Women and Crime

By Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg

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 Mar 31, 2021

 Apr 7, 2020
love this podcast. quick note: went to change.org to see about the lavena Johnson case and there is nothing on the site regarding her. love how informative and full each episode is.


Two Criminologists cover a new female-focused story each episode and examine how women fare in the criminal justice system. We’ll explore the causes of female crime, victimology, as well as celebrate heroines who have left their mark on the criminal justice system. Dr Meghan Sacks and Dr Amy Shlosberg are both Associate Professors of Criminology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Both have years of first-hand experience working with offenders and professionals in the criminal justice system. They teach classes such as: Women & Crime, Race & Crime, Criminology, and Serial Killers.

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Channon Christian and Christopher Newsome
Ep 46: In Knoxville Tennessee, a young woman and her new boyfriend, leave the house one night for a movie at a friend’s house but they never return home. Soon after their disappearance, the community would be shocked by the discovery of the fate of this young couple, and would make this case known asRead more
Apr 06, 2021
Beverley Gail Allitt
Ep 45: In the winter of 1991, tragedy hit the local hospital in Lincolnshire, England when many children were suddenly stricken by a mysterious & deadly illness.  Doctors were baffled as these children were admitted to the hospital separately and for relatively minor conditions. However, the children did all have ONE thing in common, they wereRead more
Mar 25, 2021
Sandy Melgar
Ep 44: A few days before Christmas in 2012, Jim & Sandy Melgar were celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary. However, by the end of the night, tragedy would strike and the next day family members would find Jim dead, brutally stabbed and beaten, while Sandy was found alive locked in a closet tied to aRead more
Mar 23, 2021
Myra Hindley
Ep 43 – UK Edition, Presented by AcornTV: Over the period of 2 years, five children would disappear in Manchester England and would never seen by their loved ones again.  Known as the most notorious child murders of their time, the country was shocked when the identity of the two perpetrators was made public… aRead more
Mar 18, 2021
Berlinah Wallace
Ep 42 – UK Edition, presented by AcornTV: Soon after Mark van Dongen ended his relationship with Berlinah Wallace. She would lure him back to her home under the guise of reconciliation. However, That evening while Mark was asleep, Berlinah poured sulfuric acid on his face and body. The burns Mark suffered from the attackRead more
Mar 11, 2021
Tracey Thurman
Ep 41: On June 10, 1983, in Torrington Connecticut, a young mother was violently attacked by her ex-husband. The vicious attack would spill over into the streets of Torrington around horrified spectators and a police officer who seemed unable to stop this brutal crime Could this act have been prevented in the first place ifRead more
Mar 09, 2021
Suzanne Capper
Ep 40 – UK edition: After an unstable early life at home, a young teenage girl in Manchester, England finds herself a new group of friends who she looked at as family and who she believed loved her But what happens one person in the group would turn on the teenage girl? Would the othersRead more
Mar 04, 2021
Judge Esther Salas
Ep 39: This woman made history as the America’s first Hispanic woman to be appointed as a federal judge, unfortunately many people only became aware of her after tragedy struck her family on the evening of July 19, 2020 when a gunman open fired. What happened that fateful night and how did this tragedy igniteRead more
Feb 23, 2021
Michelle Carter
Ep 38: Though they only met a few times, this teenage couple claimed to be in love. And after one of them winds up taking his own life, evidence would soon surface through the thousands of text messages they sent that the surviving teen may not have deserved any sympathy.Would this young man still beRead more
Feb 09, 2021
Sherri Papini
Ep 37: It’s been over four years since 34 year old mother Sherri Papini vanished then reappeared 22 days later, chained and branded, 15 pounds lighter with cut hair, a broken nose and severe bruising. What happened to Sherri- Was she the victim of a brutal kidnapping or was this all a hoax?  Sources CitedRead more
Jan 26, 2021
A Psychological View of Cindy James
