Fruitloops: Serial Killers of Color

E91: William Balfour

September 10, 2020

This week Wendy and Beth get into the case of William Balfour, the brother-in-law of Jennifer Hudson (the singer and actress), allegedly because he was angry that his wife wanted a divorce and was seeing someone new.

We get get into the stats and setting (12:48) then move into the early life of some of the people involved in the story (25:04).  We dive into the time line (36:04) and move on to the investigation and arrest (48:30).  We share our take aways, how not to get murdered (102:05) and some shout outs (109:22). 

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Womens Shelters in Canada


For any victims and survivors who need support, we are here for you, 24/7. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto or text LOVEIS to 22522.

There are also international help lines and helplines that are culturally specific for example there is an ingenous people domestic violence help line The StrongHearts Native Helpline 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483) is a safe domestic violence and dating violence helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives, 

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