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Like a real-life Phantom of the Opera, Southern California local theater actor Daniel Wozniak lured his victims, Sam Herr and Julie Kibuishi, in the attic of a theatre, where he would kill and dismember them before performing on stage the very same night. As of now, Wozniak alone sits on San Quentin's death row. But is there room for more? Is Rachel Buffett, a former Disney Princess and Dan's ex fiancee, an accomplice in the murderous scheme? Simultaneous to the launch of SLEUTH, today began Rachel's trial for accessory after the fact . Will justice prevail or will she completely walk free from her role in the crimes. Should she have been charged with murder? Investigative journalist and host of Sleuth Linda Sawyer, follows this story till it's ultimate conclusion, so that the victim's families finally learn the whole picture of what happened to their loved ones.
||Clean19. New District Attorney Todd Spitzer Dethrones Twenty Year Incumbent. His Mission, To Clean Up Corruption in the Orange County Justice System. Welcome Back A Timely Roundtable With Guests, Scott Sanders, Paul Wilson and Scott Moxley.||--||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit18. Hear Daniel Wozniak’s own words between he and his Disney princess fiancee Rachel Buffett on Costa Mesa Police recorded jailhouse calls.||18. On this episode of Sleuth you will hear for the first time, in his own words, double murderer Daniel Wozniak describe in detail, the events leading up to his murderous crimes. Sleuth has exclusively obtained three actual jailhouse calls Daniel Wozniak made to Rachel Buffett before and after his confession to the Costa Mesa Police for murdering both Sam Herr and Julie Kibuishi. Sleuth invited Wozniak lead Detective Mike Cohen to the program. Detective Cohen was instrumental in procuring a confession from Daniel Wozniak. He is here with us to share his firsthand insights into each conversation between the convicted lovers.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit17. Meet Dr. Vonda Pelto, Psychologist to Some of the Most Famous Serial Killers in Modern Day.||17. In this episode, we invite Dr. Vonda Pelto to the program. If you recall from episode one, I describe how my investigative journey first began on this case at Dr. Pelto’s Southern California home. It was early December of 2015, and I was commissioned to report and write a profile piece on Dr. Pelto who enjoyed a colorful career as a psychologist with an office in the Los Angeles Men’s County Jail. It was there, she treated her patients who just happened to be some of the most prolific serial killers that terrorized Los Angeles residents back in the eighties. After our interview, Dr. Pelto included me in a small gathering of her neighbors for a Christmas celebration at the house. On that evening, I met local theatre owners Jeff and Nancy Hathcock, where Daniel Wozniak performed as the lead for their musicals. It was also the same location where Daniel killed and dismembered his first victim Sam Herr in the attic of their Liberty Theatre. From that moment, I never returned home, and thus began my odyssey in uncovering the details of this case. We now welcome Dr. Pelto.||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit16. Meet the couple Dan Wozniak calls Mama and Big Guy, Kristen and John Spath, parents to the love of Dan's life, a girl named Brittany.||16. Throughout this podcast, I have attempted to share with our listeners various interviews with people who knew the ex-Disney princess Rachel Buffett. You've heard conversations with people that knew Rachel prior to her meeting Dan, during her time with Dan as his fiancee and the time subsequent to Dan Wozniak’s arrest and incarceration. But how much do we know about Dan prior to his courtship with Rachel Buffett? Meet Kristen and John Spath, who’s daughter Brittany dated Dan prior to Rachel Buffet. Most of the people I have spoken to told me, they believe Brittany was the love of Dan’s life. Kristen and John were like family to Dan referring to Kristen as Mama and John as the big guy. They have family memories to share that included Dan. With a surprise couple of guests that the Spaths could have never anticipated arriving at their front door the week of the murders. All these stories and more you won't hear anywhere else but here on Sleuth.||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15. A Court House Tale of a Press Conference Where Rachel Buffett's Prosecutor Seemingly Comes A Bit Unhinged.||15. With Rachel Buffett's accessory to murder trial concluded, the spectators including family and friends are ushered out of court, with the media and their crews not far behind. The word is quickly spread that a formal press conference is taking place on a lower level in the Santa Ana courthouse as the crowd slowly moves toward the elevator banks. Others chose the stairs so as not to be late in attending what media folks call a “presser”—an event which I and my SLEUTH team attended as well. What promised to be a happy moment of closure for Steve and Raquel Herr and June and Masa Kibuishi…turned into an event that prosecutor Matt Murphy chose to instead, roast me and my podcast.||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit14. It's Verdict Day for Rachel Buffett's Accessory to Murder Trial. Rachel speaks to the Victim's Families in Open Court.