WARNING: The audio in this episode is rough. What can we say? We were young(ish), dumb, and thought we’d save a little money by sharing one microphone. Yeah. The audio quality improves drastically after episode 9. 

These are the trials that got us hooked on trials.

When she was just 13, Brandi read a book about infamous cult leader Charles Manson. She’s been obsessed ever since. In this episode, she discusses his crimes, his prediction that a race war was a-comin’, and his truly wacky trial.

As for Kristin… well, she’s dumb. When she and Brandi agreed to talk about the cases that got them hooked on trials, she knew exactly what trial she’d cover — the trial of Robert Courtney, the pharmacist who got caught diluting cancer drugs. But what Kristin didn’t *quite* remember was that dear ol’ Robby never had a criminal trial. Oh well. It’s still a good story.


And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases.

In this episode, Brandi pulled from:
“Charles Manson Trial,” FamousTrials.com

In this episode, Kristin pulled from:
“The Toxic Pharmacist,” New York Times Magazine
“Jury Awards 2.2B in Courtney Case,” Kansas City Business Journal
“Deadly Rx for Greed,” American Greed
“Pharmacist Robert Courtney Admits He Diluted Drugs,” Kansas City Star
“Prosecutors Say Greed Drove Pharmacist to Dilute Drugs,” The New York Times
“Courtney’s Wife Pleads Guilty to Making False Statement,” Kansas City Business Journal
“Pharmacist’s Wife to Give Money to Victim Fund,” Southeast Missourian

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