Margo and Lindsey discuss the crimes of Richard Ramirez (the Night Stalker) and the mayhem and fear his crimes created in the summer of 1985 in Los Angeles, California, as portrayed in the book Satan's Summer in the City of Angels by Glynn Martin. The discussion includes the key evidence that tied Ramirez to the crimes, his unique lack of MO or target victim, and the made-for-a-movie neighborhood capture of Richard Ramirez. Join us!!!
Inspired by the actions and convictions of the murderers in Episode 21's book Bully by Jim Schutze, Lindsey and Margo discuss how a defendant can be convicted of a crime even when they profess, "I didn't do sh#t!" Sometimes it is because you aided and abetted a primary actor in a crime, sometimes it is because you conspired to commit a crime, and sometimes you are just straight up guilty. Join us and find out how to avoid the whole mess! Enjoy!!!
Margo and Lindsey discuss the brutal and callous murder of Bobby Kent by a group of his closest friends as told by Jim Schutze in the crazy book Bully. The murder is committed by so many people with such casualness, and in such a grotesque manner, it strikes a sharp contrast to the lack of accountability of any of the young friends who participated. And it begs the question, what would you do if your child committed murder? Join Margo and Lindsey as they dive in. Enjoy!!!
Lindsey and Margo wrap up Lessons in Latin discussing 9 new Latime terms, from Mens Rea to Trial De Novo, including Lindsey's favorite Latin legal term to say: Nunc Pro Tunc. Enjoy!
Margo and Lindsey discuss the harrowing and heartbreaking story of decades of abuse meted out by Michelle "Shelly" Knotek as told in the book If You tell by Gregg Olsen. Olsen provides incredible detail of the abuse suffered by Knotek's three daughters, as well as her victims who lost their lives under her control, Kathy Loreno, Ron Woodworth, and Shane Watson. Shelly's cruelty and sadism were rivaled only by her power of manipulation and control. It was the bond between the three sisters that finally took down Shelly and Dave Knotek, and pulled down the façade they had spent a lifetime hiding behind. Join us!!
Lindsey and Margo discuss often used Latin legal terms to clear up confusion and make True Crime consumption a bit easier to digest,. Enjoy!!
Margo and Lindsey discuss the insidious and sinister conspiracy of white men to systematically murder Osage Indians in the 1920s, in an effort to overtake the extreme wealth the Osage came into due to their rights to the oil below their land as told in David Grann's New York Times bestselling book Killers of the Flower Moon. Why is this story, this American history not widely known? How is FBI agent Tom White not an American folk hero? How does the terrorization of a people get passed down from generation to generation? Join us!!
Lindsey and Margo discuss different types of evidence encountered in a criminal case, including direct v. circumstantial evidence, testimonial v physical evidence, and character v. habit evidence. They also discuss the individual power each juror has to weigh the evidence presented. Join us!
Margo and Lindsey discuss the historic ax murders of Austin, Texas as told in the book The Midnight Assassin by Skip Hollandsworth. For one year – 1885, a seemingly deranged ax murderer dubbed the Midnight Assassin terrorized the people of Austin, just as the city was on the verge of becoming the cosmopolitan capitol of Texas. Panic in the city hit a fever pitch on Christmas Eve 1885, when for the first time the murderer targeted two white women. And then – poof! – he was gone! The author explores the similarities between the Midnight Assassin and Jack the Ripper, and Margo and Lindsey discuss old-timey Texas and their own theories of the murders. Join us!!!
Released September 5, 2020
Lindsey and Margo discuss a prosecutor's duty to disclose evidence favorable to the defendant, that begins with the shenanigans of a DA in the 1963 case of John Leo Brady in Brady v. Maryland. Enjoy!!!
Released August 15, 2020
Margo and Lindsey discuss the overwhelming injustices detailed by attorney Bryan Stevenson in his book Just Mercy. Stevenson tells us stories of America's unjustly condemned, against the backdrop of the wrongful conviction of Walter McMillan in 1980s Alabama. While McMillan's story is central and compelling, Stevenson teaches us about how America's justice system treats its most vulnerable defendants, the intellectually disabled, the young, the poor, sick, and grieving. And that even when a man like Walter McMillan gets justice, it does little to absorb the pain caused to communities and victims alike. Join us!!
