The Women of Death Row
Witch Please

Witch Please

October 23, 2020

In this episode of Women of Death Row, we tell the story of Dame Alice Kyteler, a woman condemned and burned to death at the stake for witchcraft in Ireland on November 3, 1324. We also discuss breaking news of the confirmed date for Lisa Montgomery’s execution, Eric Menendez’s retrial, and why the new Netflix documentary film American Murder: The Family Next Door shook us to the core.

Listen in as we discuss how Bishop Richard de Ledrede’s declaration that his diocese was filled with devil worshipers led to the imprisonment and death of the supposed witch and demon worshipper Alice Kyteler. After recounting this dramatic tale, we go on to share our thoughts on the flaws of the death penalty, particularly in light of the cases of Lisa Montgomery and Scott Peterson.

Sources:

Dame Alice Kyteler

The Sorcery Trial of Alice Kyteler by Bernadette Williams. 

Williams, B. (1994). The Sorcery Trial of Alice Kyteler. History Ireland, 2(4), 20-24.

Narrative of the proceedings against Dame Alice Kyteler for Sorcery. A.D. 1324. (1843). Camden Old Series, 24, 1-40. doi: 10.1017/s2042169900003242

Reichl, K. (2011). Medieval Oral Literature. Berlin: De Gruyter.

 

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It’s Pronounced Kamala

It’s Pronounced Kamala

August 19, 2020

 

In this episode of the The Women of Death Row podcast, hosts Amanda and Mariel take a look at the case of Maureen “Miki” McDermott after a brief time talking about the recent choice of Kamala Harris to be Joe Biden’s presidential running mate.  Moving into the main topic of the episode, listeners learn that Miki was born in 1947 in New Jersey, the third of four children and the only girl among her siblings.  After growing up in a working class family with a religious mother and an alcoholic and often absent father, Miki worked her way to a position as a nurse.  She was known for being compassionate, generous, and a lover of animals, and her colleagues continue to maintain her innocence for the crime that ultimately landed her on death row.  The problems for Miki arose in relation to an orderly at the hospital where she worked: Jimmy Luna.  Jimmy’s background was far darker than that of Miki.  He was born to parents who were heroin addicts and soon abandoned him, faced a great deal of abuse, and suffered from mental illness.  He was a liar, a convicted criminal, a violent man, and a compulsive phone caller.  He was understandably not well regarded by peers, although Miki remained kind to him.  Even after he was fired from the hospital, he continued to rely on Miki as a friend and provider.

 

However, Miki made plans with a colleague to spend time working in the Middle East.  She arranged for her friend Stephen Eldridge to buy into her property to care for it and her animals, and for a time, the two of them lived in the home together as roommates.  Miki was not in a position at that time to offer financial help to Jimmy, but he took it into his own hands to secure money from Miki by planning to kill her roommate and make a way to collect mortgage insurance money.  After one robbery effort before the night of the murder, Jimmy and two friends entered the home where Miki and Stephen resided.  They injured Miki by leaving her with a cut and hitting her on the head, and killed Stephen.  Stephen was stabbed 44 times and his body maimed.  In the investigation that followed, Miki faced a shambolic police investigation plagued by neglect, speculation, reliance on memory rather than notes, and flawed interview processes.  Lack of advanced investigative technology, lack of effort and a conflict of interests on the part of legal representation, and deals made by the perpetrators of the crime all worked together to land Miki in prison for a crime she denied having committed.  While Jimmy ended up with only life in prison, Miki lives on death row.  She appealed to the public for support in 2004, but her situation has not changed in any notable way since then.  After concluding the story on such a conflicting note, Amanda and Mariel wrap up the episode with talk of kittens, auctions, politics, disco, and more!

 

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Understanding Subwoofer

Understanding Subwoofer

July 16, 2020

Hello! This week Amanda tells the story of Frances Newton. Thank you so much for listening! 

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The Dumbell Murders

The Dumbell Murders

July 8, 2020

Welcome to season two!

 On this episode of Women of Death Row, your hosts, Amanda and Mariel, discuss the case of Ruth Snyder. To open the podcast, the two give an update on the previously discussed Lori Vallow case. After giving the most recent update and their thoughts on this case, the conversation shifts to the Ruth Snyder case. Ruth Snyder (formally Ruth Brown) was a telephone operator in the 1910s who married a magazine art director, Albert Snyder. After just a few years of marriage, Ruth discovered she was pregnant. This created tension in their marriage because Albert did not want to have children, while Ruth was excited about the birth of their daughter. The biggest underlying flaw in their marriage, however, was their extreme personality differences. Albert was very introverted and prone to outbursts, partially due to the death of his late fiance. He would often unfavorably compare Ruth to his late fiance and refused to remove a painting of her from the wall of their home. Ruth, on the other hand, had many friends and enjoyed late nights out with friends, often coming home smelling of bootleg alcohol. These outings led to Ruth getting involved in various affairs. One of the most passionate affairs was with Judd Gray, a corset salesman who was also married. The two bonded over their involvement in loveless marriages, and it eventually became apparent that Ruth was ready to get out of her marriage with Albert. Ruth made several comments to Judd about plans to kill Albert. Ruth attempted to kill Albert multiple times to no success, which led her to enlist Judd’s help. Initially, Judd protested, but Ruth eventually wore him down by using Albert’s life insurance money as incentive.

 Their crime would later inspire the film Double Indemnity and has inspired many other plays, novels, and films..

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Polite Moon Walker

Polite Moon Walker

May 7, 2020

Amanda discusses the case of serial killer Celeste Carrington. Digressions include Cyntoia Brown, another 'cult mom'- Lori Vallow update, with many Netflix recommendations. 

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Horse Girl

Horse Girl

May 3, 2020

This week, Mariel tells the crimes that inspired movies like "Lonely Hearts" and "The Honeymoon Killers", Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez. Digressions include a 'cult mom' (Lori Vallow) update.

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“Fat A** Kelly Price”

“Fat A** Kelly Price”

April 26, 2020

This week, Amanda tells the story of Rosie Alfaro and the horrific murder of 9 year old Autumn Wallace. Digressions include a classic episode of Catfish, and The Innocence Files on Netflix. 

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Jeez Louise

Jeez Louise

April 15, 2020

Hello! Thanks for coming back. This week, Mariel discusses convicted serial killer, Louise Peete. Digressions include a dating story, quarantine, Bob's Burgers, and election 2020. Thank you so much for listening! We hope everyone is hanging in there. 

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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

March 23, 2020

Hey listeners! Just a quick update to let you know that we are still here and more episodes are on the way!

The world is facing a global health pandemic and we all have to make adjustments accordingly. Reach out to us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram or you can also get in touch with us by visiting our website.

We are here for you in any capacity that we are able. We would love to hear from you and we would also love any fun ideas you have for shelter-in-place distractions. 

Take care of yourself, take care of others, wash your hands! Thank you! 

An Episode Like This Only Happens Once Every Four Years

An Episode Like This Only Happens Once Every Four Years

March 4, 2020

*Insert Leap Day One Liner* 

This week, Mariel sheds light on the plight of Overseas Filipino & migrant workers with the case of Flor Contemplacion and the death of Joanna Demafelis. Amanda shares the crimes of Florida Death Row Inmate, Tiffany Cole, her crimes, including the murders of Carol and Reggie Sumner. Digressions include Netflix's "The Trial of Gabriel Fernandez." On the bright side, NBC's new season of "Good Girls" is on now, and the latest episodes are available on Hulu. Thanks for listening!

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