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DIE-ALOGUE: a true crime conversation, is a weekly true crime podcast, hosted by Rebekah Sebastian. Each week, Rebekah interviews fascinating people connected to true crime in unique ways. Think field experts, cult escapees, veteran journalists, podcasters, and attack survivors. Together they will attempt to answer the WHY of true crime- as opposed to the WHO/ WHERE /WHAT/WHEN. Let’s Kill the Small Talk + Start a DIE-ALOGUE. Visit https://www.rebekahsebastian.com/ for more information. Suppo ...
 
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You might know my next guests podcast, SMALL TOWN DICKS. If you don't, you still might feel like you know of my hosts. What do I mean? Well, Yeardley Smith, one host and producer of Small Town Dicks podcast, is also the iconic voice of Lisa Simpson. She's a legend. What. DELIGHT to speak with her. And her co-hosts and co-producers, Detectives Dan a…
 
Week 2 of our November series: TRUE CRIME PODCASTERS! My next guest needs no introduction, but let me try anyway. He is one half of the raucously funny, wild hit of a podcast, TRUE CRIME OBSESSED. The show who's title we all relate to immediately. Patrick Hinds is here today and he shares how he and Gillian stumbled into the successful format of TC…
 
Welcome to the November series: TRUE CRIME PODCASTERS! I mean, this is what we are all about, my friends! Thrilled to kick it off with the talented writer, reporter, producer and podcast, Josh Dean. You might know him from his long form journalism days, his first podcast, The Clearing ( which we discuss at length!), or his current podcast, CHAMELEO…
 
Today's episode is from a LIVE event last October at Caveat in New York City. Co-hosted with the lovely and talented Tori Telfer, we delved into the feminine side of cults, with some cult trivia for good measure! If you just want to hear my spiel on NXIVM skip to about 3o minutes in and you will hear me breakdown what I know then about the women le…
 
It is my pleasure to introduce you to my guest, Frank Lyford. Frank spent 18 years in the Heaven's Gate cult, following the teachings of Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles. Frank saw red flags along the way, but it took nearly two decades for these warnings to become loud enough for him to know if was time to go. And once he knew, we left. What…
 
Another Wednesday, another new DIE-ALOGUE episode about cults. We are joined today by a wonderful professor, author, expert and sociologist, Dr. Janja Lalich. Dr. Lalich unwittingly joined a political cult in the 1970's and spent over 10 years crushed by the group's grip. She finally broke free and set about the long road to recovery. Once healed, …
 
Welcome back to our kick off cult episode - PART TWO. I spoke with a leading expert in the world of cults, Rick Alan Ross. Does his name sound familiar? He is often called up to speak about cults in the media and was most recently seen on HBO’s The Vow. In this episode you hear all about Rick's 14 year legal battle with Keith Raniere and NXIVM and …
 
It’s October and our new 4 week series will be CULTS. To kick it off, I spoke with a leading expert in the world of cults, Rick Alan Ross. Does his name sound familiar? He is often called up to speak about cults in the media and was most recently seen on HBO’s The Vow. He is the author of CULTS Inside Out, and wow, what a resource. It has just abou…
 
This is PART 2 of my conversation with Jeff. Go back to Part 1 if you didn't listen. We left off when Jeff shared how his exoneration happened and how he was released with nothing. Learn how unprepared for life on the outside he was, and what he accomplished in spite of it. He is a survivor, a hero, and now a legal advocate for those still behind b…
 
It was an honor to interview today's guest, Jeff Deskovic. He is many things - an advocate, a lawyer, a business owner, a free man, but for 16 years, he was an inmate at a maximum security mens prison. His story is harrowing and humanizes the topic of wrongful convictions. I am astounded at his resilience and blown away by his desire to help other …
 
Welcome, Maggie Freleng! Maggie has been on my list to interview for a while, and the launch of her new podcast from the Obsessed Network, Unjust & Unsolved, seemed like the perfect time to do so. Maggie lets us in on her reluctant foray into the true crime world, and how her background in journalism prepared her to advocate for stories she felt ne…
 
