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Welcome to The True Crime Files Podcast! A bi-weekly podcast focusing on mysterious disappearances and unsolved murders. You'll find that our show covers a diversity of victims and perspectives. And our short episode format will help you know a case very well in only 10 to 15 minutes. Written by Christine Penhale. Narrated by Scott Fuller.
 
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About 40 percent of the murder cases in Kansas City are unsolved. Many of those cases are considered cold. FOX4 Crime Files takes an in-depth look at some of these cases, each one representing a life lost, and loved ones searching for answers.
 
A married couple's quest to rectify the wrongs of their partner never seeing culturally relevant movies. (Mostly 1980s, but we dabble in other decades.) The Crime Files specifically examines crime movies and their impact upon societal perceptions of law enforcement.
 
Geraldo Rivera's Murder in the Family is now part of Real Crime: The REELZ Files and we're so excited to continue bringing you great true crime content! Coming up next in the feed is I Lived with A Killer. Their lives are portrayed in movies, TV shows and books and their shocking acts are woven into the fabric of scary stories about real monsters in the world. But what happens when the monster is someone you live with and love? Every hour-long episode of I Lived With A Killer brings a haunti ...
 
Welcome to The Prairie FILES: A true crime podcast. For an animated version of all our episodes please watch on our youtube channel at,https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBPoD_4NINKSAsZ7bCmvr4A/featuredThis podcast contains graphic depictions of gruesome violence that may be alarming to some listeners.. Viewer discretion is advised. All the information presented in this podcast has been compiled primarily of published new reports, public records and witness accounts. Nothing in this podcast sh ...
 
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The case is undoubtedly the most infamous murder-mystery in history. “Jack the Ripper” is the name given to the unidentified serial killer that murdered and mutilated five female prostitutes in London in 1888. While there have been over 100 theories presented on the Ripper’s true identity, renowned “Ripperologist” Martin Fido suggests that a violen…
 
Today on The True Crime Files we are covering two unrelated but equally mysterious disappearances of two teenagers from the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. What happened to Bryan Braumberger and Brittany Stalman? Thank you for listening to The True Crime Files! Don't forget, you can support this blog and podcast on Patreon for as little as $2/m…
 
Three frantic 911 calls lead police to a brutal murder scene. When the investigation begins - it seems that everyone gives a different version of the truth. When the truth seems to change from minute to minute - police only have forensic evidence to fall back on. The conclusion of the case comes down to life or death - all resting in the hands of a…
 
Socially awkward George Hennard has been searching all his life for love. But no matter how hard he tries he can't seem to find a girlfriend. After years of rejection, his resentment and hatred of women grows and culminates in the tragic slaughter of a restaurant full of customers. George kills himself as well. His autopsy reveals a ticket stub for…
 
On July 1st 1991, actor Michael Landon passed away at his Malibu home just three months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was 54. Michael had spent his life defying the odds to become a renowned television superstar as “Joe Cartwright” in Bonanza. He went on to write, produce, direct and star in family favorites like Little House on …
 
An exclusive prison interview with convicted murderess Pamela Smart, who recounts her affair with a 15 year-old student and the events that led to the brutal murder of her husband as well as a national media frenzy and the Nicole Kidman movie “To Die For." Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts…
 
Life isn’t always easy - Kevin and Heather Miller knew this all too well. Kevin lost his job at the same time Heather discovered an unplanned pregnancy. The escalating situation left Heather searching for solace - which she found in best friend Mindi Robbins. A lesbian affair, Wiccan rituals, and Belladonna come together to create a perfect storm -…
 
The gruesome kidnap and torture of 16-year-old Suzanne Capper ends in murder. But the story proves even more twisted upon the revelation that the character "Chuckie" from the movie Child's Play played a dark and sinister role in inspiring the killers. New Copycat Killers podcasts drop each Thursday. Next week, Forensic Psychologist Dr. J. Buzz Von …
 
