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For years, some law enforcement agencies have replaced the faces of traditional playing card decks with images of missing and murdered people and distributed those cards in prisons hoping inmates would come forward with information needed to crack these cold cases wide open. Now, audiochuck is dealing you in. Each week, we will be working with investigators and family members to bring you the details of some of the coldest cases from around the country in hopes that someone listening can finally bring these victims the justice they deserve.

  • 25 minutes 22 seconds
    Linda "Lulu Ree" Caesar (9 of Spades, Connecticut)

    Our card this week is Linda "Lulu Ree" Ceasar, the 9 of Spades from Connecticut.

    Linda "Lulu Ree" Ceasar's story is not all that different from so many others. She was a victim of her circumstances, and then she was a victim again when, in the summer of 1983, her life was taken in the most brutal of ways. Over 40 years later, the police still need help to close her case.

    • If you know anything about the murder of Linda “Lulu Ree” Ceasar, please contact the Hartford Police Department’s Major Crimes Division at 860-757-4000, or the Cold Case Tip Line at 860-722-TIPS (8477). You can also email tips to  [email protected], or contact the Connecticut Cold Case Unit at 1-866-623-8058.

    View source material and photos for this episode at: thedeckpodcast.com/linda-lulu-ree-ceasar

     

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    The Deck is hosted by Ashley Flowers. 

    Text Ashley at 317-733-7485 to talk all things true crime, get behind the scenes updates, and more!

    5 June 2024, 7:00 am
  • 5 minutes 21 seconds
    Douglas Wagg, Jr. (Wild Card, North Carolina)

    Since the release of CounterClock Season 1, Delia has received hundreds of requests from families of victims of violent crime. In November 2022, one message in her inbox stood out from the rest. It was from a middle-aged woman asking for Delia's help investigating the mysterious death of her 27-year-old brother from 1991. The message stood out for one big reason. The man's mangled body was found in an all-too familiar place to Delia. Eastern North Carolina.

    33 years after Douglas Wagg, Jr. turned up on a lone stretch of railroad tracks in the middle of the night in rural Martin County, and over a year since Delia took on the case, the scope of what was really going on in the area during the 1990s has come into view. Who was Doug? How did he end up so far from home? Who was he last seen with? Was the train really what killed him? Why was his case never investigated?

    The journey to find the answers to those questions has revealed a web of small town secrets that feel like fiction, except they're not. Over the course of the Season 6 investigation Delia has interviewed more than 45 people, spoken with convicted murderers in prison, and traced the origins of a disturbing pattern of behavior within local law enforcement that may have resulted in a decades-long cover up of multiple deaths. The investigation into what happened to Doug Wagg appears to be just the tip of a very large, very complicated iceberg that someone has worked hard to keep hidden for more than three decades.

    Access to all episodes of CounterClock Season 6 is now available at the $10 and $20 tiers in the Crime Junkie Fan Club App. 

     

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    30 May 2024, 10:25 am
  • 44 minutes 56 seconds
    Dorothy “Dee" Scofield (4 of Hearts, Florida)

    Our card this week is Dorothy “Dee" Scofield, the 4 of Hearts from Florida.

    Ocala Police Chief Mike Balken was just a toddler when 12-year-old Dee Scofield disappeared from a local department store. When he was a teenager, he remembers his parents bringing up the missing little girl from his hometown. Later, as a dad, it would cause him to lie awake at night, worrying about his own daughter. And down the line, as a new detective, it would continue to haunt him when he began investigating the case for himself. And today… even as a Chief of the entire department… he won’t rest until he knows what happened to Dee Scofield.

    • If you have any information about the disappearance of Dorothy “Dee” Scofield in 1976, please call Ocala Police Chief Mike Balken at 352-369-7000, or email [email protected].
       

    View source material and photos for this episode at: thedeckpodcast.com/dorothy-dee-scofield 
     

     

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    The Deck is hosted by Ashley Flowers. 

    Text Ashley at 317-733-7485 to talk all things true crime, get behind the scenes updates, and more!

