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There are thousands of unsolved homicides as well as thousands of missing persons cases across the Lone Star State. gone cold podcast - texas true crime seeks to explore these mysteries in-depth, with a concentration on both lesser-known cases and providing the victims and their families with a voice.

There are thousands of unsolved homicides as well as thousands of missing persons cases across the Lone Star State. gone cold podcast - texas true crime seeks to explore these mysteries in-depth, with a concentration on both lesser-known cases and providing the victims and their families with a voice.


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There are thousands of unsolved homicides as well as thousands of missing persons cases across the Lone Star State. gone cold podcast - texas true crime seeks to explore these mysteries in-depth, with a concentration on both lesser-known cases and providing the victims and their families with a voice.






The Mysterious & Suspicious Death of Dr. George Chronis

In May of 2018, after having problems with the caretaker of his Rains County, Texas ranch, 57-year-old George Chronis headed down from his home in suburban Chicago, Illinois to handle the situation. It wasn’t just a business trip though; the overworked doctor with multiple Sclerosis also sought a break from the stress of life as an obstetrician / gynecologist. He hadn’t been at the ranch for three years, so he was shocked to arrive and find that the bunkhouse there had been inhabited by...


Shallow Grave: The Slaying of Helen Dawn Williams

In October 1993, Thurgood Marshall School of Law student Dawn Williams vanished without so much as a trace. Fellow students, friends, and family searched everywhere but no clues were found. Houston Police, too, failed to find anything at all. The following month, a crew cleaning trash from an area in rural Montgomery County found the 25-year-old women’s body buried in a shallow grave, partially unearthed by animals. Police, and especially Dawn’s father, had a good idea what happened to her...


The Murder of Lecia Ann McGee Part 2: The Suspect

A suspect finally emerged in the January 1978 slaying of seventeen-year-old Lecia Ann McGee in 2009 – more than 30 years later. DNA linked the man to Lecia’s brutal death, but the Tarrant County District Attorney declined to bring the case before a grand jury, siting insufficient evidence as the reason. Fort Worth Homicide Detectives disagreed. Was the man a suspect in the initial 1978 investigation, when he was just a teenager, or did detectives then make a an unforgivable mistake by...


Introducing Once Upon A Time In...the Valley

In the roaring 1980s X world, Traci Lords reigned supreme. No one questioned her right to sovereignty. Only, it turned out, the biggest star in Adult, wasn’t one. As America would discover in July 1986, when the FBI busted down her door. Traci Lords was really Nora Kuzma, who entered the industry as a 15-year-old high school sophomore. Traci, the victim, was saved. And the industry, the villain, was very nearly destroyed. But what if the victim here was also the villain; the villain, also...


The Murder of Lecia Ann McGee Part 1: Cold & Deadly Night

January 1978 was an unusually cold month in Fort Worth, Texas. Though the city would brag about falling murder rates that year, when it was all said and done, the year was just as deadly as many before it...and even more to come. One of the many homicides the city had seen in 1978 was the unthinkable killing of seventeen-year-old Lecia Ann McGee, a well-liked teenager who didn’t make enemies. Though the brutality of her killing seemed personal, that motive was highly unlikely, and the case...


Wondery Presents Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,”...


Preacher’s Daughter: The Savage Slaying of Camille Norman

In January of 1996, Camille Norman, daughter of a popular 1960s revival evangelist, was brutally killed at her home in the Dallas suburb of Pleasant Grove. The day before, an elderly woman in the adjoining city of Balch Springs was also slain, a crime that detectives believed to be connected, if only for a short time. The Balch Springs case was cleared quickly by police but Camille’s murder was cold from the get-go...and stayed that way. You can support gone cold – texas true crime at...


No Trace: The Disappearances of Pamela and Michael Mayfield

In January of 1985, siblings Michael and Pamela Mayfield were last seen getting into a vehicle willfully on their way home from school. The six-year-old and five-year-old, respectively, were never seen again. Efforts to locate the two children were relatively extensive. The Missing Children Milk Carton Program was new and gaining momentum fast, and the Mayfield Children were featured there, on nationwide news, and at the end of the third broadcast of the Adam Walsh television movie. No...


Wondery Presents: Murder in Hollywoodland

It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, backroom deals, and underground drug dens. This real life Murder Mystery is one of the most iconic "whodunnit" cases of the 20th century that will leave you guessing and second guessing who killed William Desmond Taylor for weeks...


The Crossroads Tavern Massacre & Other Port Lavaca Mysteries

Port Lavaca, Texas isn’t on the short list of the most well-known town in the Lone Star State. Many have never even heard of the bay city, in fact, particularly those out of state. Perhaps everyone should have, though. Several mysteries that remain unsolved have taken place there. Unfortunately, crimes such as the multiple slayings at the Crossroads Tavern in 1981 received little press outside Port Lavaca and, frankly, not a whole lot in the town’s press. The disappearances of Wanda Priddy...


