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Ordinary people who do unthinkable things...The Minds of Madness is a True Crime Podcast that examines the most disturbing criminal minds and the impact violent crimes have on survivors of homicide.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.5, 3.8K Ratings

Ordinary people who do unthinkable things...The Minds of Madness is a True Crime Podcast that examines the most disturbing criminal minds and the impact violent crimes have on survivors of homicide.

    Introducing - Murder in Hollywoodland

    Introducing - Murder in Hollywoodland

    It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, backroom deals, and underground drug dens. This real life Murder Mystery is one of the most iconic "whodunnit" cases of the 20th century that will leave you guessing and second guessing who killed William Desmond Taylor for weeks to come.




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    • 4 min
    Episode 79 - Donna & Dan Fryman

    Episode 79 - Donna & Dan Fryman

    On a chilly January evening in 2004 all that Donna and Dan Fryman had built together, came crashing down. Life as they knew it would never be the same. 




    Music Credits:

    The Minds Of Madness Theme Music – Duncan Foster

    The Funkoars – Feel The Madness

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    Sources:

    “7 Things You Should Never Say to a Survivor of Domestic Abuse.” Cosmopolitan, June 26, 2018.

    https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/reports/a19872615/how-to-talk-about-domestic-abuse/




    “Death by Design.” Hear No Evil, 2017.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynpqAkxZNBg




    “Donna Fryman.” Dateline, 2016.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ0N0fcCV_8




    “The Fluidity of Victimhood.” By Elaine Shpungin, Psychological Services Center at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2016.

    https://conflict180.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/fluidity_chapter-2_final_printing.pdf




    “Woman Found Not Guilty After Shooting Her Ex Husband.” Democratic Underground, March 13, 2006.

    https://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=364x652864




    “Woman Acquitted In Ex-Husband's Death.” Wave 3 News, March 7, 2006. https://www.wave3.com/story/4598489/woman-acquitted-in-ex-husbands-death/




    “Arguments Open Murder Trial.” The Courier Journal, February 23, 2006.

    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/13337499/the_courierjournal/




    “Jury Will Decide Whether Woman Murdered Ex-Husband Or Killed In Self Defense.” Wave 3 News, February 21, 2006.

    https://www.wave3.com/story/4532339/jury-will-decide-whether-woman-murdered-ex-husband-or-killed-in-self-defense/




    “Jury Selection to Start in Oldham Murder Trial.” The Courier-Journal, February 20, 2006.

    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/13337542/the_courierjournal/




    “Fryman Murder Trial Postponed Again.” The Courier-Journal, July 26, 2005.

    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/13337751/the_courierjournal/




    “Woman’s Trial in Ex-Husband’s Death Delayed.” The Courier-Journal, January 28, 2005.

    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/13337650/the_courierjournal/




    “‘Obsession’ In Alleged Slaying.” The Courier-Journal, January 11, 2005.

    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/13337679/the_courierjournal/




    “Woman Accused of Killing Ex Husband Seeks Lower Bond.” The Courier-Journal, April 16, 2004.

    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/13337611/the_courierjournal/




    “Fryman Indicted; Claims Self Defense.” The Courier-Journal, March 19, 2004.

    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/13337806/the_courierjournal/




    “Abusive Ex-Husband Shot To Death 01-26-04.” Woman Against Gun Control, January 26, 2004.

    http://www.wagc.com/ky-abusive-ex-husband-shot-to-death-01-26-04/




    “Melvin Daniel Fryman.” The Courier-Journal, January 15, 2004.

    https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=melvin-daniel-fryman&pid=1803463&fhid=4766




    “Oldham Coun

    • 35 min
    Episode 78 - The Whitaker Family

    Episode 78 - The Whitaker Family

    December 2003 was a special time for Kent and Tricia Whitaker. Their sons had returned home from University for the holidays, and they were happy to have the whole family back together again. Little did the Whitakers know it would be the last fond memory the family of 4 would share. 




