Murderland Chicago: A Deep Dish of Death

Murderland Chicago: A Deep Dish of Death

An exploration of how Chicago has created some of the most notorious serial killers and murders in America. Unpacking the "socio" in "sociopath," Jonathan Sanchez Leos and Meridith Halsey investigate how the ecological urban landscape of Chicago provided the perfect background for some of the most heinous crimes ever.

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October 17, 2023 62 mins

This is part 3 of our series on the deadly duo of Patricia Columbo and Frank DeLuca, who killed Columbo's family in 1976. We discuss the media aftermath of Columbo and DeLuca's convictions. We also recap season 2 and give a preview of season 3! 

Howard, Clark. Love’s Blood. St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 1994.

“Woman Speaks out about 1976 Murder of Her Parents, Brother.” The Daily Journal, 8 May 2006, https://www.daily-...

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This is part 2 of our series on the deadly duo of Patricia Columbo and Frank DeLuca, who killed Columbo's family in 1976. We discuss how the toxic romance between Patty and DeLuca led them to plan and carry out the murder of Patty's parents and younger brother.

Howard, Clark. Love’s Blood. St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 1994.

“Woman Speaks out about 1976 Murder of Her Parents, Brother.” The Daily Journal, 8 May 2006, ht...

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This is the first of our3 episode series on the deadly duo of Patricia Columbo and Frank DeLuca, who killed Columbo's family in 1976. In this episode we discuss the culture of Chicago's middle-class suburbs and cover Patty's childhood in the city, adolescence in the suburbs, and how she and Frank DeLuca met and sparked their deadly relationship.


Howard, Clark. Love’s Blood. St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 1994...

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August 22, 2023 81 mins

In this episode, we discuss how 1920s era Chicago shaped the toxic relationship between Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, what led them to murder Loeb's 14 year old second cousin Bobby Franks, and why this so-called "perfect crime" was anything but.

TW: Kidnapping, sexual assault, murder, the death penalty

Research sources include:

Williams, John. Nothing but the Night. New York Review Books...

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August 15, 2023 83 mins

This is the final episode of our three part series on Larry Eyler, a serial killer who targeted gay men from the Indianapolis / Terre Haute, IN areas all the way to Chicagoland and beyond. In this episode we discuss his possible accomplice and how competing incentives among different legal players helped to ensure that the whole truth about what happened can never be brought to light.

TW: Sexual assault, torture, murder

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August 8, 2023 100 mins

Here is part two of our three part series on Larry Eyler, a serial killer who targeted gay men from the Indianapolis / Terre Haute, IN areas all the way to Chicagoland and beyond. In this episode we discuss his crimes, how he was caught—and freed!—in Indiana, which culminated in Eyler's arrival to the north side of Chicago.

TW: Sexual assault, child abuse, torture, murder

Research sources include:
Kolari...

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August 1, 2023 66 mins

Welcome to Season 2 of Murderland Chicago: A Deep Dish of Death! This is the first of a three part series on Larry Eyler, an often-overlooked serial killer who targeted gay men from the Indianapolis / Terre Haute, IN areas all the way to Chicagoland and beyond. We discuss the economic and cultural relationship between Chicago and Indiana, the leather community, and how Eyler's upbringing and young adulthood in Indiana set the ...

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January 31, 2023 38 mins

Thank you everyone for listening and sending in your feedback! We got together to reflect on season one, highlight themes and patterns that became clear during the making of the podcast, and interview a special guest to get a behind-the-scenes view into the kind of work that goes on in labs! We also preview Season 2 of Murderland Chicago: A Deep Dish of Death, which is currently in production.

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December 20, 2022 74 mins

This is part two of our conversation about the Ripper Crew, a group of young men who kidnapped, tortured, and murdered women for years in the early 1980s. In this episode we discuss the known victims, describe the interpersonal dynamics of the Ripper Crew and how they got caught, and finally, where all this fits into the national Satanic Panic of the 1980s.

TW: Kidnapping, sexual assault, torture, murder

Research ...

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December 13, 2022 71 mins

This is the first of two episodes about the Ripper Crew, a group of young men who kidnapped, tortured, and murdered women for years in the early 1980s, but who are not well-remembered today. We discuss how and why the Ripper Crew averaged a victim per month for nearly 2 years without raising any sort of alarm for the police, media, or general public.
  
  TW: Kidnapping, sexual assault, torture, murder

Research sou...

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December 6, 2022 76 mins

We wrap up our coverage of John Wayne Gacy with a discussion about why so many young men and boys went missing in Chicagoland without any repercussions, the locations that Gacy was known to cruise for sexual partners and for victims, and the long term impact that these crimes have had on Chicago.

TW: Kidnapping, sexual assault involving minors, torture, murder
  
 Research sources include:

Wilkinson, Alec. “Conversa...

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November 29, 2022 66 mins

This is the first of two episodes about John Wayne Gacy, a uniquely Chicago monster.  We re-examine who Gacy was using Chicago’s cultures and geography as a backdrop. Listen for our analysis of Gacy as a member of Chicago’s Polish community, a member of the Catholic faith, an active participant in local politics, and as a man who embraced cruising in the days just before the AIDS crisis hit Chicago's gay community.
 
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November 22, 2022 47 mins

In the prior episode, we talked about how a racist law enforcement system put three innocent men on trial while Brian Dugan remained free for 2 years. Today we're going to talk about the additional crimes that were enabled by this circus, and we're going to get into what happened when we decided to visit Dugan in prison.

TW: Sexual assault, murder, wrongful convictions, and the death penalty.

Research so...

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November 15, 2022 50 mins

Part two of our series on Brian Dugan, who terrorized Chicagoland in the 1980s. In this episode we discuss how a racist law enforcement system let a killer go. 

TW: Sexual assault, murder, abduction, wrongful conviction, death penalty

Research sources include:

  • “The Legacy of Brian Dugan (Timeline).” Chicago Tribune, https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-brian-dugan-murder-timeline-20141212-htmlstory.html.
  • Indi...
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November 8, 2022 30 mins

In this episode we talk about Brian Dugan, who killed at least 3 people in west suburban Chicago in the 1980s. Dugan's crimes were made possible in part by the collapse of blue collar job opportunities alongside the simultaneous population growth of Latinos. This combination of factors helped Dugan to fly under the radar while xenophobia focused the fear and blame onto innocent men, which resulted in decades of false imprisonm...

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November 1, 2022 25 mins

Why are we making a true crime podcast? What makes it special?  Why should you add it to your rotation? And, what should you expect from season 1? Co-hosts Jonathan Sanchez Leos and Meridith Halsey answer these questions and more!


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