Body Bags with Joseph Scott Morgan

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Join Joseph Scott Morgan every week as he explores a world that not many have had a chance to visit, the realm of death. Jo Scott will lead listeners on a journey through the blood soaked death scenes of America and then into the autopsy room to fully understand the science behind each case. Jo Scott is one America’s leading experts on applied forensics and is regularly featured on ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’, ‘The Piketon Massacre’, Court TV and more. Theme Music: Audio Network

  • 42 minutes 10 seconds
    Tinder Date From Hell: The Horrific Murder of Grace Millane

    Grace Millane is in New Zealand when she meets Jesse Kempson on Tinder. Grace is on a Gap Year trip that has taken her to South America and now she is in Auckland, New Zealand where she is camping and hiking and meeting new people.  Connecting on Tinder, Grace meets Kempson for dinner and drinks, most of their evening captured by CCTV. They arrive back at Kempson's hotel and we see them get on and off the elevator. It is the evening of December 1 and Grace turns 22-years-old on December 2nd. On this episode of Body Bags with Joseph Scott Morgan, Joe will breakdown what happened to Grace inside the hotel room and what Jesse Kempson did in the aftermath of the gruesome murder.  And Dave Mack will try and make sense of the timeline when, even now, we don't know if Grace made it to her 22nd birthday. 




    Transcript Highlights 

    00:00:18 Introduction of Grace Millane, gap year vacation 

    00:04:27 Discussion of Tinder date timeline 

    00:09:15 Discussion murderer goes on another Tinder date 

    00:13:56 Talk about targeting victim, asphyxia 

    00:18:33 Discussion of Gap Year  

    00:23:46 Discussion of date captured on video 

    00:28:17 Talk about murderer covering up the crime 

    00:33:03 Discussion of destroying the victim 

    00:36:31 Discussion of killing someone with hands around neck 

    00:40:13 Talk about the sexual assault 

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    29 May 2024, 12:00 pm
  • 47 minutes 6 seconds
    Missy Bevers Murderer Caught on Tape: Why is Murder Unsolved?

    Missy Bevers was murdered inside a church before 5 a.m. while she was preparing for her morning fitness class. Her body is found by a student and Missy is pronounced dead at the scene. On this episode of Body Bags, Joseph Scott Morgan will discuss the possible weapons used to kill Missy Bevers and Dave Mack will dig into the possible suspects in an unsolved murder where the main suspect is caught on camera wearing a police swat kit and walking the halls of the church with an unusual gait, waiting for Missy to arrive. 






    Transcript Highlights 

    00:00:24 Introducing Missy Bevers 

    00:01:51 Discussion of unsolved murder 

    00:04:12 Talk about Camp Gladiator 

    00:08:38 Discussion of murderer seen on video 

    00:12:28 Discussion of odd gait 

    00:17:13 Talk about suspect, man or woman? 

    00:21:13 Discussion of SWAT disguise 

    00:26:09 Talk about new kit 

    00:30:13 Discussion of long hammer as a weapon 

    00:34:31 Discussion of injuries matching weapon 

    00:39:05 Talk about coverage of case in media 

    00:43:20 Discussion of no gun belt 



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    28 May 2024, 12:00 pm
  • 44 minutes 33 seconds
    Dr. Cyril Wecht – Doctor, Lawyer and Legend, A Tribute

    On this episode of Body Bags with Joseph Scott Morgan, Joe is going to break with our regular format and take a look at a man who revolutionized the Medical legal death investigation field. He was famous as a “Celebrity Pathologist” but that doesn’t do the man justice. When others walk away from trouble, Dr. Cyril Wecht said, “Where is the brain of JFK?”  Joseph Scott Morgan shares his thoughts on the passing of Dr. Cyril Wecht.





