Fruitloops: Serial Killers of Color

E141: The Cook Brothers

December 2, 2021

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This week Beth and Wendy discuss serial killer brothers Anthony & Nathaniel Cook. They committed a series of at least nine rapes and murders in the Toledo, Ohio area between 1973 and 1981.

We dive into the setting (19:03), the killers early life (30:11) and the timeline (35:58). Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (45:10), "Where are they now?" followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (50:29).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (1:00:33). 

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