Bless this Mess: A Southern True Crime Podcast
62.  The Murder of Janet Siclari

62. The Murder of Janet Siclari

March 25, 2020

In August of 1993, 35 year-old Janet Siclari was vacationing in North Carolina with her brother and friends.  After having such a good time, they decided to stay just one more night.  This last night would prove fatal for Janet, her brother woke to find his sisters body surrounded by police on the beach in front of their hotel.  After years of no leads, the CODIS system would finally find Janets killer through DNA.

Sources:  "Forensic Files: Surfside Homicide" and State of North Carolina vs. Berry

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61.  Arkansas Triple Murders

61. Arkansas Triple Murders

March 11, 2020

In 1997, Dominique “Nicki” Hurd was starting school at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  She was smart, beautiful, and earned a scholarship as a cheerleader for the University.  All this would come to a crashing end when she was murdered in the fall of 1998.  Her murderer was captured and convicted but this would not be the end of the devastation he would cause.  

Sources:  The Pine Bluff Commercial, KATV Channel 7, Kennth vs. Arkansas, Arkansas Democrat Gazette

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60.  The Murder of Julie Griffith

60. The Murder of Julie Griffith

February 25, 2020

In January of 2014, 911 operators were called to the residence of Keith and Julie Griffith in Kentucky.  The house that they had raised their two sons in was completely in flames.  After putting out the fire, investigators found 55 year old Julie inside, next to her bed along with their two dogs, Cleo and Daisy.  At first it seemed to be an accident, they thought Julie had died from smoke inhalation.  But while doing a routine autopsy, they found three bullet wounds in Julies torso.  Julie had no enemies, who would have done this to her?  

Sources:  The Paducah Sun, Dateline "Consumed"

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59.  The Murder of Kay Parsons

59. The Murder of Kay Parsons

February 11, 2020

Kay Parsons was living in Grovetown, Georgia with her husband David and their twelve year old son, Derek.  They seem to have everything going for them, a nice home, great neighbors, and busy with their sons baseball activities.  But in March of 2009, the neighborhood would be shocked when Kay was found in her home, beaten within an inch of her life.  Her home was ransacked as well as her best friends home which was just across the street.  Join us while we discuss this bizarre case and how the police caught the most unlikely of suspects. 

 

Sources:  Augusta Chronicle, Dateline "Murder on Hot Springs Drive"

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58.  The Murder of Chiquita Tate

58. The Murder of Chiquita Tate

January 25, 2020

In 2009, Chiquita Tate had it all working as a defense attorney in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  But one night in February, she was brutally murdered.  Police work through the people in her life wondering if it could be a client of hers, she had everything going for her, who would want to hurt Chiquita?  Join us while we discuss the tragic case of Chiquita and how a promising life was cut short.

Sources:  Essence magazine, the Advocate, Dateline:  Shining Star, State v Harris

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57.  The Murder of Hope Hall

57. The Murder of Hope Hall

December 17, 2019

In 1994, Hope Hall was busy making her dreams come true.  Through hard work and focus, she landed a job as a Production Assistant at the local Richmond, Virginia TV station.  Soon, though, Hope would not be the one producing the news, she would be the news.  After being brutally murdered in her apartment, the case goes cold.  It would take developing a DNA database to finally catch the killer.

Sources:  "Johnson vs. Commonwealth" WWBT, and "Forensic Files:  Breaking News"

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56.  The Murder of Diane Holik

56. The Murder of Diane Holik

November 30, 2019

In 2001, Diane Holik was living a great life in Austin, Texas.  She had a great career, beautiful home, and tons of friends that loved her.  The only thing Diane felt she was missing was a partner to spend her life with so when she meets a successful business man from Houston online, she thinks she has found the one.  They quickly become engaged and she makes plans to sell her home in Austin and move to Houston.  But one stormy night in November, Diane's plans would be halted when someone comes into her home and murders her.

Sources:  "Russo V. State" and "Dateline: After the Storm"

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55. The Murder of Quincy Brown

55. The Murder of Quincy Brown

November 12, 2019

In May of 1996, Eddie and Elise Makdessi were enjoying a nice night out in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  The evening would quickly turn into a nightmare when they entered their apartment and were attacked.  The night would end with only Eddie surviving, Elise and their attacker both dead.  As police investigate the murder, they soon realize all is not as it seems with Eddie and Elise.  Join us while we discuss the strange case of the Makdessi’s and how an innocent man was caught in their lies.

Sources: "Forensic Files" and "48 Hours Mystery"

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54.  The Murder of Gary Larson

54. The Murder of Gary Larson

October 29, 2019

In 1986, in Edmond, Oklahoma, Gary Larson is in bed with his girlfriend.  They hear a noise so he gets up to check it out.  He is confronted by a man wearing nothing but underwear and gloves.  By the end of the night, Gary will be dead and his girlfriend will have endured hours of torture.  It will take 18 years but police finally track down this peeping-tom turned murderer.  

Sources: The Daily Oklahoman, "Solved", and "Forensic Files"

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53.  The Abduction of Martha “Doe” Roberts

53. The Abduction of Martha “Doe” Roberts

October 17, 2019

In 1992, 64 year old Martha "Doe" Roberts was at home having breakfast with her husband of 44 years before he headed off to work.  It was a typical day for the couple, but later that today, her husband would come home to find Doe missing.  Soon after, ransom phone calls began coming in but the kidnapper never followed through with the plans.  Follow us while we discuss the strange case of Doe Roberts and the cat and mouse game her husband and the police had to play to find Doe.

Sources: Forensic Files

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