After a long Thanksgiving Matt and Bill return to discuss the case of Randall Woodfield, a gifted athlete and prolific killer and rapist whose existence on planet earth is a real head-scratcher. Hopefully in the near future with the help of CRISPR technology we can eradicate this guy's genes from ever popping up again. We break down this sordid real-life plot and get to the bottom of what made Randy Woodfield become the I-5 Killer. Death Row Diaries is the only podcast hosted live from Death Row.
James "Whitey" Bulger is an infamous mobster, admired in certain circles as much more than an angry leprechaun. Those who sing his praises tend to leave out the part where he got his eyes gouged out before being beaten to death with padlocks stuffed into socks in a federal penitentiary. He came, he saw, he got beat to death.
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Matt wants to know how informants work. Can anyone just become an informant? Is it worth it? Is it a cool job? Luckily Bill has a lot of experience on the matter, and he tells Matt how to not be spotted as a fink (that's cop guy slang for informant.)
Ottis Toole had a rough upbringing, including his mom dressing him as a girl and calling him "Susan" and his father pimping him out as a sex slave. Combined with having atrocious looks, a low IQ, and being a homosexual in Jacksonville, Florida, in the 1950's and 60's, well, there was quite a bit of anger there. Unfortunately, instead of getting therapy, Toole embarked on a hobo trek across the country while murdering as many people as possible for many years.
Bill discusses his process of extracting information from killers he is serving time with. Death Row Diaries is the only podcast hosted live from Death Row.
Matt and Bill discuss the conclusion of the Lori Vallow saga. Her boyfriend Chad Daybell may have been a cult leader, but you don't have to be a guru to know that money can't buy you love. Although, in this case, perhaps thirty-five dollars can. Matt and Bill discuss.
Lori Vallow spun life's wheel of fortune, and it came up snake eyes. At one point she had it all. Good looks, five husbands, and a suspiciously close relationship with her half-brother. But it wasn't good enough. She needed salvation, combined with a tasty romp in Hawaii. Where did it all go wrong? Matt and Bill discuss. Death Row Diaries is the only podcast hosted live from Death Row.