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Massachusetts and New England true crime stories and local history podcast - the things that happen here, victim and advocacy focused, with empathy for families involved. Created and hosted by Boston radio personality, Anngelle Wood (WFNX, WBCN, WZLX), each episode walks you through a local crime story and the people and places involved. Episodes are released every other Friday. Online at CrimeoftheTruestKind.com and everywhere you listen to podcasts. Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Follow @crimeofthetruestkind #massachusetts #newengland #truecrime #crime #society #storytelling #empathy #advocacy #crimestories #history #podcast #newenglandtruecrime #massachusettstruecrime

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Massachusetts and New England true crime stories and local history podcast - the things that happen here, victim and advocacy focused, with empathy for families involved. Created and hosted by Boston radio personality, Anngelle Wood (WFNX, WBCN, WZLX), each episode walks you through a local crime story and the people and places involved. Episodes are released every other Friday. Online at CrimeoftheTruestKind.com and everywhere you listen to podcasts. Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Follow @crimeofthetruestkind #massachusetts #newengland #truecrime #crime #society #storytelling #empathy #advocacy #crimestories #history #podcast #newenglandtruecrime #massachusettstruecrime

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EP 64 | What Happened at 34 Fairview Rd In Canton? John O'Keefe Murder Trial Week Two Review with Dubs the True Crime Bloodhound

5/10/2024
Send a message to the show A few things to remember: John O’Keefe is dead. His family hasn’t been able to properly mourn (nor has Karen Read) and this is a horrible place for a family to be. There are kids involved. John O’Keefe was the guardian and main caregiver to his niece and nephew that in no way asked for or deserved to be at the center of this nightmare. There is a lot of scrutiny surrounding the John O'Keefe murder trial. Karen Read is not a stupid woman. She's a member of the faculty at Bentley, in their Finance Dept for the last 16 years. She works (or worked) for Fidelity Investments in Equity Research and was a Financial Analyst. There has been so much pre-trial publicity that it may be impossible for her to be looked at fairly. This case is simply bananas. The more I learn about it, the more questions I have, beginning with What the hell happened at 34 Fairview in Canton in the early hours of January 29, 2022? We know eastern Massachusetts was in the grips of a major snowstorm. Turns out, it was a blizzard. Boston got 23.5 inches of snow that Saturday at Logan Airport, making January 29, 2022 the second largest January storm every recorded in the city. The seventh biggest snowstorm of all time in Boston's recorded history. The temperature dropped to 21 degrees. This had to have hampered the investigation. There were the red solo cups, the grocery bag, that leaf blower - very Tarantino. I watched some of the testimony this week and I checked in with Dubs, the True Crime Bloodhound, to help me out with this week’s big happenings. --- Justice for Beth Brodie | Event link Her killer is seeking parole, hearing is Thurs May 16 at the Massachusetts Parole Offices in Natick. Write a letter. Stand with us. Visit JusticeforBethBrodie.com - Write the parole board and tell them No Parole for Richard Baldwin, W56202. Justice for Janet Downing. Her killer is seeking parole on Tues 6/25 Friday, May 17 is Children's Advocacy Day at the State House from 11am-1pm. Join us at Great Hall | Event Link Thanks to Dubs of True Crime Bloodhound | Substack | YouTube Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:01:19:39

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EP 63 | The John O'Keefe Murder Trial, Canton, Massachusetts with Dubs the True Crime Bloodhound

5/3/2024
Send a message to the show Episode 63 is a walk through the frenzy that is called "The Canton Cover-up" by some, others see it as a national spectacle. Canton, the small town 20 miles outside Boston, is no stranger to tragedy. Over three decades ago, sweet, trusting 14-year-old Shawn Ouillette was lured into the woods, beaten, and left for dead. His 14-year-old schoolmate and eventual killer said no one would miss him. He wanted to know what it felt like to kill. That was 1986. Shawn is still missed by all who love him. His killer, Rod Matthews, remains in prison. The present day events surrounding John O'Keefe's death have split that same small town in two. The case of a 46-year-old surrogate father to his sister's orphaned kids and 16-year veteran of the Boston Police Department is an absolute shit show to no fault of his own. Lost, as is always the case, is the victim themselves. John O'Keefe was so beloved that a GoFundMe fundraising page set up for his niece and nephew after he died, had raised more than $245,000 within its first 24 hours. Karen Read, 44, John O'Keefe's longtime girlfriend, was arrested within days of his death and charged with drunkenly backing into him in her SUV in a snowstorm and leaving him to bleed out and freeze to death. Read has amassed a group of supporters for what some locals refer to as a "frame job" by a bunch of dirty town cops, staties, FBI agents, and DAs. The cases I refer to in this episode include: Jeffrey Curley (Cambridge, Mass, 1997) was 10 when he was taken by a neighbor with the promise of a bike, abused and killed. His murderers were put away by then-prosecutor, David Yannetti, who is now defending Read. Beth Brodie (Groveland, Mass, 1992) was 15 when a boy who demanded her affection planned an attack with a bat and killed her in a neighbor's bedroom. Visit JusticeforBethBrodie.com - her killer is up for parole, the hearing is Thurs, May 16 in Natick. Write the parole board and tell them No Parole for Richard Baldwin, W56202 Molly Bish (Warren, Mass, 2000) was 16 when she disappeared from her lifeguard job at Comins Pond. Her remains were found 3 years later in nearby Palmer. Missing Children's Day was meant to honor Molly and other missing kids. We meet on Fri, May 17 at Massachusetts State House in Boston from 11am-1pm. Julie Murray is key note speaker. Thanks to Dubs of True Crime Bloodhound | Substack | Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:01:16:14

