Sun Crime State-logo

Sun Crime State

True Crime Podcasts >

Each week News-Journal crime writer Tony Holt takes a look at the latest crime news, along with a deep dive into an old case. New episode every Monday afternoon.

Each week News-Journal crime writer Tony Holt takes a look at the latest crime news, along with a deep dive into an old case. New episode every Monday afternoon.
More Information


Daytona Beach, FL


Each week News-Journal crime writer Tony Holt takes a look at the latest crime news, along with a deep dive into an old case. New episode every Monday afternoon.








Ma Barker's Last Stand - Ep 64

An ex-NFL defensive back sees a man performing a lewd act outside daughter's bedroom and pummels him; and Ma and Freddie Barker were killed 84 years ago during a shootout with the FBI at a lake house in Ocklawaha. Special guests: Marion County Tax Collector George Albright and Ocala Star-Banner reporter Joe Callahan


The Ninja Killer of Flagler - Ep 63

A South Florida man is executed for the 1992 murder of a court clerk administrator; the suspect in the shooting of a Daytona Beach police officer pleads not guilty; and a Bunnell man is arrested 29 years ago in connection to a pair of shootings in a quiet Palm Coast neighborhood that killed two and injured one. Special guests: Flagler County Sheriff's Senior Commander Mark Carman and retired Flagler County Sheriff's Office detective Warnell Williams.


Jupiter Thanksgiving Massacre - Ep 62

Man arrested following double murder in Daytona Beach; updates on segments profiled previously on this podcast; Paul Merhige opens fire on family members inside his cousins' home on Thanksgiving Day 2009. Special guest: Palm Beach Post reporter Andrew Marra


Gerald Stano: The Boardwalk Serial Killer - Ep 61

The story of how Gerald Stano became one of the world's most prolific serial killers - through the eyes of the detective who captured him and the reporter who broke the story. Special guests: Former Daytona Beach Police Chief Paul Crow and former Daytona Beach News-Journal editor/reporter Kathy Kelly


A Barrier Island Mystery - Ep 60

A South Florida man is in custody on suspicion of mailing up to 13 explosive devices to critics of President Trump; a former Lakeland city commissioner is indicted on a second-degree murder charge in connection with the shooting death of a suspected shoplifter; and a look back at the 2008 murder of a hotel owner on Anna Maria Island, who was killed by her ex-con boyfriend. Special guests: Lakeland Ledger reporter John Chambliss and former Sarasota Herald-Tribune reporter Elizabeth Johnson


Death of a Deltona Family - Ep 59

A New York man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing a British tourist in South Beach in a high-speed car crash and leaving the scene; a Volusia County middle school teacher pleads guilty in a sex case involving an eighth-grade student; and an ex-gang member is serving three life sentences for the murder of his wife and two stepchildren and their bodies still have never been found. Special guests: Volusia County Sheriff's Sgt. A.J. Pagliari and News-Journal justice reporter...


The Deltona Dollar General Double Killing - Ep 58

Local substitute teacher and political pundit David Lee Davis is arrested on allegations of committing sex crimes against an underage student; and two employees at a Deltona general store were slain by a manager trainee 16 years ago this month. Special guests: Daytona Beach News-Journal reporter Patricio Balona, victim's sister Kelli Lee


A Mysterious Murder of a Divorcee - Ep 57

An unruly defendant sentenced to 20 years for threatening judge; a naked suspect arrested outside a Palm Coast Chick-fil-A restaurant; and the unsolved murder of a retired social worker who was found slain inside her home 13 years ago near DeLand. Special guest: Volusia County sheriff's cold case investigator Steve White.


Who Killed Carol Lynne Sullivan? - Ep. 56

One South Florida lawman admits to framing innocent black males to maintain a 100-percent clearance rate for property crimes while another gets arrested on allegations he molested an underage girl for two years; Two women are raped eight days apart in the area of Daytona Beach and law enforcement isn't sure whether the attacks are related; 40 years ago, 12-year-old Carol Lynne Sullivan was abducted from her bus stop in Osteen and beheaded. Her skull was later found in a paint can near a pond...


