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Velma Margie (Bullard) Barfield was born on October 23, 1932, in rural South Carolina. She was the second oldest child of nine and oldest daughter to Murphy and Lillie Bullard. Murphy was a small tobacco and cotton farmer. Soon after Velma's birth, the family had to give up the farm and move in with Murphy's parents in Fayetteville. Murphy's father and mother died not long afterward and the family remained in Murphy's parents' house. Murphy and Lillie Bullard Murphy Bullard was a strict disciplinarian. Homemaker Lillie was submissive and did not interfere with how he treated their nine children. Velma did not inherit her mother's same submissive ways which resulted in several severe strap beatings by her father. In 1939 when she began attending school, she found some reprieve from being inside her cramped, volatile home. Velma also proved to be a bright, attentive student but socially rejected by her peers because of her impoverished style. Velma began stealing after feeling poor and inadequate around the other kids at school. She began by stealing coins from her father and was later caught stealing money from an elderly neighbor. Velma's punishment was severe and temporarily cured her from stealing. Her time was also more supervised and she was told she had to help with taking care of her sisters and brothers. A Skilled Manipulator By the age of 10, Velma learned how to control talking back to her stern father. She also became a decent baseball player and played on a team her father organized. Enjoying her "favorite daughter" status, Velma learned how to manipulate her father to get what she wanted. Later in life, she accused her father of molesting her as a child, although her family strongly denied her charges. Velma and Thomas Burke Around the time Velma entered high school her father took a job in a textile factory and the family moved to Red Springs, SC. Her grades were poor but she proved to be a good basketball player. She also had a boyfriend, Thomas Burke, who was a year ahead of her in school. Velma and Thomas dated under the strict curfews set by Velma's father. At age 17, Velma and Burke decided to quit school and marry, over the strong objections of Murphy Bullard. In December 1951, Velma gave birth to a son, Ronald Thomas. By September 1953, she gave birth to their second child, a girl they named Kim. Velma, a stay-at-home mom, loved the time she spent with her children. Thomas Burke worked at different jobs and although they were poor, they had the basic comforts. Velma was also dedicated to teaching her children solid Christian values. The young, poor Burke family was admired by friends and family for their good parenting skills. A Model Mother Velma Burke's enthusiasm for being an involved mother continued when the children began school. She participated in school-sponsored events, volunteered to chaperone school trips, and enjoyed driving children to various school functions. However, even with her participation, she felt emptiness while her children were at school. To help fill the void she decided to return to work. With the extra income, the family was able to move into a better home in Parkton, South Carolina. In 1963, Velma had a hysterectomy. The surgery was successful physically but mentally and emotionally Velma changed. She suffered severe mood swings and temper tantrums. She worried she was less desirable and womanly since she could no longer have children. When Thomas joined the Jaycees, Velma's resentment soared because of his outside activities. Their problems intensified when she discovered he was drinking with his friends after the meetings, something he knew she was against. Booze and Drugs: In 1965, Thomas was in a car accident and had a concussion. From that point on he suffered severe headaches and his drinking increased as a way to deal with his pain. The Burke household became explosive with endless arguments. Velma, consumed with stress, was hospitalized and treated with sedatives and vitamins. Once home, she gradually increased her prescription drug use and went to different doctors to get multiple prescriptions of Valium to feed her growing addiction. Thomas Burke - Death Number One Thomas, displaying alcoholic behavior, pushed the family deeper into dysfunctional madness. One day while the kids were at school, Velma went to the laundromat and returned to find her house on fire and Thomas dead from smoke inhalation. Velma's suffering appeared short-lived although her misfortune continued. A few months after Thomas died another fire broke out, this time destroying the home. Velma and her children fled to Velma's parents and waited for the insurance check. Jenning Barfield - Death Number Two Jenning Barfield was a widower suffering from diabetes, emphysema, and heart disease. Velma and Jennings met soon after Thomas died. In August 1970, the two married but the marriage dissolved as quickly as it began because of Velma's drug use. Barfield died of heart failure before the two could divorce. Velma seemed inconsolable. Twice a widow, her son off in the military, her father diagnosed with lung cancer and beyond belief, her home, for a third time, caught on fire. Velma returned to her parents' home. Her father died of lung cancer shortly afterward. Velma and her mother constantly quarreled. Velma found Lillie too demanding and Lillie did not like Velma's drug use. During the summer of 1974, Lillie was hospitalized because of a severe stomach virus. The doctors were unable to diagnose her problem, but she recovered within a few days and returned home. Sources: Death Sentence: The True Story of Velma Barfield's Life, Crimes, and Punishment by Jerry Bledsoe The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers By Michael Newton Women Who Kill by Ann Jones Website - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theserialkillerpodcast

00:50:04 1/31/2018

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Jack is back! Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store The Serial Killer Podcast Ringtone - https://www.tuunes.co/ringtone/the-serial-killer-intro Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
00:35:15 10/21/2018
Adolfo Constanzo was born on November 1, 1962. He was a serial killer in the 1980s, whose religious cult performed ritual murders. In 1983, Constanzo traveled to Mexico City, where recruited his first disciples. After multiple killings, he managed to evade police by hiding out at his Mexico City ranch until a 1989 raid, during which he asked his fellow cult member to shoot him dead. Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store The Serial Killer Podcast Ringtone - https://www.tuunes.co/ringtone/the-serial-killer-intro Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
00:39:04 10/14/2018
Dear listener, I'm back with Jack! Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store The Serial Killer Podcast Ringtone - https://www.tuunes.co/ringtone/the-serial-killer-intro Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
00:33:27 10/7/2018

Harvey Carignan is an American serial killer born in 1927 and serving a 40 years to life sentence, since 1975

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00:32:28 9/30/2018

Return to the cobblestones!

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00:32:38 9/23/2018
Over the course of nearly two decades, Mikhail Popkov murdered more than 80 young woman and girls, making him one of Russia's worst serial killers. During the time Mikhail Popkov was committing his gruesome crimes in Siberia, he was dubbed "the Wednesday Murderer" by law enforcement. But after he was apprehended, the press referred to him as the "Werewolf Murderer." Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
00:31:00 9/16/2018
Part 2 of the most infamous and unknown serial killer - Jack the Ripper. Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
00:34:05 9/9/2018
Characteristics: Rape - Robberies Number of victims: 5 + (70 claimed) Date of murders: 1993 / 1995 Date of arrest: November 13, 1995 Date of birth: July 15, 1962 Victims profile: One elderly man and four women age 33-37 Method of murder: Strangulation / Stabbing with knife Location: California/Mississippi/Kentucky/Florida/Louisiana, USA Status: Sentenced to death on July 11, 1997 (Florida) and June 21, 1999 (California) Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
00:57:02 9/2/2018
It's finally here: the world's most famous serial killer of all time: Jack the Ripper. Travel with Thomas back to Victorian era England and witness Jack's handiwork. Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
00:45:46 8/26/2018

Jürgen Bartsch had killed 4 young

boys. Klaus Jung aged 8, Peter Fuchs aged 13, Ulrich Kahlweiss aged 12 and Manfred Grassmann

aged 12. Bartsch himself estimated to have undertaken more than 100 unsuccessful homicidal attempts

in his young life.

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00:40:37 8/19/2018

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