Kelsey Smith was just 18 years old when she was abducted from a Target parking lot in Overland Park, Kansas in June 2007. Finding her would take a battle with a cellular phone company and heartbreaking surveillance video from Target, that shows that no one is ever really safe, even if you’re running a simple errand in broad daylight.

A special thank you to Kelsey’s mom, Missey Smith, for speaking with me for this episode. To learn more about the Kelsey Smith Foundation and the Kelsey Smith Act, please visit

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In this episode, I take you behind-the-scenes of each case I covered in the Court Junkie podcast, as well as go over the latest updates. You’ll also hear from Pravin Varughese’s mom and family friend, as well as other Court Junkies.


Also in the episode, I talk about the photos of Pravin’s injuries that his family had posted online. The photos are of Pravin after his body had been found. They are very graphic but his family feels that they are important to see so you can understand why they feel the way they do. If you’re interested in viewing them, you can click on the following link, but please be aware that they may be disturbing. –

Towards the end of this episode, I talk about a special group of True Crime Women Podcasters. Below is a list of all the podcasts in the group – If you’re looking to add more true crime podcasts to your subscription list, please consider checking these out:

Thin Air, The Vanished, In Sight, White Wine True Crime, Slaughter, Curiosity Kills, Bay Area Mystery Club, Twisted Philly, True Crime Asia, They Walk Among Us, Unsolved Podcast, The Apex & The Abyss, Once Upon A Crime, Already Gone, Actual Innocence, Crime & Precedents, Ex Post Podcast, Most Foully Murthered