E118: Tonya Thomas

This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Tonya Shantez Thomas, a woman who committed familicide in May of 2012 in Port St John in Florida.

We thank our Patrons (4:15).  We get into some stats (8:14) and then we dive into the setting (11:53), the killers early life (31:35) and the timeline (36:05).  Then, we get into the investigation (48:41) followed by “Where are they now?” (49:49). We get into our takeaways and what we think lead to the crimes (52:06).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered (1:05:11) and some shout outs (1:07:53).  

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