Morbidology the Podcast – 115: Ally Lee Steinfeld

Podcast released on: 30th August 2021

Anti-transgender hatred fuels an alarming number of murders throughout the world. The Trans Murder Monitoring project was started in 2009 and systematically monitors, collects and analyses reports of homicides of transgender people throughout the world. The statistics that they post each year are extremely disturbing. In Cabool, Missouri, a 17-year-old girl who had recently come…


Anti-transgender hatred fuels an alarming number of murders throughout the world. The Trans Murder Monitoring project was started in 2009 and systematically monitors, collects and analyses reports of homicides of transgender people throughout the world. The statistics that they post each year are extremely disturbing. In Cabool, Missouri, a 17-year-old girl who had recently come out as transgender vanished. An investigation would lead to the doorstep of people she had considered her friends.

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Audio Sources:

Andrew Vrba Trial – Transgender Teen Murder – Witnesses Dep Rowdy Douglas – Police Interview

“Andrew Vrba Trial – Transgender Teen Murder – Prosecution Opening Statement”

“Andrew Vrba Trial Transgender Teen Murder Witnesses Ashley Boswell & Joseph Steinfeld Sr”

“Andrew Vrba Trial – Transgender Teen Murder – Defense Opening Statement”

Sources:

ABC – 33 KSPR, 22 September, 2017 – “Young Man Missing for Weeks Brutally Murdered in Texas County”

ABC – 33 KSPR, 22 September, 2017 – “Three Charged in Texas County Murder”

Associated Press, 22 September, 2017 – “3 Charged in Killing of 17-Year-Old Whose Body was Burned”

The Kansas City Star, 26 September, 2017 – “Gruesome Details of Transgender Teen’s Ozarks Slaying Emerge as Four are Charged”

Associated Press, 27 September, 2017 – “Transgender Teen’s Grisly Death Not a Hate Crime”

Associated Press, 27 September, 2017 – “Missouri Murder Rekindles Debate over LGBT Hate Crime Laws”

The Kansas City Star, 29 September, 2017 – “Pure Hatred Mom Says of Trans Teen’s Slaying”

The Independent, 2 October, 2017 – “Ally Lee Steinfeld Murder”

West Plains Daily Quill, 25 October, 2018 – “Grisby Pleads Not Guilty in Death”

West Plains Daily Quill, 28 October, 2017 – “Vrba Granted Change of Venue”

West Plains Daily Quill, 20 December, 2017 – “18-YEAr-Old Pleads Guilty to Murder of Transgender Teen”

West Plains Daily Quill, 5 July, 2018 – “Grisby Pleads Guilty to Abandonment of Corpse”

West Plains Daily Quill, 10 May, 2019 – “Cabool Woman Pleads Guilty to Charges in Connection to Murder”

Legal Monitor Worldwide, 16 December, 2019 – “Texas Co Man Who Could Get Death”

Legal Monitor Worldwide, 5 August, 2020 – “Men Who Faced Death Sentence for 2017 Murder of Transgender Teen Stands Trial”

The Daily Beast, 27 September, 2017 – “Texts Show Teens Had Everything Planned Out”

International Business Times, 27 September, 2017 – “Who is Ally Steinfeld?”

ABC – 33 KSPR, 28 September 2017 – “Parents of Murdered Texas Country Transgender Teen Speaks Out”

The Kansas City Star, 4 October, 2017 – “Missouri Law Doesn’t Allow Hate Crime Charges in Transgender Teen’s Brutal Slaying”

ABC – 33 KSPR, 6 October, 2017 – “Memorial Planned for Transgender Teenager Some Believe was Victim of Hate Crime”

Associated Press, 16 May, 2018 – “Too Little Cash for Transgender Killing Defence”

ABC – 33 KSPR, 10 July, 2019 – “Judge Sentences Woman in Death of Transgender Teenager”

Associated Press, 2 August, 2020 – “Trial Starts in case of Mutilated, Murdered, Transgender Teen”

CE Noticia Financieras, 5 August, 2020 – “Kills and Eyes Off Transgender Friend for Revenge due to Rape”

NBC – 3 KYTV, 5 August, 2020 – “Defense Highlights Childhood in Trial of Man”

NBC – 3 KYTV, 6 August, 2020 – “Testimony Ends in Case Against Andrew Vrba”

Springfield News Leader, – “Ally Steinfeld Murder Trial”

NBC – 3 KYTV, 28 August, 2020 – “Judge Rules a Texas County Man Guilty of Murder”

NBC – 3 KYTV, 20 November, 2020 – “Man Sentenced to Life in Prison without Parole”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 22 November, 2020 – “Law and Order”

Springfield News Leader – “Texas County Man Sentence to Life for 2017 Murder of Transgender Teen”

News Leader – “Ally Steinfeld Case: Third Suspect Pleads Guilty”

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