E149: Tony Alvin Ables

(note: time stamps are without ads & may be off a little)

This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Tony Ables, a black man in St Petersburg, Florida, who was convicted of two murders and connected via DNA to two others.

We dive into the setting (14:54), the killers early life (35:05) and the timeline (37:08).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (43:47), “Where are they now?” (53:38) followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (56:57).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (01:00:27). 

Researched and scripted by Minnie Williams.

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Thanks for listening! This is a weekly podcast and new episodes drop every Thursday, so until next time… look alive guys, it’s crazy out there!


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