The Trail Went Cold – Episode 46 – Tommy Burkett

December 1, 1991. Herndon, Virginia. The parents of 21-year old Tommy Burkett return home to find him dead in his bedroom, the apparent victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. When the authorities arrive, Tommy’s parents are immediately taken aback by their suspicious behaviour and notice strange discrepancies to make them believe their son did not commit suicide. Upon further investigation, they find evidence to suggest Tommy might have been murdered for doing undercover work with the Drug Enforcement Administration on his university campus and that a massive cover-up surrounds his death. Did Tommy Burkett actually take his own life, or did many people conspire to have him killed? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we tackle one of the most suspicious suicide cases you’ll ever come across. Special thanks to listener Eve Davis for providing the opening narration for today’s episode.

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

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One thought on “The Trail Went Cold – Episode 46 – Tommy Burkett

  • I think this was a cover-up. In America a jury couldn’t convict a cop who was caught on cellphone footage shooting a Blackman in the back and later planted a taser. That’s how much people adhere to authority especially law enforcement in America. Those other agencies don’t necessarily have to know they are helping cover up a murder. They probably thought were helping things move along so they can focus on more important cases. We have Districts Attorneys that fight against DNA proved wrongful convictions. Just too protect the legacy of their career.

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