Morbidology the Podcast – 146: Joleen Cummings

Podcast released on: 4th April 2022

In spring of 2018, a mother of three vanished from Hilliard in Florida. According to her estranged husband, she was probably off “on a bender somewhere.” However, as an investigation was launched, two suspicious people from within the woman’s life emerged, ultimately leading to a grim conclusion.


In spring of 2018, a mother of three vanished from Hilliard in Florida. According to her estranged husband, she was probably off “on a bender somewhere.” However, as an investigation was launched, two suspicious people from within the woman’s life emerged, ultimately leading to a grim conclusion.

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Audio Sources:

“‘She’s not who she says she is’: Joleen Cumming said about accused killer Kimberly Kessler days before”

“RAW VIDEO: Nassau County addresses Joleen Cummings disappearance”

“Sentencing Held for Kimberly Kessler”

“‘Never-ending nightmare’: Joleen Cummings’ mother shares family’s grief as killer sentenced to life”

“Kimberly Kessler Hearing – Defendant’s Outburst”

“Kimberly Kessler found guilty of murder, refuses to hear verdict read in courtroom”

“Kimberly Kessler outbursts: The multiple times she’s disrupted the court”

“WATCH: Kimberly Kessler talks about Joleen Cummings”

“New Evidence in Kimberly Kessler Case”

“Kimberly Kessler’s injuries were ‘defensive,’ attorneys say, but agree there was a ‘violent confront”

“Kimberly Kessler tells judge her attorneys are lying about her mental health”

“Video evidence, photos released in murder case against Kimberly Kessler”

“Prosecutors Release List of Evidence”

Sources:

Nassau County Record, 14 May, 2018 – “Suspect Last to See Cummings Alive”

Nassau County Record, 17 May, 2018 – “Missing Woman’s Vehicle Found”

Tribune-Review, 22 May, 2018 – “A Butler County Woman Reported Missing in 2004 Has Resurfaced as a Suspect”

The Edmonton Sun, 27 May, 2018 – “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow”

Nassau County Record, 31 May, 2018 – “Family Awaits Answers”

ABC – 2 WSB, 1 June, 2018 – “Suspect in Woman’s Disappearance Used 18 Aliases Over Past 22 Years”

The Florida Times-Union, 1 June, 2018 – “Suspect’s Past in Yulee Woman’s Disappearance Includes 17 Alias in 14 States”

Butler Eagle, 5 June, 2018 – “Butler Woman Suspect Has 18 Aliases”

The Florida Times-Union, 5 June, 2018 – “Fernandina Hair Salon Where Missing Stylist and Suspect Worked Closes Doors”

News Leader, 6 June, 2018 – “Investigation Going in Many Different Directions”

CBS – 4 KMOV, 8 June, 2018 – “Suspect Wanted in Connection to Missing Woman Used Over 18 Aliases”

Tribune-Review, 11 June, 2018 – “A Woman Missing from Butler County More than a Decade Ago Who Tuned Up Last Month”

NBC – 11 WPXI, 14 June, 2018 – “Butler Native, Suspect in Missing Fla. Mom Case”

The Florida Times-Union, 6 July, 2018 – “Search for Missing Joleen Cummings Focuses on Georgia Landfill”

NBC – 11 WPXI, 6 July, 2018 – “Mother of Local Woman Stands by her After her Arrest”

ABC – 2 WSB, 13 July, 2018 – “FBI Finds Items of Interest”

The Florida Times-Union, 13 July, 2018 – “Search for Evidence in Georgia Landfill”

The Florida Times-Union, 13 July, 2018 – “Body of a Woman Found in Charlton County, Ga.”

News Leader, 17 August, 2018 – “Benefit for Cummings Children”

News Leader, 22 August, 2018 – “Funds Raised by VFW for Cummings’ Children”

The Florida Times-Union, 6 September, 2018 – “Suspect in Disappearance of Joleen Cummings”

The Florida Times-Union, 7 September, 2018 – “Suspect Charged with Murder of Missing Yulee Mother”

News Leader, 19 September, 2018 – “Witnesses Recall Encounters with Murder Suspect”

NBC – 11, 16 October, 2018 – “Butler County Woman Admits to Being on the Run from FBI For 25 Years”

News Leader, 24 October, 2018 – “State Attorney Releases Evidence in Cummings Case”

NBC – 11 WPXI, 28 February, 2018 – “Interviews Show Violent Past of Local Woman”

News Leader, 6 March, 2019 – “Kessler is Incompetent to Stand Trial”

News Leader, 10 April, 2019 – “More Evidence Released from Murder Investigation”

Butler Eagle, 30 April, 2019 – “Kessler Interview Video Released”

News Leader, 3 May, 2019 – “State to Conduct Second Mental Evaluation of Kimberly Kessler”

Nassau County Record, 8 May, 2019 – “Mother Awaits Daughter’s Justice”

The Florida Times Union, 2 July, 2019 – “Judge Rules Kimberly Kessler Unfit for Trial”

The Florida Times Union, 15 October, 2019 – “Kessler Ruled Competent for Murder Trial in Case of Missing Joleen Cummings”

The Florida Times Union, 7 November, 2019 – “Kimberly Kessler Calls her Attorney Piece of Garbage”

NBC – 11 WPXI, 9 January, 2020 – “Joleen Cummings Case”

Butler Eagle, 10 January, 2020 – “murder Suspect’s Hearing on Competency Delayed”

News Leader, 4 March, 2020 – “Judge Hears Evidence on Kessler’s Competence”

News Leader, 27 March, 2020 – “Kessler is Competent to Stand Trial”

The Florida Times Union, 7 August, 2020 – “Kimberly Kessler Near Death on Hunger Strike in Jail”

The Florida Times Union, 6 October, 2020 – “Law And Order”

News Leader, 7 October, 2020 – “Starving Kessler Faces Competency Hearing”

NBC – 11 WPXI, 15 October 2020 – “Butler Co. Woman Charged with Murdering Co-Worker”

The Florida Times Union, 7 April, 2021 – “Kimberly Kessler Pepper Sprayed”

NBC – 11 WPXI, 7 December, 2021 – “Trial Begins for Butler County Native”

NBC – 11 WPXI, 9 December, 2021 – “Butler County Native Found Guilty”

The Florida Times Union, 9 December, 2021 – “Jury Finds Kimberly Kessler Guilty of First-Degree Murder”

Butler Eagle, 10 December, 2021 – “She Lived in Various States”

The Florida Times Union, 27 January, 2022 – “Kimberly Kessler Sentenced to Life in Prison”

CBS – 4 KMOV, 28 January, 2022 – “Florida Sheriff’s Office Celebrates Transfer”

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