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Aug 18, 2017

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 was nearby her parents and brother’s home in Chesterfield, Virginia.

Amy was really close with her younger brother Brad who was 21, and he and their parents—Iva and Ron—were eventually able to talk Amy into joining them.

Ron had been given the trip by the insurance agency he worked for, and he believed it was a great chance to spend some quality time together. Seven days of sunshine, cruising the Caribbean, cocktails and endless sunsets, it wasn’t long before Amy thought perhaps a cruise wouldn’t be so bad after all.

It was starting to sound like the trip of a lifetime...

 

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Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories.

 

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2.All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas 

  

THIS EPISODE'S SPONSORS

Audible – Free 30-day trial & free audiobook

 

RESOURCES

BOOKS:

Last Resorts: The Cost of Tourism in the Caribbean – Polly Pattullo

 

VIDEOS:

Lost at Sea – SBS Dateline

Vanished series:

Amy Bradley (Part 1)

Amy Bradley (Part 2)

Amy Bradley (Part 3)

Amy Bradley (Part 4)

Amy Bradley (Part 5)

 

ARTICLES:

For Missing Woman’s Family, No Answers – The New York Times

Amy Bradley, 23 – People

Missing Amy Lynn Bradley – Amybradley.net

Amy Lynn Bradley – International Cruise Victims

Amy Bradley is missing Chris Fenwick blog

Update: Amy Lynn Bradley – Reddit

Con Man Dupes Family in Hunt for Daughter ABC News

Jawbone rekindles cruise ship mystery – CNN

Cruise Industry Overview - 2017 – Florida–Carribean Cruise Association

Turning up the volume   International Cruise Victim Association

President Obama signs Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010 into law – Lexology

Coast Guard Investigative Service

A Qualitative Study of Victimization and Legal Issues Relevant to Cruise Ships – Cruise Research

Crimes at sea: the dark side of cruise ships – The Sydney Morning Herald

Amy Bradley – Unsolved.com

Sex Tourism And Trafficking In The Dutch Caribbean – Curaçao Chronicle

Family Remains Focused – The Disappearance of Robyn Gardner – Missing Media Solutions

 

 

Aug 12, 2017

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 Craig.

That morning, Shannon got dressed in her Westmoor Junior School black jumper, white cotton t-shirt and black trousers. She pulled on her favourite rain boots, they were bright pink with grey fur around the edges. She picked up her swimming bag and a blue striped towel and then walked out of her room.

By the time Shannon was ready to leave at 8 am, her mother Karen was up, and the argument started up again. Karen shouted at Shannon as she left for school: “Get out of the house and don’t come back.”

School mornings were busy on the Moorside Council Estate in West Yorkshire, England, with many of the 220 estate homes having kids rushing out the door at 8 am. The temperature was barely over freezing as Shannon started her half mile walk to school. When she saw her cousins further down Moorside Road, she told them about what her mum had said when she was leaving. It was nothing new.

That morning would be the last time Shannon Mathews would ever walk out of her home on the Moorside Estate. It would be the last time she would ever attend Westmoor Junior, and it would be the last time that any of her friends saw her...

 

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Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories.

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

PATREON

If you’d like to support the show, click here.

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway – New Oxygen crime series.

Blue Apron – 3 meals free + free shipping.

 

RESOURCES

BOOKS:

Shannon Matthews – betrayed from birth – Rose Martin

 

VIDEOS:

Shannon Matthews: What Happened Next

Tears, Lies & Videotape

Karen’s Police Interview

 

AUDIO:

999 Call

 

ARTICLES:

Dewsbury Moor West Riding – Vision of Britain

Shannon Matthews timeline in pictures: the search, the trial and the evidence – The Telegraph

Missing girl: mother’s 999 call released – The Guardian

Missing Shannon pleaded to uncle the night before she disappeared: ‘Please let me stay’ – Evening Standard

Shannon Matthews disappearance ‘breaking family apart’ – The Telegraph

Man arrested after missing schoolgirl Shannon Matthews is found ALIVE under a bed – Evening Standard

After 24 days, the sound of footsteps then a policeman’s shout: ‘We’ve got her’ – The Guardian

Man charged with kidnap of Shannon – The Guardian

Shannon’s kidnappers: Karen Matthews and Michael Donovan – The Guardian

FOUND: Shannon Matthews – Express

Man held after missing Shannon Matthews found alive – Independent

Shannon’s mother sobs as she denies involvement in kidnap conspiracy – The Guardian

