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

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    • 4.8 • 537 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.

    Bonus: Radio Interview with Host Richard Foster

    Bonus: Radio Interview with Host Richard Foster

    Southern Nightmare host Richard Foster was recently interviewed by Boomtown Richmond radio, so we thought we'd share that and tell you about the new Southern Nightmare book, available now in paperback and ebook via Amazon stores worldwide. Enjoy the interview and please pick up a copy of the book and help us fund season 2 of Southern Nightmare!
    Links to buy the Southern Nightmare book:
    Amazon.com (U.S.)
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    Amazon.co.uk (UK)
     

    • 12 min
    Episode 10: Nightmare's End

    Episode 10: Nightmare's End

    In the season finale of Southern Nightmare, Timothy Spencer has an imminent date with the Virginia electric chair. But can FBI profilers and a State Police agent get him to talk about his crimes before he dies?
     
    Special Offers 
    Pre-order the Southern Nightmare companion eBook NOW at Amazon! Coming Sept. 15, the Southern Nightmare companion book will offer a deeper dive into the story of how the South Side Strangler was brought to justice, with extra material not featured in the podcast. To get the ebook for FREE, donate $10 or more toward our Patreon fund for Southern Nightmare season 2 and you'll also get access to more Southern Nightmare content like bonus interviews and our one-hour live show! Just visit SouthernNightmare.com/Donate 
    Make the Southern Nightmare Theme Song Your Ringtone! Buy it now for iPhone on the iTunes Store or for iPhones and Android phones at the Tuunes Ringstore.
    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. 

    • 34 min
    Episode 9: The DNA Legacy

    Episode 9: The DNA Legacy

    In 1989, stay-at-home mom Debbie Smith was abducted from her Virginia home and raped by a masked assailant while her police officer husband was fast asleep in their bedroom. Was history starting to repeat itself?  Or this time, would law enforcement be able to prevent another South Side Strangler-style tragedy? 
    Special Offers 
    Pre-order the Southern Nightmare companion eBook NOW at Amazon! Coming Sept. 15, the Southern Nightmare companion book will offer a deeper dive into the story of how the South Side Strangler was brought to justice, with extra material not featured in the podcast. To get the ebook for FREE, donate $10 or more toward our Patreon fund for Southern Nightmare season 2 and you'll also get access to more Southern Nightmare content like bonus interviews and our one-hour live show! Just visit 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. 
     

    • 29 min
    Episode 8: The Wrong Man

    Episode 8: The Wrong Man

    Someone raped and strangled talented young Washington, D.C., attorney Carolyn Hamm in her home. When detectives questioned a neighbor, his sister pointed them to David Vasquez, a mentally challenged fast food worker who had moved out of the area seven months before the murder. 
    Special Offers
    Pre-order the Southern Nightmare companion eBook NOW at Amazon! Coming Sept. 15, the Southern Nightmare companion book will offer a deeper dive into the story of how the South Side Strangler was brought to justice, with extra material not featured in the podcast. To get the ebook for FREE, donate $10 or more toward our Patreon fund for Southern Nightmare season 2 and you'll also get access to more Southern Nightmare content like bonus interviews and our one-hour live show! Just visit 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.

    • 32 min
    Episode 7: The Trials

    Episode 7: The Trials

    On July 11, 1988, opening arguments were delivered in accused serial killer Timothy Spencer's landmark trial for the bondage rape and murder of Arlington, Virginia, magazine editor Sue Tucker. It would be the first time in U.S. history that DNA tests were used as evidence in a capital murder trial. And if the jury couldn't be convinced that this new scientific tool was accurate, then the South Side Strangler would go free.
    Special Offers
    Pre-order the Southern Nightmare companion eBook NOW at Amazon! Coming Sept. 15, the Southern Nightmare companion book will offer a deeper dive into the story of how the South Side Strangler was brought to justice, with extra material not featured in the podcast. To get the ebook for FREE, donate $10 or more toward our Patreon fund for Southern Nightmare season 2 and you'll also get access to more Southern Nightmare content like bonus interviews and our one-hour live show! Just visit 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.

    • 32 min
    Episode 6: The Match

    Episode 6: The Match

    In January 1988, with the South Side Strangler still at large, Medical College of Virginia lab tech Rena Chapouris didn't show up for work and wasn't answering her phone. A too-familiar horror story seemed to be playing itself out once again in Richmond. 
     
    Special Offers
    Pre-order the Southern Nightmare companion eBook NOW at Amazon! Coming Sept. 15, the Southern Nightmare companion book will offer a deeper dive into the story of how the South Side Strangler was brought to justice, with extra material not featured in the podcast. To get the ebook for FREE, donate $10 or more toward our Patreon fund for Southern Nightmare season 2 and you'll also get access to more Southern Nightmare content like bonus interviews and our one-hour live show! Just visit 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.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
537 Ratings

537 Ratings

Sushiblues ,

Great podcast

I love a murder podcast but being familiar with the locations of the events makes this one hit differently. You never know what’s around the corner.

jainitai ,

Def worth a listen!

Digging this podcast. Somewhat astonishingly, I learned that I went to high school with one of the Southside Strangler’s victims. If you’re a true crime fan or interested in Richmond/NOVA history, give it a shot.

Lozen13 ,

5 plus stars!

I’m an avid true crime consumer and this one is really good. Great reporting. Very respectfully done.

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