What comes to mind when you hear the word “forensics”? For many, the word evokes images of sterile labs and white coats. The reality, however, is quite different.InShattered Souls veteran forensic investigator Karen Smith opens her detailed and poignant journals from her 11 years as a forensic detective in Jacksonville, Florida. She speaks of trudging through muddy swamps, dangling over crime scenes from a firetruck ladder, and the tremendous emotional toll that the horror of these crimes wreaks on the investigators tasked with solving them. Karen talks about the nightmares, the emotional and often physical pain, the scares, and the breath-holding, white-knuckle moments from the most haunting cases of her career. They’re victims you’ve probably never heard of, but they’re victims that she can never forget. Their stories - and the shattered souls of loved ones they left behind - are at the heart of every episode.Shattered Souls: A Forensic Detective’s Diary is presented by CrimeCon.Music by Sam Johnson
Joe helps you discover your next binge-worthy, must-listen, true crime original: Call Me God: The Untold Story of the DC Sniper Investigation. Told firsthand by those key to solving the case, follow FBI agent brothers Jim and Tim Clemente as they lead listeners through the tangled path of discovery and evidence gathering only a select few had the vision to see.
In the early 1970s Tatunca Nara, last Chieftain of the Ugha Mongulala, revealed the existence of his tribe’s greatest secret—the vast city of Akakor, hidden deep in the Amazon jungle. Several have died trying to find the lost city, but no Westerner has yet laid eyes on it. Why could that be?
In August 1971 a group of hippies were partying at Stonehenge when a freak lightning storm, accompanied by blue lights, took the group by surprise... and may have been the cause of their disappearance.
In a change of pace this episode doesn’t feature a mystery; instead it features the team talking about SE Asia. Steve recently returned from a trip there and Team Sideways took the chance to discuss some of the more memorable things from his travels.
For decades reports of a mysterious cryptid that drank the blood of goats have been circling the globe. Originating in the equatorial region of the Americas stories are now coming in from all across the globe. What is this strange creature, what does it want with our goats, and why does it insist on smoking that cigar?
Federal prosecutor Jonathan Luna left his office to go on a long solitary midnight drive, and then was discovered dead the following morning, under very suspicious circumstances, many miles from home. What happened to Jonathan Luna?
Anna was 5 years old when she disappeared on a rainy day while playing near the creek behind her house. Though it seems she could have just fallen in and been washed away, divorced parents and stories from her two older brothers seem to suggest something more sinister happened.
People keep finding bodies that have been burned to ash while everything around them is left untouched by the flame. Some claim these are cases of spontaneous human combustion, others say something else is going on. Who is right and what’s the deal?
After attending mass and delivering gifts, Larry Griffin started his normal postal route at noon on Christmas Day, 1929. Despite having attended dinner at two homes and being a guest at many others, no one knows where Larry ended up that night, or any other night since.
In 1920 a man living in Washington state claimed to be the only survivor of the famed Battle of the Little Big Horn. Was Frank Finkel there or was he just another one of the many attention seekers who hoped to attach themselves to the story?
A member of the Scottish National Party and an anti-nuclear activist, William MacRae was found dying in his car after an accident--and later it was discovered that he'd also been shot in the head. Who killed Willie MacRae?
Down the Rabbit Hole, a sneak peak at the bonus content available on Stitcher Premium-Daniel Burack was on his boat, the Witchcraft, just offshore from Miami Beach, when he radioed the Coast Guard asking for a tow because of boat trouble. When the Coast Guard arrived 19 minutes later the boat and crew had vanished without a trace.
All American Ronald Tammen disappeared without a trace from his dorm room on an abnormally cold night on April, 1953 after finding a dead fish in his bed. Was the fish an unrelated, harmless frat prank? Or did something very sinister happen to Ron that night?
During the Vietnam War the US military recorded the feats of Vietnamese flying ace Colonel Tomb. However after the war it was discovered that the Vietnamese People's Air Force had no record of this pilot. Did he exist, and if so who was he?
Live from CrimeCon 2018: On March 24, 1897 the Ade family was brutally murdered. Accounts conflict but between two to four heads were removed with an axe. Who committed this horrible crime? Team Sideways discusses the case and reviews the theories with the help of their live audience.
