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How the daughter of a serial killer became a mental health advocate

Dr. Jenn Carson stands in front of a bookshelf filled with books while holding her gray cat, Boris.
Dr. Jenn Carson (pictured with her cat, Boris) shares her experience as the suicidal child of a serial killer father, who grew up to become a mental health advocate, public speaker. She now runs the Inland Southern California Crisis Helpline.

When Jenn Carson was nine years old, her mother sat her down and told her that her father had been arrested for hurting people.

The world would later find out that Michael Bear Carson and his second wife, Suzan Carson, were serial killers.

Hear how Jenn went from a traumatized little girl to a mental health advocate and crisis counselor, advocating against her father’s parole.


If you are struggling with emotional distress, call or text the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988. It is free, confidential, and available 24/7, in English and Spanish.
Jessica Severin de Martinez, Khaleel Rahman, Meg Fitzgerald, Meg Dalton, and Catie Talarski contributed to this show.

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Jessica Severin de Martinez is a producer for Audacious with Chion Wolf.
Khaleel Rahman is a producer for 'Audacious with Chion Wolf.'
Meg Dalton is the deputy director of storytelling for Connecticut Public where she provides editorial support for the station’s talk shows and podcasts, including the limited series 'In Absentia'.
Meg Fitzgerald is the senior project manager for Radio and Storytelling Originals. She works with Connecticut Public's senior director and talk show producers to ensure our audio stories are represented digitally. She helps strategize digital audience growth with other departments for our radio programs and podcasts. Meg also helps to manage and co-produce special projects like StoryCorps CT, NautiWeek, Where Art Thou?, and other programs produced by our storytelling unit.
Chion Wolf is the host of Audacious with Chion Wolf on Connecticut Public, featuring conversations with people who have uncommon or misunderstood experiences, conditions, or professions.