We are back! Welcome to Season 2 of DIE-ALOGUE: a true crime conversation! We are kicking it off STRONG with power couple, David Rudolf and Sonya Pfeiffer - married attorneys who are now focused entirely on wrongful conviction cases. You will hear all about how their podcast came to be and their impassioned perspectives on the American criminal jus…
 
In light of the recent press mention in THRIVE GLOBAL, I thought I would re-play the episode that. made their list of "Unbelievable True Stories" because that's just what this one is... IF you CHOOSE to believe him. I have gotten some push back on this one, but I stand by the interview, the conversation and the wonderful Steve Hodel, who was gracio…
 
DIE-ALOGUE is on hiatus until September, but now is a great time to go back and check out other episodes you may have missed over the last year! There are 56, ya know! Here is the very first one - the premier episode, if you will. Humbly recorded at my apartment with the lovely, talented, and super smart author, Tori Telfer! Enjoy the dog days of S…
 
If you are FOR changing what police work in the Unites States looks like, and want to bring equality to our system, but ALSO want to remain supportive of law enforcement, Matthew Horace has ideas. He lays out the ways and reasons all of this is not only possible, but necessary. I can't think of a better interview to close out Season 1 - yes, DIE-AL…
 
Recognize this guy? He was my guest on Episode 19, where we explored his amazing work on the CBC podcast, UNCOVER: Escaping NXIVM! That's right, it's Josh Bloch - my first returning guest - this time to discuss his latest work, the UCP Audio podcast, The Lost Kids, which focuses on the troubled teen industry- and guess what? It has possible roots t…
 
When I watched Fear City - the new three part docu-series about the mafia in 1980’s New York, I immediately zeroed in on FBI agent Charlotte Lang. I wanted more of her story. And lucky me, I got it! Now retired, Charlotte shares her not so conventional path to the FBI (she answered a newspaper ad after working sales for IMB), and some mob related s…
 
Christian Barth is an author and attorney living in Connecticut, but hails from the lovely Garden State - New Jersey. His most recent book, The Garden State Parkway murders, is about about the unsolved murders of Susan Davis and Elizabeth Perry, which occurred on Memorial Day Weekend, 1969in Ocean City, NJ. Christian recalls his parents discussing …
 
Cheyna Roth is an investigative journalist and true crime author, but her career began as a lawyer in the prosecutors office. Hear all about what inspired the change, and most importantly, what led to her 1st book ( JUST LAUNCHED YESTERDAY), COLD CASES: A True Crime Collection. Cheyna and I had a great chat about all aspects of true crime, includin…
 
Harold Schechter is a true crime historian with an impressive 43 books under his belt. You might fancy yourself an expert on serial killers, but Mr. Schechter, legit and officially, which you will hear in our conversation. He is also Professor of Literature and Pop Culture at Queens College which only validates his expertise in story structure and …
 
Today's episode will give us a legal refresher on topics that are relevant to current events. Benjamin Taylor, partner at Taylor Gomez Law brings kindness, wisdom and action to today's conversation! I enjoyed my time with Benjamin and hearing how his career pivot ( from finance to law) led him to advocating for clients who's rights had been violate…
 
My guests today need no introduction: Please welcome the Crawlspace Network Founders, Missing Maura Murray Creators, and fixtures of the true crime community: Tim Pilleri + Lance Reenstierna. You might know a little about these two already, but you’re going to learn a lot. What is Lance reading these days, do the guys even watch true crime shows, w…
 
Say hello to my lovely guest and new friend, Andre Matthews: creator and host of 'Bruh Issa Murder.' We get to the meaning and story behind that title straight out the gate, but essentially, it's a statement of the obvious that so many of us have experienced while watching a story about a possible accident or maybe a murder... bruh, issa murder. An…
 
Truth and Lies - both are critical elements in discerning what happened in most true crime cases. I speak with an interview expert, Mark McClish, who in addition to a 26 year in federal law enforcement, developed a technique called Statement Analysis, which helps him ascertain if a person’s statements - written or oral - are truthful. We discuss tr…
 
