Murders

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Ward Weaver Podcast

12-year-old Ashley Pond disappeared on her way to school in January of 2002. Two months later, one of her best friends, Miranda Gaddis. also turned up missing on her way to school. During their short lives, both girls had experienced abuse and the police had a long list of suspects to go through. It wasn’t until months later, in August, that the girls’ bodies were found and police were able to piece together the last days of their young lives.

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Janet Chandler Podcast

In 2004, a film class at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, set out to make a documentary on the 1978 cold case murder of 22-year-old Janet Chandler. Janet was known by her family to be a conservative woman of strong Christian faith and morals, but an investigation into her murder showed there was another side to Janet that she kept hidden from her parents. On a cold January night, while working as the front clerk at the Blue Mill Inn Hotel, Janet was kidnapped. Two days later her naked, brutalized body was found buried in the snow. For almost 30 years, at least 25 witnesses were able to keep secret the horrific details of the last 17 hours of Janet’s life. The betrayal, humiliation, and brutality of this crime cannot be understated.

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Suzanne Marie Collins Podcast

Two joggers witnessed 19-year-old marine, Suzanne Collins, being forced into a station wagon while she was out for an evening jog in July of 1985. The next day, her unrecognizable beaten body was found under a tree at a park, just outside the military base. Her death was a direct result of the injuries she received from being raped with a large object. Within hours, a man named Sedley was arrested and made a full confession. Months later, he claimed that he didn’t actually kill Suzanne, but he knew who did; It was his other personality called “Death”. Sedley claimed to be suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder, previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder, and had three distinct personalities: Sedley, Death, and Billie. Before his trial, Sedley was placed in a mental hospital and a team of professionals evaluated him for six months. Eventually, Sedley was found to be both sane and guilty and was sentenced to death. Prior to his death, he recanted his confession and the Innocence Project filed some motions with the court for post-conviction DNA testing. Listen to this episode and decide for yourself if the State of Tennessee executed an innocent man or not.

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The Prodigal Son

December 10, 2003 was supposed to be an evening of a wonderful celebration for the Whitaker family. The family was celebrating the upcoming college graduation of the eldest son, Bart, and the family went to a popular Sugar Land, Texas eatery called Pappadeaux to start the festivities. When the family returned home, however, they were met with unspeakable terror–there was a man in their home whose plan was to rob the home then execute them all. When police arrived on the scene, they started to notice the robbery looked staged, and when they started to dig around in Bart’s background, they found things that just didn’t add up to what appeared to happen that night in December. The police would discover a plan that was over two years in the making about a son whose greed for money was more important to him than his own family.

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Catherine Caroline Karubin Podcast

In 2003, 43-year-old Anne Margaret Lebensztejn Karubin, a single mother of three was discovered dead in her bathtub by her two teen daughters, Caroline and Catherine. Anne Margaret had been suffering from depression and had turned into a full-blown alcoholic. When an autopsy was done, her blood-alcohol level was .415; however, Anne Margaret didn’t die from alcohol poisoning. Instead, her death was ruled an “accidental drowning” by the medical examiner. After their mother’s death, Caroline and Catherine moved in with their father and continued on with their lives going to high school and hanging out with their friends. But the two of them had a dark secret: their mother’s death was no accident and was actually the result of a well thought out plan over a year in the making which included the help of three of their high school friends. This is Canada’s most infamous case of matricide which, as a result of redaction requirements of The Canadian Youth Criminal Justice Act has previously been known only by the fictitious names of Linda Anderson and her daughters Beth and Sandra.

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Ronald Bailey Podcast

In the summer of 1984, 14-year-old Kenny Myers left his home to go for a bike ride when he failed to return, his mother reported him missing. His strangled body was found 30 miles away in a park. A year later, 13-year-old Shawn Moore disappeared while riding his bike and like Kenny, his body was found decomposed two weeks later, 150 miles from his house. Other teen boys reported being kidnapped in a similar fashion, but after their assaults, they were released. Tips began pouring in and eventually the killer, 26-year-old Ronald Bailey, was arrested. His background showed a history of kidnapping and homosexual rapes, starting when he was only 13 years old. Eventually, Ronald opened up to FBI forensic profiler John Douglas about how he chose his victims and his method of murder. Ronald killed boys that reminded him of his younger self. He rationalized that If he could kill his teen self, then he could prevent the monster he grew up to be from hurting others. No one will know the true count of Ronald’s murdered victims, but authorities are convinced Shawn and Kenny weren’t the only ones.

