The Springfield Three: Ozarks True Crime

By editaudio, Anne Roderique-Jones

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How did three women completely vanish without a trace? Host Anne Roderique-Jones travels to the Ozarks to follow an unsolved crime in her hometown of Springfield where Stacy McCall, Suzie Streeter, and Sherrill Levitt went missing on June 7 of 1992. The Springfield Three: A Small-Town Disappearance is an investigative true crime podcast produced by editaudio and written and hosted by journalist Anne Roderique-Jones who weaves in her own personal narrative as she examines the intricate trail of stories behind the disappearance of three women who forever changed a small Missouri town—and the people in it.

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Reckon Interview: Anne Roderique-Jones examines a shocking story from her childhood in the Ozarks
00:38:49

This week, we wanted to share an interview that Anne was part of on one of our favorite podcasts, Reckon Interview with John Hammontree. Every week, John examines American culture through a Southern lens by speaking with authors, entertainers, artists, leaders and thinkers to better understand the South. You can find the show wherever you get your podcasts. Enjoy!

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On June 7, 1992 Stacy McCall, Suzie Streeter and Sherrill Levitt went to bed in a small town in the Ozarks. By the next morning, they had vanished without a trace. 30 years later, the mystery remains unsolved. Anne Roderique-Jones is creator and host of "The Springfield Three," a popular podcast examining the case of the disappearance of those three women and how it affected the community as a whole. Anne grew up in Springfield, Missouri, and was just 12 years old when these disappearances rocked her small town. She discusses what led her to revisit the story, the perils of getting too invested in solving a case, what she learned in the process, areas where the case went wrong, why we are all so obsessed with stories like these.

Nov 23, 2021
Clues Hidden in the Attic
00:31:27

Since The Springfield Three came out last May, new tips and theories have come pouring in. In this first bonus episode, we reveal some of these new tips and some possible new theories, particularly regarding Robert Craig Cox. We spoke with a woman who knew Robert Craig Cox all those years ago, when he was more commonly known as “Bob.” She tells us what he was like back in 1992, and shares an eerie discovery she made in her attic. We also hear from another woman who had a frightening experience with Cox when she was young, and from a man who believes he knows where the women are buried. 

Do you have information on the Springfield Three? Please reach out to the Springfield Police Department or us at hello@editaud.io

Special thanks to everyone who shared their stories with us since this podcast has aired. 

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Nov 16, 2021
An Interview With Bartt Streeter
00:28:38

In the second bonus episode we finally speak with Bartt Streeter, the son of Sherill Levitt and brother of Suzie Streeter. Bartt rarely speaks to the media, but in this episode he bares it all. He tells us about growing up with his mother and sister and about the moment he found out they were missing. He gives us a clue about who Sherill was speaking to the night of the disappearance and describes what it was like to be a suspect in the disappearance of his mother and sister. 

Do you have information on the Springfield Three? Please reach out to the Springfield Police Department or us at hello@editaud.io

Special thanks to everyone who shared their stories with us since this podcast has aired. 

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Nov 16, 2021
What Do the Police Know?
00:30:59

It’s obvious that the police had a lot of involvement in this case, and still do. In this bonus episode I explore why they won't talk to me. I chat with a former Springfield journalist who had close ties to Terry Knowles and The Springfield PD, and talk to Bartt Streeter about his experience with the SPD. I hear about some interesting examples of the spirit of the SPD at the time, and try to uncover the reason behind why they won’t speak to me. 

Do you have information on the Springfield Three? Please reach out to the Springfield Police Department or us at hello@editaud.io

Special thanks to everyone who shared their stories with us since this podcast has aired. 

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Nov 16, 2021
How a Tight-Knit Community is Forever Changed
00:24:43

In episode eighth and final episode of The Springfield Three, we look at Springfield now--nearly 30 years after the disappearance of Stacy, Suzie, and Sherrill, and I work to unpack how this has affected an entire community. These were three women, beloved by so many, that had so much in front of them. And there is a common narrative in this case. It kept coming up. In fact, I’d find that in almost every interview that I conducted, I’d hear the same thing. “Things Like This Just Don’t Happen In Springfield Missouri.” But it did--and here’s what’s happening now. 

Do you have information on the Springfield Three? Please reach out to the Springfield Police Department or us at hello@editaud.io

We’d like to thank the following for their participation in this episode: Janis McCall, Ron Davis, Heather Kohler, Laura Bauer, Courtney Dunlop, Sally Ray, Barrett Fisk, Coyote’s Adobe Cafe, Robert Keyes, Darrell Moore, and David Asher.

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Jun 29, 2021
The Questions That Remain
00:27:36

In episode seven of The Springfield Three, we dive into questions that remain. Because, really, there are so many questions. First and maybe most importantly, why and who would want to do this to Stacy, Suzie, and Sherrill? How did the perpetrator manage to get three healthy women out of the house with very little, if no, sign of struggle? How did three women just disappear? I’ll talk with local law enforcement and journalists to go over different scenarios and try to uncover the questions that remain. 

Do you have information on the Springfield Three? Please reach out to the Springfield Police Department or us at hello@editaud.io. 

We like to thank the following for their participation in this episode: Laura Bauer, Ron Davis, Robert Keyes, Darrell Moore, Janis McCall, Rick Bookout, David Milsap, David Asher, and Terry Knowles.

