Death By Champagne

Here to keep you up at night with coverage of macabre murders, haunting cold cases, possessions, conspiracies, and all things occult.

EP 89 - Nobody Cared

July 3rd, 2020
Welcome back to Death by Champagne, the podcast here to keep you up at night! Mack starts us off this week with an unbelievable case. Without giving too much away we will just say she covers a semi-local case from Kansas City, MO. The murder of infant Lorelai Sims. Liv takes us to New Jersey and cover a solved cold case known primarily as “Baby Bones”.

This episode contains foul language, major trigger warning for this episode regarding discussions about child abuse, child murder, and specifically infant deaths. We’ll do our best to stay on track, but the bottles are popped!

Sources
Paula Sims

Forensic Files - Season 3, Episode 6: Similar Circumstances
Paula Sims trial: Either a maniacal killer on the loose, or Sims was lying, prosecutor says”, Charles Bosworth Jr., St. Louis Post Dispatch, December 31, 1990
Paula Sims claims daughter kidnapped by armed stranger”, St. Louis Post Dispatch, June 17, 1986
Twisting path continues for Paula Sims, who killed two daughters in the 1980s”, Pat Gauen, St. Louis Post Dispatch, December 14, 2015 “Mom Killed 2 Baby Daughters 3 Years Apart”, Chris Harris, People Magazine, November 15, 2019
Gauen: Another Mother's Day for Metro East mom who murdered daughters”, Pat Gauen, St. Louis Post Dispatch, May 18, 2017
Child murder by mothers: patterns and prevention”, Susan Hatters Friedman and Phillip J Resnick, World Psychiatry, October 6, 2007 “After Alton couple claim second infant daughter abducted, baby's body found”, Charles Bosworth, St. Louis Post Dispatch, May 4, 1989 “Sims Baby Buried; Hand Caused Death” Macon Chronicle-Herald, May 11, 1989
Bits and Pieces of Simses’ Troubled Lives” St. Louis Post Dispatch, reprinted in the Macon Chronicle-Herald, May 12, 1989
Jury Selected, Opening Remarks Scheduled” Macon Chronicle-Herald, Jan 11, 1990
Encyclopedia of Kidnapping, Michael Newton, p280-281
Women and Crime: A Reference Handbook, Judith A. Warner, p56-57
PEOPLE v. SIMS, No. 5-90-0287

EP 88 - I’m Dead Inside

June 26th, 2020
Welcome back to Death by Champagne, the podcast here to keep you up at night! We are back to our original format this week as we decide our next book! Liv covers the devastating cold case from the early 2000’s. The murder of Nizah Morris, who was an activist for the LGBTQ community and a pillar of inspiration for many who lived in Philadelphia. Please check the show notes for additional information on where you can donate to the Morris Home which was founded in her name after her death. Mack brings us a crazy story from Texas covering the colorful life of Bernie Tiede and the unexpected murder of Marjorie Nugent.

This episode contains foul language, murder, discussions about police brutality, and sexual abuse. We’ll do our best to stay on track, but the bottles are popped!
Morris Home
Showing Up for Morris Home: Go Fund Me

Sources
Nizah Morris

Slought: An Anthology of Silence
PGN Article by Tim Cwiek
Wikipedia
One Pennsylvania

Bernie Tiede
Midnight in the Garden of East Texas”, Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly, Jan 1998
“How My Aunt Marge Ended Up In The Deep Freeze…”, Joe Rhodes, NYT Mag, April 2012
Interview with Melissa Torre, KLTV7 News, Youtube, November 2012
“Lights, Camera, Carthage”, Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly, May 2012
History of Bernie's secret: Facts of sexual abuse could have been key to defense”, Phil Latham, Longview News Journal, May 2014
3 men say Tiede's uncle molested them when they were young”, ABC7, KLTV, April 2016
Bernie in Hell”, Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly, June 2016
“Bernie” Film written by Skip Hollandsworth and Richard Linklater

 

EP 87 - Ira Einhorn Part 4: Interview with Steven Levy

June 12th, 2020
Welcome back to Death by Champagne, the podcast here to keep you up at night! We have a super exciting episode for you guys this week with a very special guest. Join us as we have a chat with Steven Levy, the author of The Unicorn’s Secret: Murder in the Age of Aquarius. Our main source for our recent multi-part series covering Ira Einhorn and the murder of Holly Maddux. We discuss everything from why Levy chose to write this book to a few details we left out of the series, this was an amazing opportunity for us to have and we hope you enjoy.
 
