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In this episode we talk with Gloria Maynard about the unsolved murder of her then 20-year-old daughter Lisa Gondek. Lisa had moved out of the family home in Connecticut and in 1981 was living in Oxnard, California with a friend. On December 12 she was found strangled to death in the bathtub of her apartment. Her body had been posed erotically and the apartment had been set on fire.
Twenty years later DNA testing led to a chilling development: Twenty-year-old Rachel Zendejas, who had been found raped and strangled to death in nearby Camarillo, California on January 18, 1981, and Lisa had been murdered by the same person.
The only other link between the two murders was that Both Lisa and Rachel had been in a Huntington’s night club within hours of their deaths and their killer remains at large.
Race and the Supreme Court
Orville Vernon Burton is Creativity Professor of Humanities, Professor of History, Pan-African Studies, Sociology, and Computer Science at Clemson University, and the Director of the Clemson CyberInstitute. From 2008-2010, he was the Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture at Coastal Carolina University. He was the founding Director of the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (I-CHASS) at the University of Illinois, where he is emeritus University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar, University Scholar, and Professor of History, African American Studies, and Sociology.
Burton is a prolific author and scholar (twenty authored or edited books and more than two hundred articles); and author or director of numerous digital humanities projects. The Age of Lincoln (2007) won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Literary Award for Nonfiction and was selected for Book of the Month Club, History Book Club, and Military Book Club. His In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions: Family and Community in Edgefield, South Carolina (1985) was featured at sessions of the Southern Historical Association and the Social Science History Association annual meetings. The Age of Lincoln and In My Fathers’ House were nominated for Pulitzers. His most recent book, is Penn Center: A History Preserved (2014)
Burton's research and teaching interests include the American South, especially race relations and community, and the intersection of humanities and social sciences. He has served as president of the Southern Historical Association and of the Agricultural History Society. Burton was elected into the S.C. Academy of Authors in 2015 and received the South Carolina Governor’s Award in the Humanities in 2016.
Beth Hessl, Executive Director of the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia, joins Jane today to talk about the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS). Beth will give a brief overview of the history of Prebyterianism and how it made its way to the U.S. She'll also tell us about the types of records that were created by Presbyterian churches, what records the PHS has in its collection and what we can find in the PHS museum.
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