E183: MURDERER – Celeste Simone Carrington

In early January of 1992, Celeste Simone Carrington, from East Palo Alto, California, embarked on a crime spree, murdering people while burglarizing businesses in which she had previously worked as a janitor.

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

First, we dive into the setting (11:45), the killer’s early life (24:18) and the timeline (28:07).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (37:28), “Where are they now?” (46:54) followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (47:43).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered (53:48) and our shout outs (55:38). 

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

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