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Mark Unger Podcast

On October 24, 2003 Mark and Florence “Flo” Unger arrived at a favorite northern Michigan vacation resort on Lower Herring Lake with their two children for a family getaway. Mark was hoping that this vacation would convince Flo he was a changed man, and not the gambling and prescription drug addict he had been the year prior – AND that their marriage was worth saving. However, when her body is found on the shore of Lower Lake Herring the following morning, face down in the water, Mark becomes suspect number one in her death. What were Flo’s secrets that surfaced after her death and did they contribute to it?

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On June 2, 1991, in southern California, Denise Huber was getting ready to go to a Morrisey concert with a friend. After the concert, she and her friend, Rob, went for drinks at a local watering hole. They invited more friends to join them and the night didn’t end until last call. Denise dropped Rob off at his house at about 2am, and she told him she was on her way home. She was never seen alive again. Denise car was found on the side of the highway the next day but the police came up short on clues. It wasn’t until three years later, when someone noticed a Ryder truck parked in a driveway in Arizona did the horror of what happened to Denise come to light. 

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Stephen Grant Podcast

Stephen Grant was once an ordinary married man who lived in the suburbs with his successful wife, Tara, and their two young children. Everything changed on February 9, 2006, when Stephen snapped and murdered Tara. As horrible as that is, what he did next defies the laws of sanity. Join us as we tell the story of a seemingly sane man’s descent into absurdity.

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shari smith larry gene bell

Two days before her graduation from high school, 17-year-old Shari Smith was kidnapped from her mailbox.  The kidnapper called her family on eight different occasions taunting them and even threatened her 21-year-old sister Dawn that she too would suffer the same fate.  Eventually, the perpetrator’s phone calls stopped, but his crimes didn’t.  And two weeks after Shari’s disappearance, he called the Smith family again, given them directions to where they could locate his newest victim. 

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Charlie Starkweather Podcast

13-year-old Caril Fugate was introduced to 18-year-old Charlie Starkweather by her older sister Barb. The two teens really hit it off, but Caril didn’t know that Charlie had a dark side. He had an obsessive fascination with death, guns, and knives that he hid from not only Caril, but the world. Eventually, Charlie couldn’t contain this hidden beast and in 1958 he went on a rampage brutally raping a young woman and killing 11 people. The question is: was Caril a willing participant or Charlie’s twelfth victim? Learn more about the couple with inspired the 1994 hit movie “Natural Born Killers.”

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36-year-old Brenda Schaefer was reported missing by her mother on September 25, 1988. Her boyfriend Mel Ignatow was immediately considered a suspect but there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him until Mel’s ex-girlfriend, Mary Ann Shore, made a startling confession: she had photographed the rape, torture, and murder of Brenda. After making a deal with the prosecutors, Mary Ann agreed to testify against Mel in exchange for a 1 to 5 years charge of tampering with evidence.
After a two week trial, the jury came back with a verdict: NOT GUILTY. Mel was acquitted of all charges. While Mel was able to walk free, Mary Ann was forced to due five years under her plea agreement.
Less then one year after his acquittal, the couple that had purchased Mel’s old house decided to replace the carpet. They discovered the old carpet actually hide a heating vent which contained 112 photographs of the crime.
Fortunately for Mel, the Fifth Amendment prohibits a person from being charged for the same crime in which he or she was already been tried. However, the prosecutors were able to find a clever way around this and give some justice to Brenda’s family.

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KELLY COCHRAN

53-year-old Chris Regan disappeared on October 14, 2014 in the midst of moving from Michigan to North Carolina. The prime suspects where a woman he was dating named Kelly and her husband Jason. Neighbors told the police they heard the sound of power tools in the middle of the night around the time Chris disappeared. Kelly and Jason also invited them over to eat three times during that same week and had an enormous amount of meat during that same week. Two years later, Jason died leading to the answers about what exactly happened to Chris.

