Notorious Bakersfield

Recent Episodes

E60: Hart Park Plane Crash

Aug. 16, 2022

On August 16, 1986, a Kern County Sherrif's Office Search & Rescue aircraft crashed in Hart Park. Killed were 46-year-old Douglas Moonen, 46-year-old Sgt. Marvin Kline and 50-year-old Ray Bockman, and Bockman's dog, a 3-year…

E59: The Sledgehammer Murders

Aug. 9, 2022

On May 16, 1978, eight-year-old Jason went to see if his friend Jeremy could play. A man answered the door and said Jeremy couldn't play. Little Jeremy couldn't play because he was dead...likely bludgeoned to death by the ma…

Coming Aug. 9th: The Sledgehammer Murders

Aug. 5, 2022

Notorious Bakersfield has been on hiatus for the last couple of weeks. I'll be back Tuesday, August 9th with this all-new Notorious Bakersfield story, The Sledgehammer Murders.

Encore: Torie Lynn Knapp

Aug. 2, 2022

A parole board recommended parole for a convicted murderer. In 2001 Torie Lynn Knapp was brutally stabbed to death by her then 15-year-old son Parker Chamberlin. This was a gruesome murder that shocked everyone who knew both…

E58: The Wickersham Heist

July 19, 2022

An organized crime ring burglarized the Wickersham Jewelry store in downtown Bakersfield in 1964. This is that story. If you'd like to support the Notorious Bakersfield podcast, you can buy me a coffee. Visit here to make a…

E57: The Bakersfield Eight

July 12, 2022

An airplane carrying the Cal Poly Univesity football team crashed on takeoff from a Toldeo, OH area airport. Eight players on that flight were from Bakersfield or had ties to Bakersfield. Four of them perished. If you'd li…

E56: 24 Years Of Hell

July 5, 2022

Glenda Crosley killed her husband Sam by running him down with her car. She claimed spousal abuse as justification for this crime. Victim of Domestic Violence? Visit this link: If you'd like to supp…

E55: Deadly Pizza Delivery

June 28, 2022

Tony Azevedo was murdered in 1996 while delivering pizzas for Pizzaville USA. This is his story. If you'd like to support the Notorious Bakersfield podcast, you can buy me a coffee. Visit here to make a donation: https://www…

E54: Trial Of The Century

June 21, 2022

In 1961, Spade Cooley, a Country Music star, brutally murdered his wife in Willow Springs near Tehachapi. His murder trial in Bakersfield attracted enormous public interest. It was a media spectacle, the likes of which hadn'…

E53: Death Of A Businessman

June 14, 2022

Tom Dertinger called his wife Barbara on the afternoon of January 10, 1986. He told Barbara he was leaving his office to run some errands. Later that afternoon, Tom called his secretary to tell her he was at the apartment of…

E52: Murder On Rosewood Avenue

June 7, 2022

When Jimmy and Sharon kissed their mother Patricia Leard goodbye on their way out the door for school on September 5, 1978, that was the last time they ever kissed their mom. If you'd like to support the Notorious Bakersfiel…

E51: Melee At Juvenile Court

May 31, 2022

On May 7, 1954, a domestic dispute turned deadly at the Kern County Juvenile Court building. Two people died and two others were wounded. If you'd like to support the Notorious Bakersfield podcast, you can buy me a coffee. V…

E50: The Mysterious Murder Of Jack Downing

May 24, 2022

Jack Downing's abandoned station wagon was found near the KERN Radio station on June 4, 1975. His body was found later that evening in a reservoir two miles away. His murder remain unsolved 47 years later. If you'd like to …