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Morbidology the Podcast – 24: The Ewell Family

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Just as families across the world were settling down to celebrate Easter Sunday with their loved ones, a brutal crime scene was being discovered in Fresno, California. East Park Circle Drive was affluent neighborhood in Southern California. The half-a-million-dollar homes were well-kept and their gardens well-manicured. 

The murders stunned the community and highlighted the fact that violent murders were not limited to Fresno’s Skid Row Areas. It was a bloody reminder that even in your own expensive home in a safe and quiet neighborhood, you could become a victim.


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Sources:

The Fresno Bee, 22 April, 1992 – “Three Members of Fresno Family Found Slain”

The Fresno Bee, 23 April, 1992 – “No Details Provided in Killings”

The Fresno Bee, 24 April, 1992 – “Slaying Victims Remembered”

The Fresno Bee, 24 April, 1992 – “Slain Family Died of Gunshot Wounds”

The Fresno Bee, 25 April, 1992 – “Police Focus on Ewells’ Final Minutes”

The Fresno Bee, 26 April, 1992 – “Ewells Recalled as Sharing Family”

The Fresno Bee, 3 May, 1992 – “Files Show Ewell’s County Conflicts”

The Fresno Bee, 16 May, 1992 – “$25,000 Reward in Ewell Slayings”

The Fresno Bee, 19 June, 1992 – “Ewell Rumours Untrue, Sheriff’s Officials Say”

The Fresno Bee, 11 October, 1992 – “Deadly Record Slayings Touch All Areas, All Walks of Life”

The Fresno Bee, 1 November, 1992 – “Detectives Still Digging in Ewell Slaying Case”

The Fresno Bee, 11 April, 1993 – “One Easter Later, Sunnyside Family’s Slayings Unsolved, Unforgotten”

The Fresno Bee, 3 November, 1993 – “Home is Searched in Ewell Slayings”

The Fresno Bee, 4 March, 1995 – “Ewell Arrest Made”

Daily Breeze, 5 March, 1995 – “Warrant Issued for Son in Slayings of his Family” 

The Fresno Bee, 6 March, 1996 – “Ewell Suspect was Gun’s Provider” 

The Mercury News, 7 March, 1995 – “SCU Grad Denies Killing Parents, Sister”

The Fresno Bee, 12 March, 1995 – “A Family’s Fortunes”

The Fresno Bee, 14 March, 1995 – “Surveillance of Suspects Shows Worries”

The Fresno Bee, 31 March, 1995 – “Ewell Uncles Fighting to Block Inheritance”

USA Today, 3 April, 1995 – “In Calif. A Case of Murder and Money”

The Fresno Bee, 14 May, 1995 – “Ewell Suspect Took Steps to Commit Perfect Crime”

The Independent, 21 May, 1995 – “Spoilt Rich Kid Hired Hitman to Kill Parents”

The Fresno Bee, 8 September, 1995 – “Weapons Altered”

The Fresno Bee, 9 September, 1995 – “Radovich Confessed”

The Fresno Bee, 12 September, 1995 – “Ewell Witness Details Lies, Thefts, Confession”

The Fresno Bee, 5 December, 1995 – “Estate Sale Ewell Family Possessions Sold to Highest  Bidders”

The Fresno Bee, 28 September, 1997 – “Saga of Ewell Tragedy to Move into Courtroom”

Daily Breeze, 17 December, 1997 – “Trial Begins in ’92 Triple Murder”

The Fresno Bee, 17 December, 1997 – “Ewell Slaying Portrayed as a Business Deal”

Contra Costa Times, 18 December, 1997 – “Lawyer Says Client Had No Reason to Kill Parents”

The Fresno Bee, 18 December, 1997 – “Ewell Lawyer Attacks DA’S Key Witness”

The Fresno Bee, 19 December, 1997 – “Fateful Day Recalled at Ewell Trial”

The Fresno Bee, 7 January, 1998 – “Ewells Had Second to Live After Shots Fired”

The Fresno Bee, 22 January, 1998 – “Surprise Witness”

The Fresno Bee, 6 February, 1998 – “Radovich Fingerprint on Kit to Clean Guns”

The Fresno Bee, 10 March, 1998 – “Phone Call Takes Trial Spotlight”

The Fresno Bee, 12 March, 1998 – “Radovich CAlls to Ewell Recorded”

The Fresno Bee, 19 March, 1998 – “Trial Gets to Root of Ewell’s Values”

The Fresno Bee, 25 March, 1998 – “Friend Tells of Ewell’s Greed”

The Fresno Bee, 28 April, 1998 – “Oppliger Closes with Plea to Jury”

Associated Press, 13 May, 1998 – “Jury Convicted Two of Murder in Easter Slaying”

The Fresno Bee, 6 June, 1998 – “Jury Deadlocks on Ewell Penalty”

The Fresno Bee, 15 August, 1998 – “Ewell Will Fight for Portion of Estate”

The Fresno Bee, 24 November, 1998 – “Ewell Fails in Bid for $100,000 Trust”

Audio Sources:

Dateline 2016 Dana Ewell The Ewell Murders NBC Dateline Mysteries

“Three Members of the Ewell Family are Murdered | In Ice Cold Blood Bonus”

“Dana Ewell on Solved”

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