A Catfish & A Brutal Murder

Episode 170,  Apr 21, 2021, 11:30 AM

Brian Hile was smitten. He’d never had much luck with the ladies, but at 28, his dream had come true. He’d found a smokin’ hot girlfriend. She had long blond hair, piercing eyes, and she loved to send him sexy pictures. But after two years of dating, Brian discovered that he’d been catfished. He’d never been talking to a woman. He’d been talking and sending pictures to a man in South Africa. Brian wanted revenge, but South Africa was too far away. So he went after Tiffany Watkins, the completely innocent woman from the photos.

Then Brandi tells us about Kristine Young, who became deeply concerned when she couldn’t get ahold of her adult daughter, Ashley Young. That concern grew when she realized that her daughter had recently visited an old friend, Jared Chance. Kristine had always had a bad feeling about Jared. She’d been right to feel that way. 

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:
“Catfished” episode of Web of Lies
United States of America v. Brian Curtis Hile on docketbird.com
“Michigan stalker of Santee woman fit to stand trial,” by Dave Rice for The San Diego Reader
“Online hoax prompted man’s revenge plot,” the Smoking Gun.com 
“Crime of passion: How web hoax triggered revenge plot,” The Sydney Morning Herald

In this episode, Brandi pulled from:
 “Foul smell and trail of blood led to discovery woman's friend was really monster” by Gail Shortland, The Mirror
“‘Optics not good,’ defense attorney admits, in woman’s killing, dismemberment” by John Agar, Michigan Live
“Jury finds Jared Chance guilty of murder, mutilation” Fox17 News
“Parents of convicted killer Jared Chance get jail for their roles after the crime” by John Hogan, WZZM13
“Father of man who killed, mutilated woman avoids retrial on perjury charge” by John Agar, Michigan Live
“Appeals court upholds Jared Chance murder conviction” by Sentinel Staff, Ionia Sentinel-Standard
“People of MI v Jared Chance” justia.com
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