E178: Menhaz Zaman

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

This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Menhaz Zaman, a 23 year old Bangladeshi-Canadian who murdered his entire family, all while chatting with his fellow video game players in real time.

First, we dive into the setting (08:09), the killers early life (19:31) and the timeline (25:27).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (40:47), “Where are they now?” followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (43:32).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (45:38). 

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

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