||14. On this episode of SLEUTH, we are once again back to our Santa Ana, California courtroom front row seat, as the accessory to murder trial of Rachel Buffett comes to a close. Prosecutor Matt Murphy and Defense Counsel David Medina delivered powerful summations to the jury of twelve. Matt Murphy believes he has proven beyond any reasonable doubt that Rachel Buffett is guilty of lying to police and helping her fiancee Daniel Wozniak cover up for his murderous crimes. David Medina argued to jurors that this case should be considered “the poster case for reasonable doubt” believing that he put on a defense that proves Rachel had nothing to do with the murders. Medina goes one step further by suggesting Rachel Buffett helped police by cooperating in helping lead police to— as Medina suggests “a treasure trove of evidence” to help convict— the man he calls “the monster Daniel Wozniak". Both attorneys have now learned the members of the jury are unanimously in agreement as to a verdict. Have you made a determination on what the verdict will be? Let’s listen as the jury forewoman renders their decision.||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit13. Attorneys Closing Arguments resume in Santa Ana Superior Court where Rachel Buffett's Accessory to Murder Trial continues.||13. This week we are back in a Santa Ana courtroom for our front row trial coverage of Rachel Buffett’s accessory to murder trial. Matt Murphy has prosecuted his case for nearly a week and is ready for his closing arguments. David Medina, Rachel’s defense counsel feels so confident he has presented plenty of reasonable doubt in the trial, that he doesn’t put on a single witness. Court spectators wondered whether Rachel herself would take the stand in her defense. After all, not more than a month before the trial, Rachel was presented an offer that included pleading guilty to a misdemeanor with no jail time. She turned it down and expressed wanting her day in court. So why did she tell the judge she didn’t think it was necessary she take the stand? Perhaps it will all make sense as we listen in to both Matt Murphy and David Medina’s closing arguments to jurors. Our Sleuth guest, Daniel Wozniak’s defense counsel Scott Sanders, returns to analyze the final summations from both counsel.||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12. Ordained Minister, Daniel Halkyard has known Daniel Wozniak since he was a young boy. Hear what he has to say about the convicted murderer and death row inmate, he still loves like a son.||12. Ordained Minister, Daniel Halkyard has known Daniel Wozniak since he was a young boy. Hear what he has to say about the convicted murderer and death row inmate, he still loves like a son.||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11: Krystin Crane speaks out EXCLUSIVELY to SLEUTH about her time with Rachel Buffett as theatre college students atttending Long Beach Community College.||11: It was the fall of 2006 when Krystin Crane enrolled in Long Beach Community. Krystin decided to join the theatre department, and there is where she met Rachel Buffett. At first, Krystin thought that the young beauty was nice - but a bit awkward. After learning that Rachel was homeschooled, Krystin attributed Rachel's social disconnect to the lack of peer engagement that Rachel had experienced during Rachel’s formative years. But one day, during a break in their theatre rehearsal of Antigone, Rachel invited Krystin for a coffee run. It was then that Krystin learned just how disconnected Rachel was from any moral sense of right and wrong.||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10. Ashlee Mathis shares EXCLUSIVELY with SLEUTH what Wozniak Defense Counsel calls one of THE MOST COMPELLING STORIES POINTING TO RACHEL BUFFETT'S GUILT.||10. Ashlee Mathis was a member of the infamous Taco Tuesday clan that partied together with the group of neighbors at Camden Martinique Apartments including: Dan Wozniak, Rachel Buffett and victims Sam Herr and Julie Kibuishi. Ashlee adored Sam and Julie but never really hit it off with Rachel or Dan. What she shares with SLEUTH is one of the most disturbing stories we have heard regarding Rachel Buffett and her role in the murders. In fact, Wozniak Defense Counsel, Scott Sanders has told SLEUTH he sees Ashlee Mathis tale as the most telling information that points to Rachel Buffett's guilt. And that's not all she has to say. Ashlee has another story that helps put Tim Wozniak, Daniel Wozniak's older brother, square at the crime scene on the day of Julie Kibuishi's murder.||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9. Another Sleuth Exclusive. Audrey McVay shares her tales as Daniel Wozniak and Rachel Buffett’s closest friend for two years up until a week before the murders.||This week on Sleuth, you’ll hear from another close inner circle friend of Rachel and Dan’s who we felt could have been an excellent potential State witness for Rachel’s trial. Audrey McVay was their third wheel for most of the time Rachel and Dan were an item, up until the week before the murders. What was it that she sensed that made her realize it was time to check out? Audrey McVay sits down EXCLUSIVELY with SLEUTH as she recounts chilling stories of the infamous couple, who Audrey at one time considered her dearest friends.||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8. A Sleuth Exclusive, Scott Ehredt tells more about his two year relationship with Rachel Buffett.||Check in for another SLEUTH Exclusive. We hear from Scott Ehredt who shares much more about his two year relationship with Former Disney Princess Rachel Buffett. He dated her soon after Buffett's ex fiancee, Daniel Wozniak was incarcerated for the murders of his friends Sam Herr and Julie Kibuishi. Ehredt provides listeners with a unique view into the world of Rachel that you wouldn't have the opportunity to learn anywhere else.||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7. Exclusive interview with Rachel Buffett's former boyfriend, Scott Erhedt, post ex-fiancee Daniel Wozniak's arrest.