The program always has something fascinating on tap. Here is the must-listen-to lineup:
Friday September 8 – Gerald Posner – Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee, by a single assassin’s bullet. A career criminal named James Earl Ray was seen fleeing from a rooming house that overlooked the hotel balcony from where King was cut down. An international manhunt ended two months later with Ray’s capture. Though Ray initially pled guilty, he quickly recanted and for the rest of his life insisted he was an unwitting pawn in a grand conspiracy. In Killing the Dream, expert investigative reporter Gerald Posner reexamines Ray and the evidence, even tracking down the mystery man Ray claimed was the conspiracy’s mastermind.
Friday September 15 – Carole E. Chaski, PhD
Carole Chaski is a renowned forensic linguist and Executive Director of the Institute for Linguistic Evidence, a non-profit research organization devoted to research and development in linguistic evidence. She was asked to analyse Cobain’s suicide note. Viewers watched her describe the ‘linguistically interesting’ aspects of the final lines of the note and how they appeared to be from a ‘stereotypical suicide note’ in comparison to the rest of the note. What the creators of Soaked in Bleach failed to mention however was that Chaski agreed with the official suicide verdict. When asked her opinion on the film and her involvement in it she stated,
“What I did say is that the note had typical variation of real suicide notes with the top half being one kind of suicide note and the bottom one being another (more stereotypically-conceived) kind, both real suicide notes. My results do not support the conspiracy theory that Courtney Love authored the bottom portion to make it look like a suicide note”
Friday September 22 – Ron Chepesiuk – Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin
This is the remarkable story of Frank Matthews, a charismatic drug kingpin from the late 1960s and 1980s who organized a huge criminal enterprise before jumping bail and 1973 with $15 million and a beautiful woman. Nicknamed Black Caesar, Matthews has never been seen again in what has become one of organized crimes most intriguing mysteries.
Ron was a university professor before getting the writing bug. Now he is an award-winning author, two-time Fulbright Scholar recipient to Indonesia and Bangladesh, an adjunct instructor in UCLA’s Extension Journalism program and a consultant to the History Channel’s “Gangland” documentary series. Ron is the author of twenty-four books and more than 4,000 magazine, newspaper and Internet articles on a wide range of topics, from science to entertainment. His celebrity interviews include Yasser Arafat, Jimmy Carter, Abbie Hoffman, Noam Chomsky, Evander Holyfield, Andy McDowall, and many others. He has been interviewed by the History Channel, Biography Channel, Investigative Discovery, Black Entertainment Television and NBC Dateline and other media
Friday September 29- Norm Stampler (Seattle Chief of Police Retired) -To Protect and Serve: How to Fix America’s Police
American policing is in crisis. The last decade witnessed a vast increase in police aggression, misconduct, and militarization, along with a corresponding reduction in transparency and accountability. Nowhere is this more noticeable and painful than in African American and other ethnic minority communities. Racism – from raw, individualized versions to insidious systemic examples – appears to be on the rise in our police departments. Overall, our police officers have grown more and more alienated from the people they’ve been hired to serve. In To Protect and Serve, Norm Stamper offers new insights into the conditions that have created this crisis, reminding us that police in a democratic society belong to the people – and not the other way around.
To Protect and Serve also delivers a revolutionary new model for American law enforcement: the community-based police department. It calls for citizen participation in all aspects of police operations: policymaking, program development, crime fighting and service delivery, entry-level and ongoing education and training, oversight of police conduct, and, especially relevant to today’s challenges, joint community-police crisis management. Nothing will ever change until the system itself is radically restructured, and here Norm Stamper
Friday October 6
Assata Shakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave – Barbara Casey
In May 1973, Assata Olugbala Shakur was involved in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in which she was accused of killing New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and assaulting Trooper James Harper. This resulted in her indictment of first-degree murder of Foerster and seven other felonies related to the shootout. A member of the Black Panther Party, she became a prime target of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Counterintelligence Program. When she joined the Black Liberation Army and went into hiding, between 1973 and 1977, she was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted List for three bank robberies, the kidnapping and murder of two drug dealers, and the attempted murder of two New Jersey police officers. In March 1977 Assata Shakur was convicted of murdering state trooper Werner Forrester and was imprisoned. Two years later she broke out of the maximum-security wing of Clinton Correctional Facility in New Jersey, pistol in hand, as she and three cohorts sped out of the prison grounds. In 1984 she was granted political asylum in Cuba where she has lived ever since. On May 2, 2013, the FBI added her to the Most Wanted Terrorist List, the first woman to be listed.
