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Fact is scarier than fiction.

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Fact is scarier than fiction.






Case 64: Peter Weinberger

“Attention. I’m sorry this had to happen but I am in bad need of money and couldn’t get it any other way. Don’t tell anyone or go to the police about this because I am watching you closely. I am scared stiff and will kill the baby at your first wrong move. Just put $2000 in small bills in a brown envelope and place it next to the signpost at the corner of Albemarle Road and Park Avenue at exactly 10 o’clock tomorrow morning. If everything goes smooth I will bring the baby back and leave...

Duration: 00:57:19

Case 63: Catherine Holmes and Georgina Watmore

Cowra is a town in the central west region of New South Wales, located about 300 kilometres west of Sydney and 189 kilometres north of Australia’s capital, Canberra. With less than ten thousand residents, it was a town where everyone knew everyone and things that happened took no time to be whispered across the bar at the pub or in the yard after church. Cowra wasn’t a place where the locals thought much about violence or violent crime. It wasn't something that was of great concern within...

Duration: 00:43:05

Case 62: The Honolulu Strangler

Since the tourism boom of the 1950's, the Hawaiian islands have been enticing tourists into their relaxed, laid-back lifestyle. From the early days, honeymooners and holidaymakers could arrive in droves, welcomed by smiling hula dancers with floral leis. Hawaii is made up of 132 islands with a total area of six and a half thousand square miles. The Island of Oahu is home to the state’s Capital, Honolulu, and the famous Waikiki Beach. It has a large port, Army and Naval Bases and is home to...

Duration: 00:42:47

Case 61: The Lin Family

The newsagency was always open on time, especially on Saturdays, the busiest morning on the shopping strip. People were standing out the front of the newsagency, staring at a huge pile of papers still bundled on the footpath, and when they tried the door, it was locked. Immediately fearing something was wrong, Kathy and Robert went straight over to Min and Lilly’s house to find out why they hadn’t opened their newsagency. They assumed they were either sick or maybe one of the boys had...

Duration: 01:04:40

Case 60: Jonestown (Part 3)

[Part 3 of 3] You may think you know the story, but do you… This is the chilling conclusion to Jonestown. _______ Researched and written by Milly Raso MUSIC 1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro 2.All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas THIS EPISODE'S SPONSORS TuneIn – Early Casefile release RESOURCES BOOKS: A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown – Julia Scheeres The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and...

Duration: 00:58:34

Case 60: Jonestown (Part 2)

[Part 2 of 3] You may think you know the story, but do you… Part 3 will be available everywhere next week, or you can listen to part 3 now for free at or download the free TuneIn app available on IOS, Android and Windows. _______ Researched and written by Milly Raso MUSIC 1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro 2.All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas THIS EPISODE'S SPONSORS TuneIn – Early...

Duration: 01:00:00

Case 60: Jonestown (Part 1)

[Part 1 of 3] You may think you know the story, but do you… Part 2 is available everywhere now. Part 3 will be available everywhere next week, or you can listen to part 3 now for free at or download the free TuneIn app available on IOS, Android and Windows. _______ Researched and written by Milly Raso MUSIC 1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro 2.All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas THIS...

Duration: 01:27:00

Case 59: Amy Lynn Bradley

In the autumn of 1998, 23-year-old Amy Lynn Bradley was told by her parents that they had been gifted a Caribbean cruise. Amy wasn’t excited by the news like they were, she had only just moved into her own apartment after graduating from her degree in Physical Education, and she was about to start a new job. She was busy. But more than that, the idea of a cruise across the sea gave her the creeps. She didn’t really want to go. She would be just as happy settling into her new place, which...

Duration: 01:13:00

Case 58: Shannon Matthews

It was a school morning, and for once Shannon Matthews had something to look forward to. Her fourth-year class had their first swimming lesson that day, and she had been looking forward to it for ages. Despite the freezing room, she crawled out and sleepily climbed down the ladder to get ready. It didn’t take Shannon long to remember the argument she’d had with her mother Karen Matthews and her step dad Craig Meehan, the night before. They’d got into it, and Shannon had sworn at...

Duration: 01:05:00

Case 57: Walsh Street

Victoria Police Constables Steven Tynan and Damian Eyre’s night shift started on October 11, 1988, at 11:00 pm. Call sign ‘Prahran 311', it had been a shift of routine policing for the pair; a domestic dispute, noisy parties, a drunk in Fitzroy Street, a pub assault on Chapel Street, a smashed shop window, and two activated security alarms. At 4:39 am on the morning of October 12, two and a half hours before the end of their shift, a new job was radioed to them from the police...

