Southern Nightmare: The Hunt for the South Side Strangler
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Episode 10: Nightmare’s End
In the season finale of Southern Nightmare, Timothy Spencer has an imminent date with the Virginia electric chair. But can FBI profilers and a State Police agent get him to talk about his crimes before he dies?
Episode 9: The DNA Legacy
In 1989, stay-at-home mom Debbie Smith was abducted from her Virginia home and raped by a masked assailant while her police officer husband was fast asleep in their bedroom. Was history starting to repeat itself? Or this time, would law enforcement be able to prevent another South Side Strangler-style tragedy? Special Offers Pre-order the Southern Nightmare companion eBook NOW at Amazon! Coming Sept. 15, the Southern Nightmare companion book will offer a deeper dive into the story of how...
Episode 8: The Wrong Man
Someone raped and strangled talented young Washington, D.C., attorney Carolyn Hamm in her home. When detectives questioned a neighbor, his sister pointed them to David Vasquez, a mentally challenged fast food worker who had moved out of the area seven months before the murder. David would wind up confessing to the killing even though he was 25 miles away at the time and his blood didn’t match the killer’s. Special Offers Pre-order the Southern Nightmare companion eBook NOW at Amazon!...
Episode 7: The Trials
On July 11, 1988, opening arguments were delivered in accused serial killer Timothy Spencer’s landmark trial for the bondage rape and murder of Arlington, Virginia, magazine editor Sue Tucker. It would be the first time in U.S. history that DNA tests were used as evidence in a capital murder trial. And if the jury couldn’t be convinced that this new scientific tool was accurate, then the South Side Strangler would go free. Special Offers Pre-order the Southern Nightmare companion eBook...
Episode 6: The Match
EPISODE 6: THE MATCH In January 1988, with the South Side Strangler still at large, Medical College of Virginia lab tech Rena Chapouris didn’t show up for work and wasn’t answering her phone. A too-familiar horror story seemed to be playing itself out once again in Richmond. Special Offers Pre-order the Southern Nightmare companion eBook NOW at Amazon! Coming Sept. 15, the Southern Nightmare companion book will offer a deeper dive into the story of how the South Side Strangler was...
Episode 5: a.k.a.
In the wake of the sadistic rape and bondage strangulation murder of magazine editor Sue Tucker, Arlington County homicide detective Joe Horgas re-examines old cases from years before and finds some striking similarities: “Everything just seems to fit the puzzle. The pieces are all coming together now.” This episode continues the story of the South Side Strangler serial killings.
Episode 4: Her Last Debt
On Thanksgiving weekend 1987 a quiet townhouse community in suburban Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., is rocked by the bondage strangulation murder of a woman in her home. A hundred miles north of the state capital in Richmond, Arlington only saw a handful of murders a year but officers there had encountered a murder exactly like this before — three years earlier and just a couple miles away. This episode continues the story of the South Side Strangler serial...
Episode 3: Escalation
The Cho family immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea in search of the American Dream. Instead they found a Southern Nightmare. Fifteen-year-old Diane Cho was a typical 1980s teenager, arguing with her little brother, hanging out with her friends at the mall and dating a boy behind her parents’ backs. She would become the next victim of the South Side Strangler, raped and murdered in her bedroom while her parents and brother were sleeping in the next rooms. This episode features...
Episode 2: Powder Keg
A promising young neurosurgery resident at the Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Susan Hellams was breaking ground at a time when there were very few women in her field. She was also fated to become the South Side Strangler’s second victim. And with the revelation that a serial killer was on the loose in Richmond, the city erupted into fear. PROMOTIONS AND SPECIAL OFFERS https://southernnightmare.com/donate Get $40 off your first two boxes from Blue Apron!
Episode 1: The Empty Car
Debbie Davis was a quiet, single woman who liked baking cookies and reading mystery novels. What a police patrolman found in her apartment bedroom on the morning of Sept. 19, 1987, would mark the beginning of a nightmare that would haunt and terrify the city of Richmond, Virginia, for months to come. Featuring interviews with retired homicide detectives, FBI profilers, prosecutors and friends and family of the victims, Southern Nightmare is the story of how the South Side Strangler serial...
Extended Sneak Preview Trailer
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported our May 2 sneak preview launch event at Virginia Commonwealth University! Here is the new 6-minute extended trailer we debuted last night.
Teaser Trailer: Coming May 30
Southern Nightmare: The Hunt for The South Side Strangler Coming May 30, Southern Nightmare: The Hunt for The South Side Strangler is a new podcast hosted by Richmond, Virginia, journalist Richard Foster in cooperation with Style Weekly magazine and WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio. Thirty years ago a serial killer terrorized the city of Richmond, brutally raping and murdering women in their own homes. Then he struck again, 100 miles to the north in the Washington, D.C., suburbs...