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EP 62 | Justice For Beth Brodie, Crime of the Hometown Kind, Groveland, Massachusetts with Beth's brother, Sean Aylward

4/12/2024
Send a message to the show Case Update: Beth Brodie's story. Beth's killer is up for parole in May. CALL TO ACTION below.... I first shared Beth's story in the spring of 2021 in episode 16. I am from the small town of Groveland, Massachusetts, Beth and I went to the same school, walked those same halls. What happened to her stayed with me. I think of her every time I drive through my old hometown, about her family, and how they had to drive by the house where she took her last breath on November 18, 1992 when she was just 15 years old. Beth's killer was a teenager, someone who she had been friendly with for a short time and whose feelings she did not share. Teenage love, for lack of a better term, is fleeting. He had left Groveland and moved to Peabody. Learning that Beth did not return his affection, he decided to act in a brutal and merciless way. There was no evidence of abuse between the two teenagers. Beth's family knew of nothing that could have led to what happened to Beth that day. The boy had been around the Brodie home and acted in what was best described as shy around adults. Now, 30 years later, Beth's killer, is seeking parole with a hearing scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 2024. Once again, Beth's family is facing the prospect of this man being released. It is retraumatizing to a family who has had to live with the reality of their child being violently taken from them. Your help is needed! Call to action: Letter writing campaign:Support and follow Justice for Beth BrodieIn the spirit of community and advocacy, I extend an invitation to join the collective effort to honor Beth's legacy as we prepare for the upcoming parole hearing. Your voice matters, whether it's through writing heartfelt letters, amplifying our message on social media, or simply being present to stand with a family. Beth's story is not over. Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:00:46:01

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[REPLAY] EP 17| Beth Brodie, Crime of the Hometown Kind, Groveland, Massachusetts, with Beth's brother, Sean Aylward (from May 5, 2021)

4/9/2024
Send a message to the show Revisiting the story of Beth Brodie, Crime of the Hometown Kind, Groveland, Massachusetts, with Beth's brother, Sean Aylward. First released on May 5, 2021. Sean, Beth's brother, and I plan a follow-up to get the status of her case this week. Expect episode 62 soon. Her killer is up for parole! CALL TO ACTION below.... I first shared her story in the spring of 2021. I am from the small town of Groveland, Massachusetts, went to the same schools as Beth did, and what happened to her has stayed with me. I think of her ever single time I drive through my old hometown, about her family that remained in the same neighborhood where Beth was killed, and how they have to drive by the house where she took her last breath on November 18, 1992 when she was just 15 years old. This is more than about retelling the tragic events of that day, it is about the painfully intimate journey of heartbreak for a family navigating the brutality that took Beth from them. The emotional weight of juvenile sentencing laws that shift with time, and the Brodie family's advocacy efforts as they again face the potential parole of Beth's killer. Beth's killer, 16-years-old at the time of her murder, is seeking parole with a hearing scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 2024. Once again, Beth's entire family is facing the prospect of this man being released. It is retraumatizing to a family who has had to live with the reality of their child being violently taken from them. Your help is needed! Call to action: Letter writing campaign: Support and follow Justice for Beth Brodie Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:01:06:34

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EP 61 | The Mysterious Disappearance of Attiin R. Shaw, Washburn, Maine with Brandie of Evaporate The Missing

