E95: Dale Scheanette aka The Bathtub Killer

This week Beth and Wendy tell the story of Dale Devon Scheanette, a black man who became known as the “Bathtub Killer” after two women at the same apartment complex in Arlington, TX in 1996 were found dead in half-filled bathtubs.

We dive into the stats (7:42), the setting (9:31), the killers early life (15:38) and the timeline (18:20). Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (35:20) followed by “Where are they now?” (39:52). We get into our Take Aways (44:30) and some tips on how not to get murdered (45:58). Lastly some shout outs (51:50).

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Your Worst Nightmare. S4 E8: He’s Coming For Me.


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Where the Bodies are Buried Podcast

How Not to Get Murdered

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If there is an intruder in your home: 

  1. Quickly verify their presence
  2. Stay calm
  3. Determine if you can escape
  4. Stay put if you can’t escape
  5. Call the police
  6. Keep quiet and follow instructions
  7. Take notes immediately afterward

Humanize yourself: If the unthinkable happens and you are taken against your will, do what you can to humanize yourself in the eyes of your attacker. Studies show that it is difficult for many assailants to commit violence against victims who they view as people. Do not grovel, beg or become hysterical. This behavior makes it easier for the attacker to view you as a weak animal. Try not to cry. Talk about your family and try to form some sort of bond with your attacker.

You may want to consider taking a self-defense class. 

Shout Outs

Signs of a Psychopath on ID

Surviving Evil on ID


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