Thursday, May 19, 2022

SOURCES - Bone Deep: Untangling the Twisted True Story of the Tragic Betsy Faria Murder Case by Charles Bosworth & Joel Schwartz

Crimecon 2022! 
Carol McAfee, Russ Faria, Mary Anderson and me! They were gracious, fun, open, and I appreciate them SO much! Don't miss the interview!

 MURDER SHELF BOOK CLUB PODCAST: Bone Deep -Episodes 40, 41 and 42.

Pam Hupp claimed Betsy wrote this letter to her about Russ being abusive. 

Memories of Betsy Faria- Dateline NBC

Louis Gumperberger, RIP. 
Shirley Neumann, mother of Pam Hupp. 
Is she a victim of her daughter, the serial killer? Stay tuned.

The Orbitoprefontal Cortex of the brain- possibly damaged when Pam Hupp fell in 2009; (2017).

Sources: Show, Updates, Food & Drink Information

Borderline Personality Disorder, National Alliance on Mental Health, March 2015.

Buddy T, Characteristics of Adult children of Alcoholics,, Nov 5, 2021.

Cadaveric Spasm, Medico Legal Training- Autopsy, April 2021.

Charles Bosworth, Charles Bosworth Books, March 31, 2022.

Charles Bosworth Jr, & Joel J. Schwartz, Bone Deep: Untangling the Twisted True Story of the Tragic Betsy Faria Murder Case, Citadel Press, New York, New York, 2022.

Charles Matthews, Meet Russ Faria's fiancee, Carol Alford, Bio, Age, Job,, March23, 2022.

Charles Matthews, Louis Gumperberger, Bio, Obituary, wife, Pam Hupp,, March 25, 2022

Chris Hayes, The 123 hidden pics in Russ Faria's wrongful conviction,, April 1, 2022. Aug 6, 2014, Updated May 12, 2021.

Chris Hayes, Anonymous letters sent to murder victim's family, reporter and judge about Pam Hupp,, March 29, 2022.

Chris Hayes, Betsy Faria's daughter speak for the first time on their Mom's murder, Pam Hupp,, March 8, 2022.

Chris Hayes, Evidence in Betsy Faria case was nearly destroyed,, July 14, 2021.

Chris Hayes, Faria Murder trial witness prohibited from own bank accounts,,

Chris Hayes, Fox Files, Former employee talks about Lincoln County treatment of Pam Hupp,, May 21, 2021.

Chris Hayes, Meet the Jurors involved in Russ Faria's wrongful conviction, March 14, 2022.

Chris Hayes, Mother of Louis Gumperberger speaks out for the first time about Pam Hupp case, May 17, 2017.

Chris Hayes, Pam Hupp charged with murder one week after fatal shooting in her home,, Aug 15, 2016, update March 7, 2022.

Chris Hayes, With $150,000 on the line, a murder witness changes her story,, Nov. 3, 2014, update May 12, 2021.

Chris Hayes, Pam Hupp speak to police for first time about Betsy Faria's murder,, July 14, 2021.

Chris Hayes, Russ Faria's kind message for the woman who tried to frame him,, May 12, 2021.

Chris Hayes, Man Killed in Pam Hupp's home was scheduled for job interview in the morning,, August 18, 2016.

Christine Byers, Police and prosecution on Betsy Faria murder case now subject to criminal investigation, July 12, 2021.

Christine Byers, Prosecutor says "The Thing About Pam' ignores her side of the story,, March 8, 2022.

Christine Byers, What the actors and their real-life counterparts have to say about 'The Thing About Pam',, April 5, 2022.

First Amends Petition, Court Petition,, 2019.

Flint Rehab and Courtney Maher, Personality Changes After Head Injury- Why they happen and How they cope,, Aug 13, 2020.

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Jacob Long, Newly released video shows Pam Hupp's bizarre behaviorafter murder arrest, before suicide, attempt,, June 25, 2019.

Joel J. Schwartz, Rosenbaum, Schwartz and Fry,, March 2022.

Kristi Mehrota, Where are Betsy Faria's daughters today, Cinemaholic March 8, 2022.

Kristi Mehrota, Where is Russel "Russ" Faria today- UPDATE, Cinemaholic, March 8, 2022.

Missouri Judge suspended over dispute with public defenders, Springfield New Leader, Jan 4, 2017.

