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Scene of the Crime is a podcast hosted by Carolyn Ossorio and Kim Shepard. A nitty-gritty exposé of true crimes in the Pacific Northwest that features a combination of storytelling, reporting, and interviewing experts who were at the Scene of the Crime.

Scene Of the Crime Carolyn Ossorio & Kim Shepard

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Scene of the Crime is a podcast hosted by Carolyn Ossorio and Kim Shepard. A nitty-gritty exposé of true crimes in the Pacific Northwest that features a combination of storytelling, reporting, and interviewing experts who were at the Scene of the Crime.

    Green River Killer Part 2

    Green River Killer Part 2

    A serial killer hunted young, vulnerable women and murdered them in an unspeakably cruel and depraved manner, disposing their bodies in the Green River and other heavily-wooded green spaces throughout King County for nearly 20 years. That is, until his capture in 2001.

    In episode one, we talked about how Gary Ridgway evaded capture because he didn’t fit popular preconceptions of a serial killer. He was not a loner. He was either married or had a steady girlfriend during all of his adult life. He had steady employment, even receiving awards for perfect attendance. And, he had no significant juvenile or violent criminal history. At least, none that they knew of at the time.

    In episode two, we’ll consider Ridgway’s confession that would reveal there were signs of psychopathy all along. If only law enforcement knew when they had arrested Ridgway in 1982 for soliciting a prostitute that Ridgway had killed a cat by suffocating it when he was a kid. Or, that he stabbed a six year old boy when he was just a teen himself.

    Years later, a detective managed to locate that little boy, who was by then a grown man who was haunted by the memory.

    He had been playing near a wooded area near his house. He was wearing a cowboy hat and cowboy boots with two “six-guns” and a toy rifle. While playing with a stick, he says he can never forget the teenage boy who walked over to him and asked him if he wanted to build a fort.

    The trusting little cowboy followed the older boy into the woods. But, instead of building a fort, the teen stabbed him through the ribs and into his liver. The little boy gasped, clutching his mid section, and asked, “Why’d you kill me?” He could feel the blood pump out of the wound with every heart beat. His shirt became slick red with blood. It was gushing to the point where he felt it running down his leg and into his little boots.

    The teen, we now know, was Gary Ridgway. He began to laugh and, with a smile on his face, he took the knife and wiped the bloody blade across the little boys shoulder. As he folded the blade back up he said, “I always wanted to know what it felt like to kill somebody.”

    • 40 min
    Deepish Thoughts: Why Words Matter

    Deepish Thoughts: Why Words Matter

    While we really enjoy off-the-cuff conversations during our episodes, we also are very thoughtful and purposeful in the words we use. Whether it’s victim versus survivor, prostitute versus sex worker, or some other descriptors, words that identify people are especially sensitive. Check out our second episode of Deepish Thoughts, then let us know – what words do you find cringe worthy?

    • 7 min
    Green River Killer Part 1

    Green River Killer Part 1

    Forest Green. It’s a color most often associated with the Pacific Northwest. And, you’ve probably heard of the rain. Us Washingtonians are used to it. In fact, some of us love the rain so much there’s a word for that: a Pluviophile, someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.

    Acres and acres of beautiful trees, in forests as far as the eye can see. Then there’s the nooks and crannies throughout the state, where nature lovers escape the hustle and bustle of the cities. It was something the Green River Killer took advantage of. All those dark, heavily wooded and silent places where only the trees held the secrets of a cold-blooded killer’s dark deeds. It would take nearly two decades before they would finally unmask the Green River Killer, the most notorious serial killer in our nation’s history.

    • 41 min
    Deepish Thoughts: Why Scene of the Crime?

    Deepish Thoughts: Why Scene of the Crime?

    The title of our podcast is more than just an old cliché. We chose the name Scene of the Crime for two reasons. First, we hope to bring you an immersive audio experience that will make you feel like you are in the place and time where these crimes took place. Second, the time and location of an event can affect the outcome and the actions of the people involved. Listen to our very first Deepish Thoughts to learn more!

