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Who Killed Strawberry?

by Audacy

A story about how the mayor of one of America’s largest towns – Detroit -- got connected by rumor to the death of an exotic dancer. Tamara ‘Strawberry’ Greene’s murder remains unsolved.

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It has been over a decade since former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted on federal racketeering charges. Will he ever pay off his debt to the city?

10m · Published 15 Apr 20:49

Kwame Kilpatrick went from being the future of Detroit to one of the city's most notable felons. While Kilpatrick is out of prison, he still owes hundreds of thousands dollars. On a new Daily J, WWJ's Zach Clark wonders what it will take for Kilpatrick to clear his debt. (PHOTO: Phillip Faraone/Getty)

Ruth DiRienzo-Whitehead: the Mother, the Monster - Part 2

46m · Published 03 Apr 18:50

No one wants to believe a mother could actually kill her own son; holding a belt tight around his neck and squeezing until he took his last breath. No, an act this disturbing would defy comprehension, go against every innate parental instinct to protect, care for, and love your child. According to prosecutors, the evidence was conclusive: a suburban Philadelphia mom knowingly and purposefully strangled her 11-year old in an act of retribution. She wanted to get back at her husband for letting her down. Could this really be true? Was Ruth DiRienzo-Whitehead the monster Montgomery District Attorneys made her out to be? Or, did she snap? Did the pressures in her life become too much to bear? In Ruth DiRienzo-Whitehead: the Mother, the Monster, KYW Newsradio Suburban Bureau Chief Jim Melwert empties his notebook from nearly a year of covering this chilling, gut wrenching case that left a trail from the Philadelphia suburbs to the Jersey Shore. Be sure to listen to both parts.

Further reading:

Horsham mom tells police she strangled son

Ruth DiRienzo-Whitehead sentenced to life in prison

Ruth DiRienzo-Whitehead: the Mother, the Monster - Part 1

48m · Published 03 Apr 18:35

She was described as a loving, doting mother. From the outside, Ruth DiRienzo-Whitehead checked all the right boxes - the suburban mom who would go above and beyond for her only child, including sending him to an elite, pricey private school. From within, the pressure was mounting. Money problems, having to care for an elderly parent with dementia, maintaining a lifestyle beyond her family’s means - all of these factors pushed DiRienzo-Whitehead to the brink, and in April 2023, she did the unthinkable. She murdered her 11-year old son. Did DiRienzo-Whitehead suffer a psychotic break? Did she snap? Or, was the 51-year old Horsham resident out for revenge? Was the killing deliberate, as a way to get back at her husband? In Ruth DiRienzo-Whitehead: the Mother, the Monster, KYW Newsradio Suburban Bureau Chief Jim Melwert empties his notebook from nearly a year of covering this chilling, gut wrenching case that left a trail from the Philadelphia suburbs to the Jersey Shore. Be sure to listen to both parts.

Further reading:

Horsham mom tells police she strangled son

Ruth DiRienzo-Whitehead sentenced to life in prison

Did a Downriver man suffer a leg cramp 35 years ago, or did he murder his four young children?

17m · Published 01 Apr 20:45

In August of 1989, Larry DeLisle drove a station wagon with his wife and four children in it into the Detroit River, killing the kids. On a new Daily J On The Case, WWJ's Christy Strawser and Zach Clark explore whether he had a leg cramp and a deficient car, or if he's a cold-blooded killer. (PHOTO: Fox 2 Detroit/YouTube)

"This is the best person you're going to get and this is what happens?" -- Will Dr. Devon Hoover's brutal murder ever be solved?

18m · Published 16 Feb 20:47

Dr. Devon Hoover was one of Detroit's most well-respected doctors who lived in one of the city's most beautiful mansions. All of that came crashing down last spring when he was found brutally murdered inside of his house. On a new Daily J, WWJ's Christy Strawser and Zach Clark dig into the quest for justice for Dr. Hoover.(PHOTO: Ascension Michigan; Eric Seals/USA Today)

Coming soon: Ricochet

3m · Published 19 Jan 15:08

Gun violence is a national crisis. In Philadelphia, more than 10,000 people have been shot in the last five years. 2,100 people have died.

Every bullet fired has a ripple effect. In this series from Gone Cold, we’ll examine the issues through stories from those affected the most: victims, defendants, law enforcement, medical workers, judges and families, while highlighting unsolved cases. What makes someone pull the trigger? What is the lasting impact? And what, if anything, can make it stop?

Hear the first episode of “Ricochet” on Wednesday, January 24 on the Gone Cold: Philadelphia Unsolved Murders feed.
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Host: Kristen Johanson
Producer: Sabrina Boyd-Surka
Production Assistant: Winston Harris

Tamara Greene has been in the headlines for decades. But will we ever know who killed Strawberry?

15m · Published 09 Jan 20:27

In 2003, Tamara Greene, a young mother, was murdered at a stop sign while sitting in her car. One a new Daily J, WWJ's Zach Clark talks to Christy Strawser, the creator of 'Who Killed Strawberry,' and discusses her daughter's now viral claims that she was the target of an orchestrated hit by the former mayor. Will 2024 bring justice for her family? (PHOTO: File/WWJ)

BONUS: The Set Trailer

5m · Published 14 Jun 10:00

 It’s the crack era.The most violent time in New York City history. The NYPD is fighting a losing battle and instead of protecting the city from drug dealers, some police officers have become them. This is the never-before told, first-person documentary of the biggest police corruption scandal in NYPD history and the investigation that uncovered it all. From Audacy Originals and  Zak Levitt, the Emmy, Peabody, and NY Press Club Investigative Journalism Award winning creator of Root of Evil, Gangster Capitalism, and Relative Unknown.

9: What We Know And What We Can Prove

37m · Published 04 May 10:00

In order to believe the murder of exotic dancer Tamara 'Strawberry' Greene had ties to former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, you have to believe the never-proven Manoogian Mansion party happened. And that covering it up was the motive. In this episode, host, reporter and producer Christy Strawser lays out the evidence for the party and explores whether any of it led to murder. Produced by Zach Clark.

8: The Lawsuit That Went Nowhere

29m · Published 27 Apr 10:00

You would never know from the outside that India -- a wholesome college student with an optimistic viewpoint and loving family -- lost her birth mother in a violent and terrifying way. India is the youngest daughter of Tamara 'Strawberry' Greene. Host, producer and writer Christy Strawser talks to India for the first time and reveals in this episode produced by Zach Clark what went on behind the scenes in the $150 million lawsuit brought by India and Greene's two other children in her death. 

Who Killed Strawberry? has 18 episodes in total of non- explicit content. Total playtime is 7:54:15. The language of the podcast is English. This podcast has been added on March 26th 2023. It might contain more episodes than the ones shown here. It was last updated on May 18th, 2024 03:40.

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