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.

Thank you to Emily Pualwan from HazingPrevention.org, and Doug Fierberg from tfnlgroup.com and schoolviolencelaw.com.

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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 FreeCharlesErickson.com 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 https://www.amazon.com/Fall-Amy-Dale/dp/1459687906

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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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