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Crime Junkie

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Crime Junkie is a weekly podcast dedicated to giving you a true crime fix. Every Monday, Ashley Flowers will tell you about whatever crime she’s been obsessing over that week in a way that sounds like you're sitting around talking crime with your best friends. The storytelling is straightforward and free of rabbit holes so the cases stay suspenseful and are easy to follow. If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’re a Crime Junkie! You’ve found your people.

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In 2001 Mike Turney reported to Phoenix, Arizona police that his 17 year old step-daughter, Alissa, had run away to California. But 7 years later, a serial killer comes forward with a story that would launch and investigation in to her disappearance and make her family fear that Alissa had been a victim of foul play. 

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In part two, we tell you about the murders of Cassandra Lee Hailey, Richard Keith Call, Annamaria Phelps, and Daniel Lauer. Could all four of the murders be connected? Or could there be four killers roaming free?

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In 1986, park rangers near Virginia's Colonial Parkway get notified of a possible traffic accident. When rangers arrive, they are confronted with the violent scene. The deaths of Cathleen Thomas and Rebecca Dowski. Though it is brutal and seemingly unprovoked, the public doesn't start getting truly concerned until two more young people, Robin Edwards and David Knobling, are murdered just off the Parkway.

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57: UPDATE: Alissa Turney

Nov 27th47:09

An interview with Alissa's half-sister, Sarah, reveals she no longer thinks her sister ran away. She thinks Alissa was the victim of foul play and she alleges that the perpetrator may be her own father. 

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One of Oklahoma's darkest stories. Three young girl scouts are brutally murdered while away at their first night of camp. A Native American man is pinned for the crime but decades later much of the public still wonder if the real culprit eluded capture. 

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In September of 2000, Zachary Bernhardt went missing from his mother's bed while she was out for a brief walk. Is his mother hiding something or could Zach have been the victim of local predator? 

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In 2000, David Camm, a former Indiana State Trooper, came home from playing basketball to find his entire family had been murdered in their garage. It was only days before he would be charged with the crime and it would take three trials and thirteen years to get close to the truth. 

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PATREON: Elisa Lam Clip

Oct 31st12:39

We get lots of emails from listeners about what actually comes with a Patreon subscription. So in this teaser episode we break it down for you AND give you a 6 minute clip of our 1 hour Halloween Episode on the mysterious death of Elisa Lam. As of 10/31/18 there is up to 7.5 hours of extra content on Patreon with multiple new episodes being added every month at all the different levels. Patreon.com/CrimeJunkie

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52: INFAMOUS: Lizzie Borden

Oct 29th47:10

Lizzie Borden took an axGave her mother 40 whacksWhen she saw what she had doneShe gave her father 41But did she really? In this episode we tell the story of Lizzie Borden and the other suspects in the case who you've probably never heard of. 

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In 2010, statistics came out that 120 female U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq had died. Half of those deaths were reported to be non-combat related. 30 those non-combat related deaths were ruled suicides, but there is evidence to suggest many of them may have actually been murders. In this episode, we dive into the case of LaVena Johnson and other women of the U.S. military who died very suspicious deaths during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

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This week we re-examine everything we thought we knew about Maura and her disappearance. Lying, stealing, cheating... all of this led Maura to leave her dorm room that February 9th. But the more we learn about Maura and her life the more questions we have about why she would have gone to New Hampshire and if she really travelling alone?

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In 2004 a 21-year-old UMass student, Maura Murray, sends a message to her professors saying there has been a death in her family and she will be out for the next week. But that's a lie. No one can explain why Maura did this or her strange actions to follow but just hours after sending that email, Maura ends up crashing her car on a rural road in Haverhill, NH. She is seen and talked to by locals but in a 7-minute window, when everyone seems to look away, Maura vanishes. In this first episode, I will tell you what we all thought we knew about Maura and her disappearance early on in the investigation.-----Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram and join our Facebook Discussion Group! You can also join our Patreon for even more episodes and exclusive content!