    Transcript Highlights 

    00:00:18 Introduction from JFK movie  

    00:00:47 Talk about Dr. Cyril Wecht 

    00:04:06 Talk about passing of Werner Spitz 

    00:08:21 Discussion of JFK 

    00:11:37 Discussion of Dr. Wecht as Air Force Officer 

    00:14:45 Talk about Wecht running for political office 

    00:19:33 Discussion of Dr. Wecht from coroner’s office to medical examiner 

    00:24:16 Talk about Wecht didn’t play golf, life was his hobby 

    00:27:16 Discussion of Wecht getting sued for comments  

    00:31:36 Talk about Wecht discovers JFK brain is missing 

    00:35:02 Talk about destroying evidence to cover up a crime 

    00:38:34 Discussion of Dr. Cyril Wecht accomplishments 

    00:39:28 Discussion about over 42,000 Post-mortem exams 

    00:43:49 Joseph Scott Morgan share thoughts on Dr Wecht 

    I just want to take a moment and 1st off acknowledge his passing and certainly the wet family, the Duquesne family and all of his extended friends and colleagues. My deepest sympathies to them because he's a man. He is a man that Has impacted so many of us in the field of forensic science. He passed away peacefully on May 13th. 


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    22 May 2024, 12:00 pm
  • 45 minutes 5 seconds
    Tara Baker Cold Case Murder SOLVED After 23 YEARS

    On January 19, 2001, Tara Baker was murdered in her apartment.

    The perpetrator sexually assaulted her and then lit the apartment on fire. The case went cold in the town of Athens, Georgia, for over 20 years.

    On this episode of "Body Bags," Joseph Scott Morgan will break down the science of solving a cold case and Dave Mack will fill in the blanks of the story that shocked Northern Georgia for over 20 years.

    Recently the murder of Laken Riley brought the Tara Baker homicide back into the conversation and with great detective work and with biological evidence and DNA science, the cold case became hot again, as hot as the fire the suspect set to destroy evidence of the horror he created.  





    Transcript Highlights 

    00:00:09 Introduction of influence 

    00:01:24 Tragic Cold Case Solved, Tara Baker 

    00:04:11 Discussion of Tara Baker case and Laken Riley 

    00:08:32 Discussion of fire in apartment 

    00:09:24 Talk about find body  

    00:14:32 Discussion of accelerants 

    00:19:21 Discussion of death investigation in fire 

    00:24:41 Discussion of time involved in the attack 

    00:27:58 Talk about predators selecting their victim 

    00:31:33 Discussion of how to determine sex assault when body is burned 

    00:37:20 Discussion of how a burned body is examined 

    00:38:47 Talk about unsolved cold case 

    00:41:50 Case solved; Edrick LaMont Faust arrested 

    00:44:46 Conclusion, Faust is 48, Tara Baker died at 21 

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    22 May 2024, 12:00 pm
  • 44 minutes 34 seconds
    SHOCKING AUTOPSY: Who or What Killed Noah Presgrove?

    The autopsy of Noah Presgrove is released and for the first time in the history of Body Bags with Joseph Scott Morgan, Joe is going to issue you a warning for what you are about to hear. Noah Presgrove is at a birthday, end of summer, labor day party with friends all weekend. But something happened Sunday night to cause Noah to leave the party by himself. He is found the next morning at 5:53am, alone, dead, on the side of a rural highway. He is naked except for a pair of shoes, but one of the shoes isn't his, it belongs to a guy asleep at the house where the party took place. The "friends" he has known all of his life aren't talking. His brother sees teeth scattered near his brother's body and pieces of chain. Who or What killed Noah Presgrove? Will the autopsy help answer the question?



    Transcript Highlights

    00:00:08 Introduction: Growing up in rural area 

    00:03:10 Talk about List of Injuries 

    00:05:17 Discussion of group dynamics 

    00:09:12 Discussion of what happens to clothing  

    00:12:27 Talk about social media evidence 

    00:16:11 Discussion of internal injuries 

    00:20:26 Discussion of injuries cased by falling out of a truck  

    00:24:14 Talk about skull fractures 

    00:28:32 Discussion of brain fluid 

    00:32:52 Discussion of broke teeth 

    00:36:03 Talk about animals and body on road 

    00:37:52 Discussion of cervical injuries 

    00:40:00 Discussion of abrasions 

    00:41:47 Talk about being hit by car 

    00:43:59 Discussion of data 

    00:44:17 Conclusion; After the autopsy we still don’t have answers 

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    21 May 2024, 12:00 pm
  • 37 minutes 35 seconds
    Werner Spitz, The Original Medical Detective, a Body Bags Tribute

    Dr. Werner Spitz is a man who spent his lifetime looking straight into the soul of man and looking death in the eye. On this episode of Body Bags, Joseph Scott Morgan gives a heartfelt tribute to a mentor he never met, a teacher that never gave him a test but one whose approval was sought in every written word and study as a death investigator. Dr. Werner Spitz passed away at the age of 97 on April 14, 2024, and this show is a special tribute to a man that actually did write the book of his profession, "Spitz and Fisher's Medicolegal Investigation of Death; Guidelines for the Application of Pathology to Crime Investigation.







