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Burger Chef Murders Trailer: The Murder Sheet Presents "You Never Can Forget"

October 31, 2020 Mystery Sheet
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Burger Chef Murders Trailer: The Murder Sheet Presents "You Never Can Forget"
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Burger Chef Murders Trailer: The Murder Sheet Presents "You Never Can Forget"
Oct 31, 2020
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On November 17, 1978, four young employees began the night shift at the Burger Chef restaurant in Speedway, Indiana. By midnight, they had vanished, never to be seen alive again. Two days later, their bodies were found in a wooded area in Johnson County.

To this day, no one has been convicted of the Burger Chef murders, as they came to be known. But the young victims — Jayne, Ruth, Danny, and Mark — and the brutal way they died have not been forgotten. The unsolved case continues to haunt loved ones, investigators, and the communities of Speedway and the greater Indianapolis area. 

Brand new podcast Murder Sheet will launch with an inaugural six-part miniseries delving into the Burger Chef murders. Titled "You Never Can Forget," the miniseries will debut on November 17.

Cohosts Áine Cain and Kevin Greenlee will be taking a close look at the facts of the case, and a number of twisty, fraught theories that have arisen over the years. Kevin is a lawyer from Broad Ripple who began researching the case in 2016 after coming across the online community dedicated to discussing the murders. He now represents the sister of one of the victims. Áine is a journalist from New York who became obsessed with the case while writing a feature story on the murders for Insider

 After the six-part series concludes, Murder Sheet will continue as a weekly podcast focusing on different crimes and topics in the world of criminal justice. The show's first season will cover the phenomenon of restaurant homicides and shine a spotlight on the violent underbelly of the fast food industry. 

The podcast's title is a reference to the spreadsheet of around 1,000 homicides involving restaurants, bars, and other eateries that Kevin and Áine have compiled, starting with 17th century tavern shootouts and ending with the modern rage slayings that often occur in burger joints.

Follow the Murder Sheet on social media for the latest on the Burger Chef murders and future episodes: 

And send tips to [email protected] 

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On November 17, 1978, four young employees began the night shift at the Burger Chef restaurant in Speedway, Indiana. By midnight, they had vanished, never to be seen alive again. Two days later, their bodies were found in a wooded area in Johnson County.

To this day, no one has been convicted of the Burger Chef murders, as they came to be known. But the young victims — Jayne, Ruth, Danny, and Mark — and the brutal way they died have not been forgotten. The unsolved case continues to haunt loved ones, investigators, and the communities of Speedway and the greater Indianapolis area. 

Brand new podcast Murder Sheet will launch with an inaugural six-part miniseries delving into the Burger Chef murders. Titled "You Never Can Forget," the miniseries will debut on November 17.

Cohosts Áine Cain and Kevin Greenlee will be taking a close look at the facts of the case, and a number of twisty, fraught theories that have arisen over the years. Kevin is a lawyer from Broad Ripple who began researching the case in 2016 after coming across the online community dedicated to discussing the murders. He now represents the sister of one of the victims. Áine is a journalist from New York who became obsessed with the case while writing a feature story on the murders for Insider

 After the six-part series concludes, Murder Sheet will continue as a weekly podcast focusing on different crimes and topics in the world of criminal justice. The show's first season will cover the phenomenon of restaurant homicides and shine a spotlight on the violent underbelly of the fast food industry. 

The podcast's title is a reference to the spreadsheet of around 1,000 homicides involving restaurants, bars, and other eateries that Kevin and Áine have compiled, starting with 17th century tavern shootouts and ending with the modern rage slayings that often occur in burger joints.

Follow the Murder Sheet on social media for the latest on the Burger Chef murders and future episodes: 

And send tips to [email protected] 

*Commercial jingle: Open wide, America, you never can forget, you get more, more, more to like at Burger Chef.*

*Low, rumbling bass plays*


Áine Cain: On Friday, November 17, 1978 at around 11 p.m., the Burger Chef in Speedway, Indiana closed for the night.

Within the hour, its four young employees were taken. Someone forced them out of the restaurant. Someone drove them 20 miles to the south, down a darkened gravel path in the woods. Someone shot, stabbed, and beat the four young people to death, and left their bodies in the cold autumn air.

Kevin Greenlee: To this day, we don’t know who murdered Jayne Friedt, Ruth Shelton, Danny Davis, and Mark Flemmonds. Their families and loved ones don’t have answers, and neither do the law enforcement officers who investigated the case. The Burger Chef murders continue to haunt Indiana to this day.

I’m Kevin Greenlee, and I’m a lawyer who represents Ruth’s sister. I’ve researched this case since 2016.  

Áine Cain: I’m Áine Cain, and I became obsessed with this case when I covered the murders for Insider last year. 

*Urgent drumbeat plays*

We’ve investigated this case together ever since. We’ve spent hundreds of hours interviewing victims’ loved ones, investigators, witnesses, and figures who’ve been linked to the crime and traveled as far as Kentucky, Texas, and Minnesota to track down leads. 

Now we’re launching the Murder Sheet, a podcast that takes a definitive look at this complicated case. Each episode of “You Never Can Forget,” our six-part miniseries focusing on the Burger Chef murders, will delve into a different theory of the crime. 

Starting November 17, we’re going to take you to the heart of this case. We’ll go into the crime scenes. We’ll hear about the grief that the victims’ families still suffer. We’ll introduce you to the dangerous men who may have perpetrated the crime. We’ll piece together all the bizarre coincidences and twists that have plagued investigators over the years. 

Bill Burgan: I was in the dark, I'm still in the dark, and I'm not searching for light.

Theresa Jefferies: It was very frightening for her and all night long the whole bed shook, because she was just so nervous.

Ginger Anderson: I noticed that Jayne's car was gone but the lights were still on inside the Burger Chef.

Charlie: The westside was pretty loose. It was the seventies, there was a lot of cocaine, quaaludes, pot around.

Ginger Anderson: And there was this one girl that made a comment that her mother said, "They all deserved to die, they were doing drugs and they got what they deserved."

Allen Pruitt: I'll say this on my daughter's grave. I did see that van that night and I seen two guys ... I'll say it over and over again.

Theresa Jefferies: These aren't just victims. That was my sister. I don't want to forget her. 

Kevin Greenlee: The Murder Sheet will launch November 17.

Áine Cain: Listen to the Murder Sheet wherever you get your podcasts, and stay updated by following us on social media. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

*Commercial jingle: You never can forget, you never can forget, you never can forget, you never can forget* 

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