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Episode Fourteen | Kristen Crowley: An Unfathomable Death, Peabody, Massachusetts

On the night of June 1, 1996, two ex-Marines and former roommates lied to their girlfriends and headed the local strip club where they spent hours drinking and propositioning dancers. Around 12am, when they failed to convince any of them to leave with them, they happened upon a stunning young woman named Kristen Crowley at a nearby convenience store. They were clearly confusing fantasy with reality. One of the men thought she looked just like one of the girls they'd seen at the club. Within one hour of her chance encounter with these two men, she was dead. This is the unfathomable story of the murder of Kristen Crowley.

Kristen Gove Crowley June 12, 1969 - June 2, 1996

Thank you to journalists JM Lawrence, Julie Manganis, Emily Sweeney for providing information about this story.

Music from Joe Kowalski and Andrew King appears in this episode.

Crime of the Truest Kind

Hosted by Anngelle Wood

Photos of Kristen with her family and on her wedding day, and where she was laid to rest in Peabody (I purposely kept them off instagram).

Leather Soul - The History of Leather Town, Peabody, Massachusetts

Gary Cherone with Van Halen


Kristen Crowley | News sources

Interview with JM Lawrence who covered the Kristen Crowley case

Thanks to Julie Manganis of Salem News

Peabody, Mass

Kristen Crowley’s killer John P. Keegan Dies in Prison - his obit 2013

Marine Corps Discharge Terms

Documentary: The Empty Chair: Death Penalty Yes or No

Documentary appearance by Susan Gove Ramunda

South Coast Today, Dykens Trial

Patch - Parole Denied to Killer in 1996 Slaying of Peabody Woman

Kristen’s grave site


Boston Globe - Peabody woman stalked, killed Police charge 2 men in attack Matthew Brelis, June 3, 1996

Boston Globe - Suspects leered at victim, prosecutor says: [City Edition] Zachary Dowdy, June 11, 1996 Boston Globe - Murdered woman's message: Beware Unlike Peabody case, most know killer Karen Avenoso, June 25, 1996

Boston Globe - Two defendants arraigned in Peabody woman's death Beth Daley, June 26, 1996

Boston Globe - Man held in killing got probation in ex-girlfriend's beating: [City Edition] Zachary Dowdy, June 5, 1995 Boston Globe - Jury tours sites in Peabody slaying Zachary Dowdy, Oct 21, 1997 Boston Globe - Deadly bludgeoning ended woman's night out with friends Karen Avenoso, June 4, 1996

Killer in 1996 Peabody murder denied parole, Nov 2012 Peabody Patch - Crowley 'Lives On' in Dedication of Trail in Her Memory John Castelluccio, Jun 17, 2013

Salem News - 'I could have saved her' Killer blames co-defendant while seeking parole Julie Manganis, Oct 5, 2011

Lawrence Eagle Tribune - Kristen Crowley killer dies in prison Alan Burke, Sept 7, 2013

Lynn Item - Susan Gove speaks at parole hearing

AP News - Few Knew Murder Victim Lived Two Lives Ed Golden, June 3, 1996 Southcoast News - Dehumanizing headline Boston Herald - Victim’s kin: Killer should ‘rot in prison’ Oct 5, 2011 Killer gets life term in Peabody case Caroline Cole, Oct 28, 1997

Boston Globe - Deadly bludgeoning ended woman's night out with friends Karen Avenoso, June 4, 1996

Boston Globe - Grand jury indicts two men in murder of Peabody woman Pamela Ferdinand, June 13, 1996


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