Episode 121: Emrik Osuna

When an unresponsive nine-year-old boy died shortly after his arrival at a hospital in Boise, Idaho, it was obvious there was nothing natural about his death. Emrik Osuna was severely emaciated at barely forty pounds and covered from head to toe in extensive bruising. Police discovered hours of footage from nanny cameras set up in the family’s apartment that sealed the fates of Emrik’s killers.

Erik and Monique Osuna, Emrik’s father and stepmother, were both arrested. Monique was accused of systematically torturing Emrik for months, forcing him to exercise for hours, beating him with various objects, and withholding food while the rest of the family ate in front of the starving boy. Erik was accused of watching and doing nothing while his wife tortured his son to death.

In this episode, we also hear from Irene Zepeda, Emrik’s maternal aunt, who told me about some of the challenges Emrik faced and shared her favorite memories of her beloved nephew.

This is the unimaginable story of Emrik Osuna.

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Episode 112: Moko Rangitoheriri (Part 2)

In my last episode, I told you the story of three-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri, who was brutally abused for weeks by his caretakers, Tania Shailer and David Haerewa, who were ultimately found guilty in Moko’s death and sentenced to 17 years each in New Zealand prison.

This week, you’ll hear about the killers’ attempt to appeal their sentences; the coroner’s inquest into the circumstances surrounding Moko’s death; and the legacy of change and hope inspired by the little boy with the big, bright smile.

This is part two of the disturbing story of Moko Rangitoheriri.

Links mentioned in this episode: 

Shine organization: www.2shine.org.nz 

“Another Little One” music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98bdDx6u7l8 

She is Not Your Rehab by Matt Brown with Sarah Brown: https://www.sheisnotyourrehab.com/

Matt Brown’s TedX talk: https://www.tedxchristchurch.com/matt-brown

“La La La” music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O1_3zBUKM8

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Episode 111: Moko Rangitoheriri (Part 1)

In 2015, single mom of three Nicola Dally-Paki’s oldest child needed to be hospitalized with a severe infection. She couldn’t leave him alone in the hospital, but she had no family nearby to care for her two younger children, aged seven and three. With few options, Nicola asked her longtime friend, Tania Shailer, to care for the kids for a while. She had no idea she was leaving her children in the care of a monster and her equally monstrous partner, David Haerewa. 

This is the story of a loving boy with a wide, infectious smile who spent the last weeks of his short life enduring unthinkable torture, pain, and violence. It’s also the story of two child killers whose inadequate charges led to ridiculously light sentences for a crime widely considered one of the worst child killings in New Zealand’s history.

This is part one of the disturbing story of Moko Rangitoheriri.

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Episode 109: Tesslynn O’Cull (Part 2)

Last week, I told you the first part of the story of three-year-old Tesslynn O’Cull, whose murder in 1997 became known as the worst case of child abuse in Oregon’s history. After Tesslynn’s battered body was found in a shallow grave, her mother, 21-year-old Stella Kiser, and the woman’s live-in boyfriend, 20-year-old Jesse Compton, were charged with murder.

This week, I’ll tell you the rest of Tesslynn’s story, discussing Stella’s two jury trials, Jesse’s attempts to have his conviction and death sentence overturned, and more about who Tesslynn was. You’ll also hear my conversation with Tesslynn’s maternal uncle, her mother’s twin brother, Billy Kiser, who was the only person who intervened to try to save his niece and who still thinks about her every day.

This is part two of the horrific story of Tesslynn O’Cull.

Links discussed in this episode: 

Never Forget Tesslynn O’Cull Facebook group  

Dala’s Blue Angels Facebook group

Dala’s Blue Angels website

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Episode 108: Tesslynn O’Cull (Part 1)

On June 17, 1997, police in Springfield, Oregon found the battered, desecrated body of three-year-old Tesslynn O’Cull buried in a shallow grave. The torture perpetrated against Tesslynn by her mother’s boyfriend, 20-year-old Jesse Compton, and knowingly allowed by her mother, 21-year-old Stella Kiser, was cruel beyond belief, and both were immediately charged in Tesslynn’s murder, which became known as the worst case of child abuse in Oregon’s history.

This is the story of a sweet little girl who loved animals, drawing, and her bath toys. It’s also the story of the many failures that led to her brutal and preventable death, highlighting the importance of reporting suspected child abuse.

This is part one of the horrific story of Tesslynn O’Cull.

Links discussed in this episode: 

Never Forget Tesslynn O’Cull Facebook group

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