Following the recent debut of Sleuth—an iHeartRadio original true crime investigation into ongoing mysteries in one of Orange County’s most bizarre double murder cases, journalist Linda Sawyer returns this week to explore how Steve Herr, the father of a victim, probed the crime, interviewed the killer and made key discoveries.
Daniel Wozniak, 34, sits today on California’s death row inside San Quentin State Prison, but Sawyer and Herr believe other suspects have so far escaped charges for their possible 2010 pre-murder acts against Samuel Herr and Julie Kibuishi, two Coast Community College students.
In this new episode, Sawyer and Herr provide listeners with an in-depth discussion about fascinating but little-known crime details, including three intense jailhouse visits with Wozniak.
Neither hide their view that Rachel Buffett, Wozniak’s controlling fiancée at the time of the murders, played a larger role than reflected by the current criminal charges she faces: accessory after the fact.
“They can’t put [Wozniak] to death fast enough for me,” says Herr, a retired school teacher. “But let’s find out about Rachel.”
During a 2013 Dr. Phil broadcast, Buffett declared herself an innocent victim of Wozniak, a statement that prompted Herr’s swift rebuke on the show.
Sawyer, who has spent three years working on this project, plans as many as 12 episodes on the murders.
R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.