Gulf Coast Confidential with Mollye Barrows

Gulf Coast Confidential with Mollye Barrows

I’m Investigative Journalist Mollye Barrows. For years, I’ve covered the stories that made headlines in Northwest Florida and all along the Gulf Coast - murders, missing persons, and mysteries of all kinds. These cases are far from over for many victims because the full story has yet to surface. Join me for Gulf Coast Confidential, where I dive into the saltier side of the South and expose the lies, greed, and corruption that often weighs down the truth.

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June 19, 2024 48 mins

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Florida plastic surgeon, Dr. Ben Brown, has been arrested for the untimely death of his young wife, Hillary Brown. The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office charged Brown with Second Degree Felony Homicide: Manslaughter by Culpable Negligence.  

Investigators say he not only failed to immediately call for help when 33-year-old Hillary went into cardiac arrest in his office surgical chair while he w...

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Alabama politician Stephen Nodine seemed to have it all and then some. The Mobile County Commissioner was well-known for his charm and charisma which served him well in his successful political career, but became a stumbling block in his personal life.

The middle-aged married man and father met the young and beautiful Angel Downs in 2004, at the Flora-Bama Lounge Mullet Toss, a beach party on Florida’s Gulf Co...

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The bomb that killed millionaire real estate developer Gary Triano caused an explosion so big, it sent pieces of his car crashing around the country club where it happened.

In the mid-1990s, Triano was a well-known businessman who rubbed elbows with the likes of Donald Trump and his then wife Marla Maples. He lost big on some failed business investments, but who hated him enough to pay for a professional hit? 

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June 6, 2024 29 mins

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Conrad Roy was no quitter. If anything, the 18-year-old marine salvage captain with an endearing smile put a lot of pressure on himself to work hard and succeed. 

Maybe a little too much pressure. Sometimes his depression took a dark turn and he wanted to follow through on ending his pain, permanently. 

Most of the time he didn’t give in, until attention-seeking Michelle Carter entered the “chat.” She was a sum...

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Frances Hall’s husband and business partner of more than 30 years was cheating, and he didn’t bother to hide it. Adding insult to injury, the trucking tycoon’s girlfriend flaunted their affair in France’s face.

The scorned wife couldn’t put the brakes on her fury when she saw her husband’s mistress driving the Hall’s Range Rover and chased her down the highway, repeatedly ramming the car.  

Unfortunately for un...

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A relaxing day on the river turned into a deadly moment of terror and horror for a group of young people and a middle-aged man they had surrounded. 

Video of the deadly encounter shows 54-year-old Nicolae Miu looking for a friend’s lost cell phone when a group of intoxicated teens and young adults began taunting and teasing him over unfounded suspicions he was preying on children. 

Miu, who is originally from R...

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Urban legends are nothing new, but tweenagers attempting to murder a friend at a sleepover in order to appease an ominous one certainly is. 

In 2014, two 12-year-old girls, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, lured their friend Payton Leutner into the woods and stabbed her 19 times in sacrifice to the fictional character Slender Man. 

The girls’ shared madness nearly cost Payton her life, but the girl managed to st...

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The Florida Department of Health has issued an emergency order immediately restricting the medical license of Dr. Ben Brown, the Gulf Breeze plastic surgeon whose wife, Hillary Brown, died after he performed several procedures on her after hours in his office last November.

State Surgeon General Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo said Brown’s “inability or unwillingness” to follow basic medical procedure presents an “immedi...

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May 2, 2024 47 mins

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Alex King, one of two brothers who made headlines worldwide in 2001 when they confessed to beating their unsuspecting father to death with a baseball bat in Pensacola, Florida, when they were just 12 and 13 years old, has died. 

Now 35, Alex died of a drug overdose according to family. It's a demon he has been battling for years and his family says he lost the fight against addiction in Missoula...

