- murder of a peace officer or fireman who is acting in the lawful discharge of an official duty and who the person knows is a peace officer or fireman;
- murder during the commission or attempted commission of kidnapping, burglary, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, arson, obstruction or retaliation, or terroristic threat;
- murder for remuneration or promise of remuneration or employing another to commit murder for remuneration or promise of remuneration;
- murder during escape or attempted escape from a penal institution;
- murder, while incarcerated in a penal institution, of a correctional employee or with the intent to establish, maintain, or participate in a combination or in the profits of a combination;
- murder while incarcerated in a penal institution for a conviction of murder or capital murder;
- murder while incarcerated in a penal institution serving a life sentence or a 99-year sentence for a conviction of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, or aggravated robbery;
- murder of more than one person during the same criminal transaction or during different criminal transactions but the murders are committed pursuant to the same scheme or course of conduct;
- murder of an individual under 10 years of age, or older than 10 years of age but younger than 15 years of age; or
- murder in retaliation for or on account of the service or status of the other person as a judge or justice of the supreme court, the court of criminal appeals, a court of appeals, a district court, a criminal district court, a constitutional county court, a statutory county court, a justice court, or a municipal court.
The Bubble Lounge Podcast talks about Riggs’ new hit true crime series on Fox Nation titled Freed To Kill.
Cohosts Martha Jackson and Nellie Sciutto asked the questions that every woman who loves true crime wanted to know during their exclusive interview with Robert Riggs about his new hit television show Freed To Kill in their Dallas Studio.
Riggs revealed that in the wake of the success of Freed To Kill that he has a half dozen more true crime shows in development in Texas. Riggs said, “everything is bigger in Texas, especially crimes that are stranger than fiction.”
The disclosure prompted the Bubble Lounge’s co-hosts to declare that, “Riggs is a prolific storyteller in the spirit of fellow Texan Taylor Sheridan the creator of the hit TV shows Yellowstone and 1883.”
Riggs took Martha and Nellie inside the mind of serial killer Kenneth McDuff who spread a wave of terror through the heart of Texas randomly abducting, assaulting, torturing, and murdering countless women.
His investigation of the release of McDuff who had once been on Texas death row for murdering three teenagers was featured in the first season of his True Crime Reporter™ podcast.
Riggs and his podcast co-host former U.S. prosecutor Bill Johnston take fans of the True Crime Reporter™ Podcast “inside the yellow crime scene tape” with real-life stories from their careers and interviews with investigators as well as crime victims.
The new television series features Johnston’s role in launching a nationwide manhunt for McDuff and later prosecuting the Chairman of the Texas Parole Board who released the serial killer under a cloud of corruption.
The podcast was honored for Best True Crime Podcast along with NBC’s Dateline and the BBC in the 25th Annual Webby Awards in 2021.
Riggs revealed how the podcast was picked up for television by Big Media TV which produces shows around the world. In a co-production deal with Riggs, Max Montoya of Dallas and Danny Wilk the President of Big Media developed and sold a 5-part documentary series to Fox Nation Streaming which premiered on March 18th of 2022.
To produce Freed To Kill in a short ten months, they assembled what Riggs described as a “dream team” headed by Showrunner and Executive Producer Seth Isler. The other key members included Susan Sullivan, Line Producer; Glenn Kirschbaum, Writer/Producer; Kevin O’Brien, Director of Photography; Ron Frank, Editor; and Martin Kase, Producer and Director of Big Media’s Studio in Prague. Riggs beefed up the team with Texas’ field producers/grips Seiler Burr who produces the True Crime Reporter™ Podcast and Brandon Billington from Texas A&M University.
Freed To Kill features Riggs’ interview with legendary CBS News Anchor/Correspondent Bob Schieffer. Schieffer was the lead police beat reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram who covered McDuff’s murders in 1966. McDuff was dubbed the “Broomstick Killer” for the unthinkable cruelty of his murder of a seventeen-year-old girl.
Riggs, a Peabody Award-Winning Investigative Reporter, got Schieffer to reveal for the first time ever how he ended up face to face with McDuff in an exclusive interview and how he was present for the confession of McDuff’s accomplice. Reporters are amazed by Schieffer’s account!
Schieffer also helped fellow Texas Riggs get his start in television news back in 1978.
The Bubble Lounge Podcast is the only weekly podcast show for women living in the upscale communities of Highland Park and University Park, Texas.
With more than 80-thousand listeners, Jackson and Sciutto are the go-to place for everything women need to know about living in the Park Cities — from who to know, where to go, and what to do.
You can listen to the Bubble Lounge’s podcast interview with Robert, The Worst Serial Killer In Texas You Never Heard Of — An Interview With Robert Riggs of the True Crime Reporter™ Podcast:
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