E85: Michael Terry aka Big Mike aka Mr. T

This week, in episode 85, Beth and Wendy discuss Michael Devern Terry, a black man who killed six men in Atlanta between December 6, 1985 and October 20, 1986. We dive into the stats, the setting and some LBGTQ history in Atlanta, GA, and the killer’s early life (9:31).  We get into the timeline (19:15), followed by the investigation & arrest.  Then “Where are they now?” (37:55), followed by our takeaways, shout outs and of course, some tips on how not to get murdered.

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How Not to Get Murdered

The Trevor Project – Trevor Lifeline:
Need help? We are here for you 24/7: 1-866-488-7386
Or text START to 678-678 to start a text chat
Or chat online:

Shout Outs

SegreGaytion podcast

Nancy Podcast

Shakedown Film https://shakedown.film/
a film by Leilah Weinraub

Kennedy, Mark. (06/25/2020). New HBO series looks at lives disrupted by a serial killer. Associated Press. Retrieved 06/29/2020 from https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/hbo-series-looks-lives-disrupted-143929886.html


“Abyss” by Alasen: ●https://soundcloud.com/alasenhttps://twitter.com/icemantraphttps://instagram.com/icemanbass/https://soundcloud.com/therealfrozenguy
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Flaming Mansions” by Jorge Hernandez https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI4niag1UAkIvbAU8vh9UFw
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

“West Side Chillers” by Little Glass Men. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Little_Glass_Men/
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“Furious Freak” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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