3/29/2024
Send a message to the show For the record, her name is Attiin (pronounced AhTeen) Rachmawati Shaw. Uncover the unsettling case of Attiin Rachmawati Shaw, missing from Washburn, Maine. Dive into the mysteries and complexities in Episode 61. This is a make good on our promise to cover Attiin's case after we first spoke about her at the live show on March 7 at Off Cabot in Beverly. I didn't know much about her case but we are peeling that all back now. I will work on a follow up to this case as I gather more about this mysterious disappearance of a young mother of four. Brandie from Evaporate the Missing helps navigate the many unknowns in the case of missing mother from Maine, Attiin R. Shaw. Her story has been both disregarded and overlooked within her own rural community, but has new eyes now thanks to the dedication of local Maine mom and concerned citizen, Kara, who stepped up to be a voice for Attiin and her family in Indonesia. We go over the many questions and complexities involved in Attiin's open case, the parallels her story shares with other recent cases of missing women in New England, and her family's struggle to get information and understand what her husband, Mike P. Shaw, is telling them about her last days at home and what may have happened. We'll dissect the scarce evidence, the frustrations of a family at a loss, and the unyielding efforts of a community to keep hope alive. EvaporatetheMissing.com Where is Attiin Shaw? Facebook group Indonesia Lantern Namus #missing #attiinshaw #maine Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:00:49:54

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EP 60 | UNSOLVED New England Crime Cases with Emily Sweeney of the Boston Globe (recorded live at Faces Brewing, Malden, Mass)

3/15/2024
Send a message to the show We mark the 60th episode of Crime of the Truest Kind with the Unsolved show recorded live at Faces Brewing in Malden. It's another long one! It's a live show afterall. UNSOLVED New England Crime Cases Recorded live on Thursday, February 15 at Faces Brewing, Malden With Emily Sweeney of the Boston Globe Cold Case Files (subscribe here) We break down a number of New England cases, covered in Emily's reporting and on this podcast. Unsolved: The 1996 as of Marcie Fusillo Martini, first believed to be accidental but later ruled as homicide, in Walpole, Mass Unidentified and unsolved: The 1973 case of the burned body of a Black man found in Westford, Mass Unidentified and unsolved: In 2005 the body of a woman - Dorchester Jane Doe - was found entombed in an apartment building chimney in Dorchester Missing: In 2020, Mitchel Iviquel disappeared and little is known about her. She was reported missing in 2021, nearly one full after she was last seen in the Somerville area. Unsolved cases Missing and unsolved: Debra Melo of Taunton, 2000 Unsolved: Charline Rosemond from Everett, found murdered in Somerville, 2009 Missing and unsolved: Maura Murray - from Hanson, missing from Haverhill, NH, 2004 Unsolved: Rita Hester - found dead in Allston, 1998 The Charlestown 99 Murders, 1995 Whitney Bulger's reign of terror in Boston Crime of the Truest Kind hosted by Anngelle Wood Online crimeofthetruestkind.com Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:01:58:07

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EP 59 | Stranger Than Fiction: The Truth About The Crimes of Daniel LaPlante, Townsend, Massachusetts, with author Joe Turner

2/23/2024
Send a message to the show This is the follow-up to the last two episodes. When I say "stranger than fiction" I mean it's so weird that you cannot make this shit up, yet lots of info shared online is just that, made up. He's the boy in the walls. That's part of the story. But what is the story? Like most cases I research for the show, it's never what it appears on the surface. There is always more to the story, more information to find, to dig into to tell the story properly. When I started to read about the Gustafson family murders in 1987, then what happened to the Bowens of Pepperell the year before, I realized that little about the person responsible and the case - particularly the Bowen case - was factual. It is all made up rubbish. It has taken me some time to sort it all out, the case of Daniel LaPlante, the teenage boy whose crimes went from outlandish to unspeakable. The boy in the wall graduated to murder. In this episode, episode 59, we discuss graphic topics of murder, sexual assault, stalking, and something we now call phrogging. But in 1986, a teenage boy was hiding in a crawl space in someone's house for months. I speak to writer Joe Turner about the case he's been researching for years for his book about the case, The Boy In The Walls, and we go over quite a few pieces of erroneous information about the life and times of Daniel LaPlante, teenage tyrant and murderer, whose run lasted from 1986-1987 in Townsend and Pepperell, Massachusetts - two small towns on the New Hampshire border, where I have heard people say “outside Boston” when referring to the towns and their locations. Outside, yes, by about 50 miles. Joe Turner has spoken to the Bowen girls, now women, Tina, Kathy and Karen, members of the Laplante family, friends from Townsend, all of whom never discussed Daniel or these cases before. I learned about Daniel’s paternity and dark things about the man he called his father, about Daniel’s reported sexual abuse (and what we have blame for his very bad behavior), what really happened in the walls of the Bowen home over the course of several months in 1986, and what connection Andrew Gustafson had to Daniel Laplante before the murders of his family in 1987. Uncover the nightmarish tale of Daniel LaPlante, as we go back three decades of misinformation, through the depths of Daniel's troubled childhood, the psychological terror he inflicted on the Bowen family, and his grim connection to the Gustafson family's demise. The dark heart of New England's history beats within this narrative Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:01:26:44