Plainview Jane Doe & the Fraudulent Pathologist

When the frozen, headless body of a woman was found off a deserted road in rural Hale County just outside of Plainview in 1982, the case was cold from the start. Months later, when a skull was found in Maricopa County, Arizona, it was sent to Texas and determined to belong to the headless woman by pathologist Ralph Erdmann. Years later, however, Erdmann was found to have falsified countless autopsies all over West Texas and the Panhandle. Add to Erdmann’s ineptitude the false confession of...


Introducing Hope In Darkness

In June 2016, American Joshua Holt traveled to Venezuela to get married. As part of a crackdown on crime under the government of Nicolás Maduro, he and his wife were suddenly rounded up and taken to El Helicoide, a now-infamous prison in the heart of Caracas, known for torture, physical violence and overcrowding. They would spend the next two years there. With the help of journalist Becky Bruce, Josh tells the story of how they managed to find Hope in Darkness. Subscribe today:...


The Murder of Cheryl Ann Callaway at the Forum 303 Mall

One detective called the slaying of Cheryl Ann Callaway “the most vicious murder in Arlington’s history.” On January 30th, 1974, just months before she was to be married, 18-year-old Cheryl’s life was taken. The murder was brutal and unimaginable, and the killer, it seemed, came out of nowhere. No one who knew Cheryl could imagine who would have a reason to kill the young women; she had no enemies. Revelations in the case eventually came but either it was too late, evidence to support the...


Little Girl’s Nightmare: The Execution of Peggy Lynn Howard

The morning of Monday, October 26th, 1998 was like any other for Peggy Lynn Howard and her young daughter. The two got up, performed their normal morning routine, and left their home for school and work. The morning ended tragically, however, and the young mother and daughter wouldn’t even make it in the car. Six-year-old Allyssa was holding her mother’s hand when she was gunned down outside the condominium. Peggy’s killer has never been brought to justice for her murder. You can support...


The Memorial Day Murder of Stefanie Joy Hill

After Texas Tech University closed the 2000 school year, most of Stefanie Hill’s friends had gone on vacation or home to spend the summer with family. Stefanie stayed in Lubbock to work, however, and shortly after arriving home in the early morning hours of Monday, May 29th, Memorial Day, she was savagely murdered and set on fire in her own apartment. Because of the fire, there was little evidence left at the crime scene. Stefanie’s lifestyle was as low risk as could be imagined, so Lubbock...


Wondery Presents American Scandal

Join Lindsay Graham, the host of Wondery’s show American Scandal as he dives deep into the heart of the most shocking moments of fraud and deception in American history. In this six-part series “The Hare Krishna Murders” he explores an eastern religion with pure intentions that, in the hands of its western followers, became a criminal enterprise of drug running, molestation and murder. For the full episode go to: wondery.fm/gonecoldAS


All-American Girl: The Abduction of Suzanne Rene Richerson

On October 7th, 1988, when Texas A&M University senior Rene Richerson disappeared from her job as the night clerk at the Casa Del Mar Condo-Hotel Complex, signs of foul play were few and far between. Investigators, however, soon began looking a little closer and the 22-year-old’s disappearance could only be explained as an abduction. For years, tips from anonymous callers continued to point the finger at a handful of individuals but the information they gave never seemed to turn up much at...


The Forgotten Girls: Sondra Ramber and Michelle Doherty Thomas

Fourteen-year-old Sondra Kay Ramber vanished from her home without so much as a trace in 1983, not long after moving to the town of Santa Fe, Texas. Two years later, in 1985, seventeen-year-old Santa Fe resident Michelle Doherty Thomas disappeared after leaving with two friends for a night out in Galveston. Sondra and Michelle’s cases garnered very little media attention. Even when, in 1986 and 1988, two other disappearances in the area created a media blitz, Michelle and Sondra’s stories...


Lady in the Lake: The Mysterious Death of Charlene Sigler

When Lake LBJ was partially drained to make way for the construction of a thermal power plant in 1970, a new development was also made in a five-year-old mystery. That was when Charlene Frances Sigler vanished without a trace. After this discovery, Charlene was dubbed by the press as “The Lady in the Lake.” While Llano County Sheriff Porter Gale Ligon had thoughts on what happened, and tried to piece together the mystery, his efforts were ultimately in vain. Promo this episode from our good...


Wondery Presents Joe Exotic

Joe Exotic devoted his life to raising and breeding lions, tigers, and other exotic animals at his Oklahoma zoo. He croons ballads, shoots guns, and puts it all on YouTube. But he’s also made a lot of enemies. And the biggest of all is the owner of a big cat sanctuary in Florida named Carole Baskin. The feud between Joe Exotic and Carole gets messy, vicious, and outrageous -- until both of them are pushed far beyond their limits. From Wondery, comes ‘Joe Exotic: Tiger King’, the story about...