Catch my Killer podcast

Catch my Killer

Marc Hoover

At any given time in the world, there are thousands of unsolved murders. Most of them will never be solved. The first 48 hours of a homicide are the most crucial to an investigation. Eventually, leads dry up, witnesses become less cooperative, and cases go cold (unsolved). Meanwhile, detectives continue receiving new homicide cases which push older ones to the back. After a case goes cold, it quickly becomes yesterday’s news. The public and the media will forget about the crime and move onto the next crime story.

But do you know who won’t forget about a cold case? The victim’s family and friends. They won’t forget because their case is more than a case file or news story. The victims were sons, fathers, mothers, daughters, or friends. Catch my Killer is a podcast that focuses on the victim's surviving family and friends who give a voice to those who no longer have one. If you are listening and can help bring a killer to justice, please call in your tips. Even the smallest clue could be large enough to break a case wide open.

Please be sure to visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by subscribing to my true crime Patreon page. You will receive an extra podcast episode per month (true crime, paranormal or a combination of both.) To subscribe, please visit my Patreon page at: https://www.patreon.com/catchmykiller.

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    Episode 110: Randy Church

    43:24

    This week’s story involves the homicide of a 23 year old Montana man named Randy Church . It was a cold winter day back in February 1985. Randy Church worked at Pizza Hut. He was also a Montana State University student. While closing alone, an unknown killer entered the Pizza Hut restaurant, shot Randy to death and stole just under $1,000.00. Randy’s parents were heartbroken and died before ever finding out who killed their son. However, there may be a silver lining in the clouds because there is also DNA on this case. I am hopeful that law enforcement can test it and find a donor.This case remains open and needs someone to call in a tip and give this family some peace. If you have any information, you can contact the Bozeman Police Department Cold Case Tip Line at 406-582-2025, or [email protected] Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for up to $10,000 reward for information that could lead to an arrest in this case. And if you would like more information about this case, please visit the Victims of Murder Unit Facebook page.Opening video clip provided by Channel 7 Bozeman News (https://www.kbzk.com/)Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my website www.catchmykiller.com or themarcabe.com
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    Episode 109: Joseph Miranda (Part 3 of 3)

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    This is the conclusion of a three-part podcast story involving the homicide of a 19-year-old Maryland man named Joseph Miranda. After graduating from high school in 2005, Joseph took a job with a local landscaping company called Outside Unlimited. He decided to temporarily forego college and just work through the summer. He wanted to become a landscaping architect. Joseph did well and was promoted to foreman within months of starting. On July twentieth, two thousand six, Joseph left home early and said goodbye to his mother Adrienne Miranda. She had no idea it would be the last time she would ever see him alive again. After arriving home from work that evening, Adrienne was surprised when she came home to an empty house. Usually Joseph would be home. She just assumed he was out with friends. But her life changed forever when she received a call from Joseph's father Bob at eleven that night. He had horrible news. Joseph was killed in an accident at his job. Adrienne then also received a call from the Maryland State Police notifying her that Joseph had died around 3:30 p.m. that afternoon.According to The Baltimore Sun, police learned that near the end of Joseph’s shift on July twenty, he was given a task that needed to use the Bobcat to complete. A coworker told him he needed to finish a project before giving the Bobcat to Joseph. The coworker said Joseph tried to remove the driver and jumped onto one of the wheels of the Bobcat, slipped and fell. He was then ran over. Although there were different witness statements, several accounts claimed Joseph and his coworker got into an argument over the Bobcat. This led to the coworker getting angry and shoving Joseph, who then feel and was then killed by the Bobcat. The coworker would end up giving four different accounts of what happened. Over 14 years have passed since Joseph's homicide. His mother continues to fight to get the case prosecuted. Please also be sure to listen to the first two parts of this story. Part 1: https://www.catchmykiller.com/episode-107-joseph-miranda-part-1-of-3/Part 2: https://www.catchmykiller.com/episode-108-joseph-miranda-part-2-of-3/If you would like to more know about this story, please visit www.pleasedoyourjob.com, and please consider signing the petition to get Justice for Joseph. Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my website www.catchmykiller.com or themarcabe.com
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    Episode 108: Joseph Miranda (Part 2 of 3)

