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Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories

Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories

Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories is a podcast drama with a modern twist on old time radio that delves into the mystery of true cold cases and unsolved murders. With the help of an ensemble cast, follow our hosts as they take you on an entertaining journey through the crime scene, the investigation and attempt to solve the case. With many surprising plot twists, it?s important you start listening from the first episode of a cold case. New episodes are released every Tuesday. Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media Production.


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The Johnson Family Murders Pt. 1

On April 10th, 1933, the small town of Harris, Minnesota was shocked to see the Johnson family's farmhouse burning down. They were horrified to discover that Alvira Johnson and her seven children all perished in the blaze. But a peculiar absence made some suspect that this fire was not an accident after all.
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Parcast Classic: Lake Bodom Murders Pt. 1

Due to the unfortunate spread of COVID-19, Parcast has decided to halt recording for the time-being. This is a precautionary measure taken to ensure the safety of our hosts and staff. In the meantime, we're excited to share one of our classic episodes that we know you'll enjoy! It sounds like a traditional campfire story: Four teenagers camp along the shore of Finland?s Lake Bodom in July of 1960. But their weekend of fun turns dark when an unknown murderer commits a triple homicide?leaving only one survivor. This isn?t just a scary story?it?s real.
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E190: Burger Chef Murders Pt. 2

In late 1978, four teens from Indiana were abducted from the Burger Chef restaurant where they worked?and murdered later that same night. The investigation into their deaths would turn up many suspects, but disappointingly few answers.
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Introducing SUPERNATURAL WITH ASHLEY FLOWERS, A Parcast Original Series!

Most mysteries can be solved by looking at the facts. But sometimes, the facts don?t lead to a logical explanation, and the truth lies somewhere in the unknown?Join Parcast and Crime Junkie?s Ashley Flowers as they dive deep into the strange and surreal to explain some of the world?s most bizarre true crime occurrences in the new series, Supernatural with Ashley Flowers. Every Wednesday, Ashley digs into a different mystifying crime?where the most fitting theory isn?t always the most conventional. Join Ashley in this exclusive clip from the first episode as she takes on the mysterious ?Lead Masks Case.? To finish this episode, subscribe to Supernatural with Ashley Flowers free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
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E189: Burger Chef Murders Pt. 1

On November 17th, 1978, four teens were working at the Burger Chef fast food restaurant in Speedway, Indiana. As they were closing up the restaurant, an unknown assailant abducted them at gunpoint. Their corpses would later be found in a forest the next town over.
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E188: Betty Gail Brown

In the early morning hours of October 27th, 1961, 19-year-old student Betty Gail Brown went missing on her college campus. Her disappearance led to a campus wide-search, until she was eventually found in her car, strangled by her own bra.
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E187: Amy Robsart Pt. 2

In 1560, scandal hits young Queen Elizabeth when the wife of her rumored paramour, Lord Robert Dudley, is found mysteriously dead from a fall. To this day, nobody can determine the true cause of her death.
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Unsolved Murders Rewind: Josslyn Hay Pt. 1

On the last Sunday of every month, Parcast Rewind replays a classic episode of Unsolved Murders that you might have missed!  Josslyn Hay was a British aristocrat who moved with his wife, Lady Idina Sackville, to Africa. There, they were part of the ?Happy Valley Set,? a group of wealthy expats who lived to drink alcohol, do drugs and have sex. So when Hay was found miles from his home, dead of a gunshot wound, virtually everybody in their social circle was a suspect.
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E186: Amy Robsart Pt. 1

In 1560, young Queen Elizabeth I's relationship with Lord Robert Dudley had one complication: his wife. Rumors that the two were plotting to poison her came to an abrupt end?when she was discovered dead from a fall.
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E185: Irene Izak Pt. 2

In 1968, a state trooper found the brutalized body of a young school teacher named Irene Izak on the side of the road. The investigation into her death would be hampered by weather, timing, and incompetence. But things became truly dark when the only evidence seemed to point to the state trooper who had found her in the first place.
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E184: Irene Izak Pt. 1

