Episode 76 – Nina Reiser

On Sunday September 3rd, 2006 Nina Reiser dropped her kids off with their father Hans in Oakland California so they could spend time with him over the Labour Day weekend. But when she missed a couple of dinner dates and failed to pick up her children from school on Tuesday, friends alerted police she was missing.

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