    59:07

    This week’s story involves the homicide of a 19-year-old Maryland man named Joseph Miranda. After graduating from high school in Two thousand Five, Nineteen year old Joseph took a job with a local landscaping company called Outside Unlimited. He decided to temporarily forego college and just work through the summer. He wanted to become a landscaping architect. Joseph did well and was promoted to foreman within months of starting. On July twentieth, two thousand six, Joseph left home early and said goodbye to his mother Adrienne Miranda. She had no idea it would be the last time she would ever see him alive again. After arriving home from work that evening, Adrienne was surprised when she came home to an empty house. Usually Joseph would be home. She just assumed he was out with friends. But her life changed forever when she received a call from Joseph's father Bob at eleven that night. He had horrible news. Joseph was killed in an accident at his job. Adrienne then also received a call from the Maryland State Police notifying her that Joseph had died around 3:30 p.m. that afternoon.According to The Baltimore Sun, police learned that near the end of Joseph’s shift on July twenty, he was given a task that needed to use the Bobcat to complete. A coworker told him he needed to finish a project before giving the Bobcat to Joseph. The coworker said Joseph tried to remove the driver and jumped onto one of the wheels of the Bobcat, slipped and fell. He was then ran over. Although there were different witness statements, several accounts claimed Joseph and his coworker got into an argument over the Bobcat. This led to the coworker getting angry and shoving Joseph, who then feel and was then killed by the Bobcat. The coworker would end up giving four different accounts of what happened. In one version, he claimed they were just playing around and Joseph was accidentally killed. Joseph’s mother Adrienne told Dateline she does not believe her son just slipped off the machine to his death.The Maryland State police ruled the death an accident. And this didn’t sit well with Adrienne. Although no criminal charges were filed against the coworker, Adrienne vowed to fight for her son. Adrienne began her own investigation. Eventually, she learned that a state medical examiner named Dr. Ali had received additional evidence and ruled the case a homicide. He contacted law enforcement and then wrote, “As the death was caused by the action of another person, the manner of death is best re-classified as a homicide.”However, The State’s Attorney for Baltimore County, Scott Shellenberger, said, “there will be no further inquiry, no arrest, no grand jury, no trial, no criminal charges” in Joseph’s death. This was after he received notice of the case being reclassified as a homicide. For some reason, Prosecutor Scott Shellenberger has refused to prosecute Godwin. If you would like to more know about this story, please visit www.pleasedoyourjob.com, and please consider signing the petition to get Justice for Joseph. Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my website www.catchmykiller.com or themarcabe.com
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    Episode 107: Joseph Miranda (Part 1 of 3)

    52:23

    This week’s story involves the homicide of a 19 year old Maryland man named Joseph Miranda. Joseph entered life back on Earth Day in 1987. And this was significant because Joseph had a green thumb and loved animals.After graduating from high school in Two thousand Five, Nineteen year old Joseph took a job with a local landscaping company called Outside Unlimited. He decided to temporarily forego college and just work through the summer. He wanted to become a landscaping architect. Joseph did well and was promoted to foreman within months of starting. On July twentieth, two thousand six, Joseph left home early and said goodbye to his mother Adrienne Miranda. She had no idea it would be the last time she would ever see him alive again. After arriving home from work that evening, Adrienne was surprised when she came home to an empty house. Usually Joseph would be home. She just assumed he was out with friends. But her life changed forever when she received a call from josephs' father bob at eleven that night. He had horrible news. Joseph was killed in an accident at his job. Adrienne then also received a call from the Maryland State Police notifying her that Joseph had died around 3:30 p.m. that afternoon.According to The Baltimore Sun, police learned that near the end of Joseph’s shift on July twenty, he was given a task that needed to use the Bobcat to complete. A coworker told him he needed to finish a project before giving the Bobcat to Joseph. The coworker said Joseph tried to remove the driver and jumped onto one of the wheels of the Bobcat, slipped and fell. He was then ran over. Although there were different witness statements, several accounts claimed Joseph and his coworker got into an argument over the Bobcat. This led to the coworker getting angry and shoving Joseph, who then feel and was then killed by the bobcat. The coworker would end up giving four different accounts of what happened. In one version, he claimed they were just playing around and Joseph was accidentally killed. Joseph’s mother Adrienne told Dateline she does not believe her son just slipped off the machine to his death.The Maryland State police ruled the death an accident. And this didn’t sit well with Adrienne. According to her, “It was physically impossible, with the way Joseph was laying, for him to have fallen off the front of the machine.” Although no criminal charges were filed against the coworker, Adrienne vowed to fight for her son. Adrienne began her own investigation. Eventually, she learned that a state medical examiner named Dr. Ali had received additional evidence and ruled the case a homicide. He contacted law enforcement and then wrote, “As the death was caused by the action of another person, the manner of death is best re-classified as a homicide.”However, The State’s Attorney for Baltimore County, Scott Shellenberger, said, “there will be no further inquiry, no arrest, no grand jury, no trial, no criminal charges” in Joseph’s death. This was after he received notice of the case being reclassified as a homicide. To learn more about Joseph's story, please visit www.pleasedoyourjob.com Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my website www.catchmykiller.com or themarcabe.com
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    Episode 106: Blake Chappell

