E53: Darren Deon Vann AKA Big Boy Appetite

This week Beth and Wendy talk about Darren Deon Vann AKA “Big Boy Appetite” AKA The Gary Strangler, a man who killed at least seven women in Indiana. This subject was suggested to us by Maile in our Facebook discussion group!

We dive into the setting (11:40), the killers early life (17:04) and the timeline (25:07).  Then, we get into the trial (42:33) followed by “Where are they now?”(46:48). We get into our Take Aways and what we think made the perp snap (50:45).  

As usual we close out the show with some shout outs (59:11), crime news (58:00) and of course, some tips on how not to get murdered(55:16).  

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Wikipedia contributors. (07/23/19). Darren Deon Vann. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:26, August 25, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Darren_Deon_Vann&oldid=907593998

Blake, Jessica. (06/23/18). Who is Darren Deon Vann? Inside the case of one of Indiana’s most prolific serial killers. Medium. Retrieved 08/20/19 from

Kraus, R. A. (03/08/16). Sex charge filed against vann in 2014 attack. Post-Tribune. Retrieved 08/20/2019 from www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/news/ct-ptb-vann-sex-charges-st-0309-20160308-story.html

Madhani, Aamer. (10/21/14). Indiana Cops: Suspected serial killer used phone cord. Detroit Free Press.  Retrieved 08/22/2019 from https://www.freep.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/21/indiana-killings-darren-deon-vann/17651995/

Murderpedia The Encyclopedia of Murder. (n.d.). Darren Vann. Murderpedia.org. Retrieved 08/20/2019 from www.murderpedia.org/male.V/v/vann-darren.htm

Smith, M., & Bosman, J. (2014, October 20, 2014). Motel meeting in Indiana leads to gruesome discovery. The New York Times. Retrieved 08/20/19 from www.nytimes.com/2014/10/21/us/bodies-of-7-women-found-in-northwestern-indiana.html

Botelho, Greg. (October 23, 2014). Who is Indiana serial killer suspect Darren Deon Vann?. cnn.com. Retrieved 08/20/19 from https://www.cnn.com/2014/10/22/us/indiana-serial-killer-suspect/index.html

Shoichet, Catherine E. (10/23/14). Possible serial killer’s victims: ‘They’re somebody’s daughter’. CNN. Retrieved 08/25/19 from http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/22/justice/indiana-possible-serial-killer-victims/index.html

Sedlak-Hevener, Amanda. (n.d.). The Story Of Darren Deon Vann: The Serial Killer Who Made Abandoned Houses His Murder Playground. The Grisly Details. Ranker.com. Retrieved 08/23/19 from https://www.ranker.com/list/darren-deon-vann-the-gary-strangler/amandasedlakhevener


Quinn, Michelle L; Krause, Ruth Ann. (10/16/15). Man raising slain woman’s son; waits for Vann trial. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 08/24/19 from

Jacobs, Becky; Carlson, Carole. (01/28/19). Demolition of Gary houses where serial killer left victims removes reminder for women’s families. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 08/24/19 from https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/ct-ptb-vann-home-demolition-st-0129-story.html

Cross, Lauren. (01/21/19). Homes used by serial killer Darren Vann to strangle, hide 7 women will be razed, city says. NWI Times. Retrieved 08/245/19 from https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/homes-used-by-serial-killer-darren-vann-to-strangle-hide/article_9a0dbee7-858c-565f-8ce6-c3c2788fbfc7.htm

NWI Times Contributors. (01/21/19). Trail of death: Darren Vann homicides. NWI Times. Retrieved 08/24/19 from

Marine Corps Times Contributors. (10/22/14). Marine Corps booted suspected Indiana serial killer in 1993. Marine Corps Times. Retrieved 08/24/19 from https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2014/10/22/marine-corps-booted-suspected-indiana-serial-killer-in-1993/

Daley, Micheal. (04/14/17). Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start. The Daily Beast. Retrieved 08/24/19 from https://www.thedailybeast.com/indiana-serial-killers-confession-was-just-the-start

Bowean, Lolly; Nickeas, Peter; Heinzmann, David. (10/20/14). Suspect in Indiana serial killings has violent past. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 08/25/19 from

Jacobs, Becky. (05/04/18). Families of Darren Vann victims say they can ‘move on’ after he pleaded guilty to killing 7 women. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 08/25/19 from https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/ct-ptb-darren-vann-guilty-reaction-st-0506-story.html

Sobol, Rosemary Regina. (10/24/14) Serial killing victim lived in fear: ‘Too scared to do anything’. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 08/25/19 from https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/chi-indiana-killings-story.html

Reply All. (04/20/18). #119 No More Safe Harbor. Gimlet Media. Retrieved 08/25/19 from https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/o2ho97/119-no-more-safe-harbor

Guice, Ashley. (04/18/18) 3 Signs You’re Dating a Man With Mommy Issues. SingleWomanChronicles.com. Retrieved 08/25/19 from http://singlewomanchronicles.com/3-signs-youre-dating-a-man-with-mommy-issues/

GI JObs Contributing Authors. (n.d.) What you need to know about other than honorable discharge. GI Jobs. Retrieved 08/26/2019 from https://www.gijobs.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-other-than-honorable-discharge/

About Gary, Indiana

Wikipedia contributors. (12/26/18). Elbert Henry Gary. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:20, August 25, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Elbert_Henry_Gary&oldid=875437536

Glass, James. (03/02/18). When Gary, Indiana, was a model city. Indy Star. Retrieved 08/25/19 from https://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2018/03/02/when-gary-indiana-model-city/388997002/

Thiede, Robert H. Gary Plan. Encylopedia Brittanica. Retrieved 08/25/19 from https://www.britannica.com/topic/Gary-Plan

Deserted Places Blogspot. (04/04/16). The abandoned ruins of Gary, Indiana. Retrieved 08/25/19 from http://desertedplaces.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-abandoned-ruins-of-gary-indiana.html

Photo credit

Griffith, Keith. (01/22/19). Abandoned homes Indiana Serial Killer Used to hide the bodies of his victims are set to be demolished five years after he murdered seven women. Daily Mail. Retrieved from https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6620189/Five-abandoned-homes-used-Indiana-serial-killer-Darren-Vann-demolished.html


Williams, Alivin; Evans, Francel (hosts). (10/22/18). 55- Vindaloo Pac. [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved 08/25/19 from https://podcasts.apple.com/dk/podcast/55-vindaloo-pac/id1296864488 

Ferguson, Mike; Gibson, Mike. (hosts) (02/03/19). Ep116- Darren Deon Vann. [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved 08/25/2019 from http://www.truecrimeallthetime.com/index.php/2019/02/04/ep116-darren-deon-vann/

How Not to Get Murdered

Mars, Betty. (07/26/13). Safety Tips from Sex Workers. Medium. Retrieved 08/26/19 from https://medium.com/@bettymars/safety-tips-from-sex-workers-fd4f291249bf

Serial Killer News

Avery, Daniel. (08/24/19) Last Words of Serial Killer Executed After Killing Six Gay Men. Newsweek. Retrieved 08/26/2019 from https://www.newsweek.com/gary-bowles-serial-killer-executed-1456014

Shout Outs

Judge, Phoebe. (host) (08/02/19). Episode 120: The Tunnel. [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved 08/23/19 from https://thisiscriminal.com/episode-120-the-tunnel-8-2-19


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