Murderous Roots with Denise & Zelda

Murderous Roots with Denise & Zelda

Murderous Roots is not just another true crime podcast. While Denise and Zelda do go through the crimes committed, they explore family history of the criminals, and sometimes the victims, too. What made these men and women commit horrendous crimes? Was it how they were raised or were they born this way? We get to the heart of their murderous pasts and roots.

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August 13, 2022 61 min

After a day of festivities and fun at the Gay Pride Parade in New York City, the body of one of its most notable residents who fought for civil rights for all people, was found floating in the Hudson River on July 6, 1992. Marsha P. Johnson, born Malcolm Michaels, Jr, identified herself as a drag queen and was an outspoken activist for gay rights who first gained prominence during the Stonewall Uprising. We may never know the circu...

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In this Summersode, we continue our conversation on the family history of Dian Fossey which included two more murders, love affairs, World War II, a British naval hero from the 17th Century, and so much more.

All sources can be found at our website, murderousroots.com

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Nynyiramachabelli, the woman that lives alone on the Mountain, is a Rwandan word used to describe gorilla conservationist Dian Fossey on her grave in Rwanda. It was the name given to her by Rwandan’s who lived near her in the Virugan Mountains of Rwanda. In 1963, Fossey first arrived on the continent of Africa. It would soon after become her permanent home until her murdered body was found in the early morning hours of December 27,...

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On this Summersode, as part of their Summer of Justice Series, Zelda and Denise discuss the events leading up to the horrific lynching of 14-year-old Chicago-native Emmett Till as well as what happened next. Then they explore is fascinating family tree with a history of struggle, success, and heartbreak.

For further notes and sources, go to murderousroots.com

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June 16, 2022 66 min

On June 12, 1963, a scream permeated the air as Myrlie Evers opened her door to discover her husband, Medgar Evers, a civil rights leader in Jackson, Mississippi, collapsed on the ground. Moments before he had been shot in the back by an assassin’s bullet. Less than an hour later, he would die in an all-white hospital.

Evers’s death would shock a nation! His wife would spend decades to get justice for her husband, a struggle later w...

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May 26, 2022 4 min

We have exciting episodes coming this summer. Listen to the trailer to learn more about who we will be featuring!

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May 13, 2022 97 min

In June 1985, the body of a young woman was found naked, wrapped in a sheet, in the trunk of a car. Upon looking at her body, a police officer told the press that it appeared as if she died of a drug overdose. When the autopsy came back, she had no drugs in her system.

For reasons unknown to her family, the police spent little to no time investigating what happened to 24-year-old Catherine “Catrina” Mowrey. Her family never got answ...

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April 28, 2022 110 min

Betsy Faria thought she made a good friend at work; one who showed support and love during one of the most trying times in her life. She didn’t realize, until it was too late, that her friendship with Pamela Hupp would be more deadly than her terminal cancer diagnosis.

In this episode, Zelda and Denise discuss the murder Pam Hupp was convicted for as well as the other two murders she has been accused of committing. Then we dive into...

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April 7, 2022 36 min

After creating over 40 episodes, Denise and Zelda decided to share some outtakes, stuff you’ve never heard before! They are also looking for submissions from listeners for a new series of minisodes starting soon, where our listeners share a story from their tree!

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March 25, 2022 116 min
In 1939, playwright Joseph Kesselring wrote a play, a dark comedy called Arsenic and Old Lace. The play would prove to be such a hit on Broadway that film director Frank Capra adapted it for the screen. In 1944, the movie Arsenic and Old Lace was released starring Cary Grant. What many didn’t know at the time was the movie was partially inspired by the real-life home of Amy Archer-Gilligan.In this episode, listen as Zelda describ...
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March 10, 2022 105 min

Introduction of our guest, Bobbi, friend of the show
Zelda discusses Dennis Rader’s childhood then gets into his crimes

Denise discusses Dennis’s immediate family.

Discussion on his maternal family line
Discussion on the Rader Family Line
Fast Family Facts
Conclusion

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March 3, 2022 5 min

We have no new episode this week, but we will be back with The Wichita Nightmare next week, on March 10. This week we have a call to action for our listeners and a short preview of next week’s episode.

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February 17, 2022 107 min

One summer day in 1979, a family in Idaho decided to explore Buffalo Cave in a search for arrowheads. Instead, they found something no one wants to find—a headless torso inside an old burlap sack. Twelve years later, a girl would find a hand. Who was this person? That question would be answered in 2019 with the help of the DNA Doe Project. The body was that of Joseph Henry Loveless, a prison escapee from 1916 who had been accused o...

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February 4, 2022 97 min

Robert Lee Yates, Jr. grew up an idyllic life on Whidbey Island in Washington. But then one day, he decided it was time to start killing. And he didn’t stop until the police caught him. Why did Yates kill? We may never know for certain, but Denise and Zelda explore his family tree to see if there are any clues. What they found left them stunned. He wasn’t the only murderer in his family.

Listen to our latest episode, Spokane Serial ...

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December 30, 2021 77 min

We planned to share a holiday special we recorded with a few others, but technical difficulties prevented that from happening. Instead, we are sharing one of our favorite episodes, from August 20, 2020, Episode 5: Black Dahlia. In this episode we discussed the unsolved murder and family tree of Elizabeth Short. And boy, was her tree amazing!

We hope you enjoy the episode. We will be back with new episodes at the end of January 2021.

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December 16, 2021 104 min

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November 25, 2021 99 min

Happy Thanksgiving! For Thanksgiving, we thought it might be interesting to revisit and combine the two parts of our Jim Jones episodes from October 2020. We discuss the events in Jonestown, Jones himself, then his fascinating family tree and even a slight connection to the Black Dahlia.

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November 24, 2021 1 min

Who are we? We are a true crime podcast with a familial twist, where we explore the family tree of a killer. Want to know more? Take a listen to our trailer.

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November 12, 2021 111 min

At 12:30 p.m. on November 22, 1963, as people lined the streets of Elm Street in Dallas, Texas to watch the presidential motorcade drive by, shots rang out. Shots that would kill the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Who could possibly do this to a beloved president and a new Camelot? Before the day was up, the world would know the answer, the lone shooter was Lee Harvey Oswald. 48 hours after the death ...

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October 29, 2021 113 min

In the early evening hours of November 13, 1974, a young bearded man burst into a local bar in Amityville, New York in a panic. He believed his parents might have been shot, and he didn’t know what to do. Several patrons at the bar followed him home in order to help. What they found would horrify the community. In the home on 112 Ocean Avenue, six bodies lay dead, all shot to death. The police were called and the investigation bega...

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