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The Generation Why Podcast


The Generation Why Podcast released its first episode in 2012 and pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world. Two friends, Aaron & Justin, break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries and conspiracies. All episodes are available for free, with ad-free episodes available for Wondery+ subscribers.

The Generation Why Podcast released its first episode in 2012 and pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world. Two friends, Aaron & Justin, break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries and conspiracies. All episodes are available for free, with ad-free episodes available for Wondery+ subscribers.


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The Generation Why Podcast released its first episode in 2012 and pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world. Two friends, Aaron & Justin, break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries and conspiracies. All episodes are available for free, with ad-free episodes available for Wondery+ subscribers.




Angel Bumpass - 474

January 16, 2009. Chattanooga, Tennessee. In October 2019, Angel Bumpass was found guilty of first-degree felony murder and especially aggravated robbery for the 2009 murder of Franklin Bonner. Her fingerprints were found at the crime scene, the main evidence leading to her conviction. The problem is, Angel was just thirteen years old when Bonner was murdered. Hundreds of thousands of people believe that Angel Bumpass was wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder, and that the real killer...


Eric Haider - 473

May 24, 2012. Bismarck, North Dakota. Eric Haider was working as a top grounds man for a plumbing and heating company. After the crew he was working with returned from lunch, Eric was never seen again. Eric’s family begged and pleaded with police to help find him. His coworkers said maybe he had walked away from work after his vacation request was denied. His family knew he never left the jobsite. Eric was found three years later. Just like his family suspected, he was buried at the jobsite...


Tair Rada - 472

December 6, 2006. Golan Heights. On December 6, 2006, the body of 13-year-old student, Tair Rada, was found bloodied and slumped in a bathroom stall at Nofey Golan High School in Golan Heights. Roman Zadorov, a 29-year-old immigrant from post-Soviet Moldova and custodian at the school confessed to the murder and was later convicted for Tair Rada’s murder and perverting the course of justice. Zadorov’s conviction came into question when a lack of physical evidence connecting him to the crime,...


Wondery Presents Persona: The French Deception

Introducing the true crime podcast Persona: The French Deception— the story of Gilbert Chikli, one of the greatest con artists of all time. What does it feel like to pick up the phone and scam someone out of $50 million? Host and award-winning journalist, Evan Ratliff, investigates how Chikli successfully duped some of the world’s most powerful people into handing over their fortunes. He explores how Chikli evaded the law for years and became a Robin Hood-like hero. More than just a tale of...


Lamonte McIntyre - 471

April 15, 1994. Kansas City, Kansas. On April 15th, 1994, two men were shot while sitting in a parked car on a residential street of Kansas City, Kansas. The shooter was described as a black man wearing all black, with a braided hairstyle. Seventeen year old Lamonte McIntyre was arrested later that day, but he swore he didn’t know the victims and had no reason to hurt anybody. *Get even more episodes and bonus content from Generation Why at: Listen ad free with...


Nona Dirksmeyer - 470

December 15, 2005. Russellville, Arkansas. Nona Dirksmeyer was a beauty pageant queen, a college student, and a girl loved by many people. She was found murdered inside her apartment on December 15th, 2005, brutally stabbed and beaten to death with the base of her own floor lamp. Two suspects were tried and acquitted in Nona’s murder, meaning her killer either walks free, or is someone the police never found. Generation Why has episodes you have not heard. Find them here:...


Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions - 469

May 4, 2007. Belton, MO. Seventeen-year-old Kara Kopetsky walked out of her high school on May 4, 2007, and disappeared without a trace. From those early days, her mother, Rhonda, suspected Kara’s ex-boyfriend, Kylr Yust, was involved in her disappearance, but there was no way to prove it without physical evidence. So Rhonda waited for a crack in the case. On September 8, 2016, 21-year-old Jessica Runions was last seen leaving a party with Kylr Yust and disappeared afterward. Two missing...


Marlene Warren - 468

May 26, 1990. Wellington, Florida. Forty-year-old mother of one, Marlene Warren, was enjoying breakfast with her son and his friends when she heard a knock at the door of her home in the Wellington Aero Club in Palm Beach County, Florida. Marlene walked from the kitchen to the front door to be greeted by a clown holding a basket of red and white flowers and two balloons. “Oh, how lovely!” she exclaimed as she opened the door and reached out to take the gifts. The clown produced a handgun...



Introducing the true crime podcast Badlands— a show that dives deep into the real stories of the famous at their most infamous. Each season, host Jake Brennan, explores the real life crimes and scandalous careers of the world’s most popular cultural figures. In an all new season, he tells the stories of A-listers whose misdeeds and career lows are as unbelievable as some of their films’ plot twists—like the story of Sharon Tate, who was caught up in a strange scene long before members of...


