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Direct Appeal

Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg

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Direct Appeal

Direct Appeal

Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg

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For the last 13 years, Melanie McGuire has been serving a life sentence for the murder and dismemberment of her husband. She claims her innocence and tells her story. Two Criminologists will examine the case and interview experts. New episodes weekly.

Latest Episodes

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EDirect Appeal: Melanie McGuire, launches May 6th! For the last 13 years, Melanie McGuire has been serving a life sentence for the murder and dismemberment of her husband, whose body was found in three suitcases in the Chesapeake Bay. With Melanie’s full cooperation, two Criminologists (Dr. Meghan Sacks, and Dr. Amy Shlosberg) will examine the evidence, consult independent experts and explore over 50 hours of exclusive interviews with Melanie (from prison), her family, her friends, witnesses and experts on both sides of the trial looking to uncover the whole truth about this murder.

1 MIN2019 MAY 3
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The Fixer

E01: Three suitcases, containing human remains, surfaced in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay in May 2004. Police identified the man in the suitcases as 39-year-old William McGuire, from Woodbridge New Jersey, and they quickly focused their attention on Bill’s wife, Melanie McGuire, who did not report him missing. Convicted three years later of murdering and dismembering her husband, Melanie McGuire has been in prison since then but did the state get it right? Is Melanie McGuire the femme fatale that the prosecution painted her to be or is she an entirely different person, prosecuted and convicted because she was the most obvious suspect in this crime? In episode 1, meet Melanie McGuire. Credits: * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg. * Produced by James Varga. * Written by Meghan Sacks. * Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios. * Music and underscore by Nick Bassett of Dessert Media. * Legal Counsel provided by Barry Janay. * Special thanks to Alan Tockerman. * Pro...

37 MIN2019 MAY 7
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The Fixer

The Perfect Marriage

E02: Bill and Melanie each end their other relationships and begin a life together. However, this may not be storybook ending they had hoped for. Their marriage is a volatile relationship, filled with infidelity, lies and acts that would results in criminal convictions for both. Melanie describes the ups and downs, and details the fight where she said she should have left. Credits: * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg. * Produced by James Varga. * Written by Meghan Sacks. * Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios. * Music and underscore by Nick Bassett of Dessert Media. * Legal Counsel provided by Barry Janay. * Special thanks to Alan Tockerman. * Producer-At-Large, Adam Curry

51 MIN2019 MAY 7
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The Perfect Marriage

The Closing

E03: Bill and Melanie manage to piece together their relationship after dealing with tumultuous times. They forge ahead with their dreams of owning a home in the suburbs of New Jersey even though their relationship is not entirely a happy one. They find a home and close on it April 28th, 2004, but Bill McGuire is never seen again after the closing. Was this a happy occasion for the couple or part of Melanie’s plan to kill her husband? If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode. Credits: * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg * Produced by James Varga* Written by Meghan Sacks* Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios* Music and underscore by Nick Bassett of Dessert Media* Legal Counsel: Barry Janay* Special thanks to Alan Tockerman * P...

35 MIN2019 MAY 7
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The Closing

Life After Bill

E04: Melanie claims that on the evening of the closing, she and Bill had a big fight that lasted into the early morning of April 29th, and concluded with Bill walking out on her. Melanie’s moves over the next few days would cast doubt on her story though. The prosecution says Melanie was establishing a cover story. Whose version of events is more believable? If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode. Credits: * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg. * Produced by James Varga. * Written by Meghan Sacks. * Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios. * Music and underscore by Nick Bassett of Dessert Media. * Legal Counsel provided by Barry Janay. * Special thanks to Alan Tockerman. * Producer-At-Large, Adam Curry

48 MIN2019 MAY 18
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Life After Bill

Human Sawdust

E05: While Melanie tries to plan Bill’s funeral and move on with her life, the Police begin their Investigation. Eventually, Melanie is indicted. Her bail was eventually raised to $2 million dollars. The search for a defense team begins, and after several trial-and-errors with attorneys, Melanie eventually believes she hit the jackpot. As Melanie and her lawyers prepare for Trial, the prosecution makes a shocking announcement. If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode. Credits * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg* Produced by James Varga* Written by Meghan Sacks* Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios* Music and underscore by Nick Bassett of Dessert Media* Legal Counsel: Barry Janay* Special thanks to Alan Tockerman * Producer-At...

46 MIN2019 MAY 22
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Human Sawdust

Opening Arguments

E06: The trial against Melanie McGuire begins on March 5, 2007, live on Court TV, and Melanie finds herself in the middle of a media circus. Lead prosecutor, Patricia Prezioso, makes a forceful opening argument but will her first witnesses help her case or hurt it? The prosecution also claims that the firearm Melanie purchased two days before Bill disappeared was the murder weapon but what does our expert have to say? If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode. Credits: * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg * Produced by James Varga* Written by Meghan Sacks* Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios* Music and underscore by Dessert Media* Legal Counsel: Barry Janay* Special thanks to Alan Tockerman * Producer-At-Large, Adam Curry* Phot...

