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Unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, conspiracies, & true crime. Visit for all of our past episodes.

Unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, conspiracies, & true crime. Visit for all of our past episodes.
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Unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, conspiracies, & true crime. Visit for all of our past episodes.






Circleville Letter Writer - 267 - Generation Why

Circleville Letter Writer. Circleville, Ohio. Letters were first mailed out in 1976 accusing a bus driver of having an affair with the superintendent of schools. At first she simply ignored them. Then letters were mailed to her husband. The threats from the anonymous writer prompted the woman and her husband, as well as a few other people, to mail letters to the person they suspected of being responsible, but the letters and threats only stopped for a few weeks. In 1976, Ron Gillespie, gun...

Duration: 00:52:18

The Murders Of Thomas & Ann Farrow - 266 - Generation Why

The Murders Of Thomas & Ann Farrow. March 27, 1905. London, England. Thomas & Ann Farrow had been shopkeepers at Chapman's Oil and Colour Shop in Deptford for more than two decades. On the morning of March 27, 1905 they were victims of a vicious attack. Thomas was in the shop on the floor having been bludgeoned to death. Ann, barely breathing, was still in her bed having been bludgeoned as well. Police took witness statements and examined both the shop and the Farrow's flat for clues. In...

Duration: 00:39:55

Charles Stuart - 265 - Generation Why

Charles Stuart. October 23, 1989. Boston, Massachusetts. A man and his wife pulled up to a stoplight. Just minutes earlier they had left a hospital after attending a birthing class. Things had been looking up for them. They were financially well off and expecting their first child. But, according to the husband, they were intercepted at the stoplight by a man who decided to shoot them before leaving. The husband was Charles Stuart who called police on his car phone to report the shooting....

Duration: 00:54:16

The Fairbanks Four - 264 - Generation Why

The Fairbanks Four. October, 1997. Fairbanks, Alaska. A 15 year old named John Hartman was found badly beaten on a curb in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska. At the hospital he was placed on life support as police worked the case and tracked down witnesses and suspects. By the next day John had died and authorities felt certain that a picture of what had happened was quickly coming into focus. But after four convictions and almost two decades the case had changed and the four who had landed in...

Duration: 01:21:58

Stacey Castor - 263 - Generation Why

Stacey Castor. Clay, New York. August 22, 2005. A woman and her husband end up arguing during the weekend of their anniversary. He locks himself in the bedroom which eventually prompts his wife to call for help. When law enforcement broke through the door they discovered a horrific scene. David Castor, the husband, was found naked and face down on the bed and deceased. He had vomited prior to death and bottles in the room indicated that he may have ingested alcohol and antifreeze. Was this...

Duration: 00:49:02

Ray Gricar - 262 - Generation Why

Ray Gricar. April 15, 2005. Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. District Attorney Ray Gricar was known as a focused, capable attorney and was nearing retirement. After serving multiple terms and finding love, he was starting to plan for his new life. With plans to visit his daughter and to visit Europe, it seemed as though life was just where he wanted it to be. But in 2005, Ray decided to take a day off work and travel to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania where he liked to visit the Street of Shops which...

Duration: 00:56:34

Jeffrey Dahmer - 261 - Generation Why

Jeffrey Dahmer. July 22, 1991. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A man flags down two Milwaukee police officers and tells them about a 'freak' who had cuffed him. The police realize that the handcuff was not police issued and accompany him back to the apartment he had come from. Inside that apartment, police discover photographs of men before and after being murdered. The man who lived at that apartment was named Jeffrey Dahmer. A search of his place revealed to investigators that Dahmer was one of...

Duration: 01:47:16

Death of LaVena Johnson - 260 - Generation Why

Death of LaVena Johnson. July 19, 2005. Balad, Iraq. Nineteen years of age and recently deployed to Iraq, LaVena Johnson had everything going for her. A great education, determination, goals, and a great family. In letters and calls to home, she seemed quite candid about conditions there, both the good and the bad, but was also looking forward to being home for Christmas. On July 19th, though, a grim discovery was made. LaVena was found in a contractor's tent, dead from an apparent gunshot...

Duration: 01:08:07

Dr. Death - 259 - Generation Why

Dr. Death. June 24, 1998. Hyde, Greater Manchester, England. A woman in her early 80's unexpectedly dies and after her daughter discovers a new will had been signed shortly before, an investigation is launched. The last person to see Kathleen Grundy alive was her doctor. Dr. Harold Frederick Shipman was a well-respected doctor with thousands of loyal and trusting patients. Despite this, police discover something very unsettling; many of Dr. Shipman's patients had died while under his care....

Duration: 01:04:58

The Springfield Three - 258 - Generation Why

The Springfield Three. June 7, 1992. Springfield, Missouri. After graduating from Kickapoo High School, Suzanne Streeter and her friend Stacy McCall head out to party with various friends that night. Sometime after 2:00am they head back to Suzie's house to sleep after a number of other arrangements had fallen through. Suzie's mother, Sherrill, was already there and had been working on varnishing some furniture. Sometime between 2:20am and 8:00am the three simply vanish. The only clues left...

