Episode 92 Taunted By A Killer

17 year old Shari Faye Smith and 9 year old Debra May Helmick were kidnapped and murdered in neighboring South Carolina counties in the summer of 1985. Their killer taunted the Smith family and police until a piece of evidence Shari Smith left behind led police to her killer. Connect with Southern Mysteries Website: southernmysteries.com

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Episode Music

Organic Meditations, Despair and Triumph, Almost in F Tranquility, Reawakening, Ambient, March of the Mind by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com; Spirit of Fire by Jesse Gallagher and God Be With You Til We Meet Again by Chris Zabriske Licensed under Creative Commons. Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.


Episode Sources

State v. Bell. South Carolina Supreme Court Decisions. February 26, 1990

We May Never Find Missing Woman. UPI. October 7, 1996.

Larry Gene Bell. Murderpedia

The Genesis of a Murderer. The Herald. October 20, 2007

Keep on believing: Dawn Smith Jordan on hope after tragedy. South Carolina United Methodist Advocate. March 26, 2019

The Summer of Shari. The Chrysalis Chapters. May 21, 2019

Kidnapper Forces Victim to Write Last Will and Testament Before Killing Her. The True Crime Edition. November 11, 2020

Larry Gene Bell: The Murders of Shari Smith and Debra Helmick. Talk Murder With Me. December 27, 2020

Denise Newsom Porch. The Charley Project.

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