The Family Ties Podcast - True Crime Podcast Series

The Family Ties Podcast - True Crime Podcast Series

The Family Ties is a new True Crime podcast created by two sisters on opposite ends of the United States focusing on crime committed against children. Distance may keep them apart, but the series creates the perfect backdrop to remain connected, engaged, and always learning about the newest and most up-to-date crime cases.

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October 22, 2021 30 min

In today's True Crime Podcast Episode, we discuss a case suggested by one of our listeners.

The Family Ties Podcast brings you the case of 4-year-old, Dominick Calhoun, who died April 12, 2010, after having been beaten and tortured for days by his mother’s boyfriend for having wet his pants while on their couch.

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In this episode, Kelley is invited by the Jefferson Humanist Group to present on the subject of homeschooling for their organization. Kelley breaks down the history of homeschooling in the U.S. while discussing the pros and cons of this institution. With intent and purpose, she takes them on a journey through the good, the bad, and leaves them with her own hopes for the future of homeschooling.

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Check out our latest episode, where we discuss the case of Rick Roeber, a member of the Missouri House of Representatives, a "man of God", a recovering alcoholic, and a long-distance runner.

In April of 2020, Roeber was accused of physically, emotionally, and sexually abusing his 4 children and was subsequently expelled from the House of Representatives.

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In this true crime podcast episode, we discuss the tragic case of Maxwell Schollenberger who was neglected, tortured, and murdered by his father Scott Schollenberger, and his father's fiancee, Kimberly Mauer.

"Around noon on May 26, 2020, police in Annville, Pennsylvania discovered the emaciated body of 12-year-old Maxwell Schollenberger in his family’s home at 30 South White Oak Street.

Max was found naked and smeared with ...

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This week, we discuss the case of Orson West & Orrin West, two brothers who were reported missing on Monday, December 21 by their adoptive parents, Trezell West & Jaqueline West. 

Throughout the video, we discuss what we know so far about the case, the mystery surrounding the two boys' disappearance, and information from neighbors and the FBI.

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January 24, 2021 63 min

In this week's true crime episode, we cover the tragic case of Trinity Love Jones, a 9-year old girl, who was brutally murdered and found dead inside a duffel bag with severe injuries head-to-toe.

Throughout the episode, we discuss how Trinity Jones was abused, neglected, and subsequently murdered by Taquesta Graham and Emiel Hunt,  who have both been charged with murder and torture by the California Supreme Court.

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This week on The Family Ties, Kelley and Julia sit down for an interview with Alicia Davis. Alicia is the mother of 12-year-old James "Alex" Hurley, who was tortured and murdered by his grandparents, James Sasser, Jr. and Patricia Batts, and their 14-year-old son, J.S.

Kelley and Julia ask deep and serious questions to learn more about this James Hurley, the events that led up to his murder, and how homeschooled children oft...

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December 2, 2020 78 min

 In this week's episode, Julia and Kelley cover the very recent and horrific abuse, torture, and murder of 12-year-old James Alex Hurley. They discuss the events leading up to Alex's death at the hands of his grandma, step-grandpa, uncle, and aunt in Montana, and the status of the ongoing trials related to this case.  

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November 18, 2020 76 min

In this true crime podcast episode, The Family Ties explores the Raylee Jolynn Browning Case. 

In the first part of this episode, Kelley Richey and Julia Avery discuss Raylee Browning's back story of being a victim of sexual abuse, physical abuse, starvation, and subsequent murder. Next, the two sisters discuss who murdered and abused Raylee and the outcome of the murder trial and case. 

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November 4, 2020 52 min

This week, Kelley takes on hosting this episode solo, while Julia takes a couple of much needed weeks to recoup from work. Kelley shares her research on where the United States currently stands statistically in regards to child abuse and child mortality. Not only does she discuss the immediate costs of child abuse for society, but the study on the long term results of it on more than just the individual. 

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This week Kelley and Julia share their research into Oregon Child Protective Services after covering the tragic case of the Hart family deaths in last week's episode. They try to get to the bottom of why CPS is failing children in Oregon and what the possible solutions could be to fix their long-standing history of ineptitude to protect, while children have been dying or remain in dangerous home situations. Some of the details ...

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This week Kelley and Julia tell the tragic story of the Hart family murders. They discuss how moms, Jennifer, and Sarah Hart carefully constructed an image of a progressive and loving family, all while starving, beating, and abusing all six of their adopted children. Jennifer eventually kills the entire family by intentionally driving them off of a cliff, but that is just one of the many twists and turns this story takes, so tune i...

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This week Kelley and Julia are thrilled to interview Bradley Onishi from the Straight White American Jesus podcast. They discuss homeschooling, purity culture, and the Quiverfull movement, as well as the social and political effects of Evangelical patriarchy on women and minorities.

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This week Kelley and Julia interview Rachel Coleman, the founder of the Coalition for Responsible Home Education. They discuss the early history of homeschooling in the United States, children's rights, HSLDA's impact on children's wellbeing, the evangelical move to homeschool, and what polarized the evangelical movement to distrust public schools and the advent of modern-day homeschooling. Rachel shares her insight, re...

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September 16, 2020 56 min

This week, Julia and Kelley share their past experiences being indoctrinated into the belief of Creationism, and the denial of any science that could not be backed up by scripture. They discuss the severe gap in science being taught in Evangelical homeschool environments and how these beliefs shaped their worldview. Kelley and Julia give an account of how they overcame the denial of science, their own mental "evolution", an...

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This week, Kelley and Julia dig into the tragic case of Joseph Hall, who killed his father at the age of 10 years old. They discuss how years of sexual and physical abuse, neglect, his father's Nazi activities, and a violent upbringing all lead to the murder. Joseph suffered from learning disabilities and behavioral problems that got him kicked out of numerous schools, which resulted in his father deciding to teach him at home ...

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September 2, 2020 47 min

This week, Kelley Richey and Julia Avery share what they have learned about the Electoral College, its origins, issues, and what the people generally think of it. They discuss whether or not this system is helping or hindering our election process as well as their personal views of it.

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August 26, 2020 50 min

This week Julia and Kelley take a break from discussing the heavy topics they have been covering in recent weeks and discuss movie, TV, book, and podcast recommendations. Kelley's trademark phrase, "Do yourself a favor" is the title they decide on when discussing the sources of entertainment that have them excited and ready to share with "The Family".

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This week Julia and Kelley close out their discussion on mass incarceration by highlighting some solutions that would go a long way towards driving prison and jail populations down. They bring to light some studied solutions and add their own suggestions and opinions on the proven methods uncovered during their discussion. 

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This week Kelley and Julia discuss how America grew to hold 22% of the entire world's prison population, despite only comprising 4% of the world's population. They track the imprisonment rates that rose 700% in the 90's, despite the fact that during the time prison rates were climbing, crime rates were falling. What are the cold hard facts about incarceration and how does the U.S. view the criminal justice system, and w...

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