Friday, June 11, 2021


Episodes 20:  Southern Pimento Cheese Spread Recipe

2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

8 oz cream cheese, softened

½ cup mayonnaise

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper (optional)

¼ tsp onion powder

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & minced (optional)

1 (4 oz) jar diced pimento, draimed

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Place the Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, minced jalapeno, and pimento into the large bowl of a mixer. Beat at medium speed, with paddle if possible, until thoroughly combined. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Thank you QueenReyney at for this delicious recipe we are sharing with our Murder Bookies! Incredible!

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Sources: Mini-Cast Flame Out: James Blackburn, Prosecutor turned Felon

Sourcing for Special Mini-Cast Flame-Out James Blackburn Prosecutor turned felon

Blackburn Paroled, News and Observer, April 27, 1994.

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Bragg Doctor's former lawyer takes stand in 'Fatal Vision' hearing,, Sept. 19, 2012.

Dr. Jean Spauling, Women in Duke Medicine,, May 21, 2021.

Elizabeth Leland, Riley says he'll retain Blackburn to prosecute base against Green, News and Observer, July 6, 1983.

Ex-Prosecutor Disbarred, The Charlotte Observer, April 20, 1993.

Famed local attorney will leave prison today, News and Observer, April 6, 1994.

Fatal Vision prosecutor returns to prison, News and Observer, April 8, 1994.

Former US Attorney pleads guilty, admits mental illness, The Evening Telegram, Nov 30, 1993.

Harvey Silverglate, Reflections on the Jeffrey MacDonald Case, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,< May 2013.

Howard Troxler, A soft-spoken prosecutor who wins his cases, The News and Observer, March 15, 1981.

James Blackburn, Flame-Out, 

James Blackburn resume, May 12, 2021.

Jim Blackburn Seminars, May 12, 2021.

Joseph Neff, Grand-Jury indicts former prosecutor, New and Observer, July 14, 1993.

Man Convicted in PCB Dumping, Associated Press, The Charlotte Observer, May 23, 1981.

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Pamela Babcock, Report Details Downfall, News and Observer, March 5, 1993.

Pamela Babcock, Lawyer charged with embezzling, News and Observer, Dec 30, 1993.

Prosecutor in MacDonald Case: He received a fair trial with fair jury,, Feb 9, 2017.

Sarah Avery, Ex-Prosecutor's sentence delayed, News and Observer, Oct. 5, 1993.

Sarah Avery, The Fall of James Blackburn, News and Observer,  Dec. 19, 1993.

Sarah Avery, Blackburn sentenced for embezzling, News and Observer, Dec .7, 1993.

Sarah Avery, Blackburn begins his prison term, News and Observer, Jan 3, 1994.

Sarah Avery, Blackburn put on work release, News and Observer, Jan 15, 1994.

Sen. John Jordan Pleads Not Guilty in Dam Dispute, The Charlotte Observer, July 30, 1985.

Sonja Bennett-Bellamy, Famed prosecutor turned prison inmate shares his story with Community Correction Leaders,, March 26 2018.

Susan Spence, Is a rebate really a bargain?, News and Observer, April 20, 1975.

Former US Attorney James Blackburn, The Charlotte Observer, July 15, 1993.

U.S. Attorney Resigns, The Charlotte Observer, April 23, 1981.

All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

5 STARS! Book Review- Novel by John D. Bethel- Holding Back the Dark ---A Unique, Focused, Realistic Roller Coaster Ride!

Greeting Murder Bookies! We have great news for you!  While we remain 100% committed to telling our true crime stories, we are branching out! In addition to our Murder Shelf Book Club podcast, which focuses on true crime books, we are now entering the world of fiction by reviewing novels.  Not just any novels, but those that delve into serial killers, crime, investigation, psychological thrills and the pursuit of justice.  Those books that entertain us and provide an escape from the horrors and deep pain of real- life stories, I will be reviewing for your pleasure! And-- Tada! Here is my first review!  

As a purveyor of true crime, I enjoy gritty novel that engage one's intellect. I was delighted to read Holding Back the Dark by John D. Bethel. It opens with a shocking gory crime scene, establishing the
dark tone for the setting of his story, placed in the corrupt side of Las Vegas. Bethel has created a host of complex characters with multiple plotlines intersecting across the story he weaves at a breathtaking pace that leave you fully engaged from page one through the last.  I was there 'with' his investigators, Acting Sheriff William Lattimore, and FBI Special Agent Charlotte "Charlie" Rhodes, as they threw back some beers and joked, laughing along, completely engrossed as one of the team as they broke down the clues and debated their strategy.  How are they going to apprehend the serial killer that is lose among the masses they are sworn to protect? When they grew frustrated, I shared it, turning page after page, concerned about my new friends and what they were going through.  I was totally 'in it' with them, waiting on lab results, waiting for the willy killer to screw up, if he will at all.  Other authors attempt to create realistic banter; Bethel succeeds and nails it perfectly.  