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Replay | EP 46 with Julie Murray, sister of Maura Murray & Advocating for Humanity in the True Crime Narrative

2/9/2024
Send a message to the show Today is the 20th anniversary of Maura Murray's disappearance. In July, I spoke with Julie Murray, Maura's sister and dedicated advocate for her sister and the Murray family. Think of Maura and the Murray family today. Julie launched a podcast this month - Media Pressure - about Maura and her case. It is recommended listening. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. This is about Massachusetts and New England crime, regional history, about the people, places, and things that happen here. Maura Murray is still missing. She was last seen on February 9, 2004 on a snowy back road in Haverhill, New Hampshire. Her story is a crime classic, a greatest hit in the gold catalog. I say that because of the nature of Maura’s case and the myths and mystery surrounding her disappearance, she has become like a character in a work of fiction. Her story has been “deep dived” and rehashed over and over again by the true crime coterie of content creators, podcasters, crime networks, reporters, show hosts, youtubers, tik tokies, and those among this cabal who don’t bother to take any time to really provide much research to do her case justice. I believe we can use true crime for good. We can do better. Julie Murray has been on the frontlines of her sister's case, working to keep her story in the public eye. After 19 years, Maura is still missing. Never give up hope. The Murray family's official site: MauraMurrayMissing.org Julie Murray on Tik Tok @mauramurraymissing Updated show notes at https://bit.ly/3pPb1KC Follow @crimeofthetruestkind Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:00:57:36

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Crime of the Truest Kind Live!

2/8/2024
Send a message to the show Two opportunities to attend a Crime of the Truest Kind live show this winter. Thursday, February 15 and Thursday, March 7 crimeofthetruestkind.com These are the only two live shows until the summer (or fall maybe). UNSOLVED New England Crime Cases on Feb 15 at Faces Brewing in Malden, Massachusetts, with guest Emily Sweeney of the Boston Globe New England Crime Stories Live: Missing Persons and Advocacy in the true crime space March 7 at Off Cabot in Beverly, Massachusetts Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:00:01:00

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EP 58 | The Pepperell Prequel & The True Story of The Bowen Family Nightmare, Pepperell, Massachusetts

2/7/2024
Send a message to the show This is a bizarre case, not only for what happened to a Massachusetts family in the privacy of their home, but also how their story was reshaped and retold by urban legend and lore. This is the prequel: The Gustafson family story (EP 57) is far less known than that of the person responsible. That's part of the problem. Before Daniel LaPlante, a disturbed kid from Townsend, went on the run and was caught after a 24 hour manhunt, he was already the stuff of legend, "the boy in the wall." That is what the quiet drone of the years has done; because everybody loves a good boogeyman story, right? A creepy low budget fright. It is so much more than that. What led to the events of that day when the a family was ambushed in their home, and a mother and two children brutally killed. Well, this is truly the story of nightmares. This episode is about stalking, child abuse and child sexual abuse, mental illness, personality disorder, SA, violent crime against women and children. This is about one child destroying a family and almost destroying another. A broken boy or was he always going to be this way? The Bowens of Pepperell were scared out of their home by a menacing presence. Months passed before they learned someone had been living in a narrow space in their wall, and was watching them. Due to the nature of all involved being minors at the time, there is no documentation available to the public about the Bowen's actual nightmare living situation. Daniel LaPlante suffered from a childhood marred by the worst kind of abuse, by the people he should have been able to trust. We go back to the beginning, before his gruesome crimes to see the making of a monster. How he developed hobbies of crime, hobbies that grew into a practice - break ins, haunting people in their homes, to stalking to stealing guns and money, to kidnapping and murder. His crimes robbed the community of its peace, while many wanted to forget, others could never get it out of their minds. Crime of the Truest Kind online crimeofthetruestkind.com Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:00:58:24

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EP 57 | Gustafson Family & the Unsolved Mysteries of Judith Vieweg and Deborah Quimby, Townsend, Massachusetts

