E153: Apollo Keith Ortega

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

This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Apollo Keith Ortega, a Tucson, Arizona man who raped three women and killed two of them. He then told authorities that he did it because Satan told him to. This case was suggested to us by Brandy Nicole.

We dive into the setting (10:48), the killer’s early life (28:45) and the timeline (32:12).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (35:54), and “Where are they now?” followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (41:21).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (50:49). 

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

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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Footnotes

Articles/Websites

Smith, Kim. (12/19/2009). Rapist-killer of 2 in ’08 gets 2 life sentences. Tucson.com. Retrieved 03/18/2022 from https://tucson.com/news/local/crime/rapist-killer-of-in-gets-life-sentences/article_b6905b4b-7f75-59cf-8f3f-dcf4c96cdb19.html

Suspect in killing, sexual assault is tied to 2nd death. Tucson.com. Retrieved 03/18/2022 from https://tucson.com/news/local/crime/suspect-in-killing-sexual-assault-is-tied-to-2nd-death/article_b683c397-cf18-54a0-9b96-c1d1700a61ae.html

Kornman, Sheryl. (11/07/2008). Cops: Man in jail on murder charge admits to other killing. Tucson Citizen. Retrieved 03/18/2022 from http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue/2008/11/07/101944-cops-man-in-jail-on-murder-charge-admits-to-other-killing/

Berdine, Alexis. (02/15/2017). Convicted murderer likely was killed in Arizona prison, officials say. AZ Central. Retrieved 03/19/2022 from https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/pinal/2017/02/15/convicted-murderer-apollo-ortega-likely-killed-arizona-prison/97944604/

Legacy.com (08/03/2008). Norma Conner. Retrieved 03/19/2022 from https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/tucson/name/norma-conner-obituary?id=24197554

Watson, Joe. (July 2013). Arizona Prison System Plagued by Politics, Privatization and Prisoner Deaths. Prison Legal News. Retrieved 03/19/2022 from https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2013/jul/15/arizona-prison-system-plagued-by-politics-privatization-and-prisoner-deaths/

Culture Corner 

Callaway, Ewen. (12/01/2013). Fearful Memories Passed Down to Mouse Descendants. Nature Magazine. Retrieved 03/28/2022 from https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fearful-memories-passed-down/

Native Hope. (n.d.). How Trauma Gets Passed Down Through Generations. Retrieved 03/28/2022 from https://pages.nativehope.org/how-trauma-gets-passed-down-through-generations

History

Visittucson.org. (n.d.). Visit Tucson. Retrieved 03/25/2022 from https://www.visittucson.org/plan-your-visit/about-tucson/history/

Tucson Indian Center. (n.d.). Tucson Indian Center History. Retrieved 03/26/2022 from https://www.ticenter.org/history/

Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. (10/14/2021). Tucson. Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 03/26/2022 from https://www.britannica.com/place/Tucson

Arizona Historical Society. (n.d.). From “El Presidio San Agustín Del Tucsón” To The City Of Tucson. Retrieved 03/26/2022 from https://arizonahistoricalsociety.org/education/esperanza/early-tucson/

History.com Editors. (09/20/2021). Geronimo Surrenders. History.com. Retrieved 03/26/2022 from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/geronimo-surrenders

Downtowntucson.org. (n.d.). History of Downtown Tucson. Retrieved 03/26/2022 from https://downtowntucson.org/explore/history-of-downtown-tucson

Rodriguez, Nadine Arroyo. (02/14/2014). Did You Know: It Took Arizona 49 Years To Become A State. KJZZ. Retrieved 03/26/2022 from https://kjzz.org/content/19682/did-you-know-it-took-arizona-49-years-become-state

Pima County Public Library. (n.d.). Dillinger Captured in Tucson. Retrieved 03/26/2022 from https://www.library.pima.gov/content/dillinger-captured-in-tucson/

Pima County Public Library. (n.d.). Health Seekers Haven: Tucson and Tuberculosis. Retrieved 03/26/2022 from https://www.library.pima.gov/content/tucson-tuberculosis/

TMC HealthCare. (n.d.). Our History. Retrieved 03/27/2022 from https://www.tmcaz.com/about-tmc/our-history

Sivri, Gizem. (December 2020). Desert Fever: Harvesting the Sun, Colonizing the Land. e-flux Architecture. Retrieved 03/27/2022 from https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/sick-architecture/363730/desert-fever-harvesting-the-sun-colonizing-the-land/

Yuko, Elizabeth. (10/30/2018). How the Tuberculosis Epidemic Influenced Modernist Architecture. Bloomberg. Retrieved 03/27/2022 from https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-30/what-architecture-learned-from-tb-hospitals

Video

First 48, S8E7: Devil Inside / Rattlesnake
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Music

“Abyss” by Alasen: ●https://soundcloud.com/alasenhttps://twitter.com/icemantraphttps://instagram.com/icemanbass/https://soundcloud.com/therealfrozenguy
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“Too Much Ice” & “Picture Perfect” by Yung Kartz https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Yung_Kartz
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“Bleepin Demo” & “Furious Freak” by Kevin MacLeod
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