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The Let’s Go To Court podcast brings together two of the greatest legal minds of our time. Just kidding.

We’re your hosts Brandi Egan and Kristin Caruso. What we lack in legal training we more than make up for in being completely obsessed with lawsuits. Every week, we discuss two juicy legal battles. Each episode is peppered with Brandi’s booming laugh and Kristin’s Olympic-level talent for putting the word “so” into every sentence.

The podcast started in 2018, but we’ve been having these conversations for years. What can we say? We’re just a couple of lifelong friends who love the drama of a trial. Our other interests include: liquid eyeliner, Fresca, and begging Noodles and Company to bring back the spicy chicken caesar wrap.

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The Let’s Go To Court podcast brings together two of the greatest legal minds of our time. Just kidding.

We’re your hosts Brandi Egan and Kristin Caruso. What we lack in legal training we more than make up for in being completely obsessed with lawsuits. Every week, we discuss two juicy legal battles. Each episode is peppered with Brandi’s booming laugh and Kristin’s Olympic-level talent for putting the word “so” into every sentence.

The podcast started in 2018, but we’ve been having these conversations for years. What can we say? We’re just a couple of lifelong friends who love the drama of a trial. Our other interests include: liquid eyeliner, Fresca, and begging Noodles and Company to bring back the spicy chicken caesar wrap.

    REBROADCAST: Too Much Betrayal & the Reluctant Lottery Winner

    REBROADCAST: Too Much Betrayal & the Reluctant Lottery Winner

    Steven Beard woke up on October 2, 1999, in horrible pain. His stomach was split open. His intestines were exposed. When he called 911, he couldn’t tell the dispatcher what had happened — he could only say that he desperately needed help. It didn’t take investigators long to discover that Steven had been shot in his sleep. But who would want him dead?

    Then Kristin tells us a story that, at first glance, makes no sense. A man walked into a QuikTrip, bought a couple of lottery tickets, and despite the overwhelming odds against him, won $16.5 million. Great, right? Not so much. He refused to claim the prize money. Iowa lottery officials were stunned. Who wouldn’t want $16.5 million? Months passed. The man still refused to come forward. Lottery officials smelled something fishy.

    And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases.

    In this episode, Kristin pulled from:
    “Court says Iowa lottery rigging investigation took too long,” Associated Press
    “Just a dollar and a scheme,” episode of American Greed
    “The man who cracked the lottery” by Reid Forgave for the New York Times

    In this episode, Brandi pulled from:
    “Marriage, Money and Murder: Steven and Celeste Beard” by David Krajicek, crimelibrary.com (http://crimelibrary.com/)
    “Celeste Beard Johnson” episode Snapped
    “Marriage, Money, and Murder” by Bill Hewitt, People Magazine

    • 2 hrs 2 min
    The Pitfalls of Being a Child Star & a Troubled Marriage

    The Pitfalls of Being a Child Star & a Troubled Marriage

    Jackie Coogan landed his first movie role when he was just an infant. A few years later, when he was performing the shimmy on stage, Charlie Chaplin was taken by his performance. He cast little Jackie in a couple of his films, and with that, Jackie’s career took off. Jackie became one of the industry’s biggest stars. By the time he was 12, he’d earned a million dollars. By the time he was 21, he’d earned four million. He was set for life. The money had all been set aside -- just waiting for him to hit adulthood. At least, that’s what he’d been told.

    Then Brandi tells us about a troubled marriage. Jennifer and Frederick Trayers had been married for nearly two decades. They’d been through ups and downs together. Frederick’s career in the navy took them all over the place, but they always had each other. But in 2002, Frederick began an affair. Suspicious, Jennifer installed spyware on Frederick’s computer. She began reading every emotionally-charged email between the two. She read and read and read, and eventually, she took action.

    And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases.

