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I’m Investigative Journalist Mollye Barrows. For years, I’ve covered the stories that made headlines in Northwest Florida and all along the Gulf Coast - murders, missing persons, and mysteries of all kinds. These cases are far from over for many victims because the full story has yet to surface. Join me for Gulf Coast Confidential, where I dive into the saltier side of the South and expose the lies, greed, and corruption that often weighs down the truth.

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I’m Investigative Journalist Mollye Barrows. For years, I’ve covered the stories that made headlines in Northwest Florida and all along the Gulf Coast - murders, missing persons, and mysteries of all kinds. These cases are far from over for many victims because the full story has yet to surface. Join me for Gulf Coast Confidential, where I dive into the saltier side of the South and expose the lies, greed, and corruption that often weighs down the truth.

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@MollyeBV

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The Bitter Ex, Big Bucks, and the Bomb: The Gary Triano story

6/11/2024
Send us a Text Message. The bomb that killed millionaire real estate developer Gary Triano caused an explosion so big, it sent pieces of his car crashing around the country club where it happened. In the mid-1990s, Triano was a well-known businessman who rubbed elbows with the likes of Donald Trump and his then wife Marla Maples. He lost big on some failed business investments, but who hated him enough to pay for a professional hit? Someone who stood to gain $2 million at his death and escaped justice for nearly twenty years before the court caught up with her. Join us for the latest Gulf Coast Confidential podcast, “The Bitter Ex, Big Bucks, and the Bomb: the Gary Triano story.” Support the Show.

Duration:00:25:21

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Suicide by Text: the Conrad Roy case

6/6/2024
Send us a Text Message. Conrad Roy was no quitter. If anything, the 18-year-old marine salvage captain with an endearing smile put a lot of pressure on himself to work hard and succeed. Maybe a little too much pressure. Sometimes his depression took a dark turn and he wanted to follow through on ending his pain, permanently. Most of the time he didn’t give in, until attention-seeking Michelle Carter entered the “chat.” She was a summer vacation crush who took anti-depressants, too. That’s why it was so shocking when Conrad climbed out of his fume filled truck during a suicide attempt that she urged him not to quit one last time and get back in. No one ever saw this coming. Join us for the latest episode of the Gulf Coast Confidential podcast, “Suicide by Text: the Conrad Roy case.” Support the Show.

Duration:00:29:14

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Sudden Passion: defense or excuse? The case of Frances Hall

5/31/2024
Send us a Text Message. Frances Hall’s husband and business partner of more than 30 years was cheating, and he didn’t bother to hide it. Adding insult to injury, the trucking tycoon’s girlfriend flaunted their affair in France’s face. The scorned wife couldn’t put the brakes on her fury when she saw her husband’s mistress driving the Hall’s Range Rover and chased her down the highway, repeatedly ramming the car. Unfortunately for unfaithful husband Bill Hall, Jr., he was caught in the middle on his motorcycle and had a deadly collision with his wife’s Cadillac Escalade. There was no question the crash killed him, but was it calculated or out of Frances’ control? Join us for more on this deadly love triangle in the latest episode of the Gulf Coast Confidential podcast, “Sudden Passion: defense or excuse? The case of Frances Hall.” Support the Show.

Duration:00:27:33

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Deadly Apple River Stabbing: Don’t Go Pinocchio

5/23/2024
Send us a Text Message. A relaxing day on the river turned into a deadly moment of terror and horror for a group of young people and a middle-aged man they had surrounded. Video of the deadly encounter shows 54-year-old Nicolae Miu looking for a friend’s lost cell phone when a group of intoxicated teens and young adults began taunting and teasing him over unfounded suspicions he was preying on children. Miu, who is originally from Romania, tried to avoid them, but the group kept pushing closer until he pulled a pocket-knife he had brought to cut rope and began knifing them instead. One teen died and other people with him were injured. Miu was charged with reckless homicide, endangering others, and battery. He claimed self-defense, but the jury convicted him. Why? Because despite the video evidence, when there was blood in the water Miu walked away and initially lied about being involved. Join us for more on the controversial case in the latest episode of the Gulf Coast Confidential podcast, “Deadly Apple River Stabbing: Don’t Go Pinocchio.” Support the Show.

Duration:00:28:51

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Slender Man has no face, these tweenagers have no heart

5/17/2024
Send us a Text Message. Urban legends are nothing new, but tweenagers attempting to murder a friend at a sleepover in order to appease an ominous one certainly is. In 2014, two 12-year-old girls, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, lured their friend Payton Leutner into the woods and stabbed her 19 times in sacrifice to the fictional character Slender Man. The girls’ shared madness nearly cost Payton her life, but the girl managed to stumble, walk, and crawl to the side of a road for help. Like many parents who allow their kids to go to sleepovers, her parents never imagined her night at a friend’s house would end in terror. Join us for the latest episode of the Gulf Coast Confidential podcast, “Slender Man has no face, these tweenagers have no heart.” Support the Show.