    29 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 18 minutes 14 seconds
    Debra Owens (7 of Diamonds, Florida)

    Our card this week is Debra Owens, the 7 of Diamonds from Florida. 

    Debra was a woman who deserved better than what she got in the last year of her life. Every day she woke up, she was a survivor of something or someone. Over 20 years after she was brutally murdered, no one has been held accountable.

    • If you have any information about the murder of Debra Owens in 2002, please contact the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office major crimes unit at 352-249-2790, or you can anonymously report information at Crime Stoppers of Citrus County at 888-269-8477.
    • If you or someone you know are a victim of domestic violence, know that help is available. You can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233, or text “START” to 88788.
       

    View source material and photos for this episode at: thedeckpodcast.com/debra-owens

     

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    The Deck is hosted by Ashley Flowers. 

    Text Ashley at 317-733-7485 to talk all things true crime, get behind the scenes updates, and more!

    22 May 2024, 7:05 am
  • 24 minutes 13 seconds
    Anna Hliaras (10 of Clubs, Ohio)

    Our card this week is Anna Hliaras, the 10 of Clubs from Ohio.

    Anna Hliaras was a vigilant fixture in her Dayton, Ohio, neighborhood. She was essentially neighborhood watch before it was even a thing. And her mission was to make sure any and all disturbances in her community were called out. But investigators fear her tenacious behavior could’ve led to her demise… 

    • If you have any information about the 1981 murder of Anna Hliaras in northwest Dayton, Ohio, please call the Cold Case Unit at the Dayton Police Department at 937-333-7109.
       

    View source material and photos for this episode at: thedeckpodcast.com/anna-hliaras

     

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    Text Ashley at 317-733-7485 to talk all things true crime, get behind the scenes updates, and more!

    22 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 38 minutes 13 seconds
    JaQuan Atkins (10 of Clubs, Virginia)

    Our card this week is JaQuan Atkins, the 10 of Clubs from Virginia. 

    30-year-old JaQuan had a lot going for him in the spring of 2021. He had a good job and a tight crew of friends that he performed with as part of a local rap group. But most important to him – his close-knit family: a devoted mom, little nieces and nephews who called him “Uncle Quan,” and a big brother he admired. But police believe that brother is holding a secret…

    • If you know anything about the murder of JaQuan Atkins in 2021, you can call in a tip to the Richmond Police Department at 804-780-1000, or remain anonymous by submitting a tip through P-3 Tips – you can access that app online or download it on your smartphone.

    View source material and photos for this episode at: thedeckpodcast.com/jaquan-atkins

     

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    Text Ashley at 317-733-7485 to talk all things true crime, get behind the scenes updates, and more!

    15 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 23 minutes 30 seconds
    Alexander Winspeare (Jack of Clubs, Florida)

    Our card this week is Alexander WInspeare, the Jack of Clubs from Florida.

    At 93, Alexander Winspeare had been through a lot in his long life. He was a veteran of World War I, proudly serving his country. If anyone had earned the right to die with dignity and grace, it was him. But instead, he was murdered in 1987. And 37 years later, police are still on the hunt for his killer.

    • If you know anything about the murder of Alexander Winspeare in October of 1987, please call the Largo PD tip line at 727-587-6730.

     

    View source material and photos for this episode at: thedeckpodcast.com/alexander-winspeare

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    The Deck is hosted by Ashley Flowers. 

    Text Ashley at 317-733-7485 to talk all things true crime, get behind the scenes updates, and more!

    8 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 33 minutes 14 seconds
    Timothy Zimmerman (8 of Spades, Indiana)

    Our card this week is Timothy Zimmerman, the 8 of Spades from Indiana. 

    Timothy Zimmerman, an active member of his community and property owner in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was violently murdered at one of his properties in 2007. Despite several clues being left behind at the messy crime scene, Timothy’s homicide has never been solved. 

    • If you know anything about the stabbing death of Timothy Zimmerman in 2007, call the Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers at 260-436-STOP (7867) or the Fort Wayne Police Department at 260-427-1222.
       

