The Murder of Michelle Martinko

Episode 262,   Aug 02, 2023, 11:30 AM

Plenty of people saw Michelle Martinko at the Westdale Mall on December 19, 1979. She spoke to a few friends, tried on a winter coat, and grabbed a bite to eat at Orange Julius. By the time she was ready to leave, Michelle was a little apprehensive about walking through the parking lot alone. Nevertheless, she walked out to her family’s car. No one witnessed what happened next.

And now for a note about our process. For this episode, Brandi copy and pasted 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, Brandi pulled from:
“And Then There Were Three” episode Dateline
“Murder at the Mall: The Michelle Martinko Case” episode 48 Hours
“Michelle Martinko” chilling
“Michelle Martinko’s murder ‘haunted’ the Cedar Rapids community for 40 years. Now, her suspected killer is set to go on trial.” By Jen Moulton,
“Police search of DNA behind much of the argument in Jerry Burns' appeal” by Shannon Moody, CBS2 Iowa News
“Supreme Court affirms Jerry Burns' conviction in 1979 Michelle Martinko murder” by William Morris, Des Moines Register
“Michelle Martinko”
“Martinko v. HNW ASSOCIATES”
“State of Iowa v. Jerry Lynn Burns”
“Murder of Michelle Martinko”

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