PODCASTS

 

 

This page is where you’ll find recent and not so recent podcasts and radio shows. Between 2013 and 2014, I hosted a series of Karas on Crime radio shows on the LifeStyle Talk Radio Network. Six of those radio shows are on this page. With the exception of those radio shows and my November 2013 interview with serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin shortly before his execution, the podcasts below are recorded specifically for Karas On Crime. The audio may sound best if you use headphones or earbuds. I hope you enjoy listening.

NEW! As of March 3, 2017, the Karas on Crime podcasts are available at Acast, iTunes, and Stitcher. You can subscribe at any of these sites (at no cost). You will see some of the podcasts that also appear on this page but all new podcasts are available at the above links.


In this February 10, 2017 interview, Joseph Scott Morgan, forensic analyst and former medico-legal death investigator, discusses Coroners’ inquests and other aspects of death investigations. I reached out to Joseph, again, after a Missouri coroner convened a jury to investigate the suicide of a teen who was bullied at school and work. He has some interesting insight. I also recommend Joseph’s memoir, Blood Beneath My Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator.

 

In this January 13, 2017 interview, Dr. Ellen Greytak of Virginia-based Parabon Snapshot, discusses DNA phenotyping and how Parabon Snapshot is now assisting criminal investigations. Paragon’s work, featured in National Geographic last July and on NBC Nightly News, is a growing tool in law enforcement, helping police narrow their focus on crime suspects as well as identify remains. Read more about Parabon Snapshot here.

In this January 11, 2017 interview, former homicide investigator Chuck Reid, discusses a 1985 double murder in Bedford County, Virginia. Jens Soering was convicted of murdering his girlfriend’s parents when both were students at the University of Virginia. Though Soering initially confessed, he recanted soon after and has maintained his innocence for 30 years. He was convicted after a trial and sentenced to life in prison. Now, evidence has emerged to support Soering’s claim of innocence–evidence that confirms what Chuck Reid believed all along. For more, see Jens Soering’s website.

In this October 9, 2016 interview, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin prosecutor Michael Griesbach discusses Steven Avery’s wrongful conviction for rape in the 1980s and his 2007 conviction for the murder of Teresa Halbach. Griesbach has written two books about Steven Avery: The Innocent Killer (2013) and Indefensible (2016). The Netflix series, Making a Murderer, questions Avery’s guilt for the murder of Halbach but Griesbach defends the jury’s verdict.

In this August 11, 2016 interview, cell phone expert Ben Levitan discusses how cell phones and cell towers work. Ben has trained FBI agents, served for more than a decade as the US representative on a UN Committee on telephones, and consults on criminal cases–often called by the defense. He prepared an analysis of the cell phone data in the Adnan Syed case which you can read on the Documents page under the Syed link.

In this August 8, 2016 interview, former Baltimore prosecutor Page Croyder discusses the dismissal of the remaining cases against the six Baltimore officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death. Page discusses State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, morale in her office, and how the case should have been handled. Page may be writing more about the aftermath on her blog.

In this July 26, 2016 interview, DNA expert Greg Hampikian discusses the state of DNA testing today, problems with lab contamination, and some cases he has handled. Greg is a professor at Boise State University, founder of the Idaho Innocence Project, author, and more. Greg seems to be in the middle of cases making the news so you can read about him online!

In this July 21, 2016 interview, criminal profiler Pete Klismet discusses his career as an FBI profiler, his award-winning books, and his current work as a profiler/consultant to police and prosecutors. Read more about Pete on his website. Check out his books, FBI Diary: Profiles of Evil and FBI Diary: Home Grown Terror. For sure, we’ll hear more from Pete!

In this July 12th, 2016 interview, Greg Woods, professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice discusses the current state of affairs between police departments and African Americans who are protesting the fatal shootings of blacks. This interview was scheduled soon after the Dallas shootings in which five police officers were killed allegedly in retaliation.

In this July 11, 2016 interview, Sheila Wysocki describes her college roommate’s brutal and unsolved murder which, decades later, caused Sheila to become a private investigator. After the case was solved, Sheila continued to take cases–many from families whose child was killed. Sheila describes a current case of what appears to be murder but is still uncharged–a case that KOC is sure to follow. You’ll hear several “beeps” in the interview. We cut out the name of the still-uncharged person.

In this July 3, 2016 interview, Paulette Sutton, a renowned expert in bloodstain pattern analysis, discusses her work and some cases on which she has consulted including David Camm, Raynella Dossett Leath, and Michael Peterson. Based in Memphis, Paulette is a professor and lecturer on bloodstain patterns. She has testified as an expert in many state and federal courts for both the prosecution and the defense.

