E13: Kimberly McCarthy

In episode 13 Beth and Wendy discuss the life and crimes of Kimberly McCarthy, a black woman who brutally murdered 3 elderly women for financial gain. We discuss the city of Dallas in the 80’s and 90s. We also discuss how race and poverty contributed to the story at the time. We wrap up the show by sharing out take aways from the story and share some tips on “How not to get murdered”.


Wendy: Victims 1- 3, I say 1 to 3 because was convicted of 1 and suspected of 2 more
all elderly women ages 71 to 85′
(Beth I think one was black. I found a website with pictures and if they are actually pictures of the victims, two were white and one was black)
Maggie Harding, 81, and Jettie Lucas, 85 / Dorothy Booth, 71 (her next-door neighbor)
M.O: stabbing and bludgeoning
Location: Dallas, TX
Interestingly: she was the 500th execution in texas since 1982
Also interesting stat in Texas, since 1976 when the Supreme COurt allowed capital punishment to resume, texas had carried out 40 % of the 1300 executions throughout the US. Way to go Texas. Also Texas thank you for giving us Beyonce.

Thank you for listening.

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Dorothy Booth, retired college psycholog professorkimberly mccarthy dorothy-booth-1.jpg

Maggie Harding


Jettie Lucas


Kimberly McCarthy Mugshot

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Kimberly McCarthy Escorted, murder pedia article via Dallasnews.comkimberly-mccarthy escorted.jpg

Kimberly McCarthy 1997

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Kiera Bergman case: https://www.12news.com/article/news/local/valley/body-of-missing-19-year-old-woman-kiera-bergman-found-near-buckeye/75-591189896

Dallas PD Shooting Case:  https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/10/us/dallas-police-officer-amber-guyger-arrest/index.html

White Supremacist Hand Signal back story, origin: https://www.vox.com/2018/9/5/17821946/white-power-hand-signal-brett-kavanaugh-confirmation-hearing-zina-bash-4chan


Murderpedia: http://murderpedia.org/female.M/m/mccarthy-kimberly.htm



PBS show transcript Regarding Dallas in 1988 https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/drugs/archive/dallas.html

Murder Pedia article: http://murderpedia.org/female.M/m/mccarthy-kimberly.htm

Poverty and decision making: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/11/your-brain-on-poverty-why-poor-people-seem-to-make-bad-decisions/281780/

Emergency SOS https://www.imore.com/how-set-and-use-emergency-sos-your-iphone


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