E99: David Bullock aka The Happy Killer

This week Beth and Wendy discuss David Bullock, a man who between December 1981 and January 1982, killed at least six people in New York City.

First we thank you for your listener letters and support (5:28).  We introduce the story and start with the stats (10:41) then we dive into the setting, New York City (11:47), the killers early life (28:48) and the timeline (31:18).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (41:00) followed by “Where are they now?”(45:43). We get into our Take Aways and what we think made the perp snap (48:02).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered (53:09) and some shout outs (54:57).  

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

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Photo Credit

The Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove
Date: 1982, Collection Information:  Box: 11, Folder:52, Identifier:1242

How Not to Get Murdered

From our Listener Mae (abridged, you have to listen for the full tea):  

   Keep a taser in the car. 

   share your location with your close friends 

Shout Outs

Unjust & Unsolved


NYC Slavery & the Underground Railroad Walking Tour


Hidden: A True Crime Podcast



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