E150: Steven Tari

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This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Steven Tari, AKA Black Jesus, a cult leader in Papua New Guinea, who was also a rapist and and alleged serial murderer.

We dive into the setting (15:09), the killers early life (32:14) and the timeline (33:08).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (48:06), “Where are they now?” (50:00) followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (53:05).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered (58:41) and our shout outs (01:02:20). 

This episode was researched & scripted by Wendy & Beth Williams.

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