Episode 24: The Wineville Chicken Coop Murders

The Wineville Chicken Coop murders stand as some of the most horrifying and unsettling chapters in the history of true crime, marked by a plot twist so bizarre it defies belief.

Today, we delve into these gruesome crimes through a four-act narrative we’ve titled “A Tale of Two Mothers.”

Sarah Louise Northcott’s love for her son, Gordon, knew no bounds. Gordon was a charismatic, intelligent, and gifted young man, a classically trained concert pianist, whom she indulged with luxury cars, tailored suits, and lavish grooming. Yet, Sarah’s boundless affection allowed her to turn a blind eye to his darker inclinations—his vanity, his explosive temper prone to violence, and, most shockingly, his sinister predilections as a pedophile, rapist, sadistic torturer, and burgeoning serial killer.

Christine Collins cherished her son, Walter, above all else as well. She, too, would move heaven and earth for her child. But unlike Gordon Northcott, Walter Collins was a gentle, kind-hearted boy whose life would be marred by a tragic fate that would rock the world to its core.

The paths of these two women would intersect in a gripping narrative of unfathomable cruelty, grotesque sexual brutality, and a form of psychological manipulation so bewilderingly bizarre that it challenges comprehension.

Join us as we journey back to 1920s Los Angeles to uncover one of the most astonishing, heart-wrenching, and disquieting stories you’ve ever encountered.

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