In this June 29, 2016 interview, former Baltimore prosecutor Page Croyder picks up where she left off in the last interview on May 26. She discusses the acquittal of van driver, Officer Caesar Goodson, and what she thinks should happen with remaining cases of the officers charged with crimes related to the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015. Page also discusses a recently-filed bar complaint calling for the disbarment of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

In this May 27, 2016 interview, Star News reporter Fran Norton discusses a current case in Wilmington, North Carolina. James Bradley is charged with murder–for the second time in his life. He already spent 23 years in prison for the murder of his step-daughter. He was released in 2013 but is locked up again. A few court filings related to his latest case are on the Documents page. A trial date has not been set yet. Follow Fran on Twitter @FTNortonSN. Read her stories at starnewsonline.com.

In this May 26, 2016 interview, Page Croyder picks up where the last podcast from Jan. 11, 2016 left off. That is, she discusses rulings in the Baltimore Cop cases since January that compelled co-defendants to testify against each other, if called by the State. Page then analyzes Judge Barry Williams’s acquittal of Officer Edward Nero. She looks ahead to the next trial of Caesar Goodson, the van driver, and has some strong words for the prosecutors of these cases. You can view Page’s blog here.

In this May 13, 2016 interview, criminal defense attorney Gerald Schwartzbach discusses his 45+ year career in the San Francisco Bay area representing unpopular defendants and finding flaws in the system. He discusses 12 of his cases in a new book, Leaning on the Arc, which is a great read! Among the 12 cases he highlights in the book is his defense of Robert Blake who was acquitted in March 2005 of murdering his second wife, Bonny Lee Bakley.

In this May 10, 2016 interview, Maricopa County, AZ capital legal defender Maria Schaffer discusses the role of a defense attorney particularly in a death case, the role of a mitigation specialist and others on her team, the state of the death penalty in Arizona, and even a former client, Jodi Arias.

In this May 6, 2016 interview, Matthew Sandusky discusses the abuse he suffered at the hands of Jerry Sandusky, his adopted father. Matthew is now a public speaker on the topic of child sexual abuse. He has established the Peaceful Hearts Foundation which is full of information, advice, and resources on this topic. He is also the author of Undaunted: Breaking My Silence to Overcome the Trauma of Child Sexual Abuse.

In this April 29, 2016 interview, Donavan Bering, a friend to Jodi Arias’s family, discusses the past few months since we last spoke in late February. She is discouraged by actions of Arias and others, and can no longer support Arias. While she doesn’t get into much detail, Donavan later said she has more to tell. Stay tuned.

In this April 22, 2016 interview, Phoenix attorney Paul Ulrich discusses the Miranda case. Paul was a member of Ernesto Miranda’s appellate team. He was also one of the trial attorneys in Miranda’s retrial. We discuss the state of the law regarding confessions before and after Miranda, as well as what crimes Ernesto Miranda committed, and how he died. June 13, 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the SCOTUS Miranda decision.

In this April 6, 2016 interview, Vickie Fetterman discusses the death of her 20-day-old granddaughter, Natalee Mibroda, in December 2011. Vickie’s son Clayton, Natalee’s father, was convicted after trial of murder, and is serving a 15 to 30 year sentence. Vickie says this was a wrongful conviction; that Natalee’s mother, Kayla, is the true killer. Clayton and Kayla’s other child, a son, has lived with Vickie since Natalee’s death.  Vickie’s Facebook page about Clayton, is here.

In this March 21, 2016 interview with Florida criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor Elizabeth Parker, she discusses the current issues surrounding Dalia Dippolito’s retrial. Parker prosecuted Dippolito in 2011 and wrote the book Poison Candy: The Murderous Madam, about the case. She is now representing Curtis Wayne Wright who recently pled guilty to second degree murder in the murder of Dr. Teresa Sievers in Bonita Springs, FL in June 2015. (I erroneously refer to Elizabeth as a California attorney at the beginning of the interview. My apologies to her.)

In this March 9, 2016 interview, California criminal defense attorney Amber Lunsford discusses sextortion and revenge porn particularly among teens. She offers advice for parents and victims as she discusses a case she handled in Clatskanie County, Oregon and others.

In this February 26, 2016 interview, Donavan Bering discusses her friendship with Jodi Arias from the time they first met at Estrella jail in 2008 until the present. Donavan considers herself a true friend to Arias and says she knows both sides of the woman. She also discusses how others who are friendly with Arias today are really in it for what it can do for them. Donavan discusses Arias’s life at Perryville, what it was like to sit through the first trial, and more.

