E146: The Waddell Temple Massacre

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This week Beth and Wendy discuss the Waddell Buddhist Temple Massacre. It occurred in August of 1991 in Waddell, Arizona, and there were 9 victims, including 6 monks and a nun.

We dive into the setting (11:22), the killers early life (20:39) and the timeline (23:55).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (28:03), “Where are they now?” (01:00:50) followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (01:03:04).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (01:13:57). 

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