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  • What secrets can lie in the shadows of a relationship, especially when one partner is a suspected serial killer? This question is the focus of a "Hidden Killers" podcast episode, where host Tony Brueski and guest Bob Motta, a defense attorney and host of "Defense Diaries," discuss the chilling case of Rex Heuermann. Attorney John Ray, representing some of the LISK victims, brings forward detailed affidavits describing Heuermann's alleged violent actions dating back to the 1990s.
    Accounts from survivors like Taylor, a club bottle girl, and Mary Poe, a sex worker who survived a gunshot from Heuermann, paint a haunting picture of the suspect. Motta compares Heuermann to infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, noting their similar predatory behavior and the number of people who narrowly escaped their clutches. "He gives me like the biggest Gacy vibe," Motta observes, emphasizing the grave nature of Heuermann's case.
    Brueski and Motta delve into why many of Heuermann's alleged victims, mainly sex workers, might not have reported their encounters to law enforcement. Motta suggests that fear of prosecution and societal stigma could have silenced these individuals, allowing Heuermann to continue his alleged crimes undetected.
    The conversation shifts to Asa Heuermann, Rex's spouse, with Brueski and Motta speculating on her possible knowledge of his activities. They discuss the complexities of spousal privilege in legal proceedings and whether Asa could be compelled to testify against her husband. Motta raises the point, "did the wife know?" highlighting a common curiosity in cases involving married suspects.
    The episode ends with Motta and Brueski pondering the potential outcomes of the documentary Asa Heuermann is filming. They question whether it could inadvertently reveal incriminating evidence against her or her husband, drawing a parallel to Robert Durst's infamous confession.
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  • Are we all just pawns in the elaborate game of narcissists, or can we learn to see through their facade? This is the question that emerged from a recent episode of the podcast "Hidden Killers," where host Tony Brueski and trauma therapist Heather Boorman delved into the complex world of narcissism.

    Narcissism, often tossed around in casual conversation, may be more pervasive than we think. Boorman, author of 'A Thousand Paper Cuts,' explained, "Just because there are narcissistic tendencies does not necessarily qualify for an official NPD [Narcissistic Personality Disorder] diagnosis." She emphasized the spectrum of narcissism, from overt to covert, and the challenge of diagnosing based on the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).

    Boorman described overt narcissists as those who exhibit grandiosity and a palpable need for admiration. They stand out at social gatherings with their self-centered behavior. In contrast, covert narcissists, while equally self-absorbed, are more insidious, often maintaining a positive public profile and employing psychological manipulations.

    "The overt narcissist is like a big meteor that hits, and a covert narcissist is like the Colorado River that chips away gradually," Boorman analogized. She explained that victims often don't realize the gradual erosion of their well-being in such relationships.

    The discussion also covered the motivations behind narcissistic behavior. Boorman outlined three primary goals: seeking supply (to feel their existence through others' reactions), avoiding introspection and underlying shame, and obtaining maximum benefit with minimal effort.

    Boorman and Brueski also discussed the pattern of narcissistic abuse, which typically follows a cycle of love bombing, devaluation, and discard. Victims often stay for decades, entangled in this cycle, unable to pinpoint the cause of their unhappiness.

    This enlightening conversation sheds light on a topic often misunderstood and oversimplified. As we navigate our relationships, it's crucial to ask: Are we equipped to recognize and protect ourselves from the subtle manipulations of narcissists?
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  • Could a mother and her mentor, once trusted with the care and guidance of children, be responsible for their abuse? This troubling question has been answered in the case of Ruby Franke, a parenting YouTuber, and her business partner Jodi Hildebrandt. Both women have been sentenced to four consecutive prison terms each, following guilty pleas to child abuse charges.

