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Episode 36: Jacob Landin (Part 2)

Episode 36: Jacob Landin (Part 2)

July 31, 2021

In episode 35, I told you the story of Jacob Landin: a beautiful, happy nine-month-old boy, bursting with life and personality, whose death from blunt force trauma to the head has been unresolved for over 33 years. Despite investigators zeroing in on a single suspect, the case, which over the years saw a periodic resurgence in police interest, has gone officially unsolved, and the man believed to have caused Jacob’s death has gone unpunished.

For episode 36, originally released in November of 2020, I had the honor of speaking with Jacob’s older brother, Eric Carter-Landin. Eric, who was 6 at the time, was initially blamed for causing Jacob’s death, and he has channelled his traumatic childhood experiences and the loss of his beloved brother into his own true crime podcast, True Consequences

This is part 2 of the infuriating story of Jacob Landin.

Links discussed in today’s episode:

Sign Eric’s petition: Justice for Jacob Landin https://www.change.org/p/new-mexico-attorney-general-justice-for-jacob-landin 

For Eric’s True Consequences podcast, visit https://trueconsequences.com

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Episode 35: Jacob Landin (Part 1)

Episode 35: Jacob Landin (Part 1)

July 31, 2021

In this episode, which was originally released in October of 2020, I’m going to tell you the story of Jacob Landin: a beautiful, happy nine-month-old boy, bursting with life and personality, whose death from blunt force trauma to the head has been unresolved for over 33 years. Despite investigators zeroing in on a single suspect, the case, which over the years saw a periodic resurgence in police interest, has gone officially unsolved, and the man believed to have caused Jacob’s death has gone unpunished.

This will be the first of two episodes covering Jacob’s story. For part 2, I had the honor of speaking with Jacob’s older brother, Eric Carter-Landin. Eric, who was 6 at the time, was initially blamed for causing Jacob’s death, and he has channeled his traumatic childhood experiences and the loss of his beloved brother into his own true crime podcast, True Consequences. You’ll hear my interview with Eric in the next episode.

This is part 1 of the infuriating story of Jacob Landin.

Links discussed in today’s episode:

Sign Eric’s petition: Justice for Jacob Landin https://www.change.org/p/new-mexico-attorney-general-justice-for-jacob-landin 

For Eric’s True Consequences podcast, visit https://trueconsequences.com

Statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV): https://ncadv.org/STATISTICS

Sign Laura Richards’ petition: Domestic Violence Law Reform USA https://www.change.org/p/domestic-violence-law-reform-coercive-control-usa 

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Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me on Patreon, you'll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts!  (www.patreon.com/STLCpod

This podcast is researched, written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

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Music for this episode is from https://audiojungle.net

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Episode 61: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (Part 4)

Episode 61: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (Part 4)

May 12, 2021

In the first three episodes in my series on Munchausen syndrome by proxy, I searched for answers about this commonly misunderstood form of child abuse while I discussed multiple cases of children harmed or even killed by mothers who sought attention for themselves and thrived on drama, heedless of the damage they did to their children. During my search, I came out with more questions than answers!

For this episode, I welcomed two very special guests to help me answer those questions. Author Andrea Dunlop drew from personal experience with a family member to write her latest novel, We Came Here to Forget, which centers around a woman whose family was torn apart by Munchausen by proxy. Dr. Marc Feldman, who I have quoted multiple times throughout the series, is an international expert in the field of factitious disorders whose credentials are too numerous to list in the show notes! 

I was honored to have an in-depth, fascinating conversation with both Andrea and Dr. Feldman, who provided their uniquely qualified perspectives and expertise on this baffling topic. Don’t miss this episode!

This is part 4 in my series about the inexplicable phenomenon of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.