[BONUS Episode] Meg & Amy are joined by psychologists Dr. Shiloh & Dr. Scott from “L.A. Not So Confidential” podcast, to examine the Cindy James case from a psychologists’ point of view.  In the 1980s Cindy James claimed she was the victim of over 100 acts of violence, including many forms of psychological and physicalRead more
Jan 19, 2021
Wendy Trapaga
Ep 36: Four days after her wedding, this beautiful, loving, young 21-year-old newlywed, was murdered. Was this a brutal murder by a stranger or did someone else, closer to home, have a motive for this murder? Sponsors:  Daily Harvest – Get $25 off your first order at http://www.daily-harvest.com when you use the promo code: WOMENPrettyRead more
Jan 12, 2021
Patricia Stallings
Ep 35: After her three month old son Ryan got violently ill, Patricia Stallings rushed him to the hospital where he was placed in the pediatric intensive care unit. She and her husband were informed that their baby had been poisoned. Suspicions surrounded the couple, however it wasn’t until several weeks later when baby RyanRead more
Dec 15, 2020
Virginia McMartin
Ep 34: In the 1980s a prominent 76-year-old owner of a family-run preschool was named as the head of a child molestation ring. The accusations eventually extending to her children and even her grandchildren. But was this preschool a front covering the most egregious child abuse scandal in American history or was this woman andRead more
Dec 01, 2020
Marshae Jones
Ep 33: 27-year-old, Marshae Jones was five months pregnant when she was involved in a fight that ended in tragic death of her unborn child. A few months later a grand jury indicted Marshae on a manslaughter charge for the death of her own fetus. Was this young women right to blame or was sheRead more
Nov 24, 2020
Cindy James
Ep 32: During the 1980s, Cindy James was purportedly the victim of over 100 attacks of physical and mental abuse by an unknown assailant. After a heavy police presence and no assailant ever identified, police grew skeptical. Was this a hoax or the diabolical plan of someone who wanted to torture and eventually murder her?Read more
Nov 17, 2020
Angela Samota and Sheila Wysocki
Ep 31: After more than 20 years the brutal rape and murder of college student Angela Samota was finally solved, thanks in part to the tenacity of her best friend. Why did it take police so long to find the killer and what ultimately led to an arrest of a man who was never evenRead more
Nov 10, 2020
Interview with Crystal Gail Mangum
Ep 30: We revisit a previous case with new insights in an exclusive interview with Duke Lacrosse accuser, Crystal Gail Mangum. Crystal was convicted of murder after a domestic incident led to the stabbing of 46-year-old Reginald Day in the spring of 2011. Did the jury get it right, or is this a case ofRead more
Nov 03, 2020
Martha Moxley
Ep 29: Greenwich Connecticut, one of the most upscale suburbs in the United States, was a place where violent crimes didn’t happen. But on the fateful night before Halloween of 1975, the brutal murder of a fifteen-year-old girl would horrify a community and lead to the investigation and prosecution of a member of an AmericanRead more
Oct 27, 2020
Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman
Ep 28: A night that started with a birthday celebration ended in tragedy when a fire erupted in the early hours at the Freeman home. Among the rubble, two adults were found, both with a gun shot wound to the head. However, two teenage girls Ashley Freeman and her friend Laura Bible were missing. WhereRead more
Oct 13, 2020
Ghislaine Maxwell
Ep 27: After accused sexual predator, Jeffrey Epstein’s death, the world and authorities began to take a closer look at his longtime female companion, and alleged “madame”. In this episode, Meghan is joined by sex crimes expert Dr. Alexa Sardina, as they examine her role in her alleged crimes, explain possible motives and psychological theories, andRead more
Sep 29, 2020
Barbara Rae-Venter
Ep 26: Now a genetic genealogist this woman is best known for her groundbreaking work on the Golden State Killer case, she was recently named one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2019. Sources Cited for this episode: New York Times, Geneologyconsult.com (Barbara’s website), Oxygen, ABC News  Episode Transcript Sponsors:  Acorn.TV – Try AcornRead more
Sep 15, 2020
Colleen Wood
Ep 25: 52-year-old Colleen Wood was planning to embark on her dream trip, sailing around the world with her newfound love, John Paul. But after a while, John Paul resurfaced without Colleen, and her family is shocked when they discover that Colleen’s traveling companion was hiding some very big secrets… Sources Cited for this episode:Read more