    The case came to light after one of Franke's children fled Hildebrandt's residence in August, seeking help from a neighbor. Franke, known for her "8 Passengers" YouTube channel, and Hildebrandt, who ran ConneXions Classroom, faced six counts of aggravated child abuse, with each count carrying a possible prison term of one to 15 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

    During sentencing, state prosecutor Eric Clarke likened the environment Franke's children endured to a "concentration camp-like setting," describing Franke's actions as "horrible acts of child abuse." Clarke also labeled Hildebrandt a "significant threat" to the community. In court, Franke acknowledged her guilt and expressed gratitude to the officials who rescued her children. She agreed to testify against Hildebrandt as part of her plea deal.

    Hildebrandt's plea agreement revealed her awareness and participation in the abuse. Disturbingly, it included forcing Franke's daughter to repeatedly jump into a cactus and detailed other heinous acts of torture.

    Franke's family, including her husband Kevin Franke, who has filed for divorce, has been left to grapple with the aftermath. Kevin's lawyer stated his focus on keeping the children together and under his care. In a recent court appearance, Ruby Franke apologized to her former husband, calling the end of their marriage a "tragedy."

    Statements from Franke's family, including her brother Beau Griffiths, suggest Hildebrandt's manipulative influence over Franke. Griffiths, himself a former participant in Hildebrandt's program, accused Hildebrandt of brainwashing his sister.

    The sentencing marks the end of a harrowing chapter for the Franke family and raises serious questions about the influence and responsibility of those in positions of trust. As Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt face the consequences of their actions, one wonders: How did such a trusted figure in parenting guidance fall so far from grace?

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  • Could a mother and her mentor, once trusted with the care and guidance of children, be responsible for their abuse? This troubling question has been answered in the case of Ruby Franke, a parenting YouTuber, and her business partner Jodi Hildebrandt. Both women have been sentenced to four consecutive prison terms each, following guilty pleas to child abuse charges.

    The case came to light after one of Franke's children fled Hildebrandt's residence in August, seeking help from a neighbor. Franke, known for her "8 Passengers" YouTube channel, and Hildebrandt, who ran ConneXions Classroom, faced six counts of aggravated child abuse, with each count carrying a possible prison term of one to 15 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

    During sentencing, state prosecutor Eric Clarke likened the environment Franke's children endured to a "concentration camp-like setting," describing Franke's actions as "horrible acts of child abuse." Clarke also labeled Hildebrandt a "significant threat" to the community. In court, Franke acknowledged her guilt and expressed gratitude to the officials who rescued her children. She agreed to testify against Hildebrandt as part of her plea deal.

    Hildebrandt's plea agreement revealed her awareness and participation in the abuse. Disturbingly, it included forcing Franke's daughter to repeatedly jump into a cactus and detailed other heinous acts of torture.

    Franke's family, including her husband Kevin Franke, who has filed for divorce, has been left to grapple with the aftermath. Kevin's lawyer stated his focus on keeping the children together and under his care. In a recent court appearance, Ruby Franke apologized to her former husband, calling the end of their marriage a "tragedy."

    Statements from Franke's family, including her brother Beau Griffiths, suggest Hildebrandt's manipulative influence over Franke. Griffiths, himself a former participant in Hildebrandt's program, accused Hildebrandt of brainwashing his sister.

    The sentencing marks the end of a harrowing chapter for the Franke family and raises serious questions about the influence and responsibility of those in positions of trust. As Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt face the consequences of their actions, one wonders: How did such a trusted figure in parenting guidance fall so far from grace?

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  • What are the odds of two tragic deaths occurring under the same roof, involving the same person, yet remaining unexplained? This question forms the basis of a recent episode of the "Hidden Killers" podcast, where host Tony Brueski and psychotherapist Shavaun Scott discuss the mysterious circumstances surrounding firefighter Robert Daus.

    Daus, who currently faces no charges and maintains his innocence, has experienced the deaths of two fiancées in his home over the last three years. The first, Grace Holland, a mother of four, died from a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide despite using her non-dominant hand. Brueski highlights the unusual nature of this incident, noting, "It was deemed suicide... using a weapon. All points that usually don't happen all that frequently." The second fiancée, Sarah Sweeney, was also found dead in his home, with toxicology reports still pending.

