Episode 80 – Angela Samota

In the fall of 1984, the future was looking promising for 20-year-old college junior, Angie Samota. The university student had just moved into her own condominium, had a boyfriend, plenty of friends, and a job in the field she was studying…..But sometimes, bad things happen to good people.

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The Minds Of Madness Theme Music – Duncan Foster

The Funkoars – Feel The Madness

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Research & Writing:

Alison Schwartz


Special Thanks:

Sheila Wysocki


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