Scott Christopher Nelson and Richard David Stephenson (Source: cncpunishment.com)
Episode 6 of Crime Historian: the Podcast is a full length episode that tells the story of the Trinity Murders, named for the school the victims attended. Scott Christopher Nelson and Richard David Stephenson, two high school juniors, were kidnapped, raped, and murdered on their way to a high school football game in 1984. This happened in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky and has haunted me ever since I first heard the story.
Little did the boys know, they would not reach their destination. When they got lost and stopped to ask for directions, they were taken advantage of by Victor Taylor and George Wade who forced them to drive to an abandoned parking lot. They would not make it out of that situation alive, and now one perpetrator is serving life in prison while the other awaits a death sentence.
Head on over and listen to episode 6 here: https://soundcloud.com/user-293072616/episode-6-trinity-murders or on your favorite podcast app.
Mary Rice and William “Billy” Boyette, Source: TheProvince.com
Episode 4 of Crime Historian: the Podcast details the recent crimes of William Eugene “Billy” Boyette, Jr., the spree killer that tormented Pensacola, Florida last week. Since I live in the area, it seemed only fitting that we talk about the crimes being committed nearby.
On this episode, I invited a special guest to join me. Nathan Daniel, part-time ranchero taco taster and former editor of the Pensacola News Journal (lol jk) is a longtime good friend of mine and provides comedic relief in all the right (wrong?) places.
Come listen to us at https://soundcloud.com/user-293072616/episode-4-have-a-big-one-like or on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, etc.).
Mel Ignatow & Brenda Sue Schaefer, Source: YouTube.com
Welcome to Episode 3 of Crime Historian: the Podcast. I worked really hard to put together a detailed episode for you that chronicles the story of then 36-year-old Brenda Sue Schaefer and her unfortunate demise in Louisville, Kentucky in 1988. Brenda was killed by ex-boyfriend, Mel Ignatow, but not before being kidnapped, raped, sodomized, and tortured by him first. Much to Louisville’s dismay, Mel was acquitted of the murder. However, after an incredible discovery six months later in October of 1992, he was proven to be the killer…only nothing could be done about it: double jeopardy saved him, and the town was infuriated.
Listen to Episode 3 to learn about Brenda, how she became entangled with Mel Ignatow, how the trial proceeded, and Ignatow’s own coincidental but karmaic ending by going here: https://soundcloud.com/user-293072616/episode-3-the-most-hated-man or listening on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/crime-historian/id1152728489?mt=2) or your favorite podcast app. Thanks!
Nichole Lopatta, Source: NOLA.com
Episode 2 of Crime Historian: the Podcast features John Francis Wille, born in 1964, who allegedly began committing murders when he was as young as sixteen years old. His most notorious crime, and the one was he was convicted of, was the kidnap, rape, and murder of 8-year-old Nichole Lopatta in June of 1985. Wille was 21 at the time.
He was partly convicted for this grizzly crime due to his own confession which explicitly described every act he and one his acquaintances, Billy Phillips, subjected Nichole to. His conviction also rested heavily on the confession of his girlfriend, Judith Walters, and her daughter, Sheila Walters. In total, at the time of the murder, four people other than Nichole were along for the car ride that began in Milton, Florida and ultimately stopped in LaPlace, Louisiana where Nichole’s body was dumped in the woods.
Reports differ on Sheila’s age at the time, but it is agreed that she was thirteen or fourteen years old when the crime occurred. This is significant because, according to the confessions, Sheila actually helped the men kidnap Nichole, though it is not proven that she actually knew what she was doing. She reportedly also consoled Nichole as she cried on the car ride that eventually ended in her death. Listen to episode 2 for the entire story. And please, heed the disclaimer at the beginning.
- There was no possible way for me to cover everything in this case. Check out the sources below for further details.
- At one point, I mistakenly refer to John Francis Wille as Willie. That’s because his name is spelled two different ways across the Internet. My bad!
Special thanks to these sources:
The Psychology of Interrogations and Confessions: A Handbook by Gisli H. Gudjonsson
Episode 1 of Crime Historian: the podcast features a serial killer named Daniel Siebert. During his run, he murdered between 12-13 people (he personally couldn’t remember) including two victims that were formerly attributed to Los Angeles’ South Side Slayer.
The reason this story (quite literally) hits home for me is because several of his murders occurred in a rural town, Talladega, Alabama, where I once lived and still maintain strong family ties.
Furthermore, Siebert is not a serial killer whose name is often uttered. When most of us think about serial killers, we think about Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, or John Wayne Gacy. When I began researching Siebert a couple years ago, I was surprised to learn there was in fact a serial killer I hadn’t heard of and that he had actually rented an apartment from my husband’s grandfather. It was too eerie not to look into.
When most people think about Talladega, they think about NASCAR. Unfortunately, there is a much darker past lurking in the shadows (both in regards to criminality–and, unfortunately—history). Listen to episode one if you want to hear about Daniel Siebert’s trek from L.A. to Talladega and his unfortunate victims, including 24 year old Sherri Weathers and her two young sons, Chad and Joey.
Please, listen to the first episode and then rate it on iTunes! 🙂
It is coming to a podcast app near you! 😉
Hi, folks. It’s been a while since I’ve written. In fact, since the last time I wrote, I moved to a new city, started a new career, and have dabbled in podcasting with a friend of mine. I plan to continue to write about crime, but I also discovered I equally enjoy talking about it.
I hope you will listen when I start airing.