Shannon Matthews trial: Oddball loner Michael Donovan and the ‘Child on Board’ car sticker – The Telegraph

Shannon Matthews trial: The ‘pure evil’ of Mother Karen Matthews – The Telegraph

How Shannon Matthews was ripped from her loving grandparents and given a new identity after her heartless mother used her in an elaborate kidnap sham to get cash – Daily Mail

‘SOMETHING WASN’T RIGHT’ Ex-police officer describes the moment she knew Karen Matthews was behind plot to ‘kidnap’ daughter Shannon – The Sun

Shannon Matthews: The kidnap hoax that shocked the UK – BBC News

MONSTER’S MATE Who is Julie Bushby? Karen Matthews’ best friend who led the search for Shannon when she disappeared – The Sun

 

BLOG:

Tears, Lies and Videotape – Gerry McCann’s blog

 

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men’s Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

Jul 29, 2017

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 communication centre.

“Prahran 311, if you can slip down to Walsh Street in South Yarra. Mr Ellis of 220 Walsh Street states there’s a white Holden Sedan, don’t know what the rego is, got the lights on and smashed windows in the middle of the road.”

Constables Tynan and Eyre found the white Commodore still sitting in the middle of the road out the front of 220 Walsh Street. Tynan and Eyre approached the Commodore with no sense of danger. All signs suggested it was a stolen car abandoned after a joyride. Considered a routine job, it was nothing out of the ordinary at all for a typical police shift...

 

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Researched and written by Milly Raso.

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

PATREON

If you’d like to support the show, click here.

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway – New Oxygen crime series.

 

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men’s Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

Jul 22, 2017

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 first noticed it at 9.30 am, when he was leaving the house to go to a cattle sale. When he returned home two hours later, the cows were still standing in the same spot. It was something he hadn’t seen before, so he decided to check it out.

What the farmer found, caused him to run to his motorcycle as fast as he could, and speed off to his house to call the police.

 

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Researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher.

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

PATREON

If you’d like to support the show, click here.

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

Blue Apron – 3 meals free + free shipping

ZipRecruiter – Post your jobs for FREE

Detroit – New film based on the events of summer 1967

 

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men’s Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

Jul 15, 2017

On February 11th, 2005, a group of four German backpackers arrived into the NSW Northern Rivers City of Lismore.

25-year-old Simone Strobel, her 24-year-old boyfriend Tobias Suckfuell, Tobias’ older sister 28-year-old Katrin Suckfuell, and Katrin’s friend Jens Martin aged 25.

Simone and Tobias had arrived in Australia six months earlier on a working holiday visa. They planned to travel around the country while working odd jobs and enjoying the Australian lifestyle.

On the Australia day holiday- January 26th, 2005, Tobias’ sister, Katrin and her friend Jens arrived to meet them for a month long trip.

They were excited to see each other and Simone and Tobias picked them up at Brisbane airport. From there, the foursome travelled north to the Great Barrier Reef. After that, they headed south and ended up at Lismore.

Up until the time they reached Lismore, Jens described it as the best three weeks. Everyone had gotten along really well…

 

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Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories.

 

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2.All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

  

THIS EPISODE'S SPONSORS

Audible – Free 30-day trial & free audiobook

ZipRecruiter – Post your jobs for FREE

LeVar Burton Reads – New podcast from LeVar Burton

 

RESOURCES

BOOKS:

‘Have You Seen Simone?’ – Virginia Peters

 

ARTICLES:

Over 100 articles by The Northern Star Newspaper in Lismore on the disappearance and Murder of Simone Strobel – The Northern Star

Tobias fears for girlfriend Simone, missing in Lismore – The Northern Star

Body may be missing German backpacker – The Northern Star

Fear grips town as woman’s family mourn their ‘angel’ – The Sydney Morning Herald

