The Betrayer: Tanya Nelson

Tanya Nelson believed everything her fortuneteller, Ha Jade Smith, told her—until Tanya’s life spiraled out of control, and Ha couldn’t seem to help her. With that, Tanya decided that someone was going to have to pay for the wreckage that was her life. Someone was going to have to die.  *** SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Become a Patreon supporter and get a cool postcard. Support Crimibox on Kickstarter. Get 25% off your Care/of order by heading to and using code CRIMINALBROADS. And check out the new Nevertheless She Existed podcast!*** Sources: “Police Seek Pair Seen Leaving the Home of Two Slain O.C. Women,” Los Angeles Times, 03 May 2005 “Seeking Clues in Shadowy World; Trying to solve killings of a fortuneteller and her daughter in Little Saigon, police ask for help understanding ethnic nuances,” Los Angeles Times, 05 May 2005 “Charges Filed in O.C. Double Slaying; North Carolina woman is being held in the slayings of fortuneteller and her daughter in Westminster. A man will be extradited, police say,” Los Angeles Times, 04 June 2005 “Man said to have confessed to slayings,” The Orange County Register, 12 April 2006 “Woman enticed accomplice into murder plot, prosecutor says,” The Orange County Register, 14 January 2010 “Witness testifies bad ‘fortune’ led to murders,” The Orange County Register, 1 February 2010 “Prosecutor: Fortune-teller, daughter killed over prediction,” The Orange County Register, 10 February 2010 “Sister of slain fortune teller breaks down,” The Orange County Register, 24 February 2010 “Sister of murderer pleads for mercy,” The Orange County Register, 25 February 2010 “Woman sentenced to death in fortune teller slayings,” The Orange County Register, 23 April 2010 “Tanya Nelson Irks Judge Frank F. Fasel, Who Sends Double-Killer to Death Row,” OC Weekly, 26 April 2010 Music: “Guilty” by Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst, and Gus Kahn, sung by Anna Telfer “Shake It and Break It” by Lanin's Southern Serenaders, licensed under a Public Domain / Sound Recording Common Law Protection License “Spirit’s Cradle ft. Leah Song,” by saQi, licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License and used with permission. Learn more about your ad-choices at

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