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March 8, 2022

E39: The Laundromat Murder

In 1967, A Kern County Sheriff Deputy discovered the lifeless body of Dominga "Dee" Montoya in a 24-hour laundromat. Because of the brutal nature of this crime, and the fact that the victim was a secretary for a California la...

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March 1, 2022

E38: The Supermarket Rapist

In the late 1980s in Bakersfield, there was a serial rapist targeting women who were alone in grocery store parking lots. This predator became known as "The Supermarket Rapist". Congratulate Elvis Barber, on winning the Notor...

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Feb. 22, 2022

E37: March Meet Drag Races

The March Meet drags are Notorious not only in Bakersfield but around the world. Every year race Fans flock to the Fomoso Dragstrip to witness a legacy of racing that dates back 63 years. You'll want to listen to this …

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Feb. 15, 2022

E36: Deadly Teacher Love Triangle

What makes a story rise to the notorious level? I look back to see how long a story remained in the headlines of the Bakersfield Californian. That's probably the main determining factor. The next is to see if the story …

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Feb. 8, 2022

E35: Deadly Realtor Love Triangle

Late in the morning of August 15th, the coffee shop at the Ramada Inn was still busy serving breakfast. The restaurant's manager Roberta Plank was working the cash register. The Ramada Inn's general manager, Warren Bruce, pop...

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Feb. 1, 2022

E34: 1968 Padre Hotel Murder

There are a lot of rumors out there floating around about the historic Padre Hotel in downtown Bakersfield. Many of them are 100 percent false. Most of these stories aren't based on any evidence whatsoever. These rumors have ...

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Jan. 25, 2022

E33: Truxtun Beale

Other than Col. Thomas Baker, who Bakersfield was named after, George and Julius Chester, who Chester Ave is named after, and Country music stars Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, I can't think of another name more closely associ...

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Jan. 18, 2022

32: Catching A Pyro

In 1984, fast-moving fire in a hardware store in Pasadena killed four people. In January of 1987, a string of fires broke out in several different retail stores in the California Central Valley...two in Bakersfield, two store...

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Jan. 11, 2022

31: The Killer Columnist

There's no denying that It's unusual for a newspaper to give a prison inmate a platform to share commentary and opinions. But that's what The Bakersfield Californian did in the early 1970s. Management at the Californian was s...

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Jan. 4, 2022

30 Steven Stayner: The Bakersfield Connection

In 1972 a seven-year-old boy named Steven Stayner was abducted while he walked home from school in Merced, CA. His case drug on and went unsolved for so long, most people gave up any hope that Steven would ever be …

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Dec. 28, 2021

Encore: Rampage In Rosedale

I'm taking this week off for the holidays. I'll be back next Tuesday-next year-with a new Notorious Bakersfield episode. Until then, here's is an earlier Notorious Bakersfield episode. Have a safe and happy New Year! If you'...

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Dec. 21, 2021

E29: The Virgin Mary In Bakersfield

During Christmas 1984 through to the New Year, the faithful and curious alike flocked to an East Bakersfield home to view what some claimed to be that of an apparition of the Virgin Mary. This is the story about The …

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Dec. 14, 2021

E28: Killer Santa At Denny's

In 1989, Kenneth Obney and a companion were ambushed by an assailant wearing a Santa costume in the parking lot of a Denny's restaurant in Bakersfield. If you'd like to support the Notorious Bakersfield podcast, you can buy m...

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Dec. 7, 2021

E27: Cheyenne Sends His Regards

In the previous episode of the Notorious Bakersfield podcast, you learned about Rudy "Cheyenne" Cadena's crimes, his rise in the ranks of the Mexican Mafia, and his assassination. For this episode, you'll learn about the 1975...

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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 by a true story.” The lead character played by Olmos is named Montoya Santana. Everything written...

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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 Roosevelt proclaimed the Thursday before the last Thursday of November would be the official Than...

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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 turned the key in the ignition, the bomb detonated. Over 50 years later and this case remains …

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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 Bakersfield in 1969. Her name was Jody. For this episode, for the first time in 52 years, …

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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 to positively identify her. When her story ran in newspapers and broadcast on local TV news progr...

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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 to the 1938 radio adaptation of "War of the Worlds". This is considered one of the biggest Hallow...

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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 wife Priscilla's house in Park Stockdale. She was working the graveyard shift at a downtown Bakersf...

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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 that's certainly what happened when 24-year-old Bakersfield College student Frances Lorine Brown...

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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 of their lives. The Notorious Bakersfield Halloween Tour is a self-paced audio driving tour to so...

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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 the law, Wiley was the guy you wanted in your corner. But overshadowing his courtroom triumphs, ...

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