This podcast is about the cold case murders of J. B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett that occurred in Ozark Alabama on August 1, 1999. What makes this podcast so interesting, is after the ten episodes were completed in March of 2019, there was a break in the case, in June of 2019. John Lordan, Mike Morford and Gray Hughes, did a great job presenting this case in their ten episodes. This was their first podcast.
On August 1, 1999, J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett were seniors in high school, they were both 17 years old. They got lost on their way to a party, they were in Beasley’s car.
The next morning, Beasley’s car was found on the side of the road. Both girls bodies were found in the trunk of the car, with gunshot wounds to their heads. Both girls were also raped.
Originally, a man named Barenten was arrested for the murders, but the DNA found on Beasley’s body did not match Barenten’s. The charges were dropped.
In 2017, the Ozark police department sought help from the FBI to solve this cold case murder. The FBI sent the DNA evidence from the crime, to a genealogy data base called Paro Bon Nano Labs. The DNA testing, resulted in a match for the killer.
The DNA match led the FBI to a man named Coley McCraney, 45 years old, from Ozark, Alabama. McCraney, was never a suspect, and was linked to the case only by DNA. On June 10,2019 McCraney was indicted on five counts of capitol murder, the state will seek the death penalty. A trial date has not yet been set.
Three Men and a Mystery were going to donate all of the proceeds from this podcast for DNA testing for the crime to Paro Bon Nano Labs. Now that DNA testing is no longer needed, the funds will go to honor the life of Beasley and Hawlett. I am excited to hear about the work Three Men and a Mystery Podcast contribute to this case.