A Nefarious Nightmare

A Nefarious Nightmare

Best Friends Amanda and Courtney deep dive into true crime cases with an empathetic standpoint. They focus awareness mainly on lesser known crimes and crimes against those deemed extra vulnerable. Occasionally, the hosts will cover more well known cases due to relevance or a particularly fascinating element. The bees (the honeybee) is seen as synonymous with victims and survivors. We must always protect the bees. We must always let their voices be heard. We must not stifle the buzz of the bees, so bee vigilant, for when you mess with the bees, you get the hive. Welcome to A Nefarious Nightmare.


January 24, 2023 41 min

Content/Trigger warning - mention of Domestic Violence and/or potential hate crime, mention of self harm and suicidal ideation, Murder

Alex VanDalsen left on foot late evening on February 3, 2021. He was later found dead, police haven’t been very helpful with answers and his mother and the rest of his family just want closure as to the mystery surrounding his death. We had the pleasure of interviewing Jennifer VanDalsen, and we invi...

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We decided to sit down with our friends Chey Vyshnya and Sonya Coen to reflect on the highs and lows of 2022 and what we are leaving behind - as well as what we will bring with us into 2023. We then each tell a Florida man story.

This episode is unlike our episodes on both the NSNC and A Nefarious Nightmare feeds. With that being said, a brief content warning - there is strong language. 

 We really just wanted to sit back and hang ou...

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Amanda and Courtney give a few updates on some cases covered in season 3, and close out by introducing Method and Madness podcast, a podcast you all should absolutely check out!


On Tuesday, April 21st, 2020, 39-year-old John Palmer and his wife, 38-year-old Katie Palmer set out for a morning walk in their rural neighborhood in Denison, Texas. It was a su...

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Content/Trigger warning - Domestic Violence, mention of Sexual Assault, Murder of a minor

Today we will be discussing statistics on Domestic Violence and child abuse. We also will briefly remind you about narcissism because we firmly believe that the offender in this case was a complete narcissist. In fact, when you hear all of these statistics and the key traits of narcissism, and then listen to Eric tell what happened to his broth...

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Content/Trigger warning - potential for hate crime, mention of animal cruelty

Violence against those who are in the lgbtq+ community or those who identify as such still occurs to this day. We feel that this community is especially vulnerable because once again, here it is late 2022, and we still see hatred and violence against this community. Today we will be discussing two cases that are similar in setting and need a ton of awa...

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November 26, 2022 4 min

This week, we’re featuring an episode from a podcast you should check out. Live Laugh Larceny is a true crime podcast hosted by long time friends Amanda and Trevin, who share killer facts, dreadful dilemmas and tell real-life petty crime stories in the style of an audio drama. Available wherever you get your podcasts.

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It starts with Ethics - ethics is to be empathetic toward victims and respectful of the fact that these are real things that have happened - these are the worst days of someone’s lives. To advocate is to put yourself in the shoes of the victim or survivor. Is there a call to action? Participate. Is there a fundraiser? Donate and share. Petition? Sign it and share why the petition is important. Is there a search party? Not everyone ...

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Content/Trigger warning - mention of hate crimes, possible sexual assault, mental health and suicide

In August of 2021, a recently married couple are set to experience vanlife and camp out in Moab, Utah. Unfortunately, they went missing, only to be found by a friend of theirs shot to death and left in a creek. Despite the many reasons that suggested this could have been a hate crime and the fact that there is a major suspect that wa...

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Content/Trigger warning - mention of drugs, alcohol, suicidal ideation, mental health, history of racism 

Back in November of 2018, a group of adult women had a sleepover. There were games, gumbo and drinking, and everyone was having a fun time. That is, until the next morning… one of the women in attendance was found to be dead under mysterious circumstances. A quick prayer was said by one of the women in attendance and then a 911 ...

