Home Sweet Home

Melinda and Bruce Pleskovic had been dealing with months of disturbances, theft and attempted burglaries. When Bruce came home on the evening of October 23rd, 2017 to find his wife had been murdered, he assumed that could be the only possible threat. But after hours of interrogation and piecing together her last day, authorities would discover that the biggest danger to Melinda's family wasn't lurking in wait from the outside. With no signs of forced entry, authorities suspected that Melinda's killer had been living right in her own home.

 

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Measured Paces by Kevin MacLeod via incompetech.com

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*A special thanks to WKYC Channel 3, The Strongsville Post & Supremecourt.ohio.gov for information that allowed this episode to be possible. (Apologies for any sound issues with the interrogation tracks, it's the best I could do!)

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Newlyweds of no more than a week, Jordan Graham and Cody Johnson should've been living out the ultimate summer of love in July 2013. But an afternoon hike in the best nature Montana has to offer, would have only one of them returning home. For some it's a dream, and for others, falling in love is the deadliest thing you could ever do. 

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Measured Paces by Kevin MacLeod via incompetech.com
Cylinder Four & Two by Chris Zabriskie via chriszabriskie.com

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*A special thanks to True Crime Daily, ABC News, The National Post, Hungry Horse News, Daily Mail, New York Daily & The Flathead Beacon for information that allowed this episode to be possible. 

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In February 2019, Linda Roberts begged her boyfriend for one more chance to explain all the difficulties and drama that she brought into their relationship. He prepared himself for a tale of childhood trauma and chaotic family dynamics involving her sister Mary-Beth and her father Anthony Tomaselli. Instead, he would quickly realize that what he was there for wasn't an explanation, but a confession.

 

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Measured Paces by Kevin MacLeod via incompetech.com
Cylinder Four & There Are Many Different Kinds of Love by Chris Zabriskie via chriszabriskie.com
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*A special thanks to The Tampa Bay Times for information that allowed this episode to be possible. 

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October 2nd, 1999 was a perfect day to be on The Big South Trail. As it continues along the Poudre River, you can catch scenic canyon vistas along it's climb and descent, and experience the best of what Northern Colorado has to offer. But Allyn Atadero would face every father's worst nightmare when his three year old son, Jaryd, would go missing during a hike. The majestic beauty of the land would show it's teeth through the unpredictable depths of nature. No answer would be simple. To this day, there are still significant questions and multiple theories. What happened to Jaryd on that mountain and exactly which animal are to we fear? "Maybe there is a beast...maybe it's only us."

 

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All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution. Measured Paces & Ambiment by Kevin MacLeod via incompetech.com
There Are Many Different Kinds of Love, I Am a Man Who Will Fight For Your Honor, Cylinder Two & Four by Chris Zabriskie via chriszabriskie.com

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*A special thanks to Missing: When the Son Sets by Allyn Atadero & The Coloradoan for information that allowed this episode to be possible. 

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When the bodies of two tourists are discovered along a highway in Northern British Columbia, an immediate tension would rise with the peak of the season. Within days, another murder would lead the RCMP to believe they had a spree on their hands. By the time law enforcement realized they had mistook perpetrators Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky for possible victims, a relentless manhunt would take on the thick forestry of Canada and it's dog days of summer, pulling together professionals and citizens alike to search for the killers, justice and closure.

 

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Measured Paces by Kevin MacLeod via incompetech.com
Cylinder Four, Cylinder Two, There Are Many Different Kinds of Love & The House Glows (With Almost No Help) by Chris Zabriskie via chriszabriskie.com

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*A special thanks to The National Post, Nine News Australia, "The Concept of Leakage in Threat Assessment" by J. Reid Meloy & Mary Ellen O’Toole, "Manhunt, Manitoba" via The Globe and Mail, Global News & CBC for information that allowed this episode to be possible. 

