Murder in Illinois

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Subscribers: 604
Reviews: 11

Elena
 Feb 5, 2023
an excellent exploration of a tragic and complex case I was deeply moved and saddened by the rush to judgement and the clarity and determination by family and those who helped bring the truth to light


 Dec 7, 2022

Helen
 Sep 23, 2021
very disappointed. I love wrongful conviction podcasts. However this one was one sided and the "new evidence" consists of the perpetrator changing their story and then the podcast doing a reenactment of the new story. Bizarre.


 Sep 16, 2021

Jeni
 Aug 23, 2021
How many ads can you possibly fit into one single episode?! Greedy much?

Description

In 2007, Chris Vaughn was arrested during a funeral for his wife and three children. He would be tried and convicted of their murders. To this day he maintains no memory of what occurred that tragic day 20 years ago. Murder in Illinois follows the complicated circumstances that led to Vaughn’s conviction, as well as the forensic evidence his supporters believe proves his innocence- in attempt to answer one question: Who killed the Vaughn family?


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Introducing: Paper Ghosts
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Hey, Murder in Illinois listeners! The newest season of another true crime pod, Paper Ghosts, is live. Go check out the beginning of Season 3!”

 

About Paper Ghosts: When a young college student’s car was found stranded on the side of a busy midwest highway in 1992, police figured it was a runaway case. Nine days later, she was found brutally murdered, nearly 500 miles away. In season 3 of PAPER GHOSTS, investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling true crime author M. William Phelps digs deep into the murder of Tammy Jo Zywicki and uncovers a murky police investigation, a potential pool of new suspects, and a community of people desperate for answers 30 years later.



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Feb 01, 2023
Introducing: "Murder in Miami"
167

In the 1980s crime journalist Phil Stanford dove into the decadent and dangerous world of Miami just as the city was becoming the cocaine- and murder- capital of the United States. His path would place him in the crosshairs of a federal investigation focusing on a mysterious and controversial drug smuggling pilot who claimed to be an operative of the American government- all while flaunting his extensive illicit activity. Murder in Miami traces the connection between the murder of a missing Miami private investigator to the sprawling roots of an international money laundering scheme as Stanford tries to make sense of his role in a surreal story of spies, smugglers, killers and corruption. All reaching to the highest levels on both sides of the law.

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Jan 12, 2023
Resolve - MII E12
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The final episode of Murder in Illinois summarizes the case against Christopher Vaughn, the new evidence uncovered in the podcast, updates his legal status and revisits those involved for their final thoughts.

 

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Sep 23, 2021
Reconstruction - MII E11
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Lauren Bright Pacheco finally meets Chris Vaughn in person before Bill Clutter mounts an ambitious crime scene reconstruction. Crime Scene Technician Katie Hartman strenuously tests the scenarios put forth by both the prosecution and defense before weighing in with her thoughts on what took place June 14th, 2007.

 

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Sep 16, 2021
Re-evaluation - MII E10
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Chris Vaughn possibly lands significant support when social justice activist and host of the Wrongful Convictions podcast, Jason Flom, agrees to look into his case. Bill Clutter also uncovers a troubling aspect to the timeline and testimony that secured Vaughn’s indictment in 2007.

 

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Sep 09, 2021
Writings - MII E9
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Written words have played a variety of roles throughout the history of this tragedy. They’ve been used to insinuate, accuse and incriminate but they also offer insight and revelations potentially resulting in new evidence.

 

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Sep 02, 2021
Reexamination - MII E8
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Fourteen years after Christopher Vaughn was sentenced to four consecutive life terms for the murders of his wife and three children we revisit the evidence that led to his conviction. In this episode we’ll break down the circumstantial and forensic evidence that possibly led to a conviction based on what could be emotional and confirmation bias.

 

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Aug 26, 2021
The Trial - MII E7
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In August of 2012, five years after his arrest before his family’s funeral in June 2007, Christopher Vaughn’s murder trail began. The Will County State’s Attorney’s office originally sought the death penalty, which has since been abolished in Illinois. As a result, Vaughn’s original defense was dismantled and he headed to court represented by a public defender.

 

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Aug 19, 2021
Initial Defense - MII E6
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As Vaughn faces the death penalty, his initial defense team is faced with increasingly negative optics and overcoming significant gaps in Chris’s recollection of the killings. Four years into mounting a case for Vaughn’s innocence, their efforts are rendered useless.

 

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Aug 12, 2021
The Arrest - MII E5
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As Christopher Vaughn prepares to bury his wife and three children, handcuffs are placed on his wrists.

 

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Aug 05, 2021
Devastation - MII E4
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Gail receives an unfathomable call as news of the horrific family massacre dominates the media. Chris Vaughn is interrogated, while still in a hospital gown, within hours of the killings.

 

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Jul 29, 2021
Family Dynamics - MII E3
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As a young couple Kimberly and Christopher struggle with financial insecurity, the pressures of parenting and the growing dysfunction between their two families.

 

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Jul 22, 2021
Before - MII E2
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Before Christopher Vaughn was known as a convicted killer, he was a son and a brother in the Vaughn family of Missouri, the eldest of Gail and Pierre Vaughn’s three boys. He would meet his wife- and become a father- while he was still a teenager.