In lieu of a new episode today, I am participating in a podcast blackout and Podcasters for Justice as a way to peacefully protest the racism we continue to witness and experience every day in America. I am enraged and heartbroken over the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. I know this list is tragically incomplete. The foll…
 
What do you get when two individual true crime podcasters with unique but complimentary skillsets team up to create one together? A fantastic podcast and a great interview on DIE-ALOGUE. Javier Leiva and John Taylor each have their own successful podcasts. PRETEND Radio and Twisted, respectfully. They collaborated to tell the story of the mysteriou…
 
Detective?CHECK. Bronze Star Army Vet? CHECK. Former Secret Service Agent? CHECK. Hit Podcast host? CHECK. Is there anything today's guest can't do?!? Say hello to Jim Rathman, the other half of Real Life Real Crime; we had his other half, Woody Overton on episode 33. Jim walks me through his career and how he's happily landed where he is, investig…
 
I am so glad I had this conversation. I was apprehensive because I wasn't sure if I agreed with a lawyer publishing a tell all memoir about a client, but I let Kirk tell his story and it became clear that staying silent was not an option. His life was completely taken over by the case, the trials, and by Ms. Arias herself. In this episode, Kirk sha…
 
Did I just interview the nicest women in true crime? Possibly, but don't discount nice because these two have one of the most successful true crime podcasts out there, and you are going to hear all about how they started it (spontaneously!) and how they keep it going after nearly three years ( divide and conquer!). My guests today, Melissa and Mand…
 
Since many of us planned to be at CrimeCon today (sniff sniff), I thought it would be fun to re-release my FOURTH episode with CrimeCon creator, Kevin Balfe. It's pretty to cool hear how his crazy idea turned into the iconic event so many of us know and love - and look forward to! SEE YOU ON HALLOWEEN in Orlando, friends! ( Use code DIEALOGUE20 for…
 
Karen Smith is a forensic investigator who is parlaying her years of experience into a new podcast - presented by CrimeCon - called Shattered Souls: a Forensic Detective's Diary. The podcast premieres May 9, so stay tuned and be sure to listen! For now, you can listen to episode 41 of DIE-ALOGUE and hear Karen share how she came to be a crime scene…
 
Casey Anthony's Parents Speak, The Staircase: an American Murder Mystery, The Killing of Jon Benet: The Final Suspects Podcast. These are but a few of the projects my guest produced. Today I speak with a man who has VAST experience telling true crime stories. Not just any true crime stories- the ones we all know and...love? Hate to love? Love to ha…
 
Maybe you want to watch a true crime parody I made? me! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAdTBMKIamM I am thrilled to share that DIE-ALOGUE is now a Stitcher Affiliate, and this is really good news for you! You can try Stitcher Premium for FREE for 30 days with the code KILL. That's a ton of bonus episodes, ad free episodes and original content, for…
 
Big thanks to the newest DIE-ALOGUE podcast sponsor, Vurbl! Vurbl is a new platform helping content producers like me get our message out to people like you! It's BRAND NEW and I am thrilled to partner with them. You can learn more at their website, www.Vurbl.com. ( pls check them out!) I am thrilled to share that DIE-ALOGUE is now a Stitcher Afill…
 
Big thanks to the newest DIE-ALOGUE podcast sponsor, Vurbl! Vurbl is a new platform helping content producers like me get our message out to people like you! It's BRAND NEW and I am thrilled to partner with them. You can learn more at their website, www.Vurbl.com. I am thrilled to share that DIE-ALOGUE is now a Stitcher Afilliate and this is really…
 
Hello, DIE- HARDS! How are we doing? Things are changing quickly, and you will note the chatter about coronavirus is in most episodes coming out now, but we didn't always know how serious it was when we recorded. I get it now. IT'S SERIOUS. My family is safe at home, I am working remotely, overseeing online school for the kids and staying in as muc…
 
I have been wanting to interview Rebekah Heath since I learned of her involvement with the Bear Brook case which I discovered by listening to the stellar podcast, Bear Brook. I finally got a hold of her, and was thrilled she agreed to talk with me. Rebekah is an amazing example of the power of citizen detective work, and inspires me to do more, to …
 