Duration: 01:30:14

The Scream Murder - 257 - Generation Why

The Scream Murder. September 22, 2006. Pocatello, Idaho. 16 year-old Cassie Jo Stoddart was asked to housesit for her aunt and uncle while they were out of town for the weekend. Her boyfriend and two other schoolmates joined her for a while before they left her alone later in the evening. On the following Sunday, her relatives returned home to find Cassie dead. She had been stabbed about thirty times. Her mother arrived soon after the homeowners did, having been concerned that her daughter...

Duration: 00:55:03

Disappearance Of Emma Fillipoff - 256 - Generation Why

Disappearance Of Emma Fillipoff. November 28, 2012. Victoria, British Columbia. 26 year-old Emma Fillipoff had moved away from her family home in Perth, Ontario in the fall of 2011. She found work and messages to family seemed to indicate that all was well. But over time, Emma's physical, emotional, and mental state seemed to be in decline. After a series of calls to her mother in November of 2012, in which a tearful Emma first asked to come home and then changed her mind several times...

Duration: 01:24:17

Pamela Hupp - 255 - Generation Why

Pamela Hupp. August 16th, 2016. O'Fallon, Missouri. A woman attempts to call for help as she is pursued by a man threatening her with a knife. The incident ends when she shoots the man dead at her home. In the man's pocket were $900 in cash and a note with instructions to kidnap, retrieve money from and kill Pamela Hupp. Five years before, her best friend, Betsy Faria, had been viciously murdered with a knife. Betsy's husband, Russ Faria, had later been convicted of the crime, but a...

Duration: 01:09:59

Ripper Confidential - 254 - Generation Why

Ripper Confidential. London, England. In this bonus episode, Aaron interviewed Ripper researcher Tom Wescott about his latest book, Ripper Confidential. Before we got to the book, I wanted to ask him questions related to the History Channel series, American Ripper. For anyone unfamiliar with it, the premise is that Jack the Ripper was actually H. W. Mudgett, a.k.a. H. H. Holmes. Is there evidence to support this theory? Ripper Confidential, using the latest available research materials,...

Duration: 01:03:20

The Happy Face Killer - 253 - Generation Why

The Happy Face Killer. 1990-1995. United States. After a woman was beaten and strangled to death, another woman came forward to confess to having a hand in the crime. She gave authorities the name of her boyfriend as well as details on how and why the woman was murdered. The two are charged and both wind up in prison after evidence mounts of their guilt. Not long after, though, graffiti on a bathroom stall in Livingston, Montana and letters sent to a court and a journalist from someone...

Duration: 01:03:56

Lauren Agee - 252 - Generation Why

July 26, 2015. Smithville, Tennessee. Lauren Taylor Agee was a 21 year-old criminal science major. In July 2015, she attended Wakefest at Center Hill Lake in Tennessee with her friend, Hannah Palmer. The weekend festivities included wakeboarding, cliff jumping, camping and all-night parties. While there they met up with Palmer's boyfriend and one of his friends. After spending time at a bar, they made their way to their campsite after 2am which required them to travel by boat then climb a...

Duration: 01:01:09

Murder of Elizabeth DeCaro - 251 - Generation Why

Murder of Elizabeth DeCaro. March 6th, 1992. St. Charles County, Missouri. A parolee by the name of Daniel Anthony Basile murdered Elizabeth DeCaro in her St. Charles County home. Her family had gone on a trip while she stayed behind. Basile had waited in the home for her to return from work and shot her twice from behind. An investigation uncovered a possible motive; money. Her husband was said to have paid Basile to murder her. The couple had been experiencing marital and financial...

Duration: 00:48:58

Ryan Widmer - 250 - Generation Why

Ryan Widmer. August 11, 2008. Morrow, Ohio. A man called 911 to report finding his wife deceased in their bathtub. He said that she had gone upstairs to take a bath, but that she frequently fell asleep and was always worried about her drowning. Detectives would get permission to search the residence and would find apparent contradictions between the man's story and the evidence at the scene. Just hours later, his wife was pronounced dead after nearly an hour of resuscitation attempts and...

Duration: 01:03:11

Ali Kemp - 249 - Generation Why

Ali Kemp. June 18, 2002. Leawood, Kansas. When a teen shows up to work at a community pool he cannot locate his older sister. She had worked the previous shift and his arrival was supposed to mean that she could head home. A call to his father brought him out to aid in the search and she was finally discovered in the pool house. She had suffered a sustained, violent attack and was barely clinging to life. Soon after arriving at the hospital, the young woman was pronounced dead. She had...

Duration: 00:46:01

The Co-Ed Killer - 248 - Generation Why

The Co-Ed Killer. Santa Cruz, California. In the early 1970's, Santa Cruz, California became the 'murder capital of the world' after several murderers left their mark on the area. One of them, a 6'9" 300lb man by the name of Edmund Kemper began his murderous career by killing his grandparents. After some time and treatment he was released only to begin killing again. This time, young college students seemed to become his targets and his obsession with decapitation and necrophilia meant...

Duration: 01:04:43

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