“How did my daughter die?” – The Sydney Morning Herald

Simone’s boyfriend lashes out at police after body found – Gladstone Observer

Simone Strobel murder: German police offer reward – The Sydney Morning Herald

Suckfuell denies killing girlfriend Strobel – Daily Telegraph

Detectives still on the case – The Northern Star

Suspect living on wild side in South Africa – The Sydney Morning Herald

NSW murder case reward sparks fresh hope – SBS

Diary of the Strobel inquest – ABC

Witness struggles to explain delay reporting Simone missing – The Northern Star

Simone Strobel vanished after lovers’ tiff with boyfriend – The Northern Star

Inquest hears Strobel boyfriend suspected in death – ABC

Strobel killed within caravan park, inquest hears – ABC

‘Reasonable suspicions’ Tobias killed Simone: judge – Echo Net Daily

Inquest adjourned pending more evidence – ABC

Suspected killer free, but DNA may get him one day – Brisbane Times

 

VIDEOS:

WATCH: Lismore’s most notorious unsolved murder – The Northern Star

 

MISSING PERSONS:

Missing Persons FAQs

 

Jul 1, 2017

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 Sunshine Plaza.

But the bus Daniel was expecting had broken down 750 meters before the overpass. It was out of his sight. At 2:15 pm a replacement bus approached him. Daniel signaled for it to stop and pick him up, but it continued on through the underpass.

Due to the delay, the replacement bus was now going express to Sunshine Plaza. The driver saw Daniel signal him, but he was under instructions not to stop. There was a smaller shuttle bus only a few minutes behind, which was stopping to pick up stranded passengers along the route.

The shuttle bus reached the underpass at 2:18 pm. Only three minutes after the first bus passed. However, during those three minutes, Daniel vanished without a trace.

 

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Researched and written by Milly Raso.

 

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2.All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

  

THIS EPISODE'S SPONSORS

Blue Apron – 3 meals free + free shipping

Casper – $50 off any mattress

 

WEBSITES:

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation

 

ARTICLES:

Daniel Morcombe murder: Ex-wife of accused murderer Brett Peter Cowan testifies in Brisbane Supreme Court – ABC News

Daniel Morcombe murder trial: Brett Peter Cowan’s second confession shown in court – Brisbane Times

Brett Cowan guilty of murder of Daniel Morcombe – Courier Mail

Church denies claims Brett Cowan ‘rape’ attempt ignored – Sunshine Coast Daily

 

VIDEOS:

Brett Cowan’s covert confession of Daniel Morcombe’s murder

 

TRIAL DOCUMENTS:

The Queen v Cowan 2013 QSC 337 (12 December 2013)

The Queen v Cowan 2015 QCA 87 (21 May 2015)

 

TIMELINE:

10 years later, the life and death of Daniel Morcombe

Jun 17, 2017

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.

Jun 15, 2017

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 survivor. 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 were not linked to the Rapist investigation assured the family it sounded like a prank.

Just before Jane's attack, she reported a break-in to police. She had found muddy footprints on the carpet under her son's window, and upon further inspection of the house, she realised inexpensive jewellery had been stolen. Detectives who investigated were not the officers working the rape cases, so weren't privy to previous attacks. They reassured her it seemed like the work of kids.

Jane had links to the medical field, the armed forces as well as the education system. Three sections of the community to come up again and again throughout the series.

You heard during the series that Detective Carol Daly began working the East Area Rapist cases from the day of Jane's attack. Jane's crime scene was the first encounter that Carol had with any survivor of the rapist. Carol's life and career were changed that day. Carol went on to be an integral figure in the support and rehabilitation for survivors of rape, both those by the East Area Rapist as well as others.

Jun 3, 2017

[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 in the room was, “Not in our county”.

When Bevins and Root were proven right, a task force was formed headed up by Detective Larry Crompton. Crompton consulted a criminal psychologist, Dr Emily, who warned him that the East Area Rapist wanted to kill, he just needed justification.

During a search after attack 43, the first attack in Danville, investigators found pages torn from a spiral notebook, known as “The Homework”. They were “The General Custer essay”, “The 6th grade rant” and “The punishment map” – a hand-drawn map of a housing development.

On July 5th, 1979, the East Area Rapist attacked a couple in Danville, but they had a plan in place. The husband stood over the rapist and yelled at him, while his wife ran outside and screamed for help. The rapist took a few steps back. He didn’t attack, and he made no move for a weapon. He didn’t say anything. He just stared at the husband through the jagged holes of his mask. The husband made a run for it, and the East Area Rapist escaped. Police were on scene in minutes, and tracking dogs picked up his scent. But he slipped through their fingers again.

