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Season 5  Episode 3
Kaylee Birdzell:
A Family gets closure but, not justice

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Season 5 Episode 4

Kaylee Birdzell:

A Family gets closure but, not justice

Hello campers! We’re frantically getting ready for the PNW True Crime Fest, which is one week away! But we still have time to bring you a fresh case for this episode.

Kaylee Birdzell was a young, beautiful and much loved woman who was brutally murdered in August of 2022. A suspect was quickly found and was awaiting his arraignment when he decided to make an attempt to end his life in jail. Sadly, the details of all of this senselessness have spread far and wide across the nation, all while Kaylee’s family is grieving and searching for justice. 

Please keep this family in your thoughts as they navigate the coming months.

Your favorite podcasters will be set up the weekend of October 8th and 9th at the Pacific Northwest True Crime Fest! We would love to see you there. Tickets are on sale through this link and you can take 10% off either ticket option by using our discount code WHITW10. Stop by our booth to say hi, meet the family and get a treat!



Information from this episode:

News reports on the crime:




Memorial set up at the Goose Apartments in Kaylee’s memory:


The gofundme set up to help Kaylee’s family:


Fabian Hernandez has a interesting criminal history:


Hernandez chose to end his life before he was held accountable for his actions:



What Happens in the Woods Podcast is run by the dynamic duo, Jess and Brice.

We’re just your average couple, living normal lives, who happen to be obsessed with everything related to true crime. Shortly after relocating to the great Pacific Northwest, we realized there were stories upon gruesome stories to be told from this region. And we want nothing more than to share them with you.


Since our first episode on The Green River Killer in February of 2020, it has been an incredible journey for our little indie podcast. We’ve covered notorious serial killers, strange cyanide poisonings, and even old-time kidnappings. What Happens in the Woods has recorded over 50 episodes and has gained listeners from all around the world. From our regular season to our WTF Wednesday segments, we hope to provide true crime lovers with cases that they may not have heard of. Join us during our regular seasons on every first and third Friday of the month as we take a deep look into the dark and twisted. It isn’t for the faint of heart, but we promise it will be worth it.


And remember...STAY OUT OF THE WOODS!