FOX 56 anchor Kristen Pflum debuts “Taking Alex” podcast

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True crime podcast fans now have a new option available- and it’s a story that played out right here in central Kentucky.

FOX 56 10:00 News anchor Kristen Pflum has spent months researching, writing and editing “Taking Alex,” an in-depth look at the 2013 disappearance and death of Alex Johnson. Johnson, 32, was a graduate of Transylvania University and a chef at UK’s Boone Center when he went missing. The Bowling Green native left behind his parents, Lee and Judy, his sister Cayce and girlfriend Lisa.

Pflum chose December 20 to release episodes 1-3 of the podcast, on what is the 7th anniversary of Alex’s death. There are eight scheduled for release.

Here’s a description of the series from the podcasts home page:

“Alex Johnson had it all. He was brilliant, an avid outdoorsman, a talented chef, artist and botanist with friends all over the world. In 2013, days shy of his 33rd birthday, Johnson vanished after wrapping up a phone call with his girlfriend.

For more than a month, the Johnson family did everything they could think of. They held vigils, organized searches, brought in specialized K-9’s and put up billboards.

But Alex was dead. Beaten in the back of a Mercedes Benz, his body put in a barrel and rolled into a frigid Kentucky river. And one of his best friends named the prime suspect.

Come along as I take you through this twisted murder tale that stretches from Lexington, KY to the bottom of a cold river and finally to the border with Mexico.

And it’s not over yet. Not after the man convicted in Alex’s murder found out he was just a sheet of paper away from freedom. What will he do next?”

Episodes 1-3 are available now, wherever you listen to podcasts. Or click on the links below:

Listen on Google podcasts here.

Listen on Apple podcasts here.

Or Spotify here.

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