Episodes

Nov. 30, 2021

E26: Bakersfield Me: The Mexican Mafia

Edward James Olmos starred in and directed the 1992 movie American Me. The opening title card of the film says it was “inspired b…

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Nov. 23, 2021

E25: Franksgiving

For 76 years, the last Thursday of November was the official Thanksgiving holiday...until 1939...when President Franklin Delano R…

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Nov. 16, 2021

E24: Rosedale Car Bombing

In 1971, 9-year-old Eddie Owen watched from his bedroom window as his father Everett got in his pickup truck. As soon as Everett…

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Nov. 9, 2021

E23: Interview With Jody

In episode 22, Notorious Bakersfield brought you the story of a 5-year-old girl who was abandoned on the side of a freeway south…

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Nov. 2, 2021

E22: Abandoned On The Freeway

In October 1969, a little girl named Jody was abandoned on the freeway south of Bakersfield. Officials didn't have a lot to go t…

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Oct. 26, 2021

E21: Halloween Episode

For this episode of the Notorious Bakersfield podcast, I'm going to take a look back at how the people of Bakersfield responded t…

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Oct. 19, 2021

E20: Park Stockdale Horror

Just before dawn on March 9, 1972, Daniel Fusselman, a 49-year-old unemployed bartender sat in his car, outside his estranged wif…

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Oct. 12, 2021

E19: Murder At Bakersfield College

Whenever a violent crime occurs at a well-known institution in a community, the community takes notice-people pay attention. And …

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Oct. 7, 2021

Bakersfield Halloween Tour

In Bakersfield and feeling the Halloween spirit? Load your friends and family into your car and take them on the creepiest ride o…

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Oct. 5, 2021

E18: Wiley & Grace

Wiley Dorris was one of the most respected criminal defense attorneys in Bakersfield. If you found yourself on the wrong side of …

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Sept. 28, 2021

E17: Unsolved: Jessica Martinez

The 1990 abduction and murder of 4-year-old Jessica Martinez remains one of Bakersfield's most notorious mysteries. If you have a…

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Sept. 21, 2021

E16: He Solved His Own Murder

William Compton, a 76-year-old cancer patient, was murdered in his home in 1993. The first Bakersfield Police detectives to inves…

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Sept. 14, 2021

E15: Unsolved: Matt Odom's Murder

28-year-old Matthew Dale Odom was assaulted and stabbed in his front yard in the early morning hours of September 15, 2014. The f…

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Sept. 7, 2021

E14: Terror On Panorama Drive

Ralph Smith Jr was a prominent Bakersfield home builder, real estate developer, and broker. He built many of the homes in Bakersf…

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Aug. 31, 2021

E13: Torie Lynn Knapp

This past week, a parole board recommended parole for a convicted murderer. In 2001 Torie Lynn Knapp was brutally stabbed to deat…

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Aug. 24, 2021

E12: Rose Marie Riddle Murder

The 1961 kidnapping, sexual assault, and murder of 6-year-old Rose Marie Riddle happened in Shafter, only 15 miles from Bakersfie…

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Aug. 17, 2021

E11: 1952 Bakersfield Earthquake

During the summer of 1952, Bakersfield-actually, most of Kern County-experienced an earthquake, and a string of aftershocks that …

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Aug. 10, 2021

E10: BPD Corruption Scandal

The Bakersfield Police Department was embroiled in a corruption scandal that rocked city hall. It was a grudge match between two …

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Aug. 3, 2021

E9: The Oildale Serial Rapist

Through the Summer of 1981, there was a serial rapist prowling the streets of Bakersfield. But you wouldn't have known about it u…

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July 27, 2021

E8: Deputy Kills BPD Officer

The subject of this episode deals with the death of a law enforcement officer. Coincidentally, just last Sunday, July 25, 2021, t…

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July 20, 2021

E7: Stranger Than Fiction

The circumstances surrounding Eddie Lee Peel's 1977 murder are not only sad but truely bizarre. If this were a movie, nobody wou…

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July 13, 2021

Episode 6: Rampage in Rosedale

The neighborhood that runs along Palm Ave in Rosedale looks remarkably the same as it did in 1992. Like then, this neighborhood …

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July 6, 2021

Episode 5: Bakersfield Stealth Crash

On July 11, 1986, a mysterious United States military aircraft—an aircraft that the Air Force never before acknowledged existed—h…

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June 29, 2021

Episode 4: Rosedale Train Disaster

In March 1960, Bakersfield was the site of an awful railroad tragedy. A passenger train collided with a truck hauling highly fla…

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