WARNING: This episode contains content about drug addiction, relapse and overdose. If these subject matters are difficult, or a possible trigger, please listen with caution.
During my research about the Kensington Strangler I found a case I’d never heard of before; the death of Allison Edwards. Allison was murdered between the 2nd and 3rd strangler victim on December 3, 2010, in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia, about two miles from the other murders. Initially there was suspicion Allison may have been murdered by the same man as Elaine Goldberg and Nicole Piacentini, but soon after her discovering her body police considered her death a drug overdose. An autopsy revealed she was murdered.
Allison Edwards name almost disappeared from the headlines. The story about the Kensington Strangler was bigger news, but one person made sure not only did Allison remain on the minds of Philadelphia police and the DAs office, she fought for justice until Allison Edward’s killer was caught. That person was Allison’s mother Karen Emery. This is the story of a 22 year old young woman, fighting to maintain her sobriety, build a career and care for her child while facing the constant pull of a powerful drug, and the story of a mother who refused to give up on her child, in life and in death.
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