Robert Champion


Michael Deng


Tim Piazza


Hazing is unfortunately a common practice that can often turn deadly. In this episode, I cover the unfortunate deaths of three college students – 26-year-old Robert Champion, 19-year-old Michael Deng, and 19-year-old Tim Piazza.

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Will and Racquel Smith

Will Smith

Cardell Hayes

Cardell Hayes and his son

Cardell's friend Kevin O'Neill

Racquel Smith leaving court

Protestors outside the courthouse

On April 9, 2016, a road rage shooting took place in New Orleans, Louisiana that would claim the life of former NFL star Will Smith. With conflicting stories from both sides, what would happen during the trial of the man accused of killing him?


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Charles Erickson


Kent Heitholt


Ryan Ferguson


Charles Erickson testifying against Ryan Ferguson


Kent's car in the Columbia Daily Tribune parking lot


Ryan Ferguson leaving prison with Dateline's Keith Morrison


Ryan's post-release press conference


Crime scene photo with M Boyd in the background


Charles Erickson and his mom


It’s a story that has been told numerous times before – On Halloween night in 2001, Kent Heitholt, a 48-year-old sports editor, was brutally murdered in the Columbia Tribune parking lot as he was leaving work.

Ryan Ferguson and Charles Erickson were arrested years later and charged with murder, although none of the forensic evidence at the scene matched either of the men. The case would slowly fall apart, amid witness recantations, and accusations of corruption.

Ryan would eventually be released, but Charlie remains in prison. In this episode, I speak to Charlie and get his side of the story, along with updates in the case. Visit for more info.

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Corporal Bryon Dickson (left) and Trooper Alex Douglass 


Blooming Grove Barracks


Eric Frein


Eric Frein Arrest


Eric Frein Campsite


Pipe bomb found at campsite


Manhunt Map


In September 2014, the Blooming Grove Barracks in Pike County, Pennsylvania came under attack by a sniper, hiding in the woods.

What followed was a tragedy, a manhunt, and a death penalty trial.

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