Sugar Coated Murder

Two sisters discussing true crime murders while baking in the kitchen and sharing recipes in a True Crime Comedy Improv podcast.

The sisters are tipping the bottle again!  And telling creepy, spooky tales about being buried alive and sorority hauntings.  And there's bourbon.

In this Spooky Octoboo Special episode, we come to you remotely from the LowCo Cafe in Charleston, SC.  We have guest professional story tellers, Andrea St Amand and Bruce Orr.  They bring to us ghost stories where the ghosts that passed over due to their own murders!

The sisters celebrate International Podcast Day with some great murder cases and yummy baked treats!  Anne bakes up a last taste of summer with scrumptious Key Lime Bars, using a recipe straight from Key West, FL.  While Anne's in the kitchen, Karen tells the maniacal tale of Blanche Taylor Moore from Alamance County, NC.  Then, Anne weaves a gruesome, yet interesting story from Jericho, NY, that starts with Dick & Jane & a mysterious barrel. 

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In this episode, it's Karen's turn to bake.  She turns out delicious and seasonal Apple Cider Baked Donuts.  While Karen bakes, Anne present the psychotic personality of Ed Geins whose propensity for corpses leads to some creative ways he makes use of them.  Several famous movie characters were modeled after Ed's personality traits and his profile is adopted by Norman Bates, Wild Bill (from Silence of the Lambs), and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre dude.  It's hard to believe someone with his habits really ever existed!  Then, Karen presents the case of the Folly Beach (SC) serial killer from the 1970s.  Richard Valenti is one sick [email protected]#K!  After his sexual depravity drives him to commit horrible acts. It makes you wonder who would ever fight to get him out of prison, even after he confesses!

Anne Varner creates scrumptious Browned Butter Apple Blondies while Karen DeVanie covers the Ivanoff murder in Alaska.  Then, Anne tells the crazy, unbelievable case of the Price murder in Australia that will give you the shivers!



Karen tries her hand at a recipe for Chocolate Cherry Biscotti while Anne presents the shockingly gruesome Smith murder from Canton, OH.  Once the biscotti is in the oven, Karen unpacks the case of the Mansion Murders in Libertyville, IL.  The biscotti recipe can be found at








In this Shorty episode, the sisters take a break from murder and baking and co-read an "adult children's book" titled "Suzy Likes to Look at Balls" by Bimisi Tayanita.  There is drinking, hi-jinks, and the search for Reach-Arounds.

The corresponding video has been posted on the Sugar Coated Murder Podcast Fan Page group on Facebook.  Join the Fan Page for to view and to get more exclusive material.  This is the first time Karen and Anne have put their faces on video and there is surely more to come!!


In this episode, Anne bakes up a mouthwatering Million Dollar Pound Cake from a Southern Living magazine recipe.  Karen recounts the harrowing story of Kara Robinson's escape from a serial killer when she was only 15 years old (South Carolina); then Anne presents the incredible survival story of Amy Jones in Ohio.  Lesson learned from this episode is that Anne should not start drinking until after she has her treat in the oven.  She got into her Bloody Mary a little too early and Karen gets sympathy tipsy.

Karen bakes up scrumptious Bourbon Cream Cheese Brownies and samples the amber liquid for herself.  Anne presents the murder cases of Diane and Brenda, whose murders happen a year apart but both during NASCAR's Daytona 500 Race weekend in Ormond, FL.  What links these two murders besides NASCAR?  Karen covers the incredible survivor story of Jennifer Asbenson, who is the only survivor of a horrible serial killer who kills in California and Illinois.  Jennifer believes in Divine Intervention; do you?


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In this episode, Anne Varner bakes up incredibly delicious Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from the August 2020 edition of Southern Living.  Karen enjoys way too much bourbon (thanks 1792) and presents a murder from Down Under in Australia.  We learn about the murder of Celia Natasha "Tasha" Douty on the beach of Dinghy Bay at the Brampton Island Resort.  Then, Anne tells the murder story of 2 besties in Idaho, Betty Gray and Freeda Roundy.  And, as a bonus, there is rapping and singing and we learn about untidy tinklers and a semen-leaving disappearing demon.

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