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What Clues Does the Fire Reveal About Linda Malcom’s Murder?

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth episode in Season 3 of Break the Case. Listen to the first episode.

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Identifying details about the fire set by Linda Malcom’s killer can provide clues about the perpetrator, level of planning, and modus operandi.

In episode 6, Jen and George consult two experts with backgrounds and experience in firefighting and arson investigation. Hear Jerry Bucholtz and Alan Haskins discuss their thoughts after examining photos of the crime scene. Both believe an accelerant was likely used to help increase the initial intensity of the fire and ultimately destroy as much of the residence as possible. Was the fire set to cover up forensic evidence left by the killer? Or did the killer have a personal vendetta against Linda?

Hear their thoughts on whether Linda’s car was also targeted by the killer, what the level of damage in certain rooms suggests about the killer’s intent, and why they believe the killer was unsuccessful in removing all of their own DNA from the scene.

Meet Jen and George and Show Your Support for Linda’s Family

At the end of April, Jen and George will be hosting several events in Port Orchard, Washington, to commemorate the 15-year anniversary of Linda’s murder.

If you live in the area, please join us for these events to raise awareness about Linda’s case and meet Linda’s family, friends and supporters. Details about dates and times can also be found on the Facebook group, Unsolved Murder of Linda Malcom.

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Jennifer Bucholtz

Jennifer Bucholtz is a former U.S. Army Counterintelligence Agent and a decorated veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice, a master of arts in criminal justice and a master of science in forensic sciences. Bucholtz has an extensive background in U.S. military and Department of Defense counterintelligence operations. Bucholtz has also worked for the Arizona Department of Corrections and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City. She is currently an adjunct faculty member and teaches courses in criminal justice and forensic sciences. Additionally, she is a sworn civilian investigator for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department and host of AMU’s investigative podcast Break the Case. You can contact her at

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