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Episode 397: The Murder of Sherri Rasmussen

28 November 2022 - 1 hour 18 mins explicit
Podcast Series Morbid

In 1986 Sherri Rasmussen was brutally murdered in her own home. She was a young nurse who had already worked her way to becoming the director of nursing at Glendale Adventist Medical Center and had just gotten married three months earlier. But when her husband John returned home on February 24th, 1986 he found her laying dead on their living room floor and their home absolutely ransacked. Was this a case of robbery gone wrong or was someone in a position of power responsible?

Thank you to the no no no....notorious David White for research assistance:

Archibold, Randal. 2009. "Police Find Unlikely Suspect in a Cold Case: One of Their Own." New York Times, June 13: A11.

Bowden, Mark. 2012....

1 hour 18 mins

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Episode 539: Ronald Dominique: The Bayou Strangler (Part 3)

Episode 539: Ronald Dominique: The Bayou Strangler (Part 3)

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(Part 3) In the spring of 2005, law enforcement officials in southern Louisiana had a growing number of murder victims they had begun to suspect were connected to an unidentified serial killer operating in the area. The victims were all men, mostly in their twenties and thirties, many had histories of drug and alcohol abuse or were known to police as sex-workers, and all had been strangled and dumped in secondary locations. Over the course of a decade, Ronald Dominique developed into one of the worst and most prolific serial killers in American history; yet his story and those of his victims remains largely unknown and ignored by the mainstream media.  Thank you to the Incredible Dave White of Bring Me the Axe & 99 Cent Renal Podcasts for research! References Alford, Jeremy. 2005. New information coming soon in local murders. August 24. Accessed March 29, 2023. https://www.houmatoday.com/story/news/2005/08/24/new-information-coming-soon-in-local-murders/27020266007/. Armstrong, Shell. 2007. Dominique pleads not guilty to 9 murders. January 17. Accessed March 29, 2023. https://www.houmatimes.com/news/dominique-pleads-not-guilty-to-9-murders/. Associated Press. 2005. "Man found in Lafource Parish was from Houma area." Abberville Meridional, May 3: 2. —. 2005. "Deaths od five south Lousiana men may be linked, police say." Shreveport Times, April 25: 12. —. 1999. "La. deaths may be work of serial killer." Shreveport Times, June 23: 5B. —. 2006. "Police look for links between serial suspect, priest's death." Shreveport Times, December 9: 22. —. 2006. "Arrest made in serial-killer investigation." Town Talk, December 2: 17. —. 2006. "Serial murder suspect was average Joe, says shelter residents." Town Talk, December 3: 8. DeSantis, John. 2006. Accused lived on the fringe of two worlds. December 4. Accessed March 26, 2023. https://web.archive.org/web/20210128012212/https://www.houmatoday.com/article/DA/20061204/News/608089983/HC. Hunter, Michelle. 2006. "Serial-killer suspect confesses; Trysts led to rapes, strangling, cops told." Times-Picatune, December 6. L'observateur. 1999. Beaten teen’s body discovered in Kenner. October 26. Accessed March 27, 2023. https://www.lobservateur.com/1998/10/26/beaten-teens-body-discovered-in-kenner/. —. 1999. Two deaths reclassified as murders in St. Charles Parish. Fdebruary 6. Accessed March 27, 2023. https://www.lobservateur.com/1999/02/06/two-deaths-reclassified-as-murders-in-st-charles-parish/. Morris, Robert. 2006. Mother protests dead son’s link to serial killer. June 19. Accessed March 26, 2023. https://web.archive.org/web/20210131004921/https://www.houmatoday.com/article/DA/20060619/News/608089995/HC. Ramage, James. 2005. "Serial killer theory floats around cases." Shreveport Times, May 15: 1. Rosen, Fred. 2017. The Bayou Strangler. New York, NY: Open Road Media. —. 2018. Uncovering the Truth Behind One of the Bayou Strangler’s Victims. April 10. Accessed March 27, 2023. https://the-line-up.com/uncovering-the-truth-behind-one-of-the-bayou-stranglers-victims. St. Charles Heral-Guide. 2006. Mother’s tears for son killed by serial madman Dominique. 12 06. Accessed March 27, 2023. https://www.heraldguide.com/tragedy/mothers-tears-for-son-killed-by-serial-madman-dominique/. The Daily Review. 2002. "Houma man's body found." Daily Review, October 17: 6. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1 hour 6 mins

19 February Finished

Episode 538: Ronald Dominique: The Bayou Strangler (Part 2)

Episode 538: Ronald Dominique: The Bayou Strangler (Part 2)

