E66: Lemuel Warren Smith

This week Beth and Wendy discuss Lemuel Warren Smith, a serial killer and rapist from upstate New York, who spent his adult life in and out of prison, and then committed his final murder in prison.

We begin the story with Smith’s early life (15:16).As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered (49:55), crime news (54:17) and of course, some shout outs.

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Wikipedia contributors. (05/30/19). Lemuel Smith. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/14/19 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lemuel_Smith&oldid=899457493

Murderpedia. (n.d.). Lemuel Smith. Retrieved 11/14/19 from https://murderpedia.org/male.S/s/smith-lemuel-warren.htm

Smith Dedam, Kim. (07/17/15). 1981 murder at Green Haven followed prison disfunction. Press-Republican. Retrieved 11/15/19 from https://www.pressrepublican.com/news/local_news/murder-at-green-haven-followed-prison-disfunction/article_defb97a5-f2b7-542d-80fe-f8279df42c60.html

Miami Ghost Chronicles. (01/09/18). A Devil Named Lemuel. Retrived 11/14/19 from https://www.miamighostchronicles.com/stranger-than-fiction/lemuel

Baltimore Afro-American. (04/18/59). Lemuel Smith Denied New Trial in ‘Pipe’ Case. Retrieved 11/16/19 from https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2205&dat=19590418&id=UFdGAAAAIBAJ&sjid=h-UMAAAAIBAJ&pg=946,2244785

The Leader-Herald. (07/20/78). Albany DA may start action against Lemuel Smith. Retrieved 11/17/19 from http://extras.leaderherald.com/millennium/19701979/smith.html

Caselaw Access Project. (07/29/82) People v Smith 88 A.D.2d 173 (1982). Harvard Law School. Retrieved 11/16/19 from https://cite.case.law/ad2d/88/173/

Galbo, Andrea. (1985). Death After Life: The Future of New York’s Mandatory Death Penalty For Murders Committed by Life Term Prisoners. Fordham Urban Law Journal (V13 N3 A5). Retrieved 11/16/19 from https://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1264&context=ulj

Acker, James. (September 1996). When the Cheering Stopped: An Overview and Analysis of New York’s Death Penalty Legislation. Pace Law Review. (V17 I1 Fall/Winter 1996 A3). Retrieved 11/16/19 from http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1319&context=plr

Associated Press. (07/18/84). Killer of Guard to be Segregated From Other Inmates for 51 years. The New York Times. Retrieved 11/15/19 from https://www.nytimes.com/1984/07/18/nyregion/killer-of-guard-to-be-segregated-from-other-inmates-for-51-years.html

Leagle. (n.d.). People v Smith (1983). Retrieved 11/15/19 from https://www.leagle.com/decision/1983854117misc2d7371709

Leagle. (n.d.). People v Smith (1984). Retrieved 11/15/19 from  https://www.leagle.com/decision/198410463ny2d411101


Chermak, Steven; Bailey, Frankie. (01/25/16). Crimes of the Centuries: Notorious Crimes, Criminals, and Criminal Trials in American History. ABC-CLIO.


Ferguson, Mike; Gibson, Mike (hosts). (09/13/18). Ep95: Lemuel Warren Smith [Audio podcast]. True Crime All The Time. Retrived 11/14/19 from https://player.fm/series/true-crime-all-the-time-1457873/ep95-lemuel-warren-smith


Gisberg, Arthur. (Director). (01/17/93). Autopsy: Confessions of a Medical Examiner [Video]. HBOhttps://www.amazon.com/Autopsy-Confessions-Examiner-Arthur-Ginsberg/dp/B00KG2QTTI

Forensic Files. S6 E24: Pastoral Care [Video]. FilmRise Documentaries. Retrieved 11/15/19 from https://tubitv.com/tv-shows/447604/s06_e24_pastoral_care


Wikipedia contributors. (11/14/19). New Netherland. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/18/19 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=New_Netherland&oldid=926106143

Wikipedia contributors. (11/11/19). Amsterdam (city), New York. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/18/19 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Amsterdam_(city),_New_York&oldid=925575130

Shay- Macdonald, Barbara; Topping, Lesley. (n.d.). Slavery in New York and Scarsdale.  Scarsdale Historical Society. Retrieved on 11/17/19 from https://www.scarsdalehistoricalsociety.org/slavery-in-new-york-and-scarsdale

How Not to Get Murdered

Smith, Tracy, LPC, NCC, ACS. (04/26/19). What is the Grey Rock Method? e-Counseling.com. Retrieved 11/18/19 from https://www.e-counseling.com/mental-health/what-is-the-grey-rock-method/

Crime News

Geiger, Dorian. (10/25/19). Phony Social Account Made By Slain Woman’s Family Leads To Suspected Serial Killer’s Arrest. Oxygen. Retrieved 12/01/19 from https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.oxygen.com/crime-news/khalil-wheeler-weaver-trial-how-serial-killer-suspect-was-caught%3famp

Shout Outs

Woman of Size Podcast hosted by Indigenous writer and actor Jana Schmeiding https://www.womanofsize.com/

Captain Hunter’s Podcast


The Hate Crime Files Podcast

Music: “Spookster” by Wayne Jones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeiM8F1wYps
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“Death Row” by Yung Kartz https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Yung_Kartz
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“Streets” by Yung Kartz https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Yung_Kartz
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