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This is the podcast where two passions become one. Here weekly I will present a true crime story. It may be a crime you know about and it may be one that is new to you. Every other week, I will be interviewing an author. Maybe an author and some books you have never known about. So if you like True crime and have a passion to read, this is the podcast for you!

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True Crime, Authors & Extraordinary People True Crime, Authors & Extraordinary People

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This is the podcast where two passions become one. Here weekly I will present a true crime story. It may be a crime you know about and it may be one that is new to you. Every other week, I will be interviewing an author. Maybe an author and some books you have never known about. So if you like True crime and have a passion to read, this is the podcast for you!

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    Ep 31 Among the Bros: Shadows of Fraternity Life: Max Marshall

    Ep 31 Among the Bros: Shadows of Fraternity Life: Max Marshall

    The text discusses the critical issues surrounding suicide, drug abuse, and hazing within fraternity cultures, particularly highlighted in Max Marshall’s book “Among the Bros: A Fraternity Crime Story.” This work exposes the dangerous activities and illegal operations tied to Greek life at the College of Charleston, including Xanax abuse, student deaths, and a nationwide trafficking network. Marshall, leveraging his experiences as a former fraternity member, reveals the deep-rooted power and influence of fraternities, underscored by their historical connections to wealth and their significant role in creating influential networks.

    The narrative also tackles the problems of racism, unequal treatment, and the fallout from a college drug ring’s exposure through a murder investigation, which unveiled a much larger operation and led to extensive law enforcement involvement.Marshall’s research, grounded in police files, court documents, and comprehensive interviews, sheds light on the severe and often hidden hazing practices within these organizations, such as waterboarding and forced consumption of harmful substances, pointing out the difficulties in regulating such behaviors due to alumni support and the bonding it creates among members. The text also critiques the culture of impunity that prevails within elite circles, where money and influence often protect individuals from facing repercussions for their actions. By recounting the story of an individual deeply involved in drug smuggling and fraternity life, the author warns of the perilous consequences of drug use and hazing rituals. “Among the Bros” is presented as an insightful examination of American power dynamics, urging a broader conversation on the prevalent drug culture, anxiety, and blackout behavior in the context of fraternity life and beyond.

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    Time Line

    00:00 Introduction: You Are Seen and Worthy
    The podcast sets the tone with messages of worthiness and the importance of addressing suicide statistics.

    00:16 Fraternities: Secrets and Exposés
    Exploring the hidden world of fraternities, the secrets they hold, and the consequences of exposing them.

    01:03 Introduction to True Crime, Authors, and Extraordinary People
    An overview of the podcast, its purpose, and the extraordinary stories it aims to share.

    03:09 Author Introduction: Max Marshall
    An introduction to the author, Max Marshall, his background, and the inspiration behind his book.

    06:05 Exploring Fraternity Culture and Drug Trafficking
    Insights into the author’s investigation into drug trafficking within fraternities and the shocking discoveries made.

    13:05 Racism and Exclusivity in Fraternities
    Discussion on the historical context of racism in fraternities and the challenges of diversity within these organizations.

    19:43 Drug Trafficking and Consequences
    Detailing the extent of drug trafficking within fraternities and the lack of consequences faced by those involved.

    26:31 Culture of Impunity and Influence
    Exploring the culture of impunity, influence, and power dynamics that shield individuals from facing repercussions.

    33:05 Personal Reflections and Impact
    Insights into the author’s personal experiences, reflections on fraternity life, and the impact of his book.

    36:10 Book Promotion and Takeaways
    Encouraging readers to explore the book, highlighting its unique storytelling and the key messages it conveys.

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    EP 30 America's Notorious Trial: The O.J. Simpson Trial

    EP 30 America's Notorious Trial: The O.J. Simpson Trial

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    Unlock the secrets of the O.J. Simpson trial as we guide you through the riveting narratives and the cultural shockwaves it sent across America. The case that became a cornerstone of true crime discussion is dissected with a blend of my original podcast recording from 2018 and fresh insights that have percolated over the years. Together, we'll navigate the labyrinth of events from the chilling double homicide, through the trial's aftermath, to the wrongful death lawsuit that brought a different kind of closure to the Goldman family.

