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  • 218: The Kidnapping of Carrie Lawson, Part 1

    13 JUN 2024 · In the wee hours of September 11, 1991, Earl and Carrie Lawson were awoken by an urgent phone call from a woman claiming to be a nurse who said Earl’s father was hospitalized and might not make it through the night. The couple threw on clothes and rushed out the door, only to be stopped by a masked man as they were getting in their Ford Explorer. He bound Earl with duct tape, then forced 25 year-old Carrie into the Explorer and raced off into the darkness. Their families were shocked to discover this was a kidnapping for ransom. It seemed like something you only saw in movies…but it was very real and they were terrified for Carrie. **Part 1 of 2.  Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley  Researched and written by Erica Kelley & Andrea Marshbank Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio  Edited & Mixed by Brandon Schexnayder & Erica Kelley Suggested by: Nocturnal Druid, Reagan Williams and Amanda Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/carrie-lawson This episode is brought to you by:   - Visit SimpliSafe.com/southernfried to get 20% off any new system with Fast Protect Monitoring. There’s no safe like SimpliSafe. - Füm: Start the Good Habit at tryfum.com and use code SFTC to get a free gift with. your the Journey Pack. Don’t panic, it’s botanic! - This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/SOUTHERN and get on your way to being your best self. - Indulge in affordable luxury! Go to Quince.com and use promo code SFTC for free shipping and 365 day returns
    44m 25s
  • 217: The Murder of Charlotte Childs

    28 MAY 2024 · In May of 1993, 18-year-old student Charlotte Childs was eagerly anticipating her high school graduation in Holly Hill, South Carolina. She was busy attending all sorts of pre-graduation celebrations in the lead-up to the big day, including a get-together for her fellow high school seniors the evening before. But after dropping her best friend home in the early hours of graduation day, Charlotte never made it home. Instead, her parents were woken by a call in the dark early hours that their daughter was in the hospital, fighting for her life.  DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES: - https://www.thehotline.org/: 800-799-7233 - National Domestic Violence Hotline:http://thehotline.org/ - Canada: visit thishttps://www.ctvnews.ca/w5/here-s-who-to-contact-if-you-need-help-dealing-with-domestic-violence-in-canada-1.5188182 to find the hotline in your area - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help: 0808 2000 247 - For resources in other countries, visit thishttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_domestic_violence_hotlines Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley  Researched and written by Gemma Harris  Additional writing by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio  Edited & Mixed by Brandon Schexnayder & Erica Kelley Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/charlotte-childs This episode is brought to you by:   - This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/SOUTHERN and get on your way to being your best self. - Visit SimpliSafe.com/southernfried to get 20% off any new system with Fast Protect Monitoring. There’s no safe like SimpliSafe. - Don’t pull the covers over your head, your health is too important. Download the Teladoc Health app today, or go to TelaDocHealth.com, to make scheduling your next doctor’s appointment so much easier. - Treat yourself to the best bras and shapewear on the market and save 20% Off at honeylove.com/SFTC. - Indulge in affordable luxury! Go to Quince.com and use promo code SFTC for free shipping. 
    33m 54s
  • 216: The Wellnitz Family Murders

    24 MAY 2024 · For nearly a decade, the Wellnitz family murders haunted the small town of Columbia, Kentucky. The tight knit community had no clue why these good people were mercilessly executed in their own home. They were known for their thriving veterinary clinic and their kind hearts. But someone had been viciously murdered the family and even though investigators were pretty sure they knew who did it, the case went cold. It took ten years and heroic undercover work to get justice for the Wellnitz family.  Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley  Researched and written by Andrea Marshbank  Additional writing by Erica Kelley Edited and Mixed by Brandon Schexnayder & Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio  Suggested by Dana Schmidt Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/wellnitz-family This episode is brought to you by:   - Visit SimpliSafe.com/southernfried to get 20% off any new system with Fast Protect Monitoring. There’s no safe like SimpliSafe. - Get the confidence of smelling great from your pits to your feet: try Lume, the whole body deodorant. Go to Lume.com and enter code SFTC for 15% off your order.  - Treat yourself to the best bras and shapewear on the market and save 20% off at honeylove.com/SFTC. - Füm: Start the Good Habit at tryfum.com/sftc to save 10% off the Journey Pack today. Don’t panic, it’s botanic! - Download the Teladoc Health app today, or go to TelaDocHealth.com, to schedule your next doctor’s appointment. Don’t pull the covers over your head, your health is too important! - This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Get it off your chest and try online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/SOUTHERN. 
    1h 16m 21s
  • 215: The Death of Annie Burkett Shell

