crimes and consequences

EP54: Debbie Sue Carter & The Innocent Men

Ronald WilliamsonDebbie Sue Carter knew she was in trouble.  Someone was at her home at 2:00 am that made her feel uncomfortable enough to call her friend to come to get her.  Before her friend left, Debbie called her back and told her not to come over.  The next day Debbie was found raped and murdered.  She had been brutalized with a ketchup bottle and her killer had written messages all over her body and apartment. Two men, Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz were convicted of the murder.  Twelve years later, they were exonerated and her real killer was brought to justice.  Listen to find out who tortured, raped, and murdered Debbie Sue Carter.

Wrongful Convictions of Ronald Williamson and Dennis Fritz

Debbie Sue CarterDebbie Sue Carter

In 1982, 21-year old Debbie Carter had moved out of her mother Peggy’s house and into an apartment above a garage apartment about a block away in Ada Oklahoma. She was working three jobs to support herself and was thrilled to be out on her own. One of her jobs was as a bartender/waitress at the Coach Light Club, a local bar.

On the night of December 7, 1982, business at the Coach light club was slow.  As a result,  it closed early.  Debbie walked to her car and made conversation with a regular at the bar named Glen Gore.  Also in the parking lot were a few of Debbie’s friends, including two co-workers, Tommy Glover and  Gina Vietta.  Gina and Debbie’s other friends all decided to continue the party at Gina’s house and invited Debbie to come.  Debbie declined, stating that she wanted to go home instead.  Everyone said goodbye to Debbie and watched her leave in her car alone.

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