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Targeted:  True Crime Domestic Violence

Targeted Podcast investigates cases of family violence each season, using academic research to help us interpret the events so that we can become better advocates.

We’ve made many improvements over the three seasons and hope that listeners of season one will forgive many of the rookie audio mistakes.

Episodes typically drop on Tuesdays during a season, but we’ll have an occasional week off when life outside of podcasting demands extra attention.

SEASON ONE spotlights the 1976 death of 4-year-old Melisha Gibson after days of abuse at the hands of her stepfather.  Join us for season 1 as we examine the circumstances surrounding how her tortuous death in 1976 led to changes in social service departments around the United States.

SEASON TWO features the mini-series called “Fight for Justice” about Tracey Thurman, who had to sue an entire city in the 1980s to hold the police responsible for allowing her ex-husband to stalk and attack her despite her requests for police involvement in advance.

Tracey was a young married mother when her husband, Buck gradually escalated from intermittent slaps to deadly violence. Tracey was a woman who did a lot of things right while Buck targeted her for abuse.  She left. She called the police.  She filed police complaints.  She reported his threats and assaults.  She asked for and received a restraining order.   She demanded that the police arrest Buck when he violated it.

Even though Tracey did so many things right, the apathy of the police and their unwillingness to effectively intervene in a domestic matter, allowed Buck to nearly kill her.  While a police officer watched.

Tracey’s story will help us examine how society and law enforcement might fail targets of domestic violence.

One of the things I really admire about Tracey, though, is that she went public about her story because she wanted to help others. And she has.  Law enforcement agencies all over the United States rewrote policies about dealing with domestic violence.

SEASON THREE features the mini-series called “Ripple Effects,” which tells the story of 15-year-old Josh Osborn, whose parent starved him and chained him to his bed.   His rescue will change the course of the Osborne children’s lives.

We examine Josh’s case, discussing his history as well as that of his siblings, and using this knowledge to examine how we be better advocates.  There is much about Josh’s story that never made it into court or into media reports. You see, Josh was not the only one being abused.

His sisters, Toshua Amber and Shelby reveal their abuse and the ripple effects it had on their lives.  While it is a story of abuse, it is also a story of hope.

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