    11 MAY 2024 · Parents have to trust caregivers. It’s just a fact of life. Often we feel more comfortable with a family friend than a daycare. That’s what Tiffany and David Shell did for their daughter Annie. They trusted Brandi Giannunzio. She babysat their two youngest daughters. She was good with their girls. They had no reason to believe Brandi would leave their girls with her boyfriend. They had never met Benjamin Brown. But on August 9, 2018, he was left alone with their daughters. And then they had to face the unthinkable.  Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley  Researched and written by Erica Kelley & Gemma Harris Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio Edited & Mixed by Brandon Schexnayder and Erica Kelley  RESOURCES FOR CHILD ABUSE Visit this https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/family-resources-library/prevent-shaken-baby-syndrome for preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome https://www.childhelphotline.org/: 1-800-422-4453 For resources specific to each state, visit this https://www.childhelphotline.org/how-it-works/#hotline-map Canada: visit this https://cwrp.ca/provincial-and-territorial-assistance#:~:text=Prince%20Edward%20Island-,To%20report%20suspected%20child%20maltreatment,-800-341-6868.to find the hotline in your area https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/reporting-abuse/report/ 0808 800 5000 Visit this https://www.childhelphotline.org/identify-abuse/for help recognizing child abuse Sources: https://southernfriedtruecrime.com/annie-burkett-shell This episode is brought to you by:   - Don’t pull the covers over your head, your health is too important. Download the Teladoc Health app today, or go to TelaDocHealth.com, to make scheduling your next doctor’s appointment so much easier.   - Indulge in affordable luxury! Go to Quince.com and use promo code SFTC for free shipping.  - Give all the “moms” in your life a unique, heartfelt gift you’ll all cherish for years—go to StoryWorth.com/southernfried and save $10 of your first purchase. 
    1h 3m 58s
  • Listen Now: Happily Never After: Dan & Nancy

    9 MAY 2024 · Nancy Brophy fills her novels with romantic betrayals and murder. It’s a far cry from her quiet life in the suburbs, where she and her chef husband, Dan, are living out their golden years. But when Dan is shot dead, Nancy finds herself at the center of a murder case that could be ripped from the pages of her novels. From Wondery, this is a story about what happens when the line blurs between fiction and reality. Listen to Happily Never After: Dan & Nancy early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts. https://wondery.app.link/HNADN_SFTC
    5m 8s
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    214: Erasing Laura Ackerson, Part 2

    1 MAY 2024 · After Laura Ackerson lost full custody of her sons, she was heartbroken, but she sprang into action. Within 2 weeks, she got another hearing but she still only got weekends. She had to completely overhaul her life. Within a year, Laura found a great apartment and opened her own ad agency—not just a stable job, but a career she was proud of. Meanwhile, Grant Hayes had blown through most of his new wife’s money. His life was swirling down the drain. And with the court ordered pysch evaluation, he knew he was about to lose custody of his kids. Laura had won. He couldn’t let that happen. So when she went missing a month before their next custody hearing, her friends immediately feared the worst. But I’m not sure in their worst nightmares, they could have been prepared to what happened to Laura Ackerson.  RESOURCES FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - https://www.thehotline.org/: 800-799-7233 - National Domestic Violence Hotline:http://thehotline.org/ - Canada: visit thishttps://www.ctvnews.ca/w5/here-s-who-to-contact-if-you-need-help-dealing-with-domestic-violence-in-canada-1.5188182 to find the hotline in your area - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help: 0808 2000 247 - For resources in other countries, visit thishttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_domestic_violence_hotlines Hosted, produced and written by Erica Kelley  Researched by Erica and Andrea Marshbank Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio  Edited & Mixed by Brandon Schexnayder & Erica Kelley  Case suggested by Marcia Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/laura-ackerson-part-2 This episode is brought to you by:   - Visit SimpliSafe.com/southernfried to get 20% off any new system with Fast Protect Monitoring. There’s no safe like SimpliSafe. - They say time waits for no one, and neither should payday--See EarnIn.com/TOS for more details. - Treat yourself to the best bras and shapewear on the market and save 20% Off at honeylove.com/SFTC. - Nutrition the way nature intended, with real fruits and vegetables, not extracts. Go to FieldOfGreens.com and use promo code SOUTHERNFRIED for 15% off your first order plus free shipping.  - Control Body Odor ANYWHERE with @lumedeodorant and get 15% off with promo code SFTC at LumeDeodorant.com! https://paper.dropbox.com/?q=%23lumepod - Füm: Start the Good Habit at https://tryfum.com/sftc  to save 10% off the Journey Pack today. - Don’t pull the covers over your head, your health is too important. Download the Teladoc Health app today, or go to TelaDocHealth.com, to make scheduling your next doctor’s appointment so much easier.  
    1h 40m 44s
  • 213: Erasing Laura Ackerson, Part 1

