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Episode 197: Hookups from Hell: Takahiro Shiraishi - "The Twitter Killer"

A serial killer preys on vulnerable women in Tokyo, Japan.  He will meet his victims on Twitter.  (Caution: This episode contains the subject of suicide.)  Resources:  by Walter Sim for The Straits Times, Nov 5, 2017. ...

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Episode 184: Ghosts in the Attic: Natasha Ryan

In 1998, a 14-year-old disappeared from Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.  It would be feared she had become a victim of serial killer, Leonard Fraser, but this story would end with a shocking revelation.  Sources:  60 Minutes...

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Episode 180: Familiar Strangers: Anastasia Romanov, Part 2

We conclude this two-part episode with a young woman who comes forward claiming to be Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov. The investigation into her claim would take decades to solve the mystery.  Time Stamps:  05:03 - "Miss Unknown" 22:47 -...

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Episode 179: Familiar Strangers: Anastasia Romanov, Part1

On this first part of a 2-part episode, I share the fascinating story of the disappearance of the last imperial family of Russia, the Romanovs.  After their disappearance, most believed they had been executed by the Bolsheviks, but sightings of...

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Episode 166: StepMonsters - Joshua and Jerome Ellis

An abusive stepfather gets his comeuppance when his stepsons turn on him resulting in a grisly murder.  Resources: "Joshua and Jerome Ellis guilty of stepfather killing", BBC News, Feb 26, 2014.  "Kids Who Kill: Responsible Child inspired by...

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Episode 165: StepMonsters: Tracey Wright

A child, unwanted from birth and neglected by her birth parents, is hopeful that her new stepmother will love her like a daughter. It is not to be and her story will become a cautionary tale in the U.K. of how the child protective system spectacularly...

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Episode 132: Twin Terrors: The Gibbons Sisters - Part 2

I continue the story of the Gibbons Sisters - twins who were locked in a battle their entire lives. Neither believed they could survive without the other, but controlled each other so completely they only spoke to or associated with one another....

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Episode 131: Twin Terrors: The Gibbons Sisters - Part 1

June and Jennifer Gibbons were identical twins who, from a very young age, were so bonded to one another that they created their own “twin language” to communicate speaking only to one another.  They rejected any other relationships...

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Episode 127: Bad Sports: Soccer Brawl in Brazil

A friendly soccer game on a dusty field in Brazil turns into a horrific act of violence.  Resources:

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Episode 117: Black Widows: Black Widow Sisters

A rare form of serial killer are Black Widows - women who kill their spouses and other family members - usually for financial gain.  Even more rare are Black Widow Sisters.  This week I'll share two stories of sisters who set up murder...

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Episode 111: Listener Suggestions: Suzane von Richthofen "Evil Blonde"

Thank you to listener Alexandre Guglielmelli from Brazil for this case suggestion! In 2002, a wealthy couple is found murdered in their home in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Their own daughter soon becomes a suspect and the case becomes a media sensation in...

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Episode 107: Haunted Homicide: The Tower of London

The Tower of London has a long history of torture, murder and royal intrigue.  It has also been the scene of many ghostly sightings over its 950-year history.  Travel with me to through the Tower to uncover some of its dark history.  ...

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Episode 101: Written in Blood: Anne Perry - Part 2

We continue the story of one of the most infamous murders ever committed in New Zealand. Known as the Parker-Hulme Murder it was shocking because of it's brutality as well as because, it was soon discovered, it had been perpetrated by two teenaged...

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Episode 100: Written in Blood: Anne Perry - Part 1

A brutal murder takes place in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1954.  Two teenage girls are quickly identified as the murderers.  The crime would become infamous in New Zealand and the girl exposed as a well-known writer decades later....