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Aug. 16, 2022

E60: Hart Park Plane Crash

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-...

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Aug. 9, 2022

E59: The Sledgehammer Murders

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 man...

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Aug. 5, 2022

Coming Aug. 9th: The Sledgehammer Murders

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.

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Aug. 2, 2022

Encore: Torie Lynn Knapp

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 ...

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July 19, 2022

E58: The Wickersham Heist

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 ...

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July 12, 2022

E57: The Bakersfield Eight

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 lik...

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July 5, 2022

E56: 24 Years Of Hell

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: https://kernalliance.org/ If you'd like to suppo...

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June 28, 2022

E55: Deadly Pizza Delivery

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....

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June 21, 2022

E54: Trial Of The Century

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't...

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June 14, 2022

E53: Death Of A Businessman

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 …

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June 7, 2022

E52: Murder On Rosewood Avenue

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 Bakersfield...

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May 31, 2022

E51: Melee At Juvenile Court

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. Vi...

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May 24, 2022

E50: The Mysterious Murder Of Jack Downing

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 …

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May 17, 2022

E49: Murdered Over $2.50

The California Relief Administration (SRA) was the precursor to what today we know as the Employment Development Department. In 1941, an SRA employee was murdered by a relief recipient. If you'd like to support the Notorious ...

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May 10, 2022

E48: Terror On Country Club Drive

Bill and Dorothy Gutierrez were having marital problems. The terror that took place in their Country Club Drive home on October 9, 1990, shocked the entire city of Bakersfield. Purchase the Friday The 13th Tour Here: https://...

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May 8, 2022

Update: Sergio Venegas

Here's an update regarding Episode 38: The Supermarket Rapist. Purchase the Notorious Bakersfield Friday The 13th audio tour here: https://fridaythe13thtour.supercast.com/

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May 3, 2022

E46: Al Robins: The Snake Man

Al "The Snake Man" Robbins entertained Bakersfield area school children for nearly five decades. The magician used live snakes to captivate his audience's attention. This is his story. If you'd like to support the Notorious B...

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April 26, 2022

E46: Accident or Murder?

Glenda Jean Hough went missing April 1, 1984. Eight months later her car-with her body inside- was discovered submerged in a canal. Kern County officials ruled her death an accident. Glenda's family doesn't agree. If you'd li...

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April 19, 2022

E45: Remembering Alicia Manning

Alicia Manning was only three weeks away from graduating from CSUB when she was brutally murdered. Notorious Bakersfield takes a look back at that tragedy that shocked the entire CSUB community. If you'd like to support the N...

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April 12, 2022

E44: Kidnapping Or Hoax

What was Amelia Earhart's husband doing in Bakersfield two years after she went missing? Learn all about that incident in this episode. If you'd like to support the Notorious Bakersfield podcast, you can buy me a coffee. Visi...

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April 5, 2022

E43: The Shadow Killer

When the father of the leading candidate for California Attorney General is killed in 1938, it becomes a sensational news story. Matt Warren, Earl Warren's father, was brutally murdered in his home on Niles Street. This is on...

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March 29, 2022

E42: The Judge And The Stripper

Judge Alan Klein was in his chambers on Sunday, March 26, 1995. For someone devoted to his job like Judge Klein, it wasn't unusual to find him at the courthouse working on a weekend. But on this particular Sunday afternoon, …

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March 22, 2022

E41: Dungeons and Dragons and Triple Murder

On the evening of November 21, 1992, Three members of the Kammeyer family were discovered brutally murdered in their home on Gibson Street next door to the Bakersfield Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The dea...

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March 15, 2022

E40: Merle: The Criminal Years

Merle Haggard was probably the most well-known person born and raised in Bakersfield. His career as a Country and Western singer, songwriter, and entertainer spanned over 50 years. Notorious Bakersfield takes a look back at t...

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