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In the summer of 1980, Dorothy Jane Scott would disappear into the California night without a trace. There is nothing more chilling than an unsolved case where a person seemingly vanishes into thin air. Intertwine that with a self-proclaimed killer committed to haunting the aftermath and you have the stuff nightmares are made of. But how do you solve a crime that wasn't even a crime while it was happening? Do all secrets fray with time? Let us set each detail out like a giant puzzle on a dining room table, in the hopes that a whole image emerges as we examine all the ways it may fit together.

 

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Measured Paces by Kevin MacLeod via incompetech.com
Cylinder Two & Four by Chris Zabriskie via chriszabriskie.com
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*A special thanks to The Santa Ana Orange County Register, Crimeblogger1983 via Blogspot, and The Los Angeles Times for providing amazing information that allowed this episode to be possible. 

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On February 24, 1986, John Ruetten came home to his Van Nuys apartment to discover that his wife, Sherri Rasmussen had been beaten and murdered. The Los Angeles Police Department was quick to call it a burglary gone wrong, with no suspects ever being brought to justice. The case went cold, with evidence waiting on technology to catch up. For over two decades, friends and family of Sherri would hold steadfast to the belief that there was something much more sinister to be found than a robbery. In 2009, new detectives with fresh eyes would be assigned the file, and would shock the state of California as evidence would lead them no further than their own front door.

 

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Measured Paces & Fluidscape by Kevin MacLeod via incompetech.com
The Dark Glow of the Mountains, Cylinder 9 & Temperature of the Air by Chris Zabriskie via via chriszabriskie.com

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*A special thanks to CBS 48 Hours "One of Their Own", "In Plain Sight" by Steven Mikulan via LA Mag, Trials & Tribulations blog, The Los Angeles Times & The Lazarus Files by Matthew McGough for providing amazing information that allowed this episode to be possible.

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On the eve of her 22nd birthday, a British tourist named Grace Millane would go missing during a backpacking trip in Auckland, New Zealand. Soon after alerting the public for leads in finding her, authorities would begin investigating it as a homicide, resulting in an arrest within days of her disappearance. But for two years, name suppression would wrap the case in a thick sense of confusion, bewilderment and even resentment among the nation. What had happened to Grace and who was responsible? 

 

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Measured Paces & The Ambient by Kevin MacLeod via incompetech.com

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*A special thanks to We Can't Consent To This UK, The Journal of Criminal Law, News Hub NZ, The New Zealand Herald, Stuff News and Radio New Zealand for providing amazing information that allowed this episode to be possible.

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Haste and Honor

On January 1, 2008, Yaser Said carried out the unspeakable as his two teenage daughters would never make it out of his vehicle alive. Later, many will question what they could have done or should have done to prevent such a senseless tragedy. How does one keep their head above water in the throes of fear and power? Where do we go when the ones who have the responsibility to protect us are the very thing we need protection from?

 

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Measured Paces, Awkward Meeting Supernatural Haunting & Fluidscape by Kevin MacLeod via
incompetech.com

Brethren, Arise, The Theatrical Poster for Poltergeist III & Fly Inverted Past a Jenny by Chris
Zabriskie via chriszabriskie.com

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*A special thanks to The Price of Honor by Neena Nejad/Xoel Pamos for providing amazing information that allowed this episode to be possible.

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Both the US and Canada would be shaken by the senseless murder of Andrew Bagby in 2001. We like to believe that cases with evidence as straight-forward and clear cut as this begin and end simply in the legal system with the necessary consequences delivered to the perpetrator. However, this case is one of the most convoluted and confusing, covered with injustice and senseless tragedy. It would remain in headlines for nearly a decade, sparking challenge and change for not only the lives involved, but also the legal system itself. It's a remarkable story of how we cannot control what happens to us, but we can choose to decide how it will shape us, finding a purpose for our pain and creating our own hope in the darkest hours.

 

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Measured Paces, Almost in F Tranquility, Brethren Arise, Mesmerize, Long Note Four & Cryptic Sorrow Atlantean Twilight by Kevin MacLeod via incompetech.com

I Don't See the Branches I See the Trees, Take off & Shoot a Zero, Undercover Vampire Police, The Dark Glow of the Mountains & Chance Luck Errors in Nature Fate by Chris Zabriskie via chriszabriskie.com

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*A special thanks to "Dance with the Devil" by David Bagby & Dear Zachary by Kurt Kuenne for providing amazing information that allowed this episode to be possible.

