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Morbidology the Podcast – 18: Lisa Rene

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Almost every single day, children pay for the bad choices that adults make. They’re left to die in hot cars. They’re sent into foster care while their parents make their way through the prison system. They’re left in sleazy motels while their guardian tries to get their next drug fix. They’re sexually abused or beaten by a relative supposed to care for them. Sometimes the simple proximity to bad decisions can make children vulnerable.

We all feel rage at the casual indifference in which adults drag children along in the wake of their bad decisions, and in Arlington, Texas, in 1994, a teenage girl paid the ultimate price for the stupid actions of her older brothers.

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Forth Worth-Star Telegram, 26 September, 1994 – “911 Tape Details Abduction”

The Dallas Morning News, 26 September, 1994 – “Arlington Teen South 911 Help Before Vanishing”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 September, 1994 – “Girl’s Fate Remains a Mystery”

Houston Chronicle, 27 September, 1994 – “Family Urges Kidnappers to Return Girl, 16”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 28 September, 1994 – “Disappearance of Girl Gaining Attention”

The Dallas Morning News, 28 September, 1994 – “Police Seek a Motive For Teen’s Abduction”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 29 September, 1994 – “Arrests Checked in Abduction Case”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 29 Setember, 1994 – “2 Men Held, 3rd Sought in Arlington Abduction”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 30 September, 1994 – “3rd Suspect Arrested in Kidnapping”

The Dallas Morning News, 1 October, 1994 – “Third  Suspect in Kidnapping Surrenders”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 October, 1994 – “Suspect’s Visit to Site Precedes Hunt For Girl”

The Dallas Morning News, 2 October, 1994 – “Arkansas Effort Fails to Locate Texas Teen”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 4 October, 1994 – “Arlington Girl’s Family Mourning”

Austin American-Statesman, 5 October, 1994 – “Arkansas Officials Identify Body as Abducted Arlington Woman”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 October, 1994 – “Slain Girl’s Words Read at Service”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6 October, 1994 – “Feds Retain Jurisdiction in Teen’s Abduction”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 October, 1994 – “Teen’s Last Hours Detailed in Affidavit”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 18 October, 1994 – “Rene Possibly Buried Alive, Coroner Says”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 29 July, 1995 – “Plea Made By One Defendant in Lisa Rene Case”

Fort Worth Star-Telegrma, 25 October, 1995 – “Girl’s Screams Stun Family”

The Dallas Morning News, 25 October, 1995 – “Arlington Teen Prayed for Survival, Kidnapper Testifies”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 26 October, 1995 – “Teen was Hit, then Buried”

Fort Worth-Star Telegram, 28 October, 1995 – “Jurors See Graphic Photos as Testimony Ends in Lisa Rene Case”

Fort Worth-Star Telegram, 2 November, 1995 – “Hall Called Good Dad, Victim of Child Abuse”

Fort Worth-Star Telegram, 3 November, 1995 – “Mother Pleads for Son’s Life”

Fort Worth-Star Telegram, 6 June, 1996 – “Witness Says Teen Ran from Captors”

Fort Worth-Star Telegram, 8 June, 1996 – “Second Suspect Found Guilty in Arlington Teen’s Slaying”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 13 June, 1996 – “Killer of Lisa Rene Was Abused by Father as a Child, Jurors Told”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 June, 1996 – “Witnesses Rebut Retardation Testimony”

Arlington Morning News, 10 September, 1996 – “Defendants in Rene Case Sentenced”

The Dallas Morning News, 13 April, 2012 – “Suspect Didn’t Learn Lesson, Officials Say”

Arlington Citizen-Journal, 20 June, 2019 – “Judge Vacates Death Sentence for Man Convicted in Arlington Girl’s 1994 Rape, Murder”

Audio Sources:

“KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.). [News Clip: Missing teen], video, September 27, 1994, 6:00 p.m.; Fort Worth, Texas”

“KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.). [News Clip: El Dorado], video, September 30, 1994, 10:00 p.m.; Fort Worth, Texas.”

“KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.). [News Clip: Missing girl Pkg], video, October 1, 1994, 10:00 p.m.; Fort Worth, Texas. “

“FBI Files – The Search for Lisa Rene”

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