find it on Youtube:
Thanks for joining me for Blood Money.
If you think you’ve been the victim of a financial crime: https://ovc.ojp.gov/topics/fraud
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Murdered By The Family
For me one of the worst types of murder are those commmitted by a family member. In this episode six people, actually seven, murdered by the family. One of the reasons I wanted to compile this list was to illustrate that homophobic hate crimes can happen anywhere from the leafy green suburbs of Los Angeles county to a small town in Iran.
A note: I say there are six cases covered but there are actually seven people. Brittney Cosby and Crystal Jackson are often referred to as a couple and I'm afraid I've done the same in the description. If you or anyone you know is in fear of bodily harm please reach out to your local law enforcement. If you are having difficulty with your family’s acceptance of your sexual preference here are a few resources to reach out to for help.
The Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/resources/article/friends-family-support-systems-for-lgbtq-youth/
Here’s a state by state resource for youth: https://www.lambdalegal.org/sites/default/files/publications/downloads/fs_resources-for-lgbtq-youth-by-state_1.pdf
If you'd like to watch this episode check out the link: https://youtu.be/QpXltR_c9WE
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The dive into the stories are great! Had no idea the reason zippers we’re unreliable 😂😂😂 great show! The host is engaging and is very detailed in the stories. Looking forward to more!
Love hosts voice.
Always been a Lena Horne fan but I never knew about these recordings. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the music.