Case 157

The Strip Search Scam

*** Warning: This episode contains descriptions of sexual violence ***

The evening of April 9, 2004, started as a regular, uneventful shift for employees at a McDonald’s restaurant in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Until 4:56 PM, when the phone rang and the man on the other line introduced himself as Officer Scott. 

According to Officer Scott, a customer had reported having their purse stolen by one of the staff members. He described the employee as a young, petite white woman with dark hair. Management identified the woman in question and called her into the back office, where Officer Scott orders her to undergo a strip search.

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

EPISODE:

Research & writing – Erin Munro

Creative direction – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host

 

MUSIC:

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

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Scoring – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska

RESOURCES

 

ONLINE ARTICLES:

A hoax most cruel – The Courier-Journal

Restaurant shift turns into nightmare – ABC News

Strip-Search Case Victim Awarded $6.1 Million – ABC News

 

ARCHIVED ARTICLES:

Caller nabbed? – The Paducah Sun

Strip-search prank suspect held – The Salt Lake Tribune

Man pleads guilty in hoax case – The Courier-Journal

Hoax victim now opposes plea deal – The Courier-Journal

Man tells hoax victim he’s sorry – The Courier-Journal

Bullitt man pleads guilty in strip-search case – The Courier-Journal

Woman gets probation in Bullitt case – The Courier-Journal

Hoax leads to nationwide search for mysterious caller – The Messenger-Inquirer

Bullitt strip search trial set – The Courier-Journal

Trial begins in case involving strip search at McDonald’s – The Courier-Journal

Hoax victim says she was too scared to flee – The Courier-Journal

Calling card’s link to suspect in Bullitt hoax disputed in testimony – The Courier-Journal

Defense argues hoax call was scam – The Courier-Journal

Jury clears hoax case defendant – The Courier-Journal

Selection of jurors starts in strip case – The Courier-Journal

Strip-search case to begin; $200 million at stake – The Courier-Journal

Lawyer says McDonald’s did all it could to warn workers of sex hoax – The Courier-Journal

Witness: Hoaxer began small, escalated demands – The Courier-Journal

McDonald’s lawyer: Hoax warning inadequate – The Courier-Journal

Strip-search hoax victim testifies on McDonald’s assault – The Courier-Journal

Witness thought of suicide after hoax – The Courier-Journal

McDonald’s witness says hoax victim has mostly recovered after her trauma – The Courier-Journal

McDonald’s official testifies he wasn’t told of previous hoaxes – The Courier-Journal

Defense expert: Hoax helped victim grow – The Courier-Journal

Jury returns to deliberations in McDonald’s strip search case – The Advocate-Messenger

O. gets $6.1 million in strip-search lawsuit – The Courier-Journal

Jury argued over award total, forewoman says – The Courier-Journal

Jury award upheld for victim of strip search – The Courier-Journal

McDonald’s and O. settle strip-search suit – The Courier-Journal

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

McDonald’s Corporation v L. O., Donna J. Summers and Kim Dockery

 

PODCASTS:

The Prank Call part 1 – Pretend

The Prank Call part 2 – Pretend

 

VIDEOS:

Primetime segment – ABC News

 

 

 

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