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deltona murder xbox

In 2004, a 22-year-old named Erin went to check on her grandmother’s winter home in Deltona, Florida, like she often would, just to make sure everything was fine with it.  On July 31st, she discovered she found items at her grandma’s house, such as an Xbox, men’s clothing, and mail with the name Troy Victorino on it.  She called the police and they told her since the property was at her grandmother’s home illegally, Erin could do with it as she wished.  This set off a chain of events that culminated into a crime so brutal that two of the four perpetrators were given death sentences.  This is the story of the inhumane slaughter of six young adults.

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In October of 1986, 17-year-old Alicia from Terra Haute, Indiana, walked two blocks to the gas station to get some pop for her family, but she never returned. Months later, another girl from Alicia’s neighborhood disappeared. An informant and an anonymous tipster provided leads to the police which led to a shocking discovery.

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True Crime Podcast

In October of 1986, 17-year-old Alicia from Terra Haute, Indiana, walked two blocks to the gas station to get some pop for her family, but she never returned. Months later, another girl from Alicia’s neighborhood disappeared. An informant and an anonymous tipster provided leads to the police which led to a shocking discovery.

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In the late 1990s, college girls were going missing in San Luis Obispo, California. Around this same time, a prison parolee named Rex Krebs, was trying to get his life together after serving 10 years of a 20-year sentence for rape. Rex had been paroled for good behavior despite the judge saying that the crimes he committed showed a “high degree of viciousness and callousness.” When Rex’s parole officer, David, heard about the missing girls, he had one guy on his mind, and it was Rex. Listen to Episode 29 to find out how David broke the case for two of the missing girls wide open and find out what really happened.

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gitchie manitou podcast

In 1973, five teenagers decided to spend their Saturday night listening to guitar by the campfire at Gitchie Manitou State Park.  Five of them entered the park, but only one left alive.  This story is truly what nightmares are made of…

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Robert Anderson Podcast

Two small children witnessed the abduction of their mother by “the mean man.” When police investigated the crime, they realized this wasn’t the first time the abductor had kidnapped a woman, and he didn’t always act alone. The atrocities committed demonstrated the crimes were part of a well thought out plan by a sadistic killer.

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truro murders

In 1977, young girls in the suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia were going missing. It wouldn’t be until two years later where the truth of what happened to them would come to light.  Police were told to talk to James Miller—that James had quite the story to tell.  James ended up telling police about the rape, murder and disposal of six young women, some of them just teenagers, at the hands of his friend Christopher Worrell. James, who was in love with Chris (although Chris did not reciprocate the affection) and helped Chris pick up these girls, despite knowing they were in grave danger. Chris was eventually credited with the deaths of seven women, even though he is probably responsible for many, many more—listen now to hear about one of Australia’s most notorious serial killers.

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Ronald Gene Simmons

Ronald Gene Simmons holds the title of the USA’s most prolific family annihilator. But he didn’t just murder family members, he murder all the “traitors & sinners” on his list, resulting in the brutal deaths of 16 people. The murders were exceptionally cruel and show a complete disregard for human life, especially when you consider six of his victims were his own children. In Ronald’s own words, “To those who oppose the death penalty – in my particular case, anything short of death would be cruel and unusual punishment.”

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arthur ream podcast

In 1986, Cindy Zarzycki was your typical 13 year old girl. She loved Madonna, Cindy Lauper and Motley Crue. For fun, she liked to dance, hang out with friends at the mall and make mixed tapes. On Sunday, April 18, Cindy lied to her father and told him that she was going to walk to church on her own. Her best friend, while driving to church with her family, saw Cindy outside of the local Dairy Queen around 11:00 am. That was the last time Cindy was ever seen alive.
It took investigators over 20 years to learn the truth about what happened to Cindy and what they uncovered gave them clues to the mysterious disappearances of other young teenage girls. Was she the victim of a serial killer?