    Scott comments on the 911 call made by Daus, observing his unusually calm demeanor. "He was so matter of fact and calm... it was odd," she notes, adding to the mystery of the situation. The discussion also touches on the potential influence of Daus's profession on his reaction, with Brueski speculating whether his exposure to traumatic events might have numbed him to such horrors.

    Further deepening the enigma, Brueski and Scott discuss a phone call from a detective investigating the case, indicating a possible leniency or familiarity between law enforcement and fire department personnel. Scott suggests that such camaraderie could inadvertently affect the investigation, stating, "It's human nature to cover for each other... and we have to always be aware of it."
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  • Can a trial without a plea deal unravel a deeper web of criminality? This intriguing question is at the heart of the upcoming trial of Donna Adelson, as discussed on "Hidden Killers," a podcast hosted by Tony Brueski featuring insights from former felony prosecutor and attorney Eric Faddis.

    The case revolves around Donna Adelson, accused of orchestrating the murder of her former son-in-law, Dan Markell. With her son Charlie Adelson already serving a life sentence, the trial, set for September 30th, promises to be a riveting affair, with neither the prosecution nor the defense seeking a plea deal. Faddis notes, "That signals to me that the prosecutor thinks they probably have a pretty strong case against Donna Adelson."

    Brueski and Faddis delve into the potential strategies of both sides. For the defense, the absence of a plea deal is puzzling, given the peripheral role Donna may have played. Faddis suggests, "This is the type of case where you want to try to broker an agreement." However, the defense claims publicly they are not pursuing this route.

    The conversation then shifts to the possible motives behind the prosecution's strategy. Faddis agrees with Brueski's theory that avoiding a plea deal might be a tactic to uncover more information, potentially implicating other family members like Harvey and Wendy Adelson. "I think prosecution is using it as leverage right now to try to broaden their case," Faddis concurs.

    The podcast also touches upon the importance of discretion in such high-profile cases. Faddis advises, "Shut up, get off the phone," emphasizing the dangers of jailhouse calls becoming central evidence at trial.

    As the trial of Donna Adelson approaches, questions linger about the prosecution's strategy and the potential revelations it might bring. With no plea deal on the table, will this trial expose a larger conspiracy, or will it simply focus on Donna's alleged actions? The mystery deepens, leaving the public and legal experts alike eagerly awaiting the trial's commencement.

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  • How often does our system fail to protect the most vulnerable, especially children? This poignant question is at the heart of a recent episode of the "Hidden Killers" podcast, where hosts Tony Brueski and retired FBI Special Agent Robin Dreeke delve into the tragic case of Harmony, a young girl whose life was marked by abuse and systemic failure.

    Brueski expresses his frustration, describing the court appearance of the accused, Adam Montgomery: "When he did show up to court, he was smiling, kind of joking around, feeling, looking jovial." This behavior, Dreeke suggests, is a manifestation of a self-serving mindset, devoid of empathy or concern for others. Dreeke explains that in such a mental state, actions are "completely self-serving, no empathy towards others, no desire to even have a context about your behaviors and the impact on others, completely incapable of it."

    The discussion then turns to the systemic failings that allowed Harmony's plight to go unnoticed. Brueski laments the ineffectiveness of the system in tracking Harmony, noting that despite some signs of abuse being reported, "the system kind of lost track of her." This failure is attributed to the challenges in tracking individuals who are trying to hide, especially in cases where accurate addresses are not available.

    Further, Brueski and Dreeke discuss the broader implications of welcoming troubled children into one's home. Dreeke notes the immense challenges faced by foster parents, who not only deal with the children's trauma but also navigate a flawed system and potentially dangerous biological parents. He emphasizes the need for safety and support for these foster parents, stating, "if the system doesn’t allow those that are volunteering to save children to feel safe, the system’s not going to work."

