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.
In 2000, investigators found decomposing bodies in barrels belonging to John Robinson, a pudgy, middle-aged farmer in rural Kansas.
Housepainter Tim Wicks packed up his drum kit on Christmas Eve, headed for a dream gig in Canada and vanished without a trace. When detectives located him, they found someone completely different using his identity.
When mother of five Jennifer Dulos vanishes into thin air from her home in the wealthy community of New Canaan, Connecticut, police immediately focus on her estranged husband, Fotis.
After the body of an elderly World War II veteran was found stuffed into a steamer trunk, the paper trail led police to Nancy Siegel.
In 2015, the wealthy enclave of West Vancouver was shocked when Canadian-Chinese businessman Li Zhao killed his cousin in the driveway of the $8 million mansion that they shared, dragged the body inside and cut it up with a power saw while a SWAT team swarmed outside.
Wealthy real estate investor Joseph Cua seemed to have it all: Millions in the bank, a perfect family, and a boss who loved him like a son.
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.
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