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Fact is scarier than fiction.

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Fact is scarier than fiction.






Case 68: Escape from Alcatraz

Although Alcatraz Prison had since been repaired to a workable condition, the battle scars of Bernie Coy’s 1946 violent failed escape remained visible throughout the cell house. Areas of the floor were chipped, cracked, and faded black from where grenades had detonated. In response to The Battle of Alcatraz that resulted in the deaths of two correctional officers, the imposing prison tightened its grip on its inmates. The stricter control was used to readjust the kinds of rebellious...

Duration: 01:04:23

Case 67: The Battle of Alcatraz

Alcatraz Prison was the solution to America’s overwhelming crime problem. It didn’t aim to rehabilitate like other prisons. It aimed to punish. The worst-of-the-worst inmates of all the other prisons across America were shipped to Alcatraz, inmates who were deemed unmanageable for traditional Penitentiaries. San Francisco residents were wary of having a prison crowded with the most dangerous criminals in America located in the heart of their harbour. Alcatraz Prison operators assured them...

Duration: 01:05:38

Case 66: The Black Widow

In 1942, at nine years old—Blanche Taylor Moore, born Blanche Kiser—left the small town of Tarheel North Carolina with her family, in search of opportunity in the growing city of Burlington. Burlington had sprung almost a century before when in the mid-1800’s, it became a small village built around the office for the North Carolina Railroad. A small community of simple shops servicing the comings and goings of the train network. By the 1900’s, the rail offices had moved and Burlington—in...

Duration: 01:03:35

Case 65: Allison Baden-Clay

Gerard woke up around 6 am. Allison wasn’t in bed. Their three daughters, then aged ten, eight and five weren’t awake yet. Gerard got out of bed and walked through the house to see if Allison was already up, or if she had fallen asleep on the sofa the night before. She had done that in the past. But she wasn’t there. Gerard assumed Allison must have gone for her early morning walk, something she usually did around 6 am, but that would be odd considering she had the conference that day,...

Duration: 01:34:47

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...

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

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