     Transcribe Highlights
    00:33.95 Introduction to the life of Werner Spitz

    05:59.93 Discussion of Spitz impact on forensic pathologists

    09:53.32 Discussion of fleeing Nazi Germany

    13:51.43 Talk about being the lone voice of truth that you see

    17:35.73 Discussion of Mary Jo Kopechne

    24:16.10 Discussion of Spitz being called into high profile situations

    28:15.52 Talk about examination using photographs

    31:38.41 Discussion of not being afraid to take on cases others wouldn't

    36:52.60 Talk about paying for an opinion

    37:01.94 Conclusion Those who fail to remember history, are doomed to repeat it

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    16 May 2024, 12:00 pm
  • 40 minutes 46 seconds
    Unsolved Double Homicide: Married 68 Years, Who Killed Russell and Shirley

    The double homicide of Russell and Shirley Dermond rocked their gated community along Lake Oconee in Georgia.. The decapitated body of 88-year-old Russell Dermond was found in the garage and his wife of 68 years,  87-year Shirley Dermond was found in Lake Oconee weighted down with cinder blocks, 10 days after Russell's body was found.  On this episode of Body Bags with Joseph Scott Morgan, you will learn about the evidence investigators found at the crime scene as well as what can be learned from a body that may have been in a lake for 10 days. The double homicide has gone unsolved for 10 years and the head of Russell Dermond has never been found.  How was this elderly couple, married 68 years, murdered and why?




    Transcript Highlights 

    00:00:08 Introduction about murders 

    00:05:00 Discussion about neighbor checking on Dermond’s 

    00:09:34 Talk about unsolved murders, 10 years 

    00:14:04 Discussion about Shirley Dermond body found in lake 

    00:19:05 Discussion of Russell Dermond head, it’s missing 

    00:23:51 Discussion about Shirley was weighted down 

    00:28:08 Talk after 10 years, case still unsolved 

    00:31:39 Discussion of lack of blood at scene 

    00:34:52 Talk about how head was removed 

    00:37:57 Talk about DNA evidence 

    00:40:28 Conclusion: After a decade, new evidence might solve the case 

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    15 May 2024, 12:00 pm
  • 31 minutes 9 seconds
    Death Of Innocence: Was JJ Vallow, 7, Buried Alive?  Was Tylee Ryan Dismembered?

    Was 7-year-old JJ Vallow alive when he was buried? Was 16-year-old Tylee Ryan dismembered before her remains were burned? What does the autopsy say about the death of Tammy Daybell? On this episode of Body Bags, Joseph Scott Morgan will explain the forensics of all 3 victims and Dave Mack will fill in the background on the story of what really happened to JJ Vallow, Tylee Ryan, and Tammy Daybell 







    Transcript Highlights 

    00:00:08 Introduction, loving arms that didn’t hold JJ and Tylee 

    00:04:21 Discussion of the deaths, JJ, Tylee, and Tammy Daybell 

    00:07:54 Discussion of bodies buried near one another 

    00:11:19 Discussion of death of Tammy Daybell  

    00:14:57 Explaining asphyxia 

    00:18:45 Talk about access and opportunity 

    00:22:58 Discussion of Dr Warren on witness stand 

    00:26:02 Discussion of Bones being scattered, broken up while burning 

    00:29:07 Talk about JJ Vallow trying to pull bag off his head 

    00:30:47 Conclusion: Justice, whatever that means, is coming. 

    Justice, whatever that means, is coming and there is a reckoning coming. 


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    14 May 2024, 12:00 pm
  • 44 minutes 32 seconds
    12 Dead Bodies in 22 Months: Does Austin Have A Serial Killer?

    At least 12 bodies have been pulled from "Lady Bird Lake" in Austin, Texas in the last 22 months. Some can be explained as deaths that happen on or near a lake, but not all. On this episode of Body Bags Joseph Scott Morgan will break down the difference between a regular death in a lake and a possible serial killer, while Dave Mack breaks down the stories behind the victims. 




