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Georgia cases featured on true-crime shows

Georgia crime cases are a popular subject on true-crime podcasts.
Georgia crime cases are a popular subject on true-crime podcasts.

The list: Georgia murder and crime cases featured on podcasts, television shows and films

If you're listening to true-crime podcasts, you're hearing a lot about Georgia. From "Up and Vanished" to the AJC's own "Breakdown," the explosion of true crime podcasts has introduced millions of listeners to crime cases across the state. Some programs such as "Breakdown" or "The Fall Line" investigate a single case over the course of a season. Others follow single-episode formats and cherry-pick notorious Georgia events for quick recaps or discussions.

And it's not just podcasts. Georgia true-crime has shown up to television too, where it's not uncommon to find programs on Wayne Williams or JonBenet Ramsey. Documentary-style police procedurals such as "The First 48" and "ATL Homicide" have given viewers an inside look at police department investigations and unsolved cases.

The list of podcast episodes below is grouped by the crime case each reports on, in reverse-chronological order based on the date of the crime or disappearance. We’ll update this list as we find more examples.

"Atlanta Monster," from the producers of "Up and Vanished," covers the Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children cases of 1979-1981.
"Atlanta Monster," from the producers of "Up and Vanished," covers the Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children cases of 1979-1981.

THE 2010s-present

2020

Ahmaud Arbery shooting (Brunswick, Glynn County)

  • Breakdown (bonus episode)
  • The Daily (May 11, 2020)
  • Crime Stories with Nancy Grace (May 7, 2020)
  • It Is What It Is (Season 1, Ep. 69)
  • Best Case Worst Case (Season 1, Eps. 176-178)
  • True Crime Garage (Season 1, Eps. 400-401)
  • The Hate Crime Files (Season 1, Eps. 21-22)

2017

Jenna Van Gelderen disappearance (Atlanta, DeKalb County)

  • The Vanished (Ep. 105)

2016

Randisha Love murder (College Park, Fulton)

  • True Crime Chronicles (Season 1, Ep. 46)

DeCorrius Jones disappearance (Gwinnett County)

  • True Crime Chronicles (Season 1, Ep. 38)
  • Mysteriously Missing (May 19, 2019)

Jessica Boynton shooting (Griffin, Spalding County)

  • The Officer’s Wife (All episodes)
  • Housewives of True Crime (Season 1 — Aug. 24, 2019)
  • Killer Instinct (Season 1 — May 15, 2019)

Reggie Coicou/Quincy Wytche murders (Atlanta)

Tex McIver murder case (Atlanta)Breakdown (Season 5 – all episodes)

  • Crime Stories with Nancy Grace (Eps. 4/28/17, 6/9/17, 8/31/17, 4/25/18)
  • Generation Why (Ep. 270)

2015

Anthony Hill shooting (Chamblee, DeKalb County)

2014

Russell & Shirley Dermond (Lake Oconee) murders (Putnam County

  • Sworn (Season 1, Eps. 1, 2, 3)
  • Crime Stories with Nancy Grace (Ep. 8/10/17)
  • In Sight (Ep. 82)
  • Murder at Great Waters (all episodes)
  • True Crime Chronicles (Ep. 30)

Ross Harris (hot car death) murder case (Cobb County)

2013

Kendrick Johnson (gym mat death) case (Valdosta, Lowndes County)

  • True Crime Garage (Eps. 195-196)
  • Generation Why (Ep. 83)
  • True Murder (6/14/13, 11/6/13)
  • Mysterious Circumstances (3/6/18)
  • Crime Junkie (Ep. 73)
  • Creep It Real (Ep. 3)

Elizabeth Butler arrest, as seen on "COPS" (Lawrenceville, Gwinnett)

Tiffany Whitton disappearance (Marietta, Cobb County)

  • Sworn (Season 1 Eps. — 12, 13, 14)

2010

Hemy Neuman (Dunwoody Day Care) murder case (Dunwoody)

  • Forensic Transmissions (Ep. 21)
The AJC's "Breakdown" podcast, now in its sixth season, covers breakdowns in Georgia's legal system.
The AJC's "Breakdown" podcast, now in its sixth season, covers breakdowns in Georgia's legal system.

