Host Bob Ruff invites other true crime content creators on the show each week to share their origin stories, break down cases they’ve covered, and give you a little taste of their podcasts. Listeners get to listen in on fun conversations, learn about new cases, and find their next true crime binge!
61: Camille Bianchi
39:34This week, Bob is joined by Camille Bianchi, host of the gripping Australian podcast, “The Nurse.” Camille began her career in finance journalism, reporting for several reputable Australian media outlets, during which time she encountered the story that would eventually become the subject of The Nurse. After uncovering a horrible history of sexual abuse and coverup in a Tasmanian hospital, Camille set out to bring the story to the public’s attention. With the launch of The Nurse in 2020, eyes were opened to the atrocities committed by a pediatric nurse at Launceston General Hospital, inspiring many others to come forward to tell Camille their stories. Through the podcast, Camille has exposed not only the tragic crimes committed, but also the inaction and lack of accountability of those responsible. Before discussing the case further, Bob and Camille chat about the status of the Australian lockdown, switching careers, and Bob’s obsession with cryptocurrency. The pair then take a deep dive into the case of “pillar of the community” turned abuser, James Griffin. To suggest a guest or request an interview, please visit us at TrueCrimeBinge.com Follow us on all forms of social media @TrueCrimeBinge Today's Sponsors: skylightframe.com/calendar - Enter code "BINGE" to get $10 off your purchase of a Skylight Calendar. fahertybrand.com/binge - Use code "binge" at checkout to get 20% off your first purchase.
60: M. William Phelps
49:24Today’s guest is award-winning investigative journalist and best-selling author, M. William Phelps. Inspired by his personal connection to true crime, Phelps has produced and appeared in many true crime TV shows, including “Dark Minds” and “To Catch a Killer,” and consulted on the popular Showtime show, “Dexter.” This year, Phelps launched his podcast, “Crossing the Line” with iHeartRadio, where he covers cases that are rarely discussed in popular media, with a special focus on victims and their families. Bob and Phelps discuss how they handle bad reviews, interviewing serial killers, and disparities in true crime coverage in the media. They also discuss the murder of Patricia, AKA “Patti,” Luce. In 1978, 18-year-old Patti went missing from a 7-Eleven in Connecticut. Less than a year later, her skeletal remains were located in some woods outside of Hartford, about 15 miles from her home. The investigation quickly went cold but testing of evidence in 1997 has led some to believe Patti’s case may be connected to several other murders in the area. To suggest a guest or request an interview, please visit us at TrueCrimeBinge.com Follow us on all forms of social media @TrueCrimeBinge Today's Sponsors: skylightframe.com/calendar - Enter code "BINGE" and get $10 off your purchase of a Skylight Calendar. beamorganics.com/binge - Get 40% off the first 3 months of any Beam subscription plus a free mug and frother, or 20% off any one-time purchase. sundancenow.com - Use promo code "binge" for 30 days of free streaming. betterhelp.com/binge - Get 10% off your first month.
59: Brett & Alice
1:00:06In this week’s episode, Bob interviews the hosts of “The Prosecutors” podcast, Brett and Alice. As suggested by the name, Brett and Alice are both currently working prosecutors and use their platform to cover some of the most famous cold cases from their unique perspectives. The duo chat about a range of topics with Bob, both serious and not-so-serious, including the tragedy of being an Alabama football fan, the cosmic entity Cthulhu, corruption in the criminal justice system, jury selection, and, of course, dogs. They then discuss the mysterious disappearance of 9-year-old Asha Degree. In the early morning hours of February 14, 2000, Asha woke up, packed some of her favorite things into a backpack, and left her family’s home. She was spotted by several motorists walking along a highway through dark, stormy weather. When one motorist approached her, she ran into a nearby forest never to be seen again. Shortly after her disappearance, some of her belongings were found in a shed near where she was last spotted, along with a photo of another young girl. Many believe that the identity of the girl in the photo may lead to answers in Asha’s disappearance, but to this day, the girl has never been identified. More than a year later, Asha’s bookbag was also located, and the circumstances in which it was found have led many to believe that foul play was involved. To suggest a guest or request an interview, please visit us at TrueCrimeBinge.com Follow us on all forms of social media @TrueCrimeBinge Today's Sponsors: storyworth.com/binge - Save $10 on your first purchase.
