A popular podcast, My Favorite Murder, takes a deep dive into a Colorado cold-case murder in this week’s episode.
The Sept. 16 show, hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark looks at the 1982 murders of Annette Schnee, 21, and Barbara “Bobbi Jo” Oberholtzer, 29, near Breckenridge. The current show also looks at the disappearance of the Candy Lady, Helen Brach.
After a long, comedic introduction, not related to the crime coverage, the pair get down to covering the cold-case murder and play it spicy while building mystery, reminiscent of old-time radio programs, except with some enthusiastic profanity weaved in. They credit various sources in compiling their detailed storytelling.
In March, authorities, including longtime investigators, announced the arrest of a suspect, Alan Lee Phillips, 70, of Clear Creek County, in the case. Phillips is being held on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of kidnapping.
This week, a Park County judge ruled that Phillips, following a two-day preliminary hearing, will stand trial in the case, according to the Summit Daily.
Both victims lived and worked in the Breckenridge area and both disappeared while separately hitchhiking. They were both abducted and shot on Jan. 6, 1982, according to investigators. Oberholtzer’s body was found on the summit of Hoosier Pass the day after her disappearance. Schnee’s body was found six months later in a rural area in Park County.
A top 10 regular on iTunes’ comedy podcast chart, My Favorite Murder has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, The Atlantic, Nylon and Rolling Stone magazine, according to the podcast’s website. Beside being true crime aficionados, Kilgariff is described as a stand-up comedian and television writer and Hardstark as a writer and host for the Cooking Channel.
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