Sep 01, 2020
Sarah Butler
Ep 24: On the evening of November 22, 2016 collegeSophomore Sarah Butler left her home in NJ to meet up with a man she met on the Internet. Nine days later her body was found in a nearby park. Soon after, an online sting operation by Sarah’s family and friends led police to her killerRead more
Aug 18, 2020
Audrey Marie Hilley
Ep 23: Beginning with a mother’s lies, scams and other much more serious crimes, Audrey Marie Hilley tries to pull off the ultimate con, but her audacious attempt to outsmart everyone would prove to be this “Black Widow’s” ultimate demise. Sources Cited for this episode: The LA Times, CrimeLibrary.com, The Orlando Sentinal Episode 23 TranscriptRead more
Aug 04, 2020
Nicole Addimando
Ep 22: On the evening of September 28, 2017, 30-year-old Christoper Grover was shot in the head by his live in girlfriend and mother of his two children, Nicole Addimando. Was this self-defense after years of physical and sexual abuse or was this a cold blooded murder? Sources Cited for this episode: http://www.westandwithnikki.com, The NewRead more
Jul 20, 2020
Kathleen Zellner
Ep 21: This is the story of a woman is known for her commitment to fight for justice forthose who most of society has given up on. This woman’s notorious work in the criminal justice system hasshined the spotlight on wrongful convictions in the United States and while herwork has enlightened us all, the caseRead more
Jul 07, 2020
JoAnn Parks
Ep 20: On the evening of April 9, 1989, JoAnn Parks put her three children to sleep and went to bed. She woke up around midnight to the sound of her children screaming and to a home engulfed in flames. Although the fire was initially ruled accidental, Joann was later convicted of arson and murderRead more
Jun 23, 2020
Race and Crime in America
Ep 19: As the country faces a crisis in race and justice, the cases we discuss today have helped bring our attention to some of the most significant injustices and important issues, but do we know the whole story and even when we do, what can we do about it? In today’s episode, we useRead more
Jun 09, 2020
Shanda Sharer
Ep 18: In the backdrop of Teenage relationships and rivalry, the jealousy of one would be the impetuous for a shocking crime involving not one or two but 4 murderers and one innocent 12 year old girl. This is a case that will have us all asking: Is there such a thing as redemption? SourcesRead more
May 26, 2020
Lorena (Bobbitt) Gallo Interview
Ep 17: In 1993, after years of alleged physical and sexual abuse, Lorena Bobbitt cut off her husband John’s penis with a knife while he was asleep in bed. The case made international news and tabloid headlines, a story so scandalous, it became inspiration for many SNL skits and late-night monologues. After making it through the TrialRead more
May 21, 2020
Cyntoia Brown
Ep 16: At just 16 years old Cyntoia Brown was arrested for the murder of 43 year old Johnny Michael Allen. After being tried as an adult Cyntoia was sentenced to life in prison. After years of advocacy and a tremendous outpouring of celebrity-driven public support, Brown was granted clemency and released from prison. WhyRead more
May 12, 2020
Crawlspace Interview
Bonus Episode: Meghan & Amy were interviewed by the guys from Crawlspace. Next week we return to our regularly scheduled episode. Support Our Work: If you’re enjoying the podcast and would like to hear ad-free shows, have access to exclusive AMAs with the hosts, or just want support what we are doing in general, pleaseRead more
May 06, 2020
Crystal Gail Mangum
Ep 15: A domestic incident led to the stabbing of 46-year-old Reginald Day in the spring of 2011 by his live in girlfriend at the time but his attacker was more than your average citizen in this North Carolina city. His girlfriend was someone whose past was known by every person living in Durham, NorthRead more
Apr 28, 2020
Natalee Holloway
Ep 14: In May 2005, shortly after graduating with honors, 18 Year old Natalee Holloway joined over 100 of her classmates on a senior class trip to Aruba. On the last night of the trip Natalee and several friends were out partying and Natalee left with a man she had met a few days prior.Read more
Apr 21, 2020
Amanda Lewis
Ep 13: On August 8, 2007, seven-year-old Adrianna Hutto drowned in her pool in what seemed like a clear accidental drowning, not uncommon in Florida, but a surprise witness would quickly come forward and accuse Adriana’s mother of her murder so is this a case of accident or was it murder? References for this Episode:Read more
Apr 14, 2020
Sarah Stern