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Open and download map #5 of the attacks here

Open and download "The Homework" files here

 

Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

– Michelle Cruz

– Debbi Domingo

– Patti

– Orange County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Erika Hutchcraft

– Contra Costa County DA Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes

– Detective Richard Shelby

– Detective Larry Crompton

– Retired Detective Carol Daly

– Jane Carson-Sandler

 

THIS EPISODE'S SPONSORS

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How to Start a Podcast – book by Casefile producer Mike Migas

Jun 3, 2017

[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 these turned out to be nothing more than strange coincidences, and most were eliminated from the investigation.

The East Area Rapist enjoyed communicating with police, the press and survivors. In August 77, the Sacramento County Sherriff’s Office received a letter, known as the “afraid letter” from someone claiming to know who the East Area Rapist was. The letter writer requested to be contacted by the press if the police wanted further contact. The police did what the letter writer asked, but they never heard from the person again.

The rapist started calling survivors, ranging from hang up calls to obscene calls and threats to kill.

A local TV station received a poem, called ‘excitements crave”, claiming to be from the East Area Rapist.

After a dentist went public and added more to the reward offer for the East Area Rapist’s capture, he attacked close to the dentist’s office in South Sacramento. The furthest south he had attacked up to that point.

Police had another close call when they set up a covert operation in a Rancho Cordova 7-Eleven store. This backfired when the suspicious male they were waiting for, called the store and asked to speak to the officers.

Brian and Katie Maggiore were shot dead in Rancho Cordova in February 1978. With the exception of one further attack in South Sacramento after the shooting, the attacks moved outwards after this, to Stockton, Modesto and Davis.

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Open and download map #4 of the attacks here

Open and download "The Homework" files here

 

Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

– Michelle Cruz

– Debbi Domingo

– Patti

– Orange County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Erika Hutchcraft

– Contra Costa County DA Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes

– Detective Richard Shelby

– Detective Larry Crompton

 

THIS EPISODE'S SPONSORS

Blue Apron – 3 meals free + free shipping

Audible – free 30-day trial & free audiobook

 

 

May 27, 2017

[Part 3 of 5]

1977 started off with a task force being created by the Sacramento Sherriff’s department to catch the East Area Rapist. The crime lab was able to determine that the rapist’s blood was Type A.

The rapist continued following his earlier MO until the local papers made special mention of the fact he had never attacked a woman with a man present in the house. He adjusted, and from that time on he targeted couples.

As the year went on, and attacks grew more and more frequent, so too did the press coverage. But still, it was a time when not everyone got news the moment it happened. While there were many people terrified of the East Area Rapist, there were those who were still oblivious.

 

Despite the East Area Rapist having a very specific MO, it was not released to the public. The police didn’t want a state of panic and they didn’t want a copycat. But that meant when women got hang up phone calls, or heavy breathing calls, or when there was a break-in with nothing of value taken, only strange items moved around or stolen, the community had no idea these were related to the East Area Rapist case.

In mid may 1977 the rapist showed everyone he may have been in attendance at a community meeting that took place towards the end of 1976. At this meeting, a man stood up, paced up and down yelling that no man would stand by and let his wife get raped, he certainly wouldn’t. Just seven months later, the East Area Rapist targeted this man and his wife. During this attack, the rapist said he would kill his next victims. But there was confusion as to what exactly he said.

According to the survivor, he said he would kill two people if he heard about the attack in the media. But according to her husband, he said he would kill two people if he didn’t hear about the attack. When we left part 2, the police were deciding what to do…

 

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Open and download map #3 of the attacks here

 

Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

– Michelle Cruz

– Debbi Domingo

– Patti

– Orange County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Erika Hutchcraft

– Contra Costa County DA Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes

– Detective Richard Shelby

– Detective Larry Crompton

May 20, 2017

[Part 2 of 5]

On June 18th, 1976, the Sacramento Sherriff’s Department responded to a break in, and rape of a young woman. By the end of the year, there were ten attacks in total, all attributed to the one serial offender, who the media dubbed, “The East Area Rapist”.

Detectives with the Sherriff’s Department noticed the MO of the East Area Rapist fairly early on but kept the information under wraps. They didn’t want a state of panic, they didn’t want a copycat, and they didn’t want to alert the East Area Rapist that they were onto him.

But by November 1976, the community started to become aware that a violent serial predator was walking their streets.