Assata Shakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave is the story of Assata Shakur, before she became a fugitive and since.
Friday october 13
Steven David Lampley – Outside Your Door!
You want true crime…here it is!
True crime cases and stories right from the files of a career police officer and Sex Crimes SVU detective. Jeffrey Dahmer, The Clairemont Killer (America’s Most Wanted, Canada’s Most Wanted and Fugitive From Justice, and more. Real cases. Real stories, Real people.
Steven David Lampley is a twenty-one year veteran police officer and sex-crimes (SVU) detective. Steven worked some of the toughest streets America had to offer in a city that was ranked fifth by the FBI in violent crime. You have probably seen some of the cases on which Steven worked on such television networks as Investigation Discovery(r), TruTV(r), and The Discovery Channel(r) and in print media such as the New York Times(r), Los Angeles Times(r), the San Diego Union Tribune(r), Gadsden Times(r), and numerous other true crime books and publications.
Steven interacted with the notorious serial killer and cannibal, Jeffrey Dahmer. Steven negotiated with, and arrested, The Clairemont Killer who was featured on America’s Most Wanted(r). During one of Steven’s undercover sting operations, he and his team apprehended a Fugitive from Justice on Canada’s Most Wanted.
Steven worked closely with the FBI, the United States Postal Inspector’s Service, the Department of Justice’s United States Attorney’s Office, as well as the Alabama State Attorney General’s Office under Troy King.
Steven also served as a Traffic Homicide Investigator, Firearms Instructor with training through the FBI, Riot Team Member, Competition Firearms Team Member, and Field Training Officer. Steven received two awards as Police Officer of the Year as well as numerous departmental and civilian commendations.
The cases and stories in Outside Your Door come straight from Steven’s case files and experience. REAL cases. REAL stories. REAL people.
Friday October 20
Sam L. Amirante was born in Chicago, Illinois. He honorably served in the United States Marine Corps. He is a retired circuit court judge and currently practices law with a concentration in criminal defense. He has been named as an Illinois Leading Lawyer by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and authored the missing child act of 1984, which was the basis of the current Amber Law. He has lectured throughout the country and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows. He along with Danny Broderick authored John Wayne Gacy “Defending A Monster
Sam, could you do me a favor?” Thus begins a story that has now become part of America’s true crime hall of fame. It is a gory, grotesque tale befitting a Stephen King novel. It is also a David and Goliath saga—the story of a young lawyer fresh from the Public Defender’s Office whose first client in private practice turns out to be the worst serial killer in our nation’s history.
Sam Amirante had just opened his first law practice when he got a phone call from his friend John Wayne Gacy, a well-known and well-liked community figure. Gacy was upset about what he called “police harassment” and asked Amirante for help. With the police following his every move in connection with the disappearance of a local teenager, Gacy eventually gave a drunken, dramatic, early morning confession—to his new lawyer. Gacy was eventually charged with murder and Amirante suddenly became the defense attorney for one of American’s most disturbing serial killers. It was his first case.
This new edition of John Wayne Gacy, which contains updated material about the case that has come to light since the book’s original publication, recounts the gruesome killings and the famous trial that shocked a nation.
Friday October 27
H.H. Holmes is Jack the Ripper? Jeff Mudgett
In the late 1800s, a horrific serial killer terrorized Chicago through his elaborate maze of death traps built into a massive three-story hotel that took up the entire block of 63rd and Wallace streets. H.H. Holmes (born Herman Webster Mudgett) is an infamous fixture in American history. He confessed to killing 27 people in his “Murder Castle” as it became known, although many believe his victims amount to more than 200. He was always fascinated by death—he mutilated animals, stole corpses, and eventually seduced and murdered numerous women to satisfy his sadistic urges and to claim insurance monies. He is known as “America’s First Serial Killer” but some believe that America was not his only hunting ground.
London, perhaps, was also the site of Holmes’ killings. In the late 1800s, a murderer lurked the slums in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888 killing women and mutilating their bodies. The murderer received the moniker “Jack the Ripper” and the legend of his killings has been fully solidified in history and in media. Beyond the brutal nature of his murders, part of the fascination with Jack the Ripper is his unknown identity. “Ripperologists” have generated hundreds of theories to try to identify this murderer. However, one theory is currently louder than all the others.
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