    In this episode, Kristin pulled from:

    “Coogan Case Spurs Move to Safeguard Wealth of Minors” by Martha Martin, The Daily News, 1938

    “California Child Actors Bill,” entry on Wikipedia

    “Jackie Coogan,” entry on Wikipedia
    “Jackie Coogan wins fortune fight decision,” Los Angeles Times, 1938

    “Mother of Jackie Coogan reweds,” The Pomona Progress Bulletin, 1936

    “In life, as on screen, pathos marks career of the kid,” Frederick Othman, The Oklahoman, 1938

    In this episode, Brandi pulled from:

    “The Love Triangle Murder of Lt. Commander Fred Trayers” by Bryan Lavietes, The Crime Library

    “Jennifer Trayers”http://murderpedia.org

    “Trayers v. Johnson” casetext.com

    • 2 hrs 4 min
    High Schoolers

    High Schoolers

    As the Civil War came to an end, Alexander Clark saw possibilities. He’d helped dismantle slavery, and now he wanted a piece of the next big fight -- the fight for equality. So he and other black men lobbied Iowa for voting rights. When they won that fight, Clark turned his attention to education. His home sat next door to Grammar School No. 2. It was a good public school. But his children couldn’t attend it. Instead, they had to go to a poorly funded school about a mile away. So when his daughter Susan was 12 years old, Alexander and his wife Catherine sent her to Grammar School No. 2. When she was turned away, they sued.

    Then Brandi tells us about 17-year-old Ashley Reeves. Ashley had always been a dependable kid, so when she broke curfew one April night in 2006, her mom immediately knew that something was wrong. Initially, police suspected Ashley’s boyfriend. But when that lead didn’t go anywhere, they turned their focus on a 27-year-old physical education teacher named Samson Shelton.

    And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases.

    In this episode, Kristin pulled from:

    The documentary “Lost in History: Alexander Clark” by Iowa PBS

    “Clark v. Board of School Directors: Reflections After 150 Years,” by Drake School of Law

    “Alexander Clark,” entry on Wikipedia

    “Muscatine, Iowa,” entry on Wikipedia

    “Clark v. Board of School Directors,” entry on Wikipedia

    In this episode, Brandi pulled from:

    “Deadly Lessons” episode On the Case with Paula Zahn

    “Midwestern Teen Left For Dead In Woods” episode Crime Watch Daily

    “Did Teacher Strangle Teen, Go Dancing?” by Christine Lagorio, CBS News

    “Mother: Ashley Reeves Neck Not Broken” by Beth Hundsdorfer, The Belleville News-Democrat

    “‘Miracle’ Girls Sees Attacker Sentenced” Associated Press, The Oklahoman

    • 2 hrs 10 min
    A Facebook Stalker & a Foreclosure

    A Facebook Stalker & a Foreclosure

    It all started with a friend request. Amanda Playle was flattered to see the Facebook request come in from her old high school boyfriend, Anthony Reynolds. The two hadn’t spoken for a while, but they quickly reconnected. They talked about their lives. So much had changed since their high school days. Amanda was married to her husband Paul. She’d become a mother. Over time, she admitted to Anthony that her marriage wasn’t perfect. But when Anthony pressed her to meet up, she declined. She didn’t want to cross a line. But Anthony refused to take no for an answer. Soon, he began stalking and harassing her.

    Then Kristin tells us about a man who fell behind on his mortgage payments. Tony Kiritsis planned to turn his real estate into a shopping center, but after falling behind on his payments a few too many times, he found himself under the threat of foreclosure. He was livid, but didn’t blame himself. He blamed Meridian Mortgage. So he showed up at their offices one winter morning with a sawed off shotgun and took mortgage broker Dick Hall hostage.

    And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases.

    In this episode, Kristin pulled from:

    The documentary “Dead Man’s Line”

    Deadmansline.com

    “Tony Kiritsis” entry on Wikipedia

    “Kin testify Kiritsis held sister hostage in 1969,” by Carolyun Colwell for The Courier-Journal

    “Kiritsis jury ‘far from a decision,’” by Kristie Hill for the Associated Press

    In this episode, Brandi pulled from:

    “The Stalker Inside My House” episode BBC Outlook

    “Amanda was terrorised by a stalker for two years. Then she learned her husband was to blame.” by Jessica Clark, mamamia.com

    “Man jailed for stalking wife by impersonating ex-boyfriend” by Damien Gayle, The Guardian

    “Bexhill stalking victim speaks out and urges others to seek help” by Isabelle Cipirska, The Bexhill-On-Sea Observer

    “SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY Mum-of-three terrorised by stalker for two years horrified to discover it was her own HUSBAND” by Carl Stroud, The Sun

    “'Calculating and cruel' husband, 43, set up fake Facebook accounts to pose as his wife's EX-boyfriend to threaten her and quiz her over past sex life is jailed for more than three years” by Thomas Burrows, The Daily Mail