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(Part 2) In the spring of 2005, law enforcement officials in southern Louisiana had a growing number of murder victims they had begun to suspect were connected to an unidentified serial killer operating in the area. The victims were all men, mostly in their twenties and thirties, many had histories of drug and alcohol abuse or were known to police as sex-workers, and all had been strangled and dumped in secondary locations. Over the course of a decade, Ronald Dominique developed into one of the worst and most prolific serial killers in American history; yet his story and those of his victims remains largely unknown and ignored by the mainstream media.  Thank you to the Incredible Dave White of Bring Me the Axe & 99 Cent Renal Podcasts for research! References Alford, Jeremy. 2005. New information coming soon in local murders. August 24. Accessed March 29, 2023. https://www.houmatoday.com/story/news/2005/08/24/new-information-coming-soon-in-local-murders/27020266007/. Armstrong, Shell. 2007. Dominique pleads not guilty to 9 murders. January 17. Accessed March 29, 2023. https://www.houmatimes.com/news/dominique-pleads-not-guilty-to-9-murders/. Associated Press. 2005. "Man found in Lafource Parish was from Houma area." Abberville Meridional, May 3: 2. —. 2005. "Deaths od five south Lousiana men may be linked, police say." Shreveport Times, April 25: 12. —. 1999. "La. deaths may be work of serial killer." Shreveport Times, June 23: 5B. —. 2006. "Police look for links between serial suspect, priest's death." Shreveport Times, December 9: 22. —. 2006. "Arrest made in serial-killer investigation." Town Talk, December 2: 17. —. 2006. "Serial murder suspect was average Joe, says shelter residents." Town Talk, December 3: 8. DeSantis, John. 2006. Accused lived on the fringe of two worlds. December 4. Accessed March 26, 2023. https://web.archive.org/web/20210128012212/https://www.houmatoday.com/article/DA/20061204/News/608089983/HC. Hunter, Michelle. 2006. "Serial-killer suspect confesses; Trysts led to rapes, strangling, cops told." Times-Picatune, December 6. L'observateur. 1999. Beaten teen’s body discovered in Kenner. October 26. Accessed March 27, 2023. https://www.lobservateur.com/1998/10/26/beaten-teens-body-discovered-in-kenner/. —. 1999. Two deaths reclassified as murders in St. Charles Parish. Fdebruary 6. Accessed March 27, 2023. https://www.lobservateur.com/1999/02/06/two-deaths-reclassified-as-murders-in-st-charles-parish/. Morris, Robert. 2006. Mother protests dead son’s link to serial killer. June 19. Accessed March 26, 2023. https://web.archive.org/web/20210131004921/https://www.houmatoday.com/article/DA/20060619/News/608089995/HC. Ramage, James. 2005. "Serial killer theory floats around cases." Shreveport Times, May 15: 1. Rosen, Fred. 2017. The Bayou Strangler. New York, NY: Open Road Media. —. 2018. Uncovering the Truth Behind One of the Bayou Strangler’s Victims. April 10. Accessed March 27, 2023. https://the-line-up.com/uncovering-the-truth-behind-one-of-the-bayou-stranglers-victims. St. Charles Heral-Guide. 2006. Mother’s tears for son killed by serial madman Dominique. 12 06. Accessed March 27, 2023. https://www.heraldguide.com/tragedy/mothers-tears-for-son-killed-by-serial-madman-dominique/. The Daily Review. 2002. "Houma man's body found." Daily Review, October 17: 6. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

52 mins

15 February Finished

Episode 537: Ronald Dominique: The Bayou Strangler (Part 1)

Episode 537: Ronald Dominique: The Bayou Strangler (Part 1)

