Killing Fields Trilogy //////

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  • Kathy Kopec
    Kathy Kopec chicago, il
    Great trilogy guys very well researched, love you guys and your podcast.

    Great trilogy guys very well researched, love you guys and your podcast.

  • Wrex
    Wrex Chicago
    Shit, don't ever use a payphone.

    Shit, don't ever use a payphone.

  • E
    E TX
    I'm from East Texas near the Dallas area, but when I was 10 my dad would take us down to Galveston every year. One year when I was about 13, I looked out the window while we were stuck in traffic on I-45 during a hurricane evacuation and saw LE/authorities putting a dead body in a body bag. Crazy stuff. Definitely not the craziest thing I've seen unfortunately. There are two cases you guys should look up from nearby towns where I live. Look up the Caffey Family Murders (Emory,TX) and Nichole Payne & Austin Wages murders (Quitman,Tx). My husband was in the same class as Austin. It was originally thought to have been a murder/suicide. This case was actually on Dateline about a year or two ago. Keep up the good work!

    I'm from East Texas near the Dallas area, but when I was 10 my dad would take us down to Galveston every year. One year when I was about 13, I looked out the window while we were stuck in traffic on I-45 during a hurricane evacuation and saw LE/authorities putting a dead body in a body bag. Crazy stuff. Definitely not the craziest thing I've seen unfortunately.

    There are two cases you guys should look up from nearby towns where I live. Look up the Caffey Family Murders (Emory,TX) and Nichole Payne & Austin Wages murders (Quitman,Tx). My husband was in the same class as Austin. It was originally thought to have been a murder/suicide. This case was actually on Dateline about a year or two ago.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Ryan
    Ryan Illinois
    Incredible job putting together this three part show. Super impressed with every part of your production values from the original music to the research. When do you guys sleep?

    Incredible job putting together this three part show. Super impressed with every part of your production values from the original music to the research. When do you guys sleep?

  • Heather
    Heather King of Prussia, PA
    But how the hell was Knoppa released from prison after only serving 15 years and threatening to kill police?

    But how the hell was Knoppa released from prison after only serving 15 years and threatening to kill police?

  • Michelle
    Michelle Missouri
    Lovin' this trilogy, almost as much as my Team Nic t-shirt!!

    Lovin' this trilogy, almost as much as my Team Nic t-shirt!!

  • True Crime Garage
    True Crime Garage
    Hi Heather, It does seem strange that they would let Knoppa out especially Texas. However remember just like we talked about in the Austin Yogurt Shop Murders back then Texas prisons were overcrowded and they eventually were even reducing sentences for violent offenders. That was changed in Texas law because of the broomstick killer. Nic

    Hi Heather,
    It does seem strange that they would let Knoppa out especially Texas. However remember just like we talked about in the Austin Yogurt Shop Murders back then Texas prisons were overcrowded and they eventually were even reducing sentences for violent offenders. That was changed in Texas law because of the broomstick killer.
    Nic

  • Ashlee Garcia
    Ashlee Garcia Houston TX
    Just wanted to update everyone that the body of Jessica Cain was found in Southeast Houston, a few miles from where she was last seen, around February or April 2016. This was 19 years after her disappearance. They talked about her on part 3.

    Just wanted to update everyone that the body of Jessica Cain was found in Southeast Houston, a few miles from where she was last seen, around February or April 2016. This was 19 years after her disappearance. They talked about her on part 3.

  • True Crime Garage
    True Crime Garage
    Thank you Ashlee. Yes William Reece led authorities to her body. I can't wait for him to be convicted of these murders. It's been far too long for everyone involved. -Nic

    Thank you Ashlee. Yes William Reece led authorities to her body. I can't wait for him to be convicted of these murders. It's been far too long for everyone involved.
    -Nic

  • Nikki
    Nikki Kansas
    Just shared this with a friend of mine in League City, TX who apparently lives down the road from the killing fields. I thought this would be a great distraction from riding out the flooding they're experiencing due to Harvey right now. Nic do you know if the fields have since been built upon and turned into neighborhoods?

    Just shared this with a friend of mine in League City, TX who apparently lives down the road from the killing fields. I thought this would be a great distraction from riding out the flooding they're experiencing due to Harvey right now. Nic do you know if the fields have since been built upon and turned into neighborhoods?

  • True Crime Garage
    True Crime Garage
    Hi Nikki, It's possible that they have developed the land - that was an issue with the 70-80's investigations the area along I-45 was being developed and the population was skyrocketing. I think I have seen some video footage of the area taken within the last 5 years and it was still fields. Despite the case I wish to visit Galveston some day. I love Texas and Galveston and Houston are basically the only places I'm yet to venture to.

    Hi Nikki,
    It's possible that they have developed the land - that was an issue with the 70-80's investigations the area along I-45 was being developed and the population was skyrocketing. I think I have seen some video footage of the area taken within the last 5 years and it was still fields. Despite the case I wish to visit Galveston some day. I love Texas and Galveston and Houston are basically the only places I'm yet to venture to.