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Gerard Schaefer

Gerard Schaefer, a former Florida police officer, is one of the world’s most vile and prolific serial killers.  For 10 years he tortured, mutilated and murdered women in three different continents.  He took pleasure in the mental anguish even more than the physical pain he inflicted on his victims and preferred to kill two women at one time for “double the pleasure.”   In order to ensure he didn’t get caught, he studied the behavior of other serial killers.  However, in 1972, two women managed to escape when Gerard left them tied to the mangrove trees with nooses around their necks while he went to work.  He was arrested by his own co-workers at the police station he worked at.  While in prison, he mingled with the likes of Ted Bundy and Otis O’ Toole, later stating that Ted Bundy sought advice from him.   Gerard Schaefer is proof that monsters can disguise themselves as normal human beings.

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Gerard Schaefer PODCAST

Serial Killer Gerard Schaefer rekindled the romance he once had with his high school sweetheart, Sondra London, while on death row in the Florida State Penitentiary. Coincidentally, Sondra was a true crime writer, so she was able to get the rights to the short stories that Gerard had written, along with his drawings. She published two books then broke off their engagement with him, moving on to serial killer Danny Rolling. The first book, Killer Fiction, which is the basis for this episode, includes the writings of Gerard found by police while exercising their search warrant of his home in 1972. In addition, the book contains new writings created by Gerard while in prison. It is believed by most experts that these writings are not fiction, but actual accounts of Gerard’s murders. Warning: this is a very graphic episode.

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Karen Gregory moved into her boyfriend’s house in Gulfport, Florida on May 22, 1984. Late evening and into the early morning hours of the following day, many of her neighbors heard her blood-curdling screams, but none of them called the police. Her body was found 2 days later, in a pool of her own blood in the hallway of her boyfriend’s home. The police followed many leads, and interviewed several suspects; they were very thankful that the neighborhood watchdog, a firefighter named George Lewis, had an important eyewitness account of the night Karen was murdered. George helped their investigation in important ways and even encountered a suspect that very night. The police arrested the murderer years after Karen’s death—and it was the LAST person the police suspected.

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John Robinson

John Robinson was a prolific serial killer and master manipulator who was able to get away with murder for at least two decades. He was a Slave Master for the International Counsel of Masters and his duties included securing women for the group to rape and torture. His total number of victims remain unknown but six bodies were found in barrels in various states of decomposition. What makes John an unusual serial killer is that he enjoyed torture and the BDSM lifestyle, but seemed to kill only for financial gain more than the pleasure.

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CARMINE LAPELLO PODCAST

Carmine Lapello was a taxi cab driver during the Canadian prohibition on alcohol. He was arrested twice for using his cab to deliver alcohol to the bootleggers. In 1917, he was viciously murdered and humiliated in death by having his pants pulled down leaving him exposed on the road beside his cab. The last people to catch a ride from Carmine was a shady couple that insisted that Carmine drive them to a seedy part of town. Was Carmine murdered in a fit of jealous rage, or did his dealings with the bootleggers and the Italian Mafia cause his downfall? Find out who Carmine’s great nephew believes is responsible for his killing and why, as we try to piece together the puzzle one of Canada’s oldest unsolved murders.

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BOB BASHARA PODCAST

On January 25, 2012 the body of a woman was discovered in the backseat of a Mercedes SUV that had been abandoned in the City of Detroit.  The police soon discovered the woman was 57-year-old Jane Bashara, who had been reported missing the night before by her husband of nearly 27 years, Bob. Bob insisted Jane must have been murdered after a car-jacking gone wrong, but the police soon uncovered a story with so many twists and turns, as well as one peppered with stories of plots to hire hitmen, sex dungeons and BDSM, that the truth something you thought you’d only find in the movies.

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Theresa Knorr

In Northern California, in 1984, a young woman was found burned alive in the woods of Squaw Valley. Her identity remained a mystery and she was buried as a Jane Doe. A year later and 100 miles away, another young woman was found dead in a box near a campground. Her identity was unknown and she was also buried as Jane Doe. The second Jane Doe’s death was attributed to a serial killer, Benjamin Herbert Boyle; however, the circumstances behind the first Jane Doe’s murder remained a mystery until 1993. In 1993, a young woman named Terry called America’s Most Wanted and provided the answers the investigators needed to identify both Jane Does and prosecute their true murderer, their mother.

