Case 120

Bill McGuire

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Case 120

Bill McGuire

It was a dark green suitcase. Given its proximity to the bridge, the men assumed it must have blown off the luggage rack of a vehicle driving above and hauled it onboard. 12-year-old Sam expressed his excitement at thinking they had stumbled upon pirates’ treasure and hastily zipped the bag open, finding it held items wrapped in thick black garbage bags sealed with blue adhesive tape. Before anyone could stop him, Sam tore open one of the bags and screamed in horror as he discovered what lay inside…

________

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched by Flossie Arend

Episode written by Flossie ArendElsha McGill, and Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOK:

To Have And To Kill – John Glatt
 
 

ONLINE ARTICLES:

Inside cheating wife’s gruesome ‘suitcase murder– The New York Post

Wife arrested in gory dismemberment murder – The Sentinel

Murder stirs surrogacy network – The New York Times

“17 miles of scary”: Chesapeake Bay bridge-tunnel is notorious among truckers – The Virginian-Pilot 

This mesmerizing bridge that transforms into a tunnel is an ‘engineering wonder’ – Business Insider

How safe is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel? Questions arise after driver’s death – The Virginian-Pilot

Suitcase murder was learning example for CSIs – The Virginian-Pilot

Beneath your tunnel drive is a vast safety system – The Virginian-Pilot

Sex, Lies, and Secret Lives – ABC News

Pathologist: McGuire was dead before being dismembered – Sentinel-EDM News

Gruesome Discover – People.com

Cell phone and E-ZPass records shown to jury Sentinel-EDM News

Light Is Shed On Victim, But No Clues In Murder – The New York Times

A strangely silent BlackBerry tells of husband’s disappearance – Court TV

McGuire timeline – The Star-Ledger

McGuire found guilty of ‘suitcase murder’ – The Star-Ledger

Atlantic City’s infamous Flamingo Motel gets $2M makeover – The Star-Ledger

What happens to a body that decomposes underwater – Ranker

The McGuire Diaries – CBS News 

McGuire sentenced to life in prison for suitcase murder NJ.com 

Nurse who killed, dismembered husband sentenced to life in prison – Court TV

 

NEWSPAPERS ARCHIVES:

Newspapers.com:

‘Suitcase corpse traced’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Dead man was NJIT specialist’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Authorities locate dead man’s car at motel in A.C.’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Clues sought in man’s death’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Ex: man found dismembered drank, gambled’ – The Courier-News

‘Homicide detectives face challenges’ – The News Leader 

‘Accounts vary on slay victim’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Conflicting portrait of a murder victim’ – The Daily Record

‘Who was the man found dead in suitcases?’ – The Daily Times

‘Murder victim’s sis pushing Virginia Beach cops on case’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Va. stops inquiry into body’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Task force takes on suitcase death’ – The Courier-News

‘State ratchets up probe of man’s death’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Cops comb apartment of victim’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Clues developing in murder case’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire slaying probe deepens’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Police arrest wife in McGuire killing’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Wife free on bail in dismember case’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Deceit, infidelity, murder’ – The Asbury Park Press

‘Accused wife to give DNA’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Woman indicted in dismemberment killing of husband’ – The Courier-News

‘McGuire indicted’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Top lawyer hired in murder trial’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Judge delays change in slay-case lawyers’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Spouse-killer suspect free after bail posted’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘State weighing McGuire options’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Lawyers looking to monitor wife’ – The Courier-News

‘Murder suspect can confer with lawyer in N.Y.’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

”Human sawdust’ traced to victim William McGuire’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Human tissue in car proven to be victim’s’ – The Courier-News

‘State admits gaps in scenario’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Wiretap evidence allowed in trial’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Murder planned, says State’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Woman accused of killing, dismembering husband charged with deceiving police’ – The Courier-News

‘Lawyers haggle over wiretapped conversations’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Jury selected in suitcase killing’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Body parts case goes to trial Monday’ – The Asbury Park Press

‘Brick woman stands trial’ – The Asbury Park Press

‘McGuire trial offers hard fight’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Detective admits lack of evidence’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

“Searching for a murder plan’ – The Courier-News

‘Bullets, bodies, and blankets in McGuire case’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire defense cites husband’s ‘other side” – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Murder trial logs into files on computer – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Poisoning debated in suitcase murder trial’ – The Courier-News

