How Laura Frizzo Caught The Black Widow - part one

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04 Nov 2020 · 26 minutes

How Laura Frizzo Caught The Black Widow - part one
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Iron River, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, is known for its scenic lakes, hiking trails, exceptionally cold winters and dense forest. It’s sparsely populated, and many who do live there are blue collar workers.

Laura Frizzo was the first female Police Chief in Upper Michigan and worked for the city of Iron River for almost 22 years. She knew what sorts of crimes to expect. And then came a woman named Terri O’Donnell.

Towards the end of October, 2014, 50 year old Terri arrived at the police station and told authorities that her ex-partner, Chris Reagan, was missing. 

What would unfold over the following months, and then years, is a story of extramarital affairs, drug abuse and serial murder.

One woman would come to be known as the black widow - capable of crimes far worse than anyone could have imagined.

This is part one of a two-part feature.



Guest: Laura Frizzo

Host: Jessie Stephens

Producer: Lem Zakharia 

Audio producer: Ian Camilleri 

Executive Producer: Zoe Ferguson


  • The true story is dramatised in the new docu-series Dead North.


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