Mindy Dodd

Truer Crime
Truer Crime
Mindy Dodd

If you consume a lot of true crime, you might have heard Mindy Dodd’s story before. Or at least one like it – the classic story of a housewife who, pushed too far, snaps and murders her husband. The scary music swells and the story ends neatly. The housewife is locked away. But what if that’s not the whole picture? Today’s episode is about the muddy middle that’s so often left out.

Please be aware that today’s references sexual assault and domestic violence. Please take care while listening.

A full transcript of this episode is available here.

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Audio Used:

Interview with Mindy Dodd conducted by Celisia Stanton via phone, 2022-2023.

Sources Used: 

Twitter: Melissa Jeltsen (@quasimado) thread on #Snapped.

The Cut: She Didn’t Just ‘Snap,’ by Melissa Jeltsen.

The Love and Justice Project: #FreeMindy.

The Tennessean: Man accused in uncle’s slaying draws life sentence, by Lisa Rose Church

Snapped Season 15, Episode 2: Mindy Dodd

FindLaw: Battered Woman Syndrome, by Lyle Therese A. Hilotin-Lee, J.D.

Assigned on Briefs August 15, 2007, MINDY SUE DODD v. STATE OF TENNESSEE, Direct Appeal from the Circuit Court for Rutherford County.

May 14, 2003 Session, STATE OF TENNESSEE v. MINDY S. DODD, Appeal from the Circuit Court for Rutherford County.

The Daily News-Journal: Testimony Continues in murder trial, by Lisa Marchesoni.

The Daily News-Journal: Abuse led to murder, by Lisa Marchesoni.

The Daily News-Journal: Woman guilty of first-degree murder: jury, by Lisa Marchesoni.

National Library of Medicine: Patterns of Victimization Among Male and Female Inmates: Evidence of an Enduring Legacy, by Nancy Wolff, PhD, Jing Shi, MS, and Jane A. Siegel, PhD.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Mental Health Treatment While Incarcerated.

Baltimore Sun: Killer wives went way beyond ‘Snapped,’ Susan Reimer.

News Channel 5 Nashville: Clemency granted to 17, including 6 Middle Tennesseans, by Gov. Bill Lee by Caroline Sutton.

Tennessee Bar Association: Pardon Me, by Benjamin Raybin.

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