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Direct Appeal
For the last 13 years, Melanie McGuire has been serving a life sentence for the murder and dismemberment of her husband. She claims her innocence and tells her story. Two Criminologists will examine the case and interview experts. New episodes weekly.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.5 stars from 414 ratings
Mental gymnastics
Guys. Melanie bought a gun for her husband two days before he went missing and she claims she bought it for his use? Who buys a house with and a gun for a man she’s about to leave? And then gets a restraining order due to his violence? One simply does not buy a gun for a man to use that they...Read full review »
LAmusicGuy2009 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/19/19
I love this podcast!!
I cannot say enough good things about this podcast. It is so well researched by two experts in the field and each episode is jam packed with relevant and interesting information. Also, I just love the hosts! They have great rapport and are so like-able. 5 stars all around!
Laura__03 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/15/19
Completely engrossing - probably the most detailed deep dive I’ve listened to and absolutely fascinating. Long but well-paced and while it doesn’t end up being quite as unbiased as I think they set out for it to be, you understand why - as they unpack the prosecution’s theories it’s hard not to...Read full review »
Lulabelle6 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 08/14/19
Recent Episodes
Melanie is sentenced and transferred to prison. She begins the long process of appeals and holds out hope that her conviction will be overturned. Will the courts grant an appeal or will her life sentence stand? Credits Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg Produced by James Varga Written...
Published 08/07/19
13: Listen to Melanie’s answers to your questions in part 1 of our question & answer episodes. If you have a question to ask and didn’t hear it in this episode, you have one more chance! Be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 by emailing us at or leaving a...
Published 07/26/19
Both sides make their closing arguments, but an act of God gives one side an advantage. Afterwards, Melanie agonizes while the jury deliberates. The verdict is read and Melanie is sentenced, will she be shown any mercy? Also, we discover that Joe may have had personal reasons to rush things...
Published 07/17/19
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