In March 1929, Isidor Fink was shot to death in his Manhattan apartment. But the doors had been bolted from the inside, the windows nailed shut... and no gun, nor gunman, was there. Who killed Isidor Fink and how the hell did he do it?
Established in 1878, Bohemian Grove is a camp nestled in the Redwoods of California which hosts an annual retreat of over 2,500 highly influential men. With names as big as George H.W. Bush and Henry Kissinger in the ranks, events like the Cremation of Care have spurred conspiracy theories for decades.
John Madden Football (now Madden NFL) hit consoles in 1988. The "curse" began when it began featuring players on the cover. Does this game really have the power to destroy players' careers, or is it just a lot of audibles?
A British family and a French bicyclist are murdered on a mountain road in the French Alps. Accusations of nuclear espionage and secret stashes of Saddam Hussein's millions begin to fly. But despite a huge investigation on both sides of the Channel, the murderer, and his motive, remain unknown.
In October 2014, Kenny Veach posted a video on YouTube about his search for a strange creepy cave he'd found on a hike in the Sheep Mountain Range in Nevada. Not long after that he left to search again--and vanished without a trace. What happened to Kenny Veach?
Robert Capa captured the iconic image of a soldier being shot and killed during the Spanish Civil War in 1936. But was it real or was it staged? Did it happen how he said it did or was it all a fabrication?
In 1984 the dismembered, headless remains of Catrine da Costa were discovered in Stockholm, Sweden. Although the case has become one of the most notorious murders in Swedish history, no one has ever been convicted of the crime.
In May 2002, in Davao, Philippines, a bomb went off in the hotel room of Michael Meiring, an American treasure hunter. Days later he fled the country--assisted by the FBI, according to the Philippine president. What was he up to? And why was the US government involved?
In October 2000, a video surfaced in which a man claimed to have the mummified remains of a Persian Princess. The investigation revealed that not only might the mummy be a forgery, but there might also be a murder in the mix.
When police conducting a welfare check on Gareth Williams discovered his decomposing body in a locked red North Face bag in the bathroom, they ruled it an accidental death. Though this alone is a sufficient mystery, Gareth happened to have been found in a Secret Services safe house. What really happened to Gareth Williams?
This bonus episode is brought to you by TNT’s new Limited Series, The Alienist. On January 1st 1886 Thomas Edwin Bartlett was found dead in bed. Doctors discovered chloroform in his stomach and determined it was the cause of death. How did it get there? Did he drink it willingly? Did his wife give it to him? Did her lover? To this day no one knows.
On September 13, 1917 a crowd gathered in Fatima Portugal to witness a predicted miracle. They said they saw the sun changing colors, dancing in the sky, and heating the area so quickly that the rain that had just fallen dried up. Did they really see this or did they just wish they had?
Operation Highjump was one of 11 official expositions the US embarked upon to Antarctica. However, due to the proximity to the end of WWII and some odd comments by the Commander in Charge, some people think there is more behind this mission than publicly stated.
Continuing the holiday tradition Team Sideways talks about the villainous character from many holiday stories known across the world as the Bumble, aka the Abominable Snowman. Was he real, was he fake, was he simply a patsy?
On July 17th 1996 TWA Flight 800 exploded. The official cause was an electrical issue in a fuel tank but this doesn't line up with what witnesses say they saw just before the explosion. Was TWA Flight 800 intentionally downed or was it truly an accident?
Shrouded in secrecy, the heavily-guarded government research center on Plum Island, off the US east coast, is suspected to be the origin of Lyme Disease, genetic aberrations like the hideous Montauk Monster, and more. What's going on on Plum Island?
Lyle Stevik hung himself in September 2001. When police discovered that there was no such person, a massive mystery that has captivated the internet began. As of 2017, Lyle's true identity, and reason for suicide, remain a mystery.
Primarily found in Scotland ancient forts have been located where the rock walls have been exposed to enough heat to melt it into a glass state and fuse the individual pieces together. How did our ancestors do this and more importantly why?
18 year veteran fire watcher Stephanie Stewart disappeared from her post just outside of Alberta, Canada in 2006. In 2010, a couple was murdered just miles away. Is there a connection, or is Stewart's disappearance as mysterious as it seems?