61 MIN2019 MAY 30
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Opening Arguments

Mickey Finn

E07: The prosecution introduces the sedative, chloral hydrate, found in Bill’s car. To fit their timeline, the Prosecution suggests Melanie kept Bill drugged for days before he was shot, but is there a less sinister explanation? Also, Melanie’s friends are pressured to betray her. Who will stay loyal? If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode. Credits: * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg * Produced by: James Varga* Written by: Meghan Sacks* Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios* Music and underscore by Dessert Media* Legal Counsel: Barry Janay* Special thanks to Alan Tockerman * Producer-At-Large, Adam Curry* Photo credits: Joshua Davis under cc license 2.0

52 MIN2019 JUN 5
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Mickey Finn

Unfaithfulwife.net

E08: The prosecution says that Melanie drove Bill’s body to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Virginia, where she disposed of his remains but Melanie says she was in Delaware furniture shopping. Does Melanie have an alibi witness to support her claim and if so, why didn’t this witness testify? Also, the prosecution introduces damning Internet searches made on the McGuire’s home computer, but was it Melanie who made these searches or someone else? If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode. Credits: * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg * Produced by: James Varga* Written by: Meghan Sacks* Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios* Music and underscore by Dessert Media* Legal Counsel: Barry Janay* Special thanks to Alan Tockerman , Jesse ...

57 MIN2019 JUN 12
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Unfaithfulwife.net

Garbage Science

E08: The State’s witness testifies that there is forensic evidence linking Melanie to trash bags found with the body. However the defense gets lucky and happens across their own expert with a different opinion about what the evidence shows. If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode. Credits * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg * Produced by James Varga* Written by Meghan Sacks* Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios* Music and underscore by Dessert Media* Legal Counsel: Barry Janay* Special thanks to Alan Tockerman, Frank Ruiz and Sally Ginter* Producer-At-Large, Adam Curry

45 MIN2019 JUN 20
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Garbage Science

Latest Episodes

Trailer

EDirect Appeal: Melanie McGuire, launches May 6th! For the last 13 years, Melanie McGuire has been serving a life sentence for the murder and dismemberment of her husband, whose body was found in three suitcases in the Chesapeake Bay. With Melanie’s full cooperation, two Criminologists (Dr. Meghan Sacks, and Dr. Amy Shlosberg) will examine the evidence, consult independent experts and explore over 50 hours of exclusive interviews with Melanie (from prison), her family, her friends, witnesses and experts on both sides of the trial looking to uncover the whole truth about this murder.

1 MIN2019 MAY 3
Comments
Trailer

The Fixer

E01: Three suitcases, containing human remains, surfaced in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay in May 2004. Police identified the man in the suitcases as 39-year-old William McGuire, from Woodbridge New Jersey, and they quickly focused their attention on Bill’s wife, Melanie McGuire, who did not report him missing. Convicted three years later of murdering and dismembering her husband, Melanie McGuire has been in prison since then but did the state get it right? Is Melanie McGuire the femme fatale that the prosecution painted her to be or is she an entirely different person, prosecuted and convicted because she was the most obvious suspect in this crime? In episode 1, meet Melanie McGuire. Credits: * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg. * Produced by James Varga. * Written by Meghan Sacks. * Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios. * Music and underscore by Nick Bassett of Dessert Media. * Legal Counsel provided by Barry Janay. * Special thanks to Alan Tockerman. * Pro...

37 MIN2019 MAY 7
Comments
The Fixer

The Perfect Marriage

E02: Bill and Melanie each end their other relationships and begin a life together. However, this may not be storybook ending they had hoped for. Their marriage is a volatile relationship, filled with infidelity, lies and acts that would results in criminal convictions for both. Melanie describes the ups and downs, and details the fight where she said she should have left. Credits: * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg. * Produced by James Varga. * Written by Meghan Sacks. * Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios. * Music and underscore by Nick Bassett of Dessert Media. * Legal Counsel provided by Barry Janay. * Special thanks to Alan Tockerman. * Producer-At-Large, Adam Curry

51 MIN2019 MAY 7
Comments
The Perfect Marriage

The Closing

E03: Bill and Melanie manage to piece together their relationship after dealing with tumultuous times. They forge ahead with their dreams of owning a home in the suburbs of New Jersey even though their relationship is not entirely a happy one. They find a home and close on it April 28th, 2004, but Bill McGuire is never seen again after the closing. Was this a happy occasion for the couple or part of Melanie’s plan to kill her husband? If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode. Credits: * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg * Produced by James Varga* Written by Meghan Sacks* Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios* Music and underscore by Nick Bassett of Dessert Media* Legal Counsel: Barry Janay* Special thanks to Alan Tockerman * P...