Abusive Father, Powerless Mother Killed by Bitter Son - Ep 55

Detectives say a good Samaritan killed near his Deltona home was actually the target of a planned execution, and a son gets convicted of killing his father and mother, both of whom went missing on the same date 15 years apart. Special guest: Author and former journalist Lisa Bonnice


Fatal Fire at Stormy's - Ep. 54

A Port Orange mother found dead inside someone's kitchen leads to a manhunt that ends after the suspect's corpse is found in the woods; and a ravaging fire that destroys a New Smyrna Beach restaurant results in the deaths of two firefighters and a 25-year federal prison sentence for the convicted arsonist. Special guests: Former journalist Chase Squires, New Smyrna Beach Mayor Jim Hathaway, New Smyrna Beach native Michelle Utter.


The Gainesville Student Murders - Ep 53

Man charged for threatening judge decides to verbally abuse the judge who presides over his trial, and we revisit the horror of the slayings of five college students 28 years ago in Gainesville. Special guests: Daytona Beach News-Journal reporter Frank Fernandez, former Orlando Sentinel reporter Jim Leusner, University of Florida alumnus John Athanason and Gainesville native Sarah Hopper.


'A Sheriff Got Killed, Then a Posse Got the Killer' - Ep 52

A Clearwater man originally cleared in the fatal shooting outside a convenience store gets charged with manslaughter after the State Attorney's Office takes a closer look, and Flagler County Sheriff Perry Hall was slain 91 years ago after attempting to arrest a bootlegger. Special guests: Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly and Florida Southern College history professor James M. Denham.


On the Trail of the Granny Killer - Ep 51

A suspected drug dealer gets indicted for murder after his client dies from an overdose, and serial killer Mike Kaprat terrorizes a Tampa suburb by raping and killing elderly women from Brookridge to Spring Hill. Special guests: Chief Assistant State Attorney Ric Ridgway, Hernando County Sheriff's Capt. Jeff Kraft, retired Hernando County sheriff's detectives Carlos Douglas and Craig Baxley, former Tampa Bay Times reporter and columnist Dan DeWitt.


The Deltona Massacre - Ep 50

Two men are arrested after gaming officials investigate a viral video of someone running into a Jacksonville convenience store with a live alligator, and a look back at the Aug. 6, 2004 slayings of six victims who were sleeping inside a home on Telford Lane in Deltona. Special guests: Former Volusia County sheriff Ben Johnson, former Volusia County sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson, former state attorney John Tanner and News-Journal reporters Patricio Balona and Frank Fernandez


The Killing Cousins of Vero Beach - Ep 49

Jurors recommend death for a man who killed his wife and her friend during a shooting rampage in 2015 in St. Johns County, and the story of serial killer David Alan Gore and his cousin, Fred Waterfield, who raped and murdered several females during the 1970s and 1980s in rural Vero Beach. Special guests: St. Augustine Record crime and justice reporter Jared Keever, TCPalm and Treasure Coast Newspapers legal affairs reporter Melissa Holsman and former Treasure Coast Newspapers columnist Russ...


Mark Asay, Murderous Racist - Ep 48

Police arrest a man accused of kidnapping his girlfriend and shooting three men outside a Daytona Beach motel; a man is found guilty of murdering his estranged wife and her friend inside a home near St. Augustine; and Mark Asay is convicted, sentenced and executed for the deaths of two men in downtown Jacksonville and prosecutors say he was motivated by racial hatred. Special guests: St. Augustine Record crime and justice reporter Jared Keever, Florida Times-Union investigative reporter...


40-Year Wait For Justice - Ep 47

Authorities say a suspect admits to committing murder in Orange City while in jail in Southwest Virginia; a disabled man in a Minion suit gets attacked in Daytona Beach, and Thomas Knight sits on death row for nearly four decades after committing a highly publicized double murder in South Florida. Special guest: Miami Herald reporter David Ovalle.


Daylight Stabbing in Gainesville - Ep. 46

A Boca Raton murder suspect remains jailed near Belfast as extradition efforts continue; a man who served a 20-year prison sentence for murder in Puerto Rico gets charged for the 2016 slaying of a woman in Deltona; and 13 years ago, Brian Sweat was stabbed by an unknown assailant in the front yard of his Gainesville home and police are still looking for his killer. Special guests: Palm Beach Post features writer and "Weird Florida" author Eliot Kleinberg, Volusia County Sheriff's Sgt....


Convicted Rapist Charged in 1990 Murder - Ep 45

A DeLand city commissioner was accused of dealing drugs, and a grand jury indicts a sexual predator for the 1990 murder of an elderly woman in New Smyrna Beach. Special guests: New Smyrna Beach Police Sgt. Chris Kirk, New Smyrna Beach Mayor Jim Hathaway