E60: The Baton Rouge Serial Killer

This week Beth and Wendy take a deep dive into Derrick Todd Lee AKA The Baton Rouge Serial Killer. He was a black man whose killing spree began in the 90’s and ended in 2003, and claimed the lives of at least seven women.  This case baffled authorities because most of the victims were white, and at the time, they didn’t believe that serial killers were capable of crossing racial lines.

We hit you with some stats (8:08) then we dive into the setting (9:32 ) of Baton Rouge and it’s history.  We talk about the killers early life (19:19) and run down the time line of the crimes (24:58).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (39:03) followed by Lee’s trial and sentencing (43:56).  We’ll tell you what we know about where the people involved are now (45:03). We get into our Take Aways and what we think made the perp snap (47:34).  

As usual we close out the show some tips on how not to get murdered (52:29), crime news (55:36) and of course, with some shout outs (57:22).

This topic was suggested to us by Parker, Debbie and Connie on Facebook.

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Southern Fried Homicide. (06/19/13). The Grim Reaper of Baton Rouge [Television Show]. https://www.amazon.com/Grim-Reaper-Baton-Rouge/dp/B00D95Y5Y0/


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Momodu, Samuel. (02/04/18). Baton Rouge Bus Boycott. Black Past. Retrieved 10/12/19 from https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/events-african-american-history/baton-rouge-bus-boycott-1953/

Farrell, Kevin. (03/19/18). What’s the difference between Cajun and Creole. USA Today. Retrieved 10/13/19 from https://www.10best.com/interests/food-culture/this-is-the-difference-between-cajun-and-creole/

Ducote, Jay D. (n.d.). Cajun vs Creole Food – What’s the Difference? Louisiana Travel. Retrieved 10/13/19 from https://www.louisianatravel.com/articles/cajun-vs-creole-food-what-difference

Leon, Harmon. (05/04/19). Party Like It’s 1899: What It’s Like Growing Up With a Segregated Prom. The Observer. Retrieved 10/14/19 from https://observer.com/2019/05/prom-integration-dance-segregation-still-happens/

How Not to Get Murdered

Jorgustin, Ken. (07/17/19). 10 Things to do When a Stranger Knocks on Your Door. Modern Survival Blog. Retrieved 10/13/19 from https://modernsurvivalblog.com/security/10-things-to-do-when-a-stranger-knocks-on-your-door/

“Dummy” Security cameras

Crime News

The Black Detour Team. (10/14/19). The Man Who Called 911 Before Atatiana Jefferson Was Fatally Shot By Police Says: “If I had never dialed the police department she’d still be alive”. The Black Detour. Retrieved 10/14/19 from https://theblackdetour.com/the-man-who-called-911-before-atatiana-jefferson/

Shout Outs

Top Boy on Netflix


“Abyss” by Alasen: ●https://soundcloud.com/alasenhttps://twitter.com/icemantraphttps://instagram.com/icemanbass/https://soundcloud.com/therealfrozenguy

“One Way” & “Death Row” by Yung Kartz https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Yung_Kartz
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

“Furious Freak” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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