Conrad Roy III


Michelle Carter


Michelle Carter, during the reading of the verdict


Conrad Roy at his graduation


At just 18 years old, Conrad Roy III tragically took his own life in July 2014. When police arrived at the scene, they found his cell phone, which would reveal some shocking text messages he had been exchanging with his alleged girlfriend at the time, 17-year-old Michelle Carter. Was Michelle encouraging him to commit suicide, and if so, could she be found legally responsible for his death?

A special thank you to Daniel Medwed from Northeastern University and Kelly Montemurro for her help with researching this case. Follow Daniel on Twitter @DanielMedwed.

To watch the entire trial on YouTube, check out LadyJustice2188’s Channel. This podcast contains selected clips, but you can find the entire trial on that channel (along with many other trials).

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Mother Emanuel AME Church Members


Dylann Roof at first bail hearing


Dylann Roof entering the church


Dylann Roof


On June 17, 2015, 21-year-old Dylann Roof walked into the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and joined the weekly Bible Study. The 12 church members welcomed the newcomer, completely unaware of his evil intentions.

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Lisa Knoefel

Sabrina Zunich

Kevin Knoefel

Kevin Knoefel in court

Knoefel home

In November 2012, a horrific murder occurred in a charming single family home in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. But everything wasn’t as it seemed…

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Stacy and her attorneys


In October 2011, a 32-year-old Ohio teacher went on trial for sexual battery, accused of having inappropriate relations with 5 of her students. Her plea? Not guilty by reason of insanity.

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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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Aaron Hernandez in the NFL


Daniel de Abreu


Safiro Furtado


Alexander Bradley


Aaron after hearing the verdict


Aaron and his Defense team


In March 2017, former NFL star and already-convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez went on trial for the murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Daniel and Safiro were murdered in July 2012, after a possible encounter with Aaron Hernandez at a Boston nightclub.

Five days after his trial was over, an unexpected turn of events would change Aaron’s criminal record forever.

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Lisa Cecilia Harnum


Simon Gittany


Lisa and Simon


Simon And Rachelle Louise


69 seconds before Lisa's death


Simon in the elevator after Lisa's death


Simon on his way outside after Lisa's death


The note found in Lisa's pocket


On July 30, 2011, 30-year-old Lisa Cecilia Harnum died, after falling from her 15th floor balcony. Her fiancé, Simon Gittany, was arrested and charged with murder. Thank you to Melissa for suggesting this case, and a special thank you to Andrea Alden and Amy Dale, for helping me out with this episode.

Follow Amy Dale on Twitter: @amydale_tweets

Check out Amy Dale’s book about the case, The Fall

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