Doggone, girl, #2! A Doggone Crime opinion piece in 2 parts, part 2

Marlene Sharp
3 min readJan 4, 2023

Hello again, Doggone Crime repeat offenders! Thanks for your return to our makeshift rap sheet(s) of the best in 2022 true crime dog podcasts. It’s still me, Blanche, your curious canine wordsmith hostess and my mama Marlene. Please see Part 1 here.

Part 2 of the countdown commences thus!

4) DATELINE (March 23, 2022) “Stealing paradise” — If Superman were to take on fido form, he’d be Jack the Doberman of this solved mystery. The real Jack jumped off an island — multiple times! — swam across treacherous waters, and led law enforcement to the buried, bullet-riddled body of his caretaker Cher Hughes. Jack’s heroics were the conduit to apprehension of serial killing jerk Wild Bill Cortez (a.k.a. William Dathan Holbert), not to be confused with serial killing supporting jerk Buffalo Bill of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Please note that both are, and forever will be, huge jerks.

3) BLOOD MONEY (July 21, 2022) “Missing mom: Heidi Planck” — Podcasting P.I. Catherine Townsend — dog mom to Chihuahua media personality Winston — thoughtfully covers this perplexing and ongoing head-scratcher. Heidi Planck’s crafty Labradoodle Seven (as in 007) demonstrated exceptional survival skills that, sadly, did not save his owner from being spirited away. One year ago, Heidi Planck disappeared. Miles from his Culver City home, Seven survived Heidi’s dematerialization. He subsisted solo for an indeterminate amount of time on the 29th floor hall of downtown Los Angeles Hope + Flower high rise. Heidi has yet to resurface . . .

2) CHEAT (September 12, 2022) “When pigs can fly” — This service-animal scam episode is extremely controversial, especially for these kinds of folks: 1) poodles, 2) poodle parents, 3) emotional support dog handlers, 4) airline employees, 5) squirrels, 6) pigs with unpredictable bowels. When listening, please exercise anger management and expect to exercise your gag reflex.

1) SMOKE SCREEN: PUPPY KINGPIN (June 16 — August 4, 2022) — The entire SMOKE SCREEN season 4 is the paws-down winner of best dog true crime podcast! Gumshoe host and canine advocate Alex Schuman darts into the thick of a hairy situation that involves fake non-profit organizations masquerading as dog rescue groups. Over seven episodes (plus two bonus…

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Marlene Sharp

Marlene Sharp is a creative and business-savvy entertainment multi-hyphenate who originally hails from New Orleans but is now a (San Fernando) Valley girl.