1/19/2024
Send a message to the show Crime of the Truest Kind is about New England crime stories and history. The Things that happen here. Crime is history and sometimes history is crime. This episode contains descriptions of violent crime against women and children. Listen with care. Episode 57📍Townsend, Massachusetts | On December 1, 1987, Andrew Gustafson lost his entire family, his wife, two children, and the baby they were expecting. He fought through unimaginable grief to find joy & purpose. We remember Priscilla, Abigail, and William. Through these narratives, we honor victims, remind one another of our vulnerability, our humanity, and our need for empathy. We learn about two unsolved Townsend cases dating back to the 1970s, the mysteries that surround the murder of 31-year-old artist and teacher Judith Vieweg in 1973, and the disappearance of 13-year-old Deborah Quimby in 1977. Crime of the Truest Kind online crimeofthetruestkind.com Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:00:29:49

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EP 56 | Where Is Debra Melo (part two) & Deadly Massachusetts Domestic Violence Cases

1/5/2024
Send a message to the show Is Debra Melo in Taunton? So many of you are interested in Debra's story. Debra Melo is missing. This year marks 24 years that she disappeared. This is an important story to tell. She did not just leave. There was no reason to walk away from her family, her daughter, her son. This is part two of Debra’s story, with Steve Demoura, Debra's brother-in-law and dedicated advocate to get justice for Debra and her family. In this episode I talk about domestic violence against women and coercive control and other Massachusetts cases where the wife, and sometimes the entire family are killed. Listen with care. Drawing parallels with other Massachusetts cases, we look at the stark realities of intimate partner crimes with the stories of deadly domestic violence cases, Teena and Arianna Kamaln (Dover, Mass), Linda and Sebastian Robinson (Andover, Mass), Breanne Pennington (Gardner, Mass) Ana Walshe (Cohasset, Mass), Carol DiMaiti Stuart (her story was covered most recently on HBO Max's Murder In Boston). National Domestic Violence Hotline The Hotline.org Call 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) Do you have any kind of information about Debra Melo's disappearance, about when she went missing, if you overheard someone, if you saw something, if you know something but have been afraid to say it, you can email me. CrimeoftheTruestKind@gmail.com Crime of the Truest Kind Line: 617-903-8411 to leave a message Send it: PO Box 752, Burlington, Mass 01803 You can also contact the Massachusetts State Police at (781) 830-4800 Thank you for listening. Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:00:53:36

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EP 55 | The Suspicious Disappearance of Debra Melo, Taunton, Massachusetts (part one)

12/29/2023
Send a message to the show With Steve Demoura, Debra's brother-in-law and dedicated advocate to get justice for Debra and her family. In June 2000, Debra Melo was a young mother trying to navigate the end of the only relationship she knew. She'd gotten married at 16, had two kids, and found that life was very different by age 30. She was making her way out and finally taking steps to get away from the person who'd been suffocating her for so long, a controlling and domineering man. But she disappeared before she could do any of that. On the afternoon of June 20, 2000, her husband, Luis Melo, drove her to her doctor's appointment in Weymouth, 30 miles from their home in Taunton, Massachusetts. Her husband's account of that day is all we have to go on. His claim is they had an argument on the drive home and Debra demanded he let her out of the car at a busy part of Route 18 in Weymouth. According to Luis Melo, he went back to get her but she was gone. This is the first of many red flags in this case. Debra left her pocketbook, wallet, identification, and cell phone in the car. That by itself is suspicious. In this first part of a two-part series, I talk to Steve Demoura, brother-in-law of Debra and former husband of her sister, Patricia, who has been an integral part of her case and the investigation into her disappearance. We talk about the challenges of her disappearance and the timing of it - exactly one week before teenager Molly Bish went missing in Warren, Mass. We break down the fabric of a family and their relentless search for justice and the toll her disappearance has taken. Plus we take a closer look at The Silver City, walking through the places that once sparkled with life in Taunton, through landmarks like the famed Silver City Galleria Mall where Richard Simmons shot one of his legendary infomercials (and meet Joanie!) and darker moments that mark its history and the weight of its memories. *Correction: Louis A. Melo Jr passed away on Dec 13, 2023 Crime of the Truest Kind Massachusetts and New England true crime stories hosted by Anngelle Wood crimeofthetruestkind.com follow @crimeofthetruestkind Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:00:51:53

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EP 54 | The Lasting Legacy Of The Coconut Grove Fire, Boston, Massachusetts

