A look into the minds of real-life American Psychos
When we think of white-collar criminals, we picture a CEO getting caught up in the latest financial scandal. But there is a subgroup within these seemingly nonviolent offenders who are never discussed in mainstream media – the white-collar criminals who kill.
Join Catherine Townsend as she dives into the minds of these real-life American Psychos…who are often hiding in plain sight. This is Red Collar.
Ivy League Killer
The killing of Thomas Gilbert Sr. and the arrest of his 30-year-old son Tommy divided Manhattan high society.
Her Biggest Fan
The music world was shocked when 23-year-old Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla, the “Tejano Madonna,” was gunned down at a motel.
The Marlboro Man
On September 11, 2001, the world was watching the attacks on the World Trade Center – and no one noticed as Larry McNabney, a 52-year-old wealthy and prominent attorney, was drugged and taken out of his hotel room in a wheelchair.
Audits Can Be Murder
Sallie Rohrbach, a 44-year-old insurance investigator for the State of North Carolina, went to Charlotte on a routine business trip and vanished without a trace.
Goth Teen “Jack the Ripper”
When 52-year-old Pamela Vitale was brutally beaten to death in a sleepy suburb of San Francisco, everyone in the neighborhood became a suspect.
Smooth-talking cowboy William “Cody” Neal loved to treat his girlfriends to romance, rose petals and bubble baths. But once they began to uncover his scams, and he invited them over for a “surprise”.
Catherine began her career as a staff writer for New York magazine and then moved to London, where she created the “Sleeping Around” dating column for The Independent newspaper. She wrote two bestselling books based on her columns – and discovered that dating and detective work have a lot in common.
But her true passion has always been solving mysteries. So after moving back to Los Angeles, she channeled her inner Nancy Drew and, after three years and 6,000 hours of training, acquired her private investigator license.
She threw herself into investigative journalism full-time, and is now the host of the hit iHeartMedia podcast Hell and Gone in addition to audiochuck’s Red Collar.
Catherine holds a B.A. in Journalism and Politics from New York University and an M.A. in International Journalism from City University in London.