The Orange Tree is a documentary podcast series telling the story the 2005 murder of 21-year-old Jennifer Cave. The brutal crime scene at the Orange Tree Condos in Austin’s West Campus area shook the city. Two top University of Texas students were convicted and three families’ lives were changed forever. Haley Butler and Tinu Thomas delve into court documents and interview key characters of the murder in this riveting true-crime podcast.

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Meet the Hosts

Haley Butler

A year before The Drag was founded, Haley produced her own podcast about forgotten women’s histories in the closet of her rundown student apartment. Today, she works alongside her co-director Tinu on the Orange Tree and co-teaching a journalism capstone class on audio storytelling.

Tinu Thomas

Tinu joined The Drag as a Director of Audio when it was a budding operation. Along with her co-director Haley Butler, Tinu spent a year reporting, writing, and producing The Orange Tree, The Drag’s debut long-form podcast. Despite her passion for producing clean audio, Tinu’s favorite sound is the crackle before the start of an old film.

Credits

Hosts

Haley Butler

Tinu Thomas

Executive Producer

Robert Quigley

Student Producers

Sydney Jones

Simone Puglia

Candace Baker

Tuesday DerMargosian

Regan Riterbush

Alastair Talbot

Riley Miller

Meredtih Palmer

Kadija Balde

Maya Fawaz

Mikayla Mondragon

Assistant Student

Producers

Lacey Goodman

Taylor Leen

Pooja Patel

Halle Brazda

Caroline Covert

Ana Garcia

Ingrid Garcia

Madison Hager

Will Parker

Jordan Steyer

Armando Perez

Studio Sound Engineer

David Alvarez

KUT Projects Editor

Matt Largey

KUT General Manager

Debbie Hiott

Technical Director

Christian McDonald

Design Director

Madi Thomason

Marketing and Content Director

Sabrina LeBoeuf

Fact Checker

Lisa Roe

Editorial Consultant

Pallavi Kottamasu

Special thanks KXAN, KVUE-TV, The Moody College of Communication, The Dallas Morning News, Todd Callahan, Kathleen McElroy, David J. Neff, Clare Boyle, Alexis Chavez, and all the people who took time to give us feedback and guidance.

Music used in the podcast is from Artlist.io.

Hosts

Haley Butler

Tinu Thomas

Executive Producer

Robert Quigley

Student Producers

Sydney Jones

Simone Puglia

Candace Baker

Tuesday DerMargosian

Regan Riterbush

Alastair Talbot

Riley Miller

Meredtih Palmer

Kadija Balde

Maya Fawaz

Mikayla Mondragon

Assistant Student

Producers

Lacey Goodman

Taylor Leen

Pooja Patel

Halle Brazda

Caroline Covert

Ana Garcia

Ingrid Garcia

Madison Hager

Will Parker

Jordan Steyer

Armando Perez

Studio Sound Engineer

David Alvarez

KUT Projects Editor

Matt Largey

KUT General Manager

Debbie Hiott

Technical Director

Christian McDonald

Design Director

Madi Thomason

Marketing and Content

Director

Sabrina LeBoeuf

Fact Checker

Lisa Roe

Editorial Consultant

Pallavi Kottamasu

Special thanks KXAN, KVUE-TV, The Moody College of Communication, The Dallas Morning News, Todd Callahan, Kathleen McElroy, David J. Neff, Clare Boyle, Alexis Chavez, and all the people who took time to give us feedback and guidance.

Music used in the podcast is from Artlist.io.