Released August 1, 2020
Lindsey and Margo discuss search warrant EXCEPTIONS. Last Rap Sheet we learned all about the search warrant requirement and the 4th Amendment. Now learn all the different scenarios is which a search warrant is not required. Sneak peek: Never consent to a search! Enjoy!!!
Released July 15, 2020
In Episode 16, Margo and Lindsey discuss the vicious quadruple murder committed by Michael Ballard, as detailed in Fatal Jealousy by Colin McEvoy and Lynn Olanoff. While Ballard’s murder of his girlfriend Denise Merhi, her father Dennis Marsh, her grandfather Alvin Marsh, and her neighbor Steven Zernhelt were shocking, increasing the horror is the fact that Ballard was on parole for a prior murder when he did it. Listen to Margo and Lindsey discuss the life and mind of Michael Ballard and the breakdown in the system that provided Ballard the freedom to commit such crimes. Join us!!!
Released July 1, 2020
Lindsey and Margo discuss search warrants - what are they, why are they required, and what does law enforcement need to do to get one. It's all spelled out in the 4th Amendment! Join us!!!
Released June 15, 2020
Margo and Lindsey discuss the brazen and prolific crimes of the Golden State Killer as told by Michelle McNamara in her riveting modern true crime classic I'll Be Gone in the Dark. From Peeping Tom to ransacker, rapist, and eventual serial killer, Margo and Lindsey discuss his escalation, M.O., and eventual capture. All of which is laid over the incredible life and devotion of Michelle McNamara, who combined her fascination with true crime and her life-long love of writing to piece together a truly fantastic read! Join us!
Released June 1, 2020
Lindsey and Margo discuss the Miranda warnings - what they are, when they are required, and what happens if they're not given. Quite the legacy for an Arizona defendant named Ernesto Miranda. Enjoy!
Released May 16, 2020
Margo and Lindsey discuss the stories of 14 different female serial killers across the globe and throughout history, as told by Tori Telfer in her compilation book Lady Killers! The discussion dives into the different portrayals of men and women murderers, the fight for power and control, and the historical effectiveness of poison as a murder weapon. Join Us!
Released May 1, 2020
Lindsey and Margo use HBO's "The Outsider" as a jumping off point to discuss inconsistencies between real life and TV crime shows. Enjoy!
Released April 15, 2020
Margo and Lindsey discuss the unfathomable and truly sinister crimes suffered by Colleen Stan as she was enslaved for seven years, spending nearly six of those seven years in a box the size of a coffin. Prosecutor Christine McGuire tells of the crimes and prosecution of Cameron Hooker for the horrors he subjected Colleen Stan to in her book Perfect Victim: The True Story if the Girl in the Box. Join us!
Released April 1, 2020
Lindsey and Margo reflect on their first full year of podcasting, including their favorite book, biggest surprises, and what they've enjoyed most about the podcasting process, Enjoy!!
Released March 15, 2020
Margo and Lindsey discuss the horrific crimes and increasingly disturbing behavior of NFL player and serial killer Aaron Hernandez, as told by James Patterson in his New York Times Bestseller All American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez. Join us!
Released March 1, 2020
Lindsey and Margo discuss exceptions to the rule against hearsay - last Rap Sheet we defined Hearsay, now we're talkin' exceptions. Enjoy !
Released February 15, 2020
Margo and Lindsey discuss the disappearance and murder of Jean McConville during a time in Northern Ireland history known as the Troubles, as told by Patrick Radden Keefe in his best-selling book Say Nothing. Keefe weaves fantastical stories of characters as he paints intense pictures of life filled with violence and passion. Join us!
Released February 1, 2020
Lindsey and Margo discuss the legal definition of Hearsay - what it is and what it isn't! Enjoy!
Released January 15, 2020
Margo and Lindsey discuss the brutal murder of Carol Thompson in 1960s Minnesota, as told by William Swanson in his book Dial M: The Murder of Carol Thompson. Her husband was convicted of First Degree Murder, and author William Swanson takes us through the experience of her children as their father is put on trial, convicted, and paroled. Join Us!!
