Episode 27: The Murder of Emma Walker
High school relationships can be a complete whirlwind - they are new, exciting, and often uncomplicated by the stresses of adult life. In a devastating number of cases, however, these relationships can turn out to be toxic, dangerous, violent, and even deadly. Such was the case for Emma Walker, a beautiful 16 year old from Knoxville, Tennessee with big dreams and a bright future. Emma was found shot to death in her own bed by her mother Jill on November 21st of 2016, and the investigation quickly turned up a name - Riley Gaul. Riley was Emma's recent ex-boyfriend, a possessive and controlling presence in her life, and the evidence against him was so overwhelming that an arrest was made in mere days. Emma's story is horrible, but unfortunately, is one of many, so it is important that not only her name continue to be heard, but that we continue to make ourselves aware of potentially dangerous situations, because it really could happen to anyone. If you are interested in learning more about this case, all of the sources are listed below, as well as a list of resources pertaining to teen dating violence. If you have an opinon of your own to share, visit the podcast on YouTube or on Instagram @crimebistropodcast to leave a comment and see some behind-the-scenes updates on the exciting cases to come!
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