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The Unlovely Truth

The Unlovely Truth

Exploring the intersection of faith and true crime.

Episodes

  • Season 3, Episode 48: Twelve Years Gone: Where Are the Skelton Brothers? Season 3, Episode 48: Twelve Years Gone: Where Are the Skelton Brothers? Play in Edifi Player

    Season 3, Episode 48: Twelve Years Gone: Where Are the Skelton Brothers?

    Tanya and John Skelton were in the midst of a bitter divorce as Thanksgiving neared in 2010. Tanya had sole custody of their sons, ages 5, 7, and 9, but let the boys visit her estranged husband for the holiday. It was the last time she ever saw them. Maybe someone listening knows what happened. Andrew, Alexander, and Tanner Skelton spent Thanksgiving in 2010 with their father John in Morenci, Michigan. When Tanya went to John’s house the next day to pick up her sons, he wasn’t there. John was …

  • Season 3, Episode 47: My Sister's Case: Unsolved Murders' Effects on Families Season 3, Episode 47: My Sister's Case: Unsolved Murders' Effects on Families Play in Edifi Player

    Season 3, Episode 47: My Sister's Case: Unsolved Murders' Effects on Families

    Famous unsolved murders get a lot of attention. Think about how often you see media articles about JonBenet Ramsey, The Zodiac Killer, or the Black Dahlia. In his book “A Long Walk Home”, award-winning journalist Joe Strupp outlines the case of 17-year-old Carol Ann Farino in a small town just 10 miles away from New York City. After we investigate today’s book about Carol’s long unsolved case, we’ll be joined by my guest Wendy Casteneda. She’s going to share her own journey as someone who …

  • Season 3, Episode 46: The Meaning of Discernment and Keeping Kids Safe Season 3, Episode 46: The Meaning of Discernment and Keeping Kids Safe Play in Edifi Player

    Season 3, Episode 46: The Meaning of Discernment and Keeping Kids Safe

    Keeping kids safe from predators is something that I hope is on everyone’s radar - but sometimes we don’t correctly judge who is a threat to our kids and who isn’t. The Jerry Sandusky scandal and Penn State football’s possible cover-up that broke just over a decade ago may never have come to light if one of his victims hadn’t decided to be silent no longer. Jerry coached under the legendary Joe Paterno from 1969 to 1999. We are going to talk about Aaron’s story, and how we can become more …

  • Season 3, Episode 45: Murdered by a Family Member: The Story of Becky Watts Season 3, Episode 45: Murdered by a Family Member: The Story of Becky Watts Play in Edifi Player

    Season 3, Episode 45: Murdered by a Family Member: The Story of Becky Watts

    This week’s episode touches on so many interesting topics.  You’ll hear behind the scenes stories from a fellow private investigator, information about a celebrity investigation, tips on how to serve the deaf community, and what it’s like to have a family member murdered. My guest today has done it all. Of course, we will also take a look at a true crime case that I hope we can study some red flag examples so we can avoid the heartache that Becky Galsworthy and her family endured. Blending …

  • Season 3, Episode 44: Domestic Violence: There is Help Available Season 3, Episode 44: Domestic Violence: There is Help Available Play in Edifi Player

    Season 3, Episode 44: Domestic Violence: There is Help Available

    Chances are you know someone who is a victim of domestic violence. You just don’t KNOW that your family member, friend, or acquaintance is suffering because we don’t always define domestic violence correctly. There are so many victims with no visible bruises. It’s the silent epidemic that flourishes in darkness. This episode was originally scheduled to be out during October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but the issue is really something we need to be talking about all year long. …

  • Season 3, Episode 43: The Disappearance of Brittanee Drexel: A Thirteen Year Journey to Justice Season 3, Episode 43: The Disappearance of Brittanee Drexel: A Thirteen Year Journey to Justice Play in Edifi Player

    Season 3, Episode 43: The Disappearance of Brittanee Drexel: A Thirteen Year Journey to Justice

    Teenagers make bad decisions sometimes. It’s part of being a teenager. I remember a certain abandoned house my friends and I decided to explore. In the dark! I’m amazed none of us got hurt. We escaped without any bad consequences - mostly because no one’s parents found out. Today we’re going to talk about a teen who made a decision she never thought would be a big deal. And if she hadn’t met up with a predator named Raymond Moody, the worst that may have happened would have been getting …

  • Season 3, Episode 42: An Eye for an Eye: Ann Rule's Classic, The I-5 Killer Season 3, Episode 42: An Eye for an Eye: Ann Rule's Classic, The I-5 Killer Play in Edifi Player

    Season 3, Episode 42: An Eye for an Eye: Ann Rule's Classic, The I-5 Killer

    If you’ve listened to The Unlovely Truth before, you know how much I love Ann Rule’s books. I’ve got another one of her true crime masterpieces today. It’s about a man who was convicted of one murder, linked to 18, and suspected in as many as 44. Our book this week is The I-5 Killer by Ann Rule and our guest is Tonya Kubo. Tonya is a writer, speaker, social media consultant, and coach. She’s also a mom who is going to share a story with us today about what many people see as a minor, even …