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In the spring of 2005, law enforcement officials in southern Louisiana had a growing number of murder victims they had begun to suspect were connected to an unidentified serial killer operating in the area. The victims were all men, mostly in their twenties and thirties, many had histories of drug and alcohol abuse or were known to police as sex-workers, and all had been strangled and dumped in secondary locations. Over the course of a decade, Ronald Dominique developed into one of the worst and most prolific serial killers in American history; yet his story and those of his victims remains largely unknown and ignored by the mainstream media.  Thank you to the Incredible Dave White of Bring Me the Axe & 99 Cent Renal Podcasts for research! References Alford, Jeremy. 2005. New information coming soon in local murders. August 24. Accessed March 29, 2023. https://www.houmatoday.com/story/news/2005/08/24/new-information-coming-soon-in-local-murders/27020266007/. Armstrong, Shell. 2007. Dominique pleads not guilty to 9 murders. January 17. Accessed March 29, 2023. https://www.houmatimes.com/news/dominique-pleads-not-guilty-to-9-murders/. Associated Press. 2005. "Man found in Lafource Parish was from Houma area." Abberville Meridional, May 3: 2. —. 2005. "Deaths od five south Lousiana men may be linked, police say." Shreveport Times, April 25: 12. —. 1999. "La. deaths may be work of serial killer." Shreveport Times, June 23: 5B. —. 2006. "Police look for links between serial suspect, priest's death." Shreveport Times, December 9: 22. —. 2006. "Arrest made in serial-killer investigation." Town Talk, December 2: 17. —. 2006. "Serial murder suspect was average Joe, says shelter residents." Town Talk, December 3: 8. DeSantis, John. 2006. Accused lived on the fringe of two worlds. December 4. Accessed March 26, 2023. https://web.archive.org/web/20210128012212/https://www.houmatoday.com/article/DA/20061204/News/608089983/HC. Hunter, Michelle. 2006. "Serial-killer suspect confesses; Trysts led to rapes, strangling, cops told." Times-Picatune, December 6. L'observateur. 1999. Beaten teen’s body discovered in Kenner. October 26. Accessed March 27, 2023. https://www.lobservateur.com/1998/10/26/beaten-teens-body-discovered-in-kenner/. —. 1999. Two deaths reclassified as murders in St. Charles Parish. Fdebruary 6. Accessed March 27, 2023. https://www.lobservateur.com/1999/02/06/two-deaths-reclassified-as-murders-in-st-charles-parish/. Morris, Robert. 2006. Mother protests dead son’s link to serial killer. June 19. Accessed March 26, 2023. https://web.archive.org/web/20210131004921/https://www.houmatoday.com/article/DA/20060619/News/608089995/HC. Ramage, James. 2005. "Serial killer theory floats around cases." Shreveport Times, May 15: 1. Rosen, Fred. 2017. The Bayou Strangler. New York, NY: Open Road Media. —. 2018. Uncovering the Truth Behind One of the Bayou Strangler’s Victims. April 10. Accessed March 27, 2023. https://the-line-up.com/uncovering-the-truth-behind-one-of-the-bayou-stranglers-victims. St. Charles Heral-Guide. 2006. Mother’s tears for son killed by serial madman Dominique. 12 06. Accessed March 27, 2023. https://www.heraldguide.com/tragedy/mothers-tears-for-son-killed-by-serial-madman-dominique/. The Daily Review. 2002. "Houma man's body found." Daily Review, October 17: 6. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1 hour 1 min

12 February Finished

Episode 536: The Murder of Gary Triano

Episode 536: The Murder of Gary Triano

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On the evening of November 1, 1996, Tucson, Arizona real estate developer and businessman Gary Triano got into his car at the La Paloma Country Club intending to head home, where friends and family were waiting for Gary’s surprise birthday party. However, before Gary had even put the key in the ignition, the car exploded in a ball of flame, plunging the club into panic and chaos, and killing Gary instantly.  To investigators, the car bomb planted under Gary’s car had all the hallmarks of a professional hit, and with Gary’s business dealings and financial troubles, there were at least a few people who would have benefitted from his death. However, within just a few weeks, suspicion fell to Triano’s ex-wife, Pamela, who’d taken out a life insurance policy on Gary during their marriage that would eventually pay out $2 million dollars. Despite being confident that Pamela was involved in Gary’s death, the year-long investigation failed to turn up any conclusive evidence tying her to the murder. Undeterred, investigators continued to pursue the case across the country and eventually around the world and in 2009, more than a decade after his death, the people responsible for Gary Triano’s death were finally arrested, but many years would pass before anyone was held accountable. Thank you to David White, of the Bring Me the Axe Podcast for research! References Bodfield, Rhonda. 1996. "Broke Triano kept optimistic ." Tucson Citizen, November 9: 1. —. 1996. "Triano threats srcutinized." Tucson Citizen, November 5: 2. CBS News. 2017. "The Hit in Arizona [transcript]." CBS News, July 11. Huicochea, Alexis, and Enric Volante. 2006. "'96 bomb slaying is getting a new look." Arizona Daily Star, September 7. Innes, Stephanie. 1996. "Gambling link eyed in Triano murder." Tucson Citizen, November 4: 1. Limberis, Chris. 2001. "Requiem for a heavyweight ." Tucson Weekly, November 1. McNamara, Patrick. 2014. "Conflictring pictures painted of Triano murder suspect." Arizona Daily Star, February 20: A2. —. 2014. "Ex-wife going on trial 17 years after bomb death." Arizona Daily Star, February 16: C1. —. 2014. "Phillips gets life for fatal bombing." Arizona Daily Star, May 23: 1. Miami Herald. 2005. "A TV 'Most Wanted' fugitive is captured." Miami Herald, November 22: 138. Pence, Angela, John Rawlinson, and Alexa Haussler. 1996. "Black powder pipe bomb killed Triano." Arizona Daily Star, November 7. Sate of Arizona v. Pamela Anne Phillips. 2018. 1 CA-CR 17-0285 (Arizona Court of Appeals, July 10). Smith, Kim. 2011. "Additional mental exams for murder suspect denied." Arizona Daily Star, March 8: A2. —. 2010. "Life, no parole for killer in Triano case." Arizona Daily Star, May 4: A2. —. 2010. "Triano case closing arguments." Arizona Daily Star, March 27: A2. State of Arizona v. Ronald Kelly Young. 2012. CR20084012 (Court of Appeals State of Arizona , February 29). Teibel, David. 1996. "Blast fragments studied ." Tucson Citizen, November 1: 1. Tucson Citizen. 1973. "Realtor seeks seat on council." Tucson Citizen, June 15: 4. Volante, Enric. 2006. "Detective: Secret recordings link Triano ex, suspected death plot." Arizona Daily Star, September 8. —. 1997. "Triano assassination task force disbanded." Arizona Daily Star, August 2. Wagner, Dennis. 1996. "Bombing death puzzles police." Arizona Republic, November 10: 33. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