    The conversation also touches on the potential long-term consequences for children like Harmony, who, if they survive, face a life of continual abuse and trauma. Brueski reflects on this grim reality, pondering whether continued existence in such conditions is preferable to death.

    In conclusion, Brueski finds a glimmer of hope in Harmony's tragic story, hoping that it brings attention to the systemic issues and helps prevent future tragedies. He states, "That’s the only justice that can be done here is that through her sacrifice, others might survive and live." This episode of "Hidden Killers" sheds light on the complex interplay of individual pathology and systemic failure, highlighting the urgent need for reform and empathy in dealing with society's most vulnerable.
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  • Outrage and calls for accountability have surged following the tragic murder of 61-year-old Audrey Peterson by her ex-boyfriend, 71-year-old Francis Scoza, on February 9. The incident, which resulted in Peterson's untimely death, has ignited a heated debate surrounding the actions of Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Doneene Loar.

    Peterson's fatal encounter came merely two days after she sought legal protection against Scoza, filing a domestic injunction citing his alarming behavior, including stalking. Despite Peterson's pleas for safety, Judge Loar denied her petition for temporary protection, a decision that critics argue contributed to Peterson's murder.

    According to court records, Peterson's petition detailed a series of distressing incidents involving Scoza, including unsettling text messages, verbal abuse, and menacing behavior. Peterson's case highlighted her legitimate fear for her safety, prompting her to change her routine and maintain constant communication with law enforcement officials.

    In a heart-wrenching statement, Peterson's daughter lamented the failure of law enforcement to safeguard her mother, expressing profound disappointment in their inability to intervene effectively.

    Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) joined the chorus of voices condemning Judge Loar's decision, asserting that the denial of Peterson's protective order directly contributed to her tragic demise. Luna, herself a victim of the judge's rulings in a previous stalking case, emphasized the urgent need for accountability and reform within the judicial system.

    Reflecting on Peterson's life and contributions to the community, her former supervisor, Laura Highman, described her as "legitimately scared" of Scoza and recounted Peterson's proactive efforts to ensure her safety.

    As the community mourns the loss of Audrey Peterson, questions linger over the efficacy of legal mechanisms designed to protect victims of domestic violence. The case has reignited conversations about the responsibilities of judicial officials in prioritizing the safety and well-being of vulnerable individuals, prompting calls for swift action and systemic change.

    In response to mounting pressure, Judge Loar's office has yet to issue a formal statement regarding the calls for resignation, leaving the community grappling with profound grief and a pressing demand for justice.
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  • An arrest warrant has been issued by the Denver Police Department for Miles Harford, the former owner of Apollo Funeral and Cremation Services, following the discovery of human remains at his previous residence in Denver. Authorities allege that Harford, 33, is wanted for investigation on charges of abuse of a corpse, forgery, and theft.

    The investigation was initiated after a call to the police on February 6, reporting suspicious findings at a property on South Quitman Street, where Harford was recently evicted. Upon arrival, law enforcement officials, alongside personnel from the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner, uncovered disturbing evidence.

    During a press briefing, Cmdr. Matt Clark revealed that the discovery included the remains of a woman and more than 30 individuals who had been cremated, all found within the premises from which Harford was removed. The remains were found stored in various containers, including boxes hidden in a crawlspace of the house.

    Further inspection led to the discovery of a hearse parked at the property, containing the body of a deceased 63-year-old woman, identified as Christina Rosales, who passed away from natural causes in August 2022. Shockingly, it was revealed that the remains previously provided to Rosales' family were not hers, indicating a disturbing deception orchestrated by Harford.

    George Rosales, Christina's husband, expressed his dismay at the revelation, stating, "We were misguided. We were... just knowing she was in the back of the car, hearse, outside, just covered with a blanket. That’s not how someone is supposed to be put to rest."

    Further investigation led to the discovery of six additional urns containing cremated remains inside a U-Haul parked outside the property. Authorities estimate that the recovered remains span from individuals who died between 2012 and 2021.

