Southern Fried True Crime

Southern Fried True Crime

Erica Kelley is a native Tennessean exploring historical and contemporary true crime in the South. Southern charm is attempted but southern sass is bountiful. Join her as she shows you just how southern fried the justice system can be in the Deep South.

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November 24, 2021 8 min
Veteran journalist Joe Nocera’s neighbor in the Hamptons was a therapist named Ike. Ike counted celebrities and Manhattan elites as his patients. He’d host star-studded parties at his eccentric vacation house. But one summer, Joe discovered that Ike was gone and everything he’d thought he’d known about his neighbor -- and the house next door -- was wrong.

From Wondery, the company behind Dirty John and Dr. Death, and Bloomberg, “Th...
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At 3am on October 2, 1999, 74 year old Texas millionaire, Steven Beard called 911. Panicked and bewildered, he said “My guts blew out of my stomach!” He didn’t know what happened, just that he was literally holding his intestines with his hands. Paramedics thought maybe he had a recent surgery and stitches busted. Until one of them saw a shotgun shell on the floor.

Thus began the infamous case of Celeste Beard. Gold digger? Loving ...
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November 8, 2021 8 min
Killer Psyche is a new weekly true crime podcast from Wondery that explores the minds behind infamous killers and criminals. They cover high-profile cases that have shocked the world, and host Candice Delong uses her five decades of experience as a clinical psychiatric nurse and FBI Criminal Profiler to dissect the motivations and behaviors of the most terrifying felons in history.

In a recent episode, Candace examines the mind of ...
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Private First Class Kelli Bordeaux disappeared on the night of April 13th, 2012 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The petite, blonde, former cheerleader, didn't look like your typical soldier. Kelli was as tenacious as she was beautiful, and she dreamed of becoming a combat medic. But Kelli was also human: at the time of her disappearance, she was married and having an affair. Both men would be investigated exhaustively for two ...
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November 1, 2021 62 min
In the summer of 1990, just days before classes were to begin at the University of Florida in Gainesville, a monster crept through the night and viciously murdered five college students. He was finally caught and the weeks of terror ended. He was dubbed the Gainesville Ripper and his crimes, slaughtering innocent college students, inspired the horror movie, Scream.

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gra...
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On a rainy night in June, 2010, a 911 call would set off one of the biggest murder scandals to shock Louisville, Kentucky. Two men, living in a crumbling Victorian mansion in Old Louisville, both accused each other of killing a man they had buried in the old wine cellar. The ensuing trials transfixed locals with talk of kinky sex, drugs, counterfeit money, guns and a sledge hammer.

Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
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A small town cop known as “GI Joe” is gunned down in a swamp in the summer of 2015 and quickly becomes a martyr in the national media. But when a dogged investigator and his team set out to get justice, they uncover unsettling secrets about Joe, the local police department, and the village of Fox Lake.

From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes the third season of Over My Dead Body: Fox Lake. Hosted by Mat...
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October 4, 2021 53 min
In June of 1959, the torsos of two men were found in a rural part of northeast Alabama. The gruesome discoveries sparked a media firestorm as locals feared they had a mad man stalking their homes. These kind of gruesome murders just didn’t happen in rural areas where folks didn’t even lock their doors at night.

A three week investigation led law enforcement to a desolate farm, in Rabbittown, a small community in the tiny town of Whi...
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In 1984, the small town of Clinton, North Carolina, was shocked by the brutal murder of a local minister. At first, there seemed to be no motive. But as detective’s dug into Dan Arnold’s life, they uncovered a secret life that no one in the church or community knew about. Dan and his wife, Donna, had both been having an affair with a man named Carl Stuffel.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched by Haley Gray
Written by Erica...
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In 1995, a Memphis socialite was brutally murdered in her own home. Emily Fisher was a paragon of not only Memphis society and arts, but she was also heavily involved in charities for underprivileged youth. Ironically, her son Adrian, struggled socially. In his teens, he became heavily addicted to drugs. His parents were desperately trying to help him, and often naively welcomed his friends into their home. So Emily actually let he...
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After the brutal murder of Belinda Temple, an 8 month pregnant school teacher in 1999, the Harris County DA’s office took five years to finally charge her husband, David, with murder. They had an ace in the hole. They had star prosecutor Kelley Siegler. But David Temple’s family hired Dick DeGuerin, the guy who got Robert Durst off after he dismembered his landlord. The trial had the promised fireworks but afterwards, Kelly Siegler...
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In January of 1999, 30 year old Belinda Temple, who was eight months pregnant, was found shot to death in her closet in Katy, Texas. Her husband, David Temple, was the obvious first suspect. But there wasn’t much evidence to connect him to the murder and he was seen on store cameras during the suspected time of the murder. But he had the oldest motive in the world. And Harris County DA’s Office would take almost five years to final...
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August 13, 2021 36 min
A prominent southern family made their mark in Memphis, Tennessee and the tiny town of Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas with descendents dating back to the Civil War. Known for their philanthropy as much as their prosperity, the Snowden family were pillars of their community. They were eccentric and fun-loving, but also duty bound to their family name and heritage. And then the same man, 24 years apart, wrought tragedy into their storied h...
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In 1960, 25 year old Irene Garza was raped and murdered in McAllen, Texas. The Mexican-American former beauty queen, was a devout catholic and a pillar of her community. She was last seen going to confession on Holy Saturday before Easter. The McAllen community was outraged and heartbroken and there was a massive investigation. And then the investigation quietly stopped. With no answers, the McAllen community could only rely on rum...
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**This episode contains explicit language. It is marked explicit in all podcast platforms. Please, if cursing offends you, do not listen to this and then complain about the language.**

*We have a frank discussion about rape culture, including the Cosby case and other societal problems with sexual assault. We also discuss the pandemic and vaccination. If these subjects offend you, you are better off skipping this interview. Everyone ...
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1994, a 15 year old boy did the unthinkable. He ambushed his mother and younger sister and shot them to death. All because he was angry over being grounded. He planned their murders, and 3 more family members for weeks before the ambush. And most of it was caught on a recording device on his home phone. But still, the question remains, at 15 years old, was Nathan Callahan old enough to be held responsible for his actions.

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In 2009, on the 4th of July, the body of football legend Steve McNair was found in a condo in Nashville, Tennessee. The married family man was killed by his girlfriend, in an apparent murder/suicide that shocked Nashville and the nation. But for years, conspiracy theories have persisted about what really happened.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched and Written by Erica Kelley
Additional Research & Writing by Hannah Ne...
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In June of 1994, a car was found in a ditch on a deserted stretch of Little Mountain Road in Newberry, South Carolina. A woman was found slumped over the steering wheel. Though the road was in a rural area thick with woods and steep ravines, where accidents often happen, police immediately suspected foul play. The woman, named Vickie Lander Beckham, had horrific injuries to her face and neck that could not have come from such a min...
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In 1981, a young woman in the tiny town of Grundy, Virginia, was brutally raped and murdered. Her assailant was quickly identified and convicted. But in his fight against the justice system and manipulation by the media, his victim, 19 year old Wanda McCoy, was ignored and forgotten for decades.

Hosted and produced by Erica Kelley
Researched & Written by Hannah Newcomb
Additional Writing by Erica Kelley
Original Graphic Art by Col...
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May 22, 2021 47 min
In the summer of 1991, the small town of Cherryville, North Carolina, was horrified by two double murders. A local was quickly targeted by police, a man related to one of the families. And it destroyed his life. Another accidental death was tied to the murders, brought on by the fear of one of Cherryville’s residents. When the real killer was found, the town was able to breathe a sigh of relief. But the small town was left scarred ...
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