  • Jami Sanderson
    Jami Sanderson Pensacola, FL
    I grew up in the Galveston Bay Area of Texas which is halfway between Galveston and Houston. I stayed with my grandparents in Galveston every weekend. They lived 4 apartments away from Maria Johnson's grandparents and I was friends with Maria Johnson. We used to swim in the pool, and the apartments were just behind Sunrise Surf Shop which was at 48th & Seawall Blvd. (beach). I was 11 and she was 14 when she disappeared. I was younger, so didn't roam around much, but it was pretty common in those days for kids her age to go off on their own and to hitchhike. When they found her body it was a terrible day. I still remember the horrifying feeling. Additionally, we lived in the same apartment complex as the Selph's in League City and my mother was a teacher and taught school with Michael Selph's mother Ola Mae. Mike was not the sharpest tool in the tool chest, but he was a nice guy. He lived with his mom and whenever my mom needed something from the store, she would sometimes ask Mike would take me there. I think he was 17-18 at the time and had a beat up car. He never laid a hand on me, was always kind to me and told jokes. I have always felt desperately sorry for his wasted life and will always feel like the police were under pressure to solve a case rather than find out who did it. His mother died heartbroken. Oh, and you mentioned Taylor Bayou. I borders El Lago...it's not 20 miles from it.

    I grew up in the Galveston Bay Area of Texas which is halfway between Galveston and Houston. I stayed with my grandparents in Galveston every weekend. They lived 4 apartments away from Maria Johnson's grandparents and I was friends with Maria Johnson. We used to swim in the pool, and the apartments were just behind Sunrise Surf Shop which was at 48th & Seawall Blvd. (beach). I was 11 and she was 14 when she disappeared. I was younger, so didn't roam around much, but it was pretty common in those days for kids her age to go off on their own and to hitchhike. When they found her body it was a terrible day. I still remember the horrifying feeling.

    Additionally, we lived in the same apartment complex as the Selph's in League City and my mother was a teacher and taught school with Michael Selph's mother Ola Mae. Mike was not the sharpest tool in the tool chest, but he was a nice guy. He lived with his mom and whenever my mom needed something from the store, she would sometimes ask Mike would take me there. I think he was 17-18 at the time and had a beat up car. He never laid a hand on me, was always kind to me and told jokes. I have always felt desperately sorry for his wasted life and will always feel like the police were under pressure to solve a case rather than find out who did it. His mother died heartbroken.

    Oh, and you mentioned Taylor Bayou. I borders El Lago...it's not 20 miles from it.

  • Mark
    Mark Austin
    East Texas probably has more active rapists and murderers than any other area in the US. It is a pretty scary and sketchy place. I am from Central Texas, but you can ask anybody from any area in our state, the eastern part is pretty awful. Am betting you could do about five years straight on your show just staying in that area. No telling how many active predators are working it. .

    East Texas probably has more active rapists and murderers than any other area in the US. It is a pretty scary and sketchy place. I am from Central Texas, but you can ask anybody from any area in our state, the eastern part is pretty awful. Am betting you could do about five years straight on your show just staying in that area. No telling how many active predators are working it. .

  • Matthew
    Matthew Galveston
    The field is still there, Nic. I just went to visit the memorials a couple weeks ago. It's behind the Magnolia Creek Baptist Church.

    The field is still there, Nic. I just went to visit the memorials a couple weeks ago. It's behind the Magnolia Creek Baptist Church.

  • True Crime Garage
    True Crime Garage
    We did such a good job on this trilogy - the research length of time was crazy on this thing.,no one listened to these shows for some reason. Sad face - Nic

    We did such a good job on this trilogy - the research length of time was crazy on this thing.,no one listened to these shows for some reason.
    Sad face - Nic

  • Cally
    Cally
    You all did do a wonderful job. I more recently discovered your podcast and myself and my family just listened to this trilogy this evening. I really appreciate what you both do and I am sure the families of the victims do as well.

    You all did do a wonderful job. I more recently discovered your podcast and myself and my family just listened to this trilogy this evening. I really appreciate what you both do and I am sure the families of the victims do as well.

  • Jacob
    Jacob League City
    Great job on the research for this. A friend told me about your podcast a week ago and I have been listening every day since. I came across this one and it was very surreal to know our house is bordering these fields. I had no idea about this until I listened.

    Great job on the research for this. A friend told me about your podcast a week ago and I have been listening every day since. I came across this one and it was very surreal to know our house is bordering these fields. I had no idea about this until I listened.

  • Jenny Von B
    Jenny Von B Scotland, UK
    Great job on this trilogy! If I had to pick one episode, or in this case set of episodes, to introduce people to TCG to, it would be this trilogy. Fantastic research, clearly presented information, respect for the victims and their families, and killer (no pun intended) music. Thanks Nic and the Captain!

    Great job on this trilogy! If I had to pick one episode, or in this case set of episodes, to introduce people to TCG to, it would be this trilogy. Fantastic research, clearly presented information, respect for the victims and their families, and killer (no pun intended) music. Thanks Nic and the Captain!

  • Celia
    Celia Johnstown, Ohio
    love the theme music on this one!

    love the theme music on this one!

  • Rachel
    Rachel
    Just started this one! I don't know anything about this case so half way through part 1 and I'm already full of questions. In regards to Gloria Gonzales, you talked about how the medical examiner determined that the decapitation was due to animals, but the lack of skin was not. Did they give more details on how they decided that? My guess would be animal bite marks around where the head was severed and a lack of bite marks elsewhere on the skull? Was there anything about the removal method on the victim who's skull was found by the two boys fishing?

    Just started this one! I don't know anything about this case so half way through part 1 and I'm already full of questions. In regards to Gloria Gonzales, you talked about how the medical examiner determined that the decapitation was due to animals, but the lack of skin was not. Did they give more details on how they decided that? My guess would be animal bite marks around where the head was severed and a lack of bite marks elsewhere on the skull? Was there anything about the removal method on the victim who's skull was found by the two boys fishing?

  • Clare
    Clare Rochester, NY
    Am researching the 1 case and now get 2 more! Your work is phenomenal.

    Am researching the 1 case and now get 2 more! Your work is phenomenal.

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