    As investigators work to identify the remains and return them to their rightful families, the Denver Police Department urges clients of Apollo Funeral and Cremation Services, particularly those who may have concerns or haven't received their loved one's remains, to contact the Denver Police Major Crimes Division and Denver Police Victim Assistance Unit at 720-913-6610.

    In light of the circumstances, DNA testing on the unlabelled remains found at the residence will not be conducted due to the loss of DNA integrity resulting from the cremation process.

    The search for Harford continues as authorities aim to bring closure to the affected families and seek justice in this disturbing case.
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  • This is the trial of Adam Montgomery, the New Hampshire father accused of murdering his 5-year-old daughter, Harmony. Accused of the murder of his missing 5-year-old daughter, Adam faces intense scrutiny as recent police affidavits reveal chilling details. Allegations suggest Adam spent months concealing Harmony's body before disposing of it. Shocking revelations suggest Adam hid her body in a bag for months, then concealed her death for years. Despite pleading not guilty in October to charges of second-degree murder, falsifying physical evidence, and abuse of a corpse, the whereabouts of Harmony's body remains unknown. The case, marked by tragedy and mystery, raises questions about the timeline of events and the search for justice in the wake of a heartbreaking loss.
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  • This is the trial of Adam Montgomery, the New Hampshire father accused of murdering his 5-year-old daughter, Harmony. Accused of the murder of his missing 5-year-old daughter, Adam faces intense scrutiny as recent police affidavits reveal chilling details. Allegations suggest Adam spent months concealing Harmony's body before disposing of it. Shocking revelations suggest Adam hid her body in a bag for months, then concealed her death for years. Despite pleading not guilty in October to charges of second-degree murder, falsifying physical evidence, and abuse of a corpse, the whereabouts of Harmony's body remains unknown. The case, marked by tragedy and mystery, raises questions about the timeline of events and the search for justice in the wake of a heartbreaking loss.
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  • This is the trial of Adam Montgomery, the New Hampshire father accused of murdering his 5-year-old daughter, Harmony. Accused of the murder of his missing 5-year-old daughter, Adam faces intense scrutiny as recent police affidavits reveal chilling details. Allegations suggest Adam spent months concealing Harmony's body before disposing of it. Shocking revelations suggest Adam hid her body in a bag for months, then concealed her death for years. Despite pleading not guilty in October to charges of second-degree murder, falsifying physical evidence, and abuse of a corpse, the whereabouts of Harmony's body remains unknown. The case, marked by tragedy and mystery, raises questions about the timeline of events and the search for justice in the wake of a heartbreaking loss.
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  • This is the trial of Adam Montgomery, the New Hampshire father accused of murdering his 5-year-old daughter, Harmony. Accused of the murder of his missing 5-year-old daughter, Adam faces intense scrutiny as recent police affidavits reveal chilling details. Allegations suggest Adam spent months concealing Harmony's body before disposing of it. Shocking revelations suggest Adam hid her body in a bag for months, then concealed her death for years. Despite pleading not guilty in October to charges of second-degree murder, falsifying physical evidence, and abuse of a corpse, the whereabouts of Harmony's body remains unknown. The case, marked by tragedy and mystery, raises questions about the timeline of events and the search for justice in the wake of a heartbreaking loss.
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  • Can the absence of a defendant in the courtroom speak as loudly as their presence? This question looms large in a recent episode of the "Hidden Killers" podcast, where host Tony Brueski and guest Bob Motta, a defense attorney and host of "Defense Diaries," delve into the harrowing trial of Adam Montgomery.

    The case revolves around the death of a young girl, Harmony, with Montgomery's trial drawing shocking testimony from Kayla Montgomery, his former partner. Kayla, testifying as part of a plea deal, described witnessing Adam's heinous acts, including assaulting Harmony. Motta's reaction to this testimony was blunt: "She's not a very good person... she's complicit."

