Notorious Bakersfield

Recent Episodes

E19: Murder At Bakersfield College

Oct. 12, 2021

Whenever a violent crime occurs at a well-known institution in a community, the community takes notice-people pay attention. And that's certainly what happened when 24-year-old Bakersfield College student Frances Lorine Brow…

Bakersfield Halloween Tour

Oct. 7, 2021

In Bakersfield and feeling the Halloween spirit? Load your friends and family into your car and take them on the creepiest ride of their lives. The Notorious Bakersfield Halloween Tour is a self-paced audio driving tour to s…

E18: Wiley & Grace

Oct. 5, 2021

Wiley Dorris was one of the most respected criminal defense attorneys in Bakersfield. If you found yourself on the wrong side of the law, Wiley was the guy you wanted in your corner. But overshadowing his courtroom triumphs,…

E17: Unsolved: Jessica Martinez

Sept. 28, 2021

The 1990 abduction and murder of 4-year-old Jessica Martinez remains one of Bakersfield's most notorious mysteries. If you have any information regarding Jessica Martinez's murder, please call the Bakersfield Police Departme…

E16: He Solved His Own Murder

Sept. 21, 2021

William Compton, a 76-year-old cancer patient, was murdered in his home in 1993. The first Bakersfield Police detectives to investigate the murder tentatively and wrongly determined the elderly man committed suicide. Despite…

E15: Unsolved: Matt Odom's Murder

Sept. 14, 2021

28-year-old Matthew Dale Odom was assaulted and stabbed in his front yard in the early morning hours of September 15, 2014. The father of four later died at the hospital from his injuries. The seven-year anniversary of this …

E14: Terror On Panorama Drive

Sept. 7, 2021

Ralph Smith Jr was a prominent Bakersfield home builder, real estate developer, and broker. He built many of the homes in Bakersfield's now well-established neighborhoods. In 1966, he and his family were living at 275 Panora…

E13: Torie Lynn Knapp

Aug. 31, 2021

This past week, 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 everyo…

E12: Rose Marie Riddle Murder

Aug. 24, 2021

The 1961 kidnapping, sexual assault, and murder of 6-year-old Rose Marie Riddle happened in Shafter, only 15 miles from Bakersfield. It was so horrific, news of the crime reverberated throughout the state of California like …

E11: 1952 Bakersfield Earthquake

Aug. 17, 2021

During the summer of 1952, Bakersfield-actually, most of Kern County-experienced an earthquake, and a string of aftershocks that forever changed our city's landscape. Besides the tragic loss of lives, the earthquake altered …

E10: BPD Corruption Scandal

Aug. 10, 2021

The Bakersfield Police Department was embroiled in a corruption scandal that rocked city hall. It was a grudge match between two of Bakersfield's most powerful government officials.

E9: The Oildale Serial Rapist

Aug. 3, 2021

Through the Summer of 1981, there was a serial rapist prowling the streets of Bakersfield. But you wouldn't have known about it unless you had a connection to law enforcement or a local news reporter. Or were one of his vict…

E8: Deputy Kills BPD Officer

July 27, 2021

The subject of this episode deals with the death of a law enforcement officer. Coincidentally, just last Sunday, July 25, 2021, the Kern County Sheriff Office and the entire community suffered a tremendous loss. Deputy Phili…