    • 4 min
    House of Horrors

    House of Horrors

    The Seattle home where the Emery brothers have lived since 1962 has a new wooden fence. Lindsey Baum (center) went missing in 2009. Her remains were found in 2017. While the Emery brothers have been investigated in connection with her disappearance and murder, no charges have ever been filed for this case.

    In the summer of 2017, Charles Emery had been diagnosed with dementia. Doctors felt it was no longer safe for the 82 year old to continue living in the two story Seattle home he’d been sharing with his brothers for more than 50 years.  His niece was named his legal guardian, and she began the process of gathering Charles’ belongings so she could move him to an assisted living facility.

    The three Emery brothers never married.  Charles, the oldest, had worked for decades at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  His younger brother, 80 year old Thomas, had a variety of jobs over the years.  And his youngest brother, 78 year old Edwin, had been a long time Boeing employee.  They were reclusive, largely staying holed up in their home in the exclusive Green Lake neighborhood that was filled to the brim with things they’d collected over the years.

    Newspapers and books lay alongside handwritten manifestos detailing the rape and murder of children.  Old pots and pans were piled up along with items of children’s clothing, including dirty underwear. Even in the crawl space, there was stashed a pink child-sized hat partially buried in the ground.

    When Charles’ niece came across a child-sized penny loafer that contained a tiny bottle of vodka with her initials written on it, she knew it was time to call the police.

    “There is a subculture that thinks incest is a good thing, a very normal thing, that there’s nothing wrong with it. These guys were one of those families,” explained Seattle Police Captain Mike Edwards.

    Would the Emery women ever get justice? Did the brothers crimes extend beyond their own family? And what connection do they have with several missing girls whose cases remain unsolved to this day?

    If you have any information on the criminal activity of the Emery brothers or the murder of Lindsey Baum, please contact the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit of the Seattle Police Department.

    A similar poster was found in the Emery brothers’ Seattle home.

    • 32 min
    Murder in Mayberry

    Murder in Mayberry

    Acme, Washington. A very pastoral landscape where cows were more common for cutting grass than lawnmowers.

    Mary Stavik was a hardworking single mom, a school bus driver, who had carved out a nice life for her three children and herself on a country property. Mandy Stavik was Mary’s middle child. In high school, many called her the All American Girl. She was smart, beautiful, athletic.

    In 1989, Mandy was just 18 years old and a freshman at Central

    Washington University. She came home for the Thanksgiving holiday and November

    24th was just like any other day. Mandy often went for a run on her usual route

    – from home to the river with the faithful family German Shepherd, Kira,

    totally absorbed in the music blasting from her Sport Walkman.

    It was a five mile run there and back. That was her routine.

    So, several hours later when the dog returned without Mandy, her family’s worry

    quickly ratcheted up to panic. Law enforcement and the community searched night

    and day for Mandy. Helicopters and locals on horseback, on foot, and in their

    own vehicles joined the search, but there wasn’t a trace.

    Several days later, Mandy’s body would be found floating in the south fork of the Nooksack River.

    What happened to Mandy Stavik?

    That question would haunt not only the family, but law enforcement and the tight knit community of this idyllic, hardworking, slow down and smell the roses town for the next 30 years. The investigation would eventually pry open the crypt of something sinister, or rather someone, that would not only test the stamina of the community, but question the very framework of small town America where nothing bad ever really happened.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

studiomontor ,

Sex work

It’s sex work/sex workers. I love hearing these local stories but maybe the terms and language could use an update.

billylug ,

Chilling and so well done

Really enjoy the take on the cases they cover. Binge listened and can't wait for more.

Nightvue ,

Why steal the name of another show?

This podcast launched AFTER another popular podcast about the Delphi murders launched. Why steal the name? Why not go your own way instead of trying to ride someone else’s wave?

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