• Summary

  • The Let’s Go To Court podcast brings together two of the greatest legal minds of our time. Just kidding. We’re your hosts Brandi Egan and Kristin Caruso. What we lack in legal training we more than make up for in being completely obsessed with lawsuits. Every week, we discuss two juicy legal battles. Each episode is peppered with Brandi’s booming laugh and Kristin’s Olympic-level talent for putting the word “so” into every sentence. The podcast started in 2018, but we’ve been having these conversations for years. What can we say? We’re just a couple of lifelong friends who love the drama of a trial. Our other interests include: liquid eyeliner, Fresca, and begging Noodles and Company to bring back the spicy chicken caesar wrap.
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  • Sep 28 2022
    Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind had no reason to suspect her neighbor, Brooke Crews, was up to something. Brooke claimed she just needed a quick favor. Would Savanna come upstairs and try on a dress she’d been making? Savanna was eight months pregnant and about to sit down to dinner, but she told Brooke she’d help her out. It was the last thing she ever did.

    Then Kristin tells us a story that illustrates the dangers of becoming a confidential informant. When police discovered marijuana and ecstasy in 23-year-old Rachel Hoffman’s apartment, they leveled with her. She could go to prison for up to four years. Or she could become a confidential informant. Rachel chose the latter and soon found herself at the center of a very dangerous drug bust.

    And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases.

    In this episode, Kristin pulled from:
    “The Throwaways,” by Sarah Stillman for The New Yorker
    “Rachel’s timeline,” The Rachel Morningstar Foundation
    “Botched sting: killed with the gun she was supposed to buy,” by Brian Ross and Vic Walter for ABC News
    “Hoffman’s attorneys release statement critical of TPD,” Tallahassee Democrat
    “Lieutenant who OK’d Hoffman drug buy has ‘sustained’ investigation on record,” by Corey Clark for the Tallahassee Democrat
    “City commission approves $2.6M deal with parents of slain police confidential informant Rachel Hoffman,” by Jennifer Portman for the Tallahassee Democrat
    “Lance Block bio,” lanceblocklaw.com
    “A decade later, Rachel Hoffman’s tragic death helps make police informants safer,” by Jennifer Portman and Karl Etters for the Tallahassee Democrat
    “Transcripts released in Hoffman investigation,” by Nic Corbett and Jennifer Portman for the Tallahassee Democrat
    “TPD: We shouldn’t have blamed Rachel Hoffman,” by Jennifer Portman for the Tallahassee Democrat
    “Parents stand behind son on trial for murder,” by Donna Koehn for the Tampa Tribune
    “Murder-trial testimony begins,” by Jennifer Portman for the Tallahassee Democrat
    “Shooters frantic, testimony alleges,” by Donna Koehn for the Tampa Tribune
    “Bradshaw seen buying bleach, witness says,” by Jennifer Portman for the Tallahassee Democrat
    “Expert: Hoffman killed in her car,” by Jennifer Portman for the Tallahassee Democrat
    “State rests in murder trial,” by Jennifer Portman for the Tallahassee Democrat
    “Closing arguments today in murder trial,” by Jennifer Portman for the Tallahassee Democrat
    “Murder case stymies jurors,” by John Frank for the Miami Herald

    In this episode, Brandi pulled from:
    “A Killer Upstairs” episode Killer Motive
    “Fargo woman lured pregnant neighbor to her apartment, killed her and took her unborn baby” by Kyle Swenson, Washington Post
    “Pregnant Woman's Killer Cut Out Her Baby with Small Blade Then Smuggled Her Body Out in a Dresser” by KC Baker, people.com
    “Man Found Not Guilty After Girlfriend Lured Pregnant Neighbor to Their Apartment and Cut Out Her Baby” by KC Baker, people.com
    “Slain Mom’s ‘Miracle Child’ — Who Was Cut From Her Belly — Thrives 2 Years Later” by Daniel Egitto, oxygen.com
    “State Supreme Court Tosses Life Sentence For Man Whose Girlfriend Cut Baby From Neighbor’s Womb” by Dorian Geiger, oxygen.com
    “Man acquitted in pregnant woman’s slaying in North Dakota” by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press
    “North Dakota court overturns life term in cut from womb case” by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press
    “North Dakota v. Hoehn” justia.com
    YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 35+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!  

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    2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Sep 21 2022
    When Liz Ramirez’ nieces came to visit her for a week in 1994, they had a nice time. They went to the pool. They played basketball. They ate hot dogs. Liz’s roommate, Kristie Mayhugh met the girls. So did Liz and Kristie’s friends, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez. At the end of the week, the girls hugged their aunt goodbye and went back to their dad’s house. Later, the girls came forward with a shocking allegation. They said that their aunt and her three friends had gang raped them. There’d been drugs. Weapons. Satanic overtones. The most disturbing part? It was all made up.