Links:

Andrea Dunlop’s novel, We Came Here to Forget: https://www.amazon.com/We-Came-Here-Forget-Novel/dp/1982103434/

Dr. Marc Feldman’s latest book, Dying to Be Ill: https://www.amazon.com/Dying-be-Ill-Marc-Feldman-dp-1138063835/dp/1138063835/

Dr. Feldman’s website: https://www.munchausen.com/ 

Andrea Dunlop’s website: https://www.andreadunlop.net/ 

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This podcast is researched, written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

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Episode 60: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (Part 3)

Episode 60: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (Part 3)

May 5, 2021

Over the last two episodes, I told you the story of five-year-old Garnett Spears, whose mother was convicted of his 2014 murder by sodium poisoning. Garnett’s entire life was filled with medical procedures, treatments, medications, even surgeries he didn’t need, all thanks to his mother’s pathological need for attention. 

In this episode, the third in my series about Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, I’ll tell you the stories of other children affected by medical child abuse, and other caregivers -- mostly mothers -- whose bizarre behavior, lies, and willingness to abuse and even kill the children in their care is the reason for their inclusion on this list.

This is part 3 in my series about the inexplicable phenomenon of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.

Links:

Andrea Dunlop’s novel, We Came Here to Forget

Dr. Marc Feldman’s latest book, Dying to Be Ill

Huge thanks to today’s sponsors:

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Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me, you'll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts! 

This podcast is researched, written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

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Episode 59: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (Part 2)

Episode 59: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (Part 2)

April 28, 2021

Most of us have heard of Munchausen syndrome by proxy thanks to its prevalence in popular culture, including TV, movies, books, and, of course, news articles, but what is it exactly? Is it a crime, a cry for help, a mental disorder, or something else entirely? 

In part one of this series, I told you what studies and experts have to say about this commonly misunderstood condition. I also told you the beginning of the story of 5-year-old Garnett Spears. Garnett’s death in January of 2014 was the culmination of five brutal years of unnecessary surgical procedures, medications, hospitalizations, induced illnesses, and gratuitous suffering at the hands of his mother, and the egregiousness of Garnett’s story has made his one of the most well known cases of Munchausen syndrome by proxy to date. In today’s episode, I’ll tell you the conclusion of Garnett’s story, including his death and the 2015 murder trial of his mother, Lacey Spears.

This is part 2 of the baffling phenomenon of Munchausen Syndrome by proxy.

Links:

Dr. Marc Feldman’s latest book

Dr. Feldman’s bio

John Glatt’s book, My Sweet Angel: The True Story of Lacey Spears, the Seemingly Perfect Mother Who Murdered Her Son in Cold Blood

Web of Lies on ID - The Sick Boy

48 Hours on CBS - A Mother Accused

Huge thanks to today’s sponsors:

On the Military True Crime Addict podcast, host David Kokish covers lesser known cases involving military personnel, veterans, family members, and others associated with the military, giving voices to the victims of these crimes and raising awareness for those impacted by them. 

Monster Ivy Publishing, the premier publishing company for edgy, clean fiction, tackles the hard topics, much like I do on this podcast. Visit their website here: https://www.monsterivy.com/

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Photos related to today's episode can be viewed on Facebook and Instagram

You can also follow the podcast on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, TikTok, and Pinterest. My Linktree is available here.

Visit the podcast's web page at www.sufferthelittlechildrenpod.com.  

Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me, you'll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts! 

This podcast is researched, written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

For more stories like this one, visit Suffer the Little Children Blog.

Music for this episode is from www.AudioJungle.net

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Episode 58: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (Part 1)

Episode 58: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (Part 1)

April 21, 2021

Most of us have heard of Munchausen syndrome by proxy thanks to its prevalence in popular culture, including TV, movies, books, and, of course, news articles, but what is it exactly? Is it a crime, a cry for help, a mental disorder, or something else entirely? 