Duration:00:25:21

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Beauty Buyer Beware IV: Dr. Ben Brown

5/8/2024
Send us a Text Message. The Florida Department of Health has issued an emergency order immediately restricting the medical license of Dr. Ben Brown, the Gulf Breeze plastic surgeon whose wife, Hillary Brown, died after he performed several procedures on her after hours in his office last November. State Surgeon General Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo said Brown’s “inability or unwillingness” to follow basic medical procedure presents an “immediate serious danger to the health, welfare, and safety of the public” and to the citizens of the state of Florida. Allegations include performing unauthorized Brazilian butt lifts on patients, leaving an unlocked medicine cabinet open in his Restore Plastic Surgery office so employees could help themselves to meds that would "take the edge off," and allowing his wife, an unlicensed medical professional, to perform procedures on patients including herself the day she went into cardiac arrest. Brown responded to the allegations through his crisis management public relations team. "This is an ongoing investigation, and therefore we cannot comment on specific details," Red Banyan wrote in an email. "However, this public order was issued without Dr. Brown having any opportunity to dispute the allegations against him through any hearing process. These accusations are inaccurate and misleading, and Dr. Brown looks forward to the opportunity to defend himself and present the actual facts through a hearing process in the future. Dr. Brown continues to live an endless nightmare without his wife Hillary by his side, and these inaccurate allegations only further deepen his immense pain.” However, some of Brown's former patients, employees, and the father of his deceased wife say the state's order doesn't go far enough. Join us for details on the state's order and heartbreaking accounts from patients in "Beauty Buyer Beware IV: Dr. Ben Brown." Support the Show.

Duration:01:17:05

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Alex King rest in peace, finally

5/2/2024
Send us a Text Message. Alex King, one of two brothers who made headlines worldwide in 2001 when they confessed to beating their unsuspecting father to death with a baseball bat in Pensacola, Florida, when they were just 12 and 13 years old, has died. Now 35, Alex died of a drug overdose according to family. It's a demon he has been battling for years and his family says he lost the fight against addiction in Missoula, Montana where he was living when he overdosed. His family is now planning a memorial service later this summer that they say will be open to everyone. I covered this case from the beginning and wrote a book on it, "A Perversion of Justice." This is not the ending myself and many others were hoping for when the boys made headlines as young murderers more than twenty years ago, but it is the end of a painful journey for a young man who has suffered for a long time. Join us for an update on the King Brothers in "Alex King rest in peace, finally." Support the Show.

Duration:00:47:58

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Freckle Face Killer

5/1/2024
Send us a Text Message. Eric Smith was only 13 years old when he murdered a child. Smith, a red-headed, freckle-faced boy with thick glasses, was something of a loner and said he was often targeted by bullies. When he saw four-year-old Derrick Robie walking alone to a summer day camp at the park, in 1993, he became the bully. Smith lured the happy, blonde headed boy neighbors nicknamed “the mayor” into the woods where he strangled him and dropped a large rock on his head, among other atrocities. Smith spent nearly thirty years in prison for the boy’s murder, but now at 44-years-old he is out on parole, despite pleas from Derrick’s family to keep him locked up for good. Join us for the latest episode of the Gulf Coast Confidential podcast, “Freckle Face Killer.” Support the Show.

Duration:00:29:34

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Mom Killer Two-Point-OHHH! Florida pre-med student stabs mom to death

4/25/2024
Send us a Text Message. A popular Florida teacher happily opened the door of her home to her son when he came to visit, but her gladness turned to fear and horror when the young man pulled a knife and started stabbing his mother until she lay dead on the floor. Sound familiar? This is not the case of popular middle school teacher Sharon Aydelott who was stabbed to death by her son, Brandon Aydelott, in the doorway of her Gulf Breeze home on Christmas Eve 2013, but the murder of 46-year-old Elvia Espinoza, a teacher in South Florida, is eerily similar. Espinoza’s son was a pre-med student at the University of Florida who police say drove to his mother’s home in Frostproof and waited with a knife behind his back for her to open the door. Like Sharon Aydelott, she was expecting him, but not the vicious attack. Investigators say she had called him at school with plans to visit, but instead Emmanuel Espinoza said he’d come to see her and save her the trip. They say he stabbed her more than 70 times because “she got on his nerves.” Will he, like Brandon Aydelott, also claim voices told him to do it? Join us for the latest episode of the Gulf Coast Confidential podcast, “Mom Killer Two-Point-OHHH! Florida pre-med student stabs mom to death.” Support the Show.