     

    National DNA Day was Thursday, April 25th, and in honor of the special day, Ashley and audiochuck have partnered with an Indy based cidery to release a limited edition cider called Cheers For Chuck. Cheers For Chuck cider helps solve cold cases - with every purchase, a portion of proceeds goes to Season of Justice. A cider that can crack crime? We'll cheers to that! This is an extremely limited drop, so visit cheersforchuckcider.com to get your order in before it sells out. 

     

    View source material and photos for this episode at: thedeckpodcast.com/timothy-zimmerman

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    Text Ashley at 317-733-7485 to talk all things true crime, get behind the scenes updates, and more!

     

    1 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 36 minutes 57 seconds
    Loni Kai Okaruru (5 of Hearts, Oregon)

    Our card this week is Loni Kai Okaruru, the 5 of Hearts from Oregon.

    Loni Kai Okaruru made several stops on the morning of August 26, 2001, and interacted with several people, before she was beaten to death, her body left on a farm in Washington County, Oregon. Loni Kai’s murder was quickly labeled by police as a hate crime, but decades later her killer is still unknown. 

    Note: An earlier version of this episode touched on gender fluidity in Filipino culture. As we cannot independently verify this information, we have removed this statement.

    • If you know anything about the murder of Loni Kai Okaruru in August 2001 in northwest Oregon, please call the Washington County Sheriff’s Investigations Division at 503-846-2500, and ask for Detective Shannon Wilde.
    • To learn more about Basic Rights Oregon, please visit their website by clicking here.
    • audiochuck is proud to support the Trans Journalists Association, an organization whose mission is to promote accurate, nuanced coverage of trans issues and communities in the media. To explore resources, learn more about their work, and join us in supporting them, please visit https://www.transjournalists.org/
       

    Thank you to author and activist Raquel Willis, who helped us by reviewing and editing this episode. Visit her website to learn more about her work!

    View source material and photos for this episode at: thedeckpodcast.com/loni-kai-okaruru

    Let us deal you in… follow The Deck on social media.

    The Deck is hosted by Ashley Flowers. 

    Text Ashley at 317-733-7485 to talk all things true crime, get behind the scenes updates, and more!

    24 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 21 minutes 26 seconds
    Kirsten Leonard (9 of Spades, Nevada)

    A while back, our team at audiochuck received an email from Kirsten Leonard’s family asking us if we would cover her case. Specifically, the email was sent by her nephew, Karsten, who’s named in memory of his aunt… an aunt he never got the chance to meet.

    That’s because in June 1986, at just 22 years old, Kirsten was murdered in what can only be described as a senseless and brutal crime.

    • If you have any information about the murder of Kirsten Leonard in 1986, please call the Reno Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 775-334-2188, or anonymously report information by calling Secret Witness at 775-322-4900. You can also visit the Secret Witness link on the Reno PD’s website to submit tips anonymously, or send an email to [email protected].
       

    View source material and photos for this episode at: thedeckpodcast.com/kirsten-leonard

     

    Let us deal you in… follow The Deck on social media.

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    Text Ashley at 317-733-7485 to talk all things true crime, get behind the scenes updates, and more!

    17 April 2024, 7:05 am
  • 18 minutes 55 seconds
    Renee Rosita Harris (King of Spades, Florida)

    In the spring of 2000, a 24-year-old woman was found floating in a Citrus County, Florida canal. Though answers have eluded authorities for more than two decades, a present-day sergeant is hoping that putting her story in the spotlight may help reveal the truth.

    • If you know anything about the murder of Renee Rosita Harris, you can call the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office at 352-249-2790 and ask for the major crimes unit. Or, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can call 1-800-ANY-TIPS (269-8477).

    View source material and photos for this episode at: thedeckpodcast.com/renee-rosita-harris/

     

    Let us deal you in… follow The Deck on social media.

    The Deck is hosted by Ashley Flowers. 

     

    Text Ashley at 317-733-7485 to talk all things true crime, get behind the scenes updates, and more!

    17 April 2024, 7:00 am
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