True crime podcast tells story of local doctor found dead in chimney in 2010


A popular, true crime podcast took up the case, retelling the story of the bizarre death of a Bakersfield doctor back in 2010.

The podcast called “My Favorite Murder” has roughly 20 million listeners worldwide.

Monday’s episode featured listener’s stories of true crime and unusual incidents from their hometown. 

One listener from Bakersfield wrote in about the death of Dr. Jacquelyn Kotarac who was found dead inside her boyfriend’s chimney in August 2010.

Bakersfield police told 17 News at the time that the 49-year-old doctor suffocated inside the chimney after climbing inside to try and get into her boyfriend’s home.

In 2010, in an interview with Kotorac’s boyfriend, he told 17 News he argued with the doctor that night and wouldn’t let her inside the home.

He said he snuck out of the house to avoid confrontation. That’s when police say she tried to get into his home through the chimney where she was eventually found.

The coroner’s office ruled her death to be an accident, though Kotarac’s family members told 17 News in 2011, they suspected foul play.

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