For the first time, to raise awareness of this insidious form of child abuse, I will cover Munchausen syndrome by proxy as a broad topic spanning several episodes instead of concentrating on one case. In part one of the series, I’ll tell you what studies and experts have to say about this commonly misunderstood condition, and I’ll also tell you the first part of the story of 5-year-old Garnett Spears. Garnett’s death in January of 2014 was the culmination of five brutal years of unnecessary surgical procedures, medications, hospitalizations, induced illnesses, and gratuitous suffering at the hands of his mother, and the egregiousness of Garnett’s story has made his one of the most well known cases of Munchausen syndrome by proxy to date. 

This is part 1 of the baffling phenomenon of Munchausen Syndrome by proxy. 

Links mentioned in the episode:

Dr. Marc Feldman’s latest book

Dr. Feldman’s bio

Andrea Dunlop’s latest book, We Came Here to Forget

John Glatt’s book, My Sweet Angel: The True Story of Lacey Spears, the Seemingly Perfect Mother Who Murdered Her Son in Cold Blood

Huge thanks to today’s sponsors:

On the Military True Crime Addict podcast, host David Kokish covers lesser known cases involving military personnel, veterans, family members, and others associated with the military, giving voices to the victims of these crimes and raising awareness for those impacted by them. 

Smile Brilliant provides teeth whitening and oral care products customized just for you! Use my coupon code to save 30% by clicking here.

Shout-out to The Jury Room Podcast, whose promo you heard at the top of the show! 

Photos related to today's episode can be viewed on Facebook and Instagram

You can also follow the podcast on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, TikTok, and Pinterest. My Linktree is available here.

Visit the podcast's web page at www.sufferthelittlechildrenpod.com.  

Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me, you'll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts! 

This podcast is researched, written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

For more stories like this one, visit Suffer the Little Children Blog.

Music for this episode is from www.AudioJungle.net

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Episode 57: Samiah Downing (Part 2)

Episode 57: Samiah Downing (Part 2)

April 7, 2021

Four-year-old Samiah Downing was visiting with her father and his girlfriend in Adelanto, California in December of 2012 when police received a report from a witness that something very bad had happened to Samiah. Police interviewed the couple, and within hours, authorities received information that led them to a shallow grave in the California desert, where they discovered Samiah’s body with unimaginable injuries. The story that emerged was a horror of daily beatings, confinement, and diabolical torture, including the water deprivation that ultimately led to Samiah’s death, and later, the arrest and conviction of three people.

In last week’s episode, I told you the story of Samiah’s life, her death, and the nearly nine-year criminal case that ensued. This week, you’ll hear my interview with the prosecutor in Samiah’s case, San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Justin Crocker, who spent years pushing toward justice for the sweet, happy four-year-old girl with the big brown eyes. 

This is part 2 of the tragic story of Samiah Downing.

Huge thanks to today’s sponsor:

Smile Brilliant provides teeth whitening and oral care products customized just for you! Use my coupon code to save 30% by clicking here

Photos related to today's episode can be viewed on Facebook and Instagram

You can also follow the podcast on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, TikTok, and Pinterest. My Linktree is available here.

Visit the podcast's web page at www.sufferthelittlechildrenpod.com.  

Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me, you'll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts! 

This podcast is researched, written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

For more stories like this one, visit Suffer the Little Children Blog.

Music for this episode is from www.AudioJungle.net

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Episode 56: Samiah Downing (Part 1)

Episode 56: Samiah Downing (Part 1)

March 31, 2021

Four-year-old Samiah Downing was visiting with her father and his girlfriend in Adelanto, California in December of 2012 when police received a report from a witness that something very bad had happened to Samiah. Police interviewed the couple, and within hours, authorities received information that led them to a shallow grave in the California desert, where they discovered Samiah’s body with unimaginable injuries. The story that emerged was a horror of daily beatings, confinement, and diabolical torture, including the water deprivation that ultimately led to Samiah’s death, and later, the arrest and conviction of three people.

In this episode, I will tell you the story of Samiah’s life, her death, and the nearly nine-year criminal case that ensued. Next week, you’ll hear my interview with the prosecutor in Samiah’s case, San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Justin Crocker, who spent years pushing toward justice for the sweet, happy four-year-old girl with the big brown eyes. 