‘Melanie McGuire, friend discussed gun during call’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Suspect’s ex-lover testifies in N.J. suitcase murder trial’ – The Courier-News

‘Daily activity is trial focus’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘State focuses on package’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘FBI expert: Letter fits pattern of ‘post-offense manipulation” – The Asbury Park Press

‘FBI forensic linguist testifies’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Your daily digital footprint can unwittingly trip you up in the future’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Court hears betting habits of McGuire’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Victim’s sister testifies in McGuire trial’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Judge rejects polygraph’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘State case lacks solid proof’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire defense gets under way’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Defense prepares to attack’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Closing arguments ready in McGuire’s trial’ – The Daily Record

‘State proved nothing, defense says in finale’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Jury to begin deciding Melanie McGuire’s fate’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire jury requests evidence on lesser charges’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Hearing set for McGuire’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire defense lawyer claims proof of mob ties’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘No new trial in suitcase murder’ – The Courier-News

‘McGuire professed innocence’ – The Asbury Park Press

‘McGuire breaks silence’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire informant ID kept secret’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire may never go free’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire witness ID’d’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Inmate misled McGuire defense’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Life behind bars’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire to appeal murder verdict to N.J. high court’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Melanie McGuire case to be featured on ‘Deadly Affairs” – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Did star lawyer botch McGuire suitcase murder case?’ – The Asbury Park Press

”Suitcase killer’ back in court’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

”Suitcase killer’ fighting sentence’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Appeals over for ‘suitcase killer’ in N.J.’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

 

VIDEOS:

Did Melanie McGuire dismember her husband? – Dateline NBC (transcript)

The Suitcase Murder – 20/20 ABC

The McGuire Diaries – 48 Hours Mystery

Broken Vows – Solved

The Murders of Bill McGuire and Rosemary Christensen – Deadly Affairs

 

OTHER:

 

 

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It was a dark green suitcase. Given its proximity to the bridge, the men assumed it must have blown off the luggage rack of a vehicle driving above and hauled it onboard. 12-year-old Sam expressed his excitement at thinking they had stumbled upon pirates’ treasure and hastily zipped the bag open, finding it held items wrapped in thick black garbage bags sealed with blue adhesive tape. Before anyone could stop him, Sam tore open one of the bags and screamed in horror as he discovered what lay inside…

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched by Flossie Arend

Episode written by Flossie ArendElsha McGill, and Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOK:

To Have And To Kill – John Glatt
 
 

ONLINE ARTICLES:

Inside cheating wife’s gruesome ‘suitcase murder– The New York Post

Wife arrested in gory dismemberment murder – The Sentinel

Murder stirs surrogacy network – The New York Times

“17 miles of scary”: Chesapeake Bay bridge-tunnel is notorious among truckers – The Virginian-Pilot 

This mesmerizing bridge that transforms into a tunnel is an ‘engineering wonder’ – Business Insider

How safe is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel? Questions arise after driver’s death – The Virginian-Pilot

Suitcase murder was learning example for CSIs – The Virginian-Pilot

Beneath your tunnel drive is a vast safety system – The Virginian-Pilot

Sex, Lies, and Secret Lives – ABC News

Pathologist: McGuire was dead before being dismembered – Sentinel-EDM News

Gruesome Discover – People.com

Cell phone and E-ZPass records shown to jury Sentinel-EDM News

Light Is Shed On Victim, But No Clues In Murder – The New York Times

A strangely silent BlackBerry tells of husband’s disappearance – Court TV

McGuire timeline – The Star-Ledger

McGuire found guilty of ‘suitcase murder’ – The Star-Ledger

Atlantic City’s infamous Flamingo Motel gets $2M makeover – The Star-Ledger

What happens to a body that decomposes underwater – Ranker

The McGuire Diaries – CBS News 

McGuire sentenced to life in prison for suitcase murder NJ.com 

Nurse who killed, dismembered husband sentenced to life in prison – Court TV

 

NEWSPAPERS ARCHIVES:

Newspapers.com:

‘Suitcase corpse traced’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Dead man was NJIT specialist’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Authorities locate dead man’s car at motel in A.C.’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Clues sought in man’s death’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Ex: man found dismembered drank, gambled’ – The Courier-News

‘Homicide detectives face challenges’ – The News Leader 

‘Accounts vary on slay victim’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Conflicting portrait of a murder victim’ – The Daily Record

‘Who was the man found dead in suitcases?’ – The Daily Times

‘Murder victim’s sis pushing Virginia Beach cops on case’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Va. stops inquiry into body’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Task force takes on suitcase death’ – The Courier-News

‘State ratchets up probe of man’s death’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Cops comb apartment of victim’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Clues developing in murder case’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire slaying probe deepens’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Police arrest wife in McGuire killing’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Wife free on bail in dismember case’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Deceit, infidelity, murder’ – The Asbury Park Press

‘Accused wife to give DNA’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Woman indicted in dismemberment killing of husband’ – The Courier-News

‘McGuire indicted’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Top lawyer hired in murder trial’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Judge delays change in slay-case lawyers’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Spouse-killer suspect free after bail posted’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘State weighing McGuire options’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Lawyers looking to monitor wife’ – The Courier-News

‘Murder suspect can confer with lawyer in N.Y.’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

”Human sawdust’ traced to victim William McGuire’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Human tissue in car proven to be victim’s’ – The Courier-News

‘State admits gaps in scenario’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Wiretap evidence allowed in trial’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Murder planned, says State’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Woman accused of killing, dismembering husband charged with deceiving police’ – The Courier-News

‘Lawyers haggle over wiretapped conversations’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Jury selected in suitcase killing’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Body parts case goes to trial Monday’ – The Asbury Park Press

‘Brick woman stands trial’ – The Asbury Park Press

‘McGuire trial offers hard fight’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Detective admits lack of evidence’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

“Searching for a murder plan’ – The Courier-News

‘Bullets, bodies, and blankets in McGuire case’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire defense cites husband’s ‘other side” – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Murder trial logs into files on computer – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Poisoning debated in suitcase murder trial’ – The Courier-News

‘Melanie McGuire, friend discussed gun during call’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Suspect’s ex-lover testifies in N.J. suitcase murder trial’ – The Courier-News

‘Daily activity is trial focus’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘State focuses on package’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘FBI expert: Letter fits pattern of ‘post-offense manipulation” – The Asbury Park Press

‘FBI forensic linguist testifies’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Your daily digital footprint can unwittingly trip you up in the future’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Court hears betting habits of McGuire’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Victim’s sister testifies in McGuire trial’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Judge rejects polygraph’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘State case lacks solid proof’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire defense gets under way’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Defense prepares to attack’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Closing arguments ready in McGuire’s trial’ – The Daily Record

‘State proved nothing, defense says in finale’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Jury to begin deciding Melanie McGuire’s fate’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire jury requests evidence on lesser charges’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Hearing set for McGuire’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire defense lawyer claims proof of mob ties’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘No new trial in suitcase murder’ – The Courier-News

‘McGuire professed innocence’ – The Asbury Park Press

‘McGuire breaks silence’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire informant ID kept secret’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire may never go free’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire witness ID’d’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Inmate misled McGuire defense’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Life behind bars’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘McGuire to appeal murder verdict to N.J. high court’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Melanie McGuire case to be featured on ‘Deadly Affairs” – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Did star lawyer botch McGuire suitcase murder case?’ – The Asbury Park Press

”Suitcase killer’ back in court’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

”Suitcase killer’ fighting sentence’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

‘Appeals over for ‘suitcase killer’ in N.J.’ – New Jersey Home News Tribune

 

VIDEOS:

Did Melanie McGuire dismember her husband? – Dateline NBC (transcript)

The Suitcase Murder – 20/20 ABC

The McGuire Diaries – 48 Hours Mystery

Broken Vows – Solved

The Murders of Bill McGuire and Rosemary Christensen – Deadly Affairs

 

OTHER:

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Never Thought I’d Say This – New parenting podcast from Audioboom starring Jodie Sweetin and Celia Behar

Quip – Get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush

Grove – get FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Set worth $30 with your first order of $20 or more

Calm – Get 25% off Calm Premium subscription

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