New Podcast investigates 1970’s murder of Greenville deputy


GREENVILLE, SC – In a dark room filled with stories from the past, words from Brad Willis’ lips come alive.

The former reporter said Wednesday he spends more than 40 hours a week in his home studio, podcasting about the one case, he admits, he could never let go of.

“I kept writing about it and I kept thinking about it,” he said, panning through old police reports.

Those police reports became the foundation of his podcast, Murder Etc. which dives deep into a high-profile murder case from the 1970’s.

Lt. Frank Looper and his father were both killed execution-style in the garage, just before Looper was reportedly set to break a large-scale case.

The man convicted for the murders, according to Willis, was wrongly accused and sentenced to death.  He was eventually paroled years later.

“This man went to death row and is still alive. That is a story you hear very very rarely,” Willis told 7 News.

The podcast highlights corruption in law enforcement and beyond, and also divulges information into an organized crime ring back when the murders took place.

Willis has interviewed Greenville Mayor Knox White, Judge Billy Wilkins, Greenville County Sheriff Johnny Mac Brown, Greenville city councilwoman Lillian Brock Flemming, among others.

“What’s interesting is that we all see Greenville in one way. It’s the way that it’s in the glossy magazines right now, it’s the way that it’s in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times,” Willis said. “But there are people who live all around Greenville and all around Greenville County who lived here and saw it in a different way. But we don’t hear from them very often, they’re not the people who are interviewed for these glossy magazines. But boy they have a story to tell.”  

A new episode of Murder Etc drops every Tuesday.  For more information about the Podcast, click here.

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