Ep 12: On the evening of December 3, 2016, police received a report of an abandoned vehicle on a bridge in Belmar, NJ. It didn’t take long for them to discover that the car belonged to 19 year old Sarah Stern. Air and water searches were conducted immediately, but turned up no sign of Sarah.Read more
Mar 31, 2020
Melissa Huckaby
Ep 11: The brutal murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu in 2009 would shock and devastate a small town in California but the revelation of her killer would be even more shocking and would leave everyone asking why. In this episode of Women and Crime, we investigate the true motives behind this seemingly senseless act ofRead more
Mar 17, 2020
Erin Caffey
Ep 10: In the early morning hours of March 1, 2008, 2 young men burst into the Caffey home in the middle of the night and embarked on a killing spree that would leave two young children and their mother dead. Their father, Terry suffered multiple gunshot wounds but somehow managed to drag himself toRead more
Mar 03, 2020
Dominique Dunne
Ep 09: Dominique Dunne was a talented young actress who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in a fit of jealousy and rage. The trial that would follow shocked the victim’s family, observers and the entire community and left public wondering whether the courtroom is a place where justice can actually be found. CrimeCon Announcement: AmyRead more
Feb 24, 2020
Lavena Johnson
Ep 08: Lavena Johnson was just a few days shy of her 20th birthday when her body was found lifeless in a tent on a U.S. military base in Iraq. Her death was quickly ruled a suicide by army investigators, however it didn’t take long for questions to arise. Was this a case of suicide?Read more
Feb 18, 2020
Darlie Routier
Ep 07: Darlie Routier was convicted of the 1996 murder of her two small children, Damon and Devon, but she has always adamantly maintained her innocence. Did this seemingly happy housewife and mother commit this brutal act or did tunnel vision taint the investigation from the start? Sources Cited for this episode: ABC Documentary ‘LastRead more
Feb 04, 2020
Noura Jackson
Ep 06: In the early morning hours of June 5, 2005, 18 year old Noura Jackson discovered her mother naked and brutally stabbed in their Memphis home. Just three months into the investigation Noura was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder. Was this a case of cold-blooded murder of a mother by her daughterRead more
Jan 21, 2020
Sheila Davaloo
Ep 05: Sheila Davaloo was convicted of the attempted murder of her husband and sentenced to 25 years in prison but was that her only brutal crime? She says she is guilty of a crime but also the victim of a wrongful conviction. What is the real story and who is the real victim? SourcesRead more
Jan 07, 2020
Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker
Ep 04: Teenage best friends Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker were convicted of murdering Pauline’s mother, Honora Parker. After just five years of imprisonment the girls were released. What led to this heinous crime and where are the offenders now?  Sources Cited: Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham  Huffington Post Read more
Dec 24, 2019
Karla Homolka
Ep 03: Karla Homolka is a seemingly normal, popular and pretty 17-year-old when she meets 23-year-old Paul Bernardo. The two, beautiful on the outside, are masking a darkness that no one expected. Was Karla an innocent victim of Paul’s or something much more sinister? Sources used for this episode: Documentary by Serial Killer Documentaries ArticlesRead more
Dec 10, 2019
Imette St.Guillen
Ep 02: Imette, a Boston native who moved to NYC to study Criminal Justice at John Jay University. She was a beautiful, vibrant graduate student who went bar hopping with a friend on the evening of Feb 24th,  2006 to celebrate her upcoming 25th birthday, sadly she wouldn’t live to see that day.  Sources referenced forRead more
Nov 26, 2019
Betty Broderick
Ep 01: The Betty Broderick Case. Betty was a faithful partner who raised her children and put her husband through both medical school and law school. What drove this woman to murder two people? Episode Transcript Support Our Work: The best way to support us is by telling a friend or by leaving a review.Read more
Nov 20, 2019
Women and Crime Trailer
In this podcast we tell a new story each episode, and we use a criminologist’s lens to look at how women are treated in the criminal justice system, the causes of female crime and victimization, as well as cover cases in which women have been wrongfully convicted and exonerated. Dr Meghan Sacks and Dr AmyRead more
Oct 26, 2019