    • 2 hrs 2 min
    The Ken and Barbie Killers & the Cocoanut Grove Fire

    The Ken and Barbie Killers & the Cocoanut Grove Fire

    In the early 1940s, Boston’s Cocoanut Grove nightclub was *the* place to see and be seen. The club owner, Barnet “Barney” Welansky, was a sharp businessman. He ensured that the club was beautifully decorated with blue satin hanging from the ceilings, heavy drapes, and support columns that were made to look like palm trees. He also kept a watchful eye on the finances by ensuring that no one left without paying. He locked almost every exit and covered windows with draperies. On November 28, 1942, the Cocoanut Grove gained the horrific distinction of becoming the deadliest nightclub fire in American history.

    Then Brandi brings in her sister, Kaci, to tell us about Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, aka, the Ken and Barbie Killers. In the late 80s, the people of Scarborough, Ontario, were on edge. There’d been a string of rapes in their community, and all anyone seemed to know about the rapist was that he was blonde and in his twenties. On little more than hunches, two women called the police to report that they suspected Paul Bernardo as the perpetrator. The women were right, but it’d be years before Paul faced justice. 

    And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases.

    In this episode, Kristin pulled from:

    The documentary “Six locked doors: the legacy of Cocoanut grove” 

     “The Cocoanut Grove Inferno” by Jack Thomas for the Boston Globe
    “Grove Owner Starts 12-15 Year Sentence,” The Boston Globe

    “Court Upholds Prison Term in Night Club Fire,” Universal Press
    “Night Club Owner Guilty In Boston,” The New York Times

    “The Cocoanut Grove Fire,” BostonFireHistory.org

    In this episode, Kaci pulled from:

    An episode of Autopsy from HBO “Autopsy 8: Dead Giveaway”

    “Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka” by Marilyn Bardsley, The Crime Library

    “Karla Leanne Homolka,” Murderpedia.org

    “Paul Kenneth Bernardo,” Murderpedia.org

    “Karla Homolka,” Wikipedia.org

    “Paul Bernardo,” Wikipedia.org

    • 2 hrs 23 min
    A Poisoner & A True Douche Canoe

    A Poisoner & A True Douche Canoe

    Audrey Marie Frazier defies true crime labels. Was she a black widow? Was she a master of disguise? An escape artist? We like to think she was all three! See, ladies? We really can have it all. Audrey was a chronic spender. She never had enough money to support her expensive tastes. So she got creative. She bought life insurance policies, and umm…. All of a sudden, the people around her got sick. Super sick.

    Then Kristin tells us about John Darwin. This man is a douche canoe if we’ve ever heard of one. On March 21, 2002, John hopped in his handmade canoe and set out into the North Sea. The waters were calm and he was an experienced canoeist, but John didn’t show up for work that evening. His wife, Anne, panicked. She called the authorities. Rescue crews worked tirelessly to find John, but all they found was his paddle and the wreckage of his canoe. Don’t worry about John, though. He was just fine.

    And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases.

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    In this episode, Kristin pulled from:

    An episode of the podcast Redhanded, “How Not To Fake Your Death: John Darwin - Canoe Man”

    “‘Canoe man’ John Darwin who faked his own death has extraordinary new life,” by Emily Retter for The Mirror

    “Canoe pair lose jail term appeals,” BBC News

    “Canoe man’s ‘lover’: Darwin the Druid is psychotic - and I was terrified of him,” the London Evening Standard

    “Canoeist sons ‘put through hell,” BBC News

    “Sea search for missing canoeist,” BBC News

    “Missing canoeist admits deception,” BBC News

    “Anne Darwin’s week in court: ‘A woman able to lie and deceive at length,” by David Randall for the Independent

    “John Darwin disappearance case” entry on Wikipedia

    “Canoe man and wife jailed for six years,” by Tom Wilkinson for The Independent

    In this episode, Brandi pulled from:

    “Marie Hilley: Inscrutable Black Widow” by Marlee MacLeod, The Crime Library

    “The Great Escape Artist” by Mark Gribben, The Malefactors Register

    “Alabama Woman Who Poisoned Her Husband And Daughter Dies After Escaping Prison” by Benjamin H. Smith,http://oxygen.com

    • 2 hrs 19 min

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