59 mins

8 February Finished

Episode 535: Florence Burns and the Murder of Walter Brooks

Episode 535: Florence Burns and the Murder of Walter Brooks

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When twenty-year-old Walter Brooks was found dead from a bullet to the head on Valentine’s Day 1902, suspicion immediately fell on Brooks’ nineteen-year-old sometimes-girlfriend, Florence Burns. The two were known to have a tumultuous relationship and had fought violently on the morning of his death, and there was considerable evidence indicating that Burns had been in the hotel room at the time of Brooks’ murder. However, despite all the evidence indicating guilt, Florence Burns was never brought to trial for Brooks’ murder or even formally charged with a crime, and Walter Brooks murder officially remains an unsolved case in New York. While the story of Walter Brooks and Florence Burns is relatively uncomplicated in terms of the crime around which the story is built, the story is a remarkable illustration of the ways in which things like class, gender, and technological advances can influence and even shape how the law is applied in the United States. Indeed, at the time of the murder, the nation was undergoing incredibly social and cultural changes as a result of dramatically expanded transportation and communication technology, giving rise to a youth culture the likes of which had never been seen in the nation prior. That youth culture and the rebelliousness it produced in many young wealthy Americans played a direct role, not only in Walter’s life and death, but also in the socio-cultural perspectives and Victorian beliefs that allowed Florence to get away with murder. Thank you to the wondrous Dave White of Bring me the Axe Podcast & 99 Cent Rental for Research! References Evening World. 1902. "Denised she shot broker in hotel." Evening World, February 15: 1. Ferranti, Seth. 2019. The Affluenza Murder Case That Shocked America 100 Years Ago. March 15. Accessed December 11, 2023. https://www.vice.com/en/article/d3meyv/the-affluenza-murder-case-that-shocked-america-100-years-ago. McConnell, Virginia A. 2019. The Belle of Bedford Avenue: The Sensational Brooks-Burns Murder in Turn-of-the-Century New York. Kent, OH: The Kent State University Press. New York Times. 1902. "Brooks murder case ends." New York Times, May 21: 5. —. 1903. "Florence Burns on the stage." New York Times, February 15: 10. —. 1902. "Jerome on Burns case." New York Times, March 25: 7. —. 1902. "Man shot, girl arrested ." New York Times, February 16: 3. New York Tribune. 1910. "Florence Burns again in hands of police." New York Tribune, September 21: 1. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1 hour 25 mins

5 February Finished

Episode 534: The Story of Laurie Bembenek and the Tragic Murder of Christine Schultz (With Special Guest Holly Madison)

Episode 534: The Story of Laurie Bembenek and the Tragic Murder of Christine Schultz (With Special Guest Holly Madison)

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Holly Madison joins us to give us a sneak peak at one of the cases they are covering on Season Two of the Playboy Murders. We talk about the tragic murder of Christine Schultz and the trial, conviction, and escape of Laurie Bembenek. It's a tragic story that is light on justice for anyone! She also chats with us about the second season overall of the Playboy Murders which premiers on January 22nd! You can find it on Investigation ID and stream it on MAX! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

54 mins

1 February Finished

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