Southern Nightmare: The Hunt for the South Side Strangler

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Thirty years ago, the South Side Strangler terrorized two Virginia cities. Southern Nightmare tells how detectives brought a serial killer to justice, using DNA for the very first time.

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Episode 4: Her Last Debt

On Thanksgiving weekend 1987 a quiet townhouse community in suburban Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., is rocked by the bondage strangulation murder of a woman in her home. A hundred miles north of the state capital in Richmond, Arlington only saw a handful of murders a year but officers there had encountered a murder exactly like this before — three years earlier and just a couple miles away. This episode continues the story of the South Side Strangler serial killings.

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Jun 19, 2018
Episode 3: Escalation

The Cho family immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea in search of the American Dream. Instead they found a Southern Nightmare. Fifteen-year-old Diane Cho was a typical 1980s teenager, arguing with her little brother, hanging out with her friends at the mall and dating a boy behind her parents’ backs. She would become the next victim of the South Side Strangler, raped and murdered in her bedroom while her parents and brother were sleeping in the next rooms. This episode features interviews with Diane’s mother and brother, as well as her friends.

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Jun 12, 2018
Episode 2: Powder Keg

A promising young neurosurgery resident at the Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Susan Hellams was breaking ground at a time when there were very few women in her field. She was also fated to become the South Side Strangler’s second victim. And with the revelation that a serial killer was on the loose in Richmond, the city erupted into fear. 


Jun 05, 2018
Episode 1: The Empty Car

Debbie Davis was a quiet, single woman who liked baking cookies and reading mystery novels. What a police patrolman found in her apartment bedroom on the morning of Sept. 19, 1987, would mark the beginning of a nightmare that would haunt and terrify the city of Richmond, Virginia, for months to come. Featuring interviews with retired homicide detectives, FBI profilers, prosecutors and friends and family of the victims, Southern Nightmare is the story of how the South Side Strangler serial killer was brought to justice by the use of DNA evidence, years before the O.J. Simpson trial or TV shows like CSI popularized the use of DNA as a forensic investigative tool.

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May 29, 2018
True-Crime Writer Billy Jensen Discusses Golden State Killer

We’re still a few weeks from the May 30 launch date of our first episode but in the meantime, here’s an excerpt from an interview that we did this week with true-crime investigative journalist Billy Jensen, who helped complete Michelle McNamara’s posthumously published bestseller, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer. Billy spoke with Southern Nightmare host Richard Foster about the eerie similarities of modus operandi between the Gold [...]

May 11, 2018
Extended Sneak Preview Trailer

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May 03, 2018
Teaser Trailer: Coming May 30

Southern Nightmare: The Hunt for The South Side Strangler

Coming May 30, Southern Nightmare: The Hunt for The South Side Strangler is a new podcast hosted by Richmond, Virginia, journalist Richard Foster in cooperation with Style Weekly magazine and WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent RadioSouthern Nightmare logo

Thirty years ago a serial killer terrorized the city of Richmond, brutally raping and murdering women in their own homes. Then he struck again, 100 miles to the north in the Washington, D.C., suburbs of Arlington. Most people have never heard of this case, but it marked the [...]

Apr 21, 2018