Episode #22: Chase Merritt and the McStay Family Murders

Summary of the Case:

In February 2010, the McStay Family –Summer, Joey, Gianni and Joey Jr– suddenly seemed to vanish into thin air. Their car was missing, their dogs were in the backyard of their home, there was even food sitting out on the counter. No one seemed to know where they had gone. Eventually their car showed up near the Californian/Mexican border. Police found searches about Mexico on the family computer, and believed they had grainy footage of the family walking into Mexico.

Border video

This theory would be proven wrong when the bodies of all 4 family members were found in the California dessert in November 2013. And soon, Joey’s own business partner Chase Merritt would be arrested for the murders. Chase had been the last person to see a family member alive, and the prosecution accused of Chase of stealing money from the business and owing Joey a lot of money. Chase maintained his innocence, and claimed the third business partner had as much motive as he did. In June 2019, after a 5 month trial, a jury found Chase guilty of murder of the family members, and then later sentenced him to the death penalty. He is currently appealing his conviction.

Sources for this Episode:

Trial Website
Wikipedia Page
Crime Museum Website
Live Twitter Trial updates from Cathy Russon
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CNN documentary
Border video
Summer’s Biography
Ranker Article
We strive to list a comprehensive list of our sources, however, if you believe a source is missing, please contact us at internetsleuthspodcast@gmail.com or through this website

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