Morbidology the Podcast – 60: Sarah Stern

Podcast released on: 10th August 2020

Neptune City in New Jersey is a town of only 4,900 residents. In 2016, a local teenage girl vanished into thin air. Her abandoned car was discovered at the side of a bridge, prompting speculation that she had ended her own life. This speculation was further exacerbated when one of her close friends came forward…


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Neptune City in New Jersey is a town of only 4,900 residents. In 2016, a local teenage girl vanished into thin air. Her abandoned car was discovered at the side of a bridge, prompting speculation that she had ended her own life. This speculation was further exacerbated when one of her close friends came forward to say that she had spoken about suicide in the past. However, it was soon discovered that Sarah had lifted a large amount of money from her bank… Sarah’s family would soon come to learn that this case was not at all what it seemed and an investigation would reveal a fatal betrayal.

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Audio Sources

“Alleged video confession in Sarah Stern murder”

“Liam McAtasney murder confession – Sarah Stern”

“Preston Taylor court footage from Liam McAtasney’s murder trial / Sarah Stern 2019”

“Killer in Sarah Stern case sentenced to life in prison”

“Sarah Stern’s father testifies about his last conversations with her”

“Sarah Stern’s birthday marked by father and friends”

“Sarah Stern’s father says “I didn’t think that she was killed”

“20/20 Mar 1 Pt 1: New Jersey town rocked with Sarah Stern’s mysterious disappearance”

“The last time they saw her. Friends of Sarah Stern at Kearny Bank”

“Losing One Of Our Own”

“Sara Stern’s memorial — NJ murder victim remembered”

Sources:

The Star-Ledger, 5 December, 2016 – “N.J. 19-Year-Old Missing After Her Car Was Found Unoccupied on Belmar Bridge”

The Star-Ledger, 7 December, 2016 – “Search Intensified for Missing Neptune City Teen”

The Star-Ledger, 9 December, 2016 – “Family of Missing Woman, 19, Plans Search of Coastal Towns”

The Star-Ledger, 9 December, 2016 – “Father Looks for Answers in Neptune City Teen’s Disappearance”

The Star-Ledger, 10 December, 2016 – “Group Scours Shore Towns in Search for Missing 19-Year-Old”

The Star-Ledger, 2 February, 2017 – “Former Classmate Strangled Teen”

Associated Press, 3 February, 2017 – “Dad: Men Charged in Woman’s Death Were Her Lifelong Friends”

Associated Press, 7 February, 2017 – “Prosecutors: Man Admitted to Dumping Friend’s Body in River”

The Star-Ledger, 7 February, 2017 – “Teen Plotted Sarah Stern Robbery for Months Before Killing”

The Star-Ledger, 11 February, 2017 – “In the YouTube Community, Sarah Stern Was at Her Best”

Associated Press, 14 February, 2017 – “Murder Suspect Watched Friend Die”

The Star-Ledger, 23 February, 2017 – “Friend Stole $7k From Sarah Stern”

The Star-Ledger, 17 March, 2017 – “Stern Homicide Case Set to go Before Grand Jury Next Month”

Associated Press, 24 April, 2017 – “Man Admits Role in Woman’s Death, to Testify Against Friend”

The Star-Ledger, 24 April, 2017 – “Childhood Friend Admits Throwing Sarah Stern’s Body off Bridge”

TAPinto.net, 24 April, 2017 – “Belmar Road 35 Bridge Closed Briefly for Active Police Investigation”

The Star-Ledger, 10 July, 2017 – “Attorney for Man Accused of Killing Sarah Stern: There Will be no Plea Deal”

WIFN – 1330 AM, 17 July, 2017 – “Hundreds Gather to Celebrate the Life of NJ Teen Missing Since December”

The Star-Ledger, 16 September, 2017 – “Change of Venue Requested for Sarah Stern Murder Trial”

Associated Press, 18 September, 2017 – “Judge Won’t Move Murder Case of Man Charged in Woman’s Death”

The Star-Ledger, 2 December, 2017 – “A Year Later, Sarah Stern’s Dad Reflects on Loss”

Associated Press, 3 January, 2018 – “Murder Suspect Made Up Story as Part of Horror Film”

The Star-Ledger, 4 January, 2018 – “What Stern Suspect First Told the Police”

The Star-Ledger, 10 January, 2018 – “Witness Who Helped Break Sarah Stern Killing Case Feared for Life”

The Star-Ledger, 26 March, 2018 –“Without a Plea Deal, Sarah Stern’s Accused Killer Heads to Trial This Fall”

Dayton Daily News, 23 Januaury, 2019 – “Money Somebody Would Kill For”

Hunterdon County Democrat, 24 January, 2019 – “Pair Sought to Rob Sarah Stern of $100k”

The Star-Ledger, 25 January, 2019 – “Defense Calls Star Witness in Stern Slay Trial a Liar Stern”

The Star-Ledger, 30 January, 2019 – “Murder Suspect’s Phone Found at Crime Scene”

South Jersey Times, 6 February, 2019 – “Father Faces Man Charged with his Daughter’s Murder”

The Star-Ledger, 15 February, 2019 – “Judge Allows Stern Trial to Continue”

South Jersey Times, 21 February, 2019 – “Witness: I saw Stern on Day Abandoned Car Was Found”

Associated Press, 23 February, 2019 – “Jury to Mull Case of Man Accused of Killing Former Classmate”

Associated Press, 26 February, 2019 – “Jury Convicts Man of Strangling Former High School Classmate”

The Star-Ledger, 24 March, 2019 – “On Sarah Stern’s Birthday, Friends and Family Visit the Bridge Where She Was Thrown”

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