  • Season 3, Episode 41: My Name is Lisa: A Cold Case, A Hidden Identity, A Found Purpose Season 3, Episode 41: My Name is Lisa: A Cold Case, A Hidden Identity, A Found Purpose Play in Edifi Player

    Season 3, Episode 41: My Name is Lisa: A Cold Case, A Hidden Identity, A Found Purpose

    If you or someone you know has ever been the victim of sexual assault, you’ll want to hear the story of my guest Lisa Saruga. Lisa is herself a survivor as well as an advocate for others. We all work hard to create just the right balance in our lives between work, spouses, kids, church, maybe caring for aging parents, hanging out with friends and more. Small stresses can cause big disruptions, right? Imagine how your life would be disrupted by a call from a detective about a cold case from 35 …

  • Season 3, Episode 40: Why Community Safety Matters: Learning from Denver's Five Points Neighborhood Season 3, Episode 40: Why Community Safety Matters: Learning from Denver's Five Points Neighborhood Play in Edifi Player

    Season 3, Episode 40: Why Community Safety Matters: Learning from Denver's Five Points Neighborhood

    Do you ever wonder how safe your community really is? The Five Points Neighborhood is one of the oldest and most diverse neighborhoods in Denver, Colorado. It’s also experiencing what residents are calling a “cold case crisis”. What made the fast-growing community slide from being a vibrant neighborhood to being one where the majority of murders don’t get solved? We are going to take a look at a community that needs our help. A community that could be yours, or mine. The police can only work …

  • Season 3, Episode 39: The Big Business of Bad Faith Season 3, Episode 39: The Big Business of Bad Faith Play in Edifi Player

    Season 3, Episode 39: The Big Business of Bad Faith

    What would you do if you lost the ability to earn a living for yourself and your family? It’s a scary thought, one that insurance agents can use to promote disability policies that will pay you if you are injured and you can’t work. People who buy them do it for the peace of mind they get. They might not feel so peaceful if they knew that some companies never intend to pay. Our book this week is Insult to Injury: Insurance, Fraud, and the Big Business of Bad Faith by Ray and Matthew Bourhis …

  • Season 3, Episode 38: Secrets in the Family: What Really Happened to Hannah? Season 3, Episode 38: Secrets in the Family: What Really Happened to Hannah? Play in Edifi Player

    Season 3, Episode 38: Secrets in the Family: What Really Happened to Hannah?

    What would you do if you suddenly found out that you weren’t who you thought you were? That your family had secrets and those secrets were about you? Would you wonder if you could trust anybody at all anymore? Even God? Our book this week is Murder, Motherhood, and Miraculous Grace by Deborah Moerke. It’s a hard story to listen to, especially for moms because we’ll be talking about a mom who let her life get so out of control that she killed one of her own children. As hard as that is to talk …

  • Season 3, Episode 37: Chicago True Crime: The Pain Killer Season 3, Episode 37: Chicago True Crime: The Pain Killer Play in Edifi Player

    Season 3, Episode 37: Chicago True Crime: The Pain Killer

    Every time you open a bottle of medicine or a package of food that has a security seal, you probably don’t realize that it’s there because of a string of murders in the Chicago area in 1982. Seven people died after taking tainted pain medicine which gave the case its name - The Tylenol Murders. Officially, the case is still unsolved. Unofficially, we are going to look at a man who was arguably the prime suspect and talk to someone who knew him. Our book this week is The Pain Killer: Finding …

  • Season 3, Episode 36: The True Crime You Want Solved: How You Can Help Justice "Roll Like a River" Season 3, Episode 36: The True Crime You Want Solved: How You Can Help Justice "Roll Like a River" Play in Edifi Player

    Season 3, Episode 36: The True Crime You Want Solved: How You Can Help Justice "Roll Like a River"

    I asked you what case you would solve if you could, and you answered! I’m as interested in each of these cases as you are. Let’s check on where these cases stand, and what each of them needs to see justice roll like a river. In this episode we are going to talk about the disappearances of Maura Murray, Cleashindra Hall, and Jodi Huisentruit as well as the murders of Libby German and Abby Williams which together have been called the Delphi Murders, and the death of Patti Adkins. Our Bible …

  • Season 3, Episode 35: Victimology: Why Investigators Profile Victims of Crime to Solve Cases Season 3, Episode 35: Victimology: Why Investigators Profile Victims of Crime to Solve Cases Play in Edifi Player

    Season 3, Episode 35: Victimology: Why Investigators Profile Victims of Crime to Solve Cases

    Remember the original Unsolved Mysteries from back in the day when Robert Stack was the host? How he always wrapped up the intro by saying, “Perhaps you may be able to solve a mystery.” Retired FBI Criminal Profiler John Douglas agrees. He says in our book today that “...there’s almost always someone out there who has information needed to complete the puzzle.” Our book this week is The Anatomy of Motive by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker and our guest is a familiar one, private investigator …