    Adam Montgomery, according to Motta, evokes a visceral reaction, particularly due to his alleged violence towards Harmony. "Every picture I see of Harmony, it breaks my heart," Motta shared, highlighting the emotional weight of the case. The discussion also touched on the depravity of addiction as a potential underlying factor in the tragic events.

    A unique aspect of the trial is Adam Montgomery's choice to stay in his jail cell rather than attend the courtroom proceedings. Motta explains this is a constitutional right and speculates on the judge's reasoning for allowing it. "If I was the judge, I'd be dragging him in there," Motta stated, expressing his disagreement with the decision.

    The conversation shifts to the strategies behind such a decision. Is it a calculated move by the defense, or a surrender to the overwhelming evidence against Montgomery? Motta admits he's never encountered a similar situation in his career, highlighting the unusual nature of the case.

    In closing, Brueski reflects on the case's heart-wrenching impact, particularly for those with children. The episode ends with a lingering question: What does the absence of Adam Montgomery in his trial signify, and how will it affect the jury's perception and the trial's outcome? The "Hidden Killers" episode leaves listeners pondering the complexities of justice, human behavior, and the sad depths of depravity.
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  • A complaint claims that Delta Air Lines overserved a man alcoholic beverages during a cross-country journey, causing him to run over and kill his wife in an airport parking lot after landing.

    There is no doubt that Shawn Christopher Sturgeon, 38 at the time, ran over and killed his wife, Charlotte Sturgeon, at Salt Lake City International Airport on April 4, 2022. In July 2022, Sturgeon was found guilty of vehicular homicide and domestic assault in the presence of a child and sentenced to up to 20 years in jail. The charge of manslaughter was dismissed with prejudice.

    Representatives for the deceased woman's estate and the couple's child, who witnessed the horrific violence, are now suing the Atlanta-based airline for dram shop liability, wrongful death, and negligent infliction of emotional distress over the alcoholic beverages that Shawn Sturgeon allegedly received onboard the flight.

    The Sturgeons were going home after a family vacation in San Antonio. Shawn Sturgeon "had consumed multiple alcoholic beverages" at an airport in Texas that day, according to a lawsuit. The airline apparently served him alcohol again.

    "When Shawn boarded the Delta Airlines flight, Delta Airlines personnel served Shawn at least two additional alcoholic beverages with high levels of alcohol content by volume," according to the complaint. “Upon landing in Salt Lake City, the alcoholic beverages served by Delta Airlines had intoxicated Shawn to a level well in excess of the legal blood alcohol limit, rendering him impaired.”
    The lawsuit alleges that everything happened in an alcohol-induced fog around the time the soon-to-be-shattered family disembarked.

    "Shawn was so intoxicated that he claims to have no memory of landing or walking through the Salt Lake City airport," according to the lawsuit.
    There is no doubt that Shawn Sturgeon was heavily inebriated when he took the wheel of his family's SUV in the airport's North Parking Plaza. Following the crash, authorities discovered that the man had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .13%, nearly three times Utah's legal limit of.05%.

    “In his intoxicated state, Shawn entered the driver’s seat of the vehicle while Charlotte was still outside the vehicle,” the lawsuit reads. “Shawn started the vehicle, put it into gear, and applied the gas in an attempt to leave the parking stall. When he did so, he was impaired as a result of his intoxication and did not perceive that Charlotte was still outside the vehicle and in the way of his path of travel.”
    Law enforcement characterized the fatal occurrence in far more explicit and precise terms.

    Before getting into the SUV, the guy "argued with his wife so loudly and viciously that it made several people in the area uncomfortable," according to a charging document acquired by the Salt Lake City Tribune.

    According to authorities, security footage shows the father placing his youngster inside before stepping into the driver's seat. After that, his wife got out of the front passenger seat to check on their child, at which point the vehicle was "abruptly" placed into reverse, causing the mother to lose balance. Then, with the back passenger door still open, the automobile speeds in reverse again, eventually knocking Charlotte down and dragging her.

