‘Who Killed Strawberry?’ investigates how an exotic dancer’s death was linked by rumors to a former Detroit mayor in 2003

True Crime March 14, 2023
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In 2003, Detroit resident Tamara ‘Strawberry’ Greene was sitting in her car with her boyfriend, Eric Mitchell, when she was killed in a drive-by shooting. For 20 years, this case has run cold and remains unsolved.

Audacy’s “Who Killed Strawberry?” is a new, nine-episode podcast examining the case and uncovering new information. Writer, producer, and host Christy Strawser and producer Zach Clark dig into Greene’s story, locate key witnesses, and find missing pieces to answer important questions about her death.

Greene was a 27-year-old mother and exotic dancer. It was rumored that six months before her death, Greene performed at a Manoogian Mansion party in Detroit. Like the White House, whoever is in office lives there during their time in office. In 2003, Kwame Kilpatrick was mayor.

Her family claimed that Detroit’s former Mayor Kilpatrick thwarted the murder investigation to cover himself and his family after Greene’s death. The rumored party has never been proven, and other allegations say that something else could have happened inside the mansion, leading to wanting Greene killed. Could this been linked to money, a grudge, or other factors?

Greene’s case is still a mystery. Hear more about the “corrosive lure of power,” how cover-ups can backfire, the deadly power of lies, and what could have happened at the former mayor’s mansion. People speculated there was some sort of secret gathering that Greene could have seen and leaked knowledge of, and possible evidence buried by authorities during the investigation.

Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for crimes including bribery, conspiracy, extortion and fraud. Strawser previously covered Kilpatrick’s trial. She is an award-winning journalist and managing editor for news at Audacy.

Fans of true crime podcasts like “Bitter Academia,” “Who Killed Daphne?” and “The Execution of Bonny Lee” might also enjoy “Who Killed Strawberry?” Tune in Thursdays for new episodes over the next few weeks wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

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