E163: Elias Abuelazam

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This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Elias Abuelazam, an Arab-Israeli man living in the US who was convicted of stabbing a man to death in Flint Michigan in 2010, but he likely stabbed at least 18 people in total, killing 5.

First, we dive into the setting (07:26), the killer’s early life (16:55) and the timeline (20:33).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (37:45), “Where are they now?” (51:47) followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap.  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (01:01:34). 

This episode was researched & scripted by Minnie Williams.

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