On a lonely night in 1968, a young French teacher named Irene Izak was driving north, to Canada, for a job interview. The hopeful trip would take a turn for the worst, as her body was discovered the next morning?lying dead in a ditch.
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E183: Lava Lake Murders Pt. 2

After the bodies of Edward Nickols, Roy Wilson, and Dewey Morris were found in a frozen lake in 1924, investigators scrambled to find their killer. But though the investigation continued for years, the culprit remained elusive.
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Unsolved Murders Rewind: The Hall-Mills Murder Pt. 1

On the last Sunday of every month, Parcast Rewind replays a classic episode of Unsolved Murders that you might have missed!  In 1922, Reverend Edward Hall and his lover Eleanor Mills were found dead beneath a crabapple tree surrounded by their shredded love letters. Their killer was never identified, but one woman claimed to have witnessed the crime.
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E182: Lava Lake Murders Pt. 1

In 1924, Edward Nickols, Roy Wilson, and Dewey Morris spent the winter in a remote cabin in the Oregon wilderness, operating fur traps near Lava Lake. But weeks later the friends? fateful trip would end in their disappearance, and soon, a horrifying discovery.
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E181: John Rains

In 1862, California wine grower and rancher John Rains was mysteriously murdered. In the wake of his death, the law struggled to find the culprit. While vigilante mobs wreaked havoc, his brother, Robert Carlisle, took advantage of Rains? widow.
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E180: May Fosburgh

On August 20th, 1900, police responded to the home of wealthy industrialist Robert L. Fosburgh who lived with his wife and 27-year-old son. Fosburgh reported a break-in by three individuals, one of whom shot and killed his 24-year-old daughter May. But police weren?t so sure about his story.
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Best of 2019: Françoise, Duchess de Choiseul-Praslin Pt. 2

Here?s one of our listeners? most requested episodes of 2019: In the early 1800s, the Duke de Choiseul-Praslin was suspected of murdering his wife. However, a vial of arsenic and a corrupt government would prevent justice from being served.
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Best of 2019: Françoise, Duchess de Choiseul-Praslin Pt. 1

Here?s one of our listeners? most requested episodes of 2019: In the early 1800s, Fanny, the Duchess of Choiseul-Praslin, and her husband Charles, the Duke, were highly regarded among the French nobility. From the outside, it appeared they had it all, but internally their marriage was filled with distrust and turmoil.
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E177: ?The Death of The Big Bear? Pt. 2: Sonny Liston

The mysterious circumstances surrounding Sonny Liston's death in 1971 from an alleged heroin overdose still drew suspicion. As police and journalists looked into his death years later, they discovered more than a few viable suspects.
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E176: ?The Death of The Big Bear? Pt. 1: Sonny Liston

Former heavyweight champion Sonny Liston had a drive and motivation that was infectious. So when Geraldine Liston hadn?t heard from her husband for a few days, she didn?t think much of it. Then she returned home from a trip and found him at the foot of their bed...dead.
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E175: ?Elliott Speer? Pt. 2

In 1934, Elliott Speer was shot on the Mount Hermon School for Boys campus?a murder eerily similar to the plot of a novel found in his study. The case only became stranger when the school's dean tried to claim the headmaster position with a pair of suspicious letters from the deceased man.
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E174: ?Elliott Speer? Pt. 1

On September 14th, 1934, headmaster Elliott Speer was shot through the window of his study at the Mount Hermon School for Boys campus. Police had few clues to go on until a detective novel in Speer?s office was found that described an almost identical murder. 
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E173: ?The 4 Euston Square Mystery? Pt. 2

The body found in the coal cellar of London?s 4 Euston Square is identified as Matilda Hacker; an eccentric woman with an unusual past. The 1879 investigation into her death, however, reveals information that proves Hacker wasn?t the only one who had dark secrets.
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E172: ?The 4 Euston Square Mystery? Pt. 1

