Morbidology the Podcast – 82: Reagan Tokes

Podcast released on: 11th January 2021

A collective fear that many women face is walking alone at night-time. Most women can relate to the sense of terror that washes over when you think that somebody could be following you or watching you. In Columbus, Ohio, in 2017, a young woman vanished while walking to her parked car after finishing her shift…


A collective fear that many women face is walking alone at night-time. Most women can relate to the sense of terror that washes over when you think that somebody could be following you or watching you. In Columbus, Ohio, in 2017, a young woman vanished while walking to her parked car after finishing her shift at a local bar. The investigation would reveal many systemic failures in Ohio’s justice system and lead to a change in law. It would also give legitimacy to the collective fear of walking alone at night.

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Audio Sources:

“Crime Watch Daily – “Reagan Tokes Case Prompts Ohio Legislators to Change Incarceration Guidelines”

“Brian Golsby sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder of Reagan Tokes”

“Brian Golsby Trial Overview”

“Reagan Tokes’ parents: ‘She would want us trying to make something positive from this terrible tragedy”

“Psychologist explains Golsby’s abusive past”

Sources:

The Lantern, 9 February, 2017 – “Ohio State Student Reported Missing”

The Lantern 9 February, 2017 – “Missing Ohio State Student’s Car Matches License Plate”

NBC 4 WCMH, 9 February, 2017 – “Missing Ohio State Student Found Shot Dead in Grove City”

The Blade, 10 February, 2017 – “Missing Woman Found Dead Near Columbus”

The Lantern, 10 February, 2017 – “Reagan Tokes Case”

NBC – 4 WCMH, 10 February, 2017 – “University Community Stunned to Learn About Death of Reagan Tokes”

NBC – 4 WCMH, 10 February, 2017 – “Short North Servers Shocked by Senior’s Death”

Associated Press, 11 February, 2017 – “Convicted Sex Offender Charged in Ohio State Student’s Death”

The Blade, 11 February, 2017 – “Suspect Arrested in Death of Monclova Twp. Native”

The Columbus Dispatch, 12 February, 2017 – “Vigil Honors Reagan Tokes”

The Columbus Dispatch, 13 February, 2017 – “Man Accused in Tokes Murder Has History of Escalating Violence”

WFIN – 1330AM, 13 February, 2017 – “Family, Friends Mourn Murdered Ohio State Student”

The Columbus Dispatch, 14 February, 2017 – “Ex-Convict Charged in Slaying of Ohio State Student was on GPS Monitoring”

NBC – 4 WCMH, 15 February, 2017 – “Family, Friends Mourn Slain Ohio State Student at Funeral”

The Columbus Dispatch, 16 February, 2017 – “Police Check for Links Between OSU Student Killing and Other Attacks”

The Lantern, 17 February, 2017 – “Tokes Family Releases Statement”

The Columbus Dispatch, 18 February, 2017 – “Monitoring of Criminals”

The Columbus Dispatch, 24 March, 2017 – “Suspect in Ohio State Student’s Homicide Had Three Parole Violations”

The Blade, 31 March, 2017 – “Suspect in Reagan Tokes’ Death Faces Death Penalty”

The Blade, 8 May, 2017 – “Tears, Price in Posthumous Degree”

NBC – 4 WCMH, 10 July, 2017 – “NBC4 Investigates Brian Golsby’s Alleged Crimes”

NBC – 4 WCMH, 11 July, 2017 – “Lawmakers Question Effectiveness of GPS”

NBC – 4 WCMH, 3 August, 2017 – “Legislator Wants Changes to Sentencing and Parole Laws”

The Columbus Dispatch, 20 September, 2017 – “Killing of Reagan Tokes Sparks Legislation”

NBC – 4 WCMH, 27 September, 2017 – “Reagan Tokes Parents”

The Blade, 28 November, 2017 – “Concerns Raised About Price Tag of Proposed Tokes Law”

The Columbus Dispatch,  5 March, 2018 – “Jurors Hear Opening Statements, Will Tour Crime Scenes in Brian Golsby Murder Trial”

The Columbus Dispatch, 5 March, 2018 – “Golsby Defense Team’s Fight is to Spare His Life”

The Blade, 6 March, 2018 – “Purse, Parking Spot Key in Tokes Murder Trial”

The Columbus Dispatch, 6 March, 2018 – “Jurors Tour Crime Scenes, Hear From First Witnesses in Brian Golsby Murder Trial”

The Blade, 7 March, 2018  -“Accused Murderer of Reagan Tokes Repeatedly Violated Terms of Release”

The Columbus Dispatch, 7 March, 2018 – “Witnesses Testify Golsby Had Gun the Day Ohio State Student Disappeared”

The Columbus Dispatch, 8 March, 2018 – “Jurors Shown Golsby Confession Detailing Reagan Tokes’ Kidnapping”

The Lantern, 8 March, 2018 – “Prosecution Pokes Holes in Golsby’s Account of Feb 8 Using GPS Data”

The Blade, 12 March, 2018 – “Golsby Confessed to Killing Tokes, Witnesses Say”

The Blade, 13 March, 2018 – “Golsby Guilty on All Counts in Tokes Murder Trial”

The Blade, 16 March, 2018 – “Reagan Tokes’ Killer Offers Brief Apology in Court”

The Columbus Dispatch, 16 March, 2018 – “Brian Golsby Apologizes in Attempt to Avoid Death Penalty”

The Columbus Dispatch, 19 March, 2018 – “Psychologist Testifies that Childhood of Reagan Tokes’ Killer Was Recipe for Disaster”

The Lantern, 21 March, 2018 – “Judge Tells Golsby His Spared Life Needs Redemption”

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