    22 APR 2024 · 27-year-old Laura Jean Ackerson had a really tough start in life. The single mother of two worked hard to build her own small support system in Kinston, North Carolina. Her brother and best friend were the only people she really had. After Laura survived a whirlwind relationship with a charismatic but narcissistic musician, she faced a vicious custody battle with him. Grant Hayes was a glorified bar star and lazy husband and father. But by July 2011, Laura was finally slipping out of his controlling and abusive grasp. She was winning. Her abuser had lost control. The most dangerous time for a woman.  Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley  Researched and written by Erica Kelley Andrea Marshbank Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio  Edited & Mixed by Brandon Schexnayder & Erica Kelley  Case suggested by Marcia Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/laura-ackerson RESOURCES FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - https://www.thehotline.org/: 800-799-7233 - National Domestic Violence Hotline:http://thehotline.org/ - Canada: visit thishttps://www.ctvnews.ca/w5/here-s-who-to-contact-if-you-need-help-dealing-with-domestic-violence-in-canada-1.5188182 to find the hotline in your area - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help: 0808 2000 247 - For resources in other countries, visit thishttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_domestic_violence_hotlines This episode is brought to you by:   - Unlock Jennifer Anniston approved hair at LolaVie.com and use code SFTC at check out to get 15% off your order.   - Treat yourself to the best bras and shapewear on the market and save 20% Off at honeylove.com/SFTC
    53m 4s
  • 212: The Whitaker Family Slayings

    26 MAR 2024 · In December of 2003, 23-year-old Bart Whitaker had just finished his finals and was about to graduate from college. That night, he went to dinner to celebrate with his parents, Tricia and Kent, and his younger brother Kevin. As they returned home and walked through their door, they were ambushed by a masked gunman. Initially, authorities suspected that this was a burglary gone wrong. But before the funerals had even taken place, detectives discovered that Bart had lied about graduating. And that was just the beginning.  Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley  Researched and written by Andrea Marshbank and Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio Edited & Mixed by Brandon Schexnayder and Erica Kelley  Suggested by Jessica, Donna, Michelle, and Kyle Sources: https://southernfriedtruecrime.com/whitaker-family-massacre This episode is brought to you by:   - Get your year started off right with healthy new vitamins. For 50% off your first month, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code SFTC50 - Try the revolutionary whole body deodorant Lume. Go to Lume.com and enter code SFTC for $5 off the starter pack.  - Indulge in affordable luxury! Go to Quince.com and use promo code SFTC for free shipping.  - Sign up for Newspapers.com--your ultimate resource for exploring the mysteries of the past. Use code SFTrueCrime and get 20% off your subscription. - They say time waits for no one, and neither should payday--See EarnIn.com/TOS for more details.
    1h 2m 15s
  • 211: Evil or Innocent Twins: Betty, Peggy & The Murder of Dr Jack Wilson

    10 MAR 2024 · On May 22 1992, Betty Wilson frantically called 911 from her Huntsville, Alabama home. She found her husband, the esteemed Dr. Jack Wilson, in a pool of blood. Someone had bludgeoned and stabbed him to death. Initially, police had no suspects. Until an anonymous tip led them to a man named James White. James confessed to killing Dr. Wilson to prove his love for Betty’s twin sister, Peggy. According to James, Peggy had insisted that he murder her sister’s husband. But, according to Peggy and Betty, James was nothing but a deranged liar. Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley  Researched and written by Andrea Marshbank and Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner  Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio  Edited & Mixed by Brandon Schexnayder & Erica Kelley  Sources: https://southernfriedtruecrime.com/jack-wilson This episode is brought to you by:   - This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/SOUTHERN and get on your way to being your best self. - Treat yourself to the best bras and shapewear on the market and save 20% Off at honeylove.com/SFTC. - Get a special 20% off any new SimpliSafe system when you sign up for Fast Protect Monitoring at SimpliSafe.com/southernfried - “There’s no safe like SimpliSafe” - True Crime Podcast Training: Go to TrueCrimePodcastTraining.com today and enter code SFTC to get $150 off ANY course. 
    1h 25m 41s
  • REMASTERED Ep66: Tex & Diane McIver: Accident or Murder?

    4 MAR 2024 · Late on a Sunday night in September of 2016, Atlanta power couple, Tex and Diane McIver, were driving back into the city and got caught in Atlanta’s notorious traffic. Diane’s best friend was driving as Diane rode in the passenger seat and her husband, Tex, sat directly behind her. When they were stopped in what they considered a dangerous part of town, Tex asked for his gun, and then fell asleep. What happened next would cause one of the most hotly debated criminal cases in recent Atlanta history. Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Edited and mixed by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio **Remastered version Sources: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/66-tex-diane-mciver-accident-or-murder
    48m 4s

Erica Kelley is a native Tennessean exploring historical and contemporary true crime in the South. Southern charm is attempted but southern sass is bountiful. Join her as she shows you...

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Erica Kelley is a native Tennessean exploring historical and contemporary true crime in the South. Southern charm is attempted but southern sass is bountiful. Join her as she shows you just how southern fried the justice system can be in the Deep South.
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