Morbidology the Podcast – 56: The Herring Murders

Podcast released on: 13th July 2020

In early August of 2015, Vermont was rocked by a shooting spree which culminated with the murder of a social worker. The grim murders sparked intense debate on gun control, mental illness, social services and security. The stolen lives tore apart two families, including one that was forced to deal with the aftermath of knowing…


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In early August of 2015, Vermont was rocked by a shooting spree which culminated with the murder of a social worker. The grim murders sparked intense debate on gun control, mental illness, social services and security. The stolen lives tore apart two families, including one that was forced to deal with the aftermath of knowing that one of their own was responsible.

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Sources

St. Paul Pioneer Press, 7 August, 2015 – “3 Dead Related to Vt. Shooting Suspect”

The Associated Press, 9 August, 2015 – “Vermont Mom Killed 3 Relatives, Then Social Worker”

The Associated Press, 9 August, 2015 – “Hundreds Gather to Remember Slain Vermont Social Worker”

The Associated Pres, 10 August, 2015 – “Suspect in Vermont Social Worker Death was Laughing”

Seven Days, 12 August, 2015 – “Two Shots Rang Out in Barre, and a DCF Worker Fell”

VTDigger, 12 August, 2015 – “Autopsies Confirm Three Herring Relatives Were Shot to Death”

VTDigger, 12 August, 2015 – “Herring Had Felony Charges Dropped Years Before Facing Murder Charges”

VTDigger, 13 August, 2015 – “Jody Herring’s Ex-Boyfriend Hoped Armed Standoff Would Give Him a Chance to See Her”

VTDigger, 13 August, 2015 – “Alleged Barre Shooter Had Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis”

Bennington Banner, 15 August, 2015 – “Mourners Remember Three Slain Women”

The Caledonian-Record, 18 August, 2015 – “Corrections Department Failure”

Associated Press, 21 August, 2015 – “Vermont Woman in Custody Dispute Now Charged in 4 Deaths”

VTDigger, 21 August, 2015 – “Herring Charged with Aggravated Murder in Shooting Deaths of Three Relatives”

Rutland Herald, 4 September, 2015 – “Stat Officials Address Security of State Workers”

The Middlebury Campus, 17 September, 2015 – “Quadruple Murder Rocks Barre and Berlin”

VTDigger, 21 October, 2015 – “Social Workers Say Large Caseloads Put Them at Risk”

Associated Press, 4 November, 2015 – “Prosecutor Who Pulled Away Gun After Shooting Talks Safety”

Rutland Herald, 4 December, 2015 – “Shumlin Lays out Child Protection Plan”

Rutland Herald, 31 December, 2015 – “Bill Aims to Protect DCF Staff”

Associated Press, 21 April, 2016 – “Jody Herring is Incompetent to Stand Trial”

Rutland Herald, 22 April, 2016 – “Herring Incompetent”

Rutland Herald, 3 May, 2016 – “State Rebuts Herring Move to Dismiss Charges”

The Angus Times, 8 August, 2016 – “Marking a Hard Anniversary”

Associated Press, 3 December, 2016 – “Accused in Social Worker Killing Unfit for Trial”

Associated Press, 10 February, 2017 – “Defence Drops Argument Suspect in 4 Killings is Incompetent”

Associated Press, 6 July, 2017 – “Woman Pleads Guilty to Killing Social Worker, 3 Relatives”

The Times Angus, 7 July, 2017 – “Deal Means Parole a Possibility”

Seven Days, 13 November, 2017 – “Family Describes Troubled Life of DCF Shooter Herring”

VTDigger, 13 November, 2017 – “Herring Promised Armageddon Before Killing 4”

The Independent, 14 November, 2017 – “Mother Who Killed Social Worker and Three Relatives Left Threatening Voicemails”

Associated Press, 15 November, 2017 – “Killer of 4, Including 3 Relatives, Gets Life Without Parole”

Associated Press, 15 November, 2017 – “Vermont Woman Who Killed 4 Sentenced to Life Without Parole”

Rutland Herald, 15 November, 2017 – “Quadruple-Murder Sentencing”

Rutland Herald, 17 November, 2017 – “Life in Prison”

VTDigger, 19 November, 2017 – “Jody Herring, a Murderer, Victim or Both?

Seven Days, 22 November, 2017 – “Forgotten Victims? Sentencing Reveals Herrin Family’s Pain”

VTDigger, 27 September, 2018 – “Herring’s Appeal of Life Without Parole”

Rutland Herald, 2 October, 2018 – “Herring Appeal Filings Focus on Lack of Parole”

Audio Sources

“Jody Herring sentenced to life without parole”

“Witnesses testify in Jody Herring sentencing hearing”

“More defense witnesses testify at day 2 of Jody Herring sentencing”

“3 Dead Are Related To Vermont Shooting Suspect, Officials Say”

“VT woman pleads not guilty in social worker’s killing”

“Police: Mom killed social worker after custody dispute”

“Watch: All victim impact statements from Jody Herring sentencing”

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