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Wondery Presents: The Apology Line

If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know...what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became...

Abductions/Kidnapping

Episode 193: Serial Predator: Curtis Dean Anderson - Part 2

In part two of this miniseries the bravery of an 8-year-old girl unmasks a serial predator named Curtis Dean Anderson. He would be linked to the disappearance of Xiana Fairchild.  Resources: "Portrait of 'an absolute monster'", by Kevin Fagan...

Episode 192: Serial Predator: Curtis Dean Anderson - Part 1

A 7-year-old goes missing from Vallejo, California in 1999.  It would be some time before Xiana Fairchild would be linked to a serial predator who would ultimately be connected to several missing and murdered women and children in Northern...

Bizarre Crimes Guest-Hosts

Episode 191: The Craziest Crime Stories of 2020 w/Leroy Luna

This week my special guest is Leroy Luna from Excuse Me, That's Illegal Podcast. We discuss some bizarre crimes, the dumbest criminals and crime stories that could only have happened in 2020. Links to resources:    Sponsors: Acorn TV: ...

Guest-Hosts

Episode 190: Cases You Probably Haven't Heard About, But Should Have

In this episode I'll share three true crime cases you may not have heard of, but should have.  My special guest host is Laurah from The Fall Line and One Strange Thing Podcasts.  Resources:  "Murder in a Silent Place" by David Van Biema...

Killer Spouses Missing Persons

Episode 189: Body of Evidence: Stacy Peterson

Two women thought they'd met the man of their dreams. But one of them would be found dead of mysterious circumstances and one would go missing never to be seen again. Would justice prevail to convict Drew Peterson for these crimes?  Resources:...

Abductions/Kidnapping Missing Persons

Episode 188: Body of Evidence: Sierra LaMar

A teenager goes missing in Morgan Hill, California never to be seen again. It would take meticulous detective work to prove she'd been the victim of a murder and bring her killer to justice. "Disappearance tests 'no-body' murder cases" by Jenna Lyons...

Love Affairs Missing Persons

Episode 187: Body of Evidence: Anne Marie Fahey

This month's series features crimes that were solved...without a body. Tom Capano thought he'd pulled off the perfect murder when his ex-girlfriend disappeared. Meticulous detective work and dogged determination would be needed to solve the...

Killer Kids Mass Murder/Spree Killers

Episode 186: Ghosts in the Attic: Daniel LaPlante

A story about a teenage stalker who hides in his victim's homes to prey upon them becomes an urban legend.  But, the true life and crimes of Daniel J. LaPlante would be a real-life horror story.  Resources:  "Witness describes...

Historical Crimes

Episode 185: Ghosts in the Attic: Otto Sanhuber

The mysterious murder of Fred William Oesterreich in Los Angeles in 1922 would be revealed years later as one of the strangest and most bizarre true crime cases in California history  Resources:  A Crime to Remember: Guess Who?, Season 4,...

October Announcements and Upcoming Events

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Hoaxes And Frauds Missing Persons Serial Killers

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...

Hoaxes And Frauds

Episode 183: Bad Teacher: John J. Donovan, Sr.

A multimillionaire in a feud with his family over money and property perpetrates a bizarre hoax in order to get revenge on his children and hold on to his assets.   Resources:  Sponsors: Nutrafol -  - use promo code ONCE and get...

Family Annihilators Mass Murder/Spree Killers

Episode 182: Bad Teacher: Vincent Brothers

A well-respected educator in Bakersfield, California is accused of a brutal crime - the murders of five of his family members.   Resources:  "The Mystery of the Lost Weekend", by Keith Morrison for Dateline NBC, July 24, 2009.  "Vincent...

Child Abuse/Domestic Violence Sex Crimes/Rape

Episode 181: Bad Teacher: Mary Kay Letourneau

In this month's series "Bad Teacher" I'll share cases of educators who committed newsworthy crimes.  First up, a 34-year-old teacher scandalizes the nation when she is convicted of child rape with one of her 6th grade students.  Sources:...

Guest-Hosts Historical Crimes Hoaxes And Frauds Multi-Part Episodes Mysteries

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 -...

Historical Crimes Multi-Part Episodes Mysteries

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...

Child Abuse/Domestic Violence Historical Crimes Multi-Part Episodes Serial Killers

Episode 178: Familiar Strangers: Walter Collins, Part 2

On this second part of a two-part episode we continue the story of 9-year-old Walter Collins who went missing from Los Angeles in 1928.  In part two, we discover that a serial killer, Gordon Stewart Northcott, has been preying on boys and young...