    Feel the tension as we scrutinize the confounding details of Simpson's hypothetical confession and the racial divide that cleaved public opinion. The "If I Did It" narrative, with its eerie hypotheticals, and the so-called 'lost confession tapes,' lay bare a story that haunts the American legal landscape. We'll also examine Johnny Cochran's legendary defense and the prosecution's admitted missteps, peeling back the layers of a case that remains as perplexing as it does engrossing.

    As we look at the legacy of the trial, the Goldman family's relentless quest for justice takes center stage, alongside the unforeseen twists in Simpson's later life. From the contentious publication of Simpson's book to his robbery conviction and parole, this episode scrutinizes the long shadows cast by the 'trial of the century.' Next week, get ready for a powerful conversation with Max Marshall, author of "Among the Bros," where we'll take a piercing look at the complexities of fraternity culture.

    Time Line
    (00:00) The OJ Simpson Case
    (12:28) Analyzing the OJ Simpson Case
    (20:31) OJ Simpson Trial Analysis
    (31:50) Controversy Surrounding OJ Simpson Case
    (39:13) Analysis of OJ Simpson Trial
    (49:29) OJ Simpson Trial Fallout and Legacy
    (53:18) The Aftermath of the OJ Trial


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    EP 29 From Legal Struggles to Holistic Recovery Dee Hurley

    EP 29 From Legal Struggles to Holistic Recovery Dee Hurley

    Six grueling years within the confines of a family court battle left me, David McClam, emotionally scarred but determined to uncover the truth behind a system that seemed rigged against the very families it was meant to protect. This passion for advocacy led me to cross paths with Dee Hurley, a remarkable beacon of hope who turned her harrowing 11-and-a-half-year ordeal in an abusive marriage into a drive for healing through energy work. Together, we navigate the murky waters of family court corruption, where litigation abuse takes its toll on the innocent, and the shocking possibility of child trafficking connections emerges from the shadows. Our candid discussion unravels the struggles of those ensnared in high-conflict custody battles, the alarming collusion I've witnessed between judges and attorneys, and Dee's transformative journey out of darkness.

    The very fabric of what's meant to keep us safe is questioned as we tackle the misuse of concepts like parental alienation, and the alarming advocacy for pedophilia. Dee and I share this space to provide solace and understanding to the many who feel isolated and powerless in the face of such adversity. Our discourse highlights the importance of awareness and education, the red flags that should never be ignored, and the much-needed systemic reform. Together, we share a call to action, not just to mend broken systems, but to rekindle faith in justice and protection for those who need it most.

    Healing, in the truest sense, is at the core of our conversation. Dee introduces us to the profound effects of energy healing, as we delve into the transformative potential of the Emotion Code and Body Code, along with the groundbreaking AO Scan device. We talk about the inner journey of healing from PTSD, the significance of self-love, and how attracting healthier relationships starts with nurturing one's self-worth. As a testament to the indomitable spirit of survivors, our episode stands as a guiding light for those seeking to break the cycle of abuse and embrace a path of recovery and empowerment.

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    A Quick Programming note

    A Quick Programming note

    A Quick note on last weeks episode and this weeks program

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    Ep 28 God the Artist: Author Morgan McCarver

    Ep 28 God the Artist: Author Morgan McCarver

    As our hands mold the clay on the wheel, so too are our lives shaped by the trials we face and the faith we hold dear. Morgan McCarver, a ceramic artist whose spine curves like the clay she sculpts, joined us to recount her transformation from a dancer sidelined by scoliosis to an artist and author whose work is an embodiment of resilience and reflection. Exchanging pirouettes for pottery, Morgan's journey is not just about adapting to life's harsh rhythms but about finding a symphony in the silence of the art studio, where each piece she crafts is a testament to the melding of her creative spirit with her steadfast faith.