This episode contains foul language and discussions about murder. We’ll do our best to stay on track, but the bottles are popped!
 
Sources
The Unicorn’s Secret: Murder in the Age of Aquarius, Steven Levy, Jan 2, 1990
“Ira Einhorn’s Long Strange Trip”, Neil Gordon, Salon. Aug. 15, 2002
“For Ira Einhorn, A Fate Worse Than Death”, David Lindorff, Salon. Oct. 19, 2002
“The Killer Who Spared My Mother”, Diana Whitney, Longreads, August 2018
"Ira Einhorn Returns to U.S.”, ABC News, January 5, 2006
“Ronnie Polaneczky: The Ira Einhorn Interview”, Ronnie Polaneczky, October 14, 2010 
"And Justice for All", Newsweek, Steven Levy
"Getting Away with It", Newsweek, Steven Levy
"The Trial of a Radical, Finally", Newsweek, Steven Levy

Victims of Injustice: Black Lives Matter

June 10th, 2020

As podcasters, we have a platform and duty to speak up and call out injustice. In light of the murder of George Floyd, we have come together in solidarity to use our platform to speak up against racial injustice and amplify the voices of black podcasters that deserve more recognition. Racism is prevalent in all industries; from the media who under-report on black victims to the justice system which routinely fails black victims. In this collaborative episode, we document black history and current events with the voices of those who have lived through it. 

Special thanks to: 

Tasha from Sinister Silhouettes

Andre and Battle from Bruh Issa Murder 

Serena from Handcuffed Podcast 

Aaron from True Crime? Never Heard of It

Rashad from Blood and Firewater 

Alimat from Hard Truths 

JiJi from Noir True Crime Files 

Written by: CrimeLapse, Morbidology, Sinister Silhouettes, Bruh Issa Murder, Handcuffed Podcast, True Crime? Never Heard of it, Blood and Firewater, Hard Truths Podcast, Noir True Crime Files and All Things Eeerie

Produced by: CrimeLapse and Morbidology

Graphics by: Death by Champagne

Thanks to: Reverie: True Crime Podcast, Evidence of a Crime, All Things Eeerie, It’s Murder Up North, The True Crime Witch, Writing About Crime, Death by Champagne, Murder She Spoke, Murder and More, Always Time for True Crime, Malice, Hometown Homicide, Brew Crime, Our True Crime Podcast

SOURCES USED

HOW TO HELP

Support BIPOC Doc by Lindsey Borgna

Anti-Racism and Being an Ally Doc by Olivia Frost

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#petitions

Petition: End Direct Provision in Ireland

Petition: Implement a Hate Crime Legislation in Ireland

Petition: Justice For Breonna Taylor

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter U.K.

George Floyd Memorial Fund

The Minnesota Freedom Fund 

The Bail Project

Black Visions Collective

Reclaim the Block

Steven Lawrence Charitable Trust

Black Minds Matter 

Stop Watch 

Movement for Black Lives

Irish Network Against Racism 

Show Racism the Red Card 

To the Victims -https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#victims

Black Protest Legal Support for BLM protestors in the UK 

Justice for Grenfell

Kwanda

United Friends and Families Campaign

Inquest

Resourcing Racial Justice

The Reach Out Project

Exist Loudly Fund for Queer Black Young People in the UK 

Thread with links to places you can donate

EP 86 - Ira Einhorn Part 3

June 5th, 2020
Welcome back to Death by Champagne, the podcast here to keep you up at night! We are here this week to bring you the final installment of our latest series, Ira Einhorn and the murder of Holly Maddux. We pick up where we left off, diving further into Holly and Ira’s lives together and end the episode with a detailed look at Ira’s capture after almost 24 years of getting away with murder. We would also like to apologize up front for any audio issues, tough week recording in new spaces.
 
