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Targeted: True Crime Domestic Violence, a podcast that investigates one case of family violence each season, uses academic research to help us better interpret the events so that we can become better advocates. Join us for Season 1 as we spotlight the death of little Melisha Gibson from her stepfather's abuse, and how her murder in 1976 led to changes in social service departments around the United States.

Targeted: True Crime Domestic Violence, a podcast that investigates one case of family violence each season, uses academic research to help us better interpret the events so that we can become better advocates. Join us for Season 1 as we spotlight the death of little Melisha Gibson from her stepfather's abuse, and how her murder in 1976 led to changes in social service departments around the United States.
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Targeted: True Crime Domestic Violence, a podcast that investigates one case of family violence each season, uses academic research to help us better interpret the events so that we can become better advocates. Join us for Season 1 as we spotlight the death of little Melisha Gibson from her stepfather's abuse, and how her murder in 1976 led to changes in social service departments around the United States.

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2.12 A Cry for Help: Sneak Peak Bonus Episode

11/13/2018
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Twenty-nine years ago, in fall of 1989, NBC aired a TV movie that was so impactful that people who saw it then still remark on the effect it had on them. It was Tracey Thurman’s story, called “A Cry for Help, starring Nancy McKeon as Tracey and Dale Midkiff as Buck. I recently watched the movie with two fellow podcasters and a full episode of our discussion will be up on Patreon by the end of November. If you want access to it, become a Patreon member at the $3 dollar level, and you can...

Duration:00:18:22

2.11 Fight for Justice: Tracey Goes to Washington

11/6/2018
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In December of 1990, Tracey Thurman came to Washington DC to testify before a Senate Hearing. Then-Senator Joe Biden of Delaware invited her to testify as Congress considered a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to address widespread intimate partner violence and a lack of resources for victims. Although bitterness against the police was an undertone in her testimony, she avoided blaming them in this statement, instead listing their problematic responses, focusing on prevention and asking...

Duration:00:23:28

2.10 Fight for Justice: Tracey's Law

10/30/2018
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Police were annoyed in the 1980s because they felt like they were being asked to be social workers. It took legislators to change the law enforcement practices (and hopefully, attitudes) with laws designed to require arrests for those accused of domestic violence. The consequences of the new laws took some interesting turns over the decades... Shoutout to pod friends who provided voice-overs for this episode (around the 16 minute mark)! Thank you Ali, host of In Sight...

Duration:00:30:47

2.9 Fight for Justice: Whatever Happens, Happens in Tracey v. City of Torrington

10/23/2018
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“Whatever happens, happens. But it was worth doing even if we lose the case. The City of Torrington will be more careful next time.” Burton Weinstein, lawyer for Tracey Thurman In June of 1985, Tracey sued the City of Torrington, and its police officers, for $3.5 million dollars. This was landmark case, as it was the first time a federal judge allowed someone to sue the police for not protecting her from an abusive husband. Facebook Page:...

Duration:00:25:22

2.8 Fight for Justice: Unequal Protection and the 14th Amendment

10/16/2018
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Alone, permanently disabled, and unable to work, Tracey Thurman sued the City of Torrington for violating her rights because they did not protect her from her husband’s abuse as they consistently refused to seriously respond to domestic violence. As Tracey's lawyer said, "Needless avoidable human suffering caused by official incompetence or indifference or hostility or bigotry offend me deeply." In order to understand the controversy about whether or not Tracey Thurman could or should...

Duration:00:25:50

2.7 Fight for Justice: What about the Baby?

10/9/2018
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When Buck Thurman assaulted his wife, Tracey Thurman for the final time in June 1983, their son CJ wasn’t yet two years old. After stabbing her and stomping on her, Buck ran into the apartment she was staying in and grabbed CJ, bringing him out to see his mother laying limply in the glass, slowly bleeding out. Buck dumped the baby on Tracey’s stomach and said, “I killed your F’ing mother.” Although CJ had witnessed many instances of abuse, surely at 22 months old, he was young enough to not...

Duration:00:35:43

2.6 Targeted Topic: Restraining Orders – Worth the Paper They’re Written On?

10/2/2018
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Most of the time when we hear about domestic violence in the news, it’s because something tragic happened. Usually it’s a perpetrator who assaulted a target, causing extreme injury or even death, such as in the case of Tracey Thurman when Buck stabbed her 13 times and stomped on her while a police officer did not intervene. Sometimes targets will go through the legal system for protection, as Tracey Thurman did, and obtain a restraining order against their abuser. We don’t hear about the...

Duration:00:55:56

2.5 Fight for Justice: The Trials of Buck

9/25/2018
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After Buck Thurman’s first trial, his father, Duke, approached Tracey, warning her that her ordeal with Buck might not be over. He said, “You know, whenever he does get out, he’ll either ask you to get back together, or he’ll be at the door to finish the job.” Were his words prophetic? Let’s find out. Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/targetedpodcast/ Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TargetedPodcast/ website: www.targetedpodcast.com email:...

Duration:00:26:21

2.4 Fight for Justice: The Aftermath

9/18/2018
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By the time Tracey Thurman was placed in an ambulance, nearly an hour had passed since she’d been stabbed and stomped on. She laid bleeding out on the ground without receiving medical care. During eight months of hospitalization, she had to learn how to eat and walk again. Why did Buck attack Tracey when she left him? There’s quite a bit of evidence to establish leaving as a dangerous period. Dr. Betty Jo Barrett, a professor who specializes in intimate-partner violence says "Research has...