Nicole Sanders, Pam Hupp charged in Betsy Faria Murder; prosecutor says charges against investigators, attorneys may follow,, Feb 23 2022.

nwlawerence, St Louis Style Gooey Butter Cake, Recipes, 2022.

Obituary- Louis Royce Gumperbecker, Baue .com, Sept 24, 2016.

Pam Hupp 911 Call, St Charles County, Missouri, June 19,2019.

Pan Hupp's Neighbor Speaks Out,, April 16, 2022.

Quady Electra 750 ml, Table and Vine, April 2022.

Raymond Strickland, Louis Gumpenberger's Mother: 'My life has been hell' since his murder,, Nov 17, 2017.

Robert Patrick, Medical Examiner changes the cause of death for Pam Hupp's Mother, St Louis Nov 3, 2017.

Robert Patrick, "Monster" Pam Hupp sentenced to life in prison for killing disabled man, St Louis, Aug 13, 2019.

Rosy Simmons, The Thing About Pam- Where is Judge Christina Mennemeyer now? Newsweek, March 23, 2022.

Snapped, Season 26, Episode 24- Pamela Hupp, Oxygen, 2020.

Scott Hardy, Pike Co MO Judge suspended for 6 months, STARadio, January 2018.

Sheila Flynn, Pam Hupp detective blasts Renee Zellweger's 'despicable' portrait of the infamaous case,, April 17, 2022.

Snejana Farberov, Mother of disabled man who was shot and killed by Pam Hupp wins $3,000,000 wrongful death judgment after emotional testimony, Daily Mail, July 17, 2020.

Supreme Court Case- Christina Kunza Mennemeyer, Supreme Court of Missouri, Jan. 3, 2017.

The Thing About Pam, Dateline, 2019.

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Viswa Vannapalli, Louis Gumperbecker's murder: How did he die? Why did Pam Hupp kill him?, Cinemaholic, March 8, 2022.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022


Justice for JonBenét Ramsey


 25 years ago, six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey was killed in her Boulder, Colorado home.

The ensuing years have brought false investigative starts, wild conspiracy theories, and a seemingly infinite number of accusations against nearly everyone involved with the case.
The one thing the years have not brought is an arrest.
JonBenét Ramsey deserves justice and new advances in DNA technology finally make that possible. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, you are the only person with enough power and independence in the state to put Ramsey DNA testing decisions in the hands of a new agency that’s free from Boulder’s significant history with the case.
Since her death in 1996, advances in DNA have allowed for testing of even trace amounts of severely degraded samples. Combined with innovation in forensic genetic genealogy (which led to the arrest of the Golden State Killer), new arrests and identifications in cold cases are happening across the country at an unprecedented rate. Private labs like Othram use best-in-class technology to work directly with law enforcement and state crime labs to support the processing of samples. In fact, earlier this year, police in Denver (less than 30 miles away) used genetic genealogy and familial DNA to solve four homicides from the early 1980s.
So why is new DNA testing technology and forensic genetic genealogy searching not being used in the JonBenét case? Here’s what the Boulder Police (BPD) posted on the 25-year anniversary of the case:
“As the Department continues to use new technology to enhance the investigation, it is actively reviewing genetic DNA testing processes to see if those can be applied to this case moving forward.”
They can. Right now. Everyone who understands this technology knows that.
Boulder Police are working hard to placate the public by telling the media that they hope DNA will solve this case while, at the same time, doing very little to make that happen. And it makes sense: the same two key investigators from 1996 still have control of the case.  Isn’t it time for new perspectives and ideas?
In short, justice for JonBenét has seemingly given way to politics and the massaging of egos. She deserves better. Everyone, from the police to the family, should have a vested interest in finding the truth. The fact that those with the ability to do that are not doing it should tell us everything we need to know.
Governor Polis, you were born in Boulder 15 years before JonBenét. You have a connection to the city. Your intervention in the Colorado truck driver case shows you have compassion. You have the power. Given the lack of progress by the Boulder Police, we the undersigned petitioners ask you to move DNA decisions in this case away from the BPD to an independent agency so that JonBenét has a last chance at the justice she deserves.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

5 STARS: Book Review: Wretched by John David Bethel


When the monster is murdered, who will work to bring the killer to justice when faced with a wall of silent approval?