On March 3, 1876 a strange meat-like substance rained from the sky for several minutes over a home in Olympian Springs Kentucky. No one knows what the material was or more importantly where it came from.
In 2007 computer guru Jim Gray left San Francisco Bay in his sailboat for a day trip. He never returned, and despite one of the most comprehensive sea searches in history, no trace of him was ever found.
On December 30th 2000 an unknown suspect entered the Miyazawa home and murdered the entire family. The suspect stayed in the home for up to 10 hours before finally leaving. Hardly anything was take from the home so what motivated the killings?
Officially Rebecca Zahau committed suicide on July 13th, 2011. A strange a cryptic message was painted at the scene and her hands and feet were bound using intricate knots. Did this woman truly take her life in a complex and well-planned way, or did someone stage it to look that?
Zigmund Adamski left his home in Tingley, England on June 6, 1980, and never returned. His lifeless body was found 5 days later in a village 20 miles away--and that's when things started to get strange.
In June of 2011, 20-year-old Lauren Spierer left her apartment in Bloomington, Indiana for a night of partying. At 4:30am she left a friend's house to look for her cell phone, and to this day remains missing.
On February 5th 1973 a US EC-47 crashed into the jungles of Laos while eavesdropping on the North Vietnamese army. Only 4 of the 8 crew members were accounted for in the wreckage. Did the others die in the crash or did they manage to bail out and if so what happened to them?
Following up on our episode about the Daytona Beach Serial Killer, we’re releasing the rest of our conversation with Christine Pelisek, author of The Grim Sleeper, The lost women of South Central. Christine spent many years chasing the case of the man she dubbed The Grim Sleeper who's identity would eventually be discovered as that of Lonnie David Franklin Jr. He had been killing women in South Central for years then suddenly took a 14 year break. Why did he do it? Did he really stop? We ask Christine these and other questions.
Between December 2005 and February 2006 the bodies of three women were found shot in the head. Two years later another body was found with matching circumstances. Who is killing these women and where did he go? We speak with Christine Pelisek about this and a similar case.
In June 1912 eight people were brutally murdered in their beds in a home in Villisca, Iowa. Despite a long list of suspects and a massive police investigation, one of the most heinous crimes in American history has never been solved.
In 1984 Dave Bocks, a pipe fitter at a uranium processing factory, disappeared while working the graveyard shift, and days later his remains were found inside a uranium furnace. An accident? Suicide? Or... Murder...?
Live from CrimeCon: Clarence Roberts tragically died in a fire on November 18th, 1970. 10 years later he tragically died in a second fire. How could he have died in both fires? If he died in the first fire then who died in the second fire? Team Sideways digs into the case in a live recording held at CrimeCon in Indianapolis, Indiana this June.
Over the span of 3 years, Mr. Cruel is credited with 4 pedophilic attacks on young girls. Dozens more attacks are loosely connected to him, so why hasn't he been caught? His meticulous planning and total lack of forensic evidence.
Young women's bodies have been showing up along interstate 45 between Houston and Galveston Texas since the early 70's. Who is killing them? Is it just one person or is this the dumping grounds for several killers?
In April 2010, a Facebook account named Karin Catherine Waldegrave (Von Berg Habsburg) appeared and started posting mysteriously prolific posts, only to be removed a year later. What were these posts about? And was Karin even real?
In 1836 John Audubon included the Washington Eagle in his book The Birds of America. Initially accepted as a new species of eagle critics began questioning the claim when they couldn't find the bird in the natural world themselves. Was it real or did Audubon make it up?
Unveiled in November 1990, Kryptos has baffled cryptographers for almost three decades, with two of its five messages still unbroken, and a promise of further mysteries after the last message is decrypted. What's the final answer to Kryptos? Nobody even knows the question yet.
With over 18 distinct entities, Pluckley was once in the Guinness Book of World records as the most haunted village in the UK. Is it really haunted? Is there another explanation for the experiences that people report? We bring in an expert to help figure it out.
On February 1, 1995, Richey Edwards was supposed to leave on a promotional tour in America for his band the Manic Street Preachers. Richey didn't get on the plane, he was sighted several times locally over the course of two weeks before his car was found abandoned. Richey was never officially seen again and no body has ever been found.