Here’s a tip: When a member of your spouse’s family asks to stay with you, just say no. That’s the lesson Brandi took from the murder of millionaire Jacques Mossler. When his younger, “toothpaste model” wife, Candy, suggested they let her nephew Melvin move into their sprawling Houston home, Jacques said sure. But over time, Candy and her nephew got close. Too close.
Then Kristin tells us about the bizarre kidnapping of stay-at-home-mom Quinn Gray. Her kidnapping panicked and perplexed her husband, Reid Gray. Reid was wealthy. Super wealthy. But the ransom note indicated that the kidnappers only wanted $50,000. Why so little? And why did the kidnappers let Quinn make so many phone calls? As Quinn’s kidnapping dragged on, the case got more and more strange.
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, Kristin pulled from:
“Ransom” episode of Dateline
“Withhold of adjudication: What everyone needs to know,” Florida Bar Association
“Bizarre saga of fake kidnapping of Quinn Hanna Gray reaches quiet end in court,” Jacksonville.com
“Ponte Vedra woman who faked kidnapping accused of violating probation,” Jacksonville.com
“Nancy Grace Investigates: The Quinn Gray Tapes Part 2,” CNN.com
In this episode, Brandi pulled from:
“A Million Dollar Murder” by David Krajicek, Crime Library
“Lust and Death on Key Biscayne” by Matt Schudel, Sun Sentinel
“Melvin Powers is Dead at 68” by Douglas Martin, The New York Times