Toss in the exquisite and accurate research he introduces painlessly to move the story forward, with so much happening that I simply could not anticipate.  Peppered throughout the novel is the anonymous "He", the killer, with insights into his psyche that ae not for the faint of heart.  I couldn't possibly enjoy a novel more.  Unique, focused, realistic, I am reading more from Mr. Bethel, because it is a great escape from the current woes, we are all experiencing in early 2021.  If you are struggling with binge fatigue, get a copy of Holding Back the Dark. You will not regret it.

You might want to begin your psychological journey with Mr. Bethel's previous novel, Unheard of, the prequel to this adventure  I also highly recommend this as the introduction to the series he is writing. 


Co-Host Murder Shelf Book Club

Wednesday, February 17, 2021


The Murder Shelf Book Club-Episodes 21, 22 and 23 (2ndCast)

& Mini-Cast The Said Case 

A Wilderness of Error by Errol Morris Sources/Photos

Resource for domestic violence victims:


Bob Stevenson, Pep Stevenson, Christina Masewitz, The Jeffrey MacDonald Information Site: Home , 2004-2017.

Brian Murtagh, Michael Malone, "Fatal Vision Revisited: The MacDonald Murder Case", Police Chief Magazine,, Police Chief article: "Fatal Vision Revisited" | Jeffrey MacDonald Case ( 

Catherine Skipp, Inside the Mind of Family Annihilators, Newsweek, 2/10/10.

Chris Umpierre, Portrait of an Accused Killer, News-Press (Fort Myers Fl), Oct 15, 2009.

Christine Armario and Jonathan M Katz, Father of Slain Family arrested by Haitian police, The Bradenton Herald, Sept 22, 2009.

Christine Masewitcz, Jeffrey MacDonald- His Injuries and Wounds, True Crime and Justice, 2002.

Chris Umpierro and Christina Cepero, Tears for 'Sweet, Polite Victims', The News Press, Sept 21, 2009.

David Stout, John E. List, 82, Killer of 5 Family Members Dies, New York Times, March 25, 2008.

Dick Cavett Show, Jeffrey MacDonald on Dick Cavett - YouTube, Dec 10, 1970s.

Domingo Ramirez and Melissa Vargas, Sisters Remembered at Candle Light Vigil, Ft Worth Star Telegram, Jan 5, 2008.

Errol Morris, A Wilderness of Error, Penguin Books, New York, New York, 2012.

Forensic Files, Turning True Crime into Must-See TV, IDCON, May 23, 2019.

Frances Ann Burns, Jury in List Family Trial told of Wife's Syphilis, UPI, April 7, 1990.

Jackie Salo, Fugitive Dad Arrested for Slaying Teenage Daughters in 'Honor killing', New York Post, NY, August 27, 2020.

Janine Zeitlin, Christian, Voodoo Mix conflicts for Haitians, News Press (Ft Myers, Fl.) Sept 24, 2009.

Joe McGinniss, Fatal Vision, Signet, New York, New York, 1983.

Joe McGinniss, Final Vision, the Last Word on Jeffrey MacDonald, 2012.

Jordan Fenster, Family Annihilators- The Psychology behind Familicide,, Jan 16, 2020. 
Karen Tumulty, 17 Years Late, Town gets answers to Family Killing, Los Angeles Times, April 10, 1990. 

Leaving an abusive relationship,, March 20, 2021,

Lore Fiedler, List Car Found at Airport; Feds ask to Sift Through His Mail, The News Courier, Dec 10, 1971.

Lore Fiedler, Westfielder Sought in Killings of 5, The Courier-News, Dec 8, 1971.

Neil Websdale, Familicidal Hearts, the Emotional Styles of 211 Killers, Oxford Press, New York, 2010. 

Nicole Weisensee Egan, Why Wasn't DNA Testing Done on All the Evidence in the Jeffrey MacDonald case?, People Magazine, Jan 19, 2017.

Wall of remembrance, Guerline Dieu Damas and children. 

Ryan Mills, Damas to Undergo Mental Health Test, New-Press (Ft Myers Fl.) July 22, 2017.

Robert Hare, Without Conscience, The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us, Guilford Press, New York, New York, 1993.

SAFER, Leaving an abusive relationship,, March 20, 2021,

Sarah Watts, The Disturbing Reasons Some Men Kill their Families, Real Crime, A&, Oct 4, 2018.

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Tek Talmont, Judge: List Trial May be Held Up do To Filing Delays, The Courier-News, Sept 28, 1989.

Terry Yates & Robert B Thompson, "Nobody Knew Them Too Well", The Courier-News, Dec 8, 1971.

UPI, Suspect in Family Slaying "Not the Man I know", says Wife, Los Angeles Times, June 3, 1989. 

Thank you Murder Bookies! 

Monday, November 16, 2020


Gone at Midnight, the Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam by Jake Andersen

Episodes 17, 18, 19 (2ndCast) Sources

Billy Nilles, From the Black Dahlia to American Horror Story: Inside the Dark History of Los Angeles' Deadliest Hotel,, Feb 19, 2019.

Bryan Thomas, 'Dark Water: An unsettling supernatural Japanese psychodrama about a 'dead wet girl',, August 1, 2017.

Charlotte Luo, Missing woman found dead in apartment block's water tank, The Standard, Hong Kong, December 4, 2018.