    Then Brandi tells us about Michele Neurauter, whose death inside her upstate New York home was designed to look like a suicide. But something about it seemed off. Michele had an odd rope mark on her chin. Then there was the timing. Michele had recently won a long-fought, bitter custody battle for her youngest daughter. Why would she do this now? 

    And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases.

    In this episode, Kristin pulled from:
    “The Mystery of the San Antonio four,” by Maurice Chammah for the Texas Observer
    The documentary, “Southwest of Salem”
    “San Antonio Four to host fundraiser for Innocence Project of Texas,” for Henry Ramos for KENS5
    “What it’s like to be falsely branded a satanic child molester,” by Chase Madar for Vice
    “How junk science and anti-lesbian prejudice got four women sent to prison for more than a decade,” by Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie for Slate
    “Inside case behind wrongful conviction doc ‘Southwest of Salem’” by Bridgette Dunlap for Rolling Stone
    “Sex assault case,” Associated Press
    “Remaining women in abuse case freed,” by Will Weissert for the Associated Press
    “San Antonio Four exonerated in child rape case,” by Emanuella Grinberg for CNN
    “Judge clears records of wrongfully convicted San Antonio 4,” by Tim Fitzsimons for NBC News

    In this episode, Brandi pulled from:
    “Karrie’s Choice” episode 48 Hours
    “Family Values” episode Mastermind of Murder
    “Man Coerces Daughter To Help Him Kill His Ex-Wife And Stage Crime As A Suicide” by Joe Dziemianowicz
    “Man pleads guilty to killing ex-wife, conspiring with daughter in Corning murder” by Jeff Murray, Star Gazette
    “Life without parole: Lloyd Neurauter killed ex-wife with help from their daughter” by Jeff Murray, Star Gazette
    “Karrie Neurauter, manipulated into helping kill mother, released from prison” by Jeff Smith, Star Gazette
    YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 35+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!  

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    2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Sep 14 2022
    Linda Leedom and Lula Young had been best friends for years. They were like sisters. So when Lula developed cancer, and later died in a fire, Linda was overwhelmed with grief. Then she read Lula’s obituary. She was appalled! The obituary hadn’t referred to Linda as Lula’s sister!! Naturally, Linda confronted Lula’s mother at the funeral. Things got weirder from there. A few days later, someone spotted Lula shopping at the local Wal-Mart.

    Then Kristin tells us about Steven Ver Woert, whose murder shocked his family and friends. People weren’t sure who would want the fun-loving, generous man dead. But after a while, Steven’s brother spoke up. Could Steven’s ex-wife, Marty Malone be responsible for his death? Steven’s family had never liked Marty, but they were hesitant to think she was capable of murder. But when detectives knocked on Marty’s door, she acted like a total sketchball. 

    And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases.

    In this episode, Kristin pulled from:
    “Too Many Hit Men,” by Gary Boynton for Crime Magazine
    I Went Undercover episode, “Flirting with Murder”
    Jeff Zeleny’s seven-part investigative series, which ran in 1998 in The Des Moines Register

    In this episode, Brandi pulled from:
    “Dead Woman Walking” episode Mastermind of Murder
    “Woman Manipulated Arsonist Into Killing Her ‘Best Friend’ For Life Insurance Payout” by Joe Dziemianowicz, Oxygen
    “From the Ashes of a Friendship, Charges of Fraud and Murder” by Donald P. Baker, Washington Post
    “Jury chosen for murder trial” by William C. Bayne, The Commercial Appeal
    “State rests in Leedom case; Dunn credibility questioned” by William C. Bayne, The Commercial Appeal
    “Linda Leedom v. State of Mississippi” findlaw.com
    YOU’RE STILL READING? My, my, my, you skeezy scunch! You must be hungry for more! We’d offer you some sausage brunch, but that gets messy. So how about you head over to our Patreon instead? (patreon.com/lgtcpodcast). At the $5 level, you’ll get 35+ full length bonus episodes, plus access to our 90’s style chat room!  
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    2 hrs and 20 mins

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LGTC is solid GOLD🏆

baby ‘84, class of ‘03…song lyric/movie quote sponge…true crime obsessed since WAY before an appropriate age - i have found my perfect podcast match🖤 THEY👏🏼HAVE👏🏼IT👏🏼ALL👏🏼

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the podcast I look forward to the most

I love both these women they make me laugh. I love all the bad jokes. it makes me laugh how many times they'll say something n it'll make me start singing a song then they start singing it! this is my favorite podcasts ❤

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I'm writing her of you because no one else did

It is a travesty that no one has reviewed this period therefore here I am reviewing this period you girls got me through my divorce and through so much more. I am going back and listening to every single episode. Even those that the audio was horrible. Love you guys

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Two midwestern ladies talkin' about true crime.

I love this podcast. Two best friends (since middle school) just chat'n 'bout life and then telling us stories about truly horrible, curious and crazy crimes.

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great stories by witty women

I love this podcast. it is a perfect combination of sinister, legal and silly.

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