Officer Christopher Horner - 467

March 3, 1998. Haines City, Florida. On March 3rd, 1998. Officer Christopher Todd Horner made a routine stop at Oakland Cemetery, a known crime hotspot. He radioed dispatch that he was going to inspect a suspicious vehicle. No one heard from him again. Officer Horner was found dead at the cemetery, a single gunshot wound to the head, and the killer was nowhere to be found. What happened that morning? Join us as we discuss a case which divided detectives and prompted the question; was it...


The Death of Tamla Horsford - 466

November 3rd, 2018. Forsyth County, Georgia. Tamla Horsford attended a party where she was the only black person among a group of white people. Tamla was found dead in the homeowner’s yard on the morning of November 4th. From the beginning, the police treated her death like an accident, but crime scene evidence, details of the party, and police conduct indicate there may be more to the story. Generation Why has bonus episodes. Find them here: Listen ad free...


Introducing: Border City

Border City is a new L.A. Times Presents podcast from the San Diego Union-Tribune. It's a story about beauty, violence and belonging in Tijuana. Enjoy this sneak peek, and be sure to listen and follow wherever you listen to podcasts. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at


Crystal Rogers - 465

July 3rd, 2015. Bardstown, Kentucky. On July 3rd, 2015 Crystal Rogers spent her day with her boyfriend and youngest child. She stayed up late that night, while her boyfriend went to bed. The next morning, Crystal was gone. Her car was found two days later, and that was it. Crystal had vanished without a trace. Generation Why has even more episodes. Find them here: Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free...


Lisa Bianco - 464

March 4th, 1989. Mishawaka, Indiana. On March 4th, 1989, 29-year-old Lisa Bianco was beaten to death near her home by her ex-husband, 38-year-old Alan Matheney. Despite assurances from prison authorities that Lisa would be informed if Matheney was out of prison, they failed to do so. Join us as we discuss a case that highlighted the need for proper enforcement of domestic violence laws and procedures. Generation Why has bonus episodes. Find them here: Listen...


Wondery Presents: Scamfluencers

You never really know someone…especially online. In today’s world, the power of influence can be the quickest path to money and fame, and it often ends in ruin. These are the stories of the world’s most insidious Scamfluencers. And we are their prey. On Wondery’s new weekly series, join co-hosts Scaachi Koul and Sarah Hagi as they unpack epic stories of deception from the worlds of social media, fashion, finance, health, and wellness. These influencers claim to be everything from charismatic...


The Death of Tina Watson //Replay

When a newly married couple travel to Australia for their honeymoon, they expect to have the time of their lives. While scuba diving, though, something terrible would happen. The husband would surface without his wife. His version of events would characterize her death as an accident. She had dislodged his mask and after taking care of that he discovered that she was sinking down below him and he just couldn't save her so he went up to get help. Others, such as her father and a close friend,...


Claude Dallas - 463

January 5th, 1981. Owyhee County, Idaho. To some, Claude Dallas is an outlaw hero who was wrongfully imprisoned for defending his freedoms. To others, he’s a murderer who fatally shot two game wardens after they caught him breaking Idaho trapping laws. Claude had no regard for law and order, and hated law enforcement so much he was willing to kill to avoid arrest. Claude’s early life and years of illegal trapping without being caught contributed to his feelings of invincibility, until his...


Amy Bishop - 462

February 12, 2010. Huntsville, Alabama. On February 12, 2010, Amy Bishop, a biology professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville stood up during a routine faculty meaning and shot six of her colleagues, killing three. After the news of her arrest hit the headlines, details of her past began to emerge, including what was ruled as the accidental shooting death of her 18-year-old brother in 1986, in which Amy was on the other side of a 12-gauge shotgun. There was more, too. In the end,...


The Thing About Pam and Generation Why, Live from Hollywood

This episode was made in partnership with and sponsored by NBC. Aaron and Justin discuss NBC’s new limited series, The Thing About Pam from a live stage in Hollywood. The series stars two-time Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger, Judy Greer, and Josh Duhamel and is based on the riveting story of one of the most compelling true crime sagas ever told on Dateline. You’ll hear their take on the Pamela Hupp case and how the story was brought to life for television. See Privacy Policy at...


Dr. Teresa Sievers - 461

June 28th, 2015. Bonita Springs, Florida. When Mark Sievers was informed that his wife hadn't shown up for work he phoned a neighbor to see if he would walk to the Siever home to check on his wife Teresa. What he found was Dr. Sievers' lifeless body on the floor. She had been the victim of a vicious attack. With Teresa's husband and two daughters one thousand miles away there were no obvious leads. It would take a very thorough investigation to solve the crime and seek justice. Get bonus...