THE 2000s

2009

Narendra Gupta abuse case (Johns Creek, Fulton County)

2008

Meredith Emerson killing/Gary Michael Hilton (”National Forest Serial Killer”) (Dawson Forest/Dawson County)

  • Dateline (Jan. 27, 2020)
  • The Serial Killer Podcast (Ep. 82)
  • Going West (Ep. 73)

2006

Doris Worrell murder (Douglas, Coffee County)

  • True Crimes and Mysteries (Ep. 29)

Justin Chapman case (Bremen, Haralson County)

2005

Tara Grinstead murder (Ocilla, Irwin & Ben Hill counties)

  • Up and Vanished (Season 1 – all episodes)
  • Crime Stories with Nancy Grace (Eps. 1/18/17, 2/24/17, 3/6/17, 7/26/17,12/29/17)
  • True Crimecast (Ep. 11/14/17)

Brian Nichols escape/murders (Atlanta)

  • Beyond the Blood (Ep. 11 – two episodes)
  • Fruit Loops (Ep. 50)

2003

Cedartown Jane Doe (Cedartown, Polk County)

  • The Fall Line (Season 6 – Eps. 3, 4)

2002

Dwight York (Nuwaubians) sex crimes (Eatonton, Putnam County)

  • True Crime Chronicles (Ep. 4)
  • As the Key Turns (March 17, 2019)
  • Sick and Wrong (Ep. 675)

Wideman family murders (Rebecca, Turner County)

  • Sworn (Season 1 – Eps. 7, 8, 9)

2000

Sidney Dorsey / Derwin Brown murder (DeKalb County)

  • Atlanta Monster (Season 1 bonus episode)

Joey Watkins murder case (Rome, Floyd County)

  • Undisclosed (Season 2 – all episodes)

Jacinth Baker/Richard Lollar murders (Ray Lewis trial) (Atlanta)

  • True Crime Stories with Triv: The Ray Lewis Saga (Aug. 21, 2019)
"The Fall Line" has covered cold-case disappearances in Augusta and Brunswick in its first two seasons.
"The Fall Line" has covered cold-case disappearances in Augusta and Brunswick in its first two seasons.

THE 1990s

1999

Mark Barton killings (Atlanta)

  • Terminus (Season 2, all episodes)

Dennis Doe murder (DeKalb County)

  • The Fall Line (Season 4, Ep. 4)
  • Inside Crime (Season 2, all episodes)

1998

Shy'Kemmia Pate disappearance (Unadilla, Dooly County)

  • The Fall Line (Season 5, all episodes)

Devonia Inman murder case (Adel, Cook County)

1997

Jerry Scott Heider / Daniels family murders (Santa Claus, Toombs County)

  • Small Town Murder (Ep. 29)

1996

JonBenet Ramsey murder (Colorado, with Marietta connection)

  • The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey Response Podcast (all episodes)
  • Generation Why (Ep. 129)
  • My Favorite Murder (Ep. 35)
  • True Crimecast (Ep. 11/28/17)
  • Murder Cases 101 (Season 1 — Ep. 2)
  • Criminal Genius (Season 1 — Ep. 10)

Eric Rudolph/Olympic Park bombing (Atlanta)

  • Terminus (Season 1, all episodes)
  • FBI Retired Case File Review (Ep. 105)
  • Sofa King Podcast (Ep. 395)

Elia Banderas (Westin Peachtree) murder (Atlanta)

  • The Fall Line (Season 4, Ep. 1)

1993-98

"Mr. X" murders (Atlanta)

  • True Crime Chronicles (Ep. 2)

1992

Fred Tokars case (Marietta, Cobb County)

  • The Blotter Presents (Season 1, Ep. 62)
  • Martinis & Murder (Season 1, Ep. 83)

1991

Cynthia Prioleau ("Murder Kroger") killing (Atlanta)

  • The Fall Line (Season 7, Eps. 5-6)

1990

Millbrook twins (Dannette and Jeanette) disappearance (Augusta)

  • The Fall Line (Season 1 – all episodes)

Glynn County Jane Doe (Glynn County)

  • The Fall Line (Season 3, Ep. 3)
"Undisclosed" devoted a season to the Joey Watkins case in Rome, Ga.
"Undisclosed" devoted a season to the Joey Watkins case in Rome, Ga.