12/12/2023
Send a message to the show Crime is history and sometimes history is crime. One single event changed the course of history. In 1942, the world was in the throes of the Second World War. The Great Depression created a kind of desperation Americans hadn’t seen and men and boys were shipping out by the droves. Two historic events intersected on Saturday, November 28, 1942, Holy Cross and Boston College played before 41,000 college football fans at Fenway Park. Underdogs Holy Cross destroyed any hopes of The Eagles going to the Sugar Bowl or any other bowl, taking the undefeated team down, 55-12. BC staff and players were so dazed by what happened, they canceled their planned celebration at the famed Cocoanut Grove. They would not know what hand fate dealt them that night. That night, the nightclub - almost double its legal capacity - went up in flames. The Cocoanut Grove was a tinderbox, given the flagrant negligence of its owner, Barnett “Barney” Welansky, self-proclaimed pal of the mob and local politicians, including Mayor Maurice J. Tobin, cut corners and ignored common sense public safety. Four hundred and ninety-two* people died as a result of the Cocoanut Grove Fire. It was due to absolute negligence by the club owner but, today, 81 years later, the actual cause of the fire remains undetermined. Boston hospitals were overwhelmed by the rate at which the injured were arriving. Doctors and nurses and medical professions were pushed to the brink on how to effectively care for the gravely injured. There is a sliver of a silver lining, a quote from Professor Barbara Poremba’s recent article in The Salem (Mass) News and a member of the Cocoanut Grove Memorial Committee. We say let no one die in vain. That’s difficult given that so many of the casualties were young people just beginning their adult lives, but what emerged from the ashes of the Coconut Grove Fire revolutionized medical treatments for treating burn victims and people affected by this kind of trauma. Sweeping changes to building codes and safety regulations came as a direct result of the massive loss of life at Cocoanut Grove. The 2021 documentary, Six Locked Doors, takes us inside the events of that night, accounts from survivors, and the people who played a role in the worst nightclub fire in US history. *according to the The Cocoanut Grove Memorial Committee, 490 people died in the fire. Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

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EP 53 | Rita Hester & The Murder That Started A Movement, Allston, Massachusetts

11/17/2023
Send a message to the show Chanelle Pickett and Rita Hester were murdered three years apart. Chantelle in 1995 in Watertown, Mass, and Rita Hester in 1998 in Allston. Both were brutal crimes. Neither of them got justice. The attitudes and the language around gay and transgender lifestyles were very different back then. How the media covered violence against transgender people was cruel, if they covered them all. As a result of the mistreatment they got even in death, their deaths were instrumental in the creation of the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th. Chanelle's murderer was prosecuted and used the Trans Panic Defense. Rita Hester's murder is still unsolved. Mallery Jenna Robinson, transgender and HIV advocate and host of A Hateful Homicide podcast, joins me to talk about the violence transgender women face - then and now. We talk about the fight for justice for transgender victims, the urgent need for laws to protect the transgender community from hate crimes and the critical role empathy and compassion play in our society. A Hateful Homicide with Mallery Jenna Robinson Transgender Day of Remembrance is Nov 20 Resource Kit for Journalists Crime of the Truest Kind hosted by Anngelle Wood Online CrimeoftheTruestKind.com Follow @crimeofthetruestkind #ritahester #transdayofremembrance #chanellepickett #ahatefulhomicide #TDOR #malleryjennarobinson #allston #massachusetts #watertown #homicide #unsolved Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:01:11:03

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EP 52 | I Heart Lewiston, Maine with Bernadette from Murderific true crime podcast

11/6/2023
Send a message to the show [Bonus] This episode is about gun violence, mental health, mass murder, a terrorized community, and trauma. Listen with care. In episode 52, we go to Lewiston, Maine where a local man known to the community opened fire on two businesses in the largest mass casualty event in Maine’s history that left 18 dead, 13 injured and an entire region at a loss. In the second part of this episode, I speak to Bernadette, host of the Murderfic podcast, who lives in the area of Southern Maine where the manhunt for the shooter was going on and ultimately where he was found. We talk about the crime, the impact on the close community and what we have come to learn about the man who committed the crimes. Crime of the Truest Kind Hosted by Anngelle Wood Online: CrimeoftheTruestKind.com Follow @crimeofthetruestkind Murderific Podcast Governor Mills Launches “Healing Together” Online Resource to Help Support to Lewiston Victims and Families City of Lewiston to Open Community Resiliency Center CRC to Offer Services on Mon, Nov 13 City of Lewiston Families and Victims Fund Maine Community Foundation Lewiston-Auburn Area Response Fund Mass shootings, as catastrophic as they are, often shine a spotlight on the larger, hidden crisis of mental health. When the 18 shooting victims were identified by Maine State Police, there was not someone in the community around Lewiston who did not know one, some or all of them. Ronald G. Morin, 55 Peyton Brewer-Ross, 40 Joshua A. Seal, 36 Bryan MacFarlane, 41 Joseph Lawrence Walker, 57 Arthur Fred Strout, 42 Maxx A. Hathaway, 35 Stephen M. Vozzella, 45 Thomas Ryan Conrad, 34 Michael R. Deslauriers II, 51 Jason Adam Walker, 51 Tricia C. Asselin, 53 William A. Young, 44 Aaron Young, 14 Robert E. Violette, 76 Lucille M. Violette, 73 William Frank Brackett, 48 Keith D. Macneir, 64 Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:00:55:32