On May 9, 1879, a body is found in the coal cellar of a boarding house at 4 Euston Square in London. The investigation into the body's identity takes detectives on a long, twisted journey into the dark underbelly of the victim?s former life.
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E171: ?Tangled in the Web? Pt. 2: Ovida ?Cricket? Coogler

The 1949 murder or 18-year-old waitress Ovida Coogler would go on to produce incorrect arrests, alleged cover-ups, and a political scandal that would rock New Mexico to its core.
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E170: ?Tangled in the Web? Pt. 1: Ovida ?Cricket? Coogler

A life of loss, burden, and excessive drinking. Discover the events leading up to the 1949 disappearance and murder of 18-year-old New Mexican waitress, Ovida Coogler.
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E169: ?A Murder in Ontario? Pt. 2: Lynne Harper

The 1959 murder of 12-year-old Lynne Harper in Ontario, Canada would make headlines. The murder suspect in question?her 14-year-old classmate, Steven Truscott. 
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E168: ?A Murder in Ontario? Pt. 1: Lynne Harper

A twelve-year-old girl whose murder in 1959 forever changed a small town in Ontario, Canada. Uncover the devastating timeline of Lynne?s horrifying murder, the discovery of her body, and the emotional trial that followed.
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E167: ?Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?? Pt. 3

During World War II, two bizarre murders in the West Midlands region of England became linked by speculations of witchcraft and black magic.
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E166: ?Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?? Pt. 2

Two years after the unidentified skeleton known as Bella was found in a hollow tree in Hagley Wood, a second bizarre murder struck the West Midlands. On February 14th, 1945, a 74-year-old Farmhand named Charles Walton was brutally slain in the nearby village of Lower Quinton. Scotland Yard deployed master detective Robert Fabian to lead the investigation. But what he hoped would be an open-and-shut case soon revealed itself to be an impenetrable web, made only murkier by centuries of superstition. From the outset, the case seemed to be cursed, whether by the phantom hounds that traipsed the countryside, or by the whispers of witchcraft and black magic that followed whenever anyone spoke of Charles Walton. Sponsors! Bombas - Save 20% on your first purchase when you shop at!
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E165: ?Who put Bella in the Wych Elm??

On April 14th, 1943, four boys discovered the skeleton of a woman in a hollow tree while exploring the woods near Hagley, England. Investigators threw themselves into the task of identifying the body, but after months of searching, were no closer to giving her a name. With England caught in the midst of World War II, it seemed like she was destined to be forgotten... until mysterious messages began cropping up around the Black Country, taunting the investigators with a cryptic question: who put Bella in the wych elm?
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E164: The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre Pt. 2

On February 14th, 1929, seven men were gunned down in a garage on the North Side of Chicago. The city had never seen a crime that violent, and police raced to catch the perpetrators. The case would officially go unsolved, but some investigations seem to have found the killers decades after the massacre.
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E163: The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

On February 14th, 1929, Chicago was shocked by the most violent crime the city had ever seen, when 7 gang affiliated men were gunned down simultaneously. The attack was the culmination of a gang war that had lasted for 9 years, and had a marked effect on organized crime in the city for years afterwards.
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E162: ?Ritual Sacrifice? Pt. 2 - Jeannette DePalma

The Springfield, New Jersey police were never able to attach any likely suspects to Jeannette DePalma's 1972 murder. But thirty years later, her case resurfaced. And everyone in Springfield had something to say about it. They pointed to plenty of suspects the police never considered and sinister connections between Jeannette's death and several other brutal New Jersey murders. 
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E161: ?Ritual Sacrifice? - Jeannette DePalma

16-year-old Jeannette DePalma disappeared one August afternoon in 1972 in the quiet suburb of Springfield, New Jersey. Six weeks later, her body was found decaying on a wooded bluff. It was surrounded by what some investigators thought were satanic symbols. But as the story of ritual sacrifice took off in newspapers around the tristate area, investigators failed to make headway on the strange case.  Parcasters - Which UFO sighting kicked off the alien craze? It wasn?t Roswell! Subscribe to Extraterrestrial today to learn about the close encounter that started it all, the Mount Rainier flying saucer sighting. Search for Extraterrestrial on Spotify to listen now!
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E160: ?The Gatton Tragedy? Pt. 2 - Australia?s Murphy Family Murders

