E141: The Cook Brothers

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This week Beth and Wendy discuss serial killer brothers Anthony & Nathaniel Cook. They committed a series of at least nine rapes and murders in the Toledo, Ohio area between 1973 and 1981.

We dive into the setting (19:03), the killers early life (30:11) and the timeline (35:58). Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (45:10), “Where are they now?” followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (50:29).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (1:00:33). 

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Footnotes

Articles/Websites

Wikipedia contributors. (09/18/2021). Anthony and Nathaniel Cook. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/01/2021 from  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_and_Nathaniel_Cook

Toledo Blade. (02/26/1981). Body Of Missing Girl Found In Former Theater. Retrieved 11/01/2021 from https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=cUlPAAAAIBAJ&dq=dawn%20rene%20backes%20murder&pg=3670%2C6640001

Toledo History Box. (01/04/2016). Westgate Shopping Center. Retrieved 11/01/2021 from https://www.toledohistorybox.com/2016/01/04/toledo-westgate-shopping-center/

Toledo Blade. (04/05/1981). Murdered Woman, Man Mourned By Their ‘Family’ at Supermarket. Retrieved 11/02/2021 from https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9khPAAAAIBAJ&pg=6659%2C3106501

Dugger, B. (n.d.). 11 Investigates | Surviving a Serial Killer: A deep dive into the most notorious killing spree in Toledo history. WTOL 11. Retrieved 11/03/2021 from https://www.wtol.com/article/news/investigations/11-investigates/victims-of-toledo-notorious-serial-killers/512-15630490-a333-48db-be40-64196b92e221

New York Times. (09/20/1981). Developer Is Slain in Attempt To Prevent Rape of Daughter. Retrieved 11/04/2021 from https://www.nytimes.com/1981/09/20/us/developer-is-slain-in-attempt-to-prevent-rape-of-daughter.html

Toledo Blade. (04/07/2000). Slaying Solved. Retrieved 11/04/2021 from https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=y1dPAAAAIBAJ&dq=dawn%20rene%20backes%20murder&pg=2046%2C2062034

Murderpedia. (n.d.). Anthony and Nathaniel COOK. Retrieved 11/01/2021 from https://murderpedia.org/male.C/c/cook-brothers.htm

Briefcase8.com. (06/29/1988) Sawicki Et Al., Appellees, V. Village Of Ottawa Hills, Appellant; City Of Toledo, Appellee. Retrieved 11/05/2021 from http://briefcase8.com/Public%20Duty.pdf

Hegarty, S. (03/01/2019). Convicted Toledo serial killer can live close to school. 13 ABC Action News. Retrieved 11/05/2021 from https://www.13abc.com/content/news/Convicted-Toledo-serial-killer-can-live-close-to-school-506571381.html

Wikipedia contributors. (10/13/2021). Chillicothe Correctional Institution. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/05/2021 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chillicothe_Correctional_Institution

Seewer, J. (08/09/2018). Judge allows release of man who confessed to 3 killings. AP News. Retrieved 11/05/2021 from https://apnews.com/article/ef38d7007bb8416ebb43c1e143c36f5b

History

Long, T. (n.d.). The Toledo Story. Toledo.com. Retrieved 11/01/2021 from https://www.toledohistorybox.com/2016/01/04/toledo-westgate-shopping-center/

Ohio History Central. (n.d.). Toledo, Ohio. Retrieved 11/01/2021 from https://ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Toledo,_Ohio

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. (10/07/2021). Toledo Ohio, United States. Brittanica.com. Retrieved 11/01/2021 from https://www.britannica.com/place/Toledo-Ohio

Wikipedia contributors. (10/30/2021). Toledo, Ohio. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/01/2021 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toledo,_Ohio

Wikipedia contributors. (10/16/2021). Second Great Migration (African American). Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/01/2021 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Great_Migration_(African_American)

Wikipedia contributors. (11/03/2021). Rust Belt. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/03/2021 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rust_Belt

Wikipedia contributors. (10/11/2021). History of Mobile, Alabama. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/05/2021 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Mobile,_Alabama

Webster, G. (n.d.) Naming The Land. Canadian Museum of History. Retrieved 11/05/2021 from https://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/aborig/fp/fpz2d_1e.html

Welfare Info.(n.d.). Poverty in Toledo, Ohio. Retrieved 11/05/2021 from https://www.welfareinfo.org/poverty-rate/ohio/toledo

Hamer, Lynne. (n.d.). Segregation in Toledo Schools: The 20th Century (Pt 2 of 2). The Sojourner’s Truth. Retrieved 11/05/2021 from http://www.thetruthtoledo.com/story/2020/091620/ed.htm

Ruane, Michael E. (04/30/2019). Freedom and slavery, the ‘central paradox of American history’. The Washington Post. Retrieved 11/13/2021 from ttps://www.washingtonpost.com/local/freedom-and-slavery-the-central-/paradox-of-american-history/2019/04/30/16063754-2e3a-11e9-813a-0ab2f17e305b_story.html

Books

Walsh, A and Jorgensen, C. (2019). Why Do Young People Join Gangs? In Criminology: The Essentials. SAGE Publications, Incorporated. 

Podcasts

Jon, Nicole & Jen (Hosts). (9/4/2018). Evil Brothers- Anthony & Nathaniel Cook. [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved 11/13/2021 from https://talkmurder.com/

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