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May 1, 2024 29 mins

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Eric Smith was only 13 years old when he murdered a child. Smith, a red-headed, freckle-faced boy with thick glasses, was something of a loner and said he was often targeted by bullies. When he saw four-year-old Derrick Robie walking alone to a summer day camp at the park, in 1993, he became the bully.

Smith lured the happy, blonde headed boy neighbors nicknamed “the mayor” into the woods where he strangled hi...

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A popular Florida teacher happily opened the door of her home to her son when he came to visit, but her gladness turned to fear and horror when the young man pulled a knife and started stabbing his mother until she lay dead on the floor. 

Sound familiar? 

This is not the case of popular middle school teacher Sharon Aydelott who was stabbed to death by her son, Brandon Aydelott, in the doorway of her G...

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Cheesecake, poison, and a Russian dominatrix – what a recipe! 

A Russian born woman is now serving time in prison for trying to steal the identify of her look-a-like aesthetician by killing her with a piece of poisoned cheesecake. 

It turns out it was just the latest act in an international crime spree.

Join us for this episode of Gulf Coast Confidential: “Murder, it’s as easy as pie…um, or cheesecake - Russian ...

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Jealousy can kill a friendship in a heartbeat. Just ask Annette Harvey. Harvey’s best friend since childhood, Robin Leonard, took in the struggling mother’s children after Harvey had a mental breakdown in 2021. 

Leonard, a college professor and mother herself, was glad to help her friend while she recovered and got back on her feet. However, Harvey grew to resent Leonard’s generous gesture and the stable life ...

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Dr. Charles Stamitoles is only a few months into his two-year prison sentence for lying to an Escambia County judge. The Pensacola dentist accused of inappropriately touching patients and employees wouldn’t be spending as much time behind bars if he hadn’t. 

Stamitoles was convicted of multiple battery charges including cornering a young woman who worked for him and slapping her backside, kissing her neck, and...

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Mothers are naturally expected to love and protect their children, not torture and torment them. 

Ruby Franke claimed to be a loving mother. In fact, the young, passionate mom amassed a billion views and millions of dollars from her YouTube-famous show, “8 Passengers,” which followed the daily lives of Franke, her husband, and their six children in Utah. 

The wholesome show took an unholy turn behind the scenes...

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Confessed mommy killer Brandon Aydelott has a status hearing coming up, Tuesday, March 26, to determine where he should go now that the Department of Children and Families says he no longer meets the criteria for placement at Florida State Hospital, for the criminally insane. 

Aydelott’s aunt and the victim’s sister, Pam Hill, sat down with me on the Gulf Coast Confidential podcast to talk about the possibilit...

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March 19, 2024 38 mins

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Death is the last thing on the minds of most college students when they go off to school. It’s supposed to be a time of new beginnings, not tragic endings. 

For three young women and their families, dreams and lives were cut short all because they unknowingly crossed paths with a predator.

Just last month, 22-year-old Laken Riley was killed while jogging on campus at the University of Georgia in Febru...

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Kouri Richins was well-known in her hometown as a busy mom, wife, and realtor. In all her family and work photos the pretty brunette flashed the same sparkling, white-toothed smile, giving the appearance of a picture-perfect life. 

However, behind her killer grin was someone police say friends and neighbors didn’t know – a cold, calculating woman driven by greed who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted...

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March 6, 2024 50 mins

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Hillary Brown’s cause of death is still pending, but answers are slowly coming out. 

Besides Major Crimes with the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Health is also investigating Dr. Ben Brown, who was performing procedures on his young wife at his Gulf Breeze office when she went into cardiac arrest.  

Although the details of the state’s investigation aren’t being released, it com...

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Armed with a steel mallet, a BB gun, a knife and pepper spray, astronaut, and married mother of three, Lisa Nowak, set out on a mission in 2007, to get rid of the new girlfriend her astronaut boyfriend was seeing.

To save time on her cross-country mission, police said Nowak wore a diaper so she wouldn’t have to stop on her way from Houston, Texas to Orlando, Florida to confront the younger woman at the airport...

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