In the early months of 1899, Richard Burgess was arrested for the murder of three members of the Murphy family in Gatton, Australia. But the investigation had been plagued by oversights from the beginning. Was an innocent man taking the fall for the true culprit? Sponsors! Native - For 20% off your first purchase, visit and use promo code UNSOLVED during checkout!
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E159: ?The Gatton Tragedy? - Australia?s Murphy Family Murders

On the day after Christmas, 1898, three siblings were murdered in the town of Gatton, Australia. But no one could imagine anyone wanting to hurt any members of the upstanding Murphy family. So could the crime have been committed by an outsider, or was there a darker side to the family hidden under their veneer of respectability? Sponsors! Embrace Pet Insurance - For 20% off your first purchase, visit and use promo code UNSOLVED during checkout!
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E158: ?La Dolce Vita? Pt. 2 - Wilma Montesi

In October of 1953, a young Roman actress claimed that Wilma Montesi had died after attending a drug-fueled orgy at an exclusive Capocotta estate. A short time later, another woman came forward to substantiate the claims. Their accusations launched a massive political scandal and investigation that unveiled crime and corruption by members of the Roman elite. Parcasters - On today's episode of Mythology, we take on the legendary Odyssey, bringing the incredible journey to life! Subscribe to MYTHOLOGY today to hear the most notable stories in human history as you never have before.
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E157: ?La Dolce Vita? - Wilma Montesi

In April of 1953, the body of a young woman washed up on a remote, private beach outside of Rome. Her shoes, skirt, stockings, and garter belt were missing. She was identified as Wilma Montesi, the 21-year-old daughter of a carpenter who lived with her family in a flat in the city.  Parcasters - This week on The Dark Side Of, we move on from Hollywood and start our exploration of the music industry. Our first episode details the myth of the 27 Club, you won't want to miss it! Subscribe to The Dark Side Of on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
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E156: ?Jane Doe #59? - Unsolved Manson Family Murder?

In late 1969, the body of a girl who had been stabbed to death was found in a tree just off Mulholland Drive, in Los Angeles, California. The body was unidentifiable, and was thus dubbed "Jane Doe #59." The investigation had no leads to investigate until decades later, when a sheer coincidence would bring the infamous Manson Family into the fold. Parcasters - Don?t miss all of our special Summer of ?69 episodes by subscribing to Parcast Presents: Summer of ?69, on Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts! Sponsors! Embrace Pet Insurance - Get your FREE quote at UNSOLVED right now! Native - For 20% off your first purchase, visit and use promo code UNSOLVED during checkout!
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E155: ?Muckraker Murdered? Pt. 2 - Walter Liggett

In 1936, Walter Liggett was shot to death outside his home. His wife Edith is certain she knows who the gunman is, and why he killed him. Despite this, she is skeptical about her own chances of winning the trial.  Sponsors! Gabi - Take 2 minutes and see if you can save up to $865 when you go to Grove Collaborative - Go to to get a FREE 5-piece Spring Cleaning Set from Mrs. Meyer?s and Grove ? a $30 value!
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E154: ?Muckraker Murdered? - Walter Liggett

On December 9th, 1935, Walter Liggett pulled up to his house in Minneapolis with his wife and daughter in the car. As soon as he stepped out, he was cut down in a hail of bullets from a passing car. A number of infamous gangsters and politicians were named as potential suspects, but no one has ever been charged for the death of this radical journalist. Sponsors! Zola - To start your free wedding website and also get $50 off your registry on Zola, go to
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E153: ?Lynching Leo Frank? Pt. 2 - Mary Phagan

