We all think we know the story of Rosa Parks. She was an old, tired woman who got on a bus in segregated Montgomery, Alabama. When the white bus driver asked her to give up her seat to a white passenger, Rosa refused. She was tired! Her feet hurt! For refusing to move, Rosa Parks was arrested. Then, oopsies, she became a civil rights icon! … well, that’s not quite how it went down. Rosa Parks wasn’t that old. Her feet didn’t hurt. When she refused to give up her seat, she knew exactly what she was doing. She’d been a take-no-shit activist her entire life.
Then Brandi tells us about a serial killer. When Alice Williams showed up at 86-year-old Norma Davis’ house and shouted her name, Norma didn’t respond. Alice became concerned. So she cautiously made her way through Norma’s home. That’s how Alice discovered that Norma had been brutally murdered. A knife stuck out of Norma’s neck. Another stuck out of her chest. About a week later, another woman in Norma’s gated community was murdered.
And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases.
In this episode, Kristin pulled from:
An episode of the show “The Origin of Everything,” titled “Is the Rosa Parks Story True?”
A Ted Talk titled “The real story of Rosa Parks -- and why we need to confront myths about black history” by professor David Ikard
“Rosa Parks,” entry on Wikipedia
“Edgar Nixon,” entry on Wikipedia
“Recy Taylor,” entry on Wikipedia
“Browder v. Gayle,” entry on Wikipedia
In this episode, Brandi pulled from:
“Dana Sue Gray” episode Diabolical Women
“Addicted to Luxury: The Pampered Killer” by Katherine Ramsland, The Crime Library
“Justice Story: Serial killer Dana Sue Gray offed elderly women so she could shop with their credit cards” by Mara Bovsun, New York Daily News
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