    After that, Shawn Sturgeon shifts gears and drives forward, pulling his wife about 10 feet and leaving a tire print on her.

    "Are you f—— crazy?" one witness said Shawn Sturgeon yelled at his wife after understanding what was happening. "Get the f— up now. "Get off the ground and into the car."

    Another witness told police that the husband asked his wife "why she just did that," then said something along the lines of "Now I have to take you to the emergency room," before "aggressively" lifting her up off the pavement and forcing her back inside the car.

    The SUV can be seen driving to a parking garage payment station, where Shawn Sturgeon approached an attendant for assistance. At that point, his wife was still breathing. She was transported to a local hospital, where she immediately died from her injuries.

    The lawsuit claims that Delta "knew or should have known" that Shawn was heavily intoxicated when it allowed him to leave the plane after serving him alcohol and that the airline "took no steps to keep Shawn from driving" or informed law enforcement about his intoxication and potentially impaired driving.

    Delta has generically criticized the case but has not provided specifics.
    "Although we dispute the allegations in the Complaint, we cannot comment further on the pending litigation," a spokeswoman said.

    The case seeks a variety of damages, including medical expenditures, lost wages, burial costs, pain and suffering, mental anguish, annoyance, loss of companionship, and enjoyment of life. The complaint was first filed in Utah in late January but was brought to federal court late last week.
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  • What if a seemingly far-fetched theory turns out to be a cornerstone in a high-profile murder case? This question is at the forefront of the latest "Hidden Killers" podcast episode, where Tony Brueski and former FBI agent Jennifer Coffindaffer delve into the perplexing Delphi murder case involving Richard Allen. The discussion revolves around the bizarre but potentially significant theory of Odinism and its connection to the case.

    The episode starts with Brueski referencing an interview with one of Allen's attorneys, who initially dismissed the Odinism angle as "magical thinking" but later acknowledged its seriousness, especially after discovering some guards had Odinist tattoos. This revelation led the attorney to believe that the theory was not only real but also frightening.

    Coffindaffer, lending her expertise, confirmed the existence of Odinism and the legitimacy of the FBI's investigation into this angle. While she remains skeptical about Odinists conspiring to murder children, she acknowledges the necessity of exploring all leads in such a complex case. "You have to go where the evidence leads," Coffindaffer asserts, underlining the importance of thorough investigation in criminal cases.

    Brueski and Coffindaffer also discuss the curious fact that Allen, a CVS worker with no criminal background, was aware of Odinist symbols and their significance, raising questions about his knowledge and observations in the community. This aspect leads them to speculate whether Allen might have noticed a trend among certain groups in the area.

    The conversation then shifts to the broader implications of the case, with Coffindaffer highlighting the numerous mistakes and potential cover-ups that have plagued the investigation. She expresses concern about whether justice can be truly served given the flawed handling of evidence, including the critical error of taping over important tapes.

    As the podcast concludes, Brueski and Coffindaffer leave listeners with a thought-provoking question: In a case filled with twists and turns, is it more fantastical to believe in an Odinist cult's involvement or the guilt of an unassuming CVS worker? The Delphi murder case continues to baffle and intrigue, leaving the public and experts alike wondering what truths lie hidden beneath its complex layers.
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  • This is the trial of Michelle Troconis, who stands accused of conspiracy to commit murder, tampering with physical evidence, hindering prosecution, and additional charges related to the disappearance and presumed death of Jennifer Farber Dulos, in Stamford Superior Court in Connecticut. Troconis has entered pleas of not guilty for all the charges against her.

    The case revolves around the mysterious vanishing of Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five, in May 2019, during the midst of a contentious divorce and custody battle with her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos. While Fotis Dulos faced his own charges in connection to Jennifer's disappearance, his life took a tragic turn when he attempted suicide in early 2020 and eventually passed away.

