14 episodes

Thirty years ago, the South Side Strangler terrorized two Virginia cities. Southern Nightmare tells how detectives brought a serial killer to justice, using DNA for the very first time.

Southern Nightmare: The Hunt for the South Side Strangler True South Media LLC

    • True Crime
    • 4.8 • 587 Ratings

Thirty years ago, the South Side Strangler terrorized two Virginia cities. Southern Nightmare tells how detectives brought a serial killer to justice, using DNA for the very first time.

    True-Crime Writer Billy Jensen Discusses Golden State Killer

    True-Crime Writer Billy Jensen Discusses Golden State Killer

    Here's an excerpt of Jensen talking with me about the eerie similarities between the Golden State Killer and the South Side Strangler. Visit styleweekly.com on May 30 for the whole interview.

    • 3 min
    Episode 1: The Empty Car

    Episode 1: The Empty Car

    When the South Side Strangler serial killer murders 35-year-old Debbie Davis, it kicks off a nightmare that will haunt and terrify the city of Richmond, Virginia, for months to come.

    • 30 min
    Episode 2: Powder Keg

    Episode 2: Powder Keg

    After the South Side Strangler kills a promising young surgeon, the city erupts into fear with the revelation that a serial killer is on the prowl, hunting women who are home alone.

    • 33 min
    Episode 3: Escalation

    Episode 3: Escalation

    The Cho family immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea in search of the American Dream. Instead they found a Southern Nightmare. Fifteen-year-old Diane Cho was a typical 1980s teenager, arguing with her little brother, hanging out with her friends at the mall and dating a boy behind her parents’ backs. She would become the next victim of the South Side Strangler, raped and murdered in her bedroom while her parents and brother were sleeping in the next rooms. This episode features interviews with Diane’s mother and brother, as well as her friends.

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    Special Offers

    For extra content like exclusive bonus interviews, please support Southern Nightmare at www.southernnightmare.com/donate

    To get a free audiobook from Audible, visit www.audibletrial.com/southernnightmare for a free 30-day trial and an audiobook of your choice to keep! I suggest David Simon’s excellent behind-the-scenes chronicle of the 1980s Baltimore homicide squad, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.

    • 32 min
    Episode 4: Her Last Debt

    Episode 4: Her Last Debt

    On Thanksgiving weekend 1987 a quiet townhouse community in suburban Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., is rocked by the bondage strangulation murder of a woman in her home. A hundred miles north of the state capital in Richmond, Arlington only saw a handful of murders a year but officers there had encountered a murder exactly like this before -- three years earlier and just a couple miles away. This episode continues the story of the South Side Strangler serial killings.

    Special Offers

    For extra content like exclusive bonus interviews and video of our one-hour live show, please support Southern Nightmare at www.southernnightmare.com/donate

    To get a free audiobook from Audible, visit www.audibletrial.com/southernnightmare for a free 30-day trial and an audiobook of your choice to keep! I suggest David Simon’s excellent behind-the-scenes chronicle of the 1980s Baltimore homicide squad, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets or Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in The Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.

    • 25 min
    Episode 5: a.k.a.

    Episode 5: a.k.a.

    In the wake of the sadistic rape and bondage strangulation murder of magazine editor Sue Tucker, Arlington County homicide detective Joe Horgas re-examines old cases from years before and finds some striking similarities: “Everything just seems to fit the puzzle. The pieces are all coming together now.” This episode continues the story of the South Side Strangler serial killings.

    Special Offers

    To access more Southern Nightmare content like bonus interviews and our one-hour live show, please support Southern Nightmare with a small donation at www.southernnightmare.com/donate

    To get a free audiobook from Audible, visit www.audibletrial.com/southernnightmare for a free 30-day trial and an audiobook of your choice to keep! I suggest David Simon’s excellent behind-the-scenes chronicle of the 1980s Baltimore homicide squad, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets or Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in The Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
587 Ratings

587 Ratings

Jhbown6 ,

Great listen

Love how he focused on the families and victims!!

pdmddc19 ,

Great storytelling

This is a well researched and presented podcast about crimes I had never heard of. Great show and glad I found it!

npelosi ,

How to (correctly) have a true crime podcast

Appreciated these extraordinary young women being at the forefront of the story, as well as the science and detective work behind the capture of this individual. Thoughtfully told.

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