On June 19th 2013, actor James Gandolfini died of a heart attack while vacationing in Rome. A famously intense character actor, Gandolfini became a household name for playing mob boss “Tony Soprano” in the HBO series, The Sopranos. But dedication to his craft took a deep toll on the actor, and rumors of addiction and an eating disorder followed him…
 
On one tragic afternoon in 1995, the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla, was inexplicably shot down by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, in a Corpus Christi hotel. Not only did Saldivar receive a life sentence in prison, but she was also cemented as the most hated woman in the Latin American community for taking the life of on…
 
Sometimes love is beautiful, transcendent of all its obstacles, sometimes love is blind - maybe too blind. 20-year-old Steven and 15-year-old Alyssa met online, fell in love and had a daughter. When the relationship turned sour they gave their baby up for adoption not knowing if either one would ever see her again. When they do - it gives serendipi…
 
The Last Hours of… Bernie Mac - Bernie Mac was one of the best-loved stand-up comedians of his generation. He worked his way out of poverty through years of performing in Chicago clubs before hitting the big time as part of Def Comedy Jam in the early 90’s. After touring relentlessly, Mac found mainstream success in Hollywood with movie roles and a…
 
Blinded by her obsession for a man who wasn’t interested in women with children, Susan Smith did the unthinkable; pushing her car into a lake, killing her two young sons. Smith’s case first garnered national attention when – for 9 days – she made public emotional pleas for the safe return of her children, claiming her vehicle had been carjacked by …
 
Proof that sometimes nothing is as it seems - two robberies that occurred in 1977 set off a chain of tragedy spanning nearly half a century. Police must start at the beginning to solve not one, not two, not three… but four murders. The question is, can police uncover the truth before the fifth murder? New episodes of Sex Lies & Murder drop each Wed…
 
In the 1960’s thriller, The Collector, “Freddy Clegg” kidnaps a woman and holds her hostage just to have her there. Just like “Freddie,” Leonard Lake sought attention and affection from countless women, many of whom rejected him coldly. Inspired by events in The Collector, he sets off on a blood curdling adventure with his partner-in-crime Charles …
 
On August 6th 2004, the music world was stunned when the outrageous and funk music star behind “Superfreak,” Rick James, was found dead by his housekeeper in his LA home at 56. In the 1980’s James lived the classic rock-n-roll lifestyle fueled by sex and cocaine. But his excesses took a dark turn in 1991 when charges of kidnapping, assault and tort…
 
As the leader of the Branch Davidians religious cult, David Koresh became highly known for leading his “Army of God” in a 51-day standoff against the Federal Government that resulted in the deaths of four ATF agents and over 80 Davidians. After stockpiling massive amounts of weapons in preparation for the apocalypse and alleged sex with minor cult …
 
Paul and Betty Jeanne Solomon have been married for 15 years and seem to be living a wonderful life together. Paul leaves his home one evening only to return and find his wife has suffered a brutal assault that ultimately ended her life. As police hunt for Betty Jeanne’s murderer, they find out sometimes things aren’t always as they first appear. N…
 
In this guest post by true crime writer Greg Fox, Greg examines who killed Susan Shearin Clary and her unborn child in the small eastern North Carolina town of Weldon in May 1983. Get ready for a shocking story as Greg delves deep into the intrigue of this little-known unsolved murder and the search for answers – and justice. Any person with inform…
 
July 29th 1974. Singer Cass Elliot was found dead in a London flat. She was 32 years old and her death shocked the world. One of the most memorable figures of the hippie music scene, Elliot rose to fame in the The Mamas and The Papas, who took the world by storm with their harmonies in hits like ‘California Dreamin’. But her death fueled speculatio…
 
In the summer of 1996, the body of a young girl is found inside of a burning car that she had no connection to. 26 years later, her case remains cold. Sources: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/police/cold-cases https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/bs-xpm-1996-08-15-1996228036-story.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1998/02/07/a-mother-se…
 
