Jennifer Bucholtz


This is the second episode in a podcast series following the investigation into the unsolved murder of Debbie Sue Williamson. Listen to the first episode.

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Murder scene of Debbie Sue Williamson
Debbie Williamson’s murder scene, showing drag marks from the carport to the back step of the house. Photo courtesy of Phillip Hamilton.

In 1984, the now-infamous self-proclaimed serial killer Henry Lee Lucas confessed to murdering hundreds of people, including Debbie Sue Williamson. In this episode, learn how Debbie’s parents contested his confession and ended up spending $100,000 and going bankrupt to prove to police that Lucas could not have been Debbie’s killer.

Hear firsthand accounts from reporter Phillip Hamilton, who has followed this case for 35 years, about how these events transpired and the animosity that grew between law enforcement, the District Attorney and other powerful authorities who did not like the work the Lemons’ were doing to disprove Lucas’ confession.

Hear more details about the evidence in this case and the steps taken by AMU’s Cold Case Team investigators, Jen Bucholtz and George Jared, as they continue their work to “Break the Case.”  

Listen to Episode 03: On Scene in Lubbock, Texas

Anyone who has information about Debbie Williamson’s murder is asked to please report tips to the Lubbock Police Department at 806-775-1425 or 806-300-6490.

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In this podcast episode, AMU criminal justice professor Jennifer Bucholtz discusses how genetic genealogy databases can help solve cold cases by identifying unknown DNA samples of both criminals and victims. Learn more about the challenges of using this advanced investigative technique and why it’s so important for law enforcement to educate the public about policies and procedures in order to alleviate privacy concerns.

In this episode, gain a local perspective about the area where Rebekah Gould was murdered in 2004. Hear what Jennifer Bucholtz discovered during her trip to Arkansas regarding the likely route the killer drove between crime scenes. This episode also features journalist and true-crime author, George Jared, who was part of the original search party for Rebekah’s body.