Well, I wanted a law enforcement guest, and I got one. Woody Overton is currently host of the unbelievably successful podcast, REAL LIFE REAL CRIME, where he shares real cases he directly worked in over his long career. He started out as a corrections officer, moved to detective, then a state criminal investigator, became polygraph certified ( Oh m…
 
Welcome to Part 2 of my interview with Kelli Jean Arnold - second cousin to Rachel Trlica, on of the three girls dubbed The Fort Worth Trio. If you have not listened to Part 1 go back now and listen! I am venturing into something different this week: a case in two parts. Kelli Jean Arnold - second cousin to Rachel Trlica, one of the 3 girls who mis…
 
I am venturing into something different this week: a case in two parts. Kelli Jean Arnold - second cousin to Rachel Trlica, one of the 3 girls who missing from Fort Worth Texas in 1974, found my true crime trivia page - YELLOW TAPE, when we featured their story on Missing Monday. Part 1: We struck up a conversation on Facebook and I invited her to …
 
Before there was SERIAL, there was Generation Why. Justin Evans is one half of Generation WHY - the actual OG of true crime podcasts. He's also the one of the kindest guys in podcasting if you ask me. What a thrill to speak with him, hear about the early days of true crime podcasting, how he keeps it fresh with Aaron after 8 years, and where he fin…
 
Thrilled to share my conversation with Sarah Cailean. A bonafide badass. From her early days as a patrol officer to her current work as a behaviorist, TV and film contributor, and soon, author and documentary producer! She's busy. We share a lot in common - diet cokes and mutual disdain for movement classes. Listen up and take notes because Sarah h…
 
What a privilege to interview HLN news anchor, seasoned investigative journalist, and all around gracious woman, Susan Hendricks! You might recognize her from HLN Network where she is the Weekend Express anchor, or you very likely have seen her work if you've followed the tragic story of the Delphi Murders. She also moderated a panel with the famil…
 
What do you get when you interview a globally raised and educated, true crime loving, TV show producing Badass? An amazing conversation that defies categorization! Please enjoy this episode with Bethany Jones who shares her unique perspective on true crime, some new terminology I wasn't privy to, a really fun peeks in to her world of producing true…
 
If you have enjoyed past conversations with deep thinking perspectives on women and true crime, you will love today's interview with Rachel Monroe. Rachel wrote a fascinating book, Savage Appetites : Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession', that explores the relation between women and true crime. She puts forth an idea that there are 4 ar…
 
If you love true crime and Instagram you have probably seen and loved "True Crime Idol" candles, which are candles featuring our favorite "Patron Saints" of True Crime. My guest, Melissa Maher, is the brains and heart behind the brain, which also donates $2 of every purchase to End the Backlog. To that we say, BRAVO! I actually teamed up with Melis…
 
Corey Kaplan is an LA based production designer who creates the visual world in television and film. You likely have seen her work on shows like The X Files, Cold Case, Scandal, and most recently Truth Be Told. Corey is a creative thinker and takes us through how she creates a setting to enhance stories, especially the crime stories that we love so…
 
Please welcome Tiffany Reese to DIE-ALOGUE! Sometimes I can't help myself and I must reach out to a creator while still enjoying their poddcast/book/show, etc. Tiffany is one of those people. Something Was Wrong - her podcast about human dynamics, emotional abuse, and gaslighting, is SO compelling and so UNLIKE anything else I have heard. If you've…
 
Happy New Year, DIE-HARDS! Thank you for sending so many great questions — I hope you enjoy learning a little more about me today... it was weird ( lonely?) not having a voice on the other line, but I managed just fine clocking in at a respectable 85 minutes. :) Top 10 Podcasts that I listed on the episode as follows: Something Was Wrong Armchair E…
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS, DIE-HARDS! Making this podcast is such a gift to me, and I am grateful to each one of you who listens! We are continuing the conversation about the Netflix doc; 'The Confession Killer' Today you will get to hear a master story teller share more of his experience around the case of Henry Lee Lucas... Meet Vic Feazell - the DA who wa…
 
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