Aug. 5, 2021

Episode 114 True Crime: The 1984 South Pasadena Arson Murders of Ada Deal, Matthew Troidl, Carolyn Kraus, and Jimmy Cetina

Last week at the Men Tell All, we saw one firefighter trainee just light it up on the stage. It felt like he got more air time at the MTA than all season long, so this one’s for you, Brendan.

Megan tells the story of the 1984 Pasadena fire at a hardware store that sadly took the lives of four people- two employees, and two customers. During the investigation, they believe that this fire was committed by a serial arsonist, and was even committed by an arson investigator. (Story starts at 10:03).

CONTENT WARNING: child murders

We also discuss the Olympics again - it feels incredibly difficult to watch from a logistics perspective. Congratulations to Suni Lee of Team USA Gymnastics for her gold medal in the Women’s individual all-around. And of course, we will always stan the GOAT, Simone Biles and her leadership. We also discuss our excitement for Bachelor in Paradise, premiering on August 19! On that note, we will not have a true crime episode released on August 12th in preparation for the premiere.

Links Discussed in the Episode:

Episode 37- The Murder of Andres Escobar (info on the Rosebowl)

Episode 77- The Fires of Paul Kenneth Keller, the Pyromaniac (more on arsonists)

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