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EP 51 | Breanne Pennington, Migdalia Perez, Kathleen Daneault, Patricia Joyce & The Dark History of Murder In Gardner, Massachusetts

11/3/2023
Send a message to the show +Episode 51: Breanne Pennington, Migdalia Perez, Kathleen Daneault, Patricia Joyce & The Dark History of Murder In Gardner, Massachusetts This is a true crime, local history, and storytelling podcast. I write about crimes, I set the scene, connect story themes, I talk about things that happened here, in Massachusetts and New England. This episode deals with gun violence, mental health, murder-suicide, stalking, terrorized communities, domestic violence, sexual assault, serial killing, murder, and society. Listen with care. We peel back the layers to decades of crimes that shook the quiet town of Gardner, Massachusetts to its core and delve into the timeline of Breanne Pennington's murder, sharing her happiest times and her most proud moments spent with her family, her faith, her love of horses and raising chickens. The young mother met a tragic end at the hands of her own husband, Aaron Pennington, who still has not been apprehened. Casting light on Gardner's dark past, a town with a rich history and the unsettling details of other women's murders dating back to the 1960s, we say the names of those Gardner women whose disappearances and deaths are far less known today. In 2020, Migdalia Perez was stalked and killed by a man she was terrified of. She got no help or protection in her final days. 25-year-old Kathleen Daneault was found murdered in 1983. More than 30 years later, we learned she was killed by a man whose notorious reputation of violence against women paints the chilling picture of a serial murderer, and the mystery of the still-unsolved case of Patricia Joyce. In the Summer of 1965, Patty was a hard-working 17-year-old preparing for her senior year in high school. Her story is hardly known today and her case was looked at closely for its similarities to The Boston Strangler murder case of the 60s. We examine the grim reality of domestic violence in its many forms and the dangers that exist behind closed doors in what could be any home, in any neighborhood. Special thanks to The Gardner News for their reporting - thegardnernews.com Crime of the Truest Kind Online: CrimeoftheTruestKind.com Follow @crimeofthetruestkind Domestic Violence does not look the same for everyone. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence NCADV.org The Hotline Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:00:34:10

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EP 50 | Lizzi Marriot: A Life So Bright, Dover, New Hampshire

10/20/2023
Send a message to the show This is a true crime, local history, and storytelling podcast. I write about crimes, I set the scene, connect story themes, I talk about the things that happen here, in Massachusetts and New England. This episode is about sexuality, consent, sexual violence, murder, and defending a loved one’s privacy in death. Listen with care. Episode 50, Lizzi Marriott: A Life So Bright, Dover, New Hampshire Lizzi Marriott would have celebrated her 30th birthday on June 10 this year. She will be forever 19. Returned to the earth and sea that she loved so much. Growing up in Westborough, Massachusetts, she went to Westborough High School, Class of 2011. Lizzi Marriott set her sights on becoming a marine biologist. She had a special love for the ocean and all of its creatures. Her college essay was about her desire to protect marine life, a passion that was sparked during a weeklong marine biology camp in ninth grade. Lizzi was passionate about a future in the field of marine science. Her love flourished as a volunteer at the New England Aquarium in Boston. She was often seen saving wildlife, whether it was a frog or a turtle, something crawling or slippery, she loved everything about it. The University of New Hampshire in Durham was her dream school So it is no surprise that Lizzi was ecstatic when she got into the marine biology program. She began her sophomore year in the fall of 2012. Tuesday, October 9, 2012, started out pretty ordinarily for Lizzi. She was a few weeks into her first year at UNH, loving her studies in marine science. She was working, making new friends. She told her aunt and uncle she'd be going out after class that night and would be home later. Lizzi went to her chemistry lab until 9:00. At 8:55 pm she sent a text saying she was going to visit a new friend, someone she met at her retail job. She had recently made friends with an 18-year-old who worked at Target, a woman named Kathryn McDonaugh who went by Kat. The two traded text messages and made a plan to meet at her Dover apartment to watch a movie. Lizzi would make the short drive from Durham to Dover, the fastest route would take 13 minutes. Lizzi did not made it back to her aunt and uncle in Chester where she lived. While it did make them nervous, they tried to pass it off as a teenager enjoying a new friendship and staying up too late. They figured she’d just crashed at the friend’s place. But when there was no sign of Lizzi on Thursday, everyone knew something was very wrong. Remember Lizzi and The Intrepid Explorer Fund RememberLizzi.org Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:00:42:31