THE 1970s-1980s

1989

Monica & Michael Bennett disappearance (Brunswick, Glynn County)

  • The Fall Line (Season 2 – all episodes)

1988

Jane Doe murder (Jenkins County)

  • The Fall Line (Season 4, Eps. 5,6)

Christmas Doe murder (Ware County)

  • The Fall Line (Season 4, Ep. 4)

1987

Gregory Montgomery murder (Atlanta)

  • The Fall Line (Holiday Miniseries — Dec. 11-18, 2019)

1985

Rising Daughter Baptist Church murders (Waverly, Camden County)

  • Undisclosed (Season 3 — all episodes)
  • Breakdown (bonus episode)
  • Crime Writers On... (June 8, 2020)

1983

Timothy Coggins murder (Griffin, Spalding County)

  • The Hate Crime Files (Season 1, Ep. 13)

1979-1981

Wayne Williams / Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children (Atlanta)

  • Atlanta Monster (Season 1 — all episodes)
  • True Crime Garage (Ep. 56)
  • Worst Crimes Ever (Ep. 2)
  • Murder She Spoke (Ep. 5)
  • Bottom of the Map (Season 1 — July 8 & July 15, 2019)
  • It’s About Damn Crime (Season 1 — Ep. 63)
  • Serial Killing (Sept. 22, 2019)
  • Murder Cases 101 (Season 1 — Ep. 1)
  • The Creepin’ It Real Show (Season 2 — Ep. 80)
  • FBI Retired Case File Review (Season 1 — Ep. 187)
  • The Necronom Podcast (Season 1 — Ep. 49)
  • Real Monsters (June 22, 2019)
  • Criminal Genius (Season 1 — Ep. 4)
  • Haunted Family (Season 1 — Ep. 92)
  • Let’s Be Honest (Season 1 — Ep. 23)
  • State of Crime (Season 1 — Eps. 73-76)
  • United States of Horror (Season 1 — Ep. 14)
  • The Hat Trick Podcast (Season 1 — Ep. 55)
  • 13 O’Clock (Season 1 — Ep. 195)
  • Unsolved as Told by the Unqualified (Season 1 — Eps. 10A, 10B)
  • Reverie True Crime (Season 1 — Ep. 40)
  • Netflixed (Aug. 16, 2019)
  • The Firelands (Season 1 — Ep. 2)
  • Invisible Choir (Season 1 — Ep. 22)
  • Bizarre & Fascinating Details (Season 1 — Eps. 77, 78)
  • While Black (Season 1 — Ep. 74)

1978-1996

Grady Babies abductions (Atlanta, Fulton County)

  • The Fall Line (Season 2 — all episodes)

1978

James Edwin Wilkes Jr./Murphy Staffins crime spree (Atlanta, Fulton County)

  • Criminal (Season 1 — Ep. 103)

1977-78

Carlton Gary (”The Stocking Strangler”) (Columbus, Muscogee County)

  • Bless This Mess (Season 1 — Eps. 32-34)

1974

Paul John Knowles (”The Casanova Killer”) (Warner Robins, Houston County)

  • True Crime Garage (Eps. 398, 399)
  • Serial Killers (Eps. 3, 4)
  • Feeling Murdery (Ep. 13)
  • All Killa No Filla (Ep. 49)
  • True Crime Guys (Ep. 33)
  • Killer: True Crime Podcast (Ep. 14)
  • Redrum Blonde (Ep. 33)
  • Parcast Presents (Season 5 — Eps. 161, 162)
  • Crime Binge (Ep. 9)

1972

Debbie Lynn Randall murder (Marietta)

  • True Crime Chronicles (Ep. 22)

1970

Charles Oatman murder/Augusta riot (Augusta, Richmond County)

  • Shots in the Back: Exhuming the 1970 Augusta Riot (Season 1 — all episodes)
"Sworn," a spin-off from "Up and Vanished," has covered the Lake Oconee murders and the Ross Harris case.
"Sworn," a spin-off from "Up and Vanished," has covered the Lake Oconee murders and the Ross Harris case.

