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More often than we’d like to believe, people get away with murder. As cases grow cold, cops retire. Witnesses die. Evidence disappears. Unsolved, a true crime podcast series from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, guides listeners through these real-lif...Show More
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11: Bonus episode: Unsolved Live

29:32 | Apr 24th

Still have questions about the murder of Father Alfred Kunz? Want to hear more about what was going on behind the scenes of the podcast and of the investigation? Kunz's good friend Peter Kelly and retired detective Dawn Johnson joined host Gina Barto...Show More
10: 'Forgive offenses'

37:01 | Mar 27th

Twenty years after Kunz’s murder, members of his former parish gathered at Mass to pray for his soul. Police, who had launched a social media campaign in connection with the anniversary, scanned the crowd for their suspects.
9: 'Bear Wrongs Patiently'

29:28 | Mar 20th

Detective Wayne Honer was among those who did not believe teacher Brian Jackson killed Father Kunz. While Detective Kevin Hughes was chasing Jackson, Honer focused on a different suspect.
8: 'Comfort the Sorrowful'

33:14 | Mar 13th

Immediately after Father Alfred Kunz’s death, St. Michael teacher Brian Jackson moved in with Kunz’s best friend, Father Charles Fiore. Detective Kevin Hughes was convinced Jackson was the killer. Support for this episode comes from Audible. Go to a...Show More
Introducing: Case Closed

26:29 | Mar 8th

Here is another true crime podcast you might like. Season one of Case Closed tells the story of Erin Corwin, a young military wife who was murdered in 2014\. She was living with her husband, Jon, a Marine corporal, when she left to scout hiking trail...Show More
7: 'Shelter the Homeless'

26:21 | Mar 6th

A Dane County sheriff’s deputy came to believe his nephew, Joe Cavanaugh, was Father Kunz’s killer. The attack on Kunz was similar to one Cavanaugh was believed to have committed against his grandfather.
6: 'Counsel the Doubtful'

27:19 | Feb 27th

St. Michael had been robbed in the months before Father Alfred Kunz’s death, and police believed the robbery and Kunz’s murder may have been connected.
5: 'Pray for the Living and the Dead '

27:24 | Feb 20th

Police have evidence that Father Alfred Kunz had performed exorcisms without the support of the church hierarchy, which official Catholic exorcists characterize as risky and foolish. Support for this episode comes from Care/Of. For 50% off your fi...Show More
4: 'Admonish the Sinner'

26:35 | Feb 13th

Father Alfred Kunz and Father Charles Fiore had reportedly been investigating sexual misconduct by priests without authorization from church leadership. Their efforts crossed the state line into Illinois.
3: 'Feed the Hungry'

31:34 | Feb 6th

Father Alfred Kunz met Mora Smith at Brian’s Diner, where she often served him breakfast. The two became close, with him helping her spiritually and financially. After Kunz’s death, police interrogated her and her two young sons. Support for this ...Show More
2: Instruct the Ignorant

31:12 | Jan 30th

On the last night of his life, Father Alfred Kunz taped a radio show with co-host Peter Kelly and best friend Father Charles Fiore. Sometime after 10 p.m., Kunz was involved a struggle, which ended with an unknown assailant cutting his throat.
1: Bury the Dead

26:47 | Jan 23rd

Father Alfred Kunz was murdered on the night of March 3, 1998\. His throat was slit and his body was found in a hallway at St. Michael School in Dane the next morning. Kunz clung to the Latin Mass and the old ways of the Catholic church. His murder r...Show More
Season Three: The Devil You Know

03:48 | Dec 13th, 2018

The body of Fr. Alfred Kunz was found on the floor of St. Michael School in Dane on March 4, 1998\. Twenty years later, his murder remains unsolved.
7: 'I'll see her in heaven'

26:50 | Oct 18th, 2017

Police investigate Edward Wayne Edwards in connection with Jefferson County’s unsolved deaths. Edwards once worked at the Concord House, where Timothy Hack and Kelly Drew disappeared from while attending a wedding reception. Edwards, a con man who wr...Show More
7: A troubled history

