12 episodes

When a parent dies, they always leave something behind to their kids. For Alex Estrada it was a burning question: was his father involved in the 1973 murder of one of his business partners? The Estate is a true-crime documentary podcast series following Alex's search for the truth. A murder mystery, political conspiracy and family memoir, touching on race, the justice system and a pain that moves from one generation to the next. Produced by Sonoro in partnership with Tenderfoot TV.

The Estate Tenderfoot TV

    • True Crime
    • 4.0 • 260 Ratings

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When a parent dies, they always leave something behind to their kids. For Alex Estrada it was a burning question: was his father involved in the 1973 murder of one of his business partners? The Estate is a true-crime documentary podcast series following Alex's search for the truth. A murder mystery, political conspiracy and family memoir, touching on race, the justice system and a pain that moves from one generation to the next. Produced by Sonoro in partnership with Tenderfoot TV.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Guilt

    Guilt

    In the early evening on New Year’s Eve, in 1973, a 34 year old man was found bleeding to death on a downtown street in Stockton, California. In his dying moments, he named the men behind his murder: Calvin Jones and Rosalio Estrada. 50 years later, Rosalio’s son, Alex Estrada sets off to find out if his father was actually involved in the murder.

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    • 36 min
    Suspects

    Suspects

    Alex receives a box of documents from Calvin and in there he finds Tony Virgilio’s dying declaration. When Tony names Calvin and Rosalio as the culprits, they become the police’s prime suspects. But to this day, Calvin maintains his and Rosalio’s innocence. Then, who killed Tony Virgilio? In this episode, we delve into those the police might have overlooked.

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    • 26 min
    Money Corrupts

    Money Corrupts

    Within days after Tony Virgilio’s murder, police established a theory and a motive: Calvin and Rosalio hired someone to kill Tony. And they did it for money. With Tony dead, they had a chance to collect on what today would be a 1 million dollar insurance payout. Suspiciously, that theory benefits certain parties, from the prosecution to the insurance company.

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    • 25 min
    Conspiracies

    Conspiracies

    It’s 6 years after the murder and Rosalio is making a place for himself in local politics, while Calvin struggles to make ends meet. So he makes a risky move that ultimately becomes the smoking gun the prosecution had been looking for to finally make an arrest.

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    • 28 min
    The Trial

    The Trial

    A decade after Tony’s murder, Rosalio and Calvin are on trial. The moment when the prosecution will finally go head to head against them. Each side will duke it out. And in the end, the jury will give a verdict. In theory, this is the ultimate form of justice. A definitive statement on what happened and who's to blame. Beyond a reasonable doubt. But that’s not what happened here.

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    • 29 min
    The Rope A Dope

    The Rope A Dope

    Now it’s a heavyweight battle between the prosecution and Calvin’s attorney. The case is mostly circumstantial. They don’t have the gun. They don’t have the person who actually pulled the trigger. They have no physical evidence. But they do have a witness… someone who allegedly ties Calvin Jones directly to the murder.

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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
260 Ratings

260 Ratings

GigiNegieh ,

Missing something

I like the content was able to draw conclusions of my own but definitely missing a lot.

Child of the Plains ,

Influential

Influential is an understatement. I am so grateful you invested yourself in this work. Thank you.

Federal st ,

Could no stop listening

This is a wonderful story about father , son and friends.

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