This episode contains foul language, discussions about misogyny, violence towards women, murder, and descriptions of body decomposition. We’ll do our best to stay on track, but the bottles are popped!
 
Black Lives Matter Links
Ways You Can Help:
This site is a great starting point, they have a number of resources, everything from places to donate and sign petitions to missing people and helpful information for protesters. It is being updated very regularly.

George Floyd Memorial Fund:
“This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George. A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.”

You can contact the below and demand that they release people who have been detained on low-level charges and for protesting during a PANDEMIC.
County Attorney Mike Freeman (612-348-5550/citizeninfo@hennepin.us)
Mayor Frey (612-673-2100)
City Attorney's office (612 673-3000)

The above goes for all your local government, call and tell them you do not support innocent citizens sitting in jail for exercising their right to protest.
Campaign Zero:
Organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in the U.S.“We can live in a world where the police don't kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.”

Reclaim The Block:
Supports efforts to defund the police and redistribute funds to programs that “keep Black communities, Indigenous communities and communities of color safe and healthy.”

The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund:
The Legal Defense Fund seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.

Southern Poverty Law Center:
They track the activity of more than 1600 hate groups and extremist groups. They fight for a number of issues including children’s rights, justice for immigrants, voting rights, and economic justice.

The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
Know how to help yourself and others if you are protesting. Also a great place to donate.

The Innocence Project:
Examines cases of wrongful conviction, which specifically disproportionately affect men of color.

Snap4Freedom.org
An effort led by BLACK TRANS AND QUEER people to run campaigns on the platform of diverting funds from prison systems to invest in better serving programs.

The Loveland Therapy Fund
Financial assistance for black women and girls seeking therapy services.

BEAM - The Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective
A collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities.

Black Sex Worker Collective:
Aims to amplify the voices of Black Sex Workers by addressing their needs through peer support, legal assistance, housing and other basic needs.

Sources
The Unicorn’s Secret: Murder in the Age of Aquarius, Steven Levy, Jan 2, 1990
“Ira Einhorn’s Long Strange Trip”, Neil Gordon, Salon. Aug. 15, 2002
“For Ira Einhorn, A Fate Worse Than Death”, David Lindorff, Salon. Oct. 19, 2002
“The Killer Who Spared My Mother”, Diana Whitney, Longreads, August 2018
"Ira Einhorn Returns to U.S.”, ABC News, January 5, 2006
“Ronnie Polaneczky: The Ira Einhorn Interview”, Ronnie Polaneczky, October 14, 2010

EP 85 - Ira Einhorn Part 2

May 29th, 2020
Welcome back to Death by Champagne, the podcast here to keep you up at night! This week we bring you part two of our series covering America's Most Wanted, Ira Einhorn. We start off with a milestone in Ira’s guru life; Philadelphia’s Earth Day and follow him into the early 70’s. We then change course and dive into the life of Holly Maddux prior to her unfortunate chance encounter of meeting Ira. We end the episode pretty early into their tumultuous relationship, so much more to come on that later.
 
This episode contains foul language, discussions about misogyny, violence towards women, and a lot about the 60’s and 70’s. We’ll do our best to stay on track, but the bottles are popped!
 
Sources
The Unicorn’s Secret: Murder in the Age of Aquarius, Steven Levy, Jan 2, 1990
“Ira Einhorn’s Long Strange Trip”, Neil Gordon, Salon. Aug. 15, 2002
“For Ira Einhorn, A Fate Worse Than Death”, David Lindorff, Salon. Oct. 19, 2002
“The Killer Who Spared My Mother”, Diana Whitney, Longreads, August 2018 

EP 84 - Ira Einhorn Part 1

May 22nd, 2020
Welcome back to Death by Champagne, the podcast here to keep you up at night! This week we bring you our next multi-part series. This one won’t be nearly as long as our last, we promise. In this episode we introduce our killer, Ira Einhorn, and he is a character. We dive into his life growing up a genius and end with his first attempt at graduate school. We also give you a brief history on the counterculture of the 60’s and 70’s, and how that environment gave Ira a platform to stand on. We also touch on his violent nature towards women, especially women who turn him down, that will become a pivotal point in our story in later episodes.
 
