E193: MULTIPLE MURDERER – Markeith Loyd

This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Markeith Loyd, a black man who killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend and a police officer in Orlando, Florida.

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

First, we dive into the setting (07:18), the killers early life (18:22) and the timeline (25:52).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (34:01), “Where are they now?” (50:02) followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (51:06).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered () and our shout outs (56:23). 

This episode was researched & scripted by Wendy & Beth Williams and edited by Minnie 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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How Not to Get Murdered



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