Wondery Presents: Frozen Head Image

Wondery Presents: Frozen Head

24 January 2023 - 4 mins
Podcast Series Southern Fried True Crime

Hosted by Ash Kelley and Alaina Urquhart from the hit show Morbid.

When 90-year-old Laurence Pilgeram drops dead on the sidewalk outside his condo, you might think that’s the end of his story. But, really, it’s just the beginning. Because Laurence and others like him have signed up to be frozen and brought back to life in the future. And that belief will pull multiple generations of the Pilgeram family into a cryonics soap opera filled with dead pets, gold coins, grenades, fist fights, mysterious packages, family feuds, Hall of Fame baseball legends, and frozen heads — lots of frozen heads. From Wondery, comes a story about life, death, and what comes next.

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218: The Kidnapping of Carrie Lawson

218: The Kidnapping of Carrie Lawson

In the wee hours of September 11, 1991, Earl and Carrie Lawson were awoken by an urgent phone call from a woman claiming to be a nurse who said Earl’s father was hospitalized and might not make it through the night. The couple threw on clothes and rushed out the door, only to be stopped by a masked man as they were getting in their Ford Explorer. He bound Earl with duct tape, then forced 25 year-old Carrie into the Explorer and raced off into the darkness. Their families were shocked to discover this was a kidnapping for ransom. It seemed like something you only saw in movies…but it was very real and they were terrified for Carrie.  Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley  Researched and written by Erica Kelley & Andrea Marshbank Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio  Edited & Mixed by Brandon Schexnayder & Erica Kelley Suggested by: Nocturnal Druid, Reagan Williams and Amanda Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/carrie-lawson This episode is brought to you by:   Visit SimpliSafe.com/southernfried to get 20% off any new system with Fast Protect Monitoring. There’s no safe like SimpliSafe.Füm: Start the Good Habit at tryfum.com and use code SFTC to get a free gift with. your the Journey Pack. Don’t panic, it’s botanic!This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/SOUTHERN and get on your way to being your best self.Indulge in affordable luxury! Go to Quince.com and use promo code SFTC for free shipping and 365 day returns

44 mins

13 June Finished

217: The Murder of Charlotte Childs

217: The Murder of Charlotte Childs

In May of 1993, 18-year-old student Charlotte Childs was eagerly anticipating her high school graduation in Holly Hill, South Carolina. She was busy attending all sorts of pre-graduation celebrations in the lead-up to the big day, including a get-together for her fellow high school seniors the evening before. But after dropping her best friend home in the early hours of graduation day, Charlotte never made it home. Instead, her parents were woken by a call in the dark early hours that their daughter was in the hospital, fighting for her life.  DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES: US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233National Domestic Violence Hotline: thehotline.orgCanada: visit this website to find the hotline in your areaUK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247For resources in other countries, visit this websiteHosted and produced by Erica Kelley  Researched and written by Gemma Harris  Additional writing by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio  Edited & Mixed by Brandon Schexnayder & Erica Kelley Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/charlotte-childs This episode is brought to you by:   This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/SOUTHERN and get on your way to being your best self.Visit SimpliSafe.com/southernfried to get 20% off any new system with Fast Protect Monitoring. There’s no safe like SimpliSafe.Don’t pull the covers over your head, your health is too important. Download the Teladoc Health app today, or go to TelaDocHealth.com, to make scheduling your next doctor’s appointment so much easier.Treat yourself to the best bras and shapewear on the market and save 20% Off at honeylove.com/SFTC.Indulge in affordable luxury! Go to Quince.com and use promo code SFTC for free shipping. 

33 mins

28 May Finished

216: The Wellnitz Family Murders

216: The Wellnitz Family Murders

For nearly a decade, the Wellnitz family murders haunted the small town of Columbia, Kentucky. The tight knit community had no clue why these good people were mercilessly executed in their own home. They were known for their thriving veterinary clinic and their kind hearts. But someone had been viciously murdered the family and even though investigators were pretty sure they knew who did it, the case went cold. It took ten years and heroic undercover work to get justice for the Wellnitz family.  Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley  Researched and written by Andrea Marshbank  Additional writing by Erica Kelley Edited and Mixed by Brandon Schexnayder & Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio  Suggested by Dana Schmidt Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/wellnitz-family This episode is brought to you by:   Visit SimpliSafe.com/southernfried to get 20% off any new system with Fast Protect Monitoring. There’s no safe like SimpliSafe.Get the confidence of smelling great from your pits to your feet: try Lume, the whole body deodorant. Go to Lume.com and enter code SFTC for 15% off your order. Treat yourself to the best bras and shapewear on the market and save 20% off at honeylove.com/SFTC.Füm: Start the Good Habit at tryfum.com/sftc to save 10% off the Journey Pack today. Don’t panic, it’s botanic!Download the Teladoc Health app today, or go to TelaDocHealth.com, to schedule your next doctor’s appointment. Don’t pull the covers over your head, your health is too important!This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Get it off your chest and try online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/SOUTHERN. 

