Episode 52: The Socialite & The Gardening Shears:


Episode 52: The Socialite & The Gardening Shears: The Murder of Idella Thompson



In 1948, a Delta Mississippi socialite named Ruth Thompson Dickins, hacked her mother to death with gardening shears. She blamed the murder on a “negro” man she claimed attacked her as well. But a jury of 12 white men didn’t believe her, in Mississippi, in 1949. That fact alone is incredible. But with her prominent family, wealthy and aggressive “cotton man” husband and the backing of the elite white people of her town and county, the governor of Mississippi was finally badgered into suspending her sentence after she served only six years.

Episode 53: The Disappearance & Murder of Jessica Dishon




In 1999, a seventeen year old girl named Jessica Dishon was abducted out of her driveway in Shepherdsville, Kentucky as she was leaving for school. Though a rookie sheriff’s deputy tried to sound the alarm, a senior detective refused to come to the scene, dismissing her as a runaway. That mistake would kick off an egregious mishandling of the case, that included accusing an innocent neighbor with no real evidence. It would take fifteen years to bring Jessica’s real killer to justice. He was a serial pedophile, who had abused six children in the Dishon family.

Episode suggested by: Chelsea Biggers

Episode 54: The Black Widow of North Carolina


Episode 54: The Black Widow of North Carolina: Barbara Stager


Barbara Ford Stager is known as the Black Widow of North Carolina. She shot two husbands, ten years apart, as they lay sleeping in their marital beds. Her trial was an international sensation, with the media capitalizing on her femme fatale, man eating image. But is that all there is to Barbara’s story?

Suggested Reading: Before He Wakes: A True Story of Marriage, Sex & Murder by Jerry Bledsoe

Episode 55: The UpStairs Lounge Fire



In 1973, a horrific fire killed 32 people in the gay bar, the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans. When city and state officials and the churches turned their backs on the victims and survivors of the tragedy, the gay community rallied together. Today it is known as the beginning of the Gay Rights Movement in New Orleans.

Suggested Reading: The Up Stairs Lounge Arson: Thirty-Two Deaths in a New Orleans Gay Bar, June 24, 1973 by Clayton Delery-Edwards & Let the Faggots Burn: The UpStairs Lounge Fire by Johnny Townsend

Episode 56: Poisoning Patsy



In October of 1987, a beautiful Texas socialite and businesswoman was poisoned with strychnine. It was in the bottle of NyQuil she often used to help her go to sleep. Patsy Bolton Wright was a share holder in the Southwest Historical Wax Museum in Grand Prairie, Texas. Less than a year after her murder, the wax museum was burned to the ground by an arsonist. Neither crime has ever been solved.


Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley

 Researched by Erica & Vincent from the Gone Cold Podcast - Texas True Crime
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio 

Ep 57 & 58: Miami Beach Royalty: The Novack Murders


Part 1

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The history of the infamous Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach is fascinating. Mobsters, movie stars and and scandal helped the brilliant and ruthless hotelier Ben Novack Sr. propel his hotel onto the world stage, where it remains today. But the brutal murders of his ex-wife Bernice and son, Ben Jr. rocked America and the squabble over the Novack fortune is still winding through the Florida probate courts to this day. 

Part 2


This is the conclusion to Miami Beach Royalty: The Novack Murders. Within three months of each other, Bernice and Ben Novack Jr were brutally murdered. These were gruesome, vicious attacks and they were meticulously planned and executed. But the conspirators weren’t as smart as they thought. And after the criminal proceedings finally ended, the fight over Ben Novack Jr’s fortune became another epic battle.

Suggested Reading: The Prince of Paradise by John Glatt & Fools Paradise by Steven Gaines for more history of Miami Beach and an interview with Ben Novack Jr. 


Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio 



Episode 59: OJ Simpson-- Southern Fried Trashy Divorces:


OJ Simpson-- Southern Fried Trashy Divorces: A Crossover Episode


Today is a very special cross over episode with my friends from Trashy Divorces. We are discussing the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, as well as OJ Simpson’s two trashy divorces. This is not my usual format and there is indeed the explicit language I’m always warning you about.


Suggested Reading/Viewing:

 Without a Doubt by Marcia Clark
The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin
In Contempt by Christopher Darden

ESPN’s documentary: OJ Simpson: Made in America
American Crime Story’s The People vs OJ Simpson



If you or anyone you know are in danger, there are resources to help you. You are not alone. Please reach out:

US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
UK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247
Australia Rape & Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-737-732
Canada: http://thelifelinecanada.ca./help/call/ 


Hosted by Erica Kelley and Alicia & Stacie from Trashy Divorces
Edited and produced by: Trashy Divorces
Researched by Erica Kelley and Alicia & Stacie of Trashy Divorces
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio 



In 1982, America got their own Ken and Barbie killers a decade before the Canadian couple, Paul Bernardo and Karla Holmolka horrified the world with their depraved crimes - kidnapping, torturing and murdering young girls. Americans Alvin and Judith Neelley started out with petty crimes, dubbing themselves Boney and Claude. And then they escalated. Unlike Karla, Judith didn’t get a deal with the devil. Instead, at 18 years old, she became the youngest woman in the US to be sentenced to the death penalty 


Written, hosted, produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
Original Music by Rob Harrison-Gamma Radio