    Music Credits:

    The Minds Of Madness Theme Music – Duncan Foster

    The Funkoars – Feel The Madness

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    Research & Writing:

    Christine Penhale 

    https://thetruecrimefiles.com/ 




    Special Thanks:

    Dr. Christina Forzani Psy.D




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    Bloody Murder - http://bloodymurderpodcast.com/




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    Sources:

    “Works of Justice: An Interview With Writing for Justice Fellow Thomas Bartlett Whitaker.” Pen America, April 19, 2019.

    https://pen.org/works-of-justice-thomas-bartlett-whitaker-interview/




    “Texas Man Targeted by a Hitman Fights for the Life of the Person Who Ordered the Murder – His Son.” 48 Hours, January 5, 2019.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bart-whitaker-sugar-land-texas-murders-father-fights-to-save-son-from-execution/




    “Writing for Justice Fellowship 2018-2019.” Pen America, 2018/2019.

    https://pen.org/writing-justice-2018-2019/




    "Meet the father who forgave his son for murdering his family."

    https://www.mamamia.com.au/bart-whitaker-inside-story/




    “Clemency Rare for Death Row Convicts in Texas.” ABC 13 Eyewitness News, February 22, 2018.

    http://abc13.com/politics/clemency-rare-for-death-row-convicts-in-texas/3114938/




    “Crime Watch - Murder in the Family ('I Wanted Them Dead').” 2020, 2018.

    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6ft0ik




    “Gov. Commutes Death Sentence for Man Convicted of Masterminding Murder of Mother, Brother.” CBC News, February 22, 2018.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bart-whitaker-execution-reprieve-greg-abbott/




    “Governor Abbott Commutes Death Sentence Of Thomas Bartlett Whitaker.” Office of the Texas Governor, February 22, 2018.

    https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-commutes-death-sentence-of-thomas-bartlett-whitaker




    “Request for Commutation of Death Sentence to a Lesser Penalty.” Document Cloud, January 10, 2018.

    https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4346607/Whitaker-Clemency.pdf




    “Man Condemned in Family Murder Plot Loses High Court Appeal.” U.S. News, October 10, 2017.

    https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/texas/articles/2017-10-10/man-condemned-for-family-murder-plot-loses-high-court-appeal




    “Bart Whitaker on the Stand.” YouTube: IamWhoWeR Mulhall, June 19, 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejDLuUFvJLc




    “Thomas Bartlett Whitaker, Petitioner – Appellant v. Lorie Davis, Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Correctional Institutions Division, Respondent – A Appellee.” uscourts.gov, April 4, 2017.

    http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/16/16-70013-CV0.pdf




    “Buried Alive: Stories From Inside Solitary Confinement

    • 51 min
    Episode 77 - Cindy James

    Episode 77 - Cindy James

    On May 25th, 1989, the years of harassment endured by 44-year-old Cindy James came to a grim conclusion......With her sudden disappearance. 




    Music Credits:

    The Minds Of Madness Theme Music – Duncan Foster

    The Funkoars – Feel The Madness

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    Research & Writing:

    Alison Schwartz




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    Sources:

    Hall, Neal. “Cindy’s Torment.” Vancouver Sun, December 31, 1990. Print.




    Hall, Neal. “What Happened to Cindy James?” The Gazette, January 6, 1991. Print.




    Hall, Neal. “Stranger Than Fiction.” Vancouver Sun, December 29, 1990. Print.




    Hall, Neal. “Under Siege.” Vancouver Sun, March 24, 1990.




    Hall, Neal. “Conflicting evidence fabricated tangled puzzle for inquest” Vancouver Sun, May 29, 1990.




    Hall, Neal. “James inquest held grisly fare for coroner’s jury and journalists” Vancouver Sun, May 29, 1990.




    Hockenberry, Edie. Medium, March 6, 2020

    https://medium.com/true-crime-addiction/the-bizarre-murder-that-officials-claim-was-suicide-true-crime-b0acf528ba4e




    Horwood, Holly. “Mystery persists.” The Province. March 18, 1990. Print.




    Jimison, Susan. “Mystery Man Stalks Woman for 6 Long Years - and Finally Kills Her.” Weekly World News. Sept 5, 1989.




    “Foul play ruled out in nurse's odd death.” The Toronto Star, July 14, 1989

    (Newsbank Database)




    Parton, Nicole and Young, Gerard. “Nurse’s mysterious death ends six years of torment” The Toronto Star, June 18, 1989

    (Newsbank database)




    Young, Gerard. “Dead nurse led normal life before threats, father says.”Vancouver Sun, July 13, 1989.




