Burden

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Mom didn’t kill herself. It was murder. That’s what Billie Jean Letterman's daughter is out to prove. Join attorney Stephanie Harris and journalist Karen Tricot Steward as they examine the 1991 death of a young mother near Texarkana, Arkansas.


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What Happens Now?
1:31:01
On the season finale, a legal expert weighs in on what charges could have been filed against Michael Letterman for the role he played in the shooting death of Billie Jean. Then, a conversation with Billie Jean’s daughter Ashly about the impact telling her mom’s story has had on her and her family. Ashly also talks about present-day experiences with law enforcement’s handling of domestic violence situations.

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Nov 17, 2022
Billie's Body
28:03

With all the physical evidence lost and little investigation into Billie’s case, we look to Billie’s body for clues about what happened the night she was shot. 


The 1991 autopsy of Billie Jean Letterman was performed by a controversial medical examiner named Dr. Fahmy Malak, who resigned amid accusations that he botched several autopsies. We took the autopsy results to Dr. Charles Kokes, the new chief medical examiner for the state of Arkansas after Malak. Would he stand by the conclusions drawn by his controversial predecessor?


We also spoke with Jen Bucholtz to get her insight on Billie’s case. She’s a professor of forensics and a private investigator.

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Nov 10, 2022
He Was A Monster
55:50

After Billie Jean died, Michael Letterman married for a third time to a young woman named Ginna. This is Ginna’s story about her 15-year marriage to Michael, the man she calls a monster. We hear how she eventually got away from him and the lingering questions she has about the death of his second wife. 




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Nov 03, 2022
The Lettermans
48:13

On this episode, stories of growing up in the Letterman household. We also hear from Billie's family and friends about times they were afraid of Michael Letterman and efforts to call police.


Ashly’s cousin David Wayne comes forward to say he has information about the night Billie Jean died that he’s never revealed.


And, a reflection on the violent past of a man elected prosecuting attorney in Miller County around the time that Billie died, Brent Haltom. He went on to be elected as a judge.


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Oct 27, 2022
The Investigation - Part 2
32:57

Michael’s first wife tells police about the horrible things Michael did to her when they were married. Hospital records reveal the final moments of Billie’s life. The crime lab sends its findings to lead investigator Sgt. Don Nix. And, five years after she died, the investigation into Billie’s death is reopened.


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Oct 21, 2022
The Investigation - Part 1
26:30

Police officers report what they saw at the scene the night Billie Jean was shot. Lead investigator Sgt. Don Nix talks about the case many years later and says he believes it was a homicide. He has trouble remembering some of the details, though, and contradicts himself numerous times.


Ashly speaks publicly about her mom’s case and is told what she is saying only proves that Michael is telling the truth.


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Oct 13, 2022
Mom Didn’t Kill Herself
25:53

Billie Jean Letterman’s daughter Ashly was in the house the night her mother was shot in the head. Ashly is Michael Letterman's step daughter. She was only six years old when her mom died. What she saw that night has been haunting her ever since. 


Ashly’s father Topper Letterman, who is also Michael Letterman’s older brother, talks about his relationship with Michael and what he thinks happened the night Billie Jean was shot.


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Oct 06, 2022
What Happened To Billie Jean?
25:02

Billie Jean Letterman died of a gunshot wound to the head at her home in Texarkana, Arkansas in 1991. 


When paramedics arrive at the scene after she's been shot, Billie’s husband Michael Letterman is behaving suspiciously. At the hospital, medical staff also notice concerning behavior. 


Police interview Michael to try to understand what happened but are quick to appease him when he becomes nervous and can’t get his story straight.


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Sep 30, 2022
Burden Season 1 Trailer
3:10

Mom didn't kill herself. It was murder. That's what one daughter is out to prove. Burden is a podcast about the suspicious death of Billie Jean Letterman near Texarkana, Arkansas in 1991.


The story covers Billie’s tragic death, an investigation that went terribly wrong, and a family left with many hard questions.


Burden is based on extensive interviews with police, forensic experts, paramedics, Billie Jean’s family and friends, and others close to the case. The podcast is co-hosted by attorney Stephanie Harris and journalist Karen Tricot Steward. 

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Aug 22, 2022