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In our last episode, we talked about Susan Powell who was a victim of domestic violence. Many of her friends talked about Josh's strange behavior and the recalled things that should have been warning signs. Today we talk to an expert on the topic, Ashley Bendiksen. She will tell us her story of survival, what signs to watch out for and how to safely leave a toxic relationship. Ashley Bendiksen is an acclaimed survivor speaker and award-winning activist, speaking and training nationally on the topics of domestic violence, teen dating violence, sexual assault, and bystander intervention. She also delivers motivational keynotes on resilience and leadership. Passionate about helping others reshape and redesign their lives as she once did, Ashley also offers coaching and consulting services for victims and survivors, and life empowerment coaching for women. Ashley’s professional background includes 11+ years’ as a speaker, a career spanning victim services, advocacy, and PR. She holds a B.S. in Administration of Justice, graduating as Valedictorian of her class - years after dropping out because of domestic violence. She also remains active on numerous boards and initiatives and serves as an Ambassador for several national organizations.-----Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram and join our Facebook Discussion Group! You can also join our Patreon for even more episodes and exclusive content!

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During a blizzard in December 6, 2009 Josh Powell Claims to have taken his two young sons, ages 2 and 4, camping. When he returned home he finds friends and family frantically searching for them. They're all relieved when he and the boys arrive safely. But where is Susan? Josh becomes a prime suspect in her disappearance but when the system fails to prove a case against him and protect his kids he turns on them and kills them in an unimaginably brutal fashion.This episode is brought to you by audible. Get your free 30-day trail at audible.com/crimejunkie and use promo code: crimejunkie-----Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram and join our Facebook Discussion Group! You can also join our Patreon for even more episodes and exclusive content!

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46: MURDERED: Angela Savage

Sep 24th34:47

Sometime after dropping off her young daughter at the school bus, Angela Savage and her 6-month-old son were abducted. Angela's body would eventually be found on a dirt path near her home, having been assaulted, tied up and left with no shoes. Despite being a small community the case goes cold for almost 30 years until a strange incident connects Angela's murder to the death of another young girl and police are able to solve the case.

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In the late 1960s, three women were murdered after attending the same nightclub. But aside from their location, all three women had something very specific in common. Was this thing they had in common the reason they were killed or was their killer, a man now known as Bible John, after them because they were frequenting a nightclub known for hookups and infidelity? It is now decades later and police are still looking for a red-haired man last seen with all three women.

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In April of 2016, Danielle "Gabby" Akers's body was found in a creek bed 60 miles from her home. She had no clothes or personal belongings with her and its still unknown how she got so far from home without a vehicle. The family believes that someone murdered Gabby, but the investigation has stalled and no major media outlets are covering the case. The family is looking for some kind of closure and we hope someone listening to this episode may know something about what happened to Gabby. 

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When head of security for a cutting edge televangelists starts getting threatening emails, no one seems too concerned. But as those threats escalate and eventually come to fruition, law enforcement isn't convinced that everything is as it appears. 

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42: MURDERED: Chandra Levy

Aug 27th50:41

When a political intern goes missing, all eyes turn towards her hometown congressman. But when that lead dries up, and other women are being attacked, who is really to blame?--Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram and join our Facebook Discussion Group! You can also join our Patreon for even more episodes and exclusive content!

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When Terrance Williams goes missing, most law enforcement officers consider him a low-priority; He wanted, or needed, to disappear. But when his last know location is with Deputy Steven Calkins, suspicions are raised as to whether or not this is a random disappearance, or a plotted out crime. 

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40: MISSING: Leah Roberts

Aug 13th34:24

After friends and family can't get ahold of her for days in a row, they decide that college student Leah Roberts is missing. Two weeks later, her car is found, and her love ones are ready to have answers... But will they get the answers they crave?

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Our Patreon supports will be happy to note that today, we are covering the multiple murders committed by Todd Kohlhepp. This man lured literally countless people to his property, only to systematically torture and murder them. To find out more about one of his possible victims, check out our bonus episode about the disappearance of Tammy Kingery on our Patreon.

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When hard-working Tanya Rider misses two shifts and is late for a third, her husband knows something is wrong. But can he convince the local sheriff's department to take her disappearance seriously?ALSO IN THIS EPISODE:What is an "If I Go Missing" folder and why do I need one?-Get our If I Go Missing document

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In the dreamy summers of southern California, two murders happen within yards of each other, but a decade apart. Questions echo throughout these cases. Are they connected? Can DNA help solve these cases? Or does it just muddle the facts even more?---Follow us:InstagramTwitterFacebookand join our Facebook Group!