Duration:00:30:06

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Murder, it’s as easy as pie…um, or cheesecake-Russian dominatrix poisons look-a-like

4/18/2024
Send us a Text Message. Cheesecake, poison, and a Russian dominatrix – what a recipe! A Russian born woman is now serving time in prison for trying to steal the identify of her look-a-like aesthetician by killing her with a piece of poisoned cheesecake. It turns out it was just the latest act in an international crime spree. Join us for this episode of Gulf Coast Confidential: “Murder, it’s as easy as pie…um, or cheesecake - Russian dominatrix poisons look-a-like." Support the Show.

Duration:00:26:17

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Amicide: With Friends Like Annette Harvey, Who Needs Enemies?

4/9/2024
Send us a Text Message. Jealousy can kill a friendship in a heartbeat. Just ask Annette Harvey. Harvey’s best friend since childhood, Robin Leonard, took in the struggling mother’s children after Harvey had a mental breakdown in 2021. Leonard, a college professor and mother herself, was glad to help her friend while she recovered and got back on her feet. However, Harvey grew to resent Leonard’s generous gesture and the stable life she gave her kids. In a brutal and calculated attack, Harvey stabbed her childhood friend 15 times in Leonard’s own home. She lived long enough to name her killer, but at trial Harvey claimed she was insane at the time of the crime and deep down truly cared for her friend. What did the jury believe? Join us for more on the latest episode of the Gulf Coast Confidential podcast, “Amicide: With friends like Annette Harvey, who needs enemies?” Support the Show.

Duration:00:25:07

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That Mouth Will Get Into You Trouble Every Time: Dr. Charles Stamitoles

4/2/2024
Send us a Text Message. Dr. Charles Stamitoles is only a few months into his two-year prison sentence for lying to an Escambia County judge. The Pensacola dentist accused of inappropriately touching patients and employees wouldn’t be spending as much time behind bars if he hadn’t. Stamitoles was convicted of multiple battery charges including cornering a young woman who worked for him and slapping her backside, kissing her neck, and grabbing her from her behind, leaving her scared and shaken. However, it was Stamitoles’ lies to the judge about his trip to Mobile while out on bond that put him behind bars for as long as he is. Join us for an update on Stamitoles’ criminal and civil cases in the latest episode of the Gulf Coast Confidential podcast, “That mouth will get you into trouble every time: Dr. Charles Stamitoles.” Support the Show.

Duration:00:26:22

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Mom-fluencer Ruby Franke Makes Millions Peddling Child Abuse

3/27/2024
Send us a Text Message. Mothers are naturally expected to love and protect their children, not torture and torment them. Ruby Franke claimed to be a loving mother. In fact, the young, passionate mom amassed a billion views and millions of dollars from her YouTube-famous show, “8 Passengers,” which followed the daily lives of Franke, her husband, and their six children in Utah. The wholesome show took an unholy turn behind the scenes, though, when it was discovered Ruby Franke and her friend and fellow You-Tuber, Jodi Hildebrandt, were cruelly and criminally practicing what they preached about being an authoritarian parent on Franke’s younger children. Their on-camera teachings were bad enough. Off-camera police say it was even worse. No one knew just how awful until one day, Ruby Franke’s emaciated, 12-year-old son showed up at a neighbor’s door, wounded, bound, and begging for water. Join us for more on the case in this episode of the Gulf Coast Confidential podcast, “Mom-fluencer Ruby Franke makes millions peddling child abuse.” Support the Show.

Duration:00:38:52

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He Killed His Mother for Heaven's Sake! Update

3/23/2024
Send us a Text Message. Confessed mommy killer Brandon Aydelott has a status hearing coming up, Tuesday, March 26, to determine where he should go now that the Department of Children and Families says he no longer meets the criteria for placement at Florida State Hospital, for the criminally insane. Aydelott’s aunt and the victim’s sister, Pam Hill, sat down with me on the Gulf Coast Confidential podcast to talk about the possibility of her nephew’s eventual release back into the community, Join us for the episode, “He killed his mother for heaven's sake! Update." Support the Show.