    Transcript Highlights

    00:16.18 Introduction about water and murder
    03:37.66 Discussion does Austin have a serial killer?
    08:13.12 Discussion what does "serial killer" do to an area
    13:22.11 Talk about other serial killers, were they really caught
    17:54.47 Talk about witnessing a death on the water
    22:03.17 Discussion of toxicology
    27:53.13 Discussion of victims
    32:38.32 Talk about water as a dumping ground
    36:26.16 Discussion of decomposition in water
    40:04.57 Talk about water flow
    47:42.83 Discussion about rumors over fact

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    9 May 2024, 12:00 pm
  • 43 minutes 49 seconds
    Bardstown Ky - Unsolved Murder Capital

    Mother of five,  Crystal Rogers is last seen July 3 by her live-in boyfriend, Brooks Houck. Crystal Rogers mother, Sherry Ballard, reports her missing on July 5. Later that day, Crystal Rogers red Chevy Malibu is found abandoned on the Bluegrass Parkway. The car has a flat tire, but Rogers' keys, phone and purse are still inside. 16-months later, Crystal Rogers is still missing and her father, Sherry Ballard's husband, Tommy Ballard, is murdered in the early morning hours as he prepares to go hunting on his own property with his 12-year-old grandson.

    Ballard is shot from an undetermined distance, but his property backs up against the Bluegrass Parkway. It's a fast getaway in either direction for a gunman. On this episode of Body Bags, Joseph Scott Morgan and Dave Mack explore the disappearance of Crystal Rogers and the murder of her dad, Tommy Ballard.  Plus, Joseph Scott Morgan  explains how prosecutors can prove Crystal Rogers was murdered,  even though they haven't found her body.




    Transcribe Highlights

    00:12.12 Introduction of growing up with PaPaw Morgan
    03:34.36 Discuss Crystal Rogers missing, her father Tommy Ballard murdered
    06:15.27 Discussion of Bardstown Kentucky 
    07:46.82 Discussion of why Brooks Houck didn't report Rogers missing
    08:13.81 Talk about Crystal Rogers car found on Bluegrass parkway
    15:45.34 Talk Rogers car found with flat tire, she is still missing
    18:16.83 Discussion of Brooks Houck, suspect, brother is police officer
    21:13.58 Discussion of police letting Houck talk to his brother on phone
    26:27.16 Talk about tracking dogs pick up Crystal Rogers scent at farm, but not at her car
    31:09.10. Discussion 16 months after Crystal Rogers vanishes, her dad, Tommy Ballard killed
    34:36.43 Discussion of how bullet twists the skin
    39:02.99 Discussion of Tommy Ballard hunting, murdered on his own property
    40:52.53 Discussion of murder charges without a body
    43:45.73 Conclusion - waiting for trial 


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    8 May 2024, 12:00 pm
  • 39 minutes 50 seconds
    Corey Micciolo: Forced To Run to Death

    Corey Micciolo did not meet his father until he was 5-years-old. Soon thereafter Corey landed in the middle of a custody battle. From the first time he was left alone with his father, Corey came home with bruises, busted lips, and more. His mother complained but nobody listened. Only now are people paying attention because of an awful video showing 6-year-old Corey Micciolo being forced to run on a treadmill and falling off, over and over. Each time he falls off the treadmill, his father puts him back on and turns the speed up, allegedly.  Christiopher Gregor is on trial facing murder charges for allegedly killing his own son in what the media calls the Treadmill Abuse Trial. On this episode of Body Bags, Joseph Scott Morgan will explain what really happened to Corey Micciolo and why 6-year-olds don't drop over dead, and Dave Mack will fill in the rest of the story of how Corey was given to a father that never bonded with him while his mother begged for anyone to listen.







    00:38.98 Introduction, talk about weapons

    05:17.90 Discussion of exorcise as punishment

    10:01.23 Talk about making 6-year-old run on treadmill

    16:01.12 Discussion of bruises and injuries

    21:06.32 Talk about Corey's health is fine, except for bruises

    26:20.26 Talk about Corey tells doctor about football and treadmill

    32:41.40 Discussion of children don't die of natural causes at 6

    37:27.82 Discussion of injury to abdomen

    39:12:19 Conclusion Final Diagnosis, Blunt Force impact, laceration of heart

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    7 May 2024, 12:00 pm
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