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Dead Meat Soon

On June 8th, 1989 the body of Cindy James was discovered in Richmond, BC. She was laying on her side, with her ankles and wrists fastened behind her & had a nylon stocking tied tightly around her neck. The cause of death however, would be overdose. Almost immediately, news networks would be sharing details of a nearly decade-long horror story of a woman, hunted down and scared for her life. By the time Cindy James went missing, she had reported over 100 incidents of stalking, harassment and assaults from an unknown assailant. But by July 12th the RCMP would officially rule out any foul play leaving the public to wonder how could a person do something to themselves like that and why would they?

The investigation of her death would lead to one the longest and most expensive inquests in British Columbia's history. It would be ruled inconclusive, with her family believing she was killed and the police believing it was an elaborately staged suicide. While the cause of her death would remain inconclusive, one thing remained certain: nobody agreed that ruling made any sense. And we're still left wondering, to this day: If it was impossible that she did this to herself, then who murdered Cindy James?

 

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That Kid in Fourth Grade Who Really Liked the Denver Broncos,
John Stockton Slow Drag, There's Probably No Time,
What True Self, Feels Bogus, Let's Watch Jason X,
& Oxygen Garden by Chris Zabriskie via http://chriszabriskie.com

Calmant, Measured Paces, Almost in F, Lightless Dawn
& Cryptic Sorrow by Kevin MacLeod via http://incompetech.com

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*A special thanks to "The Deaths of Cindy James" by Neal Hall,
"Who Killed Cindy James?" by Ian Mulgrew, CTV W5 & A Current Affair &
& Melanie's personal blog for providing amazing information
that allowed this episode to be possible.

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On June 8th, 2017 Randy Stair (also known as Andrew Blaze) would arrive for night shift at The Weis Market and kill 3 co-workers before committing suicide. The headlines about the shooting would die down quickly, in much less time than had even been spent on it's planning, drowned out by similar back to back events. Each time we seem to be left in the same place, asking the same questions; finding it nearly impossible to heal through the aftermath when it's almost never-ending. Where does Tunkhannock go from here? Where do we?

 

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Irregular & Despair and Triumph by Kevin MacLeod via incompetech.com

The Glow of the Mountains & There's Probably No Time
by Chris Zabriskie via chriszabriskie.com

Meditation 1 by Audionautix via audionautix.com

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On June 8th, 2017 Randy Stair (also known as Andrew Blaze) would arrive for night shift at The Weis Market and kill 3 co-workers before committing suicide. Within hours, police would search Randy's room and find the remnants of a trail, leading to one of the biggest digital footprints of massacre planning left behind. Not only would the small borough of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania be shaken forever but the rest of the nation would be left shocked, wondering: how could it have been possible that nobody saw this coming?

 

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Measured Paces, Ghost Processional, Air Prelude, Blue Feather Reunited,
Gathering Darkness, Long Note One & Hitman by Kevin MacLeod via incompetech.com

There Are Many Different Kinds of Love, I Need to Start Writing Things Down
I Am a Man Who Will Fight For Your Honor by Chris Zabriskie via chriszabriskie.com

At the Foot of the Sphinx by Twin Musicom via twinmusicom.org

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In Living Color

In 1974 an American news reporter, Christine Chubbuck, was the first person to commit suicide on live television. Like any other tragic and horrifying event, in the midst of sorrow and confusion, we are all left with one question: Why?

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Measured Paces, March of the Mind, Epilog Ghostpocalypse,
Clean Soul Calming & Ambient by Kevin MacLeod via incompetech.com

Prelude No. 2 by Chris Zabriskie via chriszabriskie.com

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*A special thanks to "Kate Plays Christine" by Robert Greene, "Christine" by Craig Shilowich and the Washington Post article by Sally Quinn for providing amazing information that allowed this episode to be possible.

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