In our final episode of the podcast, we cover one of our all-time favorite stories: the Tate-LaBianaca murders committed by the Manson Family in August 1969. We will detail the murders and share our theories about Charles Manson’s true motivations.
Do you like serial killers? Have a weird obsession with Law and Order SVU? Do you watch forensic files for 5 hours at a time with popcorn? Feed your true crime addiction with your hosts Randi and Clair on the KCSU podcast, Killer Vibes. Each episode dives deep into local cases, to unsolved mysteries, to famous cases every true crime fan knows and loves.
The gang war in Chicago reached its conclusion with the murder of seven men in the SMC Cartage Co. garage on Feb. 14, 1929. This calculated mass murder was said to be orchestrated by one of the most powerful mobsters in the United States, Al ‘Scarface’ Capone as a way to showcase his dominance of the Chicago mob scene. The seven men were members of Capone’s rival gang the North Side Chicago Gang run by Irish mobster George ‘Bugs’ Moran. The two mobsters battled it out on the streets of Chicago for control of the illegal activity that fueled the underbelly of Chicago. But who was Capone and Moran and why did they start the turf war in the first place? And how does the sale of illegal alcohol fuel the machine that was the illegal gangs of Chicago?
On June 17, 1966, pro-boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter was arrested for triple homicide. He wasn’t at the scene of the crime. He didn’t know the victims. And he didn’t possess a weapon. Yet, an all-white jury convicted him. In this episode, we detail the appeal of his wrongful conviction, the media coverage, and his subsequent release from prison.
When three young girls were murdered in the early 1970s the community of Rochester, New York searched for answers. Out of all the similarities between their murders, one detail stood out; the girls all had alliterative names. Carmen Colon, Wanda Walkowitz and Michelle Meanza were all in their pre-teens when they were murdered and after the murder of Michelle, the strange child murders seemed to end. It wouldn’t be until a decade later and on the west coast that similar murders would start to occur. These murders would continue the strange pattern of victims with double initial names with two of the victims sharing the same name, Carmen Colon. Are these two separate serial murders connected or is the pattern a mere coincidence?
In Longmont, Colorado, in 1993, Tammy Tatum was found raped and murdered in her apartment. Detectives immediately suspected her abusive husband. But because there was no usable forensic evidence, the husband walked. Although police were confident they knew the identity of Tatum’s murderer, another rape in the same town makes them think twice about their original suspect.