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Jun 22, 2021
What Went Wrong in the Investigation?
00:25:07

On episode six of the Springfield Three we uncover what went wrong in the investigation. To be perfectly clear, there are a lot of folks in Springfield’s law enforcement that want nothing more than to solve this case. But after a year of research, it seems to me that just about everyone points to one key person who could have possibly failed this case. I speak with him on this episode. And then there’s the scene of the disappearance...

Do you have information on the Springfield Three? Please reach out to the Springfield Police Department or us at hello@editaud.io

We like to thank the following for their participation in this episode: Laura Bauer, Ron Davis, Robert Keyes, Darrell Moore, Janis McCall, Rick Bookout, David Milsap, David Asher, and Terry Knowles.

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Jun 15, 2021
Serial Killers and Potential Suspects
00:29:09

In episode five of The Springfield Three, we look at some of the potential suspects that emerge in this case. We talk about Steve Garrison, who is serving 40 years in prison for raping, sodomizing, and terrorizing a female college student in Springfield, Missouri in the summer of 1993, just a year after the three women went missing. There’s Larry DeWayne Hall, a serial killer and Civil War buff who traveled to the area often. Also, Gerald Carnahan, who murdered beauty-queen Jackie Johns from Nixa, Missouri—just a few minutes outside of Springfield. And finally, there’s Robert Craig Cox, a convicted murderer who claims to know exactly where the three women are buried—but won’t reveal this until his own mother dies. 

Do you have information on the Springfield Three? Please reach out to the Springfield Police Department or us at hello@editaud.io

We like to thank the following for their participation in this episode: Robert Keyes, Laura Bauer, Ron Davis, Darrell Moore, David Asher, and Dennis Graves.

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Jun 08, 2021
Grave Robbers, A Haunted Girl Scout Camp and Other Theories
00:31:23

In episode four of the Springfield Three, we start to delve into the leading theories that emerge. We’ll talk about a group of men who were arrested for stealing gold fillings out of corpses’ mouths in a local cemetery—one of whom was dating Suzie. We’ll talk about a boy who tells the haunting story of seeing the women in what locals called “The Girl Scout Camp.” It’s a story that would haunt him for the rest of his life. We’ll talk about the van—an infamous piece of information in this case. And we’ll talk about the theory that the women are buried underneath a parking lot, one that still continues to ripple throughout the town nearly 30 years later. 

Do you have information on the Springfield Three? Please reach out to the Springfield Police Department or us at hello@editaud.io

We like to thank the following for their participation in this episode: Robert Keyes, Janis McCall, Ron Davis, David Asher, Joe Tate, Laura Bauer, Sally Ray, Brenda Kane, David Milsap, Darrell Moore, and Barrett Fisk.

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Jun 01, 2021
Hunting Through the Deep, Dark Ozark Woodlands
00:23:58

Episode 3: Who took Suzie, Sherrill, and Stacy—and more importantly, why? In this episode, we join the town as they dive into a desperate search, on foot and even horseback, through the deep and dark lakes of the Ozarks. We look to find an answer to the question: what could have happened between 2:15 AM on June 7th and 9AM the following morning?  We look to the scene of the crime, and venture inside of the house on 1717 Delmar, in hopes to find our own answers. 

Do you have information on the Springfield Three? Please reach out to the Springfield Police Department or us at hello@editaud.io

We like to thank the following for their participation in this episode: Janis McCall, Rick Bookout, Ryan Dock, David Asher, Brenda Kane, Robert Keyes, Laura Bauer 

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May 25, 2021
A Broken Porch Light and A Pack of Cigarettes
00:27:06

Episode 2: We dig into the details of the girls’ graduation night—a night that was filled with excitement and promise, until it wasn’t. What exactly happened that night? We look at a timeline of events and talk to the friends who arrived at the house at 1717 Delmar Street; those who could possibly have found the one piece of evidence in the case. We speak with officer Rick Bookout, the first to arrive on the scene the next evening—and hear about the disturbing scenario that was found upon his arrival.

Do you have information on the Springfield Three? Please reach out to the Springfield Police Department or us hello@editaud.io. 

We like to thank the following for their participation in this episode: Janis McCall, Rick Bookout, KY3 News, Ron Davis, Nigel Holderby, and David Asher. 

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May 25, 2021
Graduation Night and the Disappearance of Stacy, Suzie, and Sherrill
00:25:38

Episode 1: On June 7 of 1992 three women went missing from a single-family home in the Missouri Ozarks. Stacy McCall and Suzie Streeter who, along with Suzie’s mother, Sherrill Levitt, completely vanished in the early hours of the girls’ graduation night. They’ve been missing ever since. At the scene, there is no trace of a body and there is no DNA. There is no noise or disturbance. The only thing that’s even slightly amiss is a broken porch light. So what happened? How could three women go to sleep and then suddenly vanish? Host Anne Roderique-Jones lays out the disappearance and paints a picture as to what it was like to grow up in Springfield, Missouri during the time of the disappearance. We sit down with family and friends of the women and members of law enforcement who worked this case nearly 30 years ago. 

Do you have information on the Springfield Three? Please reach out to the Springfield Police Department or us at hello@editaud.io. 

We like to thank the following for their participation in this episode: Janis McCall, Rick Bookout, David Milsap, Nigel Holderby, Courtney Dunlop, Robert Keyes, Ron Davis, Nathan Jones, Darren from the Bar, and Heather Kohler.

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May 25, 2021
Introducing The Springfield Three: A Small-Town Disappearance
00:01:37

A sneak peek into editaudio original The Springfield Three: A Small-Town Disappearance, hosted and written by Anne Roderique-Jones.

May 04, 2021