Duration:00:37:46

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Dead Degrees: from Dorm to Grave

3/19/2024
Send us a Text Message. Death is the last thing on the minds of most college students when they go off to school. It’s supposed to be a time of new beginnings, not tragic endings. For three young women and their families, dreams and lives were cut short all because they unknowingly crossed paths with a predator. Just last month, 22-year-old Laken Riley was killed while jogging on campus at the University of Georgia in February. It’s similar to what happened to 20-year-old University of Iowa student, Mollie Tibbetts, in 2018, who was attacked and killed while running near her home. Tragically, a Gulf Coast co-ed was murdered in 1993, while leaving class at the University of West Florida. Susan Morris was 21-years-old, and wearing her new Christmas sweater when she was attacked and killed by a man who has since been executed for the crime. Join us for more on these cases in this episode of the Gulf Coast Confidential podcast, “Dead Degrees: from Dorm to Grave.” Support the Show.

Duration:00:38:11

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Accused of fentanyl poisoning her husband, then authoring children’s grief book: "I’ll take ‘Who is Kouri Richins?’ for $100, Alex."

3/13/2024
Send us a Text Message. Kouri Richins was well-known in her hometown as a busy mom, wife, and realtor. In all her family and work photos the pretty brunette flashed the same sparkling, white-toothed smile, giving the appearance of a picture-perfect life. However, behind her killer grin was someone police say friends and neighbors didn’t know – a cold, calculating woman driven by greed who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted, even murder her husband. Investigators say the mother of three was so shameless she wrote a children’s book on grief to help her young sons cope with their father’s unexpected passing and is planning to write another novel behind bars while she waits to stand trial. Join us for the latest episode of Gulf Coast Confidential, “Accused of fentanyl poisoning her husband, then authoring children’s grief book: “I’ll take ‘Who is Kouri Richins?’ for $100, Alex.” Support the Show.

Duration:00:29:41

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Beauty Buyer Beware III

3/6/2024
Send us a Text Message. Hillary Brown’s cause of death is still pending, but answers are slowly coming out. Besides Major Crimes with the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Health is also investigating Dr. Ben Brown, who was performing procedures on his young wife at his Gulf Breeze office when she went into cardiac arrest. Although the details of the state’s investigation aren’t being released, it comes as more patients are sharing their experiences with Ben Brown. Some say their pleas and complaints about his “shoddy work” were not only discounted, but they were shamed and blamed into believing their suffering was their own fault. We’re also learning more about the legal loopholes that some patients say kept them from finding justice, as more reports and information are expected. Join us for this third installment of Beauty Buyer Beware in a continuing series on the Gulf Coast Confidential podcast. Support the Show.

Duration:00:50:11

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Diaper wearing astronaut: An out-of-this-world love triangle

2/28/2024
Send us a Text Message. Armed with a steel mallet, a BB gun, a knife and pepper spray, astronaut, and married mother of three, Lisa Nowak, set out on a mission in 2007, to get rid of the new girlfriend her astronaut boyfriend was seeing. To save time on her cross-country mission, police said Nowak wore a diaper so she wouldn’t have to stop on her way from Houston, Texas to Orlando, Florida to confront the younger woman at the airport. Only this mission didn’t turn out as planned and it cost all three of them. During this month of love, join us for the latest episode of the Gulf Coast Confidential podcast, “Diaper wearing astronaut: An out-of-this-world love triangle.” Support the Show.

Duration:00:26:54

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Who’s to Blame? School shooter mom charged with manslaughter

2/23/2024
Send us a Text Message. School shooter mom, Jennifer Crumbley, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for missing or ignoring red flags prior to her son, Ethan, opening fire at his high school and killing four teenagers. Crumbley faces at least 15 years in prison when she’s scheduled to be sentenced April 9, in a landmark case about parental responsibility. It’s part of a push by some prosecutors to hold parents accountable if they’re suspected of enabling their children to commit deadly violence, like neglecting warning signs. But is it fair or was she more than just a “bad mom?” We talked about this case before a jury found her guilty. Join us for this episode of the Gulf Coast Confidential podcast: “Who’s to Blame? School shooter mom charged with manslaughter.” Support the Show.

Duration:00:35:20

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Plastic surgery loving yoga teacher on the lamb circles back to kill professional lady cyclist

2/20/2024
Send us a Text Message. Murder by yoga instructor took the life of a young, professional cyclist. All Moriah “Mo” Wilson did to make herself a target was date Kaitlyn Armstrong’s boyfriend when the two had taken a break. Kaitlyn stalked the pro cyclist to a friend’s house, gunned Mo down, and then ran from police when evidence of the crime led them to her door. The yoga instructor went on the lam, even going as far as having plastic surgery to change her appearance, but investigators saw through her disguise. Join us for the Gulf Coast Confidential podcast episode: “Plastic surgery loving yoga teacher on the lamb circles back to kill professional lady cyclist.” Support the Show.

Duration:00:20:53