Denise Hamilton, A Serial Killer Who Crossed Continents, LA Times, Nov 27 2007.

Elisa Lam Tumblr Repost, October 16, 2020.

Hadley Meers, "The Suicide"-The Hotel Cecil and Means Streets of L.A.'s Nortorious Skid Row, History and Society,, Sept 29, 2015.

Jake Anderson, Gone at Midnight, the Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam, Citadel  Press, Kensington Publishing Corp, New York, NY, 2020.

January 2013 Weather in Los Angeles, Dec 7, 2020.

Jennifer Smith, Police dogs pick up Elisa Lam's scent at a window leading to a fire escape after her naked dead body was found in a water tank in 2013- but her mysterious death a 'haunted' hotel continues to baffle investigators, Daily Mail, November 28, 2019.

John Lordan, Elisa Lam's Manipulated Elevator Video, Brainscratch, April 10, 2015.

John Lordan, Elisa Lam, In Other News, May 14, 2015.

Siobhan McGuinness went missing Feb. 5, 1974 a few blocks from her northside Missoula home. Her body was found two days later near the Turah exit on I-90, stabbed to death and sexually assaulted. Photo: Lewis and Clark Co. Sheriff's Office, via Facebook, NBC-Montana

Maritsa Georgiou, DNA Identifies killer in Missoula cold case 46 years later, NBC-Montana, October 26, 2020.

Mark Oliver, They Thought Killer-Turned-Writer-Jack Unterweger-was Reformed. Then He Started Killing Again,, Jan 1. 2019.

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Natasha Ishak, The Unsolved Mystery of Behind the Disturbing Death of Elisa Lam,, April 5, 2019.

Negligence Law Suit dismissed,, December 14, 2015.

Philip Carlo, The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez, The Night Stalker, Citadel Press, New York, New York 2006.

Rebecca Pocklington, CyberSleuths: We're 'armchair detectives' investigating grim cold cases from home- from serial killer victims to mystery 'tent girl', The Sun, June 1, 2020. 

Roger Ebert, 'Dark' keeps its head above water,, July 7, 2005.

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Sue Colletta, Jack Unterwagger: Crime Writer Turned Serial Killer, May 2017.

Taysha Murtaugh, The Creepy History of Los Angeles' Cecil Hotel, Country Living, October 17, 2017.

Terri Schlischenmeyer, Book Review: Gone at Midnight, the Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam by Jake Anderson,, March 30, 2020.

William M. Welch, Elisa Lam's death ruled accidental, USA Today, June 20, 2013.

Episode 18 - Gone at Midnight, Mysterious case of Elisa Lam- Canadian Nanaimo Bars Recipe by Martha J Paul

 Episode 18:  Canadian Nanaimo Bars Recipe by Martha J Paull


1/2 cup butter

¼ cup white sugar

5 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 egg beaten

1 ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs

1 cup flaked coconut

½ cup finely chopped almonds (optional)

½ cup softened butter

3 Tbsp heavy cream

2 Tbsp vanilla pudding

1 cups confectioners’ sugar

4 (1 oz) squares semi-sweet baking chocolate

2 tsp butter


1)     In double boiler, combine ½ cup butter, sugar, cocoa powder. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Beat in the egg until thick, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in the graham cracker crumbs, coconut and almonds (if you want). Press into the bottom of an ungreased 8 X 8 pan.

2)     For middle layer, cream together ½ cup butter, heavy cream, vanilla pudding until light and fluffy. Mix in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Spread over the bottom layer in the pan. Chill to set.

3)     While 2nd layer is chilling, melt the semi-sweet chocolates and 2 tsp butter together in microwave or over low heart. Spread over chilled bars. Let the chocolate set before cutting into squares.

4)     OMG SO GOOD! Thank you Martha J Paul at!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Epi. 17: Finding Kristyn Sue Richerson: Video of Sherri Wright speaking with Carl Bryce about missing Kristyn Sue Richerson


You can reach him at 918-680-3115.
 If he does not answer, please leave him your name and number. 

This is the video shot by Sherri Wright's daughter, Morgan, while she discussed when Carl Bryce last saw Kristyn, after the day she went missing, May 25, 2018.  The audio quality is difficult.  It runs 3 minutes, 19 seconds.

Oklahoma recording law stipulates that it is a one-party consent state. In Oklahoma, it is a criminal offense to use any device to record or share using communications, whether they are wire, oral or electronic, without the consent of at least one person taking part in the communication. 
We have the consent of Sherri Wright.

Google Map 2012 Bronze Pontiac    Ahhhhhhh!!!
Generic Bronze Taurus 2016     Hmmmmmm??

The bronze Pontiac seen in the Google map 2012 view of Kristyn's house, when Carl lives next door.  He tells Sherri Wright he saw Kristyn leave in a "bronze Taurus".  
Coincidence he lived next door to a house with a very similar car for years?

Cap from Kristyn's truck- decorated from Rocklahoma, from

(1)The search area at East 73rd Street South was searched for Kristyn- a large, barren area. 


Local billboard "Have You Seen Me?" from