Case 157

The Strip Search Scam

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Case 157

The Strip Search Scam

Warning: This episode contains descriptions of sexual violence.

Donna Summers led Laura Fletcher into the managers’ office, before locking the door behind them. She informed Laura that a police officer had accused her of robbing a customer.

Shocked, Laura immediately protested her innocence, telling her manager: “Donna, I’ve never done anything wrong. I could never steal.” Summers responded that the police officer had called and described Laura as the person responsible…. and he was still waiting on the phone.

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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

MTC program: maketheconnection.net/resources/spread-the-word

 

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

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched and written by Erin Munro

Creative director: 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

 

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

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Liquid IV – Use promo code ‘CASEFILE’ for 25% off your order

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Warning: This episode contains descriptions of sexual violence.

Donna Summers led Laura Fletcher into the managers’ office, before locking the door behind them. She informed Laura that a police officer had accused her of robbing a customer.

Shocked, Laura immediately protested her innocence, telling her manager: “Donna, I’ve never done anything wrong. I could never steal.” Summers responded that the police officer had called and described Laura as the person responsible…. and he was still waiting on the phone.

______

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

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched and written by Erin Munro

Creative director: 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

 

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

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Liquid IV – Use promo code ‘CASEFILE’ for 25% off your order

DoorDash – Get $5 off and FREE delivery for your first order with promo code ‘CASEFILE’

ShipStation – Try ShipStation FREE for 60 days with promo code ‘CASEFILE’

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

BetterHelp – Get 10% off your first month of professional counselling with a licensed therapist

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