33 Who killed me? Holly Branagan

In this episode we interview journalist Jim Friedman who grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

We talk about the suspicious death of Sean Branagan, as well as other suspicious deaths surrounding this case.

Explosion at Renner's service station.
Explosion at Renner’s service station.

5 thoughts on “33 Who killed me? Holly Branagan”

  1. Hi Nina,

    Listening to your interview with Jim Friedman got me thinking about the role that victim’s families play in pushing for cases to be solved, and what happens when a murdered or missing person doesn’t have any family to keep pushing on their behalf. Marissa, from The Vanished, has talked about this on her show as well, and while thinking about this, I had an idea. What if the podcasting community, creators and listeners, started a project to “adopt” murdered or missing persons and take on the responsibility of pushing their cases into the spotlight with law enforcement and the media!?! So, I was thinking that podcast creators could use database sites like Charley Project, cold case databases and Namus, to find cases to put up for “adoption,” then listeners tune in, find a person they’d be interested in adopting, and once they have all the relevant information, they take on the responsibility for promoting that person’s case. For example, calling the lead detective on a person’s case say….once a month, to ask “Hey, what’s going on with so-and-so’s case? What can I do to help generate leads?” They can also contact media local to their case, encourage them to run a story on it or something. Listeners could also use social media to share their adoptee’s photo and information, get their own family and friends to share it, spread the word and that sort of thing.

    Let me know what you think?



    1. It’s an interesting idea. There are many factors that influence if a case can be solved and just because it’s cold doesn’t mean that it’s not being worked in a thoughtful and competent manner.

      Sakura, I think you’re on to something with this, but I’d need to give some thought to the execution of such an endeavor.

      1. This is a wonderful idea. Missing and murdered people may or may not have surviving families
        If they do, it seems those families do not always have the strength, or resources, or other wherewithall to keep pushing for justice and resolution. It could be that families that fight tirelessly and effectively cpuld be the exception rather than the rule. If this were not the case, so many things would have been changed, so long ago, with how cases are handled. It also seems that families who fight tirelessly and effectively not only take on a disproportionate responsibility to solve “their” case, whatever difficulties that entails in and of itself, they also become tireless and effective fighters for others in the same situation who lack the strength, resources, or other wherewithall. This makes for too few challenging a pretty enormous systematic problem.
        I think Sakura’s idea would be tremendously helpful and I hope it takes off.

  2. A grievous error not to get all those classmates questioned. And now, after part II, it seems suspicious to me the amount of shielding.

    1. If the parents hire a lawyer for the kids, there isn’t much the police can do. You cannot force them to answer questions.

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