7 episodes

Advancements in forensic science help investigators solve a 57-year-old cold case, the sexual assault and murder of a Girl Scout at a secluded summer camp. There's just one problem: the suspect disappeared decades ago, after committing more attacks. This investigative podcast examines new leads in the case, and startling connections to dozens of unsolved murders.

The Evidence Speaks Global Forensic and Justice Center

    • True Crime
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Advancements in forensic science help investigators solve a 57-year-old cold case, the sexual assault and murder of a Girl Scout at a secluded summer camp. There's just one problem: the suspect disappeared decades ago, after committing more attacks. This investigative podcast examines new leads in the case, and startling connections to dozens of unsolved murders.

    The Evidence Speaks, Season 1, Episode 6

    The Evidence Speaks, Season 1, Episode 6

    James Raymond Taylor might have been identified more than a decade earlier if familial DNA, rather than investigative genetic genealogy, was used in Peggy Beck’s case. However, there’s pushback on the use of familial DNA. Also, learn what you can do to help solve cold cases, and assist in identified Jane and John Does.

    Credits:

    Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
    Mitch Morrissey, United Data Connect
    Rockne Harmon, Forensic/Cold Case Consultant, DNARock

    • 23 min
    The Evidence Speaks, Season 1, Episode 5

    The Evidence Speaks, Season 1, Episode 5

    A string of murders hit the San Diego area in the 1980s. A member of the Taylor family is convicted of at least one case, and spends nearly two decades in prison. This episode analyzes the still cold cases, once labeled NIH – No Human Involved.

    Credits:
    Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
    Mitch Morrissey, United Data Connect
    NBC News archives
    KCPQ 13, Seattle, WA (1988)
    KFMB-TV, San Diego CA (1993)
    National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

    • 49 min
    The Evidence Speaks, Season 1, Episode 4

    The Evidence Speaks, Season 1, Episode 4

    James Raymond Taylor’s tumultuous relationship with his wife is revealed. The couple lived in Las Vegas in the early 1970s, and it’s there that Taylor was arrested, twice, for crimes against teenage girls. With a pending trial for felony rape, Taylor jumps bond and escapes.

    Credits:

    Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
    Mitch Morrissey, United Data Connect
    Mark Aubin, Tampa FL, Top Gun Investigations and Aubin Law Firm, PA
    Las Vegas Metro Police Department – Cold Case Unit

    • 33 min
    The Evidence Speaks, Season 1, Episode 3

    The Evidence Speaks, Season 1, Episode 3

    A retired database programmer finds herself in the middle of a case involving the unidentified remains of a family member. The experience motivated her to become an investigative genetic genealogist, despite her disinterest in true crime. She was recruited to help solve the Peggy Beck case, and shares more information on what it took to identify suspect James Raymond Taylor.

    Credits:
    Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
    Mitch Morrissey, United Data Connect
    Joan the Genealogist, United Data Connect

    • 29 min
    The Evidence Speaks, Season 1, Episode 1

    The Evidence Speaks, Season 1, Episode 1

    In the early morning hours of August 18, 1963, 16-year-old Margaret Elizabeth “Peggy” Beck was viciously attacked in her tent at the Flying G Ranch, a remote Girl Scout camp in the mountains of Colorado. The initial investigation faced numerous challenges to crime scene investigators and detectives. Yet, a key piece of evidence was recovered that, 57 years later, would speak for Peggy.

    Credits:

    Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
    Mitch Morrissey, United Data Connect

    • 38 min
    The Evidence Speaks, Season 1, Episode 2

    The Evidence Speaks, Season 1, Episode 2

    In 1963, investigators had only circumstantial evidence to aid in identifying possible suspects in Peggy’s attack and murder. For the first time in more than 58 years, a new witness speaks out about what he saw at the camp that night, and discusses how the murder impacted his grandfather.

    Our thanks to:
    Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
    Mitch Morrissey, United Data Connect
    Steve Stuart
    Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) PBS station, oeta.tv

    • 36 min

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