This episode contains foul language, discussions about misogyny, violence towards women, and a lot about the 60’s and 70’s. We’ll do our best to stay on track, but the bottles are popped!
 
Sponsor
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Sources
The Unicorn’s Secret: Murder in the Age of Aquarius, Steven Levy, Jan 2, 1990
“Ira Einhorn’s Long Strange Trip”, Neil Gordon, Salon. Aug. 15, 2002
“For Ira Einhorn, A Fate Worse Than Death”, David Lindorff, Salon. Oct. 19, 2002
“The Killer Who Spared My Mother”, Diana Whitney, Longreads, August 2018

EP 83 - A Lot to be Mad About

May 15th, 2020
Welcome back to Death by Champagne, the podcast here to keep you up at night! We have a lot for you this week.  Liv starts us off with the murder of Laura Dickinson, history on the Clery Act and how Eastern Michigan University came to violate it.  Mack takes us to Germany and brings us the terribly sad story of the abduction and murder of Ursula Herrmann.  A case known as the German Madeleine Mccann.

This episode contains foul language, discussions about murder, rape, child abduction, child murder, and a lot of other things to be mad about.  We’ll do our best to stay on track, but the bottles are popped!

Ursula Herrmann
The Girl in The Box: The Mysterious Crime That Shocked Germany”, Xan Rice, The Guardian Sept 24, 2019
The Abduction and Murder of Ursula Herrmann”, Website by Michael Herrmann, brother of Ursula Herrmann
Bernd Haider Website, Bavarian State Police Expert
No New Investigation in the Ursula Herrmann Case” Johann Osel, Suddeutsche Zeitung Aug 20 2019
Offene Wunde Julia Jüttner. (02. Mai 2020) SPIEGEL ONLINE.  

EP 82 - Come Getcha Boy

May 1st, 2020
Welcome back to Death by Champagne, the podcast here to keep you up at night! This week Liv starts us off with the murder of Sandra Rivett and the disappearance of her possible murderer Lord Richard John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan. Did he successfully start a new life or did he kill himself over the guilt of his crime? Mack brings us the roller coaster life, or should we say lives, of Joseph Michael Maloney, and the murder of his wife June Maloney.
 
This episode contains foul language, discussions about murder, suicide, and people getting away with their crimes. We’ll do our best to stay on track, but the bottles are popped!
 
Sponsor
Podcorn
 
Sources
Sandra Rivett
Wikipedia
Business Insider

Joseph Michael Maloney
Encyclopedia Britannica: Methanol / Ethanol
Unsolved Mysteries, Season 4, Ep 3: Joseph Maloney
Episode of Unsolved Mysteries
UPI Archives: “Accused poison cocktail killer nabbed in Ireland”
James O’Shea,Chicago Tribune: “Irish Ruling Aids US Fugitive”

EP 81 - Pinata of Poop Patreon Bonus

April 24th, 2020

Welcome back to Death by Champagne, the podcast here to keep you up at night! Sorry to our patrons out there as this won’t technically be a new episode for you.  But for all of you who aren’t on our patreon while we take the week off to continue our research of our next book, we figured we would drop you some juicy patreon exclusive content. Liv takes us on a deep dive into Larry Ray and the victims he brainwashed, extorted, humiliated, and much more from Sarah Lawrence College.  This is still a pretty recent case so there will most likely be updates in the months to come. This is a bit of a heavy episode, with every detail we promise it gets worse.

This episode contains foul language, discussions about cults, sexual abuse, and just a lot of incomprehensible things that Larry did. We’ll do our best to stay on track, but the bottles are popped!

Sources
The Cut Article; Ezra Marcus and James D. Walsh
Buzzfeed News; Julia Reinstein
New York Times; Sharon Otterman

Sponsor
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