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E123: Jarvis Catoe

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This week Wendy and Beth discuss the case of Jarvis Theodore Roosevelt Catoe, a serial killer who was active from 1935-1941, but possibly as early as 1929, in Washington DC and New York, NY.

We dive into the setting (12:59), the killer’s early life (24:43) and the timeline (30:38). Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (50:09) followed by “Where are they now?” (59:13). We get into our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (1:00:25).

As usual, we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered (1:05:41) and our shout outs (1:10:17 ).

Thanks for listening! This is a weekly podcast and new episodes drop every Thursday, so until next time… look alive guys, it’s crazy out there!


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