41: TRUE CRIME TIME: The murder of singer Mia Zapata and the tragic case of Hollywood actor Johnny Lewis

Hello Eavesdroppers! It’s another True Crime Time episode this week and we’ve got two awful cases for you, but before we kick off, Michelle chats boobs and the joys of single duvets, the pair rack their brains to remember the comedian who came up with ‘Chorley FM – coming in your ears’ (it was Peter Kay!), all before Geordie takes us back in time to discuss a murder that rocked the Seattle grunge scene in the 1990s…

On July 6 1993, Mia Zapata, who was the talented lead singer of a Seattle band called The Gits, had been out drinking with mates. She’d had a lot of drinks, had gone over to her mate’s place before heading off into the night… Hours later her lifeless body was found in a Christ pose in Seattle’s red-light district with no clues as to her killer. What happened to Mia? How did it affect Seattle’s tight-knit music scene? And was the murderer ever found? Listen now to find out!

Michelle then talks about what happened to Hollywood actor Johnny Lewis. If you were ever a fan of The O.C or Sons of Anarchy, you might remember the pale ginger actor who played Chili on The O.C or Half Sack from Sons of Anarchy… If not, you’ll still be intrigued by this tragic case… On September 26 2012, Johnny Lewis was found dead on the driveway of the Writers’ Villa in Los Feliz in Los Angeles. He’d either fallen or jumped from the patio or roof and had died on impact. But what were the circumstances leading up to his death? And how did Johnny go from sensitive soul to murderer? Listen now to unravel the case!

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Who is Mia Zapata? https://loriajohnston.medium.com/the-murder-of-mia-zapata-816919e23a09

Read more about the murder of Mia Zapata: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/mia-zapata-punk-musician-murdered-in-1993-changing-seattle-grunge-scene-694965/

The Casefile episode on Mia Zapata: https://casefilepodcast.com/case-77-mia-zapata/

The Gits and Mia singing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V_6yIvmzgw

The trailer for the film Split that Geordie mentions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84TouqfIsiI

Who is Johnny Lewis? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Lewis

The LA Magazine article that Michelle references in the podcast: https://www.lamag.com/longform/the-secret-life-of-johnny-lewis/

Read about the Johnny Lewis case here: https://filmdaily.co/news/johnny-lewis/

A little video thing on Half Sack in Sons of Anarchy: https://sonsofanarchy.fandom.com/wiki/Half_Sack_Epps

And Johnny as Chili on The OC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-Eo60ZY_NM

See what The Writers’ Villa and Miss Cathy looked like: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2209903/Hollywood-villa-Katy-Perrys-ex-lover-Scientologist-Johnny-Lewis-killed-landlady-81.html

A little ramble on a Scandi website about why people sleep on a double bed with two single duvets: https://www.scandinaviastandard.com/two-duvets-in-scandinavia/

What is the 27 Club? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/27_Club

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