The Sacramento Sherriff’s Department attended a local school meeting. Their intention was general crime prevention, but as people questioned rumours of the rapes, they were forced to confirm that a serial rapist was at large.

The police were shocked at the brazen nature of the attacks and the meticulous planning. The East Area Rapist moved through the community with military precision. He seemed to always know where the police were. Did he have a police radio? Did he have ears in the force? Or was he just lucky?

He had no sense of fear, his level of bravado was rarely seen in criminal investigations. And he had only just gotten started.

 

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Open and download map of the attacks here

 

Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

– Michelle Cruz

– Debbi Domingo

– Patti

– Orange County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Erika Hutchcraft

– Contra Costa County DA Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes

– Detective Richard Shelby

– Detective Larry Crompton

May 13, 2017

[Part 1 of 5]

In 1976, Rancho Cordova was a fairly new, postwar suburb in East Sacramento. Beginning as a housing development in the 50’s by the 70’s it was predominantly a middle-class single story neighbourhood, surrounded by other similar suburbs.

Rancho Cordova was the place where a wave of violence and terror came crashing down on the state of California. This growing community was completely unprepared for what was coming.

 

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Open and download map of the attacks here

 

Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

– Michelle Cruz

– Debbi Domingo

– Patti

– Orange County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Erika Hutchcraft

– Contra Costa County DA Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes

– Detective Richard Shelby

– Detective Larry Crompton

May 6, 2017

Two witnesses saw the male acting suspicious in the car park, hiding in the ditch. He didn’t seem right. What was he doing?

But Mary didn’t see the male. Not until it was too late…

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Researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher

 

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– 'Flatline intro' and 'Come play with me' intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

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Apr 22, 2017

In the Coral Sea, off the coast of Northern Queensland, lies the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Seen clearly from space, It is the largest living structure on earth. It is a World Heritage Site and known as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

 

Tourists are drawn to the warm, crystal clear waters and bright tropical marine life. A scuba diver’s paradise.

 

For Gabe and Tina Watson it was the dream honeymoon. But when tragedy struck, was it an accident? Was it due to inexperience and poor decision making? Or was it something more sinister….

 

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Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories.

 

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Apr 15, 2017

On November 8th, 2010, just after 9.30pm; 25-year-old Jennifer Pan was in her bedroom. She had her TV on and was chatting on the phone while getting ready for bed. She could hear movement downstairs and voices she didn’t recognise.

There were people in the house.

She heard footsteps thudding so loudly up the stairs; she knew they could not be her parents. They could not be her younger brother Felix either; he was living half an hour away at University.

Jennifer hung up the phone and sat frozen in her room. She was too scared to turn the tv down, and she was too scared to open her door. She was too scared to move…

 

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Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories

 

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Apr 1, 2017

[Part 3 of 3]

(A recap of part two)

Brady and Hindley continued their killing spree, murdering Keith Bennett on the 16th of June 1964, seven months after the murder of John Kilbride. Two months later Hindley’s sister Maureen married David Smith. Brady and Hindley had virtually nothing to do with David and Maureen before their marriage, and Hindley, in particular, didn’t approve.

But after the marriage, they became close.

Brady and Hindley murdered Lesley Ann Downey on the 26th of December 1964, Brady tape recorded some of what happened and took photographs.

After the death of David and Maureen’s child, Angela Dawn.
Brady became even closer to David. Slowly trying to manipulate him and bring him into his inner sanctum. He gave David the same books to read that he had given Hindley and started talking about murder, and how there was nothing wrong with taking a life.

On the 6th of October 1965, Brady met Edward Evans at Manchester Central Railway Station. He invited him to his and Hindley’s house at 16 Wardle Brook Avenue, Hattersley for drinks. When they got there, he instructed Hindley to go and get David to join them.

When David got to the house, he witnessed Brady murder Edward with an axe. After months of moulding David, this was his attempt to try and get David to join him in murder.

David helped clean up, and told Brady and Hindley what they wanted to hear. But it all blew up in Brady’s face when David called the police, and they found Edward’s body still in the house.
Brady was charged with his murder and Hindley was charged with being an accessory to Edward’s murder.

In his interviews with police, David Smith said Brady had told him about other murders he had committed. Although David didn’t believe him at the time, he said Brady specifically mentioned taking people from Manchester and burying them on the Moors.

Police started searching through missing person files, and the cases of Pauline Reade, Keith Bennet, Lesley Ann Downey and John Kilbride jumped out at them.

