E180: The Two John Roysters

This week Beth and Wendy tell the story of the two John Roysters, father and son… and both murderers.

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

First, we dive into the setting (09:20), the killers early life (19:36) and the timeline (24:37).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (39:48), “Where are they now?” followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (44:54).  

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

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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