Who Is the 'Suitcase Killer?' New Podcast Dives Into Convicted Murderer's Claim She's Innocent

Melanie McGuire is currently in prison for murdering her husband, but she says she didn't do it. It's a common theme in true-crime stories, like the Serial podcast, or Neftlix's Making A Murderer. So what makes McGuire's story unique? The difference is in the details, which will be brought forward again and debated in the latest true crime podcast.

Direct Appeal, a podcast by criminology experts Amy Shlosberg and Meghan Sacks, aims to raise and answer questions about McGuire's purported innocence. Is it possible her conviction was flawed?

McGuire has become known as the 'Suitcase Killer' due to the gruesome state of her husband's remains. McGuire allegedly killed her husband, dismembered his body into small pieces, and disposed of it by throwing two identical suitcases, filled with his remains, off a bridge.

Attorneys for McGuire have formerly argued she had an unfair trial, according to NJ.com. She was sentenced to life in prison in 2007, and her attorneys' claims have not been entertained.

Direct Appeal closely examines her case, with an eye toward possible grounds for a retrial. It also claims to look into possible motive McGuire would have had for killing her husband, including an affair that could have driven her to kill.

McGuire was directly consulted for the podcast. Sacks spoke of the first time she met McGuire for research in a conversation with NJ.com. "She's smiling and waving. She's a small-looking thing," Sacks said. "She actually hugged me and thanked me for coming. She really wanted someone to look into the case and I said, 'You might not like what I find. I may find I think you're guilty,' and she said, 'That's fine.'"

Many true-crime programs and podcasts don't reach definite conclusions. While Direct Appeal may not be able to say with certainty what happened, they've announced a conclusion will air in the 14th episode of the series. Episodes one through three are available to stream now.

McGuire's case has a lot of holes, from a lack of forensic evidence, potentially negligent lawyers and a possibly corrupt jury. But did she kill her husband? Form your own opinion by listening to Direct Appeal, now streaming on iTunes and directappealpodcast.com.

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