||This week on Sleuth you'll hear from Rachel Buffet's boyfriend soon after Daniel Wozniak was arrested for murdering his two friends. Scott Erhedt sits down with Linda Sawyer to share his shocking insights into their nearly two year relationship. We believe Erhedt would have made for a compelling witness in Rachel buffets accessory to murder trial.||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6. Hear EXCLUSIVE Former Disney Princess Rachel Buffett’s own words that led authorities to charge her with accessory to murder.||On this episode you will hear another SLEUTH EXCLUSIVE. It’s the former Disney Princess Rachel Buffett’s own words to Costa Mesa Police. Rachel is brought in for questioning the morning after her ex fiancee, Daniel Wozniak was arrested in relation to the murder of college student Julie Kibuishi found dead in friend Sam Herr’s apartment. At that time, Sam Herr, a military veteran, was back residing in Southern California and enrolled in a local college across the street. Herr was still missing and police suspected he should be considered armed and dangerous. It’s Rachel’s words to police that are the basis of her eventually being charged two years later, as an accessory to murder.||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5. Former Disney Princess Rachel Buffett's accessory to murder trial coverage continues with witness testimony.||Come back to Santa Ana California, to your front row courtroom seat, for Rachel Buffett's accessory to murder trial. Hear the dramatic witness testimony only here, exclusively on SLEUTH.||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4. Exclusive Courtroom Coverage of The State of California vs. Former Disney Princess Rachel Buffett's Accessory to Murder Trial.||On this episode, we have a SLEUTH PODCAST EXCLUSIVE offering you a front row seat for the trial of former Disney Princess, Rachel Buffett's Accessory to Murder Trial. Rachel's fiancee at the time, local theatre actor Daniel Wozniak, a real-life Phantom of the Opera, murdered and dismembered their friends so the couple could afford their honeymoon cruise. Wozniak sits alone on San Quentin's death row. But is there room for one more? Tune in and listen to our gavel to gavel trial coverage as our guests Steve Herr, victim Sam Herr's father, and Daniel Wozniak's Defense counsel, Scott Sanders make their observations while hearing the courtroom drama.||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVictim Sam Herr's father, Steve Herr, thanks Linda Sawyer||In this exclusive excerpt, Steve Herr thanks Linda Sawyer for her ongoing investigation into the murder of his son, Sam Herr.||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. Daniel Wozniak's lawyer Scott Sanders shares his murder trial insights.||Defense counsel Scott Sanders shares his legal insights on the Daniel Wozniak double homicide capital case. He'll take us through his perspective on what he believes were some of the most troubling aspects of the prosecution effort to get the death penalty.||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2. Steve Herr: A Father's Journey To The Truth About Who Murdered his Son Sam.||Steve Herr sits down with investigative journalist Linda Sawyer as they discuss their shared odyssey to connect the pieces of an intricate puzzle. Together Sawyer and Herr form an impenetrable bond in order to seek the truth and expose the murdeous contingent, who plotted and planned the execution of Herr's only child Sam Herr along with Sam's friend Julie Kibuishi. For now only Dan Wozniak sits as a convicted killer in a San Quentin cell. But this unexpected duo are convinced there are others involved who still walk free. In this episode hear why Daniel Wozniak's ex-fiancee and former Disney Princess, Rachel Buffett, is first on their list of possible accomplices.||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1. The Murder Case of Daniel Wozniak : A Real Life Phantom of The Opera||In the premiere episode of Sleuth, investigative reporter and host Linda Sawyer takes us through the details of Southern California theatre actor Daniel Wozniak's double murder case. This real life Phantom of The Opera says he murdered and dismembered his friends for money. But did Daniel kill alone? Was his Disney Princess fiancee at the time, Rachel Buffett, the true mastermind in these killings of victims Sam Herr and Julie Kibuishi? Will Rachel walk free from any culpability she had in the crimes? Follow Sleuth and learn the whole truth of what happened with all it's twists and turns in this gruesome story.||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
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Love the way you go over the case, piece it together and when more information comes out through going over the case or interviews you return to the chain of events and make the puzzle make more sense.
I sure hope something comes up or they are working on getting more time for Rachel.
This is an interesting case. Listening to Daniel go over what was done is difficult.
This is not your run of the mill discussion between two people or someone reading a Wiki on a case. This is actual court testimony. If you loved Court TV and love crime podcasts then this is for you.
When will this end?
This was an important case, but when will it end? At this point, it should be called obsession, because she is starting to sound like she just can’t let this go. Also, I hate that she brings guest on the show and has to tell them the story, or interrupts them to tell them how they feel. Ugh!!!! Enough already! If there are no new updates, move on to a new case😕