This week, in part 1 of this story, Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Juan David Ortiz, a Border patrol agent in Laredo, TX, who went on a nearly two-week-long “serial killing spree” in September of 2018, murdering four women and attempting to murder a 5th.
First, we dive into the setting (10:24), the killer’s early life (21:21) and the timeline (26:15). As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (36:17).
This episode was researched & scripted by Wendy & Beth Williams.
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