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Burden

Burden: An Investigative True Crime Podcast

Mom didn't kill herself. It was murder. That's what one daughter is out to prove. Season 1 of Burden examines the suspicious death of Billie Jean Letterman near Texarkana, Arkansas in 1991.

Burden is based on extensive interviews with police, forensic experts, legal experts, paramedics, Billie Jean’s family and friends, and others close to the case. The podcast is co-hosted by attorney Stephanie Harris and journalist Karen Tricot Steward. 

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Aug. 22, 2022

Burden Season 1 Trailer

Mom didn't kill herself. It was murder. That's what one daughter is out to prove. Burden is about the suspicious death of Billie Jean Letterman near Texarkana, Arkansas in 1991. The story covers the night she was shot in the ...

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Sept. 30, 2022

Episode 1: What Happened To Billie Jean?

Billie Jean Letterman died of a gunshot wound to the head at her home in Texarkana, Arkansas in 1991. When paramedics arrive at the scene after she's been shot, Billie’s husband Michael Letterman is behaving suspiciously. At ...

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Oct. 6, 2022

Episode 2: Mom Didn’t Kill Herself

Billie Jean Letterman’s daughter Ashly was in the house the night her mother was shot in the head. Ashly is Michael Letterman's step daughter. She was only six years old when her mom died. What she saw that night has been hau...

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Oct. 13, 2022

Episode 3: The Investigation - Part 1

Police officers report what they saw at the scene the night Billie Jean was shot. Lead investigator Sgt. Don Nix talks about the case many years later and says he believes it was a homicide. He has trouble remembering some of...

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Oct. 21, 2022

Episode 4: The Investigation - Part 2

Michael’s first wife tells police about the horrible things Michael did to her when they were married. Hospital records reveal the final moments of Billie’s life. The crime lab sends its findings to lead investigator Sgt. Don...

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Oct. 27, 2022

Episode 5: The Lettermans

On this episode, stories of growing up in the Letterman household. We also hear from Billie's family and friends about times they were afraid of Michael Letterman and efforts to call police. Ashly’s cousin comes forward to sa...

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Nov. 3, 2022

Episode 6: He Was A Monster

Michael Letterman badly abused his first two wives, Gaye and Billie Jean. He beat them, choked them, and held guns to their heads. Gaye got away, but Billie Jean didn’t make it out alive. Michael married for a third time to a...

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Nov. 10, 2022

Episode 7: Billie's Body

With all the physical evidence lost and little investigation into Billie’s case, we look to Billie’s body for clues about what happened the night she was shot. The 1991 autopsy of Billie Jean Letterman was performed by a cont...

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Nov. 17, 2022

Episode 8: What Happens Now?

On the season finale, a legal expert weighs in on what charges could have been filed against Michael Letterman for the role he played in the shooting death of Billie Jean. Then, a conversation with Billie Jean’s daughter Ashl...

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