    Troconis, who was romantically involved with Fotis Dulos at the time of Jennifer's disappearance, faces a range of charges, including conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with physical evidence. She is accused of playing a role in the cover-up of the events leading to Jennifer's presumed death. In total, Troconis is charged with two counts of conspiracy to tamper with physical evidence, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, and second-degree hindering prosecution.

    Despite the compelling evidence presented at the trial, Troconis has maintained her plea of not guilty, leaving the court to decide her fate. The absence of Jennifer Dulos's body has added complexity to the case, as her remains have never been located.
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  • This is the trial of Michelle Troconis, who stands accused of conspiracy to commit murder, tampering with physical evidence, hindering prosecution, and additional charges related to the disappearance and presumed death of Jennifer Farber Dulos, in Stamford Superior Court in Connecticut. Troconis has entered pleas of not guilty for all the charges against her.

    The case revolves around the mysterious vanishing of Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five, in May 2019, during the midst of a contentious divorce and custody battle with her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos. While Fotis Dulos faced his own charges in connection to Jennifer's disappearance, his life took a tragic turn when he attempted suicide in early 2020 and eventually passed away.

    Troconis, who was romantically involved with Fotis Dulos at the time of Jennifer's disappearance, faces a range of charges, including conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with physical evidence. She is accused of playing a role in the cover-up of the events leading to Jennifer's presumed death. In total, Troconis is charged with two counts of conspiracy to tamper with physical evidence, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, and second-degree hindering prosecution.

    Despite the compelling evidence presented at the trial, Troconis has maintained her plea of not guilty, leaving the court to decide her fate. The absence of Jennifer Dulos's body has added complexity to the case, as her remains have never been located.
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  • This is the trial of Michelle Troconis, who stands accused of conspiracy to commit murder, tampering with physical evidence, hindering prosecution, and additional charges related to the disappearance and presumed death of Jennifer Farber Dulos, in Stamford Superior Court in Connecticut. Troconis has entered pleas of not guilty for all the charges against her.

    The case revolves around the mysterious vanishing of Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five, in May 2019, during the midst of a contentious divorce and custody battle with her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos. While Fotis Dulos faced his own charges in connection to Jennifer's disappearance, his life took a tragic turn when he attempted suicide in early 2020 and eventually passed away.

    Troconis, who was romantically involved with Fotis Dulos at the time of Jennifer's disappearance, faces a range of charges, including conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with physical evidence. She is accused of playing a role in the cover-up of the events leading to Jennifer's presumed death. In total, Troconis is charged with two counts of conspiracy to tamper with physical evidence, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, and second-degree hindering prosecution.

    Despite the compelling evidence presented at the trial, Troconis has maintained her plea of not guilty, leaving the court to decide her fate. The absence of Jennifer Dulos's body has added complexity to the case, as her remains have never been located.
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  • This is the trial of Michelle Troconis, who stands accused of conspiracy to commit murder, tampering with physical evidence, hindering prosecution, and additional charges related to the disappearance and presumed death of Jennifer Farber Dulos, in Stamford Superior Court in Connecticut. Troconis has entered pleas of not guilty for all the charges against her.

    The case revolves around the mysterious vanishing of Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five, in May 2019, during the midst of a contentious divorce and custody battle with her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos. While Fotis Dulos faced his own charges in connection to Jennifer's disappearance, his life took a tragic turn when he attempted suicide in early 2020 and eventually passed away.

    Troconis, who was romantically involved with Fotis Dulos at the time of Jennifer's disappearance, faces a range of charges, including conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with physical evidence. She is accused of playing a role in the cover-up of the events leading to Jennifer's presumed death. In total, Troconis is charged with two counts of conspiracy to tamper with physical evidence, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, and second-degree hindering prosecution.

    Despite the compelling evidence presented at the trial, Troconis has maintained her plea of not guilty, leaving the court to decide her fate. The absence of Jennifer Dulos's body has added complexity to the case, as her remains have never been located.
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