In this January 11, 2016 interview, former Baltimore Assistant State’s Attorney Page Croyder discusses the prosecution of six Baltimore police officers for the death of Freddie Gray.  In April 2015, Gray sustained a fatal spinal cord injury while being transported in a police van. He died a week later. The driver of the van, the arresting officers and three others were charged with various crimes related to Gray’s death including murder, manslaughter and assault.  You can view Page’s blog here.

In this December 16, 2015 interview, co-authors Mike Vecchione and Jerry Schmetterer discuss their latest book, Crooked Brooklyn. Mike is a former Assistant District Attorney and head of the Rackets Division in Brooklyn. Jerry was the DA’s spokesperson for more than a decade; previously he was a newspaper reporter and on air reporter. They discuss cases, corruption, and cameras in the courtroom.

In this December 8, 2015 interview, May Pang reminisces about her friend and lover, John Lennon, on the 35th anniversary of his murder. May knew John for the last ten years of his life during which she had a two-year relationship with him. May Pang is an author and jewelry designer. You can learn more about her at www.maypang.com.

About eight months after a jury deadlocked for the second time on whether Jodi Arias should receive a death sentence, her lead attorney Kirk Nurmi published the first book in a trilogy. It’s his behind-the-scene, six-plus-year look at the case from trial preparation through two trials. Book 1 deals with the period from becoming Arias’s lead counsel in 2009 until the eve of the first trial in early January 2013. In this November 22, 2015 interview, just a few weeks after the book’s publication, Nurmi discusses Trapped with Ms. Arias, including the evidence or lack of it, decisions he made and his infamous former client. Nurmi, however, refused to answer several questions on the grounds of privilege or work product.

In this November 15, 2015 interview, former FBI profiler Jim Clemente first shares his thoughts about Jodi Arias. The interview then turns to the pending retrial in New York City of Pedro Hernandez, accused of murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz on May 25, 1979. Years ago, another man, convicted pedophile Jose Antonio Ramos, was found civilly liable for Etan’s death but never criminally charged. In the years following Etan’s disappearance, Clemente worked on a Task Force that included his unsolved murder. Clemente believes the state is prosecuting the wrong man; that is is far more likely Ramos is the killer, not Hernandez.

In this October 7, 2015 interview, former death investigator Joseph Scott Morgan describes his 20-year career with the New Orleans, LA Coroner’s Office and the Atlanta, GA Medical Examiner. Morgan is the author of Blood Beneath My Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator for which he was named Georgia’s Author of the Year in 2013. Currently, he teaches at the Center for Applied Forensics at Jacksonville State University in Alabama.

In this September 28, 2015 interview, attorney Jayne Bigelsen describes her work at Covenant House as Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives. She discusses what human trafficking is, its prevalence among our homeless youth, what Covenant House is doing to address this, and what you can do to help. Click here to view Covenant House’s international website.

In this Sept. 25, 2015 interview, Erik Jensen discusses the life and death of his friend, Samuel Harrell, who died at NY’s Fishkill Correctional Facility after a beating by guards. A criminal investigation into Harrell’s death is ongoing. Jensen was also an inmate years ago at Clinton Correctional Facility and knew escapees Richard Matt and David Sweat. He discusses them and others involved with the escape. Jensen lives in update New York with his wife and children.

New York criminal defense and appellate attorney Mark Baker discusses the medical controversy surrounding diagnoses of Shaken Baby Syndrome. In this Sept. 18, 2015 interview, Mark explains the case of his client Alma Caldavado convicted of assault in the first degree. She was tried in Queens, NY in 2006 for a crime he says she did not commit while caring for an infant. Mark argued her appeal on Oct. 15, 2015 in New York State’s highest court. On November 23, 2015, the high court reversed and sent the case back down to the trial court for a hearing on the ineffectiveness of the defense attorney at trial. The hearing is scheduled for June 6, 2016.

In this August 14, 2015 interview, Kathy Haley describes her personal experience as the wife of an abuser. For years, Kathy was a victim of domestic violence which finally ended only when her husband shot her, then himself, in 1992. Part 1 ends abruptly because of a technical issue. Pick up at part 2.

Kathy Haley continues to describe how she went from a domestic violence victim to a domestic violence survivor, and how she uses her experience to help others. This is part 2 of the August 14, 2015 interview.

