E97: Lorenzo Gilyard aka The Kansas City Strangler

This week we talk about Lorenzo Jerome Gilyard Jr, aka The Kansas City Strangler. He murdered at least 13 girls and women in Kansas City, Missouri between 1977 and 1993.

We dig into our mailbag (5:00).  Then we dive into the story starting with the stats (10:02), the setting (12:19), the Gilyard’s early life (26:06) and the timeline (30:13).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (44:28) followed by “Where are they now?”(49:04). We get into our Take Aways and what we think made the him snap (53:01).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered (58:05) and of course some shout outs (1:00:46).  

Thanks for listening! This is a weekly podcast and new episodes drop every Thursday, so until next time… look alive y’all, it’s crazy out there!


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Serial Killer with Piers Morgan


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How Not to Get Murdered

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  1. Ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am a career woman, wife, mother, and horror and true crime movie lover. However, I have been on this true crime podcast journey for the last 2 years. I’ve been able to find a few pod casts that I have to hear all the time, and I am happy to tell you that Fruit loops is on the top.

    Great content, great atmosphere, great, great, great!!!!!!!

    I thank you both for all that you do. I am able to get my fix of true crime without stopping my daily tasks. Keep the stories coming!!! I hope to meet you both one day 🙂

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