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April 25, 2021 48 min
This week's episode is about the homicide of mother Nancy Jo Canode. On March 3, 1981 in St. John’s County, Florida, she made a frantic 911 call for help. Nancy begged the operator for help. She said it was an emergency. Her killer was moving in on her and she knew it.

Nancy’s last words were “Oh God.”

The call abruptly ended.

Daughter Suzanne, 15, came home about 3 p.m. She called out to her mother and received no response. Suzanne climbed the stairs to her mother’s bedroom. She saw her mother’s feet lying on the master bedroom floor. Suzanne called the police, then ran to a neighbor. Authorities arrived to find a horrific scene. Nancy Jo Canode, 39, was found with a rope wrapped around her neck. She had been raped, bitten and stabbed with a knife and ice pick. The murder appeared personal and was done with much violence. The knife was left on her back.

It’s been over 40 years since Nancy was brutally murdered. Daughters Shuri Sheppard and Suzanne Speight have spent all these years trying to catch the person who killed their mother. Be sure to listen to Nancy's daughters discuss their mother's unsolved homicide. If you know anything about Nancy's murder, please contact the Crimestoppers tipline at 888-277-TIPS. You can also visit the “Justice for Nancy Jo Canode – We will not give up,” FB page.

You can also learn more about this case by watching Cold Justice (season 3 episode 5: Operator Hurry!)

Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at You can also help support my podcast by making a Paypal donation to at If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please email me at
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