E145: Juan Covington

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This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Juan Covington, a black American serial killer who killed at least three people, and possibly more, in Philadelphia, PA. He also wounded two men, and is suspected in the disappearance of a female coworker. 

We dive into the setting (11:22), the killers early life (25:45) and the timeline (33:48).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (45:54), “Where are they now?” (01:04:24) followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (01:09:31).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered (01:12:08) and our shout outs (01:14:41). 

Researched & scripted by Minnie Williams.

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How Not to Get Murdered

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