    Through the whirr of the potter's wheel and the silent prayers in church pews, Morgan shares how skepticism from others about her career choice in ceramics became the kiln in which her determination was fired. Balancing a business minor with her artistic aspirations, she forged a path that intertwined practicality with passion, proving that when guided by a higher calling, the practicality of our dreams need not be questioned. Her experiences, as varied as the glazes on her pottery, took her from customer service to teaching and writing, with a common thread of spirituality woven throughout.
        
    Ending on a note that draws from the earth itself, Morgan's foray into teaching ceramics to a new generation is perhaps her most fulfilling work, imbuing young minds with the skills to shape the world in their own image. Her story is a reminder that embracing our creativity is more than an act of self-expression—it's a form of worship and an outreach that nourishes the community. Whether it's through the wildflower patterns etched into her pottery or the lessons she imparts to her students, Morgan's narrative is one of faith's capacity to sculpt a life as exquisite and enduring as the vessels she creates.

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    Time Line
    (00:00) Scoliosis Journey
    (08:26) Finding Faith Through Adversity
    (14:48) Artistic Faith and Pottery Journey
    (25:42) Pottery Resurgence and Instruction Encouragement
    (29:02) Symbolism of Pottery and Faith
    (32:58) Balancing Faith, Art, and Youth Outreach
    (40:17) Embracing Creativity


    About Morgan McCarver

    Morgan McCarver was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Her work is inspired by her female mentors of past and present, as well as her connection to Victorian corsetry through her scoliosis journey. She received an art degree with a ceramics concentration and a double minor in art history and business in 2019 from Anderson University in Anderson, SC.

     McCarver had the honor of receiving the 2019 Outstanding Art Major Ceramics Award her senior year. As a 2020 701 Center for Contemporary Art prize finalist, she had the honor of being the youngest artist to ever make it that far. She is a multi-award winning artist who...

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    Ep 27 A Jacket Off The Gorge: Author Susan Ashline

    Ep 27 A Jacket Off The Gorge: Author Susan Ashline

    Step into the unsettling yet captivating world of true crime as we welcome Susan Ashline, an author whose narratives expose the darkest crevices of human experience. She discusses "Without a Prayer," a book that tells the grim tale of Lucas Leonard and the church that became his demise. Yet, beyond the true crime, Susan boldly reflects on her own life in "A Jacket Off the Gorge," offering a rare, unfiltered glimpse at the challenges faced by an author in the trenches of humanity's worst.

    Love can be blinding, and Susan's story with John Fontaine is a harrowing testament to this. She unravels a web of theft, deceit, and a missing treasure, all concealed behind the facade of romance. The conversation twists through the complexities of a relationship marred by hidden criminal pasts and the haunting reality that sometimes the person closest to us is the most enigmatic. Susan's introspective journey is not merely her own but serves as a beacon for those who have encountered the perils of deceit in love.

    As we wrap our discussion, the focus shifts to a topic often left in the shadows: domestic violence.  Susan confronts the harsh truths faced by victims, particularly men who seek solace and justice. The episode is a call to arms, pushing for a reformed criminal justice system and advocating for the overlooked. It's not just about story-sharing; it's about igniting change and empowering those who've been silenced to find their voice. Join us for this profound conversation that's as educational as it is emotionally resonant.

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    Time Line
    (00:00) Author Discusses True Crime Memoir
    (05:43) Uncovering a Criminal's Hidden Secrets
    (18:32) Survivor's Book and Domestic Violence Awareness
    (31:47) True Crime Author Discusses Book Challenges
    (44:40) Domestic Violence and Writing Empowerment

    About Susan Ashline

    Susan Ashline is the author of the nationally acclaimed true crime book Without a Prayer: The Death of Lucas Leonard and How One Church Became a Cult. She is an Emmy-nominated journalist whose career spans more than twenty-five years. Her work has received major awards, including a first place Associated Press award for general excellence in individual reporting, and a Gannett Gold Medal award. Susan graduated from the University of Massachusetts, and she studied at the University of New Mexico and the State University of New York.

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