Case 180

Bill Payne & Billie-Jean Hayworth

“This is going to be the stupidest thing you’ve ever heard. This is going to be the craziest thing you’ve ever heard. There is nothing in your lives or background that has prepared you to understand the Potter family. You have never seen anybody like them.”

 
When Bill Payne met Billie-Jean Hayworth, his life changed for the better. He drank less, quit partying, and only had eyes for her. When Billie-Jean discovered she was pregnant, Bill was overjoyed. The future for the soon-to-be parents looked bright.
 
Yet not everyone was happy for the young couple. When nasty comments appeared about the pair online, their hometown of Mountain City, Tennessee was divided. While many residents came to Bill and Billie-Jean’s defence, others embraced the online vitriol being directed at them.
 
What followed was an unbelievable case that involved a CIA agent, a secret relationship and an impressionable local man named Jamie Curd – all culminating in a double homicide on January 30, 2012. At the centre of the chaos was the Potter family: ‘Buddy’, Barbara, and their daughter, Jenelle.

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

EPISODE:

Research & writing – Eileen Ormsby

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 

Music – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska

RESOURCES

 

COURT DOCUMENTS

State v Marvin Potter

State v Barbara Potter

State v Jenelle Potter

 

BOOK

Too Pretty To Live: The Catfishing Murders of East Tennessee – Dennis Brooks

 

VIDEOS

Police Build Case Around 2 Suspects in Murder of Young Couple – ABC News

20/20 episode “Unfriended” – ABC TV, 2015

 

OTHER

Ongoing reporting in The Tomahawk, including daily updates of the trials

Archives of the Topix forums for Mountain City (retrieved via the Wayback Machine)

Jenelle Potter’s Myspace page

Crime scene photos

 

 

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