With estimates that run as high as 130 murders, Rodney Alcala’s ruthless spree of murder, rape, and sexual assault throughout the 1970’s has been widely compared to that of Ted Bundy’s. During this time, Alcala took sexually explicit photos of hundreds of young men and women as a self-proclaimed professional photographer. Alcala was a contestant on…
 
We travel back in time to Edmonton, Alberta in 1971. The most dramatic and scandalizing murder investigation Edmonton had ever seen to that point had Edmontonian's on the edge of their seats as riveting details emerged slowly. A popular family and businessman violently taken from the community. After combing through his life with a fine tooth comb …
 
Anna Lisa Raymundo is smart, beautiful, in love, and her career as a pharmaceutical executive is on the rise - that is, until she’s murdered. Police are determined to find Anna Lisa’s killer - but her case starts to go cold. Investigators must sort through sexual infidelity and lies to ultimately uncover a wolf in sheep’s clothing. New episodes of …
 
Token clerk Harry Kaufman went to his job at a Brooklyn subway station with no idea his life was in danger. That day, Vincent Ellerbe and James Irons set a fire in the token clerk's booth. Like the brothers trying to rob the station in Money Train, Vincent and James end up killing Kaufman in the inferno. Like what you hear and want more true crime …
 
On September 27th, 2017, Playboy Magazine founder and media magnate Hugh Hefner died at his world-famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills. Hef’s death certificate lists cardiac arrest. But he was incredibly fit for a 91-year old, still at the head of the Playboy Empire, and still hosting huge Hollywood parties. So what happened? World renowned fore…
 
Known as the Teflon Don because charges against him would never stick, John Gotti was the invincible crime boss that ruled the streets of New York as head of the notorious Gambino family from 1985 to 2002. Following a four-year prison sentence for murdering a rival gang member, Gotti quickly rose to prominence in the Gambino family by leading his c…
 
When sex, scandal, and politics collide in upstate New York, the FBI and local law enforcement must come together to expose the truth. Trouble in the investigation seems endless as federal witnesses turn up dead. The race is on to untangle the chaos and find justice. New episodes of Sex Lies & Murder drop each Wednesday. Like what you hear and want…
 
For most people the Robocop movie franchise is action packed with violence and extreme gore. But for Nathaniel White of Poughkeepsie, NY, the movie inspired him to become a serial killer. White searches the streets and bars for easy prey. Once he has picked his target, he hides his true desires and uses his charms to lure the victim in. Then he swi…
 
He was “The Velvet Voice.” Luther Vandross was one of the brightest stars in the music business in the 80’s and 90’s, notching up a slew of hit albums, including his “party starter” single , “Never Too Much” and his album “Dance With My Father” which went straight to Number 1. After his career faltered, Luther was poised for a comeback in the early…
 
In the span of only two years, Richard Ramirez became known as the “Night Stalker” for breaking into the homes of over 13 people in Los Angeles and viciously raping, torturing and often times, performing Satanic rituals on many of his victims as he brutally murdered them. During his trial, the courtroom famously included female fans of the serial k…
 
Stacey Castor married her high school sweetheart - but her fairytale ends when he dies suddenly of a heart attack. In an attempt to salvage her happiness she marries a second time. Stacey’s first husband is not the only one in Stacey’s life who suffers an untimely death. When investigators take a deeper look into Stacey’s life - what they find is s…
 
Kim Edwards and Lucas Markham are teenage lovers convinced that the only way they can truly be together is to kill Kim’s mother, Elizabeth. Elizabeth believes Lucas’ bad boy ways are going to send her daughter down the wrong path, and she has tried to break them up. Kim and Lucas, however, are not dissuaded. Inspired by the love story in Twilight, …
 
Richard Pryor's shockingly honest, no holds barred performances revolutionized American comedy. And his no holds barred attitude continued off stage with a monstrous appetite for alcohol, drugs and sex. But during the last part of his life-long party, Pryor was stricken with multiple sclerosis which left him paralyzed and unable to speak. On Decemb…
 
