A banker finds his wife shot in their affluent Fremont Hills home; a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper shot dead by a white supremacist; two brothers kidnap a banker from Noel to rob his safe but the man winds up bound to a chair in a lake.
These stories, and more, make up the Ozarksfirst Crime Traveler podcast.
Hear archive sound from the courtrooms, press conferences, family reactions, and prison interviews from some of the most bizarre crimes in the Ozarks.
Season One contains 22 heart-pounding episodes re-telling true crimes from Missouri. A new episode will drop once a week every Tuesday until the end of the year. After you listen, look to this page for the exclusive videos used to compile each episode. See the suspects, the investigators, the journalists who revealed case details that left most locals in shock.
Crime Traveler: Did George Revelle kill his wife?
In September of 1994, police were summoned to an upscale neighborhood in Fremont Hills, Missouri. 36-year-old banker George Revelle had called 9-11 to say intruders broke into his home and shot his wife, Lisa. She died soon after and police began to look closely at George as the true suspect. He was in debt, had likely embezzled from the bank and a life insurance policy on Lisa was his way out. But soon a letter would emerge that pointed to other suspects and a scheme to use George to cash in. How will the jury see it?
Crime Traveler: The Taking of Amanda Morton
Just a mile from her home in Strafford, Missouri, 19-year-old Amanda Morton stops on I-44 to check damage to her car after getting bumped from behind. The other driver, a man who had just served 20 years for rape, was drunk and worried this accident could send him back to prison. What happens next is so disturbing, it stuns the small community and leads to a killer making a bone-chilling confession.
Crime Traveler: A Banker’s Murder
A gruesome plot to rob a bank leads brothers Joe and Shannon Agofsky to kidnap Missouri banker Dan Short. Jurors believed the brothers took Short to his bank in Noel, grabbed tens of thousands of dollars and then tied the banker to a weighted chair before throwing him into Oklahoma’s Grand Lake. A woman who got close to Shannon Agofsky believes the jury got it wrong and claims the evidence proves it. After three decades, will anybody take a second look?
Crime Traveler: Alis Ben Johns on the Run
A drunken encounter on a back road leads to a man killing his friend. Alis Ben Johns shot Thomas Stewart simply because he was following Johns in a car driven by Stewart’s girlfriend. This one murder leads to a six-month manhunt, multiple robberies, two more murders and Johns finally using his girlfriend as a human shield during a confrontation with police. In this episode, hear from the sheriff who investigated the crime spree and finally outsmarted the backwoods survivalist.
Crime Traveler: A Family Divided
A frantic daughter calls 911 in 2011 after arriving at her mother’s home in Willard, Mo. Investigators respond to find Rusty and Rebecca Porter’s only vehicle in the driveway, screens cut from doors, security cameras tampered with, a strong smell of bleach but no sign of the couple. The investigation that followed uncovered a family feud over land and an uncle who had no love for his nephew, Rusty. But would he kill for the property?
Crime Traveler: An Officer’s Last Call
A routine traffic stop in 1985 led to a trooper’s death, near-death for another officer and a manhunt for the alleged Neo-Nazi who opened fire on them. Hear from the Missouri Highway Patrol trooper who survived and the investigators who tracked the killer.
Crime Traveler: Justice for Jackie
It took more than 25 years for a suspect to be arrested in the murder of 20- year-old Jackie Johns from Nixa, Mo. The pageant girl’s car was found at a local gas station with blood inside and signs of a struggle. Her bruised and beaten body was pulled from Lake Springfield and locals say everyone knew the likely perpetrator but police couldn’t get enough evidence to prove his involvement. Until finally, science caught up with the killer.
Crime Traveler: The Feeney Family Killings
A high school science teacher is tried for the murder of his wife and two small children. Did Jon Feeney arrange for them to be killed while he was away at a work conference? What would be his motive? Prosecutors say it was $500,000 and a chance to be free of family responsibility. Feeney’s attorneys say someone else committed the crime and Jon is a victim. What did the jury say?