'Serial': Three Fascinating Cases That Should Be on the Podcast
Your move, Sarah Koenig.
Sarah Koenig announced this week that Serial is getting two new seasons, most likely premiering in the fall and spring, respectively.
She did not reveal details on the upcoming seasons. Although she's said in the past that Serial might not remain a true-crime podcast, many of her fans are hoping it does. Here's three fascinating true-crime stories that are Serial material:
Zachary Witman's Case
Serial fans have already heard about Zachary Witman, in a way. He was defended by Adnan Syed's former lawyer Cristina Gutierrez, and his parents would later accuse Gutierrez of cheating them out of their money. Witman was convicted of killing his younger brother Gregory in 1998.
Gregory was found stabbed more than 100 times, 65 times in the neck. The state said Zachary, 15 at the time, killed his brother with a pen knife. As York Daily Record reports, the Witman parents say Zachary "could not have killed Greg and buried the murder weapon in seven and a half minutes, and in the middle of that, still sounded normal when he answered a phone call from one of Greg's friends." They also say he had no motive and Zachary still maintains his innocence.
Ronald Monroe's Case
In 1980 Ronald Monroe, then 34, was convicted for the 1977 killing of his next-door neighbor Lenora Collins. Her 11 and 12-year-old children were in the bedroom at the time of her death and testified against Monroe, identifying him as her killer. There was no physical evidence that tied him to the crime.
In a separate crime, Collins' ex-husband George Stinson was convicted of stabbing his common-law wife, Erma Jean Lofton, to death in 1980. According to the New York Times, while Stinson was in jail, he reportedly told his cellmate that Collins "had been killed the same way Erma Lofton was." Additionally, Stinson's first wife Marie Lendo Lee had said Stinson had stabbed her in the face and arm.
In 1989 Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer changed Monroe's death sentence to life in prison without parole because of doubts raised about the case. However, Monroe is still serving his time at the Louisiana State Penitentiary to this day.
Sister Cathy Cesnik's Case
Sister Cathy Cesnik was a Baltimore nun murdered in 1969. Her murderer was never found, but a group of women taught and mentored by Cesnik in the 60s are trying to keep her case alive by working on their own investigation. They believe that Cesnik was murdered because she threatened to expose an alleged underage prostitution and molestation ring created by the chaplain of their all-girls Catholic school, where Cesnik was a teacher.
The Huffington Post recently release an investigative report about Cesnik's case and unsolved murder. The story involves alleged corrupt police, a corrupt gynecologist, a hitman and horrifying allegations of sexual abuse by a ring of male leaders in the community.