Detective Joseph Mounsey noticed some odd looking photographs in the albums of Brady and Hindley. They were photos of mostly dirt he believed were taken on the Moors.

A gut instinct led officer Robert Spiers to search up on a hill after the search had already been called off for the day. He found the body of Lesley Ann Downey.

Police had also found the suitcases Brady kept with the incriminating material. They found photo’s of Lesley and the tape.

They were getting ready to re-interview Brady and Hindley about Lesley Ann Downey…

 

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Researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher

 

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Mar 25, 2017

[Part 2 of 3]

(A recap of Part 1)

Ian Brady and Myra Hindley met while working together at Millwards Merchandising company. They committed the murder of 16-year-old Pauline Reade on the 12th of July 1963. Four months later the 23rd of November 1963 they murdered 12-year-old John Kilbride.

They drove both victims to Saddleworth Moor, where they killed them and buried them. Police were investigating both disappearances, and there was a large amount of media interest in both, but the two cases had not been linked. The families of Pauline and John were doing everything they could to find them. Organising their own searches and door knocks.

Brady and Hindley visited the Moor often, on what they called reconnaissance trips. They had started taking what they called souvenirs, photographs of themselves standing on the graves, which were put into albums. To everyone else, the photos blended in with other pictures of holidays and family gatherings. Only Brady and Hindley knew the secret.

Shortly After Pauline Reade's murder, Brady bought Hindley a record. The theme song to “The Legion’s Last Patrol” by Ken Thorne and his orchestra. The morning of John Kilbride’s murder Brady bought her the record, “24 hours from Tulsa” by Gene Pitney. Brady called these anniversary gifts. For the anniversary of their perfect crimes. If either of them hummed the songs, it would be a private reference to the murders.

It was now the 16th of June 1964. Seven months after the murder of John Kilbride. Brady had told Hindley he was ready to do another one. And he gave her another anniversary gift. “It’s over”, by Roy Orbison.

 

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Mar 18, 2017

[Part 1 of 3]

The Moors in England have been a matter of interest and discussion ever since their immortalization in Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights.” Where they were described as never-ending, wild, and even maddening. In Thomas Hardy’s "Tess of the d'Urbervilles", he chose the English Moors as a metaphor for fear, ignorance and savagery.

The Saddleworth Moor is an area covering 400 square miles in the Peak District of North West England. More widely known as Greater Manchester.

The Saddleworth Moor is a rich mixture of sweeping valleys, hills and plateaus falling away to fast-flowing streams. Rocky formations jut out of the blanketed, dense peat grass that covers the area. The soil is poor, and so only the hardiest of vegetation survives.

Standing at 1,312 feet above sea level, thick morning fog appears like cloud barely lifting from the ground. The eery stillness and silence are deafening.

Its immensity is both daunting as well as fascinating.

However, in the 1960’s, the Moors came to the world’s attention in a very different, frightening light. They became the scene for some of the most notorious and sadistic crimes committed in Britain. The infamous Moors murders.

 

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Mar 4, 2017

On the 28th July 1986, 25-year-old Suzy Lamplugh went to work like every other day.

The office at Sturgis and Sons Real Estate was busy, and everyone was rushing about their day.

Just after 12.30pm Suzy left the office with her purse, which contained 15 pounds, her credit cards, and her car keys. She left her handbag behind. She drove her work car, a white Ford Fiesta, to an appointment on Shorrolds Road in Fulham. Her diary entry read “12:45 Mr Kipper – 37 Shorrolds Road O/S.” O/S meaning meet outside the property.

She was seen waiting outside the three storey, white Victorian Terrace just after 12.45. At 1 pm the next door neighbour at number 35, looked out his window and saw Suzy greet a good-looking, well-dressed man with swept-back dark hair, dressed in a suit and tie.

By late afternoon when Suzy hadn’t returned to the office, her work mates started to wonder where she was. It wasn’t like Suzy to take long lunch breaks or take time off. She would always let someone know where she was.

They checked her diary and saw the entry Suzy had made for the appointment with Mr Kipper. He was not known to anyone at the agency, and there was no one with that name in their records. There was no contact phone number for him either.

At 6.45pm her manager reported Suzy’s disappearance to the police.