Released January 3, 2020
Lindsey and Margo discuss Murder...in the first and second degree. Including sentencing and differences in various jurisdictions. Enjoy!
Released December 16, 2019
Margo and Lindsey discuss the horrific and individual crimes of four murderers, as told by groundbreaking FBI Behavioral Scientist John Douglas. Discussed are the crimes of Joseph McGowan, Joseph Kondro, Donald Harvey, and Todd Kohlhepp, with insights from Douglas' extensive and singular experience developing the science of criminal profiling. Join Us!
Released December 1, 2019
Lindsey and Margo discuss the difference between the terms Burglary and Robbery. But first, Lindsey has to clear up some misuses of the term "Charge" in the context of a criminal case. Enjoy!
Released November 15, 2019
Margo and Lindsey discuss the horrific and unimaginable murders committed by Charles Manson and his followers as told by the lead prosecutor (and investigator) Vincent Bugliosi in the #1 best-selling true crime book Helter Skelter. Join Us!
Released November 1, 2019
Margo and Lindsey discuss the killing of Danny Hansford at the hands of Jim Williams, as told by John Berendt in his bestselling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - it's not just a movie! And yes, it's true crime! John Berendt paints a deep portrait of Savannah, Georgia in the 1980s, introducing larger-than-life characters and the true story woven around the death of a young man. Was it murder or self-defense? Join us and decide for yourself!
Released October 1, 2019
Lindsey and Margo conclude the 3-part Stage of a Trial series. Part 3: Cross-examination through post-trial relief. Enjoy!
Released September 15, 2019
Margo and Lindsey discuss the torturous murder of Sylvia Likens by the Baniszewski family as told in the book House of Evil by John Dean. An entire family, with the help of additional neighborhood children, join in beating and torturing 16-year-old Sylvia Likens, as she slowly does from her extensive injuries.
Released September 2, 2019
Lindsey and Margo continue a three-part series on the stages of a criminal trial. Part Two covers the decision to have a trial heard by a judge or a jury, through the state's direct examination. Enjoy!
Released August 15, 2019
Margo and Lindsey discuss the life and death of Kevin Carroll and the murder of Joan Carroll, as told by their daughter Leah Carroll, in the book Down City. Leah Carroll’s mother was murder when Leah was just 4-years-old. When the author researched her mother’s death, she finds that it was entangled in the infamous Patriarca crime family.
Released August 1, 2019
Lindsey and Margo start a three-part series on the stages of a criminal trial. Part one covers the initial police investigation through pre-trial motions. Enjoy!
Released July 15, 2019
Margo and Lindsey discuss the tragic murder of six-year-old Jeremy Guillory by his neighbor Ricky Langley, as told in the fantastic book The Fact of a Body. Marzano-Lesnevich weaves in her own history and what she learns about herself and her own story, as she researches the facts of this tragic crime.
Released July 1, 2019
Margo and Lindsey discuss different burdens of proof throughout the law, and the differences in the terms Guilty, Not guilty, and Innocent.
Released June 15, 2019
Margo and Lindsey discuss the 2015 maximum-security prison break of two convicted murderers as told in Dannemora by Charles A. Gardner, a former corrections officer and life-long resident of the Dannemora-area in New York.
Released on June 1, 2019
Margo and Lindsey dive into criminal terminology and discuss the difference between Misdemeanors and Felonies, as well as Lindsey pet peeve, Jail v. Prison.
Released on May 15, 2019
Join Margo and Lindsey to discuss the unique perspective of prolific true-crime author Ann Rule's personal relationship with infamous American serial killer Ted Bundy.
Released on May 1, 2019
Margo and Lindsey discuss the differences between Criminal and Civil legal cases.
Released on April 15, 2019
Join Margo and Lindsey to discuss the grisly murder of the Clutter family as told by Truman Capote in the genre-defining book In Cold Blood.
Released on April 1, 2019
Get to know Margo and Lindsey, their vision for the podcast, and what to expect as episodes roll out!
Released on April 1, 2019