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With the permission from the team over at Swindled Podcast, we are covering one of their best True Crime stories. It’s a story of lies.... cover-ups... and murder. But murder that was done out in the open while a company actually profited from women’s deaths. In today’s episode, we are discussing the Dalkon Shield, an IUD that killed at least twenty women, hurt hundreds of thousands, and is still being used overseas todayHuge thanks to Swindled Podcast for their research into this episode. Check out their episode, The Contraceptive, wherever you get your podcasts, or on their website SwindledPodcast.com, and follow them on Twitter @swindledpodcast and Instagram @swindledpodcast

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On July 15, 2018 Police finally made an arrest in the 30-year unsolved murder of April Marie Tinsley. In this breaking clip Ashley calls Brit to tell her the news.

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In November 1992, Mischelle Lawless was found by passersbys deceased in her car with the headlights on and vehicle still running. Police have spent decades trying to piece together what happened to Mischelle that night. Who would she have pulled over for? Where was she headed? And even though a man served 16 years for her murder the current sherriff is convinced they still have not captured Mishelle's killer and it could all be tied back to the man... or men... who initially found her car.

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MISSING: Ashley and Brit

Jul 2nd3:20

Hey Crime Junkies! Instead of working on a new episode this week, we were working on something you've been asking for for a long time... 

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Since 1993, women in Juarez, Mexico have been dying violent deaths. Is this the work of one killer or multiple and why did the State Police work so hard to convince the public that it was the work of a man who was incarcerated, while many of the murders were still being committed?

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Since 1996, people in Claremont had been looking over their shoulders when they go out for a night on the town. Over the span of a few years, three girls were taken from the same place in nearly identical fashions. Many years later, those crimes would be connected to other attacks dating back to 1988. And somehow, in 2016, a man was arrested for these crimes... But we still don't know exactly how police got his name. 

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31: MISSING: Sage Smith

Jun 11th31:09

On November 20, 2012, Sage Smith left her home at 5:30 for a date. She was seen alone at 6:30 talking to someone on the phone and then possibly sighted one more time at 7:00 at a cafe, again alone. Her father and friends were advocates and attempted to investigate her disappearance on their own, but ended up in the same place where the police ended up. At a dead end. No one has seen her since and police are still looking to speak with the man she last communicated with that day. 

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30: UPDATE: Katelin Akens

Jun 8th25:50

In this update episode, Ashley gets the chance to talk to Lisa, Katelin's mom, about Katelin's case, and like, you all asked... What about Katelin's step-father?

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Sylvia was a happy, beautiful 16 year old when her parents left her and her sister in the care of Gertrude Baniszewski while they went on the road for work. But, within a few short months, Sylvia was beaten, humiliated, and ultimately left to die from neglect and severe abuse, inflicted by not only Gertrude, but the Baniszewski children, and neighborhood kids as well. 

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Through the 80's & 90's, women in the state of Washington were turning up dead. First, along the Green River, then in other clusters throughout the state and even into Portland, Oregon. Not only had these women been murdered but their killer would re-visit their corpses and sexually assault them multiple times until their corpses were fully decomposed and consumed by maggots. A man named Gary Ridgeway had been pointed out by a number of witnesses as being the Green River Killer but police were unable to make an arrest until DNA connected him to four crimes scenes in 2001 – two decades and at least 49 victims later.

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27: MISSING: Misty Copsey

May 21st46:32

In September of 1992, a young teenager named Misty Copsey went missing after visiting the local fair in Puyallup, Washington with her best friend. Almost 26 years have passed and all we have are a handful of suspicious suspects, a pair of jeans found at a site that could be linked to a serial killer, and a rogue private citizen whose efforts to try to solve the case have become an obsession that might actually be distracting from the real investigation. 

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 In April of 2018, we were all talking about the capture of the Gold State Killer but did you know another long-time cold case was solved that same week? On December 29,1999, best friends Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman were having a sleepover at Ashley's house. Sometime in the early morning hours of December 30th, Ashley's parents were murdered and their home set on fire. The two girls were never seen again. For years, theories surrounded this case. Did Someone take the girls? Were the girls responsible for one or more murders and then ran off to start new lives? Well in 2018 we finally got answers, though, as of this recording their remains have still not been found.  

