The Trail Went Cold – Episode 202 – The Blount Family Bombing

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November 28, 1985. Tarrant County, Texas. The family of 44-year old Joe Blount gathers together for Thanksgiving dinner in their trailer at the Hilltop Mobile Home Park. After making a trip to a convenience store later that night, they return home to discover a briefcase on their front doorstep. When the briefcase is opened, a bomb goes off, claiming the lives of Joe, his 15-year old daughter, Angela, and Joe’s 18-year old nephew, Michael Columbus. Fourteen years later, a suspect named Michael Roy Toney is convicted of the bombing and sentenced to death, but it turns out the prosecution withheld evidence supporting Toney’s innocence at trial. As result, Toney’s conviction is overturned and he is released from prison in 2009. Who was actually responsible for planting the bomb which killed three members of the Blount family and what could their motive have been? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore a tragic and baffling unsolved mystery which took place on Thanksgiving. Special thanks to listener Brooke Bunch for providing the opening narration for our episode.

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Additional Reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Roy_Toney

https://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Pages/casedetail.aspx?caseid=3692

https://murderpedia.org/male.T/t/toney-michael-roy.htm

https://web.archive.org/web/20100830181454/http://www.michaeltoney.com/case.htm

https://www.deseret.com/1997/12/6/19349732/12-year-probe-into-briefcase-blast-at-texas-home-finally-yields-an-arrest

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Inmate-on-death-row-for-Fort-Worth-bombing-freed-1737069.php

https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/crime/article24558250.html

https://www.newspapers.com/image/639108561

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

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