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    This week’s story involves the unsolved homicide of a 17 year old Georgia teenager named Blake Chappell. It's been 10 years since teenager Blake Chappell vanished after attending a homecoming dance with his girlfriend, only to be found dead months later. The case remains cold today. Blake’s mother Melissa Chappell, is devastated over the loss. Even after ten years, she struggles to get through life without her youngest son. The memories of October 15, 2011 still haunt her. She said Blake was so excited about attending homecoming with his girlfriend. He then planned on staying overnight with a friend. After the dance, Blake called his mom to check in. He told her he had the best time of his life. Before she hung up the phone, she remembers telling him she would see him the next day. Unfortunately, this would be her last conversation with her beloved son because he vanished and was never seen alive again. He was last seen in the morning hours of October 16, 2011. Blake had left his friend’s house to visit his girlfriend. He then sneaked in through a window. The girl’s grandmother overheard the young couple talking and then woke up the girlfriend’s mother. They were angry at Blake for sneaking into their home in the middle of the night. Blake left his girlfriend’s house and began walking back to his friend’s house. He would never make it. Then in December 2011, two months after Blake’s disappearance, Melissa received the call no parent ever wants. Blake’s body was found in a creek in East Newnan. He’d been shot to death and was only wearing his underwear. His killer had taken Blake’s clothing, wallet and cellphone. None of these items have ever turned up. Blake’s phone, wallet, and clothes were never found.What happened to this young man? He was a 17 year old teenager whose life hadn’t even started. Before he vanished, he had just told his mother he had the best day of his life. Little did he know, he would have the worst day of his life just hours later after speaking to his mother for the final time. If you have any information about this case that could help the family of Blake Chappell get justice, please contact There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in Blake's case. Callers can leave tip for the Newnan Police at (770) 254-2355 or Crimestoppers of Greater Atlanta at (404) 577-8477. Those who provide tips can remain anonymous. And you can also visit the Justice for Blake Chappell FB page for more information about this young man.Opening Audio provided by 11 Alive News (www.11alive.com)Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my website www.catchmykiller.com or themarcabe.com
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    Episode 105: Trish Haynes

    47:47

    This week’s story appeared on an episode of ID Discovery’s Still a Mystery. It was featured on episode 11, season two, about the story of a young woman who was murdered and then dismembered. Trish Danielle Haynes was a 25-year-old woman who became involved in a domestic abuse relationship. They lived together in a New Hampshire town called North Woodstock. The couple dated off and on between 2014 and 2017. After 3 years, Trish contacted the police and filed a complaint against her abusive boyfriend. He begged her to drop the charges. She gave in and agreed to drop the charges. Unfortunately, by dropping the charges, the police charged Trish with filing a false police report. Trish had returned to Florida to stay with her grandmother Sandy, who had raised her. Trish was then summoned to court in New Hampshire to face charges for the false police report.Trish returned to New Hampshire and stayed with a friend named Becky who lived near Cardigan Mountain State Park. Trish got restless and wanted to leave. She reconnected with a former classmate named Ashley Smith. Ashley and her husband, Doug Smith, lived in Grafton, New Hampshire. The Smiths offered Trish a place to stay while she waited for her court date. On January 28, 2018, Becky gave Ashley a ride to Citgo gas station to meet with Ashley and Doug. Trish left with the Smiths and returned to their home. Unfortunately, no one would ever see Tricia alive again. In September 2018, law enforcement found some of Trish’s remains inside a combo washer and dryer unit in Grant’s Pond. Someone had murdered and then dismembered Trish. During the investigation, law enforcement would learn that Ashley and Doug Smith both had lengthy criminal records. Law enforcement quickly descended on the Smith home, looking for evidence of the grisly crime. Today, Ashley and Doug Smith are both suspected of killing Trish. It’s believed that Trish Haynes died on May 18, 2018. Since Trish’s death, witnesses have come forth to the family and told law enforcement and Trish’s family horror stories of how Trish was tortured and abused while staying with the Smiths.A friend of the Smiths said Trish was always at the residence, but then one day she vanished. Ashley claimed Trish had run off to another state with an unknown man. If you do research on this case or in the backgrounds of Ashley Smith (formerly Ashley Ruff) and Doug Smith, you will find many details about their criminal past. For this story, I spoke to Trish’s cousin Carey, her great aunt Valorie and Chloe, who knew both Ashley Smith and Trish. If you have any additional information about this case that could help the family of Trish Haynes get justice, please contact the New Hampshire State Police at 603-271-3636. And if you would like additional information, please visit the Justice for Trish Haynes FB page. Opening Audio provided by WMUR (www.wmur9.com)Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by purchasing a cup of $5 coffee every month. To help support the podcast, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please visit my website www.catchmykiller.com or themarcabe.com
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    Episode 104: Steven Augustine

