E101: David Stephen Middleton

This week Beth and Wendy discuss David Stephen Middleton, an ex-cop turned serial killer. He murdered at least two women, probably more.

We thank the listeners (3:11) and begin our story (8:30).  We dive into the setting (10:05), the killers early life (15:30) and the timeline (18:13).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (37:18), the trial (53:02), followed by “Where are they now?”(54:00). We get into our Take Aways and what we think made the perp snap (58:20).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered (1:02:45) and some shout outs (1:06:00).  

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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How Not to Get Murdered

Tip: consider purchasing bear spray in lieu of a gun

Shout Outs

Family Secrets Podcast


Murderific Podcast


“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

“Death Row” by Yung Kartz https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Yung_Kartz
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“On The Go” by Marlene Miller. Used with permission. Find her Facebook and Instagram under SEMNCHY or marlenemiller138@gmail.com

“Cephalopod” & “Furious Freak” by Kevin MacLeod
Links: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3791-furious-freak
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


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