1 hour 16 mins

24 May Finished

215: The Death of Annie Burkett Shell

215: The Death of Annie Burkett Shell

Parents have to trust caregivers. It’s just a fact of life. Often we feel more comfortable with a family friend than a daycare. That’s what Tiffany and David Shell did for their daughter Annie. They trusted Brandi Giannunzio. She babysat their two youngest daughters. She was good with their girls. They had no reason to believe Brandi would leave their girls with her boyfriend. They had never met Benjamin Brown. But on August 9, 2018, he was left alone with their daughters. And then they had to face the unthinkable.  Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley  Researched and written by Erica Kelley & Gemma Harris Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio Edited & Mixed by Brandon Schexnayder and Erica Kelley  RESOURCES FOR CHILD ABUSE Visit this website for preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome US National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453 For resources specific to each state, visit this website Canada: visit this website to find the hotline in your area UK Child Abuse Hotline: 0808 800 5000 Visit this website for help recognizing child abuse Sources: https://southernfriedtruecrime.com/annie-burkett-shell This episode is brought to you by:   Don’t pull the covers over your head, your health is too important. Download the Teladoc Health app today, or go to TelaDocHealth.com, to make scheduling your next doctor’s appointment so much easier.  Indulge in affordable luxury! Go to Quince.com and use promo code SFTC for free shipping. Give all the “moms” in your life a unique, heartfelt gift you’ll all cherish for years—go to StoryWorth.com/southernfried and save $10 of your first purchase. 

1 hour 3 mins

11 May Finished

Listen Now: Happily Never After: Dan & Nancy

Listen Now: Happily Never After: Dan & Nancy

Nancy Brophy fills her novels with romantic betrayals and murder. It’s a far cry from her quiet life in the suburbs, where she and her chef husband, Dan, are living out their golden years. But when Dan is shot dead, Nancy finds herself at the center of a murder case that could be ripped from the pages of her novels. From Wondery, this is a story about what happens when the line blurs between fiction and reality. Listen to Happily Never After: Dan & Nancy early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts. https://wondery.app.link/HNADN_SFTC

5 mins

9 May Finished

214: Erasing Laura Ackerson, Part 2

214: Erasing Laura Ackerson, Part 2

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After Laura Ackerson lost full custody of her sons, she was heartbroken, but she sprang into action. Within 2 weeks, she got another hearing but she still only got weekends. She had to completely overhaul her life. Within a year, Laura found a great apartment and opened her own ad agency—not just a stable job, but a career she was proud of. Meanwhile, Grant Hayes had blown through most of his new wife’s money. His life was swirling down the drain. And with the court ordered pysch evaluation, he knew he was about to lose custody of his kids. Laura had won. He couldn’t let that happen. So when she went missing a month before their next custody hearing, her friends immediately feared the worst. But I’m not sure in their worst nightmares, they could have been prepared to what happened to Laura Ackerson.  RESOURCES FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233National Domestic Violence Hotline: thehotline.orgCanada: visit this website to find the hotline in your areaUK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247For resources in other countries, visit this website Hosted, produced and written by Erica Kelley  Researched by Erica and Andrea Marshbank Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio  Edited & Mixed by Brandon Schexnayder & Erica Kelley  Case suggested by Marcia Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/laura-ackerson-part-2 This episode is brought to you by:   Visit SimpliSafe.com/southernfried to get 20% off any new system with Fast Protect Monitoring. There’s no safe like SimpliSafe.They say time waits for no one, and neither should payday--See EarnIn.com/TOS for more details.Treat yourself to the best bras and shapewear on the market and save 20% Off at honeylove.com/SFTC.Nutrition the way nature intended, with real fruits and vegetables, not extracts. Go to FieldOfGreens.com and use promo code SOUTHERNFRIED for 15% off your first order plus free shipping. Control Body Odor ANYWHERE with @lumedeodorant and get 15% off with promo code SFTC at LumeDeodorant.com! #lumepodFüm: Start the Good Habit at https://tryfum.com/sftc  to save 10% off the Journey Pack today.Don’t pull the covers over your head, your health is too important. Download the Teladoc Health app today, or go to TelaDocHealth.com, to make scheduling your next doctor’s appointment so much easier.  

1 hour 40 mins

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