Duration:00:20:36

2.3 Why Did She Stay? The Leaving Process and Media Messages about Love Final.

9/11/2018
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Last season, one of the most popular episodes was the examination of why Wanda Gibson Maddux stayed in the violent relationship with Ronny. Similarly, I want to examine the same topic with Tracey because I know this is still puzzling to many people. There have been many academic research studies about how targets of violence often undergo a leaving PROCESS rather than just leaving once or twice. The more times a target has left an abusive relationship, the more promising it is that the...

Duration:00:54:44

2.2 Fight for Justice: I Will Get You and I Will Hurt You

9/4/2018
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When Tracey met Charles "Buck" Thurman, she was a mama's girl in mourning. After her mother passed away from lung cancer, Tracey dropped out of school in Connecticut to move far, far away to Florida where she met a cocky young man who wooed her. Buck easily and believably told her he loved her and he was very protective of her. Tracey said that he made her feel safe. The abuse didn’t begin right away. His protectiveness slid into obsessiveness and his temper edged into violence. This is...

Duration:01:19:09

2.1 Season Two Introduction

8/28/2018
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A survivor of abuse once told me, “The more we talk, the more we’re healed, and we see it as history instead of what is still going on.” Domestic violence is not something that happens to only a few people; it’s widespread. About 35% of women and 28% of men in the U.S. have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Why don’t we know more know about it? Shhhhhh. It’s a secret. People feel shame for their abuse. They feel as if they’ve...

Duration:00:44:48

1.16 Q & A

8/16/2018
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Q&A episode. You asked the questions, I provide the answers along with the help from a few of our listeners! Promo for Trace Evidence. Check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/trace-evidence/id1239217007?mt=2 Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TargetedPodcast/ website: www.targetedpodcast.com email: targetedpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @targetedpodcast Merchandise: https://www.teepublic.com/user/targetedpodcast

Duration:00:32:57

1.21 Fight for Justice: Looking Toward Season Two (Season Finale)

7/9/2018
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Our episode today is the season finale and a sneak peek into Season Two. There is so much interesting research and stories waiting to be told! I wanted to begin Season Two highlighting a classic case of spousal abuse in which the target was almost killed because of a societal response that tacitly accepted battering as a “family matter” instead of an assault. I'll introduce you to a young woman named Tracey Thurman who took the city of Torrington, CT to court because the police officers did...

Duration:00:17:29

1.20 Missy, We Won't Forget (Case Wrap-Up)

7/2/2018
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When I choose the first case for Targeted Podcast, it was Melisha Gibson’s story that called to me. I knew the impact it had on me and I was intrigued to see what we could learn today, in 2018, from her death. I had planned on this season being about 6 or 7 episodes, thinking that would ample time to fully investigate the pertinent issues. But 18 episodes later, the lessons have been a bit spread out so I’m going wrap up by giving a summation of the important ideas. Today features my Top...

Duration:00:25:02

1.20 Brief Announcement

6/25/2018
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Just a super-quick announcement. I am not releasing a full episode this week because my daughter has been in the hospital (she’s back home and doing fine now), but we will be back next week with one of our final episodes for season one. Plus -- new microphone!! Tell me, what do you think of it? Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TargetedPodcast/ website: www.targetedpodcast.com email: targetedpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @targetedpodcast Merchandise:...

Duration:00:00:52

1.19 Targeted Topic: Why Do Abusers Stay? With Kate, Ignorance Was Bliss podcast

6/18/2018
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Why do people who abuse stay in their abusive relationships? It's not something we usually think about, but I've found the perfect person to help us contemplate an uncomfortable subject. I’m delighted to bring you a conversation with Kate, the host of the podcast, Ignorance Was Bless. Kate is a forensic psychologist and a friend to many in the true crime podcast world. She is always quick to help others and is willing to collaborate. Kate's daughter, Emily made the artwork for the episode...

Duration:00:42:52

1.18 Targeted Topic: When the SPCA Saved a Child

6/11/2018
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This "Targeted Topic" is a standalone episode -- you don't need to have listened to rest of Season 1! “The saddest part of her story was written on her face in its look of suppression and misery, the face of a child unloved.” I’m going to take you back to 1874, before there were any social agencies dedicated to the welfare of children. Once upon a time in New York, when Etta Wheeler wanted to save an abused child, she turned to the only organization she could find that would help. The...

Duration:00:19:04

1.17 Roundtable

6/4/2018
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One of the many things I’ve learned in the past few months of podcasting is to appreciate the community that surrounds us. One community is that of content creators and podcast hosts. I’ve been blessed to be asked into a few group where we can ask questions, bounce around ideas, and talk about the cases we’re working on. Sometimes those conversations can happen in a more official capacity when we agree to record an episode to make our discussion on the record. My treat for you today is a...

Duration:00:44:23

1.15 Child Abuse Laws: Not a Story of Failure, but of Progress & Hope

5/21/2018
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“As you read this sentence, a social worker somewhere is making a decision that will protect a child. As we look back across history, it is clear that the effort to protect children is not a story of failure, but a story of progress and hope. The child protection system is far from perfect, and much remains to be done, but, at the same time, much has been accomplished. “ (John B. Myers, A Short History of Child Protection in America) This episode is more research, less true crime, but it's...

Duration:00:35:03