In this August 21, 2015 podcast, Jon Green discusses his second novel, Kill Again, book 2 in the Claire Waters Thriller series. The first book, Kill Switch, was published in 2012. Jon and his co-author, Neal Baer, worked together for more than a decade at NBC’s hit show Law & Order: SVU. Jon also takes us behind-the-scenes of SVU. We also reminisce about Court TV where we both used to work. (The audio is low so use earbuds or headsets, if necessary.)

On December 24, 2002, a very pregnant Laci Peterson, 27, went missing from her Modesto, CA home. Her husband, Scott, was soon a suspect but it wasn’t until her body and their unborn son’s washed ashore in April 2003 in the San Francisco Bay that Scott was arrested and charged with their murders. Peterson was tried and convicted in 2004 in one the decade’s most high-profile trials. Modesto Bee reporter Garth Stapley has reported on the case since 2003 and discusses Peterson’s pending appeal in this August 10, 2015 interview. The three appellate briefs are available on the documents page. The case is currently before the California Supreme Court.

In 2014, John Oller, attorney and author, published an ebook, An All-American Murder, about his investigation into the still-unsolved murder of 14-year-old Christie Mullins in August 1975 in Columbus, Ohio. Oller was a student at Ohio State at the time of the murder. In this July 24, 2015 podcast he discusses the case and the latest in the police investigation. (Click on the book above to download it for free, together with updates.)

Dennis Lynch operated the courtroom camera for Court TV for two decades. But one of his most memorable trials didn’t occur in a U.S. courtroom. Dennis was part of a crew hired by the U.S. Department of Justice to televise Saddam Hussein’s trial to the world. In Shooting Saddam, Dennis describes in his life in the Green Zone, with humor and self-deprecation, along with his never-ending quest for a decent cup of coffee. In this July 13, 2015 interview, Dennis talks about his book and we reminisce about other trials we covered together.

Joe Nelson, reporter at The Sun of San Bernardino County, has been covering the murders of the McStay family since their skeletal remains were found in shallow graves in Nov. 2013. The San Diego family of four vanished on February 4, 2010. Charles Merritt, a business associate of Joseph McStay, Sr., is charged with their murders in 2014; the State is seeking the death penalty. In this July 23, 2015 podcast, about 5 weeks after the preliminary hearing, Joe Nelson discusses the case.

The interview above was recorded on November 13, 2013. White supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin called me from Missouri’s death row in an arrangement I made with the prison. One week later, on November 20, 2013, Franklin was executed. This was my second interview with Franklin; the first was in 1998 in Cincinnati, Ohio right after he was convicted of a double murder. Franklin is also the man who shot and paralyzed Hustler owner Larry Flynt outside a Georgia courthouse in 1978.

Reformed heroin addict Steve DeGrosa is dedicating his life to helping addicts get their lives back on track. New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan discusses law enforcement’s efforts to curb the flow of heroin. In the second half of the show, jury consultant Richard Gabriel discusses his book Acquittal and the high profiles cases on which he consulted.

In April 2014, the murder trial of Byron Smith was taking place in Minnesota. Minneapolis attorney Lynne Torgerson joined me to discuss Smith’s double murder trial. He shot and killed two teenage burglars in his home, and claimed self-defense. (Smith was convicted after this interview.) Later in the show, I interview California attorney Amber Lunsford about revenge porn.

The tireless work of private investigators Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin paid off when their client, Jonathan Fleming, was exonerated for a Brooklyn, NY murder he did not commit. He spent 24 years in prison. Rahn and Anklin describe their work. Later, I speak with former Florida Asst. State Attorney Elizabeth Parker who headed the prosecution of Dalia Dippolito. Her book about the case, Poison Candy, had just been released.

New York psychologist Jeff Gardere discusses the “knockout game” youths engage in around NYC–assaulting innocent people for fun. Jeff is also the author of Love Prescription: Ending the War between Black Men and Women. Following that discussion, two Fort Lauderdale, Florida attorneys join me to discuss their client, Brandy Berning, who was arrested for recording police activity on a cell phone.

Robert Blecker, author of The Death of Punishment; Search for Justice Among the Worst of the Worst, describes why punishment of murderers, as currently dispensed in America, is not working. Blecker, a New York Law School Professor, spent 12 years, on and off, in DC’s Lorton Central Prison with access to murderers and those who guard them.

At the time of this radio show, Amanda Knox’s guilty conviction for murder had just been reinstated in Italy. (She has since been freed and is living in Seattle.) Author Douglas Preston had been an outspoken critic of Italy’s prosecution of Knox for the murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. In this interview, Preston explains his mistrust of the Italian system. Preston has written two books about the case: Trial by Fury and The Forgotten Killer.