The “Playmate Killer”, Paul Snider, was the ex-husband of Playboy Model Dorothy Stratten. Snider was one of the creators of Chippendales, the male strip club chain, but he is most remembered as the killer of Stratten. Their marriage lasted barely a year. When Stratten developed a romantic relationship with acclaimed film director Peter Bogdanovich,…
 
Alice Trappler engages in a series of relationships before conceiving a child with Dan Bennett. Alice tries to hide her pregnancy after their relationship goes south. She feels Dan would be a danger to her and their child. Despite Alice’s attempt to conceal the baby, Dan finds out, and that triggers a brutal custody battle. Tensions build as the cu…
 
This episode of The True Crime Files features two unsolved cold cases of black men in London, Ontario: the 2009 murder of Anthony Manning and the 1996 murder of 17-year-old Samuel Lottery. For more information about Samuel's case, click here: https://thetruecrimefiles.com/samuel-lottery-murder/ And you can find more info on Anthony's murder here: h…
 
Prince, the pop superstar who sold over 100 million records was fit, health-conscious, and against drug abuse. And yet, on April 21st, 2016, Prince died, shockingly, of a drug overdose at his Paisley Park compound. His case is still shrouded in the mystery of what happened to “The High Priest of Pop” during his final hours. Renowned forensic pathol…
 
Jim Jones was the cult leader and founder of the People’s Temple. Known for his extreme beliefs on Christianity, socialist politics, and racial equality, Jones is infamous for the mass murder-suicide he led of over 900 of his followers in Jonestown, Guyana. Urging his church’s members to drink a cyanide-laced punch as a sign of loyalty, the 1978 ev…
 
In this story we talk about the gruesome crimes committed by a more than monstrous and vile human being. Normally we talk about murder's but in this case, he did end up causing the death of someone but it took much longer for them to die. He also did much more than that. It took 3 dangerous offender hearings but this psychopath will most likely rem…
 
High school sweethearts Adam and Rose Chase seem to be living the quintessential white-picket-fence life, that is, until Adam goes missing. His disappearance seems to be a mystery until family friend and ex-cop turned private investigator, Rodney Miller is on the case. He has a hunch there is fowl play, and won’t stop until he uncovers the truth. N…
 
When Michelina Lewandowska met Marcin Kasprzak it was love at first sight. But he was hiding a dark secret and when their love dimmed, Michelina announced she was leaving the relationship for a better life. But Marcin would rather kill than be left alone. So he copies a scene from Kill Bill where Uma Thurman’s character, “The Bride,” is buried aliv…
 
Cory Monteith was a global superstar. The clean-cut all-American quarterback on television’s “Glee” was idolized by millions of teens around the world. “Glee” thrust him into instant stardom in 2009 and his public persona mirrored his on-screen character. But on July 13th, 2013 he was found dead on the floor of his Vancouver hotel room. What caused…
 
“The Hillside Strangler”, Kenneth Bianchi, was a serial killer that terrorized Los Angeles between October 1977 and February 1978. But what cops didn’t know was that he had a killing accomplice – his own cousin! During this time, Kenneth and his cousin Anthony went on a spree of kidnappings, rapes, and murders in the area and claimed the lives of 1…
 
Long time couple Nicola Puddicombe and Dennis Hoy enter new territory when Nicola begins to openly date another woman. The odd love triangle seems to satisfy a missing piece of Nicola and Dennis’ relationship but before long, someone winds up dead. Investigators must untangle a web of lies and multiple relationships in order to discover who is behi…
 
At 24 years old, actor James Dean’s role in “Rebel Without a Cause” made him a superstar and an icon of teenage rebellion. But on September 30, 1955, James Dean died in a horrific car crash near Cholame in California. For more than 60 years mystery has surrounded the cause of the crash since Dean was an accomplished racing driver on a straight road…
 
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