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 This week we tell you not one but two stories that have been underreported despite the terrifying audio capture shortly before each of their deaths.  

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24: MISSING: Bethany Decker

Apr 30th38:15

In 2011, Bethany Decker's life was far from easy. As a young wife and mother with a husband overseas in the military, things were strained. When her husband comes back for a short leave, Bethany shares some shocking news and then disappears, never to be seen again.

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On April 25th, 2018, a decades-long search for the man believed to be the Visalia Ransacker, the East Area Rapist, the Original Night Stalker, and the Golden State Killer was identified and apprehended by authorities. We spoke with Criminology Podcast's Mike Morford, who took us through some of the most notable factors of the crimes and arrest, and what this means for cold cases everywhere.

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22: MURDERED: Kenia Monge

Apr 23rd36:20

19-year-old Kenia Monge went missing in downtown Denver on April 1, 2011\. When Kenia's step dad finds an eerie text message from a stranger on her phone, it leads him and police right to her killer. However, without Kenia's body and no clue where she might be they only thing they could do was wait for the man to strike again.

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21: SERIAL KILLER: L.I.S.K.

Apr 16th53:23

When a young escort goes missing after an outcall on Long Island in 2010, no one bothers to search for her. No one except a single detective and his dog who while looking, stumble upon the burial ground of a serial killer... or... killers? What unfolds is one of America's greatest unsolved mysteries.

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Hundreds of millions of people tuned into Serial season one back in 2014\. Sarah Koenig told us all about the story of 18 year old high school senior Hae Min Lee who disappeared on January 13th, 1999\. Hae's body was later found in Leakin Park, and not too long after the discovery of her body, police zeroed in on their prime suspect: Adnan Syed. Sarah took us all through 12 episodes of "Did he or didn't he?" and many of us ended the season with more questions than answers. But did you know that Serial was just the beginning and there was so much that Sarah never covered? If you listened to Serial season one, you must listen to this single episode that sums up the top four points Serial didn't tell you, but you need to know, before you decide whether or not you think Adnan is guilty. We won't be re-covering the Serial story - we jump in assuming you already know it. So, if you haven't listened yet, check out the first season of Serial.

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In this bonus episode, we get the opportunity to talk with April Tinsley’s mom, Janet, about the investigation into her daughter’s murder and the torment April's killer has put her family, and the city of Fort Wayne through. Be sure to listen to episode 18 _WANTED: Monster in Fort, Wayne, Indiana_ before you listen to this update episode.

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Thirty years ago this week, a little girl in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was abducted, sexually assaulted, murdered and now, forgotten by everyone. It is one of the most horrific crimes we've ever researched, and yet when we ask people if they know about April Tinsley, we only get blank stares. This man, who police believed was local, not only committed the crime, but taunted police and the community for 16 years after. He could still be walking among us - You could very well know him.

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17: MISSING: Kiplyn Davis

Mar 26th42:52

In 1995, one of our listeners from Kentucky was high school pen pals with girl named Kiplyn Davis from Spanish Forks, Utah, when one day the Spanish Forks Police called looking for answers. Kiplyn had gone missing. Kiplyn's story takes over 16 years to unfold and even though a few young men have been accused of and pled guilty to murder, no one has ever found Kiplyn or her remains.

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What makes a seemingly normal family man snap, murder his entire family, and assume a new identity in Mexico? Christian Longo was a husband, and father of three kids, who moved his family to Oregon to escape legal and money trouble he had accrued back in Michigan. But the new start didn't take away the pressure of supporting a family on a part-time, minimum wage income. One December day, Christian's family is found in the most horrific ways and Christian is nowhere to be found. The prosecution and the public seem pretty clear on what took place the day the Longo family died, but Christian's surprise story after he goes to trial is just his final way of disgracing his family.

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15: MISSING: Katelin Akens

Mar 12th32:21

In December of 2015, Katelin was to board a plane from VA to AZ. She texted her mom that she made it to the airport and her phone was dying, so she would text later. But Katelin never made it on that flight and she has never been seen since. The investigation into her disappearance will make you question everything about Katelin's last day and by the end you won't know who's account can be trusted.

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In the late 90s, Indianapolis was rocked when it was found out that a local business man was murdering gay men and burying them on his 15 acre estate called Fox Hollow Farms.

