This season of Marginalized Murder we dive into "The Case of the 51", the largest active serial murder mystery in the county. Over the course of twenty years at least 51 women were strangled to death in the South and West side of Chicago . I speak with Thomas Hargrove, the founder of the Murder Accountability Project and the creator of the algorithm that cracked this cold case wide open. We also meet some of the victim's family members like Sharon Pritchett, whose beloved sister Gwendolyn Williams was stolen from her by a killer who the Chicago DA refused to prosecute. Then there are community activists and local politicians like Reverend Hood and Senator Patricia Van Pelt, who fight to keep this case alive and bring answers to the heartbroken family members and friends left behind.
Join me as I attempt to uncover who killed the majority of these women, who were murdered by not one, but potentially two to three serial killers. A story with little answers; until the summer of 2021 when a major break in the case is unearthed: the reemergence of a confession tape from a convicted serial killer who admits to murdering victims to death across five states, including Illinois. Help me try to find peace to the victims, justice to the perpetrators, and cast an eye of scrutiny to a justice system that overlooks marginalized victims living on the fringes. It all starts in Chicago....
While Reverend Robin Hood and Senator Patricia Van Pelt unite in reducing the DNA backlog, Gerald Hamilton, a retired Chicago Homicide Detective, introduces one of the most chilling cases in the 51…
The Washington Park Murders.
In 2007, Theresa Bunn and Hazel Marie Lewis’ bodies were found one day apart in Washington Park. They were both strangled to death, dumped in trash cans, and set on fire within 24 hours of each other.
Detective Hamilton dives into the eerie circumstances surrounding the case and a major clue that points to a convicted serial killer using public transit to commit his crimes…
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