E152: Richard Jameswhite

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

This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Richard Jameswhite, aka Babyface, a gang member and murderer in Brooklyn, NY. He was said to have the power to be invincible and invisible to his enemies and police, due to a spell cast by an Obeah practitioner. He had at least 6 victims.

We dive into the setting (14:30), the killers early life (35:34) and the timeline (38:07).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (57:15), “Where are they now?” followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (01:02:45).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (01:07:20). 

This episode was researched & scripted by Minnie Williams.

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