58: James Renner
50:44This week, Bob is joined by investigative journalist, writer, director, and founder of the Porchlight Project, James Renner. Amongst his many creative and investigative works, James also hosts a podcast, “The Philosophy of Crime,” where he answers some of the questions we all have regarding crime using classical philosophy. Bob asks James about his involvement in the Maura Murray case, his work in stand-up comedy, and the philosophy of internet trolls. Later, they dive into the case of Lisa Pruett, a popular 16-year-old girl who was found murdered in a Shaker Heights, OH neighborhood in 1990. This complex case involves many different “characters,” lots of gossip and rumors, and tragedy. On the fateful night of her murder, Lisa was supposed to be sneaking out to see her boyfriend, Dan, leading him to be a primary suspect in the case. In a turn of events, a classmate of Dan and Lisa at Shaker Heights High School would ultimately be indicted for the murder. After a lengthy trial and 10 hours of deliberation by a jury, this classmate was ultimately found not guilty and no other charges have been brought in Lisa’s case. You can check out James Renner’s other works, including sci-fi and thriller novels, investigative nonfiction books, and short stories, at his website, jamesrenner.com. To suggest a guest or request an interview, please visit us at TrueCrimeBinge.com Follow us on all forms of social media @TrueCrimeBinge Today's Sponsors: zocdoc.com/binge - Download the Zocdoc App to sign-up for free and book a top-rated doctor. betterhelp.com/binge - Get 10% off your first month.
57: Erica Kelley
59:24In this week’s episode, Bob chats with Erica Kelley, creator and host of Southern Fried True Crime. Born and raised in Tennessee, Erica uses her southern charm to highlight historical and contemporary cases in the deep south. Bob and Erica discuss their mutual experiences working with editor Mike Bussing, what life is like in Tennessee, and the challenges of receiving medical care during COVID-19. After, they take a deep dive into the murder of Belinda Temple in Harris County, TX. In 1999, at 30 years old and 8 months pregnant, Belinda was found murdered in her home. Aspects of the scene led police to suspect a staged burglary-gone-wrong and her husband, David, was eventually convicted of the crime. A few years later, however, a local teenager allegedly confessed to the murder, leaving many unsure of just who was responsible. To suggest a guest or request an interview, please visit us at TrueCrimeBinge.com Follow us on all forms of social media @TrueCrimeBinge Today's Sponsors: shudder.com - Use promo code "binge" for 30 free days of Shudder. betterhelp.com/binge - Get 10% off your first month.
56: True North True Crime
59:04For the final episode in this month’s Domestic Violence Awareness series, Bob interviews one of the hosts of the “True North True Crime” podcast, Graeme. Graeme hosts this biweekly Canadian podcast with his wife, Kate, where they bring awareness to crimes, mysteries, and missing persons in the Great White North. Together, the duo focuses their narratives on the victims and their families, keeping their own identities anonymous. In the episode, Bob and Graeme chat about their podcast origin stories, moving from a career in comedy to a career in social work, and the ethics of true crime podcasting. They then discuss the tragic murder of Trina Hunt. In the winter of 2020, Trina’s husband returned to their suburban, Vancouver home after work to discover that Trina was not there. Having not seen or heard from her since early that morning, Trina’s husband reported her missing but searches of the area around their home turned up nothing. Months after her disappearance, Trina’s remains were located off of a remote road in Hope, British Colombia. The location of this discovery raised some eyebrows due to its connection to a story given by Trina’s husband about the couple’s movements leading up to Trina’s disappearance, but charges have yet to be brought in the case. To suggest a guest or request an interview, please visit us at TrueCrimeBinge.com Follow us on all forms of social media @TrueCrimeBinge Today's Sponsors: joincrowdhealth.com/fit - Get your first month free and after you've been a member, a Fitness Wearable. betterhelp.com/binge - Get 10% off your first month.
