The Real Killer

The Real Killer

On November 16, 2023, Keith LaMar is scheduled to be executed by the State of Ohio. He has been on Death Row for almost 28 years, convicted of leading a so-called death squad and murdering five men during the 1993 prison uprising at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. The 11-day revolt is still one of the longest and bloodiest in U.S. history. But Keith claims he’s not the real killer; he says he’s innocent. He says he was not only targeted by investigators but also railroaded by prosecutors who, he believes, withheld evidence that could have cleared his name. When true crime writer and producer, Leah Rothman looks into Keith’s case, she finds more than she ever expected; she finds herself sucked into a story that becomes surprisingly personal. Is the State of Ohio about to kill an innocent man? The clock is ticking.

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April 20, 2023 60 mins

As Keith LaMar’s execution date fast approaches, support pours in from near and far. Will it be enough to save him? 


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The State of Ohio has been executing people since the 1800’s, but there are some people on opposite sides of the political spectrum now trying to end that. Will capital punishment in Ohio soon be a thing of the past? And how, if at all, will that affect Death Row inmate Keith Lamar?


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Many blame the Lucasville uprising on the prayer leader of the Sunni Muslim prisoners. A revealing conversation with Siddique Abdullah Hasan sheds light on what he says happened during those 11 days, why he thinks he was convicted and sent to Death Row and whether or not he believes Keith was the leader of the “Death Squad.”


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The investigation into Keith LaMar’s case leads to two men who share similar accounts of how investigators tried to manipulate them, but they tell very different stories when it comes to Keith. Are they speaking the truth or do they have a motive to lie?

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Keith shares some of the potentially exculpatory evidence he says prosecutors withheld from his Defense team, proving he didn’t receive a fair trial back in 1995. Turns out, there are other people on Death Row saying prosecutors did the same thing to them.

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The 1989 murder case which sent Keith LaMar to prison in the first place comes into question when discrepancies in his story are discovered. But does what happened back then have any bearing on his death row case?

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Adjusting to life on Death Row is anything but easy for Keith. Then a new admission by the Special Prosecutor and a chance at a new trial may change everything. Will Keith get his day in court or will the pressure finally break him?

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Keith LaMar, the alleged leader of the so- called Death Squad, goes on trial. Prosecutors believe they have an open and shut case. Keith’s attorneys say they don’t. Will Keith get a fair trial or is his fate predetermined? 

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As Keith prepares for trial, his attorneys don’t have much confidence in their case. But learning about where Keith comes from sheds some light on how and why he ended up at Lucasville in the first place.

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The largest investigation in the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s history kicks off. Keith LaMar gives his first-person account of what he did and didn’t do. Also, a deep dive into what led to the Lucasville Uprising, leaves many asking if all the death and destruction during those 11 horrible days could have been avoided. 

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The 1993 Lucasville Uprising is still one of the longest and deadliest prison riots in U.S. History. When it’s all said and done, 10 men are dead and Keith LaMar is labeled the leader of the “Death Squad,” believed to be responsible for killing five. Question is, do they have the right guy?

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February 9, 2023 1 min

On November 16, 2023, Keith LaMar is scheduled to be executed by the State of Ohio. He has been on Death Row for almost 28 years, convicted of leading a so-called death squad and murdering five men during the 1993 prison uprising at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. The 11-day revolt is still one of the longest and bloodiest in U.S. history. But Keith claims he’s not the real killer; he says he’s innocent. He says he was not...

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February 17, 2022 30 mins

With an estimated 60,000 innocent people sitting in prison today, many believe it’s particularly challenging to free the wrongfully convicted in the state of Missouri. But why? Who is fighting for justice and who isn’t? The answer is both shocking and disturbing.

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February 10, 2022 32 mins

How did the focus shift from Melissa’s initial statement that, “Bill did it,” to Rodney becoming the prime suspect? Experts break down the police procedures which may have altered the course of the investigation, as well as the science behind how memories work and change over time.

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February 3, 2022 45 mins

JoAnn’s neighbor, Steve Yancey, is currently serving time in a Kansas prison for a heinous crime. For the first time publicly, he shares his memories of JoAnn, Melissa, and Renee, the day of the murder, and his interview with police. Will anything Yancey says reveal he’s the real killer?

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January 27, 2022 52 mins

Rodney Lincoln has now spent more than three decades in prison and his legal options are running out. But, there is a glimmer of hope when the new St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner says his case deserves another look. Then, a scandal at the highest level changes everything.

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January 20, 2022 51 mins

Melissa is convinced serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells is the one behind the sadistic attack on her family. Crime writer Diane Fanning, who interviewed Sells at length, says the JoAnn Tate murder has his name written all over it; however, Sells’ whereabouts at the time of murder is hotly debated. But, there is someone else, someone much closer to home, who many say may have done it… and even confessed.

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January 13, 2022 40 mins

In 2015, Melissa is interviewed about her story for a syndicated true crime show. On the program, she is adamant that she knows, with every fiber of her being, Rodney Lincoln is the one who murdered her mom and viciously attacked her and her sister, Renee. But after the show airs, something unexpected happens which changes the lives of those closest to the case and jumpstarts a legal battle of epic proportions.

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January 6, 2022 51 mins

Kay Lincoln is on a mission to prove her dad is innocent. When new evidence is accidentally discovered and existing physical evidence is re-tested, the case looks like it may take a dramatic turn. Melissa, still reeling from the trauma of her mother's murder and her own violent assault, fights back. Meanwhile, a new suspect emerges, leaving some to wonder if he may be the real killer.


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December 30, 2021 48 mins

With the dramatic trials finally behind them, Melissa and her sister, Renee, are ready to move on with their lives. Unfortunately, it’s an uphill battle. Rodney Lincoln fights to stay alive in prison while his daughter, Kay, takes matters into her own hands. She launches her own investigation into the case—and what she uncovers is stunning.

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