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Content/Trigger warning - discusses Sexual Exploitation of a minor, suicide, mental health, mentions of sexual assault, mention of pedophilia and brief mention of bestiality 

Today's episode is especially heavy. Truly, they all are, but this one touches on particularly triggering topics. Today, we will be talking about Amanda Todd. Her story continues to make others in situations of bullying and online threats feel seen. While h...

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Jason Landry was on his way home to see his family for Christmas when his car crashed on Salt Flat Road in Luling, TX in the early morning of Monday, December 14th, 2020. He was on his way home from Texas State University to spend the holidays with his family but instead, had seemingly disappeared into thin air. It’s coming up on two years since he’s been missing, and the family is desperate for answers. 




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Content/Trigger warning: police brutality, addressing racism, brief mention of sexual assailants

Today we are going to discuss something a little bit different but highly relevant. We aim to wake everyone we can up to police brutality. What has happened to the people we talk about is a crime and a senseless one at that. We want to drive the point home that even after the outrage that occurred during the murder of George Floyd in 202...

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Content/Trigger warning: murder of a minor; mentions of mental health

On a chilly day in Pekin, Illinois on November of 2016, 13 year old Robert “Bonzai” Bee went missing. Nearly a year later, evidence and remains were found consistent with the boy. This case will be confusing, heartbreaking, frustrating and infuriating. Another story of a kid who never stood a chance. His mom, Lisa, would be known as someone who couldn’t keep her s...

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Content/Trigger warning: sexual assault and murder of a minor 

On a chillier than normal day October 19, 2009, Somer Thompson disappeared on her way home from school. She had been in a dispute earlier that day with a classmate and it was believed she had run off upset. 

The horrifying event that took place after that is something that no mother, sister, brother, friend or family member should ever have to experience. Today we sit dow...

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This week in lieu of our normal episode, we are going to do two feature drops of some fellow podcasters that we love from our network. For todays feature drop, we are introducing Live Laugh Larceny, formerly Seriously Sinister. Trevin and Amanda do a fantastic job discussing lighter and less murdery types of crimes such as scams and petty crimes in a super serious and dramatic fashion. I never fail to crack up when I’m listening be...

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This week in lieu of our normal episode, we are going to do two feature drops of some fellow podcasters that we love from our network. For todays feature drop, we are introducing Dirty Money Moves - women in white collar crime. Because, you can’t leave all the scams and cons to men, right? Scams and cons are equal opportunity on all fronts. This podcast was produced by Jami Rice, also of Murderish - and Sim Sarna, founder of Cloud ...

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September 20, 2022 60 min

This week, since Amanda had Covid and Courtney had life stuff occur, we have decided to get to work giving you a sampler of our Not So Nefarious Criminals podcast in lieu of our normal episodes. We will resume next week but we didn’t want to leave you hanging. For the full experience you can join our patreon. You may either search “A Nefarious Nightmare” on the patreon site or visit 

https://linktr.ee/anefariousnightmarepodcast . 


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***TRIGGER WARNING*** Mention of sexual assault

Kristin O’Connell met a boy at spring break in 1985 and went to visit him in August that same year. During a party he had, she left for a walk late one night in 1985, only later to be discovered to have been murdered. This is a cold case that has baffled many in Ovid, New York and in her hometown of Burnsville, Minnesota for many years, perpetuating hear say and speculation. With as mu...

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Content/Trigger warning: domestic abuse, sexual assault of a minor, patricide 

Stacey Lannert was victimized by her father, and later, as a result of this trauma, she shot him. We ask - Do you think Stacey Lannert should answer for her crimes? She took justice into her own hands, and all we can say to that is some people feel they have no choice but to. Obviously, we have our own theories and opinions, and based off of our content a...

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We start by remembering our fondest moments, we open up about our social anxiety and WHY Courtney is the way she is, revealing something she is not quite ready to talk about, and how this True Crime Podcast Festival was super validating and also eye opening for BOTH OF US. We had a blast and truly enjoyed meeting everyone, and cannot wait til next year.

REMEMBER - The content you consume should be centered around empathy and advocac...

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