Aug. 6, 2020

Episode 30: The Murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward and the Massachusetts Drug Lab Scandal

This week’s GOAT episode was all about Ali Fedotowsky! Ali was the 6th Bachelorette, circa 2010. Ali is from Massachusetts (Williamstown, specifically), and after her time as the Bachelorette, she went on to do some news correspondent work.

Megan talks about the murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, who seemed like just amazing human beings. Alison, like Ali, was a news correspondent, and Adam was her trusty cameraman. Alison and Adam worked for the WDBJ station outside of Roanoke, Virginia and were unfortunately shot and killed by a man they used to work with, Vester Flanagan II (aka Bryce Williams) in 2015. (Content Warning: suicide) (Story starts at 10:23)

Danielle discusses the Massachusetts Drug Lab Scandal. Two women, Annie Dookhan and Sonja Farak, compromised the entire Massachusetts judicial system with Annie falsifying documents to remain the superstar of the office and Sonja battling a serious drug addiction. Danielle also discusses the ACLU's fight for justice for the over 75,000 convictions. A lot of her information came from "How to Fix a Drug Scandal" which is available on Netflix. (Story starts at 41:38)

Megan shares some true crime news: a development in the appeals case surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing, Robert Durst’s murder trial is postponed, and in light of the murder of Vanessa Guillen, the Army names an independent panel to review Fort Hood’s command and culture. Danielle also shares a quick update from a CR cutie (thanks friend, @ari.elle6) about one of the exonerated M25 Three, Raphael Rowe (related to our Episode 18), who is now an Executive Producer on Netflix’s World’s Toughest Prisons (Season 4).

Links mentioned in the episode:

Everytown for Gun Safety: they have tons of resources to learn more about the problem of gun violence in this country here.

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