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EP 49 | Shawn Drumgold, Roxbury, Massachusetts: The Sonoma Street Alibi (part two of the Tiffany Moore Murder)

10/6/2023
Send a message to the show #roxbury #massachusetts #truecrime #wrongfulconviction #massachusettstruecrime EP 49 | Shawn Drumgold, Roxbury, Massachusetts: The Sonoma Street Alibi Part two of the Tiffany Moore murder case. In August 1988, Tiffany Moore was shot three times in what police would call a rival gang turf war on Humboldt Ave in Roxbury. The streets were not safe, Tiffany's own mother sent her away to keep her from the violence that was taking over their neighborhood, only for it to take her back in the cruelest way possible. The city was outraged and put pressure on the Boston Police to solve her murder and do something about the violence. Her death was covered nationwide and would symbolize the disorder that ruled the streets, the kind of chaos that elicited fear among those who were outside looking in. Police targeted a low level drug dealer named Shawn Drumgold, painting him as a savage gang member. This episode is about a murdered child, drugs, gang violence, witness intimidation, police and prosecutorial misconduct, wrongful convictions, and a still-unsolved crime. There is no justice in putting innocent people in prison. The New England Innocence Project: newenglandinnocence.org October 2 is International Wrongful Conviction Day Learn about the Exoneree Network: newenglandinnocence.org/exoneree-network JusticeforSeanEllis.com Trial 4 is the Netflix documentary about Sean Ellis's wrongful conviction Watch the trailer Two core sources (more will be listed in show note at crimeofthetruestkind.com) Doubt Cast Over Tiffany Moore Verdict by Dick Lehr, Boston Globe, May 2003 Thanks to Dick and The Globe's great reporting or Shawn Drumgold might have died in prison. Coming Home by Chris Wright, Boston Phoenix, Dec 2003 CrimeoftheTruestKind.com Follow @crimeofthetruestkind Operation True Crime & Wine, our live crime event Thurs, Nov 9 at Off Cabot, Beverly, Mass Get tickets now! Promo from PNW Haunts & Homicides: Join Caitlyn and Cassie as they chat about true crime, the paranormal, and all kinds of spooky sh*t in the Pacific Northwest. Just two "n Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:00:53:03

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EP 48 | Darlene Tiffany Moore, Roxbury, Massachusetts: Murder on H-Block (part one)

9/22/2023
Send a message to the show Season Three. In episode 48, we head to the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury where, in the summer of 1988, the murder of 12-year-old Darlene Tiffany Moore in the area known as the H-Block (named for the streets: Humboldt, Homestead, Harold, Harrishof, and Holworthy) had a major impact on the city. She was an innocent girl with a life full of promise and just two days away from returning to her new hometown of Greenville, South Carolina to begin 7th grade. It was not to be. She was in an area known as a thoroughfare of violence and was struck with a bullet meant for another. But who? A rival gang member? Revenge for a bad drug deal? This is a story about Boston’s past, the war on drugs, murdered kids, "Just So No", the violent drug trade, street gangs, an outraged community, witness intimidation, police misconduct, wrongful convictions, an unsolved crime, and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. 🔈Listen everywhere. There is a lot to unpack here. This is part one of two. In part two, we will go over the arrests of the suspects in her case, the trial, and what came after. Online: CrimeoftheTruestKind.com Follow @crimeofthetruestkind Ticket link for our Live True Crime and Wine night at Off Cabot in Beverly, Mass on Thursday, Nov 9 https://bit.ly/truecrimewinenight Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind #roxbury #boston #massachusetts #darlenetiffanymoore #homicide #streetgangs #drugtrade #warondrugs #humboldtave #1988 #humboldtave #hblock #podcast #truecrime #unsolved #crime #streetgang #markymark #wildside #markymarkandthefunkybunch #truecrimepodcast #history #bostonhistory #mayorrayflynn #mickeyroache Support the Show. Follow Instagram | Facebook | Twitter X | TikTok | Threads | YouTube For show notes and source information, visit CrimeoftheTruestKind.com This podcast has minimal profanity but from time to time you get an f-bomb. Become a patron: Patreon.com/crimeofthetruestkind Music included in episodes from Joe "onlyone" Kowalski - Joe Got A New Heart Fund Dug McCormack's Math Ghosts. and Shredding by Andrew King

Duration:00:38:29