In the summer of 1913, Jewish Superintendent Leo M. Frank was tried for the murder of Mary Phagan. The explosive trial and its controversial verdict sparked a fierce battle between the superintendent?s supporters and detractors, with one side raising accusations of anti-Semitism and the other rallying against Northern intervention.  Parcasters - Was Leo Frank guilty or innocent? If you?re enjoying following the case as it develops in Unsolved Murders, you?ll love our other podcast Not Guilty, where we cover the most incredible acquittals and exonerations throughout history. Search for Not Guilty on Spotify, or wherever you listen to Parcast Originals!
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E152: ?Lynching Leo Frank? - Mary Phagan

On April 26th, 1913, Mary Phagan, 13, was strangled to death in the basement of the National Pencil Company factory in Atlanta. The police quickly came to suspect Leo M. Frank, the Jewish Superintendent, but their case against him became more complicated when the factory sweeper Jim Conley admitted to writing a pair of bizarre notes found by the body. Parcasters - Tony Alamo was a conman who built an empire, but how did he do it? Find out this week on Cults! Available on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts!
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E151: ?Ballots and Bullets? Pt. 2 - John Clayton

When Republican politician John M. Clayton was assassinated in 1889, many suspected that he was killed by the same people who had conspired to keep him from winning the election. However, knowing the identity of an assassin and proving that assassin's guilt would prove to be two drastically different things. Sponsors! Best Fiends - Best Fiends is a 5-star rated mobile game app available for download FREE on the Apple App Store and Google Play. That?s FRIENDS without the R, Best Fiends! Gabi - Take two minutes and see if you can save up to $865 a year on car insurance at There are NO fees, NO forms, and NO spam.  Grove Collaborative - Go to to get a FREE FIVE PIECE Spring Cleaning Set from Mrs. Meyer?s and Grove!
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E150: ?Ballots and Bullets? - John Clayton

In 1888, the state of Arkansas was rampant with corruption and ballot tampering. So when state representative, John M. Clayton, lost his bid for Congress, he challenged the results and put his life in danger.  Sponsors! Best Fiends - Download FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. That?s FRIENDS without the R, Best Fiends!
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E149: ?Adam? Pt. 2 - Adam John Walsh

On August 10th, 1981, a six-year-old boy?s severed head was discovered in a drainage canal in Hollywood, Florida. The investigation would turn up one very likely suspect, but complications would halt any progress made in the investigation for years after Adam Walsh?s death.  Sponsors! The Farmer?s Dog - Get 50% off your two week trial of fresh, healthy food at Plus, you get FREE shipping!
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E148: ?Adam? - Adam John Walsh

On July 27th, 1981, a six-year-old boy named Adam Walsh was abducted from a Sears department store in Hollywood, Florida. The resulting investigation into Adam?s disappearance would feature one of the largest search parties ever organized, but it would only end in tragedy. Sponsors! Best Fiends - Don?t miss out on the must-play game of the year! Download Best Fiends for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play. That?s FRIENDS without the R, Best Fiends!
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E147: ?The Torso Murders? Pt. 2 - Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run

By February of 1937, Kingsbury Run, a railroad slum outside of Cleveland had seen six mutilated corpses scattered across their streets. The community turned to legendary lawman, Eliot Ness to solve the crimes and put a stop to the horrors. But sometimes, even legends fail to make a difference. Sponsors! Grove - Get a 3-piece cleaning set from Mrs. Meyer?s spring scents, a free 60-day VIP membership, and a surprise bonus gift when you sign up and place an order of $20 or more at ThirdLove - Go to now to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase!
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E146: ?The Torso Murders? - Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run

On September 23, 1935, a decapitated torso was found in Kingsbury Run, a railroad slum just outside Cleveland, Ohio. People were terrified of this horrific discovery, but they hardly suspected that it was only the first murder of a serial killer who would terrorize the city for years to come. Sponsors! Best Fiends - Best Fiends is a 5-star rated mobile game app available for download FREE on the Apple App Store and Google Play. That?s FRIENDS without the R, Best Fiends! The Farmer?s Dog - Get 50% off your two week trial of fresh, healthy food at Plus, you get FREE shipping!
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