It could find its place on the American Top 40 of murder mysteries.
The iconic disc jockey Casey Kasem, who hosted the countdown for decades and died in 2014, is the subject of a new podcast from his daughter about her dad’s final few years and controversial death.
Daughter Kerri – still very upset with Dad’s widow, Jean – has plenty to say about the real story she indicates resulted in an unnatural death.
The Audible podcast, “Bitter Blood: Kasem vs. Kasem,” details those final days as well as the wrongful death lawsuit filed against Jean by Kerri, two siblings and Kasem’s brother, according to Deadline.com’s reporting.
According to Deadline, “Bitter Blood” contains the tried-and-true promotional element of “evidence never seen before” that was prepared for the trial.
The series, narrated by family friend Martin Kove, contains interviews with friends and associates including Kasem protege Ryan Seacrest.
Kerri Kasem is an executive producer on the project.
“I wanted the doctors, the nurses, the caretakers and my father’s friends who knew what was going on to share their perspective,” Kerri said in a recent interview. “I wanted to get this story out there. And this is closure for me. … the silver lining is that I have helped so many people in the same situation.”
In 2019, lawsuits were settled that alleged Jean, who was married to Kasem for more than 30 years, mistreated him.
Investigators found no evidence of any wrongdoing, but Kerri said the troubles were long a part of her father’s life.
“We felt that if my dad ever got sick, we would never see him again,” she said. “We knew she would keep him from us because she tried that during her entire marriage… She called us ‘the old family’ whereas she was ‘the new family.’”
Jean has had no comment on the podcast.