Charlie Tan

 

The Tan Home

 

Prosecutor Gargan Argues in Court

 

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, 19-year-old Cornell University student Charlie Tan suddenly left campus to return to his hometown, over 100 miles away. Four days later, his mother would place a 911 call that would change their lives forever.

NOTE: To listen to the 911 calls in their entirety, check out the Democrat & Chronicle for their complete coverage.

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Music in this episode by:

 

Kenia Monge

 

Kenia and her mom, Maria

 

Kenia and her sister Kim

 

Kenia and her siblings

 

The memorial site where Kenia was found

 

Kenia's engraved stone

 

19-year-old Kenia Monge disappeared after a night out with friends on April 1, 2011. As her family launched a desperate campaign to find her, her father met with the man who last saw her, a man who said he had tried giving her a ride home the night she went missing. From that moment on, her father knew they would never find her alive.

A special thank you to Tony and Maria Lee, Kenia’s parents, for speaking with me about their daughter’s case. 

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Music in this episode from freemusicarchive.org:

Christy Mack and War Machine

 

Christy's injuries

 

Christy testifies against War Machine

 

War Machine at his trial

 

In August 2014, 22-year-old Christy Mack and her friend Corey Thomas were abruptly awoken in the middle of the night by Christy’s ex-boyfriend, an MMA fighter named War Machine.  What followed was a brutal attack that would land both of them in the hospital with severe injuries, and cause War Machine to go on the run.

War Machine was captured and went on trial in March 2017. Christy had to face her attacker in court and recount brutal details from not only that night, but from throughout their relationship.

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Music in this episode from freemusicarchive.org under Attribution license:

– Haka by Rocco Granata – http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rocco_Granata/Works_1733/Rocco_Granata_-_04_-_Haka
– Eyelids Grow Heavy by Master Toad – http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Master_Toad/Lucid_Dreamer_Nightmare_Progression_5/02_-_Master_Toad_-_Eyelids_Grow_Heavy
– Undead by Rocco Granata – http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rocco_Granata/Works_1733/Rocco_Granata_-_03_-_Undead
– Never Asked by Unheard Music Concepts – http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Unheard_Music_Concepts/Industry/04_Never_Asked

Cody Legebokoff

 

Jill Stuchenko

 

Loren Leslie

 

Cynthia Maas

 

Natasha Montgomery

 

In November 2010, 20-year-old Cody Legebokoff was pulled over by an RCMP officer while speeding away from a dark abandoned road. Little did the officer realize that his actions that night would be stopping a serial killer in his tracks.

This episode covers the case and trial of Cody Legebokoff, one of Canada’s youngest serial killers.

Thank you to Mark Nielsen for helping me cover this story. You can find Mark’s full coverage of the Cody Legebokoff case from the Prince George Citizen here, including the audio from Cody’s interrogations – http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/legebokoff-trial

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Music in this episode is from freemusicarchive.org under an Attribution license:

Music from dig.ccmixter.org:

In Part 2 of this episode, you’ll hear about the third arrest in the murder of 62-year-old Sheila Von Weise-Mack. And with this arrest, comes some additional shocking evidence against Heather and Tommy, in the form of their own words. You’ll also hear how Heather and Tommy are coping at the Kerobokan Prison in Bali, and what’s next in the investigation.

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In this episode, I explore the case of Sheila Von Weise-Mack, a Chicago mother who was murdered while on vacation in Bali with her 19-year-old daughter. After wheeling a suspicious-looking suitcase out into the lobby upon checkout from their resort, Sheila’s daughter, Heather Mack, and Heather’s boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, flee the scene.  Investigators are horrified to find Sheila’s body inside the suitcase. 

Justice in Bali is a lot different than justice in other parts of the world. In Part 1, you’ll hear details of the crime, as the court in Bali hears them.

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In the early morning hours of June 14, 2007, a 32-year-old man is found walking down the side of a frontage road off I-55 in Channahon, Illinois. He’s bleeding and seemingly in shock. A passerby calls 911 and investigators arrive at the scene. They find the man’s wife and three children, dead in the family’s SUV.

In this episode, I cover the trial of Christopher Vaughn, a husband and father accused of killing his wife and three children.

A special thank you to Jon Seidel, a reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times for contributing to this episode. You can follow him on Twitter at @SeidelContent.

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In this episode, I cover former NFL player Aaron Hernandez’s harsh fall from grace. In 2015, Aaron was convicted of the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. As he sits in prison, he is now preparing for yet another trial, scheduled to begin next month.

I speak with Kevin Armstrong (@KevinGArmstrong) from the New York Daily News about Aaron’s arrest, trial, and upcoming trial.

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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 kelseysarmy.org.

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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.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

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. – https://www.facebook.com/realitycheck.monicazukas/posts/1043334495795100?pnref=story

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