THE 1930s-1960s

1968

Barbara Mackle kidnapping (Decatur, DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties)

  • Sun Crime State Podcast (Ep. 17)

1967

Diane Shields murder (Atlanta)

  • 5 Roses (All episodes)
  • Crime and Scandal (Ep. 66)

1965

Mary Shotwell Little disappearance (Atlanta-Buckhead)

  • 5 Roses (All episodes)
  • The Trail Went Cold (Ep. 38)
  • Southern Gone (Ep. 2)
  • Crime and Scandal (Ep. 66)

1962

A.C. Hall murder (Macon-Bibb County)

1952

Roberta Elder (”Mrs. Bluebeard”) murders (Atlanta)

  • Fruit Loops (Ep. 48)

1948

Isaiah Nixon murder (Alston, Montgomery County)

1936

Thomas Finch lynching (Atlanta)

  • Reveal (Ep. 71)

1934

W.A. Scott murder(Atlanta)

  • Archive Atlanta (Season 1, Ep. 71)
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PRE-1930

1915

Mary Phagan murder/Leo Frank lynching (Atlanta/Marietta)

  • Catlick (Season 1, Eps. 14-)
  • Archive Atlanta (Season 1, Ep. 13)
  • Unsolved Murders (Season 1, Eps. 152-153)
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class (April 21, 2018)
  • Yours in Murder (May 12, 2018)

1912

Ellen Grice/Mae Crow assaults/Forsyth racial violence (Forsyth County)

  • Catlick (Season 1, Eps. 11-14)

1911

"Atlanta Ripper" killings (Atlanta)

  • Catlick (Season 1, Eps. 1-10)
  • The Serial Killer Podcast (Sept. 20, 2016)
  • Thinking Sideways (Ep. 142, March 16, 2016)
  • Shoes, Boos and Tatoos (Ep. 22, July 22, 2019)
  • The Fall Line (July 8, 15 and 22, 2020)

1879

Robert Alston murder (Atlanta)

  • Archive Atlanta (Season 1, Ep. 63)

DeFoors murders (Atlanta)

  • Archive Atlanta (Season 1, Ep. 79)

TELEVISION SHOWS

These cases are covered on the following television shows:

THE 2010s-present

Variety (Atlanta)

  • The First 48 (A&E, Seasons 14, 15, 16, 17, 18)
  • The First 48 Presents: Homicide Squad Atlanta (A&E, Season 1)
  • ATL Homicide (TV One, Seasons 1, 2)

Variety (DeKalb County)

  • The First 48 (A&E, Season 12)

Variety (Gwinnett County)

  • The First 48 (A&E, Season 18)
  • Live PD (A&E, Season 2 — Eps 53, 56-82)

2017

George Young murder (Gwinnett County)

Jenna Van Gelderen disappearance (Atlanta, DeKalb County)

  • Searching for Jenna Van Gelderen (Oxygen, Oct. 23, 2019)

2016

Tex McIver case (Atlanta)

  • 48 Hours (CBS, April 28, 2018)
  • Dateline (NBC, June 22, 2018)

Jessica Boynton shooting (Griffin, Spalding County)

  • Real Life Nightmare (HLN, Nov. 9, 2019)

Camila Aguilar murder (Brookhaven)

  • In Pursuit with John Walsh (ID, Feb. 12, 2020)

Bridget Shiel murder (Atlanta)

  • The First 48 Presents: Homicide Squad Atlanta (A&E, Season 1, all episodes)