Duration: 01:48:00

Case 56: Anita Cobby

Blacktown is a suburb located in Western Sydney, 37 kilometres away from Sydney’s Central Business District. In the mid-1980’s, drugs, crime and high levels of unemployment were rife in the streets of Blacktown. But it was one particular night that changed everything. On Tuesday, February 4th, 1986, a dairy farmer in Prospect, a neighbouring suburb of Blacktown, noticed something strange. All morning his cows had been gathered in the same spot at a place he called “The Boiler Paddock.” He...

Duration: 01:38:00

Case 54: Daniel Morcombe

On December 7th, 2003, thirteen-year-old Daniel Morcombe told his brothers he was going to Sunshine Plaza to get a haircut and look for Christmas presents. Shortly after lunch he left his home on Woombye-Palmwoods Road and walked just over one kilometer to an unofficial bus stop located under the Kiel Mountain overpass. Daniel had caught the bus from here to the shopping plaza many times before. Standing underneath the overpass, he waited for the 1:35 pm scheduled afternoon bus service to...

Duration: 01:29:00

Case 53: Bonus 2 – Interview

EAR/ONS BONUS EPISODE #2 Interview with Paul Holes Contra Costa County DA Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes spoke with us for the series. You heard him discussing the “Homework Papers" found in Danville as well as his role in finding the DNA match between the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker. We spoke to Paul about his theories and some key questions from our research.

Duration: 00:13:00

Case 53: Bonus 1 – Interviews

EAR/ONS BONUS EPISODE #1 Interviews with Jane Carson-Sandler & Carol Daly Jane Carson-Sandler survived the brutal attack and rape of the East Area Rapist in the October of 1976. She is the fifth known attack. She was in bed with her three-year-old son when they were attacked. Her attack had come off the back of around a month of hang up calls. These calls had escalated, and one time, Jane told the caller to stop, the voice then told her he was going to kill her husband. Police who...

Duration: 00:32:00

Case 53: The Original Night Stalker (Part 5)

[Part 5 of 5] When Part 4 began, it was August 1978. Sergeant Jim Bevins and Lieutenant Ray Root from the Sacramento Task Force held a special meeting with law enforcement agencies in Contra Costa County. They believed The East Area Rapist was heading south, possibly to Southern California, and they felt he would strike in Contra Costa County on the way. They advised Contra Costa law enforcement agencies to form a task force and work together, but there was pushback – the general feeling...

Duration: 01:33:00

Case 53: The East Area Rapist 1978–1979 (Part 4)

[Part 4 of 5] Part 3 began with an emergency press conference in mid-1977. A composite sketch, as well as a physical and psychological profile of the East Area Rapist, was released. The public were warned to be vigilant. Police received thousands of tips, and there were countless sightings of the rapist, unfortunately, these sightings weren’t always reported at the time. Many persons of interest made the suspect list, some even looked like prime suspects due to many similarities, but...

Duration: 01:30:47

Case 53: The East Area Rapist 1977–1978 (Part 3)

[Part 3 of 5] 1977 started off with a task force being created by the Sacramento Sherriff’s department to catch the East Area Rapist. The crime lab was able to determine that the rapist’s blood was Type A. The rapist continued following his earlier MO until the local papers made special mention of the fact he had never attacked a woman with a man present in the house. He adjusted, and from that time on he targeted couples. As the year went on, and attacks grew more and more frequent, so...

Duration: 01:38:00

Case 53: The East Area Rapist 1977 (Part 2)

[Part 2 of 4] On June 18th, 1976, the Sacramento Sherriff’s Department responded to a break in, and rape of a young woman. By the end of the year, there were ten attacks in total, all attributed to the one serial offender, who the media dubbed, “The East Area Rapist”. Detectives with the Sherriff’s Department noticed the MO of the East Area Rapist fairly early on but kept the information under wraps. They didn’t want a state of panic, they didn’t want a copycat, and they didn’t want to...

Duration: 01:41:00

Case 53: The East Area Rapist 1976 (Part 1)

[Part 1 of 4] In 1976, Rancho Cordova was a fairly new, postwar suburb in East Sacramento. Beginning as a housing development in the 50’s by the 70’s it was predominantly a middle-class single story neighbourhood, surrounded by other similar suburbs. Rancho Cordova was the place where a wave of violence and terror came crashing down on the state of California. This growing community was completely unprepared for what was coming. ________ Open and download map of the attacks...

Duration: 01:55:00

Case 52: Mary & Beth Stauffer, Jason Wilkman

Two witnesses saw the male acting suspicious in the car park, hiding in the ditch. He didn’t seem right. What was he doing? But Mary didn’t see the male. Not until it was too late… _____ Researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher Music – 'Flatline intro' and 'Come play with me' intro and outro – All other music scoring and production performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn Subscribe on iTunes Social Media – Twitter – Facebook – Instagram – YouTube

Duration: 01:58:00

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