E140: Priscilla Joyce Ford

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This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Priscilla Joyce Ford, a black American woman who injured twenty three people and killed six by driving her car down a sidewalk in downtown Reno, Nevada on Thanksgiving Day in 1980. This story was researched and written by Minnie Williams.

We dive into the setting (13:35), the killers early life (23:07) and the timeline (26:20).  Then, we get into the arrest & trial (37:48), “Where are they now?” (52:16) followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (53:28).  

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