This is part 1 of the tragic story of Samiah Downing.

To watch the segment about Samiah on Gina Silva’s Fox 11 investigative series The Children Are Dying, click here.

Huge thanks to today’s sponsor:

Smile Brilliant provides teeth whitening and oral care products customized just for you! Visit their website here.

Shout-out also to the Stolen Lives podcast, whose promo you heard at the top of the episode! 

Photos related to today's episode can be viewed on Facebook and Instagram

You can also follow the podcast on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, TikTok, and Pinterest. My Linktree is available here.

Visit the podcast's web page at www.sufferthelittlechildrenpod.com.  

Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me, you'll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts! 

This podcast is written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

For more stories like this one, visit Suffer the Little Children Blog.

Music for this episode is from www.AudioJungle.net

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Episode 55: Hoss Benham

Episode 55: Hoss Benham

March 24, 2021

On March 11, 2014, a young woman and her older boyfriend entered the emergency room in Cullman, Alabama, carrying the lifeless body of her one-year-old son, Hoss Benham, who they said had drowned in the bathtub of their mobile home. Hoss’s injuries did not match up with the couple’s story, and after the results of an autopsy were released, both would face multiple charges, including capital murder and sexual torture.

This is a story of a little boy who endured unfathomable cruelty at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend. It’s also the story of a sweet, happy baby who died in terror and agony on his first birthday. 

This is the tragic story of Hoss Benham.

In this episode, I discussed types and signs of child abuse, as well as risk factors. This information was largely gathered from this page on the Mayo Clinic’s website, which also lists complications, prevention tips, and other resources. If you see something, say something!

Huge thanks to today’s sponsors:

Smile Brilliant provides teeth whitening and oral care products customized just for you! Visit their website here.

On the Heromakers Podcast, hosts Laurie Nichols and Ann Chow have great conversations with many incredible people who are making the world a little bit better. Visit the Heromakers Movement website here

Shout-out also to Ana at Apple for the Teacher Podcast, whose promo you heard at the top of today’s episode! Find Apple for the Teacher on your favorite podcast listening platform.

Photos related to today's episode can be viewed on Facebook and Instagram

You can also follow the podcast on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, TikTok, and Pinterest. My Linktree is available here.

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Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me, you'll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts! 

This podcast is written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

For more stories like this one, visit Suffer the Little Children Blog.

Music for this episode is from www.AudioJungle.net

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Episode 54: Maddilyn-Rose Stokes

Episode 54: Maddilyn-Rose Stokes

March 17, 2021

On May 25, 2017, two-year-old Maddilyn-Rose Stokes was rushed to the hospital in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, unresponsive and suffering from infected third-degree burns that had been inflicted in the family’s bathtub five days prior. Her parents, Shane Stokes and Nicole Moore, had not sought medical care for their little girl’s worsening condition, calling emergency services only when she stopped breathing. Several hours later, Maddy was dead.

This is a story of bad decisions, selfishness, mental illness, and medical neglect. It’s also the story of a tiny, defenseless toddler who suffered unimaginable pain for five days with severe, untreated burns covering a fifth of her little body, which finally succumbed to the resultant infection running rampant through her bloodstream. 

This is the horrific story of Maddilyn-Rose Stokes.

Huge thanks to today’s sponsors:

Smile Brilliant provides teeth whitening and oral care products customized just for you! Visit their website here.

On the Heromakers Podcast, hosts Laurie Nichols and Ann Chow have great conversations with many incredible people who are making the world a little bit better. Visit the Heromakers Movement website here

Shout-out also to Malice, whose podcast promo you heard at the top of today’s episode!

Photos related to today's episode can be viewed on Facebook and Instagram

You can also follow the podcast on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, TikTok, and Pinterest. My Linktree is available here.

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Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me, you'll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts! 

This podcast is written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

For more stories like Maddy’s, visit Suffer the Little Children Blog.

Music for this episode is from www.AudioJungle.net

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