Mom didn’t kill herself. It was murder. That’s what Billie Jean Letterman's daughter is out to prove. Join attorney Stephanie Harris and writer Karen Tricot Steward as they search for answers in the suspicious death of a young mother near Texarkana, Arkansas. Get bonus content on Patreon. Burden is a production of Power of Pod, a podcast production + marketing company that helps clients use the power of podcasting to better our world and build their brand. Thank you to Jason Files, Danny Koteras, and Brett Ihler for voicing the police transcripts. Thank you also to Opera Sauce and The Nest - Little Rock for being program sponsors. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Mom didn't kill herself. It was murder. That's what one daughter is out to prove. Burden is a podcast about the suspicious death of Billie Jean Letterman near Texarkana, Arkansas in 1991.
The story covers Billie’s tragic death, an investigation that went terribly wrong, and a family left with many hard questions.
Burden is based on extensive interviews with police, forensic experts, paramedics, Billie Jean’s family and frien...
Billie Jean Letterman died of a gunshot wound to the head at her home in Texarkana, Arkansas in 1991. Her husband Michael said she shot herself.
When paramedics arrive at the scene, Michael is behaving suspiciously. At the hospital, medical staff also notice some concerning behavior.
Police interview Michael to try to understand what happened to Billie Jean but are quick to appease him when he becomes nervous and can’t get his story...
Billie Jean Letterman’s daughter Ashly was in the house the night her mother was shot in the head. Ashly is Michael Letterman's step daughter. She was only six years old when her mom died. What she saw that night has been haunting her ever since.
Ashly’s father Topper Letterman, who is also Michael Letterman’s older brother, talks about his relationship with Michael and what he thinks happened the night Billie Jean was shot.
Police officers report what they saw at the scene the night Billie Jean was shot. Lead investigator Sgt. Don Nix talks about the case many years later and says he believes it was a homicide. He has trouble remembering some of the details, though, and contradicts himself numerous times.
Ashly speaks publicly about her mom’s case and is told what she is saying only proves that Michael is telling the truth.
Michael’s first wife tells police about the horrible things Michael did to her when they were married. Hospital records reveal the final moments of Billie’s life. The crime lab sends its findings to lead investigator Sgt. Don Nix. And, five years after she died, the investigation into Billie’s death is reopened.
Bonus content available on Patreon.
Visit BurdenPod.com for more information on this show. Say hello on Facebook, Instagram...
On this episode, stories of growing up in the Letterman household. We also hear from Billie's family and friends about times they were afraid of Michael Letterman and efforts to call police.
Ashly’s cousin David Wayne comes forward to say he has information about the night Billie Jean died that he’s never revealed.
And, a reflection on the violent past of a man elected prosecuting attorney in Miller County around the time that Bi...
After Billie Jean died, Michael Letterman married for a third time to a young woman named Ginna. This is Ginna’s story about her 15-year marriage to Michael, the man she calls a monster. We hear how she eventually got away from him and the lingering questions she has about the death of his second wife.
Bonus content available on Patreon.
Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
With all the physical evidence lost and little investigation into Billie’s case, we look to Billie’s body for clues about what happened the night she was shot.
The 1991 autopsy of Billie Jean Letterman was performed by a controversial medical examiner named Dr. Fahmy Malak, who resigned amid accusations that he botched several autopsies. We took the autopsy results to Dr. Charles Kokes, the new chief medical examiner for the state ...
On the season finale, legal expert Erin Cassinelli weighs in on what charges could have been filed against Michael Letterman for the role he played in the shooting death of Billie Jean. Then, a conversation with Billie Jean’s daughter Ashly about the impact telling her mom’s story has had on her and her family. Ashly also talks about present-day experiences with law enforcement’s handling of domestic violence situations.
We want to share with you a true crime podcast we think you’ll really like. It’s called Ozarks True Crime. Listen to Episode 1 of Season 2 right here. It tells the story of the Feeney family murders.
On February 25, 1995, Jon Feeney said goodbye to his wife and two young children before driving to a teacher’s conference an hour and a half away. Two days later, his wife and two young children were found brutally murdered. There are s...
Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.
If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’ve found your people.
If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.
It’s a lighthearted nightmare in here, weirdos! Morbid is a true crime, creepy history and all things spooky podcast hosted by an autopsy technician and a hairstylist. Join us for a heavy dose of research with a dash of comedy thrown in for flavor.
New episodes come out every Monday for free, with 1-week early access when you join Amazon Music or 1-week early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers "SmartLess" with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, & Will Arnett is a podcast that connects and unites people from all walks of life to learn about shared experiences through thoughtful dialogue and organic hilarity. A nice surprise: in each episode of SmartLess, one of the hosts reveals his mystery guest to the other two. What ensues is a genuinely improvised and authentic conversation filled with laughter and newfound knowledge to feed the SmartLess mind.