E186: SERIAL KILLER – Milton Johnson

This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Milton Johnson AKA The Weekend Murderer, a black man who killed at least 5 people over three months in Will County, Illinois during the summer of 1983, but is suspected in a total of 14 murders.

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

First, we dive into the setting (07:38), the killers early life (13:15) and the timeline (18:11).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (40:26), “Where are they now?” (45:49) followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (46:12).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (50:35). 

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

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