31:41 | Oct 11th, 2017

Police investigate Teri Mueller’s husband, Joe, who has a long criminal record and whom police suspect may have been involved in the death of his son from his first marriage. His account of the events surrounding Michelle’s death don’t match Jan’s an...Show More
6: Cults and witchcraft

27:04 | Oct 4th, 2017

Tipster Sharon Blasing gives police some of her ex-husband James Dunn’s books, which discuss black magic and the practice of baptizing Satanists with water in which un-baptized children have drowned. Police eliminate Dunn as a suspect in Michelle’s d...Show More
5: The girl in the café

26:34 | Sep 27th, 2017

Private investigator Norbert Kurczewski hires a police artist to come up with a sketch of the couple who was with the little girl in the Black Earth Café. One of the waitresses is hypnotized, but she can’t come up with any additional information abou...Show More
4: Missing mom

36:10 | Sep 20th, 2017

Jan Manders can’t accept the finding that her daughter’s death was an accident. She walks away on her daughter Jennifer’s fifth birthday and declines into substance abuse and mental illness. Jennifer and her older brother, Christopher, are pretty muc...Show More
3: Where's Michelle?

29:13 | Sep 13th, 2017

A couple of months before Michelle Manders disappeared, her mother Jan befriended a woman named Teri Mueller. Teri stayed at the Manders’ house one night when her husband failed to pick her up at 10 p.m. The next morning, both she and Michelle were g...Show More
2: The shadow man

22:45 | Sep 6th, 2017

Watertown police investigate Michelle’s death on their own for 24 hours and find her mother’s purse about a block away. Police and her family search for the free-spirited little girl. Meanwhile, Michelle’s 4-year-old sister Jennifer tells them that o...Show More
1: 'Not my baby'

28:23 | Aug 30th, 2017

Two-and-a-half-year-old Michelle Manders disappears from her Watertown home in the middle of the night in October 1981. About three weeks later, her body is found in the Rock River, which winds through town. Hers was the fifth in a series of stra...Show More
Season Two: A toddler’s death, a tangled trail

03:46 | Aug 16th, 2017

Coming Aug. 30: Authorities quickly ruled the death of 2 ½-year-old Michelle Manders an accident. But there were shortcomings in the investigation. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigates: Did Michelle wander off in the middle of the night? Or wa...Show More
7: A new beginning

30:16 | Dec 16th, 2015

A new detective takes over the John Zera homicide investigation and discovers a serial killer with Wisconsin ties.
6: Blinded by science

21:18 | Dec 9th, 2015

By 2009, Detective Kent Schoonover fears the chance to solve John Zera's murder has slipped away, in part because the eccentric medical examiner who did the autopsy made a mess of it.
5: What did we miss?

21:58 | Dec 2nd, 2015

Two years after John Zera was murdered, an anonymous tip about a Franklin High substitute teacher with an unusual interest in boys' feet would generate a new prime suspect.
4: Citizen detective

24:51 | Nov 25th, 2015

The day after John Zera's body was found, Daniel Acker was found standing over the crime scene in Whitnall Park. His alibi for the day of John's death was shaky, but police dismissed him. Acker would strike up a correspondence with the Zera family an...Show More
3: A chilling discovery

15:00 | Nov 17th, 2015

In 2009, police investigating the 1976 homicide of John Zera catch a break when a swim coach is arrested for child molesting. A search of the man's condo reveals clues about John's case.
2: Where do we start?

19:14 | Nov 11th, 2015

Before John Zera, Hales Corners Detective Howard Hingiss had only handled one murder case. While he narrowed down the suspect list, with the help of the F.B.I. and other departments, he would never discover the identity of the murderer. Twenty-five y...Show More
1: Have you seen Johnny?

13:30 | Nov 4th, 2015

On Feb. 20, 1976, freshman John Zera disappeared from a high school in suburban Milwaukee. In the early days, John's family hoped for his safe return. Later, they prayed whoever was responsible for his disappearance would be brought to justice. Final...Show More