By VICKI BROWN
“Carolina Crimes” is a brand new weekly episodic true crime podcast devoted completely to masking true crimes dedicated within the State of South Carolina.
On March 1st, 2021, the “Carolina Crimes” Podcast debuted throughout all main podcast mediums, equivalent to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHEART Radio and lots of others.
The podcast is hosted by Matt Hiers, a radio broadcasting character from Rock Hill, S.C. who was born in Walterboro. Hiers attended Forrest Hills Elementary earlier than shifting to Rock Hill within the second grade. He additionally attended The Citadel, and presently lives along with his spouse and two daughters in Rock Hill.
“I began half time in radio in 2015, calling highschool soccer video games on the OTS Sports activities Community (WRHI in Rock Hill). By means of the years, my half time involvement with the radio station has blossomed into the manufacturing aspect of issues, together with productions of Winthrop College Sports activities broadcasts, in addition to reside weekend programming within the type of a reside two-hour gospel music present on Sundays and a one-hour gardening recommendation present on Saturdays,” stated Hiers. “Mainly, my 9-5 job retains meals on the desk, however broadcasting retains me completely satisfied.
“I nonetheless carry out shade analyst duties on highschool soccer video games on Friday nights within the Fall, and now within the Spring throughout the border into North Carolina, as nicely,” he added.
“That is my first foray into podcasting. I truly didn’t know what a podcast was till three years in the past once I began listening to some,” stated Hiers. “Carolina Crimes has natural roots as my cohost, Danielle Myers, is my sister-in-law and a present operative for the South Carolina Regulation Enforcement Division (SLED).”
In accordance with Hiers, he and Myers would talk about “true crime” books that that two have learn. “These discussions changed into hours-long conversations, about the entire fascinating and weird circumstances that we had come throughout, till sooner or later throughout the pandemic I assumed, ‘Hey, these discussions might be a podcast,’” he stated. “Once we began doing preliminary analysis, we found so many circumstances in South Carolina that we had by no means heard of, or solely heard half of the story.
“That’s what led us to focusing solely on our dwelling state,” he stated. Presently, eight episodes are presently accessible with new episodes being revealed every Monday.
The most recent episode was accessible on April fifth and lined the lately solved chilly case of Elaine Fogle, whose homicide came about in 1978 in Walterboro. Fogle was discovered useless in her dwelling on Lemacks Road by her roommate and a good friend about 1:45 a.m. on Sunday morning, Might 28, 1978.
She had been severely crushed and sexually assaulted. Fogle had been strangled with a fireplace poker that was bent round her neck. James Willie Butterfield, 59, of Walterboro, was arrested and charged with homicide, first-degree legal sexual conduct and first-degree housebreaking on December 2, 2015. His arrest got here 37 years after the crime occurred.
This case hits dwelling for Hiers, who stated he lately found that his mom knew Elaine Fogle from working at Colleton Regional Hospital previous to the crime.
Heirs held an in depth recorded interview on April fifth with Lt. Rita Shuler, the 71-year-old retired SLED agent who was integral in fixing Elaine’s case, he stated. The arrest was made by the Walterboro Police Division.
This podcast on Fogle’s homicide might be revealed this week.
Listeners of this episode can even be directed to donate to The Elaine Fogle Scholarship, which is awarded yearly by The Colleton Regional Medical Heart Auxiliary.
For extra podcast info please name Matt Hiers at 803-242-4215 or reply to firstname.lastname@example.org