Ozarks True Crime

Ozarks True Crime

Ozarks True Crime is an editaudio Original investigative podcast based on true crime in the mysterious and oft-forgotten region of the Ozarks. Host and writer Anne Roderique-Jones travels to back to her hometown and weaves in a personal narrative as she examines the intricate trail of untold stories.

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April 18, 2024 27 mins

We’re still waiting for the ruling from Sandy’s evidentiary hearing so this week we’re releasing our interview with Darryl Burton. Darryl spent a quarter-century in the Missouri State Penitentiary for a crime that he did not commit. After being released, he founded Miracle of Innocence, a charity that helps free innocent people and set them up for success after incarceration. In this interview, Darryl shares his experience...

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As we wait for the verdict from Sandy’s evidentiary hearing, we’re releasing a never-before-heard interview with lawyer and professor Sean O’Brien. In this episode Sean gives us first-hand information on the systems responsible for placing those struggling with mental illness in the prison system. We look at common issues— like police officers mistaking mental health symptoms for signs of guilt —  and ask Sean how we ...

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As we wait for the verdict from Sandy’s evidentiary hearing, we’re releasing the first-ever podcast interview with the children of Melvin Lee Reynolds: the St. Joseph man who spent four years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. We hear about how their father’s wrongful conviction is still affecting their lives. Additionally, writer and journalist Terry Ganey explains the similarities in Melvin and Sandy’s case, startin...

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As we wait for the verdict from Sandy’s evidentiary hearing, we’re releasing our never-heard-before interview with Rick Hartigan — a former St. Joseph, Missouri, journalist who received threats from police for his reporting on the Patricia Jeschke murder. At the time of Sandy’s original trial in 1981, Rick reported on evidence connecting an alternate suspect to the murder — a suspect now known as police officer Michael Hol...

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As she awaits the judge’s ruling, Sandra Hemme returns to the Chillicothe Correctional Center to continue serving her 50-year prison sentence. In this episode, we ask what will happen if Sandy is released. We talk to advocates, and hear first-hand from an exoneree, about what it’s like to return home after decades of wrongful imprisonment.

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The hearing concludes, and our team drives to St. Joseph to visit the site where Sandy was first interrogated by police: the St. Joseph State Hospital. Now the site of a prison and a museum, we work to understand the disturbing past of Missouri’s mental health facilities and investigate why so many people with mental illness are placed in Missouri prisons.

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After the last day of the hearing, we met a man who had a serious interest in Sandy’s case–and for good reason. In this episode, we dive into a story we didn’t plan to tell, but knew we had to once we heard it.

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It’s the final day of the hearing. In this episode, we hear more about the internal investigation into officer Michael Holman, the evidence connecting him to Patricia Jeschke’s murder, and what happens next for Sandy.

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It’s day two of the evidentiary hearing. We learn about the Chief of Police, Robert Hayes, and his uncharacteristic involvement in Sandy’s case. We sit down with journalist Rick Hartigan who suffered harassment after bringing attention to police misconduct during Sandy’s initial trial.

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In this episode, Anne and her team of producers are reporting live from Chillicothe, Missouri, where new evidence of Sandy’s innocence is being presented before a judge. Will Sandy be set free or continue serving a 50-year prison sentence for a crime which evidence suggests she did not commit?

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Two years before Sandy is convicted, another patient at the St. Joseph State Hospital is charged and sentenced to life in prison for murder. Melvin Lee Reynolds spent the next four years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. In this episode, Anne looks into the factors that led to Melvin Lee Reynolds’ wrongful imprisonment and how these cases are closely linked.


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On the same day Patricia Jeschke was found murdered, a man walked into a photography store in Kansas City to make a purchase using her credit card. That man was an officer with the St. Joseph Police Department. In this episode, we look into evidence that casts doubt on Sandy’s guilt and points to a new suspect.

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Who is Sandra Hemme and how did she end up in prison for the murder of Patricia Jeschke — despite no solid evidence she committed the crime? In this episode, we dig into Sandy’s previous trial and how police practices may have impacted her sentencing—along with new details that have recently come to light.

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January 11, 2024 2 mins

Following the success of season two of Ozarks True Crime, the editaudio Original true crime podcast returns to uncover a new mystery. Host Anne Roderique-Jones returns to her home state of Missouri to report on Sandra Hemme, a prisoner who could soon become the longest-known wrongfully convicted woman in the United States. Sandra was just 20 years old when she was found guilty for the murder of Patricia Jeschke, despite no...

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In season three of Ozarks True Crime, host Anne Roderique-Jones returns to her home state of Missouri to report on the case of Sandra Hemme: a person living with mental illness who could soon become the longest-known wrongfully convicted woman in the United States. Anne speaks with journalists, lawyers, and mental health professionals to try and uncover why Sandra was found guilty of a murder, despite no solid evidence tha...

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Join us for a more informal show. In celebration of 3 million downloads, we have a special Q&A regarding all things Ozarks True Crime. You submitted your questions and we’re covering everything from difficult interviews to the best and worst parts about podcasting.

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October 17, 2023 32 secs

Ozarks True Crime is gearing up for another season, and we’re working on a bonus episode that explores the behind-the-scenes of how this show makes it to you.

If you have questions about how we approach, reporting, research, editing or even about the cases themselves, send us your questions.

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Since airing season two of Ozarks True Crime: The Feeney Family Murders, listeners have reached out to us to share their own stories, questions, and encounters with the Feeney Family. In this bonus episode, host Anne Roderique-Jones shares updates and additional investigative reporting about what happened on the night that Cheryl, Tyler, and Jennifer Feeney were murdered. 

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Anne tracks down Jon Feeney in South America and speaks to one of his more recent students about what he learned when he visited Jon’s apartment in Quito. We look to the defense to try to understand why they won’t talk to us and who else could be a suspect.

Do you have information on the Feeney Family Murders? Please reach out to the Greene County Sheriff's Office or us hello@editaud.io. The Feeney Family Murders: Ozarks Tr...

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Jon Feeney is found not guilty of the death of his family. But shortly after the verdict, another lawsuit emerges as Jon is set to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in life insurance money. Plus, we dive into a detail about this case that still doesn’t make sense - Tyler’s diagnosis of Hepatitis B. 

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