    37:41

    A grieving mother named Donna Augustine reached out to me and asked if I would share her son’s story. The Augustine family lives in Ulster County, New York. Donna told me Steven is a twin. Donna also has a daughter. At 32, Steven lived at home with his parents. Donna considered Steven a wonderful son. He looked after his parents, took care of their home, yard, and automobiles. He also had two sons he loved more than anything. He worked long hours so he could provide for his young sons. On May 28, 2018, Steven Augustine left work and walked home. He was attacked near a Kingston bakery. The beating was so brutal, Steven barely survived. Authorities arrested a career criminal with a lengthy record named Charles Miles. The beating left Steven permanently paralyzed and on a ventilator. He live for another 23 months and remained confined to a hospital bed until his death. Donna expected Charles Miles to face serious charges for nearly killing her son. She became angry after learning Miles would only be charged with a misdemeanor and not a felony. He only spent 72 days in the county lockup before authorities released him.The Augustine family became angry. How could Steven’s assault only be a misdemeanor? They assumed that since Miles already had a lengthy criminal record which warranted serious charges. Former Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright refused to charge Miles with a felony. He claimed Miles didn’t intend to harm Steven. According to Carnright, “The injuries to his face were consistent with a single punch. He also said the fracture was caused by Steven falling down backwards. I have seen pictures of Steven’s injury. Half of his skull was caved in from a blunt weapon and not a fall. Medical staff removed the left side of Steven’s skull. Donna is now fighting to get justice for her dead son. A local news station interviewed Carnright, and he insisted he couldn’t charge Miles with a felony. Donna wondered why the authorities weren’t going after Miles for more severe charges. According to Donna, an investigator told her that Charles Miles worked as a trusted police informant for many years. She now believes that’s why Charles Miles hasn’t been charged with additional crimes after Steven died. Donna is determined to fight for her son. She wants to see Charles Miles get prison time for his part in Steven’s death. Although Steven died nearly two years after the assault, he would still be alive had he not been nearly beaten to death. Steven loved his sons. He should still be alive and spending time with them. Steven died alone with none of his loved ones to comfort him. If you have any additional information about this case that could help Donna Augustine get justice, please contact the New York State Crimestoppers @ (866) 313-TIPS. I would also like to make a special request on behalf of the Augustine family. They need an attorney to help them prepare a legal strategy to get justice for Steven. If you are an attorney in New York and can help this family, please email Donna Augustine at [email protected] And if you would like additional information about this case, please visit the Justice for Steve Facebook page.Opening Audio provided by ABC 7 https://abc7ny.com/Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by joining my true crime coffee club for $5 per month where you can read true crime stories. To join, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please email me at [email protected]
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    Episode 103: Anna Marie Mullin

