E190: BLACK WIDOW – Emma Jean Raine

This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Emma Jean Raine, a woman who was convicted of murdering her second husband, but is suspected of murdering her first and third husbands as well.

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First, we dive into the setting (06:35), the killers early life (19:03) and the timeline (20:13). Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (29:56), “Where are they now?” followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (39:11).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (47:49). 

This episode was researched and scripted by Wendynbeth Williams, and edited by Minnie Williams.

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Snapped – Season 22 Episode 1

How Not to Get Murdered

Cleland, Ashley. (08/13/2020). All The Ways I Try Not to Get Murdered. Medium. Retrieved 03/22/2023 from https://medium.com/fearless-she-wrote/all-the-ways-i-try-not-to-get-murdered-eeb22d0f731


Resources for Advocates


“Abyss” by Alasen: ●https://soundcloud.com/alasenhttps://twitter.com/icemantraphttps://instagram.com/icemanbass/https://soundcloud.com/therealfrozenguy
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Snap”by Purple Planet Music http://www.purple-planet.com

“Late Nights” by Marlene Miller. Used with permission. Find her Facebook and Instagram under SEMNCHY or marlenemiller138@gmail.com

X Files Theme / Internet Archive
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Furious Freak” by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3791-furious-freak
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


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