    Hack, Melanie. “Did You Know Cindy James?” Feb. 15, 2007. http://melaniehack.blogspot.com/2007/02/imagine-my-surprise-when-i-recently.html




    Excerpt from Who Killed My Sister, My Friend

    http://www.melaniehack.com/excerpt




    Hack, Melanie. “Was Cindy James Killed When She Was About to Reveal The Truth?” May 22, 2009.

    http://melaniehack.com/blog/?p=503




    A Current Affair

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPZ-G5bFEek&feature=youtu.be




    Unsolved Mysteries, Season 3, Ep 18, February 13, 1991. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yJUBUF0s0U




    Obituary of Cindy James

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/151694670/cynthia-elizabeth-james




    Unsolved Mysteries

    https://unsolved.com/gallery/cindy-james/




    W5 - Who Killed Richmond nurse, Cindy James?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbrAggQE2EA




    Death Threats - Audio

    http://www.melaniehack.com/threats

    • 36 min
    Episode 76 - Nina Reiser

    Episode 76 - Nina Reiser

    On Sunday September 3rd, 2006 Nina Reiser dropped her kids off with their father Hans in Oakland California so they could spend time with him over the Labour Day weekend. But when she missed a couple of dinner dates and failed to pick up her children from school on Tuesday, friends alerted police she was missing.  




    Music Credits:

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    The Funkoars – Feel The Madness

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    Research & Writing:

    Christine Penhale 

    https://thetruecrimefiles.com/ 




    Special Thanks:

    Peter & Traci @ PODHIVE

    https://www.podhive.com/




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    Sources:

    “Reiser5 File-System In Development - Adds Local Volumes With Parallel Scaling Out.” Phoronix, December 31, 2019.

    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Reiser5-Development




    “Hans Reiser.” Computer Hope, November 16, 2019.

    https://www.computerhope.com/people/hans_reiser.htm




    “Tweets About Hans Reiser.” Twitter, August 2019.

    https://twitter.com/vaurorapub/status/1166512356706283523




    “Computer Programmer Who Strangled Russian Wife and Buried Her in Shallow Grave is Ordered to Pay Their 'Damaged' Children $60m Compensation.” Daily Mail, July 19, 2012.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2175836/Hans-Reiser-strangled-Russian-wife-buried-shallow-grave-pay-children-60m-compensation.html




    “Hans Reiser Loses Civil Suit in His Wife’s Death.” The Charley Project, July 19, 2012.

    https://charleyross.wordpress.com/tag/hans-reiser/




    “Hans Reiser Must Pay Kids $60 Million.” SF Gate, July 17, 2012.

    https://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Hans-Reiser-must-pay-kids-60-million-3713670.php




    “Jury Awards Hans Reiser’s Children $60 Million in Damages.” The Mercury News, July 17, 2012.

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2012/07/17/jury-awards-hans-reisers-children-60-million-in-damages/




    “Wife Killer, Programmer Hans Reiser Must Pay Kids $60M.” CNET, July 17, 2012.

    https://www.cnet.com/news/wife-killer-programmer-hans-reiser-must-pay-kids-60m/




    “Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Against Hans Reiser in Jury’s Hands.” East Bay Times, July 16, 2012.

    https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2012/07/16/wrongful-death-lawsuit-against-hans-reiser-in-jurys-hands/




    “Hans Reiser Testifies Wife Was 'Psychopath'.” ABC 13, July 13, 2012.

    https://abc13.com/archive/8736206/




    “Convicted Killer Reiser Admits Wife Never Directly Harmed Children.” CBC SF Bay Area, July 12, 2012.

    https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/07/12/convicted-killer-reiser-admits-wife-never-directly-harmed-children/




    “Hans Reiser Takes Stand for Hours.” NBC Bay Area News, July 12, 2012.

    https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/hans-reiser-defends-himself/2095757/




    “Reiser Wrongful Death Trial Begins Today.” ABC 7 News, July 11, 2012.

    https://abc7chicago.com/archive/8732427/




    “Reiser Asks Potential Jurors About Morality of Murder.” ABC 7 News, July 10,

    • 39 min
    Episode 75 - LaNell Barsock

    Episode 75 - LaNell Barsock

    In the summer of 2010, 29 year old LaNell Barsock just about had it all and was living out her dream life in Palmdale California, or so it seemed. She had a beautiful home on a quiet suburban street and a successful career working as a licensed vocational nurse. But there was just one thing missing. The perfect person to share it all with. 




