E159: The Bouncing Ball Killer

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

This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of The Bouncing Ball Killer, a serial killer active in the 60’s in the Los Angeles area. This episode was suggested to us by Laura.

First, we dive into the setting (9:52), the killers early life (22:06) and the timeline (25:48).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (46:10), “Where are they now?” followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (01:05:23).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (01:09:49). 

This episode was researched & scripted by Minnie 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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