    54:49

    This week’s story involves a long and arduous journey for a woman named Fran Kubes. She has been trying to get justice for her sister Anna Marie Mullin who was brutally murdered nearly 40 years ago. After her discharge from the Air Force, 22 year old Annamarie Mullin returned to civilian life and began enjoying life. She was a regular at the Caboose bar in Wilton Manors, Florida. She knew everyone and everyone knew her. On November 6, 1982. The young woman noticed a stranger in the bar. He wasn’t a regular and no one knew him. Annamarie sat next to him and engaged in a conversation with him.He then began buying her drinks. She became intoxicated. At 230 am. Annamarie left the bar with the man who had bought her drinks. He said he would give her a ride home. Annamarie waved to the remaining customers and said goodnight to them. Little did they know, they would never see their young friend alive again. She would be dead within several hours. A few hours later at 7 am, members of the St. Clements Catholic Church began arriving for mass. What they saw would shock them. A dead woman was found on the front steps of the church. She had been raped, beaten and strangled. It was a horrific and brutal killing. The Wilton Manors Police Department soon arrived on the scene to investigate. The dead woman was identified as Annamarie Mullin from Ashland Massachusetts. Just a few hours earlier, she had left the Caboose bar and now she was dead. Her case has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. Can you identify her killer? If you have any information about this case, please contact the Broward County Sheriff’s Department @ (954) 493-TIPS (8477). And if you would like more information about this case, please visit the Justice For Anna Marie Mullin FB page. Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by joining my true crime coffee club for $5 per month where you can read true crime stories. To join, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please email me at catchmy[email protected]
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    Episode 102: Christopher Aaron Morris

    46:40

    This week’s story involves the death of an 11-year-old boy named Christopher Aaron Morris on September 25, 2000. Christopher and his sister Ashley McCarthy were Army brats. It’s a term of endearment used to reference the children of military personnel. Christopher lived with his dad in military housing in Wichita Falls, Texas at Sheppard Air Force Base. On the day of September 25, 2000, Christopher was off from school. At 11, his dad felt he was mature enough to be home alone. His father came home around 11am for lunch. He then left an hour later. He would then leave work early and arrive home around 2 pm. When he came home, Christopher wasn’t there to greet him. He then began looking for his son. When he looked in his room, he saw dish racks from the dishwashing machine in Christopher’s room. He immediately went to the dishwasher. He saw Christopher’s clothing piled up next to the machine. When he opened the machine, he found his son’s body inside the machine. Not only was Christopher deceased, but someone had turned on the machine and ran an entire cleaning cycle. From this point, the mystery began. After authorities arrived, they immediately accused Christopher’s dad of killing his son. Allegedly, Christopher was sexually assaulted, tortured, murdered, and then someone ran his body ran through a full cycle in the dishwasher. I would assume this was done to remove evidence. According to Ashley, Christopher’s sister, none of this is true. What happened to this young man who played football and loved playing with legos? Do you know what happened to him? If you have any information about this case, please contact the Wichita Falls Police Department @ 940-761-7792Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by joining my true crime coffee club for $5 per month where you can read true crime stories. To join, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please email me at [email protected]
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    Episode 101: Tailor Marie Clark

    49:00

    This week’s case occurred in Houston Texas. The potential victim was a young mother of two who was found deceased inside a locked tattoo shop.For this episode, I interviewed Tiffany Hicks, a grieving mother who just lost her 27 year old daughter Tailor Marie Clark under mysterious circumstances. Tailor was an entrepreneur who had developed her own salve for people with tattoos. She planned on marketing her product through various tattoo shops. The product was called Tailor Made. On September 17, 2021, Tailor arrived at a Houston tattoo shop called 59 Ink. She planned on speaking to the owner about carrying her tattoo salve. She also wanted to get another tattoo and another one touched up. While at the tattoo shop, Tailor kept in touch throughout the evening with her boyfriend and mother. Eventually, things got strange. Tailor’s boyfriend received a message referring to him as Daddy while Tiffany received a text from Tailor stating that she was dead. Tiffany assumed it meant her daughter’s phone had died. After all communication between Tailor, her boyfriend and Tiffany ceased. Tiffany and Tailor’s boyfriend believed that someone else was sending messages on Tailor’s phone pretending to be her. By 2 pm, on the following day, which was Saturday September 18, 2021, Tailor’s step brother and one of his friend’s drove to the tattoo shop. One of the tattoo artists pulled up. The stepbrother and his friend said they were looking for Tailor. The three men entered the tattoo shop and found Tailor’s lifeless body in the backroom lying on a couch. What happened to Tailor? Why was she found deceased inside a locked tattoo parlor? If you know anything about Tailor’s death or saw something unusual, I am asking you to please contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Department @ 713-967-5700 or Crime Stoppers @ 713-222-TIPS. Tailor's family will also be putting up a dedication page on Facebook titled Justice for Tailor.Please also visit my website for more information about my true crime and paranormal newspaper columns at www.themarcabe.com. You can also help support my podcast by joining my true crime coffee club for $5 per month where you can read true crime stories. To join, please visit https://www.buymeacoffee.com/catchmykiller. If you would like to contact me about this podcast, please email me at [email protected]

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