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    The Funkoars – Feel The Madness

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    Research & Writing:

    Phil Kurthausen

    http://author.to/philkurthausen 

    An award-winning crime and thriller author. Latest novel ‘How to kill your friends’ is available at all online retailers.

    To find out more about his novels visit: www.philkurthausen.com




    Assistant Editor:

    Ashton Morrow




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    Sources:

    “People V. Austin”

    https://www.leagle.com/decision/incaco20180504046




    “LaNell “C” Barsock- Findagrave.com”

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/71197175/lanell-c-barsock




    “LaNell Barsock Update”

    https://homicide.latimes.com/post/lanell-barsock/




    “Woman Leaves False Clues”

    https://truecrimedaily.com/2016/05/31/woman-leaves-false-clues-in-lovers-murder-caught-after-escape-to-belize/




    “Belize Deports US Female”

    http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=466567&CategoryId=23558




    “Palmdale Woman Guilty of Murdering Girlfriend, Attempting to Frame Women’s Boyfriend”

    https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/08/14/palmdale-woman-guilty-of-murdering-girlfriend-attempting-to-frame-victims-boyfriend/




    “Lanell Barsock, Larene Austin: Black Lesbian Palmdale Nurse Murdered By Craigslist Lover, Who Fled To Belize — On TV One’s ‘Fatal Attraction”

    https://www.inquisitr.com/3498072/lanell-barsock-larene-austin-black-lesbian-palmdale-nurse-murdered-by-craigslist-lover-who-fled-to-belize-on-tv-ones-fatal-attraction/




    “Woman's sentence in slaying of ex-lover: two terms of 25 years to life”

    https://homicide.latimes.com/post/sentence-barsock-slaying/




    “Palmdale Fugitive Returned to United States from Central America After Tip Led Investigators to Her Whereabouts in Belize”

    https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/losangeles/press-releases/2012/palmdale-fugitive-returned-to-united-states-from-central-america-after-tip-led-investigators-to-her-whereabouts-in-belize




    “Palmdale woman’s conviction upheld for fatally shooting ex-lover”

    http://theavtimes.com/2017/11/10/palmdale-womans-conviction-upheld-for-fatally-shooting-ex-lover/




    “Think twice before answering that ad: 101 murders have been linked to Craigslist”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/01/11/think-twice-before-answering-that-ad-101-killers-have-found-victims-on-craigslist/




    “America’s Most Wanted suspect pleads not guilty”

    http://theavtimes.com/2012/09/04/americas-most-wanted-murder-suspect-pleads-not-guilty/




    “Jury deliberates in case of woman

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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3.8K Ratings

Lp123456780 ,

Amazing narration!

I have listened to all of crime junkie, case file, and have been wanting to find a podcast in similar style where you hear the story (third person). Not two people just talking about there opinions on a case. This is all I’ve ever wanted, the way he talks, his grammar, the background music. It’s as if I’m listening to a movie/ audio book. 10/10 I have no idea how this has any negative reviews?!?

MizLizW ,

In depth

Lots of interesting stories told in a folksy style - and I mean that in a good way. Each story seems to have been researched thoroughly so the background, personalities, etc., of the victim really build out the stories. A nit to pick: you’re occasionally using the word “her” when you should be using “she”. Grammar 👍🏻

I Christina ,

Great research! So glad I came across it.!

His voice is perfect for podcasting! In the first episode he says he’s listen to the true crime podcasts he could get his hands on. I love listening to true crime podcasts but Sometimes I come across a podcast and I want to hear it ibut the voice and delivery of the Podcaster is very distracting lol. Not this one, his voice is really cool, the research is wonderful and I love that they have audio clips of interviews that they have added!! Keep up the great work I really enjoy your podcast!

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