 

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Feb 25, 2017

Brembate di Sopra is a small and picturesque town 7km or 4 miles north-west of the city of Bergamo in Northern Italy. About an hours drive from Milan. The province of Lombardy covers the cities of Milan and Bergamo including the small town of Brembate di Sopra. With it’s close proximity to Lake Como and the Swiss and Austrian borders, it is a popular stopover for tourists. The area is dotted with ancient villas and palazzos.

It is a humble town, not modernised to the extent of nearby Milan. Many homes still use wood burning stoves, raise chickens and grow their own vegetables. Postcards of the snow capped the Bergamo Alps sit in shop displays, and the views from the small town are a reminder that things don’t change at a fast pace in rural Italy.

The town has a traditional historical centre, classic church steeples and winding paths and gardens. It still feels like an old town with old traditions and values. Every year the small town hosts a street parade where townsfolk and others from the area come together to dress in Harlequin fancy dress and make traditional wooden floats to parade the streets. Like many old parts of the country, family values are deeply rooted, and people are fiercely loyal.

With around 8,000 residents, Brembate di Sopra is a quiet, close-knit rural community, a safe environment for a young family. A place where a 13-year-old girl walking to a nearby sports centre, alone in the late afternoon, was not given a second thought.

 

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Feb 18, 2017

Frankston is a Bayside council of Melbourne as well as a suburb itself with around 135,000 people residing there. It sits 40km or 25miles south-east from the centre of Melbourne and includes a varied mix of affluent areas as well as inexpensive and council housing. It has a mixed reputation with Frankston North renowned for drugs and crime and the south more wealthy and scenic with sweeping views of Port Phillip Bay and huge houses nestled into the hills.

 

You have heard about Frankston before on this podcast. Case 23, the Frankston serial killer. But before Paul Denyer, there was another serial killer hunting in Frankston…

 

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Greatly assisted in research and co-written by Anna at A.G.P Stories.

 

– Tynong Nth Murders Channel 7 – The Channel 7 news report mentioned at the end of the podcast

Underbelly 3 – by John Silverster and Andrew Rule (One chapter is dedicated to the Frankston and Tynong case)

Suburban Nightmare, Australian True Crime Stories – by Emily Webb (One chapter is dedicated to the Frankston and Tynong case)

Frankston has one of the highest rates of crime in Victoria – Herald Sun

Six women murdered but still no conviction – The Sydney Morning Herald

Tynong North and Frankston killings remain some of Australia’s worst unsolved murders – Herald Sun

Six unsolved murders remain one of Australia’s most baffling mysteries – Courier Mail

Public revelation of serial murder suspect sparks debate – ABC

Retired detectives back in the hunt – The Age

Tynong North Murders – Big Footy

Does Frankston deserve its mixed reputation? – Homely

Feb 11, 2017

On April 28th, 1996, Martin John Bryant became known as the worst single mass-murderer in Australian History.
21 years later, the Port Arthur Massacre still stands as the 3rd deadliest shooting by a lone gunman in the world.

Known as a loner with the IQ of an 11-year-old, a series of events in Martin Bryant’s life would go on to trigger a rampage that would change hundreds of people’s lives that day, as well as the lives of everyday Australians who looked on in horror.

 

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Jan 28, 2017

The Desert roads of the Northern Territory are as long as they are desolate. If you stand still, your own heartbeat is the loudest sound you’ll hear.

The thrill of the open road and the sheer expanse of the hot desert is an exciting drawcard for many, but for those used to big cities, busy beaches or in this case, the relentless rain and dark clouded skies of England, driving from Adelaide to Darwin was the thrill of a lifetime, and unlike anything they had experienced before.

But it would soon turn into a nightmare…

Jan 21, 2017

Silver Spring is part of Montgomery County in the state of Maryland, USA. It has a population of about 70 thousand people and is located about a 40-minute drive south of Maryland’s largest city, Baltimore. Silver Spring is also only about a 20-minute drive north from the nation’s capital. Washington DC.

Silver Spring was the home of 19-year-old Keith Warren. Keith was tall, handsome, bright, sociable and extremely likable. It was the summer of 1986. Keith had just graduated from Kennedy High School and was looking forward to starting college in North Carolina. He was spending the summer enjoying time with friends and working two jobs.

Keith made friends quickly and easily. And in those first few months of the summer, he had made friends with some disreputable people. Some of whom were rumored to have involvement with drugs.

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