S2E8 Help Me, Rhonda

A reckoning comes for Doug Lovell, in the form of a capital murder charge. In a never-before-public audio recording, Sgt. Terry Carpenter confronts Doug about the murder of Joyce Yost. The walls close in and Doug turns to his confidant and co-conspirator: his ex-wife Rhonda Buttars. He doesn't realize Rhonda has obtained immunity and is working against him.

Joyce Yost had never met the man who followed her home on an April night in 1985, who kidnapped and raped her. He threatened to kill her, but she went to police anyway. Then, she vanished. Joyce has never been found. Now, investigative journalist Dave Cawley delves into the decades-old case to uncover the details of a murder-for-hire plot to silence Joyce. Cold reveals flaws in the system that left Joyce unprotected, examines pitfalls of the death penalty and asks if there’s such a thing as justice for Joyce Yost.

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Survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexual assault and their allies in the United States can connect with free resources at https://www.rainn.org/.

Additional case materials including photos, videos and a who's who list at https://thecoldpodcast.com/season-2/.

Episode credits:

  • Research, writing and hosting: Dave Cawley
  • Audio production: Nina Earnest
  • Audio mixing: Trent Sell
  • Additional voices: Richie Steadman (as Doug Lovell)
  • Cold main score composition: Michael Bahnmiller
  • Cold main score mixing: Dan Blanck
  • KSL executive producers: Sheryl Worsley, Keira Farrimond
  • Workhouse Media executive producers: Paul Anderson, Nick Panella, Andrew Greenwood
  • Amazon Music team: Morgan Jones, Eliza Mills, Vanessa Rebbert, Shea Simpson

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