Victor Saldano was convicted of murder and sentenced to death for a murder he committed in Plano, Texas. His mental state has declined severely and it brings into question, should we reconsider the death penalty for those who experience a severe mental defect as a result of the isolation they experience on death row? Share your thoughts below.
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In the first half of this episode, we discuss the unthinkable It’s terrible when a child loses his parents to violence. It is unthinkable to know a child witnessed the murder of his parents.
In the second half, we will discuss Halfways houses, formally known as residential reentry centers, serve various purposes. Halfways houses of any kind make many residents in the area nervous, and trigger the NIMBY effect – the Not In My Back Yard. Some halfways houses are focused on recovering addicts, as a transitional point between treatment and return to normal lives. Others are focused on mental health issues, and still others as a transitional point between incarceration and a return to society.
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On a November night, in 1996, a reclusive, homeless Hispanic woman, named Sophia Torres, was walking to a friend’s home, around 10:00 at night. She took a shortcut through a dark park, but this decision cost her her life. With no leads, and no reason anyone would have to kill the shy woman, would her killer be found?
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On Halloween, 1985, an hour after leaving the courtroom, a Los Angeles Police Department Detective was assassinated in front of his small son. His last act of love was to protect his child. A police detective has many enemies, so would they find his killer?
The bond between a mother and child is a strong one. Most mothers would do anything for their child and vice versa. Some would even kill for their child. But what happens when a mother recruits her son to aid in her life of crime, which included offenses ranging from petty theft to murder? That is precisely what happened with today’s story about Sante and her son, Kenny Kimes Jr. A mother-son duo that became unlikely, yet dangerous criminals, taking the lives of at least three innocent people.
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Listen to Criminal Conduct: On September 2nd, 2010, 24-year-old Michelle O’Connell broke up with her boyfriend, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Deputy, Jeremy Banks. Minutes later, she was dead.
The St. Johns Sheriff’s Office quickly ruled the case a suicide, without examining crucial forensic evidence or interviewing any key witnesses. A medical examiner ruled her death a homicide, yet other investigations failed to gain traction. Her boyfriend, Deputy Jeremy Banks was never charged and is still working as a St. Johns County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Years later, an amateur sleuth named Eli Washtock winds up murdered after investigating Michelle O’Connell’s death. What did he find out?
‘Criminal Conduct’ is an investigative true crime podcast series hosted by John Taylor and Javier Leiva. The hosts retrace the footsteps of Eli Washtock, the slain sleuth; picking up the investigation where he left off.
Dubbed the “Christmas Killings”, the murder rampage claimed the lives of six innocent victims, while injuring two more. What makes this story more tragic is that the killings, while completely random and senseless, were committed by a 19-year old named Marvallous Keene and three members of his teenage gang who called themselves the Downtown Posse.
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In the late ’80s through the early ’90s, Timothy Wilson Spencer was mainly known to the world as The Southside Strangler. However, it was actually the groundbreaking DNA evidence that was used in connection to this case that makes it such an important and relevant case to this day. The same DNA evidence that easily connected Timothy Spencer to each of his cold-blooded murders was the same that was used, for the first time in United States history, to free David Vasquez, an innocent man, from a life sentence in prison for a horrific crime he didn’t commit.
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Wondery: Anaheim investigator Julissa Trapp is not like other detectives. She’s the only woman on the homicide squad, and a skilled chameleon: undercover cop in vice stings, crime-scene commander, patient confidante of killers. A master interrogator, she invokes her personal experience – and deepest griefs — as a tool to elicit confessions. When a young woman’s body is found at a trash-sorting plant, Trapp learns the murder may be linked to the disappearance of three other women in nearby Santa Ana. Trapp embarks on a dark journey that brings her face to face with a man who takes “a little piece of her soul.” Listen now at wondery.fm/DTfanclub
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When you think of mass murder, you often associate the act with school shootings, workers “going postal”, or domestic acts of terrorism. What you don’t often think about, is family. . The deadliest case of familial mass murder in the United States took place in the last place anyone would think of… in a sleepy hamlet in Arkansas. From the outside, he looked to be the perfect father, but the secrets revealed following the aftermath of this heinous crime shocked the state and the nation.
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