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13: UPDATE: Niqui McCown

Mar 1st32:46

In this bonus episode we get the opportunity to talk with Niqui McCown’s daughter, Payton, and get all our left over questions from episode one answered!

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A 35 year old woman named Crystal Rogers went missing from Bardstown, KY back in 2015\. Her car was found on the side of a busy parkway with a flat tire, keys, wallet and phone still inside. Just 16 months later, while searching for answers, Crystal's father is murdered in cold blood. Now, people are wondering if these two crimes are connected to a bigger conspiracy that started with the murder of a police officer in 2013\. Could all of these seemingly different attacks be related?

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11: MURDERED: Tent Girl

Feb 19th28:35

On May 17, 1968, a woman was found in the woods, murdered and wrapped in tent fabric. For over 30 years she remained unidentified in a Kentucky grave with a donated headstone that bore the name "Tent Girl". But 90s internet and a superhero named Todd come together to give this girl a name and give her family the answers they waited so many decades for.

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On February 13th, 2017, Abby Williams and Libby German went for a hike near the Monon High Bridge, in Delphi, Indiana. After Libby posted a Snapchat photo of Abby at 2:07 pm, the girls were never seen alive again. Searchers found their bodies near a creek parallel to the bridge less than 24 hours later on Valentine's Day. The investigation that has since ensued has left an entire nation searching for the Killer on the High Bridge.

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9: MURDERED: Amy Weidner

Feb 5th31:26

A teenage mother stays home from school one day with her daughter because she isn't feeling well. Just a few hours after her family leaves the house she is brutally attacked. Surely it had to be someone she knew. Did they know she would be home that day? It is a case that goes cold for nearly two decades before someone unexpected comes in and cracks the case wide open.

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8: MISSING: Bryce Laspisa

Jan 29th31:39

Bryce Laspisa started acting strangely on August 27, 2013\. Just a couple of days into his sophomore year, friends started to become concerned about his unusual behavior. He planned atrip home to visit his parents and what should have been a 7 hour journey turns into 30-hours of mystery that leave police and Bryce's family baffled when on August 30th at 5:30 am Bryce's vehicle if found over turned with no sign of Bryce.

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Shawn Grate is currently awaiting trial in Ohio for two counts of murder but his admitted body count is much more. From 2005 - 2016 he terrorized vulnerable women of Ohio but police had no idea. Shawn Grate murdered woman police didn't even consider missing and it wasn't until one day in September when an unthinkable call to 911 changed everything.

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6: MURDERED: Karina Holmer

Jan 15th33:30

In 1996, Boston saw one of the most brutal, and now notorious, murders of their city. Over 20 years later, not many people outside of Boston know the name of the Swedish nanny who was brutally murdered, dismembered and thrown away with the garbage on an early August morning. Karina had secrets and shortly before her death she wrote a letter to her friend in Sweden and shared something that would forever haunt those who learn about this case.

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5: WANTED: Robert Fisher

Jan 8th44:48

Robert William Fisher is an American fugitive wanted for the murder of his wife and two children. Their home in Scottsdale, Arizona was blown up on April 10, 2001 in an attempt to cover up the crimes. However, no one has seen or heard from Robert since before his family was murdered. Was he the one who killed them? Or could he be a victim too?

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Happy New Year! For our first episode of 2018, we outline the still-unsolved murders of the West Mesa Serial Killer **FYI: We've marked this episode as explicit because there are a couple of f-bombs. Sorry! We'll do better next time, I promise!

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The story everyone thinks they know... but do you really? In part two, we discuss the continued focus on Scott as a suspect in the disappearance and murder of his wife, Laci.

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2: MURDERED: Laci Peterson

Dec 18th, 201745:38

The story everyone thinks they know... but do you really? In part one we cover Laci’s disappearance and the suspicion that fell on her husband Scott Peterson.

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1: MISSING: Niqui McCown

Dec 18th, 201730:24

The story of an Indiana woman who disappears from a laundry mat only weeks before her wedding.

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Introducing: Crime Junkie

Dec 6th, 20172:49

Ashley Flowers gives you the low down on what you can expect from Crime Junkie, a podcast dedicated to giving you a weekly true crime fix

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