35 MIN2019 MAY 7
Comments
The Closing

Life After Bill

E04: Melanie claims that on the evening of the closing, she and Bill had a big fight that lasted into the early morning of April 29th, and concluded with Bill walking out on her. Melanie’s moves over the next few days would cast doubt on her story though. The prosecution says Melanie was establishing a cover story. Whose version of events is more believable? If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode. Credits: * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg. * Produced by James Varga. * Written by Meghan Sacks. * Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios. * Music and underscore by Nick Bassett of Dessert Media. * Legal Counsel provided by Barry Janay. * Special thanks to Alan Tockerman. * Producer-At-Large, Adam Curry

48 MIN2019 MAY 18
Comments
Life After Bill

Human Sawdust

E05: While Melanie tries to plan Bill’s funeral and move on with her life, the Police begin their Investigation. Eventually, Melanie is indicted. Her bail was eventually raised to $2 million dollars. The search for a defense team begins, and after several trial-and-errors with attorneys, Melanie eventually believes she hit the jackpot. As Melanie and her lawyers prepare for Trial, the prosecution makes a shocking announcement. If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode. Credits * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg* Produced by James Varga* Written by Meghan Sacks* Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios* Music and underscore by Nick Bassett of Dessert Media* Legal Counsel: Barry Janay* Special thanks to Alan Tockerman * Producer-At...

46 MIN2019 MAY 22
Comments
Human Sawdust

Opening Arguments

E06: The trial against Melanie McGuire begins on March 5, 2007, live on Court TV, and Melanie finds herself in the middle of a media circus. Lead prosecutor, Patricia Prezioso, makes a forceful opening argument but will her first witnesses help her case or hurt it? The prosecution also claims that the firearm Melanie purchased two days before Bill disappeared was the murder weapon but what does our expert have to say? If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode. Credits: * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg * Produced by James Varga* Written by Meghan Sacks* Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios* Music and underscore by Dessert Media* Legal Counsel: Barry Janay* Special thanks to Alan Tockerman * Producer-At-Large, Adam Curry* Phot...

61 MIN2019 MAY 30
Comments
Opening Arguments

Mickey Finn

E07: The prosecution introduces the sedative, chloral hydrate, found in Bill’s car. To fit their timeline, the Prosecution suggests Melanie kept Bill drugged for days before he was shot, but is there a less sinister explanation? Also, Melanie’s friends are pressured to betray her. Who will stay loyal? If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode. Credits: * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg * Produced by: James Varga* Written by: Meghan Sacks* Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios* Music and underscore by Dessert Media* Legal Counsel: Barry Janay* Special thanks to Alan Tockerman * Producer-At-Large, Adam Curry* Photo credits: Joshua Davis under cc license 2.0

52 MIN2019 JUN 5
Comments
Mickey Finn

Unfaithfulwife.net

E08: The prosecution says that Melanie drove Bill’s body to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Virginia, where she disposed of his remains but Melanie says she was in Delaware furniture shopping. Does Melanie have an alibi witness to support her claim and if so, why didn’t this witness testify? Also, the prosecution introduces damning Internet searches made on the McGuire’s home computer, but was it Melanie who made these searches or someone else? If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode. Credits: * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg * Produced by: James Varga* Written by: Meghan Sacks* Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios* Music and underscore by Dessert Media* Legal Counsel: Barry Janay* Special thanks to Alan Tockerman , Jesse ...

57 MIN2019 JUN 12
Comments
Unfaithfulwife.net

Garbage Science

E08: The State’s witness testifies that there is forensic evidence linking Melanie to trash bags found with the body. However the defense gets lucky and happens across their own expert with a different opinion about what the evidence shows. If you have any information regarding this case, you can submit it by emailing us at tips@directappealpodcast.com or leaving a voicemail at (732) 510-0996. If you have a question to ask Melanie, be sure to submit it to us by 7/31/19 and we may select it for a future episode. Credits * Hosted by: Meghan Sacks and Amy Shlosberg * Produced by James Varga* Written by Meghan Sacks* Recorded, mixed, and edited by Justin Kral at JC Studios* Music and underscore by Dessert Media* Legal Counsel: Barry Janay* Special thanks to Alan Tockerman, Frank Ruiz and Sally Ginter* Producer-At-Large, Adam Curry

45 MIN2019 JUN 20
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Garbage Science
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