Southern Nightmare: The Hunt for the South Side Strangler
Episode 1: The Empty Car

Episode 1: The Empty Car

May 28, 2018

Debbie Davis was a quiet, single woman who liked baking cookies and reading mystery novels. What a police patrolman found in her apartment bedroom on the morning of Sept. 19, 1987, would mark the beginning of a nightmare that would haunt and terrify the city of Richmond, Virginia, for months to come. Featuring interviews with retired homicide detectives, FBI profilers, prosecutors and friends and family of the victims, Southern Nightmare is the story of how the South Side Strangler serial killer was brought to justice by the use of DNA evidence, years before the O.J. Simpson trial or TV shows like CSI popularized the use of DNA as a forensic investigative tool.

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True-Crime Writer Billy Jensen Discusses Golden State Killer

True-Crime Writer Billy Jensen Discusses Golden State Killer

May 11, 2018

We're still a few weeks from the May 30 launch date of our first episode but in the meantime, here's an excerpt from an interview that we did this week with true-crime investigative journalist Billy Jensen, who helped complete Michelle McNamara's posthumously published bestseller, I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer. Billy spoke with Southern Nightmare host Richard Foster about the eerie similarities of modus operandi between the Golden State Killer and the South Side Strangler. You can read the whole interview on May 30 in Style Weekly magazine, when Style will run the first installment of a 10-part series of articles that will complement this podcast. 

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Extended Sneak Preview Trailer

Extended Sneak Preview Trailer

May 3, 2018

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Teaser Trailer: Coming May 30

Teaser Trailer: Coming May 30

April 21, 2018

Southern Nightmare: The Hunt for The South Side Strangler

Coming May 30, Southern Nightmare: The Hunt for The South Side Strangler is a new podcast hosted by Richmond, Virginia, journalist Richard Foster in cooperation with Style Weekly magazine and WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent RadioSouthern Nightmare logo

Thirty years ago a serial killer terrorized the city of Richmond, brutally raping and murdering women in their own homes. Then he struck again, 100 miles to the north in the Washington, D.C., suburbs of Arlington. Most people have never heard of this case, but it marked the first time in U.S. history that DNA evidence was used to catch a killer in a capital murder case, long before the O.J. Simpson trial or TV shows like CSI and NCIS popularized the idea of using DNA as an everyday forensic science tool.

This 10-episode, in-depth weekly podcast will tell the behind-the-scenes story of one of the most important cases in modern American criminal justice, as detectives in two cities relentlessly pursued leads, desperate to stop a monster before he killed again. Southern Nightmare features exclusive interviews with homicide detectives, prosecutors, FBI profilers and friends and family of the victims.

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HOSTED BY: Richard Foster

TAGS: True Crime, Serial Killer, Richmond, Virginia, RVA, South Side Strangler, Arlington, DNA, Detective, Homicide, Murder

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