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April Millsap Podcast

On a July evening in 2014, 14-year-old April took her dog Penny for a walk on a popular biking trail not far from her home. At 6:28 pm she texted her boyfriend sending him a chilling message, “OMFG I think I was almost kidnapped.” It was the last time anyone would ever hear from April again.

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In 1998, a terrified 6-year-old girl witnessed her grandmother being beaten to death by a man who also raped and beat her. When she awoke the morning after the attack, she told authorities she knew the man who attacked her—it was her Uncle Clarence. However, her Uncle claimed to be over 40 minutes away at the time of the murder. Uncle Clarence’s wife, Melinda fought for nearly 8 years to prove Clarence’s innocence and had to solve the murder herself before the courts would listen. Listen to how the amazing Melinda solved the murder and how Clarence was release from prison a free man after spending nearly 8 years locked up for a crime he didn’t commit.

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jESSE POMEROY PODCAST

The city of Boston was overcome with terror in the late 1800’s because a monster was torturing its’ young boys.  After eight children were brutally violated, the police were finally able to nab the perpetrator.  To everyone’s surprise, the sadistic fiend was a child himself;  he was a 12 year old named Jesse Pomeroy.  As punishment for his cruel ways, Jesse was sentenced to a reformatory for six years.  However, Jesse was released after 14 months for good behavior.   When Jesse got out, he was far from reformed…in fact, Jesse advanced to murder within days of being back on the streets of Boston.  Find out how the State of Massachusetts dealt with a 14 year old sadistic murderer in this weeks episode… 

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rONALD JABALEE

In 2006, a married couple, Christine and Ronald, were brutally bludgeoned, stabbed, and left for dead in the garage of their home. Before dying, Christine scrawled a final cryptic message in her blood on the floor. After originally leaving, the killer came back in an attempt to clean up the crime scene but missed part of Christine’s message hidden under her jeep.  What was Christine trying to say? 

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George Russell

In the 1990’s Seattle was experiencing more than just the burgeoning of the grunge scene. A sadist serial killer who was in to piquerism was targeting young females and enjoyed mutilating their bodies before and after death.

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Happy Face Killer

In 1990, a woman confessed that she and her boyfriend raped and murdered Taunja Bennett then dumped her body along the Old Scenic Highway in Oregon. However, a long-haul trucker was very surprised to hear this news because he was the actual killer and went on to murder seven more women before he was finally stopped…

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aNDREW fIACCO PODCAST

Stephen McAfee, a 19 year old young man, went missing from his home in the middle of the night in March of 2016; he seemingly vanished into thin air leaving no clues behind. His family, friends and law enforcement did everything they could to find him but his case grew cold. Then, approximately 13 months after his disappearance, a young woman walked into the police department with a chilling tale of murder and betrayal.  Stephen was dead, but that’s not the end of the story…

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patrick kearney

In the 1960’s and 1970’s in Southern California, over 43 males were murdered, mutilated and dismembered in the home of a seemingly harmless engineer with the IQ of 180. This man’s thrills didn’t come from killing, but what he did after he murder his victims. Listen to learn more about the heinous monster who could have easily been anyone’s neighbor: Serial Killer Patrick Kearney.

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Dean Corll

In August 1973, the city of Houston, Texas uncovered an awful secret–one that would make headlines all over the world. Between 1970 and 1973, the city had a problem. Young teenage boys were disappearing from the suburbs and authorities failed to notice the pattern. It wasn’t until a man named Dean Corll was shot dead in his home one hot and humid August night in 1973, did the secrets he kept finally come to light.

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At the age of 19, Samantha Bachynski had recently graduated high school at the top of her class, was taking college classes, and had fallen in love for the first time to a handsome young man. Within six months, her life collapsed into a downward spiral culminating in the torture and murder of three innocent people. Perhaps, if Samantha had never met Patrick she would have became the nurse she inspired to be. But instead, Samantha will forever be known as the other half of the killer couple…

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BRADY OESTRIKE PODCAST

In the summer of 2014, the decapitated body of a male was found off the trail in a city park. Police soon discovered that the deceased young man’s eight months pregnant girlfriend had been missing for days. Their investigation led them to a basement that was filled with instruments used for torture.  Even more disturbing than that was the collection of homemade videos they found along with a note that stated in part, “Pain is for learning.”

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