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.

Music in this episode by:

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.

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

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. 

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

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.

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

 

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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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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