Why Loving Landis?
Loving Landis: A Cautionary Tale of Unrequited Obsession is a passion project of healing, understanding, and prevention. All content is available for free to the public in the hopes of educating on this confusingly senseless tragedy and too many others like it.
In order to tell the whole story of this murder-suicide as factually as possible, Wendy went to the Tempe Police Department and got the police reports. She also went to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office and got the autopsy and toxicology reports.
Knowing there would be bias because Wendy knew one of the people involved in the case, Wendy reached out to Steph, a published essayist, and Bre, a criminal justice and forensic psychology major, who worked with her to weave together a deeply analytic narrative.
The first episode of the podcast begins with a full voice cast and sound effects in order to create a re-enactment and a memorial for the murder victim. At the end, Wendy reveals her connection to the case.
It’s also revealed that Wendy did this podcast with the blessing of the murderer’s mother. She even gives an interview broken down into two episodes which Wendy, Steph, and Bre later analyze.
Educational pieces in the episodes, which are elaborated as more episodes are released, cover the following topics and more:
– Borderline Personality Disorder
– White Knight Syndrome
– suicide prevention
– uncommon signs of stalking
– what to do if you’re being stalked
– gun laws
– the American medical system
– first aid
Public social media posts, medical examiner reports, and police reports are all free domain to be discussed, but Wendy has been able to obtain information that can be obtained in few other ways. She has emails, online chats, and letters from the murderer.
To protect others involved in the case, either first names are provided only, or names have been changed. We ask that if you know anyone involved that you do the same.
Speaking of names, why the name Loving Landis?
– Wendy likes alliteration. The working title was originally My Friend, The Murderer.
– Landis considered himself to be a loving person, but the irony is that he did not demonstrate this.
– Despite what Landis did, he was loved, and therein lies one of the most conflicted emotions of all. How do you love someone in passing after they did the most unforgivable act in the world, that of murder? How do you love them after finding out all of the hurt they caused? This is something else we strive to understand.