Reggie Coicou/Quincy Wytche murders (Atlanta)

  • The First 48 (A&E, Season 17, Ep. 7)

Randy Smith murder (Atlanta)

Jerome Blake / “Rap Studio” murder (Atlanta)

2014

Jeronta Brown/Briana Brooks murders (DeKalb and Fulton Counties)

  • ATL Homicide (TV One, Season 2, Ep. 1)

Aeman Presley murders (Atlanta/Decatur, Fulton & DeKalb Counties)

  • ATL Homicide (TV One, Season 1, Ep. 12)

2013

Danielle Marshall murder (Powder Springs, Cobb County)

THE 2000s

2008

Elizabeth Bowie murder (Smyrna, Cobb County)

  • In Pursuit with John Walsh (ID, Season 1, Ep. 7)

Meredith Emerson killing/Gary Michael Hilton (National Forest Serial Killer) (Dawson Forest, Dawson County)

  • Dateline (NBC, Aug. 26, 2011)

2005

Tara Grinstead murder (Ocilla, Irwin & Ben Hill counties)

  • Up and Vanished (Oxygen, Season 1 — all episodes)
  • Dateline (NBC, Oct. 5, 2018)

Eric Clark murder (College Park)

  • ATL Homicide (TV One, Season 2, Ep. 7)
  • Snapped (Oxygen, Season 12, Ep. 4)
  • Fatal Attraction (TV One, Season 3, Ep. 12)

2002

Tamekia Taylor & Jennifer Clemmings murders (Lithonia & Stone Mountain, Dekalb County)

  • The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes (Oxygen, Season 1, Eps. 7, 8)

2000

Sidney Dorsey / Derwin Brown murder (DeKalb County)

  • Deadly Power (Oxygen, Season 1, Ep. 3)

Sparkle Rai murder (Union City, Fulton County)

  • Dateline (NBC, Feb. 6, 2009)
  • ATL Homicide (TV One, Season 1, Ep. 5)

THE 1990s

1996

JonBenet Ramsey murder (Colorado, with Marietta connection)

  • Casting JonBenet (Netflix movie)
  • Who Killed JonBenet? (Lifetime movie)
  • Perfect Murder, Perfect Town (CBS miniseries)
  • Getting Away with Murder (FOX movie)
  • The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey (CBS miniseries)
  • JonBenet: An American Murder Mystery (ID miniseries)

1996

Fred Tokars case (Marietta, Cobb County)

  • American Justice (A&E, July 6, 2000)
  • City Confidential (A&E, May 19, 2002)
  • My Dirty Little Secret (ID, Season 2, Ep. 9)

1990

Millbrook Twins disappearance (Augusta)

  • The Disappearance of the Millbrook Twins (Oxygen, Nov. 23, 2019)

THE 1960s-1980s

1986

Sharon Brady murder (Marietta, Cobb County)

1985

Rising Daughter Baptist Church murders (Waverly, Camden County)

  • Unsolved Mysteries (NBC, Season 1, Ep. 4) (Nov. 2, 1988)

1979-1981:

Wayne Williams / Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children (Atlanta)

1983

Timothy Coggins muder (Griffin, Spalding County)

  • 20/20: In the Cold Dark Night (ABC, S42 Ep30, July 18, 2020)

1979

Mary Frances Stoner murder (Adairsville, Bartow County)

1970

William “Junior” Pierce (Vidalia, Toombs County)

  • Mindhunter (Netflix, Season 2, Ep. 4)

1968

Barbara Mackle kidnapping (Decatur, DeKalb & Gwinnett counties)

  • A Crime to Remember (ID, Season 5, Ep. 4)

1960

Mary Burge murder (Macon, Bibb County)

  • A Crime to Remember (ID, Season 3, Ep. 5)

FILMS

Theatrical-release films include:

Brian Nichols escape/murders (Atlanta)

  • Captive (2015)

Eric Rudolph/Olympic Park bombing (Atlanta)

  • Richard Jewell (2019)