55: Justine van der Leun
48:18In this episode, as part of Domestic Violence Awareness month, Bob is joined by independent journalist Justine van der Leun, host of the upcoming new podcast “Believe Her.” The pair cover a wide range of important topics, such as bias in the criminal justice system, what it means to be a “perfect victim,” and the division of gender roles in relationships. These discussions lead into an in-depth conversation about the subject of the Believe Her podcast, the case of Nikki Addimando. In 2017, just after a visit from CPS due to concerns of domestic violence that lead to an altercation, Nikki shot and killed her boyfriend. She took her kids and ran, only to later turn herself into police. Despite an extensive and thoroughly documented history of extreme physical and sexual violence perpetrated by her boyfriend, Nikki’s claims of self-defense would ultimately be dismissed by a jury, and she was convicted of second-degree murder. Nikki is still serving time in prison, but her case serves as a terrifying and tragic example of the difficulties survivors of domestic violence face in the American criminal justice system, highlighting the biases that result in a staggering number of women being imprisoned after attempting to free themselves and their loves ones from danger at the hands of their partners. To suggest a guest or request an interview, please visit us at TrueCrimeBinge.com Follow us on all forms of social media @TrueCrimeBinge Today's Sponsors: zocdoc.com/binge - Download the Zocdoc App to sig-up for free and book a top-rated doctor.
54: Jamie Pultz
55:28This week, Bob interviews Jamie Pultz, creator of the “Beenham Valley Road” podcast, as part of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month series. A former police officer in Queensland, Australia, Jamie left the force and launched his production company, Six10 Media, aptly named after the police code for “community assistance.” Since its inception, Jamie has produced several investigative podcasts, including Beenham Valley Road. Before diving into the subject of the BVR podcast, Bob and Jamie discuss how Jamie went from “fighting crime to fighting grime,” what it’s like to switch careers, and Bob’s new book idea. They then transition into a discussion of the case, the death of Kirra Mcloughlin. While in the police force, Jamie encountered Kirra during a domestic violence call, during which she refused help from law enforcement. Six months later, Kirra died from a traumatic brain injury. Her boyfriend claimed that Kirra had gotten into an altercation with his sister during a social gathering, but he did not call for aid until later the following day. When Kirra was taken to the hospital, it was reported that she had over 100 bruises on her body, and she was ultimately pronounced brand dead and taken off life support. To this day, no charges have been brought regarding her death, but thanks to the Beenham Valley Road podcast, public attention is being brought back to the case. To suggest a guest or request an interview, please visit us at TrueCrimeBinge.com Follow us on all forms of social media @TrueCrimeBinge Today's Sponsors: stamps.com - Click on the microphone at the top of the homepage and type in "binge" for a 4-week trial, plus free shipping. betterhelp.com/binge - Get 10% off your first month.
53: Noel Vinson & Sonya Lowe
54:40This week, Bob is joined by the creators of the “Evidence Locker” podcast, host Noel Vinson and producer Sonya Lowe. Sonya works behind the scenes to research, write, and direct each episode of the Australia-based podcast, while Noel utilizes his background as a rap-artist to narrate a new story each week. The dynamic duo chats with Bob about their accents (or lack thereof), what lockdown is like down under, and the differences in producing film vs. audio content. They then dive into the 1989 mysterious death of Cindy James in British Colombia. Cindy, a nursing school graduate, began experiencing incidents of harassment shortly after separating from her husband, ranging from creepy phone calls to apparent attempted murders, with Cindy being found drugged and tied up on multiple occasions. Police were skeptical, however, with many wondering if Cindy was staging these attacks. The harassment continued for almost a decade until Cindy was eventually found dead in an abandoned building. Despite the circumstances of her death, many still doubt that Cindy was the victim of a crime, but the truth may be lost forever. To suggest a guest or request an interview, please visit us at TrueCrimeBinge.com Follow us on all forms of social media @TrueCrimeBinge Today's Sponsors: joincrowdhealth.com/fit - Enter code "binge" at sign up for your first month free and, after you've been a member, a free Fitness Wearable. shudder.com - Use promo code" binge" to try it for free for 30 days. betterhelp.com/binge- Get 10% off your first month.
50:05Bob interviews Margot, creator and host of the “Military Murder” podcast. A recent veteran and military wife herself, Margot uses her platform to cover cases involving perpetrators or victims (and sometimes both) who are members of the military. Bob and Margot discuss the nuances of military life, the challenges of having teenage children, and the apparently misleading spelling of the name “Margot.” They also discuss the bizarre, wild, and somehow barely-heard-of case of the Sickles Army Airfield public decapitation. Stephen and Diane were a young couple stationed at a US airfield in Germany in 1993. Troubles in their relationship would eventually lead to a brutal attack in broad daylight, with several bystanders witnessing what would eventually become a murder and decapitation. What followed after, however, was even more shocking… To suggest a guest or request an interview, please visit us at TrueCrimeBinge.com Follow us on all forms of social media @TrueCrimeBinge Today's Sponsors: betterhelp.com/binge - Get 10% off your first month.