 

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Jul 15, 2021
The Tragedy - MII E1
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In the quiet pre-dawn hours of June 14th, 2007 the Vaughn family- Christopher, his wife Kimberly and their three children- set out for an impromptu trip to a waterpark. The family would never arrive.

 

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Jul 08, 2021
Who Killed The Vaughn Family?
226

Trailer 2 - On July 8th, we re-examine a case that’s been tightly closed to shed light on whether Christopher Vaughn was justly charged, tried and convicted- and explore whether pertinent facts and later developments that could have been utilized in his defense were overlooked or ignored.

 

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Jul 01, 2021
Introducing Murder in Illinois
214

Trailer 1 - In 2007, Chris Vaughn was arrested during a funeral for his wife and three children. He would be tried and convicted of their murders. To this day he maintains no memory of what occurred that tragic day 14 years ago. Murder in Illinois follows the complicated circumstances that led to Vaughn’s conviction, as well as the forensic evidence his supporters believe proves his innocence-in attempt to answer one question: Who killed the Vaughn family?

 

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Jun 22, 2021
Epilogue - MIO E12
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In the final episode of Murder in Oregon, Phil, the Francke brothers and Mike’s friends and colleagues share their thoughts on Michael Francke, his murder and the individuals who’ve avoided justice for the past thirty years.

 

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Jan 09, 2020
Habeas Corpus - MIO E11
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The past ten episodes have been driven by the question: Who killed Michael Francke? Here is a recapitulation of the players, timeline, evidence covered... And a huge development regarding Frank Gable’s fight for freedom.

 

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Jan 02, 2020
Victims - MIO E10
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Throughout this podcast we've seen the victimization of people caught in the crosshairs of politics and corruption. Lives twisted or destroyed by those with great power and little accountability. This episode addresses one of the darkest political scandals in Oregon's history - a woman deeply damaged as a result of a childhood disrupted, by a man who became one of the most powerful men in Oregon...and how that scandal played into the investigation of Mike Francke's murder.

 

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Dec 26, 2019
Darkness - MIO E9
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A sworn statement, unearthed in 2004, presents some very damning information involving one of Michael Francke's former co-workers. It also could have greatly aided in the defense of Frank Gable, were it presented during his trial. That document, along with others, sparks renewed interest in the Francke murder and once again places Phil at odds with his former employer.

 

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Dec 19, 2019
Judgement - MIO E8
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More than two years after Michael Francke's murder, a small time drug dealer named Frank Gable would be tried for the crime. The basis for the case and the outcome of the trial would shock and outrage many- including Kevin Francke.

 

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Dec 12, 2019
Patsy - MIO E7
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More than a year after Michael Francke's death, public and political pressure is mounting to capture his killer. Then, in April of 1990, a small time Salem drug dealer named Frank Gable is arrested and indicted for his murder. But the case the state mounts against him raises serious questions and concerns.

 

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Dec 05, 2019
Rooster - MIO E6
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Many people, including those closest to him, believe Tim 'Rooster' Natividad was involved in the murder of Michael Francke. His former girlfriend - and mother of his son - lays out the terrifying timeline of their relationship and the period leading up to, and after, Francke's murder. And it links to the mysterious man in the pinstripe suit.

 

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Nov 28, 2019
Depravity - MIO E5
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The search for Mike's killer leads to a woman whose dysfunctional upbringing in Salem's drug scene was closely linked to corruption in Corrections. And the staggering violence and trauma she experienced is peppered with names closely tied to the Francke murder investigation.

 

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Nov 21, 2019
Corruption - MIO E4
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A deep dive into the history of corruption in Salem reveals a long and sordid relationship between criminal and political powers. It also leads to a troubled and violent man some believe murdered Michael Francke.

 

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Nov 14, 2019
Breaking Point - MIO E3
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Months after Mike's murder, the official investigation seems to stall. Frustrated, Pat and Kevin link up with newspaper columnist Phil Stanford. Their combined efforts lead them to a controversial confession, a mysterious sketch of a possible suspect and the fury of Salem government officials.

 

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Nov 07, 2019
Discrepancies - MIO E2
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Inconsistencies in the narrative bring about issues as the official investigation into Michael Francke’s murder unfolds. The Francke family raise concerns that Mike was targeted and are met with resistance from state officials. By the time they get his autopsy report, all bets are off.

 

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Oct 31, 2019
The Murder - MIO E1
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In January of 1989 the director of Oregon’s Department of Corrections, Michael Francke, was brutally stabbed to death outside his office building in Salem. His killing was quickly ruled a “car burglary gone wrong”, but inconsistencies soon called the official investigation into question. Was Michael Francke murdered...or assassinated?

 

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Oct 24, 2019
Who Killed Michael Francke?
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Trailer 2 - On October 24th we'll re-open the Michael Francke Murder case, shining new light on those who escaped justice.

 

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Oct 17, 2019
Introducing Murder in Oregon
95

The premiere trailer for Murder in Oregon.

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Oct 09, 2019