Wretched delivers the disturbing high paced realism that John David Bethel is known for, pitting law enforcement and the FBI on the side of justice, even for a dangerous chronic bully like Ken Plough.  What unfolds is a story of investigation in an Iowan town, fraught with obstacles that gradually reveals a daringly complex tale that rivals true crime stories on serial killers, leaving you obsessed as you try to figure out who is kidnapping the missing women.  I highly recommend Wretched to anyone who enjoys true crime. Based on true events! This is my kind of novel! 

Jill McCracken- Host of the Murder Shelf Book Club podcast.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

St. Louis Style Gooey Butter Case and Table & Vine Quady Electra 750 ml Wine


        Missouri’s Gooey Butter Cake for a Missouri case!



½ cup butter- Not Margarine!

1 box yellow cake mix (18 oz) (a gluten free cake mix works fine too!)

3 eggs

1  8 oz package of cream cheese, cut in quarters

½ tsp almond or vanilla extract

4 cups of confectioners’ sugar


1. Grease or spray with Pam 1  9X13 baking pan, a deep one because the cake will rise.

2. Melt butter.

3. Empty cake mix into large bowl, adding the melted butter and ONE EGG (not all 3). Mix. This will be the consistency of sticky dough.

4.Press mixture into pan using a spatula or clean fingers.

5. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, almond or vanilla extract, confectioners’ sugar and remaining 2 eggs. Beat for 3 minutes on medium speed until batter is smooth.

6. Pour evenly over the cake in pan.

7. Place on a cookie sheet just in case the baking cake spills over- saving you a mess!

8. Bake at 350 30-45 minutes until the top is golden brown. You do have to watch these last few minutes. There will be a papery thin sugar crust on top of the cake.

9. Let the cake cool COMPLETELY or it will be tough to cut. It may look like it’s sunken when cooled- this is normal. You can refrigerate but cooling on the counter is fine.

10. Dust with confectioners’ sugar on top!  Cut into bars. Cake will be gooey, it should be. Do not overcook!  EAT!

Mine! Right after it came out of the oven! Hubby is GRINNING! "It smells so good!"

Product Information
Country: United States
Region: California
Grape Varietal: Muscat Blac A Petits Grains
Type: Still wine, Dessert

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Unsolved: The JonBenet Ramsey Case 25 Years Later Episodes 37, 38, 39 & Interview w. author Paula Woodward! SOURCES & SHOW NOTES, PHOTOGRAPHS



Jill with author Paula Woodward!

Cause of death from the autopsy report: "Strangulation associated with craniocerebral trauma"- BOTH together not separately. BOTH are ONE cause of death wrote Dr. Meyer. 
These occurred simultaneously. 

911 Call by Patsy Ramsey Dec 26, 1996 from Paula Woodward's site.

Evidence and Diagrams of the Ramsey House on Paula Woodward's site. 

Sources, Photos, and Show Notes

Andrea Dukakis, 20 Years After JonBenet's death, Taking Stock of Girls Beauty Pageants, Colorado Public Radio, Dec 22, 2016. 

Anita Garl, Lindbergh Kidnap case files are unsealed by NJ after 45 years, Washington Post, Nov 24, 1981. 

Anna Hauptmann dies, Widow of Lindbergh Baby Kidnapper, Buffalo News, Oct 14, 1994.

Best Beauty Pageants 2022 Edition, Pageant Planet, Feb 2022.

Crystal Bonvillan, Double murder from 1956 now oldest cold case solved through Genetic Genealogy, Kiro7 News, June 24, 2021. 

Douglas Linder, Summative of Mr Edward Reilly for the Defense, University of Missouri/Kansas City, School of Law, 2005.

Douglas Linder, Dr .John Condon, University of Missouri/Kansas City, School of Law, 2005.

Douglas O. Linder, Hauptman (Lindbergh) Trial 1935, Famous Trials, 1995.

Famous Cases and Criminals: Lindbergh Kidnapping, History,, Feb 2022.

"Fat Cat- Origins of Fat Cat, wealthy powerful person. Word, 2022.

Fisch Kin to Testify for State, The Lodi News, Jan. 16, 1935.

Ian Greenwood,, March 3, 2022.

Jen Pfeiffer Rebel Merlot 2019,, Feb 2022. 

John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, The Cases that Haunt Us, Pocket Books, New York, 2001.

JonBenet 911 Call FULL (With subtitles),, July 26, 2010.

JonBenet Ramsey Homicide - Statement on the 25th anniversary of the JonBenet Ramsey homicide, Boulder Colorado Gov, December 21, 2021.

Josh Meyer, Fingerprints from Lindbergh Case found, Oct 25, 1985.

Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping: Investigation Reopened, Forensic Files, Medstar Televison, 

Lindbergh Kidnapping Evidence Photographs, New Jersey Dept.
of State, March 2007.

Michael Edwards, JonBenet Ramsey murder documentary focus on enhanced call, shedding new light on case, Sept 20, 2016.

Michael Vitez and Knight-Riddler, The Final Trial of Anna Hauptmann, Chicago Tribune, Feb 7, 1992. 

Minyvonne Burke, Cold Case of girl, 9, in 1964, finally solved, police say, NBC News, Feb 11, 2022.

Paula Woodward, Paula Woodward, Feb 2022.

Paula Woodward, Unsolved: The JonBenet Ramsey Case 25 Years Later, City Point Press, Simon & Schuster, Nov 9, 2021.

Robert A. Whitson and Andrew Lou Smit, Injustice- Why JonBenet Ramseywas murdered by a sadistic psychopath- Not her Parents, Createspace, North Charleston, SC, 2012.

Ruth Grindeland, Amazing Colorado Style Green Chile (Chili),, Feb 2, 2022.

Samantha, Have You Tried Colorado's 9 Most Famous Foods?, Rocky Mountain Food Tours, 2022.

Sarah Polus, Boulder PD turn to genetic DNA In JonBenet Ramsey case, The Hill, Dec 21, 2021.

Steven Thomas with Don Davis, JonBenet, Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation, St Martin Paperbacks, 2000. 

Tierney McAfee, Jon Benet's Father, "Toddlers and Tiaras is bizarre",, March 14, 2021.

United Press International, Supreme Court Turns Aside Appeal in the Lindbergh Case, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Jan. 28, 1986. 

Key testimony in the Hauptmann Trial discussed.
Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping: Investigation Reopened, Forensic Files, Medstar Television. 
The initial ransom note

The kidnapper's sigil, used to authenticate future correspondance.

Missing poster for Charles A Lindbergh, Jr .,20 months

                             Composite sketch of "John" and Bruno Richard Hauptmann's mugshot

Comparison of wood from homemade ladder & Hauptman attic boards
Handing writing comparison- Ransom note & Bruno Richard Hauptmann

Isidor Fisch's family from Germany, who testified in the Hauptmann trial

2017- Jill's graduation for the Lower Merion P.D. Citizen Police Academy, Pennsylvania.

By Jill.

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Colorado Style Green Chile Recipe - Rebel Merlot Wine


              Colorado Style Green Chile Recipe 

                                           by Ruth Grindeland

              Unsolved: The JonBenet Ramsey Murder 25 Years Later

1 medium white onion, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 jalapeno, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup green chiles diced
2 - 14.5 oz canned fire-roasted tomatoes
3 cups broth (vegetable, chicken, or pork)
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
3 Tbsp butter (or vegan butter)
3 Tbsp flour
1 - 2 pinch sugar (optional)

Stove Top Instructions

1.         Dice onion and jalapeno. Mince garlic. Measure green chiles (dice if needed)

2.         Heat olive oil in the bottom of the pot or pan, saute the onions for 2 - 3 minutes. Add jalapeno and garlic, saute for two more minutes. Add jalapeno, green chile, and cumin and oregano), saute for an additional two minutes. Add fire-roasted tomatoes, stir well, and bring to a boil.

3.         Add 3 cups of broth,

4.         Melt the butter in a small saute pan, once melted add in the flour, and whisk in flour until smooth. Allow the flour to bubble and cook for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Add roux to green chile mix and stir to fully incorporate into chile.

5.         Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 2 -3 hours stirring as needed to avoid burning.


Crock Pot Instructions

Complete steps 1-3 from stove top directions.


4. Turn crockpot on low for 4 hours cooking time or high for 2 hours cooking time. Pour broth and fire-roasted tomatoes into the crockpot. Add the sauteed onions, jalapeno, cumin, garlic, green chile, and spices to the crockpot.

5. Melt the butter in a small saute pan, once melted add in the flour, and whisk in flour until smooth (this is the roux). Allow the flour to bubble and cook for two minutes or until golden brown. Add roux to green chile in the crockpot and stir to fully incorporate into chile. 3 tablespoons butter (or vegan butter),3 tablespoons flour

Serving as a stew, dip with Fritos chips, over tortillas.

ENJOY, Murder Bookies!

Thank you Sinful Kitchen’s Ruth Grindeland!

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