DiscoverCrime Junkie78: MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF: Kendrick Johnson
78: MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF: Kendrick Johnson

78: MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF: Kendrick Johnson

Update: 2019-04-2219
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In 2013 a 17-year-old boy's body was found rolled up in a high school gym mat. Local law enforcement was quick to rule it an accident and move on but the family is sure this is a case of murder being covered up. 



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Latoya Roberts

I thought you guys said the organs were removed. Why are they mention in the autopsy then?

Jun 12th
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Kelly Trent

castbox won't play ant crime junkie episodes! help

May 25th
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Nicole

Brit is especially awful in this episode. I love this podcast but she is the worst. Also, this poor kid was definitely murdered. Why in the world would a kid dive into a mat to get a shoe instead of just knocking it over? How was all this wriggling that supposedly got him more and more stuck not enough to knock the mat over? How did he even get in if his shoulders are 5 inches wider than the mat opening? If it's that easy to get trapped in a mat and die, how have we never heard of this in any school before?

May 16th
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glx79

Nicole Brit is the worst. omg.

Jun 10th
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Shelby Weinstein

I truly don't believe that ANYONE would dive into a 6ft rolled up mat head first....how would you get out? there is definitely something suspicious here...

May 13th
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Tony Bruce

I wonder why he didnt just push the mat over

May 3rd
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Tony Bruce

Tony Bruce I was thinking he was murdered and after they rolled him in the mat, they pushed the mat over a little bit just enough to put the shoes on the bottom . Maybe that's why there wasn't any blood on the shoes?

Jun 3rd
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Trovania Delille

Beau Galvan That is if he was alive or if that is really the reason why he was in the mat (to get the shoe)

Jun 3rd
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mamaT

His head & face were swollen. if you're upside down for even a short time, your head would swell. I don't see how you could get out of that position w/o help. However, I think someone could certainly have put him there. ughhh what a horrible death.

May 3rd
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Chelsey Orton

I live in Utah and in 2009 there was a man named John Jones who died from positional asphyxia from being trapped while spelunking in Nutty Putty Cave. In that case, the rescue workers actually watched as he asphyxiated while they tried, tirelessly, to get him out. It was a slow process but he was in and out of consciousness. It might be a story to look at for reference since there were medical personnel there who watched it happen. I know he wasn't directly upside down he was more at an angle with his feet above his head so it did take a long time. With Kendrick being completely upside down, I wonder, if that would have made the process much fast.

Apr 29th
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Sandi D.

I would think if he was hit in the throat, blood would come up and out in a gush. And if he fell backwards the blood would have sprayed away from his head. If he were hit with enough force, he would have fallen backwards and not crumpled. I don't feel like there being no blood on his clothes is a big deal. Obviously just speculation on my part.

Apr 27th
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Raven Boyd

I am from the town this occurred in and the beginning of your report is not accurate. He wasn't reported missing from his family that soon.

Apr 26th
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Raven Boyd

Sandi D. Probably not but most parents get concerned when they haven't seen or heard from their child in over 48 hours. Either way it is a very sad situation that could have been handled better by authorities and the school

May 31st
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Sandi D.

Raven Boyd That is an incredibly small detail. She could have waited two days and it wouldn't have changed the fact that he was dead.

Apr 27th
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Melanie Marie-Jahnke Manning

it's not just that he was upside down, he is also constricted and squished in the mat. the more he tries to get out, the more stuck he gets. he vomits, he can't breathe, he definitely can't cry out.

Apr 26th
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Stacie Hankins

they're are too many discrepancies in this case and to many things that don't make sense for this to be an accident!

Apr 25th
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Michael Coslow

True Crime Garage has an episode on this with further information. I would highly recommend checking it out!

Apr 25th
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Stacie Hankins

Michael Coslow oh thank you!

Apr 25th
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Adam Griffin

i think they are covering stuff i havent heard on every other true crime podcast already. i havent heard most of the stories including this one. i dont know what else one would want. The obscure cases is why i come here. the only thing i wish they would do more of is the conspiracy episodes e.g. wanted answers from sheriff deputy

Apr 24th
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Daniel Hope

I remember gym class in high school. it was so loud! kids screaming all the time. I could see how nobody heard him if he was screaming. the mat would muffle the sound so he wouldn't be so loud and if the fans were on then it would be very difficult to hear anything. I think it is possible that it was an accident.

Apr 23rd
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Crystal Moore

except that his shoes were underneath his legs. if he was going head first then the shoes should be by the head

Apr 23rd
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Stephanie Allen

Crystal Moore EXACTLY!

May 17th
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Jasmine

Thanks for covering this! I'd never heard about it

Apr 23rd
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Chris Rice

holy cow I just seen the pics dam not good to see he was killed for sure

Apr 23rd
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Harley

Chris Rice No, he likely wasn't. people want so much for every death to be a murder they can get excited about. The poor kid couldn't afford a year round locker and this was the result of it. good theory here: https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/45div4/kendrick_johnsons_death_is_not_an_unresolved/

Apr 29th
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agiuggio1

Chris Rice wow you should probably be a detective, you are spot on.

Apr 23rd
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patrick James K (PatJayKay)

I wish they would cover something new something we haven't heard from every other true crime podcast

Apr 22nd
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patrick James K (PatJayKay)

Jo Picconatto I love small town murder , give crime in sports a try if you like small town murder

Jun 13th
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Maria Rosa Baroni

patrick James K (PatJayKay) Actually I never heard if these cases. Probably because I live in Europe. But that's why this pod is so fascinating to me

Jun 13th
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78: MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF: Kendrick Johnson

78: MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF: Kendrick Johnson

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